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Geek Revolt’s Fall 2012 Anime Blowout Extravaganza (First Impressions)

This is probably the most epic anime post in Geek Revolt history. I’m covering 17 shows in this post alone, but if you count my micro-reviews for Psycho-PassChuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, and BTOOOM! that brings the number up to 20. That’s easily a new personal best. And while I can’t say that I’ll finish all of these most of them are actually quite enjoyable.

Since I’m covering so many shows we’re going to play it fast and loose. If you want more info on a particular anime just click on it’s name. Okay, let’s get started.

Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb – At first glance Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb’s art looks Madoka-ish, but then you notice all the pop art and chibi scenes (above). The plot can be boiled down to the standard anime trope “Cute girls doing cute things”. Normally I’m a fan of this genre, but for some reason this one couldn’t hold my attention. Too much was going on and all the girls didn’t get a proper introduction. The homeroom teacher is the best thing about this series so far. (Rating: 6/10)

Jormungand: Perfect Order – This is the sequel to Jormungand and it picks up where the first season left off. This is a must watch for fans of Black Lagoon (you can read my micro-reviews for the first season here), and it looks like Koko has finally met her match. (Rating: 8.5/10)

Busou Shinki – This is a slightly perverted Japanese version of Toy Story. It stars a few girl dolls that worship their ‘master’ while participating in mech battles. Wait, how did this get in here? Ugh… (Rating: 3/10)

Robotics;Notes – If you’re expecting another Steins;Gate just do yourself a favor and leave while you still can. I’m sure that this will have some twist, but so far it looks like your average ‘high school club on the verge of getting disbanded’ anime. I feel like this will be solid in its own special way, but the delusional fanboys will be disappointed no matter what. (Rating: 7.5/10)

Zetsuen no Tempest – Magic, a brother driven by revenge, a deserted mage, a secret romance, and a plague that’s turning people into iron. Zetsuen no Tempest contains all of these elements. I’m really enjoying this so far, but I fear that the two main characters will be at odds by the end of the series. That would be a major cliché, and that’s why I’m hoping against it. (Rating: 7.5/10)

K – Don’t watch ‘K’ for the plot, after two episodes I still don’t know what the hell is going on. The main character is being chased around the city and there’s a naked cat girl (above). It’s a clusterfuck of epic proportions. Do watch ‘K’ for the solid animation, soundtrack, and cinematography. Right now this is just eye candy, but it could get better once the plot kicks in. (Rating: 7/10)

Medaka Box Abnormal – This is the second season of Medaka Box (you can read my micro-reviews for the first season here) and it brings the action right out of the gate. Medaka is finally getting serious, hopefully things continue to improve. (Rating: 7.5/10)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – I’m normally against the remaking of classics, but this one isn’t half-bad. The retro-looking animation will turn some newer anime fans off, though. (Rating: 7.5/10)

Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne – Do you need a healthy dose of sibling on sibling action? Well this is the anime for you. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking; this is your standard harem comedy with a touch of one-sided incest. I can’t say I’ll be counting down the days until the next episode, but it’s good for a few laughs. (Rating: 6.5/10)

Shinsekai Yori – This starts off a little slow, but it’s melancholic atmosphere and the sneaking suspicion that everything isn’t as it appears will leave you on the edge of your seat. This is a must watch for fans of supernatural mysteries, it’s pacing isn’t the fastest, but it’s easily one of the most interesting anime this season. (Rating: 8.5/10)

Kamisama Kiss – The main character is a girl down on her luck, her father gambles all their money away and then skips town. She loses everything and is put out on the street and then she runs into a god who transfers his powers to her. Sounds good, right? Well, that power comes with great responsibility (ugh) and a few wacky subordinates. Kamisama Kiss looks like a reverse harem, but it’s somewhat amusing. Check this out if you’re a fan of the Shōjo genre. (Rating: 7/10)

Little Busters – This is one of the most anticipated releases of the season and it doesn’t disappoint. The plot is basic enough, but the Little Busters are instantly likeable. At its core this is a comedy centered on friendships and not wanting to grow up. Because once you grow up it can be difficult to maintain childhood friendships since everyone is going in different directions. (Rating: 8/10)

Sukitte Ii na yo. – The premise sounds like it was ripped from a teen flick. The most popular boy in school falls for the class outcast. The first episode was solid, the pacing was good and it provided the right amount of backstory. The MC avoids making friends because she thinks they’ll hurt her. Sukitte Ii na yo is far from original, but if you like romances check it out. Also I really like the character designs – these high school students actually look like high school students. (Rating: 7/10)

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – Another romance with an odd paring, but this one is slightly more enjoyable than Sukitte Ii na yo. The comedy takes center stage and the plot is more focused on friendships and finding one’s self. The potential romance between the two protagonists doesn’t appear to be the main focus. Definitely check this out if you enjoy light romances with a heavy dose of comedy. (Rating: 7.5/10)

Code:BreakerDexter is my favorite show so obviously I’m down with vigilante justice. Evil for evil is okay in my book, but Code:Breaker’s two very distinct styles didn’t mesh well. The first episode didn’t know if it wanted to be light hearted or dark. One minute people are engulfed in blue flames and the next it’s all jokes. (Rating: 7/10)

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo – A normal guy in a house of brilliant weirdoes is forced to take care of a beautiful and talented girl who can’t do anything for herself. If you enjoy comedy, ecchi, co-ed dorms, cats, and emotionless girls you’ll find this irresistible. (Rating: 7.5/10)

Girls und Panzer – Who knew schoolgirls and tanks could be this boring? I just didn’t care for any of the characters, everything and everyone was bland. Maybe things will get better once the action picks up, but in it’s current incarnation Girls und Panzer is barely worth your time. (Rating: 4/10)

I’m exhausted, tell me what you’re watching this fall in the comments below. Also tell me if you disagree with any of the ratings, just keep in mind that these are first impressions (after 1-2 episodes) so my opinion could change.

I'm DeShaun Zollicoffer, and I approve this message/bio. "28-years-old, Proud Northeast Ohioan, a Gamer Without Loyalties, an Equal Opportunity Offender, Apple Evangelist, Apple Hater, Music Lover, Anime Junkie, Little Monster, Frequent Flyer, Dexter Fanatic, Title Case Addict, and Geek Revolt's Founder and Editorial Director."
  • I’m starting to think fall is the “big season” for anime. There’s a lot of good stuff coming out right now! I’ve mainly got my eyes on “Chuunibyou”,”Psycho Pass”, and “Shin Sekai Yori”, though I’ll probably keep watching “Sakurasou” and “Onii-Chan Dakedo” for the hell of it.

    Little Busters… is up for debate. I’ve found that, while Clannad is one of my all-time favorite anime, it’s also the only Key Visual novel adaptation I’ve liked. If this turns out to be anything like “Kanon” or “Air”, I’ll be sick of it within a couple episodes.

    • Ha-ha, “Onii-Chan Dakedo” and a few others on this list are nothing amazing, but they’re solid time wasters.