Sunday, December 30, 2012

Final Thoughts on the Fall 2012 Anime


Fall 2012 was, by far, the best anime season of the year, and one of the best seasons I've seen in years. This season spawned many great anime, with great characters, great soundtracks, everything was great. If something was sub-par, it was dropped, because I didn't want to soil the joy of the whole season. As I did with last season and the season before, I will be presenting my opinions on both the shows that have ended, and those that are still ongoing.


Ongoing Anime:


Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de

Much to my surprise, this is not a weekly series. An episode airs every three months, which basically means I'm still only two episodes in to this anime. From what I've seen so far, it's kind of sort of retarded, but in a way, it's addicting. I could care less for the main characters and the ecchi, what I'm watching it for is the Nintendo characters and the video game references (which I often don't get).




Bakuman 3

As always, Bakuman is consistent in its excellent slice of life, good romance, amazing characters, and good comedy. The antagonist was actually a little less prominent than I thought he would be, but, Bakuman still remains as a great shounen slice of life story.





JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

I have to admit, I really didn't like this series at first, but, I have to say that it's growing on me. Especially with the beginning of part 2, with Joseph Joestar as the protagonist, the show has become a lot more fun to watch.






Little Busters!

I'm liking this one, it's a bit sad, but, this is sort of a breath of fresh air. I've long been looking for a series where a group of friends hang out together and do a bunch of random things for the lulz. However, there's something that seems somewhat mysterious about this show, and it won't stop irking me.





Magi

I don't think I have to explain my love for Magi for the millionth time. It's one of my favorite manga and anime series of all time because of its awesome characters, story, and setting. I love the adventure, and I love the character development, I love pretty much everything about Magi, except for the yaoi fangirls, but I don't mind them that much. 







Psycho-Pass

I like the concept, and most of the characters, apart from Akane (I'm kind of pissed about something she did in one of the recent episodes), and the animation is fantastic. Though there are some episodes with mostly dialogue and no action, the episodes where the mystery is completely solved are the best ones, since they also include action scenes and sometimes chase scenes. It's definitely a great series, and if you haven't watched it, I'd suggest you do. 




Robotics;Notes

I like this show, but there's something about it that kind of bothers me. Not many shows have me watching actually worrying about what was gonna happen in their world. I have no idea why I have that issue with this show, but it's still good. I have no idea why I'm so concerned about it though.






Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

This one was surprisingly good. I love me some romantic comedies, and this one was another perfect one for satisfying my romantic comedy needs. I love how the story centers around a normal guy living in a dorm surrounded by crazy geniuses, and I love all of the characters, apart from the teacher who seems to disappear for several episodes on end for some reason. Would I recommend it? Most definitely, it's an adorable show.




Shinsekai yori

This show is creepy, weird, and I like it a lot. A bunch of people dropped this show because it was too weird for them, or they didn't like the twists. The twists are what makes this show, and if you're easy to weird out, this isn't the show for you. 






Uchuu Kyoudai

So, the moment we were all waiting for in this show arrived. Knowing that it's going to continue on, I'm kind of wondering "what's next?" We've come to a point where I'm wondering what they're going to present to us, the audience next. I'm kind of excited to see what's next, and I'm  hoping it'll hasten up the pace a bit, because this show's pacing is pretty slow.





Zetsuen no Tempest

I'm in that group of people that actually really likes this show, and lately it's been getting better,though there are some dumb jokes thrown every now and again, but they're nothing to mind that much. Maybe I'm easily impressed by pretty visuals, but I still think that this is most definitely an excellent series.








Completed Anime:


Btooom!

This was an interesting one. You take a bunch of "unwanted" people, stick them on an island, give them bombs, and make them kill each other to get off said island. I like these whole "survival game" series because they're thrilling, Btooom! was no exception. This is one of the series that I would most definitely recommend, especially if you're a fan of action and thrillers.




Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

I really wasn't expecting to like this show as much as I did, but damn, it was awesome. A group that consists of delusional kids, formerly delusional kids, some chick that sleeps a lot, and a later, dude who has little to no luck with women. The comedy in this series is top-notch, the romance is adorable, and the characters are all very much lovable, especially Rikka. I would definitely recommend this.




Code:Breaker

This isn't very good. It's decent, but it's not good. The main female is pretty much preaching the exact same words every single episode, and that's pretty annoying. I do like some of the other characters, but none of them are particularly eye catching, and none of them have me really attached to them. They're all just kind of there. Also, a lot of the twists in this series leave me wondering "why?" I haven't seen the final episode yet, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen.



