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Caraniel's Splendid Spring Anime Preview 2011 watch

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    The latecomers this season were some of the best shows so far IMO - 'Deadman Wonderland' and 'C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control' were definite keepers, and I'm willing to give 'Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko' a chance despite it not having the strongest first episode.

    So I'm done with picking up series for now. Probably the most noteworthy omission from my list is 'Seikon no Qwaser II' - this is largely due to impatience, seeing as the uncensored version has yet to air. Chances are I'll go back to it after finishing Madoka Magica or (maybe more appropriately) the Queen's Blade OVA. :giggle:
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    Watched the first episode of deadman wonderland just now. Was quite an interesting first episode, with more then a slight battle royale-esque vibe to it. Given I like the concept of BR, that is only a positive, and on the plus side we get a :teeth: worthy character chucked in as well. With slightly odd eyebrows/eyelashes :ahee:

    Only thing is though the first half was hard to watch, as even though it's just fiction, I always find myself getting really annoyed when people are accused of things they didn't do, and no one listens to them :nyoron:
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    2nd ep of Hen Zemi was hilarious :rofl: its not as disgusting as the OVAs but still entertaining eww @ the end :mmm:

    1st ep of Denpa was cute :3 the futon :puppyeyes:
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    (Original post by Keoje)
    You seem to be missing Lotte's Toy in your to-watch list :sexface:
    er no :afraid:

    hmm cara says its not that bad, i'll give it a try if you do :p:
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    Ive downloaded ones that seemed interesting but theres still too many I dont want more than 4 or 5 new ones going at the moment Ill watch the first eps and decide which to stall for later :beard:

    maria holic is being stalled but Ill watch deadman wonderland and C


    cant say I was impressed by hen zemi :indiff: nope the second ep was pretty poor too. :indiff:
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    I watched Maria holic 2 shortly after Dwonderland, but forgot about posting. It was ok...more of the same so I'm not certain if that's a good thing or not at this point. Some amusing moments and it's always nice to have a story from the side of an unrepentant female pervert :awesome:

    No catchy OP/EDs yet though :nyoron:
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    Tiger & Bunny seems like a non evil version of that 80s film the running man :giggle: nice city :teeth: Ill watch this one.:beard: The second ep of Hanasaku Iroha was as nice as the first.

    Fireball charming was interesting:lolwut: didnt know it was a sequel to another series though:beard: wonder where that might be
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    watched the first ep Kaiji 2 :dice: oh Kaiji what have you turned into :no: hilarious ED :rofl: that ep just made me hungry :unimpressed: :coma:
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    (Original post by caraniel)

    I don’t actually know how to articulate how utterly bad this was – but I can say that it was a painful experience to get through the episode! I knew it was going to be terrible when I saw the promo material, but I am actually shocked by how Oretsuba managed to find new and bizarre ways in which to suck donkey balls…….it was an experience I wouldn’t wish upon anyone! The show has absolutely no sense of cohesion – perspective jumps about with no warning, like it was made by a hyperactive child who somehow got its hand on some crack – its just strange. I don’t know who the main characters are meant to be, all I know is that there are an awful lot of characters introduced and not one of them are likeable or normal. We have a group of fellas perving on waitresses (one of which just would not shut up!!), a character that only shows up to proclaim he’s from a parallel universe, and most bizarrely, a loli who urges another character to put the “monster” in his pants in her “kitty”…….I just don’t know what to make of this show, it’s so wrong!

    The animation is awful too, horrendously overdone character designs and awful direction (complete with some really odd fanservice – it’s literally just fired in there for the sake of it), and what the hell was with that ED!? The writing is rubbish, the acting is terrible and the music isn’t much better…….its just a mess and nothing could compel me to watch anymore of this!
    And I was expecting it to be as nice as Shuffle
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    (Original post by gandhistoto)
    And I was expecting it to be as nice as Shuffle
    Ah well I wasn't overly fond of Shuffle either, but it was a masterpiece in comparison to OreTsuba.....at least Shuffle had some sort of plot however contrived.
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    (Original post by caraniel)
    Ah well I wasn't overly fond of Shuffle either, but it was a masterpiece in comparison to OreTsuba.....at least Shuffle had some sort of plot however contrived.
    oh well, i guess i will still donwload 1 ep nevertheless. i just wanna see how fail it is haha.
    anyway , thx a lot for your detailed and magnificent reviews. it helped me a lot in deciding which one is worth downloading especially with my slow internet >.>
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    Just watched the first two episodes of Hanasaku Iroha. For the first 10 minutes or so I was uncertain, but after the setting change I really started to enjoy it :fluffy: So so far I've enjoyed it, Sengoku otome, dwonderland and Maria holic.

