Posts Tagged ‘baka to test to shoukanjuu’

Summer 2011 (+Steins;Gate, Nichijou, & Hanasaku Iroha) Final Impressions

October 5, 2011

I apologize for the delay. I would normally have written this up over the weekend, but I was pretty busy this weekend. (More on that in a bit after I finish up this post.)

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Fall 2011 Chart v3.0 and shows to watch this season

September 18, 2011

As usual, chart is courtesy of cowboybibimbop.

Another season, another set of stuff I’ll be wasting my valuable free time with.

Shinryaku!? Ika Musume – Second season of one of the best shows of last year. Oh hell yes.

Bakuman 2 – Pretty much the same as above. Second season of one of the best shows of last year.

C3 -Cube x Cursed x Curious- – Yeah, I dunno. I saw a preview, I guess I just wanna see if it’s worth watching. I really don’t know jack squat about it and none of the descriptions are really very informative.

WORKING’!! – Second season of WORKING!! Already seen the first episode of this from the pre-air. It feels a little more balanced in character focus so far, but of course it’s the first episode, and it had to serve to reintroduce characters and stuff. There’s no guarantee it won’t slip right back into the awful Inami focus while it completely ignores everyone else just like the first season did, but I’ll give it a shot and hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Fate/Zero – I had every intention of reading the novels once they were fully translated, but I just haven’t had the time. I may try to squeeze them in before the anime gets too far into itself because I want to be familiar with the source material, but regardless of whether I do or not, a Fate series prequel written by Gen Urobuchi with all of the praise I’ve seen it given is an absolute must-watch.

Tamayura ~hitotose~ – I sat down to watch the OVA series of this a few months ago after I heard people mention that it was getting a TV series and I have to say that I was highly impressed. I absolutely loved it and I am seriously looking forward to this series. I really hope it lives up to the standards set by the OVAs, because if it does then it’s going to be one of the best shows this season.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – I’m pretty much just watching this one on the hype built around it. A lot of people are talking about it and I just really want to see what all of the fuss is about. Also, the artist for the novels is the same as the artist for the Denpa Onna novels and you can really see that in the art for this series. I really liked that art style, so I’m also drawn to this. Shame we won’t have some excellent Shaft angles to go along with it, though.

Mirai Nikki – I still want to get around to reading all of the rest of the manga I have before this gets going (so yay, another barrier for the season alongside the Fate/Zero novels), but definitely interested in this.

Guilty Crown – Supercell, Supercell everywhere. I was initially attracted to this series for the character designs, but Supercell’s name being plastered all over it (which of course means Ryo is doing the music) means that there’s absolutely zero reason for me not to watch this. One of the series I’m most excited about this season.

Hidamari Sketch x SP – Always up for more Hidamari Sketch. Also can’t wait for the fourth season that’s been announced.

Specials, OVAs, and movies:
– Astarotte no Omocha! EX – Actually already saw this.
– Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Yonin to Idol – I had no idea this was already out. Gonna watch it shortly.
– Hourou Musuko special
– Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Sora ga Bokura no Nichijou
– Kimi ni Todoke specials
– Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: Yune & Alice
– Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA
– Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira OVA 2 and 3
– Carnival Phantasm 2nd Season
– Usagi Drop specials
– Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 4
– Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA (Oh hell yes)
– Infinite Stratos Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Sextet

Nothing else I’m interested in so far, but as usual, we’ll see if I pick up something else as the season goes on.

Summer 2011 Initial Impressions

July 16, 2011

Well, here we are. Finally made it to the end of the summer premieres. This’ll probably be the last post from me for a little while unless I decide to review a game or something. We’ll see. Let’s get to it.

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Summer 2011 Chart v2.0 and my shows to watch this season

June 21, 2011

Super delayed because I haven’t had a lot of free time lately with a new job. Chart is courtesy of cowboybibimbop.

Let’s get right to it this time, shall we?

Appleseed XIII – A few months back I sat down to watch the first two Appleseed movies and while I liked the first one okay, I was thoroughly impressed by the second. I’m anxiously awaiting this one. Actually, it’s already started, but no one’s freaking subbing it. All of my rage. (Or at least, that’s what I’ve been told.)