Eureka Seven AO

Well, it's over. I didn't really like it so much as a sequel to Eureka Seven, which in my opinion was magnificent, because it takes that nice ending Eureka Seven gave you, and just rips it to shreds. As an individual series, it was alright, but it wasn't anything special.





Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You

I've only seen five episodes of the original Hayate series, and I can tell you that it was a hell of a lot better than this. Not to mention, this entire series was basically filler, this had nothing to do with the actual story, so in the end this series served as nothing more than a time waster, and it was mediocre, so it's really not worth the time it takes to watch it.




Jormungand: Perfect Order

This is a perfect show for anyone who likes gun fights and lots of dialogue. I love me some gun fights every now and then, but sometimes the dialogue got boring. Though, this was still a pretty good show, and I think it ended the series well.







K

There were a lot of mixed opinions about this show. Me, personally, I liked it. I love the visuals, the fights were awesome, the story was confusing at first, but it's good. A lot of the characters could have used more development, though. The ending kind of left me a bit sad, but with the news of the second season coming out later on, I'm wondering what could happen next.




Kamisama Hajimemashita

This was not a good adaptation. They basically cut out a bunch of parts from the manga, and they were, of course, the parts that made me like the manga so much. They basically cut out everything dark in the story to make this a happy shoujo romance series. I didn't like it that much, if I had gone into this series without having read the manga, I probably would have liked it. But they just cut out way too much. 




Sukitte Ii na yo.

I never could get into the manga that this series is adapted from, but surprisingly, I liked this adaptation a lot. Yeah it's pretty much your average shoujo romance, but it's done well, and the protagonist is pretty likable. It was really enjoyable, and the drama was good, but you could pretty much predict the outcome of just about every conflict. Still, it was a really enjoyable romance series, and it is definitely worth a watch.



Sword Art Online

It seemed as I was watching this series, I took it less and less seriously. I don't care what anyone says, a series with a blatant tentacle rape scene is definitely not a masterpiece. This show is actually pretty cliché, plus the protagonist is a Gary-Stu, who seems to get just about every girl he meets to fall in love with him, (aside from one) including his own sister (who, of course, isn't actually his sister!). At first, I really liked this series, and I still kind of do, but it is most definitely not a masterpiece! 


Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

This, for me, was the best romance series of the year. It's an adaptation of one of my favorite shoujo manga, and the reason why I like it so much is that it takes a bit of a different spin on things. For those who watched this series and liked it, check out the manga, because there is much, much more to the story. As for those who haven't seen it, watch it. It's awesome. Also, it strays from the unsaid tradition of shoujo anime, terrible opening themes. This opening theme was nice, I listened to it each episode.




So those are my thoughts on the anime from the fall season. I'm pretty excited to see what's in store next season, but I'll definitely miss a lot of the shows from this season.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de Episode 2 - Killer

Remember the anime Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de? You know, that anime with the characters representing Nintendo and Sega, and the whole show pretty much documents the video game wars in an abstract, fantasy, ecchi anime adventure. Yeah, well, there was a new episode of this series the other day, 3 MONTHS after the first episode aired.

Well, it's a good thing you asked that question, son, because that is exactly what we're gonna learn about today!
So, in this episode, we learn about what and who the killers are, and that our dear protagonists either have the potential to become or are already said killers. 

Take a wild guess as to what once-glorious video game console brand that represents
We also learn the story of the downfall of the once great, Atarika empire. Although they had a massive army, due to the bad-quality of their soldiers, the empire had fallen. Which led the other kingdoms to believe in quality over quantity and all that shit. Which is pretty much how killers came to be.

Can't say I've seen a girl get this aroused from someone holding her hand
After briefing Gear on the killers, Tejilof goes to give Opal a "private lesson" (no, they did not have sex, but that probably would have been less ridiculous than what actually happened) and teach her a new skill. As he holds her fingers and a light emits from her hand, she gets aroused, really aroused. She makes a bunch of squealing noises and crosses her legs tighter, and tighter, and tighter until she reaches a point where she can't take it anymore. As she prepares to climax, a large green beam erupts from the tip of her fingers in a spontaneous pink and sparkly background.

And thus, Opal has learned the skill: Shot

That scene was, for me, the highlight of the whole episode, and I would advise you to, even if this show isn't you're thing, stop, and just watch that part of the episode, purely to laugh at it.

