I remember thinking earlier on this month that the only interesting thing to happen was a bunch of famous manga creators complaining about piracy. What was more baffling about all that were western fandom getting all angry even though they were specifically talking about Japanese fans. Whatever, anime fans can be really stupid no matter where they come from, what else is new. But then the famous anime movie director Satoshi Kon went and died, which put an awful downer on the whole month. Hopefully the actual anime airing will lighten things up a bit.
A Grade: One of the tops of the year. Get ready for some fanboying here
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B Grade: Hugely entertaining stuff. Not amazing but definitely worth watching
I wonder if there are any good British or American shows on TV at the moment?
C Grade: It’s good enough to keep watching but it’s not that memorable
It’s incredibly stupid, but for what it’s worth I’ve never once been bored by Highschool of the Dead. It knows what it’s doing and does it incredibly well, recoil ripple and bullet dodging boobs and all. I can’t remember the last time I watched a show mainly for the fanservice and yet still held the belief that it’s actually a pretty good show because of it. Looking forward to manga readers complain about Madhouse taking a different aproach from now on, even though episode 9 was the first one to deviate from the manga and yet was the best episode so far. However I suppose that was because it only had Saeko in it. She embodies everything that is good about this show, and what a body to embody it in!
What on earth happened with this show anyway? Wasn’t there an imminent alien invasion or something? Is there any sort of continuity between episodes anymore, or shall characters have near death experiences just for the hell of it? Admittedly it does achieve it’s aim of being amusing, but each episode has been slowly been getting worse and just that little bit more frustrating. I thought I wouldn’t mind so much the plot being left behind because the show is so silly, but episode 9 frustrated me just a bit.
C Giant Killing
I’m so used to watching anime weekly that going back to marathoning is incredibly difficult for me, especially when I’ve already started a show. But when it comes to sports anime, they really are better to marathon. Giant Killing got the match with TSUBAKI earlier on in the series perfect with it’s pacing, but I can’t say the same of this Osaka Gunners match. Too much filtering between characters saying the exact same things they say every time the camera is on them. Hopefully this epic comeback that’s inevitably coming this next week gives this show a grand finale that it deserves. Oh, and for Gino to get his own spin-off series.
D Grade: I’ve lost interest in this anime. If it’s a D then I’ve probably dropped it
Dropped. Too little was happening per episode and I’m someone cursed with solid bouts of ADD (well no, I don’t actually have ADD, but for god sake move the plot quicker please!). When it’s moving so slowly, I find it hard to work up enthusiasm for when something actually happens. But remember, no anime is dropped forever, and this is one I’ll probably give another shot some time in the future when I can marathon. At least then I’m not waiting a week in order to watch the amount of plot movement most other series would work up in 5 minutes.
As a 14 episode series, Rainbow is excellent. A bunch of kids get thrown into jail and suffer hardships but band together to overcome these difficulties. It rounds off excellently and, while being so stupidly corny, makes for a very solid series. What comes after that I don’t care about. I don’t want to see these guys in their future lives. A final shot of these shadowy pictures of how they went about their lives after episode 14 would have been a fantastic way to end the series. Leave it to our imaginations. In fact, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Rainbow dropped. You didn’t need to go on this far.
Kind of a shame I ended up dropping this, because it wasn’t doing anything necessarily that bad. Then again, it wasn’t actually doing anything worthy of praise either. In fact, I was only watching the show because it had an awesome ending song and Ice Girl. She needs her own spin-off series, preferably with Gino. And maybe Saeko, although I think we get to see enough of her in HSotD as it is.
D- Legend of the Legendary Heroes
Finally this show was legitimately bad enough to warrant dropping! It was rather frustrating the way it ripped off Berserk because that made the show annoyingly good enough to warrant watching while it also produced more than enough stuff to warrant dumping. But episodes 5 and 6 were dreadful. The random side story mission was crap, but when even the court politics part that was originally the strongest part starts sucking then you know you’re aloud to abandon ship. Goodbye Legendary Legend. I can’t say I’ll miss your frustrating averageness one bit.
E Grade: Unlike D grades where I drop out of disinterest, E grades are dropped in Disgust.
This month is so crap it didn’t even have any terrible OVA’s to make fun of.