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Anime of the Week 1/29 – 2/4

Anime of the Week – Nisemonogatari
Despite the very different direction of its plot, the writing of Nisemonogatari is living up to the standard of excellence that made Bakemonogatari awesome.
January 29 Amagami+ Ep. 2 A somewhat ordinary, but cute conclusion. I’m a big fan of those moments when an icy girl’s personality starts to melt.
Mashiro-iro Ep. 9 Panya is supposed to be a cat, but why does she look nothing like the other cats in this series? It’s somewhat disturbing.
January 30 Mashiro-iro Ep. 10 That was an exciting, emotional twist. My interest in this series almost reached the point that I was going to drop it.
Mashiro-iro Ep. 11 This anime handles its romance pretty cowardly. At this point I’m not sure what compelled me to continue this series.
Mashiro-iro Ep. 12 After watching a generally mediocre anime, it felt really rewarding to have such an awesome finale. Bye bye Pannya! ^_^
January 31 Another Ep. 4 I totally knew that was going to happen based on the large amount of foreshadowing. That was dissatisfyingly predictable.
Ano Natsu Ep. 4 The setup has now finished. The mishaps of the first three episodes have been cleared and the real story can finally start.
February 1 Rinne Ep. 3 How serious does this anime want to be? At first it’s mecha in rather slow battles, then it tries too hard to be uplifting.
Rinne Ep. 4 Oh c’mon…did they seriously continue the swimming race while someone was drowning right in the middle of the course?
February 2 Nisemonogatari Ep. 2 Gosh this anime is a master of language. The poetic meanderings of twisting conversation is amazing in its complexity.
February 3 Guilty Crown Ep. 15 This was an episode filled with big transformations. How will this new Shu deal with the trials that he’s going to face?
Nisemonogatari Ep. 3 As the plot thickens I’m increasingly absorbed. This anime creates its own powerful gravity and I’m rendered helpless.
February 4 Shana III Ep. 15 There were some really brilliant moments in the battle, but I feel it was far too complicated to have been so effective.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 4 I can’t recall Shinobu talking much in Bakemonogatari, but I like her character after her conversation with Araragi.

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Mashiro-iro Symphony (review)

Final impression – slow and quiet (5/10)

Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Pure White Symphony)

Shingo and his sister Sakuno are participating in a school merger program in their small town.  They’re attending an all-girls school and this is the first time young men have set foot in this school for some time.  The girls school student council president is naturally against a change as large as introducing male students to campus.  When push comes to shove, Shingo is the kind of guy who isn’t going to get flustered by a stubborn female rival.  He slowly starts to make inroads with some of the less temperamental girls and shows that he’s capable of being a friend and ally.  Things are tough, but he’s making good progress as an ambassador for his school and probably more importantly for his gender.  But when he is assigned to be the men’s representative on the student council, that’s when things are going to really get interesting.

I’m glad the year of the inept male is finally over and we can get back to anime where the main man has a likeable personality.  Unfortunately, all the women around him are completely dependent on his motivation and leadership if they want to be successful.  It starts to get really annoying because it’s dragged out way too long. Watching the middle of this anime feels like a chore.  All the same, I’m pleased that Mashiro-iro doesn’t give away the main heroine until the very end.  It manages to keep relationships fairly natural and believable, even if that means it has to take things slower than I’d prefer.  But the fact that I wanted very much to know who Shingo ended up falling in love with kept me motivated just enough to finish it.  Considering its easygoing pace and balance, Mashiro-iro is one of those quiet anime that’s nice and relaxing to watch every once in a while.

