Summer Season 2013: Final Impression

Yes I know this is a little late and I haven’t actually been writing anything but please don’t hate on me, as I have been in China for the past 2 weeks (IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME) So now that I came back, I am finally able to finish all the seasonals that I have started this Summer, being 11 shows in total. Now before we get into it, let me explain the rules first! I have made a Top-list for this season, saying which Anime I liked best and which one was rather bad. For the actual list, I have only chosen those shows that I have watched up to the episode that ended together with the season, meaning that anything I have dropped during this season is getting mentioned, but not really listed itself (it won’t get a number). Also if a show has started before this season and was a leftover, I only counted the part that has happened in this season and anything that happened before and after, did not count.
After getting all this out of the way, I present to you the Top Anime list for the Summer of 2013!

Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui:
WataMote summer 2013 final impressionOk…now please hear me out before you say anything. I usually hate dropping shows and normally only do it if the show itself is getting waaaaay too long for me to actually watch it (looking at Naruto or Pokemon). But for this show, I dropped it, due to another reason, being that for me it was just painful to watch! Watamote has a really dark humor and likes to make fun of all the awkward scenes that it’s main Character Tomoko is in. The problem this show has though, is that it’s main character is just way to relatable, which is a problem not many shows have. Actually most main characters are way to unrelatable but that’s not the point. The dark humor in this show actually is so dark, that in the end it feels more awkward than it is funny and as the show progressed, I felt more and more weird watching it. I can totally understand why people would like this and why this might be funny to some, but as someone that knows the feeling of being a bit of an outsider I can’t help but feel awkward! (watched up to episode 7)

10: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou:
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou Summer 2013 final impressionInuhasa had a bunch of problems that I just couldn’t overlook and that were far too obvious for anyone to ignore. The first huge problem I had with it were the main characters. This show was supposed to be a nonsense comedy and as such it needs to obviously be funny, which as it is nonsense normally does it with a hillarious story or hillarious characters. The characters in this show for the most part are rather stereotypical and even though the stereotypes they use are pretty rare, for the most part they still don’t feel original. We have the masochist, the one that always apologizes, the one that is obsessed with someone and other weird characters and they can for the most part be summarized as annoying. So if it is not the characters that make this show funny, it mostly likely would be the story, but InuHasa even fails at making the story nonsense. The plot kicks in as really nonsense and even though many things don’t seem to make any sense after watching at them twice or more, if you turn your brain off, what would be the normal reaction to something as stupid as this, it almost feels like the show tries to explain something (which it sometimes even does), leading to it not feeling like nonsense at all, but rather like a show that tries to have an intriguing plot while having original characters and funny interactions. Unfortunately it fails at every single of those points.

9: Choujigen Game Neptune:
Choujigen Game Neptune Summer 2013 Final ImpressionHaving heard pretty often just how cool the games are, I was expecting quite a lot out of this Anime, but knowing that most RPGs have rather poor story to it, I should’ve expected that this was not going to be anything amazing. The show consists out of several archs that don’t really have a lot in common. Every single of those arch features a story that is either ok or quite decent. None of them really stands out and none of them has anything amazing to it. The characters feel the same way, as they are for the most parts just typical stereotypes and nothing special at all.

8: Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi Summer 2013 Final ImpressionI actually was pretty excited for this show when it started, cause I heard that it had a pretty interesting plot twist in it and as the premise itself sounded pretty cool I thought that this might be becoming really good! Unfortunately though, it turned out not to be that way and was rather disappointing for the most part. The point that the show failed at was not the story itself, as it was for the most part pretty interesting and it’s really cool what the writer was able to do with such an interesting concept that the show had, but the problem was in the main characters. The main characters start off as pretty interesting, but get boring really fast and as character developement is almost not existent from a certain point on, they stay pretty boring for the most time. The saving grace for this show though are the side characters that seem to be written with way more love than the main characters featuring some that probably would have fit into the role of the main character a lot better. Especially the side characters that the last arch is focused on were my favorite ones and that probably is why the last arch was my favorite, even though it left an ending that is rather questionable and left plotholes comparable to those of Angel Beats ending. Still this show started and ended pretty well but everything in between didn’t really convince me.

