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Summer 2011 Anime Round-up

July 18, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime

After a couple of weeks, I’ve finally managed to watch at least the first episode (most of the second as well) of all of the new anime airing this summer. The ones I did not watch are either continuations of a previous season, OVAs, or movies.

I must say that I was impressed with the line-up of titles this time around compared to the last couple of years, but as always, there’s only enough time to watch a few select series. Below you will find my initial thoughts on each one and whether I will be following it or not.

Blade

Other than everyone speaking Japanese and the cool samurai move, this didn’t seem any different from the cartoons that I can watch locally.

Status: not watching

Blood-C

I love CLAMP’s character designs, but I don’t think they should’ve let Saya past the idea stage. Her poorly positioned and incredibly stiff twintails just don’t give you that sense of a brutal killing machine. In terms of plot, there really isn’t much to go on after the first episode other than that Saya fights monsters of some kind.

Status: on hold

Dantalian no Shoka

Disregarding the inconsistency that a dragon would wait around for you to read a book, I enjoyed the first episode of Dantalian no Shoka. While Dalian may seem nothing more than tsundere eyecandy, Huey is at least a real man that knows how to fire a gun and keep his cool, something anime has been lacking. The concept of releasing worlds hidden in books also lets the series explore just about anything that tickles your fancy.

Status: watching

Double-J

A pointless anime with poor animation quality, there isn’t really much to like about Double-J.

Status: not watching

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

Yune was cute and the visuals were stunning, but this series didn’t have what I was looking for. One of its main story drivers seems to be cross-cultural interactions. Interesting, but I live in Canada; I see people from at least 5 different continents every day.

Status: not watching

Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi

A forgotten promise with a childhood friend, magic, swords, plenty of violence, and pretty girls, this anime has it all. At first it seems great, but then you ask yourself, why does Himea love someone she barely knows, and is Taito really sacrificing his lives for a pretty girl? Not to mention Gekkou’s reasons for wanting to kill them, then befriending them. The characters and plot are very shallow, but who could resist all of that action?

Status: on hold

Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise

Twin Angel takes the mahou shoujo genre and completely slaughters it. The anime has cliché everything, from nude transformation scenes, cat girls, incompetent villains, and even a masked male saviour that throws roses. The characters fit into defined archetypes, but lack any sort of personal appeal or sense of mystery.

Status: not watching

Kami-sama Dolls

The concept of Kami-sama Dolls seems good, after all, it’s like Pokémon and Digimon except the monsters are these machine-like things (called gods) and there’s more violence. The mystery between the past and the secrets of the village also offer a great setting.

Status: watching

Kami-sama no Memo Chou

First of all, if you have a job, you are not a NEET (Not Employed, undergoing Education, or Training). My biggest problem with this anime is that Alice is too perfect. She’s a pretty goth-loli tsundere hacker that calls herself a NEET, the ideal girlfriend for many NEET anime fans. This anime seems catered towards people that glorify the ‘NEET’ status, something I object to. Alice also uses a Mac, and you expect me to believe she’s a hacker?

Status: not watching

Manyuu Hikenchou

If this were the 80’s or early 90’s, Manyuu Hikenchou would’ve been an ero-anime. This anime is about boobs, big boobs, and super humungous boobs. If you like anime boobs then you’ve just found your favourite anime. I’m more of a legs person.

Status: not watching

Mawaru Penguindrum

I thought this was going to be a drama about the suffering that two brothers go through after their sister’s death. Then all of a sudden it went SEIZON SENRYAKU and it was like an acid trip on a roller coaster riding through candyland. Needless to say, I was totally blown away.

Status: watching

Mayo Chiki

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a romantic comedy, and the characters here are likeable. Subaru is a tsundere with a drop of tomboy in her, Kanade is a rich and powerful dominatrix, and Kinjirou is able to survive attacks that are normally fatal. Perhaps the similarity of the characters to the ones in Love Hina (sorta) is why I like it so far.

Status: watching

Morita-san wa Mukuchi

I fell in love after the first episode. Mayu, the main character has exactly the same mannerisms and problems that I had in high school. People always ask me why I never say anything; the next time someone does that, I’m going to show them this anime.

Status: watching

Nekogami Yaoyorozu

The characters seem almost like a carbon copy of the girls from Touhou Project, and the activities are reminiscent of DigiCharat. Perhaps something more original would have helped.

Status: not watching

No. 6

The world in No. 6 seemed very similar to a novel that I had read about 15 years ago, unfortunately, I can’t remember the title or the author. The relationship between the two main characters seems a bit homosexual, and I really have no interest in that kind of stuff.

Status: not watching

Nyanpire The Animation

I love The Gothic World of Nyanpire, and I have two Nyanpire plushies that I won in Japan, but the Nyanpire anime doesn’t seem to have any purpose to it other than having Nyanpire animated.

Status: not watching

R-15

This feels like a story about a kid going through puberty and the moment when you realize that liking someone can mean more than wanting to see them nude. It also seems to have a lot of S characters (camera girl is the best), great for viewers who are M.

Status: not watching

Ro-Kyu-Bu!

