Final Thoughts: Spring Anime Season 2012

Happy Independence Day everyone! So the season ended a while ago, but I didn’t figure to write this until today. Why? Well, I figured I’d eventually write reviews for all the anime I’ve watched, but considering my endless list, that’ll take forever. Plus, there’s no guarantee that I’ll even want to review some of the stuff I watched… So I decided to just jot down some of my thoughts on the anime I watched this season. Therefore, major spoilers alert! You’ve been given fair warning…

Spring 2012

Anyway, let’s just dig in! Itadakimasu~

Zetman

Zetman was definitely a show I was really excited about when it first started out. However, as it progressed, it just got worse and worse. Jin’s overpowered form as Zet made the later battles boring and over too quickly. The pacing for the romance between Jin and Hanako was too fast and initially irrelevant. Kouga’s descent to a power-hungry vigilante was inevitable, but how he recovers is not clear. Haitani’s defeat was way too easy, making it strange that no one questioned his “death.”

All in all, after a terrific start, the plot left much to be desired. And, considering how the show seemed to be one of those “deep” shows, I’m still puzzled as to what message it wanted to convey.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Acchi Kocchi

A cute little show, but it got old really fast. It was obvious that Tsumiki and Ion would get together eventually, and yet nothing seems to be able to further their progress. The humor was light, but always revolved around the same things. Likewise, the show was always revolving around Tsumiki and Ion. Even as a main pairing, there was too much focus on them. The supposed “hnnnngh” moments were also overused, rendering them stale by the end. Overall, the show would’ve been nice if it were much much shorter.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Jormungand

One of my favorite shows this season. Although the show didn’t have a real overarching plot, there are promises of a second season, leading me to evaluate this season’s purpose as exposition, which it does quite well. The individual mini-arcs were sprinkled with the right amounts of gore, humor and character development, and the background music was a nice complement to all of the fight scenes.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Kimi to Boku S2

Judge will argue that this show is gay. Yes, the guys in this show might as well be girls. Their interactions are much too mild-mannered to be of a normal group of manly bros. However, gender questions aside, you have the perfect slice-of-life, with both the peaceful aspect of a female-casted show and the suck-it-up qualities of a male-casted show. Rather than ignoring any drama, Kimi to Boku incorporates the inevitable day-to-day drama in each episode, and resolves it realistically. It was a good two seasons, and the ending brought a tear to my eye with the impending graduation and uncertain future of my boys.

Rating: ★★★★½

Sakamichi no Apollon

A popular show this season, so we all know its good points: the music, the character development, the bromance and the fast-paced drama. One thing I really liked about this show was how fast the drama gets resolved. If you haven’t noticed already, one of the things I hate the most is drama that drags on and festers like a rotting wound. They’re deadly to a show. As for the ending, I liked how you meet everyone again, with each of them hard at working, pursuing their dreams. It was one of those cheesy happy endings that give you a pleasant heart-warming feeling.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Nazo no Kanojo X

The whole drool thing really bothered me throughout the series. Not so much that it was there, just that… it was drawn really thick, like honey. But that aside, I’d just like to say that, the circus melodies really fit the “mysterious” theme. As for the plot, it was actually a really sweet romance between two high-schoolers who want to make their relationship work. The ending really showed their conviction to stay together, with the exchange of saliva in front of Tsubaki’s mother’s grave. Symbolism~

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna

I have really mixed feelings about this show. On one hand, the show before the whole ending arc was spectacular. It was exciting, it was fun, it was whimsical and spontaneous. But the ending seemed to have an entirely different feel. It was almost disappointing. Of all things, they explained Mine Fujiko with brainwashing? Rather than a twist, it almost felt a bit like a cop-out. I would’ve liked it much better if the show had went with a route where Mine Fujiko’s torture wasn’t just altered memories.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Tasogare Otome X Amnesia

This show had a really really slow start. I could even say that until Shadow-Yuuko came out, the show bored me to tears. However, starting from the flashback episode, Tasogare Otome X Amnesia got really good. The ending was quite powerful, with Yuuko’s slow and painful disappearance, and Niiya’s struggle to move on. It was obvious that they loved each other, and yet they couldn’t be together. (Of course, a deux ex machina happy ending was tacked on in the end.) With Yuuko’s ‘dying’ moments alone, I gotta give the show some major brownie points. Unfortunately, it paints me but I can’t ignore that the beginning sucked.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Tsuritama

A true show about bromance and the power of friendship. The ending definitely didn’t surprise me; I knew Haru was gonna be the bait for JFX. However, I never would have expected JFX to actually have a human/non-fish form. It was pretty nice that both Urara and Haru came back in the end. And, finally, something I noticed in the scene of hauling Haru up was that Natsuki’s bracelet was the wrong color in one of the frames (although Natsuki had already given his own blue bracelet to Haru, his bracelet in that scene was still blue).

Rating: ★★★½☆

And that’s all for today! See you next time, over and out, gochisousama deshita~

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