Winter 2011/2012 Impressions

About time I got to work on this post. I was going to be productive and write it before today, but then my Internet decided to fluctuate like a lunatic. It wasn’t so much that it was going on and off, it was more like it was capping me to speeds so slow that I couldn’t connect to anything at all, but then randomly restoring itself to normal for a few seconds. It was very strange and very annoying.

Anyways, this post will be done in my usual style (or more accurately, lack of style), with no pictures other than the chart at the beginning. I’m actually interested to go through this chart, because I remember seeing an early version of the season’s chart and only wanting to see three or four shows. Perhaps with a newer chart my mind will be changed.


Well, that chart did get larger since I first saw it, so there will be more shows to possibly interest me. Let’s take a gander.


Well this one actually looks kind of interesting. It has some cool-looking art, and your mysterious setting, but it’s labeled as a “net broadcast.” Aren’t those usually really short shows or something? I just looked on NicoNico and I didn’t even see it there. Oh well, easy come, easy go.

Busou Chuugakusei Basketarmy

…None of these titles are going to be translated, will they? It sucks needing to tab back every other letter to make sure I spell these correctly.
Anyways, like the last show, short series aren’t my thing. I don’t really want to wait two months for three-minute episodes.

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed HD Remaster

I was never able to get into the Gundam series. Everytime I tried it just seemed to be “BAD GUNDAMS INCOMING. ALL GOOD GUNDAMS LAUNCH.” I’ve heard some of the series are more dramatic in tone, but I think the Gundam series has already been killed for me.

Natsume Yuujin-chou Shi

I haven’t seen the previous THREE seasons, so I’m not about to watch this one. I’m kind of indifferent about this series. I don’t have any negative feelings towards it, but I also have no desire to watch it. I think it’s one of the few shows I have no reaction to.

New Prince of Tennis

I think it’s kind of amusing they’re bringing this show back. It’s just basically an eye-candy show for girls, but I didn’t think it was that popular. Though at this point the only thing I can think of when I see Prince of Tennis is that scene in the movie where it turns out an extreme tennis match was what actually caused the dinosaurs to go extinct. Which, while absolutely hilarious, is the kind of humor that doesn’t regularly show up in the show.

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2

So how many people actually watched the first season? I didn’t. It turns out I actually want to though, because the show isn’t actually pedobait or a stupid kiddy show or anything. In fact, there’s some quite… edgy humor, or so I’ve heard. I’ll probably get around to watching the first season eventually, and if it’s funny I’ll also watch this season.

Recorder to Randoseru

Speaking of pedo jokes, guess what this show is probably containing! No thanks.

High School DxD

Oh look, here’s the first porno show for the season. Again, no thanks.

Area no Kishi

I’ve never really cared for shows that focus on sports. It’s not they have inherently worse writing or anything, I just don’t really care enough about sports to get into it. I’m usually in the minority in this case, but sports just put me to sleep. UNLESS IT’S HOCKEY. If there was an anime with hockey, I’d totally watch it.

Zero no Tsukaima F

Oh boy, Zero no Tsukaima, sister show to Shakugan no Shana. I used to really like this show, but the third season was absolutely dreadful. Again, I’m in the minority (I’m used to it), but I thought the second season was the best one. I thought its finale was amazing and had great scene direction. The first was still really good, though. But yeah, the third season has made me pretty apathetic about the show. However, it’s the last season, and like Shana, I assume it won’t have fillers and will have the author’s intended ending. I’ve made it this far, I’ll see the show through to the end.

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki

While I love cats, I rarely like 4-koma shows. I still don’t understand why there seemed to be quite a large amount of people who loved Seitokai Yakuindomo. I saw all of the jokes coming from a mile away, or they were jokes about some Japanese custom or history that I knew nothing about. But yeah, not too interested in 4-koma adaptations anymore.

