My goal to watch all of K-On! within this week is moving along quite nicely. I already watched season 1 (including the extra and OVA that followed). Yesterday I watched the first 12 episodes of season 2. I have some comments on what I have watched so far, but I will write about them after I am done watching the movie. As far as the Winter season is concerned, I have already added three shows (Silver Spoon 2, Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren and Noragami) to follow. I have looked at the first episode of other new shows, and I might add 2 more series to my list of simulcasts. Happy anime viewing.
I watched a lot of anime this week. I watched the two OVA's adapted from the Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas manga. I am a fan of this franchise and was interested in seeing the anime adaptation of what I thought was a good manga. I was quite satisfied with these OVA's. The only thing that I sort of lament is that the OVA's only adapted about half of the manga material, if I recall correctly. I am hoping for more anime adaptations of The Lost Canvas and other Saint Seiya mangas; I doubt it will happen though.
The other anime I watched was tsuritama. And I was also surprised by how amusing it was; the animation style was also well done and interesting. Halfway through tsuritama, I was leaning toward buying the series on BD, but the conclusion was not very strong. Next week I am thinking in rewatching the two seasons and movie of K-On! Crunchyroll is also going to start airing new Winter shows tomorrow. Looking forward to the new anime season, see you later and happy anime viewing.
I actually was quite busy this past week watching anime. I decided to watch the three seasons of The World God Only Knows available in Crunchyroll. Overall, these three seasons left a positive impression on me. The first and third seasons were not very good, but the second was a bit better done. I like the premise of this franchise, and I wonder if we will see a fourth season. For now I am getting ready for the upcoming anime season. Hopefully, there will be some good new shows. Happy anime viewing.
By my standards I watched a lot of anime this season. I usually follow (watching the episodes as they air) 7 series per season, but this trimester I went with 15. Watching this many shows also increases the chance of running into more mediocre offerings, which is precisely what happened. Despite this, I found several enjoyable, quality series. I present here my rankings for the Fall 2013 anime season. I am using the ratings from Anime News Network to grade the series.
1. Gingitsune (Very good) - I initially dismissed this series because it did not seem attractive based on the little information I had. The apathy went away after watching the first episode. I am a fan of slice of life anime, and Gingitsune happened to have most of the things I look in this genre: likable characters, an enjoyable atmosphere, drama, heart warming moments and a light dose of comedy. I wish more of the source material were animated, but as it stands Gingitsune is a very nice work close to my heart.
2. Monogatari Second Season (Very good) - Ever since this series was announced I have been looking forward to it because Monogatari is one of my favorite anime franchises. The first arc was superb and very close to the greatness of Bakemonogatari. In general the series has been strong, and the producers have done a very good job expanding the narrative of this imaginative franchise. The fifth arc concludes later this week, but this second season will most likely be completed after Hanamonogatari airs.
3. Nagi no Asukara (Very good) - The new original anime series from P.A. Works has not disappointed after 13 episodes. Like other original series from P.A. Works, Nagi no Asukara is another light drama with young teens. But this new show is different because it has a supernatural angle. So far I have enjoyed Nagi no Asukara, and I am looking forward to the rest of the episodes, especially after a terrific episode 13 that seems to have drastically reshaped the direction of the series.
4. Non Non Biyori (Good) - This is another anime that I also initially dismissed. When I learned that this anime was going to be about little girls, I was convinced that it was going to either be stupid or perverted. But I was completely wrong. I had a great time watching four charming and odd girls essentially doing cute things but this time in a rural setting. Personally, I would not mind seeing more Non Non Biyori anime in the future.
5. Valvrave the Liberator (Decent) - This has to be one of the craziest animes I have ever watched. It has school teens, robots, conspirations, supernatural beings, great choreographed battles and even singing idols. I had a great time watching both seasons of Valvrave the Liberator, and even if its story and characters were not very well written, the ride was intense. This anime is also one of the best looking I saw this year. Sunrise did a superb job with the production values.
6. Galilei Donna (Good) - I had high hopes that this could be a great series because the premise was interesting, and the first episode laid a solid foundation. The next few episodes were not as good, but I had faith that it was going to eventually breakthrough and become truly special. Unfortunately the series ended, and it never reached that special place I hoped to see. I enjoyed some moments of this anime, but I will most likely remember Galilei Donna as a good but not very special series.