    Also is it just me or does that aria the scarlet ammo not seem to exist anywhere? Was thinking of trying it, and I think it started airing last week, but all I've seen are PVs.
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Just watched the first two episodes of Hanasaku Iroha. For the first 10 minutes or so I was uncertain, but after the setting change I really started to enjoy it :fluffy: So so far I've enjoyed it, Sengoku otome, dwonderland and Maria holic.

    Also is it just me or does that aria the scarlet ammo not seem to exist anywhere? Was thinking of trying it, and I think it started airing last week, but all I've seen are PVs.
    Maybe use its Japanese name when searching? I enjoyed the opening episode and I'm intending to watch the second in a moment. I welcome the Toradora! duo of Junji and Rie, even though the latter has been typecast yet again as the outspoken loli.
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Maybe use its Japanese name when searching? I enjoyed the opening episode and I'm intending to watch the second in a moment. I welcome the Toradora! duo of Junji and Rie, even though the latter has been typecast yet again as the outspoken loli.
    Well that worked instantly :nyoron:


    For some reason when I started making a list of stuff to watch I thought I wasn't going to have much, but now I think it's the most I've had in a single season for some time now :desu:
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    does anyone know how many eps kaiji is going to be?:puppyeyes:

    EDIT:ANN has 12 ep titles :beard:
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    (Original post by Truered)
    Well that worked instantly :nyoron:

    For some reason when I started making a list of stuff to watch I thought I wasn't going to have much, but now I think it's the most I've had in a single season for some time now :desu:
    Yeah, same. This is the most I've picked up from one season in a long time, which is surprising given my time constraints of late.

    It's been too early to say which I like the most, but from the opening episode alone, Deadman Wonderland, C and Steins;Gate are expectantly proving to be the most promising so far, especially the former two. That said, Anohana and Denpa could turn out to be very good, if the first two episodes are anything to go by.
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    Seikon no Qwaser II explained last season's bizarre cliffhanger, and was just an amusing episode in general. I swear, this series could stand on its own without the weird breast milk plot device! Making Hana more of a main character is definitely a good thing too. Definitely keeping that on, the first of three new series I'll be picking up as a sort of 'second helping' of this season's offerings. :giggle:
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    Okay, so we’re well into the Spring season now and I’m finally caught up on everything, so let’s get this final First Impression post done shall we! (Once again lifted directly from my blog)

    Softenni
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    Website: http://www.softenni.com/
    Animation Studio: XEBEC (Ladies Vs Butlers, Break Blade)
    Japanese Airdate: 8th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Eri Kitamura, Kanae Itou, Miyuki Sawashiro, Shinobu Matsumoto
    Director: Ryouki Kamitsubo (Hen Zemi, Hidamari Sketch)
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    Anime adaptation of Ry? Azuchi's comedy manga series.
    The story revolves around junior highschool student Kasuga Asuna, who’s a member of the girl’s Soft Tennis club. She aims to one day win the national championship. However, she finds the school life she leads is filled with erotic wild fancies.

    Urgh. Softenni is awful. Why are there so many fecking cows in this show!? I think they spent more time messing about with cows than they did playing tennis (although saying that, the vast majority of the time is spent on crappy T & A fanservice) and I think the only time I laughed was when the cow ate their tennis ball! Complete chore to sit through, wonder if anyone is actually still watching this rubbish…..

    Animation was meh – overly pastel with generic character designs (why is Potemayo in this show??). Music was rubbish, voice acting contrived…….in all honesty I really am unable to say anything positive about this show. Maybe if you like forced humour, tennis, cows & pantyshots all wrapped up in a pastel parcel, you’ll like Softenni…..if not, there’s nothing to see here.

    Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi (A Bridge to the Starry Skies)
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    Website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/hoshikaka/
    Animation Studio: Dogakobo (11eyes, Koihime Musou)
    Japanese Airdate: 4th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Aiko Okubo, Chiaki Takahashi, Eriko Nakamura, Shintaro Asanuma
    Director: Takenori Mihara
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc6X4OZ-FpE


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    Anime adaption of feng’s adult bishoujo game.
    The story revolves around Kazuma Hoshino, a boy whose family moves to a new town for the sake of his younger brother's health. Kazuma gets lost on his way to his new school, but he unexpectedly encounters a girl named Ui Nakatsugawa. Ui guides him, but when Kazuma trips, he accidentally bumps into Ui and kisses her. Plus, Ui's close friend Ibuki Hinata happens to see the accidental kiss. Kazuma eventually meets Madoka K?moto (the daughter of a priest at the local shrine), a third-year girl named Tsumugi T?d?, and Tsumugi's spirited younger sister Koyori.

    This is so bad – I mean it doesn’t even have a single scrap of originality – this is like every eroge ever stuck in a blender! The only time I laughed was when the aunt character started making fun of the generic male lead’s tiny ****, reducing him to tears – nothing more fun than seeing a generic male lead in tears! As for everything else, you know the drill - generic male lead with sick-moe little brother, runs about the place bumping into moe stereotypes every few minutes and molesting them in some way…..and you already know that he’s going to end up with redheaded retarded moe girl, so there’s no point in watching anymore.

    In terms of animation………urgh, the colours & hair hurt my eyes, the only thing I kind of liked was the two-tone eyes and I’m being generous there. Music is terrible (especially that OP – some seiyuu just shouldn’t sing) and the acting is pretty awful too. Definitely not watching anymore.

    Fireball Charming

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    Website: http://www.disneychannel.jp/dc/program/anime/fireball/
    Animation Studio: Jinni’s Animation Studios (Appleseed XIII, Fireball)
    Japanese Airdate: 4th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Miyuki Kawasho, Toru Ohkawa
    Director: Wataru Arakawa (Fireball)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQz6YXue36Q


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    Second series.
    Random sketches during a war between robots and humans.

    If you haven’t seen the first season of Fireball, I’d recommend watching it – after all it will only take about 20mins to watch the entire thing! Each episode of Fireball is only 2mins long, and that continues in this second season. Its more of the same, with Princess Drossel and her servant/adviser all alone in their big post-apocalyptic castle. Drossel has had a redesign between seasons, so gone is the Hatsune Miku-esq twin-tail design, and in is a more streamlined design, with much more emphasis on the hips.

    Jokes are pretty repetitive, but it’s still fun and it’s not like Fireball takes much of your time to watch.

    Tono to Issho: Gantai no Yabou
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    Website: http://tono-anime.com/
    Animation Studio: Gathering
    Japanese Airdate: April 2011
    Seiyuu: Tatsuo Suzuki, Daisuke Hirakawa, Daisuke Ono, Gackt, Mamiko Noto
    Director: Mankyuu (Kakko-Kawaii Sengen!, Utsurun Desu.)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEWzw7IzcKY


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    TV anime adaptation of Ohba-Kai's 4-koma gag manga.
    Follows the daily lives and details the eccentricities of Date Masamune, Uesugi Kenshin, other famous territorial lords, and their followers during Japan's Warring States period.

    Here’s another short series, but unlike Fireball Tono to Issho isn’t worth your time as its completely unfunny. Season 1 was terrible so I have no idea why there is another season of this…..although I suppose there are a lot of characters in the Sengoku period to exploit. I suppose you could watch it for the seiyuu – there’s a ton of great names on board for this, and given its short running time I suppose its pretty harmless. But still, its hard to believe how poorly written & animated this series is! Avoid unless you’re a big fan of the seiyuu.

    Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria)
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    Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/aria/
    Animation Studio: JC Staff (Honey + Clover, Hayate no Gotoku)
    Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Junji Majima, Rie Kugimiya, Kaori Ishihara, Makako Takahashi
    Director: Takashi Watanabe (Freezing, Slayers)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d03KiqVpBYI


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    Anime adaptation of Chuugaku Akamatsu’s series of light novels.
    The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — "Butei" — are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tooyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.

    This may have been sort of decent, if I hadn’t of seen the exact same thing 10 times before – if you’ve seen any JC Staff anime in the past few years, you’ll already have seen Hidan no Aria. Why does the world need yet another Rie Kugimiya tsundere character!? I have a fairly high tolerance for KugiRei tsundere’s, but even I’m getting extremely pissed off with them – the woman has a pretty decent range & she can act, give her some other bloody roles please Japan! On the plus side (a minor plus though) the male lead is sort of watchable – I do like split personality characters though and the setting is interesting. Still that’s not really a big enough plus to really justify continuing to watch this (giving it a fair trial though).