Nothing's sexier than a beam of light in front of the goods.... mhm
Nel comes along and tells Tejilof that her brother is looking for him, and after a lot of explaining and a demonstration of Nel's impeccable sense of hearing and feeling, it is discovered that she has a special ability, that may or may not be of some use in the near future. Nel thinks of going into combat herself as a foreign concept, so it's hard to say what will happen with her.

I know that chick definitely represents some fighting game
As Tejilof explained who exactly the killers were, I was trying to guess who they were supposed to be representing, but to no avail. One probably represents Street Fighter I'm sure, but I don't know the rest.

The strongest killer in Tatoland, Bays
Like this guy for instance, I have no idea who or what he's supposed to be representing, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the bubbles.

Opal is obviously weaker than her opponent but...
Later, Opal has to face a killer temporarily to buy the rest of the guys some time. Tejilof tells her to get away when she has the chance to, but Opal, being as modest as she is...

Aren't we over confident? Or does she have a death wish? It's hard to say. 
She decides that she will defeat him then and there. So, she stays behind, while Gear has a run in with someone he hasn't seen in a long, long time. Who is it? Find out by watching the episode.

But what oh what will happen to our precious, uppity, quick to climax heroine?!? Who knows, I can't say I really care what happens to her, but the show would probably be a little less funny without her.

Episode Rating: 5.5/10 I have to say, because of that whole orgasmic fingers scene I enjoyed this episode more than the last one.

With this new episode, I observed more orgasms, less clothes ripping off, more of Opal's stupidity, and less appearances of the Nintendo characters. What could possibly be in store in the next episode? I have no idea, but we'll probably have to wait three more months for it.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Porno Graffiti and Supercell to Provide New Magi Opening and Ending Themes

The news came out on Crunchyroll today on who's gonna be providing the new opening and ending themes for Magi.

The opening theme will be provided by Porno Graffiti, who had made Bleach's 11th opening song.

Now, I've only heard that one opening they did, I'm not too sure how it'll pan out in the end, but that one song was pretty good, so who knows, it might be a really good opening theme.

The ending theme will be provided by Supercell, whose made I don't know how many great anime songs.

I'm especially happy Supercell's doing the next ending theme, they're music always makes me stop and listen as opposed to the current ending theme, which I always skip watching.

In the end, I'm pretty satisfied with the news, but the final judgement will arrive once I hear the actual songs.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter 2013 Anime

With the new year and the new anime season coming up, there's a lot to look forward to. Now, this season is extremely unique, with it's extreme amount of second/third/etc. seasons of various anime, as well as a couple of new ones. To be honest, I'm not as much excited for this season as I was for the last, but there are still plenty of new anime to be excited about.
The chart can be found here:
Winter 2013 Anime Chart

If a series is not included in this list, it means I either am not interested in it or I forgot about it.

I'll list them in order of interest:

Chihayafuru 2

Synopsis: 
Continuation of the first season.

Opinion:
Chihayafuru was an anime that managed to keep my interest even though I started watching the series knowing absolutely nothing about karuta. I loved the characters, the suspense of the sport, the bits of romance, everything basically. Plus, last season ended in a way that made me want to see more, so hearing about this new season was definitely good news for me.





Tamako Market

Synopsis: 
Tamako is a mochi-loving high-school freshman whose family runs a mochi (rice cake) shop in a certain town's shoppingdistrict. She enjoys her high school life with her friends Midori and Kanna in the badminton club. She also helps out at her family's shop and develops new mochi.

Opinion:
I'll admit, as silly as this show looks, I'm looking forward to it quite a lot. I mean, I loved both of KyoAni's new anime this year, so I kind of have pretty high expectations for this series.




Hetalia: The Beautiful World

Synopsis:
The fifth season of Hetalia.

Opinion:
Though I haven't seen Hetalia World Series yet, I'm still planning on marathoning it to be up to date with this series. The first season was absolutely hilarious, and surprisingly, very much educational. There aren't many anime like it, so of course I'm looking forward to it.





Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Synopsis:
The story follows a hikikomori named Sasami who is unmotivated about even changing clothes or eating. Her brother takes care of her, even though she despises his slave-like nature. Sasami spends her days viewing the outside world via a "Brother Surveillance Tool" on her computer. In the outside world, the three beautiful Yagami sisters and Sasami's brother are in the middle of relationships worthy of a romantic comedy.

