Anime Blog #3: Of Horror, Magical Girls and Walking Bees!

It’s already been two weeks, since I did this little Blog thing here the last time, and I have to say, that I actually haven’t watched a lot. From the day after I released the Blog on, I had a Chinese exchange student that stayed at my house for around a week and at the same time school started again for me, which leads for a lot less time to actually Blog and watch Anime. Now let’s move on, to what I have been watching, since the last time that I have written something like this!

Blog 3 Corpse Party: Tortured SoulsThe first show I want to talk about, is not really a lot to talk, since I actually only saw the first episode of it. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls, is an OVA based off several games, that has been published just weeks ago and that I have started watching, but didn’t really get to finish it. I stopped after the first episode due to me having to and not because I was bored. The thing is, that the show actually was rather good and quite creepy which I really liked and so far I thought they did a really good job on it. I am going to finish at some point in time, but I am not yet sure, when that is going to be.

Blog 3 Cardcaptor SakuraThe second show is just as much to talk about, since I have only seen the first two episodes so far. This has another reason though, being that I am watching this show only over the internet with a friend of mine and I don’t think that I am going to touch this show without being in the same skype call as him. So far, Cardcaptor Sakura has been quite normal. It was one of the shows that set the standards for the magical Girl Genre and as such it seems to be one of those pretty normal shows. I still kinda like it, even though the characters sometimes act rather weird and some of the scenes are a little awkward to watch. In total it really is fun to watch and I am looking forward to seeing more of it!

Blog 3 Toaru Majutsu no IndexThe third show that I started watching is a show, that I am pretty much watching for the purpose of watching the Spin-Off! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Raildex-Franchise, mostly about the spin-off called To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. The original show, that I just recently started, called Toaru Majutsu no Index, certainly doesn’t get as much praise as Railgun and while I haven’t seen latter yet, I have to admit, that I am enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. There are of course a few things that I have problems with, the biggest one being the main character. Kamyjo Touma is a character that only has one thing that really stands out, being just how generic he is. He gets better later on ( I am only in episode 14 so far, which means later on equals around episode 10), but that for me just hasn’t been enough to adjust just how much of an annoying character he was when the show started. I just feel like he has been overshadowed by most of the supporting characters. This of course doesn’t mean that it is bad at all! I like the plot of the story so far and the thing that actually might be best about the whole show, might be the sound. The Soundtrack is while being a little weird at times for the most part really well fitting and the Opening ranks pretty high on my Top Opening list! So far it has been far from perfect but still a very enjoyable Anime!

Blog 3 Tegami BachiThe next show is another Shounen that I started watching and actually is something that I went into almost knowing nothing about. I actually really like doing that, but more to this topic at some other point in time. Tegami Bachi or Letter Bee, is an Anime that so far still has to convince me. It has moments, when it gets quite good, but overall it just seems to be really generic. It fulfills many typical Shounen parts, such as the amount of fillers, the training and a lot more and shows it in one show. Some of the characters aren’t really likeable either and I just think that it hasn’t been amazing yet. I also only got to episode 6, so there’s still a long way to go for this and the main plot just started around an episode ago.

Blog 3 DieceThe last thing that I want to talk about, is not an Anime, but a Manga that I have finished around one week ago, which is called Di[e]ce. It actually took me quite a while to finish it, since I didn’t really want to spend too much money on Manga, so I bought them one after another and while it might be that it was due to me always having quite some time between every time reading the next Manga, it seemed really confusing to me. But that really wasn’t a bad thing to me, as I constantly was intrigued in the game they are playing in Diece. I hope that one day it is going to be adapted into an Anime, but that might still take some time before it happens.

Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou: Episode 9

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Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou Episode 9 Ami

Hopefully she’s not gonna be as annoying of a character as the others are…

I stated quite often already, that this show was something I really didn’t like so far…It features overused humor, a pretty annoying opening and characters that annoyed the shit out of me, but I have to give credits were credits belong, and one point where they belong, certainly was this episode! Whenever I see a new episode of this being out, I am rather cautious due to how this show has turned out to be so far, and for most of the time this cautiousness has turned out to be quite good, but for this particular one…I think I underrated it a lot. This show actually has the potential to do something and at least draw the spectator in for at least a few episodes. This episode we finally get a lot of answers to quite some questions, and even though some remain untouched, like the one about why people actually suddenly turn into zombies (I even spotted Afro this episode). But the things they touch, they often do quite well compared to other nonsense shows. Something that I actually found to be quite decent this episode was the music, as the Soundtrack at times rather surprised me and struck me as quite good! The Animation while quite sloppy at times, was pretty ok and the only problems I had with this show were two hug ones. The first being, that the humor that this show has, pretty much kills the mood, whenever it seems to get interesting, due to it getting toned down to the humor I can’t even laugh about anyway. The other thing that is done horrible in my opinion is the Romance that is randomly placed in this show, and I think it would’ve been way better to just leave it out. Yes I know that this is supposed to be a nonsense comedy, but to me right now it doesn’t feel that way. While it at times really is nonsense to me what they are talking about and a lot of things actually happen really random, I feel like they actually try to explain the motives and everything instead of making it a pure nonsense Comedy, they want to make it look a lot smarter than it actually is. In total the episode was a lot better than the ones earlier, but that doesn’t really have to say a lot.

