To be fair, I do think that Urobuchi's works get a bit too sadistic at times. I can think of a couple scenes in Fate/Zero Season 2 that I found a bit upsetting. One was mitigated by the fact that Kayneth really did have it coming to him, though... But yeah, most Gen shows have a couple scenes that I know his biggest fans love, but that I'm not that fond of personally. I like Gen a lot because I think he's very good at just basic good writing fundamentals (something that I think is missing in most modern anime). But his particular dark style of writing isn't my favorite one.
Mari Okada's more lighthearted touch, but with Gen's strong good writing fundamentals (which Okada sometimes lacks badly), would probably be my dream anime writer, lol.
Finally managed to get myself to watch Fate/Zero S2 tonight. And...I am now convinced Urobuchi is the most evil entity in the universe. Not everything about it was bad...but so much of it made me utterly sick....this is going to take a long while to get over...maybe I never will.
Well, let's see. Accounting exam went well. Summer fruits are in good supply, better enjoy them while I can. It's damn hot here, hit 42 degrees a couple of days ago (and had to go catch up with 2 friends in that heat and get my DVD of Marimite S1 from them). General agreeance between us that 2012 was Year of the Brain Dead (although they enjoyed more of the brain-dead titles than I did). Golden Boy is going to win the 2012 AJAS poll on a landslide at this rate. (I knew I picked the right episode to screen on that ecchi night. ^^; )
Watching titles with my my anime senpai on Sunday yielded interesting conversation. Hard to tell which of us despised Psycho Pass more. Its inferior replication of Blade Runner's setting and the world scenario of Minority Report is insulting. The backflip on 'no moe characters' was laughable. And it was hard to tell which of us was infuriated more by the content on mood of Psycho Pass. The treatment of characters in general is just as I'd expect from Urobuchi and I don't see how the degree of it is justified. 'hurting/killing the characters he loves most' I get but...what happens in that show is pointlessly cruel. Btoooooom invoked the same feeling in both of us. (He normally isn't caused to feel like that due to his higher tolerance levels, so the fact these shows are making him angry says a lot.) K is one he laments - pretty visuals but so devoid in every other department. He likes Girls und Panzer and Chuunibyou more to laugh at than laugh with but they suffice for him this season, I couldn't get anything from them. Shin Sekai Yori - well, perhaps that's the most lamentable of them all...yeh, I get what they're trying to do. Dystopia, humans gaining the power of gods and misusing it, psychological rantings, but...its execution is just farcical. Serial Experiments Lain is still the best executor of that scenario by light years, I feel. Ghost Hound's similar psychological rantings were made somewhat more interesting even if paced painfully slow. Dennou Coil I didn't enjoy, but it was well constructed for its audience and overcome its slow start to go into something significant. SSY - eps 5-8 turned farcical with its production values, show takes so darn long to get to the point, characters are rather placid and nothing that demands their attention. I feel the SSY adaptation is a classic exampe of how NOT to do an adaptation. Rather disgusted with A-1 Pictures, they've been in good form but this is a major negative for them as far as I'm concerned.
However, out of all of this...my senpai did find one that slipped under my radar from the October season that I actually quite like. It happens to be Sukitte Iinayo. I do get it is a compressed adaptation and skips a fair bit of content, but I don't think it is a crippling hinderance. The only major fault I'd put against the show is that Yamato doesn't have the FAbulous factor he does in the manga version's art. However the rest of the characters do. Mei is such a wonderful character and I love the way she forced Yamato to stop being like a player and that she wouldn't tolerate his carefree attitude if he wanted to get close to her. Aiko and Megumi being sinister than getting gradual redemption without sugar-coating is a major plus and refreshing to see more realistic portrayls of high school female-female bullying. Visuals are nice, music is darn good. Yamato gradually manning up and becoming worthy of Mei while Mei gradually opens up to him and others to be worthy of Yamato is touching. It's got a degree of sweetness similar to Kimi ni Todoke but not to a diabetic level, yet has the angsty side of iot all that something like Bokura ga Ita had but not to the degree that made characters unlikeable. Watching all 12 available episodes in the one day says how much I like this one. I'll be sad to see it end on the 30th.
So I'd say my feelings about this year would end up like this:
The titles I liked:
#5 - Amagami SS - 7/10
#4 - Mysterious Girlfriend X - 7.5/10
#3 - Sword Art Online - not sure, I need to watch more, I stopped at ep12 after people across all nodes of fandom and anti-fandom were being a complete bunch of pricks.
#2 - Sukitte Iinayo - 9/10
#1 - Natsuyuki Rendezvous - 9.25/10
Overhyped title of the year - Fate/Zero
Disappointment of the year - Shin Sekai Yori
Disgustment of the year - Psycho Pass
Whatever of the year - Don't Forget Your Toothbrush scene in Nise
Summary of the year - Year of the Brain Dead
Feels weird realising there are actually voices Rie Kuigimiya has done in anime and games that I like. If only there wasn't such a ruckus about Shana, Taiga and Louise, I'd have come to that conclusion sooner. Or that Taiwan incident...
I'll get to continuing Marimite sometime soon. I just need to get through this weird mood I'm in at present. Kind of hard to move on from something as good as Crest of the Stars. And I did kind of blitz the Persona 4 game through that toothache week. For some reason, I'm trying to bridge it with a re-watch of Lovely Complex...a friend mentioned it in passing and now I have to see it through again...