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small image Fall 2011: First Impressions

October 15, 2011 3:19 pm by small image

Well, since episode three of Working is delayed until monday I though it might be fun to do a first impression post of the fall season. We’ll see if I feel the same way after all this is done.

Anyway, let’s get this show on the road!

Edit: now with 100% more Last Exile

Isn't this irrelevant picture as cute as cute can be?

 

Kimi to Boku

Kimi to Boku wasn’t originally on my ‘to watch’ list but since I got a month subscription for Crunchyroll, I figured I might as well check it out. The first episode was a bit dull – okay, really dull – but the second took a step in the right direction. I’m a fan of the art, which reminds me a bit of Honey and Clover, but the characters are not what I would call interesting. As a matter of fact, those twins are probably the worst characters this season (take my opinion as worth a grain of salt). Apparently there’s suppose to be some romance in the unforeseeable future (according to MAL) which will be quite interesting to see. Not to many slice of life shows ever go down that route.

 

Shinryaku?! Ika Musume

The same that could be said for the second season of Working!! could be said for Ika Musume. Yes, it’s still quite hilarious (That skit about the early morning exercise routine cracked me up) but there’s that nagging feeling that I’ve seen most of it before. However with a show tha focuses primarily on trying to make the audience laugh, then I guess you could say it’s the same Ika Musume we’ve all come to know and love.

 

Phi Brain

An interesting take on the shounen genre that gives it just enough originality to make it stand out among the crowd.  Commonly referred to (by me) as the other Sato Junichi show, it’ll be quite interesting to see exactly were the story takes us. The Puzzles that were shown so far were interesting, but there’s no heart pounding suspense yet. I like the relationship between our two main characters, Kaito and Nonoha, which is a good thing since this show is about them (Well Kaito more so, Nonoha’s just along for the ride but does she kick ass or what?).  There’s still quite a few characters that have yet to be introduced, but all in due time of course. This is a twenty five episode show after all.

 

Kyoukei Senjou no Horizon

Boy am I confused. I wasn’t originally planning on watching this one either but if something appears to be shiny (aka good animation)  I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame. The characters are quirky if not a bit annoying. It will probably be faced with the problem of underdeveloped characters simply because of the size of the cast, though I guess that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll end up focusing on all of them. Speaking of the cast, is it just me or do some of the girls have breasts larger than their head? That’s definitely not realistic, but since when has anime been about authenticity? Anyway, at the moment there’s not much to say about the plot, simply because I do not understand what the heck is going on but at least its pretty to look at.

 

Tamayura

This is my feel good show of the season. Whenever I feel like I just want to sit back and relax with big smile on my face then I know just the show to watch. Tamayura just knows how to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you don’t like the warm and fuzzies (how could you not?!) then this show probably isn’t for you. Having enjoyed the OVA, I went in expecting Tamayura Hitose to be just what I was looking for, but little did I know that I’d end up liking it even more than I thought I could. Despite that it is a slice of life, it also appears as if it might actually have a plot somewhere underneath all that ‘feel good-ness’. This is Sato Junichi we’re talking about, the same person who directed Aria, so I probably should have seen this coming.

 

Un-Go

Doesn’t it seem like we’ve been getting at least one detective show per season since Gosick? They all appear to start similarly too. All of the sudden someone is killed and our detectives are on the case to find the killer. In Un-Go, however, there this character named Inga, who apparently is  both a young boy and a voluptuous woman. Now, I have no idea why that is but it certainly sets Un-go out from the crowd, in a weird way. (as an aside, I’m presenting Un-go with the best ED award for the fall season. Its just amazing)

 

Guilty Crown

The animation, the colors, the music: it’s all so gorgeous! What about the story, you ask? Eh, been there done that. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this first episode was simply exhilarating to watch. IG has twenty two episodes to make this story into something that’s worth its NoitaminA time slot and with the writer of Code Geass at the helm, it might actually turn out to be the next big thing. It shows a great amount of promise,  let’s just hope our main protagonist grows out of his “woe is me” phase to become  a hero who pulls stuff out of a girl’s chest that we can be proud of.

 

Mirai Nikki

Mirai Nikki was something I was looking forward to watching ever since the OVA was announced a half a year ago. Just as an intro, I had pick up the first volume of the manga on a whim about a year ago and it instantly became on of my favorites. I’m usually not one to believe in that whole “The book is always better than the movie” spiel and it appears as if Asread knows what they’ve gotten themselves into. The animation so far is great, the certainly nailed down Yuno’s character, and while the new voice actors wouldn’t have been my first choice, they’ll probably grow on me as the show goes on. I’m definitely looking forward to more.

 

Chihayafuru

Since I wasn’t able to do a proper post on the second episode of Chihayafuru, I thought I’d add my thoughts here. Chihayafuru is still my favorite show of the season, I find it to be an absolute joy to watch. The music is top notch and the animation and art design is great as well. Chihaya is probably my favorite character of the season so far, she’s just got a ton of charisma that makes it hard for me to not like her. Thankfully it seems like the bullying arc is over (nothing makes me more angry than bullying) so maybe now we’ll be able to see some awesome Karuta playing. Not to mention there’s that love triangle that still needs to be straitened out.

 

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam

It’s a bit weird to be watching a sequel to a show that came out nearly EIGHT years ago. But hey, I shouldn’t be complaining, there are plenty of shows that I would love to see sequels for – coughspiceandwolfcough – so I should be happy with what I got. Perhaps its because of the fact that I watched the first season of Last Exile some time ago that makes me feel like there’s something just a bit off about its sequel. It’s like it’s only ninety percent of the Last Exile I remember, if that makes sense. But still, that ninety percent is pretty darn fun to watch.

And there you have it. What do you guys think of the season so far? Is it living up to your expectations?