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So, the new season is upon us and the old season is over… and there were disappointments. The last episode of an anime is something that leaves a lasting impression of the show as a whole. Since the audience doesn’t get another episode, they will often think of the last one they saw when talking about that anime in the future! If you had asked me about either of my key offenders two weeks ago, I would have said they were decent shows… The last episode, however, is the place where decent shows either transcend or get discarded. Welcome to the garbage bin.

First up, Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!… the anime whose name I will never again type after this post. Heck, I just noticed that I misspelled Dakara in the tag the first time I talked about it… and I just can’t be bothered enough to fix that.  This anime was funny, yeah… but at the end of the day, it is just another harem show. I saw hope in its genre-savvy ecchiness… but no. You know what happened the last episode? The same thing that happened every other episode. No closure. No meaning. No depth. The same. Old. Routines. After you have seen the same sort of harem bickering and interactions… you begin to gain a sort of clairvoyance. You begin to see ahead half a minute…. hey, hot soup and two bickering girls… bet that is going to hit his crotch… called it… IT GETS DULL! I originally thought from the first few episodes that Onii-etc would be different. I mean… we had the not-a-blood-sister… the “childhood sexfriend”… there were setup points… but it was just the same-old same-old… There are some shows so interesting that you can forgive a “nothing really happens” ending… this was not one of them.

Actually, quick side note… the “nothing really happens” ending is entirely different from the “life goes on” ending. The first one maintains a status quo in hopes for more seasons. The second says that this continues, but that this continuing is only a natural extension of us, as the audience, having only a brief time with the characters. If the “life goes on” ending gets a second season, we REJOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (See Genshiken 2, School Rumble 2 (but not 3) and Arakawa Under the Bridge) But… if a “nothing really happens” anime gets another season… you see more of the same old same-old. If Onii-etc got another season… I wouldn’t pick it up. Not unless someone told me that he made a freaking choice and married one! ..not that most harem anime do that, out of fear of losing fanfiction-based audience. (Tenchi Muyo GXP goes the other way, though. ^_^)

The other major headscratcher was Kore wa Zombie desu ka? I’m… not entirely sure the anime had an end… I mean… suddenly, someone pulled the drama tag and there were super-powered beings… and one of the better harem choices was going to explode because she had a fire guy inside her… and… the heck? Plot spaghetti is what we are left with. There is nothing here. This is a miserable pile of shredded hopes and dreams. This isn’t even like Death Note, where it feels like the writer died and was hidden in a closet while his aides tried to figure out where he wanted the story to go… This feels like the author had ideas for a 48 episode anime and wanted to reference each and every arc in as vague and rapid-fire a way as possible… and then return things to their places just in case they get a second season… I haven’t read the manga or the light novels… maybe the pacing is better over there.

I will tell you one thing that didn’t disappoint, though… Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji. Kaiji was THE most intense anime about rock-paper-scissors I’ve ever seen. That isn’t a fair description of the show, but it is really hard to sum up the awesomeness in this show about gambling, human nature and bad decisions. When I saw that it had a second season coming, I was so very, very happy. The first episode didn’t disappoint. I heartily recommend its first season to anyone.

I intend to watch some of the new shows this week. By about two weeks from now, I should have a general feeling about a couple of them… hopefully I can find some winners… hopefully.

 

 

 

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The recent earthquake has done some horrible things to Japan. Shinkansen knocked out, reactors melting down, bodies washing up on the shores, people displaced from their homes, the list keeps going. One of the things that keeps impressing me, though, is the spirit of the Japanese people. There is a sense of civil service that is at the heart of the Japanese culture that touches my heart and warms my spirit. I’ve been watching news broadcasts on TV Japan and reading statements by Japanese officials… and I’ve noticed something. The majority of Japanese people seem to respond to an event like this the same way. They attempt to keep living normally and try to find a way to help the others live normally too. They go to work, trying to set things right and bring everything back to status quo. I guarantee you that the Shinkansen will be repaired quickly and people will try their best to go back to living normal lives. I believe this because that is what I’ve seen from the Japanese people over the years, a strong sense of civic duty, work ethic and personal responsibility.

There are, sadly, exceptions. Do you remember Governor Ishihara? He was one of the ones who pushed through the ridiculous anime ban a while back. Well, he has done something that has me angry at him again. I suppose he has been listening to a few American religious extremists because he has said that the earthquake and ensuing tsunami were divine punishment for Japan’s egoism. Now, he has since apologized for his remarks…  but the fact remains that with heaven-only-knows amounts of his kinsmen washing up dead on the shores… or desperately trying to stabilize reactors… or working on housing and feeding the displaced… his first reaction was “We deserved this.” Really?! I used to think of Ishihara as a man who hated anime for no good reason… but now, I’m starting to think of him as a man who hates anything that reminds him that Japanese people are human beings… and that saddens me.

