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Anime of the Week (4/7 – 4/13)

Anime of the Week – Attack on Titan & Suisei no Gargantia
Armin, Eren and Mikasa gape in disbelief at the return of the titans Right away this series is doing a great job delivering on the themes of freedom and avoiding living a life of complacency. But it’s hard to design a creepier enemy than a soulless, humanoid monster with an innocent baby face.                              
Led explains to Amy that he came from outer space I know an anime is onto something awesome when I can watch the first two episodes ten times over and over and still get goosebumps. There’s a unique kind of culture shock between Led and the people of the Gargantia fleet that comes about from the extreme differences in their levels of technology. This kind of disparity can get overexplained to a story’s detriment, but Gargantia weaves the exposition of the setting into the plot naturally and seamlessly.                              
April 7 OreImo 2 Ep. 1 I always thought this franchise needed a second season, but I hate it when sequels regress from where the series left off.
Little Busters Ep. 26 I’ve not played the visual novel, but what I do know did not suggest to me that this series would have an after-story.
April 9 Date A Live Ep. 1 I’ve seen worse premises executed better, but I like the characters and there’s enough open-endedness to keep my interest.
April 10 Date A Live Ep. 2 Although cliché with its romantically clueless protagonist, the situations he gets into are hilariously ridiculous.
April 12 Karneval Ep. 1 Mystery…check. Secret government organization…check. Interesting and complex antagonist…check. Pretty boys…ehhh.
Attack on Titan Ep. 1 I haven’t seen this kind of epic with grim, gritty, merciless violence and a fresh art style in quite some time.
Devil Survivor 2 Ep. 2 Same route as P4: The Animation—loosely following the game plot and composing terrifically tone-setting op/ed themes.
April 13 Maou-sama Ep. 2 That moment when you realize the mortal enemy that you’ve demonized for your entire life is human, too.
Railgun S Ep. 1 I’ve always loved Misaka’s character design. Maybe it’s because she’s an elite, but isn’t stuck up about her position.
Samurai Bride Ep. 2 Sadly, this appears to be a rather lazy sequel. Even the fanservice and character tropes feel rather halfhearted.
Gargantia Ep. 1 With battles on a grand scale, a complex setting and interesting characters, this is the mecha anime we’ve been waiting for.
Gargantia Ep. 2 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and nothing makes war more impersonal than technology.

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One response to “Anime of the Week (4/7 – 4/13)

  1. TWWK April 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I’m really digging both Gargantia and Attack on Titan! The first looks like it’ll be a really fun ride, while the latter has been INTENSE.

    As for Oreimo…I think sometimes when second season occur well after the first, there’s this period of trying to find an identity for the new staff that leads to tonally strange and rather poor episodes. I noticed this in the second season of Working!! Hopefully, Oreimo will get back on track soon.

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