Double-J – I’ve been pretty impressed with the Yaruani? program so far, so I’ll keep an eye on it and see what comes out.

Yuru Yuri – I need at least one of these every season. It doesn’t always work out (A-Channel), but I have a good feeling about this one.

Kamisama Dolls – Iunno, whatever. Sounds interesting.

Morita-san wa Mukuchi – I watched the OVA for this, but I wasn’t really that impressed. I’m kinda hoping the TV series will change my mind about the series in general. I do want to like it.

Usagi Drop – I’ve heard a lot about this series and the anime will apparently be covering what’s considered to be the better part of it. I keep meaning to pick up the manga, but I haven’t had the money lately so it just hasn’t happened. I’d like to catch up on it before I start watching, though. I don’t think I’ll have enough time…

The iDOLM@STER – Pretty excited about this. My exposure to Idolmaster is minimal, but I’ve been interested for a while, without much to look through except the weird Xenoglossia thing. Can’t wait for it.

Mayo Chiki! – This might be my dedicated new comedy series for the season. Not really familiar with the source material, though, so I can’t say for sure.

R-15 – Show about a porn novel writer. Either going to be really good or really bad, but it’s a must-watch either way.

Dantalian no Shoka – Gainax show. Gotta watch.

Ro-Kyu-Bu! – Basketball lolis.

Kamisama no Memochou – JC Staff show about a NEET girl in pajamas. How could I not watch this?

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni! – Second season of BakaTest. I love this show so damn much. Can’t wait.

Specials and OVAs:
– Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OVA (Actually already watched it)
– Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Special
– Kiss x Sis OVA 5 (Oh man, so excited)
– Katte ni Kaizou 2 (Already seen it, actually)
– Softenni Special
– Yurumates Huh?
– Nichijou Special
– Valkyria Chronicles 3 OVA (As long as it doesn’t spoil the game too hard)
– Appleseed XIII (I guess this might be the actual series? Why is it on the chart twice?)
– Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! Special
– Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira (SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT.)
– Carnival Phantasm (STILL. MORE. EXCITEMENT.)
– Kuttsukiboshi (Well, I can finally see how that cliffhanger ended up.)
– Mahou Sensei Negima! ANIME FINAL (I’ll probably wait for a home version, though. No way I’m watching a camrip, if one even shows up.)

No other potential additions, but we’ll see if something piques my interest as the season goes on.

Spring 2011 Chart v3.0 and my shows to watch for the season

March 5, 2011

Once again, this season’s chart is brought to us by cowboybibimbop.

I would have liked to have waited for a chart with some more concrete starting dates on it, but with the bulk of the season starting next month, I may as well get to planning out what I’ll be watching.

Moshidora – I’ve heard good things about the source material, so I’ll be picking this one up. I’m also pretty interested in the airing schedule. Unless it’s changed, the show will be airing one episode every day (or at least every weekday, I forget). I’d like to see how that works out.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai – *Shrug* Just looks cute. I pick up a lot of stuff by art style.

[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – It’s an orignal series that sounds like it could be pretty good. I’m always up for trying out some original stuff.

Sket Dance – I’ve heard too much about the manga to pass this one up. I’ll have to give it a shot.

Nichijou – The OVA hits next week and the TV series will follow. What I’ve seen of previews makes it look like a combination of a lot of series that I like, so I’m hoping the formula works out for it. Additionally, it’s KyoAni, so I pretty much have to check it out.

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko – Newest Shaft series. Can’t pass it up. It’s a law.

30-sai no Hoken Taiiku – A self-help series for men in their 30s about dating women and having sex with them… This is either going to be really luzly or really depressing, but I’ll have to check it out to find out which.

Dog Days – Newest series from the creator of Nanoha. You couldn’t stop me from watching this if you tried.

The World God Only Knows S2 – Oh man, continuation of the first season. Gonna be awesome.

