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May Roundup

You can tell I wasn’t very active last month by the fact the last monthly roundup is still on the homepage. No big anime news this month, just plain old ratings to do for now.

A Grade

Nothing this month.

B Grade

B+ Aquarion EVOL

Episodes 18-22

I’m also a bit torn on the direction they’ve taken with this series. It’s all gotten a little bit too serious, far more so than the same Aquarion EVOL I fell in love with. That said, even if it’s taking itself more seriously than usual, I’ve been enjoying these latest episodes immensely anyway. Particularly the invasion into Vega and the Death of the Big Bangs. It’s not so much that I care about the plot (I don’t) as it is that the characters have grown on me to the point that I enjoy watching them do pretty much anything. And hey, even at its most serious, Aquarion EVOL is still a pile of big dumb fun.

B+ Un-Go: Inga-ron

Exactly what Un-Go needed. A proper introduction to the characters with an engaging self-contained story that highlights all of the positives the TV series had. It was still as difficult to follow as Un-Go has always been. More than once I had to rewind to catch the meaning of what characters were saying. But it also had those same gut-wrenching, agenda-beating moments, such as the reveals by each of the hippies as to why they went into the battlefield. Hopefully if new people who watch Un-Go check out this first, there won’t be the same level of complaints about the mysteries being lame when that was never supposed to be the main appeal.

B+ Kids on the Slope

Episodes 3-7

Funny how my complaint last month was that it was all a little bit too happy in Kids on the Slope. My only real complaint this month was the devolving into melodramatic shoujo territory got very tiresome very quickly. Asides from maybe episode 7 though, the series has handled this big love dodecahedron quite well, since shit actually moves in their relationships and they are always able to tie it all back to the music again. It really is a fantastically put together anime. Also Brother Jun is mai waifu. Do not steal.

B Jormungand

Episodes 3-7

I love the character interactions in Jormungand, particularly the crew’s relationship with Jonah. I love how they each act as a sort of cool uncle to him, teaching him little tricks and joking about bottoms and stuff like that. Also Koko is fantastic, a perfect character to carry this show. Admittedly I’m still struggling to figure out where any of this is supposed to be going. Not even just some sort of cohesive plot, although there’s been no sign of that either. I don’t know if this show has any themes or messages or anything, beyond maybe that arms dealers are all psychopaths. Still though, it’s always fun to watch Koko make people angry.

B- Sankarea

Episodes 4-8

The totally inevitable happened. The stink from the original manga has dragged the show into the most blatant piece of wish-fulfillment bullshit. It’s ironic how taking Rea away from her father actually removed her personality and turned her into nothing more than a Perfect Girlfriend. And yet I still enjoy this show way more than it deserves because it’s just too well made. Episode 8 was perfect at this. The way the jokes are played out, and how different things are shot. Even when it’s conforming to the original brainlessness of the manga (insert zombie brain joke here), it’s still really well done. Shame this director had to work on Sankarea, but I’m keeping my eye on him from now on.

B- Space Bros

Episodes 5-9

Space Bros has the opposite problem to Jormungand in that its themes are so overplayed that it gets repetitive and tiring. Which is a shame because on the occasions when it does try to tackle things from a different angle, it’s really enjoyable. The last two episodes were great in that regard. One about taking advantage of luck to get achieve your dreams, and the other about the sacrifices people make to reach those dreams. It’s still all about dreams dreams dreams, but at least it’s tackling it from a different angle. More of that please Space Bros.

B- Eureka Seven Ao

Episodes 3-7

Eureka Seven Ao is kinda dumb. I mean, I like some good dumb giant robot fun, as the high score for Aquarion EVOL should show, but I don’t remember the original Eureka Seven ever being quite this dumb. Maybe it’s just because I’m older and more cynical than when I watched the original, but the whole Truth invasion part was so stupidly dramatic with so much grandstanding and stupid lines of dialogue that I found myself scoffing the entire way through it. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just requires some re-adjusting of expectations on my part.

