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Fall/Autumn Anime: Clannad After story, Even no Jikan, Casshern Sins, Kannagi

The second installment of my first impressions. I’m going to leave a link to all the other posts I’m doing on the preview page, so you can view them all there

Autumn/Fall Anime Preview and First Impressions

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

Clannad After Story

The only thing you can judge After Story by is the first season, not by the game or by any other shows this year. Therefore, I am unimpressed. Sure, it still has the soundtrack I’ve always like and I’d forgotten how eyecatching the animation can be, but the edge is gone.

The main problem is, now that the girls have had their little stories and Tomoya has done his conversing with them, they have all become dull moe blobs. Bring back the plot and the quality should follow

Rating: Until something happens (other than girls yelling ‘fight’ occasionally) a C- is all it gets

Eve No Jikan

Time at Eve is actually a series released on the internet. It’s a show about androids and whether they have emotions or not. It’s 6 episodes long, 15 minutes each and each episode is released every 2 months. Yes, 2 months! Gah! Is it really worth waiting for 2 months for something like this?

To put it simply, yes it is worth the wait. This is one quality series. From the swooping cameras to the beautifully animated Eve bar, everything screams quality. Only 2 episodes have been aired and I seriously recommend picking it up. So do androids dream of electric sheep?

Rating: As annoying as a 2 month wait is, it still deserves a B+

Casshern Sins

Don’t you just love the animation in this! Just look at the picture. Old school anti-grav hair. Watching Casshern and the little dude Ringo bonding on a desolate landscape (which looked to me slightly like a giant slice of pie) was quite a sight.

Plotwise it’s tough to tell at this stage as it we still don’t really know whats going on. But hopefully as it starts to reveal more it will get even more engaging. Let’s just hope it’s not not showing it’s hand because it hasn’t got any good cards.

Rating: I’m dying to see what’s actually going on. A solid B right here

Kannagi

Originality is certainly not this seasons strong point. Kannagi is just your standard guy suddenly gets magical girlfriend type anime. There are a huge amount of them out there. But what Kannagi proves that if you take a standard formula and give it a new shine it will still work.

The reaction of our main character for when the girl appeared was priceless and their dialogue is enjoyable to watch. Ok, so it will probably turn into crappy harem rubbish but for a first episode that was pretty good.

Rating: We’ve seen it all before, but it’s still a C+

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 29, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    My comment is so freaking late but Eve No Jikan is awesome! For a sci-fic fan, seeing issac asimov ‘s robotic laws being used as plot material is totally up my alley….!

  2. Posted November 29, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    @Loba

    Now watch Pale Cocoon. Same studio except even more awesome and that’s saying something

  3. Posted November 30, 2009 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Yea, I watched Pale Cocoon and the other one as well. The atmosphere and setting is really well done in Pale Cocoon, kinda reminds me of Blame! without the violence, shooting and more dialogue.

    Extremely impressed by this director…I hope he directs more shows in future, kick the crap out of all those pure blatant moe crap but I guess some is still required to feed the horde…

  4. Posted November 30, 2009 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I really hope he does as well. Pale Cocoon blew me away like no other short has ever done before. Plus I think Time of Eve went down really well so I’d say the chances are high that he’ll still have more work coming. Maybe not for another few years though…

  5. Posted November 30, 2009 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Time of eve moved me to tears in episode 6 even though there was no death(like in FMA). marks of good directing and scripting. The part where Tex couldn’t get up the stairs was hilarious as well. I much prefer this kind of subtle transition between seriousness and humour instead of the blatant in your face style that FMA 2, D.Grayman and Soul Eater employs. Works well for Soul Eater, soso for D.Grayman but not very for FMA 2…preference preference.

    Btw, you can include Time of Eve movie release in 2010 Spring in the Winter Preview post, just saw it on their main website.

  6. Posted November 30, 2009 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    @Loba

    T-t-t-t-time of Eve Movie!?! *checks ANN*

    Nah, it’s not a movie. Well, it’s only the 6 episodes changed into a movie with a few new scenes. To be honest I don’t think Time of Eve would work in movie format but hey, if it earns them money to make more series then go ahead.

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