May 2009

Asura Cryin: Moments of expert storyboarding and directing, but the writing really isn’t that stellar.
Dragon Ball Kai: Wow, is Goku really getting across Snake Road in like… three episodes? Man, DBZ with all the fat trimmed is actually pretty cool, but a lot of those fillers were endearing in their own way. I’ll probably keep watching this until the nostalgia dries up.
Hatsukoi Limited: Dances between entertaining and boring. I feel like dropping it.
Hayate no Gotoku!!: It’s kind of sad that J.C. Staff saw it fit to cut all the humour from one of the most hilarious comedies ever, but if they keep pushing out episodes like episode 5 I really won’t care.
Higashi no Eden: I didn’t know that I watched things for plot anymore. The character interaction is ok, too, I guess.
K-ON!: Really starting to dig this show. Not sure if it’ll stick with me far into the future, but it channels good energy, and controls it expertly.
Natsu no Arashi!: The entertainment value varies between episodes, but it’s generally quite good. Probably one of SHAFT’s better outings as of late. Love the opening and ending, as usual.
Saki: The Mahjong parts lack the same tension found in Akagi, but I’ll be damned if these girls aren’t adorable. I’m watching this just to see girls be cute.
Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen on television: They sure are dragging out this first night, but it’s working well to ease us into the world. I suspect it’ll speed up soon. Pretty good show, and definitely the greatest first episode I’ve seen in a long while.
Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo: Still very enjoyable. I like how the plot is developing.

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9 Responses to May 2009

  1. digitalboy says:

    I’d like to know how it’s possible that you, of all people, aren’t watching Sengoku ‘gurren lagann with samurai’ Basara.

  2. Anon says:

    Because his GUNS AREN’T ON, more then likely.

  3. wah says:

    I doubt Sengoku Basara has the same deep and thoughtful intellectual basis that Gurren Lagann has, along with the its artistic merit. Also, it’s loved by women all over Japan and is a tv show based off of a video game, so it can be nothing but horrible.

  4. Anon says:

    Maybe comparing it to Gurren Lagann wasn’t a good idea.

    It’s a fun show to watch. The art direction is refreshing, the characters are hilariously over the top (taken from the game, though), and one of the main characters wields six swords.

    Watch it to relax, not to be a Deep Thinker over.

  5. Marco says:

    >>I doubt Sengoku Basara has the same deep and thoughtful intellectual basis that Gurren Lagann has

    Is this serious? for me Gurren was a show about turing off your brain and just enjoying the over the topness and charming characters.

    >>Also, it’s loved by women all over Japan and is a tv show based off of a video game, so it can be nothing but horrible.

    /Prejudice

  6. Orange says:

    >>Is this serious? for me Gurren was a show about turing off your brain and just enjoying the over the topness and charming characters.

    Well, then you didn’t get it.

    Yes, Sengogu Basara is higly entertaining, although the fact that the episodes based on dialogue feels utterly pointless waste of time makes me worried. Baw baw + badass Wakamoto makes it worth my time.

  7. tomoyo says:

    I’ll throw my hat in with the Sengoku Basara fans. I’d not compare it to G-L though, it struck me more as Giant-Fucking-Robo in the Warring States period. It’s that awesome. And no, I never played the games and wasn’t even aware of the fandom until after I got sucked into the show. But seriously, it’s got Norio-Fucking-Wakamoto as Oda Nobunaga for cripe’s sake. And one samurai dude has his horse tricked out like a fricking motorcycle. And the fights are in total Imagawa style. Just check it out, really! With Mazinger it’s like having TWO Imagawa shows this season and how awesome is that?

    Ahem.

    Natsu no Arashi is great stuff. I wish they had started the show without the flash forward though. I didn’t think it was a great story to pick for that kind of intro and the show would have been more interesting letting you discover the stuff as you go along rather than spoil it up front.

    Shin Mazinger is the best show of the season, IMHO. It puts the GAR in MazinGAR.

    On a side note, I just discovered this– DO WANT! :
    http://www.geocities.jp/bbsvictory/busousinkinagi.html

    Hayate sometimes shows some signs of the Hayate of old (loved the Ys references in the RPG parody episode), but yeah, JC Staff really doesn’t seem to get it like Synergy did, and have turned it more into a generic Shounen Sunday show. What a shame.

  8. wah says:

    Yeah, I’m sure Basara is actually really cool, but I’m not really in the mood for something like that, that’s all.

  9. tomoyo says:

    I hear you there, wah. I put it off myself as I’d gotten sick of period shows lately myself. Yet this season not only did it wind up grabbing me later when my roommate put it on, but so did Souten Kouro, which is likely the gar-est thing I’ve seen since the 80’s, lol. But yeah, that’s cool. If you do get curious or in the mood for some wild anachronistic action shit later on though, I think you’ll dig it.