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  1. Triple_R
    2014-02-13 14:46
    Noticed your recent postings on Pocari Sweat's wall. You probably should know that Love Live!'s first episode is its weakest, by a significant margin, imo. So you're in for a treat if you go back to it, and watch it all.
  2. Triple_R
    2014-01-29 19:06
    I'm almost caught back up on Tokyo Ravens - I just finished watching Episode 15 about 30 minutes ago.

    Yeah, it's been really great the last few episodes. I'm glad they moved on from the comedy blackmailing they had going on for awhile there. The more serious episodes in this are truly great, and the action scenes are just wondrous.
  3. 0utf0xZer0
    2014-01-25 23:45
    Are you sure it was me? I haven't found Nisekoi all that compelling regardless of Shaft's involvement, at best I've said I might watch more if I wasn't feeling too genre fatigued or I might watch it with my girlfriend since she likes it. I've been more into this season's other arranged marriage comedy (Engaged to the Unidentified) since it's comedy is less overtly conflict driven.

    Edit: ...And my girlfriend just texted to say this week's Nisekoi was "amazing". This isn't a great season in terms of being able to nail down a watch list...
  4. Triple_R
    2014-01-25 18:10
    I recently checked out Nisekoi's first episode because I recall you bringing it up awhile ago. I do love the SHAFT style, and the interactions between the male and female lead are relatively fresh and edgy (in the sense of them being combative with each other, but it not being straightforward tsundere-esque material).

    However, the Yazuka "Arranged Marriage" element is a bit off-putting to me. For one thing, it was painfully predictable that it would be her. There's also how relationships that grow out of two people literally being forced together (and/or through blackmail) isn't an idea I'm fond of. Not sure yet if I'll be able to work around this issue.
  5. 0utf0xZer0
    2014-01-22 05:33
    Updated impressions time!

    Stuff I'm loving: Nagi no Asukara, Tokyo Ravens, Seitokai Yakuindomo S2
    Pumped for: The Pilot's Love Song, Engaged to the Unidentified, Sakura Trick, D-Frag, Kill la Kill, Golden Time, Wake Up Girls
    Also liking: No-Rin, Wizard Barristers, Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha, Space Dandy
    Stuff that I'm likely to end up watching because of my girlfriend, brother, anime buddies, etc: Saki: The Nationals, Nise-koi, Nobunga the Fool, Nobunagun
    Still wildcard: Pupa


    I didn't care much for Seitokai Yakuindomo's "let's reintroduce everyone!" season opener, but episodes two and three were a fantastic return to form. I have no idea why I find the combination of rather crude running gags - in fact, I didn't find the first season that compelling until about episode four when some of the show's tropes became running gags - and very subtle of romantic subtext so damn compelling, but I do.

    The Pilot's Love Song has been very solid, but I'm not sure what I thought about Kal-El staring at the painting in episode 3. It felt to me like they were really trying to force home a point that had already been made.

    I've already said some things about why I like Wake Up Girls elsewhere, but the big appeal for me is seeing how Yamakan reconciles his love for idol groups with his distaste of aspects of industry. To me, that's more interesting than the criticism itself. Plus, while people might not like hearing what he has to say, he doesn't have the added problem outside critics have of insular fandoms being weary of outsiders. (BTW, I'm not actually sure causing a stir on 2ch means the show is doomed. I'm taking a wait and see approach on that (as if I wasn't already prone to doing so…).)

    I settled on Engaged to the Unidentified, D-Frag, and No-Rin as my bets for comedies this season (Sakura Trick is different enough that I'm not lumping it in here). No-Rin started the strongest but I haven't found the jokes after Yukata is introduced as funny as those before (the opening scene of episode 1 was a riot). Engaged is probably the frontrunner of this group - it's the cutest of the three, and has the best OP. D-Frag continues to hold steady because I find KanaHana's character amusing.

    Loved Space Dandy's second episode, didn't care much for the first or third. The second is also the one that reminds me the most of some of Bebop's better comedy episodes.

    I love Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha's premise, and I don't mind the shoujo touches (hey, I utterly love stuff like Otome Youkai Zakuro and Inu x Boku SS - although I guess those are technically classed as seinen) for the most part. However, it feels like it's aimed at a younger audience and could maybe use a bit more subtly and wit. Will be watching closely since I don't think it's fair to judge on one episode.

    I like Wizard Barristers for it's action and crazy character designs, though between this and Galilei Donna I must say I'm not found of this director's way of doing legal procedural scenes. I feel like the tension in such scenes should come from something other than having the court completely and utterly stacked against the protagonist(s).

    Of the "watch with others" list, Nobunagun and the new Saki are probably the most interest, the former for it's Symphogear like sensibilities and butchering of historical figures, the latter for a slower paced moe fix - my interest with Sonico lasted until shortly into episode 2. That seems to happen to me a lot with shows I use as a "moe fix" actually - they temporarily serve as a fix, then I get frustrated with them.
  6. 0utf0xZer0
    2014-01-14 04:58
    A couple of these were genuinely hard. And I realize that my vote on action doesn't exactly help my contention that I do include action as part of my balanced anime diet, but I didn't feel comfortable voting for anything but Crime Edge because I missed out on quite a few of last year's big action shows.
  7. 0utf0xZer0
    2014-01-12 19:56
    The main reason I'm really pumped for Tokyo Raven is they're finally making some progress on the Harutora/Natsume front... just as things start to heat up again. The "return" episode was great. D-Frag mainly made the list because of the KanaHana character's burning love attack gag. With the number of comedies airing right now, that kind of thing can be the edge a show needs.

