Tari Tari – Melody for the Heart

I remember Tari Tari. I remember it fondly. It was a show made by P.A Works that aired in the Summer of 2012 that seemingly flew under many peoples radar due to the popularity of SAO and Kokoro Connect and the such. However, the people who kept their eyes open that faithful season were gifted with a musical treat. With great characters and a down to earth feeling, its a show that I would highly recommend to anyone, no matter your tastes. While it is grounded in music, it truly is a character driven show with a soft spot for comedy that remains fresh. That is my non-spoiler review. Now, I will dive into spoiler territory so you have been warned. JTJ8DWhat I love about Tari Tari is its “Down to earthness”. Its not over exaggerated, over dramatised and overly forced in any way. It has fresh comedy that doesn’t grow stale, interesting characters that have realistic and genuine problems and a plot that doesn’t rely on romance but is very much present. You could almost say its a slice of life that is….well, a slice of life. While it does have an overarching plot of the school ‘s financial problems, it is still very heavily character driven, and oh my, aren’t these characters good. So good in fact, that they deserve a paragraph each. They deserve that but I’m lazy.

I’m going to start with my favourite, Atsuhiro Maeda or, as he is better known, Wien. Now Wien isn’t only my favourite character in the 1348457253656show, he is one of my favourite characters  in all of anime. Seriously, this bastard is the coolest guy you will ever meet. You worried that he is alone? Don’t worry, he’s got his Power Rangers. Sad that his props that he worked so hard on are destroyed? Nah, he just sings it off. Want to help him when he is getting beaten up by a mugger? Relax, he will just sing and his friends will back him up. Like every character in this show, Wien is faced with a crisis, however his “Crisis” could just be a dilemma when compared to other characters in this show. His lost letters to Jan and the move to Japan take up the most of Wien’s troubles. From a neutral stand point, this doesn’t seem like much of a problem as he ends up seeing Jan but its how the show handles Wien that makes this effective. The way he is constructed and presented to the viewer is very well done. He just appears as some cool guy that you wouldn’t mind hanging out and feeding birds with. It was a mixture of his  isolation at the start and his light heartedness throughout that made this dilemma work. You’ve grown to care for Wien so if his “crisis” is that he stubbed his toe and has to walk with a limp for half an episode, you would care. The fact that Tari Tari was able to pull this off is commendable but the ride doesn’t end with Wien. Although he may be the conductor, he certainly is not the one piloting this musical train.

Wakana Sakai was probably the character I felt for the most. Unlike Wien, she has a genuine crisis going on in her life that is rather heart wakanabreaking. This crisis being the death of her mother and Wakana’s last words said to her. For such a sweet and innocent girl to be seen so guilt ridden really got to me. She promised her mother that she would finish composing a song which would turn out to be  the fulcrum of her arc. What I love about Wakana are her outbursts of emotion, whether it being laughing or screaming, smiles or tears, they are all great. While to some, this may seem like her hormones are in a mess but to many, myself included, they are great insights into her character. She is generally a withdrawn girl but I wouldn’t go as far as to say introverted. Her trauma is gnawing at her always so when her emotions are let out, they are always beautiful. A common theme in Tari Tari is that the characters crises don’t tend to get fully resolved. I’m not saying that the writing is lazy and they just didn’t bother to write a conclusion, I’m saying that it is like it is in real life. Not everything gets sorted out like you would want them to. Not every tale has a happy ending and Wakana is no different. She has to cope with the fact that her mother is dead and she can’t change her words. She, however, overcomes her obstacles by sticking to the two things her mother left behind. Her keychain and her song.

In Sawa’s arc, the same emotions I felt for Wakana were evoked once again, not as strongly but nevertheless evoked. Her physique and rather large bust denies her life long dream of becoming a jockey. As random as that sounds, it still has the required effect of being a good arc. Life is ccdd6adeef5d1fe983e85fd8527587d0unfair and her crisis sums up that statement perfectly. Now, I could go on and say “Oh, My boobs are too big that I can’t ride a horse professionally. Woe is me!” but I won’t because I like this show. Seriously though, from an objective standpoint, this does seem to be a rather minor problem and I would agree with it. However, Tari Tari works its musical magic and  proves that there is more that meets the eye. Sawa goes through many family struggles that, in itself, take the primary focus of her story. This “More to what meets the eye” scenario is very pleasing as I love to see this done in anime. Her arc, just like Wakana, doesn’t conclude entirely until the end of the show. It repeats the message of “Life isn’t fair” and sacrifices need to be made. Her sacrifice of moving country to chase her dream leaves Taichi heart-broken. But in the end, following ones dream is the utmost desire for people in life. Sawa is no different.