B- Patema Inverted: Beginning of the Day

Episodes 1-2

Patema Inverted is a movie by the guy who made Time of Eve and Pale Cocoon. The movie is supposed to be coming out sometime this year. As a form of hype building, they’ve been releasing these prologue episodes about the series. I thought they were just the first few minutes of the actual movie, but they seem to be genuine prologue episodes of its own content. Hard to know until the actual movie itself comes out. There’s not a whole lot you can get from these prologue episodes. He still has his hand-cam style of directing, the backgrounds look beautiful, and I liked the little twist at the end. Looks promising, but again, there’s not a whole lot to take from them.

B- Wasurenagumo

The second of the 2012 Young Animator Training Projects, Wasurenagumo is about a moe moe spider. This one again is competently produced, tells a neat little contained story, is well animated, and all the other things that I’ve come to expect from the Young Animator Training Project pieces, including that it was sorta forgettable. Well, at least, that’s what I was thinking about 15 minutes through this one. “It just needs something to make it stand out” I thought. And then came the ending. Yup, that sure was an ending I won’t forget in a hurry.

C Grade

C+ Tsuritama

Episodes 3-7

If you were to ask me to list the things I like about Tsuritama, I’d be at a bit of a loss. I find the characters all very simple-minded and irritating. From the main character to Haru to angtsy glasses guy, they’re all very boring people. I also can’t say I’m particularly fond of the fact that 10 minutes of each episode are basically fishing commercials. By all means I’m cool with a story about fishing, but almost all of this fishing babble has nothing to do with the story. What I do like, I guess, is how whimsical and joyous and sometimes plain weird it is. On the few occasions it actually goes a bit crazy it finally becomes entertaining.

C+ Fate/Zero

Episodes 17-22

This show has horrible directing. There was this one shot of Waver talking to Rider that was literally 2 minutes of Waver’s face inside a sleeping bag. It’s the walking-round-in-circles all over again! Who the fuck thinks a 2 minute non changing shot of Saber going bla bla honour honour bla bla is interesting? Nothing is said once that can be said 10 times in several different self-important ways. I genuinely like the story and (some of) the characters, and on the times when it does try to do something a bit more with the directing it’s pretty damn great, such as basically the entirety of episode 22. I just wish it did that all the time and not just when they get bored with lying on stashes on money and decide to fucking animate stuff for a change.

C- Kuroko’s Basketball

Episodes 4-5

When I came back from my self-inforced hiatus to complete my university degree, I had a massive backlog of anime to catch up with. Somewhere, in amongst all those anime, I forgot to keep watching Kuroko no Basuke. It’s not that bad, apart from the animation quality being embarrassing. It’s just forgettable shounen fluff. It has no other draws beyond it being all shouneny and stuff. A story can’t survive on shounen ‘I wanna be the best’ alone.

D Grade

D+ Medaka Box

Episode 4

I hear you manga fans. The manga changes genres twice. Starts at this school life fixing problems thing. Turns into a shounen battle manga. And then finally turns into a parody of shounen battle manga. The presence of Medaka being basically Jesus with Tits might have been enough to keep me vaguely interested until then. But then I heard it was only going to be 12 episodes long. Considering it’s pre-orders are selling like cold rotting cakes at the moment, the chances of more being made are pretty damn low. So I’m done. I’ve got enough other stuff to watch anyway.

D Mysterious Girlfriend X

Episodes 4

I came to a very quick realisation watching episode 4: Mysterious Girlfriend X has nothing else to offer. It has this little relationship between Urabe and Yuji Everylead that deliberately tries not to do what standard relationships are meant to. That’s neat, but that also happens to be all it has. Its story is not going to go anywhere from here. So I bailed. Not because it was bad, but because I felt I had gotten everything from this series I needed. No point sucking from the straw if the drink in there has all been drunk.

D Lupin III: Fujiko Mine

Episodes 4-8

I do not like this new take on Lupin III. Its attempts to be all Mature and Sexy come off as silly, desperate, and sleazy in an uncomfortable way. It also seems to lack a sense of humour, taking itself way too seriously and having deadly serious conversations about the world when it simply doesn’t have the brains to say anything worthwhile. The Fidel Castro episode was particularly embarrassing in this regard. I also hate what they’ve done to Zenigata’s character, turning an honourable goofball into a reprehensible slimeball. I wouldn’t have thought I’d be against a new interpretation of Lupin III, but not a version that sucks all the fun out of it.

E Grade

No dreadful OVAs to mock this month.

