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Anime of the Week (4/15 – 4/21)

Anime of the Week – Sankarea
The emotional energy of this anime is powerful. Rea’s despair and despiration, her father’s madness and Chihiro’s shock and awe are unbelievably tangible.
April 16 Fate/Zero Ep. 15 The battle was epic as always, but I’m more interested to know what’s going on behind the scenes. What is Kirei up to?
Acchi Kocchi Ep. 1 Initial impression – fuel for the moe inferno http://wp.me/p1Gaby-l3
April 17 Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A Ep. 1 Initial impression – pleasing, but lacking impact (5/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-la
Mirai Nikki Ep. 26 With an epilogue like that after a nebulous ending it feels very much like this series can’t possibly be over just yet.
Acchi Kocchi Ep. 2 It’s like there’s a delicate perfection protecting this series and I fear that the slightest jostle will break it.
April 18 Kids on the Slope Ep. 1 Initial impression – significantly underwhelming http://wp.me/p1Gaby-le
April 19 Eureka Seven AO Ep. 1 Initial impression – more refreshing than expected http://wp.me/p1Gaby-li
April 20 Sankarea Ep. 3 The reactions Chihiro exhibits are priceless. The crescendo of emotions go from shock to despair and finally disbelief.
Tsuritama Ep. 1 Initial impression – I want to like it but…eh… (5/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-ln
April 21 Tasogare Otome Ep. 2 This show has some very good wordplay. I also like how the ecchi moments are underwritten with Yuuko’s playful teasing.
Acchi Kocchi Ep. 3 I think what’s making this series so awesome is the excellent balance of personalities throughout the diverse cast.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Ep. 1 Initial impression – just…what? (2/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-lr

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

Anime of the Week (4/8 – 4/14)

Anime of the Week – Sankarea
This is definitely a thinking person’s anime. It gives rise to such thoughts as the purpose of love and the value of life. And it’s supported well by Chihiro and Rea’s excellent chemistry.
April 8 Fate/Zero Ep. 14 I’d always known Tokiomi was a dick, but I never imagined that the twisted depths of his disgusting logic ran so deep.
April 9 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead Ep. 1 Initial impression – more silliness http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kE
A-Channel +smile Ep. 1 Ah! It’s really refreshing to see some new content for this series. The girls’ friendship always makes me happy.
A-Channel +smile Ep. 2 I love how Tooru frames helping Yuuko get over her cold in terms of nursing the number one victim of her teasing.
April 10 Medaka Box Ep. 1 Initial impression – could go either way http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kJ
Mirai Nikki Ep. 25 Ok…now what? It seems Yukiteru has no avenue of escape and he’s well and truly lost. What will be the finale’s twist?
April 11 Natsuiro Kiseki Ep. 1 Initial impression – I don’t follow (3/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kM
April 12 Upotte!! Ep. 1 Initial impression – a difficult premise (3/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kP
April 13 Sankarea Ep. 1 Initial impression – surprisingly interesting and well-thought http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kS
April 14 Sankarea Ep. 2 I can really feel for Rea. Anyone might think death to be an alternative to the oppressive lifestyle imposed by her father.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia Ep. 1 Initial impression – an aura of fun http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kV

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

Anime of the Week (4/1 – 4/7)

Anime of the Week – Accel World
What strikes me most about this series is its character design. I’ve never seen such a stark contrast between the hero and heroine.
April 2 Amagami+ Ep. 13 As fanservice goes, this was pretty tame. Beyond that, I don’t think there was anything novel about this series’ finisher.
Persona 4 Ep. 25 I’m curious about how the true ending will depict the events in the game, especially since this episode was so rushed.
April 3 Mirai Nikki Ep. 24 I hoped that Yukiteru would have become more decisive, but he’s still going about things with a wishy-washy attitude.
Accel World Ep. 1 Initial impression – the beginning of something really cool http://wp.me/p1Gaby-k9
April 4 Space Brothers Ep. 1 Initial impression – the wrong style (4/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kf
April 5 Zetman Ep. 1 Initial impression – too niche (4/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kk
To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers Ep. 1 This series has always been hilarious and ridiculous, so adding an RPG twist really isn’t a big stretch.
April 7 Hiiro no Kakera Ep. 1 Initial impression – deliberately hazy (4/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-kp

