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.

End-Winter 2011 Anime Review

The Winter season has ended, and the first episode of the first Spring anime has begun, but the Tohoku Earthquake (officially named as “Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster” or 東日本大震災) has disrupted. As of the time of writing, people living in the tsunami-hit areas and the radioactive treat from the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear reactor plant still have yet-to-resolve issues. In case you know nothing about radiation, there’s radiation everywhere. Current radiation levels in Tokyo is lower that that of other major cities in the world.

I’m not here to talk about the new Spring season, but how the Winter season has been. I have to say that this is the most disappointing lineup ever, but let’s cover it to at least say how bad it was.

Oh, before I continue on here’s a list from the winter season that I’ve mentioned in the two parts of the First Impressions posts that I never picked up:

  • Rio – Rainbow Gate
  • I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother! (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!!)
  • Is This a Zombie? (これはゾンビですか?) → reason

Kind of short isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t include ones I’ve never mentioned, like the second season of 君に届け (To You). Anyways, here are the anime I’m featuring in this post:

Infinite Stratos
IS <インフィニット・ストラトス>

At first, it seemed like one of the best anime for the season. The layout, as my thoughts at the first few episodes, was eerily almost similar to what I had in mind for a location of one of my novels in terms of the technologies and facilities of the school.

Looking back, I don’t remember what this anime is about at the top of my head besides harem, fighting with seemingly incomplete machines, some arguments. Well, men may like this, but not me. I’m more of having anime with serious storyline, and the occasional slice-of-life ones. Suddenly, anime from 2006 and earlier seems visually dated now.

I never liked this typical common thing where the character would go “it’s the summer vacation! Let’s buy swimsuits and head to the beach/sea!” or something like that. Sadly, even the good anime I had watched has that thing too. What is making the difference is this:

  • Someone disappears and/or got killed, most likely with thunderstorm too
  • Nothing happened. The beach just happens to be nearby.
  • Camera angles focuses a lot of the girl’s swimsuits and them playing around

If you had read my review of Nichijou in Part 1 of the Spring 2011 preview and were wondering what I was talking about, here’s why:

You can see that there’s not much to look at.

Wondering Son
放浪息子

It was one of the few titles that I’ve never thought of picking up with its low profile and if it weren’t for being in Fuji TV’s noitaminA slot.

The theme surrounds around gender-bending subjects of a middle school boy (Nitori) and cross-dresses frequently after school, but it does raises topics like gender equality. If you are looking for erotic things that most anime based on this theme like Kämpfer (Autumn 2009) and To Love-ru (Spring 2008), you would be disappointed as there aren’t any. Rather, it leans towards the side of being serious to the point that they actually want to be turned into the opposite sex. Though nothing as extreme as Kashimashi (Winter 2006).

Character and scenic colouring seemed like watercolour with soft colours that somehow matches the theme of this anime, but the contrast is too bright. Character design is okay, but not enough to be popular.

Well, let’s end this with a live performance of the ending theme song.

A Specific Prohibited Catalog of Magic – 2
とある魔術の禁書目録II
(Autumn 2010, 24 episodes)

This review only covers the later 12 episodes, and the anime as a whole. Please refer to the end-Autumn post for the first 12. Some of my opinion of this, and the 2nd OP video, is already written in an another post.

With influence from its more recent Railgun spin-off, character design are improved, Uiharu having more appearances that she actually speaks in (Saten only appear in its DVD special), and winter uniforms you would actually see them wearing. There are also rumors of a Railgun2 and Index3, along with the person directing this series since Index1 having left/sacked or something recently. I don’t know what this means or if I should be happy/sad about it.
Still sticking to the same format, the later part still suffers from having too many episodes fighting with some nuns or priests. The pace is too slow too.
Which is more exciting to watch? A young man that has no abilities except blocking even the most powerful magic with his right hand, or a girl who has the most powerful eletric-based attack ever? Oh, and how useful and annoying their partners are too.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
魔法少女まどか☆マギカ

It’s not everyday that you see a magical girl themed anime to have this scary and dark feeling, or ending the series on a sad note. Produced by Shaft, the usual traits that are included with all the other anime produced by them are obvious. I’m tired of describing what they are, so I’m not saying them. To name a few, they are Natsu no Arashi, and Maria Holic. I’ve never watched much of Arakawa Under the Bridge or Sorede Machi wa Mawatte iru, so I can’t say if they were good from after where I dropped it. In general, I don’t really like most of the anime produced by them. Also, they have this trend to add horizontal bars (usually plain black) in an already widescreen aspect ratio for a prolonged length of time.

