January 16th, 2011
I like how the forecast of snow then sunshine somehow ended up as two weeks of torrential rain.
There’s a limited amount of time in the day, and since I tend to watch things within an hour or two of airing instead of waiting half the day for such pleasantries as subtitles or things in resolutions larger than my laptop’s screen, my schedule for watching shows more or less syncs with the actual broadcast schedule. Therefore, there’s only so much that I can deal with in a day. Here’s the quick list of all the shows over the past week… well… week plus some… along with a short blurb designed to reduce a 24 minute episode to a quarter second bullet point. It’s hardly comprehensive, just the first thing that comes to mind. Each one is linked to my initial post on it should you want more information. I feel like I’m cheating a little bit this season since almost everything has already had two episodes, but c’est la vie.
Anything that I am 100% certain I’m going to cover for at least another 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 looking forward to something just yet doesn’t mean that I won’t pick it up. If you’ve got any input, flames, or desperate begging, go wild.
Mostly solid cast trapped in an extremely underfunded action show with almost no action.
Hopefully the writers will continue to obliterate logical thought instead of trying to make this make sense.
Has no idea what it wants to be and is very slow about about accomplishing it.
Spoiler, nothing happens. For the entire season.
So nonsensical that even the head writer has no idea what’s going on. Not even good for T&A either.
Only the minute or two of dream worlds each episode keep this from being a completely bland affair.
Too wrapped up in trying to be Ghibli and/or unique to remember to actually have decent characters or writing.
Generic setup, questionable direction, but a very good cast and easily some of the best production of the season.
"Has potential in the future" is synonymous with "not currently fulfilling it." Shinbo being unrestrained Shinbo. Yet again.
Knows exactly what it is and wants to be. Unfortunately, that’s a very very shiny overly serious melodrama.
This season has been wrought with issues. Hopefully they’ll pull things together after over a month of that terrible arc.
Terrible mysteries so far. Victorique acting cute for 10 seconds an episode is its only real saving grace.
Feel my claws, bub. But strangely, not as terrible as Iron Man. Close. But not quite.
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Slightly bloodier generic T&A dress-ripping action. It avoids the terrible protagonists by giving each only 5 lines an episode.
Not as solid of a sex comedy as B Cup was and many production woes, but still one of the few good comedies this season.
Great return followed by a very poor second episode. I fear we’re in for more of the latter than the former.
Very juvenile, repetitive, and not all that well made, but I can’t really damn Sunday morning TV for being Sunday morning TV.
Having literally nothing airing at all on two days is annoying enough, but having just Rio and "Noto plays another socially awkward girl in a romance that goes nowhere" on a third day is just rubbing it in. Otherwise, the season’s not looking too bad. My schedule is tentatively looking like:
Monday: Dragon Crisis and Zombie
Thursday: Infinite Stratos and probably Merry
Friday: Index, maybe GOSICK, and Freezing
Saturday: Brother-complex and Mitsudomoe
The main thing that disappoints me this season is how underproduced almost all of the shows are. I think we’re in some kind of animator lull before the usually packed spring season. I’ll probably think of something to do for Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Maybe I’ll just go through a bunch of oft-neglected Japanese games from the past few years that don’t get the love that they deserve, or at least… the attention for being really really weird. The things I’ve seen… *ahem* I could probably scrounge together ten or so across the season. Heck, I think I could do a month on games with dragon protagonists alone.
Anyway, that’s how it looks. Have at you!