Oct 8, 2011

Posted by in Fall Anime 2011

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Season 2

No. Hell no. This BL crap just isn’t for me, it’s bad enough that I caught glimpses of the first season because my girl likes it, but now there’s a second season? Good god, what fresh hell is this?

And it gets worse; one of my best friends actually likes this anime. Does that give me the right to be suspicious? I would like to think that it does. When you read about the plot, see the pictures and actually watch the first episode then you know that, as a man, you shouldn’t be watching this stuff comfortably.

The artwork, from what the bits I’ve seen, looks pretty decent so no complaints there. It’s the story that does it for me, it’s not something I would find myself watching, not even when I’m bored to death. If you like boy love then go for it.

Plot Summary: Even though Ritsu Onodera hates to rely on family connections, he winds up taking a job as an editor at his parents’ company, Marukawa Books. To his chagrin, he’s assigned to the shoujo manga department in spite of having no interest or experience in it. And on top of that, he has an awful first impression of his high-handed editor in chief, Masamune Takano. What comes after is a story of first love full of tears and laughter.

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Oct 7, 2011

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

I had my doubts about this when I read about this in the 2011 fall chart, but it’s not that bad at all. Sure the story may not be all that unique, but there are things that make up for that. Even my girl found it amusing, even though she doesn’t normally watch these types of anime.

The artwork is superb; it is very detailed, I like that. The characters look really good, especially their heads, well done. No matter what scene you watch, you can tell it’s very detailed. Especially when you compare this with some of the anime from last summer, you’d be surprised. This anime, for some reason, reminded me about the anime Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, graphically that is.

Despite the lack of uniqueness in this story, as I stated above, I still think that this anime has a lot of potential. It’s funny, very well drawn and above all this anime exists mainly out of well-known voice actors and actresses. I’m definitely watching this.

Plot Summary: Hasegawa Kodaka has transferred schools, and he’s having a hard time making friends. It doesn’t help that his blond hair tends to make people think he’s a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered solitary classmate Yozora while she’s talking animatedly to her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have any actual friends, they decide that the best way to alter this situation is to form a club and start recruiting.

That is how “Rinjinbu”, The Neighbours’ Club, was formed, a club specifically designed for people who don’t have very many friends. As other lonely classmates slowly join their little club, they’ll try to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But will this group of relationship-challenged misfits really be able to get along?

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Oct 7, 2011

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Maken-Ki!

Now this is more for me, funny ecchi animes where the characters have special abilities. The first episode immediately ended with a cliffhanger, making me want to watch the second episode as soon as possible.

The artwork was pretty decent, for some reason I got this S-cry-ed flashback when I saw some of the abilities that those girls had. Especially Inaho’s Kushihachi’s weapon, it looks very much like Kazuma’s Alter in S-cry-ed.

I’m having some doubts about the story though, it doesn’t seem all that unique. That and I can see several graphic similarities between this anime and several others. There’s Inah’s weapon, the mark on Takeru’s left chest that looks a lot like Orochimaru’s curse mark in Naruto and the list goes on. Ohhh~ kami-sama let me be wrong, please!

Plot Summary: Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she’s his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don’t like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn’t know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, to which he seemingly has none.

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Oct 7, 2011

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Persona 4

You have no idea how much my girl has been waiting for this one. Ever since she learned of this anime she’s been nagging me non-stop. I guess it’s my mistake for introducing her to Persona: Trinity Soul.

I have to admit, after watching the first episode, that it looked pretty good. If anything, from what I can remember, it looks better than Persona: Trinity Soul, this one seems to be a lot more detailed.  I’m not too sure about the story; it’s a persona anime, so how unique, compared to the other persona anime, could this one be? Sure, the story will be slightly different, but won’t the basic gist of it be the same?

I think that it could become very interesting, even though the foundation of this anime has already been set before it even aired.  Persona: Trinity Soul didn’t have the best ratings, so they have to look deeper into their closet and pull out whatever’s in there, otherwise this one will turn out just as disappointing.

Plot Summary: Persona 4 takes place in the same universe as Persona 3 in a rural town named Inaba. There have been mysterious murders occurring whenever there was fog after heavy rain. There were also rumors about a channel on television airing only at midnight called Mayonaka TV, during which it is said that one can see his/her “other half” when staring at the TV screen.

After hearing about a recent unsolved murder which occurred during the fog, the characters—the main character, Chie, and Yōsuke—discuss how each of them had attempted to watch the mysterious TV channel and witnessed the murder victim. The protagonist later realizes that during midnight when the channel is on, his body can phase into his television set as a gateway to enter another world infested with shadows.

