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Archive for September, 2012

I guess, even if it’s only a single show, the fall season has officially started? Spoiler alert: it’s a promising start!

Oh, and now that it’s a new season, I’ve decided to give myself a fresh start. By which I mean there’ll be a screencap just below this text, just above the “read more” link. If only there were a better name for this main image!

From the New Season

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Fall 2012 Plans

Summer is drawing to a close; fall is starting soon. Anime continues to be terrible forever! Or so the joke goes. 90% of everything and all that. This summer may have been particularly unremarkable, but the fall anime season at least looks busy. Here are my plans:

Green = “want to watch”, orange = “watching because why not” and red = “lol nope”

  • From the New World
  • Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  • Kamisama Hajimemashita
  • Wooser’s Hand to Mouth Life
  • Hayate: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You!
  • Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
  • BTOOOM!
  • Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
  • Busou Shinki
  • Zetsuen no Tempest
  • K
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Haitai Nanafa
  • Little Busters!
  • Say I Love You
  • Code:Breaker
  • Magi
  • Teekyuu
  • Ixion Saga DT
  • Girls und Panzer
  • Jormungand Perfect Order
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Robotics;Notes

And then a couple of OVAs and movies

23. 23 series. And we’ve still got Sword Art Online, Space Brothers and Kokoro Connect (kinda) continuing. Most things I’m not picking up are either sequels to shows I haven’t watched, 25 minute long adverts, or ecchi/harem shit. A couple of exceptions, but for the most part yeah. This is what happens if you go in optimistically, although I don’t doubt I’ll be dropping a load of them.

Anyway, some thoughts on a few of the things I’m picking up:

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There haven’t really been many series of late (certainly not from this year) that could be described as ‘thought-provoking’. Not in a literary sense anyway. There have been some great stories, excellent character studies, and so on and so forth, but when was the last time something came along that compelled you to analyse it, to explore the themes and imagery in an attempt to decipher the messages that its broadcasting?

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (otherwise known by the abbreviation ‘Jintai’ or in English as ‘Humanity has Declined’ or some variant thereof) is such a show and a breath of fresh air in what has otherwise been a relatively stale year. And so innocuous it was too! What did we gather from the previews? A pink-haired girl has whimsical adventures with fairies in a pastel-coloured post-apocalyptic world where humankind is slowly going extinct. Ok, so maybe we shouldn’t have judged it as a cutesy, fairytale iyashikei given that last part, but you know how these things go. What we didn’t know was just how wrong we were.

And everyone who dismissed it ended up a little embarrassed

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Late again. I’d say it was strategic to fit in 3 finales, but no yeah I forgot about this again.

In other news (well not really), Phi Brain is getting a third season. Yes this made me unbelievably happy.

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Between Moyashimon Returns and Natsuyuki Rendezvous ending and moving back to uni, I completely forgot about this. Go me.

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Nastsuyuki Rendezous

The latest josei series to air on the noitaminA timeslot, Natsuyki Rendezvous is the heartwarming, tragic love-triangle between a young man, a 30 year old woman and her husband, with like a fuckton of flowers everywhere. Also the husband is a ghost!

Or a little bit more seriously, the story concerns the relatively young Hazuki, who is in love with the 30 year old widower and florist Rokka, who is still unable to move past the death of her husband Shimao. Shimao is a ghost whom only Hazuki can see. Mortality ensues.

Truly a story about the emotional weight death carries

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Moyashimon Returns

If there was one thing no anime fan was expecting this year, it was the announcement of Moyashimon Returns.

It is, as might be indicated by the name, a sequel to 2007’s Moyashimon. A quirky and odd series about some students and professors at an agricultural university with a focus on fermentation, Moyashimon was generally well-praised for its unique premise, likeable characters and good sense of humour. And while it is generally remembered, it is nonetheless relatively obscure (and I don’t believe did that well in Japan). Basically, nothing about Moyashimon screamed “this needs a sequel!”, so everyone was just really surprised by the announcement. Not that the news was received poorly – Moyashimon was something quite different, an entertaining breath of fresh air and certainly memorable, so more of it was always welcome.

And if you didn’t know already, the main character can see and chat with microbes, which are all very ‘chibi’ and stuff and what Moyashimon is actually best remembered for.

Cute CG Microbes the Animation Returns!

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