*UPDATED AGAIN :P 16/8*
Coppelion:Three girls explore radioactive Tokyo.
Has a sense of gritty realism about it both in art and subject.
Slow first episode, mainly exposition, but has some potential. Loss of humanity and mutation are probably going to be major themes.
Will I watch the second ep: Yes. But I have the feeling I'm going to be dropping it.
Kyoukai no Kanata:
Typical spirit monsters (youmo) versus spirit warriors story on a backdrop of normal high-school life. Almost bleach all over again. Main characters consist of guy half human half youmo, and small harmless looking spirit warrior girl with some kind of blood sword. Naturally these two become unwilling friends.
Art and characters are rather interesting. Some impressive shots. Action scenes are especially well done. From the guys from K-ON.
First episode is rather odd mix of humor, action and exposition, the whole doesnt seem to entirely fit together in the right way.
Will I watch the second ep: Yes. Call me interested.
Kill la Kill:
Transfer student is looking for her fathers murderer. Takes on the "the big four" of her new school, dressed in a sailor uniform which givers her super powers. Sounds really stupid, but holy shit is this more than it seems. Apperently a lot of the team that made Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking is behind this. The story goes batshit crazy within the first 30 seconds of the episode.
Art style is beyond awesome, everything about this is over the top. Action scenes explode from your screen and forcefully imprint themselves on your retina.
I'm cautiously awarding the show of the season price ti Kill la kill. As of right now this episode stands head and shoulders above everything else. However, I expect the second ep to be a little slower than the first, and I'm not sure how this show is going to hold up then. You should also expect fan-service, which I'm usually not a fan of, although they pull even this into the absurd and hilarious.
Will I watch the second ep: HELL YEAH. I'd even recommend this to people who usually arent a fan of anime. Just go in with an open mind and see if you like it.
Guy moves to Tokyo to start his freshman year at law school. First time in college, living on his own, first time Tokyo, the whole shebang. Wants to reinvent himself etc etc.
Meets first a fellow freshman, then the psycho bitch who follows this second guy to Tokyo because she watns to have his babies, marry etc.
Art and character design is mediocre at best, nothing positive to say about it. It's going to be an extremely standard slice-of-life, romantic comedy anime.
Some of these kind of anime can be very well done, this is not.
Will I watch the second ep: No. Dropped it like a brick through a wet paper towel.
Nagi no Asukara:
Apperently in ancient times people lived in the sea, until some chose to leave and live on the land, leaving the gifts of the sea god behind. Now some people live underwater in the sea, while other live on land. Due to their school closing some kids from below the sea have to go to a school on dry land. There is tension between the kids from the sea and the kids from the land. To top it all off they are all somewhere around 13-14, and start to have feelings for each other.
Basically slice-of-life with an underwater twist.
Art and characters are ok, not exceptional.
Will I watch the second ep: Maybe. If I'm bored or something.
Whne the demon lord suddenly disappears, a hero in training has to find a normal job at an electronics store. After a while the daughter of the demon lord also comes to work there. Hilarity ensues. Kinda.
First, the set-up is a rip-off of an anime a season or two back, in which a demon lord has to find a job like normal humans. Second, they include fan-service in the most obnoxious fashion. It's no part of the story and feels liek a pathetic attempt to gain your interest. Dropped.
Will I watch the second ep: Nope.
Strike the Blood:
On a manmade island in the pacific Japan has made a place for all D-type humans. These are basically werewolves, vampires, grifons etc. These D-types are being monitored on this island, giving them a place to live away from the normal populace. Mister protagonist, recently turned vamp, is hiding here. Then a girl with some impressive fighting skills start following him because she has been ordered to by the government. They become friends.
Art and characters aren't all that interesting. seems a basic battle anime so far. Pretty boring.
Will I watch the second ep: no.
A portal found in japan leads to another realm, still living in medieval times, with magic and the whole shebang. Japan establishes friendly relationships with the government of this 'neighbouring' kingdom. In an attempt to deepen these relationships, a cultural exchange program is established. Naturally, Japan decides that anime, manga and moe-culture are Japans greatest export products. Here the protagonist enters the story: A born otaku, he gets hired as the general manager of this exchange program.
This is basically a slice-of-life anime but with a refreshing twist. The way these cultures clash is pretty interesting, characters are ok-ish as well. Art is nothing special, but serves it's purpose. There is some fan-service however, but it sort of fits the story with an otaku as lead, naturally acquaintanced to fan-service. Pretty enjoyable overall.
Will I watch the second ep: Yeah.
It's a rip-off from Sword art Online. People find themselves trapped in a game. Yay. At least they dont hide where they got their idea from, as they actively refer to the cliche of their own story. However, So far, I like these characters better than those of SAO. They are visually more differing, and don't seem to have some of those whiny useless characters so far. Also interesting is that people have more trouble with the change than in SAO. They suddenly have to adjust to the physical movement of a body different than their own (their charcaters) and the controls get in the way. A nice touch.
