Winter Anime Impressions – Meta Post

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Since my winter anime impressions were spread out over the past few weeks I thought it would be a good idea to combine the scores all in on place (and sort by their score) and link back to the individual entries so in case you missed one you could find it easier. Plus give any final thoughts on the beginning of the winter season.

Rideback, episode 1 – 12/12
Munto TV, episode 1 – 12/12
Minami-Ke: Okaeri, episode 1 – 12/12
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, episode 1 – 12/12

Birdy the Mighty Decode 2
, episode 1 – 11/12 A+

A Tale of Genji
, episode 1 – 10/12 A
Maria+Holic, episode 1 – 10/12 A
Hetalia Axis Powers, episode 1 – 10/12 A

Kemono no Souja Erin, episode 1 – 9/12 A-

Sora o Kakeru Shoujo, episode 1 – 8/12 B+

Chrome Shelled Regios
, episode 1 – 7/12 B
Shikabane Hime: Kuro, episode 1 – 7/12 B

Asu no Yoichi, episode 1 – 6/12 B-

Akikan, episode 1 – 4/12 C

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Birdy Season 2 doesn’t reset the world like other sequels would

This is a pretty strong season of anime if you include the sequels and even if you don’t, there is still a few shows that could turn out to be real winners.

Of the sequels, Birdy the Mighty Decode 2 is showing the most improvement over it’s predecessor. I thought the first season was pretty good (gave it an 11/12 A+) but the first three episodes of this season are a great improvement on that. I’d even go so far to say that Birdy Season 2 is the most impressive show that started this season. I recommend this to anyone looking for a good show from this season to watch, even if that means going back to watch the first season.

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Maria+Holic has been really hit-n-miss so far. My favorite parts have been when Maria and his maid have been onscreen but when they aren’t, the show loses much of it’s humor and interest. Also, the visual style of the show seems almost timid when compared to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. So far I’ve been giving the show a bit of slack because it’s been the beginning but my patience is starting to wane as the show continues to underperform.

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Two shows that I’m kinda surprised that I’m still liking are Asu no Yoichi and Sora o Kakeru Shoujo. Asu no Yoichi has continued to be enjoyable even though it’s rather generic and clichéd. Now that I’m 5 episodes in, I find that I haven’t gotten tired of it yet so I’ll probably watch the whole thing. As for Sora o Kakeru Shoujo aka Sorakake Girl, I like the characters a lot as well as the show’s somewhat odd sense of humor. I still don’t know where the story is going but at this point, I don’t care.

The last thing I wanted to mention is that I know there are many anime fans out there that love hearing the Japanese butcher English. Chrome Shelled Regios has had whole scenes done in English (end of episode 3 and the beginning of episodes 4 & 5) by voice actors that obviously don’t know English. I hope they continue with these scenes because I get a good laugh from them. The show, as a whole, has only been decent so far – showing a bit of promise but not much.

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One more screenshot from Maria+holic

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4 thoughts on “Winter Anime Impressions – Meta Post”

  1. I’m thinking maybe you haven’t seen the second episode of Munto as it’s just godawful. I wouldn’t even give the series a 6 let alone a 12/12 based on first impressions at this point. More like a 4/12. In fact of what I’ve seen it would probably go something more like this:

    Rideback, episode 3 – 10/12
    Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, episode 1 – 09/12
    A Tale of Genji, episode 1 – 09/12
    Hetalia Axis Powers, episode 1 – 09/12
    Sora o Kakeru Shoujo, episode 3 – 6.5/12
    Kurokami, episode 3 05/12
    Munto TV, episode 2 – 04/12
    Akikan, episode 1 – 1.5/12

    If you ask me almost all shows this season are generic and cliched, most of all Munto which can’t hold a stable narrative to save it’s life and so far is the kind of story I’ve seen hundreds of times before. It’s like it doesn’t even try to be interesting on any level. At least it still manages to be better then Akikan though. I don’t think anything could be worse then Akikan.

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  2. I have not seen most of the shows on this list because trailers, plot, and reviews didn’t convince me to invest time in viewing even one episode. I enjoy Erin the most and Genji is fine, but I dropped Maria Holic due to reasons mentioned previously.

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  3. Well, for Sorakake I could care less about the story much, I mean the little humor that they inject and just how much lulz it contains, as well as Leopard and Takane are what I watch it for. Maybe it might have a decent plot later on, but even for that I am doubtful. As for Yoichi, yes, it is a damn fine watch…and so are Kemono no Souja Erin and RideBack.

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  4. SoraKake is only good for its ridiculousness (and hearing and seeing adorable, adorable Honoka-chan~!), so i have no idea about the story as well. I figure somewhere around episode 8 we’ll get an OMFG twist and then the story will get down to srs bsns…kinda (they’ll probably still throw in another festival episode after that or something).

    As for Maria+Holic…I agree 100%. Less of random other people, more Matsurika and Mariya. The first episode was awesome, so that should teach them to just follow the first episode and focus on the trap and his maid!

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