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[In which I review] New anime, Fall 2011

Dawgstar

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Given how...well, the only word I can use for it is "power-crazed" Yu looked when he busted out Izanagi, I have hopes on that front.
Did everybody notice the commercial bumper, with his various person stats all at 'nil'? I wouldn't be terribly suprised if, as the series progresses, those move up and he becomes more animated. (Though the silly kid missed a chance at a few points of Courage by not telling off King Moron.)
 

Anglachel

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Did everybody notice the commercial bumper, with his various person stats all at 'nil'? I wouldn't be terribly suprised if, as the series progresses, those move up and he becomes more animated. (Though the silly kid missed a chance at a few points of Courage by not telling off King Moron.)
Are they gonna try to cover the whole game in one season?
 

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finally I've got a some time off to catch up on a chunk of the series so far

Boku wa Tomodachi ga sukunai - Heh. It shows promise; I'm slightly worried it'll lose its sharpness as the cast fills out, but we'll see.

Maji de Watashi ni Koi shinasai - Dynasty warriors at school! slightly more characters that i can quite bring myself to follow just yet, but it looks fun. The romance plot was a bit iffy - I really hope he's being figurative calling her "Onee-san".

Chihayafuru - Erm.. there's nothing wrong with it, exactly, but nothing has hooked me in.

Hunter X Hunter - Feels a bit cartoony to me.

Persona 4 - Now, Persona 3's silent protagonist managed to have quite a strong screen presence, despite not saying anything. He has attitude. This guy, not so much.

Shana series 3 - the second series kind of soured be on this series, but this one has started strongly. It's also good to know that we're guaranteed of an actualy ending, as the light novel series finished this year.

Maken-ki - Shameless DVD-flogging nonsense. I read a few chapters of the manga a while back, and wasn't terribly impressed.
 

Reeze

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Are they gonna try to cover the whole game in one season?
They're pretty damn brave, if they are - There's a hell of a lot of content to cover. Still, if they're avoiding the majority of the not-main cast social links, ones like the Tower, or the Devil, that should let them focus in on the plot.
 

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Maji de Watashi ni Koi shinasai - Dynasty warriors at school! slightly more characters that i can quite bring myself to follow just yet, but it looks fun. The romance plot was a bit iffy - I really hope he's being figurative calling her "Onee-san".
In the manga at least they're not really family. Not adopted either, just childhood friends who were so close they called each other brother/sister. The manga also does a good job of actually introducing the characters some more. The girl with the katana and little wooden horse thingie has some particularly hilarious scenes.
 

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Ben-To
(12-13 episodes)

What's it about ?

In this high school, the dorm only provides breakfast ; students have to fend for themselves for their two other meals. There's apparently only the one supermarket around. As a result, the sales for bento are SERIOUS BUSINESS there.

Characters

You Sato, our loser male protagonist (of course voiced by Hiro Shimono). He gets beaten to a pulp before the OP, and several other times before the end of the episode. Fortunately, his parents believed in tough love, so he's quite resilient. Anyway, he's quite baffled by the whole thing (especially as lying in a pool of his blood isn't good for his memory).

Hana Oshiroi, a weird girl who befriends Sato because... well, she's about as terrible as him as far as managing to grab the cheap bento goes, and she's a bizarre fetishist who's disturbingly impressed by his ability to recover from injuries (the more critical his state, the more ecstatic she goes). I have some trouble reading her (is her attraction to him genuinely innocent or is she deceptively manipulative), which ain't helped by her relationship with...

Ume Shiraume, the class rep. She's very aggressive against Sato. Okay, he's more than a bit rude to her, but the main point is that she doesn't want him anywhere Oshiroi (to the point of kidnapping her when he isn't looking) because... well, she doesn't really explain herself.

Sen Yarizui, aka "the Ice Queen", the Rei-clone. Completely unbeatable on the bento battlefield (her wire-fu acrobatics are quite impressive indeed). A second-year, she's the head of the "loves of half-price bento" club, although so far she's the only member (given the amount of garbage leftover from the previous year she carries around, presumably all the others graduated). She invites Sato to the club, maybe out of pity.

Production Values

Let's not kid ourselves, the fanservice level is rather high... but refreshingly, there's nary a panty shot in sight, the camera preferring to focus on the girls' legs. Which is slightly different from the usual routine, I'll admit.

The soundtrack comes courtesy of Taku Iwasaki, who indulges in his wilder tendencies (I'm reminded of some of his Soul Eater score). That's always a plus for me, obviously.

What did I think of it ?

Hum. There's definitely the risk of this degenerating into a generic harem comedy, but I quite liked how this first episode went. There's some deliberately obtuse storytelling at work here, which could have been annoying but managed to give some depth and mystery to the characters. Granted, this could be because they're random collections of diverging traits, but maybe they'll actually emerge as complex personalities.

I'm trying not to keep my hopes up too much, but there's some definite potential here.
 
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