Score: 6.5/10

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou: Episode 8

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Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou Episode 8 Ginka

I guess….she happened…;__;

This was what I was waiting for in this show! The twist featuring the the other cards, didn’t really hit me and while pretty much everything was way too obvious and the death-flag actually was raised the second before Ginka “happened”, the feelings this episode were rather strong, as I quite liked Ginka as a character. Still it felt quite forced at times and while it got a lot better from the last few episodes it still was far from perfect and the only thing that made the episode really outstanding to me was my personal attachement to the character that is Ginka. I hope it will go on in this fashion though and get a little deconstruction-ish, with the characters being more and more realistic (at least I hope it’ll turn out that way…)

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi: Episode 8

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Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi Episode 8 Teacher

That must’ve been one of the most anti-climatic gunfights ever…

I have to say, this was one of the weirdest endings to an arch that I have seen so far…The episode in total was rather slow paced, as we mostly get some character interaction between Ai and Tanya, with Ai trying to convince the blind girl to come with them to get out of the school that wants to imprison them for no reason that actually made sense to me. Yes that arch was weird. The I thought actually was the worst about it, actually was the ending, that just seemed really damn anti-climatic. While it featured a gunfight, it was way to short, to count as an actual climax, which leaves the arch without any climax at all and with that it gets a lot worse for me personally. Also Scar got left behind and I’m kinda curious if they’re totally gonna leave her out for now, or if she is going to come back.

Score: 5.5/10

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi: Episode 7

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Cause Highschool hasn’t been used in Anime EVER…

I think we all know how much Japan loves Highschool Settings, so even after god left the world, that didn’t seem to have changed. We get Ai to go to school and a new arch starting, featuring her in a uniform…Anyway, we get a few bew characters introduced, some of them being rather generic, while others are quite interesting. For example Dee seems to be one of the most promising characters for the show so far, as she seems really mysterious! The humor that we got this show was nothing we haven’t seen before and for the most part was quite boring. I think that it is going to be a little more serious next episode anyway. We haven’t seen everyone’s power yet so I wonder what that is. The thing I pretty much like the best about this show would almost be the style of Animation that Madhouse particularly has, as they make always every

Summer 2013 Impression: Halfway Through

By now the Summer Season has been going for quite a time and 6-7 weeks have passed already since the start of the first shows. Every single show that I am following has reached the halftime of how long it’s going (if it is 10-13 episodes at least). I thought that by now, I had quite a clear ranking and just wanted to share that! So here, I present to you, my top 11 shows that are ongoing while the Summer Season of 2013 and that I am following. Please note that I am not following any long running shounen, thus they won’t be on this list! I also am only counting real shows, meaning that OVAs, ONAs and Movies won’t be here! I also haven’t seen anything that has been airing so please forgive me for maybe missing out on a great Anime that you like and just post it down in the comments! I will add it to my Plan to Watch and will get around to watching it eventually. I am also only raiting the parts of the show that aired throughout the summer season. So if an Anime started earlier and carried over, I am only going to rate the part that got carried over.

11: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou:
The Synopsis for this show already mentioned that this was going to be senseless and I don’t really mind that, if it is done in a way that is at least funny! For this show though, I just can’t bring myself to laugh a lot. This must be one of the worst comedy Anime that I have seen so far, based on my own humor. Of course that is totally subjective and others might find this Anime to be hillarious while it is only me finding this Anime plain boring and at times a pain to watch. I am also only raiting the parts of the show that aired throughout the summer season.

10: Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou:
After the first few episodes, I felt like this Anime was going to be amazing, trying to deconstruct the Magical Girl genre just as one of my personal favorites, being Madoka Magica, did. It did this with a lot of similarity to that show, but by now comparing those two shows just doesn’t feel right to me. There are a few major differences, being at first, that so far the Anime has deconstructed only the story, while Madoka deconstructed the whole genre, the characters included. The second being that while Madoka went from lighthearted to really dark and pretty stayed there, while Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou likes to jump around between those two. Those are the two major differences and the second even is the major flaw that Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou has so far. While I thought that the show was amazing at first, it did let me down and later on, and I don’t feel like this show is better than mediocre at this point in time!

9: Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation:
Neptune was something I was kind of looking forward to, since people told me about the games being really cool and that the Anime was sure to get just as cool as the games and well…let’s say while it is not bad, it doesn’t seem to be really good either. This is a really lighthearted show and the few parts of Drama that we get feel rather rushed, as it seems to me that they don’t really have any build up. What we get is a cool Setting with semi interesting characters and I story that jumps from one arch to the next in an incredible speed while not being anything outstanding.

