Hello denizens of Moar Powah! Judge here to give you his impressions of the Fall 2011 anime season. To be honest, I haven’t been watching much anime this year. Just too many other things occupying my time. For what it’s worth, here are the shows I have watched from start to finish:
Winter 2010/11: Infinite Stratos, Dragon Crisis!, Kore wa Zombie desu ka, and Kimi ni Todoke Season 2
Spring 2011: Yondemasu yo Azazel-san, Moshidora, Tiger and Bunny, and Ao no Exorcist
Summer 2011: Mawaru Penguindrum (still airing)
As you can see, not much. I’ve been following less and less each season. There are plenty of shows I want to go back and watch, but the time isn’t there. However, I decided this season to pick up my anime slack and not get behind anymoar. This isn’t a first impressions because obviously I’ve watched moar than one episode of the following shows. I usually like to get a third of the way through a season before I determine if it’s worth continuing, dropping, or picking up at a later time. So far, all the shows I’ve been watching are keepers.
A show about epic battles for half-priced bentos. Awesome. 5 episodes in, and I have to say, I love this show. At first glance, I thought it would be moar harem-esque. That actually isn’t the case. There really isn’t that feeling, at least that’s the way I feel. Protagonist Satou views “The Ice Witch” as moar of a mentor than anything else. Shaga would seem like the most obvious “hook-up” choice although she’s Satou’s cousin…which is weird…but when has that stopped Japan? XD. Oshiroi is…annoying, to say the least. Shiraume is…interesting, to say the least. I do like the variety of other “wolves” in the first episodes. I want a cool nickname too! How about “THE JUDGINATOR” (yes in all caps). Too lame? Yeah, you’re probably right. The comedy is top notch (the whole clothes scene at the beginning of episode 3 was hilarious), the action is nice, and there’s a cool narrative going on. Can’t wait for the impending battle between East and West!
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Man am I glad I picked this back up after I initially dropped it after episode 1. I thought it was going to be pretty stupid after seeing the first episode. Well to be completely honest, most harem anime are stupid. It was the art that annoyed me the most. I don’t particularly like this style. But I decided to pick it back up because the comedy looked decent. And boy am I glad I did. I absolutely love the show now. It has provided me with some good laughs. All the game references are a joy. But the dynamic between Yozora and Sena is definitely the best part of the show. Their arguments and attempts to one-up each other are funny as hell. Where’s this show going? Who knows. Moar importantly, who cares? Just have fun with it.
I’ve been told that the manga is excellent…until the ending. Regardless, I was really excited to see the anime adaptation. The premise is awesome. Using cell phones as “Future Diaries” with special powers to kill each other until you’re the last one standing is unique. The characters are also a strong point; it’s really interesting to see the motives behind each character’s participation. Yuno is every yandere-lover’s dream. I’m not too big on yandere characters, but she is pretty. “No Judge! Don’t fall to the dark side!” Too late. XD.
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!
The only reasons I’ve heard of this series are because 1) it’s the same people who made Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de (Minato Soft) and 2) Jack Guo played through the currently translated routes in one weekend and wouldn’t stop laughing and annoying the shit outta me. From my understanding, this is like a sequel to the game; instead of Momoyo accepting Yamato’s love, she rejects him and thus lays the groundwork for the anime series. This is a pointless harem anime with some action bits thrown in. I don’t say that in a derogatory manner. I love this stuff remember? Mindless fun. With some eye candy. Isn’t that what entertainment is supposed to do? Entertain? Anyways, Miyako is definitely my favorite character, and watching her come up with crazy ideas to get with Naoe, with Cookie (my second fave) as her accomplice is hilarious. She’s so perverted she makes Jack Guo seem tame. Who else would make an eroge featuring only herself?
I’m not gonna lie; I disliked the first season of Working!!. It became way too Inami-centric in the latter half, in my opinion. But I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed the second season. So far, it’s been random and crazy, just the way I like it. Watching the diverse cast get into misunderstandings and ludicrous situations has provided endless laughs. Everything from Soma pretending he’s a serial killer, to Nazuna working at Wagnaria, to Izumi becoming distraught over her brother’s “girlfriend,” to Otoo’s mysterious wife, to Yamada wanting to be adopted, to Kyoko’s juniors, everything so far has been a blast. Can’t wait for moar!
What can I say other than this is so much better than Fate/stay night (the anime). First off, the characters. Maybe it’s just me, but the cast is moar mature, moar diverse, and just plain cooler than that of Fate/stay. Kiritsugu is a serious badass. Who blows up an entire building to get one guy? This guy does. Why did his son have to become a delusional idiot? A few characters from Fate/stay are definitely expanded upon, namely Kirei and Gilgamesh. I always thought they were way too one dimensional in Fate/stay (although I think that was the intention). I’m partial to Iskander, just because the guy doesn’t take anything too seriously. He soaks everything in and is his bravado is pretty funny. He and Waver do indeed make a good pair. I found the part where Iskander stood up for Waver against Kayneth to be really touching. Lancelot Berserker is also way moar pro than Hercules Berserker. On another note, Pluffei thinks Lancer looks hot. She’s fallen for that magical mole. (Pluffei: Yes, I have! ~<3)
Second is the action. The fight between Saber and Lancer (and Iskander and Berserker) was cooler than 3/4 of all the fights in Fate/stay. Enough said. And third is the narrative. I never really understood why the cast was after the Holy Grail in Fate/stay other than rudimentary reasons. In Fate/Zero, we’re getting a much clearer picture of the motives and goals of the cast. This causes the story to progress much better (and it’s a lot clearer). The absence of a primarily teenage cast also helps remove the angst factor (like I said, Fate/Zero’s cast is moar mature). Also, go check out the beginnings of our very own Fate series, Fate/guo.
This is the one show that is exception to the rest of the list, in that I’m watching it but not because I enjoy it. I’m watching it because it’s Gundam. That’s it. I don’t have words for this terrible excuse of a Gundam series. It’s Astro Boy Gundam. Ugh. This show.