2009 Winter Premiers Wrapup and Coke Party

January 12th, 2009


Well, it’s sunny where I live at any rate.

Well, everything that’s going to air has aired except for Munto (Tuesday) and Fresh PreCure (Pfft, no).

There’s a limited amount of time in the day, and since I’m one of the few, the proud, the semi-competent with Japanese, my schedule for watching stuff syncs up more or less with the actual broadcast schedule. Therefore, there’s only so much that I can deal with in a day, so here’s the quick list of all the shows over the past week (plus the ongoing ones I’m already following) along with a short blurb designed to reduce a 24 minute episode to a quarter second bullet point. Comprehensive… it is not, but if you want more information, each one is linked to either my post on it, or Totali/Omni’s for the stuff I didn’t actually pay attention to since I didn’t finish the previous season of that show.

Anything that I am 100% certain I’m going to cover gets a little crown, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stick with it past the next episode or two. Likewise, just because I’m not psyched about something doesn’t mean that I won’t pick it up. If you’ve got any input, flames, or desperate begging, go wild.


The Girl Who Leapt Through Space


 The giant crazy harem AI and budget are just about the only things this show has going for it.

Natsume’s Book of Friends 2


 Couldn’t even last through episode 3 of the first season, what did you really expect from me?


Fighting Spirit: New Challenger


 Naked men molesting each other in shower show.

Viper’s Creed


 Most action packed show of the season… a shame it was so poorly written and entirely CG.


A Certain Magical Index


 –insert joke about exposition here–



 *sigh* It’s going to kill me to see Ami get rejected, isn’t it?


Black God


 18 minutes of angst, 3 minutes of greatness. Invert that ratio, and it’ll be amazing.

The Tower of Druaga – The Sword of Uruk


 Haven’t you been delisted from the stock market yet, Gonzo?

Tomorrow’s Yoichi


 Certainly not the most creative or well made show ever, but it’s still very charming in its own simplistic way.


Birdy the Mighty: DECODE2


 Fool me one season, shame on you. Fool me two seasons, shame on me.

Tales of the Abyss


 Let the Clone Wars begin.




Dear doofuses, アキカン is not how you write "empty can." Still, wordplay does not forgive sucking in every other aspect. 

The Beast Player Erin


 I didn’t even like Moribito much, and this is certainly no Moribito.

Chrome Shelled Regios


 Generic, sure, but I certainly can’t fault them for having their priorities geared towards action over exposition.

Maria Watches Over Us


 Contained more gay men and fewer hot lesbians than advertised.

White Album


 Seven Arcs doesn’t really know drama and it shows. Burly men would have definitely made this much better.


Absolutely Lovely Children


Who can resist BABEL’s Great Armada?

Casshern SINS


 Now that the question of "who’s Casshern’s girlfriend" is settled, we can move on to his boyfriend.



 Tone down the irritating beta-lesbian (which the 2nd ep did do) and could easily be a strong Shaft comedy.

Minami-ke: Welcome Back


 Getting back to its roots and it feels great.

Ride Back


Dancing CG Robots. It’s as thrilling as it sounds.



 Bringing back the classic villains and Naga? Fanservice to the extreme, but only if you’re already a Slayers fan.


For the time being, my schedule is tentatively looking like:

Monday: Meh
Tuesday: Meh
JCStaffday: Index and Toradora
Thursday: Yoichi and maybe Black God
Friday: Tales of the Abyss
Saturday: Regios and raws willing, ZKC
Sunday: Minami, Slayers, ZKC, Casshern, and Maria†Holic are all potential

So, a pretty relaxing season all around except for Sunday… bloody Sunday. Since there’s not much I care about on Mondays, I’ll likely end up shuffling at least Slayers to then just to keep myself sane. It airs on Monday morning in Japan anyway. Casshern may also get shuffled back since apparently there won’t be anything better than the really LQ streamcast until Tuesdays. Overall though, it looks like a pretty decent season. I just wish everything wasn’t airing on freakin’ Sundays.

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8 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Hinano says:

    Hm sounds a lot more packed that me! I’m only picking up Akikan, and Yoichi. I dont know how much of slayers I can take and Kurokami inflicts rage into me everytime I hear the dub on Imaginasian lol

  • Totali says:

    New shows are for chumps.

  • Hibiki says:

    Your review for season 1 ep3 saves me from getting fooled in watching Birdy.

  • Anonymous says:

    No witty remark for Casshern?

    I suppose none is needed…

  • Aroduc says:

    Actually, just an oversight. ^^

  • chad001 says:

    ummm… you don’t have a crown beside Kurokami.. but you said your doing Black God on Thurdays.. .hmm… contradictory…

  • Yue says:

    Kill the daschund!! Inu kurus~e, inu kura~e… ~_~

  • Shiro Long Tail says:

    As much as I enjoy some good old Gonzo bashing I thought that Druaga was a good show. I also applaud their near simultaneous and streaming initiative.

    I enjoyed CSR’s manga but I’m still waiting on a HQ sub to pop up =S