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2011 Summer Anime First Impressions

Hah, I’m not too late, am I (Dantalian no Shoka was just released)?


Wiping’s something she forgot to do

Before I can begin, I have to expand on the system I have for first impressions. Though a 0-11 scale would work (with the same quality descriptors as they are for an entire series), I have to stress that sometimes, a 6/10 first episode doesn’t mean that it was amazing, or a 2/10 episode doesn’t mean that it was bad. Generally, there are different types of ‘bad’ and ‘good’ for childrens’ and comedy (light in tone) series.

For children’s series;
1/10 will be Stupid
2/10 will be Childish
3/10 will be Decent
This is because for shows like Nyanpire, You are Umasou, etc., I may have liked them, but they really weren’t that great. I can’t really say they’re ‘bad’ or anything, right? So I’ll just say that they’re childish, which doesn’t strictly imply a negative connotation. As for children’s shows that are, say, 4/10, 5/10, 0/10, I’ll just use the regular descriptors, because those series are obviously Good, Great, Oh God My Eyes are Burning and I’m Too Shocked to Find Water to Rinse my Eyes, and the like.

For comedy shows;
5/10 will be Amusing
6/10 will be Funny
7/10 will be Hilarious
This is because comedy shows generally don’t stress plot, and the deciding factor for watchability is the humour. Thus, instead of saying the show was ‘great’ or ‘amazing’, it’s ‘amusing’ (if it makes me chuckle), ‘funny’ (if it’s funny), and ‘hilarious’ (if it is so). 4/10s will still be Good, because maybe it’s not funny, but watchable, and then 8/10s and higher would be Masterpieces, Legendaries, etc. because for a comedy series to be that good… don’t they have to be masterpieces?

That said, I do judge shows’ Cover Ratings by how watchable it is, by how much I feel like watching the next episodes. Keep in mind this is only first episode ratings, and I haven’t watched the second episode to any of these shows yet (and have not read any spoilers about them, interestingly enough).

There are, of course, some times where ratings just need to be more descriptive – the set of three ‘description ratings’ are ‘Laughable’, ‘Interesting’, and ‘Ridiculous’. These apply to wacky, out-of-the-norm shows that aren’t standard fare – for example, if the plot goes all over the place, or if we don’t know what to expect for the second episode, or if the action is just plain random. Laughable generally has a more negative connotation, but laughable shows, if they’re laughable enough, can become pretty fun to watch. Interesting shows are shows that you have no idea what to expect from, and ridiculous shows are just so ridiculous that it hurts. All three tags generally carry a notion of ‘what the fuck is going on here’.

What do I do with the shows afterwards? Well, there are five things that I do:
A One-Episode Drop, where I don’t feel like continuing the show at all or I see no hope in it to appeal to me anymore. I drop the show.
A Two-Episode Chance, where either I loved the first episode, but am not sure about future episodes, or, I didn’t like the first episode, but feel that future episodes might be better. I stick with the show for one more episode.
A Three-Episode Test, where the show is decent enough to continue on for a quarter of a cour(ter: alternatively, a quarter of a quarter of a year). I watch two more episodes before deciding to stick with it or to drop (generally, I’ll stick with it unless pressed for time).
Watching, where I decide to watch the show.
And finally, Blogging, where I decide to blog it. Note that, since I’m judging by first episodes, I have no idea which series will go somewhere or not (lol@fractale-bloggers.com).

All in all, I’m going too much into metaaniblogging, so I’ll just say – ratings are just ratings, they don’t do anything at all. I just wanted to say a bunch of things so that I seem smart and cool and stuff.

None of the following pictures have been edited in any way, except through cropping and selective ordering.

Ordered from worst to best.

Let’s begin.

Nyanpire the Animation

Tekka Maki doesn’t like fishy guys, so I’ll go with her opinion.

