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First Impressions: Ristorante Paradiso, Eden of the East, Hatsukoi Limited + Final Roundup

I usually like to review four anime at a time so I was one short this time. I was considering reviewing the latest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh the Abridged series but decided against it on the basis that screenshots would be hard to take.

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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

Ristorante Paradiso

vlcsnap-39815I can sort of guess what’s going on here. The mangaka got sick of all the harems around that were chock full of young men. Why were there no anime or manga with middle-aged men with glasses? So the result is a rather creepy anime full of old Italian men wearing glasses. Studio David must have been really struggling to find an anime to make. Or else they have the same fetish. It’s actually really creepy.

vlcsnap-40110However it’s more than just creepy. It’s also hopelessly boring. Ristorante went for the laid-back approach but it’s leaned back too far and has completely fallen over. After watching the episode, I suffered from an extreme bout of yawning, and it was only 8 and I really wanted to watch Eden of the East, which is difficult when you are falling asleep. I had to stick on some loud anime opening songs to wake me up (thank you Black Lagoon).

vlcsnap-40170David are a newbie studio and they failed. Not every studio can be lucky enough to pick up a gem like Moyashimon as their first anime. Their animation is also lacking, particularly when it comes to backgrounds. For all the fun other studios could have with animating Rome, Ristorante does quite a miserable job of that. All round a failure to be honest. Unless you like middle-aged men with glasses that is.

Rating: E

Eden of the East

vlcsnap-24633Everyone knew this would be good but it’s still a relief when it does turn out to be good. In fact, it was almost embarrassing how good it was compared to many other anime without even trying that hard. It just screams quality from every pore. Anime like this that are able to have such genuine dialogue are absolute gold dust. This was probably the funniest first episode, and it’s main aim isn’t even to be a comedy.

vlcsnap-25504You can sort of tell this is slightly geared towards an international audience. For once a studio hired English voice actors to play the English voices (either that or they are REALLY good Japanese English speakers) and the opening is sung by none other that that English band Oasis, which is a real sign that this is geared towards us. The main character even makes refrences to Western movies like Taxi Driver and The Bourne movies.

vlcsnap-26632Eden of the East is probably the best of the season and it hasn’t even got down to the bones of the story yet. The first episode was just to set the scene and to develop the relationship between the lead pair. But you can’t help already love the lead two. Their conversations are hilarious and yet so genuine. Plus, the bloke has finally put away his Johnny, so basically what I’m saying is Watch This.

Rating: A-

Hatsukoi Limited

vlcsnap-52664I looked at my watch list and noticed something rather worrying. The anime I was watching was full of bishies (07 Ghost), naked men (Eden of the East and, bar a few square inches of loincloth, Guin Saga) and transvestites (Shangri-La). I was in dire need of some animated breasts in my life! However any anime with hot women this season have sort of failed and Queens Blade is out of the question. So it looked like Hatsukoi was my final option.

vlcsnap-52865But frankly, it could’ve been better than this. It wasn’t all that bad. In fact I was grinning for pretty much the entire middle section of the anime and I couldn’t help but cheer for that big bloke because it must of taken a lot of courage to give that letter to her in front of 4 of her  high-pitched giggling friends. But there is something inherently annoying about the women when they start talking. I suppose it is a fairly accurate of girls at that age. They really do obsess about the dumbest things.

vlcsnap-52835Howver JC Staff know what’s really going to draw the viewers in: Cute Girls. There is no better studio for cute girls than JC Staff.  The background animation is sort of lacking. However I didn’t notice this until I went back to take screen shots. I suppose I was too bust watching the women. Look, there is a fanservice anime every season (Queens doesn’t count – thats just semi-hentai) and at least this one has half a brain.

Rating: C-

And that’s it! OK, it isn’t but I’m not even going to bother with Queens Blade, Tatuyuma or that reverse harem thing with the ridiculously complicated name. So finally, a round up of what you should be watching this season. In my honest opinion obviously :)

Must Watch:

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood:

full-metal-alchemistI watched the original in English dub so listening to Alphonse sound like Aisaka Taiga is a bit off-putting. Still, it is FMA and I really do want to see how the manga storyline went.

vlcsnap-26350Eden of the East:

A classic in the making? It certainly looks like it could become one. Man, this is why I love anime.

