It’s finally Halloween and some of fall’s newest animes are quite frightening – for better and for worse. Some have really been a huge letdown, while others have really improved and easily passed the three episode test. Starting with Fall 2011, shows will be ordered from low to high ratings. Click below for more..
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Will be updated with Ben-to, Gundam AGE and Kimi to Boku thoughts soon.
Guilty Crown: Well, there’s a lot to like about GC on the surface. It has wonderful animation, great insert songs from supercell but yet there’s so many things wrong with this show. The plot is very uninspired and over-used, our MC is very annoying with his male tsundere attitude towards the Undertakers and their objectives to quash the GHQ. It still feels like i’m watching a spinoff of Code Geass, only CG actually attempted to make a plot out of the trainwreck that was season 2. Guilty Crown is just lingering around with awkward fanservice scenes.
C3: From a very weak first episode, C3 has greatly surprised me at how well it’s managed to keep me on the edge of my seat in awe of Fear’s drastic change. I’m really starting to like this series, and hopefully it keeps getting better. Silver Link and Shin Oonuma have done a great job so far (which begs the question, why was BakaTest S2 so damn horrible?), even if its cliche and has an obvious harem attached to it.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: It’s a lot of fun so far, surprisingly. I like the back and forth sniping between Yozora and Sena and that’s probably the main upside about this show. Kodaka quickly needs to be a main character and not just stand there and make his presence already! We already have the main trap of this series introduced and things look to be even more wackier and ridiculous!
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Just like C3 above, Gundam AGE started off pretty unconvincing and boring and now fresh off of episode 3, all i can say is..Wow. Just hearing people criticize this show as childish (as i had) and watching THAT happen on episode 3, it just blew me away that perhaps Sunrise purposely lowered our expectations in the grand scheme of things (Akin to KyoAni’s Endless Eight fiasco, followed by the Disappearance movie.) to throw us off guard. Regardless, i’m looking very forward for more AGE.
Persona 4 the Animation: I really like this series, for some reason. I haven’t played any of the Shin Megami Tensei games and yet i’m eager to watch each new episode. I think Persona 4’s characters are some of the best this season: They’re all very likeable, have their own quirks and they don’t conform to one stereotype. The story is going pretty good, albeit a bit fast, and the production values are solid. It definitely has the potential to be a solid 9/10 series.
Kimi to Boku: Like C3 and Gundam AGE, Kimi to Boku has greatly improved from the sub-par opening episode with the introduction of Chizuru, who brings the right amount of comedic and crazy moments that was sorely lacking in our mundane group of friends. I’m still shocked that J.C. Staff of all companies is working on this show, but the animation is good for a slice of life series and the music is very diverse and sweet. I still don’t understand the point of the cats…
Ben-to: Just in case Haganai starts to suck, i now have another hilarious series to replace my full attention to. This show is just loads of energy, shouting, hilariously dramatic money shots and the music only adds to that effect. Even if i don’t understand half of what the hell is going on, i can safely say it’s just so damn enjoyable to watch Sato and Co. beating the shit/getting the shit beaten by the various “wolves” out to salvage half-priced bento boxes. But yet, Ben-to knows when to be serious and give our main characters some strong development and plot advancement.
Mirai Nikki: I think its safe to say this show is the offspring of Death Note and Higurashi. It was a pretty slow first episode, but the ominous signs of shit hitting the fan were somewhat obvious but holy crap, it was just…instant. I’m a huge fan of shows with a lot of mindtricks and having you piece together various clues from past episodes (like Steins;Gate) to figure out what is going to come next and having a ton of bloody skirmishes is just the icing on the cake.
Fate/zero: Another amazing episode of Fate/zero, i’m actually starting to understanding Aniplex’s decision to making the first 13 episodes avaliable on Blu-ray for a whopping $500.00! The show has been phenomenal building up the various main characters while giving the fans alot of visual eyecandy and the recent Saber versus Lancer fight is the perfect example of that. I’m in love with this show already (for comparison: Steins;Gate, a current top 5 series of all time, i fell in love with on episode 13), which only raises my expectations even more than ever before. See Guilty Crown, Fate/zero knows exactly what its setting out to accomplish and already has the viewers salivating for more, it’s not too late for you too!