Seasonal Premiere Wrapup and Regional Amateur Goat Dressage Review

April 14th, 2014

I always need a nap.

Obligatory disclaimer as obligatorialy always. Shows certainly do get better or worse than what their first episode(s) indicated, and most shows are going to be mediocre, forgettable, and no doubt disappointing to all the frothing froth people have whipped themselves into weeks ago based on second or thirdhand ideas about what might happen sometime somewhere in some source or other adaptation independent of the actual anime adaptation itself. I also absolutely adore everybody telling me how uncultured I am for not liking the latest, greatest noitaminA (or otherwise) hoity toity affair that will be forgotten by everybody precisely 3.25 months after the first episode airs, so please, tell me more about that.

Anything I’m going to cover for another week will have KFC by the link to my original post on it. That doesn’t mean I’ll stick with it, or won’t eventually pick up something without one, just that I’m planning to cover at least one more episode. Time/Day of airing tends to have the biggest influence anyway, and after that, it’s rarely what I’m excited about but what I think there’ll be the most interesting things to talk about each week. I don’t believe one has to be a frothing mad fan with the entire self and every cell of the dedicated to loving a show in order to watch it. Looking at the anime fandom sometimes, you wonder.

 I skipped the things I didn’t make a post on because there’s a ton of stuff this season and I’m busy yo. I doubt I have anything worthwhile to say about bloody Fairy Tail or Yu-Gi-Oh years and years into those messes anyway. Maybe a comment on the sexualized hippopotami, but that’s it. Also, the goal was to finish it over lunch. Reaaady… go!

MONDAY

 M3 

Surprisingly uneventful and poorly lit. Did a poor job of selling both action and characters.

TUESDAY

 Black Bullet 

Not a bad start for an action show, but faltered a bit with tone and slavish devotion to awful light novel cliches in the later going.

Majin Bone

Leasty cardy of the billion card game adaptations, but still corny and paced like sludge.

Soul Eater Not!

Every character is so so stupid, and not in the amusing way in the slightest.

WEDNESDAY

Disk Wars Avengers

It wasn’t even as exciting as Marvel: Pokemon. At least pokemon do something every episode.

  Chaika the Coffin Princess  

Competent fantasy action/adventure, if also utterly unremarkable.

Dai☆Shogun

A new paradigm is low standards and a lack of effort.

 No Game, No Life 

Really, really gimmicky and big infodumps and Yet Another LN Adaptationtm, but at least the characters/setting were kind of okay.

THURSDAY

Atelier Escha and Logy

Completely directionless pissing about and cheap as all hell.

Blade and Soul

Okayish action scenes, but those are rare and the protagonist can’t carry a conversation, let alone a show.

 Bloom and Polka Dots 

Badly needs to tone down the attempts to tug at the heartstrings, but a few okay jokes here and there..

Did You Order a Rabbit?

Repeats itself constantly and also mistakes rank imbecility for humor. Or cuteness. I honestly couldn’t tell what it was going for.

Knights of Sidonia

I mostly blocked this ugly CGI thing out, but remember Captain Bear Hookhand and the guy falling into a pit in an empty room.

Nanana’s Buried Treasures

So so soooo much goddamned exposition that said absolutely goddamned nothing.

Ping Pong

Setting aside the direction and ugly art, just another sports show with all the usual sports cliches.

Riddle – Story of Devil

Grinning and neon lights do not tension nor mood make. Nor does a chronic lack of animation.

Selector Infected WIXOSS

Telegraphed its hand far too early and has since proceeded to do jack all and do it boringly.

FRIDAY

Date A Live

The first episode back was dismal compared to where it left off, and where it left off was already low end braindead shlock at best.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

I could just watch the OVAs with the volume cranked up a few more notches. I don’t want to do it again but with extra speedlines and CGI.

Mushishi

Streams and streams of narration on pictures of forest are not an engaging use of the visual medium.

SATURDAY

Captain Earth

Sad sack protagonist, flashbacks everywhere going nowhere, and devoid of the action you’d think would be the star of combat mecha.

Daimidaler

The Penguins are the hero of the show in more ways than one. It’s more than a little bit garbage when they’re not around.

