Spring Premiere Wrapup and A Very Special Episode of Blossom

April 14th, 2013

 

At least only one show already has 5 episodes out.

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, I vastly prefer to watch things more or less with the broadcast schedule. Here’s the quick list of all the shows that premiered along with a short blurb designed to reduce a 24 minute episode to a quarter second bullet point. Extensive or indicative of the entire show? Hell no. The main goal is to finish it in less time than it took to find a header image. They’re all linked to my posts on them (or something at any rate) if you want more info.

And a friendly reminder, most shows are going to be mediocre and forgettable at best, make no mistake about it, so saying that isn’t exactly going out on a limb. My own tastes and preferences are not the last word in everything. Feel free to ramble about your own opinions or thoughts in the comments.

Anything that I am 100% certain I’m going to cover for at least another week has Pollo Frito Kentucky next to it, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stick with it past the next episode or two. Especially this season, that may just mean "most hopeful for the day as I hash things out." Likewise, just because I’m not looking forward to something just yet doesn’t mean that I won’t pick it up. I tend to watch at least part of the second episode of most things, I just don’t write anything if I’ve lost all interest and flipped through for any flashing lights or explosions after 5 minutes.

If you’ve got any input, flames, or desperate begging, go wild.

MONDAY

Bug Squad

 

Boobs, mediocre action, and horrendous pacing.

Arata: The Legend

 

Barely animated and most obnoxious Mary Sue of the season.

Hayate Cuties

 

Why does this series still exist?

TUESDAY

 Yuyushiki 

 

Most generic four panel adaptation ever.

WEDNESDAY

Crime Edge

 

Color overlays are not evocative, directior. And pick up the damn pace.

 Karneval 

 

The direction and composition is so bad that it’s actually kind of fascinating.

Sexy Dancing Men

 

It’s raining men, hallelujah.

THURSDAY

 Devil Survivor 2 

 

Passable action, but needs to focus on that more and piss around overexplaining everything less.

Majestic Prince

 

CG’s impressive. Everything else is cheap and nonsensical.

 Part-time Demon King 

 

Needs to decide whether it wants to be a comedy or more serious. Mixing things is not working at all.

Photo Girlfriend

 

Cheap, blatant wish fulfillment without even the slightest hint of effort or subtlety.

 Valvrave 

 

More writing that’s so bad that it’s fascinating. With vampires.

Yada Yada SNAFU

 

Unambitious, unimaginative, low budget light novel adaptation about antisocial guy joining make-friends club #37.

FRIDAY

A Certain Scientific Railgun

 

Repeating the last season’s first episode does not tell me this is going to be getting any better.

Flowers of Evil

 

I could forgive the awful rotoscoping had a single thing happened in the first 22 minutes.

 Samurai Bride 

 

At least they’re being honest with themselves and have reduced everyone to prostitutes.

SATURDAY

Attack On Titan

 

Excrutiatingly ponderous story, I hate all the characters, and besides the CG, cheap as hell.

 Date A Live 

 

Janky first episode, pretty poor second, solid third. Averages out to a lot of strange musical direction.

 The 〇〇 Prince and Stony Cat 

 

Not terribly ambitious, but a surprisingly competent little slapstick romantic comedy.

Leviathan

 

Boring generic friendship adventures in magical nothing-happens land.

 Muromi 

 

High energy and great visuals makes up for some played-out jokes. Short length doesn’t hurt either.

My Little Etc

 

An epic story driven by the pathos of the human condition and exploring every facet of the emotional spectrum.

Red Data Girl

 

Hair cutting was the most exciting thing. After four more episodes, it may very well still be.

SUNDAY

Gargantia

 

Gag the robot, cut the exposition, and there’ll only be about 5 minutes left after two episodes, mostly vaporizing pirates.

Nyarlko

 

Exact same formula as the first season which had already run excrutiatingly thin.

Wrapup:

I’m, uh, not a huge fan of this season already, even not counting almost everything being clustered onto Thursday and Saturday. Hopefully some shows will pick up the pace, but that and Japanese media tend not to be things that go together. Maybe I’ll just post about some obscure games instead, except that those kinds of posts take easily 4-5 times longer than your standard anime cap-and-ramble. Feh, says I. Feh. Maybe this will be the season I write about Venture Brothers… in a month… just to fill the space between Sunday and Tuesday. At least assuming they don’t go back to something like that incredibly awkward Brockless half-season where every episode had a minimum of 12 jokes about pedophilia, often more.

Anyway, back to my endless war against misbehaving Japanese game engines held together with tape. Huzzah.

Posted in Premiere Wrapup | 19 Comments »

19 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Jenanime4eva says:

    Awwwww wanted to see you cover Shingeki :P.

  • Afrosquirrel says:

    And thus we learn that less is more, with the shortest show (Muromi) looking like it’s going to easily be the most entertaining of this season.

    Maybe you could give Gravity Falls a shot for something Western? It has a broadcast schedule only slightly less insane than YJ’s, though.

    Or you blog like it’s the 90’s and watch Buffy or whatever.

    tokwa says:

    Yeah! Do Gravity Falls and Venture Bro’s!!! They have more expositions than many anime this season.

  • anise_punter says:

    “Most generic four panel adaptation ever.”

    It’s gonna have to do work to outdo KMB and Acchi Kocchi. Work I hope it doesn’t do.

  • algorithm says:

    Can’t believe you dropped Oreimo before me. Though your total episodes count for the two seasons is far above mine.

    Just wondering, Azazel where?

  • Mesousa2877 says:

    Yeah, something Western again! Although Gravity Falls is almost ending, so guess you should go with Venture Brothers.

  • Catz says:

    titans? fu** off

  • Baby Choo Choo says:

    “Cheap, blatant wish fulfillment without even the slightest hint of effort or subtlety.”

    I could not possibly agree more. I thought your average, run-of-the-mill harem was bad, but this show just jumps in and goes, “F*** IT. WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU EVERY GODDAMN STEREOTYPE YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.”

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen a show and been stunned by it’s awfulness, but holy freaking crap, the fact this even exists upsets me to my very core.

  • Longhaul says:

    ‘kill off MC’s loved one for dramatic effect right after they become a couple’

    Is it me or does this only happen in sci-fi series?

  • OverMaster says:

    “An epic story driven by the pathos of the human condition and exploring every facet of the emotional spectrum.”

    I know it’s a joke, but… dammit, there are some things that simply should never be said.

  • drdustcell says:

    I like the covering games idea. Better than overreaching yourself with terribad titles this season.

    Eric says:

    I second the talking about games idea. Let’s be honest, most anime sucks.

    OverMaster says:

    And most games don’t?

    Eric says:

    He can at least pick games that don’t.

  • Gorilla13 says:

    Are you srs brah? You put the frigging KFC on DeSu2 & Valvrave and yet no KFC on Aku no Hana, Photo Kano, and Majestic Pigs? Dafuq?

    I’m surpised you can even find something to watch on Monday… Lay off the weed brah…

  • redlupine says:

    Aww dropping Railgun already, the first episode was stupid useless filler, but it looks like story arc begins next episode. This story arc in Railgun is really good, barely barely any Saten and Uiharu.

  • Anonymous says:

    If the main character from Index isn’t the main focus then I do not want.

  • demonicapostle says:

    Aaaww blog Kyojin, your posts of the first two episodes were really funny. Maybe you can continue mocking it? :P

    algorithm says:

    I wish he kept blogging the SAO cancer. But it was more effort than a two lines review about Dakara H or Rogue Hero describing their very obvious lack of anything good.