Art is once again functional but not outstanding.
Will I watch the second ep: Surprisingly, Yes. So far it's not that different from SAO, but I'll check the second ep to see where this is going.
Ace of Diamond:
Tale of Eijun, a soon-to-be high schooler with aspirations to be a professional baseball player. He wants to keep playing with his junior high team but receives an offer to get into a prestigious baseball high school in Tokyo. The first episode doesn't have much action in it yet.
Eijun is the typical protagonist with the balls-to-the-walls, hard-in-the-paint, come-fight-me mentality as so many have in the "dream" animes. To live his dream, he's prepared to set everything aside an just oozes pure willpower.
Art is pretty chill, a little old school perhaps, but enjoyable. Characters so far are standard in mentality but may develop in some interesting ways. Highly recommendable for those who liek animes like Hajime no ippo, initial D, yakitate!!! Japan and such.
Will I watch the second ep: Definitely.
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!:
Lead singer of a female idol group decides to get into professional wrestling. Why? Probably because the characters then can get away with wearing even less than Idol group gear. Fan-service seems to be the main purpose of this. It even has a fucking shower scene where the leads boobs are fondled by her colleagues. Utter shit unless you think boobs can serve as a major plot device. It's *this* close to being hentai.
will I watch the second ep: NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.
Five guys wearing glasses form 'meganube', the glasses club. Comedy show involving relationships and projects within the club.Art and editing very interestingly done, lots of Cut ins, overlaps etc. Art is extremely colorful. The rest of the schools students are not actually drawn as people at all, but like some kind of purple and white paper cut-out, I presume to illustrate them as an anonymous mass and accentuate the meganube. Characters are... sort of interesting. Obviously designed for a female audience, yet not in the same obnoxious way as the anime above was done for male audiences. There are quite a lot of bromantic moments in there. The plot of the first episode involves the galsses club trying to make an X-ray vision pair of glasses so they can see under girls clothes, which is fairly hilarious.
Will I watch the second ep: Probably not. It's an interesting show, but other shows will take precedence, making this one likely to be dropped.
Boy meets girl scenario, set in some kind of utopian medieval-renaissance jousting background where women are not treated like shit and everything is shiny and beautiful. Female protagonist is an naïve girl, which at least in the first episode doesn't seem to be able to do anything for herself, except fuck shit up. And lo-and-behold! Even here they have to insert some obnoxious fan-service.
Will I watch the second ep: Personally, I find this to be a complete piece of shit.
Prett adorable slice-of-life about a girl living in a shrine with her father and a spirit fox only she can see. Art is nice, character design, especially of the fox spirit is pretty baus.
Will I watch the second ep: Heh. I might. This was pretty enjoyable.
Yozakura Quartet no Uta:
In a town where humans and demons live alongside each other, five girls, some with special powers, need to maintain order in situations involving demons. Characters and powers seem reasonably baus/adorable so far. Art is pretty tight, especially visualization of the superpowers (the evil dude has some baus looking shit). Still it manages to maintain a nice balance between awesomesauce/humor/casualness. For instance, the first major issue they deal with is bouncing supersized goldfish. I like it.
Will I watch the second ep: Yeah.
Gundam build fighters:
Well. This is some inventive spin-off. This is ye olde gundam battles, but then staged as a sort of platic model video game. This aniem seems to be a great commercial for actual gundam modelsbeing released in Japan (or at least some new ttype? I would think they had gundam models long before). Story goes there is this kid who is great at building the things, but utter shit at controlling them. Then he meets this other guy, obviously foreign whom the kid saves his ass. In return, this red haired foreign with fancy glasses gives him some sort of wishing stone which just reeks of magical bullshit. In a battle kid wishes someone to control his gundam for him and ta-da, foreigner suddenly appears and wins the battle. Pretty interesting for just being a promotional anime. Art is kiddy stylos, acceptable. Characters seem rather predictable.
Will I watch the second ep: Maybe if I'm bored or something. probably not happening.
This pretty fucking awesome. Same concept more or less as Ace no Diamond, except it's cycling instead of baseball. However, where Ace takes itself very (too?) seriously, there is a lot of humor in this one. For one thing, the protagonist is actually an otaku who wants to join the anime club, then despairs when he realizes it has disbanded. But he actually cycles to school every day on 'mommy' bike (their words) on a very steep slope an experienced member of the cycling club has difficulties with. He makes it look easy. Each character so far has been very different and each one has their moments. Art is functional not outstanding. I 'll be very curious as to whoch one turns out better. Ace no Diamond or Yowamushi Pedal?
