12 of 12 episodes seen
Yet another studio is producing the newest season of Hayate no Gotoku! The amount of detail of the background is amazing. Like the buildings actually look like that in person. It does lack extras on the sad note. The Strip is a crowded place. I have no idea why it was so deserted on this anime. Laziness perhaps? I still dislike the character design. Something about the hair strand in the middle of their faces bugs me. It is probably because it steals attention from the character's faces. The main theme songs sounded nice. You can feel the effort put in them because it is disappointingly the best part of this series.
The new characters were uninteresting except for Tsugumi. Tsugumi x Nagi is a nice Manzai. Old returning characters aren't fully utilized. The best part of Hayate no Gotoku is their diverse characters and yet they limit their screen times. Some of them even acts out of their characters like Sakuya calling Isumi, "Isumi-san" on the last episode. When the hell they became such strangers? I do like how they changes clothes every now and then. The worst criminals in the world have an Engrish accent. Seriously, how hard is it to find a English speaking seiyuu with native accent? I would do it for free FFS. (Just provide me a flight and hotel to Japan!)
I see no purpose on having Las Vegas as the main setting. To be honest, it could have taken place back in Japan and I wouldn't see any difference. Just have the casino win as a lotto win. Where the hell were the omakes? It stopped half way the series and never came back. I wanna know what happens next to Urashima Taro, damn it! The story is too plot driven. I enjoyed the slapstick version of Hayate no Gotoku! with minimal and random plot better. They are overextending their genre and should just go back on the basics. This kind of twisty story would be better fit on a movie. The comedy scenes are forcefully wedged inside the plot heavy storyline. I don't know if I should either take this series seriously or not. One the early stages of the story, some scenes were hilarious like the restaurant scene on episode 5. You see, next producer of Hayate no Gotoku!'s name here, just stick to comedy! And fuck storyline. Finally, the ending was satisfying. She finally confessed and Manglobe is playing safe with his response. Doesn't really set on "what's next on the series" but at least they didn't fucked up the ending.
Verdict: 6.4/10 (Slightly Above Average)
+ Great theme songs.
+ Detailed background.
- Not as funny as S2.
- Bad character usage.
Raccoon Dog out of 10.
25 of 25 episodes seen
The art of Amagami SS was pretty standard. I hate how the characters don't blink passively. It made some moments unnatural. They only blinks when they are performing an action. The sound design was standard as well. It was good but it did not made me go download the OSTs of the anime. I loved the first OP theme. It felt like one of those eroge video packages that presents the heroines. Even though the lyrics sounded so dull and typical, the video package saved it. I wish they kept the OP theme. It made me felt like I was about to play an eroge! They had different ending that fits the styles of the 6 heroines. I like the extra effort but I would rather have one solid ED theme than 7 different average ones. I love the voice over on this one. They did a great job on assigning them on the right character.
There are a lot of them! Actually, too many for a single 25 episode season! Only 4 episodes on the main heroines and a bonus one?! The episodes were definitely QUALITY but I'd rather had a fewer arcs and more episodes to them. The main hero was normal with an overused name called "Junichi." Use another name for fucks sake! He looks too normal it pisses me off. Anyway, the heroines on the other hand was diverse to say the least. I enjoyed most of their personalities and differences.
It felt like an eroge, and a good one! I'll briefly state my opinions on each arcs.
Morishima Arc - Probably the best arc they could start with. It got my attention with the first minute of the story.
Kaoru Arc - Was sad when the first arc ended abruptly but this arc was unexpectedly good.
Sae Arc - Shitty narrator. would have been much better without him. Start of the downfall.
Nanasaki Arc - I was expecting more TSUN and less DERE. I was disappointed.
Rihoko Arc - No progress, wasted episodes. at least they presented a different kind of ending.
Ayatsuji Arc - Amazing arc. I was expecting something but it gave me something different.
Bonus Arc - Deep story line for a solo episode. Was hoping for the BAD END and BLOODBATH. Too bad, maybe next time.
I didn't like how it didn't had any sex scenes. Not even nipples on the BDs. Your an eroge. You audience are the perverted adults! So give us something to fap to!
+ Diverse characters
+ Feels like an good dating sim
- Too many arcs
- No adult scenes
Nikuman out of 10. read more
8 of 8 episodes seen
Note: I've used my own scoring scale. View my MAL page for more info.
Story: (6/10 - Decent)
It had a lot of potential but the delivery was "meh." There are over 7 billion people on Earth... imagine if there are over 7 billion BRS. Insane right? So instead of this, they took the colorful bird picture book path. LOL!
8 episodes is just not enough for the story to fully develop.
Art: (9/10 - Amazing)
The visuals are outstanding with out question. Very colorful and eye appealing.
Animations are silky smooth and very detailed. Like I noticed BRS's hair strands moving individually on multiple scenes!
Sound: (8/10 - Great)
Opening is sang by supercell feat. Miku. What could go wrong with that?!
The ending on the other hand is less superior compared to the OP but that doesn't mean that it is a bad song. It is very balad like, very fitting for an ending.
Nothing really stands out on the BGMs and sound effects department. They are all decent.
Finally, they did a great job assigning the voice actors. Their voices matches their characters.
Characters: (3/10 - Bad)
I normally don't mind the names of the characters but on this one, it is kinda too "try hard cool" for my liking. For example Black Gold Saw:
She is wearing mostly black (check)
Her weapon looks like a saw (check)
Gold is no where to be found (X)
In my opinion, the characters are the weakest part of the series. Watching insecure kids is NOT ENTERTAINING! While the character designs are eye candies, it is not certainly not enough to stop me pimp slapping these little girls.
Enjoyment: (4/10 - Poor)
I didn't felt like "I need to watch the next episode ASAP." I only watch the new episodes when I had the free time. In other words, I did not enjoy it.
Final Verdict: (6/10 - Decent)
It had a lot of potential but poorly executed. It is definitely better than the OVA. read more