This season turned out a lot differently than I expected. Thought it looked like shit save for Jojo and Mushishi. Nothing else looked particularly interesting at first glance though I was gonna check out love live for sure, just wasn't flipping my shit over it or anything.
I was kind of looking forward to Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san in the wake of sakura trick, but was disappointed by it's run time. I suppose I should have seen it coming, I've had it happen so many times now. Just for the hell of it I checked up on the staff behind it before watching it, something I don't usually do. found it very interesting to see that the director had directed nothing but pornography before hand, and lots of it. Kinda shows too. not that I minded, just made me think it'd be a yuri anime that would go even further than sakura trick did and that show was already pushing the soft core porn mark.
I was on the fence about Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka and hesitantly picked it up. I love sol and kawaii shows about kawaii girls doing kawaii things but as silly as it may sound I couldn't shake the feeling this was gonna be a deceptively cute show that was actually edgy and dark. In retrospect it may have been the military otaku that sort of lead me to believe that. I was presently surprised by how cute and charming it was. It's a very simple and straight forward anime that's a relaxing pleasure to watch. It's nothing groundbreaking or original but I don't expect it to be. There's honestly not much else I can really say about it, it's cute for the sake of cute and I'm glad they're still making such shows. one can never have enough sol, even if some really ignorant people think sol is ruining anime when in reality we get like one or two slice of life shows a season with the other 30+ shows being completely different genres.
Was really surprised when I saw Mushishi was scheduled for another season. I really thought it was a joke. feels like forever ago that I saw the original, which was unarguably good damn stuff. I'm not sure what it is though but the show just isn't doing it for me like I thought it would. Maybe it's due to impossible expectations or maybe I've just become more cynical since then but some of the stories in it so far have come across feeling like rejected material that wasn't good enough for the first season. Two of the ep I've seen so far were pretty decent, the other two I thought were kinda weak. so I guess I'm kinda so-so on it so far.
Jojo was something I was really looking forward to. but after actually seeing it it hit me that it's all gonna be content I've already seen before when I saw the old ova. It's something I knew going in of course, but it wasn't really driven home till I was watching it and knew everything that was about to happen. I've never read the manga but it still feels like I ruined it for myself a bit, even if it's obviously not about the plot. Now I can related to why no one really wants to talk much about the show when they've all already read the manga. That stuff aside it does seem to be well done. everything looks nice with some decent enough animation, although I'm not really sold on the almost random color pallet shifts. I get they're trying to be stylistic but it just comes off as weird when all the colors change for no discernible reason. I also wish there wasn't so much censoring. I actually busted out laughing when they censored the area around jojo's mouth when he started smoking.
Don't really have much to say on Love live 2, pretty much what I was expecting. I know some people are insane about it but I'm not that crazy about idols. To me the series is kinda just whatever. has some nice music and likeable characters with more depth to them than you'd find in other idol anime. Can't really say I have any complaints about it for the most part. It's decent enough... maybe I should be on some antidepressants to enjoy stuff like this more.
Hitsugi no Chaika was something I only checked out becuase my quota of anime for the season was too low. The description I read for it gave me a slightly different expectation than what was received but whatever. I know a lot of people checked it out becuase of the female lead character and her eyebrows but what sold it for me was the coffin, What can I say I really liked gungrave. That said the character design was still interesting enough, even if it became less so with every new image I saw leading up to the series. Anyways, I got some mixed feelings on the show, It has some neat things going for it. The monsters for insistence I think were well done and have a real menacing feeling to them. The prospect of the main characters being villains evading the law also seems interesting. It's just so unfortunate the protag comes across as being so generic, almost like he was ripped from a random harem anime. At least there's none of that self righteous moral supremacy stuff... yet. as for those good guys in pursuit, I'm not sure how to put it exactly but their group comes across like a bunch of fruitcakes. Maybe it's intentional but something about them makes it feel like they part time as a traveling circus. Maybe I'm too dumb to see where it's going but I kind of like the air of mystery around eyebrows and why she's collecting these body parts. just when I thought I had things figured out the character pops up with a bunch of clones. Not saying the show is great but it's got my interest for the time being.
no game, no life was another show I reluctantly picked up becuase I wasn't following enough this season. Something about the description had me say to myself "fuck it what the hell I'll give it a shot". Held off on watching it for a few weeks while the first eps sat on my HDD since it just didn't seem too interesting. I had second thoughts about even watching it since I half expected to just end up dropping the show anyway. Little did I know it'd end up becoming my favorite of the season and one of the most truly enjoyable anime I've seen in a while. I legitimately look forward to the show every week, where as others shows this season it's just "whatever" when the rss feed lets me know they've downloaded. I've tried getting people I know to watch it but -everyone- just ends up hating it for some reason, that includes this board. It's a shame people here hate it so much, but I found it has some unusually high praise and scores on mal. It was kinda strange to see a place that gives straight 7s to everything give this 9s and 10s. I've tried explaining in it's thread why I think it's a good show but it just comes down to it being really entertaining and fun to watch. It's strange becuase the more people ask me whats so great about it the harder it becomes to tell them. The plot isn't deep, the characters aren't complex, The designs aren't exactly anything special and the color design style could be construed as gimmicky... I really don't know what it is that makes it so good, but it just... is.