Anime of the Week 1/15 – 1/21

Anime of the Week – Guilty Crown
The second half has started and Guilty Crown continues to balance action with deeply moving themes and fresh ideas that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for more.
January 15 Shana III Ep. 14 This anime is showing some brilliant moments that cut to the heart of story and overturn everything that came before.
January 16 Ano Natsu de Matteru Ep. 1 Initial impression – an interesting story that deserves a closer look http://wp.me/p1Gaby-fT
January 17 Mashiro-iro Ep. 7 Inui gets a little arc to herself. I’m not fond of these kinds of tsundere characters that have way too much attitude.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 1 Initial impression – if you haven’t seen Bakemonogatari, go watch it so you can enjoy its sequel http://wp.me/p1Gaby-fY
Mashiro-iro Ep. 8 I’m not sure where the story is going. It’s all very sweet, but I’d prefer a more romantic tone done in this style.
January 18 Rinne no Lagrange Ep. 1 Initial impression – natural enthusiasm http://wp.me/p1Gaby-g8
Ano Natsu Ep. 2 I like the route this anime is taking by putting a fresh spin on the homeless girl coming to live with the nice protagonist.
January 19 Rinne Ep. 2 Like so many metaphysical mecha that have come before it, the Vox Aura is piloted by emotion more than mechanical input.
Mouretsu Pirates Ep. 1 Final impression – plot holes big enough to fly a spaceship through (3/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-gi
January 20 Guilty Crown Ep. 13 Wow. The situation was rough but now what? I like how the plot continues to transform in ways that I can never foresee.
Inu x Boku SS Ep. 1 Initial impression – a dynamic duo of attitude and gallantry http://wp.me/p1Gaby-gm
Inu x Boku Ep. 2 This is an intriguing turn of events. There’s still nothing very meaty about this anime’s plot, but that’s ok for now.
January 21 High School DxD Ep. 1 Initial impression – Succeeding at being bad http://wp.me/p1Gaby-gt
High School DxD Ep. 2 Their prejudices are right, but it really bothers me how the girls in Issei’s school openly call him a pervert.
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 20 Overcoming a difficult moment and pouring healing feelings into a fabulous song made this an awesome episode.
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 21 So it turns out Kotori had a little idol in her, too. What challenges still await the girls of 765 pro?
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 22 As Christmas specials go, this one was just ok. It’s nice to see everyone happy, but there’s no pressure anymore.
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 23 Oh my that was quite a shock. Seeing how everyone copes with this shakeup is going to make a dynamic ending.
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 24 Success can do funny things to friends when they’re working at different paces. But the girls are staying together.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week 1/1 – 1/7

Anime of the Week – C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious
The deep metaphors of this anime heighten it well above any inflamitory attempts at defamation and the character acting is top-notch.
January 1 Fate/Zero Ep. 13 The dynamic duo of Ryuunosuke and Caster is delightfully twisted and delicious in the way they feed each other’s egos.
January 2 Toradora OVA Even two years later, this anime still knows how to put a funny spin on the simplest of concepts and give you a big smile.
Hidan no Aria OVA As hot springs episodes go, this one isn’t awful. However, it does focus too much on ecchi to the detriment of the story.
C3 Ep. 11 I feel an affinity for Haruaki’s wisdom and selflessness. He’s a strong, rare character. He is a natural axis for the story.
January 3 Persona 4 Ep. 12 The twist in this episode was a fabulous surprise for everyone who was expecting a copy and paste from the video game.
Shana III Ep. 11 With all the soft, wishy-washy feelings in the first two seasons, I never thought I’d see true romance in this series.
Shana III Ep. 12 It feels like this series has revealed a natural decisiveness that always existed but never had a chance to show itself.
Working 2 Ep. 13 Because of the nature of this series, it just wouldn’t feel right to have a concise ending. That’s an uncommon quality.
Boku wa Tomodachi Ep. 12 I really liked the long flashback in this episode detailing Yozora’s inner thoughts. It wrapped things up nicely.
Ben-to Ep. 8 This anime was never very sophisticated, but what’s with inserting two new characters with absolutely no introduction?
C3 Ep. 12 This is a beautiful metaphor of the relationships we have with our possessions. Where does the tool end and the human begin?
January 4 Mashiro-iro Ep. 5 This anime is sweet, but oftentimes silly. This episode was ridiculous in the way it depicted Ange the wandering maid.
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 7 I like how this anime doesn’t try to explain things too much and just keeps up the pace of its quirky comedy.
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 8 Usually the anime of funny misunderstandings is Working!!, but Squid Girl can put a silly spin on those situations, too.
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 9 The reality of the world is often sad. But if you’re an outside observer, others’ misfortune suddenly becomes hilarious.
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 10 With the three stooges, all things are possible. I was wondering if this anime would ever get a winter-themed episode.
January 5 Mashiro-iro Ep. 6 I like the sweetness of this anime, but it’s getting to be a bit much and sadly, it’s getting overly predictable.
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 11 What is it that makes Chizuru such a frightening person? Is it her eyes or her calm demeanor while she threatens people?
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 12 Chizuru may be right. While Squid Girl didn’t invade the world, she can certainly invade the hearts of her viewers.
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 17 I think Makoto shows us that we need to use our talents more, even if we don’t particularly like those talents.
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 18 Ritsuko is one of the more interesting characters. She actually has a back story that relates well to the setting.
January 6 Ben-to Ep. 9 The abuse Satou goes through is sad. But if he’s such a good fighter when it comes to bento, why can’t he protect himself?
Ben-to Ep. 10 As rivalries go, taking out a duo by yourself is unlikely. I anticipate some cool team building as this anime wraps up.
January 7 Ben-to Ep. 11 It must be a universal constant that now matter what the competition, there’s always someone bigger and better to challenge.
Ben-to Ep. 12 Satou really doesn’t deserve the title he was given. The chivalry he showed in this episode makes up for his past failings.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Anime of the Week 12/11 – 12/17

