Closest thing to news this month would be the beginnings of the self-enforcement of Bill 156. However the only manga being shoved up to 18+ were smut like Aki Sora. Now perhaps this isn’t the ideal approach to such a subject, but when the only stuff being affected are smut, then I find it really hard to give a shit.
Instead, I’d like to say sorry to those people I met at London Expo. Sorry for not wearing my fancy hat for those who complained about my lack of noticability without it. Sorry to those who I met for a grand total of 2 minutes before running off because I heard someone say ‘free stuff’. Sorry to those I dragged over to look at the Code Geass yaoi doujin I mistook for a official artbook (and the official Code Geass artbook I mistook for a yaoi doujin). And finally, sorry to my reader’s little sister who I scared away, being the big and frightening anime blogger that I am.
Also, VOTE FOR EVA UNIT 01!
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The longer Steins;Gate goes on, the more confident I am that it won’t somehow crap its pants and render all its hard work for nothing. Actually, even if it does fall apart, it won’t have been a wasted experience. A soiled experience sure, but Steins;Gate’s appeal doesn’t solely lie in the plot. The characters are such a diverse and fun group, simply watching them piss about makes up a huge part of what this series enjoyable. Even a nonsensical plot collapse can’t take that away from the experience.
B Fireball Charming
Do you really need to listen to me fanboy over Fireball Charming yet again? Do you not yet know how much I love this show? Honestly speaking, I’d say the first season had marginally better jokes than Charming, but Charming has such amazing animation quality that it manages to drag itself to equal levels with the first season. Anyone who says they prefer Drossel’s original design simply have the glasses of ‘the original is always better’ tattooed around their eyes. This design has the hip swings of a goddess. Nay, of an Empress. Bow down to your Empress!
B Kaiji Season 2
I’m still trying to crack why it is I’m enjoying this season so much more than the first. Why am I so enthralled and giddy watching this arc of Kaiji compared to anything from last season? The formula is exactly the same. The animation has gone up slightly, but nothing significant. The only real difference is I’m watching it weekly rather than marathoning, and it’s that exact forced wait that makes this so entertaining. Cliffhangers rather lose their effect when you can just open up the next episode straight away. But when you don’t know if they’ll finish the game in this episode, the events take on that much more significance.
B- Blue Exorcist
Perhaps to call Blue Exorcist ‘a shounen I can get excited about again‘ is giving it too much credit. It’s hardly riveting nor ground-breaking stuff. But Japan really were not bringing out shounens I cared about. The only shounen in the past 4 years I liked was when they were forced to cart out our favourite petite alchemist with the iron limbs, barely 5 years after his previous stint in the spotlight. But would you look at what we have here! Good characterisation, building relationships, no dragged out fight sequences. It’s rather by the books, but it has enough craft to make me care about what’s going on. For that, I can’t praise this show enough.
B- [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
C’s Financial District comparisons to real life economics might be strained at times, but it’s a fascinating world nevertheless. Better yet, C embrace exploring this world they created. It presents different characters and gives us their interpretation of how this game should be played and their theories on how the world works. They’re as baffled to this world’s intention as we are, but join in with the audience in trying to make sense of it all. That is where C excels above everything else. It gives us a world and actually intelligently explores its possibilities. For me, that makes up for some of the rather clunky storytelling somewhat.
The second of Sunrises two fully CGI OVA’s, the first one being Koisento last month. I really enjoyed Koisento. It was goofy, endearing fun. Norageki is a hell of a lot different. It’s more Sci-Fi mystery series, but I ended up enjoying it just as much. It does a better job at characterisation in its 30 minute period than most anime can achieve in several hours. The CGI still hasn’t quite been cracked yet. In going to CGI, they seem to be almost too keen to make the characters move about to the point that it becomes unnatural. Also the 2D faces painted onto 3D models didn’t work in Koisento and it doesn’t work here either. But hey, the actual writing and directing is great, so if you can get over your CGI bias, both Norageki and Koisento are great ways to spend 30 minutes.