F Grade

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61 Comments

  1. Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    BOO trying to make excuses for not liking Mysterious Girlfriend X when you probably just couldn’t take the drool anymore.

    You’re spot on though with Sankarea; it really is good because of how well made it is and only shows cracks because of the content.

    And yeah. . . Koko sure is loco.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      Eh, the drool was only part of it. I’ve got a new rule that I stop watching stuff that has run out of tricks to prevent me getting an overall negative opinion on it

  2. Flawfinder
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    You ever thought about doing a post concerning your best/hated anime cliches? That sounds like it’d be interesting.

    Anyways, as for Fate/Zero, I think it has two big problems. One, that it sticks too closely to the source material rather than be its own thing. Second (and it’s related to the first problem), it doesn’t feel like an anime most of the time. It feels like someone’s reading the novel and showing me static pictures of what’s going on.

    • Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      Gotta agree with that take of what had serious Evangelion-level potential of greatness.

      As it is, it will just end up the best of 2012. :(

      • Flawfinder
        Posted June 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        Haha.

        I unfortunately like a lot of series more than Fate/Zero to the point that I’m not sure if it’ll end in my top 5 2012 anime

      • Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

        As long it’s up there in the top 10, we are cool.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

        Nichibros, Aquarion EVOL, Kids on the Slope, Future Diary, Nisemonogatari, Jormungand, Sankarea, Space Bros, Thermae Romae, Minori Scramble

        Huh. Guess Fate/Zero won’t be in my top 10 for this year

      • Erif
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        Could easily get rid of half of those, tbh. Some of them aren’t even worth caring about.

        Except Nisemonogatari. It wasn’t bad, but I doubt I could consider it the top of anything, despite how much I loved Bakem.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Sticking too closely to the source material is a problem, but its tendency to repeat the same stuff in different flowerly language would be a problem in either medium

      • Chipp
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

        BTW you can blame the producers of the anime version of Sankarea that it is becoming more and more shitty. It isn’t because of manga material but because of the numerous fillers which get bigger with every episode and stretching the story (and making all more stupid at times).

    • Erif
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure if I totally agree with this statement. The “walking around in circles” scene in the first episode was bad because it was too much exposition crammed into one scene, so those who hadn’t watched FS/N felt overwhelmed. What’s more, the director did nothing to liven up the scene, and we were basically presented with talking heads walking in circles. It’s a scene that may have done well in form of a novel rather than anime. Compare that to Rider studying up on the Holy Grail War, a later scene in that same episode, and the exposition is handled much more competently; the information given to us is manageable, and there’s much more going to make the viewer interested.

      I think the conversation between Rider and Waver was directed quite well. It follows the idea that the dialogue is supposed to carry the scene rather than the actions of the characters, and while I think the circles scene tried to utilize this, it utterly failed. Unlike the aforementioned scene, however, this had more purpose to it, as it reinforced the focus of the conversation. The image of Waver in a sleeping bag with only his face showing is rather silly – even childish. Let’s just say we wouldn’t ever suspect to see Kirei or Kiritsugu in such a ridiculous position. But I think that as much as he Waver wants to prove himself, this further emphasized the fact that he is still just a child, and Rider will do anything in his power to protect Waver. He’s done needlessly sacrificing lives for fairytales, especially one as pure and innocent as Waver. I’m sure Ei Aoki could have made this scene livelier, but he didn’t need to. The dialogue was interesting enough to carry it, and action would have just detracted from its main focus. It was meant to be a simple, and that’s exactly what it was.

      I’m such a scene kid.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

        I saw that scene and immedtially screeched WAVERPILLER at the top of my lungs.

        Still waiting for him to evolve into Waverpod and then finally Waverfly.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        It stayed on that shot for two minutes. Your argument makes sensefor a shot that lasted 5-10 seconds

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Dude but the relationship between Urabe and Tsubaki is so cute! The beach episode dude the beach episode!

    Mine Fujiko is just kinda Mine Fujiko. Like, I’m interested but I saw the whole child prostitution thing coming from fucking miles away and I’m not happy. But it has another angry homosexual in the form of Oscar, so I’m sure Angelo Sauper will be happy he’s not alone. I wonder who would kill whom for Zenigata/Full Frontal first.

    Sankarea is still great shush.

    Tsuritama is freaking A+ material dude are we watching the same show?

