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2012 Spring Season

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

As usual, the new season rolls in while I have a backlog from seasons past. I have some high hopes for Chihayafuru and Ano Natsu (also known under its fanon title “Onegai Summer”). Also queued are the Tatsuo Sato’s pirate show and Lagrange. Not to mention that I am still plugging at Haganai, too. Nonetheless, I can’t help marking a couple of new anime.

Althogh I never was one hotly anticipating an upcoming series, I essentially unretired for Idolm@ster TV anime. Considering what a success that project was both for myself and for creators, it’s difficult to ignore AKB0048. I think it has good chances. We cannot be sure, of course. The premise is somewhat similar to Sakura Wars in that the idols perform canonically [1], in-show, while moonlighting as mecha pilots or otherwise fighting a guerilla war, Gundam Wing style. This is different from Xenoglossia, where characters did not perform — except Yayoi, perhaps.

A thousand ways exist in which AKB0048 may yet fail, but it does not have to fail.

In addition to AKB0048, I noticed that Seiji Mizushima is going to direct Natsuiro Kiseki. Preview at THAT makes it look like cute-girls-doing-cute-things type of thing, while Crusader fails to appreciate Mr. Mizushima’s contributions to anime directing (never seen Oh Edo Rocket, apparently). While Tatsuo Sato’s Mouretsu being not quite the work of genius we came to expect from him means that a director is not a guarantee, he was constrained by the original source. Natsuiro Kiseki is listed as original story, which makes Seiji Mizushima’s work easier. Of course he carries the responsibility for any screw-ups as well.

BTW, how’s this snap judgement at Sea Slugs:

Leenina: Looks like harmless enough entertainment, but the fact that it’s just a star vehicle for a group of pop idols is sort of disheartening.


[1] The scheme is also used in an American cartoon series T-Rex, coincidentially set in a faux-1930s environment. Ask Don.

Hanners on Natsuiro Kiseki

Friday, April 20th, 2012


If last week’s episode was dumb, then this week’s Natsuiro Kiseki is just plain dull — all of the machinations within it eventually come to naught, ideas from last week’s episode get reused, and ultimately nothing of any interest actually happens as our cardboard cut-out characters lurch around and go through the motion’s of the episode’s plot. It’s utterly boring, […]

Since I am not sure if I can trust an opinion of this man, let’s consider his record. Hannars completed whole seasons of Hidamari, which I dropped 3 times, and never progressed past GA:GADC 02, which I found far superior. Never seen Azumanga and Sketchbook, apparently, although that falls into “ignorance” category. Yeah, it looks like he’s saying that I’ll love Sphere The Animation.

BY THE WAY: Nova wrote, “Either it’ll be relaxing and cute, or just god damn boring and bad.” Then he promised, “See you at episode 3.” Well?

Another prokrastinator is Lolikit, who twittered: “Natsuiro Kiseki 1: Amazing stuff. Slice of life. Nice lighting. Good friends. This is the best show of the season, hands down. 10/10”

Stilts on Natsuiro Kiseki

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Writing under the RC banner, Stilts comes with the following finale summary:

There was some delightful yuri shipping

Ouch… Still, they said that about Azumanga, too.

The storytelling was uneven, especially early on – we went from friends (who we hadn’t come to like yet) going at each other’s throats, straight into problems between a couple of tangentially related shoutas who popped up out of nowhere. Why, if it weren’t for all the yuri overtones they were throwing out early on, I’m afraid some of you might not have stuck it out until the good parts! That would have been a shame.

IOW, giri-giri seifu. Will watch.