Spring 2010 Initial Impressions

I might have split this before, but it took so long for Rainbow’s subs to come out that I decided I should just do it all at once.

Heroman – A superhero series set in America by Stan Lee and Studio Bones.

So far, I’m impressed with Heroman. It’s a little generic as far as superhero stuff goes, but it’s Stan Lee and Bones. I expect it to be badass down the road. Also, as usual with Bones, the animation is amazing. The setting is a small mostly suburban area in America and I feel like it’s very accurate. The buildings and streets all feel genuinely American, as does the school that the characters attend. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the standard “everything interesting that happens happens in Japan” thing that most anime has going. I just appreciate the change of scenery. Heck, even if you do manage to get something out of the country in anime, it’s usually not modern. Anyway, so far it’s good. Looking forward to the rest of it.

B Gata H Kei – A girl thinks her naughty bits look weird and wants to have 100 casual sex partners. I don’t know either.

So yeah, the beautiful virgin thinks her vagina is weird and wants to do 100 guys. Insert generic boring dude who is also a virgin and would make the perfect first time for her. Now she’s trying to get into his pants and neither of them has any idea what they’re doing, even as far as having a relationship goes. Hijinks ensue. It’s pretty obvious how this one’s going to play out, but I’m enjoying it anyway. It’s pretty funny and the concept is different. It’s not often that Japan puts out anything but pure, wonderful maidens for its fanboys to fawn over. This girl’s pretty quirky, so it’s a nice change of pace. Looking forward to the rest of it.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – The stuck-up, man-hating class president has a part time job at a maid cafe and no one can know about it. But quiet handsome dude finds out.

I checked this one out on pure hype, but I’m actually very impressed with it. The first episode was amazing. The second, not so much. However, according to those who have read the manga, the second episode is basically the lowest point in the series, so I’m very excited about the rest of this series. I don’t have a lot to say about it, but know that I’m really, really looking forward to the rest of it.

Angel Beats! – New Jun Maeda series. A group of people fight in the afterlife to avoid being reborn and fight against the God who rules unseen in this place.

There are a lot of mixed reactions for this series so far. Several people are saying that it feels like it’s all over the place and hard to follow and that the characters aren’t that great (or mostly that the main character is a Haruhi clone). While I can’t disagree that it’s a little disconnected and that the main character at least looks like Haruhi and is a tsundere, I’d say that it’s still a pretty good show. There isn’t much to it yet, but the first episode features an awesome concert/gunfight scene (yes, both at once) and the second episode was practically Final Destination: The Animu. You see, in the series, if you die in this afterlife, you come back unharmed eventually. The pain is real and felt, but the effects of death are temporary. The second episode was just creative death after creative death. Anyway, I’m liking it so far. The second episode started to delve into the typical drama of KEY series and the series is only going to get more interesting as more plot plays out. Also, the OP is amazing. Definitely liking this show.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou – An orphan attending a magic academy is the perfect gentleman and a model citizen. However, he is told that his destiny is to be a demon lord and it turns his entire life upside down as his fellow students begin to fear and loathe him. It’s also a comedy with boobies!

There’s a lot of magic and ecchi in this one. Parallels have been drawn to Negima because of it. I won’t say it’s like Negima, but it’s still very entertaining. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it, though. At least not yet. I’ll be following it to see where it goes, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching through to the end of the series.

Working!! – I’ve already given my impressions of the first episode, and that’s all I’ve seen since, so I’ll just add a quick new comment: dat wan wan.

Arakawa Under the Bridge – …Fuck, I don’t know. It’s a SHAFT series.

I don’t know what to say about this. Some chick thinks she’s from Venus, there’s a dude in a costume who thinks he’s a kappa, this executive dude has to live with them because he can’t owe favors. Iunno. Watch it, it’s entertaining. I just can’t describe it.

Senko no Night Raid – The second Anime no Chikara project. Japanese spies with powers are sent to infiltrate China in 1931.

As an Anime no Chikara project, this is an original series. Information is pretty limited. The first episode was impressive, though, including a car chase, psychic powers, and treason. I was pretty impressed with it. I’m definitely interested in seeing where it goes.

Mayoi Neko Overrun! – The main character’s sister, who often adopts stray cats, adopts a catgirl. It’s more interesting than it sounds.

I felt like the first episode of this was bogged down by plot and exposition, but the characters were great. The loli on the left is entertaining and the girl on the right is the most tsundere tsundere to ever tsundere. I’m hoping that as the series has less to explain, the characters will shine through more and the show will be awesome. This series may be pretty good. OP/ED suck, though.

RAINBOW – Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin – Set roughly a decade after World War II, seven young men learn to survive in a harsh reformatory.

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Everyone hyped it up and a lot of people are saying it’ll be the best of the season, but I’m not seeing it yet. The first episode was mostly violence with very little plot and it’s hard to feel bad for the characters since most of them did horrible enough things to deserve being where they are. I’ll have to see where it goes, but it’s one of the series I’m least interested in following at the moment.

K-ON!! – K-ON! season 2.

Not much to say here. It’s more K-ON! If you liked the first series, you’ll like this one. New OP and ED aren’t that great, so I’m hoping the rest of music this season will make up for it. I’ve heard it’s also going to be twice as long as the last season.

Kiss x Sis (TV) – Two twin sisters, Ako and Riko, are in love with their step-brother and make attempts to win his heart. However, he doesn’t want to see them as anything other than sisters.

I watched the OVAs before I got going on the TV series and the OVAs are some pretty hardcore ecchi stuff. The TV series is shaping up to be almost as bad, but of course it’s TV, so it’ll be a bit more tame. Anyway, both are great series and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the TV series. I almost never read scanlations, but Kiss x Sis has me really wanting to check out the manga. I’ve seen bits and pieces and it’s some pretty racy material. But it’s also fun and that’s what counts. Also, Riko > Ako.

Anywho, that’s what I’m checking out this season. Expect final impressions for the shorter series and Durarara by the end of the season, but I doubt I’ll bother with anything else in regards to it before then unless something important comes up.

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