I wasn’t able to get around to my Summer 2013 round-up post so it looks like now I’m doing a wrap-up post. For those wondering where I’ve been, doing an MBA is more work than I thought. I finished my finals for the first term on Friday and I have this weekend off before school begins again on Monday (yes, having a weekend now counts as “time off”). Its been a productive weekend with me being a shut-in by only going to 2 of the dozen or so networking/social events and spending the rest of my time playing Atelier Meruru and catching up on anime. These aren’t complete reviews, but as my professors all say, “you should be able to sum up everything into one sentence or a 30-second elevator pitch,” so these paragraphs will give you a good impression of how I saw each series.
A girl dying in the demon world and turning into a ghost, and an otaku vampire that sets out to save her sounded like an interesting plot. For a while, Blood Lad was random and funny, but then the jokes just got old and characters got too serious over minor things. Worse yet, the “last” episode still made it feel like you’re at the beginning of the series. Nopy’s verdict: fun at first, but ultimately a waste of time.
I have a soft spot for elimination games, especially if they feature crimes that you can solve yourself with the evidence given. Allowing the audience to solve the mystery before the main character(s) is something that many mystery anime lack, but I thought Danganronpa did that very well. The only downside to this series was that the blood was bright pink, completely ruining the shock of the crime scenes. Nopy’s verdict: nice anime for the brainiacs out there.
Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
I wasn’t expecting much from FSN beyond seeing Illya in a mahout shoujo outfit and I got pretty close to that. As with many mahout shoujo series, there was a lot of “lets be friends” stuff which was rather boring. The only parts that exceeded my expectations were when Illya and Miyu installed Archer and Saber (i.e. fused with the heroes), which looked awesome. Nopy’s verdict: lollipops.
Gen’ei o Kakeru Taiyou – Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni
When I heard an original dark mahou shoujo anime series was coming out, Madoka Magica immediately came to mind and it was impossible not to draw comparisons. That led to high expectations and higher disappointment. Gen’ei wasn’t even an average anime, it was just plain terrible. A yellow mahou shoujo did die, but then she didn’t, and what was the bad guy’s grand plan? To make out with Akari, the main character. Nopy’s verdict: lame and boring.
Since girls seem to be the “in” thing right now, it’s only natural that Genshiken would go from a cast of mainly guys, to a cast of mainly girls. Unfortunately, I just don’t follow fujoshi culture and I think a lot of the jokes and references were lost on me. This is a complete reversal from the original Genshiken, where I felt like I was part of the small percentage of the population that could understand what the characters were talking about. Nopy’s verdict: only watch if you’re a fujoshi and/or into BL.
Hyperdimension Neptunia – The Animation
Pretty girls with lasers and stuff isn’t that bad. Nopy’s verdict: perfect Megami Magazine material.
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou
The premise for this series sounded so bad that I figured it had to be good. Well, I was wrong and after 12 episodes I still don’t know what I got out of this series. Nopy’s verdict: telepathic dogs aren’t my thing.
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
With an award-winning novel behind it, I was excited to see what kind of series Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi was going to be. The concepts behind each of the arcs and how characters relate to each other was beautiful. However, Kamisama follows the same format as Kino no Tabi, which I disliked because it fails to really flesh out the characters enough to really give substance to the messages being conveyed. The overall atmosphere of the series was also lacking as it felt rather static at some points. Nopy’s verdict: could’ve used some better direction.
Cute and funny. Maki was the one character that really pulled the series along; without her, there would’ve been no DIY dakimakura, handsome Makio, or handkerchief drop. Riko did contribute to the humour in the series as well, but I didn’t think it was to the same extent. People may complain about the one-room setting, but I think it’s perfectly fine. Nopy’s verdict: a nice light-hearted comedy.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai True End
When I first started watching Oreimo, the internet assured me that it wouldn’t lead to an incestuous relationship. You tricked me, internet. Oddly enough, I still enjoyed the series because I liked each individual character though I still don’t get how any sane person could turn down Ayase. Nopy’s verdict: meh, it was good enough.
Rozen Maiden 2013
Having never gotten around to watching the original Rozen Maiden, I was happy to hear that this one didn’t need any prior knowledge of the previous series. I can’t say it was all that exciting since it simply focused on a guy having a quarter-life crisis and he just so happens to talk to dolls too. Having some more action definitely would’ve done the series some good. Nopy’s verdict: average.
Shingeki no Kyojin
MASSIVE RAGE! Shingeki no Kyojin really gets your heart pumping with the sheer rage the characters exhibit. The story may not be very intricate, nor the characters complex, but I haven’t been this excited about an action anime since Dragon Ball Z. Nopy’s verdict: will make you want to swing around buildings while carrying huge box cutters.
To aru Kagaku no Railgun S
In all honesty, the “friendship conquers all” path gets boring real fast, but you can never get tired of explosions. Forget all of the impossibilities in every episode *cough* not exploding in space *cough*, who doesn’t like seeing Misaka blow stuff up? Nopy’s verdict: I love explosions.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui
It’s always fun to laugh at someone else’s misery, that’s essentially what’s happening here. Tomoko never catches a break and her deluded fantasies always seem to screw herself over. She’s so low on the social ladder that she doesn’t even register on it. Maybe it’s because I know what it feels like to be invisible, but I loved seeing someone having it worse than I ever did (yes, I’m a terrible person). On the other hand, I don’t think anyone who has always been popular will be able to get many of the jokes or thought-processes used in the series. Nopy’s verdict: amazing series for anyone with past or present bitter feelings about being unpopular.
That wraps up all of the anime I completed this season. There are only two series I’m watching that are continuing on to the Fall season: Monogatari and Uchuu Kyoudai. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to write a Fall 2013 round-up post, but if I don’t, you can expect another wrap-up at the end of December. That’s it for now, and remember that even if you have a 12-hour schedule every day like I do, there’s always time for anime.