Daily Lives of High School Boys

This is being watched as the comedy of the season, but I’m probably going to pass. The parody style of humor this show does is just not something I feel like watching right now. It’s not bad, I’m just not in the mood, I suppose. I might save the episodes to watch at a later time, though.


Now this is the one show I was really looking forward to this season. It was announced a season or two ago, and the synopsis really interested me. Not necessarily the horror aspect, but the “mysterious phenomenon” setting and such. I’m always curious to see how those are explained and how they play out.
I saw the first episode, and agree with other bloggers that said the cuts to the dolls were unnecessary. I get what they’re going for, they’re trying to unnerve you by placing you off-balance by having those random cuts. The problem is, since the dolls are completely irrelevant (at least for now), it just comes off as forced. Everything else about the show is quite good so far, though.

Rinne no Lagrange

Uhh… rides a robot in her jersey wear and fights aliens? Sounds like another porno show to me.

Black☆Rock Shooter


Amagami SS+

I haven’t watched the first season, so I can’t watch this. Not that I really want to.
(Wow these opinions are getting really short)

Kill Me Baby

Yet another 4-koma, though to be fair the setting for this one looks like it at least has a good potential to be funny. I may actually give this show a shot. Considering the vast amount of other shows that interest me this season, I suppose it’s only fair I give it a go. After all, it’s my policy to pick up shows that have even a small chance at being entertaining.

Mouretsu Pirates

I saw a decent amount of people intrigued about this show before the season started, but I don’t really care for it. To be fair, I don’t hate it either, so I may give it a chance to prove itself. I guess I’ll give it the same chance as Kill Me Baby, to see if it can wow me.

Inu x Boku SS

I’m kind of divided on this one. On the one hand, it looks like it could just be in it for the bishies, but on the other hand it might be an entertaining narrative. I suppose just like the last two shows, I’ll give it the chance to prove itself.
(Oh boy now I’m going to give every single show until the end a shot, aren’t I?)

Listen to Me Girls, I am Your Father!

Oh yeah, I was also planning on watching this show.
…Don’t give me that look! Is it naive to assume this could be something other than pedobait? Well at the least I’ve heard people say there’s actual character development throughout the story, so at least there’s a chance it could be good. Though honestly I’m still hoping it turns out to be actually good (and not pedobait), because I love nothing more than being a pretentious asshole who rubs it in people’s faces when they jump the gun on calling a show bad when it actually isn’t.
Also, this is the only title I bothered to get the translation for because forget typing that whole Japanese title out.

Brave 10

So is this your standard shounen “My sword is bigger than yours!” kind of shows? Because that’s what it looks like. And those bore me.

Aquarion EVOL

I haven’t seen the original Aquarion, so I can’t watch this.

Senhime Zesshou Symphogear

Is it bad that I almost typed “nymphogear” instead of “symphogear”? Bad Riyoga, bad!
Anyways, from what I’ve seen other bloggers saying, this show is a case of “so bad it’s good” times about a million. I don’t mind shows that are so bad they’re good, but this one just seems a little way too far out there for me.


I can’t watch this because… *gets shield ready*…I haven’t watched Bakemonogatari.

Ano Natsu de Matteru

From the director of Onegai Teacher and Onegai Twins? Well, funny story about that, actually.
If you’ve read my About Riyoga page, you’d know that I got into anime from a mishap of trying to find hentai. By accident, I wound up finding the first episode of To LOVE-Ru. Well, some time before that, I had also tried to find some and, guess what, came across the first episode of what I know realize to be Onegai Teacher. I guess the characters just being in a bath-thing at some point is enough for a Google search of hentai to lead you to it, eh?
But, my point is that those two might be a bit closer in relation if I was somehow able to stumble across both of them. And while I enjoyed the first half of To LOVE-Ru, the second half was boring as hell. I don’t really have much motivation to start watching either Onegai series.
…What was I saying again? Uh, I guess it was just that I don’t have much motivation to watch this show either. So yeah.

Screw writing about those last two shows.