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

Anime of the Week (3/25 – 3/31)

Anime of the Week – Zero no Tsukaima F
I’ve always been enamored by the undeniable charm of this series. Though occasionally romantic, sometimes ecchi and often hokey doesn’t sound like the best formula, it’s a really fun story.
March 25 Zero F Ep. 12 It was a bumpy road for Saito and Louise, but the final season of the series got it right and gave them a great finale.
Shana III Ep. 24 It was a nice ending to a roller coaster of a series. But it also squished in a lot of story that really needed more time.
March 26 Rinne Ep. 12 I didn’t care for the flashback-style order of events in this episode, but it was a nice send off while we wait for season 2.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 23 There seems to be a lot of shadowy motives floating around in this series. But I’m glad Yukiteru now knows the truth.
March 27 Another Ep. 12 As much of an exaggerated slasher this series turned into, it continued to be smart about how it dealt with the curse of 3-3.
Ano Natsu Ep. 12 As smooth as this anime was, the ending was really hokey. It completely did not match the tone of the rest of the series.

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

Anime of the Week (3/18 – 3/24)

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
Ever since it debuted halfway through the winter 2012 season, this series has been far and beyond the best in so many ways.
March 18 Nisemonogatari Ep. 11 This series always performs well when it focuses on its strong point. Its intellectual dialogue is always awesome.
Zero F Ep. 11 If your loved one sent you away to protect you, would you honor their protective wishes or do everything you could to return?
March 19 Mirai Nikki Ep. 22 This was a brutal episode. But all these cliffhangers and mysteries are starting to annoy me. Are they really necessary?
Rinne Ep. 11 Sure enough, Madoka went berserk in Vox Aura. But I’m confused. When a pilot loses control don’t bad things usually happen?
March 20 Another Ep. 11 It seems we’ve reached the breaking point of sanity. How will this curse be brought to an end and what will be the cost?
Shana III Ep. 23 In some ways the battle is over and in other ways this is just a minor change in the status quo, but it was most elegant.
Ano Natsu Ep. 11 Seriously!! Just who is Remon? Things are getting a little ridiculous, but it’s still a lot of fun so I’m not too annoyed.
March 23 Guilty Crown Ep. 22 Talk about crunch time. A pretty series with an interesting concept falls flat with a rushed and empty ending. =(
March 24 BRS Ep. 8 The winding path this series takes belies its actual simplicity. Telling such a straightforward story so beautifully is amazing.
Persona 4 Ep. 24 Ah… all the secrets are getting revealed. I really love this part since all the subtle clues were there all along.
Amagami+ Ep. 12 It seems the Morishima family is full of bad girls. After jumping through all those hoops I’m glad he got the good ending.

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

Anime of the Week (3/11 – 3/17)

Anime of the Week – Black★Rock Shooter
This series has been fantastic; touching on intellectual insights and covering the difficult intricacies of relationships, all while creatively slipping in some epic fight scenes. But now that Mato has to face herself, what will the ending yield?
March 11 Persona 4 Ep. 22 How will the anime address the video game’s bad ending? Will there be a new spin or will it just cut right to the good end?
Nisemonogatari Ep. 10 As this series winds down, it’s turning away from the intellectual tone that made Bakemonogatari so philosophical.
Zero F Ep. 10 The current plot point serves no other purpose than to put Louise and Saito’s love in jeopardy, which makes it feel hollow.
March 12 Rinne Ep. 10 More team building followed by a threat of war and losing something precious as well. But what’s at stake is still unknown.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 21 This was such a satisfying episode that was well worth the wait. But, why do new mysteries suddenly keep appearing?
March 13 Another Ep. 10 When desperate people get cornered, there’s no telling what they’ll do. What will be the result of their hasty conclusions?
March 14 Ano Natsu Ep. 10 Things feel like they’re wrapping up nicely. A little love and a little heartbreak leads into this anime’s last segment.
Shana III Ep. 22 What tricks does Yuji have to pull this turn of events back in his favor? Will his last resort be venting his frustration?
March 16 Guilty Crown Ep. 21 As the story winds down, everyone puts their faith in Shu while he honors their trust by praising their humanity.
BRS Ep. 7 Things are really starting to move. How will Mato resolve her fight with Yuu? And how will Yomi play a role in wrapping things up?
March 17 Amagami+ Ep. 11 Haruka is such a bad girl. The way that Junichi plays along with her silly, often frightening antics is hilarious to watch.
Persona 4 Ep. 23 Now that the mysteries are getting solved, I’m suddenly getting a desire to replay the last few battles of the video game.

