Spring 2012 ImpressionsPosted: March 13, 2012
As I’ve been saying on Twitter, my posting got delayed because I wanted to finish Mass Effect 3 over the weekend so it wouldn’t interfere with me actually going to my classes. I did manage to accomplish this, and I finished at around 6:00am Monday. Talk about cutting it close.
Also, a fairly large chunk of people have been complaining about the endings. I won’t spoil anything, but I don’t understand this at all; I thought the endings were great. I do agree the epilogues (the videos for the endings) were extremely lacking, but the endings were perfectly fine.
Anyways. seeing as how I didn’t get the last seasonal impressions post out until well after the season had started, I figured it’d be a good idea to get this one out nice and early. Plus, starting early is also a good idea, in case I need to spend more than one day on this, seeing as how there’s a whopping 44 shows to write little quips for. Oh boy.
But wait, there’s more! I have something super special in store for the end of the post that involves you readers! It’s something I only just thought up as I was writing those last two paragraphs, even though it doesn’t really have much to do with them (other than being about anime, obviously). What can I say, my mind is just constantly in motion.
Yep, that’s 44 shows right there. This might take a while to get through…
Interesting first show. The plot sounds like your basic action-adventure, but hey, all kinds of crazy stuff could end up happening for all I know. I’ll give the show a chance to prove it knows what it’s doing.
Saint Seiya Omega
If the last show was your basic action-adventure, this is your standard action. It probably isn’t all that standard, though, considering it seems decently well known in Japan. It must have at least had some kind of impression if it’s having a new series after 25 years. However, I don’t get the same feeling of unknown about this show as the last one, so I don’t think I’ll be watching.
So this one seems like the story of trying to achieve your dreams. They even threw in the trope of sharing it with a friend, and the friend managed to achieve it (first). Of course, keep in mind, a trope is not inherently a bad thing, a cliché is. Still, I’m not sure if I want to watch it or not. I suppose I’ll give it a chance, but these kinds of stories have a high rate of boring me if they don’t have anything significant going for them.
…The hell is this? Oh, wait, it’s a 4-koma, that kind of explains it. Honestly, this looks incredibly stupid, but for all I know, it could be hilarious. I’ll give it a shot, but as is the case with comedies, if it fails to be funny, almost nothing can redeem it.
Naruto SD: Rock Lee’s Wacky Adventures
Ginga e Kickoff!!
As I’ve said before, shows that mainly focus on a sport don’t really interest me. Pass.
Seeing as how the chart’s synopsis is ever so helpful, I went and found one on my own. I’ll paste it here for you all.
“In a fictional school, “Tender Tank” Rareko is constantly opening absurd yet strangely enthusiastic debates, this way creating a lively classroom life. Bringing up tremendous themes, she and her classmates exchange words like sword-strokes, and here and there even a profound remark is slipped in.
A fun and informative debate comedy, packed into only five minutes each time.”
Debates? Exchanging words like sword-strokes? Occasional profound remarks and funny quips? Has Japan been reading my recent posts? This show sounds like it was tailor-made for me. Calling it right now you guys, this show is gonna be the best show this season. And no, I’m not even being sarcastic. …Alright, maybe a tiny bit, but I’m not kidding that I think this show will be good.
Arashi no Yoru ni
Despite my great amusement at the name of the studio working on this, I don’t find this interesting. Children’s books are fine and all, but I don’t want to watch an anime about them.
I’m curious how you’re supposed to make a show out of a social networking game. Also, the fact that I see nothing but females in the promo art is alarming as to what the content of the show could be. Of course, it could be misleading, but it doesn’t look like the show is going to have any real substance anyways.
I’m listening to the Deus Ex: Human Revolution soundtrack as I write this post. It’s not the best soundtrack ever, but it’s still good stuff. Despite it being full of energy, it’s strangely soothing.
…Oh, right, the show. Well if I wanted what this show had to offer, I’d play Hello Kitty Online instead.
Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future
Oh god, this show looks like what would happen if you combined Idolm@ster with the last show. Make it stop!
I skipped the show before this one because it was a digital remastering. That means there’s no new content, therefore it’s not really a new show.
Combining cute girls with guns, and not in the Gunslinger Girl way. Definitely an… interesting concept, but mainly a stupid one. However, it’s going to be shown on NicoNico, which means there’s a good chance of ridiculous and hilarious comments on the video. If this turns out to be the case, I’m definitely watching for the laughs.
Kuroko no Basuke
A second show focusing on a sport? It’s odd for a season to have more than one, but oh well. Needless to say, I’m not interested.
Thomas the Badass Tank Engine
BEST SHOW THIS SEASON. No, I’m joking, this show will probably be stupid. How are they even going to make a story out of this? Well, I mean, the show had (has?) an American cartoon, but that was a silly kids’ show. I don’t even know.
