Spring 2012 preview

Spring has came with a batch of new anime that, except for a new, are completely brand new. Due to my unfamiliarity with the titles and me being back from a long break since just before the last episode of the Winter season aired (2nd episode of Spring has been aired at time of writing), I have to be brief about it.

Due to massive backlog and not in the mood to write, I might not write anymore reviews of the Winter 2012 anime


Likely to watch

Accel World

I’m oddly starting to like this anime for some reason. The main character may look… strange… but at least he’s more intelligent than Shuu of Guilty Crown (Autumn 2011). Well, these two are different, but you get the idea. The character designs of the other characters and interesting plot made up for it. I don’t know how far into the future this is in as not much besides the inside of the school was shown, but phrases like “motorcycles of the past century” was mentioned.

 Natsuiro Kiseki (夏色キセキ)

A group of four girls who had known each other since childhood made a wish with a large stone that appears to have actually worked.

They had wished to be a popular girl band when they get older, but over time, stopped releasing new songs. The relationship between the girls are put to the test.

Sankarea (さんかれあ)

A guy’s pet cat has been killed in an accident and was figuring out the unknown missing ingredient to bring it back from the dead at an abandoned place when he noticed a girl from a school near his, admired by his friends for her beauty.
Unknown to others, the girl’s father “wants the perfect life for her”, but it’s apparent that he doesn’t let her have friends and destroys any existing ones. The daughter in question, however, can’t take it anymore.

Acchi Kocchi (あっちこっち)

Unlike other recent slice-of-life anime like Nichijou (Summer 2011) or Danshi Kokosei no Nichijo (Winter 2012), this one has both guys and girls in it instead of only being either one.

If you are looking for a plot, and slice-of-life is not your thing, I suggest you skip this and watch the other titles I mention here.

Tsuritama (つり球)

The way of living and fishing on the island of Enoshima and having strange encounters.

To those not familiar about where it is, it’s an island in the prefecture of Kanagawa that is a short day trip from Tokyo by train. To be more specific, around the coordinates of 35.3001, 139.4803 on the map.

Space Brothers (宇宙兄弟)

Anime that airs around sunrise don’t usually fall into my radar as those are targeted at kids, but this seems to be a rare exception to that.

Seen, but didn’t like it

Well, as what the sub-title says. I have watched it before, but didn’t like what I saw.

Upotte – “The girls are guns and the new homeroom teacher does not know how to handle them.” Wait! How on earth are girls guns?! That wasn’t explained, and these girls always seem to use another gun to shoot…. Argh. My head got fried.

Nazo no Kanojo X – This one is kind of weird: guy likes to lick the drool of a mysterious girl who falls asleep in class. Since the guy needs her drool daily, this was shown often, which itself is making me uneasy. Had to stop watching it before I puke. Also, the character design is very visibly dated.

Saki of the Episode One (or something like that) This is actually a spinoff instead of a continuation of the first season of Saki (Spring 2009) and focuses more of the characters than Mahjong (though there’s some focus to some degree). I like the characters, but not the game, and I never fully watched the first season anyway.

As you can see here, all of the above titles takes place in High school, with the exception of Space Brothers (and Accel World, but that’s in Middle school). It’s like a fad in recent anime.

Episodes that takes place at beaches

Having watched several different anime, I’m starting to notice something that has been rather common: a whole episode dedicated to playing by the beach in the summer with a group of people. This theme has been used too much.

So, why the dislike towards it? Here:

  • too common
  • always takes place during the summer vacation
  • a lot of emphasis on the girl’s swimsuit
  • the whole episode (and maybe the ones around it) is focused mainly on it
  • no meaningful storyline development
  • etc.

On top of that, I’m starting to watch more of the more serious ones. Love comedy ones are also fallen out of favor.

>Episodes that takes place at beaches

>

Having watched several different anime, I’m starting to notice something that has been rather common: a whole episode dedicated to playing by the beach in the summer with a group of people. This theme has been used too much.

