My next first impressions post was meant to include anime like Book of Bantorra and Natsu no Arashi but I’ve been having some administrative errors with Crunchyroll and it won’t accept my paypal. But that’s for another day. For no we’re going to have to continue watching fansubbed anime. Oh poor us, however will we survive!
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
I’ve yet to make a ‘top 10/20 favorite anime’ post but if I did, you would see exactly how much I adored Chobits. Seeing Clamp and Madhouse return for a new anime that has a similar atmosphere has clouded my judgement a bit with this new series. For that reason, it’s kind of hard to take my review here at face value.
Of course I enjoyed the episode. The cheerful naivety of Kobato works so well when played off her violent stuffed dog. The animation is superb (it’s great to finally see Madhouse back on quality anime again instead of Needless) and the whole atmosphere of the episode was so easy to enjoy. That grin never left my face.
One large problem though. Considering it’s such an important part of her character, the producers really should have picked someone else to voice Kobato who could actually sing. Some people said that it would be impossible to sound as angelic as the anime portrays her as but you should at least get someone who can hit those high notes.
Kimi ni Todoke
I have a lot of problems with this episode, most of them being aspects that are standard to any shojo. The dialogue is horribly unrealistic and unimaginative. It’s basically like how a teenage girl would like her dialogue to go with the guy she liked. The guy’s personality was too annoyingly perfect and idealised.
Then there’s the fact that the romance is pretty much already there. The main two already like each other and are practically going out by this stage. The most fun part of a romance anime is watching the characters fall in love with each other. These two fell in love in that ‘the school is that way’ scene, killing the series right from the start.
Considering how much I heard about how intelligent the manga was, I’m pretty damn disappointed. I guess I just don’t like shojo. It’s not just the star-sparkles and so on, it’s the annoying level of wish-fulfillment that goes on. The only saving grace is that I actually quite liked the female lead but otherwise that episode really disappointed me.
Darker than Black: Comet of Gemini
They come along every now and then don’t they. Those first episodes that just make a mockery of every other anime’s efforts and bowls them over effortlessly with their own level of quality. Darker than Black managed that. Nothing this season has even come remotely close to the quality of this episode.
It actually took me ages to get into the first season of Darker than Black. It wasn’t until around episode 8 did I start to enjoy the series. Thank god that I didn’t have to do that again for this series, considering it’s only 12/13 episodes long. The other plus from the last season is that this Yoko Kanno-less season actually has *gasp* better music!
Yes, Darker than Black has returned in all it’s glory. Brian is also going to make an emphatic return to blog this series so you can follow him if you so wish.
Why oh why did this anime have to stick to such painful otaku-pandering. There’s clearly a good plot underneath all that stupid panty flashes and horrible moe and argh! No really, the scenes where the two characters swap over to that undeniably creepy other-world are excellent and very Noein-esque.
But oh dear god, what sort of nonsense did they put in before that! There must have been about 10 panty flashes but they were far from being the worst part. Far worse were the painfully generic character archetypes and conversations that we’ve seen a bizzilion times before. It’s as if the creators were trying to be as generic as possible and succeeded spectacularly.
And then there’s the moe. I don’t hate moe but by god…ok just stop me now before I keep bitching about all the things that pained me about this episode I’d go on all day and it would get tl;dr. The worst thing is that there is clearly a good story under all this utter generic crap that’s dominated most of the episode.