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This week I’ve been trying to watch more of this season’s new anime… seeing which ones catch my eye and which ones might have real potential. I found a couple of real winners between this post and my last one… and lets start off with the best and brightest.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai: Abbreviated Ano Hana from here forth, this anime’s title translates to something akin to “We still don’t know the name of the flower we saw that day.” It is the story of 6 friends who used to be inseparable back when they were little… but they grew apart after one of them tragically died. The anime focuses in on one of the 6 as the main character, the former leader of the group. He didn’t handle his friend’s death so well and, over the years, eventually grew into a hikkikomori, a hermit… not attending school, not going outside unless he can help it. Suddenly, he finds himself haunted by the ghost of his dead friend, wanting him to grant her wish. Though he believes her to be a hallucination manifested by his stress, he sees this as a chance to maybe make some peace, since he blames himself for her untimely death. Ano Hana strikes me as the sort of anime that can be absolutely GREAT if they do it right. I have a lot of hope for this series. At time of writing, there are only two episodes… but I have high hopes for the remaining 10.

Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi: The title translates to “The World’s Best First-Love” and this one is actually kinda hard to put my finger on. Some times I can’t decide if it is an anime about two attractive manga editors who happen to be gay or two gay lovers who happen to be manga editors. That fact makes it one of the very best gay romances I’ve seen to date! It isn’t just a story about a romance between two gay guys, it is also an office drama/slice of life kind of affair. It doesn’t feel forced or rushed in the least and, despite a few extremely improbable happenings, I haven’t found anything yet that really faults the story. Not only is it a romance, it also helps you get good insight into the production of shoujo manga! I’ve seen 3 episodes so far, and I’m enjoying it.

Hanasaku Iroha: Iroha is a story about a girl who is left by her good-for-nothing mother and goes to live with her grandmother at an old-style Japanese inn… however, life isn’t easy there. No one likes her, her grandmother is mean to her, one of the only other girls her age tells her to die first thing and the other is scared of her! Nothing is working out well for Iroha. But does she give up and commit suicide? Of course not! That would make for a really short and artistically inspired anime! (I would watch that.) No, instead she decides to buckle-under and do her best to make friends and learn her new job. It is good in a normal sort of way. The jokes are funny and I’ve never objected to the slice of life genre before. All-in-all, I’d say it is worth a watch if you like this sort of anime. Nothing ground-breaking, certainly, but enjoyable.

Honto ni Atta! Reibai-Sensei: This… show… first off, the episodes are 5 minutes each, including the ending credits… but it feels… not as funny as it would like to be. Maybe it is my personal sense of humor, but it just stikes me as a show that desperately wants to be some sort of odd crossing of Hell Teacher Nube and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. I found it odd, however, that it was the second anime this season where my favorite character was Oda Nobunaga. Anyways, yeah… exorcist teacher… class of archetypical characters… simple jokes… easily skippable… easily watchable… You won’t lose or gain much by this one.

I still have A-Channel to watch… I will report on it next post.