Summer 2009 Expectations vs. RealityPosted: July 18, 2009
This season has been quite interesting. I was looking forward to Bakemonogatari and ended up loving GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class. Of course, that not only says how good GA is, but also how bad Bakemonogatari is.
Anime that have exceeeded my expectations
What more can I say about GA? The summary on chartfag’s preview charts didn’t do this anime justice, in any sense of the word. This anime is just as good as Lucky Star, which, IMO, was where KyoAni had spent all of its amazing talent before degenerating into K-ON!, Munto, and Haruhi S2.
The character designs looked like crap on the chart, and I can’t say that I’m lovestruck by the MEGA-meganekko appeal, but it sure is funny if you put it like this.
Zan Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei surprised me. I had incredibly high expectations for this show, and I almost gave up hope when the less-than-SHAFT-quality OP showed up. But the first episode was incredible, and the second episode went beyond that.
When I watched the first two seasons and the OVA, I was pretty much new to anime. Obviously, I couldn’t get 99% of the jokes. Now that I’ve blogged for a bit and watched a lot more series, I can get up to 10% of the jokes. And boy, are they hilarious.
I spent a full forty-something minutes watching episode two – not because it was that long, but because I stopped and looked at each of the random jokes in the background. One scene had a poster in the background with a man in a striped shirt saying “Here’s Waldo,” and another scene featured a store named “Obama Ramen.” The little details like this plus the straightforward jokes like Miru attacking with a cell phone plus the numerous references make Zan SZS just as good as the previous seasons (and I say this because I know that I didn’t spend all this time to closely examine each episode for the previous seasons, so there must’ve been more than just the obvious Phoenix Wright and Death Note references).
One anime that caught me off guard was Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou. This thing looks and feels like a regular mahou shoujo anime, and it pretty much is one. But I like it. I don’t know why. The character designs are not appealing, the plot sucks, and it’s too damn bright in every single scene. But I like it.
Anime that have met my expectations
I liked Spice and Wolf. I didn’t love it. Spice and Wolf II still hasn’t got my heart racing, but I’m really, really looking forward to each coming episode. Though there’s not that same slice-of-life feel as the first half of the first season, this series is off to a great start.
Before I watched Sora no Manimani, I heard millions of good things about it. And then I saw the main character. What a turn-off.
He is very ugly. He should look more handsome, like Kyon. I think Kyon should be in this anime.
In any case, this anime is pretty good. Not absolutely amazing with angels singing all around it as I watch it, but good nonetheless.
I wasn’t expecting much from Princess Lover, and I honestly didn’t get all that much. The first few episodes have been pretty good… and that’s about all I can say.
I’m an aniblogger. Therefore, DFC = yes. Therefore, this show needs less boobs.
Anime that have not met my expectations
I’m going to say it right straight-out. Bakemonogatari sucks.
I’m an enormous SHAFT fanboy, so I’ve really no bias against this anime. If anything, I should be struggling to defend it by drawing up obviously meaningless examples and points. But when my favorite character in this anime so far is the girl on the right in the screenshot, and she only got five seconds of screentime, there’s no way I can defend it.
Bakemonogatari… I’m not exactly sure what type of anime it’s going to become.
I felt Mushishi vibes coming from episode one, but the end of episode two looked like the beginning of some odd school life comedy with supernatural elements. In any case, this genre confusion isn’t what I hate about this anime, though it’s not beneficial. What I really hate about this show is how half of an episode can be spent in one room with rapid-fire dialogue without much meaning to it.
There was no humor. There was no plot advancement. There was nothing. I couldn’t believe it. Nothing happened after ten minutes of dialogue. At least episode one’s drawn-out dialogue gave us Hitagi’s background. Episode two contributed nothing. Even the ever-awesome abstract SHAFT art isn’t doing anything to save this anime.
If this anime turns out to be an episodic anime, I’ll probably be able to forget about the horrific second episode, but if it veers down the path of school life comedy, I’m going to be even deeper in despair!
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 registered at a 6.0 for me. With all that hype building up before the first episode, you’d expect it to be fantastic. But it wasn’t. I didn’t like the concept from the get-go, and my inner dislike is showing.
How good can a series get if the only real event that occurs is an earthquake in the first episode? Unless you skip over a few years, all we’re going to get is eleven episodes of “Mirai and Yuuki try to get back home with pedophile woman.” There’s nothing else to show, unless you count a massive amount of pictures of Tokyo after an earthquake as “plot.”
Yes, Umineko no Naku Koro ni has disappointed me.
Even if my expectations for this show were too high due to Higurashi, there’s no denying the fact that Umineko is sucking big-time.
First of all, this is not scary. Higurashi was a psychological masterpiece, so it’s not fair to compare this mystery anime to Higurashi, but as a murder mystery, it should have some degree of terror. Like Battler says in episode 3, he’s more angry than scared or sad. Okay, that’s understandable. But not every single person in the whole show should feel the same!
Second, there is an overemphasis on just about everything. A mystery anime is, by nature, boring. It’s hard to make a mystery anime exciting, and even harder to make one to live up to Higurashi. But Umineko fails. Hard. When you get yandere Maria five times in any given episode with ten different camera angles each time, you’d think that you’re watching Endless Eight!
Rena’s yandere moments worked because they were 1) a sharp contrast with her usual personality and 2) not every other frame. The past two episodes have shown us a total 23 seconds of non-yandere Maria, 22.5 seconds of which were a few seconds before SUDDENLY, YANDERE! Other than the first episode, Maria has never uttered a UUUUU~. She doesn’t do anything anymore, unless the plot calls for SUDENLY, YANDERE!
And nevermind the emphasis on Maria – Battler’s detective scenes are even more emphasized! Every scene is shot with a different camera angle, there’s crazy music, everything seems so exciting…! But it’s not. Injecting an immense amount of crazy features isn’t going to help a scene look cool. It was ridiculous when we suddenly saw the servants and Maria from Battler’s POV. A gray, shaking, blurry screen with the servants looking COMPLETELY NORMAL is pretty stupid. It’s fine when there’s a girl chasing you with a cleaver. It’s not fine when there’s four people just standing inside of a room.
Umineko – making the boring seem impossibly exciting, but failing.
Anime that almost made me puke
Element Hunters felt more like Harvest Moon than an actual anime.
- Clear field
- Buy fertilizer and potato seeds
- Plant potato seeds
- Get laid
- Dig up potato
Same thing. Only Harvest Moon is fun and Element Hunters is painful. Literally. The voice acting here is incredibly bad. It’s so bad that even I realized it. It’s like somebody thought “OH HEY, IT’D BE A GOOD IDEA IF THE CHARACTERS’ MOUTHS OPENED THREE SECONDS BEFORE THEY TALK!”
Plus if carbon disappears from the earth, how does this story take place? I don’t get the logic behind this anime.
Kanamemo is complete and utter crap. Using some superhuman determination that I never knew I had, I watched ten minutes of this shit before my eyes began to water and I couldn’t see the monitor anymore.
I really don’t know how somebody would praise this thing.
The lolis aren’t attractive, the plot is boring, the lolis aren’t attractive, and the characters suck. I hate this show. The characters are as bad as those in Mecha Mote Iinchou.
As for all the other shows I’ve watched (Taishou Yakyuu Musume, Umi Monogatari, CANAAN, etc.), no comment. Or rather, no motivation to comment.
Brace for Haruhi post tomorrow! (possibly)
Also, gomennasai for going AWOL for the past week or so. I had a test to not prepare for.