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Here we go!

Cute, but not annoyingly cute. I like it.

Welcome to Fall 2010! We’re about halfway through the premieres, and I’ve watched a good chunk so far. I’m more excited about this season than I’ve been in a while, and some pillars like To Aru Majutsu no Index and The World God Only Knows are yet to air. With that in mind, here’s a preliminary look at the shows that have aired already:
I’m hooked
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai – At least three people have asked me if there is ever any thread of romance between the Kousaka siblings. Thankfully, the answer is no. This show is a nice, realistic look at a relationship between an exasperated brother and his bossy sister. I appreciate that, and most anime fans I know who have sisters in real life agree with me. Also: this is awesome.
Star Driver – Studio Bones is doing its level best to make the cheese flow, and I’m loving it so far. Just about my only complaint with this spectacularly weird show is the character design for the females, but that’s a minor complaint when the series is really about men who look fabulous fighting in fabulous robots. I mean, just the delivery of the “Damn! Are you the Galactic Prettyboy?” (Kisama, Ginga Bishounen ka?!) line was enough to sell me on this series, which feels like Frankenstein’s Monster made from the parts of Utena, Code Geass, and GaoGaiGar. I’ll probably be writing more on this one in the near future.
MM! – A guilty pleasure, for sure. There’s no reason I should like the adventures of Fukuyama Jun and his quest to have a normal love life, in spite of his masochistic tendencies, his cross-dressing best friend, and the sadodere (is that even a real term?) who wants to cure him of his masochism by calling him a pig-boy and kicking him around. But it’s a train wreck that I can’t stop watching because I keep thinking “Man, they’re not going to go there” and then they go there. I’m not proud of this choice, but it’s just too amusing to stop… for now.
I’ll give it a chance
Iron Man – The first episode was, frankly, dull. But I’m going to shelve this one for a while and wait for it to air on G4, because I have a feeling that it’ll sound way better in English. It just seems unnatural to hear Tony Stark in Japanese, and who knows, maybe the pace will speed up soon.
Super Robot Wars OG: The InspectorDivine Wars was dull and didn’t have enough robots hitting each other. So what does The Inspector have in its first episode, directed by cheesemaster Oobari Masami? Robots punching robots with revolving stakes, robots punching robot punches while shouting attack names, flying snipers, and boobs. These are all things that made Super Robot Wars OG fun in game form, and I’m hoping that they can keep this energy up.
Pass
Bakuman – Molasses-slow pacing, poor animation, and a story that has no real draw to it unless you really want to know how the manga sausage is cooked. I dropped the manga after a couple of chapters, and this episode did nothing to pull me back in.
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – I appreciate that Gainax has stepped out of the box with this one. I see what they’re doing with their imitation of modern American animation, and I can appreciate that. What I can’t appreciate is the music and the pacing of the show, where dialogue isn’t so much spoken as it is shouted at a nearly unintelligible pace. It should be acting, not vocal racing. Plus, the story itself is really generic and relies more on shock value than any intrinsic quality, which irks me since I know that the staff is capable of much better than this.
Motto ToLoveRu – I’ve hated it for years, and there’s no reason to stop now.
Didn’t Watch it Yet
Otome Youkai Zakuro (Doesn’t seem up my alley)
Samurai Girls (Ehhhhh…)
Arakawa Under the Bridge 2 (I fully intend to watch this when I have time)
What have you guys watched and liked, and is there anything I haven’t mentioned that you want me to check out?
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Darker than Black promotional image

I missed the boat on Darker than Black back in 2007. I wasn’t watching much anime back then, but I recently started watching it on FUNimation’s video channel (it’s also available on YouTube, for those international readers who can’t see the FUNi site) and got hooked hard enough by the setting and the style of the superhuman superspy thriller to watch it from start to finish.

The sequel, Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, retains most of the staff and cast who made the first anime so interesting, but just one change on the staff makes it very different from its predecessor – and sadly, the change is for the worse.

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