Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[Ended] Accel World: The Case of Being Shinji, Repeatedly

Now the new season is settling down, I think I'll finish wrapping up some series that I did manage to finish from past season. (The drop rate from last couple of seasons is rather significant, partially due to the quality of anime, partially due to my ever shortening free time that I can afford to spend on animes. >_< But I do make an effort to finish all series I deem worthy) I think I'll just proceed with a rapid fire style, since there really isn't much I want to talk about these, except Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere of course.

Anyway, here it goes: Accel World is generally good story with a rather nice wrap up in the end. Though there is one thing that annoyed me throughout the series: Haru keeps "Shinji-ing". Before we go any further, let me explain what "Shinji-ing" means: most of you probably guessed that the "Shinji" I'm referencing here is no other than the Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion (if you haven't seen it, shame on you, go watch it, now), who constantly gets depressed and act like a crybaby due to him not believing he has what it takes to do things. (This term was coined over a conversation with one of my friend, who thinks Eva is the best anime ever produced. That's a separate topic, I'm not gonna talk about it here)

So in this case, Haru, who not only have the low confidence to begin with (like Shinji), he also keeps going back to the "I'm worthless" mode every time he encounters a hurtle down the road. That, as a character, is very annoying. Other than that, I think it's quite an intriguing story with some pretty interesting characters.

Final Scoreboard:

Drama: 90 (Shinji-ing)

Comedy: 80 (Maybe just a little)
Action: 91 (Not bad)
Art/Animation: 88 (Interesting)
Sound/Music: 92 (Great theme songs)
Character: 86 (A bit overly dramatized)
Plot: 83 (Too much shinji-ing)
Ending: 91 (Nicely wrapped)

Re-watch value: 60 - Maybe, could be interesting

Overall: 89 - Solid pperformance, except a bit too much crybaby

Recommendation: I'd say this is probably one of the top 10 animes of the year 2012. I'd say it's worth your time to go through it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[New][October 2012] Jormungand: Perfect Order

Japanese title: ヨルムンガンド PERFECT ORDER
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Genres: Action
I've watched: 3 episode

Summary: The ruthless arms dealer Koko continues on with her business.
First impression score: 90 - Still Explosive, More Involved Plots

Personal comments: This is not really a new series, just resuming where it left off. So far this second season actually feels bit like how Black Lagoon: the Second Barrage compared to the first season of Black Lagoon: everything got a power up, whether it's the gun battle or the grand conspiracy. If you haven't seen the first series, you're missing out a lot. It's probably the best action series in 2012. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[New][October 2012] Medaka Box Abnormal

Japanese title: めだかボックス アブノーマル
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Genres: ???
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: The story of the mightiest student body president continues...
First impression score: 81 - Random, Very Random

Personal comments: Supposedly, the author (who also wrote Katanagatari and Bakemonogatari as well as Nisemonogatari) made it clear that the entire story is just a big troll. So you need to keep that in mind when you're watching it because depending the mentality, you could get a very different impression for this story.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

[New][October 2012] Robotics;Notes

Japanese title: ロボティクス・ノーツ
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Genres: SciFi
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: Story of a robotics club that is on the verge of being disbanded.
First impression score: 83 - Hm...

Personal comments: For one, the world divergence factor at the very beginning of episode one indicates either this is in the Steins;Gate's universe, or, it has something to do with that story. It's also possible that it has nothing to do with it what so ever and they're just throwing that in there for the fun of it. Either way, it looks...average so far, we'll see what comes out of it...

[New][October 2012] Psycho-Pass

Japanese title: サイコパス
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Genres: Action / Drama
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: In the future, people are examed by a system called Sibylla to test their Psycho-Pass value, which determines a person's state of mind and how likely they are going to commit crime.
First impression score: 81 - Interesting Concept

Personal comments: It's an interesting concept, but it'll have to do better than the first episode for me to get into it.