The storytelling of this show felt like You are Umasou… but that was AWESOME and had DINOSAURS and VAMPIRES SUCK. DEAL WITH IT. Why do vampires baptize kittens? WITH CROSSES? SINCE WHEN DID VAMPIRES BAPTIZE WITH CROSSES? CROSSES OH MY GOD I’LL BET IT’S WOODEN TOO AND IT WAS HAMMERED INTO NYANPIRE’S HEART BECAUSE HE LOVES EATING GARLIC, CAN’T TURN INTO A BAT, ENJOYS SWALLOWING SILVER GUMBALLS, AND SLEEPS DURING NIGHT ON A NORMAL CAT-BED.

Does Nyanpire even need to drink real blood? How did he open the bottles? What the fuck was wrong with the ED? Why was this show less than five minutes long?

AND WHY IS A FOUR MINUTE SHOW EIGHTY THREE FUCKING MEGABYTES IN SIZE.

Cover Rating: 1/10 (Stupid) – One-Episode Drop

Blood-C

Is Saya also a vampire baptized with crosses? I kinda doubt it, cause Nyanpire’s legs are like half the size of his body and SAYA’S LEGS AREN’T EVEN

I MEAN, WHY MUST BLEEDING? IN FRENCH! POURQOI IMPERATIF BLOOD ALLER?! NOTICE MY SELECTIVE DISUSE OF ARTICLES!? WHY MUST ARTICLES‽

OK seriously these voice actors sound creepier and creepier. Seriously, watch every show and then imagine your mom or dad speaking to you in the voice the main male lead speaks in. Like Kyousuke, who I thought was pretty cool and then when I imagined his voice as my brother I realized HE’S A FUCKING CREEPER HOLY SHIT WHAT A CREEPY DOUCHEBAG. Anime these days is like watching Teletubbies and their voices and oh my god

Also, the hair is creepy and pollutes the environment. I mean, how much gel do you have to use to keep such hair up? I understand how you shouldn’t cut hair because it’s the gift your parents gave you or whatever but can’t you like keep it in a hat or something? OR CUT IT?!

I was going to watch Ro-Kyu-Bu but I realized three things:
a) A kilogram of butter is bigger than a pound of butter.
b) If a kilogram of butter and a pound of butter are selling for the same amount of money, it’s better to get the kilogram of butter
thus 1) Bigger is better.
2) Ro-Kyu-Bu is about basketball and is small.
3) Blood-C had basketball and is big, and it sucked and was awkward and artificial and creepy and I played in a basketball tournament once and got second place but I didn’t even DO anything and the people on my team were like super cool and I was that loser guy.

Thus: Ro-Kyu-Bu’s basketball must suck by GODLY amounts. I mean, basketballs the size of waists, seriously.

Maybe I’m a bit too biased at this show.

Cover Rating: 2/10 (Laughable) – One-Episode Drop


Everything’s going to be alright~

WAIT NO IT ISN’T

Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi

Oh man, these three shows are just wow so ridiculous and laughable and stupid. Blood-C was more laughable because of how stupid it was, but Kuro Usagi is more ridiculous ‘what the fuck is going on’ than ‘lololol this sucks’. That said, lololol this sucks, I mean what the fuck is going on?

At least the main character in Kuro Usagi isn’t a lame otamot. He’s actually pretty cool, except HOLY SHIT HE’S A FUCKING CREEPER TOO AND THAT LAUGH IS manly. Eh, I guess those things balance out so yeah, he’s actually pretty :|

That means he’s pretty neutralface.jpg, not ‘yeah, he’s actually pretty. :|’ :|

It’s funny how shows like getting ‘inspiration’ from shows – this was probably obviously inspired by the… success? of Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka. That said, how do studios animate shows? Do they do it while it’s airing, or have they done it all beforehand? As for those who argue against me, saying that some shows are based on manga, well, the animators still choose which manga to adapt…


“I want to suck your male part…”

The art looks like vector art, like it was made in flash or something. Of course, the quality is very high, but WHAT’S THE POINT OF HAVING HIGH QUALITY WHEN YOU HAVE SUCH HORRIBLE FANSERVICE SHOTS AND CENSORSHIP?! I mean, just that one scene with the beam. NOT ONLY WAS THERE NO POSSIBLE REALISTIC WAY A FUCKING BEAM EXISTS IN-UNIVERSE INSIDE A SCHOOL, BUT THE BEAM DIDN’T EVEN CENSOR THE PANTIES! FURTHERMORE, WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR EVEN INCLUDING SUCH A SCENE IN THE FIRST PLACE? IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT SCENE, THEN YOU DON’T HAVE STUPID BEAMS THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU ABOUT FOR THE REST OF THE SHOW!