Will I watch the second ep: Yes!
non non biyori:
Slice-of-life about 5 schoolgirls,l one of which a trasnfer student straight from Tokyo, living in the countryside. It's actually such a nowhere, they are the only five students in school, and each of them is in a different grade, all in the same classroom. The anime gives a surprisingly interesting view of the japanese countryside, as opposed to Tokyo to which the transfer is used to. It's an easy going, pleasant anime to watch when you want to relax. Pleasant music, characters, art, and story.
Will I watch the second ep: Yup. Though I have a tendency to drop these beautiful slow moving anime, don't ask me why.
Arpeggio of blue steel:
Humanity is on the brink of destruction as an unidentified naval force turns up acroos teh globe and decimates humanities fleets. All international communication is intercepted by the enemy. Now, humanity has found an enemy submarine ready for the taking, and utilize it in battle against the "fog fleet". In this sub is a girl, apparently an inherent part of the ship, now taken human form and taking orders from the sun of a dead captain. The anime is about "blue steels", as it is called, crew, and their doings. Art is pretty well done. Very Sci-Fi, such wow. Characters aren't that interesting yet. Still, good action anime. They made me curious.
Will I watch the second ep: Yes.
Updated! A little late with the last few, but college caught up with me.
In this world both magic and technology work together to create 'machine dolls', intricate beings with personalities running on both magic and technology. The dolls and 'puppeteers' need to work together as a team to be most effective, however our protagonist is a shitty puppeteer with about the strongest doll there is. He enrolls into college to learn more about puppeteering but also seeks to find some kind of enemy of his. His doll is a kinda irritating little girl (dolls range from humanoids to dragons and shit), who has to make perverted comments all the time, implying she's his wife, obviously to great 'hilarity' when it its misunderstood. He also meets a girl who is one of the strongest puppeteers, and also the most stereotypical tsundere character I have seen in a long time. She literally says at a certain point: "Don't think I'm helping you because you rescued me or anything". Kinda obnoxious. Art is really generic. Animation seems meh. Sort of a standard battle anime.
Will I watch the second ep: No. Someone said this was AOTS material but I don't see it.
BlazBlue: Alter memory:
I have no clue what this anime is about. It throws a crapload of tiny splinters of information at you and expects you to make sense of it. There is this guy who appears to be the protagonist with some kind of weird arm, he meets some kind of cat person...? I don't even know. Besides the battle sequences, everything is kinda crap. I didn't even finish the episode. Avoid, I'd say.
Will I watch the second ep: lolno.
This anime is another odd one. For 3/4th of the episode it seems to be a modern era slice-of-life anime with magic existing but not having much to do with the protagonist. Suddenly, in the last five minutes, this is thrown overboard and some kind of battle erupts (protagonist is just an observer though). But then at the very last moment, they go back to drama! I'm not following this in the least. Characters are not very memorable except the baddy at the end, which is fairly awesome.
Will I watch the second ep: Maaayyybbbbbbeeeee...? I don't know what to think of this, and for that you might call it interesting. :|
Comedy anime about a guy which randomly gets multiple choice questions he is forced to answer and/or execute in his head. Example:
1. pull off top half of clothes and howl like a man
2. pull off bottom half of clothes and howl like an amazon warrior.
The idea isn't half bad, and they show it off in a hilarious introduction scene where they review some historical events in a mulitiple choice manner. However, after that scene, it all goes down-hill. It seems they could only think of multiple choice questions with some kind of sexual gene involved. Rather disappoitning. And that while they have some legit hilarious lunatic side characters.
Will I watch the second ep: No.
Holy shit. Now this was a pleasant surprise. Three sisters whom are somewhat estranged from each other almost get kidnapped on the same day at the same time. It's all I'm gonna say. Character design is marvelous. The three sisters are distinct and have personality. Their parents, too, are developed well. Enter an extremely jovial/arrogant casual mode bad guy and I'm sold. this anime gets right down to business, doesn't fuck around. Set in some kind of near-future, it has some awesome sci-fi elements. Vibrant coulours and a generally pleasing art style top it off.
Will I watch the second ep: Definitely.
Basically Kick-ass in anime form. Sort of. A little more grown up in style. The protagonist befriedns a local police officer after a failed attempt at being a vigilante. The first episode was almost more about their developing friendship than Samurai Flamenco himself. It's an interesting concept but not an anime I'm currently really interested in.
Will I watch the second ep: Probably not.
This, is fucking high art. It made me laugh out loud. It made me have goose-bumps. The art is sensational. Composition and colors work together in a beautiful way. Interesting editing puts emphasize on certain aspects in amazing ways and character design is out of this world. I will not spoil any of the story. That would be a crime. Just watch it.
Will I watch the second ep: Oh yes. yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes. Although kill-la-kill is more exciting, this is at least as good if not better. Watch it.
And there we are! Every single pilot episode of this season. In the meantime we have already gone full circle. Is it worth it do this again next season?
I'm pretty excited about this season so far. Anyone else?
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