Summer 2012 Anime Impressions

August 15, 2012 at 1:53 am 7 comments

As I expected, this season of harem anime has really limited my viewing options. All I am mainly left with are moe shows, which do get tiresome eventually. At the very least, I am thankful that Sword Art Online is part of this season’s lineup as I feel my brain would rot even more just by watching only these cute and adorable moe shows >_O;

What a terrible season, just finding something to watch is pretty near impossible. If it were not for my habit of watching shows while writing posts or playing games as a little extra entertainment of sorts then I would most likely be unable to watch anything from this season. Sure there were a few series like Moyashimon that had potential to be so much better, but unfortunately its like they made them bad on purpose just to fit in with the rest of the terrible shows this season.

Here’s a chart and a detailed preview from Random Curiosity.

TARI TARI (07/01 Sun)

 Seeing that I did watch Hanasaku Iroha, I guess it’s no surprise I would come back to another anime with the same animation style. Anyway, with music and moe being the central focus of this show, this isn’t all too different from K-ON! Thankfully, there isn’t someone of the same intellectual capacity as Hirasawa Yui here :3

WATCHING

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (07/01 Sun)

While suicidal loaves of bread that spray blood are amazing, and probably delicious there was little else to this very, very boring show, so I will be passing.

DROPPED

<3 Yuruyuri S2<3 (07/02 Mon)

I’ll be short with my comments here, since nothing’s changed in season 2. If you like moe shows, thenYuruyuri will completely and utterly suck you into a heart-filled abyss you cannot ever escape from.  Cute girls doing cute things further refined into its purest form.

WATCHING

Moyashimon Returns (07/05 Thu)


More drama and less fun when compared to the original turns this sequel into something that while better than the rest of the lineup this season, is still quite the letdown. Instead of maybe two episodes per story arc in the first series with the overarching theme simply being school life, we have a central story that spans the length of the series and serves to space out the funny parts too far and few between in comparison to the story moving drama. Not really bad nor is it good Moyashimon Returns stumbles around in the lukewarm average of anime. Sadly I was looking forward to this show more than any other this season and while I will keep watching just because i want to know how they end it a lot of the magic that made the original fun has been lost.

WATCHING – Reluctantly

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! (07/05 Thu)

This anime is as harem as it gets with every girl easily throwing themselves onto the main character. I originally did think it was funny seeing that he had a terrifying and mysterious imouto that’s trying to get into his pants, but overall it’s not too different from the other harem shows out there. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be watching it, but seeing that he has eliminated his two childhood friends from the list of potential imoutos, it does feel like he’ll be less troubled with his wife hunting. It’s no fun unless he’s paranoid :( And too bad Micchi-senpai claimed Miyabi T_T

WATCHING

Campione (07/06 Fri)

There are two major problems with this otherwise standard harem battle anime. The first and probably biggest issue are how they force limits on the protagonist’s abilities in order to provoke heroines into kissing him. Secondly there is the issue of the inaccuracy of the myths and the winding paths of logic used to dictate the origins of the myth a god inspires. For the first issue, its not just the way they use restrictions to move the plot, incorporate the heroines, and provide a means to superficially bring them closer in one leap, but also how it ruins the central motif of a god slaying super human protagonist by giving him a Shinji side. When a story is developed on such an extreme premise most of the appeal lies in them being abnormal, and therefore able to redefine their surroundings via their own power. By removing any chance of our hero being capable of so much as going shopping without having one of his stereotypical female harem around to play a game of tonsil hockey just so he can get his sword up there is little to no chance of properly satisfying their audience. Maybe had the writer of this series decided that it might be better to go with a protagonist who did not suffer from impotence thus making him utterly dependent on his harem to do his job there might have been something worth watching here. Speaking of that while on the same topic he could really use some more stamina, for being a young sports minded youth, he has one shot a day for each power? Rather shameful if you ask me I dunno how he can be expected to properly care for the four or so girls who incessantly fawn over a one shot wonder. Or maybe I am just looking at it wrong and the entire point is to frustrate the women, either way though bad call.

Issues of the Freudian nature of this show aside the apparent central theme here is how everything revolves around various mythologies and the gods to come from them. A good setup when treated well, however just making up random crap and using names from all over mythology, history, whatever sounds convincing then finding far fetched associations to bind one god to every mythology ever to be made is a stretch. I am sure everyone who knows anything about mythology in general is aware of how there are many shared themes and why that is so. Thanks to that there is some level of leeway when tying gods to their counterparts or forebears from other predecessor religions, however there is a limit when one god can be made to embody entire pantheons here. Nitpicky? Maybe, but considering it is a central theme and no one really wants to see our protagonist standing still chanting off a fake geneology of a gods origin before blasting them with an explosion from his mighty golden sword instead of him chopping somebodies head off. In summary what could have been a harem anime with something more than just harem to watch, turns out to be just another generic harem anime.

DROPPED

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica (07/06 Fri)

….. He made 3 girls urinate together…… When did I download an H-anime?

DROPPED

There is only one reason I can see to watch this show other than if you are a fan of excessive fanservice, and that is the protagonist. Unlike Campione, Hagure Yuusha gives us a protagonist who can do it all, and does it all while being a perverted guy capable of stripping girls underwear without removing her clothes. Of course through the sheer power of manly our lovable protagonist manages to win the unbridled adoration of everything female and unlucky enough to gaze upon his magnificence, despite taking their underwear in front of them. However there is little else here, the anime is just another harem with a slightly better protagonist in the end so don’t expect anything more.