Konatsu and Taichi are the two members of the cast who I would class under the “dilemmas”. The problems cannot really be compared along side Sawa and Wakana as they lack in any real consequence. If they fail in their goals then it will only really effect their lives in the short term rather then the long run. Konatsu failing in starting a music club could put a stunt in her confidence but she can still study music in college like she did at the finale of the show. Taichi failing in badminton would effect him but not as much as Sawa would be effected if she failed in horse riding. While their stories are entertaining and crucial to the plot, they do not leave the lasting effect that the others had.

I like to mention the seiyuu cast for just a second. I watched this show when I wasn’t really aware of many seiyuus so I went into this show without knowing of Saori Hasami, Seto Asami and Ayahi Takagaki. If I knew these before hand, I believe I would’ve loved this show even more then I would have. Mainly because hearing these girls sing out of nowhere in a show would make my ears go into a trance. Tari Tari gave a debut to one of my favourite seiyuus, Hanae Natsuki. His performance of Wien was amazing. He perfected the role and then some. Seriously though, I would recommend keeping an eye on him. He has a decent amount of roles this season (Fall 2013) so check him out.

f289cd3f39e7d59f633896533dd2b0f7The soundtrack is what you would expect from an anime about music. Pretty damn good. It has a lovely mix of calm, relaxing music to sombre, emotional music. There are songs that won’t really catch your ear but they will still sound nice when doing other activities. I wouldn’t regard it as a amazing soundtrack that would rival some major OSTs but still good nonetheless.

The studio behind this is P.A Works who are known for doing amazing work on animation and art. Tari Tari is no exception. From the backgrounds to the character designs, they stand out from the heaping piles of mediocrity. Maybe its just my bias coming into play but holy damn the art in this show is great. Many screens from this show can be used as wallpapers they are that good. I especially love Wakana’s character design. She real does stand out in this show and keeps my attention really well. In other words, I think she is cute. So what.

Tari Tari is one of my favourite shows ever made. Its simplicity in its craft is what makes it so special to me. The lessons learnt from the show are lessons I put into practice even to this day. From the loving charm of Wien to the heart breaking tale of Wakana, its a show that left a lasting impression on me. Its a show that I recommend to anyone and everyone because there is much to be loved from this show that will please the hearts of many. While the show is over and done with, this radiant melody will live on in my fond memories and heart.

Log Horizon – A Few Points

Video games and anime have always seemed to have this awkward relationship. They are both great on their own and thrive in their own sense. However, when we go to where the lines overlap with these two mediums,  there hasn’t been any real satisfaction to be found. There doesn’t seem to be any real sense of priority in the said show/game. Its like they really want to be their counterpart but don’t want to waste what they have. I guess a way to put it is like a  schizophrenic who is self confident. Recent examples of this is Tales of Xillia and the infamous Sword Art Online. So, when I heard that there was an anime set in a game world airing this Autumn/Fall, I immediately checked the forecast for any caution in the coming winds and started preparing my grains of salt. I thought I would come away with a list of flaws to shun the anime. However, I finished watching and, oddly enough, I kinda enjoyed it. What is even happening anymore?

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I generally had no faults with Log Horizon. Characters were nice, setting was cool, soundtrack was awesome (dat OP man) and the actual mechanics and knowledge of MMOs was smartly done. I realise that it has only been one episode and there is plenty enough time for this ship to sink so I might as well sing my praise while I still can. Also, I WILL make comparisons to SAO because its near impossible to not think of that show while watching this. Its a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless

Shiro, the protagonist, actually seems like a cool guy. He has friends, people know of him and generally he’s not a socially awkward twat like Kiritoshiro (Yes, we are starting with it already). I was glad to see that he immediately searched for his friend through voice chat (A service not provided in SAO, for whatever reasons) to see if he is OK and such. This may seem like a null point but since the friend is actually a guy, I think that is worth a mention.  He takes the role of a mage/wizard in the MMO. A nice choice in my opinion. Glad to see  that there is no “Lone, black swordsman of the south” or some shit going on. He has a reluctance to joining a guild. I found this rather interesting. This guy actually has friends and even knows other people in guilds (Marie and Henrietta) so it must be some history he has with guilds rather than just “HURR MUH EDGYNESS”. Could it of been a betrayal? Bullying? Blackmail? Who the hell knows, and that’s what I like about it.