Sigh… I’d continue watching this just to see what the fuck will continue, but I’m too tired to. This is exactly the same as Penguindrum in terms of ridiculousness, but the fanservice and loli just wrecked it for me. At least Penguindrum’s fanservice has style.

Cover Rating: 2/10 (Ridiculous) – One-Episode Drop

Sacred Seven

Did someone say style? Because Tandoji has just that. PONYCORNS WHERE? PONYCORNS HERE YEAH

Just a note if you haven’t realized it already, but I’m going to assume you’ve all watched the shows, and don’t need me to recap the plot, or haven’t watched the shows, and don’t want me to recap the plot.

Oh man, that loli’s hair is just creepy. I think Sacred Seven, as opposed to the other ridiculous shows, didn’t actually want to seem ridiculous, but it just was. I mean, maid armies, butlers inside a suit that doesn’t even need to be a suit cause a fast tank would be better, bricks saying hell, and Hellbricks. The producers obviously thought that was COOL and AWESOME and… COOL… but putting them all together just wasn’t a good idea.

Conclusion: WELCOME TO JAPAN, LAND OF BUYING SCHOOLS

Cover Rating: 2/10 (Ridiculous) – Two-Episode Chance

Mayo Chiki!

If there’s one thing I have to recognize for Blood-C, Kuro Usagi, and Sacred Seven, it’s that the leads were all COOL and NOT OTAMOTS. Well, finally, here we have otamots again. Not only is he an otamot, he actually eats tomatoes EVERY SINGLE DAY and since he… intensively stands on his head… THE TOMATOES BECOME FLIPPED AND SUDDENLY HE BECOMES AN OTAMOT

Seriously, though I say Mayo Chiki!’s better than the three ridiculous shows, there’s one thing it needs to learn from all three:

Blood-C: Mayo Chiki! needs more ACTION and FIGHTS and BATTLES and ACTIONS and FIGHTS and BATTLES and STATUES and BUDDHAS and ACTION and FIGHTS and BATTLES and WRESTLING and BUDDHAS and SWORDS and FIGHTS and FIGHTING and ACTION and FIGHTS and VAMPIRES and ACTION and STATUES and WATERSKIIERS and FIGHTS and SPELLCHECK and BATTLES and LIGHTS and CAMERAS and ACTION and TWINS and ACTION and FIGHTS and SIX-HOUR-LONG-WALKS-TO-REACH-HOME and ACTION and BATTLES and BUDDHAS and FIGHTS and ACTION.

Kuro Usagi: Mayo Chiki! needs to use its MAYO for more CREATIVELY HORRIBLE CENSORSHIP. Wait, no, get out of here

Sacred Seven: Mayo Chiki! needs a RENOVATED SCHOOL, OFFERING TEN THOUSAND FOR THIS SCHOOL, no, fine, TWENTY THOUSAND, what, you want more, alright, TWENTY-TWO THOUSAND EUROS AND SOLD and now SUDDENLY better unisex bathrooms

Seriously, though he may seem like a clueless otamot, our main character has more evil intents than we may think:
>instead of waking up early, he purposefully stays in bed so that his sister can ass on him. Did I say ass?
>despite ‘being afraid of girls’, he owns porn and shares it with his best friend
>he purposefully lingered in the bathroom stall because he already knew Subaru’s secret
>the statue thing had no reason to fall, as none of them even touched the shelf, but he actually rigged the shelf and studied Subaru’s clothing so that he could fall on her like that
>despite ‘being afraid of girls’, he isn’t shy around Subaru at all

Seriously, as soon as one Kirino disappears, we have another to replace her. I mean, it’s obvious our main is a Kyousuke (with blue hair, while his ‘sister’ has pink hair… haha, ‘sister’), and Subaru’s hair is even orange. Speaking of hair, how can her hair be so short (even if you follow the lines, it’s just over shoulder length) tied up, but so long released? Why doesn’t she just cut her hair? Seriously, no matter how you see it, she’s a girl, unless she’s a trap, in which case there’s really no difference, because traps are traps because nobody thinks they’re traps.

