So with the QUALITY out of the way early on, this is where the quality really kicks in…right? Well, that’s what you’re about to find out with this post! In theory anyway. In practice, all of you will have seen these episodes already and are simply checking to see what everyone else thinks of them. In that case, I welcome you all to observe the directions my knee jerked towards.
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
Sora no Woto
Well I think I’ve successfully covered what everyone else thinks of this show,but as for myself, you can colour me mildly impressed. Sora no Woto falls into the category of humourless slice of life, a genre that quite often leaves clawing at my face through sheer boredom. So congrats to Sora no Woto for keeping me interested thus far.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the story is managed from here. There were clear hints at a far bigger picture overall, what with that big fossil and the tank and everything. I know I shouldn’t be placingmy action loving preferences onto this show but if that tank doesn’t get used before the end, I’m going to be a mightily disappointed aniblogger.
Baka to Test to Whatever
I knew Silver Link had nicked a bunch of ex-Shaft people. Even so, I wasn’t expecting the similarities to be so pronounced. If someone had told me this was by Shaft, I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid, except maybe to say “he’s calmed down slightly for this one”. Not quite full Shaftyness but plenty of Shinbo influence here.
The show itself is so utterly ridiculous to the extent that you can’t help but love it. The whole plot runs like the brainchild of an imaginative child who has kept this story idea through to adulthood. The whole idea of these fights is utterly mad and yet this show plays with tropes very effectively. It’s imaginative and *gasp* original!
If anything though, this show isn’t nearly mad enough. Think of how crazy Seto no Hanayome was and you’ve hit upon exactly what this series lacks. Shinbo is working on the wrong series this winter. He is not the type of director suited for Vampire Bund. That mad was needed on this series. Ah well, too late to change now.
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Well that was an unusual start to the series. An entire episode based in a game show wasn’t what I was expecting from Vampire Bund at all. To be honest, I can’t say it was pulled off that effectively either. I couldn’t really see what the point of the entire sequence was and we didn’t really learn anything about the characters.
Actually the more I think about it, the less impressed I am. I knew watching it that this could hardly be how the manga started out because the whole thing was dragged out for way too long, although the way the manga fans were talking about it you could swear they thought Shinbohad hired 4kids or something equally apocalypse inducing.
Eh, actually maybe I’m being a bit too harsh. I’m definitely going to give it a few more episodes to prove its worth, although I think this might become the series where I isolate myself from internet discussion on this series. While no way near as bad as VN readers, boy can it be annoying to listen to these manga fans at times.
You know, this wasn’t as terrible as I was expecting. Oh sure, it was a constant stream of horrible cliches, the characters are the dullest cookie cutter bunch you could ever get and I have absolutely no intention of watching anymore of this, but it certainly could have been worse. At least there were no mutant croissants posing as pigtails.
Considering the manga fans were panicking that the plot might have been ignored, frankly I think this would have been better off without it. There wasn’t a single original or inventive or even remotely interesting part in the slightest. Frankly, I would have preferred more fanservice.
Something that bugs me with these fanservice shows is they don’t seem to understand sexiness. You can’t just toss in a bunch of boob and panty shots along with a lead who loves the main character and then instant titillation. There’s got to be more heart, more subtle flirtation and less bloody panty flashes. I’m fucking sick of panty flashes.
8 shows and still nothing worthy of even a B? I shall be patient though. Fortune favours the patient…or something.