Weekly Anime (9/29-10/3)October 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Weekly Anime | 16 Comments
Well, I wrote something up on all of the anime I watched this week, but I’m not necessarily blogging them all. Some of them I’ll probably get bored of, but for now…this is my anime. Once I watch more next week the list will probably change a bit though.
This week I’m discussing Akane-iro Somaru Saka, ToraDora!, and Yozakura Quartet. Along with some quick blurbs on Shugo Chara Doki!!, Hakushaku to Yousei, and Clannad ~After Story~.
So, I’m watching both versions of all these shows. Raw and fansub. I’ll comment on whatever I understand each week, but sometimes I may have to clear things up the next week if the fansubbed version didn’t come out yet.
Basically, this will be rather unorganized and just my thoughts on everything from the week. I’m just putting my thoughts down when I first watch the show, then correcting and adding some things for fansubs and…just whatever else. It’s all just thoughts on the anime I’ve been watching. The blind fangirl spin you’ve all come to know so well.
Of course, this being the first one and the start of the premieres, everything is going to be extra messy. I got a lot of comments on Fall Blogging saying that I was organized, but alas…it’s not true. I’m an unorganized fool who tried to make things organized, but got distracted by a quest to find an adorable kitten. That quest was successful by the way (and she’s so cute).
And yeah…Weekly Anime is going to be on Fridays. It’s definitely the most logical day I think.
Shugo Chara Doki!! – Just quickly…how many people have seen the CM? Do you guys understand why the promo image made me go, “ugh” now? Do you!?
Ah well…at least Trap-kun is back. I love Nadehiko. And I can at least look forward to some Rimahiko too since they’re going to have to spend time together since they’re both guardians (BTW…chapter 34 is wonderful~!). Everything else in the CM…bleh. Question mark egg made me want to throw something. I expected a new villain, but I didn’t expect something that reminds me so much of Sailor Moon fillers. (I’ll explain better on Saturday)
But yeah…I’m still blogging it. Personally, I’m kind of hoping I get to insult it and then get flamed by some little brat who thinks these episodes rule and doesn’t like anyone putting out negative opinions. (“Oh noes! Someone doesn’t think the same way as me! I hate them!!!” Idiots.) Then I can take my frustration out on them, because stupid Satelight is in Japan and I can’t yell at them.
… *throws something* There…rage over.
Hakushaku to Yousei – I’m planning on doing my usual “introduction” post on this series for the first episode and am going to try to blog it weekly whenever I can. However, it will be included in here as well, just in case I don’t always get a post out on time. The initial fangirling just has to wait for the fansubs so I can do an introduction post with full understanding. I need absolutely full dialogue for a series like that.
All of my in-depth stuff will be in my series intro post, so let me just say…I LOVE it. Nana-sama and bishies = absolute <3
Without a doubt, this is the new series I’ve enjoyed the most and am looking forward to seeing more from the most as well.
Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka – Episode 01
What the hell was up with the beginning of this episode? I assume we’ll be finding out later, right? The OP gives me a WTF sort of feeling too. Are there aliens or something showing up in this anime? And why the hell is it even part of the plot when the rest just seems to be typical school love-com stuff? However, since I’m just WTF about these things right now, I’m going to leave it at that an discuss what’s important, the seiyuu.
I’d kind of forgotten that Rie Kugimiya was in this one too. Luckily she ended up using a nicer, ojou-sama tone rather than her tsuntsun, irritated tone most of the time. That makes me feel better. After a Zero no Tsukaima summer, I think it would have left a bad impression on me if I heard the Louise voice again. But Yuuhi is actually quite cute and is the sort of character I like. She’s polite, cute, and still has that awesome side too.
That aside, this anime is pretty average. I feel like its only redeeming trait is the amount of talented seiyuu in it. Like Rie Kugimiya mentioned above, and there’s also Rie Tanaka, Aya Hirano, Marina Inoue, and some others (those are the only ones I follow). So right there, that’s enough for me to really enjoy this show.