SAKAMACHIKENJIROU

Cover Rating: 4/10 (Good) – Two-Episode Chance


>mfw chicken is a type of donut

The iDOLM@STER

The iDOLM@STER (hereafter referred to as: the idolmasret because it’s too hard to type The iDOLM@STER and I accidentally typed a r for a t and a t for a r because they’re so close together and since now I’m an entire line away from the spelling mistake I don’t feel like fixing it)’s first episode was really quite great. However, I’m still not watching it, because I know that future episodes will suck. Sorry. I’m not sure about how sucky (this would be a pun if it was a pun) future episodes of Mayo Chiki! will be, so I’ll give that a chance.

Though this episode was great, it was also creepy as hell. These idols’ expressions and happiness is just holy shit so creepy I’m going to barf, why did I even watch this. Everybody seems exactly the same, except for those qualities which make them different: ‘this girl has orange hair… this girl has blue hair… this girl doesn’t have hair… oh wait, she’s a balding homeless guy’. I’m wondering why they don’t notice that there’s a creepy cameraman right there filming them, but maybe they were acting like they didn’t notice as part of the program. Everything in the idolmasret is creepy. The president is really suspicious and creepy and suspicious and creepy and the cameraman is suspicious and creepy and suspicious and… creepy.

It’d be nice to see the development of the characters so that they can be identified by more than just one big quality, but I don’t see that happening to this (or any harem/reverse-harem show) anytime soon, and anytime soon enough for me to justify the time used to watch this.


Look, he inherited her fang. WAIT WHAT DOES THAT IMPLY

It’s funny though, the general consensus over the ‘sphere is that this first episode really was quite great and creative in its approach. It felt a lot like YouTube’s recent Life in a Day project (which was like Nichijou, minus the humour and good parts), but much more active and interesting.

There is an interesting thing that may happen, though – and that is that something’s much deeper than all this. Those idols act so happy because, wait, yeah, they /act/ so happy. They’re idols. It’s entirely possible that the directing team will decide to take this project that direction, and reveal a much darker side of idoling, where eventually the cameraman stands up against injustices done to the idols or something. What would be just legendary-tier is if the directors pretend to animate the idolmasrat with the idols being happy and cute and fluffy, without actually straight-up telling you about the dark side, but slowly letting hints through, so that the end, you understand without being forced to understand.

That…

…that would just be great.

Cover Rating: 5/10 (Great) – One-Episode Drop

Kamisama no Memochou

A 40 minute first episode marks the beginning of Kamisama no Memochou and the beginning of the better half of this season.

I… uh.. I watched this a long time ago (relatively) and my notes are filled with such a frenzy of emotion, I might as well just post them unedited to show how this show affected me so dramatically. Upon a second thought, though, I realize that posting these notes will make my reputation has a blogger fall down by such extreme levels I won’t ever be able to recover and then I’ll be sad because people will say I have STDs and then when I try to commit suicide by overdosing on Vitamin C I realize that I can’t open the bottle. And then everything will be alright.

Ah, I can connect Kamisama no Memochou to Durarara so dramatically. They both occur in the present and centre around a bunch of misfits. Satoshi feels like Masaomi, Fujishima feels like Mikado, there’s that same connection with Ikebukuro and cellphones, and there’s a whole cast of interesting people. By ‘interesting’, I should probably just say ‘weird’, because these people are so weird it’s not even funny, and it’s not even funny because it’s just sad that in anime there’s almost never a cast of people who aren’t weird and characterized by abnormal traits. Though, adding abnormal traits does increase memorability (I wish it didn’t), and the creation of memorable traits injects an air of creativity into the atmosphere. Even having no presence is a memorable trait now, though Ayaka probably has less presence than Fujishima.

