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Fall 2010 Anime Season Guide

Ya, been kind of dragging my feet on getting this done.  Got frustrated trying to write a synapse for the two squeals that weren’t a complete rehash of the first season so I’m going to skip that this time around.  Also decided to re-implement my old ranking system.  It uses A, for shows that have wide appeal across most audiences (or at least those who are willing to give it a chance), B, for general appeal, i.e. something that general is liked but one or two things are kind detract it from being a smashing successes, and C, small appeal, or every show has it’s fans, just this one has a lot less then the others, and L for what ever doesn’t fit in there (and Panty & Stocking wins this one this season)(by the by L stands for “out of Left field”).  This system is more intended for most of my friends but then again my taste tend to fall in the middle of the road for most people so hopefully it works (it’s pretty vague so it should).  One thing I should point out, it’s not a letter grade for how good the show actually is (or at least most of the time) but how I perceive it would pass over for most viewers (of anime that is), and that falls under the matter of opinion as much of the rest of this guide is.  A show with a C grade will have it’s audience and a show with an A grade won’t please everyone but it should give you a general idea of how it will preform.

Next season I’m going to do it in blocks I.E. Block 1- Panty & Stalking, World God Only Knows, Zokuro, (Shows airing Oct. 1-7) Block 2 – Squid Girl, Arakawa, SoreDemo, Jellyfish, (Shows airing Oct. 8-14) and if necessary Block 3.  Currently it takes me too long and such to get this done and and it’s a bit hard for me to do this in mass by myself (oh how I hate writing and having my own self imposed deadlines).  Anyways, I hope you find this useful.  I post my notes later and add pictures (I just want this done now).  All times are given in Mountain domestic time (it’s the time zone I live in) and should also be adjusted for Daylight savings time (since I’m posting after it).

A Certain Magical Index II (Toaru Majutsu no Index II)


  • Animation production: J.C. Staff
  • Second season
  • Based on the light novel by Kazuma Kamachi

Same old Index with some expansion.  Animation is pretty good with some nice art.  It has strayed into lolicon in episode 2 but not like that wasn’t coming.  Anyways, it’ll probably be similar to the first season in most aspects, including the awkwardly handled story arcs and Toumu’s famous mid battle lectures.

…B

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge


  • Animation production: SHAFT
  • Second season
  • Based on the manga by Hikaru Nakamura

SHAFT, serial jokes, etc, same as the first season but with a few new characters including Amazoness voiced by Yuu Kobayashi (I do pay attain to a few seiyuu but nothing on the scale some people do)

…B

Bakuman


  • Animation production: J.C. Staff
  • Based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba (writer) & Takeshi Obata (artist)

It’s kind of sad that the manga was more animated then the anime, or at least in my opinion.  Granted that yes it’s actually animated but there was little life in this anime adaption.  All in all it’s pretty average show with some shonen adventure tendencies (over coming problems with friendship, ect.).  All in all the show ends up being pretty average in the technical department, and all though it is about artist, which normally lights my fire, I can’t get behind this show.  When I get the chance I’ll pick up the manga some time, if memory serves Takeshi Obata’s art was livelier then this show’s animation was.

…C

Fortune Arterial: Akai  Yakusoku


  • Animation production: feel/ZEXCS
  • Based on the ero game (eroga) by the developer August
  • Streaming on crunchyroll.com, Fridays 11:00am MDT

Your typical supernatural eroga adaption with kind of bland story telling.  The art isn’t bad and the animation is average but just never caught my interest.  One major problem I have with the show starts at the end episode one, were the lead protagonist enters the campus church to take a picture for student orientation.  When he does he stumbles upon the student council president sticking his fangs (the vampire kind, mind you) into some girl… and then the episode ends (there is an epilogue that shows that he’s late to meet the lead female character but that doesn’t help with what I have a problem with).  Now we get to my problem, other than a small mention in episode two and then finally referring to it in episode three, they never explain what happened right after.  All that we know is he bumped into them and then he went to the meet lead female character after some time has passed and the student council president doesn’t do anything about it until the end of episode three.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t leave that detail out.  Anyway, the art and animation are okay, writing, for the most part works… until they don’t explain what happens or have bits of excess internal monolog (ala episode three at 0754).