So yeah, there’s my impressions. Only 2-3 shows I actually want to watch from the get-go, with 3-4 I’m going to give a shot. Pretty light season for me. I’ll probably get preview posts out for these shows after I see three episodes, as per usual.

You know, it took me forever to write this post. I had to do it over the course of two days. Even without fancy formatting and pictures, it takes forever. I’m not sure why. I mean, I am at about 2000 words according to this word counter, which is more than I usually have in my posts, but still. It’s probably because my other posts have one specific thing for me to talk about with occasional sub-points, but these posts need me to look at a bunch of different things and analyzing what little information I’m given. I guess I take longer to do that than I imagine.

As for my other upcoming posts, I won’t have anything out tomorrow, because that’s when I’m moving back into my college dorm. Tuesday is the last day before school starts, so I’ll probably want to spend it binging myself on as many games as possible, but I’ll try and get out my Shana episodic that day, too (Eclipse didn’t release until tonight, that’s pretty late for them). I will then work on my awards for summer on Wednesday or Thursday, which should be light days because they usually only consist of, “Here’s the syllabus, now get the fuck out.”

If you want updates, keep an eye on my Twitter or Twitter box-thing on the side of the blog. I like posting updates to it nowadays (and by nowadays I mean as of right now).


10 Comments on “Winter 2011/2012 Impressions”

  1. TRazor says:

    It is I.

    It’s not that I’m hating on your Shana episodics, it’s just that I wish there’d be other posts. Like this one.

    I’m only watching Another and Nisenmonogatari from this season. And oh, Thermae Romae. Dude that show’s the bomb. Hilarious, although why I don’t know. It’s a 6-episode series of 10min each.

    Might pick up BRS, depending upon how the general reaction is. I’ll get to Natsume Yuujinchou S4 once I’m done with S3. I’m confident it will maintain its quality.

    So, yeah, lackluster season.

    P.S: The KIll Me Baby OP will kill you.

    • Riyoga says:

      Nah, I knew what you meant, I was just playing around.

      Hmm… Thermae Romae? I haven’t seen anything about that show; what’s it about?

      As long as the OP isn’t as bad as Hanasaku Iroha’s, I’ll manage.

  2. ToruVMO says:

    In this season i think i will watch ‘Another’, Amagami SS+ and Nisemonogatari
    Also i’ll keep watching the ‘unfinished yet’ series Mirai Nikki, Guilty Crown, Bakuman II and, of course, Shakugan no Shana III
    (my list just keeps getting bigger… ¬¬)

    Amagami SS and Bakemonogatari were not too bad
    By the way, i really liked both

    I was not sure about ‘Another’, but i think i’m gonna give it a chance, thanks by your opinion

    • Riyoga says:

      Yeah, I should have mentioned I’m keeping up with shows from last season that are carrying over, too. Obviously I’m still going to be watching Shana, and I’m also keeping up with Future Diary.

      There are plenty of shows I haven’t seen yet that I’m sure are good, but I don’t really feel like watching any of them right now.

      I already have the next two episodes of Another but have yet to watch them. I’ll probably do so in a little bit. I’m curious to see where the show is going with its plot.

  3. Ritsuioko23 says:

    Inu x Boku really suprised me. I thought it would be a boring shoujo, but then it turned… Interesting…. I also think your a bit harsh on anime. Why not BRS? it’s better than Shana.

    • Riyoga says:

      Agreed on Inu x Boku. I’m really liking the character interactions.

      Well, disregarding that one show being better than another is subject to personal taste, I don’t think an otaku-pandering show like BRS belongs in the noitaminA timeslot. So call me biased, I guess.

      • Ritsuioko23 says:

        I know I was trolling I always say Shana sucks just to grind your gears sweetheart :D

        • Riyoga says:

          Well, you didn’t really grind my gears. It’s tough to get me angry over text on the Internet.

          If anything, just thinking about BRS can irritate me. I’m incredibly disappointed that noitaminA is pandering to the very crowd that the timeslot is supposed to be avoiding.

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