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[In which I review] New anime, Summer 2013

Wolfwood2

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Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
(12 episodes)

Overall Impression

I was kinda on board with this until William's repeated denial of the occult (despite everything that happens around him) got very annoying. After a while, his rationalism just stops making any sense and becomes bloody aggravating. Which is a shame, since there are some decent jokes in this... But if it gets tiring now already, I doubt I can withstand 12 episodes of it. Especially as I get the nagging suspicion there's going to be a tournament of some sort.

Nice try, but no thanks.
A tournament arc from the perspective of the people running the tournament (because William would be awarding the prize, not participating, right?) would actually be pretty interesting.

But I'm going to take your advice seriously and not even give this one a try. Too many other shows to watch.
 

Calliope

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But I'm going to take your advice seriously and not even give this one a try. Too many other shows to watch.
Right now, I'm kind of in the opposite situation; this summer is looking pretty dead. I'll give the first episode of most of these shows a look, but it takes a lot for me to get interested in a "set in the present day slice-of-life comedy" with no genre elements, which rules out a lot of stuff.

Oh, well. Maybe something will surprise me, and if not, it's not like my backlog is lacking.
 

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Aarrgh, I'm away for one day and I'm suddenly snowed under with new shows.
 

Jhiday

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A tournament arc from the perspective of the people running the tournament (because William would be awarding the prize, not participating, right?) would actually be pretty interesting.
I get the sneaking suspicion he would be more of an helpless bystander for most of it, alas.



So, let's recap the first week, because those were a lot of shows.
A cut above everything else :
Eccentric Family
Monogatari Second Season
Good fun, will definitely watch to the end :
Danganronpa
Genshiken - Second Generation
Servant x Service
Symphogear G
On probation :
Love Lab
C3-bu
Yellow Mosaic
Free!
Sunday Without God
Blood Lad
Maybe if the season was less busy :
Dog & Scissors
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
Fantasista Doll
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
No thanks :
Kanetsugu & Kenji
Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni
Brothers Conflict
Kitabuku
Rozen Maiden

This would already be a pretty good lineup (especially as I'm still watching Attack on Titan, Railgun S, Space Brothers, Majestic Prince & Dokidoki! Precure), but there are still seven more shows due to debut in Week Two, three of which I'm pretty sure I'm definitely going to watch :
- No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!
- Nyuru Nyuru!! Kakusen-kun
- Silver Spoon
- Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation
- Gatchaman CROWDS
- A Town Where You Live
- Yami Shibai

Keep tuned !
 

KoboldLord

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Did anybody else feel their suspension of disbelief crash and then burst into flames in Penetre de Illusioni decided that its first fight scene really needed a conspicuous tentacle boob grope? The writers appeared to be trying to set up the brutality and grimdarkness of their setting, and suddenly a 9-year-old kid wanders into the middle of the pivotal scene they're using for that purpose, shouting only the word "BOOOOOOOOOBIIIIIIIIEEEEESSSSSS!!!" before trundling off-camera once again, and any hope of any gravitas for the show is thereby irreparably dead.

I mean, I understand the role of fanservice in paying the bills, but that was seriously clumsy work there.
 

Quasar

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This would already be a pretty good lineup (especially as I'm still watching Attack on Titan, Railgun S, Space Brothers, Majestic Prince & Dokidoki! Precure), but there are still seven more shows due to debut in Week Two, three of which I'm pretty sure I'm definitely going to watch :
And here I came into the season thinking 'this is total shit all I'll be watching is Silver Spoon and Monotagari'. There's a surprising amount of stuff I think I'm enjoying. At least for now.
 

redwulf25_ci

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And here I came into the season thinking 'this is total shit all I'll be watching is Silver Spoon and Monotagari'. There's a surprising amount of stuff I think I'm enjoying. At least for now.
I'm finding the abundance of slice of life comedies this season a boon as I'm still working on getting through the whole "Satoko must suffer horribly" arc of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni in the Visual Novel, Anime, and Manga.
 

Jhiday

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No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!)
(12 episodes)

What's it about ?

Slice-of-life comedy about the daily struggles of an asocial girl.

(Unlike what the absurdly long title would lead you to expect, it's adapted from a manga, not a light novel series.)

Characters

Kuroki, our protagonist. An introverted nerd who hasn't managed to hold a proper conversation with anyone outside her family since entering high school a couple of months ago. (Not that it went much better in middle school.) Even saying goodbye to the teacher manning the schoolgate or ordering food at the local WcDonald's is an ordeal. She doesn't understand why making friends or getting a boyfriend is so HARD in real-life, when she's so good at it in games.

By the way, I hope you can withstand her pathetic, self-deluding and aggressive inner monologue, because it drones on and on throughout the whole episode.

Our only other major character introduced in this episode is Tomoki, her younger brother, who's completely normal and a bit annoyed by his sister randomly barging into his room to passive-aggressively demand some help.

There's a group of four of her classmates that she keeps bumping into (not that they ever notice her), with her abusive narration reeking of jealousy at their easy socializing.

Production Values

Not very high, but studio Silver Link know how to spruce up a pedestrian narrative with lots of nifty effects (sometimes veering on the downright abstract) to keep it visually interesting.

Overall Impression

Hello, cringe comedy ! It's basically an entire show based on mocking how socially inept its protagonist is, without pulling any punches. Kuroki is clearly responsible for a good part of her own misery, and her misguided efforts to better herself are obviously doomed to fail. She's a walking trainwreck and this is painful to watch.

It's also hilarious, fortunately. It helps that a lot of this feels authentic and barely exagerated from actual nerd behaviour : it hurts to watch because it's true, and a good chunk of the audience has been in similar places. And while she's not shown in a good light, to put it mildly, Kuroki still manages to be an endearing character to watch. We want to see her get a bit better, although she'll probably fall flat on her face repeatedly on the way.

This strikes a difficult balance between its uncompromising depiction of its protagonist, and avoiding to be too annoying ; while there's room for this to go horribly awry later on, so far so good.
 

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This is incredibly important: what does her voice sound like?

A lot of my enjoyment of Mysterious Girlfriend X was the voiceactress.
 
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