What started out as a rather lackluster season has turned into a lackluster season with a few decent shows to save it from the scrap heap, thanks to the likes of Guilty Crown and Chihayafuru. But I’ve covered these series enough as is, so here are my thoughts on the ones that I either didn’t put in the time and effort to talk about, or the ones that completely slipped me by as far as writing first impressions posts go. So here are the rest of the shows, in no particular order.
Shinryaku?! Ika Musume
If you’ve seen the first series, you’ll know exactly what to expect from this one. Each episode is divided into three segments, where Ika either attempts to further her plans for world domination in the most arbitrary ways possible or she ends up victimized at the hands of one of the many characters out to harass her. The OP isn’t as irritatingly catchy as the first series, the characters get some manner of development in comparison, and we see the return of Mini Ika in possibly the most irrelevant section that she could have starred in.
As for what I think, I rather enjoyed the first series, and I’m enjoying the hell out of this one so far. There just need to be more shots of Ika spewing ink in some way, and everything would be perfect.
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
Starting from the first episode, Maji Koi has straddled the line between enjoyably over the top romps in a standard ecchi setting, and horrible ecchi clichés in the aforementioned setting. The first episode shattered all expectations and swept them into an incinerator by having one of the most entertaining mock battles in recent memory, and while it didn’t hold up, things were still better than average. Despite the strong start, things have gone steadily downhill, so I don’t know how my positive opinion will hold up.
In short, MajiKoi is nothing special, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the other harem crap airing this season.
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
I gave up on this after the first episode, to be perfectly honest. Well, technically after four minutes of the second, but I still had no idea what the point was. About the only thing that made it remotely decent to me was the smarmy bastard male lead getting his ass handed to him at the end of the first episode for buying an eroge. To top things off, the half-assed exposition at the very end made this the third most interminable piece of shit of the season, right after Maken-Ki and…
Kimi to Boku
If anything should get an award for most boring show of the year, it’s Kimi to Boku. Even it knows that it’s intolerable, since it cuts nonstop to shots of cats instead of our boring gaggle of boring morons who bore with their boringness. How anybody can find this at all interesting is beyond me, and I could not drop it fast enough. Though if nothing else, it helped me come to the conclusion that bishounen doing bishounen things isn’t as appealing as cute girls doing cute things.
Unfortunately, there’s just nothing else to write about it, so moving on!
Tamayura is no ARIA, that’s for sure. While ARIA is relaxing while giving plenty of eye candy, Tamayura’s just… eh. The thing is, there’s nothing particularly interesting. While not every show needs conflict, Tamayura would be better off without everybody being so insufferably nice to each other. That’s really my only complaint, but it’s a big one. It may appeal to some tastes, but just as many will be completely turned off by the overly saccharine content. And there’s something to be said when a series is so boring that the only thing I can remember from an episode is that pink cat meandering slowly across a stone wall.
Last Exile: Fam of the Silver Wing
Fam of the Silver Wing started off with a blast, and will hopefully not let up and fall into the same trap that the first series did at around the halfway point. Here’s a link to everything else that I said, since I’m getting a little tired of writing this post now.
So yeah, this has been a rather hit and miss season. On one hand, you have the likes of Fam of the Silver Wing and Chihayafuru, both of which are engaging series that have just a few hiccups. On the other, you have Maken-Ki and Kimo to Boku, both of which couldn’t be worse if they killed kittens for a living and emptied your fridge of its contents every single night. And on a third hand, you have the derivative, yet functional high concept series like UN-GO and Persona 4. While Maken-Ki will remain crucified in my eyes forever more for how bad it is, everything else aside from Kimo to Boku is at least passable. Keep an eye out for the update on my thoughts on the situation in early November!