07-ghost07 Ghost:

I seem to be one of the few people who like this…why? It’s fucking awesome, and I don’t use fucking to describe anime that often.

High Potential:

shangri-la-1Shangri-La:

It looks like Gonzo have a real winner here, transvestites and everything. It may take a few more episodes to gauge if we really have another Last Exile, but early signs are certainly promising.

guin-sagaGuin Saga:

Epic fantasy in it’s most luscious form. Imagine how many cameras you would have to fly over to New Zealand to achieve this is live action. Don’t you just love anime!

cross-gameCross Game:

Sorry Cross Game, but you are going to be almost completely ignored due to your not-so-pretty animation and the fact you are slightly related to baseball. Which is a shame really.

requiem-for-the-phantomRequiem for the Phantom:

Hey guess what? Turns out I really do like Bee Train. If you like Bee Train, watch it. If not, don’t. Pretty simple really.

untitled1Natsu no Arashi:

School Rumble Mangaka + Shaft? OK, I’ll admit this is here mainly off optimism, but still.

Worth a pop:

pandora-heartsPandora Hearts:

Hmm…mysterious, very mysterious. I am  still a bit doubtful of this anime’s capability of keeping my interest but so far I am intrigued.

k-onK-ON!

After a hilarious first episode, the second was hopelessly boring. They spent half the blasted episode eating! I’ll keep it going to see if it goes back to the form of the first.

valkyrie-chroniclesValkyrie Chronicles:

It’s a game based anime, so it’s only a matter of time before this starts to suck. However, that time has yet to come, so huzzah!

Not my sort of thing:

tears-to-tiaraTears to Tiara:

One fantasy anime a season please. So Mr.RawrIlikeeatinglittlechildrenrawr priest loses to Guin.

sengoku-basaraSengoku Basara:

Many fighting, my spear will be the spear that pierces the excellently choreographed fight scenes and so on. Yeah, umm…no.

screenshot-4_5_2009-3_47_01-pmSaki:

It was no way near as awful as I expected it to be, but I’m still not watching it.

Just Awful:

vlcsnap-40004Ristorante Paradiso:

I wouldn’t call it a cure for insomnia. However if they show it on a plane during turbulence, it would help people unblock their ears due to the intense urge to yawn heavily

basquashBasquash:

The closing song is actually pretty good. Otherwise…no.

mazinger-zZ Mazinger:

I was wondering whether I should create an extra layer for this but I didn’t know what to call it.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted April 14, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Eden of the east male character reminds me of what’shisname from honey and clover. Havn’t watch the episode yet though. Will catch up on it soon.

  2. Posted April 14, 2009 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Thats because it’s the same character artist! You have a good eye Loba-san

  3. Posted April 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Haha, thanks. yea, Chika UMINO drew H&A too hmm. Akira reminds me of morita (both in terms of character design and their quirky stunts). So far, I love the background art, especially the scene at the airport where the floors and walls seems reflective =D Very nice. Wonder how the story will go in 11 episodes hmhm. Very intriguing yet not flashy episode, hope it will turn out to be an interesting one.

  4. Posted May 20, 2009 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    i agrea totaly, exept for the fact that i think phandora hearts already shown its capabilitys, to my judgement its an A rank serie. and i also disagrea on natsu no arashibecous i dont see any potential at all in that one, it made me almost chock on a potato whilst watching the first episode… though that can be my taste.
    Valkyria Chronicles is indeed quite strange. though knowing its nothing special i havent lost my intrest in i yet either. :P
    Nice comands though m8 ^^

  5. Posted May 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    @lars

    Pandora Hearts has really been the surprise of the season for me indeed. XEBEC are generally a pretty crap studio but it looks like it has a winner here. Maybe not A Grade though but certainly B Grade.

    In the anime universe of dumb descisions, that first episode of Natsu no Arashi was probably one of the worst. It turned practically everyone off who wasn’t already a SHAFT/Kobayashi fan like myself. The rest of the series is far better but of course nobodys watching it and I don’t blame you for not picking it up. Apparantly Z Mazinger also gets better after the first episode but the only people still watching it are old Z Mazinger fans. Everyone else just saw mindless garbage.

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