Desbreko Posted April 14, 2008 Share Posted April 14, 2008 [color=#4B0082]Since DigitalBoy isn't around to make these anymore I guess I'll give it a shot. I've started on the new spring season anime and thought I'd post up my impressions. I'm also curious what others are watching this season. [b]Top Picks[/b] [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8518]Kurenai[/url][/u] I think this is going to be my favorite of the season. The little-girl-gets-dropped-on-a-teenager schtick isn't anything new but, unlike the other similar series I've seen, Kurenai isn't cutesy and doesn't try to be. In fact, it's a little dark and I'm loving its art and animation. The cuteness comes naturally from Murasaki simply being the [url=http://img329.imageshack.us/my.php?image=murasaki1ms1.jpg][u]little girl[/u][/url] she is. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8746]The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk[/url][/u] It looks like Gonzo pulled a Haruhi on this one so don't judge Tower of Druaga on the first episode alone. Ep1 is a totally [url=http://img501.imageshack.us/my.php?image=druagataboobv1.jpg][u]absurd mockery[/u][/url] of fantasy RPGs/anime but ep2 reverses course and turns serious. The RPG-esque swords & sorcery setting always interests me so if the series can strike a good balance with its humor I think I'm going to like it a lot. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9193]Itazura na Kiss[/url][/u] I gotta get my seasonal dose of (non-perverted) high school romantic comedy, you know? This one fills the hole left by Kimikiss and I'm already liking Itazura na Kiss more after seeing two episodes. I have a hard time explaining specifics but it has sort of the same feeling as Lovely Complex, which I enjoyed quite a bit. It also doesn't hurt that I really like Kotoko's [url=http://img256.imageshack.us/my.php?image=itakisskotokoiu3.jpg][u]character design[/u][/url]. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9163]Nijuu Mensou no Musume[/url][/u] Hirano Aya voices the main character so it has to be good. ... Okay, so there are other reasons I picked this up. It's about an infamous thief (think Lupin III only not so wacky) who kidnaps eleven-year-old girl Chizuko, though she actually goes willingly to join his group. Ep1 was basically just character introduction, so nothing too spectacular, but they'd have to totally botch this setup for me to stop watching. [b]Good[/b] [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9091]To Love-Ru -Trouble-[/url][/u] If you can stand the excessive jiggling and general ecchi theme, this one looks like it should be really funny. Ep1 had plenty of mindless fun and, hey, I happen to have a thing for pink-haired, green-eyed anime girls. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8586]Macross Frontier[/url][/u] So I don't really like mecha. I don't hate it but it doesn't interest me. Except when the mecha transform into fighter jets—apparently that makes it okay. I've had some interest in the Macross universe for a while now but never got into the older series, so I decided to give Macross Frontier a shot. I liked what I saw in ep1 and I plan on sticking with this one. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9070]Soul Eater[/url][/u] I'm usually not very interested in the big shounen action shows but this one was pretty amusing. There's just something about a young girl swinging around a scythe bigger than she is. The art for this show is crazy, with the [url=http://img329.imageshack.us/my.php?image=souleatersunpn5.jpg][u]laughing sun[/u][/url] being especially great. And I liked the OP theme enough to rip the TV size version out of the episode and encode my own mp3 of it. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9236]Kyouran Kazoku Nikki[/url][/u] I've not seen such a load of weird, random, fast-talking crap since watching Excel Saga. I'm not even sure how else to describe this show. But as long as it keeps that up it'll be great for turning my brain off and laughing at. [b]Mediocre[/b] [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9234]Chi's Sweet Home[/url][/u] It's hard to rank this one due to the show simply being three minute bursts of kitten super cuteness. I get the feeling it would lose its charm fast if too many episodes were watched in a row but one or two at a time isn't bad. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8988]Allison & Lillia[/url][/u] Just as there's no plot summary of this on ANN yet, ep1 told me little about what the show is going to be like, other than that war and flying are involved. Allison, the blond pilot girl, looks like a fun character but beyond that it seems up in the air (lol get it?). It looks interesting so if they can pull a decent story out of it I'll keep watching. [u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9029]Amatsuki[/url][/u] It's a fantasy series where two high school kids from the present (future?) get transported to Tokugawa era Edo and a female samurai saves their *****. That's about all I could gather from the first episode but it's directed by the same guy as Rurouni Kenshin and looks like it could be good. [strike][u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9000]Kanokon[/url][/u][/strike] (dropped) OMG the furriness. While watching ep1 part of my mind rebelled at the thought of liking this show yet there were enough amusing bits that I have to give it at least a couple more episodes. I want to see more of the [url=http://img265.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kanokontwinsel7.jpg][u]twins[/u][/url]. I finally realized I have much better ways to spend my time than to watch this show. [b]Boring[/b] [strike][u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8774]Wagaya no Oinari-sama[/url][/u][/strike] (dropped) The first episode of this was slow and uninteresting. The fox deity was slightly amusing but no comparison to Spice and Wolf's Horo. It sounds like it's setting up for a monster of the week plot already. I don't think I can watch this one for the ears and tail alone. [strike][u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8769]S.A (Special A)[/url][/u][/strike] (dropped) The best thing this show has going for it, in my eyes, is that one of the characters has a [url=http://img396.imageshack.us/my.php?image=specialaslothjm5.jpg][u]pet sloth[/u][/url]. That's [i]awesome.[/i] However, everything else bored me. The setting is generic as ever, the characters didn't interest me, and I didn't like the character designs at all. Unless ep2 somehow manages to impress me, or the sloth gets more screen time, I doubt I'll keep watching. [strike][u][url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9069]Blassreiter[/url][/u][/strike] (dropped) I probably wouldn't have bothered with this in the first place if it weren't one of the series being streamed legally, since it didn't look like something I'd be interested in. And I was right, it's really not my thing.[/color] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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