October 07, 2014

Fall season

After being massively down for the count with some food poisoning, I'm back among the living and caught up on the new stuff. Some first impressions:

-Terraformars: Tons of what is presumably blood, so heavily censored that it's actually quite difficult to tell what's actually going on. Story so far is achingly stupid. Two episodes was one too many, and I'm done.

-Denki-Gai: Ensemble comedy about running a manga/doujin shop in Akiba. Cute time-waster, though the Sommelier of Eros was worth a few chuckles. Could fall into the groove of "let's make a million jokes about girls selling porn" real fast; let's see if it can avoid that.

-Cross Ange: whoa, bit creepy there! Am I down with girls in revealing flight suits operating transforming mecha against dragons? Yes, of course. But even the first episode goes right for the squick zone for what I would hope are most viewers; I did not need lesbian prison rape in the bargain here. Stayin' away unless I hear from some other intrepid and possibly-disturbed soul that it was an aberration and not the general tone of the show.

-Orenchi no Furo Jiro: Guy and guy mermaid, and yeah, I'm not the target demographic for this show. First ep was worth a bit of a chuckle but not much more than that.

-Celestial Method: Cute, not very deep, feels like Anohana without the tragic event (don't blame me if it turns out there was one, 'kay?) Enjoyed it so far.

-When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace: Definitely got some laughs out of me with this one. Easy premise, good comedy, fun cast, shows some promise. Definitely a keeper.

-Log Horizon 2: ouch, ouch, ouch. I loved the hell out of the first series, easily the best thing in the genre. First episode of the new season looked like it had been beaten with a -bat-. The animation quality was... I'd say "poor" and "off-model" but I don't think it's so much that, as just a much lower standard from a different animation company. I'm usually pretty forgiving on that front but the drop was enough that it genuinely made it difficult for me to enjoy the show. The one bright spot is that Akatsuki's model looks exactly the same as it ever did, at least showing that the animators knew what was most important (even if they dropped the ball on -every other damn thing-...) Frankly, I don't know if I'll keep going with it if they don't shake some budget out of the couch cushions, 'cause as it is, it's a travesty.

-Gugure! Kokkuri-san: Had no expectations going in to this and was pleasantly surprised. Weird semi-supernatural comedy that seems to work. The odd couple dynamic won't be enough to carry the show on its own, it's going to live or die on the secondary characters, but so far there aren't any... who knows how it'll end up.

-World Trigger: Kinda generic modern-SF flavor teen superhero setup. Signs point to "okay" but I'm skeptical that it's going to do anything with it.

-Fate/stay UBW: If you do not already know that Rin is Win, well, here we go. A double-length Rin-centric episode to kick things off, and this is "her" route, though really you could call it the Fate/stay "good end" (not that it's all good, we're still talking some pretty murderous stuff.) I don't know that the series was needed given that they just did the movie, but what the hell, I'll take a good story with plenty of Rin any time.

-I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying: Thin premise but it's a three-minute show. I laughed, it was worth the three minutes. Doesn't have to try very hard to hit that bar; might be worth saving for a few weeks to try a big dose at once.

-Wolf Girl and Black Prince: Shoujo setup to pair off a girl who tends to brag ahead of her experience with a good-looking guy with a not-very-hidden sadistic streak. Playful abuse of heroine incoming. (Hopefully just that, anyway, there's enough bondage references and collar imagery that we shouldn't take that for granted...) I enjoy a good shoujo-oriented show from time to time but so far this one is pretty mean-spirited.

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