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Sping 2011 Anime Round-up

May 09, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime

It seems like ages since I’ve done a real post, but part of the reason was that after I had gotten all my IRL stuff sorted out, I had a huge backlog of anime and unread emails/articles. I’m happy to say that now that backlog has been diminished to something more manageable, I can get back to blogging again. I think I’ve seen the first episode or more of every series (minus sequels) airing this season, so here are my thoughts on all of them.

30-sai no Hoken Taiiku

This just weirded me out. I also didn’t see any of the so-called “advice” that this show was supposed to be offering for 30+ year old men.

Status: not watching

A Channel

I’ve already seen Lucky Star, there’s only so much room in my head for series with 4 girls and their daily lives in high school.

Status: not watching

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

My first throughts on Ano Hana were that it was going to be a boring monologue with some depressed teenage boy, but I was way off. Ano Hana is one of my two favourite series this season because of its portrayal of human nature and the strength and fragility of relationships. The mystery of what exactly Menma is also has me interested. Is she a ghost or just a figment of Jinta’s imagination? The draw of what caused all of the characters to change so much also has me wanting more each week.

Status: watching

Ao no Exorcist

There seems to be a lot of action, blood, and just plain violence in Ao no Exorcist. I would’ve loved this series in the past, but I think I’m getting too old for senseless violence.

Status: not watching

Astarotte’s Toy

The premise sounds like something from a porno film, but if you watch it, you’ll realize that it has very little to do with sex. Astarotte’s Toy actually feels a LOT like Hayate no Gotoku. You’ve got a blue-haired butler taking care of a blonde loli princess voiced by Rie Kugimiya with a whole lot of comedy and a bit of drama thrown in. The animation also looks very similar. I enjoyed Hayate no Gotoku whole-heartedly, and as of episode 5, I can say the same thing about Astarotte’s Toy.

Status: watching

Battle Girls – Time Paradox

The only thing I remember about this was giant boobs.

Status: not watching

C

This must be the shortest anime title ever. From the plot summary, I thought it was going to be about business and economics, but judging by the first episode, it’s more of a fantasy/adventure. It does seem interesting, but not enough to convince me to watch it.

Status: not watching

Deadman Wonderland

The concept of a boy forced to survive in a prison set up as an amusement park is an intriguing one. I was under the impression that this would turn out to be a serious anime about the human condition, but then a random girl with skin-tight clothes shows up, and the main character reveals that he has some kind of super power. So much for the human condition…

Status:  not watching

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko 

I have to say that the opening song for this anime is extremely annoying, but so catchy that it was stuck in my head for several days. The character designs are (s)excellent, I mean really, who wouldn’t want a huge poster of Meme or Erio? The sparkles that SHAFT keeps sprinkling all over the place helps in that department too. In addition to the character designs, there is actually a sense of plot and character development, but it manages to keep things from getting too dull with random scenes more suited for Azumanga Daioh. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko has surpassed all of my initial expectations for it.

Status: watching

Dog Days

It’s cute and reminds me of Nanoha.

Status: watching

Dororon Enma-kun Meramera

Two things: giant dick being used as a spear, and swinging boobs like putty. This is one of the stranger anime of the season.

Status: not watching

Fireball Charming

I dont’ particularly like what they’ve done with Drossel, but otherwise the series seems unchanged from the first season. Each episode is only a few minutes so I’ll probably watch them all at once when the series is over.

Status: on hold

Hanasaku Iroha

I think everyone will agree that the first episode of Hanasaku Iroha was the best first episode of the season. Unfortunately, the subsequent episodes haven’t seemed to make as big as a splash. I was interested in seeing a story of a young girl struggling to get by in life by overcoming all the obstacles that she faced. Now it seems like the anime has started to turn into a slice-of-life series. As of episode 6, it’s still entertaining, but nowhere near as good as the first episode made it out to be.

Status: watching.

