Tying up loose ends – Winter season 2011


I’m back! Now that my summer break is here I will attempt to keep this a bit more updated. With the recent end of Madoka Magica, I feel like now I can write a full closure on my thoughts of all the winter season anime. So let’s get started.

Yumekui Merry

LET ME PLAY THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE!


Good lord J.C Staff, what happened here? Yumekui Merry was actually a very interesting and entertaining show to watch from episodes 1 to 10. I realize that an anime original ending was necessary to wrap up the season in 13 episodes but it really looked like they just weren’t trying anymore.

The Story on Yumekui Merry was solid, it had a nice range of likeable characters, a pretty unique style of soundtrack and even displayed some decent animation when they tried. But for the last 3 episodes it all went downhill rather fast, the animation was shit, the plot went full retard, and I just really killed the mood of the series. I know JC Staff is not very good at anime original content but if Shana season 1 taught me anything is that if they try they can make it work. Too bad it wasnt the case here.

Final Episode Rating – 2 air trumpets (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 7.5/10
Animation: 7.5/10
Voice Acting: 7/10
OST: 7/10
Characters: 8/10

Overall – 7.4/10


Bakuman

PROMOTIONS!

Contrary to Yumekui Merry, J.C Staff always seems to do a much MUCH better job when it comes to 2 cour series and Bakuman is a good example. It helps that the source material is good but JC Staff really did seem to make this a good adaptation and for the entire run of the series I was entertained and had fun watching this.

The animation wasnt the best at times but what it lacked on animation Bakuman made up on story and characters. Learning about the process of manga making and publishing (at least for JUMP) was really fun and even informative. Having the final episode end with the serialization of Ashirogi-sensei was very satisfying after seeing their hard work for 24 episodes. With a confirmed sequel for the Fall season I cannot wait to continue watching and enjoying whatever the series throws at me.

Final Episode Rating – 4.5 serializations (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 8.5/10
Animation: 7.5/10
Voice Acting: 8/10
OST: 8/10
Characters: 8/10

Overall – 8.4/10


Fractale

Anime status: (x) SAVED

Yamakan promised to retire if this show was not accepted well, and now he is enjoying his retirement check as I write this.

What many people seemed to not realize about Fractale was that it was a DEEP metaphor about the state of the anime industry today. The collapsing Fractale system was obviously the dying anime industry. The many clones of Phryne refer to the constant wave of moeblob animes that comes out in mass every year, always looking for that 1 special series needed to reset the industry and regain profits lost. Clain represents Yamakan himself, Clain lived his life without care within the Fractale system just like Yamakan used to direct for moeblob animes like Lucky Star, Kannagi, and Black Rock Shooter. His studio “Ordet” then wages war against moe with the hopes of bringing it down and returning people to the old age of animes which focused on plot and content, much like Lost Millennium wanted to liberate people from depending on Fractale too much. By the end of the series, Clain is unsuccessful and the system is restored, however his sacrifice is not in vain since Fractale will not be able to the saved again in the future and is doomed to collapse, therefore destroying the world. Yamakan also was not successful in saving the anime industry, however we will know in the future if his efforts worked or not. And seeing the wave of good anime on this new season, I think his efforts to save anime might not be in vain.

Final Episode Rating – nessa nessa nessa nessa (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 7.5/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Voice Acting: 7.5/10
OST: 8/10
Characters: 7.5/10

Overall – 7.8/10


Dragon Crisis

Newton would've died of cancer seeing this

Good lord what the hell happened here. The name Dragon Crisis was strangely fitting for this anime because watching this from start to finish was a crisis indeed.

There is literally almost nothing possitive I can say about this anime, the story downright sucked and had HUGE pacing problems. The main character Kisaragi Ryuuji was a very lame and sad excuse of a MC trying to be badass and not even Rose, voiced by Kugimiya Rie who is my fav voice actress could make this anime enjoyable in the end. The last episode deserves an award for some of the most unintentionally funny and retarded moments in a final episode ever. It didn’t help that the final boss was killed by a giant pink heart using the power of love. The only reason I didn’t drop this show was because it had become a battle of pride against DEEN. Studio DEEN, I am willing to overlook this crisis if you tell me that the source material was as bad as the anime you made.

Final Episode Rating – 1 attrocious ending (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 5/10
Animation: 6.5/10
Voice Acting: 7/10
OST: 7.5/10
Characters: 5/10

Overall – 5/10


To Aru Majutsu no Index II

Being Accelerator must be a blast

Just like I said with Bakuman, JC Staff should only make 24-26 episode series because they always make them good. The second season of Index further reinforced my beliefs that science arcs are INFINITELY SUPERIOR to magic arcs on the raildex-verse. The bad news here is that a lot of this season’s first 2/3 focused on the magic side and so my enjoyment was about the same as season 1, which was decent but nothing amazing. However for the last stretch of the season, things finally kicked full force and Accelerator single-handedly made the show amazing to watch. The end result is a season of index highly superior to its prequel. Seriously someone give this guy his own series…Touma is nothing compared to him. You could tell were JC Staff was putting their animation budget on this season because Index actually looked decent for the most part compared to Bakuman and lolMerry.

Needless to say this season improved my views on the world of Index, and I can’t wait for the inevitable third season in the future.