    AO is brainless and I’m disappointed.

    As for Space Bros…. I’m behind!! It’s hard to remember when each show comes out and I’ve been watching so much. uguu ;-;

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      So you consider 10 minute fishing commercials A+ material?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

        Well in my defense, whenever i watch it, i get warm fuzzy feelings cuz I remember when my dad taught me how to fish so idk???

  4. Nebulous
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Still don’t understand the Sankarea love on any level.

    Everything else on the list is excusable but I am trying to bend my very being into the sort of person who could like it but it just isn’t working. It’s not like with other opinions where one can see or be pointed out the merits and demerits of a certain show (as an elitist always should) and come to an opinion different but understandable how one could disagree. For me Sankarea and shows like it are some of the worse nonsense anime can offer. It’s not like Queens Blade where it’s clear what you are getting and there is no one out there going to call it anything other than the filth it is. Instead this show is absolutely riddled with a disease which while it looks fine at first, if you look at it on anything other than an absolutely superficial level you realise that it should be burned and destroyed so as for its poison not to affect anything else.

    If possible Scamp could you make an article explaining exactly what good that there is in the show that can somehow cover the absolute undeniable ridiculous shit that this show has constructed as its very core I would be very grateful.

    The odd “its well directed” and words of that calibre means nothing.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      ok ok i admit part of why i like sankarea is because i like chihiro’s voice and the art is really nice okay stop jUDGING ME

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I did write a post on it you know. Admittedly that was only about one part re: the dad’s gloves, but that’s a symbol of a larger reason why I like it.

      • Nebulous
        Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

        Will you further explain this further reason? It’s OK if you don’t want to. All the glove stuff is in the manga (which you despise) so I’m quite surprised at that comment, especially since it’s one paragraph in a split focus article. I had to go back to reread it in case I had missed something.

        TBH I’m not sure what to really say – I hold you in rather high regard as an anime reviewer, a thumbs up from you to a show is something I often look for in thinking about what to watch. I’d really like to come to understand what you like about the show. But Its perfectly fine if you’ve got better things to do than argue with an anonymous commenter.

      • Erif
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

        So basically, exactly how I feel about Scamp and Aquarion?

      • Scamp
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        It’s the way it emphasises certain scenes to give them more meaning. The focusing on the life flowers give even though they’re poison, the ironic fact that she has to eat poison to live as a zombie. The concept that she has to die to ‘live’ a proper life. The way they shoot almost every single shot of the father, highlighting just how creepy he is without making him out to be a pervy old codger. He’s genuinely creepy, and not in a lecherous way.

        There’s how it times jokes with a dryness that makes them funnier, such as the two tailing men in the shop sitting on the kids toys as they spyed on Rea. It’s not dramatically drawn attention to, it’s shuffled in like it’s natural. Also even when it’s doing stuff I don’t like, it’s still doing it well. The shaky cam shots of Rea when Chihiro is videoing her are meant to appear voyearistic because that’s exactly what Chihiro is doing at the time.

  5. Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Sakamichi no Apollon: A-
    Quite the ringleader of this fantasic season. Not a false step so far, although I haven’t read the manga. It seems to parallel Mad Men rather well – the production values, the tight scripting, and the succinct historical touch.

    Mysterious Girlfriend X: A-
    Surprise contender for the Spring season’s best with intriguing plot, great chemistry between the main leads, and excellent retro style that hearkens back to the halcyon days of the 80s.

    Space Brothers: A-
    well-done slice of life, easily the funniest of this season. Mutta is so relatable that you can’t help but chuckle at every gag, even if you see them coming a mile away. It’s as if we’re in cahoots with some of his nefarious antics.

    Fate Zero: A-
    Kicks all kinds of ass. Urobochi is kinda like the Japanese version of George Martin, but darker.

    Mouretsu Pirates: B
    Great combination of adventure and whimsy, excellent lead character, and wonderful roster. Sometimes the plot plays it too safe, though, as if the writers don’t have enough ambition to push it a level higher and surprise us all.

    Lupin the Third: B
    Excellent art, great retro-touch that hearkens back to the 70s’ genre exploitation era, and I look forward to the peeling of the multi-layered character that is Mine Fujiko.