Opinion:
I've seen the previews, and I must say that this anime looks extremely unique. I love the art style already, it feels like you're in a story book. The characters also look interesting, particularly Kagami Yagami (best name ever).

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

Synopsis:
The story takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century. Manjiro has two faces. During the day, he works as a helper for people in Kyoto, but he also acts in secret to get back people's properties from the men in power. As the get-backer "Roman," Manjiro is getting involved in a nationwide conspiracy.

Opinion:
I didn't know anything about this series until a couple of days ago, but from what I've heard, it sounds pretty damn interesting. He's Mr.Helpful by day and Robinhood by night? Yes, please!




Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Synopsis:
Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents' divorce—and his goal—he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day, Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who has just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight.

Opinion:
I love romantic comedies, the whole idea of childhood friend vs. school beauty may have been done many, many, many times, but hey, it works.  I also like how the guy tries to avoid romance, so I think that it'll be a cute romance series.


AKB0048 Next Stage

Synopsis:
Second part of AKB0048.

Opinion:
I marathoned the first season of this series a couple of weeks ago, and I really liked it. The adorable (and colorful) animation, the music, the characters, they were all good. I'd like to see what they can possibly do in this sequel that can amount to the first season, because it was really good.






Amnesia

Synopsis:
On the morning of August 1, the heroine wakes up and discovers she has absolutely no memories of the past. A boy appears before her, and introduces himself as a "spirit" named Orion. The heroine struggles to regain her memories under the guidance of Orion. She then gets a phone call, but she does not recognize the name on her mobile phone screen. She meets her apparent "boyfriend," despite not knowing his face.

Opinion:
Though I'm not the biggest fan of otome game adaptations, I have to admit that the concept for this one sounds really interesting. So long as its done right, I think this can be a very interesting series.


Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Synopsis:
After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Dark Lady's castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery. The queen of demons however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall. Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Dark Lady, agrees to help with her plans!


Opinion:
I like the idea very much, and it has a lot of potential. I also like the fact that none of the characters have actual names, they're just mere titles.

Cuticle Detective Inaba

Synopsis:
Private Detective Hiroshi Inaba is an artificially-created being, formed by splicing the genes of both a human and a wolf, who gains information by tasting and examining people's hair, and pretty much has a hair fetish. He can transform into a more wolf-like form, and also gain special powers and perform different attacks depending on the type or colour of hair he eats. Formerly employed by the police and partnered with an officer, he now runs his own private detective agency with the help of his sadistic, cross-dressing secretary Yuuta (often mistaken for a girl), and Kei (a *relatively* normal teenager working part-time at the office. Ogino, the officer formerly partnered with Hiroshi, also often helps out with cases. His arch-enemy is Don Valentino, an evil mastermind goat with a taste (literally) for money, and a variety of messed up but extremely devoted henchman, including gentleman samurai Laurence, who always wears a bag over his head. Most chapters are individual stories revolving around Hiroshi and his friends trying to arrest the Don, always failing miserably.

Opinion:
It looks weird as hell, and I really like those kinds of shows.

Vividred Operation

Synopsis:
An original sci-fi action anime featuring a 14-year-old girl. The story takes place in a peaceful island filled with nature and technology.

Opinion:
Though not much is said in the description, I've seen the previews, and they've got me a bit interested this show. Though, I know that there definitely gonna be ecchi in this because the director also did Strike Witches.





Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next

Synopsis:
The second season of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.

Opinion:
I really didn't expect this series to get a sequel, but hearing about it was pretty good news. The show may not be excellent, but it was definitely entertaining, and who knows, maybe some crazy development will happen to make the show even better than last season.







Love Live!: School Idol Project

Synopsis:

The story is set in Tokyo, where an old school right in between the neighborhoods of Akihabara, Kanda and Jinbocho is in danger of consolidation and closure.

Nine girls, centering Honoka Kosaka, have stepped up to defy the imminent danger facing their school.

Hoping against hope there's something they can do about this, the girls strive to become famous, spread the word about their school, attract more students, and save the day.
Now their “School Idol Project” begins to make their dreams come ture!



Opinion:
Two idol series coming out in the same season is almost unheard of, but still, the plot sounds cute, and I'm quite fond of music shows, so I'll give it a shot.


Yama no Susume

Synopsis:
The title tells the story of the childhood friends Aoi, a girl who prefers staying inside and who has acrophobia, and Hinata, a girl who loves mountains. The two decide to climb a mountain in order to once again see the morning sun from its peak as they did when they were young.