What made Durarara cool was that it didn’t rely on moe shit – that move at the end of this episode brought the quality down so many levels. What also made it cool was that everybody’s memorable traits were awesome and cool, but Alice’s ability is just… stupid. It’s just researching stuff on the Internet… and not even research, because you don’t need research to figure out such a simple problem. At least other, less-awesome abilities were made fun of by their respective shows (Keima’s ability to play so many games, Toriko’s ability to… punch a lot), but Alice’s ability is just presented straight-up with no ridiculousness at all, it’s just ridiculous.

If Alice has already infiltrated the school system, why hasn’t she infiltrated the police? It should be easy for a ‘detective’ as ‘smart’ as her. Seriously, I just have to make fun of short smart tsundere moe girls now, not because I hate trends, but… alright, because I hate trends. It’s tiring, seeing so many of the same character types.

Speaker for the Dead, huh. You don’t brush off someone’s entire life and story in two sentences. Even the briefest Speakers probably have to take at least five minutes. It’s someone’s fucking life. You don’t brush it aside, you don’t make fun of it. You honour it. You don’t try to say that you’ve ‘understood’ an entire living human’s feelings. That’s not what Speakers do. What is truth?

Sigh.. this could have made fun of itself and became a comedy gold, while still being badass with cool deductions at the same time, but it chose not to. Even at least revealing to us all the clues before ‘solving’ a ‘mystery’. I swear, these things… but all in all, it’s still a nice show that I’ll watch in the hopes it gets better. If I wasn’t doing Steins;Gate, I’d blog this too.

Cover Rating: 5/10 (Great)Watching


Thou art mankind, why must bleeding?

Three words: BOOK OF FETUS.

Dantalian no Shoka

Sigh… Gosick really did exert a great influence on later animus. The mystery was infused into KamiMemo, the old-style into Shoka and Meiro, and the books into Shoka. I should really write… my Gosick 12 post because I was still episodic-blogging it two seasons ago but then got quit because of too much animu. :(

The background in this show is nice – background as in the music, the twentieth-century tone, the /feel/. Hugh isn’t just a normal protagonist either – he’s nice, has manners, and is cool. You know, with the exception of Mayo Chiki! and KamiMemo, the leads in this season all seem rather mature and un-otamot-like. That’s nice. Except for when Hugh asked Dalian, a person living in his grandfather’s house, ‘lol, you knew my grandfather?’

SHE’S LIVING IN HIS HOUSE

Dalian isn’t too stupidly moetsun either – that’s a problem I’ve had with Victorique, her elitist vibes don’t feel good at all (this is a sentence coming from /me/, ho ho). I have a bad feeling this is going to happen to Alice too, and maybe it would’ve to Dalian, but she feels more of a cool person. I understand that the point of Victorique’s tsun was for ‘character development’, but there has to be better ways to develop a character.

Aah, Commie’s old-language subs isn’t as ‘real’ as Huzzah’s, though maybe Dalian’s tone wasn’t /that/ old. Huzzah?

All in all, I’m watching this, it feels cool and cool and… cool. Though, it’s not going to continue to be cool if they don’t start coming up with AT LEAST AN EXCUSE, ANY EXCUSE even if it’s something lame like ‘lol, you see… that pillar.. was made out of REINFORCED HEATPROOF STEEL and it REFRACTED LIGHT SO THE DRAGON COULDN’T SEE THEM and it was built like that because his GRANDFATHER knew that something like this would happen even though it wasn’t even in his grandfather’s mansion.