7: Danganronpa:
Danganronpa Summer 2013 Final ImpressionDanganronpa is something that is good in a way it actually shouldn’t be. The thing that Danganronpa was supposed to be was an interesting and intriguing Death Game about Despair and Hope but what it was in the end, was a rather poor Mystery, that didn’t have any feeling of despair at all and was waaaaay too lighthearted to feel like an actual death game. The premise itself was pretty interesting and the class trials and murders for the most part were pretty cool too, but the point this show didn’t do a good job at was that the characters acted really weird at times. Even though the characters were trapped in a death game were they could be killed every second they didn’t seem to care about that at all and were just goofing around almost every second episode. The way they acted just was so illogical, they didn’t really seem human at all. Also the one supervising the death game was a bear, that didn’t seem threatening at all, but annoying at best. I think that Danganronpa was an interesting concept that just was poorly executed!

6: Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou:
Genei wo Kakeru taiyou Summer 2013 Final ImpressionI have quite some problems talking about this show…Genei wo Kakeru has a lot of things that it did wrong, but it is rather hard to figure out what exactly it was that made this show fail as much as it did. One of the biggest problems it had up to a certain point probably was it’s characters as the viewer learned to care about the characters only really late. The thing that I think this show did wrong was the way it used the monster of the week premise, since it mostly focused on getting the viewer attached to the monster than getting the main characters developed. As such up to a certain episode they fell pretty flat and ended up getting uninteresting. From one episode on though, the show makes a complete 180-turn and suddenly shifts into a much more character oriented show then it was before and starts to get pretty decent. Also the pretty dark plot of this show reminded me a lot of Madoka done in a worse form.

5: Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya:
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya Summer 2013 Final ImpressionAs I am quite a fan of the Fate-Franchise I was a little worried about this one, since it was said to be a magical girl Slice of Life comedy which I didn’t think fit into the Fate-Universe really well, so I started to see it as more of a humor show than anything else and when it started, it was just that. As the show went on though, it became more and more obvious that the show was moving away from the original concept of a comedy and shifted into a really serious part, about friendship and trusting others, with the occasional humorous parts that weren’t really funny though. Quite some questions were left unanswered, but still I had a lot of fun watching the characters in the last few episodes and I’m looking forward to seeing the next season of this.

4: Blood Lad:
I have said quite often by now, that I have read the Manga for this and that I really liked it and just the same happened with the Anime. I thought it was a really well done adaptation of the Manga and it captured the spirit of the Manga perfectly. There isn’t really a lot more to say about this. The story is quite cool and the characters are really fun to watch, but nothing about it was really outstanding. I am just hoping that the second season is going to come along soon, as I need more of this!

Love Lab Summer 2013 Final Impression3: Love Lab:
Yes I know that an Anime called “Love Lab” shouldn’t be on a guy’s top 3 in an Anime list but srsly who cares? I loved K-On too so just stfu. I really liked Love Lab just for it’s humor and as we know all, humor is really subjective so it might be that you didn’t like the show out of the same reason that I loved it for. Anyway, the humor that Love Lab has is a rather sarcastic humor and works so well, just due to the characters being so well written. None of them seems one-dimensional and the interactions are pretty much hillarious. The only thing I didn’t like as much in this show, was the way they handled the Drama. Fortunately there wasn’t too much of it and I am happy that it stayed funny for the most part, since that was the part that I liked this show for the most.

2: Shingeki no Kyojin:
Shingeki no Kyojin Summer 2013 Final ImpressionWell…this is going to be a hard one…Attack on Titan has many flaws, that are pretty obvious and the hype that surrounds it make those even worse. Subjectively spoken though, even though it has many flaws it also has many things that just make it amazing. The first obvious flaw it has are the characters as some of them rather dull and boring, the best example being Mikasa as she doesn’t really change throughout the whole show and only clings to Eren for most of the show. The thing that annoyed me personally the most was the inconsistency that the show had. While going on, the show constantly switched between boring me to death or making me excited as fuck. I am still not sure how to properly rate it, but I really did have a lot of fun watching this! Even though it would’ve been a little easier for me, if I had marathoned it instead of watching it on a week to week basis. I am looking forward to anything coming though and do plan to read the Manga once it gets published in Germany.

Aaaaaaand the Number One Anime of the Summer Season 2013 is:
Gatchaman Crowds:
Gatchaman Crowds Summer 2013 Final ImpressionGatchaman Crowds is an Anime, that I am not even sure about why I love it this much…the story of this show is nothing that really stands out and nothing original either and the first time I went into this, the characters annoyed the hell outta me. But the second I learned to like the characters (which was in episode 2 already), this show got better and better. The characters in this show seem to be really over the top in the first episode, but get more and more likeable and for me it was really easy to get attached to every single one of them. That probably was the thing that made me grin throughout every single episode that made me feel good throughout the whole show!

