Fall 2012 – Something for Everyone
I’ve said it before, but one of my favorite things about anime is how diverse the medium is. We get new stories in basically every possible genre… every season of the year! This past year I’ve generally ended up watching four or five shows each season–more than that is pretty difficult to fit into my schedule, especially if I ever want to watch any older series (which I do… though it usually takes a while). So what have I decided on for this fall season, now that I’ve watched the first episode of each show that piqued my interest?
From the New World – I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about the setting of an anime. It’s easy to see this is being adapted from a full-blown award-winning novel, and I greatly look forward to learning more about this world with each passing week. I hope the characters and plot will likewise develop in engaging ways.
Zetsuen no Tempest – I’m really tempted to jump back to the manga and read through every chapter that’s out so far… but I think I’ll resist and enjoy the anime for now! I am completely hooked on this series–it’s just *so* dramatic, and I love how all the characters are intelligent and have their own goals in mind as they use each other.
Kamisama Hajimemashita – This is basically everything I could want in a lighthearted shoujo. I have to say the execution for the anime feels like an improvement from the manga–the colors, animation, and especially the voices really bring everything to life. Tons of fun, and the likeable protagonists have gotten a lot of laughs from me.
NOTE: A part of me want to blog this episodically, but I’m not sure what I’d actually talk about. Episode Two: TOMOE TURNS A POP STAR INTO AN OSTRICH!!! AND PLANS TO COOK HIM FOR DINNER!!! THIS IS THE BEST SHOUJO COMEDY EVER. Actually, I may just do that.
K – Still need to see episode two, but if it’s anything like the first episode then I’ll be very pleased and will keep watching. That premiere was just a thrill to watch. The animation was amazing, and I rather liked the amusing protagonist Shiro-kun. There’s a lot of little plot elements that have intrigued me as well, so I’ll have to see how things play out.
Little Busters – Okay, the first episode reminded me a ton of Angel Beats and a ton of Clannad… which makes sense, obviously (same creator and all). I’m still in the middle of Clannad, but I’ll probably keep watching this too in the meantime. It looks like it will be lots of fun! Well, until everyone’s tragic pasts are discovered. Or another kid gets killed by bees and fire.
So I think those are the five shows I’ll be watching each week! But that can always change, of course. Here are my thoughts on all the other shows I watched the first episode of:
My Little Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – I enjoyed what I read of the manga for this, but the anime just didn’t engage me as much. So I figured I’ll probably just keep reading the manga (some time).
Hayate the Combat Butler Oooh Baby Do You Know What That’s Worth- I thought this was pretty funny, but I really felt I needed to be more familiar with the original series (either the anime or manga) to really appreciate it all. I think I’ll try to watch more of the original anime (some time).
Regardless of This Anime’s Ridiculously Long Title, I Want to Throw Something at the Creator of that Seizure-Inducing OP! – Chuunibyou stars two characters that annoyed me and repeated the same joke fifty times, so I’ll have to pass on this.
Sukitte Ii na yo – I was actually pretty surprised how well-done this was! It took some artistic license in adapting it from the manga, and I think it payed off for the most part. (Though the kiss sequence did feel a little random… Was that her life flashing before her eyes??) I might actually keep watching this if I can find the time, or if K or Little Busters lets me down.
Psycho Pass – So the first episode for this was really well done. But DANG is this show dark! I don’t know if I’m up for 21 more episodes of this, to be honest. I may marathon some of this later on in the season if I keep hearing good things about it, and if I’m in the mood for something grim.
Robotics;Notes – I was pretty excited for this, but WOW was I bored in this first episode. I don’t get why the entire school isn’t excited about building a GIANT MECHA, or how this boy lead can be so dull. That said, I can see this turning out to have decent character development in the long run if it’s handled well. Will keep this on-hold for now.
Tennis Thing – There was a two-minute thing about two kids playing tennis… I think. I’m not quite sure what it was I watched.
I think that’s everything I’ve seen, and I think I’ve got a good variety of anime to blog about for the season.
(points to the computer screen)
What are you watching this fall?