Next on our roster that I would like to mention is our heroine, Akatsuki. She takes the role of the love interest in the show and overall female badass.  The problem I have with heroines like this (Namely Asuna) is that they don’t seem to have a backbone without their husbando. They wouldn’t be able to survive if their hero wasn’t there. We are yet to see whether this is true with Akatsuki but I didn’t really get any hints of it with her. She just seems to be a good player with a crush, like how it should be. She plays the class of the Assassin and since I usually play those roles in MMOs, she is  without a doubt the best and smartest character in the show. She is also the cutest.

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The setting in the show is rather mysterious. We aren’t really given much information on the world. This, in itself, is a good thing and a bad thing. Its a good thing because it lets the viewer use his/her imagination to theorise what are the rules and features of this world, The game mechanics that were given were pretty neat, if not simplistic. Voice chat, status bars, attack commands and tasteless food were all shown to the viewer. A decent amount of pondering can come out of this. Being told everything about a world from the get go isn’t something that should be a given. I prefer establishing characters and Log Horizon did it well while managing to creep these mechanics in. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to say that it is perfect. While everything shouldn’t be forced down the viewers throat from the start, some extra information would be nice. What time period are they in, what society is like, what are the characters like in the outside world and how did all this become to be are all questions that arise from this. While I’m trusting that these questions will be answered throughout the shows progression, some are just too jarring to simply be brushed over.

Soundtrack was cool as well. Some of the battle scenes music was great and really got the blood pumping while the dialogue music was [CR] Log Horizon - 01 [1280x720].mkv_snapshot_03.04_[2013.10.06_13.49.01]nice when it needed to be but those music pieces didn’t really stand out. Now, the OP. Its fucking amazing. I remember listening to it in the PV and I thought it was quite OTT. However, now that I’ve heard it as it aired, I just can’t stop listening to it, hell I’m listening to it right now. Visuals used are great and it shows plenty of promise as to what is to come. I’m just hoping that they don’t change it even though that is inevitable. Well, I guess I will enjoy it while I still can.

Well that’s it for this post. Wasn’t even planning on it being this long. but Log Horizon probably was the show that left the biggest impact on me from this season starters. While there is a tremendous amount of room for this show to fail, I greatly hope it doesn’t. Here’s hoping I won’t be writing “Log Horizon – Who said this show would be better than SAO?” in 25 weeks time.

EDIT: Found this posted on /a/. Kinda ruins my whole “What the world is like” paragraph but whatever 1381080385038

Sword Art Online – The Anime That Couldn’t

If someone were to ask me, “Aoi, what is the worst case of wasted potential?”, I would reply with Sword Art Online. I would say that only a minority in the anime community would say that they hated SAO from start to finish. It did have the potential to go somewhere and be able to work its way into the hearts of anime and video game fans alike. However, having potential and using potential are two completely different cookies. SAO, unfortunately, is in the former. Its been a whole year since SAO had started airing so to celebrate its One year anniversary, I thought I would commemorate this by bashing and ripping Sword Art Online limb from limb, Gary Stu from Mary Sue, Plot devices from Deus Ex Machina and QUALITY from PLOT. 1347773733463

