If you follow my Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve decided to switch to a congregated posting style for the rest of school year to keep my schedule from going out of control. School, parties, Pocket Monsters X (Japanese version, FC: 4656–6263-1690), and the PS3 all take a surprising chunk of my time nowadays. Anime blogging? What anime blogging?
Mind you, I’ve totally been keeping up with the autumn anime line-up alongside those activities. Currently, the series on my watch-list are as follows: Kill la Kill, Kyoukai no Kanata, and Kyousogiga. Now, as others have pointed out, yes, I noticed that they all form the, um, KKK. But I’m no conspiracy theorist! Besides, this was made in Japan and, well, howaito piggu go homu.
(Speaking of KKK, I have yet to watch Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku…)
Kill la Kill
It’s not hard to tell that this series was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, the man behind Fooly Cooly, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. I honestly can’t see anyone who loves those shows, being people who end up hating on this — it’s very much worth a watch. Needless to say, I approve of the content. The amount of insanity is definitely up-to-par with its other Imaishi predecessors.
My only complaint, however, is the animation. Don’t get me wrong — the art style is amazing and there are quite a few bits of greatness that’s honestly just as good as when Trigger animated Little Witch Academia. But it overuses still-frames, and the instances of CGI usage is just so bad. You can say every modern anime studio is guilty of the latter whenever CGI is used — I’m sorry, but I don’t think the way anime companies blend 3D into their animation looks good at all, and they should just stop. Other than that, nothing in this show really looks horrible… an exception being episode 4. I swear to god the animation in that episode was a throwback to the bad animation in the fourth episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
The episode was great, but holy crap, was it hard to look at. This is the animation people are claiming to be superior to Fooly Cooly? Um, I’ll give you a big fat no on that one.
Kyoukai no Kanata
It’s… OK, so far? I mean, for something that’s based on a light novel that’s supposedly dark fantasy, I find the small bits of humor to be extremely forced and out-of-place. The show itself isn’t bad by any means, but I don’t see why KyoAni fans are all over it unless they love the company that much (I wouldn’t be surprised). There’s a lot of intrigue in the characters and setting, though, and I hope it impresses me by the end of its run.
One thing to note: I LOVE that Kyoto Animation’s finally utilizing their talents for a series with action as one its genres. Action scenes by KyoAni will always be a treat to see, Chuu2 or not.
This is, quite possibility, the show with the most potential out of the bunch. There’s plenty of things to like about this show: the characters are quirky and vibrant (true to the setting), and it has a seemingly complex, unique, and surreal plot that leaves a lot of intrigue open from the very first episode (re-airing of the original OVA). The motifs and the plot made me think, and I think that’s precisely the main thing that caught my interest in the introductory episode alone.
The animation is nothing to laugh at either — its easily the best this season. I may talk smack about Toei from time-to-time, but to be honest, when they really put their efforts into their productions, they end up looking pretty sweet. Digimon Adventure is possibly one of the most stylish short anime films I’ve seen during my childhood and the animation here is reminiscent of that. Just, the explosion of color they use really make Looking Glass Kyoto seems like a true wonderland.
It’s also a treat to hear Rie Kugimiya voice Koto. There’s always a refreshing feeling whenever I hear her in a role that isn’t her being typecast as a tsundere.
Next on my list is Pupa, if that ever gets around to being aired. I’m quite the connoisseur of squicky horror anime and Pupa honestly looks very promising in that regard.