Questions on Winter 2011

It’s only been about a week since my Internet connection’s come back. I haven’t been downloading much due to the inconsistency of the connection, but I think it’s funny that the first anime I obtained from the Winter season are Freezing and Rio ~ Rainbow Gate. I think that says something about my current willingness to watch intelligent anime series, but give me time and I’ll make it up to you guys.

The anime this season that would probably make me happy would be Hourou Muskou, Fractale, Kimi ni Todoke 2, and Gosick. What are your experiences with these shows? I was half-stunned with boredom with the first episode of Rio. I know she has a great body and brings luck to gamblers, but that first episode sucked. It’s a pretty good brain anesthetic, though, as it makes me forget about obstetrics for 20 minutes. 🙂

Any shows you guys would like to recommend?

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9 Responses to “Questions on Winter 2011”

  1. ojisan Says:

    You’ve got the three I’ve s chosen (minus Gosick), but there’s one other I’m interested in trying out – I watched the first episode of Level E and was interested but not thrilled – however, interweb gush tells me that the character-driven humour gets better & better (unverified).
    Otherwise I’m just winding up on Soredemo Machi Wa Mawatte Iru from last season, which I recommend to everyone: friends, family, passing birds, anyone I pass on the sidewalk –

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  3. Hogart Says:

    So far I’d probably recommend Level E, Madoka, or Hourou Musuko depending on what you’re in the mood for. I’ve watched 2 or 3 eps of more shows this season than most, and a lot of them are good enough to keep watching;

    Gosick – the mystery and intrigue elements have been weak so far, and it seems to be focusing more on rather typical character development so far. Some nice scenery, but just not holding my interest. I’ll probably drop it if the next episode doesn’t go anywhere new.

    Level E – what should be a worn-out premise has had enough intrigue and humor to be really interesting, so if you want a comedy that doesn’t solely rely on arm-flailing and obvious humor it’s worthwhile, and it feels like they’re trying to avoid getting stuck in a rut like most anime comedies.. so I’m interested.

    Madoka – basically what I expected, which is a “dark” majou shoujo that is trying to play things off as more tragic and evil than they appear on the surface. Quite good so far, and taking some risks which is always nice.. even if the artwork is a bit cheesy at times.

    Hourou Musuko – a large cast that I can barely keep up with, but a pretty good and interesting one. They feel like real highschool kids with real identity issues, and not overly moe or angsty ones. So far, so good, and slowly drawing me into liking the characters.

    Yumekui Merry – relatively interesting premise, and decent art direction and characters – but it’s been slow-paced and the editing and storyboarding feel kinda weak to me. If they kick it up a notch it could be something special, but it seems kind of unsure of itself.

    Kore wa Zombie desu ka – I don’t know what they’re aiming for – parody or murder mystery – but it’s had just enough of both to keep me interested despite a weak premise and very cliched characters. I might be the only person alive who actually likes the ED.

    Fractale – I’ve seen too many shows like this to find the foreground stuff interesting, and the characters are quite obnoxious so far. But the setting is alright, and there’s enough NOT being said (but rather implied) that I can still hope that it will not fall apart entirely.

    So there’s a lot of shows that have held my interest so far. I lost interest in Kimi ni Todoke in the first season when it became clear they were dragging it out with all the speed and grace of a glacier. I lost interest in Dragon Crisis and Infinite Stratos because there’s nothing in either that I haven’t seen a billion times in other anime, and the production values aren’t mind blowing enough for me to bother. I lost interest in Freezing because it’s just too damn juvenile and lacks anything close to substance. I gave Mitsudomoe a few eps, but it’s just not my bag (it’s not bad, it just doesn’t offer anything but a sense of humor I don’t really share). Beelzebub didn’t get past ep1, just too damn annoying in my eyes.

  4. nerdchills Says:

    My thoughts about what I’ve seen so far.

    Hourou Musuko: probably the most interesting show of the season. I think it’s the kind of show you would like too.

    Fractale: The concept behind it is interesting I guess, but I wasn’t incredibly impressed with it right away. I enjoyed the second episode though, so I would still say it’s worth checking out.

    Level E: Pretty funny show. Not in a particularly clever way, but with more style than many other shows.

    Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: So far it’s a pretty boring show that brings nothing new to the table. Might get better, but I wouldn’t recommend it as of now.

    Yumekui Merry: Watched one episode, thought it was garbage. Haven’t bothered with more.

  5. Ian K Says:

    The only one I’ve been able to build up enough enthusiasm for is Level E, thanks to the rave reviews its getting all over the internet.

    It’s essentially the same concept as Men in Black, except instead of starring government agents who kick ass and take names, it has an ordinary guy and the alien squatting in his apartment.

    I didn’t find the first episode that funny, but the second took the humor up a notch while fleshing out the world with inter-alien rivalries. The humor isn’t really very smart or sophisticated, but when it works (which is often) it works well. Can’t wait to see episode 3.

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  7. Michael Says:

    I’ll look into Level E. Thanks for the heads-up. Hogart, nerdchills, Ian K, and ojisan and lulz, thanks for the recommendations. Thanks for the especially detailed descriptions, Hogart. I will look into Hourou Muskou and probably enjoy the sparkles and bubbles of KnT 2. Haha.

  8. Angelus Says:

    Right now, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is my top recommendation for something more serious, and Kore wa Zombie desu ka for something lighter. Madoka (aka Chidamari Sketch) because at this stage it appears to be a mahou shoujo reworking of Faust, with the wide-faced innocence conveyed by Aoki Ume’s character designs reflected and twisted in the cracked mirror of Urobuchi Gen’s malign genius. Zombie mainly because it’s fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously – it recycles judiciously-chosen elements of Bleach, Highschool of the Dead and various other anime, so expect large amounts of totally gratuitous fanservice (especially from the Dyson Air Multiplier), but some plot too.

    For me, the jury is still out on Fractale. Episode three certainly marks a departure from the somewhat lackluster ones that preceded it, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the change of pace is sustained.

  9. Michael Says:

    I will most definitely look into Madoka. Thanks, Angelus. You’re the man.

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