Cover Rating: 6/10 (Amazing)Watching

Yuru Yuri

I admit, I’ve never /really/ watched one of those 4koma-cute-girl things like A Channel, K-On!, Hidamari Sketch, and the like, but Yuru Yuri’s theme song was just SO CATCHY I COULDN’T YURIYU RA RA RA RAYURU YURI YURIYU RA RA RA RAYURU YURI YURIYURA RARARA YURUYURI YURIYURARARA RAYURUYURI YURIYURARARARA YURUYURIYURIYURA RARARAYURUYURIYURIYURA RARARAYURUYURIYURI YURARARARAYURUYURIYU RIYURARARARAYURUYURIYU RIYURARARARAYURUYURI YURIYURARARARAYURU YURIYURIYURARARARAYURUYURI

Do all MAgical girls have to have names beginning with M? MIrakurun, MEruru, MAdoka, MAmi (the other people from Madoka aren’t /real/ magical girls, lololol). Yuru Yuri was way too MOe, even though it felt a lot like Hyouge MOno, in that they took over the tea club… and… well, it didn’t feel a lot like that. I hope that Yuru Yuri will extend beyond just an all-girls show and put the entire classroom into play, something like Mitsudomoe or Nichijou. Though that’s rather hard as it’s already an all-girls school…

Yuru Yuri’s first episode was, admittedly, funny. I watched it expecting to drop it (like Blood-C), so it says something when I thought an episode was funny even after going into it with a negative outlook. I’m not sure if the humour will continue being funny, so I’ll see – maybe it’ll flop like Nichijou did (but that also means it’ll rise again at the start of the second cour… if there is one).

To be honest, it’s a bit boring, and I probably won’t last an entire cour of this, though the fourth-wall breaking is rather interesting, this being a cutesy show and all.

One last note, because she’s been left out by every picture: Akari feels like what Madoka might have become if she didn’t become a magical girl – for example, Madoka during the timeline in Mahou Shoujo Oriko Magica. Funny how she’s still a rather popular girl even then.

Cover Rating: 6/10 (Funny) – Three-Episode Test

Kamisama Dolls

I think I don’t need to comment on how ridiculous Shiba’s proportions are. Maybe they tried to ‘cater to all types’ by having her and a loli in the same show. I think it’s working, but not for me.

Ahhh, this main seems to harbour a dark secret and might be more manly than meets the eye, but for now, he’s a creeper. What’s with all imoutos having to act cute and all nii-niis actings like creepers? Especially harem leads. You try meeting somebody so helpful and friendly and nice in real life. THEY’RE FUCKING CREEPY

It would’ve been nice if they didn’t reveal so much about the Kamisama Dolls in the first episode, seeing as they plunged us straight into the middle of the action and all – it’s always nice to have an air of mystery around what is ultimately a mysterious show.

However, after the old man told us what Kamisama Dolls were, the mysterious atmosphere was completely ruined – it would’ve been much more interesting for us to think that all of the people from that village were like cultists engaged in an evil ritual or something, but when the old man turned out to not be a creepy evil guy…

Do you know how hard it is to make an atmosphere like that?

Cover Rating: 6/10 (Amazing)Watching

No. 6

Funny how the better a show becomes, the more negative things you have to say about it – for horrible shows, you just say what’s awesome about it; for good shows, you say why it’s good; for brilliant shows, you point out some of its weaknesses; and for legendary shows, you try to find as many flaws as possible and hammer them in until it hurts.

Since I have opinions about this show, I’m going to expound upon them by blogging this series (the first post will be released yesterday, which was when I originally planned to finish /this/ post, but I didn’t make the deadline, so :v). I originally gave this a three-episode test conclusion, but rethinking it, even if No. 6 did fall down the cellar, that also provides ample blogging material. If it doesn’t… better blogging material! It’s a win-win situation.

7/10 (Brilliant)Blogging

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

Finally! This post will be over soon, just three more absolutely fantastically awesome shows to talk about.

Croisée’s episode title announcer sounds like that narrator for the DVD I had to watch in French class! Sigh, if only the day would come when foreign languages were pronounced by people fluent in those languages and subs were used. Like that one Black Lagoon arc, where Balalaika used her choppy English to talk to those people, when really her choppy English represented the in-universe Balalaika’s choppy Japanese, since she’s actually fluent in English, which is the language they speak when they speak Japanese. It’s all very confusing, and I’m sure nobody minds subs (besides blind people, but… there are probably better forms of entertainment for them than moving PICTURES). Indeed, it’s been the prevailing sentiment among most people that certain dubs are even better than originals (like Cowboy Bebop). This seems to go against what I say about subs, but take in mind that if it’s a dub in English, then the Japanese viewers need subs, but the subs with the English dubbing would provide a more realistic viewing experience.