    Jormungand: B-
    Another fantastic show that’s grown on me. The bottled episodic format is nice, fits snugly for this type of show, but I would like more story arcs, just to make some of the characters more relevant than just comedy relief.

    Sankarea: B-
    More Shaft-like than Amnesia, with cleaner style, and stronger plot/characters/theme.

    Hyouka: C+
    Slow boil, solid characters, gorgeous animation. Still a Haruhi-lite.

    Tsuritama: C
    Solid, quirky show, so far, and I think the seeds are blooming about now to something spectacular.

    Sengoku Collection: C
    Great character design, colors/palette choice straight out of Penguindrum school of aesthetics, intriguing premise.

    Eureka 7 AO: C-
    Decent sequel so far, but I’m worried about the direction of the plot so far. It tries to be both a sequel to the classic AND stretch out with bottled episodes…

    Dusk Maiden of Amnesia: C-
    solid, gorgeous visuals, but inconsistent thematically. Sometimes the show doesn’t know what it wants to be – a dark thriller or a cliched harem. You can’t go half-assed on either one.

    Medaka box: C-
    Good characters, occasionally funny, hardly NisionIsin-worthy.

    Zetman: D
    Good solid action, boring characters, generic main plot being stretched wafer-thin.

    Dropped or didn’t pick up:
    Acchi Kocchi
    Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
    Upotte!!
    Kore wa Zombie desu ka? of the dead

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      Git ur own blug man dis mai blug

      • Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

        Heh. I do have one, but it’s hardcore philosophy so I troll others for anime.

  6. Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Considering that you already described the very first chapter of the Sankarea manga as “horrible”, and still gave the anime an A grade, I think it’s more likely that the manga’s story already had a strong point at that time, that you just didn’t see until the adaptation emphasized it.

    I mean, if it really would have been just the director all along, then it would still be possible for him to direct it to an A grade level. But if you say that it’s still well-directed yet it’s becoming more of a “wish-fulfillment bull­shit” than it was, then the only logical explanation is that the core story itself is getting worse.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      I think it’s a matter of emphasis. Someone linked me to the scene where Rea stands up for the first time as a zombie, and there it was played as a goofy joke. In the anime, they really highlight the weird beauty the zombie stance has as she shuffles towards him. One depiction gives that scene meaning, the other doesn’t. You may have a point, and I guess it’s hard to comment seeing as I haven’t read much of the manga at all.

    • Chipp
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      As I’ve already said, it isn’t “the core story itself is get­ting worse” it’s anime that’s drowning deeper and deeper in fillers.

  7. appropriant
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Regarding Sankarea, once a certain side character is out of the picture the manga starts to get good imo. I reread the manga to see exactly why I disliked it, but once the aforementioned event happened I started to realize that I only hated the manga because of her and I’m glad that it was handled well in that medium.

    For me, “A” territory is just Sakamichi no Apollon. “B” is Space Bros, Hyouka and Tsuritama. “C” is Jormungand, Sankarea and MGX. I’m not watching anything else this season other than catching up on Cowboy Bebop.

    • Golos
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

      You are talking about Ranko, aren’t you?

      • appropriant
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

        Aye. I like her better as a character than Rea in terms of personality, honestly, but her role in the story is much less important in comparison. Rea’s conflicts become increasingly psychological and life-threatening while all Ranko has is THE FEELS and those impossibly large tracts of land.

      • Chipp
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

        And large breasts of course.

  8. Posted June 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Surprised a little bit at the Lupan grade, but then again, nostalgia isn’t for everyone. Then again, is this nostalgia?

    Everything else seems right in my book, save for Tsuritama. I’d call it more B-range.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t say it’s nostalgia at all since the first time I watched Lupin was maybe 2-3 years ago

  9. SENSEISHUN
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Kids on the slope is so damn good. No show is gonna be flawless in a sense to every person thats why i dont see the point in trying to find fault in a show unless its just ass. Kids on the slope is hands down the best of the season and it really has no obvious flaws. Only the people looking for a fault will find one.

    Mysterious GFX is so unique to me the way they play typical anime relationships and present them all with the use of drool. Urabes “weird” mold is slowly being eroded away as she falls more deeply in love. Its a bit episodic, but i think eventually the series will start to come together towards the end. Its a very worth while watch, it definitely is not a ‘D’

    Jormungand is just pure enjoyment. the characters are just alot of fun that you wont give a shit what they are doing. You can kind of project yourself inside Jonah because its like he doesnt know what the hell is going on around him, but it just seems fun so why not tag along.

