So for the first time ever, I was looking at blogging 2 anime at once! I know, daring isn’t it (although lets leave aside the fact Hetalia is only 5 minutes per episode for now). But when it came to this summer season, nothing really grabbed me. Spice and Wolf is great, but it’s a sequel and I don’t want to blog a sequel. Umineko would fun to blog but has quite enough people blogging it. I’m really not in the mood to blog something as deadly serious as Tokyo Magnitude and most of the rest seemed to be fairly dull slice of life and Canaan, which is just exploshuns which is hard to blog about.
In the end I settled on Sora no Manimani for two reasons. 1: the manga has a lot of good reviews, including Omni from Random Curiosity no less, and 2: It made me laugh out loud, something far too many slice-of-life series have forgotten how to do recently.
The episode begins with our hero Chiaki Shi…err I mean Ooyagi Saku. He’s a good old tsundere male lead, a position I will always associate with Nodame Cantabile. I’m not complaining now, this anime pulls him off fantastically. The occasional burst of frustration at what ‘those idiots’ around him do are damn funny, ranging from his mum to Noda…err I mean Mihoshi.
The similarities don’t end there. Their relationship is very similar. Saku is the uptight one who has he ultra-wacky girl at his side who he frequently tries to push away when they get too clingy, and yet they do enjoy having that person there. They played off each other brilliantly and I love the duo already (not really surprising since I voted Nodame and Chiaki as my favourite duo from 2008)
So what is Sora no Manimani similar to, besides from Nodame? Well, you take a dash of School Rumble animation (I knew it was the same studio beforehand but I could have figured as much for myself anyway. Do Studio Comet only have one style of animation?), throw in a bit of the ‘childhood friend’ plotline from, say, Love Hina (they do sort of share the same wackiness) and mix it up with the plot of K-ON (I hate to say it but this thankfully this anime is resorting on far more than just moe) and throw in plenty of Nodame and you get Sora no Manimani!
My only problem with the episode was the serious moments felt too forced. It rushed into the ‘touching moments’ far too quickly rather than letting us actually know the characters. Still, that problem should be solved with time and if they can keep the level of hilarity high then I think I may have found my favourite of the season. OK, it’s not going to fill the void left by Eden but hey, it’s damn fun!
Now since I haven’t properly blogged any new anime in over 6 months (Hetalia doesn’t really count as proper blogging) I’m at a bit of a loss how to blog this anime. So I’m just going to slap down a bunch of screencaps with some wise-crack comments for now.