7. Golden Time (Decent) - I was almost immediately drawn to this title when I learned that it was going to be a romantic comedy; I am kind of a fan of those. Halfway through it (12 episodes), Golden Time has been pretty much all I expected: a predictable story with funny moments, the occasional drama and mediocre production values. At times it has surprised me a bit with some twists, but Golden Time is consistent and good enough to keep watching.
8. Strike the Blood (So-so) - I initially ignored this title because it looked like another stupid and juvenile anime with vampires. However, I decided to check it out and was captivated by the two leads. It is a dumb show with a cliched story, formulaic characters and pretty and well-endowed female teenagers in frequent situations of sexual nature. The series is divided into arcs of four episodes each. After 3 arcs I keep liking Strike the Blood. I only ask that the harem elements do not get too out of hand.
9. Samurai Flamenco (Good) - I did not like this anime much when I starting watching it. But over the next 5 or so episodes I started to appreciate its weird premise, and the commentary about the meaning of being heroes. After episode 7 the show changed as it went from a theoretical take on heroism to a more practical one. Thankfully, I also came to appreciate that twist. However, I fear that the changes introduced in episode 11 might ruin the series, and thus, decrease my enjoyment of Samurai Flamenco.
10. Outbreak Company (Decent) - This anime is probably my biggest surprise of the Fall 2013 season. Outbreak Company seemed like another otaku-pandering show, but it quickly became evident that the writers had some clever ideas. It also helped that most of the main characters were likable and had something worthy to add to the mix. I enjoyed the 12 episodes of this anime. I do not know if we will see more seasons, but I will make sure to check them out if it happens.
11. Ace of Diamond (Good) - I am fan of team sports, and baseball is one of my most favorites. To be honest, I began watching Ace of Diamond because I was looking for another show that could be watchable, and I was curious about this new baseball anime. And after 12 episodes it has been a nice experience. Ace of Diamond started kind of slow, but it has become good and very enjoyable. I hope it at least keeps up with the current pace and quality.
12. Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (Decent) - I decided to watch this series because I watched the first season. Magi: The Kingdom of Magic can be both an entertaining and emotionally touching experience. The problem is that it can also be inconsistent with pace issues and occasional silly and shallow episodes.
I continue to like the premise of this franchise, but it can get frustrating. For the moment I feel inclined to keep watching more, especially after a very strong episode 12.
13. Kyoukai no Kanata (So-so) - I had a bit of high expectations for this anime because it was to be animated by fan favorite studio, Kyoto Animation. Those expectations quickly died down with the slow and unfocused beginning that Kyoukai no Kanata had. Sure, the show is pretty to look at, but it was hard to figure out what exactly the producers were trying to do. The second half was somewhat better and more intense, but its weak conclusion cemented Kyoukai no Kanata as a mediocre anime.
14. Kill la Kill (Good) - This is the hip show of the season; I was not going to watch it because of that reason, but I ended up watching it. Kill la Kill is undoubtedly a fun, entertaining and well animated show, but its story and character development are very predictable. After its first 12 episodes, it continues to be a fun show, but I might have to put it in the back burner if I find another series more appealing, which is very likely because I am not a big fan of watching crazy shit.
15. Coppelion (So-so) - This science fiction series seemed to have a great premise, and the first episode was indeed promising enough to expect a competent anime. The problem is that the first half of Coppelion kept mostly going in circles by rehashing the premise and not building up over it. The last third of the series was somewhat better but was not enough to save this work from mediocrity. I am disappointed in Coppelion because it has a good premise, but the producers squandered it.
Yesterday I finished watching my Sentai BD's of Kokoro Connect. I still enjoyed rewatching this strange anime. I consider Kokoro Connect to be a strong series, but I realized that what I like the most is how likable the main characters are. The premise of the story is still intriguing, but I did not find it that interesting this time around. The art and animation looked a bit better on BD, but they did not wowed me. Overall, I enjoyed the experience, and the conclusion was well done.
In other occurrences, when I woke up today I was pleased to find out that Psycho-Pass is up for pre-order and will be released this upcoming March. I am very excited about buying this series because it was one of the best from 2012, and really enjoyed its well written story and strong premise. Next week I plan on having a long post about the anime from the Fall 2013 season that I watched. See you next week and happy anime viewing.
