Late is late but there’s nothing I can do about that.
So, without more delay, quick final thoughts about spring season this year and DRRR!! gets the deserving spot of opening this post since it was the best out of all the completed shows on my watchlist. There’s a second place, too, but I’ll talk about that one more in Part 2.
Working!! – Average show with a rather okay ending. It’s not that I’m dissatisfied with it or anything. Heck, I’m more than happy with how it ended cuz if they showed us Inami’s phobia being miraculously cured in one episode, that would have left a sour taste in my mouth for being so unrealistic. At least this shows promise that
Souta will continue to serve as a punching bag her relationship with Souta still has some ways to go though I doubt the one-sidedness will change. ^^;
Either way, I just watched this for fun and the laughs, nothing more. I wanted a little bit more Jun and Yachiyo moments but ya can’t have everything. Though I am happy to see Kotori-chan again. lol
Will I buy the manga/DVD? – Originally intended to but nah. I don’t really need it nor want to own it. *shrug*
Durarara!! – K, though I said this is probably the best of the season (heck, maybe even this whole year since 2010 wasn’t really that great), I was rather disappointed on how rushed the ending was. It wasn’t a horrible mess and by far, compared to other anime I’ve seen, far more decently done in wrapping things up for an adaptation that had to squeeze three novels into 24 episodes. Still, I lost steam around episode 19 because I couldn’t feel any attachment liked I did when it first came out. Masaomi’s epic moment of PWNSOME! was downgraded to just intimidating Horada which pissed me off a little but I can forgive cuz the three amigos up there were finally able to almost clear up misunderstandings between them.
Then of course, there was more AWESOME that followed. The crowning moments definitely going to SHIZUUUUUUUUUUUUU~~~~~~!!!!!!!!1one <333333 and Simon giving Izzy a black eye and one heck of a “You deserved it, punk” lecture to him in RUSSIAN…and then laughing about it. FFFFFFFFFF, Simon, you are my hero! xDDDDDDDDDD
Oh god, I loved this show so much and am definitely going to miss it until they announce a season 2. Cuz it’s so obvious they will. There’s 4 more novels to go so it’d be stupid not to. :P
My bet is that it’ll come within the next year. Maybe not winter, but fall perhaps? Doesn’t matter. As long as I can see my Mikado-kun
go into Bosskado mode and Shizu again, I will be happeh~ \3
Will I buy the manga/novel/DVD? – I think it’s about damn time someone licensed the light novels already. Manga, I’m not really big on but if they do, I’ll buy that as well.
As for DVDs, I plan on getting them but not on the day they’re going to be released. Need to regulate my budget so will probably buy them later…and the dub can burn and rot for all I care. I ain’t watching it. xP
Fairy Tail – Gah, the epic “Unison Raid” I’ve long waited for has been watered down so much to just 2 minutes of awesome. No pun intended. D/
Knowing this is Satelight, however, it’s to be expected but still!!! *throws a tantrum* >A<
*sigh* Ah well, no use complaining about it since imo, it was still good. I especially found the start of a friendship between Lucy and Juvia incredibly heartwarming cuz I just love it when two girl characters I love bond with each other. <3 And when Juvia was crying of happiness, GAH, I wanted to hug her! x333
On another note, Hikaru Midorikawa made me LOL quite a bit over his performance as the death metal assassin (I don't want to bother remembering his name) since he's played as a rockstar before. xD;
And it was really cute to see that Gray is weak against crying girls, particularly Mira (for the lulz) and especially Erza.
Yep. I'll probably blog something when Jellal (I still prefer "Gerard") and Siegrain's ties are revealed. Maybe his battle with Natsu, too. If it's awesome, I mean.
Ookami-san – Already watched the second episode but stayed with this shot cuz they’re my OT3 for the season. Hehe :3
It’s not extraordinary but it’s holding my interest. Ryouko is like any typical tsundere and cute at times but I really adore Ringo (Kanae-san~! 83
And Ryoushi-kun~ I loved how brave he was in protecting Ryouko and believe that anyone who thinks otherwise because of his phobia problem is taking this show way too seriously. I mean, even the narrator (who I don’t mind at all) is a gag. Plus, it’s also rare that a cute, pathetic wuss like Ryoushi can become badass when motivated and do manly things so early on in the show.
So yea, Ookami-san is keeping me amused. Now I’m just waiting on Shirayuki-hime. I hope this doesn’t last for 24 episodes, though. I have a feeling this show will burn out right around the time the fall lineup comes out so it’ll be a drag if I have to keep up with it until the end of the year.
Shiki – Reading the manga as I type this. Of all the things it had to be, VAMPIRES. I was expecting better, y’know. Goddamn vampires. I can’t stand it. How many years did I have to put up with this fad and the Twilight fags? Stop f*ckin’ messing with my entertainment and go extinct already. *kicks something*
That aside, the plot for this is alright. Since I read ahead, I expect to get bored anytime soon but I’ll watch it until the end. At least there’s no longer that Higurashi-ripoff feeling that I thought would last for the first half due to the similar settings and conflicts and all.
