This is the only one I've stuck with, but wow what an insanely good show. It's really renewed my faith that really inspiring stuff can come out of anime that isn't the occasional sparks from the long running shonen stuff or stuff from Gainax.Puella Magi Madoka Magica (8/12 episodes) is definitely the highlight of the season. Wonderfully dark, perpetually visually interesting, perfectly paced, and never losing sight of its characters : so far, it hasn't missed a step.
Agreed; it's awesome. And in addition to the other good qualities you mention, it's genuinely unpredictable. I really have no idea where this shit is going, but I'm loving the ride.Puella Magi Madoka Magica (8/12 episodes) is definitely the highlight of the season. Wonderfully dark, perpetually visually interesting, perfectly paced, and never losing sight of its characters : so far, it hasn't missed a step.
I do appreciate the show show doesn't shy away from how serious this all is. People have gotten killed for reals. Some of them innocent civilians in a firefight started by the 'good guy' terrorists.There are worse things for Fractale (6/11) to be than a Miyazaki pastiche. There's a lot of fascinating worldbuilding, although it's often a bit lacking in subtlety. Perfectly enjoyable so far, but a lot depends on where it is going.
I was almost ready to give up after episode one because it seemed like a boring 'alien buddy' story with yet another high school protagonist. Then at episode 3 it got awesome, and it's been pretty awesome since.Level E (7/??) took me completely by surprise : it's a very funny series, with a wonderful sense of timing... most of the time. There are moments when the jokes fall flat or it spends too much time on a lackluster gag, but I can't fault it for trying something a bit different. It's walking a fine line between making the troll Prince infuriating and completely unsufferable, but so far it works.
Yeah, it's never quite come together, and with only 5 episodes to go I'm not sure it can. I think maybe this needed 20+ episodes rather than the 13 it's apparently getting.I'm still not quite sure what I think of Merry Nightmare (8/13), which worries me a bit at this point. The oppressive atmosphere works, the dream world belonging to the Soul Eater school of design is definitely a plus. On the other hand, I'm still not sold on Yumeji and Merry as protagonists (they've been mostly overshadowed by the supporting cast and the Dream Demons & Victims of the Week), which is a bit of a problem. Also, the Big Bad Evil Guy has remained entirely in the shadows so far, which doesn't give him an opportunity to display any charisma.
I like it, but I don't know if I can explain why. Maybe because Victorica has style.GOSICK (8/24) has unfortunately turned out to be quite mediocre : it doesn't work as a mystery show, and the interplay between the two leads can only carry it up to a point.
The show trolled the both of us.Haiyoru! Nyaruani (11/11) has also ended, and I'm still wondering what the point was. Sure, it often managed to make some well-paced jokes, but the non-ending left me entirely baffled.
No, not really.Now, that's only the shows I've been watching. What about everything I've dropped ?
- Does Kore wa Zombie desuka? build to a more satisfying whole ?
Ryuji remains pretty forgettable, but there's an interesting undercurrent that Rose is in some ways the more mature and smarter of the duo. Her instincts are usually right, and her bouts of jealousy/insecurity are subtle (by anime standards).- Do Dragon Crisis's protagonists become more interesting ?
Yes, actually. There's something quite intriguing about the lead character Rio, which is that she only gives a shit about one person. Now I've got to clarify what I mean by that. Rio remains the usual self-sacrificing, uber-protagonist who is 'friends' with everybody and is always willing to go out of her way to meet any request.- Does Rio - Rainbow Gate have any redeeming value ?
In the most recent episode, an eyepatch wearing L.O.D.O.K (Loli Organism Designed Only to Kill) went insane, turned into a giant statue of the main character's sister, was defeated by the main character, and then later saved his life, kissed him deeply, and declared him her wife.- Does Infinite Stratos escape the shadow of its mind-numblingly dull harem setup ?