or: I am twelve and what is this? I don't even...VERDICT: WHAT?.
See my KissxSis impressions here
or: Soccer.SAMPLINGVERDICT: PROMISING
Giant Killing sure chose a bad time to air. With Major S6 and Big Windup S2 airing this season as well, it's going to be a tough battle to win the attention of the few sports fans out there.
This show has put up a promising debut though. In the first episode, we're introduced to the concept of "Giant Killing" (amateur clubs that try to beat professional teams in domestic cups) and get a good idea of what the main character, a football coach, is like. He's essentially a childish and lazy brat, even though he's supposed to be 35 years old.
Regardless, this episode clearly hints towards future episodes - what can we expect? A team of passionate youngsters will rise to the top of one Japanese football cup or another.
The show starts in England (if we're talking amateur football clubs, where else can you start!) and in the very beginning, an old man cheerily talks about amateur football teams. How the players all have their own jobs, how they play the game out of pure passion and enjoyment and how the whole town is cheering them on. Yeah, amateur football is pretty great. Bring it on!Senko no Night Raid
or: Baccano! China EditionSAMPLINGVERDICT: OUTSTANDING! (but can they keep it up?)
It's the 1930's, there are superpowers involved, no this is not Baccano. Night Raid is about a group of Japanese spies has been depatched in mainland China due to something or other. I'm not quite sure about the details yet, but it sure is impressive.
A visual tour de force by A-1 pictures, Night Raid pleases the eye left and right during the many action scenes in this episode.
It plays along much like a compressed Hollywood action flick. There's some slow paced scheming and infiltration, which serves as an appropriate buildup for the fast paced action. Once the action is done and over with, there's a bit of dialogue and the cycle can start from the beginning.
The musical score is quite impressive as well in some places, though it often abruptly stops as scenes transition from one mood to the next. This can be jarring, but it's a negligable flaw when you observe the package as a whole.
Clearly alot of work has gone into this episode, and I'm highly sceptical about where things will go from here. I certainly don't think the entire series is going to be able to live up to this episode's standards.
Like any action flick, the dialogue is arguably the worst component in the mix. As long as they can repeat this episode's magical formula, I'll stick along for the ride.Big Windup S2
or: Bigger Windup: More Windup-ishSAMPLINGVERDICT: IT'S BIG WINDUP ALLRIGHT
I don't have much to say about this, really. If you have seen Big Windup, then you know you should watch this. If you haven't seen Big Windup, then what are you waiting for! Don't start here, start with season 1.Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan
or: Boys Love: Samurai GravitationSAMPLINGVERDICT: HUGELY DISAPPOINTING
I was anticipating this series. I thought it was going to be a neat Samurai show. The synopsis sounded pretty great. Transforming ogres and an epic search for a lost father? Count me in! Or so I thought.
It turns out this series is all about an ordinary girl who is surrounded by pretty boys. Hardly anything happens during this episode. Move along, nothing to see here.Arakawa under the Bridge
or: Homeless people are hilariousSAMPLINGVERDICT: COMEDY OF THE SEASON
Not only does this show provide alot of humor from the get go, it manages to establish the brand and style of this series very clearly. There are alot of whacky outlandish things going on, but at the same time the show never loses its connection with reality. A girl says she's from Venus, turns out she's just very kind and slightly mental. A kappa appears, turns out it's a guy in a suit who is slightly mental.
Besides the comedy, there's more this show has to offer. It's a bit of lunacy, and a bit of... human interest. I wouldn't say there's romance in this show, I'd call it human interest. An ordinary salaryman moving in with a girl "from Venus".
I don't know about you, but I'm salivating here. I love mental patients. I'm goint to love this show.K-ON!! S2
or: Fuwa Fuwa TimeSAMPLING
^that is EXACTLY what a moeblob looks like.VERDICT: IF YOU LIKED SEASON 1, YOU WILL LIKE THIS. IF NOT, WELCOME TO THE CLUB.
Damn you, K-ON! Damn you!
Nothing much happens in this episode, but that's allright. Nothing has to happen for it to be cute and retarded, K-ON can be cute and retarded regardless. That doesn't make the show any good though.
If you liked the first season, you're in for a treat. If you didn't, meet me in the soundproof nuclear bunker I've set up especially for this occasion. We can come out again in a year or two, when everyone K-ON fan has settled down again.Mayoi Neko Overrun
or: A show the marketing division made up during lunch break.SAMPLINGVERDICT: ONLY IF YOU LIKE HAREM SLICE-OF-LIFE SHOWS
This is such a formulaic show. There's a Tsundere, a catgirl, a flatchested spoilt child, a cake, a useless protagonist all the girls fall for, a protagonist's friend who only likes 2D blobs and not 3D pig disgusting, a protagonist's sister who has huge boobies... Etcetera, etcetera.
There's a surprisingly small amount of fanservice. It's absolutely there, but only for short periods within the show. Most of the time when girls in short skirts are prancing around, they actually avoid showing the panties, curiously enough.
I know there's an audience out there for shows like this though (that's exactly why they keep being made) so don't let my moaning stop you.Major S6
or: Yes, you read that right. Sixth season.SAMPLINGVERDICT: IT'S OKAY
This show seems decent enough, but I haven't seen season 1-5. While they've done a great job at making season 6 accessible (about 1/3rd of the show consists of flashbacks or synopsis about previous events) it's nowhere near inviting enough to garner new fans for the series. The main character is unlikable and stubborn, for one thing. If you're a fan, then it's a no brainer. If you're interested, then you should obviously start with the first season.Jewel Pet Tinkle
or: So cute your head will explodeSAMPLINGVERDICT: SO CUTE IT HURTS
I absolutely adore cute magical girl shows. Shugo Chara remains one of my favorite show to date. Jewel Pets is a bit too much though, even for me. All those little bears and bunnies with their high pitched voices! They're chanting and dancing! Their eyes are made of jewels! Oh my!
I really loved this episode, but I highly doubt I can handle so much cuteness once a week. A cuteness-injection of this calibre is only for the biggest magical girl fanatics.
If you are chronically depressed, watch this and you're cured instantly. You're welcome.