This winter, nose-less nubile girls take center stage as they dance and sing about NEVER GIVING UP while avoiding cars.
This series is often described as “Spice and Wolf, but with macroeconomics!”.
I’ll be glad to tell you that I have no prior experience with Spice and Wolf so that’s previous statement was simply a pathetic attempt to explain this to that specific viewer who may have seen Spice and Wolf.
Maoyuu dabbles on the topic of war and economics. It also indulges in 1) Animated boob jiggles, 2) bad jokes and 3) an idealized chaste relationship between a demon queen and a gallant hero. So, NO. We’re not exactly forming a dream team here.
But what Maoyuu lacks in finesse it makes up for with interesting subject matter. While the prospect of having two characters talk about potatoes may not seem enticing, the series makes an honest effort to make it interesting. However, Maoyuu has a long way to go. In a show like this, the narrative can only be as fascinating as the world it has created for itself and the characters will have to become more than just amusing mouthpieces.
Cuticle Detective Inaba
Cuticle Detective Inaba’s comedy tactics involve a violent barrage of jokes that mercilessly attack the viewer in lightning speed. By combining this approach with a cast of some of the most absurd characters only conceivable in an anime, Cuticle Detective Inaba successfully manages induce a laugh or two from each bizarre skit.
Love Live is sugarcoated, diabetes-inducing fluff in its most concentrated form. The series effectively removes the cut throat aspect of show business and instead uses an all girl’s school as a backdrop in which budding, young idols thrive. Lovingly animated by Sunrise, it is a true exercise of moe freedom, an artistic revolution constrained by moe hating adversaries.
Bakumatsu Ginjinden Roman
Roman is not a period piece. Roman is about a ragtag group of people who steal from the rich and give to the poor, it just so happens they were born into the Bakamatsu era. What’s commendable about this series is the energy that surrounds it and its characters. Yes, it is undoubtedly goofy, but beneath that wacky veneer is an intriguing search of the secret of the Cherry Blossoms. Vastly underrated!
Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited – Hyoubu Kyousuke
The Unlimited’s first episode heavily reminded me of Code Geass. The stylish, action-packed affair, ZKC: The Unlimited doesn’t quite inform its audience of a definitive plot from the get go. Instead, we’re forced to piece together how things fall into place, all while enjoying the fantastic psychic battles featuring Silver! Lelouch and Heterochromia!Suzaku.
Senyuu has the greatest anime opening of 2013 to date. Any show that opens with a song by JAM Project is legit. And thus, Senyuu is perhaps the only anime short worthy of some kind of praise. Senyuu is an RPG parody, switching between mean spirited and whimsical, Senyuu is competently put together and sometimes, surprisingly clever. Yamakan may have found this true calling: anime shorts.
On The Fence
Tamako Market seems unable to balance the saccharine and the eclectic. It is facing an identity crisis. Perhaps it is unsure of how to portray a shopping district as something that is both close to home, and yet wildly colorful and almost magical. Does Tamako Market simply aim to make me (the viewer) feel good? Does it want me to go out and buy myself mochi? Then get me invested in this show and find a way to deal with your identity crisis.
Sasami-san almost feels like a Shaft show made for Shaft fans. It targets a very specific kind of anime viewer, and because of this– Sasami-san indulges in all the typical traits present in a Shaft production. It relishes in referential humor, superfluous dialogue and style. Mythological allusions are great and all, but only if I care.
Brain’s Base has solidified this image of creating some pretty good shows. After the first two episodes, I can safely say that Amnesia won’t be joining the ranks of Baccano!, Natsume or Penguindrum soon.
Banal tripe at its finest. This series put me to sleep but not without throwing an angry fit. It’s almost like a parody of every Otome game anime adaptation ever, except they’re completely serious about it. The main character in Amnesia is so unresponsive she can’t scream– even as she falls off a cliff.
The fact that this is the kind of late night anime that gets 3.7% ratings depresses me. Even as I try to ignore the gratuitous butt and crotch closeups…I’m not depressed enough to delude myself into thinking that the plot is any better than Bakumatsu Ginjinden Roman.
I don’t get it. This is stupidly overdramatic and unfunny. I am not entertained by this. While it may be okay to have an emotional response towards an anime. Kotoura-san pushes the boundaries of what I find to be acceptable when it comes to emotional manipulation. This is the kind of story Gintama made fun of whenever they did these extremely tragic stories narrated by some bloke and it all ends with a big punchline. It’s almost kind of gross that I have to take this seriously.