There are two things that I will openly admit are good about Sword Art Online; The first three episodes and the soundtrack. The first three episodes are done really well. In fact I surprise myself looking back on it and how well they are done. Each episode serves a purpose, the first was to set up the world, the second was to show off the action and MMO elements in the anime and lastly the third episode was to show the harsh reality of this world and they weren’t just playing  some video game. Then the fourth episode happened…lets get to that later. What I like about this trio is the third episode. Sure, the first two are cool and all but it is in the third where we see just how good this anime could’ve been. All thanks to one very special blue haired girl. 1353279006781I’m not the type to feel sympathy for characters that die in the same episode they are introduced in. But Sachi was different. It wasn’t just sad because she died, it was everything surrounding her death which made it great. Firstly, it showed how delicate life is in this world. Life is1356246091206 but a candle in the wind in Aincrad and no one can help that. That harsh reality hits Kirito and the viewer alike just like that strike that killed Sachi. Her personality, albeit not expanded on in great detail, aided to this disaster as well. As soon as she was getting over her fear of dying and living in Sword Art Online, she is unfortunately whisked away along with her clan to their demise. Her overall death scene as well was very powerful. Her “Thank you, Goodbye” really hit home with me. Even up to her death she was thankful to Kirito that he was able to put her fears behind her and be able to cope with this world. The fact that Kirito couldn’t do anything but watch his only real companion up to this point get murdered was hard to watch. I really appreciate when a character in a certain moment of intensity, they are as hopeless and helpless as the viewer.  It was the only time in the show where I actually felt sympathy for Kirito. Throughout the rest of the episode, we see a mind broken Kirito, confused as to what his next move should be. Sachi is dead, but he had no other choice but to just play the game. When he hears news that there is a way to bring Sachi back, his last shred of hope is put into use to fight what appears to be a scary Santa Clause. It is only after this battle that the cruel reality of the world hitting him like a brick. People stay dead and should stay dead, humans should never be able to play God. He returns to the inn at which he, Sachi and their clan were staying. Maybe he was seeking some sort of nostalgic refuge there or simply chose to not live anywhere else for some morbid type of closure. Instead, what he got was something he sought for but never wanted. A post-mortem Christmas present from the late Sachi in the form of a message. In this message, Sachi thanked Kirito for letting her live happily in this world, even if it were for a short time. She proceeded to hum Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Kirito showed the most genuine piece of emotion that he will ever have in the entirety of SAO. It was a perfect finale to this harsh episode. And as Sachi died, the potential of this show died with her.CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90

One final thing before I bash Sword Art Online. The OST composed by Yuki Kaijiura is fantastic. I see many people say that this soundtrack is “mediocre” and “decent”. I get the feeling that those people just listened to the songs that got overplayed like “Swordland” and the like. I believe its the fact that since Kaijiura has composed such great soundtracks before in anime, she was put on this pedestal by the anime community, so if a soundtrack doesn’t meet their expectations, then its not good but just “decent”. If some, unknown composer made that OST then they would be going places right now and everyone would praise the soundtrack more. Songs like “In The Cage” or “At Our Parting” are songs that I still listen to today. That’s what I think anyways.

Positives aside, its time to dive into the mess of this show, everything past episode three. I went into episode 4 with my expectations raised high after the latest episode. How would Kirito cope? What’s going to happen next? Is Sachi really dead? These questions were answered but not in the way I hoped. We got introduced to Silica and I knew that this show was going down the shitter. What we got for the next 4-5~ episodes was nothing but solid filler. It still baffles me that they put this here. Why was this needed? The conclusion I came to wasn’t a pleasant one. I believe the writer got insanely lazy. He came up with a great introduction and world, yet he couldn’t follow up with a solid story. As a an unfortunate result, he opted for a cheap, poorly written “story”.

The flags were raised when episode 4 came along. I should have threw caution to the wind and realized what I was watching was just pointless shenanigans, I should have realized that its only going to go downhill from here on out, I should have realized that effort being put into characterization was getting thrown out the window. I should have realized this. However, I was stubborn and kept giving this show chance after chance to redeem itself and return to the glory of the first 3 episodes. But if everything I wanted came true then Horizon would have a season 3 and we all know that isn’t happening. I felt helpless while watching this. I wanted to stop, I really did but it was like a car crash to me. No matter how horrifying it is, you simply can’t look away from it.

The relationships with the characters in the show are forced and quite cheap. Whenever something is brought up, it is quickly dismissed 1347214623213because Kirito has to help one of his harem slay a dragon or something. That entire murder mystery arc which was supposed to develop the relationship between Asuna and Kirito, was just a waste of time. What could’ve been time to actually develop the relationship was spent dicking about looking for some clan that was never brought up in the anime again. As a result of this, the relationship between Asuna and Kirito felt very shallow and weak. Their relationship reminds me of Tomoya and Nagisa from Clannad. The girl is introduced at the start to indicate that she will win, she fucks off doing whatever then comes back and suddenly the Casanova of the show is head over heels for her. At least in Clannad, I can somewhat understand why Tomoya likes Nagisa but in SAO, I cannot see the connection between the two.