I was really excited about this anime without knowing anything about it because Tinkle had done the character designs for the manga. Sadly, with the poor animation quality, their efforts are wasted on this anime. The premise for the series also seems like an excuse to show off some lolis.

Status: not watching

Sacred Seven

A teenager that gets some special powers, saves a girl or two and now has a duty to save the world is pretty standard. Sacred Seven tries to be different by adding in tons of maids, some fancy moves, a rich girl, and a kick-ass butler.  Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near as fabulous as Star Driver.

Status: not watching

The iDOLM@ASTER

I really did not see the point of the first episode other than to flaunt all of the idols that are now in the producer’s harem. If there were some serious conflict between the girls I would’ve given it a chance.

Status: not watching

Usagi Drop

A sweet story of two people who couldn’t possibly be more alone, but due to circumstances, end up lighting up each other’s lives. Usagi Drop really gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.

Status: watching

Uta no Prince-sama

The animation in this anime really scared me with those bright glowing eyes and neon hair. Watching the first episode, I now understand why so many girls hate harem anime. It is essentially a fantasy world where every hot guy (who seem really girly) wants to be with the main girl.

Status: not watching

Yuru Yuri

The concept of having an anime based around yuri sounds good, but Yuru Yuri seemed a lot more like slice-of-life than lesbian romance. None of the jokes made me laugh, so it’s easy to give up on this title.

Status: not watching

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Awards

Starting this season, I am giving out “awards” to the best and worst anime series based on the first episodes. Below are the winners and a brief explanation.

Rotten Egg: Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise

This series is an insult to the mahou shoujo genre. The “it’s for children” excuse won’t work here since most mahout shoujo anime are geared towards children and are much better than this.

Pearls before Swine: Mayo Chiki

I have seen little discussion over this anime, but I like it so I’m giving it the “most underrated” series award.

Diamond in the Rough: Usagi Drop

It was tough deciding between Usagi Drop and Mawaru Penguindrum, but I think Usagi Drop has more potential to becoming a big hit.

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19 Comments to “Summer 2011 Anime Round-up”


  1. Not watching Croisee? I’m enjoying it, if only as amazing eye candy. Anyway, also blown away by Penguindrum too.

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  2. I haven’t started many shows of the new season and I’ll try to follow just a handful of shows in the end, but I will decide after a few more eps what will stay inside my watchlist. So far I liked Penguindrum, Idolmaster, Sacred Seven and I like Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise a lot ;p

    What dissapointed me so far, even though I just randomly picked it was Nekogami Yaoyorozu, it was boring, maybe episode 2 can save it.
    I also expected something different from Ro-Kyu-Bu!, I first thought the trainer would be a girl as well XD But with a male as trainer it takes a totally different direction… I guess I will keep watching it and regret it afterwards :(

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  3. syunrii says:

    So far, I’ve been watching Sacred Seven, No. 6, Usagi Drop, Uta no Prince-sama, and Ao no Exorcist. I have pretty high expectations for No. 6 so far just based on the first two episodes! Homo-ness aside, the ideas that they’re presenting so far seems similar to that of George Orwell’s 1984, and I have no clue where they’re heading next, so I’m excited to see.

    Sacred Seven was suggested by my friend. It’s fairly good so far, and has a certain level of ridiculous-ness (humor) to it that’s hard to find in such an action-packed anime, and yet it works. Well, to me anyway. I loved Star Driver, but I think the two are a bit different to compare…It’s more of a Code Geass/Gundam/Megaman mix (lol Sunrise afterall..)

    Uta no Prince is just for my guity pleasure :D The voice cast is godly though, and they’re doing a fairly decent job so far considering the genre.
    Usagi Drop is definitely one I’m sticking to all season (unless they horribly mess up somehow, but I have faith in Prod I.G.).

    Way too many animes to watch this season @@ Overall, I think this season is fairly impressive :)

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  4. Whenever I get around to starting this season I plan on watching at the very least Usagi Drop and Baka Test after reading the source material and the first season. Dantalian no Shoka is a Gainax show so I will probably give it a watch. Possibly Kami-sama no Memo Chou and Ikoku Meiro no Croisée as well.

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  5. I won’t comment on all the series you looked at because I’m watching three episodes of every anime (I think I’ll find meaning in them and maybe, I’ll find one that rises from its horror of the first ep) and deciding from there. However, I will comment on Twin Angel: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    …The horror…you say it was a insult based on its first ep? The first ep was five times better than the second ep, and twice as better than the third! It distanced itself as the worst anime this season, and honestly, no other anime this season comes close.

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  6. Well, you’ve certainly watched a lot more than I have. I’ve only watched a handful of these so far, as most of them don’t even interest me enough to give them a try. Usagi Drop is almost definitely going to be my favorite, and Mawaru Penguindrum has a lot of potential. Haven’t checked out Mayo Chiki but maybe I’ll give it a shot. I pretty much agree with Twin Angel, I couldn’t even get through the first episode. I’m enjoying Ikoku Meiro no Croisee . Oh and I guess Kamisama Dolls has now caught my attention too.

