No time for introductions. There’s a lot of anime to cover. There’s so much I had to break this post into two parts. All of these impressions are based on the first episode. This means everything could change. The shows I hated could turn out awesome, and the ones I loved could turn out terrible. Wait, that was an introduction. Let’s get started.
Synopsis: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Elen and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Elen vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.
My Thoughts: The animation is great and the plot has real potential. This looks like it’ll be one of the best anime of the season. I just hope Elen becomes less annoying. Right now he’s one of those stubborn little kids that everyone hates.
Synopsis: Kasuga Takao is a boy who loves reading books, particularly Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. A girl at his school, Saeki Nanako, is his muse and his Venus, and he admires her from a distance. One day, he forgets his copy of Les Fleurs du Mal in the classroom and runs back alone to pick it up. In the classroom, he finds not only his book, but Saeki’s gym uniform. On a mad impulse, he steals it.
Now everyone knows “some pervert” stole Saeki’s uniform, and Kasuga is dying with shame and guilt. Furthermore, the weird, creepy, and friendless girl of the class, Nakamura, saw him take the uniform. Instead of revealing it was him, she recognizes his kindred deviant spirit and uses her knowledge to take control of his life. Will it be possible for Kasuga to get closer to Saeki, despite Nakamura’s meddling and his dark secret? What exactly does Nakamura intend to do with him?
My Thoughts: Yikes! I couldn’t get over Aku no Hana’s jarring animation style. It uses rotoscoping (when animators trace over real actors). The backgrounds are lovely, but the character models are nausea inducing. This would be okay if the plot was interesting, but nothing really happens in the first episode. And when you combine that with the creepy character models — Aku no Hana becomes an instant drop. This should’ve been a live action series instead of an anime.
Synopsis: Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization—”Circus”!!
My Thoughts: There’s a lot going on here. Too many characters are introduced at once (it’s like this season’s version of K). I had a hard time following the plot. Meanwhile I found Nai extremely distracting. This doesn’t appear to be yaoi, but Nai’s appearance says otherwise. He’s cute, submissive, and innocent. He’d be right at home in a boys love novel.
Synopsis: Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!
My Thoughts: This felt like a twisted anime version of Coming To America. Seriously — Sadao gets a job at a fake McDonalds. Things start off dramatically, but Hataraku Maou-sama appears to be all comedy. I enjoyed the first episode, but I don’t want to ever hear that demon language again. It’s pure gibberish and it made me want to stick needles in my eardrums.
Synopsis: Mysterious invaders called the Septentriones arrive in Japan and begin attacking the country on a Sunday. To fight back, the heroes in Devil Survivor 2 signed a pact with the devil to become the Thirteen Devil Messengers. The Septentriones show up at least once a day and you have a time limit of seven days to defeat them.
My Thoughts: This is based on the video game by the same name — so you already know what to expect if you’ve played the game. The animation is nice and the early battles were entertaining. I doubt this will reach Persona 4 levels, but it’s worth a look for Shin Megami Tensei fans.
Synopsis: Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people’s hair. One day he meets Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the “Hair Queen” who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, “Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge” is the only thing that can cut them. But little did he know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the “Hair Queen” using the cursed killing tools, the “Killing Goods.” Can Kiri protect Iwai from the Killing Goods Owners? Let the game begin!
My Thoughts: The murder game stuff sounds cool, but the first episode spends too much time focusing on Kiri’s hair fetish. Meanwhile Iwai is so moe it hurts. I’m not joking — her head is too round and her eyes are too wide. It’s like someone turned the moe up to 1,000.
Synopsis: The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Redo and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Redo realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths in order to survive. Redo arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Redo, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him.
My Thoughts: I didn’t enjoy the first half of episode one. The action didn’t hold my attention and I just wanted it to end. The second half was much better. The animation is gorgeous and it’ll be interesting to see how Redo adapts to his new environment. Suisei no Gargantia could be one of the standouts of the spring. As long as it keeps the space battles to a minimum. Sorry, I know some of you like mecha stuff, but it does nothing for me.
Synopsis: Kazuya, a mild-mannered high school sophomore coming to the end of a very average summer break, receives a digital single lens reflex camera as a gift. His nerdy fascination with its design soon turns to wonder when he realizes this little gadget could really give his social life a shot in the arm!
My Thoughts: I didn’t enjoy this at first, but things turned around once the photography club was introduced. I’m a big fan of eccentric clubs and they’re doing god’s work. This looks like it could be a decent slice of life/comedy.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, They’re a bunch of liars. When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, Not working. A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer service club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.
My Thoughts: Another anime about a guy joining a club with a bunch of girls? I found the first episode amusing, but it’ll need to do something different if it wants to hold my attention.
Synopsis: Itsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido’s sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called “Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit”, which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, “I don’t ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world.”
My Thoughts: The set up is okay, but I wasn’t really feeling Date A Live’s first episode. It’ wasn’t bad, but I can already see the ending. Everyone will learn to love the spirit girl and this will turn into your standard harem.
Synopsis: Mukoujima Takurou is a lonely teenager who spends his time fishing at the pier and, to his incredible surprise, fishes up Muromi, a mermaid. Muromi first off doesn’t realize she’s a mermaid until she meets Takurou. Not only that, she is incredibly dense and crazy and has a drinking problem to top it off. Now every time Takurou goes fishing, Muromi appears and makes life interesting for him.
My Thoughts: This one only lasted 11 minutes, but it was good for a few laughs. The animation is a little weird, though. And Muromi reminds me of Panty from PSG for some reason. Especially when she starts moaning and rubbing ointment on her body.
Synopsis: The story is set in Aquafall, a fantasy world abound with water and greenery, and populated by dragons and fairies. Meteorites suddenly bring forth evil creatures that threaten all living things on the planet. The fairy Syrup assembles the Aquafall Defense Force, with three girls of the dragon clans as recruits. The story follows Syrup and the dragon girls Leviathan, Bahamut, and Jörmungandr as they work together to battle enemies and grow up.
My Thoughts: I was expecting something super cutesy, but Zettai Bouei Leviathan is no Pretty Cure. The girls have a lot of spunk and there’s even some light drama.
Synopsis: This is the second season of OreImo.
My Thoughts: Kirino is back and she’s still a brat. If you enjoyed the first season then you should enjoy this one. It looks like everything will go back to normal after last season’s dramatic ending.
Try to erase that image from your memories! Stay tuned for part two.
Plot summaries: MAL