I am restarting my blog. I got a bit burned out because it was stressful to blog about three ongoing series. I am not completely sure how I am going to go about blogging, but I intend to publish two posts per week. I want to use my blog as a diary on my anime related activities during the week. I also intend to add more features to my site. I hope to be up to the challenge and have fun curating my site. Happy anime viewing and see you soon.
In the Demon Realm The Hero continued to battle the possessed Demon Queen. He was finally able to get through her by reminding her of their shared feelings. The Demon Queen spoke to her demon subjects about her authority and also realized that many demons still hate the humans. In the human world the Knight was able to stall the hostilities, and the arrival of snow helped. Despite the momentary peace, humans and demons continue to plot to have the war continue forever.
Episode 12 of Maoyu was a nice conclusion to the series. The Demon Queen and The Hero have made significant advances in improving the human world and its relation with the Demon Realm, but a lot of work remains to be done. This episode gets a 10 out of 10. I definitely enjoyed Maoyu, and I hope more anime is made in the near future. I really like how this series can seamlessly combine real world issues and otaku-laced humor. The overall grade for the series is a 8 out of 10.
Yuriko announced the formation of a new club aiming at having fun, and not prove to the world that psychics are real. Yuriko also asked forgiveness to Haruka for having used her. The best part of the episode was when Haruka's mother went to the daughter's home. The mother behaved in her usual witchy ways. Both started to argue and had a brief pillow fight. Afterwards, Haruka read her mother's mind and realized that their separation deeply hurt both. At the end Haruka and Yoshihisa confessed their love to each other.
Episode 12 of Kotoura-san was a bit unbalanced in tone, but it offered some closure to the series. The highlight of the show was of course the apparent reconciliation between Haruka and her mother. Although it was emotive, I kind of feel cheated because things seem to have been solved so easily. Could not this have been solved before without so much running around? This episode gets a 8 out of 10.
In the final analysis Kotoura-san is a mediocre series. It had potential to do some very interesting things with its drama angle and comedic situations. Unfortunately, the two aspects almost never meshed well together. There were some nice moments in the series, but only two or three episodes were very good. Kotoura-san began as a very promising series, but it shone to soon and was not able to recapture its early success. The overall grade for the series is a 6 out of 10.
Saki figured that the Ogre did not posses Death of Shame in regard to other humans. But since she (the Ogre) grew among monster rats, she had to have a Death of Shame in regards to monster rats. Kiroumaru let himself be killed by the Ogre, and she died as a result of Death of Shame. Afterwards, Squera gave his reasons to rebel to Saki and Satoru. Squera was unjustly judged and horribly tortured by the humans. Saki and Satoru also learned that the monster rats were originally humans with no Power, who were genetically manipulated.
Episode 25 of From the New World was very good and powerful. My greater conclusion is that humans apparently learned little about respecting their kind. Humans made so many mistakes in the name of order, but they continued to be as arrogant as the doomed generations from the past. It would appear that the lessons from this rebellion would soon be forgotten because it was perpetrated by lesser beings. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.
In the final analysis From the New World was a series with an imaginative concept. It was very good at making the audience think about the benefits and disadvantages of humans having intelligence and power. I wish some things have been better fleshed out, but it was a very engaging experience throughout. From the New World has been my favorite anime series from the last two seasons because it was smart and often left me with something interesting to chew on. The general grade for the series is a 9 out of 10.
The young merchant and the dragon princess continued their economic schemes. They spoken with a financial official of the Southern Nations (and former student of the Demon Queen) and asked for several economic breaks, but revealed their desire to establish commercial relations with the Demon Realm. Meanwhile, the Demon Queen emerged from her slumber in a castle in the Demon Realm, but she had been corrupted by the spirits of old demon kings. The war also began, but the Knight is working on avoiding as little human casualties as possible. At the end of the episode The Hero arrived to the Demon Realm (which is actually underground the human world) to save the Demon Queen.
Episode 11 of Maoyu was very heavy on the economy side, but it has started to head the series toward a resolution. The economic aspect of the series is interesting, but it can be hard to follow. I am very glad that the young merchant and the dragon princess have noble intentions. Like I mentioned the series is starting to move closer to a resolution, but there several still unresolved issues, mainly conspirations against the Demon Queen, among humans in leadership positions. This was a nice episode, but I can only give it a 8 out of 10.