Summer 2012 Anime Round-up

It’s summer and that means beaches, sunshine, and another anime round-up. This comes rather late since I’ve been very these past few months, but at least that means I can preview more episodes and make better decisions. I wasn’t expecting much from this season, but after catching all of the series, there seem to be a few jewels out there, lets take a look through them:

Arcana Famiglia

I may be biased against reverse-harems (Ouran High School Host Club being the exception), but there’s a good reason for that. Arcana Famiglia wasn’t funny, dramatic, or romantic and the action scenes lacked excitement. Normally a few bishoujo characters might save an anime like this for me or even having a sweet story like Fruits Basket, but this just doesn’t do it.

Status: not watching

Binbo-gami ga!

Apparently this is supposed to be funny, but I didn’t enjoy any of the jokes.

Status: not watching

Campione

It’s a bit odd that people in Italy know Japanese, but that’s besides the point. The battle scenes were nice to watch and the character designs are good, but I don’t see the story going anywhere. It follows the typical boy-meets-girl-ends-up-in-ecchi-situations-and-saves-the-day plot and I’ve already seen plenty of those.

Status: not watching

Chitose Get You!!

This looks like a toned-down version of Kodomo no Jikan.

Status: not watching

Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai

Honestly, this actually looks like a decent anime. It’s sort of like what would happen to Shakugan no Shana (season 1) if Shana were taller and Yuji were a pervert. Shana was a disappointment though so I’m going to wait and see how this goes.

Status: not watching

Ebiten

This felt a lot like Seitokai no Ichizon, but without a Ken-like character and a focus on parodying one series (Saint Seiya) rather than a wide range, it’s just not as funny.

Status: not watching

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica

Boobies seem to be the main focus of this anime. All that stuff about magic and different worlds? Yeah, that’s just filler.

Status: not watching

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

Despite its childish-looking animation, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita is a brilliant portrayal of the complexities and lack thereof of human nature. The main character’s insights into the people around her (and humanity in general) are hilariously true and accurate.

Status: watching

Joshiraku

I wasn’t expecting much from this anime, but it was pretty funny. There is a lot of word-play and some parodies of real life. Unfortunately, I feel that some of the cultural and language-specific jokes are lost on me.

Status: not watching

Kingdom

A great shounen series, but I think I’ve outgrown shounen now. The cel-shaded animation was also a bit out-of-place and in my opinion annoying.

Status: not watching

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Long before the anime was announced, I was hoping that they would make one because I loved the uniforms. Naturally, I was excited to finally see how it turned out. It’s definitely no Kanon; seeming more like an average harem anime. I still like the uniforms though.

Status: watching

Kokoro Connect

A story about high school boys and girls swapping bodies sounds like something out of an ero-anime so I was a bit suspicious about this one. It got off to a slow start, but after diving into some of the characters’ fears and insecurities, the drama is really taking off.

Status: watching

Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru

This actually seems like a better harem anime than Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate. I like to keep my school harem anime down to 1 per season though and Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate has been on my wanted list for a long time.

Status: not watching

Muv Luv Alternative Total Eclipse

I thought this looked dumb at first, but when the characters triggered every death flag there is in action anime, that completely changed my mind. To say it was shocking and hilarious doesn’t describe it enough. In order to keep my good view of the series, I’m going to pretend that it ended at episode 2.

Status: not watching

Natsuyuki Rendezvous

surprisingly cute and sweet, Natsuyuki Rendezvous has the same feeling as Kimi ni Todoke, but with much older characters. Although there was a confession in the first episode, it seems like it’ll be a slow series better viewed all at once.

Status: not watching

Oda Nobuna no Yabou

Normally Japan’s sengoku era heroes are all changed into females if one of them is gender-bent, but some of them are still male in this series, which is weird. The series seems like another tsundere girl with a regular boy anime.

Status: not watching

Sword Art Online

From the description, I thought Sword Art Online would be like .hack//SIGN, but it’s proving to be vastly different. Kirito isn’t a boring guy lost in a virtual world, but one of the top players trying to finish the game and escape. This is how a shounen anime should be like, filled with adversity that is overcome with strength and determination.

Status: watching

Tari Tari

P.A. Works’ latest anime feels a lot like Hanasaku Iroha. My hope is that it doesn’t run off on a tangent like Hanasaku Iroha did. If it stays focused on the main characters, it should turn out to be a good series.

Status: watching

Utakoi

Personally, I’m not interested in these types of anime. It feels like those stories that you’re made to study in literature classes.

Status: not watching

So that leaves me with 5 new series to watch. Dog Days 2 is the only sequel that I picked up this season, and if you include Accel World, Sengoku Collection, and Uchuu Kyoudai from last spring, that brings my weekly anime count to 9 series. That might seem like a drop from the number I usually watch, but it’s more to do with lack of time rather than a poor selection. There are indeed a few series here that I would like to watch if I had the time.

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Awards

Now it’s time for the best and worst of the season, as chosen by me.

Worst Series Award:

Chitose Get You!!

Really now, this seems more like a male teacher’s fantasy than an 11-year-old’s struggle with love.