Anime of the Week – Shakugan no Shana III
It took a while, but Shana is really starting to get its pace balanced with action and story. Anyone who was worried of a repeat of Shana II can rest assured that things have definitely improved.
December 12 Working 2 Ep. 11 I’m reminded of a Jeff Foxworthy moment; a lost item is always in the last place you thought to look for it.
December 13 Mirai Nikki Ep. 10 This episode didn’t move the plot along much, but it did reveal a lot about the main characters’ inner personalities.
December 14 The iDOLM@STER Ep. 16 This episode was all about Hibiki and considering that she’s my least favorite character, I didn’t like this episode.
Shana III Ep. 9 This is what I’ve been waiting for. Finally, the series is starting to get into a good pace and it’s not even half over.
Shana III Ep. 10 A climax is coming, but for now I’m enjoying the action. I feel some information overload with all the various objectives.
December 16 Mashiro-iro Ep. 4 Some major headway is made between the hero and heroine. But Inui’s sudden personality shift doesn’t have any context.
Guilty Crown Ep. 10 So Shu has decided to pull a Shinji and run away from his problems, only to find his problems are chasing him.
December 17 Boku wa Tomodachi Ep. 11 Since Kodaka’s flashbacks started, I’ve been anticipating a climax that finally happened with one episode left.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Last Week’s Tweets 11/27 – 12/3