Happy Kappi

I would consider this a masterpiece… if I was 3 years old.

Status: not watching

Hen Zemi

Some people keep their weird thoughts and fetishes to themselves, but the characters of Hem Zemi share everything with each other. It feels like the writers tried to make this anime funny, but I thought it was creepy. For example, the main female character likes catching her farts in the tub and sniffing them. I believe this was meant for people who also have weird thoughts/fetishes in order to not feel alone.

Status: not watching

Hidan no Aria

Speed 1 had a bus, Speed 2 was on a boat, next up is a bicycle? Hidan no Aria has all the makings of a Shana clone: a bossy loli tsundere voiced by Rie Kugimiya, a useless guy that isn’t actually useless, and girls flocking to shack up with the useless guy. I enjoyed Shakugan no Shana, so I was a bit disappointed to see a few things in Hidan no Aria that just didn’t fit at all. First off, a bomb on a speeding bicycle doesn’t sound exciting at all. Next, machine guns mounted on remote-controlled segways sounds like something out of the mind of a high school geek. Anyone serious would’ve used a real vehicle. I’m on the fence about this one and will wait until the series is over and reviews are out.

Status: on hold

Hoshizora e Kakeru Hoshi

I normally wouldn’t follow an anime like this, but I liked the character designs and I have time now that I’m out of school so I figured, why not.

Status: watching

Hyouge Mono

The main character in Hyouge Mono (I forgot his name) is hilarious. I don’t think I know anyone who would risk his life and do the crazy things he does just to get a hold of some ugly tea pot he reveres as a piece of art. A funny guy isn’t enough to keep my interest though. There is a serious lack of female characters and the guys are butt-ugly. I usually watch anime before I go to sleep and I don’t think I want those faces popping up in my dreams.

Status: not watching

Moshi Koko Yakyu no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no Management o Yondara

Moshidora seems like one of those anime about struggling to reach your goals. I didn’t find the first episode to be particularly funny and it didn’t provide much in the way of plot or character development, but that’s usually how these kinds of stories start. I’ll wait to hear what people have to say about it once it’s done.

Status: on hold

Nichijou

I don’t understand…

Status: not watching

Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

The only reason I kept watching this past the first episode was because the character designs (which, surprisingly, has a huge impact on what I watch) were done by Aoi Nishimata. It was confusing as heck and there are so many characters that that’s impossible to remember them all from one viewing. Just when I thought everything came together and was explained in episode 4, the next episode threw another wrench into the story and completely lost me again. The copious amounts of fanservice somehow manage to not seem out of place here.

Status: watching

Pretty Rhythm – Aurora Dream

This totally reminded me of Yu-Gi-Oh when one of the characters said to listen to the voice of the dresses. It looks like a nice anime for young girls, but the horrid CG animation ruins the flow of the episode.

Status: not watching

Seikai-ichi Hatsukoi

Imagine meeting your high school crush 10 years after you graduate and rediscovering what it’s like to be in love. Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi looks like a very sweet romantic comedy with good animation and a good plot. The problem? The main characters are all male, and I’m somewhat of a homophobe, but just for guys though, yuri is A-OK with me.

Status: not watching

Showa Monogatari

Uninteresting story + old-fashioned art style = :(

Status: not watching

SKET Dance

I would say this is about as average as an anime can get. It has average characters, an average plot, average problems and solutions, and average entertainment value. Unfortunately for SKET Dance, I look for above-average features when I decide on anime to watch.

Status: not watching

Soft Tennis

The first episode failed to entertain me in any way. Think of what K-ON would have been like if they were in the soft tennis club rather than the light music club. Now subtract the following: cuteness, moe moe kyun, good comedy, and cake.

Status: not watching

Steins;Gate

After the debacle that was Chaos;Head, I thought I’d never watch a “;” anime again, but here I am a few years later with Steins;Gate. I’m enjoying it as much as I was enjoying the first half of Chaos;Head, so I’m really hoping that it doesn’t go down the same path and ruin everything.

