[In which I review] New anime, Fall 2011

Wolfwood2

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I'm still enjoying Mirai Nikki. Yuno is powerful crazy.
Mirai Nikki is great.

Yuno is crazy like a Batman villain is crazy. Her crazy gives her superhuman physical and mental abilities. Hell, she barely seems to need her diary most times.

It's also great watching Yuno squirm all the time. You can see he's always wondering, "Why is it that I'm the only one who thinks this whole thing is insane?"
 

Katsue

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Mirai Nikki is great.

Yuno is crazy like a Batman villain is crazy. Her crazy gives her superhuman physical and mental abilities. Hell, she barely seems to need her diary most times.

It's also great watching Yukkii squirm all the time. You can see he's always wondering, "Why is it that I'm the only one who thinks this whole thing is insane?"
It's hilarious watching all of Yuno's paranoid suspicions confirmed over and over again. If we use Einstein's definition of insanity, it's Yukkii who looks like the crazy guy.
 

Kurotowa

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It's hilarious watching all of Yuno's paranoid suspicions confirmed over and over again. If we use Einstein's definition of insanity, it's Yukkii who looks like the crazy guy.
[insert ominous laughter from someone who read the manga]

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It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you, and it's not suspicion if you know all the secrets.
 

KoboldLord

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I kind of miss being able to make wild predictions about what happens next, but I already read the manga, too. Suffice to say for now that I believe Mirai Nikki is about to hit its stride. It's been a bit arc-episodic up until now, but if I remember right the manga really took off here.
 

Jhiday

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So, Fall 2011 season. How was it for you ?

It's a bit hard for me to say, given that half the shows I've been watching are still in mid-story. But basically : it's been okay, with just a couple of stand-out shows I've been eagerly awaiting each week, but enough stuff fun enough to watch beyond that.


COMPLETED SHOWS

- Mawaru Penguindrum has been the other standout shows of the year, with a mastery of symbolism and layered storytelling that puts it head and shoulders above nearly everything else this season. Lovely ending, too. Ikuhara can take 10 years between series again if it means this level of awesomeness.

- UN-GO was by default the best show of Fall 2011 proper. Not that it wasn't good (tight storytelling, enthralling overall mystery arc, good sense of style, an overpowering general sense of fun), it's just that there wasn't anything else that could compete with it, so it wins despite its flaws (most of all, the frenetic pace that made a lot of the one-episode mysteries a bit lacking).

- Next we're down to... the second season of WORKING'!! ? Still as enjoyable a work-com as the first season, and with enough new elements (Yamada's brother, Kyouko's underlings, Otoo's wife...) and illusion of progress with the show's major relationships for it to feel worthwhile.

- Boku HA Tomodachi GA SukuNAI had one strength : the great comedic timing of its dialogue. Which is key for a comedy, and enough to overcome the standard harem setting (especially the not-so-interesting love triangle between Kodaka, Yozora & Sena). Also, I'm on balance positive about the novel spoiler I've come across :
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Yukimura is actually a very confused girl. Which makes Yozora quite the troll indeed.


- Invasion!? Squid Girl S2 was basically more of the same : short skits that alternate between the hilarious and the barely funny. A bit too uneven, but still fun to watch.

- Ben-to was about as good as it could have been. Some of the fight scenes are wonderful (such as the time we first see Orthros' fighting style properly), and the twist about how Heracles' Combo was able to defeat über-powerful Orthros in the past (and why our "heroes" would side with Orthros there) is genuinely clever. On the other hand, it's still a show about idiots fighting over junk food, and some of the running gags were running a bit thin by the end.


STILL ONGOING

- Persona 4 hasn't really risen above the "glorified Let's Play" format, but it's mostly been a fun ride so far. Yuu's deadpan sense of humour is a lot of fun, and despite spending half its running time gathering the cast, it's mostly worked out.

- I refuse to consider that Fate/Zero has ended ; this is just a 3-month hiatus until it resumes. Anyway, while there's a lot to like here, there's also quite a lot that doesn't quite work. The integration between standard animation and CG material doesn't quite work, especially when the direction brings too much attention to it. Yuki Kajiura's score is criminally underused. And more fundamentally, the pacing hasn't been up to snuff (all 7 of the teams are still in play after 14-ish episodes ? seriously ? To say nothing of that irrelevant Li'l Rin episode...). Disappointing, although still far better than the original series.

- Future Diary has been a lot of fun so far, despite the sometimes wonky production values. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it ends.

- Chihayafuru has a major problem : karata is boring as all heck. Sure, the last few episodes have been good at showcasing some strategic thinking, but the matches are still quite repetitive and not really compelling. On the other hand, I like Chihaya and her supporting cast, and the romance hasn't been too annoying so far.

- Phi Brain remains as stupid as ever, and I'll admit I'm not quite feeling the "serious drama" vibes we've been getting over the last few episodes (the writers are taking the piss, right ?). But it's still mostly good fun, and the supporting cast have grown on me.

- Remember when I thought Guilty Crown was promising ? Yeah, huge error in judgement there. My cliché-meter has given up three episodes in, the protagonist every bit as annoying as ever, and most of the supporting cast are one-dimensional. The productions values are the only thing this series has going for it at this point... well, that and a slightly intriguing mid-series climax (although I don't expect much of the follow-through).

