It does seem a little bit of a shame that what Viz tries to push the most is something I have zero interest in (not counting Tiger and Bunny). Kind of like Kekkashi, only I care even less.There's not much to like, here. Most of the episode is devoted to Jin's work hijinks, which is just boring. It fails to make me care about the main plot, and Jin's a brat I can live without. The whole thing reeks of clichés and well-worn plot devices. And it just doesn't look very good.
The premise turned me off too much to give it a chance, but I'm glad it doesn't suck.Deadman Wonderland (1 ep) had a killer first episode that quickly grabbed my attention and never let go. If it manages to deliver on at least half of what it promises, it could be the thriller of the season.
I'm a little worried about the level of angst and depression I can expect here, but I'll give it a shot.Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (1 ep) is the best at what it does, and what it does is melodrama. So far, I like it.
My feeling is that T&B is doing nothing new, but it's doing some standard plots very well.Tiger & Bunny (3 ep) isn't quite as AWESOME as it first episode suggested, but it's still a very good buddy superhero series.
It's two minute shorts of two man comedy. I'll watch it becuase it's so short, but it's hardly even worth discussing IMO.Fireball Charming (2 ep) combines superb animation with biting wit... but like the first season, not all jokes work equally well. Still, when it's on, it's hilarious, and it always manages to bring out a smile out of me.
If wikipedia is to be believed, the manga has only been running since late 2008 and only two volumes are out. Which means the anime could run short of original material and be forced to strike out on its own with character development and stuff... which could be interesting to see.A Channel (2 ep) is a fun little moe slice of life series. Nothing ground-breaking, but it works at what it does.
Agreement. Also, I'm unclear why SKET seems so unpopular. Despite the kookiness of their characters, they seem like a pretty straightforward campus service organization.Sket Dance (2 ep) is on thin ice after a second episode made nearly exclusively out of shouting.
Agree here as well.Dog Days (3 ep) squids a very fine line between being entertainly crap (the awesomely convoluted rules for the sport-wars) and just crap (a bath scene where the hero gets into the wrong room and stumbles on the princess ? Really ?).
I watched a second episode. Its total and complete incoherence is apparently entirely deliberate. I mean, the framing device being used is an old-style television set being turned from one channel to another. It's sort of like the Robot Chicken of dating-sim adaptations.Without Wings - Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai (dropped after 1 ep) desperately tries to make a non-generic dating-sim adaptation... but is just so badly mangled-together that it's completely incoherent. (It doesn't help that its actual parts are still generic as hell.)
I enjoyed the first episode so much I read the manga a good piece down the line, and find myself highly entertained. Possibly I was sold when Switch introduces himself by listing his favorite Visored.Sket Dance (2 ep) is on thin ice after a second episode made nearly exclusively out of shouting.
This is why the term 'Road House-ian' was coined. And I agree it is oddly watchable, but only just. The second episode will decide things for me.Battle Girls: Time Paradox (2 ep) is, objectively, nonsensical crap. But it's got some weird charm that makes it a strangely compelling watch.
I'm not terribly sold on this myself. The premise just seems too simple and as of yet the characters aren't very compelling (though there's only two so far). Simple premises aren't a bad thing in the genre ("Pirate seeks world's most valuable treasure") but the best shows do a ton with what they have. I dunno if Toriko's got the chops to spin straw into gold. (Mentally I keep calling it 'Akira Toriyama's Fist of the North Star' and that doesn't help matters at all.)Toriko (dropped after 1 ep) looks like a caricature of battle shounen anime... except there's nothing actually fun about it. It's just dull as heck.
I'm pretty sure it's just their cheerful willingness to get involved in the affairs of others.Agreement. Also, I'm unclear why SKET seems so unpopular. Despite the kookiness of their characters, they seem like a pretty straightforward campus service organization.
I think it's trying to be satire, with varying levels of success. When it succeeds can be quite cutting but it's more miss than hit and when it misses it's just painful (such as the entire thing with the author and the magazine writer).I watched a second episode. Its total and complete incoherence is apparently entirely deliberate. I mean, the framing device being used is an old-style television set being turned from one channel to another. It's sort of like the Robot Chicken of dating-sim adaptations.
"Denpa-kei" is a Japanese slang term than means someone who lives in their own dream world, or has a loose grip on reality. Derives from the idea that they're hearing voices in their head because they're picking up radio transmissions, or they're "tuned to the wrong station". or something like that.Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko ("Electromagnetic Wave Woman and Adolescent Man")
The Manga takes some time to get going as well, sadly - the early stuff is exposition and fairly generic, then eventually you wind up with Toriko fighting a mosquito themed dude who has a giant straw, on top of a volcano over an ear of corn the size of a skyscraper.... and then they use the volcano to make EPIC POPCORN! Once the Mangaka went crazy, the manga got way better.Toriko (dropped after 1 ep) looks like a caricature of battle shounen anime... except there's nothing actually fun about it. It's just dull as heck.
*squick*Astarotte's Toy! (Lotte no Omocha!)
I think this one has potential, as I mentioned earlier. It's quirky and interesting, and the protagonist isn't too genericDenpa Onna to Seishun Otoko ("Electromagnetic Wave Woman and Adolescent Man")
okay, so I'm going to rescind my earlier complaint about there being no great shows this season: this show is excellent. Well animated, affecting and compelling.Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ("We still don't know the name of the flower from that day")
The stupid, it burnssssssss!Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria)
evaluated as generic shounen. it's better animated than most, and the protagonist's likeable, by the standards of the genre. Need to wait an ep or two to see what the fights are like.Ao no Exorcist (The Blue Exorcist)