    My watch list for this season is skewed far more to the comedy side than I would actually like right now - recall that last season, the action side of my watch list included Tokyo Ravens, Kyoukai no Kanata, Kill la Kill, Galilei Donna, Coppelion and Unbreakable Machine Doll. But this seasons' action offerings just aren't impressing me much. I'm not feeling the characters and settings like I did with last season's shows.

    I wouldn't say that the shows you listed are down and out just yet - I enjoyed Nobunagun's bombast (albeit I'm already watching a lot with that tone) and I'm curious to see Magical Warfare's hidden world before I make a call. I also sampled the first episode of Wizard Barristers today, which is the first action show this season I'm really pumped for.

    Also, I got around to seeing episode 1 of Wake Up Girls after having initially only watched the prequel movie. Episode 1 finally sold me on it, I think this one is going places.
  8. Triple_R
    2014-01-12 18:15
    I'm slowly making my way through the new Winter 2014 season, but at this juncture, you've seen more than I have.

    My carryovers are mostly the same as yours, except I'm admittedly behind on Golden Time and Tokyo Ravens (so, for me, the two I'm most pumped for are Kill La Kill and NagiAsu). Another carryover for me is Samurai Flamenco, as it appeals a lot to my love of superheroes.

    Romance dramas are something I need to be in the right mood for, and I haven't been in the mood for Golden Time lately. I love Tokyo Ravens when it's in the latter stages of a major arc, but its more slower-paced comedy-esque episodes are just Ok to me.

    For the new shows, I'm loving Sakura Trick. I like how the yuri is more clear-cut and sincere in this show than any many supposed yuri shows. Its also incredibly moe in general, in my view.

    I'm also a big Saki fan, so I'm watching the new Saki anime.

    The Pilot's Love Song looks promising, especially with its potential main romance, so that's a keep.

    I can see why some would love D-Frag, but the over-the-top style of comedy it uses usually loses me after awhile. For example, it eventually lost me with Sket Dance, an anime with similar comedy.

    The other shows you specifically mentioned I haven't checked out yet.

    As for shows you didn't mention, I really liked Nobunagun and Buddy Complex. Witchcraft Works and Magical Warfare both show some promise, but after Strike The Blood ended up disappointing me, I'm now a bit more cautious when it comes to magic action shows that remind me of Shana, lol.

    I like having a steady helping of action in my anime diet, and just a side-helping of comedy. Perhaps its the opposite for you?
  9. 0utf0xZer0
    2014-01-12 03:10
    My winter 2014 plans:
    Carryovers: NagiAsu, Tokyo Ravens, Kill la Kill, Golden Time (Really pumped for the first two in particular)
    Newcomers (more secure): Nourin, Sakura Trick, Seitokai Yakuindomo II, The Pilot's Love Song
    Newcomers (less secure positions): D-Frag, Engaged to the Unidentified, Super Sonico (Why Super Sonico? Because I feel like I need a non-bombastic moe fix to counteract the rest of this list.)
    Still to air but hoping to like: Inari KonKon, Wizard Barristers
    Wild card: Pupa - I don't think i could stand it in 25 minute chunks, but I think it might interest me in the short format its using.

    I wanted to give a few shows like Hamatora, Sekai Seifuku, Wake Up Girls and Nisekoi more time but this is going to depend on whether I feel I'm starting to get genre fatigue - my watch list is already more skewed towards comedy than normal.
  10. Triple_R
    2014-01-02 07:57
    I get what you're saying, I just can't help but think the new Rozen Maiden would have sold five times as much if it came out in 2008 or 2009. Really.
    You could very well be right about that. The popularity of the characters at the time would have made up for anything else.


    Second, if your theory is correct, I think it's the bleakness of the stories in Rozen Maiden and Watamote that give them this hard hitting quality and can drive off audiences. Otherwise... I realize Oreki is essentially an "anti-otaku" in outlook, but he did prove you can go deep into the headspace of a loner and get decent sales if your show is a little warmer in tone (it's not just a matter of romance... Rozen Maiden 2013 hinted at one too). Hence, I don't think you should really be trying to extend it to cover things like Sakurasou.
    Part of the reason why I added in Sakurasou is that it's lack of success is surprising to me, and I'm trying to determine what caused it. There honestly hasn't been that many great romances in anime lately, and Sakurasou had a pretty strong one (also one of the stronger "alternate possibility" romances). Mashiro is also very popular in moe competitions, so, yeah, Sakurasou's lack of commercial success is surprising to me.


    (Note, BTW, that the anime fandom has sometimes gotten behind extremely bleak stories about loners in the past. Hatedom aside, Evangelion alone proves that. But I think popular shows at the moment suggest this is no longer the "in" thing.)
    Agreed. Most of this is cyclical.

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