I am disillusioned. No pictures because I hate anime.
Watamote is about social anxiety or something like that. It’s surprisingly unfunny for a show that should be. There’s nothing clever or enthralling about it.
In the words of Louis C.K, Watamote is like eating excessively. Stuffing yourself with unhealthy junk making you think it’ll make you feel better when no– actually it doesn’t.
“I don’t stop eating when I’m full. The meal isn’t over when I’m full. It’s over when I hate myself.”
Started out funny and charming, but falls into the pits of every slice of life moe show in existence: Shit gets boring and repetitive.
Now I am all for ridiculous interpretations of biblical figures, but there’s no other way to describe Makai Ouji aside from “LUDICROUS.” It doesn’t help that William, the main character– is essentially the typical shoujo female lead in a man’s body. In other words, terrible.
“I am Uncertain about this, but I should reward it for not being bad.”
What’s that?! Uchouten is just mediocre?! But what about the DEEP, EMOTIONAL FAMILY BONDS AND THE SOCIETAL ROLES ONE MUST TAKE ON?!
Yeah, that’s there but what else is? In the end, this is a show that is a family drama. And while that is a rare novelty in anime, that doesn’t mean that Uchouten Kazoku immediately rises as a superior series. It’s okay at what it does but it fails to enrapture me. Something more needs to be done with this family, there needs to be an actual hurdle to get over and I don’t see that.
A show that sits between mediocre and good but never quite excels beyond that. It’s a very beautiful show, despite its photoshop filtered backgrounds but I’m not sure I care enough about it to keep watching.
Free exposes the truth behind KyoAni. It’s a studio that can appeal to a certain audience when it chooses to and has a fine skill for producing laughs at the right moment. But ultimately fails at escaping its okay-ness and its terrible “drama”. In this day and age, we are more reluctant to accept a flawed yet fascinating work than one that is brimming with “okay-ness”, Free reaps the rewards of being good but not THAT good.
The fact that more people are watching Free! than Hakkenden is a mystery. Both are targeted towards the same market but one chooses to go beyond being a show about cute boys. Hakkenden is a series that builds its characters, writes beautifully tragic story arcs and doesn’t insult your intelligence. In a way, it’s reminds me Natsume Yuujinchou with its strong emotional center. I never expected to love this show like I do now, and I think that’s amazing. Also, it’s a gorgeous, gorgeous series from Studio DEEN.
Gin no Saji
This is essentially what slice of life/educational anime shows should be like. Funny, touching, honest and well-acted. I am emotionally invested in these characters and their everyday life, I learn new things and I gain an appreciation for the things I never did before. We might be getting an AnoHana rerun but thank goodness we have this on NoitaminA too.
The fact that people talk about Gatchaman Crowds, even when they don’t like it says a lot about this show because it forces you to be an active participant. You’re not a brainless viewer, it respects your intelligence and it knows you might not always agree with it. That’s what makes a smart show, and bless it for being so. Is it flawed? Yes of course it is! But those flaws can be easily remedied by being a good viewer and letting yourself be involved with what you’re seeing. We’re spoiled as watchers, we think something is deep and thoughtful just by seeing a book title referred to by a character. No, that’s just a reference and requires little effort from the writer than you’d like to think. Gatchaman Crowds has drawn a wonderful caricature of contemporary society and the internet under the guise of a 70’s anime reimagining. I don’t think you can get more clever than that.