    Sankarea is still good, i couldnt give a shit about the manga because i dont read manga. All i know is the anime is good and directed well. You always like the show i least think you will like and have more issues with the ones that i think are undeniably good.

    Space Bros just goes up and down. Its bad for like 2 episodes then good for 1 or 2. I think it will continue this trend for awhile until he actually fulfills some sense of his dream -_-

    • Scamp
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      I don’t search for flaws. I call them out because they are there and they actively prevent me from enjoying the show. The level of melodrama with the total over-reaction Kaoru had to some of the events of the past few episodes were ridiculous and actively irritating.

      Seriously, that’s a really dumb complaint on your part. I could equally tell you you’re just ‘looking’ for the down parts in Space Bros and why can’t you just look at the good parts

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

        Kaoru has severe abandonment issues, it’s natural he should react that way. Instead of holding out hope he intended to severe the connection before Sentaro hurt him.

      • Kiseki
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        I think my only problem with Apollon is that it quickly glazes over things from the manga and completely skips over some details. Small details that add to characterization such as the piano in the basement or Sen’s rosary. Or the reason why Kaoru’s mother left. (Basically why I’m reading the manga in the first place.) A bit disappointing but necessary. Otherwise I find Apollon to be a nearly perfect piece of work so far, perhaps it’s because the characters feel more rounded to me.

      • SENSEISHUN
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        im not complaining im saying that flaws will be in 98% of every show so I dont let that get in the way of my viewing. Also like Luffy said, its natural that Kaoru would react that way. He knew that the way he acted was a simple overreaction, but had that not happend we wouldnt have had that brilliant scene at the end of the next episode.

        Also i just pointed out a simple trend in Space Bros, that you see with alot of shows that run over 26 episodes. I never said that it would affect my ability to watch the show.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

        How can you not let flaws get in the way of your enjoyment? That’s exactly what they are! They are aspects of something that are negative and prevent you from enjoying it fully. If they’re not that then they’re not bloody flaws.

  10. hint
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    My top..
    1.sakamichi apollon and space bros
    1.1 AquaEvol
    2.tsuritama, jor­mun­gand and sankarea /fatezero
    3.eureka seven ao

    Jormungand is not black lagoon, its jormungand… is great anime, iepisodic but i think the events are connected. The last minutes of episode 7 were so good, when Koko, on her “date”, prepared her way out.
    Battles, car crashes and gun fires are all unrealistic… Velmer combat felt like watching Bale beating the “god” on Equilibrium movie.

    eureka seven – what a mess, support characters are boring.

    Started AquaEVO, thx to Scamp’s previous post. Its stupid crazy love.

    Fate zero – hate when they switch through all the characters, when i don’t care about most of them; 2 episodes flashbacks; almost no screen time for Rider who alone carried first season on his back, Saber here is annoying and irritating, she needs Shirou(he sucks but…); rider’s phantasm got censored; shitty air plane action; Gilgamesh is gay pretending to be man… hope Ryder cut his head and throw it to dogs…oh i know that’s not going to happen….
    And its anime of the year… aff ill watch the rest when its over, same for other animes.

    i know my english is bad and im boring
    /bye

  11. DarkEnergy
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    I just saw Was­uren­agumo. I didn’t expect it to end that way. It left A LOT of questions unanswered, but it was still fun. The main characters were pretty boring and did stupid stuff, but kept it mostly entertaining.

  12. Overly-animated
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Medaka Box is one of those animes you have to sit through all the garbage till it gets to the good stuff. Though I’m sort of glad that the anime is being only 12 eps. i wish I could see more of the more amazing battles scenes and chapters animated but oh well. Medaka Box is anime that shouldn’t start at chapter one. Atleast a manga turned anime starting in the middle would put a new piece on that old tired gong.

  13. Mr. Anon
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    I kinda like Jormungand, but the action scenes are SO BAD. They pretend like they’re talking a realistic angle, but the fights have shonen level tactics and massively break suspension of disbelief with baddies missing people who are running straight at them, characters full spraying at 10 meters away and hitting only thin air, and that sort of thing. I can’t even call rule of cool on this, because it’s just not.