So, folk out there on the internets, setting Ishihara aside, you might have noticed that the anime has been rolling in as normal. I watched Onii-chan this week with a news overlay of affected areas, but I watched it none the less. I don’t think much will change from the perspective of the overseas anime fan. If there is a country that has experience recovering from anything earthquake or nuclear-related, it is Japan. They will get up and tell themselves everything is fine, because that is what they are best at. When we see something like this happen, most Americans first reaction is “That is terrible! I need to send them money!” I’ll not discourage you from doing so, but I believe in my heart that even if Japan didn’t see a cent from America, they will be fine. The Japanese Red Cross hasn’t sent any requests for aid, but various organizations in other countries have been gathering donations to help Japan. Remember, if you wish to donate to help Japan, only do so through legitimate routes. I don’t want to see a scam artist getting rich off of the suffering of the Japanese people because you texted JAPAN somewhere. Keep an eye out for scams like that now, and during any similar tragedy in the future. It is horrible to think that people are capable of such things… but corpses always bring out the vultures.

So, here we are, 4 or so episodes into the winter season. What caught my eye this season? Well, let me tell you, the real winner is STILL:

Bakuman: A+

Bakuman is still everything that I want out of it in its second season. Perhaps it has even become more! That last episode I watched ended with one of those “OH SHI- I feel a dynamic shifting!” sort of moments. I’m really glad to see TakaxMiyo getting some more play in the show and I will happily watch it until the last episode at this rate. Great stuff. But you aren’t here to find out about Bakuman, you are here to hear my opinion on the new stuffs! Let me let you in on my experiences.

Kore wa Zombie desu ka?: B

That translates out into “Is this a Zombie?” This anime is a pretty strong B-lister. It is a sort of gag-comedy based harem anime. Your main character was killed by a serial murderer and raised as a zombie. He retains his personality and, in fact, actually seems to have only benefited from the process, so long as he stays out of prolonged exposure to sunlight. You get a group of other weird girls that pop up, a Magical Girl, a Necromancer, a Vampire Ninja… it is entertaining enough… but it isn’t going to be a classic anytime soon. I will not twist your arm to make you watch this one, but it hasn’t been bad for me so far.

Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakra ne!!: A

This one is a mouthful and it comes out to something alone the lines of “I don’t love my brother at all!!” This is the type of ecchi I REALLY enjoy. The sort that is well aware of the tropes of its own genre and knows where to poke fun. The main character is a younger sister who has a thing for her big brother. She is slowly trying to lure him into a forbidden romance, but then she finds out that they aren’t actually blood relatives. This actually REALLY depresses her for a bit, because suddenly the awesome taboo is lost… but then she realizes that their love might have a future now! Ah, but a rival appears! I’ve been enjoying this one a lot and, especially if you’ve watched a lot of this sort of anime, I recommend it heartily.

Wolverine: B+/A

Short in America, big in Japan. Wolverine isn’t pulling any punches here. AIM guys get stabbed bloodily… our boy does his classic heal nonsense… he falls in love again, because we know he has a thing for Japanese women… it is pretty much what you would expect from a Wolverine anime. That is a good thing! If you watched Iron Man, this is pretty much the same sort of deal… I’m actually really impressed, though, with just how well Wolverine works as an anime protagonist… I mean the guy has always screamed red-blooded blade-wielding protagonist. Still, we can never have enough Wolverine… I mean being on 3 super hero teams and running 2 or 3 solo plots is barely enough for a guy like him. It is a B+ for folk who generally enjoy Wolverine and a decent A for people who can name at least 3 superhero teams that Wolverine has been on and 2 women he has been in love with.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: A+

I am REALLY enjoying this one. Studio Shaft has done it again. I talked about this one in another rant, so not too much to add here. It is just really interesting watching this one and seeing just how deep they can make the magical girl genre go! There are some serious dyed-in-the-wool fans that tell me that Magical Lyrical Nanoha can do deep… but I tried Nanoha… and it just didn’t catch me. This one had me going “Wow, this is different and interesting” by the first episode. By the third episode I knew that this was a winner that I could gladly watch until the series ended. Great stuff here.

Those are the ones from the new season that I’ve had time to watch. I’ve actually been doing schoolwork this semester, which cuts down on my general anime-watching time a bit. If there is another new release you love, let me know. I’ll give it a watch and toss it up here.

Oh, and, as always, One Piece is S ranked.