Oy, I've sworn a dozen times in the past few years that I'd never have a blog. I guess for anime, though, I can make the sacrifice (This is my biggest concession to modern technology so far - I still won't give in and try crap like twitter).
So I'm getting back into anime these past few months, after not watching a new series in over two years, and not seriously following the hobby for even longer. This was largely sparked by a student of mine lending me some of his manga - I'd never read any before, but now I'm hooked. I'll probably write a post later on my opinion of manga vs anime of the same title.
Since getting back into the swing of things, I've rewatched Gokujou Seitokai, rewatched The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya first season and watched the second season (which I'd not done before), and burned through Gurren Lagann, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, and Fractale. Zombie Loan is in-progress. Opinions are as follows:
Haruhi - Still one of my favorite series, despite how repetitive and annoying the second season gets. Subsequent rewatching will probably just include S1, since the rest is just supplemental stuff anyway.
Gokujou Seitokai (Best Student Council) - Interesting combination of high school drama, gag comedy, and mystery / adventure themes. Just as funny as the first watch-through was a few years ago.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann- Absolutely great. Fun, adventure, mecha, post-apocalyptic war, determined rebels fighting for survival, heart-touching stories, great characters - almost everything I love about anime rolled into one series, with a great theme about the power of the human spirit driving it all. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Kenichi - Typical martial arts anime, constantly getting stronger to defeat bigger and badder enemies, etc etc. The concept's been done to death, but this particular reiteration has some fun characters, realistic settings, absurd humor, and more. A very fun time.
Ugly / Beautiful - Tries to be existentialist, has some good slice-of-life content, and throws in ridiculous sci-fi monster transformations. Short, without much time for detailed set-up and resolution, but still somehow well-paced. Not ever going to make any of my top anime lists, but definitely worth seeing.
Fractale - Listed in many reviews as a 'condensed, less-developed version of Eureka Seven.' I agree, the feel is very similar: young boy meets mysterious girl who somehow holds the key to changing the world, they ride around in the skies with a group of charismatic rebels, circumstances force conflict, everything plays out. The details are very different, however, making it feel like its own legitimate story. Character development is erratic, plot is rushed, and in the end nothing really happens, but you go for a fun ride along the way. Cute animation style reminiscent of Studio Ghibli is somewhat ruined by mixing in unimpressive CG effects. Overall, a second rate anime, but still enjoyable if you have nothing better to watch.
More to come soon!
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