That aside, this anime has a level of seriousness and sadness that stands out in a good way, but it’s hard not to mention the “unique” style that SHAFT has added to all the anime produced by them because they add things that are visually distracting and annoying. Bakemonogatari, also produced by them is a good anime, but you could say that they ruined it.

Plot and story-wise, it’s actually quite good. As of the time of writing, I didn’t get to watch episode 12 due to the numerous news coverage relating to the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Tohoku region and its chain reactions around when episode 11 was being aired. The schedule says that the delayed episode should have aired on April 6, but I haven’t been able to watch it. It eats into the schedule of the Spring anime.

I could have higher opinion if I could follow the heavy storyline in the latter episodes and the oddities of the production studio that made it.

To reflect the sadness in the anime, here’s a piano version of the opening by a skilled pianist:


Well, the winter season didn’t have much new anime interesting enough to have me looking forward to. Among which, this winter season and the previous autumn season don’t have total regular episodes to be about 24. Index2 was an exception, but as I said before, it was a disappointment. Hourou Musuko (放浪息子) is the only one I had look forward to a newer episode in the following week, which I had not even though of picking it up until it started airing.

>End-Winter 2011 Anime Review

>The Winter season has ended, and the first episode of the first Spring anime has begun, but the Tohoku Earthquake (officially named as “Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster” or 東日本大震災) has disrupted. As of the time of writing, people living in the tsunami-hit areas and the radioactive treat from the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear reactor plant still have yet-to-resolve issues. In case you know nothing about radiation, there’s radiation everywhere. Current radiation levels in Tokyo is lower that that of other major cities in the world.

I’m not here to talk about the new Spring season, but how the Winter season has been. I have to say that this is the most disappointing lineup ever, but let’s cover it to at least say how bad it was.

Oh, before I continue on here’s a list from the winter season that I’ve mentioned in the two parts of the First Impressions posts that I never picked up:

  • Rio – Rainbow Gate
  • I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother! (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!!)
  • Is This a Zombie? (これはゾンビですか?) → reason

Kind of short isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t include ones I’ve never mentioned, like the second season of 君に届け (To You). Anyways, here are the anime I’m featuring in this post:

Infinite Stratos
IS <インフィニット・ストラトス>

At first, it seemed like one of the best anime for the season. The layout, as my thoughts at the first few episodes, was eerily almost similar to what I had in mind for a location of one of my novels in terms of the technologies and facilities of the school.

Looking back, I don’t remember what this anime is about at the top of my head besides harem, fighting with seemingly incomplete machines, some arguments. Well, men may like this, but not me. I’m more of having anime with serious storyline, and the occasional slice-of-life ones. Suddenly, anime from 2006 and earlier seems visually dated now.

I never liked this typical common thing where the character would go “it’s the summer vacation! Let’s buy swimsuits and head to the beach/sea!” or something like that. Sadly, even the good anime I had watched has that thing too. What is making the difference is this:

  • Someone disappears and/or got killed, most likely with thunderstorm too
  • Nothing happened. The beach just happens to be nearby.
  • Camera angles focuses a lot of the girl’s swimsuits and them playing around

If you had read my review of Nichijou in Part 1 of the Spring 2011 preview and were wondering what I was talking about, here’s why:

You can see that there’s not much to look at.

Wondering Son
放浪息子

It was one of the few titles that I’ve never thought of picking up with its low profile and if it weren’t for being in Fuji TV’s noitaminA slot.

The theme surrounds around gender-bending subjects of a middle school boy (Nitori) and cross-dresses frequently after school, but it does raises topics like gender equality. If you are looking for erotic things that most anime based on this theme like Kämpfer (Autumn 2009) and To Love-ru (Spring 2008), you would be disappointed as there aren’t any. Rather, it leans towards the side of being serious to the point that they actually want to be turned into the opposite sex. Though nothing as extreme as Kashimashi (Winter 2006).

Character and scenic colouring seemed like watercolour with soft colours that somehow matches the theme of this anime, but the contrast is too bright. Character design is okay, but not enough to be popular.

