It’s a nice season for animeeeeeeee
Just read that out-loud as if you’re singing along to Billy Idol’s White Wedding. Humor me for a moment. Please.
With the exception of Kuragehime, everything I care one whit about has already aired at least a first episode this season, while those I was more skeptical about have aired two. So I pretty much know what I will continue watching, and what just can’t sustain my attention. I also can say that the only show I’m still carrying over from the summer is Shiki, which is set to finally return to-morrow.
I gave Psychic Detective Yakumo’s a second chance with its second episode, but I found that it really didn’t improve at all. This just isn’t a good adaptation; it deviates significantly from the source material and not at all in a manner that improves it in any way, shape, or form. I’ll be sticking to the manga; anyone really hankering for an audio-visual presentation of this stuff would be better off looking for the live-action TV series instead or the movie.
Other than that, though, so far this season has ended up being pretty good. Admittedly, I didn’t go near several shows, including MM! and that maid thing from Shaft, but out of eight shows (nine if you want to count Tamayura), I’m keeping seven of them:
- Otome Youkai Zakuro
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
- Squid Girl
- Star Driver
- Togainu no Chi
- Yosuga no Sora
- Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional
I’m also, like I said, following Tamayura, which has proven to be extremely delightful. I especially enjoyed the second episode, which came out recently. Anyone who enjoys slower slice-of-life outings will doubtless adore this.
Otome Youkai Zakuro is much, much better than I was expecting; if anything, it was the surprise for me this season, as I really was pretty leery about it. But its been extremely funny so far, and has featured much better art and animation than I was expecting. Lily Hoshino’s art in the past has been something I have never liked, but it works here, and her guys actually look like guys, which certainly helps. The fight scenes are also very interestingly directed; they remind me somewhat of kabuki, perhaps due to the musical accompaniment and the stylization used. The leading romantic pair (they aren’t romantic yet, but you know they will be) is also pretty good so far – Zakuro looked like a tsundere initially, but she really isn’t, while the contrast between Agemaki’s looks and personality is downright hysterical.
Star Driver’s second episode really adjusted my opinion of it. I remain skeptical, but the second episode was quite good and managed to take the elements of the first episode that seemed like such a wreck and started placing them into a cohesive whole. It helps, too, that I’ve found the voice-acting so pleasing to the ear thus far. I’ve gone from feeling disdainful about the whole effort to being genuinely curious as to where it will all go from here.
I am going to continue to watch the atrocious Yosuga no Sora if only because it smells like a total trainwreck.
Squid Girl is just funny enough to retain (female character with tentacles = win), Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is hilarious, Togainu no Chi appeals to my inner fan of violent BL (which isn’t to say at all that its been good so far), and YumePati SP Professional is decent enough for me to keep watching since I loved the first season (although Johnny and Maize are really testing my patience, and the sweets have been irritatingly absent so far). All that’s left to see is Kuragehime, which was tied for my most-anticipated show of the season.