A Channel – I dunno. Cute art and a 4koma adaptation. Sounds right up my alley.

Hidan no Aria – This has been something I’ve been waiting on for a while, but it’s been so long that I can’t really remember the original reason. Kugimiya plays the lead, though, so I’m totally in anyway.

Maria-Holic: Alive – S2 of Maria-Holic. I wasn’t too taken with the first season, but I had read the manga before it and I thought the manga had much better execution of pretty much everything. The only episode I really liked was the last one because it was original content and followed Shaft’s typical style. This one will pick up where I stopped reading (Read: Stopped being able to afford) the manga. I won’t be going into it with a bias, so I’ll probably enjoy it more. Too bad nothing will ever top the ED of the first season, though.

Lotte no Omocha! – The premise on this one sounds pretty lulzy, but according to manga readers, the series ends up ignoring a lot of it in favor of a rather sweet father-daughter relationship between the tiny succubus and her human victim (who already has a real daughter). I’m in on that concept, because I do like series that work on that premise (like Yotsuba&!). Also, more Kugimiya lead role.

Steins;Gate – I never did get around to watching (or playing, despite my best efforts) Chaos;Head, but I’m assuming that there’s little to no direct relation to the two other than the world they’re set in, so I’ll be watching this as Steins;Gate still has no VN translation.

Hanasaku Iroha – Sounds like my slice-of-life show for the season.

Hen Zemi – Another of those shows where the OVA will come before the series. No idea why I want to watch it other than it sounds like it’ll be a decent comedy series and I’m always willing to give more seinen a shot. The first OVA is out, so I’ll give it a try soon.

As for specials and OVAs:
– Gundam Unicorn #3 (which should be out today)
– Koe de Oshigoto! #2
– Asobi ni Iku yo! OVA (no idea why, I didn’t like the show that much)
– Shukufuku no Campanella OVA (Oh dear lord, please let there be more Tortilla Co. and sexy Agnes.)
– Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu OVA 2 (moar BtT please)
– .hack//Quantum #3 (still waiting on subs for #2)
– Morita-san wa Mukuchi (*Shrug*)
– Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA (Oh hell yes.)
– Amagami SS OVA (Miya episode, ohgodohgodohgod)
– Highschool of the Dead OVA
– Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Special
– Valkyria Chronicles 3 OVA (May hold off on this one depending on if it spoils the game or not)

The only other possible addition would be Kaiji S2, but I still have to watch S1, so that’ll be further down the line, I’m sure.

Winter 2011 Chart v3… has been up for a while >.>;

December 13, 2010

There’s been a lot of confusion on my part this season when it comes to anime charts. Chartfag has been taking a break due to real life circumstances, but has unofficially passed the torch to (read: bothered him to do it instead) The Cart Driver. Unfortunately, I was having difficulty finding a finalized chart with premiere dates. Then I found one I had lying around from cowboybibimbop that was mostly done but didn’t have dates. Looking for the newest version, I found the completed chart I had been looking for.

And so, it’s that magical time of the season where I once again decide what I’m going to be watching in the upcoming anime season.

Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love(craft-sensei) – Some kinda moe series about anthropomorphic Lovecraftian creatures. It apparently had some kind of ONA series earlier this year and the TV series will only consist of 4-minute episodes. Kind of disappointing given the potential of the concept. This one slipped by me and caused me to go looking for a new chart. Figures that at least one of the things I wanted to watch aired about a month before everything else. I’ll be checking it out later tonight (as well as the previous ONA series), but don’t expect any comments until the season proper starts and I get a chance to take in a bit of everything.

Rio: Rainbow Gate! – I really don’t know if I’m going to watch this one or not. Seems a little fanservicey, and I dunno about the content. Looks to have gambling and fighting to some degree, but I really don’t know if I care that much. We’ll see.

Kimi ni Todoke (2nd season) – Oh, hell yes. There’s no way I’m passing this one up. The first season was fantastic.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – An original anime series by SHAFT with god-tier talent all around and hints of becoming srsbsns (like Nanoha maybe?). Can’t pass this up. This was originally rumored to be an Anime no Chikara project. That ended up not being the case, but the show itself ended up being true, and my excitement from the time I first heard that rumor is still going strong.