[New][October 2012] Girls und Panzer

Japanese title: ガールズ&パンツァー
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Genres: Comedy / ??
I've watched: 2 episode

Summary: In this world, tank operation is considered a prestige martial art subject (what??) for females. A girl from a tank operator family transferred to a school to avoid becming a tank op. But luck has it, the school is starting up a new tank op program.
First impression score: 83 - Bamboo Blades clone with Tanks instead of Kendo

Personal comments: Ok, the setting feels very much like Infinite Stratos, except instead of giving a half-assed explanation why IS existed in our world, GuP just threw away our existing world view completely and insert a ridiculously new world view, which, in my opinion works way better. While the first episode is just "Blah", I was rolling on the floor laughing throughout the second episode. It reminds me very much of Bamboo Blades in terms of the style of comedy. Come to think of it, it may as well be a clone of Bamboo Blades, but instead of kendo, it's "tank-do" (lol). And because of the way it's setup, it's really not much different than any other animes about rebuilding a school club, except this is a much more ridiculous settings that they can make extra laughing stock out of. Honestly, when I saw the title of this anime, I didn't think this would even last me more than one episode. But now, I think most likely I'll be watching it all the way to the end of this series.

[New][October 2012] Busou Shinki

Japanese title: 武装神姫
Download: available through
Genres: Um...huh?
I've watched: 2 episode

Summary: In the future, tine robots called shinki are built to assist people. Some are used for competitive combat, which is called busou shinki.
First impression score: 80 - Um...Ah My Mini Goddess?

Personal comments: Though not exactly the same, it's also giving me a similar vibe as Eve no Jikan. It's kind of interesting at the moment, but I'm not sure if it's something gonna get squeezed out when my watch list gets too long...

[New][October 2012] Sakurasou no Pet

Japanese title: さくら荘のペットな彼女
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Genres: School / Harem / Comedy
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: For some reason, a dude ends up living in the dorm called Sakurasou that is full of genius yet problematic residents. His goal: move out of Sakurasou. One day, he was asked to go the train station to pick up the cousin of a teacher (who's also the dorm RA), who will be moving into sakurasou and attending he same school as he.
First impression score: 86 - A Group of Unusual People

Personal comments: It started off like a typical harem apartment anime, though the introduction of the teacher's cousin changed the beat a little. I think it has potential, but it's still a bit hard to tell which way it's heading at the moment. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[New][October 2012] Little Busters

Japanese title: リトルバスターズ!
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Genres: School Drama / Comedy?
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: A group of five friends, call themselves "Little Busters", looking for something to do in order to have a memoriable final year of high school.
First impression score: 84 - Um...Sket Dance?!

Personal comments: Though it's a completely topic, it's giving me a very similar vibe as Sket Dance did. The randomness the style of comedy which literally tries to make fun of anything comes around the corner feels just like how Sket Dance does it. Personally, I was quite fond of Sket Dance, so this has gained my least for now.

[New][October 2012] ToLoveRu Darkness

Japanese title: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス
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Genres: School Drama / Comedy / Ecchi
I've watched: 2 episode

Summary: Momo is planning to build a harem for Rito.
First impression score: 80 - Too much fan service

Personal comments: I still remember that once upon a time, ToLoveRu is a comedy anime that is sprinkled with few fan services here and there where it would actually enhance the comedy instead of getting in the way. Ever since the first OVA series, the entire series has taken a turn towards everything is for the sake of squeezing more fan service into the anime. At least this time besides fan service, there are something else going on. But my hope for this series is not that high. One reason I watched the series in the past is because Haruka Tomatsu is one of my favorite voice actress, but this time around, she's not a major character any more, so there are even less motivation for me to actually follow through to the end of this...

Monday, October 15, 2012

[New][October 2012] Sukitte Ii na yo

Japanese title: 好きっていいなよ。
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Genres: School Drama / Romance
I've watched: 2 episode

Summary: The most popular guy in the school become interested in the biggest social outcast girl in the school.
First impression score: 83 - She's all that...

