2009 Summer Premier ‘Week’ Wrapup

July 7th, 2009

I’m not sure I can call 13 days a week.

Well, everything that’s going to air has aired in one form or another except for Spice and Wolf 2 (Wednesday) and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Thursday), and technically, Modern Magic on Saturday. I have no intention of watching Spicy Wolf, and I’ve never really gotten along particularly well with the Noitamina offerings or Bones, so I really doubt I’ll pick that up either, but who knows. My Thursdays are wide open.

There’s a limited amount of time in the day, and since I’m one of the few, the proud, the people who don’t wait for subs, 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 one I’m already following) along with a short blurb representing whatever the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the first episode with the side goal of hopefully infuriating as many people as possible. It’s often very much like shooting fish in a barrel with a bazooka. Comprehensive… it is not, but if you want more information, each one is linked to my post on it.

Anything that I am 100% certain I’m going to cover in the coming week 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 after checking out a second episode. If you’ve got any input, flames, or desperate begging, go wild.

MONDAY

GA Art Design Class

 

 Bizarre as hell and blasts through at a breakneck pace, but a lot of fun.

Sora no Manimani

 

 The only way this could be more painfully generic if it came with a box of Toasted Os.

TUESDAY

Nada

WEDNESDAY

Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!

 

 If not for the leaky vaginas, this really could be quite an enjoyable comedy. How often do you get to say that? 

Sea Story

 

 After two episodes, still floundering a bit to settle into its style and tone. Not really a great sign.

Sweet Blue Flowers

 

 Yawn. Lesbians. And not the comedic aggressive type, not that this would be improved any by penises.

When the Seagull Cry

 

 The censorship was easily the best part of the first episode, which was oddly satisfying in many ways.

THURSDAY

NEEDLESS

 

The epitome of trying too hard. When has Imagin’s involvement ever made anything better?

Taisho Baseball Girls

 

 While opium may be the choice of the masses, watching a bunch of girls on narcotics isn’t.

FRIDAY

Bakemonogatari

 

 Given the staff cycling each episode, I’m hopeful that this will be overall better paced and less bizarre than the premier.

SATURDAY

Canaan

 

Like an illegal Russian bride, very pretty and totally incomprehensible, no wonder everybody seems so desperate to screw it.

Element Hunters

 

 C3H5N3O9, I choose you!

Manageable Modern Magic

 

Not horrible, but pretty lacking in creativity. It wasn’t technically supposed to be the first episode though, so I’ll wait for that. 

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

 

 Three seasons in, I don’t think anybody’s confused about how they feel here.

SUNDAY

Kanamemo

 

 Lesbians, sexual predators, and a really irritating whiny little killjoy. Eh. Maybe.

Princess Lover!

 

Disappointingly generic in a lot of ways, but still a pretty strong showing.

Tears to Tiara

 

 At this point, I’ve become one with my sarcasm.

Wrapup:

I’m not committing yet, but right now my schedule is tentatively looking like:

Monday: GA Art Design Class
Tuesday: Meh
Seaday: Seagulls or Sea Story, and Juuden-chan (which airs late and may get regularly bumped to Thursdays anyway)
Thursday: Meh
Friday: Bakemonogatari maybe
Saturday: Zetsubou Sensei and maybe Modern Magic or Canaan
Sunday: Tears to Tiara and probably Princess Lover!, maybe Kanamemo

Rather like last season, there’s quite the concentration on Wednesdays and the weekends for me. I’m glad there’s at least something on Monday and Friday this season.

Posted in Premiere Wrapup | 24 Comments »

24 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • grand galactic inquisitor says:

    Just FYI, a fortnight is 14 days. Not sure how easily “Premier Fortnight Wrapup” rolls off the tongue.

  • Travis says:

    Yo, I’ve got a question – why no Wolf and Spice?
    C’mon, I know your Wednesdays are potentially full, but *economics*! Who could resist that, seriously! It even comes with it’s own visual novel, Wolf Goddess Maker 2!

    Aroduc says:

    And collectable matching salt and pepper shakers!

    Travis says:

    What’s this you say?

    Apparently, storing spice in wolves is hardly a novel idea. Also, although I spoke in jest earlier, a friend has enlightened me to the fact that apparently, Spice and Wolf does have an actual visual novel attached to it. Two, in fact. Proving that the show understands the economy after all!

  • P-dash says:

    Guess I’ll watch sea story since its relevant to my interests, but as for everything else… MEH!

  • hashi says:

    Good sarcasm. But opinions that differ 180 degrees from mine. Aoi Hana looks excellent to me. Canaan does, too. Sora no Manimani has great voices and direction. Kanamemo is touching and funny. Taishou Yakyuu Musume has a nice feel to it. Princess Lover may be the only show I agree with you about: surprisingly entertaining.

