Hello there peoples, I am LordOmnit. It's been a while since I got a chance to post since I've been so busy and this has been put off for far too long, so now here comes:
LordOmnit Reviews Anime!
and makes a fall '11 anime talk thread
I will begin by telling you an anime-and-academically-relevant snippet about myself to somewhat legitimize my ploy at writing about anime followed by a one to two paragraph review of my thoughts on each anime I'm watching and maybe mention some tropes and say that it's either the cancer that's killing anime or is a gem that nobody but me will appreciate. Now that I have spoiled the format of the rest of my post here we go!
"LordOmnit? Why should I care about this schmuck's opinion?" -you (not specifically you, but you nonetheless)
Well dear reader(s), I have not only been watching anime for <x-years>, but I also <connection to the industry> and also took a class where I specifically had to write about genre fiction, so I'm obviously perfect for the job.
"Well, I am now completely humbled, please tell me what anime I will be schooled about!" -you again (not specifically you, not generally either)
I have decided this loverly fall (which has just decided to cool off here where LordOmnit is in the past few days so he's feeling much better) to watch the following: Working'!!, Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai!!, Maken-ki!, Persona 4, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam, Ben-To, Mirai Nikki, and Guilty Crown.
I am also archiving to watch later: Fate/Zero, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, and Tamayura ~hitotose~
I will then rate what I've seen so far on a scale completely arbitrary and not particularly consistent.
"Why aren't you watching-" -you (cut off by me)
: So far I've watched two ep- *double checking* one episode of Working 2, so I can't say I have as firm of a grasp of it as some of the other shows this season, especially since the type of show Working is is hard to grasp anyways. More or less this is a show for the people who liked the first season (such as myself) and just want to see more (also). The first season was quite amusing in a giggle-to-oneself-throughout-the-episode-at-the-foolishness-of-the-cast way, and the second season doesn't seem to be changing that. What is has changed- at least for the first episode- is the animation which has been cleaned up to the point of looking like absolutely everything was polished: backgrounds moving dynamically with characters (i.e.- over more that just one dimension), characters never going off-model (as in derp; there's still plenty of chibification going on) as far as I could tell, and the backgrounds also being eerily real-looking; I think it's some kind of blend of CG with regularly animated skins overlain to make it look like it could be real, but is too shiny and bright to be.
-LordOmnit rating: BMajikoi episode one
: Hilariously over-the-top and serious-but-campy at the same time. I was really impressed by this despite the sometimes derped animation. We have a main lead with an almost Lelouch-like guy in something that's obviously there to be goofy, but playing it completely straight. Along with all the other people playing it completely straight, because war simulation when nobody can get hurt and some people have superpowers is awesome.Majikoi episode two
: Suddenly we drop the vast war-making for random dopey mission-going with something that resembles plot advancement close to the end. A shame, but lets see the next episode.Majikoi episode three
: On to character
exposition. We get the slightly psychotic girl and the shy one. Honestly, still not bad because it keeps the silliness up and I rather like these two. Also, the main actually has a real reason (gynophobia is way overused and is just an excuse) to act the way an anime harem-male does towards a particular girl in the harem- shock and amazement, a Visual Novel adaption was the first (that I can recall) to do that?
-LordOmnit rating: not expecting much but hopefulMaken-Ki
: What? No, I'm totally not watching this, I- yeah, I'm watching it. Okay, about two minutes of "research" (i.e.- looking up the source material and the author's other works) reveal this to be another non-H work by a hentai artist/author so the boobs and skirts that are short even by anime standards are not a surprise. Frankly, there is something interesting about this beyond the standard "high-school kids with magic weapons" setup in that the main character seems to have at least three facets to his personality, producing a somewhat multi-dimensional character. He has his nice-guy side that hides his (quite) perverted side and seems to have some kind of trauma regarding girls and fighting- as evidenced by his own words and those shadowy figures he remembers.
-LordOmnit rating: likes Ben-To better, but it probably gets something to distinguish it laterPersona 4
: You will not see a more stylish anime among the ones I'm watching right now. I mean, there is so much detail on display here that you would think they were taking advantage of having control over every aspect of the scene because they are drawing it or something. Huh, imagine that. Anyways, so far the story has gone and revealed a lot of itself in the first two episodes besides the whole villains' side and some characters that haven't gotten a look into or haven't been revealed yet. However, I'll say it again, Persona 4 is amazingly slick and good-looking. What interests me most, however, is how it looks like they will be carving the personality into the main male lead who- okay, let's get it out of the way- he starts off as a statue that characters drag around just so they can introduce themselves to us. That was pretty ham-handed of the writer/director, but as of episode two it actually serves as an important point in the second episode so consider this your spoiler warning.<spoilers>
So in the second episode the happy-go-lucky-dude-friend's shadow shows up and reveals that shadows in the tele-world will reveal people's dark-sides, try to take over or become independent or whatever, but also can become that person's Persona- their tele-world guardian summon. Thinking about this for a second makes it obvious that the no-personality would be able to just get his Persona without fighting his shadow because there was no dark-side to him. I thought it was a really clever way to make use of the no/weak personality main anime character archetype.</spoilers>
Anyways, I like how it looks like they may be developing the main's personality as the series progresses if the eyecatch status report is to be believed. It does look like they could just make him into an uber-person by maxing out all the attributes, but I hope they don't do that.
