The big event I've been looking forward to for quite some time is coming along nicely. Out of my two weeks of summer holiday, one and a half have already passed, and plenty of anime has been watched. This post is more of a short update post with short impressions. I'll be making a full-sized one when the two weeks are over.
A lot of fun to watch. Reasonably interesting characters, futuristic "Neo-Tokyo" setting and a "save the world" kind of story. At least, that's a highly simplified vision on the movie, I'm having a hard time giving a proper description in only a short paragraph. There was just so much going on! Long story short: I enjoyed it, laughed at the simple minded and yet highly successful gang leader, and thought the entire thing was build up pretty well. They could've easily made a 13-episode show out of this and still keep up a good pace.
Honey and Clover
I was expecting to get a josei story filled with romantic development, in a coat of comedy. Instead, I got a hilarious and yet serious josei story about romance, but with more focus on the development of the characters instead of rapid progress in the romantic pairing. Highly enjoyable from start to finish. Can't wait to start season 2. Morita is genius.
Honey and Clover Specials
Every bit as good as the first season, but with all focus shifted towards comedy. Hilarious.
Honey and Clover II
More focus on the relation development and drama this time around. It all led to a great, josei like (feel free to dub that as "realistic") ending. I'm sure that this 36-episodes long story will stick with me for a long time. It has rewatch potential too, in contrary to some other great josei drama's (NANA, I'm looking at you. I wouldn't have the heart >_>).
Fantastic cast and lots of enjoyable stories. Just a shame that there were also quite a few of the episodic stories that were not as much fun, especially in the second half of the series.
Rating: 3.5/5 - 4/5
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
One of the best of the bebop stories. Great villains, interesting (and considering its length, obviously also more fleshed out) story, and most importantly, lots of Bebop-crew goodness. This movie really showed the best of each character, with Ed's goofiness and incredible luck in finding things, Faye's not-so-thought out plans, Spikes general laid-back awesomeness and Jet... well, being Jet, the reliable and strong backbone of the crew :P
Rating: 4/5 - 4.5/5
Maybe my expectations were too high, but this one was a bit of a letdown. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but it had very little to it that stood out. The lead was quite okay, a "nice guy" that isn't really shy for a change, and the cat / spirit / sidekick had its moments, but most of the individual episodes held little meaning. Enjoyable, somewhat soothing, but not extraordinary.
Birdy the Mighty Decode
I quite enjoyed the '90's original Birdy OVA, and was hoping this more recent series adaption would live up to it. Thankfully, it did. There were some minor differences with the characters (namely, the male lead was a little shyer, or so is my impression), but overall, it was really enjoyable. Not overly complicated, but exciting story, great OP, somewhat quirky characters. Worth the recommendation.
Exactly as expected. Very short, not overly funny. The only redeeming quality was that all characters were different kinds of bread, that got drunk on milk. Watchable as quick "in between".
At first the somewhat ugly (I've seen far, far worse, but still) cgi characters bothered me a bit, but that feeling faded away pretty quickly. Some of it was really gorgeously animated, the sound was quite good and the story interesting, albeit not overly original. Most of the *shocktwists* were really cliché, some of the "acting" was pretty bad, but it had enough good and exciting scenes to make up for it.
Rating: 3.5/5Durarara (ep 19-24)
Fun fun fun. Almost every character from the large cast was enjoyable and exciting. Loved how all the different storylines intertwined. Next to FMA:Brotherhood, probably the most entertaining show I've seen from this year.
Rating: 4/5Antique Bakery
Calm pace, pretty decent comedy and some nice drama. Full of bishies and mellow colours, it was easy on the eyes. The story started out reasonably light-hearted, and slowly tilted a bit more towards drama, all leading to a satisfying conclusion. An excellent show for a surprisingly wide audience (bishie-fans, fans of light-drama and those looking for something soothing).
As much as I enjoyed the other seasons, this totally missed the mark for me. The different character designs with their body-language totally didn't work, and made all the jokes seem lame. Snickered once, was apathic most of the time and felt the urge to stab my eyes out at some scenes.
Lots of fun. Most of the characters and events ensued plenty of comedy. Just a great, short ride of entertainment. Also, needs a second season for more Yuuki x Sawaki.
Rating: 3.5/5Kamichu! + DVD specials
Really cute. One of the few shows I've seen where junior-high school students actually come across as junior-high students, rather than having all kinds of archtypes mixed in. Entertaining to watch, pretty decent music and smooth animation. +0.5 stars for making me appreciate nature a bit more, even though it's not really a theme in the show.
That's it for now. I'm currently watching Romance of the Three Kingdoms with chii, which we'll probably finish later today or tomorrow. Other than that, there's a handful of other shows I've still been meaning to watch. As I said earlier, a complete "Final Impressions" post will be up sometime in the first week of September.