Most Underrated Series Award:

Joshiraku

While not on my watch list, I think this anime deserves more attention than it’s getting. Granted, the humour is mostly Japan-centric but it is still enjoyable to watch, especially if you like jokes.

Best Series Award:

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita

This series is simply brilliant. I know a lot of people will probably be turned off by the animation style, but it flows very well with the comedy and belies the true nature of the world and the main character. The moments that make you think “that’s so true!” greatly increase the enjoyability of the series.

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  1. Binbougami-Ga: *sniffle, sniffle* Fine! I-it’s not like I would have liked if you enjoyed the first episode anyways!

    Chitose Get You!: “This looks like a toned-down version of Kodomo no Jikan–”

    I lol’d

    Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai: “says it’s a decent anime” “will wait to see how it goes” “Status= Not watching” *logic fail*

    Kingdom: I’m surprised the melodrama didn’t turn you away from the show

    Koichoco: Major, major disappointment. I thought it would go somewhere; after 2 eps, not so much -_-

    Nakaimo: YOU FOOL! You don’t want to know the answer to the all important question: WHO IS IMOUTO?!? You…you cad! :3

    Natsuyuki: Heard ep 2′s amazing, so I say you should give it one ep before stopping!

    Once again Nopy, you live to disappoint me. I will be looking forward to your Fall selections good sir :3

    As for me, I’ll tell you what I dropped: Famiglia, Ebiten, Campione!, Koichoco, Oda Nobuna, Dekinai, Hagure, Kingdom, and Tanken Driland. Guess that means I’m watching everything else.

    Worst Series: Ebiten–at least Chitose’s only three minutes

    Underrated Series: Muv-Luv: It looks awful (I mean the characters) but I’m digging the action. Didn’t think I’d enjoy it coming into the season, but well, I was proven wrong.

    Best Series: Binbougami-Ga–Currently. I say currently because I haven’t caught up to a few shows yet, but this I’ve been watching weekly. Like for you with Koichoco, I had expectations for this series, and it hasn’t really disappointed me. I blame Gintama for this state of affairs, since the director is the same, so I knew what to expect.
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    • I’m waiting for the end-of-series reviews for Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai which is why I listed it as not watching. Koichoco certainly isn’t a great series, but like I’ve said in previous posts, I just love the uniforms too much. If this were a normal season and I had time for 12 series on my watch list like usual, Nakaimo would be on it. I know I’m going to regret this later, but that’s just how things turned out. As for Natsuyuki, it does have that Kimi ni Todoke/Ano Hana feel, but again since time is a factor I have to be rough on a lot of series.

  2. Man, what a flip! Last time the shows we both watched were total opposites but this time it’s pretty much the same.

    I’m quite enjoying Kokoro Connect, Tari Tari, Sword Art Online, Dog Days and Joshiraku this season.

    My favorite has to go to Kokoro Connect, keep getting pleasantly surprised by the cast. Inaba is my favorite girl this season for sure.

    I agree with your opinion about Joshiraku, I enjoy it, seems funny, the subbers do a good effort with the puns but still feel like I’m missing on some stuff.

    Regardless, enjoyable season for me.
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    • Kokoro Connect was a really surprising series. Given the context I was expecting something echhi, but the character development and drama just blew me away. Inaba is cool, but I like Yui more, it feels like she’s always hiding something.

  3. In general you have most of the shows I watch listed as “not watching”, but this time our “not watching” list coincide closely. Only a few exceptions ;D

    Muv Luv is a cool action anime, I like the tension between the characters, I feared that it would be a lame 12 episode adaption but it will have a 24 episode long run, some more space for development.

    Oda Nobuna no Yabou is good anime, its from Madhouse ^^ Honestly I like the setting, the pretty, lovely an tough girls and the animation quality.

    My top three are:
    TariTari
    Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
    Oda Nobuna no Yabou

    Mhh everybody watches Kokoro Connect , I’ll take a look

  4. I’m managing to watch a few anime from this season.

    Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai & Hagure Yuusha no Estetica (no idea what the cool kids are shortening this 2 huge titles to these days) were obvious choices for me at first, but really both suck. I’m going to keep following Dekinai, but Esteica is just too dull to continue watching.

    The 3 I’m really enjoying are Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, Horizon Middle of Nowhere 2, & Muv-Luv Alternative. I think you’re right with Muv-Luv, the first 2 episodes were really good – but it’s lost it’s pacing (& animation quality) since then. Hopefully it picks up again. Chocolate is just some light hearted fun. Morishita looks to be quite an interesting character. Horizon is more of the same from Season 1 – mindmelting non-sense.

    The biggest surprise for me though has been Oda Nobuna no Yabou. I gave this a go over at crunchyroll for some reason that I forget now (probably a questionable thumbnail caused my mouse to trend towards it xD), but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. The characters are all really cute and nicely animated. The story is a tad lame, but I’m still enjoying it.

    So yeah 5 series this time ^^.

    • I keep hearing good things about Oda Nobuna no Yabou and Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. Maybe you can tell me how you like it once they’re done :)