Let me summarize their relationship in detail : Kirito meets a hooded girl and is more or less forced to party up with her cause vidya. They team up, Kirito gives Asuna some butter and they share a DEEP conversation. They kick ass in episode 2 and then Asuna decides to do her own thing. Two years later, Asuna is head of the major clan and Kirito is the edgy lone swordsman of SAO. Asuna criticised Kirito at a meeting for saying that they shouldn’t kill NPCs (which is a valid argument since Kirito should know, being the “beater” that he is, that NPCs can just respawn, but hey, ethics in VRMMORPGs are past my time). They solve a mystery together and decide to go dungeon hunting for whatever reason. Kirito sees that Asuna doesn’t like being in the clan and says “Time to show why they call me the messiah!” and challenges  Heathcliff to a duel. Kirito loses cause hax (I like the way the anime shows that he only loses when someone hacks the game.) He’s sad cause he is forced to join the clan and Asuna is all like “Hey Kirito, Cheer up! I have tits, look at them!”. Kirito goes on a fetch quest and nearly dies to only get saved by Mary Sue herself. Kirito “sacrifices” his arm to save Asuna. They kiss. They fuck. They get married.

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Now, I’m not sure if its only me but that is all of their character interactions before they get married.  People call their relationship one of  the best in anime. I know it could just be the obnoxious fanbase but I still need to prove my point. Honestly, their relationship is laughable. From what we are given, we are expected to accept their relationship as a genuine thing between the two. If the Murder Mystery arc was dedicated to just them then maybe I would appreciate it more. Maybe. But the fact still remains that that fantasy romance was not to be as filler is always a good thing to see in anime. As a result of this, the relationship feels incredibly forced with flags being sprung up out of nowhere and BOOM, love couple of 2012. I guess people are misinterrupting their relationship simply because of how attractive they are or how “perfect” their romance seems. I won’t deny that their relationship is very idealistic for their situation but by no means does that mean its solid. Pacing isn’t the real problem here, its the actual characters themselves. Kirito is just a male power fantasy for otaku to self insert into and Asuna is your stereotypical tsundere whose only real defining traits is that she can cook and is good at a video game, nothing more, nothing less. When you just take a step back and look at it, all I can see is this: Kirito is the greatest in the game, so good he can defeat bosses 1v1. He meets the uber kawaii girl of the game world that everyone either wants to fuck or imitate. With a dash of bravery, he woos her and they get married through a video game. Plus, she can cook. Yeah, this totally wasn’t just mindless pandering.

Every other character interaction in the show is either worthless in the long run or is just there to advance the plot. Its either a girl from Kirito’s harem trying to get his dick or mindless EVILNESS. You know what’s funny about it though? Everything that happens in the show revolves around Kirito in some weird shape or form. There isn’t any plot development while Kirito isn’t on screen or that doesn’t involve him in a way. Its like every character in the show is defined by how much they want Kirito’s dick or how much they want to chop it off.

Character motivations in the show are insanely illogical as well. The actual players have a very clear and distinct motivation; to get to floor 100 and beat the game to return to their world. I understand that completely, in fact any other motivation would be incredibly stupid. Its in the villains motivations where the cracks begin to show. All their motivations boil down to is “Cause why the fuck not” or “lolidunno”. When the villains motivations aren’t stated then there is no point in having a villain. You might as well replace him with a sheet of cardboard saying “Look at me, I’m evil GRRRRR!”. Imagine if Bal Masqués motivations weren’t stated in Shana S3 and all they were doing was getting the Tomogara to another world because “Why the fuck not” or “lolidunno”. Wouldn’t that just be the most ridiculous writing ever? What about in TTGL, the anti spirals were fighting the Spirals “Cause why the fuck not” or “lolidunno”. You get my point. So, with this death game being created, wouldn’t it make more sense to have an explanation rather then leaving everything up in the air with the excuse of “Shit, I forget, Teehee!”

So when the romance side of SAO is more or less done with, its time they move on to the DRAMA of it all. And when drama is applied to poorly developed characters, you get sloppy drama. Developed and interesting characters is vital in producing good drama. If an anime hasn’t established any real conflicts within characters, troubling backgrounds or just personalities in general then we are left with nothing but situations that feel incredibly dull and unnatural. The biggest instance of DRAMA in the show is the part where the Yui disappears cause reasons. Yui made her initial appearance in episode 11 during Kirito’s and Asuna’s lovely dovely honeymoon.  She was presented to us without a hint of what she actually is, so I guess that was the show trying to be mysterious but it kinda back fired on them since there was pretty much nothing else to her other than her being “mysterious” and a idealistic daughter for the idealistic couple. She’s just a plot point that the author thought up to advance the plot, 1348504775061So when she suddenly says “Turns out I’ve been pissing off the higher ups so I’m going to be erased or some shit”, it was just a “oh….well ok” moment that felt iimmensely underwhelming. We have a poorly developed character adopted into a poorly developed couple for 2-3 episodes to only get erased because she performed Deus Ex Machina on some boss thing. It was a cheap way of evoking tears that just left an insanely bad impression on me.

