With most shows having aired atleast one episode by now, I'll be dumping my first impressions of the series I've seen so far. I'm really looking forward to both Blue Literature and Trapeze, which are both airing in the next week. I'll make a post about those two later.
My blatantly bad comedy / action show of the season. Completely predictable, cliché personalities and ecchified action. As long as it won’t fuck up and tries to be something it’s not, I’m buying it. The whole gender-bender thing isn’t really bothering me.
The first episode surprised me a bit. I had no idea what to expect from this (besides being a fantasy show), and I must say the whole setting was quite promising. Perhaps the most important thing in fantasy series for me are the characters, they have to be interesting enough or I won’t stick with the show for a full 20 episodes, and judging by the first episode that section is covered plenty. Despite all this praise, I’m not yet fully warmed up for the series. The Guin Saga effect can still occur, in which case I dropped it around episode 7 because I just wasn't interested anymore. I’ll definitely stick with it for a couple more episodes.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
While I like these main characters a lot better than the ones in Index, I'm still getting the same feeling of quality judging from the first episode. Sure, the comedy is funny, the powers are still cool and the setting is interesting, in other words, the potential is certainly there, but if they‘ll throw in uninteresting arcs like they did with Index, this will turn out to be just another average action/comedy fix.
Generic fantasy. From the intro all the way to the ED everything has a huge generic label written all over it. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the first episode. The “blacksmithing” powers are interesting and it is giving me the right fantasy-vibes. Will keep following this for a couple more episodes.
Yet another ugly blob of averageness. Cats are awesome, and can make something with a boring premise incredibly funny to watch (Chi’s Sweet Home) IF the cats act like real ones. Not the case with Nyan Koi, and because of this, all that’s left gives off huge Midori Days RomCom vibes. Since I’m not looking for yet another good-nor-terrible averageshow I barely end up enjoying, I dropped this. Shame.
Aww… Too bad, too bad. I REALLY enjoyed the one minute of action the first episode had, and the shallow bit of darkness was quite enjoyable, but other than that I disliked everything from the first episode. From the big-breasted, slightly sadistic leader, to the special powers, to the “evil organization”, everything had potential, but just didn’t work out. Not likely to watch the second episode.
Kimi ni Todoke
Awesome! It reminds me of Kare Kano a lot, but with better visuals and quite different personalities. They’re not really wasting time by turning a romance-series into a “confession-series”, taking twelve episodes before the actual romance starts. The two lead characters are already quite close together by the end of episode one. The occasional chibi-faces and inner-dialogues are working perfectly, and I grinned a couple of times at the scary-girl references and misunderstandings. They'll really have to screw up in the following episodes to make me dislike the show. Looks like the kind of romance anime I like.
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu! Purezza
Meh… As I said about the first season, the only reason I’m enjoying this is the massive use of clichés on top of clichés on top of clichés. However, when that huge cake of mundanity started adding bitter layers of drama in the first season, it collapsed. The first episode of the second season delivered huge chunks of clichés once again, but there’s also some drama in the air. Still undecided about this show, but it’s likely to fall on its face again.
Darker Than Black II
Enjoyable first episode, although I have the feeling this is some kind of prologue-arc for this season, and it won’t really start becoming awesome until sometime later. We’re introduced with quite a large cast right off the bat, which isn’t really a bad thing, but I do hope we’ll get to see lots of Hei and Yin again.