This problem with different languages being spoken all in one language is exemplified in Croisée, where I really didn’t understand when Yune was speaking French/Japanese or when Claude’s weeaboo grandfather was speaking French/Japanese. I’m not even sure if Claude speaks Japanese. How old is he? He looks like a teenager (and if he isn’t, he’s a creepy lolicon), but he runs his father’s blacksmithing business, which is obviously a highly skilled trade.

All in all, I love the culture clash between Western and Eastern ideals and mannerisms – I think it’ll truly make for an engaging watch. That and how I’m still struggling to breathe from moeeeeeeeeeeeeeé

(For thosé wondéring how I do thisé: Alt + 233 or 0233 (I personally do 0233 because I never realized you could do just 233 until I made my season preview post when I was trying to type Croisée but accidentally didn’t type the 0))

Cover Rating: 8/10 (Masterpiece)Watching

Usagi Drop

There’s a reason I don’t say ‘Bunny Drop'; at the small cost of seeming as a retarded weeaboo, I get to make a pun about United States Army Government Issued (insert noun here) Drops. It’s why the US are represented by bunnies in Cat Shit One – U.S.A. G.I. -> Usagi -> Bunny. As for the (insert noun), you can insert anything you want and it’ll mean something interesting: Bird, Food, Bomb, Bunny, Fruit, Rain, even Box Drops! Drop Boxs!

Eh, the watercolour at the beginning of the episode was nice, but I imagine continued use of that would fatally cripple the producers’ budgets.

Ah, the moe in this season is amazing. Yuru Yuri, Croisée, even No. 6, and now this. They’re all different types of moe that I can’t really describe (I can try: Yuru Yuri’s is friends-cute, Croisée is huggable-cute, No. 6 is d’aww-cute, and Usagi Drop is adorable-cute. See, my attempt didn’t work), and I can’t really say that any one type is ‘better’ than any other type – they’re just all moe. Unfortunately, I don’t watch shows for moe… ok, fine, maybe I do. Problem? :(

The director of this project is obviously very skilled. The lack of music in this episode was tasteful, and the use of the music was fluid.

Hehe, I think I said this before, but Usagi Drop is a ton like RRR. That guy is way too much like Rikitarou, even though he’s 3 years older.

Usagi Drop felt like a really heatwarming [intentional misspelling] thing until somebody spoiled the ending, which I believe was a troll spoiler anyways. Let’s just hope that ending doesn’t occur (though, it’s entirely possible it could be handled in a heatwarming manner).

Cover Rating: 8/10 (Masterpiece)Watching

Mawaru Penguindrum

There’s obvious incest implications in Penguindrum – let’s hope that’s not going to happen in other animu of this season.


His choice in woman is rather two-dimensional

Mawaru Penguindrum is about Pingroup Inc., an international bowling company

Ok, sorry, I’ll stop spoiling the plot.

I think enough people have commented on how strangely artificial the siblings’ daily life is. Perhaps that’s what made these otamots so creepy – they’re artificial. Their laughs, their tone of voice. You can’t be human like that. That’s what these voice actors are missing, the ability to be human. The voice actor for Daru is human. Poppo’s human. These otamots… not so. Ah, this art is so weird too. It feels like that one manga that I read.. xxxHolic? Which is strange because the animation of a manga shouldn’t depend on the art of a manga, and even less so when creating a new original anime.

It’s very interesting though, the idea of not making things that don’t matter matter. Many have connected parallels between this and Revolutionary Girl Utena, another anime by the same director. Though I have not had time to watch it, I’m hopeful Penguindrum will be on the same tier. I sense a ton of symbolism coming from this anime – a good thing, I hope. That said, the ED was rather /interesting/ in style. I won’t say more than that.

