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Winter 2010, first impressions part 1

15 JAN
2010

It’s that time again, the first episodes from most of the new series this season have aired! I’ll be doing my first impressions in two posts, since I’m following 12 anime this season (13 once Katanagatari comes out on the 25th). Here are the first 6, from Cobra to Baka.

Cobra the Animation

Alright, it has some style, but I’m not really buying it. Cobra seems to be some space pirate with a gun in one of his arms, who decides to help a damsel in distress as she’s being hunted down by some kind of space-terrorists. Believe it or not, but I could get into a sci-fi plot like this. But with retarded voice acting and equally dumb personality like his, I already hate Cobra before the show really started. Nevertheless, I kinda like the jazzy music this show uses, and the animation isn’t godaweful either. Probably more for fans of the '80s series.

Rating: 2.5/5

Chu-Bra

Bad as expected from once glance at the description and screenshot. It however doesn’t try to be something it’s not. As the title would suggest, it’s a show about underwear, pantyshots and talking breasts. Wait, what? Well yeah, you get the general idea. It’s quite bad, even for the ecchi/comedy genre, nor has great animation, but for those looking for a quick flesh-fix with yuri tones, this could do the job.

Rating: 1.5/5

So-Ra-No-Wo-To

Watching this every week directly after Chu-Bra, the quality of the animation (especially the backgrounds) is a very welcome breath of fresh air. So far (2 episodes in), it’s a light-hearted “group of girls” show with a mix of military (albeit very lax, and they admit it) and music as main themes. It’s one of those shows that is fun to watch weekly, but that I couldn’t really see myself watching in a marathon.

Rating: 3.5/5

Ladies Vs Butlers!

I completely lost hope for this show after the first episode consisted of nothing but a sequence of the “hand-to-boobs” and “face-to-crotch” classics. Luckily, the second episode picked up a little with the introduction of the other butlers and Hino’s start in the school. It’s still far from something I’d recommend to people, with the gratuitous amounts of ecchi-clichés (all the way from the upper-class drill-haired tsundere to clumsy maids and gropeable loli’s), but it became a bit more tolerable.

Rating: 2/5

Omamori Himari

Completely forgettable. To be honest, I had to rewatch part of the first episode for this blog post just to remember what it was about again. The show follows Amakawa Yuuto, a boy who lost both his parents seven years ago. He also has some kind of protective charm his grandmother gave him, which is starting to lose strength. He finds out he belongs to a linage of demon slayers, and that now the charm is wearing off, demons start hunting him down. Luckily, catgirl/demon/swordfighter Himari comes to his help to protect him from evil. Oh yea, and Yuuto is allergic to cats. I don’t do a very good job explaining the story, but neither did the anime itself, so I guess I'm excused. A big-fat anti-recommendation for this show, there’s not a single branch of anime-fans I’d rec this to.

Rating: 1/5

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

Hilarious! This show is the definition of surprise-win for me. Looking at the picture and description, I wasn’t expecting anything from it, but this show actually had me laughing throughout the first two episodes! In the Fumizuki Academy, you get placed in a class according to the results of your acceptance-test. The best get placed in the A class, full of comfy chairs, kitchen and minibar and all kinds of high-class facilities. The worst go to the F-class, with holes in the walls, collapsing rough-wooden tables and cracks in the windows. Classes can challenge each other to take over the others classroom in rpg-like battles where test-scores give your avatar better stats. They managed to execute this premise perfectly, making good use of animation styles, stereotype characters that actually end up being incredibly funny and just hilarity everywhere.

Rating: 3.5+/5

 

Images are taken from the chartfag Winter 2010 chart.

comments

Daev avatar Daev
May 12, 2010

Did you end up finishing Omamori? I thought the first 3 episodes were crap, but after enduring those I actually found the rest of the episodes enjoyable. It also has an average rating of 3,5 stars so it can't be that bad. I also think the rating is dragged down by people who dropped it at 2 episodes watched or something, which I almost did:P

default avatar mohammedasifali09
Jan 20, 2010

rating of 1/5  for Omamori Himari are you crazy!!!

Sunagan avatar Sunagan
Jan 19, 2010

Hahaha, it seems the majority of the newly airing shows are disappointing so far ^_^. I'll just stick with my own shows for the moment, but nice blog and thanks for the warning!

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