Aya Hirano playing the sister (Minato) bothered me a little. I had no preconceived notions about any of the characters, so when I hear a voice and still think, “That doesn’t seem right” it’s not exactly a good sign. However, it didn’t seem as weird as time went on. Maybe I just got thrown off because she wasn’t in one of her usual typecast sort of role (i.e. loud…). So it might actually be a good thing. More seiyuu doing roles I’m not used to them doing!
Really, all of the characters are your average harem, VN girls (aside from some with crazy hair) and can fit into some typical archetype. The first episode made no real impact outside of the seiyuu. The animation is typical. The art is cute, but typical for VN adaptations. Typical male lead. Typical cute girls. Typical, typical, typical. The two main girls (judging by promo material) are the male lead’s sister (who will inevitably not be his sister I’m sure) and his “fiance”. Though I find it refreshingly odd that Minato seems to act somewhat like a real sister would. Everything else is just typical though.
However, the only thing that really bothers me is that almost everyone is just too darn polite. It’s a little annoying. Absolutely everyone is friends and so polite and…I don’t know, it bothers me. Except with Yuuhi who I just find cute no matter what. Everyone is so nice and calm about everything. Then everyone jokes around with everyone else too and…there’s just too much of a buddy-buddy atmosphere going on. And of course, the scene that lead to the kiss was a little stupid (understatement).
But I like typical and stupid. This is a nice comfortable series I can watch with some really great talent. Plenty of anime start off typical and get better anyway. There’s already something a little strange going on in this series too (the previously mentioned wtf stuff). All the promo and what I read about the story seems to indicate that it’s just a typical love-com, but the clips at the beginning and end have gotten me curious (The OP too)
Either way, even if it ends up just being typical, I’m watching it. The massive talent in this show is really too much to ignore. I get my wish for Rie Kugimiya, not just a tsundere loli role (yay!). And just because it’s typical doesn’t mean it’s bad. I feel like, at least for a while, I can shut my brain off while watching this. That’s helpful right now. It seems like it with just be typical love-com shenanigans next week anyway.
ToraDora! – Episode 01
It’s pretty bad luck that I watched two shows with Rie Kugimiya playing the lead role, one right after the other. I couldn’t help but compare Taiga and Yuuhi, and I definitely like Yuuhi more since she’s a lot less like the “typical” Rie Kugimiya role. It also might be bad that I never got around to reading the light novel translation, so I don’t know if it gets better or whatever.
However, JC Staff must have done something right because the first episode managed to change my initial opinion. The mellow music and monologues of the two main characters at the beginning took away that twinge of annoyance I’d been feeling every time someone mentioned ToraDora. The rest of the world seemed to be in love with it, but I couldn’t see it as anything special.
And…maybe it isn’t. Everything I’ve seen from the anime, I’ve specifically seen somewhere else. It annoys me that some people pretend that it’s new, but whatever. I can definitely see the charm in this series now. By the way the characters acted in the beginning, I got the feeling we’d be getting some development. I don’t mind them being annoying now if they don’t stay this way forever. In fact, it will be fun to watch such outcasts grow I think.
There’s a lot more big fans of this series around though, so I’ll just keep my opinions simple. I don’t see the point in me writing absolutely everything I feel out when other people, who like it more, should be spreading the love. So nice and simple.
I hate Ryuuji’s mom (stupid bitch should act like an adult!!!). Ryuuji looks so much like Usui from Karin in the anime. The unintentional “scary look” I’ve already seen in Ouran and Karin (obviously) so it kind of annoyed me that there was nothing new this series added to it. But I definitely can’t find myself disliking any characters (outside of the mom). I definitely laughed a few times. And the animation was really good for this episode (though I imagine it’s just going to be like that for this episode). I really enjoy Taiga when she messes up for some reason. She’s a tsundere dojikko. It’s a combo I’ve never seen before, but I guess I like it combined with the crazy violence.