Finally, an interesting note. Though one brother loves her (and as we all know, love is the most selfish emotion), I’m wondering about the other. Does he really want the best for her? To all people who mourn for people after death, don’t they all just want the dead person to be alive for their own purposes, not necessarily for the comfort of the dead person? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing or anything (selfishness drives all of society, and that’s why society’s what it is today), but it is an interesting thought that those tears are driven by inner desire rather than actual ‘love’. Of course, I could be totally wrong, but that’s what I’m getting at from these two people. And that’s alright.

Cover Rating: 9/10 (Ridiculous) – Three-Episode Test


“I mean, you’re eight! Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!”

wait what

Conclusion:

Ahhh~ this had way too much text (>5000 words) for a simple ‘first /impressions/’ post. This is what happens when you start taking notes on shows… how long must this have taken me?

It’s nice to see that the shows I expected to be watchable were watchable, and the ones that I didn’t expect to be watchable weren’t watchable. The three biggest surprises I had this season was Penguindrum’s sheer in-your-face-ridiculousness, Mayo Chiki! and Yuru Yuri’s funniness, and KamiMemo’s lack of decent mysteries. Other than that, I (even with the absence of ‘familiar’ works) think this is a solid season – coupled with a couple of excellent shows from last season (Tiger and Bunny, Nichijou, Ao no Exorcist, and of course, Steins;Gate), this could just make my summer worthwhile.

Summer Roundup:
Mushy’s Blogging: Steins;Gate, No. 6
Mushy’s Watching: Tiger & Bunny, Mawaru Penguindrum, Usagi Drop, Ao no Exorcist, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, Nichijou, Kamisama Dolls, Dantalian no Shoka, Kamisama no Memochou
Mushy’s Trying: Yuru Yuri
Mushy’s Hoping: Mayo Chiki!

14 responses

  1. This post…now I feel like I should stop watching anime for a month or two. (´;ω;`)

    There’s a gif in this post.That’s quite unusual.

    2011/07/20 at 08:47

  2. So, I guess you would suggest picking up Dantalian no Shoka then?

    I’m personally not too impressed with Ikoku Meiro no Croisée right now, but I’ll give it a few more episodes. I too like the whole Western-Eastern clash… but I’m not too confident that they will be able to pull off an accurate 19th century France (as opposed to some Eastern/Japanese romanticized ideal of France).

    2011/07/20 at 12:19

  3. What did I do ;w;

    2011/07/20 at 16:01

  4. Yeah, that’s a part that I’m willing to forgo to just see the dissonance between the two cultures. As for Shoka… maybe. See how it goes?

    2011/07/20 at 17:08

  5. Don’t mind him.He is just upset cuz of the lack of mecha in this season.

    2011/07/20 at 22:13

  6. Hm, sure. I’ll give it a few episodes then.

    2011/07/21 at 06:10

  7. Yuru Yuri was not a 4koma.

    Good post, by the way. Good rating system.

    2011/07/22 at 01:45

  8. Hum, it felt like it was. Oh well, this is what happens when I don’t research.

    I SPENT HOURS PERFECTING THAT RATING SYSTEM AND THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY

    2011/07/22 at 02:48

  9. Yi

    Croisee and Usagi Drop are sooooooooo cute. I feel like a lolicon watchin both, but god, it’s cute.

    Also, magical girl names tend to start with M probably because it’s fun to have alliterations.

    2011/07/22 at 12:01

  10. Alliterations? Sadistic Shoujo Sayaka Superstar.

    2011/07/22 at 17:09

  11. You judged me with my Clood-C and yet you make a full sentence about “the idolmasret”?
    I still think you should give idolmaster more of a chance because episode 2 was pretty good!

    2011/07/22 at 21:35

  12. A full sentence? More like three sentences. That was deliberate, gosh :v

    Nah, I’m not interested in cute girls doing cute things. I’m watching Yuru Yuri for… the… tea ceremonies. Alright.

    2011/07/22 at 23:20

  13. Yep ;)

    2011/07/24 at 00:06

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