WATCHING – Just because its been a long time since there has been a decent protagonist, and honestly I need something to watch.

Dog Days (07/07 Sat)

Aww, Ricotta is resting on his lap ^-^ More of the same kemonomimi fun! Seriously, you can easily tell whether you like this series or not just by looking at this screenshot. Sadly, that’s all you need to determine if it interests you :3 And speaking of Dog Days, I want this Ricotta nendoroid.

WATCHING

Sword Art Online (07/07 Sat)

Sword Art Online is obviously my top anime for this summer season. But that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect anime by any means, and if I was to give it a rating at the moment it would probably be around a 7-7.5/10 given the amount of episodes out so far. What this anime does best at is giving us a setting that allows us to get a full view of an MMORPG world, in addition to retaining its mechanics and system. We’ve had other anime that had a similar style, but other than the dot hack series, they were more or less parodies as you couldn’t really get a serious plot out of them. However, with Sword Art Online‘s premise, we finally get something to cater to gamers and also explore some deeper themes that are familiar to the audience. As a former player of Ragnark OnlineFFXI, and World of Warcraft, I do enjoy seeing them explore that, and expand upon that as the real-life death penalty modifies certain situations for the worse.

As I mentioned earlier, my rating for this anime despite by excitement for it, would be average at best due to how episodes 3-4 fared. I am well aware that it’s going to be around 24 series, but I am worried about their attempts to adapt the information-filled light novel. With what I heard from a friend, they left out quite a lot of details so story and character development might end up suffering depending on the pace they’re going. Episode 3 is what I’m eying in particular with regards to that, I mean given how fast that went and with only 1 episode, I couldn’t really feel the full impact of what went on.

Either way, this is still a pretty good watch but I do feel like I’ll eventually end up reading the light novels for the full experience. On a side note, I wish that twintail loli Silica would show up more often :3 But realistically, I cannot see her surviving unscathed x_x;; But… she’s so cute T_T Oh well, I’ll claim her since senpai took Miyabi! Mine now >_<

WATCHING

Kokoro Connect (07/07 Sat)

I’m finding this slice of life drama to be more than I expected. These characters have more problems as it is even without the body-swapping going on, and I can’t help but feel for these K-ON clones. And given the issues they have, I’m learning more than I ever wanted to know about these characters as I watch their drama unfold. This isn’t exactly the ecchi body-swapping comedy I had in mind, but I am actually glad that this ended up being something I could take seriously. My brain needed something other than Sword Art Online, after seeing some group urination from thehagure yuusha anime x_x;

WATCHING

Oda Nobuna no Yabou (07/08 Sun)

Koihime Sengoku sums this series up entirely. Everything here is quite literally Koihime set in the Japanese warring states rather than the Three Kingdoms era. If you liked the Koihime game and enjoy series in this time period you will probably find something to enjoy, if not probably best to leave this one alone.

DROPPED

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  • 1. Fuu-G  |  August 15, 2012 at 5:26 am

    No Joshiraku Here?

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  • 2. Amoirsp  |  August 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I don’t know what to say when Hagure Yuusha no Estetica is the only series that both of you commented on.

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  • 3. Justin  |  August 16, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Huh. Surprised you guys haven’t checked out Joshiraku. I like it better than YuruYuri actually.

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  • 4. warum  |  August 16, 2012 at 12:28 am

    >get his sword up
    >more stamina…one shot a day
    If I didn’t read wrongly, you are just having fun with the innuendos aren’t you :P. All I know for Campione is that harem show is A-Ok for me!

    No comments on Koichoco?

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  • 5. Sinnach  |  August 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I know someone probably says this every single season but the current crop of shows really are quite terrible. The same tired formulaic show after show – except Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (which is bad for other reasons but is, by far, the weirdest show in recent memory).

    Kokoro Connect is really great and my current favorite.

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  • 6. Rainyday  |  August 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I don’t watch Sengoku era anime but when I do, it is Oda Nobuna. I do find that the other harem anime like Campione and Hagure Yuusha are seemingly lacking in various parts but Oda Nobuna surprisingly went beyond my expectations. I’m glad I picked it up as the word Sengoku normally deterred me from watching.

    On a side note, you should pick up SAO light novels. With all the hype the anime is receiving, it does not amount to the ‘epicness’ found in the novels as of yet. I’ll wait till Lisbeth’s episode before judging accordingly

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  • 7. Zen  |  September 30, 2012 at 1:33 am

    @ Fuu-G : I found both the manga and anime boring for Joshiraku, sorry.

    @ Amoirsp : That it is a really slow season.

    @ Justin : Joshiraku is painfully boring to me.

    @ warum : Yup that sums it up. As far as Koichoco, I had enough pain playing that game, I certainly did not want to relive that terrible game through anime.

    @ Sinnach : I agree, I think the problem is the more casual nature of a lot of fans who don’t really care about the medium as much as the core group did back when it was less popular. Because of this it becomes easy to market cheap copy paste versions and still have them praised by enough of the fanbase that they make money.

    Jinrui has some fun moments but feels too slow and pointless most of the time to be worth the time investment when watching.

    @ Rainyday : I think Oda is pretty much the same as the others, but the setting is more involved thanks to it being based on actual history.

    I started SAO with the novels, didn’t like it. I can’t quite put my finger on why it turned me off so fast but I had a lot of trouble spending the time reading, I would wander off out of boredom.

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