IS: Infinite Stratos – Not really sure why I want to watch this one. I had a reason before (I set it to Plan to Watch on my MAL at some point), but I forgot it. *Shrug* I guess I’ll find out when it starts. (It may be because it’s by the same studio that did the Macross Frontier movies.)

Gosick – Something about a gothic lolita girl who is amazing at solving mysteries (with deductive powers that allegedly rival Sherlock Holmes). I dunno much about the series, but it sounds like it has potential on the mystery factor alone. I’ve been a sucker for mystery series lately.

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? – A boy gets killed and then revived by a necromancer as a zombie, then has to fight magical girls. I’m sorry, but that’s either the worst premise ever, or the best premise ever. I’m gonna find out which.

Fractale – I was going to watch this anyway because the premise sounded neat, but then I found out that the animation looked great and the lead male is voiced by Yuu Kobayashi, so now I can’t wait.

Yumekui Merry – *Shrug* Sounds interesting. I’m not expecting great things, but we’ll see. It’s a J.C. Staff series so it’ll either be pretty good or really bad, depending on how well they adapt it.

Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu! – Second season of Mitsudomoe. The first season was great, so I’ll be following the second for sure. Though if I had my choice of sequels for Summer 2010 shows, I’d have liked a second season of Seitokai Yakuindomo…

Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! – Damn, these shows about little sisters and their older brothers have freaking long titles. Anyway, going to watch this one. Premise sounds good and we have a potential wincest (maybe) relationship in the making.

Houkago no Pleiades – Some thing Gainax is doing with Subaru (the car company). No idea what it is, not really sure I care. It’s Gainax, so I kinda have to watch it just to see what the hell the result will be.

I’m also going to watch these specials/OVAs:
– Mirai Nikki OVA (already did actually, was underwhelming)
– Angel Beats! Another Epilogue & Stairway to Heaven (**** yeah, Angel Beats!)
– MM!: SS (may as well, already watched through the series)
– Issho ni Training 026: Ofuro (shameless fanservice go)
– .hack//Quantum #1 (**** yeah, .hack)
– Kara no Kyoukai: Epilogue (KnK is great, Type-Moon is great)
– Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu ~Matsuri~ (can’t wait for season 2)
– Mitsudomoe (lots of upcoming Mitsudomoe)

I’d list the macross frontier movie as well, but let’s face it. I’m not going to watch a camrip of a movie I really want to see given how amazing it’ll look ripped from a blu-ray.

Well, that’ll do it. Probably nothing from me unless I decided to post something about my Christmas score or a Cross Edge review (if I ever finish it) until my Fall season final impressions. (I’ll be waiting on Zakuro and Arakawa to finish airing after Christmas.)

Winter 2010 (+Railgun & KnT) Final Impressions

April 11, 2010

I’m sorry it took so long to get this done, but apparently Spring Break and exams screwed everything up for a lot of sub groups. I couldn’t even finish Vampire Bund until Funi’s stream came out. That’s how slow a lot of releases have been. I promise that I never forgot.

Anyway, having finished several shows I’ve watched this season and a couple from Fall that just ended, it’s time to throw out my opinions on the completed series.

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FUNimation licenses BakaTest and Vampire Bund

March 4, 2010

http://blog.funimation.com/2010/03/baka-and-test-dance-in-the-vampire-bund/

Pretty unexpected, since neither has finished airing.

I don’t have a whole lot to comment on here. BakaTest is definitely a purchase for me, maybe even a pre-order, depending on when I buy my usual round of stuff at Right Stuf. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and go watch it. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. I do hope that “Baka and Test -Summon the Beasts-” isn’t actually the final title, though. It’s an incorrect/incomplete translation and it doesn’t sound as good as “Idiots and Tests and Summoned Beings/Beasts/Monsters/Whatever.” Vampire Bund, on the other hand, hasn’t really been worth a purchase so far. Unless the remaining episodes absolutely blow me away, I doubt I’ll be buying it, at least not immediately. I may instead opt to pick it up when the price drops or if it goes on sale.