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  7. I am not quite ready to do my round-up list yet. I still need to watch Usagi Drop, but sure it will be on list for sure. Like Yi, I am loving Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, but guess if your not interested that is okay. There are a bunch of things to watch this time around.

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  8. @Yi:
    With the number of series I’m planning to watch, I don’t think I’ll have enough time to watch it. The eye candy is definitely good though.

    @Fabienne:
    Wow, I didn’t think anyone would like Twin Angel, I guess I was wrong.

    Nekogami Yaoyorozu seems like it’s one of those shows that’ll have a lot of random events and no real story. You can’t have a loli anime without a lolicon, which is probably why they added a male coach.

    @syunrii:
    Ah yes, Code Geass, I knew there was a better comparison for Sacred Seven, it just slipped my mind for a moment. Despite the similarities, the first episode didn’t have that sense of mystery that Code Geass had.

    If you’re a girl, I can see why you would like Uta no Prince. I don’t swing that way, which is why it’s not on my watch list.

    @Miette-chan:
    I’m watching Baka Test too, but since it’s not a new title I didn’t include it here. Dantalian no Shoka, Memo Chou, and Croisee were high on my watch list before the season started, but after seeing them, only one actually stayed there.

    @Justin:
    Wow, it sounds like a good thing that I didn’t watch more than I did. It’s hard to imagine an episode that’s 5 times worse than the first episode.

    @Persocom:
    Well I hope you’ll enjoy Mayo Chiki and Kami-sama Dolls as much as me. They might not be for everyone, but I’m sure they have a decent audience.

    @tsurugiarashix:
    This season is surprisingly good considering how few enjoyable series there were last year.

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  9. Not watching Ikoku? Ah well, maybe later?

    Hmm….Quite a nice line up and some one I want to smack straight off the list – Blade. Let’s see….Nurarihyon, Ikoku, Blood-C, Nekogami. Valk’ Chron’ 3 and Black Lagoon is on my radar. New Natsume? Really? I’ll see about watchign that. The rest I may get into if Anime withdrawal hits lol.

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  10. I’m a bit surprised to learn that you’re not watching Ikoku Meiro. It seems like the kind of show you’ll enjoy. I guess the culture exchange thing isn’t a good enough reason to pick it up huh? As for me, I don’t meet a lot of French or Japanese so it’s a good show in terms of learning their cultures.

    Along with Ikoku Meiro, I’ll be watching Penguindrum, Usagi Drop and KamiMemo on regular basis. Others maybe on/off?

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  11. @Arctic_Kitsune:
    I never really got into Natsume, but it seems to be rather popular. When I get into anime withdrawal, I always have a long list of series that I have yet to watch, but were recommended to me.

    @Hoshiko:
    I think everyone’s surprised I’m not watching it. It does seem like my kind of anime, but I only have so much free time.

    You’ve picked some good series there :)

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  12. My main ones are pretty much on your list except for Ikoku Meiro. And instead of Kamisama Dolls, I included Memo Chou on my list, but I’m considering Morita-san wa Mukuchi to replace Memo Chou.

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  13. I’ve been so out of it this season. I’ve actually gone back to fansubbing so see my tag (Tvo) over at Saizen-Fansubs on Captain Tsubasa (TLC/QC). I will probably be watching Natsume 3rd season and I’m trying to start Kami-sama no Memo Chou just because I think it is a modern day Gosick.

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  14. I’m not going to be watching much of this season. Nothing caught my eye initially, although I am now following Baka Test and Mayo Chiki. I liked the first season of Baka Test so a second should be fine. Mayo Chiki episode 3 preview screen caps caught my attention. I like it, although it’s nothing amazing. So far I like Suzutsuki the most, her devious plans are great fun to watch unfold.

    From your summaries Morita-san wa Mukuchi and R-15 might be worth a go. I’m going to check out Manyuu Hikenchou at some point too, although I’m not expecting much from it.

    What do you mean hackers don’t use Macs ;).

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  15. @abscissa:
    It sounds like a lot of people are watching Ikoku Meiro and Memo Chou. I didn’t think they were that bad, just not something I’m interested in watching right now.

    @Tuan:
    Wow, you’re subbing Captain Tsubasa? I didn’t think anyone still subbed older anime these days. Memo Chou does seem Gosick-like, but Alice didn’t impress me as much as Victorique did at first.

    @BioToxic:
    I’m watching the second season of Baka Test too, it was funny and I loved the chibi summons. It’s a tie between Suzutsuki and Subaru right now for me, I can’t decide which one I like better. Suzutsuki has some entertaining devilish plans, but Subaru is pretty cool with her fighting skills and tsundere attitude.

    I have never met a hacker that uses Macs, which is why I say that.

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  16. I’ve heard about Usagi Drop from the hubby so I guess we’ll be watching it soon. Mawaru Penguindru, Dantalian no Shoka and Ikoku Meiro no Croisee are some of the titles I’ve read about most this season. Will probably give them a try too.

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  17. @Xine:
    All of those series are good choices, I hope you enjoy them.

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  18. I think nauto is ok but any amines show is good

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  19. @Kayway:
    A lot of anime is pretty good if you’re new to the medium.

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