Autumn ’08 Quick Looks III

Still waiting.

For subs of Mouryou no Hako and Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae – just thought I’d remind you again in case you’d somehow managed to forget.

Chaos;Head

No, I can’t be bothered to get the correct order of capitalization on that, or the special ‘o’ with the two dots above it.

I really don’t know what the crap to make of this show – yeah, the whole aura of paranoia is pretty dead-on, but then it whips out the dumb elements of dating sims, like the girl who is secretly into anime and decides to ask the main guy out basically because of that. The lead is beyond a loser, worse than the guy from Welcome to the NHK, which really is saying something, although this somehow works partway… but would work more if there were less dating sim elements (I can deal with the fake girlfriend, but the megane girl approaching him was a bit much). I’ll give it another episode.

Clannad~After Story~

Yeah, that cap is from the second episode.

I was seriously impressed with the animation for the otherworldly portion of the second episode, as I felt it went even beyond previous high notes in animation quality for the series. Good job KyoAni.

I’m a little worried at the amount of fluff we seem to be getting so far, although next week looks to be more serious. I for some reason thought this was slated to be twelve or thirteen episodes, not a full twenty-four, and I have to say I’m worried about the fact that it is supposed to be a full season, as I feel like we’re going to end up with a lot of filler as a result. Maybe it would’ve been better if they had figured for forty-eight episodes from the get-go (as in, when the first season started), and then the first season wouldn’t’ve had the demented pacing problems toward the end. Oh well, I’m watching anyway.

Hakushaku to Yousei

I feel like this is the first straight-up shoujo show I’ve honestly really enjoyed in a long time. And that makes me really happy. One of the things that is pitch-perfect here is the portrayal of the setting, namely 19th century Great Britain; the outfits are right, the scenery fits, and the music is right on target. Although the count in question is a bit of a stereotype thus far, our leading lady Lydia seems to posses a bit more spunk than your average shoujo heroine (as opposed to the ‘genkiness’ I feel is more common amongst such characters). This show is charming, lightweight, and I just can’t wait until the next episode.

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1 Response to Autumn ’08 Quick Looks III

  1. I rather liked Hakushaku to Yousei myself – I’m always up for some Britsploitation – Lydia does a good line in disdainful ‘hmph’ing. If we’re really lucky there’ll be some gripping paddle-steamer racing next episode, too . . .

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