With that I thank you for reading this and if you want you can follow me on both twitter (@korigaming) and Hummingbird (Kori) where I am giving updates on my Blog and my opinions. I am going to write some First Reactions  on the fall Anime soon, but that is most likely going to happen at a later point in time, as I am still suffering from a Jetlag…See you guys next time then!

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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!

WataMote: Episode 6

This Reaction might contain SPOILERS for the episode talked about! I recommend watching the episode itself before reading this (only if you want to watch the show itself of course)!

WataMote Episode 6 Tomoko Illusions

Not sure if those illusions are creepy or cool…

Another really nice episode for WataMote, but I kind of get the feeling, that while the show certainly is not bad, it is nothing amazing either. While I kinda like the humor at some points, at other parts it really throws me off and I actually have to stop watching for a second to not facpalm to death due to Tomoko’s actions as she sometimes acts really weird! I don’t know if this reaction is intended, but if it is, it has been done really well. The thing that I almost liked most about the episode, was the part when I can actually feel sympathy for Tomoko instead of it being just awkward and the parts when she finally realizes, that not all of humanity is bad and the moments in which she actually is able to interact with peoeple! Also every single of her illusions was hillarious again! Not sure if I am looking forward to the next episode!
(All this is of course based on my personal humor!)

WataMote: Episode 4

This Reaction might contain SPOILERS for the episode talked about! I recommend watching the episode itself before reading this (only if you want to watch the show itself of course)!

WataMote Panties Episode 4

Destroying the over 1000 Yen pants looked really weird…

This OP….I just love it…Anyway, I really wasn’t too impressed of this episode. I still got some good laughs out of it and a few parts were really awkward, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the episodes before were. I loved the first part about having sexual dreams and did anyone actually realize that on that website advertisement for WataMote was placed? Don’t really have a lot more to say this time…Episode was ok, but nothing impressive. Looking forward to next one anyway.

Episode: 6/10
Show: 7.62/10

WataMote: Episode 3

This Reaction might contain SPOILERS for the episode talked about! I recommend watching the episode itself before reading this (only if you want to watch the show itself of course)!

More references detected! While Kuroko no Basket probably was pretty obvious, the sniping pretty much reminded me of Ghost in the Shell and I have the feeling that Stealth Tomo is some kind of reference as well…anyway another pretty good episode and a lot of funny parts again. It’s just really awkward to see how Tomoko tries to talk to people and it is funny and pretty sad how she doesn’t manage to at the same time, though it was really nice to see someone be kind to her! Also due to the test, Yuu-chan doesn’t seem be a virgin, if the test is true that is, but I kind of expected it to be that way. Still an enjoyable show.

Episode: 7/10
Show: 8.33/10

Watamote: Episode 2

This Reaction might contain SPOILERS for the episode talked about! I recommend watching the episode itself before reading this (only if you want to watch the show itself of course)!

Ok…please let me correct my post yesterday…this is the Anime of the season so far. This episode was amating. While still showing the humouros side of it the show does once again get to the more serious part at the and while the humour most certainly wasn’t bad, in contrary I actually laughed quite a lot, the end was pretty well executed. From the scene on when Tomoko realized that Yuu actually didn’t really change inside, the episode became just beautiful and in the end when she realized that Yuu-Chan in reality was quite popular I didn’t know if I should be happy or sad. The OST was quite cool this episode at those parts where I realized it. The Animation quality was nothing stunning but still ok. All in all the episode was really good and did well portraying Tomoko’s feelings, no matter if she was talking to herself or to others.

Episode: 9/10

Show: 8.5/10

WataMote: First Impression

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

I wasn’t really looking forward to this show, which of course doesn’t mean I didn’t want to watch it, but it just didn’t catch my attention as much as others and I kind of forgot about it, after putting it on my Plan To Watch List. Now that I found it again, seeing that the first episode finally got released, I kind of was curious if the comedy in this show was as good as people said it would be. The first thing I have to note out is the Opening. Seriously…This is not what I was expecting and even though I am not sure in how this OP is going to fit into a Slice of Life Comedy show, I really did enjoy it. The Comedy itself was quite well done and I had some really good laughs (Epic Gaagle Search is epic). Another thing to note out is that in the end I actually was really touched by how they portraied Tomoko getting bullied. It really seems to have a darker theme underneath the comedy and I really do like that! In total I think, that the first WataMote episode was a really good start into this Anime, showing the elements that I expected to come and even a little more. Right now I am really looking forward to it’s next episode!

All in All:9/10