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March Roundup

Rather sad news this month. The acclaimed director Noburo Ishiguro died, at the ripe old age of 73. There are 3 titles he’s known for that make him one of the most important and influential anime directors ever. There were Macross and Yamato, neither of which I’ve seen so I can’t really make a comment on. The other was a little anime by the name of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. I was originally going to write a review of LOGH in honour of his passing, but I didn’t have a clue where to start reviewing such a behemoth series like that. Plus I’m pretty sure most of the reasons I like LOGH are due to the original author rather than anything the directing added. Still, he realised that massive series potential and made anime what it is today. Many of my favourite overly dramatic mecha space opera series would not exist if not for him.

A Grade

A- Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing

Episodes 18-21

Fantastic final batch of episodes to the series. Fam admits she was being naive and that the war cannot be solved through sheer genki energy. Milia completes her development by walking on board the bridge of the Silvius in that officer uniform. Everything comes to a head in a dramatic, wide scoping finale with everyone fighting everyone. Exile on Exile. The return of the Silvana to top everything off. Not so sure about the very final twist that I don’t feel like spoiling, and there were a few glitches along these few episodes, but it was so grand and all-encompassing that many of my little quibbles gets swept under this wave of energy. Really fantastic end to this series. The focus is different to the original Last Exile, being less about adventure and more about war and politics, but I think it handled that fairly well. Sure, any recommendation of Last Exile Fam will have to be appended with the main character is awful, and it’s not as good as the original Last Exile, but I still think it’s well worth anyone’s time.

B Grade

B+ Future Diary

Episodes 21-23

Perhaps in execution, Future Diary leaves a little to be desired. But for the direction the story has been taking lately, I’m all ears. It has always been gloriously fucked up, but the latest episodes have gone right off the deep end into complete insanity, while still somehow keeping a lid on the narrative and having it make some degree of sense. There’s very few anime I’ve gotten this thrilled at each plot twist as I have for Future Diary lately.

B+ Daily Lives of Higschool Boys

Episodes 9-12

The nature of Daily Dude’s object of pure satire means its jokes eventually started to run stale. What it needed to do was wrap everything up with one final gag that encompassed everything it was trying to teach us, showing how we have grown as people from out experienced with the anime. Detroit Metal City did it with highlighting how dumb a real Heavy Metal star looked after we had experienced the rest of the series. Nichibros did it with that final dream sequence where everything was played completely straight, which only served to highlight even further how silly these scenes all seemed, but only after we had experienced the rest of the series. Masterful stroke by one of the greatest comedy anime I’ve ever seen.

B Aquarion EVOL

Episodes 9-12

For the most part, Aquarion EVOL is as fun as it ever was. I love the addition of our new overcoat wearing villain who gets won over to the good side by the power of moe. It has that goofy yet still sincere quality to it that made School Rumble click so well, so that you can both roar with laughter yet still get emotionally invested in the romance. The problem that’s started to rear its head this month are the villains. I just do not give a shit about them. They’d be tolerable if they had the same self-aware quality the good guys have, but they don’t. It feels like it’s all being played straight, as if we’re somehow supposed to care about their schemes. I hope LOVE BACKWARDS never feels the need to try take itself more seriously, because I love it as it is right now.

B- Nisemonogatari

Episodes 9-11

Anti-climactic end yet again, which is kind of par for the course with the -monogatari franchise. Overall, I loved the animation and massive increase in quality in the directing, but the actual Plot and Story part was all a bit of a let down. There were hugely entertaining side parts, such as characters like Kaiki or Shinobu, but the stories they got involved in were all rather dull. Then again, I had a similar problem with large segments of Bakemonogatari. This is probably the reason I cling so desperately to the idea that Kizumonogatari has a great story behind it. I should stop letting myself get excited for it, lest it turns out the exact same.

C Grade

C Natsume Yuujinchou 4

Episodes 9-12

There was one episode of Cute Boys Doing Cute Things this month, which means Natsume automatically gets bumped down several score under my new rule of Don’t Do The Shit Nichibros Makes Fun Of. Actually there was probably some pretentious dialogue about the weather too, because there normally is in Natsume. For the most part though, the rest of this month was standard Natsume. I just happen to be tired of its formula. If they announce another season and it’s not called Natsume Yuujinchou Final, then I’m not watching it.

C Ozma

Episode 1-2

This is weird. I usually love submarine battle stuff. I distinctly remember leaning closer to my speakers and turning them up when watching the original Last Exile and they were searching for the Exile inside the Grand Stream. Yet the submarine battles in Ozma did nothing for me. I think the problems are twofold. One is that they made up the rules of the game as they went along. Halfway through they suddenly decided that the heat would increase in the sub if they stayed under the sand. It’s hard to get excited about anything like this when they could pull any old shit out of their ass at any minute. The second, and perhaps more damning, is I don’t care about any of the characters yet. Need to get cracking on that Ozma if you’re only 6 episodes long.

C- Persona 4

Episodes 21-25

I’m sorry Persona 4, but I stopped caring last month. I liked your characters and your goofier episodes. Heck, I even liked your internal struggles played out with weird Freudian imagery. But these final batch of episodes were way too self-serious for my liking, and didn’t gel well with the rest of the series. Plus it felt like all the characters had long since completed their development. The final reveal with the villain was dumb, because I struggled to make any connection between his shadows’ ideals and what we saw of his real world personality. The final final villain also rubbed me the wrong way. The message is that people watch TV to escape from reality and that you should go outside and hang out with other people instead, which is a bit rich coming from a fucking video game. Poorly directed, cheesy without being entertaining about it. Just the entire end arc was a damp squib.