B- Tiger and Bunny
They spent an entire episode devoted to hosting a birthday party for Bunny where they hold a mock robbery, but then *SPOILER* a real robber appears! Hilarity ensues. That episode plot description should tell you all you really need to know about the tone Tiger and Bunny is going for. In that sense, it’s similar to Hanasaku Iroha, in being far more light-hearted than the first episodes suggested it would be. I place T&B above Hanasaku Iroha for two reasons. Firstly,the main characters in both are well meaning but slightly dim-witted, but for Tiger it’s better explained rather than Ohana “just cause” reasoning. Also, the more serious moments don’t make my eyes roll as they do in Hansaku Iroha.
C+ Hanasaku Iroha
Look, forget the first two episodes. Forget that tone it had. The cleverly written, self-reflective tone that challenged the viewer to consider what it was that Ohana really thought about her surroundings. Ohana has since been relegated to well-meaning dimwit. Hanasaku Iroha has since been relegated to the light-hearted tales of the growing pains the teenage girls in Kissasou inn. Which is fun in it’s own way. But it doesn’t hold much weight. Ultimately, a fun but rather forgettable series.
I’m rather torn on this one. On one hand, Colorful gives me exactly what I’ve been demanding for a while now. A cast of genuine pricks. Each one of these characters are dislikeable in their own, unique ways. I particularly liked the nasty streak ParaPara, the ‘angel’, had. On the other hand, I’ve never liked this sort of low key, laid back presentation. I believe the term is pathos? Probably got that all wrong, but that’s a word I’ve seen thrown about to describe stuff like Makoto Shinkai films. This is faaaar better than any Shinkai rubbish mwahahaha go my biased views go, and there are parts to it I rather liked. But ultimately, it’s rather dreary and requires the viewer to care about rather minor changes in characters through very small pieces of dialogue. You’ll probably like this more than I did.
C Ano Hana
After the first episode, I figured the reason I didn’t like Ano Hana was because it was trying to get me to feel sorry for these characters without doing any characterisation first. Then, in the next 2 episodes, it took a step back and did exactly that, so I thought all my problems had been solved. That is, until it went back to the melodrama and I was back to eyerolling all over again. Back to the drawing board again Scamp! Why don’t I like melodrama anyway? At a wild stab, I’d say because it feels forced. It’s trying to get the viewer to feel sad rather than just letting the characters do the whole being sad stuff. But that’s still pretty flimsy reasoning on my part. Ah well, at least this show has Anaru.
Here’s a challenge for all you Nichijou fans out there. After every gag, ask yourself “what is the joke here?”. I’ve been playing this game for the past few episodes now, and about 1 out of every 5 jokes have a point beyond being purely random. Take the above gag. It’s funny because classrooms often celebrate finishing exams rather over-enthusiastically, so Nichijou pushes that to hilarious extremes. That’s funny. Sticking a Shogi piece on a piece of Strawberry Shortcake. The jokes there is…well? I certainly don’t get it. Maybe I’m missing a pun? Although that wouldn’t explain all the other pointless randomness in this show. I suppose it’s worth watching for the occasional gag that does hit though.
C- Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland is stupid. Well, no, that’s doing a disservice to stupid anime. Deadman Wonderland reaches Terribad levels of stupidity at times. What’s worse, it doesn’t even realise how stupid it is. It could be camp if it wanted to, but it instead tries to pull stuff off seriously that breaks the camp barrier and plunges to the depths of “did they seriously think that was a good idea?”. I am still watching it, but it’s fallen into the same category as Umineko. It’s entertaining, but for none of the reasons it thinks it’s entertaining for.
D Denpa Onna
I’d say I made my reasoning pretty clear on why I’ve dropped this already. People are trying to argue the case that it’s about a recluse trying to integrate back into society, and on some level that’s what the story has become about. Yeah, for all of 1 minute per episode, that’s what it’s about. The rest has turned into stupid harem antics. Granted, the various haremmetes have slightly more personality than your typical harem, but the story has lost all focus and meaning. Denpa Onna is just pissing about until it can finally call it a day.
Well that petered out pretty lamely. Supernatural was that it was at its best when it focused on various episodic stories. Problem is, Supernatural didn’t want to be an episodic show. It wanted to cram in this dumb plot about Sam having super powers. Whenever that plotline took over, it dragged the entire show down and became stupidly cheesy and melodramatic. Worse still, the plot was resolved using a Dad ex Machina, rendering the entire thing anticlimactic and stupid. In the end, I’m giving Supernatural a thumbs down. It was marginally above average for anime I guess, but it still ended up feeling like a waste of time.
No awful OVA’s to mock this month