    Animation is decent enough, it’s just a pity the camera seems to be glued to the loli’s thighs. Character designs are very generic, music is pretty decent & aside for KugiRie being KugiRie the voice cast is pretty good. Watch only if you’re a huge fan of JC Staff being JC Staff, otherwise you’ll soon get annoyed.

    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (Electromagnetic Wave Woman & Adolescent Man)
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    Website: http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/denpa/
    Animation Studio: SHAFT (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, ef: A Tale of Memories)
    Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Asuka Ogame, Miyu Irino, Ai Nonaka, Mai Fuchigami
    Director: Akiyuki Shinbo (Dance in the Vampire Bund, Bakemonogatari)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df1yBJM4FsM


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    Anime adaptation of Hitoma Iruma’s light novel.
    The story revolves around a highschool boy named Niwa Makoto. He lives with his aunt’s family since his parents are away on business. It is there where he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Touwa Erio — who happens to tie a futon mattress around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien, whose staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn't remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.

    SHAFT but not on full-blown SHAFT-mode (ie: the camera does stop moving completely sometimes & there aren’t more than 5 head-tilts), Denpa Onna had a decent, but not overly thrilling premiere episode. The main character is a bit dull, and he seems to feel the need to narrate everything he does in a monotone – sorry to inform you generic lead male, but Kyon you are not, please stop trying. The women in the show are all suitably nuts, we don’t even get to see Erio until the very end as she spends the entire episode wrapped in a futon with only her legs to convey any emotion, and her mother appears to be a grown up version of Ami from Toradora! Still I did enjoy this show, and there are hints of a plot in there somewhere amongst the witty dialogue which is a bonus.

    Production is good, quite restrained direction from Shinbo/SHAFT though. The OP is amazing……in that I am completely amazed that there is a human out there with vocal cords capable of making that horrendous noise; in all seriousness I couldn’t stop myself from listening to it, like you can’t stop yourself from watching a carcrash – amazing. Apart from that though the music is good. Voice acting is ok – generic male is very monotone & boring to listen to, and most of Erio’s dialogue was muffled due to her being in a futon, but its reasonable acting I suppose. Shall be watching more~!

    Ao no Exorcist (The Blue Exorcist)
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    Website: http://www.ao-ex.com/
    Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Kannagi, Occult Academy)
    Japanese Airdate: 10th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Jun Fukuyama, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Rina Satou
    Director: Tensai Okamura (Darker than BLACK, Wolfs Rain)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VUr0QRNmiE


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    Anime adaptation of Kazue Katou’s Jump Square manga series.
    Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan's illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father's death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.

    Don’t be fooled by this first episode, Ao no Exorcist isn’t actually about a clumsy, trouble-magnet of a teenager’s search for work, the action at the end of the episode is much more like what you can expect from this series. That being said I did like this first episode, it did a great job of introducing the characters before all hell breaks loose and Rin’s world gets completely shattered, still it’s not really the best indicator of what Ao no Exorcist is about.

    The production was quite impressive (although this is the flagship series of the season) – I think I like the anime character designs even more than the manga ones! The cast is fantastic – really can’t fault anyone, the OP & ED are a bit cheese-tastic (whats with the random dancing in the ED!?) but otherwise the music is excellent too. Definitely keeping this on, very pleased with how it’s turned out so far.

    Deadman Wonderland
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    Website: http://dwl.jp/
    Animation Studio: Manglobe (Ergo Proxy, House of Five Leaves)
    Japanese Airdate: 16th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Romi Paku, Iori Nomizu, Junichi Suwabe, Takako Honda
    Director: Koichi Hatsumi
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    Anime adaptation of anime adaptation of Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou's seinen manga series.
    The story is set after the destruction of most of Tokyo by an earthquake and centers on Ganta Igarashi, a middle school student who witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious ‘Red Man'; and as the only survivor, he was labelled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.


    I was worried about an anime version of Deadman Wonderland, and it seems I was right to be so. One of the key features of Deadman Wonderland is its unflinchingly gruesome violence and insistence on always going with the worst imaginable scenario – nothing good ever happens in Deadman Wonderland – ever. The anime has that to a certain extent – it made the Redman’s wiping out Ganta’s class worse by spending a bit of time on Ganta’s friends, but there is censoring and that hurts the impact of the violence a bit. Also Shiro is one of retarded moe’s poster children, but Kana Hanazawa is really going full on retard in her portrayal of her, which is distracting – Shiro is a point of levity in the series, but I’m finding her more annoying now than anything else (its like fecking Nessa all over again!) Still things could have been much worse, so I applaud Manglobe for staying as true to the manga as possible.

