My 5th and last of these first impression posts. While I haven’t covered everything, I’ve seen most of the worthwhile shows. Only Michiko no Hatchin left, which I’ll be blogging anyway!
My Rating System Explained!
A = If you watch anything this season, watch this
B = Very good, sometimes surprisingly so.
C = If you have the time, you should check this out
D = Not my kind of thing, I won’t be watching this
E = Bad. Very bad, ignore this show
F = Frustratingly awful
Nodame Cantabile: Paris Chapter
Mukya! I’m not going to write much on Nodame since Brian will be covering this show. But still, even by Nodame’s high standards that was an excellent episode. From Nodame’s ‘Help, I’m being raped’ scene in the restaurant to the re-appearance of evil Chiaki; heck we even got a scene in which they animated the entire orchestra playing!
Rating: Fantastic even for Nodame Cantabile. This is an A for certain, gyapo!
Tytania: does exactly what it says on the tin
Tytania said that it was a grand space opera, so that’s what we got. With it’s cast of dashingly handsome men, giant spaceship battles and it’s operatic opening song, it’s pretty obvious what Artland are going for. Shame they can’t really animate all that well.
I can’t help feel that this would be a lot of fun to blog. I’d use words like fabulous, marvelous and extravagant at every opportunity. Although badly written, there is something oddly enjoyable about it’s grand nature. But no, I’m watching enough this season and I’m not in the mood for Tytania
Rating: Although strangely enjoyable, a D+ is all I’m giving
Easily the best opening of the season. Done by Madhouse, you can already see the Death Note similarities.
Madhouse have really pulled out all their quality with this show. The animation is the best of the season, opening song is the best and I’d be tempted to give it best music also. There’s even Matrix style fight scenes. It can also build up suspense amazingly. Really, I could go on all day about the animation and detail put into this show.
However I do have one problem with Kurozuka. The dialogue is hopeless. It’s just boring, idle chit-chat, saying stuff that could be said with much less words. You’d also have more chance finding a joke in the bible. But it was only when I went back to take screenshots did I really see the incredible amount of detail in this show, and why is the world in that post-apocalyptic state at the start!?!
Rating: With it’s pros and cons, a B is what Kurozuka is getting.
I guess I will inherently dislike shojo. I mean, it’s aimed at teenage girls and what their dreams are like, Skip Beat even admits that it’s that type of anime. In that sense, it’s quite difficult to give a fair opinion on this show. It would have to be some sort of cross-genre groundbraking anime for me to give it much recognition.
In all fairness, Skip Beat did give you a nice hook to watch the show. The main character’s change in the space of that episode alone was interesting. But the humour doesn’t appeal to me and bishies have always given me the heeby-jeebies (probably why Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji is so effective in being creepy). Skip Beat is really just another shojo.
Rating:Just another standard shojo, so a D- since I’ve never really liked them
Mouryou no Hako
Well that was disappointing. I really expected this to be one of the best of the season. Instead all I got was ‘pretty’. It’s this show about some pretty little yuri romance that just aches my head in it’s bland and dull nature. Maybe it’s meant to appear mystic and slightly scary, which is what I got from the start of the show, but by the halfway point I was just plain bored.
Their way of making things scary was always some sort of smiling or talking face, which just doesn’t do it for me. It’s almost like this show is trying to be overly-subtle, and ending up just covering their entire point of the episode in the first place. Just really disappointing.
Rating: That was dull, an E- is almost being too kind
And I’m done. Bring on Michiko no Hatchin. And bring on Spice and Wolf Season 2!