While the first half was all about the shows that I’m following and at least making an effort to keep up with, this is about the shows that I’ve either let slip by the wayside “accidentally” or completely forgotten about for good reason. So in non-sugar coated words, this is a list about the crappy shows that I’m not doing a good job keeping up with.
On Thin Ice
Mash (Iro2) Symphony
I shouldn’t need to tell you why this is, judging from how few people are bothering to keep up with it. It’s your standard harem fare, completely predictable with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It’s like if Shuffle! was even worse than it actually was. Aside from that creepy cat thing, there’s nothing remotely unique about this presentation. It doesn’t even have the occasional spark of brilliance that MajiKoi has, instead choosing to tread the same ground that’s been trodden before.
But hey, nothing surprising about that. I’m about five episodes behind now, and I’m making a very halfhearted effort to make up for lost time, considering I doubt I’ll find anything endearing about it. I don’t think this needs to be said, but if you value your free time, steer clear of this horrible piece of shit.
This is less because it’s a crappy show, because it’s decent at worst, but more because I haven’t found a mirror or link that doesn’t have the sound and animation horribly out of sync. Still, I can’t say I dislike it. While I haven’t played the game (Though I have it lying around somewhere), I don’t think it’s a bad adaptation considering the supposed quality of its source material. Though with that said, I find that the episodes that focus less on the main cast’s involvement with the Midnight Channel are the stronger ones, letting the clichéd yet entertaining dynamics shine through between characters.
It’s not a great show, but it entertains to a good degree, and sometimes that’s all you need.
Phi Brain epitomizes the shounen series that isn’t necessarily that good, but still manages to keep your attention. With very weak puzzles, characters that have no redeeming value whatsoever and a plot that seems intent on outdoing Yugioh as far as sheer silliness goes, anybody is well within their right to drop it if they feel the desire to. Yet, it’s so damn hammy with no sense of irony that I can’t help but be charmed. However, if one show has to be put on the chopping block so I can maintain watching anime at a good clip, it’s this one.
Once again, fuck spelling this thing the official way. Anyway, I take back what I said about Phi Brain earlier. When one show has to be put aside so I can keep watching other, better series, it’s the Idolmaster. Compared to that, Phi Brain is an edge of your seat thriller with an Oscar-worthy storyline. Idolmaster still has the central gimmick of focusing on one or two girls an episode, and not letting them develop to any significant degree for fear of eclipsing the others. But there’s another variable in the mix that’s supposed to keep it entertaining, and it actually somewhat succeeds… or would if anyone would realize that the rival agency’s president were a colossal dick.
Yes, Jupiter is what’s supposed to keep tension going, but it really doesn’t do much when they couldn’t care less about tripping up our intrepid team of aspiring idols. The only one who seems remotely interested in knocking them out of the competition for no other reason than being a colossal dick is the president, and he’s about as interesting a character as one of those desks in the agency office.
The characters are one dimensional, the idol music of dubious quality just isn’t my cup of tea, and the plots are only fuel to advertise for the game. Yet, I wouldn’t feel right dropping it when it doesn’t do much wrong with the format. Yeah it isn’t perfect, but you’re working with a large cast who all want the same thing, and the central gimmick relates to the songs. It’s not like a startlingly deep plot is expected with those specifications. Taken for what it is, the Idolmaster is all a matter of taste; a wholly forgettable one that’s not suited to everyone, but one that isn’t really all that offensive. Unless you’re interested in the game, there still isn’t much to look for here.
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
In MajiKoi’s defense, it’s only dropped because I just happen to be unable to find a working streaming mirror or torrent. However, I’m not really crushed about that, and I’m not going to go out of my way to find a working link to the latest few episodes. This is for one reason, and one reason only: MajiKoi is terrible.
I don’t really mean it’s terrible in that the quality’s bad. That’s certainly the case, and it would’ve had me drop it earlier, but it’s not why I feel somewhat bad for dropping it, or why I call it especially terrible. It’s bad because it actually has a potential for improvement, the occasional gleam of brilliance shining through the many caked-on layers of scum. The first episode was a testament to its ability to entertain while trying something new and it hasn’t recaptured that magic in the four other episodes that I’ve seen. The characters are all incredibly flat when they could be fleshed out a bit, the humor’s (usually) cringe-worthy even when it has shown itself able to induce a single belly laugh (Though that might’ve also been a sneeze), and it hasn’t reproduced the tactical battle of the first episode at all.
If it has another one of those episodes, I may go out of my way to watch more. If it keeps going like it has though, I doubt there’ll be much to look forward to. But hey, it’s an eroge adaptation, a medium that isn’t really known for astounding quality. It’s more of a disappointment than anything, really. A big, flaccid disappointment.
Dropped, But Picking Back Up
Kimi to Boku
Just so this post won’t end on a totally depressing note, here’s something with hope of being picked up again. So yeah, I dropped this after the first episode. Yet, I’ve heard that it’s actually pretty good once it gets going. I’ll leave this for my commentors to say though, I don’t have much to say that I didn’t in my first impressions post for obvious reasons, and I’m too tired to think of comedy.
And that, folks, sums up all the shows that I’m watching or have dropped this season. It’s as comprehensive a list as I’m able to give, even if my usual occasionally sharp wit is conspicuously absent due to involuntary sleep deprivation. If anybody has anything to say in regards to Kimi to Boku, whether I should pick it up again or leave it off my radar, please provide your input in the comment section.