- I think I've had some glimpses of how Hunter X Hunter will be getting quite nasty indeed in the future... and I don't care for it. I much prefer the dumb, fun shounen show I'm watching right now, thank you. In little touches, the darkness works (although that clown dude just makes me roll my eyes), but I'm not sure I'll be staying when we get to the tone shift.

Oh, and Bakuman 2's still going on, I guess (they just announced a third season for next Fall). The silly romances have taken a turn for the worse, but I'm still interested in the pseudo-documentary about manga production enough to keep watching.


DROPPED

I gave up with Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere after 6 episodes. It was just too much of a mess.

Everything else I dropped after one or two episodes.


OVAs & MISC

I've been catching up on the Katte ni Kaizo OVAs. Basically, this is SHAFT adapting an earlier manga from Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei's creator, and it's very similar in tone, looks and format (even the next-episode previews make fun of it by announcing we'll be getting "something, something, and half of something"). The good news is that it works : the skits are quite funny indeed, and SHAFT gets to do a lot of demented animation and pop-culture parodies. (Warning : this has a lot of dick jokes.)

The third episode of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira came out a few weeks ago, and I'm warming up to the project a bit. This one focuses on the love triangle tetraedron with Keiichi, Rena, Mion & Shion, and is worth watching for the insane punchline alone. (Also, fun Rika bits : "This can only end in tragedy. But damn if I'm not going to enjoy the hell out of this." "WHAT ?" "Shut up, Hanyuu.")

And for some reason, an OVA of Toradora! was produced for the new Japanese BluRay boxset. Basically, it's an extra episode set about in the middle focusing on food porn. It's okay for what it is, but quite below the average of the rest of the show.
 

CynoT

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Nothing on Fam the Silver Wing? I'm having fun with it and as before the visuals and music are A+, but then again so's the first Last Exile. I'm also glad to hear Sakamoto singing, and I'm glad to see Jenya gets a small role there.
 

MadMac

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Fall Season, right...I really did end up watching nothing but sequels and continuing shows this time around.

Fate Zero was a blast to watch, but I have to concur on the pacing. I have no idea how they can possibly wrap this up in 12-13 episodes without it feeling rushed or just being one long murder spree in the second half.

Squid Girl Overall, a disappointment. It wasn't any worse then the first season really (And I liked the first season), but I was expecting new gags or or new characters or something. Still entertaining, but felt empty in the end.

Wagnaria To be honest, on a pure enjoyment level, this was my favorite fall show. They really did a remarkable job of improving on the original and keeping things as fresh as possible for what it is. They're going to eventually do another season, right? They have to.

Penguindrum. What can I add? It's a work of art. Watch it.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is a little turned off at the occasional nastiness of Hunter x Hunter, and what it implies in the long run. I actually stopped watching the original series right at the point of Assassin kid's fight with the serial killer. (It was far, FAR nastier in the original. I'm more surprised they left it in the first time then that they censored the hell out of it in the remake.) I mean, it's Togoro and all, and I liked Yu Yu Hakusho a lot back in the day...but I just can't buy into that kind of gore and such with these cornball characters and bright cartoony setting. It's too bipolar.

While it technically hasn't ended yet, watching the final season of Shana has ended up mostly being an intellectual exercise in realizing how detached I am from the story and characters after all this time. It's not badly done by any means, it's just something that I would have enjoyed far more three years ago. For whatever reason though I just keep watching and snickering about how much I apparently have come to dislike Yoshida and her entire archtype (That is, the childhood friend or otherwise "normal" love interest who has no powers or cool abilities or ever does anything slightly useful or interesting and has no chance in hell of winning over the main character from his primary Alien/Robot/Witch/Catgirl/Detective love interest but will whine about it constantly until the end of the series.) It does have some fantastic names, though. The series has got to be the best random badass title generator of all time.

I'm pretty sure I was going to get around to watching Persona 4 at some point and never did.
 

Jhiday

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Nothing on Fam the Silver Wing?
As I stated back in October : the original series left me such a bad taste that I found myself literally unable to enjoy watching the first episode of this. (I kept slipping into nitpicking mode somehow.) So I decided to just ignore it.

There may come a time when I'll be able to view this series in a more objective way. But 2011 wasn't it, so I'm not holding my breath.
 

bv728

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- Remember when I thought Guilty Crown was promising ? Yeah, huge error in judgement there. My cliché-meter has given up three episodes in, the protagonist every bit as annoying as ever, and most of the supporting cast are one-dimensional. The productions values are the only thing this series has going for it at this point... well, that and a slightly intriguing mid-series climax (although I don't expect much of the follow-through).
I wanted to like it. It kept having flashes of decent writing. But there's too much Idiot Ball, and it fails to deliver. C'mon, having been told 'These things are the true self of a person', who doesn't wonder why the Idol's true self is an all destroying sword?

I gave up with Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere after 6 episodes. It was just too much of a mess.
This one I stuck with, and it stays a mess, but it was a mess full of bizzare and entertaining ideas for me. There's a scene where President Pope Innocentus II uses the Power of Lust to render an opposing army's weapons impotent. They use a Giant Slingshot, to launch a mecha, which baseball-style fastballs a person into the middle of the battle... and then, the mecha lands in the opening of the next episode. The Pope's Demon Buddy, Galileo, does battle with his magical technique Heliocentrism! Execution, not so great, but especially in the last half, at least unwilling to stop the madness..
EDIT: Cleaned up post.
 
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