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Fall Anime Second Impressions

Posted on: October 14, 2010

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A week has gone by since the last time I updated my thoughts on the fall anime series, and while my general opinion is still unchanged – “This is the best season in years” – there’s a lot to be said about what’s going on. With most series having two episodes under their belts, let’s jump into it.

I’m Hooked

To Aru Majutsu no Index II – This is mostly based on my love of the books, which admittedly have their flaws, but have kept me reading for months. The new opening song gets special props for making me giggle whenever I think Kawada Mami is singing “No paaaaants!”

The World God Only Knows – Captures the feel of the manga quite well, with the addition of some excellent production quality on the part of Manglobe and the staff. Elcea is like 20 times cuter in the anime than she is in the manga, though I’m still not fully convinced by Shimono Hiro’s portrayal of Keima.

Star Driver – I wish I had maids who sparkled at me when I took my shirt off. It’s from the “Don’t think about it too hard” school of fun, and I’m still in.

MM! – Still a guilty pleasure.

OreImo – It’s a very well-researched look at the social dynamics of otaku, and I appreciate that. Saori “Bajeena” also amuses me, since I know some people like that.

Gave it a chance, and…

Squid Girl – This show made me laugh a few times, but I don’t see myself sticking with it for very long because I’ll get tired of the humor fairly quickly.

Iron Man – Dropped until it airs on G4. I want to see it in English.

Super Robot Wars: The Inspector – Worth sticking to. I may be biased though, since I started playing Alpha 3 recently and have become weak to cheesy robot fun (see: Star Driver).

Otome Youkai Zakuro – Better than I expected, but still not really up my alley. Some old Sakura Taisen fans are clinging to it, though, so maybe after a few more episodes I’ll pick it back up.

No Sir

Soredemo Machi ha Mawatteiru – This one’s actually pretty funny, but I absolutely can’t stand Omigawa Chiaki’s acting. She belches and whines her way through scenes, and it’s just not fun to listen to. Sakurai Takahiro as the old woman deserves props, but I want to take a chopstick to my eardrums every time Omigawa’s character opens her mouth.

Bakuman – Slow. Dull. No.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – Some people took a look at this image of Panty and went “God, that’s hawt.” I went “Holy crap, what happened to her left eye?” I will not mock you for liking it, since it’s massive parody in action, but I don’t like it myself.

Motto ToLoveRu + Samurai Girls – Lumped into the same category of “My quality meter is not controlled by my hormonal urges.” I didn’t watch Seikon no Qwaser, I didn’t watch High School of the Dead all the way through, and I won’t watch these for more than a few minutes.

How’re you guys doing with the new season?

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4 Responses to "Fall Anime Second Impressions"

This is indeed one of the best seasons in a long time. Index, Arakawa, TWGOK, OreImo and Star Driver are all showing well. As for the rest…

Squid Girl: I thought it was entertaining. The potential is there to fall off later, but I think it has a decent chance of sticking around.

Panty & Stocking: Very hit or miss. I actually did end up liking the first half of the second episode, but hated the second half. I imagine this will be my seasonal show that I finish and wonder why.

Otome Yokai Zakuro: Growing on me, its the kind of show I would normally love, but the characters continue to bother me.

MM!: Didn’t really like it. I’m not entirely sure why, it just didn’t click.

Fortune Arterial: Already a forgotten show in most minds, it seems like. There really isn’t anything interesting about it.

Soredemo Machi: Didn’t think much of it.

Pretty much just sticking to To Aru II and Star Driver, although so far I’m enjoying P&SwG. I enjoy the sense of humor, I love the animation, it’s just stupid and fun to me.

Well, Dom: I think you’re disappointed with Keima’s choice of Seiyu because you -and it’s probably safe to assume- pretty much everyone else who knows about these things were expecting someone who could do Smug-yet-likable in the way that probably only Jun Fukuyama can. The anime for KamiNomi is still pretty darn good, anyway.

Index and, to be honest, quite a lot of light novels in general, suffer from a general lack of consistent pacing as a whole. Most good novels, however, translate surprisingly well to anime. It’s the same for Index.

OreImo, Arakawa, and STAR DRIVER are still pretty okay in my list, too. So, YAY for this season so far. Now let’s hope this prepares me for the shoujo-tastic fact that I can swoon, laugh and cry over Mamiko Noto’s Sawako once more.

Yeah Star Driver isn’t bad I’m enjoying Rio rainbow Gate right now and Dragon Crisis.

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