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Not even a week ago, The Cart Driver played host to a long-winded and indirect marriage proposal toward the greatest anime of the season, and I daresay our time: Girls und Panzer. Not even two episodes passed before I was enraptured by its Captain Planet-esque take on including every single tank design and color under the loving treads and well-timed explosions of the gunmetal-grey rainbow. I was hesitant to make my proposal official, because it was just as likely as not that the show that I’d come to fall in love with would catch bubonic plague and spit a mouthful of bloody teeth in my direction before collapsing in a heap of agonizing, twitching death. But then a plane airdropped a tank with a single passenger directly into somebody’s car, and all doubts as to whether Girls und Panzer would make it past the crucial three episode trial period were assuaged.

Surprisingly enough, especially to me, there’s more to Girls und Panzer than a few audaciously stupid bits held together with bits of old twine and prayer. At the risk of ending up on the receiving end of raucous laughter, this series delivers a more compelling environment than nearly anything else this season, specifically because there are quite a few background details that intrigue me. (more…)

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No matter how genuine a show’s eagerness to make a point, it doesn’t help if it sabotages itself right away by doing exactly what it’s trying to avoid or bring attention to. It’s like if Batman robbed a bank after foiling a potential robbery, or if somebody on a diet moved next door to a bakery specializing in their favorite pastry; yeah, there could be factors that lead to it being their only option, but it still undermines whatever argument’s being made if seven jelly doughnuts are bought on the way to work. I guess what I’m trying to say is that bakeries are terrible places to move next to, and Sankarea couldn’t have missed its own point by a larger margin if it tried. (more…)

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There’s a certain risk to making a show’s aesthetic based almost entirely around its sex appeal. When your OP has more nipples per square inch than most nipple-happy ecchi shows combined, there’s an expectation that the show itself is going to be an elevator full of nipples reminiscent of The Shining (you’re welcome for that mental image). When it’s something with pretentions to maturity and class like A Woman Named Mine Fujiko, you expect it to factor into the plot smoothly and without feeling out of place. Sadly, the show doesn’t quite deliver. (more…)

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At Shinde Iie, I put the utmost effort into providing strikingly original, thought provoking content that you’re sure not to find elsewhere. That’s why I’m going to clasp my hands over my ears, close my eyes, and sing a repetitious song to myself while I pretend that nobody else has written about fanservice in Nisemonogatari, especially in this week’s episode. So yeah, nobody else has written about the fanservice from this week’s episode of Nisemonogatari, so I feel obligated to fill that completely present void in the aniblogosphere.

Fanservice and ecchi as concepts, much like horror and comedy, are hard to grasp and vary in effectiveness from person to person. What gets one gent’s rocks off will inevitably repulse at least one other. And that’s why I’m going to throw up a disclaimer here that no matter how much I say that Nisemonogatari has some of the most optimally implemented fanservice out there, I fully acknowledge that it will put as many people off as it will resonate with. I’ll also say here and now that I’m going to delve a bit into what I fancy and how many boxes on my theoretical checklist Nisemono checks off, so if that kind of talk makes you squeamish for whatever reason, it’s safe to back out now. I’ll just tell myself that contextualizing it doesn’t make me a bigger pervert than I really am.

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As is the case in many seasons of anime, there are a series of recurring trends shared between two or more shows in this Fall Season. Working’!! and Shinryaku?! Ika Musume are both sequels of slice of life-ish comedies, for instance. Guilty Crown and Un-Go haven’t aired yet, but are already amassing a large enough future-following to ensure a large audience for the first episode. And finally, Mashiro-Iro Symphony and Maken-Ki are super bland harem anime with the power of being completely indistinguishable in the gelatinous, panty filled mass that makes up their genre. Oh, and they take place in recently integrated co-ed schools, so I guess there’s some iota of originality there to set them apart from the bunch… sort of.

I had to watch both first episodes twice in order to fully process the information that they presented. This wasn’t because I was blown away by the presentation or the story had a lot to it, it was because I fell asleep about halfway through each showing, and had to make sure I didn’t miss something interesting (I assure you, I didn’t). (more…)

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If there is any show that defines wasted potential, it’s B Gata H Kei. What started as a possible lighthearted gender flipped rendition of School Days ended up a pedestrian school comedy that was only saved by a somewhat fresh sense of humor and constant victimization of the lead and her love interest. (more…)

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Well this is quite a variety of shows for this final first impressions post of the Summer 2011 season. You have samurai who believe in the immutable power of the almighty oppai and gods amongst mortal men who can hardly get their jobs done. Either way, we have ridiculous premises pulled off about as well as they could’ve been, which is to say about as well as a fork keeps from conducting electricity when placed in an electrical socket. I’d beat around the bush more, except I haven’t an idea in the slightest how to delay this any longer. (more…)

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