D Grade

D+ Kimi no Iru Machi

Episode 1

Eh, it’s an OVA adaptation of a much longer running manga that’s only covering a few important plot points for the original fans, just so they can squeal in delight as they see them animated. I was hoping perhaps for some sort more ambitious, experimental animation and directorial style when they had Yasuhiro Yoshiura directing it, but I guess even he phones it in sometimes. Whatever, it was largely dull, even if a little bit of old feeling sparked up inside me towards the end. Somewhere inside, I’m still hoping for another decent seinen romance. Maybe I should give Ano Natsu a proper sho-bwahahaha no.

D The Princess and the Pilot

I will be fair to Princess and the Pilot and admit that it was very well paced and structured. I knew this because when I went for the inevitable glance to see how much longer I had to suffer through this movie, over an hour had passed and I hadn’t even noticed. But still, this movie was drab and dull, cycling through clichés with two characters that I never cared about. This is probably the first and only time you’ll hear me mention something with voice acting, but the actor’s dialogue was incredibly dry and dull. Perhaps it was to match the characters, but they left the impression that neither character was capable of feeling emotion. Dull movie, but inoffensively so.

E Grade

My Little Sister Can’t Be Getting A Second Season

F Grade

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  1. Random
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Nisemonogatari has more sales than all animes in the season combined, LOL.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Pretty sure that’s not true, especially since Persona 4 sold about half the amount Nisemonogatari did by itself

      • Random
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

        Persona is counted as an October anime.
        The animes I am talking about is the ones that started to air in January.

  2. Miles R.
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Yes SEASON 2!!!!!!!! Theres Alot Of Shows that Need Atleast a 2nd Season~

  3. Ryu
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    My Little Sis­ter Can’t Be Get­ting A Second Season

    April fools!



    • Ryu
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      As in: oreimo getting another season is a joke right?

      • Haruki
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

        Maybe, maybe not. “The announcement was originally made at this weekend’s Anime Contents Expo in Chiba, Japan.” So, it’s possible that it’s true since apparently, I read somewhere else that the first anime left at vol… 5-6? And 9 is coming soon, so…

      • Hellur
        Posted April 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

        I actually enjoyed my little sister in its own twisted little way it amused meh :D and on persona 4 I was reverse of you scamp, I thought the entire series was a bit too “camp” with the exception of these last few eps, I’m also please to say that I knew the baddie was that police guy all along, no one is that cheerful and stupid.

  4. Posted April 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with you with Persona. The final episodes were quite disappointing in terms of how they did it in anime form. The final battle also felt pretty lame.

    But I have to hand it to Adachi’s voice actor though. He’s still as good as ever.

  5. Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    You should blog the 2nd Season when it comes around. After all your best writing skills come out when you’re writing about something you don’t like.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Nooooo I don’t wanna!

      • Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        Do it. Awaken the terribad in you!

  6. kero92
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Oreimo announced in april’s fools

  7. Posted April 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    You haven’t even actually seen the end of Persona 4 yet since they left out the final final final villain for an extra episode on the BDs. Which is hyper lame because ending it where they did leaves one major unresolved plot point that isn’t even actually brought up until before they confront the final final final villain. LAME.

    • Duelit
      Posted April 2, 2012 at 3:18 am | Permalink

      *Pats on shoulder* We will get justice done. :3

  8. Duelit
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Scamp, while the Persona 4 anime left an odd taste in the later half of the season, I’ll point out one thing. The Persona 4 game took weeks if not a month to finish. When played, you would literally spent the equivalent of a month of real time playing out a year of Narukami’s life. The one thing most feared about the anime was that the development of the characters would be rushed and for the most part, they were. Instead of spending 30 minutes trying to rush in emotion and meaning to how the character’s relation around the protagonist was supposted to feel, we had… well, a rushed speed date with all the characters implied. Well, now thats its over, my hope for the series lies in the Persona 4 Arena by Altus (Blazblue and all that) for the fanservice goodness (plus apparently there will be a deep story in a side scrolling fighting game, who knew?). Just glad they finally are getting that next adaptation of Code Geass:Akito the Exiled. Well, Happy April Fools. ^^

  9. Someone Else
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      YES more 5pb anime
      NO why visual novel adaptation in Noitamina

      My feelings are mixed

  10. Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    “The mes­sage is that people watch TV to escape from real­ity and that you should go out­side and hang out with other people instead, which is a bit rich com­ing from a fuck­ing video game. ”

    That wasn’t what Persona was saying at all. All it said was that the TV manifested what people wanted to see, which were the people on and didn’t care about what actually happened as opposed to what purportedly happened – i.e. didn’t go out and look for the “truth”.

    Not that this correction is going to change your mind, I just didn’t think it was a fair comment as Persona never said anything of the ilk. In any case, I enjoyed it, probably one of the best game adaptions to date.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      I expanded the metaphor further. There’s a reason they chose a TV as the object to manifest stuff onto. Because people use TV to watch what they want to see. In that sense, seeing what you want to see on TV is an escape from reality.

  11. Embok
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    P4’s antics episodes were great, but the plot episodes were boring as hell, and that’s all there was this month. I feel P3 would have made for a better series overall.

    Also get hype for your next VN – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XG3Q0Wy4cY

    • Scamp
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Oh god…I recognise that music….

  12. TheVoid
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Technically Persona 4 isn’t over yet and believe me it isn’t. The final episode will be on the DVD.

    It will also reveal why Yu and Adachi never needed to confront their shadows.

  13. Mr.RR
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    “My Little Sis­ter Can’t Be Get­ting A Second Season”

    Not gonna light but I laughed pretty hard.

  14. luffyluffy
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow, how did I miss this roundup?

    I’m disappointed to see you disliked P4A, as I personally really liked it but oh well.

    And didn’t you already write an logh review?

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