Today I decided to take a break from all the work I’ve been doing in order to finish up the anime that I follow that ended last week. Normally I would like to write reviews for each series, but since time is something I don’t have much of these days, I’m just going to sum up all of my thoughts in one post.
Baka to Test to Shokanju
Although this is a fanservice anime, I actually found it to be pretty decent. The little summoned beings were cute and there were some scenes that made me laugh. I also enjoyed the ESB battles and wish that they had more of them. Hideyoshi was obviously the main selling point, and anyone that has seen the first episode can tell why. Unless you really like traps, Baka to Test to Shokanju isn’t an anime I would recommend if you’re looking for something good.
One word to describe Baka to Test to Shokanju: Hideyoshi
I started watching Inuyasha back when I was in grade 11, about 6 years ago, and I finally finished it last week. The series had too many filler arcs with enemies that really had nothing to do with the story, and I think it could have done just as well with just two seasons. Excluding the fillers, the anime was great and I liked the ending which was reminiscent of the first movie. The only thing I really wish they had focused more on was the relationship between Sesshoumaru and Kagura, but I guess they didn’t want that to overshadow Sesshoumaru and Rin (yes, he’s a dirty old pedophile). I’d also like to mention that Inuyasha has the best anime ending songs I’ve ever heard, if you don’t watch the anime at least listen to its music.
One word to describe Inuyasha: Long
Kimi ni Todoke
Despite being a guy, I used to like watching romance shows when I was in high school. As I got older however, my interest in them diminished since they all seemed to follow the same general formula which I had seen dozens of times already. With that said, I was reluctant to watch Kimi ni Todoke at first, but hearing of Sawako’s unique situation got me interested. After finishing the last episode today, I have to say that Kimi ni Todoke was absolutely beautiful. I know it’s targeted at a female audience, but anyone who remembers their first big crush should be able to relate. You really get to know the characters through their monologues and feel for them whenever there’s a misunderstanding. I’ll admit that some scenes brought tears to my eyes (I didn’t cry though) and others made me laugh really hard. No anime has been able to do that since Toradora. In my opinion, Kimi ni Todoke was the best anime of the season.
One word to describe Kimi ni Todoke: Masterpiece
CLAMP can come up with some very impressive work (like Card Captor Sakura and Tsubasa Chronicles), but unfortunately Kobato was not one of them. This anime simply bored me to death and Kobato, the character, was just really annoying at times. It actually reminded me a lot of Angelic Layer where every episode involved making new friends, the only difference is that there is very little action in Kobato. This would probably be a nice anime to show your kids to teach them about friendship, but it’s not something I think most older people would enjoy.
One word to describe Kobato: Boring
I don’t have much to say for Ookami Kakushi; considering it was written by Ryukishi07, I’d say it was the biggest disappointment of the season. For an anime with only 11 plot-oriented episodes, it started off far too slow and ended far too quickly. The atmosphere also just didn’t feel right in some parts, like at the series’ climax when everything was happening on a bright sunny day. I have a feeling that Ryukishi07 didn’t put a lot of effort into this story and it’s just not worth watching.
One word to describe Ookami Kakushi: Lame
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
If you’re going to watch this anime it better be for one of these reasons: cute junior high school girls or supernatural powers/abilities. Other than that, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun doesn’t have much going for it. The comedic scenes in the anime weren’t that funny and the plot only started to pick up in the last several episodes. Speaking of the plot, it was questionable at best and seemed like its only purpose was to create a scenario where Misaka could showcase her abilities. To be fair though, I did enjoy the fight against Touma, the fetus thing, and when Misaka and Kuroko teamed up in the last episode. In the end, if you just watch all the action scenes on youtube, you wouldn’t be missing much.
One word to describe To Aru Kagaku no Railgun: Tsundere