Natsuno is pretty interesting as the main protagonist…if not very good-looking but you’d expect that since he’s stuck in a village full of very ugly-looking people. And when I mean “ugly”, I mean…a lot of things. It’s already evident in the anime, but if you want to confirm anything, then just go read the manga. Even normal looking people are a sight for sore eyes. *sigh*
Anyways, along with the doctor, Ozaki, he’s one of the few characters I can stand. Perhaps it’s his rebellious attitude that makes him so? Hmm, maybe. He reminds me a lot of Kamui from X/1999 the way on how they try to resist the villains of the story. Except unlike Kamui, he has no supernatural powers and his situation is pretty much hopeless. …They’re also both ridiculously skinny for boys their age and it doesn’t help when the author makes it look like Natsuno is inviting some HoYay from his best friend (“Let’s leave this village together!”) which is definitely NOT the case here…I hope.
I also feel bad for Megumi cuz it’s clear that she does love Natsuno a lot but I doubt he’ll warm up to her at all, even if after that happens. Her design is pretty lovely…yea, I just can’t resist pink hair and pig tails…and Haruka Tomatsu. Haha. xD;
So all that’s left is to wait for Sunako (Aoi Yuki voicing a vampire loli again), the “Rika clone” as I call her. :P
Gackt will be playing her father-dearest, Seishirou, and therefore, head vampire of their estate but don’t get your hopes up on seeing him too much as he has very few lines in the manga. His appearance will make you laugh though as sunlight is unable to harm him, so he flaunts off a lot of FABULOUS~! when he does come on screen. Cape and all…in the middle of the friggin’ summer! Oi… |D;
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – I can only enjoy this as I’m watching it. When I’m not, it’s always a drag to remind myself “Uhhh, I still need to catch up on KwMS later”. I’ve never been crazy for this series but I admit, Usui and Misaki’s interactions do get a couple of giggles out of me.
Other than that, this show was doomed to be one of those that loses momentum as it continues on. It’s a slice-of-life romance that constantly resets when Misaki is embarrassed into tsundere mode. Its side characters aren’t as memorable as the main leads which is crucial if you want to keep me absorbed for the whole ride. I can’t like a series on two people alone.
I’m making it sound more bad than it is when it’s not but I hope this will finish up soon so I can move onto new things. The Kanou arc isn’t so bad but one and half more months of waiting for the show to end is. |S
Heartcatch Precure – WAIT! Before you think I’m crazy…ok, I admit, I am crazy, but I can be sane, too, so just hear me out on this one!
While I was in Japan, I saw gashapon machines for these everywhere. Before that, I’ve heard from another source that this Precure show has been very successful. One of the reasons being Nana Mizuki voicing one of the leads, Hanasaki Tsubomi (Cure Blossom…pink! one if you can’t figure it out). That was enough to stimulate my interest in checking it out and now I’m hooked (nooo, don’t leave~! I’m not finished yet!).
Let me just say that I’ve only sampled some of the previous installments of the Precure franchise, none of which appealed to me nor do I have any interest in checking those first six seasons out. But I think Toei’s got finally this one right. Everybody knows Toei, right? They made Sailor Moon.
Anyways, I think I’ve figured out exactly why everything before Heartcatch was not as good (and I’m being nice). The franchise is trying too hard to be another Sailor Moon, especially when it reverted from the two-partner heroines to the sentai band for Yes! Precure 5. It’s not my place to say what should be or should not be done in mahou shoujo shows these days…in fact, I actually approve of the idea that they’re sort of paying homage to the series I grew up on as well as giving the new generation their own Sailor Moon to watch but they’re going about it all wrong:
Voice acting – Before they hired experienced and well-known seiyuus to play the central characters of Heartcatch, ugh, what’s up with those voices? They’re horrible, if not downright annoying, to listen to (even the seiyuus I recognize can sometimes sound screwed up). Mind you, this is just my personal opinion but I couldn’t stand how some of the girls seemed to have huge air bubbles in their throats while talking. And then when they get genki…oh boy. I mean, Erika in Heartcatch is not always pleasant on the ears either but you might overlook that once you get use to her personality.
Design – Granted, there’s nothing wrong with them…it’s just very generic. You get the “=D” face a lot from these girls, I know, but when the leads are part-bimbos and doing this almost all the time (with the animation not always at its best), you kinda want to strangle someone.
I also don’t like how everything in Precure is so over-accessorized to the point of them being walking Christmas trees
I blame SM Stars on this one. Though this is a rule of MUST as far as the magical girl genre goes…is all of THIS really necessary? They look like monsters of the week themselves. D/
Characters, Plot – These I can’t say much for since I don’t know the first six spin-offs well enough to be credible. But almost all magical girl shows follow the same formula. Good guys vs. bad guys, long transformation sequences, FILLERS, no originality in personalities…and how can I forget? Color-coding for your convenience. :P
Just to name a few. Redeeming qualities, however, is that Precure is probably the only mahou shoujo I’ve ever seen to incorporate actual physical fighting into its shows. YES, THERE IS MUTUAL VIOLENCE AND EXPLOSIONS. And pfft, SM hardly qualifies as a beatdown series.