Well, let’s end this with a live performance of the ending theme song.

A Specific Prohibited Catalog of Magic – 2
とある魔術の禁書目録II
(Autumn 2010, 24 episodes)

This review only covers the later 12 episodes, and the anime as a whole. Please refer to the end-Autumn post for the first 12. Some of my opinion of this, and the 2nd OP video, is already written in an another post.

With influence from its more recent Railgun spin-off, character design are improved, Uiharu having more appearances that she actually speaks in (Saten only appear in its DVD special), and winter uniforms you would actually see them wearing. There are also rumors of a Railgun2 and Index3, along with the person directing this series since Index1 having left/sacked or something recently. I don’t know what this means or if I should be happy/sad about it.
Still sticking to the same format, the later part still suffers from having too many episodes fighting with some nuns or priests. The pace is too slow too.
Which is more exciting to watch? A young man that has no abilities except blocking even the most powerful magic with his right hand, or a girl who has the most powerful eletric-based attack ever? Oh, and how useful and annoying their partners are too.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
魔法少女まどか☆マギカ

It’s not everyday that you see a magical girl themed anime to have this scary and dark feeling, or ending the series on a sad note. Produced by Shaft, the usual traits that are included with all the other anime produced by them are obvious. I’m tired of describing what they are, so I’m not saying them. To name a few, they are Natsu no Arashi, and Maria Holic. I’ve never watched much of Arakawa Under the Bridge or Sorede Machi wa Mawatte iru, so I can’t say if they were good from after where I dropped it. In general, I don’t really like most of the anime produced by them. Also, they have this trend to add horizontal bars (usually plain black) in an already widescreen aspect ratio for a prolonged length of time.

That aside, this anime has a level of seriousness and sadness that stands out in a good way, but it’s hard not to mention the “unique” style that SHAFT has added to all the anime produced by them because they add things that are visually distracting and annoying. Bakemonogatari, also produced by them is a good anime, but you could say that they ruined it.

Plot and story-wise, it’s actually quite good. As of the time of writing, I didn’t get to watch episode 12 due to the numerous news coverage relating to the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Tohoku region and its chain reactions around when episode 11 was being aired. The schedule says that the delayed episode should have aired on April 6, but I haven’t been able to watch it. It eats into the schedule of the Spring anime.

I could have higher opinion if I could follow the heavy storyline in the latter episodes and the oddities of the production studio that made it.

To reflect the sadness in the anime, here’s a piano version of the opening by a skilled pianist:


Well, the winter season didn’t have much new anime interesting enough to have me looking forward to. Among which, this winter season and the previous autumn season don’t have total regular episodes to be about 24. Index2 was an exception, but as I said before, it was a disappointment. Hourou Musuko (放浪息子) is the only one I had look forward to a newer episode in the following week, which I had not even though of picking it up until it started airing.

To Aru Majutsu no Index – Season 2 Episode 17

(Note: I don’t normally write an episode summary, but this one caught my attention in terms of how different it was from the previous episodes. Oh, unless otherwise mentioned, Misaka refers to the main person and not the clones based on her.)

#17: 罰ゲーム (Penalty Game)

Fanning while kneeling down out in the public while (unintentionally) blowing Msaka’s skirt up.
Misaka: “Ehehehe” | Kuroko: *stares*

As the episode begins, you could easily be mistaken to be watching its Railgun spinoff since they are featured inside their dorm instead of Touma or a summary of previous episode(s) with his voice, but nevertheless, they are characters of the main series too. They don’t appear as much in this season though, but Uiharu does make an appearance with an actual conversation with Misaka and Kuroko as compared to none at all and a cameo appearance in season 1. The first scene where the left image came from is just Misaka dreaming about the recent Gakuen Toshi wide festival and Kuroko being jealous over what Misaka is sleep talking. It’s quite short since the (new) opening appeared after this scene. [“Gakuen Toshi” means Academic City in Japanese (学園都市), but the name Gakuen Toshi did appear on a map in one of the Railgun episodes]

We had finally see the characters wearing the summer uniforms that were previously not seen outside the short novel and manga (with the small exception of the bank robbery flashback scene in Railgun). At Touma’s school, we see them already arguing and fighting over the smallest things, and arguing with Misaka.

