Sunday, February 1, 2009

Maria Holic: The Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei Syndrom

Currently finished: Episode 3

Many people in the anime community liked Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei, but I was only fond of it for no more than half of the season. The problem I felt, is the fact they took a very creative concept and squeeze it over and over again, until there's nothing good is coming out of it any more, then beat on it a couple more times just in case there's something left in it. That, in my opinion is exactly what's wrong with the animes/cartoons that are originated in United States, which sometimes you do see it being used in animes that are originated in Japan. Without trying to stay on the creative side, but simply keep squeezing on one concept, Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei manage to make me completely lose interest because it had gotten so repetitive and monotonous.

So, you ask, why is Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei is relevant to Maria Holic? Because Maria Holic start to feel more and more like a clone of Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei. However, this doesn't automatically let me give "fail" tag to it, because in the past there are anime series that have showed the signs of "Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei syndrome", but still managed to stay on the creative side and avoid getting boringly repetitive (Hyakko for example). After a couple more episodes, I should be able to tell whether it's able to shake off the "infection" or be dragged into the dark abyss. Let's hope for the best.

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