So, why the dislike towards it? Here:

  • too common
  • always takes place during the summer vacation
  • a lot of emphasis on the girl’s swimsuit
  • the whole episode (and maybe the ones around it) is focused mainly on it
  • no meaningful storyline development
  • etc.

On top of that, I’m starting to watch more of the more serious ones. Love comedy ones are also fallen out of favor.

"Where are the subtitles?"


(Note: I’ve already dropped this anime, Yumekui Merry, since episode 2)

So, the above is something you would most likely to see to most of you in openings of most anime, and you are so used to it that when you see screenshots or the videos that I used to put up, you don’t see any text at all.

Preview at the end of an episode. The following episode of the same scene would be shaking and cropped.

Take this image from a post dated last week as an example: If you’ve watched where this screenshot came from, you would have heard some narration.

You want me to add some subtitles? Well…. (refers to a post from a year ago)

If you understood the original audio, you know these subs are lying, but you wouldn’t know if you didn’t since it has the sense of shock of what is happening.

That is what you get. Actually, subbing is not my kind of thing. Syncing the subs with the correct timing is a nightmare by itself, made worse by, not by the duration of what is being subbed, but the number of lines.

Subtitles, despite what they are intended for can get too distracting if you know what is being said, but not the subtitled languages. They can be very much of a visual distraction if there are many of them, especially if they are hard-subbed into the video.

However, as much as I don’t like subtitles, it’s also a necessary thing if I couldn’t catch what is being said. I also don’t like dubbed audio as they tend to be out of sync. They may add the original music that is being played while the characters are saying things, but those might be faded out. Also, the background atmospheric sounds are lacking a lot. Except maybe cartoons and 3D characters, it’s very hard to sync with the lips without rephrasing the words.

>"Where are the subtitles?"

>
(Note: I’ve already dropped this anime, Yumekui Merry, since episode 2)

So, the above is something you would most likely to see to most of you in openings of most anime, and you are so used to it that when you see screenshots or the videos that I used to put up, you don’t see any text at all.

Preview at the end of an episode. The following episode of the same scene would be shaking and cropped.

Take this image from a post dated last week as an example: If you’ve watched where this screenshot came from, you would have heard some narration.

You want me to add some subtitles? Well…. (refers to a post from a year ago)

If you understood the original audio, you know these subs are lying, but you wouldn’t know if you didn’t since it has the sense of shock of what is happening.

That is what you get. Actually, subbing is not my kind of thing. Syncing the subs with the correct timing is a nightmare by itself, made worse by, not by the duration of what is being subbed, but the number of lines.

Subtitles, despite what they are intended for can get too distracting if you know what is being said, but not the subtitled languages. They can be very much of a visual distraction if there are many of them, especially if they are hard-subbed into the video.

However, as much as I don’t like subtitles, it’s also a necessary thing if I couldn’t catch what is being said. I also don’t like dubbed audio as they tend to be out of sync. They may add the original music that is being played while the characters are saying things, but those might be faded out. Also, the background atmospheric sounds are lacking a lot. Except maybe cartoons and 3D characters, it’s very hard to sync with the lips without rephrasing the words.

Failing Expectations

Why? Oh WHY?

Two of the currently airing anime I’m watching are starting to annoy me, but did not drop for what I’m hoping would happen, or historical reasons. These two are これはゾンビですか? (Is this a Zombie?) and Season 2 of とある魔術の禁書目録 (A Specific Forbidden Index of Magic). I’m starting to get annoyed because of things in it that I tried to tolerate, but seemed to made a turn for the worse.

I would like to talk about お兄ちゃんのことなんかぜんぜん好きじゃないんだからねっ!! (I don’t like you at all big brother), but I dropped that at the first episode and never even took a glance of its latter episodes. This is about ones that  I’ve manage to watch past the initial episode.

What’s with the identical shirts?