Personal comments: Instead of counting how many romance anime (in this particular case, we'd include all the teen movies that flourished in the late 90's and early 2000's) had the exact same setup, it'd probably be easier to count how many of them doesn't feature this kind of relationships (popular guy + unpopular girl). In terms of the setup, this actually comes as close to Kimi ni Todoke without being accused of plagiarizing. There is however a somewhat significant difference between the main character here (Mei) and Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke: Mei has the ability to speak her mind very directly and it seems that situations caused by misunderstanding plagued Sawako's relationship is not likely to cause too much of a problem here. So, it'd be really interesting to see what problem it does run into in this story, because as of episode 2, the plot is moving at light speed. On a side note, after the main characters are established, the first thing popped into my head, instead of an anime, is actually the decade old US teen movie, She's all that, because the characters just feels so similar.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

[New][October 2012] K

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Genres: Action / Fantasy? / Scifi?
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: ...Not exactly sure...there are some people with power to create fire...then a high school student is being chased by saved by some dude with sword...

First impression score: 80 - ...Huh?

Personal comments: I need to see more to know what's going on...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

[New][October 2012] MAGI

Japanese title: マギ
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Genres: Fantasy
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: Alibaba who's working hard to go to the labyrinth and obtain wealth met a mysterious boy named Aladdin who has a magic pipe who loves breasts... -_-'

First impression score: 83 - Um...a weird adaptation of Arabian Nights?

Personal comments: This is just too...weird...

[New][October 2012] Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne

Japanese title: お兄ちゃんだけど愛さえあれば関係ないよねっ
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Genres: Comedy
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: A girl with rather extreme brother complex syndrome comes to live with her brother...and his harem, which happens to be the entire student council... -_-'
First impression score: 72 - Brother Complex...

Personal comments: Brother complex seems to be a rather popular topic lately, and mixing it with harem, well, that's so very creative... I don't think this is going to last the whole season for me...

[New][October 2012] Code: Breaker

Japanese title: CØDE:BREAKER
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Genres: Fantasy / Drama / Reverse Harem?
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: Sakura thought she saw someone burning somebody alive one night, but when she gets there, she couldn't find anything. The next day, that exact person is transferring into her class.
First impression score: 82 - Rather Generic

Personal comments: For whatever reason, this feels very generic to me. Though not 100% sure, it seems to be somewhat of a reverse harem. We'll see...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

[New][October 2012] Zetsuen no Tempest

Japanese title: 絶園のテンペスト
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Genres: Fantasy? / Drama?
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: Um...what? Supposedly someone is trying to do some bad thing with magic, and somebody else is trying to prevent it, and in the process, try to find out who murdered his sister...
First impression score: 80 - Huh?

Personal comments: Almost the entire episode is accompanied by some rather depressing background music. It's rather unusual for anime. It does however put a somewhat different mood to it. So far I'm rather confused what's going on...

Monday, October 8, 2012

[New][October 2012] Bakuman 3

Japanese title: バクマン。
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Genres: Drama
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: The quest to become the greatest mangaka continues.  
First impression score: 88 - Continuing the greatness

Personal comments: There's really nothing much more to say about Bakuman, it's simply GREAT!

[New][October 2012] Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

Japanese title: 中二病でも恋がしたい!
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Genres: School Comedy
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: Some dude who had a rather forgettable middle school life as a weirdo now ran into a girl that is as delusional as he was. 
First impression score: 83 - ~~Moe~~

Personal comments: It feels like a crossover between Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko and Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai with some extra K-ON style moe splashed on. People who like moe stuff wouldn't want to miss this.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

[New][October 2012] Btooom

Japanese title: ブトゥーム
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Genres: Scifi / Action
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: One moment some dude is playing his favorite video game Btooom (and really good at it), the next moment he found himself parachuted in a remote island in the middle of the ocean with one meal and box of bomb that is similar to the one he uses in the game and being chased by other people equipped with same thing.
First impression score: 81 - Explosive, literally

Personal comments: This feels like a concept we've seen a lot lately, Accel World, Sword Art Online, Deadman Wonderland, Mirai Nikki. So far the main character doesn't seem to be Shinji'ing (that's the term a couple of friends often use to make fun of one of my friend as he thinks Eva is the greatest anime ever made and Shinji is the character countless animes have modeled after) as much as some of the characters in the anime mentioned above. It could be interesting to see where exactly this is heading.

