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A,B,C,D,L: Reviews

29 MAR
2012

  • A is for Ano Natsu de Matteru. I was expecting this to be some crappy harem (along the lines of Dragon Crisis), but it turned out to be an unexpectedly realistic exploration of the relationships between a group of friends. A little dramatic overall, but well done.
  • B is for Bakuman. I love love LOVE this story and the characters! What I like most is that Saiko and Shuujin fail. They fail, and then they analyze, learn from their mistakes, and come back by consciously working to create stronger and stronger manga. None of that "practice it a thousand times until you get it by mysterious intuition," stereotypical shounen bullcrap. Can't wait for season 3!
  • C is for Chihayafuru. I really liked Chihayafuru, and karuta makes my inner literary nerd really happy. I might even go memorize the poems. BUT, while I enjoyed Chihayafuru, and thought it was well above average, it did that typical shoujo teaser thing in that nothing ever happens in the characters' love lives. So annoying. (I want a 2nd season...)
  • D is for Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (or Daily Lives of High School Boys). I was highly amused for the first 4 or so episodes, and then the gags got too repetetive/not really funny or surprising. I appreciated that the ending wrapped up a few loose ends though.
  • L is for Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam. The more I get into steampunk culture, the more I appreciate the Japanese rendering of it, with epic aerial battles and much less rigid gender-role-defining. Last Exile has always raised relevant questions about war, people's relationships, and resource allocation in low-resource environments. And, as always, the character designs, animation, and backgrounds/environments are all fantastic eye candy, a solid follow-up spin-off to the original.

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