Cardfight!! Vanguard Second Series
What, are people tired of copying the two exclamation points at the end for second seasons and are now just moving them to random parts of the title? If that’s the case, I have some suggestions for what the third season’s title should be:
Cardfight Vanguard Third!!! Series
!!!Cardfight Vanguard Third Series
Cardfight Vangu!!!ard Third Series
Card!fight Van!guard Thi!rd Series
Puzzles: The Show: 2nd Season
I admired the first season for having the same kind of ridiculous appeal that shows like Yu-Gi-Oh! have, but I only got a few episodes into it before it got lost in the Great Fall-Winter Catastrophe, along with many other shows I was watching, so I won’t be watching this. Especially seeing as how it’s more of a continuation than a sequel.
Eureka Seven AO
Some people are saying this is a sequel, and others are saying it’s some sort of remake? The character in the promo art looks like a character from the original and the chart says it’s a sequel, so I’m going with that. But if that’s that case, I won’t be watching it, seeing as how I’ve only seen occasional snippets of the prequel on Adult Swim back when it aired.
I can’t tell what genre this is supposed to be from the synopsis. Mystery? Suspense? Adventure? Whatever it is, it has me interested, so I’ll be giving this show a watch.
Urgh. Normally I don’t give two figs about staff or studios that work on shows, but I’m biased against KyoAni. I know it’s a completely incorrect use of the term, but just like how Kugimiya Rie has been typecast into loli-tsundere roles, KyoAni has been typecast into making shows that use moe as a selling point. However, it seems as though they’re starting to grow out of that lately. Nichijou wasn’t too far of a leap, but at least they were trying something new. And now this show is a mystery? Alright KyoAni, I’ll give you a fair chance to get rid of my bias.
Fate/Zero (Part 2)
Not much to say here. More of Fate/Zero being awesome. Looking forward to it.
Korean Zombie Desk Car OF THE DEAD
While the first season wasn’t fantastic, I still got quite a few kicks out of it. So I’ll be watching this sequel, naturally. I’m surprised it even got one though, from what I remember, the disc sales weren’t that great. I guess the novel must have sold a good chunk of copies due to it.
Bunch of mercenaries working to take down some arms dealers? This is the kind of setting you’d see in a western show, not an eastern one. I’m curious to see how this plays out, though. I want to see how different in execution it’ll be.
Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~
That promo art is practically screaming at me to avoid this show, but the concept of a character having no memories or emotions is too much to ignore. Hopefully they play this aspect to it’s strength and have her question societal values or just in general things that are considered the norm.
It’s a comedy, so I’m pretty much required to give it a shot. My expectations are low since it’s a 4-koma, but I know one of these days there will be one that will blow me away.
It may be misplaced, but I actually see a ton of potential in this show. They could either take it the comedy route, which would then rely on it being funny, or they could take the contemplative route and question exactly what death entails and means for people. Or it could be neither of those and just be incredibly stupid. I’m curious to see which one it turns out to be.
Natsuiro no Kiseki
Oh hey K-ON! almost didn’t recognize you there.
Whelp, all of the fans are finally getting what they asked for: a legit anime. Too bad it’s probably going to ruin the show. I mean, the upgrade from flash animation will be nice, but the series thrived on humor for completely random clips that had nothing to really do with each other. By having an actual show, they may try to actually put in some kind of plot, which would, ironically, be disastrous. That and normal length episodes just don’t fit with this series. Of course if it turns out I’m wrong and these are just 5-minute shorts being released weekly or something, then there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m nervously waiting to see what the fate of this show turns out to be.
You know, this show almost looks like some sort of weird twist on the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. I’m of the minority that didn’t think the show was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I didn’t hate it, I only thought it was okay. Then again, saying all that is pointless since odds are this show will be nothing like it so I’m probably just rambling like I always do and I should end this sentence now. Anyways, this show is kind of the anomaly of the season for me, I don’t know what to think of it, and it seems to have the potential to be either great or terrible.
Kimi to Boku. 2
I wasn’t even paying attention to the sales, but I didn’t think this show sold that well. Oh well, I didn’t care for the first season, and I don’t care for this one.
Woah woah woah, wait a minute. Are these people that are transforming? Or is this a show with transformers? I’m confused, seeing as there’s no art on the chart. Well it doesn’t matter, I doubt I’ll be watching this, seeing as I can’t even find it on MyAnimeList.
Hiiro no Kakera
Oh boy, an otome game adaptation. I don’t have a good track record with those, except for Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%, which was so stupid and tongue-in-cheek that it was hilarious. I guess that means if NicoNico picks this up, I’m guaranteed to watch it. Otherwise, it’s a pass.
It’s been a while since a manly and violent seinen showed up on the scene. I actually normally pass these up, because shows with violence as their selling point just aren’t my thing, but for some reason I’ve had an itch for a good seinen lately, so I’ll be giving this show a go. Also, is it just me, or is the promo art very reminiscent of Reversi from Bakuman?
