Anime of Tomorrow
Tag Archives: C
|Anime of the Week – Guilty Crown|
|I’m glad to see Shu finally taking some initiative instead of being lead around by the nose by Gai. Unfortunately, he’s in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation that’s certain to give him nightmares no matter which decision he makes.|
|December 5||Fate/Zero Ep. 10 I have a sneaky feeling that Rin was given her own episode for no other reason than she’s a popular character…|
|December 6||Mirai Nikki Ep. 9 Amano needs to stop being so accommodating. He’s in a survival game and already had a hand in several people’s deaths.|
|December 7||Working 2 Ep. 10 I’m not sure how to characterize Inami. It’s like she’s bipolar. One minute she’s violent and the next she’s lovestruck.|
|December 8||C3 Ep. 10 The concept of turning two curses against each other to create a complimentary balance appeals to my more poetic sensibilities.|
|Infinite Stratos OVA Really what was I expecting? The series wasn’t fond of closure, so why should the OVA be any different?|
|December 9||Squid Girl 2 Ep. 6 Mini Ika Musume always puts a big, stupid smile on my face. This series does a good job telling stories silently.|
|Guilty Crown Ep. 9 The ability to see true thoughts would be cool, but sad if your loved ones weren’t really who you thought they were.|
|Boku wa Tomodachi Ep. 10 A lackluster episode. I’ve seen much better versions of the private beach house theme in countless other anime.|
|Persona 4 Ep. 10 I’m curious about the large amount of time that was skipped at the end of the episode. Is it time for more side stories?|
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Final impression – A really compelling drama (8/10)
Summer 2011 (title literal translation – God’s Notebook)
Narumi just wanted his high school life to pass by in an ordinary, orderly fashion so he could become an ordinary, orderly adult. But when his cheerful classmate Ayaka insists that he be involved in extracurricular activities, any hopes of his life remaining quiet disappear. She introduces him to a group of young men who work under the command of hacker genius and self-proclaimed NEET detective, Alice. Under her guidance and the assistance of her friends and subordinates, Narumi finds the desire to grow beyond his pitiful goals of mediocrity into someone capable of changing lives.
Kamisama no Memochou is an excellent example of what can be done with anime as a story-telling medium. It depicts genuinely good people facing incredibly trying dilemmas. Anime with similar tones include Durarara!! and Eden of the East, but those two anime go into supernatural or science-fiction themes that Kamisama no Memochou stays very far away from. Even the drawing style and character designs of this anime take on a style of realism seldom seen in anime and when it’s done this well…that’s really cool. It watches like a regular, well-written drama with a wonderfully varied and eccentric cast. Characters have complementary little quirks with well-established motives and designated strengths that give them a nice team cohesion. Each mini-arc of the story is dynamic, interesting and spans a range of tones from mysterious, dramatic, suspenseful, romantic and even comedic where appropriate. For a no-nonsense drama, you can’t go wrong with Kamisama no Memochou.
Final impression – Only for unabashed CLAMP fans (4/10)
In a remote village, Saya Kisaragi is the shrine maiden entrusted with slaying the Elder Ones—fearsome monsters that feast on the townspeople. But when she has free time, she goes to high school, talks with her friends and enjoys coffee at a local café. As she continues her mission to protect the town, small details start to converge together that just don’t add up. Where do the Elder Ones come from? To whom did Saya promise to guard the village? And the greatest question, who was Saya’s mother? She had better figure out the answers to these questions before it’s too late and everyone gets eaten.
First impressions can’t always be trusted and that is never truer than in Blood-C. Talk about betraying your legacy. Blood the Last Vampire and Blood+ had a likeable cast of characters, excellent pacing and terrific endings. Even the live-action Blood the Last Vampire compares favorably to Blood-C and that’s pitiful. The only reason I completed watching it is because I enjoy CLAMP’s artwork, making it the only possible redeeming feature. I don’t know what Blood-C’s upcoming movie will do with this setup that the anime gave us. However, 95% of the anime was an utterly pointless jaunt on the way to its eventual cliff-hanger ending. The whole anime could have easily just not existed and twenty minutes added to the beginning of the movie to accomplish the same effect.