Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seasonal Post: Final thoughts on Autumn.

AUTUMN CAME AND WENT SO QUICKLY... I'M ACTUALLY QUITE STUNNED HOW FAST THIS YEAR HAS GONE. THIS END OF SEASON BLOG IS A LITTLE LATE AS I WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR CHRISTMAS, SOMETHING WHICH I WILL COVER IN BLOG AFTER THE WINTER SEASON HAS STARTED.

AS FOR THE CHANGES IN COMPARISON TO THE LAST WRAP UP, I'VE SCRAPPED THE RATING SYSTEM. I JUST CAN'T FIGURE OUT ANYTHING THAT WOULD WORK FOR ME WITHOUT BEING INCONSISTENT. I MIGHT TRY WORKING A NEW SYSTEM FOR THE END OF NEXT SEASON, BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON AUTUMN'S ANIME:




COMPLETED

DIABOLIK LOVERS: As stupid as this show was, you can't deny how entertaining it was... It was a given that being an Otome game adaptation that the ending would be nonsensical. It was basically just a mish mash of all endings from the game. It made no actual sense. There are definitely better adaptations out there, but if you're looking for some quick, stupid, dumb fun. Diabolik Lovers is perfect.

GIFUU DOUDOU!! - KANETSUGU TO KEIJI: This show was hugely overlooked when it started airing earlier in the summer. It's by no means the most show of the past 2 seasons, and it probably isn't everyone's cup of tea. But it had a hell of a story and a remarkable cast which was much expected from famed Hokuto no Ken mangaka, Tetsuo Hara. This is another historical show, much like Hyouge Mono that will remain a hidden gem. I'm glad I picked this up despite the lack of interest.

KYOUKAI NO KANATA: I think KyoAni dropped the ball on this one. What was supposed to be another hit ended up being one of the least memorable shows they have put out there. As I said at the beginning of the the season, I disliked the main duo, and I continued to do so throughout the series. The cast as a whole are just such an unlikable bunch. I think KyoAni need to take a different approach to adaptations. For me, the studio has been going downhill with subpar adaptations in recent years. I'd like them to take a stab at an original work. They've been putting their own spin on a lot of adaptations, but I think they could apply these methods to an original script...



KyoAni should really try their hand at an idol anime.



KYOUSOUGIGA: My show of the season and overall one of my favourite shows of the year. I've been waiting a long time for this and it really paid off. The art may have not been at the same level as the OVA and webshorts but the excellent script made up for it. The story, much like the shorts, were all over the place at first, but little by little it started to come together, and by the end it was the perfect package. It's one of the most well written shows in recent years. I'm looking forward to see what artistic changes will be made on the BDs, they are quite overpriced (more than usual), but I am hoping that Toei might bring out a box set down the line. This is a show I NEED in my collection.



GALILEI DONNA: As silly as it was, this show got off to a really good start. But then, its own idiocy started to damage it. There were just too many moments aside from some that just turned me off. It started getting really hard to take it seriously by the 3rd episode. I think what kept me glued to the show was that it gave off this nostalgic feeling that reminded me of those old Dan Brown adventure novels, but unlike Brown's work, this show lacks reasonable explanations which led to glaring plot holes. This could of been the gem of the season and I really wanted to like it. It was just...



INFINITE STRATOS 2: This is one of the best selling shows of the season, and I just don't get it. I was actually looking forward to this quite a bit, but between this and the other 2 8-bit shows airing this season, you could really tell that resources were stretched thinly, none of the shows got the attention they deserved from the studio. IS2 is as standard as a harem show can get and I really can't see what's so special about it that's inciting these massive BD sales numbers. It will remain a mystery to me.



FREEZING VIBRATION: I mentioned at the start of the season that this show looks and feels like an 90s anime which was quite a novelty for a while but I am officially done with Freezing, so incredibly done. I don't really know what I was expecting from the 2nd season, but if there are plans for more, I am not touching it. Season 2 was cringe worthy, and I felt embarrassed watching it, which is saying a lot considering some of the filth I and many others deem acceptable.

AOKI HAGANE NO ARPEGGIO: I'm guessing a lot of people dropped this show... I don't blame them. There's no reason this should have been in full CG. The reason I kept this up mainly was because of the manga being released in English by good ol' SEVEN SEAS, so I kept it up and I actually started to like it. But the movement, or any scenes in daylight is such an awkward thing to watch. I will probably pick up the manga once it gets released and hopefully stick with it.



BLAZBLUE ALTER MEMORY: Even after the last 2 episodes I still consider this the worst show of the year. I've already expressed my disdain for this show in my blog, so there really isn't much more I can say here other than it being a complete waste of time, both for the animators and viewers. It's an utterly pointless show that should never have existed.



COPPELION: I felt this show started falling apart in its second half, more so when Aoi started to become useful. That being said, I wouldn't object to another season or even an English release of the manga. I love the concept and I really want to see what else the author does with it. As for the animation quality, there were significant drops throughout the season but the backgrounds were always top notch, and this time around I think I agree with the filter usage. GoHands can go quite overboard here but in Coppelion's case it really suited it,



KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE: This was Sunrise doing what they do best; original mech shows. It may have not reached the same levels of popularity as Code Geass but this was a hit in my books. I can see myself going back to this show, the 2nd season especially. I was incredibly satisfied with the ending even if it seemed a little on the rushed side and even though it was left relatively open for more, I'm not sure if a 3rd season should be on the cards. Perhaps a movie of sorts, though Sunrise seemingly have issues with



LITTLE BUSTERS! REFRAIN: Fuck, Little Busters will not let me off this feel train,As I mentioned at the beginning of the season, Refrain has a much more darker and sinister atmosphere given the scenario chosen from the VN, and I think J.C.Staff has done an amazing job with it. Especially considering the limitations they were dealing with episode-wise for the sheer length of the VN.