  • Anonymous says:

    IMO the only series watchable this season are:

    (1)bakemonogatori: probably the best of the new shows.
    (2)Umineko no naku koro ni: Violence and mistery is always a winning combo.
    (3)Spice and wolf II: I love the visuals and the plot.
    (4)Tokyo magnitude 8.0: Still unsure but looks like a winner to me.
    (5)Princess lover: It surprised me, it looks quite good.
    (6)Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei: I love this series.
    (7)Needless: Weird and bizarre but I will keep an eye on it.
    (8)Canaan: Violence is always welcome.

    Basically I am anti loli/magic girl/fanservice/yaoi/yuri/preteens.
    and pro violence/supernatural/mystery/romance/harem/romantic comedy.

  • Honoo says:

    I’m honestly a bit surprised that of all new shows for this season, you get yourself a 100% certainty to follow Princess Lover. GA Art Design Class? Not something I’d like to touch on either, but if I want to compare it with something else I’d pick K-On!. The only difference? K-On spoiled watchers a bit with… um, the “moe” factor and Viral Marketing. Then again, it’s just my opinion.

    I do hope you do continue to watch the other shows which doesn’t have crowns for you yet (and continue blogging them), because compared to last season I think Summer titles have much more potential to appeal to watchers.

    Honoo says:

    Wait, I was wrong.

    The show I was supposed to compare for K-On! for this summer was actually Kanamemo, but whatever.

    Because I think Kanamemo is closer to what I would define K-On! as: a 4koma comic series getting an anime, slice-of-life, and… has potential for, uh, “moe exploitation.”

    Yue says:

    I’m surprised at Princess Lover. The censors aren’t really bad. Throw fanservice out of the equation because the great intro episode is worth every ounce of attention.

    I’m a sucker for heroic type characters especially if they become butlers. *cough*Hayate*cough*

  • Anonymous says:

    Hope you cover Umineko. Then again I already read the VN so the only reason why I want you to cover it is so I have something to be entertained with when DEEN inevitably fucks something up.

    Aroduc says:

    Something? How optimistic you are.

  • I hope you cover bakemonogatari *_* I need to see screenshots at least if ever I fail to watch the raw as soon as possible xD hehe~

  • Kurosama says:

    “TUESDAY”

    “””Nada””

    Queastion..There is a “BoOm” with the spanish words?..In blogs,forum,etc..with the english people…

    The same question with the mangakas (bleach)…?

    because im from sudamerica,argentina blalbaabla..

    Bad english as always.thank you xD

  • Irie says:

    I try not to pick my watch list so soon but based on what I’ve seen here is what seems interesting to me.

    Sora no Manimani(comedy, inconsistant production, romance)
    Bakemonogatari(horror & gore)
    CANAAN (action & solid production)
    Princess Lover (romance & fun harem comedy)
    Umineko no Naku Koro ni(solid production, mystery & some gore)
    Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou (magic, solid production & unique story)
    Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (excellent story, action & visuals)

    Like some have said here, I just don’t have the attention span to watch shows with really young kids. I’d much more prefer some decent romantic comedies, supernatural or good mysteries. I didn’t put the above in any particular order of interest.

    Aroduc says:

    You realize that Tokyo Magnitude hasn’t aired anywhere yet, right?

    Irie says:

    Yup. I’m going on what’s been written on other sites. I think it looks pretty good.

    Here is the trailer ” http://blog.affenheimtheater.de/en/2009/03/18/tokyo-magnitude-8-0-trailer-bones-anime-erdbeben-earthquake/

    Plot summary:

    “An apocalyptic look at the possibility of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater striking the Tokyo area. Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yutaka at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yutaka strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo” Written by arorashadow_2003

  • Gil says:

    NEEDLESS, DO IT!

  • Solaris says:

    Are you really blogging juuden piss-piss chan and kanalesbians ?!?

    I cannot belive you picked up stuff you bashed like hell in your preview threads :O

    Aroduc says:

    You say that like it’s the first time.

    Shiro, Long Tail's says:

    I’m surprised you’d stick with Juuden as well. Gross factor outweighs any positive derived from comedy for me.

  • Yue says:

    Nitroglyceride, I CHOOSE YOU!!

    I wonder how this monster would look like? ^_^

  • Di Gi Kazune says:

    I am still trying to figure out your C3H5N3O9.

    scribble-scribble-carbonbackbone-scribble

    Oops. Mixing up glyceryl trinitrate and nitrotoloune.

    GTN happens to be a cure for lolicon (which GA artclass is :D) – The side effects of Nitroglycerin include lack of sexual desire, headache, painful urination and increased bowel movements.