Monday, July 23, 2012

[Poll] Evil Cat's Top 5 for Summer 2012 Season

Now the last of this new season is out, let's take a look at the best this season has to offer, shall we. While this season seems to be somewhat above average, it lacks a stellar crown jewel among all these better-than-mediocre anime. But again, extraordinary anime may not show itself immediately, as we've seen in the past like Madoka Magica, Ano Hana, and Mawaru Penguindrum. So, don't weigh this initial opinion too much on what the best of season could be. So, I'll start calling them "seed" from here on out.

No. 5 seed: Natsuyuki Rendezvous
There isn't anything special, but I have a good feeling about it. It has a very similar vibe to Ristorante Paradiso which I was quite fond of. I think this has potential to become something good.

Too bad there aren't that many people appreciate this series. While it's a bit difficult to wrap you head around, the first season is an epic story that is based on a rather unconventional fantasy world building process. Even though nothing seemed to make any sense on the surface, if you are willing to let go of your common sense a bit and accept those "magic" thing as something normal in its realm, then the story actually is very interesting. Since it's a continuation of the first series, you do have to watch the first series to understand this one. If you've seen the first series once and didn't quite get it, I would highly recommend you to run through it again, because the information revealed later in that series would make the earlier episode make more sense. In fact, I just watched the entire first series and it helped me tremendously in understanding the characters because first time through it's kind of difficult to digest the setting and characters at the same time.
No. 3 seed: Moyashimon Returns
One of my favorite series is making an return. Anybody who have seen the first series would know this series is outrageously funny yet highly knowledgeable at the same time. This sequel, from what I've seen, is continuing to build upon its success. I think this has potential.

No. 2 seed: Sword art Online
As far as production quality goes, this is definitely the best amongst all summer season new releases. The story is interesting. Even though it looks like another overused .hack clone, it's actually fundamentally different. In fact, because the setting is what it is, it feels more like a mix blend of Scifi and Fantasy.

No. 1 seed: Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (Human has Declined)
You may disagree, but I think this series is just made of pure brilliance. It's using a fallen human society to dissect today's world's problem one at a time. Because of the background setting, with a much simplified human society, it's able to pin one problem at a time to fully and exaggeratedly exploit the issue in hand. This, in my opinion is the best series of this season at the moment.

Oh and in case you haven't noticed, the poll for this month's new series is open on the right side. Put in your votes for your top 5 series of the season.

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