Saturday, September 29, 2012

My Thoughts on the Summer 2012 Anime

The summer anime season has come to its conclusion, though some of the shows have still not had all of their episodes translated, (Joshiraku, Joshiraku, and Joshiraku) I still will be giving my short thoughts on the series I watched that were completed and are still ongoing.

Ongoing Anime:

Eureka Seven AO 

Eureka Seven AO is what you would call, a completely unnecessary sequel. It's a decent watch and all, but it wasn't really needed at all, and kind of ruins Eureka Seven's original happy-ending. There are only two episodes left, but for whatever reason they decided to air them during the fall season. I really have no idea why.

Sword Art Online 

Sword Art Online has to be one of the most (if not, the most) hyped up anime from the Summer anime season, the response was a bunch of mixed opinions. How did I feel about it? Well, it's definitely a great show, but it has two fatal flaws, one, the main characters are Mary-Sues, and two, the story is rushed as hell. Don't get me wrong, I actually like this series, but when the main characters are so much better than everyone else and they're almost always winning, doesn't it make it a little bit boring? Yeah, there have been some deaths, some sad moments, and moments where Kirito failed. But how many times did Kirito fail exactly? Not that many. He's always beating everyone, and if he's in trouble, Asuna conveniently shows up to help him. Not to mention every chick that meets the guy seems to fall for him. Yup, that's Sword Art Online. Hopefully the pacing will slow down a bit, and the show will improve some more. It has the potential to be something amazing, but if great is as good as it gets, well, that's fine too, it's still a good watch.

Uchuu Kyoudai

The third astronaut exam has finally concluded, and now Mutta is one step closer to his dream. I have to say, this show is pretty entertaining, a bit old fashioned, but whoever said that was a bad thing? It's a good show, and Mutta still remains as one of the most lovable main characters of the year.

Completed Anime:

Accel World 

Accel World ended well, Haruyuki showed us all he was badass. The entire series was awesome, epic, it was all that. The characters were all good, the animation was always great, and it contained one of the best filler arcs I have ever seen. (and I'm not being sarcastic, it was really good) I thoroughly enjoyed it, hoping for a second season.

Binbougami ga!

This was an awesome comedy series, and it also had its touching moments. All of the characters were funny as hell, and the story was always entertaining. Even the stereotypical onsen episode had a twist. It had a great balance of comedy, action and a little bit of drama. It trolled about a second season, but it still presents a possibility that I'm crossing my fingers for. It was fun, and was one of the best comedy, and anime overall I've seen this year.


This show was actually pretty good at first, but somewhere around the middle of the series, it got bad, real bad. Erica and Liliana had decent personalities until they joined the harem, then they became slutty. Ena and Yuri stayed (mostly) true to their original personas though. I found it ridiculous that the girls' power could only be "transferred" to Godou through kissing. (and it was even more powerful to do it with tongue!) The problem with this series was too much unnecessary fanservice, if that wasn't a problem the show would have probably been a decent action/harem series. 


Hyouka ended on a very good note, it went from being a bit boring to one of the most entertaining shows of the year. Some may say that's stretching it, but with the festival arc, that just made the show so damn good. The animation was beautiful the entire time, and the characters were all good, but the festival arc.... that was just awesome. I was kind of hoping for it to be longer, but there's still hope for at least an OVA because there was one volume of the novel that wasn't animated.

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 

This show was weird, just like I expected it was damn weird, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bread bled, chickens fell to Ave Maria, the characters were trapped in a manga, and more. None of the characters had real names except for these two robots that come in somewhere in the middle of the series, and the episode order was totally messed up. It was very good, very nice and weird, but I guess whether you enjoy it depends on if you're into this kind of anime or not.


