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[In which I review] New anime, Winter 2010-2011

Unseenlibrarian

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Having now seen it thanks to Crunchyroll saying 'hey, want a free month?' I have to say I liked Beelzebub, but mostly because it reminds me of Gintama for no good reason. I think it's the way the lead and his sidekick mug to the camera.
 

Shay Guy

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[N]o action scene is too exciting for the camera to go more then half a minute without zooming in on some poor girl's nether regions.
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*tilts head, squints*

No, sorry, I'm returning a parser error. Maybe "is exciting enough for"? Or maybe some cutting and pasting...*fiddles* "[N]o action scene is too exciting for the camera to zoom in on some poor girl's nether regions every half a minute"?

Sorry, I get the essence of it, but it confuses me when these things don't fit right and I can't seem to ignore it if it doesn't make sense yet. :eek:
 

MadMac

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I have to say I liked Beelzebub, but mostly because it reminds me of Gintama for no good reason. I think it's the way the lead and his sidekick mug to the camera.
It doesn't hurt that Gintama had a baby episode, either. :)

While I'm not yet sold on the show overall, I really did like the interplay between the male lead and his buddy. It's not often you get a "male friend" character who isn't an obnoxious pervert or cardboard cutout these days.
 
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KoboldLord

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I'll probably follow Beezlebub for at least a while this season. It's giving me Cromartie vibes from the first episode, and that's always fun. Maybe we'll even get something slightly more reminiscent of a plot, too?

Dream Eater Merry is tentatively on my watch list this season, too. Almost entirely because of Chaser John Doe and his silky voice. I hope he's a regular, or failing that I hope that the other characters become interesting to make up for his absence if he gets killed off instead.
 

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Dream Eater Merry is tentatively on my watch list this season, too. Almost entirely because of Chaser John Doe and his silky voice. I hope he's a regular, or failing that I hope that the other characters become interesting to make up for his absence if he gets killed off instead.
I like the show too. It doesn't really come through in the subs, but Chaser John Doe talks in a hilariously overblown form of Japanese. The best I can compare it to is like someone speaking Shakespearean English (probably not accurate but never mind). I imagine he'll be sticking around for a while.
 

MadMac

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Hehehe. Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka could end up being my favorite show of the season. :D

Level E is pretty good too. If Dragon Crisis isn't a let down Mondays may just start being awesome...
 

Jhiday

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Dear gods, 4 shows in one evening ? This is going to kill me...
I've seen them all, but it'll take me time to write everything up.


Wolverine

What's it about ?

A year ago, Logan met a Japanese woman called Mariko who disappeared soon after. Now, he learns that she comes from a crime family and is to get into an arranged marriage for their sakes. Logan of course rushes in to prevent it...

Characters

Logan, the Wolverine. You may remember those awful previews from a year or so ago ; thankfully his character design looks much better now (although it's more Hugh Jackman than the comic version). Anyway, the same character as usual : metal claws, healing factor and prone to berserker rage. In plain clothes for the whole episode, and I doubt that'll change.

Mariko Yoshida, his (former) sweetheart. Archetypical Damsel In Distress (tm). To be crude, she's just a macguffin here.

Shingen Yoshida, Mariko's father. Crime lord, with impressive fencing skills. You know the time.

Hideki Kurohagi, Mariko's new fiancé. The current ruler of the lawless city of Madripoor. Interrupts Logan's duel with Shingen by shooting the former in the back with some anti-healing-factor gun. No class whatsoever, then.

Asano, a Tokyo police detective who became friends with Logan 10 years ago. Just now rescued from AIM goons by the same in New York, he's our chief provider of exposition. He and his unit have set up a full-scale surveillance operation around the Yoshida mansion, but they lack the legal authority to just bust in.

Production Values

This actually looks pretty good, although this may just be my getting used to this artstyle from Iron Man. On the other hand, the women still look weird - especially Mariko. Also, I'm quite liking the soundtrack, it reminds me of Death Note's in a good way.

The OP is average. The ED, on the other hand, annoyed me by switching musical styles twice. Urgh.

Overall Impression

This is actually better than I expected. While we're deep into the usual clichés of the "Wolverine in Japan" subgenre (believe me, it's well-trodden territory in the comics), it tackles them with gusto and energy. It also looks fully plot-driven, instead of the "Zodiac mecha of the week" structure of Iron Man ; I'm not sure there's enough plot in there for 12 episodes, but I'm interested in seeing how it'll play out. This episode certainly crams quite a lot in (the plotline is nominally adapted from an 80s miniseries, but we're way more than 1/12th through it).

Anyway, a fun popcorn action show.
 
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Jhiday

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Level E

What's it about ?

An average high school student's routine is suddenly disturbed when a self-proclaimed alien crashes into his pad.

Characters

Yukitaka Tutsui, our protagonist. Fresh coming to this country town because he's been scouted by the baseball team of the local high school, and it's as good an excuse as any to start living on his own. Very annoyed by this freeloader who just. won't. go. away.

The alien doesn't actually get a name in this episode, but I'm told he's called "Prince". Which is appropriate, considering he looks like a blonde long-haired bishonen. He's partly amnesiac and a bit in a bind since the local scientists are investigating his crashed spaceship. Seems like a master of offscreen teleportation (you know, the kind where you lock him outside and the next moment he's just behind you). Despite his deadpan annoyingness, he's showed to have a heart near the end of the episode - he gets injured rescueing a kitten from car traffic !

Miho Edogawa, the pretty girl next door, who just happens to be the daughter of the chief scientist investigating the alien spacecraft, of course.

Production Values

This looks really good, with some slick animation and pretty scenery porn backgrounds. The OP is awesome, with a fun little rock number, a very nice use of colors, and some good comedic timing. On the other hand, the ED's crap.

Overall Impression

Hum.

On the one hand, there's a lot to like - some good jokes with impeccable comedic timing, nice production values. But it feels like it should be more, if you see what I mean ? Some of the jokes feel repetitive, and it feels a bit slow as a result. It needs more meat.

I feel like I should like it more, somehow.
 

MadMac

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Excellent show, although sometimes the pace is so deliberate I find myself tempted to just fast forward to the next funny scene. I love the animation and art style and character banter though, and I can see this developing into something really good that won't sell at all and five years from now people will be mentioning it in internet threads about overlooked gems.
 

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I thought this was okay - but it didn't exactly draw me in. I was expecting the alien guy to be far more annoying than he actually was; that stuff can be wearing if you overdo it. It might be worth a couple more episodes, just to see how it goes. I think it suffers in comparison to Birdy, though.
 
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