Spring First Impressions

Today I decided to watch a bunch of anime from the new Spring Season. Now, I usually wait until a series is done or close to done before I start it, but instead I will be dumb and do it this way, which usually causes me to burnout really quickly:

Arakawa Under the Bridge


I have given my thoughts on this elsewhere, but I really feel the need to embellish just a little bit more.

This show is so good that I don’t even have any type of analogy to put in this sentence in order to describe to you  how good it is. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this show that I can or can’t see. It has an awesome OP, and awesome ED, some of the most awesome characters (kappa guy? Nino? Recruit? Star Head guy? Guy who only walks on white lines? The sister who is actually a dude with a gun dressed up as a sister? THERE’S NO END TO THE AWESOMENESS HERE PEOPLE!). How highly do I think about this show? Well, I’m going to go ahead and say that, for me, this show rivals Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, which, until now (maybe), was what I considered Akiyuki Shinbo’s best work. Then again, SZS is still probably better…..maybe……I’ve never really had anything to compare it too until now. Nothing really rivaled it’s originality and awesome humor. Man this is weird.

Anyway, this is the best show of the season as of now, and as of later (when the season is over). If you haven’t started watching it, drop everything you’re doing (like you’re wife [ba-dump-kissshhhh]) and watch it (seriously, drop her).

B Gata H Kei

I’m reviewing the episodes as they come out. Pay attention for once. A while back I would have said that this was the best show of the season. The I saw the AUtB. Afterwards, I declared B Gata H Kei the second best show of the season. I now consider it the third best show of the season, out of what I’ve seen, due to another show, which I will get to in a bit.

BgHk still seems to have everything I want to see. A slut, humor based on sexual situations, the same slut again, the same slut again, and sluttery are all things that I look for in an anime (sometimes not really though). The OP sucks though (not that it matters really).

Now, we call Yamada a slut and a whore, because she is one, but really, this anime is pretty much just reversing the roles. Instead of a guy trying to fuck 100 girls (which would be badass and awesome), we have a girl trying to fuck 100 guys (which makes her a slutty whore). This anime is filled with great humor, decently average animation, and fine characters. The only way this could really be any better would be if instead of trying to fuck 100 guys, she was trying to fuck 100 girls, hardcore yuri style. Wait…did I just create a spinoff?

Working!

Remember when I said that B Gata K Kei was now the third best show due to another show? Well surprise surprise, this is NOT it.

I promised myself, DON’T WATCH ANY SHITTY SHOWS THAT RESEMBLE K-ON! Well, fuck me, after reading some reviews that talked about awesome characters (I can’t remember which ones so I’m not going to link), I decided that I’d give it a shot. I mean, there’s no way it would be as bad as K-On, nothing is that shitty. Well guess what?

It’s not really that bad….yet. It has to potential to go either way, but based on the fact that the main male lead loves things that are cute and small, and is a huge pedophile, I’m guessing that I’m going to end up dropping this by episode 4. Hopefully I’m wrong and it gets good (the lastest character could make it awesome, and I do want to see what the deal is with the girl weilding a Katana for no reason).

At least the Boss, who is an anti-pedophile, manages to bring some ass-kicking to this show, and keep it good. She literally kicked customers out of the restaurant (literally) and then had her friends mug them and bring her the money. That’s bad ass.

Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!

Remember when I said that B Gata K Kei was now the third best show due to another show? Well surprise surprise, this IS it.

I watched one episode. Then I watched to episodes. Then I tried to watch three, even though the third episode was obviously not out. I like pretty much everything about this show (even though I don’t really like maids much. Everyone’s so infatuated with them? Their clothes looks stupid. I hate maids.) Anyway, even though the generic plot is kind of…… well…… generic, I find myself really liking the characters (especially the 2 main ones, which are really the only ones). Why do I like them? Well let’s delve:

Misaki Ayuzawa

She’s the female lead. A girl who has become the president in a school that only recently changed to a co-ed school from an all-boys school. Needless to say, she hates boys, whose ratio to girls in this school is something like 1000000 to 1. (The school is 80% male I think). So all of the boys no her to be a really scary person, who you don’t want to get on the wrong side of, because she’ll kill you and suck our bone marrow. However, she works in a maid cafe as a job (in another town so no one sees her), because  she is very poor and needs money, and this job pays dough out the a$$. One day, the male protagonist sees her.

