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The rest of the season July 22, 2006

Posted by Lupus in Anime, Ramblings.

Quick, one paragraph reviews of the rest of the first episodes I’ve seen this season.

Coyote Ragtime Show
Pure, distilled action anime awesomeness. Cheesy yes, crappy no. Twelve robot gothic sisters with WoMD? Check. Strong, independant woman with giant mamaries? Check. Mysterious protagonist with cool sidekicks? Check. Girl with really, really annoying voice? Check. All the ingredients for a great season of fun and blowing shit up is there, how can this fail?

Zero no Tsukaima
I see a lot of people calling this Shakugan no Tsukaima or Zero no Shana. Regardless of how good Shana was, there is no reason to let the fact that the same voice actors are taking the lead together again cloud over this anime’s own brilliance (must admit I got strong Shana vibes when Louise said “Urusai!” though). This isn’t going to be a Suzumiya Haruhi, let alone a NGE, but as long as you watch it for its cheesy merits, you’ll enjoy it for what it is – a well produced, shallow, but ultimately enjoyable romantic comedy.

Muteki Kanban Musume
Made me laugh. Hard. So hard that I thought my spleen would come out. I love the OP – don’t bash this OP! It’s brilliant! I really don’t know why I love this so much, I mean, it’s bad. But in a good way. It’s bad but it’s good. Or maybe it’s so bad that it’s good. I don’t know, you know what I mean. This is a dark horse that might even win the best show of the season.

I was tricked. This is just bad. I can’t even put my finger on why it’s so bad – the overly dramatic performance? The inane characters? The ridiculous setting? Whatever, dropped.

Honey and Clover II
I don’t like the new character designs; I prefer the first season’s which were more authentic to the manga. The substance is still there though, and that is what makes Honey and Clover so outstanding. They could replace the characters with Sesame Street puppets for all I care, I would still watch it. As long as Big Bird gets to play Hanamoto-sensei.



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