…C

Iron Man


  • Animation production: MADHOUSE
  • Based on the American comics developed by Stan Lee, etc.
  • Will be brought over to G4 sometime in 2011

I hope they touch up the background art when the bring it here.  Animation is a bit stiff but serviceable, also it does rely on 3D animation for the Iron Man suit, cars, and a few other things so if you have a problem with that, be forewarned now.  The writing also seemed like it needed some work and felt a bit off in places.  As for the actually plot, I haven’t read any of the Iron Man comics but I think it’s on par with a typical superhero comic book story (maybe).  All in all, it doesn’t seem like a horrible show but it isn’t exactly stand out.  You can distillate to Iron Man goes to Japan.

…C

MM!


  • Animation production: Xebec
  • Based on the light novel by Akinari Matsuno

An amusing show, if a little extreme in character traits.  Animation is decent, art is nice if very moe.  All in all it’s a decently amusing moe show with extreme character types.

…L

OreImo (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai/My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute)


  • Animation Production: AIC
  • Based on the light novel by Tsukasa Fushimi
  • Licensed by Aniplex of America
  • Streaming on ANN (once again) Saturdays at 10:58 AM MST

A pretty good otaku oriented show that does dip into siscon territory every once in awhile.  For the most part the siscon pertains to the games but almost every episode the brother starts over analyzing things or the sister has this look in eye (bed room eyes? Although they are more like thanks a lot, which she never says).  The animation is pretty good, the art is well done (once again moe gets the budget).  As long as it keeps the siscon low, it’s one of the better shows this season, easy.

…B (maybe an A if it keeps it straight)

Otome Youkai Zakuro


  • Animation production: J.C. Staff
  • Based on the manga by Lily Hoshino
  • Streaming on crunchyroll.com Mondays 10:00 AM MDT

A decent, not quite shoujo, shoujo show from J.C. Staff.  Pretty good animation at the start although it falls and rises later.  The one thing I fault the show for is the atypical villains that are straight out of a shonen adventure story.  I’ve seen this kind of story component done so many times it gets a little too predictable.  True it can be down well but so far Zakuro has yet to show me that it can pull it off and all indications I’m seeing is it won’t.  In the end it’s a decent show with a mediocre over arching story.

…B

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt


  • Original animation production: GAINAX
  • Streaming on crunchyroll.com Fridays 12:30 PM MDT

First things first, the shows comedy is in the gutter and stays there playing in it.  But with the super flat art style and the absurdity of the gags is just too fun.  The animation is for the most part simple but effective but every once why it does go up to eleven.  The art, being super flat, is reminiscent of the Power Puff Girls of Johnny Bravo but with its own twist, that twist looks like the Japanese view of America but played out to the extreme.  And mentioned before, the humor tends to be of the water closet variety.  The show is defiantly not for everyone, but for everyone else who can stand the almost never ending potty humor and slut jokes, it’s a blast.

…L (Oh, where to start…)

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime)


  • Animation production by Brains Base
  • Noitamina block series
  • Based on the manga by Akiko Higashimura
  • Licenesed by FUNimation, streaming Thursdays at 9:45 AM MDT

I don’t like it when I sound like everyone else but this is probably one of the most appealing shows this season.  The animation is slightly above average but works well in this case.  The characters are likable if a bit strange at times but who isn’t really.  All in all it’s a pretty good show, if a bit on the girly side (I’m thinking Josei)

…A (not the greatest A mind you, but a pretty decent one if people are willing to give it a try)

Psychic Detective Yakumo (Shinrei Tantei Yakumo)


  • Animation Productin by Bee-Train
  • Based on the light novel by Manabu Kaminaga

Art and animation were kind of really average.  Like the bland kind of average.  Story was kind of on the good side of average (as in got a few things right and a lot wrong, yes I’m very forgiving).  All in all it’s an okay show, but there is a lot out there that is head and shoulders better.

…C (that’s almost a B if it just tried harder)

Samurai Girls (Hyakko Ryouran: Samurai Girls)


  • Animation production: ARMS
  • Based on the light novel by Akira Suzuki
  • Licensed by Sentai Filmworks
  • Streaming on The Anime Network Online Sunday at 9:00 AM MDT

I will say I like the art direction in the show but everything else is kind of bad, unless you really like fan service shows with giant tits and a token flat chest-ed girl.  Animation is below average character art is a bit service-y (which makes it a fan service show, duh).  It may not be as bad as Queens Blade but its not that far off.