To wrap this up, quite simply, I’m just interested in where this is going and it’s entertaining enough for me to follow it there. I don’t love it like others, but it’s still enjoyable for me. The characters all seem likable enough and for me that’s enough.
Yozakura Quartet – Episode 01
First off, I love the OP. Everything else…yeah, I love it too. The plot seems kind of typical, but somehow…I like that. A lot. It reminds me of when I used to watch more action anime, because that was basically all I could watch. It was what was on TV and it was what my brother bought. So, this anime is kind of nostalgic for me. For some reason I didn’t pick up any fantasy action series back in Spring. I watched Wagaya no Oinari-sama, but that really seemed more like fantasy slice of life with some action on the side to me.
The art is all very nice. I especially liked the opening animation (and the song). There’s just something cool about this anime. I think it has something to do with the music. There was som boring narration in the beginning that just really clarified the setting, but it didn’t bother me because there was music in the background. I’m looking forward to an OST from this series.
All the characters have my interest, which is always the most important thing for me in anime. It can have an amazing plot, but it the characters can’t hold my interest in some way, forget about it. They’re all good, but Hime is specifically my favorite. She’s pretty damn cool. She might have become my favorite once she started jumping from building to building. Kicking a door open was a plus. Then a silly moment earned my love. Then she knocked some bullets out of the air (with her bare hand) and…well, I like her. It’s that simple.
As for a plot…I haven’t noticed something outside of beating up demons (the word youkai is used specifically), but I’m sure something will come up. I’m going to read the manga to find out more. The action is enough for me right now.
Hmm…I really can’t justify going on too much more here. Maybe I’ll just do an in-depth post later (after fansubs are out and I read some of the manga) on one of my slow days. Because I really want to say more. But right now, just know that I like it (And Hime-ojousama too!!!).
There we go. That’s my anime for this week so far. I watched Kurogane no Linebarrels on CR too, but it’s too much trouble to blog, especially since I’m sure I’ll end up dropping it.
At this point, most of the anime I’ve been looking forward to the most still haven’t premiered. I got bored this week and even ended up watching an anime I didn’t even intend to see. And I watched everything raw before watching fansubs too. Didn’t intend to do that either.
To Aru Majutsu no Index, Chaos;Head, and Skip Beat! still have yet to appear and I’m more excited about any of them than I was about either of my planned watches. I’m also intending to at least check out Shikabane Hime and maybe a couple of others.
Then there’s Shugo Chara Doki!! tomorrow…which we aren’t talking about anymore outside of SC! posts. That damn question mark egg! *throws something again*
Now then, speaking briefly about Simplicity, sorry for the slowdown again. I’m suffering from the usual season change slowdown combined with some stressful life issues. Then I also adopted a kitty on Wednesday and just got too involved in her cuteness.
BTW, I will be using that kitty for filler post at some point in the near future. The plan was to do it on Thursday, but alas. Kitty wanted to watch the VP debate. (Hehe, she watched Yozakura Quartet with me too. So cute~!)
Now this has already gotten really long, but this is an intro for a lot of anime. However, one thing has been made clear to me. Unless I drop some anime, I’m going to have to do two of these each week (making it more like “bi-weekly Anime” but whatever). Friday and Tuesday is what I think I’d go for, but we’ll see. It might not be necessary just yet.
Also, you may have noticed the random screencap of Yozakura Quartet as the main image. Well, I’ll just be sticking a screencap of whichever of my “featured anime” in the post made the most impact that week. Meaning that Clannad and Hakushaku to Yousei weren’t eligible. I was just watching Yozakura Quartet because I was bored, it ended up being the one I enjoyed most, so a well-deserved feature.
The order of the anime is just the order in which I ended up watching them.
Well, look forward to the next Weekly Anime which should either be on Tuesday or in a week (Next Friday). Skip Beat!’s post should be out on either Sunday or Monday.
Either way, ’til next time!
(Included for being the shot that definitely changed my mind about ToraDora!)
I had some trouble rushing to finish this post, so let me know if you see some humongous error, okay?
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