The animation is something that gets praised as well. To be fair, the action scenes do look somewhat smooth and fluent but I always have the personal believe that the animation within the show is something to be credited as an aside. As long as the show is a great watch, I don’t really care if the animation is sloppy and vica versa.

I think I covered everything I wanted to say about Sword Art Online. In retrospect, I can see why the popularity of the show is immense. Its a very easy to watch “gateway” show that combines two huge media into one. It did  have the potential to go somewhere. However, like I said, having potential and using potential are two completely different things. However, one thing left satisfied…My OTP.1356246288887

Summer Season 2013 – First Impressions

The Spring season has ended and without letting anyone taking a breather, the Summer season has come to steal us away into our rooms and away from that thing called the…sun, I think that’s what its called anyway. The Spring line-up had a lot of very solid shows. Some were surprises like OreGairu, Maou Sama and, a personal favourite of mine, Arata Kangatari. It also had its fair share of controversy with the infamous rape scene in Valvrave (and some implied rape in other shows), the masses getting some massive erections from Shingeki no Kyojin, causing a massive rift in the anime community, and…OreImo…lets not talk about that. So with everything we have bared witness to, can the Summer season follow up in any way or even better then Spring?

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

Not much can be said on this. If you’ve read the manga, then good for you, because the show is more or less a complete adaptation of the manga while throwing in some jokes of its own and adding some nice visuals. Everyone had their worries prior to this about the seiyuu for Tomoko. I like to think she did a good job portraying her. The stuttering in her voice when she tries to make conversation, the cynical inner monologues she makes about her peers and the inner torment of “Am i kawaii? uguu” are all done surprisingly well. There is also the matter of the OP. I like it simply because it contradicts the show so much when you think of its contents. A heavy metal sing with Tomoko acting bat shit crazy is just amusing in its own way. Also, the actual song is cool as well

[HorribleSubs] Watamote - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.48_[2013.07.09_13.07.26]OP of the season. I love the way Tomoko looks so crazy in this.

Free!

Hue. This was either going to go 2 ways. 1) It gives off UtaPri vibes in being incredibly self aware and, in turn, is hilarious or 2) Shameless pandering to fujoshi. Thankfully, its the former. I cant exactly say anything about it other than “There were some guys swimming…There was also this other dude that always wore swimming trunks….yeah” so i’m not going to bother. Instead, I liked to congratulate OLDCODEX for moving up in the world of anime. Just last season they made the ED for Arata and now they have the OP for Free!. I just think that’s kinda funny.1372866938602Women? In Free!? Bold move, KyoAni, bold move.

Kiniro Mosaic

Cute. Just cute. Some might say 2cute. This was one of the “moe” shows that I said I would watch for a laugh. I had to massage my face after watching it cause I was smiling for the entire thing. i don’t know what it was or how they did it but…I just couldn’t stop smiling. So yeah, its caught my interest.[HorribleSubs] Kiniro Mosaic - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.10_[2013.07.09_16.45.29]I can hear the HNNNNNGGs from a mile away.

Dangan Ronpa

My initial thoughts on this show were quite positive. I thought that it created its world nicely, its got a wide array of characters and the voice cast is good as well with Ogata Megumi playing the male lead and others like Yoko Hikasa, Sawashiro Miyuki and Ishida Akira. I thought this. Right up until I played the actual game for Dangan Ronpa. Holy crap, this is poorly paced. The first episode alone covered around one hour of solid gameplay. Its also making events happen that is convenient to the anime, such as characters doing actions that other characters did and rearranging certain events to cut down on air time. They also managed to leave out some rather important plot points but i’m hoping those will be covered later. Still, i’m curious to see how it covers some things though, like if the blood is going to be hot pink and also how the class trials are going to be fun (I hope). All in all, I recommend playing the game. [UTW]_Danganronpa_The_Animation_-_01_[h264-720p][A15D14F2].mkv_snapshot_05.20_[2013.07.09_16.51.20]Oy vey.

