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Spring 2013 anime season
Spring 2013 anime season
Well, get better, in regards to that pain.
I must say, all three mecha series are coming along nicely in their own way. Railgun is dealing with my favorite Misaka's, even if I fear that the arc will get quite dark. Still waiting for new episodes of Battleship Yamato.
The rest all fell through, I fear. I may return to Maou-sama, but the others were either to grimdark ( that giant stuff ) or too silly by far ( Date A Live ) or simply too strange ( Carneval, that hair cutting show).
Speaking of Maou, I recently completed Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Interesting enough, the titular characters are played by the same VA from Spice & Wolf, and I've always felt MMY was quite similar to Spice & Wolf...
It was a pretty heartwarming, feel good series...
Too rushed in the end, should have been two cours. Seems like a common complaint lately... ^^
Well, it has not ended in other medias and the original source material. If at all possible, we might even see a season 2.
Speaking of which, we want the last season to FMP!
Only one season? There are enough light novels to do three or so. ^^
@magnus: thanks. It's chronic pain and my doctors still don't know what's causing it, so I'm doing what I can to live with it. Sometimes it gets worse, sadly.
Back on topic:
Miyakawa-ke no kuufuku is fun even if it's short. It's nice seeing Akira again and the humour of the web series is pretty much the same as Lucky Star's, so I love it for now.
I got past about half of the first episode of Yuyushiki. It's really slow, so I'm going to leave it for the summer and watch it when i just want to relaxe.
"I... AM A BIRD."
"OH MAI GAAAAAHHHH!!"
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I finally got around to catching up with Giant Naked Kaiju Attack, er, Attack on Titan.
My reaction reminds me of my reaction to Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, where the "ZOMG THEY'RE GONNA EAT US" level and overall deck-stacking-against-humanity was pushed up so high that I just kinda rolled my eyes.
You know its funny, I often don't do well with eye rollingly grimdark stuff either. I have a terrible track record with Gen Urobuchi's shows. But I consider the first two episodes of Total Eclipse a masterpiece (though my opinion of the show overall is mixed). I can't think of too many shows that do a better job of showcasing a character's baptism by fire, and as brutal and desperate as the events of those episodes were they managed to end with a ray of hope with Yui finding the resolve not to accept that humanity is doomed to extinction despite everything she saw on the battlefield. To me those two episodes were pretty powerful.
Actually, having a ray of hope somewhere in the darkness can be pretty significant for me. That and how much I connect with the characters. The latter especially tends to separate the shows I love despite (and even in part because of) the horrible things they do to characters I love from the ones that, figuratively speaking, make me roll my eyes at all the despair and suffering.
Anyhow, back to discussion of some newer shows.
has occasional sparks of brilliance, but overall it seems quite familiar, predictable, and frankly indulgent. Given the writer I'm wondering if its trying to lull the audience into a false sense of security though (not that I particularly want to see the show become eye rollingly grimdark either).
has apparently finished adapting the first novel of its source material. So far I still think its comedy is its strongest point, but it is showing potential in other areas as well. Though it seems a bit early to be showing Maou's good guy side so strongly. How are they going to justify Emi's hilariously epic rage faces if she no longer has cause to act tsun to Maou?
My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected
is an odd beast. On one hand its got some typical otaku elements. On the other hand, typical otaku shows generally don't do the kind of immensely cynical social commentary that this show does. The latest episode proves that one of the girls the male lead interacts with at school actually does give a shit about his existence, but I still doubt it will become a harem show. Why? Because even if the male lead's assessment that she's just nice to him because she's a kind person in general is wrong, there seems to be a pretty decent chance he'll sink the ship himself by continuing to assume that such is the case and/or acting like the anti-social loner he is.
Seriously, the main thing that has me thinking there's even a possibility of her becoming part of some kind of harem is that she's one of the main characters and it would be odd if she cut ties with the male lead permanently this early in the series.
The writing is pretty questionable, but who doesn't like an entertaining trainwreck now and again?
I actually kind of enjoy this whacked out show. Though the latest episode went a bit heavy on the gainaxing...
Red Data Girl:
I enjoyed a recent episode, but the conventions that this show makes uses of continue to drag it down. This is another one of those shows which seems rather familiar in some regards (this has been a problem for me with Gargantia and Shin Sekai Yori as well).
Well, Valvrave is turning out to be everything I never expected it to be.
Very entertaining and kinda like the space prussians. Even if "Blitzendegen" is about as un-grammatical as possible, but then again it's the Japanese trying to speak German, what else should I expect.
I like Saki, she knows what she wants.
I hope we surprisingly will have Haruto having gone along all the way, not chickened out after the first kiss.
Very entertaining and kinda like the space prussians.
As I have yet to watch the show, do tell me, do any characters get
MAGNIFICENT MUSTACHES & BEARDS!?
One thing after the 20s was the gradual decline of body hair, which was
, but people should have kept their
MAGNIFICENT MUSTACHES & BEARDS!
Nah, they are more into the pristine white uniforms with gold epaulets and yelling "Blitzendegen!" and stuff. And they are called "Dorssia", which has to be the most German name they could come up with in their mangled command of my mother language. ^^
So browsing couple forums a bit... people now think this
is an actual German word...
Then again, in retrospect, people probably didn't know the word
was also a made up word by some English journalist...
Of course, in the US, we have this fast food chain called:
". Incorrect use in both accounts, and they love to abuse
, a lot.
Yeah, pronouns are a problem for people who speak a language which only has one for all gendered terms. ^^ "Blitzkrieg" is at least grammatically correct in its syntax as is "Wienerschnitzel". "Blitzendegen" can't lay claim to even that, correctly it would probably be "Blitzdegen!", although it would depend on the origin of the term in the anime.
Ah, yes, discussions of mangled German, as imagined by foreigners who don't speak the language. Very amusing.
Except the funny thing is,
It sells hotdogs...
On topic, I think I can declare by this point that Valvrave and Maou-sama are the most entertaining anime of this season and indeed in a long time.
Hataraku Maou-Sama is pretty much my favorite show of the season right now. Though I don't particularly get Chii's overwhelming popularity. I consider Emi the funnier and more interesting of the two main girls. Granted she's very tsun right now, but given her history that's understandable. Defeating Maou was her purpose in life (perhaps literally when one considers her unusual heritage), and then there's the fact that he's indirectly responsible for her father's death. So its understandable that she's having trouble coming to terms with him being a good guy now.
Yeah, I consider it the shows greatest weakness so far that Emi completely dropped the topic of her fathers death now that Lucifer, the guy responsible for it, has become a "good" guy.
Yeah, unless they're going to revisit that at some point they probably shouldn't have made such a big deal about it being Lucifer's army that razed Emilia's home, because it does seems strange that she has issues with Maou but not him. About the best explanation I can come up with is that he wasn't personally present at the razing, and between the demon leaders who weren't personally present at the razing Emi decided to direct the blame towards the one at the very top.
Well, they have some episodes left to deal with that. I hope they do.
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