Another is…they sell to the elementary kids…that’s all I can think of.
So now that I laid out the “meh”s of all those other ones, let me just say a couple of brief things about Heartcatch that sets it apart from the others.
1) Nana Mizuki, duh. The reason what got me into this in the first place. Of course, that’s not all. Cast also includes veteran Aya Hisakawa (Sailor Mercury) and Houko Kuwashima, both of who play important roles of the plot. The best cast PreCure has to date.
2) The art director for Heartcatch is the same guy who was the art director for Ojamajo Doremi and Casshern Sins. Yes, that’s why Heartcatch comes off as much more cartoonish than its predecessors. But the thing is, the animation is a lot more consistent. I also prefer this art style cuz the girls look more cute instead of overly girly like the other Precures were. I mean, yea, this is a show aimed for little girls who are still in there let’s-dress-up! stage but sometimes, less is good. Overly girly to the point that it produces cavities in your mouth is not good. *shakes head*
I also like how they chose more to make the girls appear more normal and not go for outlandish styles and colors like Splash Star and Precure 5 did. If there was ever an outrageous mullet, it’d be her. o.O;
3) Finally, I find that I can sympathize with the main characters because right on the first episode, they’re presented with flaws. Not flaws that are blown-out (except maybe Erika a little but she gets better) but ordinary ones. Tsubomi, unlike the previous main girls who are all outgoing, athletic, and generally energetic, is an introverted shrinking violet who has a huge love for flowers and wants to change her shy image after transferring to a new school. Her new best friend, Erika, on the other hand, is the actual genki one of this show and while her personality is sometimes overbearing, she learns her mistakes right away is pretty fierce when she gets angry.
There’s also a prince…who’s not what you think. You must watch episode 7 to get what I mean. Trust me, it’s hilarious. xD; There’s also a fallen Precure and an engineered one for the bad guys. They share some kind of history together so the plot is not completely plain flat on good vs. evil.
And we also have a mysterious, handsome megane dude who saves the girls a few of times kinda Tuxedo Mask-style except he wears traditional dojo clothes instead of a cheesy suit. He still has yet to speak any lines (even though we’re already 22 episodes in) or reveal his name. At the moment, some of the fandom calls him “Zetsubou Sensei Kamen” since he resembles Mr. Despair quite a bit and I just cracked up at that cuz it’s true. xD;
And erhem, totally shipping him with my Tsubomi-chan already…even if there is an age difference… >.>; <.<;
Oh, and uh…the mascots poop up rewards at the end of the day. Weird but I wouldn’t lie to you. o.O
Other than that, uh…Tsubomi is so cute! *FANGIRL MODE* Omg! Not only does she have pink and red hair (in pigtails and a ponytail
this is getting crazy xDD;;) cuz I can’t resist characters who do but she’s also oh-so-MOE! KYAA~! TSUBOMI~! x333 She’s what every pure girl in a mahou shoujo ought to be. A little naive but sweet with a strong sense of justice. Ahhh, there’s also something about Nana-sama’s voice that makes her all the more endearing. I think people would prefer Nana-sama’s more assertive (occasionally tsundere) roles more but when she uses a gentler tone for girls like say, Fate, the impact hits you just as hard. *totally loving Tsubomi right now* <3
*cough* So yea, I've caught up on all episodes so far. This week, they'll be introducing another Precure though it was fairly obvious who it was from the start no thanks to all the leaked magazine material. I actually can't wait to see it. I guess I've been starving for some good mahou shoujo ever since I gave up SC! when Party! started and this is definitely decent.
As for the now curious ones (or not), I would give you a warning that THIS IS NOT FOR THE CYNICAL. It’s just a simple magical girl show so if you can’t enjoy just that, it’s not for you. Seriously, there’s no need to delve too deeply into it. And on fillers, they’re not that bad since after every other two episodes, they go back to the serious plot bznz for a while.
So while I won’t recommend it to anyone since I can’t don’t know your individual tastes, if you’re thinking about trying it, it won’t kill you. I promise. :)
Kuroshitsuji & Kuroshitsuji II – Started marathoning the first season the night I arrived home from my trip but only reached episode 3. It’s damn good so far, even if it’s not to my taste, and I can see why Sebastian (I love OnoD’s acting for him!) was ranked 9th in the survey for “The Character I Want to Be My Groom”. lol XD;
The new season I’m feeling kind “meh” to since Alois is an annoying brat I want to
spank discipline hard and Claude is downright boring when you put him next the more awesome Sebastian. But according to the episode 2’s preview, he and Ciel are supposed to be returning so things are starting to look better.
I’ll probably pick this up again once I finish with all my posts. Until then, I’m pretty busy with all the other shows I’m currently following so we’ll see if I get back to this or not.
Woot! That was longer than I thought. Was fun to write, though. lol
Ok, so after I come home tomorrow, I’ll work on that Katanagatari post along with Bungaku Shoujo OVA.
NOBODY TOUCH IIIIIIIITTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!1 Part 2 should come after I’m done with those, which will hopefully by this Sunday.
As for SoMT, I’ll work on it while I work on Part 2.
K, that’s all for now. Laterz. (^^)/