For Index2, there’s a spin-off, Railgun and it’s upcoming 2nd season, has, ironically, more enjoyable to watch than the main series, but I’m not talking about that. It surrounds around a common thing: nuns and priests, with the big give away being Index tagging along Touma a lot with her trademark robes and blue-ish hair.

“Everything is solved with Touma’s right hand”. That simple?

My next complain is how Touma could do nothing more than block magic spells with his right hand without going into research of how it works, and how time is filled with long, boring/unnecessary, conversation or battles. And maybe some level of stupidity included. Add that to the second and the current story arc (Crazy nuns fighting; magic ship in Italy), and it’s a recipe to make me ask why was I even watching it. Well, actually, I find the episodes that don’t have the religious conflict more enjoyable.

That current arc looked as though they went to a (stereotyped ancient) city in Italy Misaka and Kuroko, main characters of the Railgun spin-off, hardly even make an appearance as compared to Index1. Well, I’ve watched episode 16 at this point, which is the episode where the current arc ends and a (brief preview) of what happens next.

They sure know how to make a day seem like months. The summer vacation seemed like forever as it lasted from the start of around the first episode of season 1 to around the middle of season 2. Except for the manga and a flashback in Railgun about a bank robbery, you don’t see the characters in their winter uniforms at all. Looking at the episode 17 preview, they might finally do. Well, it seems like it: everyone except for the Misaka clones are wearing the winter clothing.

This anime has two extremes of both wanting to watch or drop this and I’m stuck as to what to do.

The trailers of KoreZom during the Winter preview did caught my attention of wanting to watch it, but everything went downhill by the end of the first episode. I didn’t know anything about this anime, so I continued watching, hoping that things would improve, but episode 2 made me think otherwise.

Well, depending on your tastes, you might say that it has gotten better, but, to me, it’s the opposite. It’s already episode 4 and I still don’t remember the character’s names, not even vaguely. Well… maybe I’m the kind of person who would prefer the more serious themes.

Character wise, they are kind of… strange. In a way that it’s not as bad as that anime with a crazily long name, but not enough for me to like either.

Let’s say the character in the right image. She’s Nepheoloasasi from the world of  Nulaedjccoi, and speaks dotdeas. (Or something like that) Too much jargon. She mostly hangs around the house most of the time, not doing anything other than taking care of the household chores. What’s up with that?

As with most anime, the parents of the main character of anime of this genre are always absent from home for some long duration, typically long enough to not be needed to be introduced at all in the anime.

(o_O)

I don’t really mind the main character (still don’t remember the name) becoming a magical girl, but only if they completely look and behave like a girl. Not some sick pervert that crossdresses and what not. I can’t stand looking at it. It’s giving me nightmares just looking at it.

At this point (up to episode 4), you could see that there is a character that’s yet to be introduced appearing in the opening animation. Given how much disappointment I have for this anime for the boredom and disappointment I had to go through, I won’t be watching anymore just to find out. It’s like hoping to be familiar with someone you randomly met on the train, but with no contact info and the routes you take to get home are completely different with no pattern. It’s a whole lot of a storyline that goes around in circles and/or making very little progress. Anything with fanservice is a huge negative point for me.

Well, maybe my standards are high from having watched Death Note, Depression of Suzumiya Haruhi, K-On, Eden of the East, Code Geass, and so on.

Just from this cap alone, I could already see the things that I don’t like.

What’s that rotating blue/grey cylinder thing with a stand beneath it seen in the house while the characters are having a meal? Nobody mentioned about it, but it’s the most obvious unusual household appliance seen in the anime. That’s an electric fan. No really. It appears to be “invented” as recently as 2009, though it does look out of place of where it’s shown.

>Failing Expectations

>Why? Oh WHY?

Two of the currently airing anime I’m watching are starting to annoy me, but did not drop for what I’m hoping would happen, or historical reasons. These two are これはゾンビですか? (Is this a Zombie?) and Season 2 of とある魔術の禁書目録 (A Specific Forbidden Index of Magic). I’m starting to get annoyed because of things in it that I tried to tolerate, but seemed to made a turn for the worse.