Meanwhile, we also see Accelerator and Last Order (Misaka Clone no. 20001) being assigned a new apartment to stay at an apartment resting. The reason for being allowed to stay there being guarding the house from buglers while the owner goes to work. Accelerator showed us what those strings and a collar around his head are for that, with a switch around the collar, would have him to hear normally, or some strange fading echoing sound.

After school, and after the “skirt fanning” incident (see top image), Misaka wants to meet Touma as part of the “Penalty Game”. While waiting, Uiharu walks up to her and on how she’s running away from Judgement work and passes them to Kuroko is busy at the moment. Uiharu adds that she’s envious that Tokiwadai Middle school has violin lessons and asks to teach her how to play it. Misaka agrees without question and does it in an elegant way that makes Uiharu feels as though she’s dreaming. It’s funny to point out that the sound from the violin (which seems to appear out of nowhere) is terrible to the ear. This was disrupted as she saw Kuroko approaching her and being dragged away. By this time, Touma arrives, about half an hour later than the appointed time.

In truth, she wants to sign up a mobile contract involving something that works like peer-to-peer (P2P) to be able to get cheaper calls so that she could get the free Keroro strap (the green frog she’s so crazy over with). To sign up, she needs Touma, being the only guy she knows who could fit that position, and a photo that requires to be together and really looking like a couple. They tried to do it, but failed and, eventually, Kuroko appears out of nowhere to drag Misaka away.

The last section was about the Misaka clones. There are quite a number of them, and the newer ones are more capable of emotions, able to hide part of themselves from the Misaka Network (how all the clones share knowledge and know what the other clones know), but are still unable to have the power that the real Misaka has and are comparatively weaker. All of the clones add a description of their actions after they talked. The Misaka Clones in this episode are:

  • No. 10032 – clone Touma has met before and is featured the most of the time
  • No. 10039
  • No. 13577
  • No. 19090 – has more emotions that the other Misaka present at the briefing
  • No. 20001 – Last Order: and admin and a failswitch should the other Misaka clones go wrong. Looks and behaves like a grade-school kid.
No. 10032: “I know you are trying to persuade me, but
since we are of the same gender, I find it rather
irritating.”
Towards the end of the episode, clone no. 20001, was locked out of the apartment that she and Accelerator are now staying at, encounters clone no. 10032 and complained about it to her, despite already being known through the Misaka Network. No. 20001 notices that all of the other Misaka Clones has a gadget worn on their head while she herself does not have it at all. Being jealous, no. 20001 steals it from no. 10032 and runs away. Taking it as a provocation, no.10032 takes out a gun from inside the bag, loaded it up, and pointing at where no. 20001 was last seen running towards (it’s unclear if she was already out of sight or if the nearby apartment building is where she stays at), saying that it would be a revolution.
Looks like there could be bullets/magic/electricity running all over in the next episode.
Threat identified

>To Aru Majutsu no Index – Season 2 Episode 17

>(Note: I don’t normally write an episode summary, but this one caught my attention in terms of how different it was from the previous episodes. Oh, unless otherwise mentioned, Misaka refers to the main person and not the clones based on her.)

#17: 罰ゲーム (Penalty Game)

Fanning while kneeling down out in the public while (unintentionally) blowing Msaka’s skirt up.
Misaka: “Ehehehe” | Kuroko: *stares*

As the episode begins, you could easily be mistaken to be watching its Railgun spinoff since they are featured inside their dorm instead of Touma or a summary of previous episode(s) with his voice, but nevertheless, they are characters of the main series too. They don’t appear as much in this season though, but Uiharu does make an appearance with an actual conversation with Misaka and Kuroko as compared to none at all and a cameo appearance in season 1. The first scene where the left image came from is just Misaka dreaming about the recent Gakuen Toshi wide festival and Kuroko being jealous over what Misaka is sleep talking. It’s quite short since the (new) opening appeared after this scene. [“Gakuen Toshi” means Academic City in Japanese (学園都市), but the name Gakuen Toshi did appear on a map in one of the Railgun episodes]

We had finally see the characters wearing the summer uniforms that were previously not seen outside the short novel and manga (with the small exception of the bank robbery flashback scene in Railgun). At Touma’s school, we see them already arguing and fighting over the smallest things, and arguing with Misaka.

