gaguri’s Ramblings on Spring Season
April 20, 2009
A notice of short hiatus first because, well, I feel like catching up on some series without editing something in between. I’m thinking about three months long break, hopefully not longer. I still have quite a number of rough drafts (more like collected notes I’ve taken in the past) on my other favourite titles but those will have to wait. I plan to marathon Casshern Sins, finish the rest of Legend of The Galactic Heroes, follow few shows from this season, and catch up on few selections from my ever-growing-backlog. If you are a newcomer, feel free to browse through and comment on previous entries at leisure. If you have been following this blog, all I ask of you is to keep me in your feedburner ^^
Anyway, read below to see the list of shows I’ve tried out, in the order of how much I liked them. Keep in mind that I am very picky and can easily drop any decent show based solely on early impressions and speculations.
Impression: This was sweet and innocent, painfully sad, but also heart-warming. In my recent memory this was the first episode of any series I shed tears for. Exactly the kind of old school drama I was looking for. Watch the first episode. It will win you over. I am not very knowledgable when it comes to manga but I can already see why Adachi’s works receive so much recognition. It is obvious that a lot of love has gone into this adaptation, and I can’t really see how this can fail. Thank you Cross Game.
Status: Following with great enthusiasm.
Impression: Wow. Not exactly what I expected but hey, this is good. It isn’t exactly my type of anime but that is ok. We are talking Romance of Three Kingdoms adaptation. Sorry I meant good RoTK adaptation. Like Impz, I like Cao Cao and consider him far more interesting character than Liu Fei so I’m glad to see him as the main character. From the looks of it this seems to be loyal neither to Records nor Romance of Three Kingdoms (haven’t read the manga) so it will be interesting to see where this goes. Hopefully Impz will cover this weekly, it was great discussing RoTK when Koihime Musou was airing. Only thing that sort of irks me is that now I have to get used to their Japanese names aside from their Chinese and Korean names…too much to remember, to ho ho.
Status: Following unconditionally.
Marie & Gali
Impression: I like strange shows. And Marie & Gali is very strange. It is also oddly charming. It has wonderfully curious artwork, features comedic versions of Galileo, Newton, Da Vinci and other prominent scientists and is aimed primarily at children (I’m talking Chi’s Sweet Home level of audience). Needless to say, this was a real pleasant surprise for me. Not the most ambitious, but has the most creative and intriguing designs this season so far and loving it. Some of the antics can prove annoying though. It’s only 5 minutes long per episode so why not try it? Oh yes, I also like goth loli ^^
Status: Following it with ease.
Impression: Haha…o man, the second episode…anyway, I got pretty much what I expected. A normal girl findng herself inside a reverse harem full of gay looking man in Italian restaurant. The side characters aren’t really standing out though, compared to the quirky cast of Ouran. I also expected the show to focus lot more on exotic dishes like how Bartender was very cocktail-centric. That would have been educational. But I do like the classy atmosphere, which I have been missing since Bartender.
Status: Following for now.
Eden of the East
Impression: What did I like the most from this show? The amazing ED sequence. Doesn’t it just blow you away? Other than that, well, I enjoyed it but I wasn’t blown away. Perhaps I expected too much from the trailer. Everything looks pretty but the way some character acts baffles me. I like the background though. Nothing much more to say other than that. It’s not bad but didn’t like it as much as other shows I’m following.
Status: Dropped for now.
Impression: It’s not bad, but not great either. People had high hopes because it was said to follow manga (which is apparently superior). Some of you may know Kim, whose taste I trust, has been pointing out how Bones is doing a pretty poor job adapting the source. I personally have no problem with freedom in adaptations (see my post on Gankutsuou) but I do have a problem when I see something mediocre, and what I have seen so far is not much better than mediocre. I have already seen one story of FMA and if I want to see more, perhaps it is wiser to just read the manga.
I don’t like the main character. I don’t like his voice. I don’t like his attitude. I don’t like his friends. I don’t like his hair. I don’t like how he didn’t have the balls to have his way with Miyuki right then and there. But some things I did like. Background art was pretty damn good, animation very fluid, some fanservice moments were kinky and that basketball scene very exciting. Unfortunately I don’t like where this seems to be going despite its reasonably good production values. It is childish not in innocent and charming ways but in ‘shounen’ way (whatever that means).
Impression: Panders very well to a specific audience that I am not part of. I have noticed however K-on! is getting a lot of flak for its art and animation. Without going into overblown analysis of it (which honestly isn’t much to speak of) I just want to say it is not as horrible as some people say.
So, what are your progress with spring season?