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

Wolfwood2

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haha, the stupid! okay, so it's bad; but it's not BAD, if you see what I mean. Though why any casino would employ a croupier (not dealer, show!) who makes people win, I've not idea.
Because they've made her into the center of their advertising campaign for casino, a walking talking mascot[1]. If you were a gambler, and there was one casino that was a regular casino and one with a person wandering around with magical luck-manipulating powers that makes customers win... which casino would you go to?

[1]Er, which is appropriate because the "real" Rio the show is based on is an advertising campaign cartoon.
 

Shay Guy

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That's what I was thinking. If the extra revenue from people who come hoping to benefit from her presence (and wouldn't otherwise, or spend more money than they would otherwise when their 1% chance has been "upgraded" to a 20% chance) outweighs the extra money actually being won, the house still comes out ahead.
 

JELEINEN

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I thought the production quality was pretty low. The animation looked like it was done on the cheap side. Pretty crappy show to begin with, so a low budget isn't going to matter much. I'll probably watch just enough of the second episode to see the opening, then forget it ever existed.
 

MadMac

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Last three Crunchyroll announcements today:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-688290/winter-2011-lineup-kore-wa-zombie-desu-ka-hourou-musuko-

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? One of the more unique looking shows this season, could be ok, could be dreadful.

Wandering Son Serious drama, lot of people seemed hyped for this one.

Level E Apparently this is an alien comedy series by the guy who did Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter. Probably worth looking at just for that.

As far as I know, no one else has announced any simulcasts yet for this season.
 

Gladi

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Oh good to hea... oh. *heads off to torrentz*

Well at least I could import Hourou Musuko manga from US I guess.
 

Jhiday

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

What's it about ?

Technically a magical girl series, but it's all about the atmosphere. Madoka is an ordinary middle school student, up until she starts having weird dreams of magical battles. Then the girl she saw fighting in her dream suddenly transfers in, she finds a wounded critter offering her powers, and she soon finds herself sliding into bizarre side planes where it's not exactly clear who's fighting whom.

Characters

Madoka, our protagonist. Tends to be pushed around a bit by her friends and family. I find it notable that her mother wears the pants and is the bread-winner of the family, while Daddy stays at home. This pretty much sets the tone of how much guys are going to matter in this series.

Homura, the mysterious transfer student, of course establishing she's awesome at everything from maths to sports in a montage just after she's introduced. Also : very --ing creepy. Her first interaction with Madoka is to lead her to an isolated place and warn her off from doing anything. After that, she acts threateningly towards a wounded critter, and it's ambiguous whether she's the one who provokes the slide into a dangerous side plane.

Sayaka, one of Madoka's two best friends. The cheerful one. (There's also a Yamato-Nadeshiko-in-training one.) Earns my love by distracting a powered up Homura with a fire extinguisher. (Also, wondering what this girl is thinking of being in full cosplay gear at school.)

Mami, an experienced magical girl who rescues Madoka and Sayaka, and obviously has a much better clue than us viewers about what's happening. While always smiling and cheerful, she barely conceals her hostility towards Homura, making it clear that there's much going on under the surface here.

Kyubey, the mascot rescued by Madoka. Enthusiastically offers Madoka and Sayaka to become magical girls at the end of the episode, which given everything else in the episode ends up sounding far more sinister than he probably intends.

Production Values

Wow. This looks gorgeous ; Studio SHAFT obviously pulled all the stops here. In particular, the backgrounds are very pretty, and the dream/side world sequences are a weird combination of CG and collage that work perfectly. I'm a bit less enthusiastic about the character designs, although they do work as a nice contrast to the grim settings. Also, props to Yuki Kajiura's soundtrack, which is as atmospheric as ever.

No ED ; the OP's song is average stuff, although there's a lot going on in the animation.

Overall Impression

Given its pedigree, this was always going to either be a mess or a fantastic mesh of styles ; thankfully, it's the latter. The contrast between the "childish" (the magical girl premise, the middle school setting, the character designs) and "grittier" elements (the dream and side world sequences, the music) works well to generate a "not all is as it seems" atmosphere, and the plot is obviously going somewhere. I also liked the restraint of not rushing Madoka into becoming a magical girl in the first episode, too, as everything else they included here has some purpose (I particularly like the characterization of Madoka's mother and of her homeroom teacher, who both exude tons of personality despite their minimal screen time).

This is a strong contender towards the best show of the season.

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Infinite Stratos tomorrow morning, hopefully. (Also, maybe Yumekui Merry, depending on subs availability.)
 
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Dawgstar

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Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? One of the more unique looking shows this season, could be ok, could be dreadful.
Yeah, I smell Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaō on this one. That one started off fun, and had a premise it could seek its teeth into but... no. I really got irritated at that show.
 

MadMac

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica
I was really hoping someone would pick this one up for streaming, but I might have to check it out anyways. Probably I'll wait until there's a few episodes available, though, just because that's the laziest possible route and I don't expect to have any real free time shortly. :(

Yeah, I smell Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaō on this one. That one started off fun, and had a premise it could seek its teeth into but... no. I really got irritated at that show.
On the bright side, it takes a special kind of talent to muck up a show as badly as Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao. Seriously, the last few episodes were such a disaster most people actually ended up waxing nostalgic for the stupid, over-bearing fanservice by comparison.

I'll give Zombie a chance, at least. It can't possibly be worse then Rainbow Gate Rio...I mean, I hope not.
 

Katsue

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Well at least I could import Hourou Musuko manga from US I guess.
Or you could wait a couple of weeks until it airs on crunchyroll for free. Or, since you're willing to spend money, become a member of crunchyroll.
 

SunnyD

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica should be called:

SILENT HILL Madoka Magica.

I shall watch this for the nightmare fuel.
 
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