Anime of the Week – C3 Cube x Cursed x Curious
C3 is definitely this season’s most underappreciated anime. I expected to watch a lot of good anime this season and I found myself disappointed with several series I had high hopes for. Cube is a surprise hit and it seems to be going largely unnoticed, which is really sad.
November 27 Shana III Ep. 8 Current events feel like the run down to the final battle. But with 16 episodes left, it’s far from over. What’s going on?
Fate/Zero Ep. 9 While this episode was important for character building, there was absolutely no plot development to forward the story.
Guilty Crown Ep. 7 Why is Shu back at school? This makes no sense. Didn’t the GHQ learn last episode that he’s a member of Funeral Parlor?
Working 2 Ep. 9 Sato’s life must be frustrating. Yachio’s life is too narrow. Takanashi is easily influenced. Yamada is a two-faced fraud.
C3 Ep. 8 Even when this anime has ecchi moments, it’s still brilliant and well composed. Yukari Tamura is in her element as Fear Kubrick.
Boku wa Tomodachi Ep. 8 That was a very different spin on the obligatory swimsuit episode. It’s nice to see a break from stereotypes.
Last Exile 2 Ep. 3 I guess the plot is progressing…? I see the character’s motivations, but their methods are haphazard at best.
Last Exile 2 Ep. 4 It’s all just too random. I can’t follow the plot without reading someone else’s summary. Fam is such a scatterbrain.
November 28 Persona 4 Ep. 8 The comedic twists continue to please, even if they aren’t very surprising for people who have played the game.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 8 Is this anime one big parable about how nice guys finish last? Amano needs to be more careful to avoid these situations.
November 29 iDOLM@STER Ep. 15 It seems that the key to improving daytime Japanese TV is to substitute all of the regular hosts for anime characters.
C3 Ep. 9 This was the setup episode for what is this series’ final arc. Not all the new villian’s motives are clear, but it’s still fun.
Ben-to Ep. 3 For being an anime about fighting over boxed meals at supermarkets, the metaphors are surprisingly deep and significant.
November 30 Ben-to Ep. 4 This anime’s ecchi colors were shining brightly this episode. Fortunately, it didn’t detract from the usual high-tempo pace.
December 1 Ben-to Ep. 5 Superficially, the plot of this anime could fit into many settings. The fact that this war involves box lunches makes it fun.
Mashiro-iro Ep. 3 Most of this episode was the ordinary fare of tsundere-ness, but the twist at the end put a huge smile on my face.
December 2 Ben-to Ep. 6 For an episode that was supposed to be about an epic rivalry and a grand battle, there was very little tension or energy.
Guilty Crown Ep. 8 And… the obligatory swimsuit episode. At least it didn’t take too much time. Sadly, this episode was a dead end.
Ben-to Ep. 7 Two swimsuit episodes in a row, but across different anime. The ridiculousness of this show compliments its ecchi and hilarity.
Persona 4 Ep. 9 I’d known Rie Kugimiya was the voice of Rise when the P4 game was released in Japan, but it’s cool to hear her for real.
December 3 Boku wa Tomodachi Ep. 9 Kodaka is one of the coolest and most composed male characters in a harem-esque anime I have seen in a long time.
K-On! (Movie) Set somewhere between the final episodes of the second season, it watches as if it was a missing segment from the TV series.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Last Week’s Tweets 11/20 – 11/26

Anime of the Week – Squid Girl 2
Squid Girl can be a pretty hit and miss anime. But when it’s good, it’s pure awesome sauce.
November 20 Higurashi Kira Ep. 2 If you told me to imagine a situation where Higurashi was given a “magic girl makeover,” this is would be it.
Fate/Zero. Ep. 8 This anime’s pace is unusual. It watches elegantly, balanced with emotion and action, but I’m seeing a lack of progress.
November 21 Mirai Nikki Ep. 7 I wonder if the R-rated scenes in this anime will be uncensored when it gets released on DVD.
Shana III Ep. 7 The events of this anime are transpiring in an orderly, logical but somewhat plodding pace that could have been done better.
Working 2 Ep. 8 Soma is good at padding time onto episodes with his pointless delays teasing people. There’s a limit to that kind of gag.
November 23 Persona 4 Ep. 7 The impact of a lot of this anime’s surprises is lessened when you already know the outcome from playing the video game.
Mashiro-iro Ep. 2 Only two episodes in and the familiar awkwardness of the lead male of an h-game is already well established.
Squid Girl 2 Ep. 4 As an English teacher in Japan, the first part of this episode was relevant to my interests. The English was good, too.
Last Exile 2 Ep. 2 I feel like there was a massive disconnect between episode 1 and 2. As if there was a big chunk of story simply omitted.
November 24 Squid Girl 2 Ep. 5 What a shift… a great episode followed by a forgettable one. Hopefully episode 6 can get things back on pace.

*You could have read these tweets in real time as I updated my status by following me on Twitter.

Mashiro-iro Symphony Ep. 1

Initial impression – a quiet little drama

Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – Pure White Symphony) (more info)

Mashiro-iro Symphony is this season’s h-game turned anime and early indications are good.  The art style mirrors Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka (the two anime have the same character designer) while the writing style goes with an Ai Yori Aoshi atmosphere that glows with a kind of innocent sincerity.  The setting then takes inspiration from the premise for Kaichou wa Maid-sama except with a gender role reversal; having young men integrating into an all-girls school—rather than the other way around.  It’s not a bad flavor and I’m interested in seeing how it develops.  The plot doesn’t seem to be rushing anything, which is either a sign of future stagnation or good pacing—only time will tell how that turns out.  Another point Mashiro has going in its favor is how it introduces the lead heroine without being too in-your-face about it.  If Mashiro continues with this trend in future episodes, I see potential for a decent series.

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