After discovering this, they all decide to explore. When first completely entering the world, dazed and confused, the main character meets Teddie. Mayonaka TV and the town murders seem to have a connection. The murder victims may be merely victims of Mayonaka TV. Everyone decides that they will together try to solve the mysterious murders by exploring the hidden world of Mayonaka TV.

After the closing events of Persona 3 on January 31, 2010, Persona 4 starts April 11, 2011, Putting the start of Persona 4 fourteen months after the end of Persona 3, this is also evident by the appearance of an older Chihiro, who is now a 3rd year student.

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Oct 6, 2011

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Mashiro-Iro Symphony

Here we go again. The first episode was a bit strange, but these types of anime usually are. I recognized some voices, for example; Sakuno Uryuu’s voice actress is Mai Gotou, the same voice actress of characters in series such as Ladies vs Butlers, Shin Koihime Musou, 11eyes and many more. She was the voice of many main characters in many great series, so that gives me a little confidence in this anime.

The artwork is pretty good, the characters are very well drawn, but the character called Sana Inui looks very familiar. The story however isn’t all that original, there are many anime where the story revolves around a character that goes to school filled only with people of the opposite sex.  So I’m wondering what they’re going to do to make this anime stand out, to make it different and interesting.  Time will tell.

Plot Summary: One day, Shingo’s school combines with a girls’ school. As a specially selected student, Shingo temporarily joins the girls’ school until they officially consolidate. He meets various unique girls there, but they all dislike male students. To improve their relationship, Shingo works hard, and…

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Oct 5, 2011

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Bakuman Season 2

Good timing. I just finished watching the first season, so it’s nice to know that I’ll still have some Bakuman every week. I didn’t care much for this anime at first, as I said earlier, but I’m very glad my girl kept nagging me about it.

The artwork is still as good as ever, quite reassuring. As for the story goes; wow. It’s getting better now that their manga has been serialized. They are meeting new people, getting new assignments, their own staff and new upcoming goals. I can’t wait for the next episode. I’ll say it again; I recommend this anime strongly!

Plot Summary: Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, content to live out a relatively normal life as any other does, is persuaded by his classmate, Akito Takagi, to become an aspiring mangaka when the latter realizes his natural talent as an artist. However, Moritaka is reluctant to pursue his dream as his uncle, once a mangaka with his own serializations, died from overwork trying to regain his lost status. With Akito’s help, Takagi gets another classmate and his school crush, Azuki Miho, who is an aspiring voice actress, to voice in the anime adaptation of their future manga once it is completed. However, Mashiro also proposes to Azuki, who surprisingly accepts only on the condition she will marry him when both of them have achieved their dreams. With a goal set before him, Mashiro begins a long and struggling path to become a famous mangaka.

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Oct 5, 2011

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Chihayafuru

Finished episode one, not bad. Although this might be seen as a girly anime by some, I actually think it’s pretty amusing. It’s very interesting to see, and that’s one of the most important things in the anime/manga world, that it’s interesting for the public.

The artwork is good, very good indeed. I just like how they’ve drawn this; it’s very easy on the eyes. As for the story, well… It’s definitely unique. I think it has serious potential.

One thing confuses me though. One anime information site says that this anime has twelve episodes and others say twenty-five, which is it? Guess there’s only one way to find out.

Plot Summary: Chihaya is a lighthearted tomboy, who’s not especially good at anything in particular. Her dream has always been for her sister (an aspiring model) to become the number one beauty of Japan, or perhaps of the world. But then one day she meets someone who tells her that a dream is something that should concern only herself – and something she has to work hard for as well.

At the same time, Chihaya discovers a passion for the old Japanese game hyakunin ishhu, also called “karuta”.

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Oct 5, 2011

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Tamayura Hitotose

You know, it’s come to my attention that there’s a lot of anime this season that appeals to girls. That’s right, there’s a shitload of girly anime this season. My girl must be ecstatic, lol.

I watched the first episode and it’s not all that bad, I think this particular anime might appeal to a large male audience too.  The artwork looks good and the story actually isn’t that bad, it’s not that unique, but nevertheless not bad. I might follow this anime, providing the story stays interesting.

Plot Summary: For her first year of high school, Fu Sawatari moves to Takehara, a scenic old town near Hiroshima, on the Inland Sea. Her father, who has passed away, grew up in Takehara. She loves taking photographs with her father’s old film camera, a Rollei 35S. The story follows her and the friends who gather around her as she comes to love her new home.

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