 Dragonar Academy 

First episode seemed like it could be an okay, if generic fantasy adventure deal. Second spat on those lofty hopes.

La Corda d’Oro – Blue Sky

Not nearly flamboyant or bishie enough. Not even one monocle.

Mekaku City Actors

I think it was 15 straight minutes of two teens BSing at each other. Nothing happening. Just BS.

Mischief of the Gods

Certainly flamboyant, but still no monocles. Protagonist also has a good chance of being raped by a swan.

The Irregular at Magic High School

Do something. Dooooooooooooo something! Also, the light novelest of all the light novel adaptations.

Yet the World is Still Beautiful

Besides the weak budget, there are some serious issues with the writing surrounding the hippie protagonist, and physics in general.

Matsutarou

It was just twenty minutes of him being an ass to everyone and pissing on things. I don’t get it.

Sunday

Baby Steps

Why would anybody think bad haircuts and ‘comical’ cliche Aspergers would make a kid’s sports show about tennis interesting?

 Brynhildr in the Darkness 

Terminally stupid characters, and once again, our friend, The Maybe Okay Setting Meets The Narrative Which Goes Nowhere.

Haikyuu!

Surprisingly decent direction and animation, but at its heart, still a cliche sports show with all the cliched cliches that come with it.

If She Breaks the Flag

Holy christ, did a helium vent break in the studio? It’s like humming birds drilling through my cochlea.

Love Live!

Happy to just literally rehash the first season, but skipping the introductory/conflict portions for wacky squirrels.

One Week Friends

Oversaturated, but at least it’s not angsty. Characters are too perfect and dull to be engaging though and as usual, They Do Jacktm.

Wrapup of the Wrapup:

Ugh. I’m okay with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being genericish light novel fantasy adventure days, but the rest of the week… Maybe I’ll just pick some random VN and cover it like a show. Or look through my archives of games and find enough things to rant about for a good long while. I’m open to ideas. Those kinds of posts tend to eat up entire evenings which I could be spending doing more productive things, like finally finishing this furshuggan terrible segment I’ve been stuck on forever. But only 60 more lines to go. I can do it tonight. I will do it tonight.

Go ahead and beg, plead, flame, whatever. Back to the endless mountain of work.

Posted in Premiere Wrapup | 14 Comments »

14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    Can you start a series of essays about nipples throughout the ages in VNs? It’s what everyone wants.

  • Dave Baranyi says:

    Go with the adventure shows, just in case they do some adventuring and maybe have some action…

    Flip Porter says:

    You my friend know nothing about anime. *Takes out anime rule book* Rule 1: No adventuring and or action may be taken more than once per season and only if the audience can already foresee what will occur within. *puts away book* and so the rules have spoken. *runs away*

  • Fate says:

    Seems like you are going to do what I plan on doing this season. Be very productive in work and not watch much anime.

    Anonymous says:

    Seems like the right answer to me. Life is to short to spend in on things that you are almost positive will hate.

    If there needs to be recurring reviews of anime episodes to maintain continuity, maybe review older shows that are not expected to be awful.

  • Fohn says:

    This will be a interesting month, a VN sounds good, but why not do something you can happily talk about; it’s been a long while since you’ve expressed much emotions besides negative ones on this blog.

  • The Phantom says:

    Do you only watch what is blogged here? Do you give a glimpse to 15 minute show or go back to watch series you dropped. Just curious.

    icymirage says:

    He secretly watches old reverse harems searching for monocles, but that’s about it.

  • algorithm says:

    Feels like the list is shorter than usual. But KFC is not healthy after all.

  • Di Gi Kazune says:

    Wait… did I see correctly and Lolinar.. I mean Dragonar was on the list…?

  • someone says:

    Aside from Love Live & DragonBall Kai, the rest of this season is practically stupid. Especially Daimidaler, don’t get me started on that.

  • UltimaLuminaire says:

    I’m interested in you killing time covering a VN, so my vote’s on that. Seems like a lot of us are on the same boat in terms of how much animu we’ll be watching this season.

  • V1cious says:

    “Streams and streams of narration on pictures of forest are not an engaging use of the visual medium.”

    If you hate Mushishi, I can only imagine what you consider engaging.