Final Episode Rating – Level 5 (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 8/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Voice Acting: 9/10
OST: 8.5/10
Characters: 8.5/10

Overall – 8.5/10


Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

MOEMANCER IS SO MOE HNNNNNNNNNNNG!!!

This was the surprise I did not see coming for the season. I was not even planning on watching this show when it first aired yet when I decided to give it a try I was quickly surprised at how well presented the comedy was. This anime is genuinely funny.

But as the episodes progressed I was once again surprised by the serious tone the series was slowly starting to build. Serious action and drama on what was supposed to pass as a comedy series can often end in bad and awkward transition, yet Zombie managed to perform it very well and to my surprise…IT WAS ACTUALLY GOOD! While the series did struggle in pace for a bit near the end, the first 6 episodes of this anime were so awesome it quickly put it as my favourite of the season and it managed to keep its position till the end. With hilarious episodes, really likeable and adorable characters, and an actually half decent plot, Zombie had the highest entertainment value for me. I dare any other anime make someone wearing a frilly dress look as badass as Ayumu did here.

Final Episode Rating – 5 MASOU SHOUJOS (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 8.5/10
Animation: 8/10
Voice Acting: 9/10
OST: 9/10
Characters: 9/10

Overall – 8.8/10


Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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The anime everyone was talking about last season. Madoka Magica started as nothing too special until a certain event spearheaded the anime into one of the most talked about series in the anime community in recent memory.

While this anime has been hyped to the ends of the universe, I have to give credit where its due. The strength that carried Madoka Magica was without a doubt on its plot. Urobuchi Gen provided us with a very intriguing and interesting story that the magical girl genre is not used to seeing. Such a move sparked intense amounts of speculation from the fanbase week after week. The ending was surprisingly predictable which was a bit of a letdown considering how strong the plot was for the rest of the series but it was delivered really well so in the end it still worked well. With it’s very well delivered plot twists and events, it’s a no brainer that in the story department Madoka was unrivaled last season.

With all of that said, I just can’t say much about the other aspects of this series. While some people eat Shinbo and SHAFT’s abstract style like breakfast time and time again, in my case the more I see it in SHAFT shows (they are there in A LOT of them) the less interested I become in them. So while I can see why some would praise the artstyle of Madoka, when it came to its actual animation it wasnt bad but also wasnt anything noteworthy. The OST was handled by Kajiura Yuki so that instantly warrants at least a 9/10 automatically. However for Madoka’s case while it still had a strong soundtrack I just didn’t feel like it compared to previous works like Pandora Hearts or Kara no Kyoukai.

When it came to characters, it took the anime 10 episodes for me to actually start caring a bit about them, and even then it was only Homura whom I sympathized with. Kyuubey was by far the most entertaining character to watch and he wins the troll of the year award from me. While I can’t really see why this anime gets so much praise, I can at least agree that Madoka Magica was a very solid anime and will be able to keep you interested till the very end.

Final Episode Rating – 4.5 SAYAKA IS DEAD AND SHE IS NEVER COMING BACK! (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 9.5/10
Animation: 7.5/10
Voice Acting: 8.5/10
OST: 9/10
Characters: 7.5/10

Overall – 8.5/10


IS – Infinite Stratos

Ichika carrying the best girl, deal with it

From a technical standpoint IS is a show so mediocre and clichéd that it shouldnt be able to stand out from the rest of what this season had to offer. However there was this certain level of entertainment that it provided that was higher than a lot of others for  reasons unknown.

It might be textbook cliché for a harem but IS managed to bring that cliché flawlessly. With a nice variety of girls to keep fanshippers busy and some actual decent action scenes IS was the perfect anime to watch when you are looking for something that requires you to turn off your brain and just enjoy the fuck out of it. And that’s the most important thing when watching something, entertainment. Before I forget…the voice cast was actually pretty high-tier in this show IMO.

PS: Japan > Germany > France > China > Brittain

Final Episode Rating – 4 jelly as fuck girls (out of 5)

The Final Verdict:
Story: 7.5/10
Animation: 8/10
Voice Acting: 8.5/10
OST: 8/10
Characters: 7.5/10

Overall – 8/10


And there you have it, considering that at first I thought this season would suck…it ended up delivering a lot more than I anticipated. Overall a satisfying winter season. As for my final rankings:

  1. Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
  2. To Aru Majutsu no Index II
  3. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  4. Bakuman
  5. IS – Infinite Stratos
  6. Yumekui Merry
  7. Fractale
  8. shit
  9. Dragon Crisis

Ok with this done, I can now focus on blogging the great Spring season! \o/

[5:13:45 PM] ™๑۩۞۩๑™: Gesoninmurobongu
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7 Responses to Tying up loose ends – Winter season 2011

  1. Xjellocross says:

    >Charlotte
    >Not the best girl

    NIGGA YOU GAY

  2. miko.monday says:

    you sew late.

  3. frustra says:

    >Meduka Meguca
    >not number one
    Game8910 confirmed for stinx. and let’s not get started on Char…

  4. LuciaKonohana says:

    Very fun read.

  5. SealedTime says:

    Charlotte and Rin are not first and second in IS.
    F*ck you Game.

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