    • appropriant
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      I’d agree, but the only time I really felt this was the case was in the Orchestra Arc. Everything else seems fine in comparison.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:27 am | Permalink

        Well yeah as long as it doesn’t go the Orchestra way it’s at least decent.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      I agree with the action scenes being really bad. When it’s some no name then guns are hyper accurate but when it’s a named character then suddenly it’s all matrix budget dodging!

  14. Erif
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    It always comes down to these monthly roundups. I makes me realizes just how much I hate you and your shitty opinions.

    Thank god you’re funny. :/

  15. Nuu
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Fate/Zero scored that low??? THAT LOW??? Lol Scamp Ive admired your judgement for years…but really? Not even a B? I definitely agree some of the directing was eccentric. For sure. But the turning points (in my opinion) were enough to propel it away from C-status. I do admit Fate/Zero played themselves w/the sleeping bag scene. To be honest, they played themselves with Rider period. Waver….mmm I think I could deal w/if he had another servant, but Rider’s good for nothing except as a supporting character. He couldn’t kill any of the other servants if he had to. And idk why everyone gasps @ me saying that.

    • Erif
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      Wow, you’re opinion is shit.

      owait, this isn’t my blog.

      • Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

        What are you talking about…..

  16. Posted June 3, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Man, I’m late with Aquarion, I’m still at episode 20. I never thought I would love so much this show.

    Kids On The Slope: A grade for me. I just read some chapters of the manga, but I love the anime feeling and, although some parts feel fast-paced, there’s so much of good cheracter development to enjoy.

    Nazo no Kanojo: …Well, I still like it and the drool doesn’t bother me. But I’m starting to feel that the story won’t go anywhere, like you said.

    Wasurenagumo: I swear, my jaw literally dropped at the ending. As a experimental production, it gave one of the best impacts I ever saw.

    Tsuritama: I’m watching with my sister, and both of us enjoy a lot. I think the characters are under a good development and the visuals are a delight to watch. But I still have the bad feeling that it can get a bad conclusion, as happened to [C].

    Fate/zero: I’m surprised with your rating… From me, it deserves at least a B rating for the best action scenes of this season and some well-handled darker scenes. I still don’t think it deserves all the great praises it receives, but is pretty great.

    Medaka Box: Repetitve, badly animated and full of tiresome characters. Dropped.

    • Posted June 3, 2012 at 2:04 am | Permalink

      Forgot to say about Inga-Ron. Best OVA/movie this season, as good as the best episodes from the TV series. Just makes me like Shinjurou even more.

      • Embok
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:26 am | Permalink

        Uh. Did I miss something or is everyone just ignoring the incredibly stupid conclusion? Who the hell thought http://img.imgcake.com/no20you20are20the20true20perpetrators1jpgyq.jpg was a good idea?

        It was still good overall but a definite disappointment compared to the series.

      • Scamp
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

        What was stupid about it? Dude was the true perpatrator. He was the one who actually did the killing. Made a dumb mistake by saying it in that way because he was deluded into thinking he was doing the right thing

  17. Embok
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Excuse me, shounen “I wanna be the best” is more than enough. Kuroko is probably the second best show this season after Sunrise’s JC Staff clone.

    Also please don’t insult shoujo like that – Apollon is josei, which is even worse.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Say shounen is enough just being shounen
      Say Accell World is good
      Say josei is not good

      My friend, I hate to be the one to inform you of this, but you have really bad taste

      • Flawfinder
        Posted June 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

        It also doesn’t help that the main character in Accel World ditched his loser status to the point that he’s now a Yuji Everylead that’s short and fat, yet somehow gets women. Because being short and fat is a better justification than the ones Yuji had.

        And yes, I watch the show. I need at least one bad show to make fun of each season.

  18. asd
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Just because the producers of Fate/zero are sitting on piles of cash, it doesn’t mean they’re entitled to give you 24mins of non-stop action/animation. They splurge when they need to and are frugal for rest of the time. That’s how they make money and bring home millions.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Shaft have a teeny tiny percentage of what Fate/Zero has and they manage to make their anime look a bajillion times more interesting to watch. I’m not asking for non-stop action. I’m asking for a little bit more dynamic directing

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