Takumi Usui

The male lead. He doesn’t care about anything. He always seems bored and dull looking. Girls want to fuck him, guys think he’s the man. But he doesn’t really care about any of them. His incredibly great show of apathy is inspiring to me, who is apathetic toward pretty much anything. Hooray apathy. Anyway, he sees Misaki working as a maid. She goes freezes, and thinks her life is over if the school figures out she’s a maid. He just says something like: Oh. And leaves. So far the characters don’t seem like anything special, right?

I’d say it’s the expressions that the characters make that makes me like them more. The classic “bored” expression. The classic “I’m-showing-up-at-your-maid-job-and-pretending-that-its-by-accident-and-in-fact-I’m-not-really-even-here-so-go-about-your-business….don’t-even-worry-about-it” look. They’re all here, and they’re all awesome. The manga had the art style that I hate, so I’m glad J.C. Staff (who I like) made the animation more catoony. I like that shit.

Overall this anime is very enjoyable.

Angel Beats

I had been waiting for this, and after only a few minutes, I could tell that I would like this show a lot:

In case you don’t understand, here’s a song that was made just for me:

I guarantee (that’s the first time I spelled guarantee correctly) that I’m the only one who likes that song, even though I’m sure it’s kind of a joke song. Anyway, on to what makes Angel Beats good (because there’s really not THAT much blood in it… not enough anyway).

The Characters

The characters are wide and many. There is a girl who stays in the shadows. A dude who speaks mainly English (in a pretty good accent mind you). There’s an  idiot who looks and acts smart. There’s a girl named Angel who is the apparent enemy. She rarely speaks, and is a lot like Yuki from Haruhi. In fact, a lot about this show reminded me of Haruhi, but I’ll get into that later. Overall, I like the characters so far. They’re not mind-blowingly awesome, but they’re solid.

The Animation

Awesome.

It reminds me of Haruhi how?

I can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the fact that the main character, in the way she leads, reminds me a lot of Haruhi and the way she leads/acts. She’s obviously not as eccentric, but she still has the one thing about her. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re all in a group, and they try and accomplish goals such as stealing food tickets. Maybe it’s because of the character, Angel, who reminds me highly of Yuki from Haruhi. Maybe it’s because there was a random ass concert that reminded me heavily of the one in Haruhi.The animation as well reminds me a lot of Haruhi, for literally no reason at all. Regardless, I guess what I’m trying to say is, this show reminds me of The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

EDIT: After reading scamp’s post, apparently a lot of people feel the same.

DOUBLE EDIT: Best OP of the season so far:

Kiss x Sis

After one minute of hoping it wouldn’t suck as much as the OVA did (which I also watched about 1 minute of)….

DONE!

The manga is actually kind of funny (although I think I laugh at it, rather than with it, which is still fine as long as I’m laughing). I don’t know what the heck they were trying to do with the animated version. Does anyone actually think that Kiss x Sis is good? Ughh. There’s a 1 if I ever saw one (which I still haven’t, although I’m still going through the Shit List….I’m currently watching Canvas 2. Bet you thought I had forgot about that, just like I forgot about my Most Cool Looking Characters in Anime list? I haven’t finished that either).

Anyway, this concludes all of the shows that I’m watching. Time for bed (At 12 oclock….wow).

EDIT: THIS SONG IS AWESOME:

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32 thoughts on “Spring First Impressions

  1. I like pretty much all the anime so far. People is hating Working but I find it enjoyable.
    You know where I stand with B Gata H Kei. As for KissxSis, not even gonna touch it. I have yet to see Rainbow and that Neko anime. I probably gonna like Rainbow, no problem but will be hating Neko if my instinct is right. Ichiban is quite good, just like Giant Killing. You should try it. And you definitely need to watch Senkou no Night Raid. Forget about Hakuouki, this one has real blood and action.

    And when are you going to start watching Oofuri?

    Get as far away as you can from Heroman atm though.