Servant x Service

And so we move on to the comedy of the season and a rather decent one at that. The comedy in this show isn’t what you call “original” or “fresh”, however it manages to deal with these tropes if you will and make them rather amusing. My only real concern for the show is that it will repeat the same jokes with just different scenarios. But if I were to judge on this episode alone, then I say its definitely worth a watch.[HorribleSubs] Servant x Service - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.25_[2013.07.05_14.42.39]10/10 Would hang out for a beer.

Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu

Another “moe” show I watched on a whim. So glad I did. I’d be lying if I said the show didn’t catch my attention when reading about it. GAINAX making a show about cute girls shooting at other cute girls. The only thing that was stopping me was my post Keion trauma that left me turning my heel on a show that would be described as “cute”. But thinking that Yuru Yuri aired in the last Summer season, I thought I try a few shows out, and this was one of them. Watching this, I realised that GAINAX surely is saving the industry. I think I laughed more at this show then I did with any other show this season. Truly a masterpiece. Rivals Evangelion. Would recommend to a friend.[Anime-Koi] Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu - 01 [h264-720p][F2C0C15F].mkv_snapshot_09.06_[2013.07.05_13.38.13]“HOMONA HENTAI DESU~” Best girl.

Uchouten Kazoku

I’m not sure what it was about this show but it just felt…right. It had a certain charm about that was just fascinating to watch. The fantastic artwork done by P.A works along with the modern setting and supernatural premise just…works. There isn’t any other words to describe it honestly. My expectations for this show were pretty low as the premise just sounded too ridiculous that I might end up hating it or just making sub par but this episode blew those expectations out of the water and proceeded to laugh at them. The synopsis of this show simply gives the background to the show whereas the actual show deals with events dealing with that background. Its handled really well and is definitely worth your time.[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.30_[2013.07.09_16.54.41]P.A works saving anime, one masterpiece at a time.

Brothers Conflict

Shit.

Highschool DxD New

I watched the first season of DxD for the boobs and for a laugh, however the finale of the show was kinda…decent. It actually got me hyped for a potential season 2. And a season 2 is what we got. And what we got were more boobs and more laughs. I counted it, it was 3 seconds into the episode when we feasted our eyes on Rias uncensored bust. I wasnt shocked at all. In fact, if it didn’t do that, I would be kinda worried. The show differs from its prequel by saying “Hey, boobs are cool and all but we want to go somewhere with this season” by giving Kiba an interesting background and story. It was nice to see him develop into something other than just a highschool playboy. However, everyone one else is simply an object for fan service…not like i’m complaining or anything…its just…yeah[FFF] Highschool DxD NEW - 01 [5628B610].mkv_snapshot_01.30_[2013.07.08_01.26.19]I don’t think anything sums DxD better than this screencap.

Blood Lad 

I like to think as this as a comedy so i’m going to label it as one. The one thing the strikes me about this show is the art style. I think its done very nicely and is very pleasing for the eye. Its very colourful and captures the mood of the show nicely. The actual show itself is alright I guess. Nothing really stands out as of yet in the plot other than the setting. However, I am a sucker for the type of shows that the MC is brought to a new world and has to adapt accordingly so this show should a pretty fun watch for me at least.[HorribleSubs] Blood Lad - 01v2 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.56_[2013.07.09_16.58.05]Softest anime airing this season.

Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou

This show is…meh. I can compliment it on trying something original but that’s only what i can compliment it on. Comedy is funny at times but is also cringe worthy at other times, the characters can be interesting at times but also flat and cliché at other times. You can see where I’m going with this. It can do things right but can also fail at the same things entirely. I guess that’s another compliment it on, being able to do things right and do the same things wrong in the same episode.[HorribleSubs] Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.01_[2013.07.09_17.01.36]One of the scenes done right. Female lead contemplating having sex with a dog. Yeah.

Makai Ouji

Standard. That’s it. Just standard. I walked away from the pilot and just said “meh”. Nothing turned me away but nothing grasped my attention. The seiyuu cast is good, I guess.

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

The black horse of this season. It has the potential to do great but it also has the potential to fail greatly. However, the first episode was really well done. It set up its world with grace, introduced the characters smoothly and showed off its character designs fantastically. The general reaction from this show was positive and there wasnt any real, huge complaints, so im guessing that everyone else is on the same wavelength as I. Well, you know what had the same compliments from me this time last year. Sword Art Online. Yeah, I went there.[DeadFish] Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi - 01 [720p][AAC].mp4_snapshot_07.23_[2013.07.09_17.03.54]This was a real cute scene. Then it was followed by suffering. Why does this thing keep happening?

