|Gotta love that artstyle.|
Despite the largely realistic approach of the show, the violence is fairly slapstick and usually brushed off in a manner that an average western cartoon would do - there isn't much lingering on it and bizarrely it often leads to more humourous situations. Speaking of realism, the show makes a very welcome use of semi-realistic character designs with more realistic proportions and profile shapes than the average anime; noses are shaped like noses instead of vague triangles. Why is this not done more frequently Japan?
|FeMC and Aspie-kun.|
Apparently the manga which this is based upon does decline in quality, so bear that in mind when starting watching it. That said, for the time being this is a solid show and certainly worth watching.
Chuunibyou is another series which I've really liked the first episode of. Personally I had no idea there were actually people who design and dress themselves up as some self-invented character (I had long imagined the infamous Darks to be a one off), so I found it pretty hilarious... whereas a lot of other people seem to have found it embarrassing. This quadruples the amusement for me.
|Rikka, the "chuunibyou".|
So far so good, I shall be watching it weekly for my dose of moe and further humour.
Segwaying from Kyoani, Little Busters also started this past week... but with JC Staff in charge of animation. It wasn't a bad start (certainly nowhere near as bad as it could be given JC Staff) though the animation is quite rough, it is more or less typical of JC Staff's animation quality in general. The character designs are certainly quite an improvement from the typical Key artwork, as usual JC Staff have employed a skilled character designer - so there's no kawaii~uguu looking characters (thank god).
|Useless cat, I choose you!|
I was entertained for the duration of the episode, the characters were amusing and the pacing was mostly fine. My only complaint is that the central character (a guy) is voiced by a girl, which is all the more obvious when contrasted with the manly voices of the surrounding male characters. I'll sit back and see how it pans out over the duration of its broadcast.
Next up is Ixion Saga, which is sort of like a cross between Gintama and Slayers. The Gintama connection is worth mentioning, since it features the same director and voice actors (see also: Binbougami). It's a moderately amusing comedy/fantasy/shounen, nothing ground breaking so far but I'll be sticking with it to see where it goes. Speaking of Gintama, a new series started last week, which was welcome; as was the new series of Hayate which also got off to a good start. Hopefully I won't get burned out by 3 shows doing much the same thing.
Lastly there's a variety of shows which I have little to no interest in:
Zetsuen no Tempest was a terrible abomination, a fantasy show about a wimpy guy who lets himself get beaten up bullies (he even hands over his wallet, believing this to be badass) and some witches and blah blah blah. It was terrible and should be avoided at all costs.
Project [K] always had that look of fujoshi pandering to it, so I guess it was no surprise that it turned out to be just that. It's just disappointing considering how nicely animated the show is, I'll keep watching it for a little while longer to see if it picks up - though this is probably a vain hope.
Shinsekai Yori is an abstract show which focuses too much on building up the abstract elements of its world. Abstract is fine if kept to the background, but making it a central feature is not terribly interesting. Hopefully this will improve and shift the focus towards the characters, but right now it's one of my least favoured shows. The ED is very nice though.
That's all for now, there are more shows that have yet to air... I guess I can talk about them in due course or retrospectively when the season ends. We'll see.