Sakamichi no Apollon
I feel like a jerk for saying it, but I almost want this show to fail. Hopefully that would finally drive home the message not to have your expectations purely based on staff and studio rather than the actual content itself, which is a topic I’ve wanted to use for an editorial, but I can’t think of enough content for the post for me to give myself the okay to write it. Hopefully I’ll get to do it one of these days… But yes, just like pretty much everybody else, I’ll be watching this show. However, because this is the show everyone is anticipating, I’m probably going to unconsciously look for any faults I can find.
This noitaminA show, on the other hand, I’m not as neutral about. While it may have a sport in it (fishing) it seems as though it’s going to take a backseat or somehow be incorporated into the whole “alien visitor” and “event that determines the fate of the world” deal. I’m curious to see how this story plays out.
Other than my mind being blown at how saying the title of the show sounds like you’re legitimately saying “your roommates”, I don’t really have an opinion on this show. I don’t even know what genre it’s supposed to be, nor do I seem to care to find out. This’ll be a pass.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
Well, there’s nothing too exceptional with the synopsis, but it may turn out to be a good watch anyways, so I’ll give it a go. Similar to comedy shows, I definitely give action shows leeway.
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Glo was extremely excited for this coming out, so I read the first chapter of the manga. It blew my brain apart. Not because it was bad, and not because it was good, but because it was so damn weird. But hey, with all the standard romance and adventure shows out there, maybe we need something strange to mix things up. I’ll watch the show, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t cautious.
What’s better than a show about a polar bear running a café? NOTHING. Well, except for maybe two polar bears running a café… but you get my point. This show is gonna be badass.
Saki: Achiga-hen episode of side-A
I didn’t watch the original Saki (though I’ve actually been meaning to), so I’m not really interested in watching this.
Alright, lets just face facts: even with a somewhat interesting synopsis, this show solely exists to sell even more products about these idols to the masses, including the BDs and such of the show itself. So the show will mainly focus on the idols and whatever cutesy crap got otaku obsessed with them. Pass.
Queen’s Blade Rebellion
As much as I dislike Queen’s Blade, I have to admit, I’m impressed they could think up this much content for the show. Doesn’t mean I’ll be watching this, though.
I have no idea why, but I’m giving this show a chance. I think I just like the art. All signs point to this show being a sinking ship, though.
Oh god is it finally over? I think this post broke the record for highest word count of any post I’ve ever written, and I did it all in one day. Yeah, not doing that again.
But wait, I did say I had something special in store for the end, didn’t I? Indeed I did, and reveal I shall.
READERS’ PICK OF THE SEASON
This is something brand new that I thought up as I started writing this post. Though obviously, I should explain what the hell this is, first.
So, each season I make an impressions post which helps me choose which shows I want to watch next season, and also shows you guys what shows I’m going to watch. Now, I think it’d be cool if you guys had a little more control over this process. From now on, the end of the seasonal impressions post will have a poll, where you guys will vote on an additional show for me to watch. The poll will include all of the regular shows airing next season that I turned down myself as I wrote the post. So basically, you guys will either get me to watch a good show you think I’m passing up, or torture me ruthlessly by making me watch something incredibly mind-numbingly dumb. (At first, I wasn’t going to allow sequels and such to be voted for, but I figured me being confused would be just as amusing to you guys.) In the event of a tie, I’ll flip a coin. If more than two shows tie for first, I’ll draw the winner out of a hat.
Oh but wait, that’s not all! I’m still not entirely sure how I’m going to do it, but the show that wins will be either episodically blogged by me, or I’ll tweet every major thought/reaction as I watch each episode (around 10 tweets an episode max). I’m actually leaning towards the episodic blogging, because they wouldn’t actually end up being too long of posts. Just long enough for me to throw thoughts down. No way would they be as thought out as my Shana ones. Spending too much time on episodics killed my motivation to blog before, so I’m avoiding that.
Anyways, I think this will be a fun addition to the blog. Part of my motivation for doing this is that I like to connect with you readers. It’s the same reason why 99% of my posts start with real life quips. Just reminding you guys that I’m an actual person and not a post-generating machine (though one of those would be quite useful…).
If any of you have ideas about maybe tweaking this idea, feel free to say so in the comments. Or if you just want to give feedback or a reaction to it, that is also very welcome. You can also comment after you’ve voted saying why you voted for what and such.
But enough with the rambling! On to the poll!
Thomas the Badass Tank Engine is disqualified since my intuition says it’s never getting subbed.
Beyblade Zero-G is disqualified because odds are, like its prequels, it’ll be 51 episodes long.
Puzzles: The Show: 2nd Season is disqualified since it’s a continuation, not a standalone season.
There is already one vote for Saint Seiya Omega due to me testing the poll, and it seems as if there’s no easy way to reset the poll, so just ignore that one vote.
P.S. How did I know the first bloody vote was going to be for Queen’s Blade? You guys are evil.