Nice acquisitions on FUNi’s part, but again, a bit disappointed that there is no Higurashi Kai license. And they already lost Toradora. FUNi’s not doing half bad this year, but they’re dropping the ball on a lot of things people actually want. Here’s to hoping the rest of the con season plays out with some more good news.

Winter 2010 Anime Initial Impressions (Except Vampire Bund)

January 14, 2010

I finally sat down to watch a bunch of the 2010 anime that I meant to watch. Actually, since I put it off, I got to watch two episodes of a few things. The only one I didn’t sit down to watch yet is Dance in the Vampire Bund. I’m still waiting on a few volumes of manga to come in from Right Stuf and I want to make sure that I’m up to date on the current U.S. releases before I start watching. I’ve heard that so far it’s more of a retelling than an adaptation anyway, but some similar events happen and I don’t want to spoil myself ahead of time. And now that we have explanations out of the way, on to the impressions.

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Winter 2010 Anime Chart V3

January 1, 2010

So I guess we’re starting this thing up with multiple posts. I suppose it’s going to be worth a mention ahead of time: I’ll probably use this blog to review a LOT of crap. Anime, manga, games, VNs, whatever I read/watch/play, I’ll probably have something to say about it afterwards. After all, nothing says “blog” more than “my opinion on _____.”

So the third version of the Winter 2010 anime chart is apparently out. This is as good an opportunity as any to discuss the season, which has technically already started.

Now here’s the thing: For the longest time, I’ve been away from the fansubbing thing in general. Most of the anime I’ve watched over the last couple of years has been stuff released on DVD that I had some degree of familiarity with, either from watching the series in subs long before or by having read the manga. It’s only recently that I’ve gotten back into it as a result of having so much free time on my hands at work that I started actually reading a forum that I pretty much just lurked at for a handful of subjects before. This will probably be the first season that I’ve really been back into fansubs for since 2005 or so. So let’s see what’s on the table, shall we?

Chu-Bra!! – I don’t know if this will be worth a crap. I figure it’s worth at least watching one episode, just to see what the hell it’s about. I have zero familiarity with this series.

So-Ra-No-Wo-To – Definitely watching this. “K-ON! at war” pretty much sums up what it looks like. Literally. Someone in the anime production staff got pissed when someone said it looked like K-ON!, but you can’t deny the similarities in design. It’s scary. Anyway, it looks like it could be a good watch.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu – Don’t know much about this one. The manga caught my eye in scanlations, but I’m not a big reader of scanlations, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading it. Seems interesting enough, so I’ll give it a shot.

Dance in the Vampire Bund – This is the big one I’ll be watching. I’m more hyped for this one than any other. I recently started buying the manga, but haven’t actually gotten around to reading it yet. I hear nothing but good things and what little I have read by skimming through and in plot summaries seems really interesting. Plus, it’s a SHAFT series. SHAFT is awesome.

Durarara!! – Never watched Baccano!!, though the dub is apparently amazing and it’s on Hulu. It’s on my to watch list. Durarara!! seems to be drumming up a lot of interest from people, though, so I guess I’ll see what it’s all about.

Ookamikakushi – Don’t know squat about this. Apparently it wasn’t a great VN. What I do know about it, though, is that it was written by Ryukishi07, the guy in charge of Higurashi and Umineko, and that apparently PEACH-PIT was involved in character design. Seems like a winning combo, so I’m not sure how it didn’t do so well. I’ll be going into this one with a fair degree of curiosity but fairly low expectations.

Past these, I’m not really that interested in much. Anything else I pick up will be entirely based around hype and recommendation after the fact. I would consider the Fate/Stay Night movie, but I haven’t read the VN yet and I heard the TV series was a wonderful bastardization of it, so I really don’t know much about the series yet. When/if I get around to reading it, I’ll definitely give the movie a shot.

Anyway, that’s it again. Maybe I’ll go longer than a few hours without posting something new this time.