With September, and thus the majority of the summer season coming to a rather drawn out close, I feel that it’s a good time to give my thoughts on the shows that I couldn’t find enough to complain or praise to warrant a full post. And… that’s all, actually. Enjoy!
Despite this show likely landing me on at least seven different government watch lists, I can assure you that I did not enjoy it in the slightest. While the actual basketball games, all three of them, were occasionally entertaining, the subtle feeling that the male lead was getting some kind of sick thrill out of coaching little girls was hard to shake. It wasn’t helped by him ending up in all kinds of compromising situations that I’m sure were supposed to endear him, but instead made me want to cave in his skull with a concrete block. It was a thoroughly mediocre show, but nothing quite bad enough to drop, even though my hatred for children increased significantly after its completion.
Kamisama no Memochou
God’s Pad blew. What started as a very promising first episode quickly descended into stagnant cases that had all the urgency and suspense of unloading the groceries. The characters all seemed manic depressive and going through the motions, the plots were average at best (Though the two episodes with the drugs were pretty decent), and Alice made me very slightly murderous.
Aside from the decent animation, I could find absolutely nothing redeemable in this show.
Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000%
As something downright silly, it was a work of art. Not a particularly deep or memorable one, but the crazed headmaster coupled with knowingly ridiculous, if abnormal stories made the first half something worth watching. Once the drawn out angst was made the focal point, any and all interest was sapped before I knew what happened.
If this is going to be viewed, stick to the first half. Nobody will miss anything by missing the second, significantly more boring portion.
The sheer number of screenshots that I took of Nyanko-sensei making goofy faces made this a more than worthy watch for their sake. While definitely a consistently good watch with a surprisingly heartfelt and satisfying ending, this was by far the weakest season of Natsume-Yuujinchou. That’s not to say that it was especially lacking, it’s just gone over so much ground at this point that making the conflict with the other exorcists the main focus is the only way I can think of to further squeeze lasting value out of this show. And considering there’s a fourth season, it’ll have to do very well with that.
To put it bluntly, the fourth season will have to use some seriously powerful plots if the charm’s going to be kept going for much longer. I’m thrilled at the prospect of another season, but I’m a little ambivalent toward how I think it’ll pan out. As for this season though, it’s soothing, occasionally emotionally charged fare that’s well worth checking out.
I covered this show on Rabbit Poets all of last season, but neglected to share my thoughts on the final episode because of the massive workload that accumulated before I could write it. So here it is, plain for all to see: Sacred Seven was a massive disappointment. With atrocious writing, atrocious character development (Though Alma- I mean Squal- I mean Arma somewhat endeared himself to me by the end), and just being an overall chore to watch, there’s nothing positive whatsoever I can say about this that isn’t about the decent first OP.
The only thing that made it worthwhile was the surprise of the troll OP around the fifth episode, and you can find it on Youtube, negating that only decent thing I can say about the experience as a whole.
Tiger and Bunny
I got a late start on Tiger and Bunny, and I planned to have it finished before the final episode aired. Having only just made it past the halfway point by that time, my plan was quickly screwed to oblivion and back. And since it’s not exactly timely to get a review about it out right now, maybe saving some of the content for an editorial or two that I think of further down the line, here it is on the scrap pile.
Fittingly, Tiger and Bunny is quite scrappy itself. While usually looking very nice and having competent enough action scenes, it all felt like a very shallow prop. It looked and sounded nice, but the gloss of the aesthetics could hardly conceal the derivative, clichéd story that attempted to keep the series going. The characters were all likable enough, but none of them had any depth, and I can’t say that I didn’t see any of this coming a mile away. It’s just a shame that the inherent sleaziness of capitalizing on the heroes’ deeds for the sake of money wasn’t examined a bit more in depth, since that would have likely elevated this a bit above the ‘good’ territory.
With that said, I’d totally be up for the sequel being about Kaede getting two daddies… or at the very least developing the characters a bit more.
I honestly didn’t see the appeal in this. I guess it was made entirely so people who were watching could giggle and pat themselves on the back for making double entendres out of everything the girls said and did, but the only gag that really worked was having Kyouko act like a total horndog to everything that moved around her.
When a series practically screams in your ear “Hey! I’m a yuri anime! Love me, be entertained!” while dancing around drunk, you don’t tend to listen. And to top it off, it had the audacity to have one of the most annoyingly catchy openings of the season. Thanks Yuru Yuri, I thought I had enough irritatingly memorable songs in my head already, but you clearly proved me wrong!
What I’d dare to call the darling of the season, the ending of Nichijou was met with many lamentations heard the world over. While undoubtedly delightful, I’d hardly call it one of the best shows of the year. The humor fell short more than it hit the mark, but a few of the characters were quite entertaining, and the simple animation style accentuated by muted pastels made for something with quite a lot of staying power.
Despite my occasional gripes with the overall humor, I found Nichijou a fantastic watch from week to week, and it did a lot of good in brightening up my dreary Sundays.
Nyanpire the Animation
What I said in my Nyanpire first impressions on Rabbit Poets holds true after the end of the series, so I’m going to leave it at that.
For a cookie cutter ecchi romance show, Mayo Chiki wasn’t bad in the slightest. I wouldn’t find myself recommending it, but it was easily my guilty pleasure for the season. The accidental gropings got ridiculous after awhile, but what can you do, it’s ecchi romance.
Ao no Exorcist
I confess that I haven’t finished Blue Exorcist yet, considering that I tried pulling the same stunt that I did with Tiger and Bunny, but it’s well on its way to completion. Twenty episodes in though, I can honestly see the problems that people have with it. In short, nothing gets done at all. Each episode is some disjointed affair with hardly any connectivity with previous and succeeding segments, and everyone just seems a bit too accepting of Rin being the son of Satan. They all say that they’re not fine with it, but they sure as hell don’t show it at all.
What started as a standard shounen with a child ostracized for being different fell into the trap of… well, being a standard shounen without many distinguishing elements.
That’s all I have the energy to write for now. With only Idolmaster left to give my thoughts about (It’s alright, I suppose. The latest episode was actually pretty damn good), I think this is a good place to end this post. Overall, the summer season was a mixed bag with Mawaru Penguindrum being the only great show for me. I enjoyed quite a few other series, but that’s the only one that I think I’ll remember on the fly after it finishes. Well folks, give me your thoughts in the comments section if you so desire.