Meanwhile, we also see Accelerator and Last Order (Misaka Clone no. 20001) being assigned a new apartment to stay at an apartment resting. The reason for being allowed to stay there being guarding the house from buglers while the owner goes to work. Accelerator showed us what those strings and a collar around his head are for that, with a switch around the collar, would have him to hear normally, or some strange fading echoing sound.

After school, and after the “skirt fanning” incident (see top image), Misaka wants to meet Touma as part of the “Penalty Game”. While waiting, Uiharu walks up to her and on how she’s running away from Judgement work and passes them to Kuroko is busy at the moment. Uiharu adds that she’s envious that Tokiwadai Middle school has violin lessons and asks to teach her how to play it. Misaka agrees without question and does it in an elegant way that makes Uiharu feels as though she’s dreaming. It’s funny to point out that the sound from the violin (which seems to appear out of nowhere) is terrible to the ear. This was disrupted as she saw Kuroko approaching her and being dragged away. By this time, Touma arrives, about half an hour later than the appointed time.

In truth, she wants to sign up a mobile contract involving something that works like peer-to-peer (P2P) to be able to get cheaper calls so that she could get the free Keroro strap (the green frog she’s so crazy over with). To sign up, she needs Touma, being the only guy she knows who could fit that position, and a photo that requires to be together and really looking like a couple. They tried to do it, but failed and, eventually, Kuroko appears out of nowhere to drag Misaka away.

The last section was about the Misaka clones. There are quite a number of them, and the newer ones are more capable of emotions, able to hide part of themselves from the Misaka Network (how all the clones share knowledge and know what the other clones know), but are still unable to have the power that the real Misaka has and are comparatively weaker. All of the clones add a description of their actions after they talked. The Misaka Clones in this episode are:

  • No. 10032 – clone Touma has met before and is featured the most of the time
  • No. 10039
  • No. 13577
  • No. 19090 – has more emotions that the other Misaka present at the briefing
  • No. 20001 – Last Order: and admin and a failswitch should the other Misaka clones go wrong. Looks and behaves like a grade-school kid.
No. 10032: “I know you are trying to persuade me, but
since we are of the same gender, I find it rather
irritating.”
Towards the end of the episode, clone no. 20001, was locked out of the apartment that she and Accelerator are now staying at, encounters clone no. 10032 and complained about it to her, despite already being known through the Misaka Network. No. 20001 notices that all of the other Misaka Clones has a gadget worn on their head while she herself does not have it at all. Being jealous, no. 20001 steals it from no. 10032 and runs away. Taking it as a provocation, no.10032 takes out a gun from inside the bag, loaded it up, and pointing at where no. 20001 was last seen running towards (it’s unclear if she was already out of sight or if the nearby apartment building is where she stays at), saying that it would be a revolution.
Looks like there could be bullets/magic/electricity running all over in the next episode.
Threat identified

End Autumn 2010 Anime Review

This Autumn season has many interesting anime that I have not seen in a while. I will be covering the review of the entire year later on as I need to gather info since it has been quite a while, particularly Winter and Spring seasons. All of my reviews do not include anime that I do not watch at all, for as far I can remember. I might do a separate review for OVAs, movies, and DVD/BD-only episodes that are released outside the year of the first TV broadcast of final regular episode.

The anime listed below are sorted by what’s on my mind the most at the time of writing, and only lists what I had watched.

俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない (There’s no way my sister can be this cute)
Category: anime in an anime, otaku, slice of life, siblings
Episodes watched: 12 (completed)

Better known by it’s unofficial shortened name of OreImo, this is one of the few anime for quite a while. Though I saw some points that could be improved on, this could be overlooked by everything else.

OreImo is about a middle school die-hard visual novel (rated 18 years and above) on sibling relationship and magic girl anime fan so secret that you couldn’t even tell until her brother spotted an anime cover with an eroge disc inside lying around.

To make sure that this secret is not made known to anyone else, especially their father, she made him have “life counseling” sessions, which is just things like making him play her games or heading out to Akiba (Akihabara) to buy her stuff. The money to support her hobby comes from her job as a model.

The opening and ending animation changes with every episode, though the ending animation and song are completely different. There’s animation for the opening, but the ending is (mostly) panning around an image of a character art with effects added. That same artwork appears in the background of the sponsor screen after the show, or posters included with the ending song album included with the video disc.

