Mid-Season Impressions

I don’t normally do mid-season posts unless it’s about specific shows like Gargantia last season or Kaminai this season. However, I’m watching so much this time and most of it is really good! So I’d like to express how I feel now before the series ends and I become more and more disenchanted as they go on.

So, in order of shows I’m enjoying least to shows I’m enjoying most:

10. Futari wa Milky Holmes

This is terrible. I didn’t like S2 of Milky Holmes but at least it wasn’t this. This… this is just terrible. Is there anybody actually enjoying this? I mean, how could you possibly?

9. Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

I was really excited for this show after that first PV. Now… I just can’t stand it. The character designs are neat but gross at the same time. The characters are all dull and unlikable (well, I kinda don’t mind Luna). It pretty much copies Mami’s death scene for scene. It wants the success of Madoka without having what made Madoka interesting. Very disappointed.

8. Attack on Titan

I haven’t been enjoying this show as much lately because I don’t think Eren is that interesting. Armin was pretty cool in episode 17 too. I want more of Armin being a badass, please. I was spoiled for the remainder of the series so I’m really just itching to see that stuff animated. I’m hoping the show will catch up to where the manga is instead of having to wait for the inevitable second season. I’m still really enjoying the soundtrack though.

7. Dangan Ronpa

Dang Ropes isn’t a visual masterpiece. Most of the time it looks like they put in the minimal amount of work required of them or else ripped from the game itself. The characters aren’t exactly the most deep people you could hope to meet either. Still, it’s mildly entertaining and there are worse ways to pass 20 or so minutes.

6. Blood Lad

As much as I love and enjoy Blood Lad, I’ve had trouble getting motivated to watch it. Still, when I do watch it I enjoy it well enough. It’s just kind of discouraging that it would be with a series I like so much that I come to learn of The Brains Base curse. It had never occurred to me before. Brains Base never, ever does sequels. Unless it’s Natsume, of course. Is that why Spice and Wolf never got a season three? If only they hadn’t switched studios. It’s even more of a disappointment since Blood Lad seems to only be 10 episodes long. So it’s like I’m trying not to get attached to something that won’t last.

5. Doki Doki Precure

I’ve liked each girl getting individual focus as they get stronger but special mentions to Rikka’s episode must be made. I love Rikka, ok. I was a pretty big ManaRitsu fan even though ManaRegina was pretty cute. People have been shipping IraRitsu for awhile but I didn’t really get it until now. It’s actually really cute! Because it wasn’t just about the Precures and their focus. It also showed the original bad guys being, not so bad. Though they went back to their old ways, it probably means they’ll do something nice for the Precures in a big battle and I think that’ll be cool. I don’t want to focus on shipping but I really do hope there are some more IraRitsu moments in the future…

4. Rozen Maiden

I’m biased because I always have and always will love this series. Not sure how I feel about the second series though. I was shocked when it seemed like the Shinku older Jun knew might just be Kirakishou but then it seemed like that wasn’t the case. With the arrival of a new book, maybe it really is? It was kind of nice seeing Suigintou and Megu and then Suigintou not being a huge angsting bitch with Shinku for a few seconds at least.

On the one hand, it feels like things won’t be properly resolved by the end of the series run. Since I doubt the second manga has finished it’s run that isn’t very surprising, I guess. But, at the same time, there has been hardly any Suiseiseki and that’s a wonderful thing.

3. Kaminai

I’m still enjoying this show, surprisingly enough. It’s ok for what it is. As I said before, the first few episodes rushed their relationship so the episode three death lacked much impact but the ED was so good I just don’t care. Likewise, it adds a bit to the end of episode five. The show has some interesting ideas and the setting is pretty cool though I doubt we’ll see enough of the world in the short run this show has. The characters still don’t do that much for me though. Ai is alright and Yuri is pretty cool and I adore Scar but everyone else introduced in the new arc is pretty damn boring.

2. Gatchaman Crowds

Of course! Who doesn’t love this show? It’s fun, great character designs, great soundtrack (Taku Iwasaki with a Yuri Kasahara track aaaaaa) and most importantly, Hajime! I can’t believe there are people who don’t like Hajime. I think she’s wonderful. She just… she just DOES things. I love that. She doesn’t angst about it or get freaked out and yell about it. She gets new powers? Neat! Tries ’em out! Sure, this behaviour isn’t very realistic but it’s refreshing to watch. Not to mention she’s just a good person and I love her ability to look at things from different perspectives. Gosh I just love Hajime.

There’s a lot of intrigue in this show as well. Katze and whatever he’s up to as well as Rui and the world he created in an attempt to better the one they live in. It’s very admirable though it seems like it was foreshadowing that because of the influence GALAX has, it might lead people to do wrong. Since those things Rui created seem to be powered by the people on GALAX, it’s likely he’ll just lose control of them and lo, Hajime and co. will have to fight them at the end. It’s a bit sad since I don’t think Rui is probably a bad guy and his ambitions do seem to be quite noble. Really, I did feel bad for him at the end of episode four. I’m hoping that isn’t the thing that makes him snap and start doing bad things.

1. Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³

The best way to describe c3bu for me is to compare it to a pool. You’re wading into it, thinking it’s pretty shallow when suddenly it drops off! You recover yourself and think, “man, that got deeper than I expected really quick!” it’s not the depth of the ocean floor but it’s just not as shallow as you would have thought. I really, really thought this was going to be a cash in on the Girls und Panzer popularity (though C3bu started serialization like a month before Girls und Panzer did, I believe) and maybe the fact that they chose to animate it was just that. I only gave it a shot because of Gainax and because Sawashiro was one of the main characters.

I was pleasantly surprised when the first two episodes were entertaining enough but was floored when three happened. Everything from them changing the opening to show the change in Yura to the actual content was wonderful. Yura’s fantasy was one thing but when Rento saw it and when history itself seemed to change as a result, things got weird. Weird in a good way, though. As of episode five I feel like that will be a throw away episode and what they saw and what she did won’t matter and the series won’t have any further supernatural elements in it. Which is a shame since it would be a nice twist.

Episode five appeared to just be a beach episode but it continued being secretly fantastic. I expected Yura to join the club and that was that. Her anxieties gone. She gave up one fight and that was her big thing to overcome. Now it’s just cute girls doing cute things. But Yura’s regret from giving up, her fear of losing her friends and being like she before are both so intense that it changes her destructively. To where the game is not just about having fun. I expected her, in the previous episode, to shoot the opposing solider and it would have been a darker moment than I thought possible. That he was trying to teach her what it meant to survive. That would give her behaviour even more of a darker edge.

However, Sonora will probably just beat some sense into her, give her another lesson or Yura really will become destructive and see the errors of her way and it’ll be way less intense than I’ve made it out to be in my head. Still, I’m impressed it managed to make Yura seem so much more complex than she is. Good for you, show. Good for you.

One Comments

  • skyhack

    August 9, 2013

    What, no Railgun? :)

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