Progress: Hanasaku Iroha [watched four episodes], Nichijou [watched OVA and one episode], Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san [watched one episode], X‑Men [watched one episode], Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla Hen (OVA) Episode 4 (completed)
So far, it’s been keeping my interests. I actually like it a lot because the plot and episode structure reminds me of an afternoon Asian drama, only animated. Ohana is an awesome female lead and despite some cliché here and there, I think this anime has a lot going for it. The animation is extremely pretty and I haven’t noticed any signs of off-model frames yet, which is always a plus.
The only episode that I wasn’t fond of was episode three. I’m all for yuri and perverted things, but I’d prefer fanservice not to rear in its ugly head in a show like this and keep itself on Danbooru (fapfap). The anime would be better off without it, but that’s just me. Or, at least, tone it down to bath scenes like episode four. The spike in fanservice in that episode was out of place with the rest of the series, considering the first two episodes give off completely different feels compared to it. Episode three just felt over-the-top. It didn’t bother me that much, but it felt weird. 😛
Other than that, I find the characters, romance, and relationships interesting. This is probably my favorite show this season.
Ah, KyoAni and their slice-of-life.
I admit, I’m in love with the randomness of this show already. It’s genuinely funny. It has a character who comes from a family of farmers, who thinks he’s rich and goes to school on a goat — it’s bound to be a guilty pleasure! 😀
…what the hell did I just watch? It was funny, but I really did have no idea what I was getting myself into. xD
Azazel-san is voiced by Onosaka. Sold.
So far, so good! The art style is badass and is reminiscent of the old X‑Men cartoon I watched when I was little. Props to Madhouse for keeping it western. It’s a great adaptation of the comics and I honestly can’t wait for the dub. The Japanese voices are great, but I honestly can’t imagine the X‑Men speaking anything but English, at least as their native tongue.
Tales of Symphonia Tethe’alla Hen (OVA) — 4
All I have to say is: Oh. My. God.
Zelos uses Divine Judgment, Lloyd finds out Kratos is his father, Lloyd/Colette EVERYWHERE, Zelos gives his amazingly true speech, Zelos shows his emo side during the scene in the snow, Mithos appears at the end of the episode, etc. *fangasms*
So far, the OVA has taken a lot liberties to the RPG’s story, but I actually like their spin on things. The OVA used to be “meh” to me, but after this story arc, I ADORE it. Partly because my favorite character Zelos is portrayed so well in it and partly because it has so much fanservice for fans of the game. I’m looking forward to the The United World arc.
I wonder why they didn’t say anything about Zelos using an Angelic Hi-Ougi. I mean, it’s not like the angel feathers flying around while he was casting the spell signified anything about him being an angel. I mean, that’s total nonsense. *rolleyes*
(P.S. In other news, I’ll return to my old blogging style towards the end of the season. I’m way too busy with graduation prep and college registration to blog about anime full-time these days.)