    Production is solid and there’s plenty of blood flying about, and even though the camera cuts away from the worst of the gore or employs dark shadows as censor bars, the idea is still put across well. BGM is a bit overblown at times, but overall its decent – ED images are a touch spoilery IMO, but the song is decent enough. So not quite the disaster I was fearing, reasonably confident Manglobe can pull this off – looking forward to seeing what they do with the show as the real test comes with the Carnival Corpse stuff.

    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (Ano Hana)
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    Website: http://www.anohana.jp/
    Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Kuro****suji, Sora no Woto)
    Japanese Airdate: April 2011
    Seiyuu: Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, Miyu Irino, Takahiro Sakurai
    Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai (Toradora, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTz0UTfUA_c


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    Original series airing in the Noitamina timeslot.
    Six childhood friends grew apart in high school. One of them is Jintan, now a shut-in. He gets a request to fulfil a wish for Menma, the only one of their friends to have stayed the same over the years. In order to grant her wish, he will have to find and reunite their old friends.

    Oh hello Mr Melodrama have you met Mr Subtlety? No? Maybe you should get acquainted sometime soon! I really dislike it when shows expect you to care about their characters without making any effort to make them actually likeable. So what if this group of kids have all drifted apart after the retarded moe child died? Why should I care, they all seem like brats now and retarded moe child is still fecking infuriating even if she is now a ghost! Still I can’t find it in myself to outright dislike AnoHana, because it does have some nice moments, and with some careful character development it could turn into a good show. I’m still annoyed by obvious it was in its manipulation, just having a dead girl in the show does not automatically make me teary, put some effort into characterisation goddammit!

    All’s good on the production front – A1-Pictures are really doing very well at the moment, and even though I’m not overly fond of this style of character design, there’s no denying that the animation is smooth. Music is also pretty great, but the voice acting is again way too heavy on the melodrama (and in the case of Menma, helium fueled). AnoHana is definitely going to need time to grow into itself, I’m giving it that chance.

    [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

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    Website: http://www.noitamina-control.jp/
    Animation Studio: Tatsunoko Production (Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Tachumaru Gekij?)
    Japanese Airdate: April 2011
    Seiyuu: Kouki Uchiyama, Daisuke Hosomi, Haruka Tomatsu, Takahiro Sakurai
    Director: Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Trapeze)
    PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98BzgNeg3MM


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    Original series airing in the Noitamina timeslot.
    The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal grandmother after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to avoid all this and live a stable life. One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he'll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he's drawn into a mysterious realm known as "The Financial District."

    I have very little clue about what this show is all about, but I do know that I liked it a lot. Its got that duel-world thing going on that we saw last season in Yumekui Merry, where everything in the Financial District / Dream World is infinitely more interesting than stuff in the real world, but that contrast just adds to my interest in [C]. I like that Mr Protagonist is quite flawed – this whole initial episode was basically about him caving to the temptation of vast fortunes that Creepy Clown dude was dangling in front of his nose, and that makes him much more interesting than if he was very goody-goody or too desperate about getting money (that’s Kaiji’s job after all). Although I do have to say that his reaction to being stalked by Mr Creepy Clown teleporting about his room was slightly unbelievable – “kindly piss-off and let me do my homework” isn’t really what I’d be doing if a Clown suddenly stuck his head through my desk! On the whole, not a lot was actually explained in this episode – its much more show than tell, so I’m really looking forward to finding out more about this world as I find the concept of financial deals being done via epic card-game/pokemon battles!

    Things aren’t as good on the production front – it’s mainly the character designs that are putting me off, there are way too many off-model shots; loving the world design for the Financial District though! Direction is brilliant for the most part, and even though the CGI on Mr Creepy Clown was a touch obvious, it just added to his otherworldly feel. Voice acting and music are both of a decent standard – really liked the OP and both the OP & ED have fantastic visuals. Really quite excited about [C].

    Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream
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    Website: http://prettyrhythm.dive2ent.com/
    Animation Studio: Tatsunoko Production (Tachumaru Gekijou, Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi)
    Japanese Airdate: 2nd April 2011
    Seiyuu: Azusa Kataoka, Kana Asumi, Sayuri Hara, Kanae Itou
    Director: Masakazu Hishida (Onmyou Taisenki, Turn A Gundam)
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    Based on a bishoujo dancing game.
    The Prism Show is an all-new kind of ice skating show that requires its participants to be figure skaters, models, and singers all at the same time. Aira and Rhythm are two girls who both dream of becoming the Prism Queen. They'll have to train hard and overcome both their quarrels with each other and their blossoming interest in boys if they want to achieve their dream.

    Oh this was hilariously bad! Not in an offensive way, but in a completely cheesy “I can’t believe clichéd anime like this are still getting made” kind of way. On no level does anything make sense, not even for a children’s cartoon – this show actually insults the intelligence of most 5 year olds. The dojiko female lead has no personality beyond “teehee, I’m so clumsy & just love fashion!” yet suddenly gets dragged off by a talent scout (hello paedophile!) shoved onto stage & oh wow, suddenly she has hitherto unnoticed innate talent…….I mean what the hell!? To make things worse there’s another girl in the show that has clearly worked hard on her dancing, yet is instantly sidelined in favour of miss “oh I tripped over air 2 minutes ago but look at this perfect jump I’m about to do now!” However despite that I didn’t hate the show – it’s just so bad I laughed the entire way through it!

    The animation & music are also awful, with some of the worst CGI dancing I’ve ever had the misfortune to see, and a godawful live action ED. Save yourselves some pain & avoid this!

    Hyouge Mono (Tea for Universe, Tea for Life)
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    Website: http://www9.nhk.or.jp/anime/hyouge/
    Animation Studio: Bee-Train (Tsubasa Chronicle, Noir)
    Japanese Airdate: 7th April 2011
    Seiyuu: Hideyuki Tanaka, Kouji Ohkura, Masashi Ebara, Rikiya Koyama
    Director: Koichi Mashimo (Blade of the Immortal, Phantom ~Requeim for the Phantom~
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    (Original post by Summary:)
    Adaptation of Yoshihiro Yamada’s manga.
    In the age of civil war, when the shadow of Nobunaga Oda was still cast over the land, the warlord Furuta Sasuke lost his soul to the tea ceremony. While war shook the world around him, he faced his own conflict between his desire for promotion and his love for his art.
    Bee-Train, ye of the ridiculously slow paced, yet stylish shows. Not sure what to think of this really, it seems like a completely ridiculous concept, which just makes me all the more curious. I’m also fascinated by the fact this has been given 39 episodes to play with – that’s pretty damn rare these days, however given how this director has a penchant for taking things really slowly I shouldn’t be all that surprised. Guess I’ll have to reserve judgement for when I’ve actually watched a few episodes.[/expand]

    This was weird. I’m not really sure what Bee Train were going for in this show, but it was kind of fun but at the same time pretty boring – I’m actually amazed they managed to pull that off! The entire cast consists of older men and its set in that ever popular Sengoku period, but there is not a moe blob or a bishie in sight which is quite refreshing. The lead character is extremely neurotic (he really loves his tea) but at the same time he’s really quite sensible and capable of holding a normal conversation (and oh boy is there ever a lot of talking in this show), but nothing really happens in the episode and I found myself rather bored. I think it may be me not getting on with Bee Train’s tendency towards slow-paced shows with a ton of talking – I just don’t like them.

    Production is very solid indeed, and I really liked the strange facial expressions the protagonist pulls (although that just added to my confusion about what the tone of this show was meant to be). Loved the OP & ED to bits – easily the best bits about the show IMO, and the voice acting was also pretty decent. However overall I wasn’t really sucked into Hyouge Mono so won’t be watching any more….its in no way bad, just not my cup of tea (oho!)

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    Okay! Thats it, I'm not doing any more first impressions (April is practically over afterall!!) so no Moshidora (it only came out last night) and I can't be bothered trying Showa Monogatari again (fell asleep midway through the episode).

    I'll of course be posting my top 10 of the season just before the Summer season begins.
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    Just watched the first episode of Showa Monogatari. Definitely a nice show, but not gripping enough for me to want to watch weekly. Instead, I'll be going back to Hana-Saku Iroha; I'm hearing good things about it, and its high A-P rating seems to back that up.
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    Last series I'll be picking up will be Hyouge Mono. That's it for me now, 15 series will do me until next season. :yes:
 
 
 
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