…C

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (Yet the Town Keeps Moving)


  • Animation production: SHAFT
  • Based on the manga by Masakazu Ishiguro
  • Maido-

Ah SHAFT and pointless gag comedy.  This time with less random text in the background.  Oh at least so far there really hasn’t been much of a story other than Arashiyama getting into trouble for various reasons around town and at school.   All of which has been in a pretty amusing manner and that’s what counts in my book.  Maybe it won’t have some significant life altering impact on someone (I’m being a little grand in the example) but as long as it entertains it’s not half bad.  Plus the animation is some of best I’ve seen from SHAFT (case in point no random text in the background or single frames of walls of text like in Bakemonogatari).  All though this little bit of word garbage makes it look like I don’t the show, I actually do (I really need to stop reading other peoples blogs when I write my own review thingy).  The show itself might me pointless gags, but at least for me I’m enjoying it (ya, I admit, I’m a sucker for good art and animation).

…B (some people don’t like good art, then again I don’t like abstract art)

Squid Girl (Shinryaku! Ika Musume)


  • Animation production: Diomedea
  • Based on the manga by Masahiro Anbe
  • Streaming on crunchyroll.com, Saturdays at 12:30am MDT

A pretty harmless gag show.  The animation is average and even though it’s set at the beach there is very little fan service.  Art is pretty okay and works well for the show.  The writing is pretty straight forward and doesn’t throw the viewer an odd ball or two but the comedy works for me.  At the end it’s a pleasantly little time waster (in the good way).

…B

Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto


  • Original animation production: Studio BONES

Basically it’s a rather well animated silly mecha show from Studio BONES that has a lot of throw backs to shows like Yatterman (or at least surface wise since I haven’t actually seen any) and other shows that has a secret organization plotting to take over the world with one shot minor villains of the week.  The animation is probably the best this season but does recycle some transformation animation (like any show that does a similar thing, so it’s more or less on par).  It might not be going anywhere fast in the story, but it’s an amusing ride none the less.

…B

The World God only Knows (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai)


  • Animation production: Manglobe
  • Based on the manga by Tamiki Wakaki
  • Streaming on crunchyroll.com, Wednesdays at 11:30pm MDT

One more otaku oriented show with gal games as the focus.  Animation is pretty good and the art is nice as well, kind of expected coming out of Manglobe.  In general it takes a lot of elements from galga but at the same time it pokes a bit of fun at galga.

…B

Togainu no Chi


  • Animation production: A-1
  • Based on the BL visual novel by the developer Nitro+CHiRAL
  • Licensed by Aniplex of America
  • Streaming (once again) on ANN Wednesdays at 10:30 AM MST

Arrgg…  The animation and background art are pretty bad except for a few shots.  Writing is kind of not that interesting, or at least it isn’t for me.  For those who consider them self’s as fujoshi will probably still like the show just simple because it has those elements that appeal to them.  But for me, it was a sub-par animated show with homo-erotic elements that bored me and made me irritated.

…C (a very low C, makes me wish I give D’s)

Yosuga no Sora


  • Animation production: feel
  • Based on the eroga by the developer Sphere

Not that bad of adaption of an ero game but that still isn’t my cup of tea.  The animation is decent and the art is pretty good.  As for the basic premise, ehh, it’s based on an eroga with twincest, rich girl, miko, childhood friend, class president and the maid of the rich girl (kind of) to conquer, so nothing new really in the story department.  It does feature the aforementioned maid in a five minute omake at the end of every episode which made the show complete palatable to me, twincest or not.  As far as the actual show is concerned it was okay, I guess.  The whole twincest thing, at least in the first story arc, was pretty much in the background, so that was kind of minimal.  All in all not that bad, but once again I don’t find myself wanting to watch anymore really.

…C

Other

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan – second season

Hetalia Axis Powers – forth Season

Letter Bee: Reverse –second season / crunchyroll.com

Sora no Otoshimono forte(Heaven’s lost Property) – second season / crunchyroll.com/FUNimation

Super Robot Taisen OG: The Inspector – crunchyroll.com

Tentai Opera Milky Holmes – crunchyroll.com

To LoveRu Motto – Second season

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