The World God Only Knows – Goddess Arc

Looks like Manglobe really cant count to three. Anyways, this season sees the return of our hero, Keima Katsuragi. With the coming of this season, is the skipping of the arcs in between the Goddess arc. Some people were angry at this and some people didn’t care. I’m the latter of the two. To animate those arcs AND get the goddess arc which we all wanted would’ve been impossible due to lack of budget on Manglobes side. The season starts off with the introduction of Apollo and in turn indicates the arc that WILL sell. There was nothing really to talk about other than the last 5 minutes or so. It was glorious. The memory regain, the blushing Kanon and the confession. I couldn’t handle it. I was prepared for it. I knew it was going to happen. But I couldn’t handle it. It was perfection. Toyama Nao did a great performance as Kanon and its worth the wait and skipped chapters. My only real concern is that the pacing is going to jump throughout the show, as in go from being slow to being fast. It might be tough to cover a hundred or so chapters in 1 cour when the first episode covered 3 chapters. Regardless, it will be entertaining and they will have to do something major to make me hate this show.[HorribleSubs] The World God Only Knows - Goddesses Arc - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.44_[2013.07.08_20.15.38]Almost had a heart attack here.

Monogotari – Second Season

Not sure why im watching this. Maybe because im a completionist or I just want to see the shitstorms. either way I’m watching it. If there is only one  thing I can compliment the show is that it manages to look good and sneak a funny joke from time to time…yeah that’s it really.[HorribleSubs] Monogatari Series Second Season - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.13_[2013.07.09_17.08.41]I love the faces though.

Love Lab

Was honestly just about to publish this when I remembered about this show. Guess that says it all doesn’t it? In all seriousness, this was a funny show. Nothing much else to it though. Just funny and cute. Oh, and that Maki is olev. I’m sorry if you are disappointed but a show where two girls make a club to learn about hand holding and boys kinda speaks for itself.[Commie] Love Lab - 01 [708F7A56].mkv_snapshot_05.07_[2013.07.09_17.12.00]Ive realised lately than I need a defibrillator on hand when watching anime.

Gatchaman Crowds

GATCHAAA- You know what, no, I’m not going there. The first thing that struck me about this anime is the visuals. The anime takes a very modern approach and it works sublimely well. The colours worked in keep your attention and doesn’t allow you to look away for a second. The second thing that struck me was how incredible Hajime is. Her seiyuu does a fantastic job portraying her, despite her biggest role being Rikka from Chuu2. She sounds so authentic and her lines dont sound forced in any way. She does a perfect job. Another thing about her is that she overshadows a lot of generic male leads with her “I got powers now? SWEET, LETS KICK SOME ASS!” attitude. It makes the story more exciting and just more fun to watch. One last thing I would like to compliment the anime on is that it quite subtly tells us about its world and creates mystery behind it. An example of which was when the two students were sitting on the school stairs talking about Gatchaman. This tells us that Gatchaman are known as a myth or an urban legend. I think it was done really nicely.1373647894166:>

Gin no Saji

Growing up in rural Ireland, farmland is all around you, no matter where you look. I’ve seen numerous cows taking shits in numerous fields, smelt the smell of many unfortunate chickens, seen many farmers chop the fur off many confused sheep  etcetc. So when I heard an anime about agriculture was in the works, my initial thoughts were “Oh boy, I get to see what I see everyday IN ANIME FORM…think I might give this skip”. But after hearing much hype from people and seeing the production quality, I decided to give it a go. I sure am glad I did. This is anime similar to Uchouten Kazoku as in it has its charm about it that makes it worthwhile. Just seeing everyday life in the school is just fascinating. It has its comedic elements that are interesting to say the least. It could be as brutal as chopping a chickens head off or as simple as animals chewing on Yugo’s clothes.[HorribleSubs] Gin no Saji - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.41_[2013.07.12_22.09.22]Damn, why couldn’t they censor this?

This Summer season promises a lot of good and interesting shows with very few exceptions. We have a wide array of comedy, shounen, shoujo, shorts and sequels, each offering something different. I doubt I will drop any of these shows (well, I dont drop anime in general) and many have me looking forward to its respective airing date. Overall, this season shows plenty of promise and only something colossally big can cause me to differ my opinion.