9 CommentsFirst Impressions, Ye Olde Days / By Scamp /

Autumn/Fall Anime: Nodame Cantabile: Paris Chapter, Tytania, Kurozuka, Skip Beat, Mouryou no Hako

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!

Gundam 00 Season 2, Toradora, Hyakko, Akane iro ni somaru saku

Clannad After Story, Eve no Jikan, Casshern Sins, Kannagi

Shikabane Hime:Aka, To aru no Majustu no Index, Today in class 5c, Kuroshitsuji

Gai-Rei-Zero, Chaos;Head, Yozakura Quartet, Kemeko Deluxe

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

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

Kurozuka

Easily the best opening of the season. Done by Madhouse, you can already see the Death Note similarities.

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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.

Skip Beat

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!

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8 Comments

  1. Posted October 17, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    What the– You’re dropping Skip Beat after watching only 1 ep?! It’s not like other shoujo, I can tell you that. This series has much much more to offer than most shoujo shows out there (I can’t even call it shoujo, coz it’s more MANLY than shoujo-ey), and the best is yet to come in the later eps! I can only hope you’ll change your mind about this… don’t let the shoujo-ey character designs and initial premise get into your nerves =/

  2. Posted October 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Spice and Wolf Season 2?! For real? Yay!

  3. 5camp
    Posted October 18, 2008 at 12:43 am | Permalink
  4. tango
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Oooh I hope you watch a little more of Skip Beat. Really, to me it’s more of a shounen-shoujo rather than ‘just a shoujo’. It concentrates a lot more on character development rather than the typical ‘lovey dovey’ devotion that shoujo heroines have. In shounen we have the main character training to fight and defeat the evil guys, in this it’s the development of Kyoko, using her willpower to grow as an actress and defeat the adversities in the Showbiz world. In fact, I would say romance not emphasised, only secondary, compared to the growth of the characters.

  5. tango
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I forgot to mention her evil demons along with willpower. There’s also a darkness to this that’s not apparent yet. Ok there’s my little rant. Hope you’ll give it another chance.

  6. Posted October 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Hey, don’t worry. Just because we drop Skip Beat, doesn’t mean it’s an entirely horrible show. I haven’t watch it myself but Scamp justified that for me and I complied. Everyone got their own preference, you know. For instance, I think Mouryou no Hako is building the plot very nicely into episode 3 despite the lousy introductory episode. Scamp however gave it an E rating. I wonder if he would change his mind after episode 2…

  7. 5camp
    Posted October 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m kinda annoyed I’m seeing all this praise for Mouryou no Hako. It’s like everyone talking about a party I wasn’t invited to. I watched it and was bored out of my skull, what am I missing?

    As for Skip Beat, I had heard rave reviews about the manga which is what compelled me to watch it in the first place, but it really didn’t show me much which made it stand out.

    But if it starts to get good reviews after about 6/7 episodes are out then I’ll give it another go. For now though, sorry Tango and Usagijen, I’ve got too many other shows I want to watch.

  8. moonlight
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    I was going to write a bunch of reasons why Skip Beat shouldn’t have gotten a D but I forgave the low rating when you included School Rumble, Code Geass and DN in your top 30. SO all is right in the world. :)

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