I forgot to make a post about the first day yesterday, so I’m just going to write about the last two days in one post. Hurray efficiency!
Writing it up normally is boring though, so I’m going to present the story through an abridged roleplay between myself and my wallet on each day.
So I wrote a review for the first season back when that ended, but the second season starting up inspired me to write this post, despite the fact that it covers similar ground.
I’m not normally one for shounen, but when the fall anime season started, I gave Magi a shot because I liked the idea of an Arabian Nights reimagining. Turns out, there was quite a bit here to like. Of course, I don’t really have the time to go over every little thing about Magi that I like, so I’m just going to point out two major ones.
Now, even though I say major things, I’m willing to bet at least one person is going to think, “Wait, these points are actually pretty minor.” First of all, I’d disagree with that entirely, but more importantly, you’d be surprised how often it’s the little stuff in shows that can make or break it. They typically play a huge part in whether I’ll like the show or not. It’s also one of the reasons I often argue that execution is what’s most important in a show. Two shows with similar plots or even themes can be drastically different in quality thanks to the little touches, since those often add to the larger aspects of the show.
But don’t just take my word for it, I’ll point out what I mean with those two examples in Magi I mentioned.
So about two years ago, I wrote a review on Wandering Son when it ended. Recently I went back and read it, and I wasn’t satisfied with it. I rewrote it in my current style, and am much happier with it. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to post it, but I’ve decided that I don’t care enough to hide it, so here you go.
I was originally just going to put “Top 10 Anime of 2012″ as the title, since it’s already obvious this list is just my opinion and such, but I caved and changed it because it made the title look better aesthetically. Two words followed by a number, then another two words followed by another number. Sweet.
The rules for this list are simple: the show needed to end at some point during 2012. Actually, that’s the only rule, but this means that shows could start in late 2011 as long as they continued into 2012. Oh, and only shows I actually watched can make the list, obviously.
So basically this is the ballot I sent in for the APR Best of 2012 voting. I just flipped the order they’re listed in and expanded a bit more on some of the reasons for picking a few of the shows. However, this is still ultimately just a list, so I’m still only giving about a sentence or two to explain why I picked each one.
Sword Art Online is pretty sweet. The art design is cool, with each each floor being vast and varied as far as setting goes; the concept of having to climb a 100-story tower with a boss at the end of each one is neat; and the combat and skill systems look like they are programmed very well!
…Oh wait, I’m supposed to review the show, not the game.
Before I even write anything review-wise, I should remind everyone that “overrated” is not the same as “bad”. This is kind of a funny thing to clarify, considering up until a few days ago, I hated Clannad‘s guts. The first time I watched it, I had the expectations of it being some pinnacle of writing in regards to drama or whatever people hype it up to be. It not only failed to meet those expectations, but put them into a box, lit the box on fire, then threw it off a bridge while making overdramatic poses.
I rewatched it for the sake of writing this post, and it was a lot easier to enjoy it when my expectations were it being absolutely terrible.
Of course, there’s still plenty of faults with the show, but there was also a decent amount I enjoyed. Though what I find absolutely hilarious is that my biggest complaint against the show could have been fixed with a very simple executive decision. Well, that and the fact that for a lot of the things the show did wrong, it also had an example of how to do that exact thing correctly. You’ll see what I mean.
Oh, and this only covers the first season, because seasons are required to stand on their own merits. Also because I’ve heard all the things I liked about Clannad got toned down in After Story, and all the things I hated got cranked up. Yay.