I’m sorry that this one is so long but I had more to write than usual :) I love summer where I have more time. However, I don’t think any of my other favorites have been this long.
Mushi-shi: I heard of Mushi-shi a while ago but I recently decided to watch it. I need a completed series to watch along with the new summer anime series. I absolutely adore it. It’s surprising. It kind of reminds me of xxxholic and Natsume’s Book of Friends. For something slow paced and episodic, it never feels boring or dull. When I’m watching an episode, I don’t even realize how much has gone by. I’m happy I finally picked it up.
Usagi Drops: After reading the manga, I had high expectations for this series. For the most part, it’s met all of them :) I love the watercolor animation. It’s certainly adds to the slice of life theme and gives a relaxed and serene feel to it. I love it. The character designs are perfect. Just what I expected. The soundtrack is really nice as well. I love it and I hope that it continues on this path. A lot of this summer season has been “meh” but this definitely has potential to become one of my favorites. The manga already is a favorite of mine (you’ll see with the large paragraph below) so hopefully, the anime will be up there as well. It’s too soon to tell right now but it’s doing incredibly well as of now. They just need to continue. Also, little kids need to be more like Rin. Sadly, they aren’t :(
No. 6: So this anime season (Summer 2011) has been a little disappointing to say the least. The list of not-so-great-but-hopes-there’s-some-type-of-improvement include: Blood-C (slow start but hopes gets better, I do adore Clamp), A Sacred Rabbit has Seven Lives (bad and almost so bad it’s funny), Kami-sama Dolls (meh), Morita-san TV (meh), Nekogami Yaoyoruzu (borderline boring), Uta no Prince-sama (I watch for the sparkles :]), Yuru Yuri (meh). I was happy with Usagi Drop but about everything afterword just didn’t grab me. However, I am excited about this one. It has a pretty interesting premise and surprisingly funny as well. I would like to see how it unfolds. However, I don’t get why so many people have been saying that it’s yaoi-ish. All I see is a great friendship that’s unfolding slowly.
Ikouko Meiro no Croisée- A really nice, refreshing slow paced series that I would like to see more of. It has a nice premise, characters, music, and animation. I think it’s going to be episodic which is seems fitting. I’m excited since after a lot of subpar new series, I finally got ones that’s a keeper.
Dantalian no Shoka- Weird but interesting. Incredibly interesting actually. I’m just really confused but hopefully I will get more of grasp of what’s happening. I like the episodic feel and the animation is really cool. The ending is freaky though. I’m excited about this one.
Some girly series since I’ve been on shounen for a while now. I didn’t really realize it but I just read what I want :)
Usagi Drops: I love this manga. I’ve heard about it for a while but I never thought to pick it. I was excited to hear about the anime adaptation but I decided to read it because my library had it. I was really excited so I picked it up. I read through it in a few days. I was so surprised by how much I liked it. It really wowed me. The characters were amazing yet realistic. The plot was terrific. For a slice of life, it was incredibly interesting. I just wanted to keep reading it and not stop. It isn’t that melodramatic but you still want to see how they turn out. I don’t mind the time shift either. When they get older, there is more drama but it doesn’t become a soap opera. I’d really want to see the relationships develop more. The art is relatively simple but it doesn’t take away from the story. It’s not like in Kitchen Princess where it actually detracted from the plot (not that plot was that great in the first place). The art does have a distinct style though and the feelings and emotions come across. I love the cover of the manga volumes though. I’m also surprised and happy that she doesn’t make Daichi a bishounens. However, for time and through his relationship with Rin becomes deeper, I find him more and more attractive. Also, Rin is an absolute cutie and such a good kid. I would like to have a daughter like her. I don’t have too many favorite mangas (not including these monthly blogs but of all time) and this may just make the cut. This makes me even more excited to see how the anime turns out. Also, I wrote a review about the manga since it’s completed. I actually really liked the ending. If someone told me the ending beforehand, I don’t think I would accept it. However, I find it very fitting and sweet.
Dengeki Daisy: I haven’t read much shoujo in while. I didn’t realize it’s been all shounen for a while not that it’s a bad thing. I really enjoyed reading Dengeki Daisy and I’m rooting for KurosakixTeru. It’s really funny and cute and I actually the lead girl. It’s pretty difficult for me to find a main female shoujo lead that I like. I also like Kurosaki. I don’t why I like guys like him but they are really attractive. Ah, I’ve missed my drama, romance and all things girly :)
Natsume’s Book of Friends: Another one I found at my library. It’s very different than any shoujo I’ve read. It feels like a mix between mushi-shi and xxxHolic. I really like anime verision of Mushi-shi and xxxHolic is my favorite anime and manga. I like the episodic feel of it. The art is nice and different since it has a light, pastel touch to it. It’s not bold or crisp which is nice. It definitely sticks out.
Gintama: Another one I found in the library. I was skeptical about starting it because of how long it was. However, I decided to try it and it was hilarious. It reminds me of Sket-Dance (it should be the other way around knowing Gintama is older but I read Sket-Dance first). It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve read a gag manga. I just got started to it’s a little daunting but I’ll eventually get caught up.
Honey and Clover: You can probably notice a pattern with the manga :) but another one I got at the library. I loved the anime. You can tell by the review that I loved the anime. The manga was no different. I finished the series within a few days, it was that good. I already wrote a review about it. The art is a bit lackluster but for the most part, it’s stellar. I forgot how much I loved Honey and Clover, It’s hilarious, heart warming, heart breaking….just full of goodness.
Sangatsu no Lion (March of the Lion)- I was on a Honey and Clover kick so I thought I would pick this up. It hasn’t been out for a terribly long time so I decided to start. I got caught up in about one sitting. It’s definitely Chika Umino’s style. It’s different from Honey and Clover but has a similar feel. I’m excited to see how it turns out.
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