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

Anime of the Week 2/12 – 2/18

Anime of the Week – Another
The writers gets big points this week for being able to read my mind. If your classmates are going to ignore you, call their bluff.
February 12 Guilty Crown Ep. 16 With the level of deceit surrounding Shu, it’s no wonder the world is beginning to fall apart—but can it still be saved?
BRS Ep. 2 What happened? All through the episode was a story of being bound, unable to escape. But now…everyone is suddenly freed? Huh?
Inu x Boku SS Ep. 5 This anime had some real potential to be sophisticated, but it’s since devolved into a menagerie of hyper sex jokes.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 6 The intricacies of “no doesn’t always mean no,” is too terrible a weapon for women to use indiscriminately.
Amagami+ Ep. 5 So far the Ai Nanasaki arc has been the most lovey-dovey story. Along with the quirkier girls, it’s set to a good pace.
Amagami+ Ep. 6 I thought the original series’ story of Nanasaki was too simple, but I’ve taken a liking to this style and her character.
Symphogear Ep. 3 Tsubasa and Hibiki are not getting along and some of Hibiki’s careless words are not helping their relationship.
Kill Me Baby Ep. 2 This series is cute and funny most of the time, but it just doesn’t have the permeating appeal of other moe anime.
February 13 Zero F Ep. 3 Although somewhat ineloquent in its writing, this anime does a decent job establishing some rather complicated politics.
Zero F Ep. 4 Saito has come a long ways from being a lowly familiar in season one, but he’s still unable to escape his troubles with women.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 18 In some ways I’m glad to find out there’s difficult circumstances behind Yuno’s craziness, but really it’s just so sad.
Rinne Ep. 6 Has this mecha anime finally started to reveal its true colors? Is it going to follow a more supernatural path like Evangelion?
Zero F Ep. 5 As much as Saito eyes other girls, he’s quite faithful to Louise. Sometimes he just gets stuck in a bad or worse scenario.
Zero F Ep. 6 Despite this being the obligatory fanservice onsen episode, there was actually a decent amount of genuine romance.
Feburary 14 Another Ep. 6 Sakakibara’s fantasy with Misaki was absolutely priceless. But the madness is just setting in as people become more desperate.
Shana III Ep. 18 The final battle is going to be long, with ideals being the combatant’s main motivation for victory. This will be good.
February 15 Persona 4 Ep. 15 I really liked the crossover music from Persona 3 in this episode. The real turning point of this series starts now.
Persona 4 Ep. 16 I wonder how many first-time viewers were able to guess Naoto’s secret before this episode. I think it should’ve been easy.
February 16 Ano Natsu Ep. 6 Thankfully this anime’s swimsuit episode has a good ratio of plot to fanservice as the unrequited love circles are revealed.
Persona 4 Ep. 17 I’ve said there’s not enough extra flavor in the anime to set it apart from the video game, but this episode delivered.
February 18 Guilty Crown Ep. 17 Ok…now what? I’m eager to see what happens next, but it feels like we’ve reached a bad end with no other options left.
BRS Ep. 3 Mamiko Noto is an awesome voice actress. There’s been a change in pace that makes the first two episodes seem like a mini-arc.
Amagami+ Ep. 7 I’m not sure Kaoru is a good match for Junichi. The two of them are so similar there’s no complement in their relationship.