Status: watching

Tiger and Bunny

It seems like Sunrise is trying to cut into Marvel’s gains in Japan and at the same time help some companies advertise their products. I can find superheroes on TV so there’s no need for me to turn to anime.

Status: not watching

Toriko

The animation totally turned me off to this.

Status: not watching

X-Men

Honestly, I wouldn’t categorize this as an anime, but technically it is Japanimation. If any of you watched the Marvel cartoons of the 90′s and 00′s, then you’ll have a good idea of what the X-Men anime is like. The only difference is that everyone’s speaking Japanese. It’s not bad, but I’m not here to watch Japanese versions of shows I can watch on TV.

Status: not watching



Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san

I found Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san to be moderately funny, but not enough to give up 25 minutes of my time each week. It also doesn’t seem to have a very strong story.

Status: not watching

So in the end, I ended up watching 8 series out of 31, which puts the total number of anime I’m following at 9 (the last being Gosick from last season). That number actually bumps up to 10 if you include Strike Witches, which I’m almost done watching now.

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14 Comments to “Sping 2011 Anime Round-up”


  1. Oh, you’ve checked out a lot more shows out than I did ;)

    Im watching…
    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, which is my second favorite in this season, it has a nice setting.
    Astarotte’s Toy, really and also heartwarming so far.
    Ao no Exorcist the first two eps were quite violent, but aside from that its cool and could get really interesting.
    Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, is a bit strange at first, but you get used to it, I like it a lot, the opening is awesome in my opinion, she can’t sing very well but is full of energy abd catchy, I also ordered the CD XD.
    Dog Days, is cute with all the dog eared characters and the Nanoha look.
    Hoshizora e Kakeru Hoshi has a nice animation style and it is fun to watch it. Steins;Gate is actually my favorite show so far, its cool funny and interesting. I’ve already finished Moshidora, it gets strong near the end, the beginning was meh in terms of characters.

    Somehow Im 0 percent interested in Hanasaku Iroha, I feel like I had enough girl drama for once ^^
    And I dropped C before the first episode was over, not my cup of tea.
    Overall the spring season is very good so far.
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  2. I didn’t check out all the anime, just a selected few. Reading from your post here, it seems like I didn’t miss much. From this season, I’m following Hanasaku Iroha and A-Channel. Others like Hidan no Aria and Seikai-ichi Hatsukoi, I’ll watch a few episodes at one go after a few weeks break.
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  3. A-Channel gave me a been there done that feeling from the first episode. Still ended watching it though.

    After reading your description of Astarotte’s Toy I will pick it up, love Hayate. Should really get around to watch and catch up with Denpa Onna as well.

    Dog Days, same studio as Nanoha and Nana Mizuki, I’m good.

    Hanasaku Iroha, I’m not sure what to expect anymore, I was thinking more seinen but looks like slice of life now.

    I specifically watched Hidan no Aria since people said it reminded them of Shana, still have to watch past the first episode.

    I downloaded Moshidora, the premise sounds interesting enough still haven’t sat around to watch it.

    Nichoujo bothers me, a slice of life show by Koyani, I should like as I like that type of shows. Somehow it feels like a chore, I didn’t find the jokes funny nor the characters.

    I find nitro+ VN’s recall interesting such as Saya no Uta and Chaos;Head, giving nice stuff outside the norm. The Chaos;Head anime was disappointing compared to the anime so I haven’t gotten myself to watch Steins;Gate yet.
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  4. I’m most of what I’m watching is in your watching list. I’m following Ano Hana, Hana Iro, C, A-Channel,and Denpa Onna, but my heavy favourites are AnoHana and HanaIro.

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  5. Downloaded Denpa Onna, Steins;Gate and DW but didn’t have time to watch it. Instead, i’m currently watching Ao no Exorcist, Hidan no Aria, Hana Iro, Ano Hana and TWGOK.