8: Blood Lad:
The thing that makes me sad about this Anime, is that I have read the Manga and I had way to high expectations to this, being right now rather disappointing, even though it certainly is not bad. I don’t feel like it’s good either. It has a good storyline but it is a typical shounen (not that I have anything against shounen) that seems just way to generic to me as an Anime, while being pretty pleasing as a Manga.

7: Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou kangaetemo omaera ga warui:
This Anime is getting praised by many as the Anime of the season, but to be honest, after six episodes I don’t see too much of the appeal that it had at the beginning left. I feel like the humor is getting a little boring and while I appreciated how it started I hope that it will change it’s tone a little soon, while still staying the same for the most part. I like the idea, but at times it seems a little boring to me. Also I just can’t get pleased with the awkward feeling of the Anime in the same way that I got with Aku no Hana, which was a lot better to me.

6: Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:
For this Anime it is pretty much the same as with WataMote. It started really well but as soon as episode 3 happens…well…let’s just say everything went downhill. The story is nothing really special and while I can still feel for the characters and everything, I don’t really see them as strong developed characters, since didn’t seem to have changed a bit since the start of the show and the only character that actually grew on me…well…no spoilers at this point I guess. Strong Opening episode, weaker following ones. Also this Anime looks amazing but that is normal for Studio Madhouse.

5: Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya:
With the Fate-Franchise being one of my favorites out there, it was no surprise, that I picked this show up. Many people actually dropped the show after the first episode, to which i can only respond…WHY? This show’s beginning episodes were excactly what I expected from the trailers and texts about the show itself and I have no idea, what people expected to come out of a Fate/Stay Night Spin Off for the Magical Girl Genre. It does what it is supposed to do quite well and I am thankful for that. None of my favorites but still rather good. Plus it is getting quite dark right now!

4: Shingeki no Kyojin:
Ok…I am going to get a lot of hate for this one being placed this low on the list, but I stated this many times already: Attack on Titan is overrated. REALLY overrated. While at the start, this show seemed to simply be amazing, later on the speed of the show slowed down a lot and I actually was quite bored at points due to how slow it got. Remember that I only judge the second part of the show in this impression and that the first part doesn’t mean anything, meaning that the amazingly strong start doesn’t count either. Now the things that still complement the show are the OST that is really good at getting your heart racing and the visuals that are really damn good at times. Other than that…I hope it’ll speed up soon, since it still has quite good chances for the number one spot on this list by the end of the season.

3: Danganronpa:
Danganronpa is a little bit of mixed bag…Either you hate it or like it. There is almost nothing in between and I myself rather like it as a show. I am still not sure if I should rank this as a Guilty Pleasure since it is not well done and there is more than one Cringe worthy moment in this Anime,  but in total it rather pleases me due to how it can draw in the spectator during the class trials. That is why it recieves such a high score for me and I am not sure if that really is satisfied.

2: Love Lab:
I know…this is weird…but again, everything about humor is entirely subjective, meaning that I might think things are hillarious while you might not even smirk about it and the other way around. Love Lab is an Anime that is entirely based on comedy and thus it is only a matter of which kind of humor you like and if you happen to like the same humor as I do than you might find this show to be hillarious just as me! I don’t know if that is the matter so just try it out if you haven’t already. I myself think it is the best comedy Anime for this season.

1: Gatchaman Crowds:
Ok…I said that Love Lab on the second place was weird but this…is even worse. Gatchaman Crowds is another show that I actually know about it is not as good as other shows, but for me it definitely held the highest enjoyment factor so far. It is much like Valvrave just pure mindless fun and doesn’t even try to portrait anything different! I love how it has such weird characters, a cool concept and a story that is neither complex nor anything new and still is just fun to watch. People like this shows main character are just adorable and I love what it does and how it does, not to mention that the CG just looks plain awesome! Judging the enjoyment I can only say that this is the best show for this Summer Season, not because it is good, but because it is fun to watch!

Gatchaman Crowds: Episode 6

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Gatchaman Crowds Episode 6 Hajime Gatchaman

The CG-Animation looks amazing in this show!

I really have no words to describe this show…This certainly is not a show that is amazingly good or anything, but while it isn’t bad either, I seem to enjoy this a lot more than I actually should. For this episode, I felt like the quality of animaton went down a lot and it wasn’t nearly as fluent as we are used to. The best thing about the show still are the CGI effects that just look amazing and the Opening which scores as one of my favorites for this season. We get a little more depth to the characters and again shown some use of GalaX which everytime again amazes me, since it is just awesome to see how cool that can be. Also Hajime’s character is really unpredictable and still always seems to have her reasoning, while seeing the bright side of everything. I don’t really understand, but like her a lot! This somehow stands as my favorite show for this season and I don’t even have a particular reason for that, except for “This is fun!” and I am not yet sure if that is something good or bad…Still looking forward to seeing more!