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01-20-11, 10:00 AM
Anime Relations: Wolverine, Rio: Rainbow Gate!, Gosick, Hourou Musuko, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, IS: Infinite Stratos, Fractale, Dragon Crisis!, Yumekui Merry, Freezing, Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!, Beelzebub, Cardfight!! Vanguard, Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!, Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, Level E
After doing some intense catch-up to get most of our Spring 2010 shows finished up, Dez and I have finally finished all of the first episodes of all of the new shows we’re trying out this season. For the first time in a while, I’m actually able to try out all of the shows since we’ve both seen the first seasons of the two sequels on the schedule (after Dez ran through the first season of Kimi ni Todoke in about a week). Anyway, here are my first impressions of the Winter 2011 season’s anime:

Beelzebub
Ahhh, a new Shounen Jump series. I was a little hesitant to watch this because I don’t know if it will run forever like Bleach and Naruto and such, or if they might actually break it into seasons like Bakuman. But anyway, it seems interesting enough so far. A Demon King in baby form taken care of by a juvenile delinquent on Earth. Might be fun. We’ll see.

Dragon Crisis!
Based just on the first episode, Dragon Crisis! is my second favorite series this season. The characters are interesting enough so far and the dragons-in-human-form thing looks like it should be really cool. And Rose (voiced by Rie Kugimiya) is rather cute in a very Ponyo kind of way.

Fractale
Not quite sure what to think of this yet. A world that seems very run-down, but has a very advanced computer system which lets people project avatars into the real world in place of themselves. Seems interesting with a bit of a YKK feel to it. That alone gives it a few points in my book. Hopefully recent news of Funimation losing their simulcast for the series won’t delay fansubs too much.

Freezing
A new fan service action series. It was okay, but pretty boring and the action sequences weren’t that great. Too many military elements for me, too. Queen’s Blade is a much better fan service action show if you want to watch girls fighting practically naked (or fully naked sometimes). We ended up dropping Freezing.

Gosick
I had high hopes for Gosick, but after the first episode I’m not that sure anymore. It was okay, but kind of boring. I’m at least still interested in it and hope that things pick up soon. It still has the potential to be a good mystery series. We’ll see what episode two has to bring.

Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son)
One of my most anticipated shows of the season. I actually used to do copy editing for the scanlation release of the original manga (think I worked on the first two or three volumes before work got in the way too much and I had to drop out). It’s a very touching and interesting story about transgender adolescents. I just wish the anime actually started from the beginning. For some reason they started about half way through where the manga is so far. It makes things kind of confusing.

IS: Infinite Stratos
So far, this is my least favorite show out of what we’re still planning on watching. I don’t know. Like Freezing, the military academy style of it bores me and none of the characters seem too interesting yet. I don’t know, maybe things will pick up as the series goes on. The foreshadowing mecha fight sequence at the beginning looked kind of cool so we’ll see if that can keep my interest when that actually starts in the plot next episode.

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season
The continuation of my favorite shoujo anime series. It starts on a bit of a sad note as the seating arrangements in the class changed again, separating Sawako from all of her good friends. Hopefully it picks up. If you haven’t already seen the first season, I highly recommend it.

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Yay! My favorite show so far of the new season! The first episode of Zombie was so much fun. The main character is Aikawa Ayumu, a murder victim of a serial killer. Yeah, he’s dead. But a friendly (?) and very quite necromancer decided to bring him back to life as a zombie for some reason and she is now living in his house doing nothing. Aikawa runs into a magical girl (a “Masou” Shoujo instead Mahou Shoujo for some reason) named Haruna. Due to some strange circumstances, they end up fighting monsters together in a very strange way. Oh, and fun fact, Aikawa is played by the same voice actor as Ryuuji from Toradora!

Level E
Aliens walking among us. If you like things like Men In Black and the X-Files, you might enjoy Level E. From the first episode, I like it well enough. The relationship between the two main characters (an alien and a normal guy who just moved into a new town) was pretty fun to watch. I’d like to see where it goes from here.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
An original animation by Shaft, here’s their take on the Magical Girl sub-genre. And it’s pretty much what I would expect from them. Stylish and strange, not what you’d typically expect, and pretty interesting. Take Nanoha and mix it with Bakemonogatari and you’re on the right track. I’m looking forward to watching more.

Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!
Ahhh, Mitsudomoe. Why do you do this to us? We want more of the Marui triplets and you give us the worst sentai episode ever created. Yeah, episode one is mostly just a really bad episode of the show-within-a-show Gachi Rangers with Hitoha’s horrified reaction to how bad of an episode it was. Why did they do this to us? And this season is only 8 episodes? Lame. Oh well. Hopefully episode two will make up for it. If you haven’t seen the first episode of Mitsudomoe, it’s highly recommended. Though a little tasteless at times, it’s one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a while.

Onii-chan no Koto...
Yeah, this show isn’t even worth typing out the full title. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like this before I even watched it based on some of the stuff that’s been said, and oh was I right. A girl with a horrible brother complex who ends up not really being the real sister of the brother she’s in love with. Okay, that’s fine, but this is supposed to be some kind of fan service relationship comedy. The problem is that the character designs are horribly ugly so the fan service isn’t effective at all and the comedy is totally not funny. As I watched, the whole episode was spent with me being offended by the art, offended by the poor attempts at humor, or just bored. Of course, we dropped this one. Go try Kiss x Sis if you’re actually interested in an almost-insect fan service comedy.

Yumekui Merry
And finally, we have Yumekui Merry. The stylization of this anime is being considered a not-so-well-done rip-off of Soul Eater by a lot of people, something Dez actually picked up on in the first minute of watching the episode. But it seems like it might be cool. I’ve always had an interest in dreams so more anime based around them are always welcome. Only thing that really bothered me about the first episode was the music. It just felt very awkward and intrusive in a lot of places. Hopefully I can put that out of my mind.

And right now, that’s everything we’ve watched. That’s just about everything from the Winter 2011 season. But there are some others that we decided to not watch without giving them a try. Shows we’re not bothering with this season:

Cardfight!! Vanguard
We have zero interest in card battle shows like Yu-Gi-Oh! so a show that was actually called “Cardfight” was pretty much a no-brainer. Not even worth it.

Rio: Rainbow Gate!
A fan service show based on a random mascot character from pachinko machines or something. Yeah, not interested.

Wolverine
After the first episode of last season’s Iron Man was one of the most boring episodes of anime I’ve ever sat through, we’re probably not going to be giving any of the Marvel/Madhouse anime adaptations a chance from now on. I don’t know, maybe we might, maybe. But we have much more interesting things to watch right now.

Well, it’s kind of hard to get a full grasp of what’s really good from just one episode, but so far I’m pretty pleased and still have high hopes for the season. It’s shaping up to be better than last season, I think. But only time will tell. At the very least, at least I have Zombie and Dragon Crisis! ^_^
Posted by pluvia33 | 01-20-11, 10:00 AM | 1 comments
spazirae | 01-20-11, 12:21 PM
Now hopefully after watching a few of the 2nd episodes we can get a better idea of which ones are going to be worth watching!! I agree with almost everything you said but not entirely. Wish I could blog something like this, but I'm not quite good at it so I won't even try. ^_^
 
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