-LordOmnit rating: probably my number 1Bokutomo
: Says some clever things about friendship and then follows anime tropes or plays with them like a juggler plays with his ba-
Ahem, I mean, it's the story about a bunch of people who are painfully bad at interpersonal relationships due to some flaw in their personality (or their personality as a whole for some hime-cut girls) or appearance flaw that makes it seem like they were being discriminated against in a manner that borders on racism. Expect to see lots of wince-worthy moments, not so stunning reveals to keep certain characters relevant, and tropes played out on purpose as these socially awkward high-schoolers and kids
try to get along with one another
bother the living daylights out of each other and the main in particular.
-LordOmnit rating: Sena & Kobato > Rika & Yukimura > Maria >>~>> Yozora (I'm up on the manga in case that wasn't obvious)Last Exile
: Pardon me if this reminds me of Sora no Woto crossed with Nausicaa who then knocked up Fractale only much better than the latter naturally. Actually, it's much harder to explain what it reminds me of than that mess, but it was fun to type that. Anyways, 'twas quite a fun ride for the first episode. We don't just get many thing explained, so we have to figure them out for ourselves by *gasp* watching what they do after what they said or synthesizing what they just did with what they said afterwards. It would be really nice if they did something unusual with the characters they set out for us so far, but even if they didn't the plot thus far doesn't seems to be set up for failure. But then again, the same could be said for Fractale. Dunno, only one episode doesn't leave me with much to say, but it was quite a fun episode nonetheless.
-LordOmnit rating: high expectationsBen-To
: Legs, legs, legs, yandere, legs, legs, legs, some boobs, legs, legs, some more boobs, gonk, monk, fabulous man. I tried to keep that in order from memory, but I may have gotten some of it out of order. Either way, so far it's not greatly funny, but it is worth some smiles and the goofy premise could be an allegory, but as soon as they start calling people witch or wizard because they are so good at what they do it loses all credibility in that respect, so it just has a goofy premise. And some characters that are showing good potential: pardon me spoiling the character development in Kami-memo, but the main of Ben-To has done what it took Narumi's hard work for an entire season to do in two episodes, and I dunno if that says good things about Ben-To or bad thing about Kami-memo. And the most important female character so far has shown a multi-dimensional personality as well, so good job Ben-To.
-LordOmnit rating: low expectations, but liking itMirai Nikki
: Since I've read the whole manga there is a slight problem in me reviewing this, but it also gives me an important perspective over those watching/reading it for the first time. Assuming the whole manga is adapted as is (this could take up to a year worth of episodes if memory serves) then don't expect the plot-holes, unexplained events, and off-screen happenings to let up. Other than that, it's another interesting main character, but because of the fact that he wants to be the reader, but is forced to be the main character, seems to be a Shinji Ikari, but ends up as a ragdoll because he doesn't have a giant mecha or enough personal problems. Is it the season of main characters finally taking a step outside of the gormless simple niceness for non-Shonen Jump Shonen leads? Who knows, but since it's an adaption it doesn't count. HA HA HA HA HA!
-LordOmnit rating: 7.9/10Guilty Crown
: Code Geass, Code Geass, Code Geass, Code Geass, Code Geass, Code Geass, Code Geass, only not as good. The first episode was kind of good, but Shinji Ikari doesn't work as the lead of a somewhat politically motivated war where it isn't him or the whole world dies. The bad guys are, well, the bad guys. They are like an army of automatons lead by and supported by Hitler copy-pasted and photoshopped into different bodies. The good guys are, well, kinda dumb. Or psychic. It hasn't been explained yet. Oh well, at least there's fanservice- like this
. And this
. It's not terrible or anything, but it would definitely have to maintain course or it will descend into awfulness.
-LordOmnit rating: not getting the simmering rage that No.6 gave me, but I could be being distracted by blue plugsuit girl
Everyone else feel free to post their thoughts and expectations for this season. Also, please give me some ideas for formatting as I am terrible at it (if anyone knows the tags for inserting images and having text wrap around it on this forum, please tell me cause [imgleft][/imgleft] doesn't work here and that's what I'd prefer to use).