Autumn 2012 Anime: First impressions

Well, the reason for not covering this earlier is that I had to see what the anime was like and, based on past experience, I had wasted time writing on anime that I’m not even remotely interested and adding of time schedules and channels they aired on takes up a lot of my time that could be spent doing other things.

Excluding Sword Art Online (Summer 2012), there aren’t any other anime I watched from earlier seasons that overlaps into this season, though I can see that at least 3 of the ones stated below would overlap into the following winter season. Too bad that there is no such luck for a second season of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, or its main series, usually airs in Autumn.

There are no screenshots of anime mentioned here that I had dropped prior to writing this post.

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This snapshot describes everything.

There is somewhat a love-hate thing with this one. Character design, animation, background details, music is nice, but the green-blue tint visible throughout the whole anime is too distracting for me. I’m not saying that the anime is bad, but it’s just not my taste.

Other contributing factors that made me want to drop it:

  • Fighting scenes
  • Men with white/long hair
  • Girls in a Gothic lolita dress, and likely to be holding a doll and accompanied with an older man
  • Main character looks like a loser
  • The girl seen in this episode and the ending animation
  • Need to adjust the colour to black and white to not get the green-blue tint be distracting.

Status: Dropped at episode 2

Chuu Ni Byou Demo Koi Shitai! (中二病でも、恋したい!)

It’s produced by Kyoto Animation. Nuff said.

Status: Watching

Robotics;Notes

I heard that the world it is in is indirectly related to Steins;Gate (Spring 2011) that is set at a later time, so I’m kind of curious what this is like. Those numbers in the first scene (1.048596) tells us that it is the same divergence as at the beginning of the anime. Of course, I’m expecting nothing more than a minor reference in this anime.

Status: Watching

Shinsekai Yori (新世界より)
The first few minutes of the first episode attracted my attention, but it didn’t take long afterwords that to realize that the rest of the episode, and the next, takes place in a different world where supernatural abilities are common that looked like pre-Meiji era japan.

Status: Dropped at episode 2

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (さくら荘のペットな彼女)

A high school boy stays at a school dorm known for having crazy people there. He’s staying there only because he wants to keep cats, that his previous dorm. When a teacher tells him to pick someone up, things at the dormitory have gotten even more interesting.

Status: Watching only because I’m curious

Code Breaker

A girl saw a man fighting another group of men while in the bus. When she gets back to the scene, they disappeared without a trace that they were even there. She meets the man himself later on when she tries to save a dog from thugs who were attacking it which, in the process, she gets attacked.

Status: Watching to see what happens next, but visuals are… dated-looking from other anime I’m watching.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (となりの怪物くん)

A girl who is obsessed with studying is sent to ask a classmate who sits next to her to say that his suspension has ended, but she feels empty inside when she finally came in first place. Out of the blue, he kisses her and she couldn’t stop thinking of him since.

Status: Watching

Sukitteiinayo (好きっていいなよ。)

Traumatised of being blamed for causing the death of the class pet back in primary school, she prefers not to have friends that she only has two numbers on her phone: work, and home. However, she is forced to call a guy from school who has been trying to be friends with her when a stalker follows her and nobody at home answers it.

Status: Watching because it is, in some ways, similar to Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun mentioned above, but don’t know much about it

Btooom

Accel World (Spring 2012), Sword Art Online (Summer 2012), and now this. It’s in an RPG-like world, except nobody remembers (at first) how they are suddenly at a remote island or have a green gem embedded in their left hand. It’s unclear at this point if there are fixed main characters, or multiple different ones at this point.

Status: Watching – don’t really know what’s going on, but not enough to determine to drop it

Hayate no Gotoku: Can’t take My Eyes Off You and To Love-ru: Darkness

I had watched previous seasons of these two before quite a while back, but I am unsure about watching these. It’s hard to not watch or drop something I’ve watched the previous season of no matter how boring it may be.

For Hayate, I had watched the first season before (Spring 2007; 4-chors), but not the second season (Spring 2009; 2-chors). It’s one of my first (non-children targeted) anime I had watched, but of course, anime back then weren’t as interesting as this, but in the second season, the graphics seem to have went downhill from the previous season (which apparently is the same as in this third season). I mean, triangular-shaped mouths? Strong colours? I know the young rich girl is being targeted, but her attitude is so unbelievable. Also, around the same time the second season was being aired, anime like K-On was being aired at the same time. We all know how popular K-On turned out.

For To Love-ru, let’s just say it’s something you shouldn’t watch with people around, and there’s no real plot progress. Like what I said for Hayate, and with anime I wrote above that, my likelihood to continue watching these two is doubtful, and even more so since there are other better anime airing in this Autumn season.

Status: Watching, but unsure of continuing

(I know that the list on the right of this blog at time of writhing is outdated: Preparing images and updating them is a pain. Also, I’m editing the tags of earlier posts so that it would be easier to sort by year or season, rather than the name of the anime that are likely to not have a second season. Since I don’t cover every single episode of each anime, that tag is somewhat wasted and taking up space in the tag cloud.)

Un-Go ep 1-2 first impresstions

This was what I thought when I saw certain points of the anime.

Episode 1

Burning car? What happened?


Huh? What’s this?


Oh, the previous image is super zoomed from this, but why place it at the very start of the opening animation? It’s long and making a viewer pause just to read this (which you can’t while it is being aired) is bad. Also, the name of the anime comes from the given name of the main character.


His chin is quite sharp and angular. I wonder if you can cut things with it?


She may be the first character you see after the opening and appear in this episode the most, she’s not the main character.


