Spring 2012 Anime – Halftime Impressions
We’ve made it to the halftime of the Spring season! I’m actually pretty surprised by how quickly time has gone by. This has been an incredibly strong season, so for the next six weeks you better enjoy it while it lasts because the summer season is looking quite terrible. Anyway, as per usual, I present to you my halftime roundup impressions for all the anime I’m watching.
Not too surprisingly, there are a few series I’ve already decided to drop. From last season I finally gave up on Mouretsu Pirates, just because except for one or two episodes I was never really interested by the anime. From the new season, I ended up only dropping Sengoku Collection. I still didn’t hate the first episode, but the next two were all about characters becoming idols, and it was just plain terrible.
There are also two series I fell way behind on, but I still plan to continue to watch them. I just felt there would be no point in talking about something I only 2 or 3 episodes of, so instead I’m saving my opinion on them when it comes to the end of the season.
I eventually caved into watching this series just to see what it was like. Walking in with the mindset knowing it’ll probably be terrible made the experience pretty amusing. It is pretty bad, but while watching it I can’t help but wonder if this series is actually being sincere or not. Watching this to try to figure out that question, has made this series watchable.
Much like with the first episode, I have still yet to see what’s so great about this series. I still don’t like any of the characters and a lot of what is happening is just stupid. It still manages to entertain, but it’s far off from being a good anime.
I’ve learned to appreciate this series. It’s doing the one thing it has set out to do, and that’s being cute. I can’t imagine this series becoming anything memorable in the long run, but it’s a series I’ve come to enjoy watching every week. It seems like it tried to take everything people like in slice of life anime and put it into one series hoping it’ll work. So far it seems to be working. The “kick the can” competition was definitely awesome!
Eureka Seven Ao
This series has a lot of heart to it and that really comes across when I watch this series. The story has finally truly begun and I like where it’s going. The first three episodes made the anime seem like it could just be a generic mecha, but it has since then proved itself to be unique and really good.
I’ve come to realize more and more than I think I would appreciate this anime more if I had seen fate/stay night. I still understand what’s going on, but I don’t think I care as much about the characters and the story as others probably do. Nonetheless, episode 5 and 6 were amazing, but this season is in desperate need of more Waver and Rider!
This continues to be a pretty good short anime about a class debating random topics. How could anyone not be amused by episode seven about duckface? As short anime goes, I’d definitely add this one to my list of ones worth watching.
Sure this anime is making fun of shows like it, but that doesn’t automatically make the series good. I like some parts of the episode, but as a whole I haven’t really been able to like any episode. I actually like Nyaruko, but Mahiro is a really dull male lead.
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
I’m pretty eager to get to some new material already, but I’m still really enjoying watching this series. It’s a really well done shounen anime. I’ve also come to appreciate nen, which is something I never really cared all that much for. For a remake targeted towards kids, I’m happy to see they’re still able to get away with doing so much.
It’s just as easy to be part of group of people who hate kyoani as being part of the group of people who love them. I can’t help but love kyoani, and this new series makes for no exception. I like the characters and it’s clear that the story seems to be developing the mystery that will last for a good long while. The minor mysteries in the anime are a bit weak though, simply because the problems that are getting solved are so trivial I have no reason to care about them. I at least appreciate how they give enough information to let even the audience be able to solve the mysteries.
I like this series a lot, but it still has yet to reach its full potential. Part of my problem with it so far is that there are so many characters I don’t particularly like. Jonah is an interesting, but Koko is definitely the best part, and yet we don’t get to see enough of her. In terms of the rest of the characters, I just don’t like them much at all. At least the new arc seems like it’s going to teach us more about Valmer, which I hope will be interesting. I guess if they do that for every character, I’ll learn to like them more.
Kimi to Boku. 2
I haven’t managed to enjoy this season of Kimi to Boku as much as the first. I liked the episodes that were just about the boys comparing their life to cats (or something like that), but this season decided to add in a lot more romance for no good reason. I really don’t care at all for Maria and even more so how Chizuru has a crush on her and actually thinks Shun is a threat to his goal. I just want the good old days back!
Kore wa Zombie no Desu ka? of the dead
This isn’t my favourite anime out there, but it has some good moments. It actually has some really funny moments. Otherwise, there’s barely any substance to it, but I never expected it to. Though, I’m still surprised that it’s only going to have 10 episodes…
I decided to pick this anime up after reading some positive things about it. I’m not a fan of the sports genre at all, but for some reason I’m really enjoying this anime. The matches are really done well and are amusing to watch. If you’re not already watching, this is definitely an anime worth giving a shot!
Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna
This is a series that will no doubt be remembered years from now as something special. The quality alone in the animation is beyond superb and the framing of every shot is incredible. I haven’t loved every episode, but watching this has still been a worthwhile experience.
Blah…I keep watching this series hoping that it will one day impress me, and yet it just continues to be the same old things we see in every other episodes. The characters aren’t even likeable! I actually hate Medaka. I don’t see what’s appealing about her character at all. It seems like all she’s being used for is to throw in some fanservice. Does anyone actually like her?
Nazo no Kanojo X
I actually like this anime. It doesn’t have much to it, but it does has a charm to it. It also seems to have an old school feel to it. I think they are trying to make Urabe appeal to everyone because every episode pretty much throws in a new fetish for the audience, and just claim it’s because she’s mysterious. Nonetheless, it’s oddly good.
Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki
This is a genuinely funny show about a round cat. The series has had 20 episodes and it still continues to bring the laughs as well as the cuteness!
Recorder to Randoseru Re
I still don’t mind watching this series, but it’s actually pretty bad. It’s been the same joke over and over again. It’s gotten a bit tiring at this point.
Saint Seiya Omega
This is a really average series, but it’s amusing enough to watch. The series at the moment is still only in its introduction phase pretty much. The characters are in school working to get stronger. That’s pretty much been the plot for the so far, so I don’t really know where this series wants to go.
Sakamichi no Apollon
This was my most anticipated anime of the season and it really doesn’t disappoint. All its greatness aside, I probably wouldn’t consider every episode complete perfection, just because sometimes the story in each episode isn’t as strong as another, but it still easily makes my top three series of the season. The time that this series takes place in is so interesting to watch. I am in dire of need of owning the soundtrack!
Saki: Episode of Side A
Saki is the anime with probably the worse pacing of all time. Every episode feels like it’s in fast forward. You never learn to care about anyone and the matches are rarely slowly downed, and that’s a shame because it’s the part I was most interested in seeing. Someone needs to give Shizu some pants…
I love this anime. I acknowledge its fault, but it’s still so enjoyable and simply awesome! I was kind of disappointed to see how with every episode this series became more and more about the fanservice, but as long as it doesn’t escalate even further, I’ll be fine with it. I also don’t particularly care for the romance, but otherwise this is still a really great series.
This anime has been simply very solid. It knows what it wants to it and it’s doing a good job of it. I don’t consider the subject matter of the series all that interesting to me, but I still really appreciate this series for what is.
So charming! This series continues to keep me wildly amused. I love every character and it keeps me glued to screen form start to end. There were a few episodes where not much happened besides some fishing, but the pay off to the wait finally arrived with episode six. Things are happening and I can’t wait to see more!
Why am I still watching this? Your guess is as good as mine. It hasn’t improved since the first episode and so it’s just the same old terribleness. It’s also just boring.
I feel like this anime wants me to hate it. I keep watching, but it just keeps on getting worse and worse. The animation is also get consistently worse with evert episode and the story’s not much better. It has some interesting themes at least, but it really doesn’t have much else going for it.