[New][October 2012] Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Japanese title: となりの怪物くん
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Genres: School Drama / Comedy?
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: A girl, who cares about nothing except her grades, ends up delivering class notes to a male classmate who become attached to her as his only friend.
First impression score: 90 - Yet another in-your-face style romance comedy

Personal comments: It seems we have quite some in-your-face brutal humor styled comedies. I couldn't stop laughing throughout the first episode. Though it's mostly comedy, it is mixed with quite some dark scenes with some rather melancholy moments. It reminds me very much of Lovely Complex, except this is has a lot more of a take-no-prisoner brutality feel to it. In terms of character, it actually feels like gender reversed duo from Hyouka. This, in my opinion is definitely a keeper.

[New][October 2012] Kamisama Hajimemashita

Japanese title: 神様はじめました
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Genres: Comedy / Fantasy
I've watched: 1 episode

Summary: A high school girl, who just lost her home trying to find a place to stay, accidentally become the local deity.
First impression score: 82 - In your face humor

Personal comments: As far as the style of humor goes, it feels very much like Binbougami Ga!--a very much in-your-face style of humor where you can't even ignore. Somehow I like this much better than Binbougami Ga!

[New][October 2012] Shinsekai Yori

Japanese title: 新世界より
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Genres: Supernatural / SciFi? / Fantasy?
I've watched: 2 episode

Summary: 1000 years from now, civilizations reclined to a primitive state and the world is now being controlled by people with psychic powers.
First impression score: 82 - Mysterious

Personal comments: If you ask me to explain real quick to someone hasn't seen it, I'd just call it "Deadman Wonderland, a thousand years later, when civilizations have fallen". Really, it feels very much like Deadman Wonderland in a dystopia society, without the whiny main character that is.

[Ended] Tari Tari: For the love of Music

I think I'm a sucker when it comes to slice of life anime that mostly have to do with friendship--the type of anime that you have to allow it to "grow" on you. It seems that without out failure, almost every single time, an anime of this kind "grew" on me, like Hanasaku Iroha or Natsuiro Kiseki did.

That said, I don't think just any slice of anime would gain my favor. One common element that all the slice of life anime I really like is that there's a hardship somebody has to overcome. That's true for Hanasaku Iroha, Natsuiro Kiseki, as well as Tari Tari. I guess that is what moves me, especially when it could be connected to the daily life of common folks like you and me.

Final Scoreboard:

Drama: 82 (School drama)

Comedy: 80 (To certain extend)
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 80 (Typical)
Sound/Music: 86 (Like the songs)
Character: 88 (Realistic)
Plot: 83 (Slice of life)
Ending: 87 (With resolutions)

Re-watch value: 50 - Maybe, most likely not

Overall: 85 - For love of music and life

Recommendation: It's actually hard for me to recommend this series to people because I don't think everybody has the taste for slice of life anime as I do. I'll just leave the judgement to you.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[Ended] Hyouka: Interesting Story, Weak Ending

Hyouka is a story about a guy who goes out of his way to save energy by avoiding any situation that could cause him extra effort to resolve. But luck has it, he runs into a girl who's curiosity is comparable to a new born kitten. It was actually interesting to see how he went out of his way to create puzzles to satisfy her curiosity so she wouldn't go look for other puzzles to cause him more trouble.

At first, it looked not much different than a simple slice-of-life after-school activity anime with some logical puzzles which aren't really that impressive. But as it progresses, the puzzle got more and more complex, at the same time, darker. But the indirect involvement rather than a direct contact with puzzle itself kept it from fallen too dark as GOSICK or Kamisama no Memochou or UN-GO did (which by the way are the three best detective animes of last year).

The only complain I have against it is that the ending is a bit...weak. On top of that, the big climax came a bit too early in the series where the series died off quietly instead of with a bang.

Final Scoreboard:

Drama: 90 (Rather dramatic)

Comedy: 87 (The curious purple eyes)
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 90 (Cute purple eyes)
Sound/Music: 89 (Good)
Character: 90 (Interesting)
Plot: 88 (Multiple climax)
Ending: 85 (A little weak)

Re-watch value: 70 - Could still be intriguing

Overall: 89 - Lighthearted detective story

Recommendation: or anybody who likes a good detective anime, this would definitely be a good one to pick up. While the ending is a little weak, it still worth the time.