The man who could solve criminal mysteries, but he doesn’t ever leave his chair. Father of the girl in the previous screenshot.


Yes, he’s pratically glued to the chair. I never saw him get out of it. This is the only thing I remembered about this episode: the lazy smart guy who makes his daughter (and other people)  do everything for him.

Episode 2

Not this again…. and there’s nothing right before this.


A new case: culprit is a cross-dresser.


While solving, the main character come across a girl who could sing well. Turns out that she’s the victim’s daughter of the case they were on.


There’s a problem here: the episode and case has abruptly ended.

Possibly Dropped anime: C³, Kimi to Boku, Ben-To

Covering three different anime at the same time. That’s something rare of me to do, but long time readers would remember that I would put up a longer list and a short summary of it, but that didn’t allow me to write much.

C³ (Cube×Cursed×Curious)
So the father’s protagonist sends to his son a mysterious parcel from overseas. Then a girl who seemed to lack common sense pops out of it like magic. Then the protagonist dares to leave her alone while she knows nothing about the world, resulting in having a house in a wreck.

I can’t watch this anime: from the characters lack of intelligence, and character design. As for the opening and ending themes, you may like the song though.

Kimi to Boku (君と僕。)

I’m not sure why I dropped this. I watched it again and found nothing wrong with it. Maybe I’m just disturbed on seeing a guy with long hair…

I think I’ll watch it again.

Ben-To (ベン・トー)

Another strange anime: it’s about groups of people fighting over half-priced lunch boxes towards the end of the end of the day. There’s even a club dedicated to this kind of thing.

Just looking at the opening alone, and the way girl’s bodies are portrayed, it’s obviously not the kind of anime for me. I rather watch Haganai (僕は友達が少ない) than this anime that doesn’t even make sense.

Other anime


As of the time of writing, there are quite a number of anime on my watch list. Other anime I’m thinking of dropping, but not yet, are:

  • Mawaru Penguin Drum: It’s starting to become a girl’s love fantasy drama who is rudely awakened to reality than a pair of brothers doing whatever it takes to prevent her sister from dying from a strange illness. I was expeting Ringo Oginome (girl in a green and white sailor uniform)
  • Sakugan no Shana 3 -Finale-: I felt that the end of season 1 as an Autumn 2005 anime was the true end of it and my attention for it’s future season, are just extensions of it. Also, as of the second episode, there’s too much talk and little action. A deja vu of To Aru Majutsu no Index (season 1 & 2), which is also produced by the same animation studio.

Anime I could have watched: Tamayura -hitotose-

I had watched the OVA that was released months before the anime, and the first episode of the anime itself. It about a girl who had gain interest on taking photos with her late father’s (analog) camera.

There isn’t really anything wrong with this anime I should say, apart the image quality appearing up-scaled at 720p, suggesting that it was upscalled.

However, this anime is just… too normal for me to catch my interest.  I tried to watch this, but because it failed to catch my attention, I would find myself falling asleep. Possibly even more quickly than an anime that I would drop in later episodes.

Add this to the amount of anime I watch at the same time (e.g. Penguindrum, Mirai Nikki, Haganai), and the other things I do, this has fallen out of favour.

Yuru Yuri… Should I watch it?

Cute girls just starting in middle school doing cute things and a catchy opening song (ゆりゆららららゆるゆり大事件) to sing along with, but is this the anime to watch?

Well, I would have my expectations to be currently lower than anime like A-Channel (Spring 2011). Don’t forget that I’m also watching Kami-sama no Memo-chou and Steins;Gate at the same time. Oh, and No. 6 too.

I don’t know… I’m leaning more towards dropping it though, but… they’re so cute.

Yuru Yuri… Should I watch it?

Cute girls just starting in middle school doing cute things and a catchy opening song (ゆりゆららららゆるゆり大事件) to sing along with, but is this the anime to watch?

Well, I would have my expectations to be currently lower than anime like A-Channel (Spring 2011). Don’t forget that I’m also watching Kami-sama no Memo-chou and Steins;Gate at the same time. Oh, and No. 6 too.

I don’t know… I’m leaning more towards dropping it though, but… they’re so cute.

[New Series] God’s Notebook

Japanese name: 神様のメモ帳 (Kami-sama no Memo-chou)
Season: Summer 2011

This first episode was a 1 hour special and aired ahead of its regular schedule. It also confirmed my wanting to “drop” Hanasaku Iroha after episode 12 and 13 failed to keep me from watching it and a lot of positive/negative reasons on it. I don’t want to say anything bad about it, but let’s just say I’m looking for something with a faster pace and more action.

This 1-hour special allows us to see more what this anime is about, character background, and the first case being solved of a group that deals with hunting down NEETs. The first case involves helping Miku on finding Sakuma Shouko, her senior, who is with her boyfriend. I need to watch this again to catch what happened as my watching of this episode has been interrupted with several hour gaps in between.

In terms of how similar to other anime this anime is let’s put it this way since there are so many:

  • more real-life/serious version of Ookami-san (Summer 2010)
  • Has the same kind of atmosphere that Sigofumi (Autumn 2008) has, and oddly mixing it with N.H.K. ni Youkoso! (Summer 2006)
  • visual-wise, by the same artist who did Hanasaku Iroha (Spring 2011)
  • Steins;Gate (Spring 2011) for the mouthful/detail explanation of things (and Dr. Pepper references)
  • Somewhat like To Aru Kakaku no Railgun (Autumn 2009), but in a more ordinary setting and without lengthy fighting scenes.

We’ll see how this goes.