Nothing really noteworthy happened this month. Certainly nothing that wouldn’t be covered otherwise in a season preview or anything. Which is probably for the best considering last month’s news was Satoshi Kon diying and mangaka whinging about piracy. So instead I’ll get onto the rankings as quickly as possible.
A Grade: One of the tops of the year. Get ready for some fanboying here
A Berserk Trailer
NEW BERSERK ANIME COMING SOON!!! Only an A though. Not an A+ because it’s only 15 seconds long and Griffith has contrived to look even girlier than usual. It must be the lipstick. The new series is being done by Studio 4°C and I’m 99% sure it’s a reboot from the very start of the series. It’s also entirely in CGI, which is an unusual choice but we’ll see how it goes. Not sure when it’s airing but I’m willing to bet that this will be an OVA release. Studio 4°C don’t really do TV anime. Then again, they did do it with Mahou Shoujotai and Berserk is the kind of series that breaks conventions.
B Grade: Hugely entertaining stuff. Not amazing but definitely worth watching
B Broken Blade
I appear to be in the minority when it comes to this anime. I loved the first episode, loved the world designed and the level-headed approach to portraying the characters. I actually preferred the first episode because it had the joy of discovering a new world, while this one kept things more controlled and got to the bones of the plot, but the difference was minimal. Really looking forward to how this series plays out, preferably with more Queen Shiny Bum and plenty more of those magnificent mecha battles.
B Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
The other day I was on my way to my new accommodation for the new university academic year. Lugging my bag across Leeds city centre, I flagged down a taxi, shoved that massive bag in the boot and plonked myself in the passengers seat. My mind should have been on what I was going to do this year etc etc, until I noticed the taxi driver was an extremely old man. I panicked. What if he asked me? Do I even want to be given the phone? Do I make up some nonsense reason or unenthusiastic response so he doesn’t even consider me? But even if I did want to be put on the phone to Juiz, even if I did want to be the next messiah, what would I say? What would I do, if given 100 million pounds, to save the country? Noblesse Oblige. I’ll remember this anime for the rest of my life.
B- Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: OVA’s
I’ve been watching these steadily as they came out but didn’t feel like I had much to say about them. However now that they’re over I might as well make the point at how great it was that these OVA’s actually added background to some of the characters. Whether it be Hughes and the strangeness of him coming back from the genocide to a happy family, or the hilarity of how Izumi met her husband (excuse me, you dropped your bear), these were well worth watching.
C Grade: It’s good enough to keep watching but it’s not that memorable
C+ Highschool of the Dead
What an absolutely miserable summer season. HOTD was the only tv anime I enjoyed watching, and it was hardly a masterpiece to make up for the rest. I shouldn’t really knock HOTD though. It achieved what it set out to do. Often stupid but always consistent, HOTD was fine entertainment. Also, as stupid as it was, it was crafted with a surprising amount of love and attention. This was a world in which bullets flying through gyrating boobs was perfectly normal and violent pacifists were on the menu as standard. It delivered on its promises. Just don’t expect me to lavish any more praise on it than that.
C+ Giant Killing
I didn’t feel quite the same oomph in this final match than the one halfway through against the three Brazilians. Still though, It did cheer when Sugie scored the header, demanded a red card when Hauer pushed Kuro and cried in dismay when Tsubaki was pulled back when I was certain he’d score. It was a fun series overrall. Clearly suffered through lack of budget and was never brilliantly written. But again, it achieved what it set out to do and I’m certainly going to miss cheering for ETU. Now all I need to do is buy myself an ETU shirt to show off my anime fandom while keeping my cool footie image intact.
C+ Durarara OVA
I didn’t really add anything to the story, which is a shame. It was still a well told one-episode story that retained everything that made Durarara so fun. Celty is still moe. Izaya is still pulling all the strings behind the scenes. Kida is still leaping about and making loud comments about Anri’s bust. Shizuo is still uprooting various parts of Ikebukero and using them as makeshift weapons. And while we didn’t see him, I bet Simon is still on a street corner, handing out leaflets and touting his sushi restaurant. Russian Sushi. It’s not bad sushi. It’s good sushi. Sushi-yo. Umai-yo.
C Hen Zemi
Don’t ask why I enjoyed this as much as I did. Well ok, I’ll tell you. In an anime world where sex is either skirted around in a wimpy manner to prevent all the otaku from having their idols no longer having their pure ears deflowered with such horrible talk, where any reference to sex is done with no more intent than to laugh and say ‘haha boobs haha masturbation’, it was refreshing to come across an anime that tackled the subject with much more openess. It kept the embarrassment and nervousness with the main character discussing everything from NTR to feces farms, but didn’t rely on the fact they mentioned those lines in being the punchline (looking at you, Seitokai Yakuindomo). So for what it’s worth, I enjoyed that.
D Grade: I’ve lost interest in this anime. If it’s a D then I’ve probably dropped it
D+ Time of Eve
Don’t get me wrong. I love Time of Eve. However I’ve watched the original series twice already. I didn’t feel I gained anything from this movie recap. The extra scenes actually annoyed me a bit. I was hoping for a bit more imagination behind the cafe owners origins and why she started the cafe, but the actual answer was rather dull. The only new scene I enjoyed was the one of Sammi doing up her sidetail, and that was only because of how fluidly animated it was. So, as much fun as it was to see Nameless shudder into that cafe again, I didn’t feel this movie was worth it. Waiting for your next series Studio Rikka.
D- Occult Academy
Bleagh, what a load of nonsense. HOTD may be stupid, but it’s well constructed and everything that happens, does so with a reason. That’s not to say HOTD is a masterpiece or anything, that’s just standard storytelling that you should expect from anything. Not this nonsense that Occult Academy came up with. You can be fun, but you can’t throw stuff out for the sake of it.
E Grade: Unlike D grades where I drop out of disinterest, E grades are dropped in Disgust.
E+ Tatami Galaxy OVA
This episode made a lot more sense after I read this post. Before I read that I simply put it down to Yuasa being an idiot again. He’s still being an idiot, but at least this time I understand what he was trying to do with this. Still though, Ozu the giant octopus? Really Yuasa? Sometimes I wish that guy would leave the artwork to someone else and concentrate on that wonderful storytelling ability he has.