    I’m actually very disappointed at Hidan no Aria. I find it absurd ; more like a fail copy of Shakugan no Shana. Not only that there’re lots of needless fanservices, the plot and actions were dull too.

    However, I like the other 4 on my watch list. Especially Ao no Exorcist and Ano Hana. Both are very enjoyable series.

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  6. Except for a few differences here and there were basically watching the exact same line-up it seems!

    It really is quite the full season isn’t it. Wondering how many shows I’ll actually finish this time haha.
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  7. @Fabienne:
    I’m surprised you’re not interested in Hanasaku Iroha, I thought everyone liked it.

    I agree with you though, this season has turned out very good. There are a lot more high-quality shows than last year.

    @Hoshiko:
    You should check out Ano Hana too, I find it very well-written.

    @Miette-chan:
    Yay, another convert to Astarotte’s Toy. If you liked Hayate, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
    I felt the same way about Nichijou, it just didn’t make me laugh and without any comedy, there was no point in watching it.

    @abscissa:
    AnoHana and HanaIro are two of my favourites this season too. The other one is Denpa Onna, it has an air of mystery around it.

    @Ryo_kun:
    The silliness in Hidan no Aria was what turned me off, it also wasn’t as action-packed or cool as Shana. It seems everyone is saying good things about Ao no Exorcist, I might give that one a second chance.

    @Ashelotte:
    I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish them all, I think the most I’ve been able to keep up with before is 7.

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  8. @Nopy Well, I haven’t even watched one episode ^_^, maybe I will watch it at a later date, but at the moment Im not that interested into such a show after reading the discription. Or I’ll wait for opinions after the show has finished ;)
    Fabienne recently posted..My Anime Springseason watch list

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  9. Ah, it’s hard trying to get back into a routine of updating a blog and checking out others once you’ve taken a break. I’m struggling at the moment.

    Anyway, I’m pretty much watching the same as you this season it seems.

    I’ve watched up to episode 4 of Hidan no Aria, and well, expect to be rolling your eyes in dismay. It appears to start off as a Shana clone, but when you see episode 4 it will become some sort of hybrid clone mutant thing. I’ll keep watching to the end, but I expect many sighs and tutting along the way.

    We without wings has been quite interesting so far. Each episode reveals something new which slowly unravels what’s going on. I initially found it hard to distinguish between each character since they all looked so similar, but I think I’ve got that sorted – at least by appearance, names, not so much.

    And yay Steins;Gate is finally streaming to the UK so I’ve seen episode 1. It looks to be very interesting to see what happens. Hopefully it’s like We without wings in that the story slowly unravels and begins to make sense.

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  10. @BioToxic:
    If Hidan no Aria isn’t up to Shana standards, then I probably won’t watch it. I’m impressed you can distinguish the characters in We Without Wings, I still have a hard time with that. As for Steins;Gate, I think you’ll enjoy it.

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  11. Hanairo changed its tone somewhere around episode 3, but I’m still enjoying it. At the very least, it’s one of the prettiest anime of the season.
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  12. @Yi:
    Yeah, the first 2 episodes were amazing, but then it toned it down in the third episode. Things seem to be picking up recently though.

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  13. Dog Days, Steins;Gate, and Hidan no Aria seems to be the best this season for me. I actually quite enjoyed Dog Days and continuing off on Steins;Gate after leaving it hanging. Two people decided to spoil that for so I’m a tad bit disappointed with that. And Hidan no Aria seems like a somewhat decent Anime haha. Crazy Aria.

    Waiting for ‘Ikoku Meiro no Croisee’ to air as one of the main characters reminds me of Shinki Kohiru haha.

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  14. @Arctic_Kitsune:
    I didn’t keep up with Hidan no Aria after the first few episodes, but I’m really liking Steins;Gate. Dog Days was cute, but it was more of an average anime for me.

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