Technically it's not a finished series yet, there are still four episodes of it that have yet to be subbed, but it has finished airing. It was a simple comedy, but it's outrageous conclusions to these conversations were just so bizarre, one couldn't help but laugh. It's a pretty good comedy, but it wasn't any Binbougami ga! or Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

This series was a lot darker than I originally thought it would be. The first few minutes of the first episode, but the darker side of the show becomes much more prominent in the later episodes of the series. It had really good romance, but you could tell immediately who the guy was gonna end up with, just like in most romances. Regardless, with the darker aspects of it this series was really good, much better than your average love/comedy show, that is for sure.

Kokoro Connect 

Kokoro Connect was a huge surprise, it really was. It was so much more than what I was expecting, the characters all had their own issues, but they try and resolve them with the help of their friends while a gender-less being is using them for its own entertainment. Now that's one hell of a show. If you haven't watched it, I suggest you do, you'll definitely like it.

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!

This show started out okay, a harem with a twist, but then they added that dreaded thing known as, censored fanservice, and a lot of it too. Not to mention all of the girls' personalities completely changed when they joined the harem, the main three all became slutty, and the grossest part was one of them was his sister. (I'm not spoiling it, but it should be fairly obvious.)

Kuroko no Basket

Honestly, this was the first sports anime series I've ever watched, and I must say, it was pretty damn good. The team won most of their games, but then brutally lost once and it seems the opponent they lost to was pretty much unbeatable. It feels a bit incomplete because I haven't seen them defeat that team yet, but a second season is very possible because of all of the hype it's been getting and the way the last episode ended the series. 

Moyashimon Returns

It was good to have some more Moyashimon in the mix, I enjoyed seeing the microbes, but I wish they would have shortened that whole Paris deal and instead focused on the University setting. Regardless, it was still a pretty fun watch.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous

This was the biggest romance series of the season it is the love story between a young man and an older widow who's deceased husband haunts her apartment and shop, and only the young man can see him. I have to admit, there were times when the series was a bit dull, but it always pulled through in the end, and the ending, although a bit rushed, was very nice. It's a good romance series that I would recommend to anyone who likes a nice combination of supernatural and romance. It was a really nice watch.

La Storia della Arcana Famiglia

Well, this was a train wreck of an anime. It presents itself as a badass mafia action series,'s not. Most of the series was filler episodes, and I mean eight out of the twelve episodes were pretty much filler episodes. And the duello they made such a big deal about was just...they pretty much skipped most of the action, and it had your typical crappy shoujo ending. This show fails as both an action series and a shoujo, and I have to recommend you not watch this. Ever. 
Rinne no Lagrange Season 2

The second season of Rinne no Lagrange was still more of the same. Everuthing was the same average mecha series stuff, nothing particularly special. It was pretty The ending was so happy it was ridiculous, but what else could you expect from a mediocre mecha series like this?

Sket Dance

I was pretty surprised when I heard Sket Dance was ending this season, but I think it was a good place to stop, because the quality of the last few episodes was inferior to the earlier episodes. However, the comedy remained funny, the drama good, and the characters were still awesome. I have to admit, I'll miss it a bit, but I think it ended at a good time.

Tari Tari

Tari Tari was a nice dose of your weekly drama and teenage angst turned to a happy slice of life/music series where everyone has a good side to them. The singing part of this show is what'll really catch your eye, the angelic choir songs are sung beautifully throughout the series. This show was pretty good, I hoped for the romance between two certain characters to become more prominent, but in the end, it didn't unfortunately, but still it was a nice watch.

Yuru Yuri ♪♪

This has to be one of the more fun series of the year. It was a great sequel, everything improved, the comedy, the cast got larger, and the opening and ending themes were catchier than the last ones, but it lacked in one thing a little more than the last season, Chitose's fantasies. There weren't nearly as many of those as last season, but Yuru Yuri still remained a little perverted, silly, and all in all, just funny.

Overall, summer was a pretty good season for anime, you had some good, some great, some completely awesome, but then you had some really bad ones in the mix, but all seasons have at least one of those. With the fall season starting very soon, I can't help but wonder if it'll be as good or better than this season. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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