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

Anime of the Week 2/5 – 2/11

Anime of the Week – Another
As more of the history behind the strangeness of class 3-3 gets revealed, the mystery evolves just enough to hold your interest but still keep you filled with anticipation.
February 5 Amagami+ Ep. 3 There’s something refreshing about the personalities of the girls in this anime. They’re all so unique and likeable.
Inu x Boku SS Ep. 4 Natsume is really creepy. If the purpose of this episode was to introduce some new characters it wasn’t done well.
February 6 Rinne Ep. 5 I like these moments in stories when people’s true nature gets revealed. This was a cool twist setting up what will come next.
Nisemonogatari Ep. 5 I think we’re starting to get into the meat of the plot. Sadly, there was a serious lack of cleverness this episode.
Feburary 7 Mirai Nikki Ep. 15 I totally knew that was going to happen based on the large amount of foreshadowing. That was dissatisfyingly predictable.
Black★Rock Shooter Ep. 1 Initial impression – a rough diamond http://wp.me/p1Gaby-hz
Another Ep. 5 It’s finally making sense, but it’s still far from finished. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next.
February 8 Mirai Nikki Ep. 16 Yukiteru’s dad is too desperate and selfish. But I’d really like to understand why Minene is acting so altruistic.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 17 The line between action and inaction and the associated guilt or innocence of being a bystander is not clearly defined.
Zero F Ep. 2 What this series lacks in complexity, it makes up for with a compelling pace that makes you want to keep watching.
February 9 Shana III Ep. 16 I want to know what role Pheres will play in the upcoming battle. She’s a random element that will make things interesting.
Shana III Ep. 17 I love these kinds of meaningful conflicts in which each side is principled and neither has clearly good or evil motives.
Ano Natsu Ep. 5 How fast will the story proceed now that the secrets are getting revealed? Next is the obligatory swimsuit episode. -_-
February 11 Amagami+ Ep. 4 Ordinary girl Rihoko gets a fairly simple ending to her love story. It’s happy and elegant without being sappy.

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

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.

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

Anime of the Week 1/22 – 1/28

Anime of the Week – Another
The art is immersive and the story has deliciously calculated pacing. With an amazing combination of mystery and suspense, Another is keeping me keeping me hungry for more.
January 23 Mirai Nikki Ep. 13 What is going on? This is all very exciting, but I was under the impression Yukiteru and Yuno were in the clear by now.
Mirai Nikki Ep. 14 Who are these new adversaries? They’re a team, but what are their motives? In a survival game there’s only one winner.
Daily Lives of High School Boys Ep. 1 Final impression – a guy’s anime for sure (5/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-gG
January 24 Another Ep. 2 I hate these kinds of shallow cliffhangers. There’s just no purpose for them other than to get you to watch the next episode.
Another Ep. 3 I see a web of bonds and painful pasts coming together to form a big picture, but I can’t imagine what it will turn out to be.
Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! Ep. 1 Final impression – scattered and uncoordinated (3/10) http://wp.me/p1Gaby-gM
January 26 Ano Natsu Ep. 3 Oh the unfortunate misunderstandings and the wild imaginations. Where would we be if everyone stopped assuming?
The iDOLM@STER Ep. 25 A nice, generic ending to get everything wrapped up with no loose ends. Nothing special, but I’m not complaining.
Persona 4 Ep. 14 Yuu’s summer vacation has ended. I was worried the down time in P4 wouldn’t be given good service. I’m glad I was wrong.
January 27 Guilty Crown Ep. 14 This episode’s ending was a little awkward, but I like how everyone keeps finding smart solutions to their predicament.
January 28 Inu x Boku Ep. 3 I’m not sure about the pacing of the fast turn around of emotions, but I’m pleased to see a sense of responsibility.

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

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