MONOGATARI SERIES: SECOND SEASON: Unlike Nisemonogatari (AKA Pornomonogatari), this entry in the series was much more coherent and had clear, separated story arcs. It was so much easier to follow and overall a much more pleasant experience. I cannot praise Shaft enough for their art on this series, it's one of its most endearing qualities, and what impresses me the most here is that the amount of changes and touch ups they make on the Blurays. In some cases entire backgrounds, poses and settings are complete different, which is why this series sells so bloody well overseas. You are really getting your money's worth with the BDs. Now we wait for which has been due for release "next year, every year".



YOZAKURA QUARTET: HANA NO UTA: It's such a shame this show didn't get much attention, it's the most stunningly animated show of the season, with animation fluidity that almost rivalsor even its own OVAs. Me saying all of this is quite strange considering my impressions on the first episode were the complete opposite. The first episode was very rough around the edges and had very slow pacing, but once it did get going it started to grow on me. It was an overlooked gem of the season.



MEGANEBU!: I LOVE Soubi Yamamoto's style and Studio Deen did a fantastic job at maintaining this throughout the show. I wasn't expecting Meganebu to be what it was. Originally I was expecting a simple slice of life of glasses-wearing high school boys, but we got so much more than that. It constantly surprised me with every episode and as ridiculous as it was, it was one of the most enjoyable shows of the season.



WALKURE ROMANZE: This was one series I was so sure I was going to drop by the 3rd episode mark, but once they got down to the jousting, I couldn't stop. This was another good example of proper usage of CG in anime. It was blended well and didn't look out of place in the slightest. I would not mind seeing another season here, cute girls doing medieval knight things is something I could really get into. I DEMAND more.



CONTINUATIONS

TOKYO RAVENS: This is the weakest of the 2 cour shows I had picked up this season. Aside from itsand I can't really praise this show much. But I'm at the point now where I just can't drop it after putting so many hours into it, unless it really starts to piss me off.



GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS: I've said this many of times since the season started, but Build Fighters is the best Gundam spin off since 00 S1 (Don't fucking talk to me about S2). What I originally thought was going to be a new show to draw in some new, younger fans ended up being a massive playground for old time and new fans alike. There's something here for everyone. No matter what Gundam series you have watched in the past, you will get some enjoyment out of it in some shape or form. I'm extremely glad that this ended up being longer than 1 cour and if we're lucky, this may even be a 4 cour Gundam series.



SAMURAI FLAMENCO: I thought I knew what was going on here, we had a nice little set up here with a Kick-Ass like story. It was a pretty comfy show... And then episode 7 happened. It was a jarring change of pace and theme and it all seemed completely ridiculous. Then the show started coming into its own again. I am incredible excited to see where Manglobe are going with this. They have constantly surprised me with Flamenco. I just wish the art wasn'tIt deserves more than .



Everyone else just minding their own business...



KILL LA KILL: So the first cour is over, but it didn't go the way I and many others predicted. Satsuki and co are still heading for world academy domination whilst also blocking Ryuuko from revenge for her father's death. There seems to be another faction at work here too, Nudist Beach. Whether these guys are friend or foe is still not clear at this time, but there is still a butt load of mystery to who these people really are and their motives.that the 2nd cour will revolve around Ryuuko learning about the world and the way things are going, perhaps there will be a need for a 3rd cour?



MAGI S2: I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this show. For every 2 shitty episodes there seems to be 1 amazing episode. Which seemingly balances it out. Spoiling the climax of this season at the first episode was an idiotic move, now I know what to expect and it's ruining my enjoyment...



LOG HORIZON: THIS is how you do an MMORPG anime. I originally thought this show got off to a rather dull start but it was another one of the shows from this season that really grew on me. It's got a great mix of action and in-game economics and it's the cleverest MMO based anime I have come by. It just needs to shake the SAO clone reputation. Or rather, people should stop being so asinine in comparing it to it.



DROPPED

STRIKE THE BLOOD: This was such a generic show in every aspect and it felt just a chore to watch. Dropped it on that episode where the MC gets beheaded...

YUSIBU: This has been riding on Maosama's coattails a bit too much. Dropped 10 minutes into episode 2.

UNBREAKABLE MACHINE DOLL: Yaya was pretty adorable but the art had a significant plunge in quality by the 3rd episode.

SEKAI DE ICHIBAN TSUYOKU NARITAI!: Why not just watch actual porn?

GINGITSUNE: This was a lovely little family show but it was much too juvenile for me.

NOUKOME: The first episode had me in stitches, but by the 3rd episode it wasn't having the same effect.

NAGI NO ASUKARA: This show had one of the coolest environments of the season,but the characters really let it down for me; they were too emotionally sensitive. I wasn't buying it. Dropped at episode 8.



AND THAT'S IT FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON! WINTER SHOWS START AIRING TODAY AS I WRITE THIS, SO EXPECT SOME FIRST IMPRESSIONS BY THE 15TH OF JANUARY, WHEN THE LAST OF THE SHOWS I WILL BE FOLLOWING AIRS. BETWEEN NOW AND THEN I WONT BE POSTING ANYTHING. MY WEEKLY BLOGGING SCHEDULE SHOULD RESUME SHORTLY AFTER THAT.
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