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Dropped Anime (winter 2012)

Last Exile – Fam, the Silver Wing (4/10)

Dropped at episode 4 of 21 (more info)

I remember fondly the sense of urgency and mystery that filled the original Last Exile and made it a great introductory anime to anyone who wanted to take a closer look at the steampunk genre.  The magic of the original series has been lost over the years and its second season has become just a boring old pirating anime, set in a world at war that deals with issues of honor in very contrived ways.

High School DxD (4/10)

Dropped at episode 2 of 12 (more info)

There’s good ecchi and bad ecchi.  To its credit, High School DxD falls somewhere in the middle, but there’s still way too much ecchi for its own good.  The plot is really quite silly and the character designs portray the women with completely unreasonable proportions, purely for fanservice purposes.  Its redeeming feature is that it actually has a somewhat original and interesting story to tell, but that’s not enough when the rest of the anime feels as though there’s no effort invested in its creation.

Kill Me Baby (3/10)

Dropped at episode 2 of 12 (more info)

The super-deformed moe style certainly isn’t for everyone, but what kills Kill Me Baby is the serious lack of personality in its characters.  Sonya is supposed to be aloof and detached, but seems much more bored and apathetic all the time.  Agiri may always be up in the clouds and look spacey, but her voice sounds either like she’s about to fall asleep or maybe she’s on drugs.  Lively Yasuna does her best to make up for the two cinder blocks she hangs out with, but when they’re content to just leave her behind I can’t see how the plot of this anime could possibly go anyplace exciting.

Inu x Boku SS (3/10)

Dropped at episode 5 of 12 (more info)

The idea of tsundere Ririchiyo being naturally driven to adopt this personality by virtue of her cloistered and bourgeois lifestyle is a level of depth in character creation seldom seen from this character archetype.  Giving her a doting companion / bodyguard who will naturally be able to melt her icy personality through his devoted loyalty was the perfect complement to Ririchiyo and the beginning of something really cool was all set to wow the viewers.  And then it all went horribly wrong as it floundered in a sea of misplaced and pointless S&M jokes.  Really, this is one of the strangest changes of tone I’ve seen in a long time.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear (3/10)

Dropped at episode 3 of 13 (more info)

Hibiki and Tsubasa’s relationship is on bad terms, but it’s mostly because Hibiki seems to turn off her social skills in favor of playing the starstruck underdog to Tsubasa’s cold, professionalism.  It’s also paced way too slow, with too little information revealed about the origins of this war and with supporting characters who clearly understand more than the combatants.  Being a singing anime with less than mediocre music is also not a great way to sell a title to fans who are interested in that kind of genre.  Symphogear could have been a cool, technological / magic girl anime along the lines of My-HiME, but the fight scenes are clunky and the characters are either super bitchy or socially incompetent airheads.

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4 responses to “Dropped Anime (winter 2012)

  1. Myssa February 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    While Silver Wing has its share of faults (mostly centered around Fam herself), the show itself is more than decent, and the world-building involved is very praiseworthy (not to mention the Ades Federation is a MUCH more interesting antagonist than Delphine ever was) and things have really started to pick up starting from episode 12 onwards.

    Also, this: http://unequivocalhorizon.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/zero-raws-last-exile-ginyoku-no-fam-17-tbs-1280×720-x264-aac-mp4_snapshot_23-30_2012-02-11_10-19-32.jpg and this: http://unequivocalhorizon.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/zero-raws-last-exile-ginyoku-no-fam-17-tbs-1280×720-x264-aac-mp4_snapshot_23-36_2012-02-11_10-20-51.jpg

    Both are from episode 15.5 for reference.

    • アレクザンダー February 14, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Saying it starts to get good after it’s more than half over isn’t an argument in its favor, you know? Anyway, I remember very little of the first Last Exile other than feelings and my impression is that both Delphine and Ades seem very immature in their villainy. And yes, I was aware that Claus and Lavie are in this series because they’re on the character list. I didn’t really care much for the first season other than for its original style and Last Exile 2 does not recapture what little spark there was in the first season to hold my interest with all the other, much better anime currently airing.

  2. SparkNorkx February 14, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Why drop Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam? Claus and Lavie are going to make an appearance and that what we fans had been waiting for! They might even play a big role in this second season. D=

    The current episode pretty much revealed Claus and Lavie in a flash back from first season but it didn’t get disappointing near the end, I heard. Though, I do agree with you that High School DxD sucks. I did drop it since the first episode.

    • アレクザンダー February 14, 2012 at 6:51 am

      Mmm, I wouldn’t go as far as to say High School DxD sucks. It’s just not very good. Listen to me Girls, I’m your Father! is easily the worst anime this season (not counting kiddie anime, Milky Holmes 2 or the remake of Prince of Tennis, which I refuse to watch).

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