This anime has de-emphasized of the school life as, except for Kirino’s close friends and Kyousuke’s childhood friend, they don’t really show much of what most school-going anime usually has. It’s been reduced to nothing more than the place they meet..

There has been announced that there are additional 3 DVD-only episodes, with one being an alternate version of episode 12, but nothing else is known about them other than episode 11 being the determining factor.

Would like to see more of Kirino with black hair though.

とある魔術の禁書目録Ⅱ (A Certain Catalog of Forbidden Magic 2)
Category: Magic, high school, large school, futuristic, religion/cult, science research, several story arches
Episodes watched: 11 (ongoing)

Touma and Mikoto in the left-center. Their parents are seated across.

Picking up on where season 1 left off, this is about a guy with no magical abilities but a mysterious ability to block off or disable magic powers. It’s got less of “have most of an episode spent on talking/fighting at the same place” and improvement on character design. The only time we see the characters in their winter uniform are in the cover art of the novel, the manga, and a flashback of the bank robbery scene about 1.5 years before the current timeline in Railgun.

It’s spin-off based on the secondary characters (Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko), Railgun, however, still seems like a better title to watch. Though that takes about the same time frame and occasional appearance of Touma in there, we don’t see the the same thing happening in both. Uiharu made an actual appearance in Index2, but not Saten. Though these two did make a brief appearance in Index season 1, more noticeably in both the 1st and 2nd opening.

There are about another 12 or so episodes extending into the Winter 2011 season, and there are rumors of a second Railgun season being made.

神のみぞ知るセカイ (The World God Only Knows)
Category: creatures from above, game addict, several story arches, odd character outfits, high school
Episodes watched: 4 (dropped)

Well, I’m not saying that I dropped this because I don’t like it, but this anime seems to slip my mind completely due to the difficulty of being able to watch this and with anime like the two mentioned above that attracts more of my attention. I might watch this later, but I won’t review it when I’m done with it except maybe as a brief insignificant tweet.

For the characters, well… I have forgotten their names by now. One is a (visual novel) game addict that he even plays them in the middle of lessons and prefers girls in his games over “three dimensional” ones. The male school uniform reminded me of a character of a movie I watch when I was younger, holding what is obviously a PSP (but calls it by a different name) he plays his games on. The female character is a deity of some sort from the sky or something that is assigned to him as part of their quest to remove the evil spirits residing in the hearts of girls. The only way to get it out is to have the girls to fall in love with him.

Opening animation reminded me of Eden of the East with how the background animation is done.

アマガミSS (Amagami SS)
(This is a 25-episode series as part of the Summer Anime lineup)
Category: several story arches, high school, story that goes around in circles, revolves around Christmas
Episodes Watched: 20 (dropped)

Opening for the latter half of the series

Well, yes, 20 is such a large number for me to drop this anime, but it seems to go very much along the same lines but with a different girl and a different perspective. The Sae story arc (episode 5-8) was a big shock as it suddenly has a narrator only for this arc and disappears again in the latter episodes.

Well, maybe my expectations was kind of high for me to drop this. I’ve seen TV drama that are more interesting to watch and this is nothing more than a big disappointment that looked as though it’s following a template repeated several times. This could be inherited from the visual novel having several different routes leading to different endings, but who wants to watch the same thing 6 times in different ways? (I had watch through all 8 “Endless Eight” episodes of Suzumiya Haruhi [Spring 2009 renewal]) From the very beginning, I wanted to drop this since the 4th episode for having such a rushed ending, but continued on to see what the other arches are like. I don’t know what’s with the (covered) nudity of the featured girls in the ending too. The second opening was the only thing I liked for being a big improvement over the previous, though the part where the line “ハニかんで見つめあった 優しいキモチ溢れた” is being said keeps poping up in my mind.

えむえむっ!(MM!)
Category: story that goes around in circles, high school, club activities, crazy behavior, cross-dressing, revealing costumes, near-incest
Episodes Watched: about 4-5 (dropped)

This opening kind of tells you what the anime is like. Apart from minor changes to some scenes and some weird sound effects added to the music, it’s not much different from the first opening.

Err… You can tell at a glance that this is not what I would like to watch.

FORTUNE ARTERIAL ~赤い約束~ (Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku)
Category: large school, vampires
Episodes Watched: first few episodes (dropped)

I found this difficult to pick up with the strange setting and themes I found disturbing.