    • Yea Lkux, I have to absolutely agree with you that Working is a really good series. Though it sucks because I have only got to see the first episode and not the others yet. Baka!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Oofuri…..just another anime that I’ve wanted to start for a while and just don’t have enough time….if I could, I would create a clone of myself that shares my memories, so that he could go to school and I could watch anime all day…then when we meet up later, I could get all of the school memories….essentially this would double my life span (sort of).

      I HAVE TOO MUCH ANIME AND NOT ENOUGH TIME!!!!

      @ Full Anime Circle: Regarding Working, see some of my thoughts in my response to zzeroparticle. I don’t really think it’s bad….yet…..it’s kind of reminding me of Kanamemo though, and that’s not a good thing, because that anime was BAD.

  2. I saw a kid in the library today, who, in the middle of the busiest part of the day (when everyone is finishing/printing stuff right before class) sitting at a shared computer with headphones in watching the GAYEST LOOKING ANIME EVER. It had a fat blue cat with wings in it. Furthermore, this kid was supposed to be one of my classes earlier but wasn’t, meaning he skipped it to watch anime in the library. I hope you’re proud.

    • I have never heard of an anime with a fat blue cat in it, let alone a fat blue cat with wings…..On to the dream I had with you in it the other night… I dreamt that you were obsessed with some anime (I can’t remember which), and you decided that you liked anime now, which coincidentally was the day I decided to stop watching anime forever.

      @ Klux: I would guess that the kid would jump a mile in the air if some stranger patted him on the back, and that would be hilarious. I actually really want to see that. His headphones would become dislodged and stuff…..

      WHAT ANIME HAS A FAT BLUE CAT WITH WINGS!?

  3. I’ve been hearing too many good things about the maid show to count it out. Well, if there’s one thing that this post does, it does confirm what my spring lineup is going to look like. And that should, all in all, lead to a fairly solid season. I’ve been impressed by a lot of what I’ve seen anyhow.

    • The Spring Season this year is really good. You almost can’t go wrong with choices as far as I see it. Even Working! isn’t really bad yet (I can see it headed that way though). I’ve laughed a few times, but I’m starting to get mad at all of the characters except the manager, who actually KICKS ASS, and the girl with the katana sword, who might be a lesbian toward the manager.

      Klux reading a shoujo? Unexpected to say the least. Some shoujo is pretty good but most of it sucks ass.

      • “She literally kicked customers out of the restaurant (literally) and then had her friends mug them and bring her the money. That’s bad ass.”

        I like the manager too. Episode two wasn’t as good, but next episode looks like they’ll finally get around to the Katana girl.

      • It’s true, that’s one of the things that could make this show good. The manager is actually really awesome, and is probably the reason why I won’t end up dropping this show. She’s already won my favorite character award for Working.

  4. Kiss X Sis BLOWS. The OVA’s would just awful. I don’t think id be able to watch the anime. the other shows on here i have not seen so i cannot comment on them.

    • Kiss x Sis really does suck cock. I can’t believe you finished abn entire episode. I watched about 4 minutes of the first OVA before deciding that it was horrible….same with the anime…….ITS SO BAD!

      The thing is, it’s not bad because of the incest (although that’s part of it), it’s just bad because it’s bad.

      The manga is better, I read it (well, I was reading it, but I kind of lost interest) and usually laugh, mainly because it’s retarded, and anything in it would never happen in real life. It’s just got over-the-top situations that are funny. The anime was just blatant, shitty fanservice, and should die.

  5. Sounds like animation is really being kicked up a notch this season. I’m still like 3 seasons behind on my anime so I’ll give you my thoughts on these sometime in 2013.

  6. My final exams have limited me to watching only Angel Beats! which has been pretty good so far. Looks like all I care about is slapstick and eye candy.

  7. My watch list for spring has changed drastically. Arakawa Under the Bridge is now on the top because of its awesome OP. Agreed with what you said about the series as well.

    On the other hand, Angel Beats is getting further down the list.

  8. I was surprised by Arakawa. The first episode was amusing, but only okay… And then somehow the second episode really got me. I think it was the “That’s not a sister, that’s a brother!” joke.

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