Fall 08 Impressions PART II

Casshern Sins

The breadth of my Casshern knowledge extends to about a frame or two of animation I saw while walking past a screening room at Otakon 2008 late one night. Or that could have been Hurricane Polymar. This, however, is fine, since no prior knowledge of Casshern is needed to appreciate this new iteration, or so I’m told. The first seven or so minutes of this first episode really grabbed me– I liked the retro-but-not-quite art direction (really digging the thick linework) and the general tone of it all. But after that, it gradually sank into tedium. Maybe it’ll get better with further episodes.


If this show didn’t have the staff that it did, I probably would not have cared much about it before hand. Even knowing the staff, I approached this show with cautious optimism. I didn’t think the concept would really work, but the show seems to carry itself well in its opening episode. Good production values all around, and none of the characters strike me as particularly annoying. The opening is also pretty awesome.

Could rank as one of the top 3 of the season.

Rosario+Vampire Capu 2

Rosario+Vampire Capu 2 most certainly won’t rank as a top 3 of anything, however. To be honest, I almost hated the first season of this show, with the only things saving it being panties, Shuuichi Ikeda, and the cute loli witch. All that said, I’m afraid to report that I almost liked this first episode of Capu 2. It could just be that my expectations were set so low by the first season, but this first episode of R+V was… almost good. It managed to entertain me on a very basic level (I like panties, I can’t lie) but the chances of it getting better are slim.

One thing of note is the ending sequence, which is like an Idolm@ster video with Rosario characters. It’s actually pretty good.

Up next is Kyou no 5 no 2, To Aru Majutsu no Index and Kurogane no Engrish.