I would like to talk about お兄ちゃんのことなんかぜんぜん好きじゃないんだからねっ!! (I don’t like you at all big brother), but I dropped that at the first episode and never even took a glance of its latter episodes. This is about ones that  I’ve manage to watch past the initial episode.

What’s with the identical shirts?

For Index2, there’s a spin-off, Railgun and it’s upcoming 2nd season, has, ironically, more enjoyable to watch than the main series, but I’m not talking about that. It surrounds around a common thing: nuns and priests, with the big give away being Index tagging along Touma a lot with her trademark robes and blue-ish hair.

“Everything is solved with Touma’s right hand”. That simple?

My next complain is how Touma could do nothing more than block magic spells with his right hand without going into research of how it works, and how time is filled with long, boring/unnecessary, conversation or battles. And maybe some level of stupidity included. Add that to the second and the current story arc (Crazy nuns fighting; magic ship in Italy), and it’s a recipe to make me ask why was I even watching it. Well, actually, I find the episodes that don’t have the religious conflict more enjoyable.

That current arc looked as though they went to a (stereotyped ancient) city in Italy Misaka and Kuroko, main characters of the Railgun spin-off, hardly even make an appearance as compared to Index1. Well, I’ve watched episode 16 at this point, which is the episode where the current arc ends and a (brief preview) of what happens next.

They sure know how to make a day seem like months. The summer vacation seemed like forever as it lasted from the start of around the first episode of season 1 to around the middle of season 2. Except for the manga and a flashback in Railgun about a bank robbery, you don’t see the characters in their winter uniforms at all. Looking at the episode 17 preview, they might finally do. Well, it seems like it: everyone except for the Misaka clones are wearing the winter clothing.

This anime has two extremes of both wanting to watch or drop this and I’m stuck as to what to do.

The trailers of KoreZom during the Winter preview did caught my attention of wanting to watch it, but everything went downhill by the end of the first episode. I didn’t know anything about this anime, so I continued watching, hoping that things would improve, but episode 2 made me think otherwise.

Well, depending on your tastes, you might say that it has gotten better, but, to me, it’s the opposite. It’s already episode 4 and I still don’t remember the character’s names, not even vaguely. Well… maybe I’m the kind of person who would prefer the more serious themes.

Character wise, they are kind of… strange. In a way that it’s not as bad as that anime with a crazily long name, but not enough for me to like either.

Let’s say the character in the right image. She’s Nepheoloasasi from the world of  Nulaedjccoi, and speaks dotdeas. (Or something like that) Too much jargon. She mostly hangs around the house most of the time, not doing anything other than taking care of the household chores. What’s up with that?

As with most anime, the parents of the main character of anime of this genre are always absent from home for some long duration, typically long enough to not be needed to be introduced at all in the anime.

(o_O)

I don’t really mind the main character (still don’t remember the name) becoming a magical girl, but only if they completely look and behave like a girl. Not some sick pervert that crossdresses and what not. I can’t stand looking at it. It’s giving me nightmares just looking at it.

At this point (up to episode 4), you could see that there is a character that’s yet to be introduced appearing in the opening animation. Given how much disappointment I have for this anime for the boredom and disappointment I had to go through, I won’t be watching anymore just to find out. It’s like hoping to be familiar with someone you randomly met on the train, but with no contact info and the routes you take to get home are completely different with no pattern. It’s a whole lot of a storyline that goes around in circles and/or making very little progress. Anything with fanservice is a huge negative point for me.

Well, maybe my standards are high from having watched Death Note, Depression of Suzumiya Haruhi, K-On, Eden of the East, Code Geass, and so on.

Just from this cap alone, I could already see the things that I don’t like.

What’s that rotating blue/grey cylinder thing with a stand beneath it seen in the house while the characters are having a meal? Nobody mentioned about it, but it’s the most obvious unusual household appliance seen in the anime. That’s an electric fan. No really. It appears to be “invented” as recently as 2009, though it does look out of place of where it’s shown.