Again, I’ll be using the quicker format for now with my opinions attached. As noted before, I’m aware that full text previews are boring, but it takes 5+ hours for me to do fully picturised, tabled HTML happy preview posts, and frankly it achieves little more. Anyway, as before, click the link to be wisked off the Anime Database entry and see pretty pictures.
Fate/Zero, Part II: Well, obviously. I was impressed at how well the first part kept to the novels, and in fact improved them with a few minor but well selected tweaks. UFOTable has kept the magic they applied to Kara no Kyoukai, and though everyone was dissapointed about having to wait a season for this continuation, it was in my thought better for them to do it right again than rush out the second part (which is pretty awesome in the novels!!).
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san: A boy is attacked by mind melting alien horrors. A dark god in the form of a young girl comes to his aid. And… !!! oh my god they didn’t just turn an Elder One moe, did they? Surely not!? Holy shit they did. High Scroll romantic battle comedy, meet Cthulu, you’ll get along just swimmingly! I really want to head-desk right now. Nevertheless, this is such a ridiculous concept it just might work, but irregardless it’ll probably make you lose 2D6 sanity points. Therefore, you have to watch it.
“Happy ♪ chaos, is due! Nyarlathotep is crawling next to you! Always smiling!”
Okay, so I lied about no pictures. But this stuff from the official promotional material is utterly priceless.
Cautiously Optimistic About:
Kuromajo-san ga Touru: Hmm, I can’t decide whether this is a kids show or not. However, the early morning showing suggests not. Apparently a girl obsessed with occult junk (but can’t cast a spell to save her life) accidently summons a real magic user. Hijinks of her bugging him/her/it (hard to tell with the robe~ Spider senses say male, but the trap alarm is blaring) for real magic lessons ensue.
Shining Hearts: The Bread of Happiness: All together now! (FACEPALM) at the title, please. Moreover, its based on a PSP RPG animated by Tony Taka of all people. You can guarantee, however, that his usual extreme art-quality, as always, does not transmute into anime (like in Shining Tears x Wind) because he can only do stills at that quality. But its got bread, amnesia, and pirates in it, so it can’t be terrible, right?
Acchi Kochi: The Tohno gland strikes again. A clone of Shiki is wrecking havoc in an alternate world, making a clone of Konata from lucky star into a tsundere for him and… (wait what?). Erm, actually this is a generic romance; but its very clear they’ve been stealing character designs, adding huge antennae, and calling it a day. The prospect of Romance done right is the only thing keeping my cautiously optimistic. Since the writer was involved in Astarotte (which had a distinct lack of morals but was actually quite sweet), it could be ok.
Is this a zombie? Of the dead?: I don’t normally cover sequels in previews, but I needed to pad this area. Go figure. Anyway, Korewa Zombie is back. It was a great show for the first half. And then it just… wasn’t, for most of the second half. Its like their writer and director suddenly realised their fringe brilliance and felt the need to tone it down. Hopefully, the new season will forget that the second half of the first season ever existed (except Eu speaking to kill things, because that was actually awesome).
May possibly look into:
Accel World: Well, I read the first novel of this. It’s… weird… In 2046, a few elite have access to celerity of thought and action, allowing them to speak and react at stupendous rates. The price? You have to fight and win in real-life beat-em-ups with your powered up alter-ego. No really. Also, the main character is a fat chibi that somehow gains the attention of the school princess. (le sigh)
Sengoku Collection: The spiritual sequel to Oda Nobunaga’s Quest for Clothes. I can’t even remember the proper title of the show. The one based on pachinko. Momo-Iro-Paradox, that’s the one (I had to look it up). This time, is based on a game from a Japanese facebook. Joy. Famous japanese warlords thrown into the gender bender machine come into the modern day. Hilarity ensues.
Hyouka: Literature club, detective mystery, and wait… what… the writer of Full Metal Panic? Animated by KyoAni. Huh? What a wacky collection of resources. Don’t tell they’re going to try and duct-tape them to… of course they are… this season is just going to be like that, isn’t it?
No, Just NO!
Sanka Rea: Fact= Zombie girlfriends are cold in bed. Studio DEEN is involved. Avoid like the flesheating plague.
Medaka Box: Student Council. Shounen Jump source. Gainax have lost their way lately. Skip it.
Nazo no Kanojo X: Eating a girls bodily fluids for psychic connection? What the fuck is wrong with you, man?
The above titles should be, at best, touched with an eleven foot pole. Of course, your mileage may vary. But if it varies this low, I question your ability to appreciate entertainment.
Mm, yeah I think that’s about it, at least in terms of things worth mentioning. There is more, but everything else screams generic, and my senses are usually right with identifying the chaff (not always, though).
This season has alot in common with rooftop nabe. Lets throw things into a boiling pot of miso and cream and see what happens. You know, that kind of thing. Also, please don’t take my recommendation of Haiyore seriously. It’s a plot from the Elder Gods to get you to watch it. Of course, the fact that the blasphemy could turn out well is what makes it all the more puzzling. Besides Fate/Zero, and carrying on with watching Bodacious Space Pirates, I really don’t see alot of amazing. Which is odd, since last spring’s season was full of resplendant potential. Funny how things change year to year, isn’t it?
Anyway, keep it clean, people, and cya soon.