Faith in the production might be a better way to put it than faith in the staff. I have a decent degree of confidence in Oonuma's skills because I usually like his directorial choices... but what BakaTest and C3 proved is that he only really shines when working with a good source (ie. EF).
The effect is more psychological than anything else - when I watch a show where I'm not sure if it'll be good or not, the mood is more tense, the weak points stand out more, and I end up enjoying it less. Conversely, if I think the show will end up being good overall I tend to be relaxed and easily shrug off flaws.
I've also noticed that I tend to give shows I'm uncertain about a priority on my "to watch" list second only to stuff I'm really pumped for during the second and third weeks of a given season... helps to hammer out the list of what I'm watching, I guess.
I've sometimes made lists of traits shared by shows I like in a particular genre but never for anime as a whole. And even then I tend to find there's a lot of variation - most shows I like hit some but not all of the traits I like.
So faith in the staff is a really big deal for you?
How would I class what's important for me...
Character motivations being apparent by the end of Episode 1 (at least to some degree)
A non-cliched plot/premise
Content not so generic and sugar-coated
A character worth believing in/caring about
Good ambience and music
I read a lot of people’s MALs but haven’t bothered setting one up, mainly because I simple can’t handle giving out numerical ratings. I have some sort of obsession with understanding the logic behind my opinions that makes me balk at how arbitrary the process feels. Same reason I spend so much time editing posts before being satisfied enough to post them.
I don’t think Amnesia has any more rabid fanboys than many other shows, but it’s the one where they smell blood (ie. was actually watched and panned by some of our more critical members). You were talking to DemiSoda, I take it?
Personally, I don’t share DemiSoda’s view that the show has been too light and comedic thus far. I like an awful lot of shows that spend time being light and comedic. I am, however, concerned about whether the show will ultimately produce anything memorable. Oonuma absolutely did this in EF (which is why DemiSoda and I are fans of his), but BakaTest and C3 just did not deliver in this regard. So I’m apprehensive despite hearing good things about the source material. Contrast say, Hanasaku Iroha, where I had absolute confidence in the staff’s delivering when it counted throughout and hence was able to enjoy most of the very divisive comedic episodes without worries. Episode 7 comes to mind… certain posters were screeching about how they show had to get serious again soon (which it did) and I was all like “man, Tomoe just established herself as one of the few truly great late-20s characters in moe anime”.
So in regards to Amnesia I’m kind of in the position of digging the perspective gags, the “mischievous ghost and the only boy who can touch her” thing (I know Key does ghost girls too but I find Key girls hit and miss) and sky porn but worrying about the show’s ability to deliver later on.
I saw a bit of Aria back in 2007 or so when I wasn’t much into slower paced shows. Given that I wouldn’t put much stock in my impressions.
I hear Amnesia fans are the rabid fanboys of the season, heh.
By the way, have you ever watched Aria? I already liked it but now that I'm watching it after I come home from work, it feels that much better. Neo Venezia is so delish...I reckon getting females like Alicia, Akira and Alice to guide people around a revamped Venice would solve Italy's financial crisis. XD
I didn't realise the purpose of why you asked Triple_R for titles. I thought you just meant for the whole season. Glad mine worked out overall, heh.
Well, I love those three shows. Girlfriend X is really deconstructing the normally bland romance genre and giving it an intriguing twist, 90s art and a dominant female. Ep2 really ramped things up more with the scissors. Fujiko Mine is quite a romp but a classy one - I love how certain men have issues with Lupin not being the main character in this. It's got modern style but old-school art and some cool jazz. Ep2 was very well constructed despite not having as much visual bling as Ep1 - it made me respect Fujiko even more. And Space Brothers is the optimism and ambition rarely seen within Japanese society. Aka being a civil servant is normally seen as the way to go and that to have high hopes is too foolhardy. Space Bros smashes that pieces. Ep 3 was gold - the whole not-so-young versus young adults scenario and the chemistry building up between Mutta and Shizuke is quite infectuous.
What can I say - for the first time in exactly 2 years (April 2010 was the last season I truly loved) - I'm having fun!
Lupin and (especially) Mysterious Girlfriend X went over well with my group, Space Brothers not so much. MGX's success was no real surprise to me - of the four of us, one guy has a thing for crazy girls and the other has a thing for weird 90s ecchi shows, so it had half the group from the beginning.
That said, if I had known about the licking scene in Kara no Kyoukai 7 I would have waited until after we had seen that before screening MGX... somehow, I think watching MGX first ruined the intended effect for us.