Opinion:
I love the visuals, but I'm a little worried that this show will be another of those cases where a good or cute concept will turn into a completely boring show. But who knows, maybe this'll be really good.



Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Synopsis:
Five years ago, almost every villager of Ootsuka died due to a tragic plague. But mysteriously enough, three survivors: a girl and two boys, emerged. Now living in a church, the three live in isolation, hidden from those who may seek to find them. Shino, one of the survivors, has control over the power of Murasame, the blade of life. But when the imperial church seeks to take the Murasame for themselves, their peaceful life becomes a thing of the past...

Opinion:
A good reverse harem is extremely difficult to pull off, though the plot for this one sounds really good, I'm still unsure as to how this show will go about it.




Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

Synopsis:
Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasugabe have tremendous psychic powers and are bored with the regular world. An envelope arrives for each person, and when each opens their envelope, they are stunned to see the scenery around them change to a world they had never encountered before. They've been summoned by the Black Rabbit to help the community "No Name" to overthrow the Devil King.

Opinion:
Though the concept sounds interesting enough, I can't help but wonder if this series will be crazy or silly or both.

Kotoura-san

Synopsis:
A school love comedy. Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people's minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.

Opinion:
I don't really have any especially high expectations for this show, from what I've seen in the previews, it looks cute and a bit interesting, but I sense no potential masterpieces here.


Mangirl!

Synopsis:
Girls without any manga editing experience launch a new manga magazine.

Opinion:
I was surprised to find out that this wasn't a show about traps. This is one of those shows that can either be really funny or really dumb. Regardless, I'll probably watch it, because each episode is only five minutes, and the animation reminds me a lot of Yuru Yuri.






Puchimas!: Petit iDOLM@STER

Synopsis:
One day, 765 Pro idols Ami and Mami bring in the mysterious Petit-dols "Afuu" and "Yukipo"!? More and more Petit-dols gather at the offices where everyone works. Leisurely enjoy their daily lives full of laughs and happenings.

Opinion:
The iDOLM@STER has way too many spin-offs, but I've read bits and pieces of the manga for this. It's cute, it'll make you chuckle, but that's about it.





Senran Kagura

Synopsis:
TV anime project of Marvelous AQL's action game series Senran Kagura.

Opinion:
Normally I'd dismiss just about every action ecchi series that would come about. This would've been the same case, had there not been so many voice actresses that I liked in it! I mean Yuu Kobayashi is in it, as well as Ai Kayano, Asami Imai, Ryoko Shiraishi, Eri Kitamura, Kaori Mizuhashi, as well as many others. That alone is a ood enough reason for me to watch it.




Ai Mai Mi

Synopsis:
The story follows girls in a manga club —Ai, Mai, Mii, and Ponoka-sempai—who might be fighting evil invaders threatening Earth, facing off against rivals in tournaments, and dealing with other absurd situations when they are not drawing manga.

Opinion:
This sounds a bit too strange, but regardless, I'll give it a chance, since the same studio made Recorder to Randoseru, and I really liked that short series.







Ishida to Asakura

Synopsis:
Anime adaptation of the surreal gag manga about two high school boys, Ishida and Asakura.

Opinion:
After watching the preview for this one, I think that it looks like it... might be funny, but I also have suspicions that it'll be really bad. I have no idea how it'll turn out, but I guess I'll give it a chance before I make any final judgments on it.







Senyuu

Synopsis:
Satan Rchimedes returns to the earth after being sealed for one thousand years by a hero. The King tries to seal Satan once again by dispatching descendants of the hero. However, it's troublesome to find the genuine descendants, the king chooses 75 hero-like people. This is an adventure of Alba, the hero No.45, and an his monitoring fighter Ross.

Opinion:
If this series was longer than 5 minutes per episode and had better animation, it probably would have been higher on the list. Normally a plot like this would be a must watch, but this being a short series, I'm not too sure.



GJ-bu

Synopsis:
TV anime adaptation of the GJ-bu moe light novel series, dubbed as the "first four-panel novel", where each story is only four pages long with illustrations.

Opinion:
I know absolutely nothing about this, except that it's supposed to be moe, so I really can't say anything at the moment.









So that's all the shows I'm considering at the moment, I'll update this post whenever new information about GJ-bu and Ishida to Asakura comes out.  Also,  leave a comment about what you're watching next season, I'd really like to know!

Update 1/5/12:
Changed opinion and ranking of Ishida to Asakura