Spring 2010 First ImpressionsPosted: April 8, 2010
Omitted: Mayoi Neko Overrun (I might put it on here later), Rainbow (subs where??), other stuff
Arakawa Under the Bridge is this season’s clear winner. Despite how 4-komaish it felt (yes, I know the original material is not a 4-koma) with those… card things in-between scenes/gags, the humor was very, very good. I don’t think any company but SHAFT could’ve pulled this one off. Yes, the ahoge thing and the shows-top-half-of-face thing were done before (Bakemonogatari), but that doesn’t make it any less great. Hell, watching that ahoge droop down after Nino went into the drawer was the funniest thing I’ve seen so far this year.
Given how boring Bakemonogatari was (for me, at least) and how shoddy a job Bund turned out to be, I wasn’t expecting a great SHAFT series this season. Holy shit.
Senkou no Night Raid is a series that took me by surprise. I love A-1’s work with mellow anime like Kannagi and Sora no Woto (I’ll get to Working!! later…), but when it comes to action (Fairy Tail, Valkyria Chronicles), I loathe their works. Heck, I hate most action shows (mecha unincluded). Black Lagoon and Baccano are the only two action shows I actually liked.
Senkou no Night Raid held a strange appeal to me. It was unlike all the other action shows I’ve given up on, but with the powers, the appealing character designs and artwork, and the promise of a great plot (possibly episodic), I’m more than willing to follow the show.
Also, the Chinese sucks.
B Gata H Kei… In a nutshell, this show is good, but shows very little promise. The first episode was great, of course, but there is so little room for following episodes to be humorous that I’m not sure if I want to keep on watching. I’d rather keep this fond memory of a funny, decent show than having to watch it deteriorate into a trashy romantic comedy.
Giant Killing is very inspiring. Most sports anime are inspiring, but few can hit that level with the first episode. Even fewer can keep it up, but I have high expectations of Giant Killing. Heck, I just want to see Tatsumi’s badassery kick in already. Show those bastard fans what you’re made of!
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou is “most surprising” for a reason. As you may know, I hate fanservice, ecchi, etc. with a passion. I just don’t understand why you would watch a series with all this flashing when you could be watching straight-out hentai/porn or something actually good like Mushishi. No, this doesn’t mean I’m changing my stance on fanservice/ecchi (I watched the censored version, anyway). I’m just surprised that an ecchi anime like Ichiban toolongofatitle no Daimaou can actually have good quality humor and a promising story. My guilty pleasure for this season.
Hakuouki is full of pretty men. And those pretty men remind me of the Gintama Shinsengumi. I spent the episode wowing at the art, animation, and how much Kondo acts like Gorilla Stalker. I’m pretty sure I’ll drop this show, but the first episode left me with a decent impression.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama is just what I expected it to be. What I didn’t expect, though, is that I don’t hate it. I read the first few chapters of the manga, and gave up in disgust. After the initial “oh, she’s a maid?” (which in itself isn’t that appealing…) there’s nothing left. Just a bunch of predictable shoujo crap. Maybe it’s better animated, I don’t know? I’ll be watching a few more episodes to see if the predictable shoujo crap turns up again.
Angel Beats, Angel Beats… I really had a hard time placing this show on my graph. It was really good, but also not that good. It was shocking, but not very surprising at the same time. In the end, I just stuck it here. I can’t remember why.
I guess I’ll start with the pros. Interesting story/setting, nice theme(s), good characters, Haruhi, and Brock (Guns? Pfft. Where’s your Onix?).
Cons? Wannabe Kyon, concert, bad character designs (dem eyes), not very funny when it tries to be, shows little promise (really, where can the plot go?).
Yuri is a really nice character. Very reminiscent of Haruhi, but that’s definitely a good thing. On the other hand, Otonashi is no Kyon. His straight man act needs some cleaning up.
K-ON!! had some really good things going for it in this episode. Too bad they were drowned out by large amounts of moeshit and forced humor. The opening scene was really, really good. It’s the best opening to a second season I’ve ever seen (sounds less than impressive, but I assure you, I loved it). And then came that eardrum-shattering OP. How come the animation was so impressive when the music was so bad…?
The episode itself had some really funny parts (“copying homework” was great), but things like moe-fying Ritsu (something that the first season almost never did, unless it was Ritsu teasing Mio), making Mio suddenly moe+crying (take some tips from Kagami, yo), and worst of all, Mio imagining Azusa “lonely” covered up any vestiges of good humor. Hell, if you don’t think that last example was forced, you’re a failure of a human being. That was so terrible I hate it I hate it I hate it I hat-
What’s worse, besides the humor, there was nothing but preachypreachypreachy stuff, and it didn’t work at all. I don’t think anybody wants to watch Azusa struggling over this situation (and apparently, KyoAni realized that too, and put in extra moeshit humor in an attempt to keep the audience entertained).
By the way, the ED was good. Not too hot on the outfits, but at least the animation looked better than the first season ED. The music was also better.
Don’t judge based on appearances… don’t judge based on appeara-
Heroman is a complete failure of an anime in my book. Blah blah giant robot blah simple blah OH WAIT, THIS SHOW SUCKS. Exaggerated character designs and hermaphrodites are the least of Heroman’s problems. I think this show is stupid. It’s really stupid. Stupid stupid stupid. Heroman is stupid. Joey Jones is stupid. The evil cockroach aliens are stupid. The birds living in that afro are stupid.
On a different note, read Snark’s post. The captions are hilarious and he makes a good argument (even though I totally disagree because Heroman is stupid).
Working!!? More like Shitting!! This show displays all that is wrong about slice-of-life comedies. I can’t bring myself to defend the genre because this show is so bad and so wrong in so many ways. There is no background. The male lead just comes in and who is he I don’t know what the hell. The loli-looking character needs a haircut. None of the jokes are funny. I dropped the episode halfway through.
Yutori-chan is an interesting show. The art is terrible, but the characters look pretty good. The humor is just the same jokes over and over and over agai- Actually, pretend I moved that dot on the graph down quite a bit. This isn’t even worth talking about.
Kiss X Sis was shockingly bad. It really was. The OVA was pretty entertaining, but this first episode of the TV series was over-the-top and predictable (more so than usual, anyway). You can count on me watching the last OVA episode, but finishing the TV series? Not a chance.