It seems strange that one month has gone by already seemingly so fast in some respects. I was thinking today that it might be good to throw up a post on how I felt about the Fall Anime Season so far. The Winter season will be starting soon enough and looking at that line-up it appears there will be a few good series then as well.
Just before the Fall season kicked off I remember being a little picky about what I was planning to watch. In some cases, my decision to avoid certain shows still stands, with others I have been surprised that I am continuing to watch them. So, without any further rambling, here are the shows I have ended up watching. They are not listed in any particular order.
In my post on zotaku I stated:
Asura Cryin’ 2 – After I watch the 1st season
Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini – yepper
Fairy Tail – Maybe
Kampfer – will check it out
Kimi ni Todoke – will check out – Hmm, Toradora redux? This time the girl has the scary face?
Kobato – not sure… seems strange
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza – maybe, only to see what they do for the second season
Sasameki Koto – will try, liked Aoi Hana afterall
Sora no Otoshimono – probably pass after 1 episode… the pic does not make this look hopeful
Tatakau Shisho – The Book of Bantorra – will try, looked appealing the first time I saw the trailer…
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – didn’t realize there was a 1st season. Will probably watch
Winter Sonata – Will try, like dramas if they are well done
Well so far…
Asura Cryin’ 2 – I have yet to watch either season. I think my to watch list is getting to long
Darker Than Black – This one ROCKS! So far the episodes have kept me interested and when the show ends I feel depressed… Why are they only 20 something minutes long..??
Fairy Tale – I dunno, the name does not attract me to the series. I have not watched any episodes yet.
Kampfer – At first I thought this was gonna be on the dumb side… And I was right, BUT it is just strange enough to keep me watching. There is something to be said about a librarian with a vivid “imagination” and is normally quiet and reserved who suddenly transforms and holds a gun to your face.
Kimi ni Todoke – I have read some of the Manga this series is based on and I have enjoyed watching it so far. If you like stories about underdogs then this may be the one for you.
Koboto – This is a cute series. A lot of fluffy moments. An analogy I heard about the main character I heard seems to fit, “She has cotton candy for brains”. I like a good cute series on occasion and this one fits the bill. I may even have to share this one with the kids…
Nogizaka Haruka – Watched the first season, and wondered why I did. Now I’m watching the second season… why. For some reason I want to see what happens to the characters each episode. So far it has been a bit surprising, with a new maid and a cameo by one of my favorite seiyu, Rie Kugimiya. One of her scenes cracked me up when she not so subtley referred to her role as Aisaka Taiga in Toradora.
Sasameki Koto – Similar to Aoi Hana in the fact it is a Yuri anime. Aside from that the characters are different in how they interact. I waiting to see what happens when one of the main characters finds out that the “cute girl” she is infatuated with is actually a boy from her class.
Sora no Otoshimono – Yeah, well ok, 2 episodes and I am giving that a pass. I just don’t care how the characters come across.
Tataku Shisho (Book of Bantorra) – This is an ok series where individuals lives are recorded as books which are collected once they die. I’ll have to say that I can’t quite get attached to any one character yet because they have not stuck me as interesting. I enjoy just waiting to see what happens next. I may dump this series soon though as it does not pull me in as much as the teaser trailer did before the season started.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – Love it. Feel sorry for Misaka as she has to put up with an extreemly amorous roomate who is not shy about it… This series is like a side line to the original story Toaru Majutsu no Index. Occasionally Misaka challenges Tōma and still is unable to defeat his Imagine Breaker.
Winter Sonata – I have only recently began watching this Korean anime. It appears it will turn into a heart touching story where a couple fall in love and are torn apart for one reason or another. (Yeah I know there is a Wikipedia entry for it, I don’t want to spoil the ending for myself) If you like Romances then I would recommend checking this one out along with Kimi no Todeke.
11 Eyes – originally not on my list, I started watching it on a whim. It is a supernatural based anime where the heros are sucked into an alternate dimension to face some evil beings. Not sure of the end goal just yet but for action its ok. Does not hold a candle to Darker than Black but then that is a different story line.
Seitokai no Ichizon – Another series not on my original list but I have to say this one has yet to fail in making me laugh. There are lots of jabs at themselves as well as blatent hints about other series throughout each episode. Must see if you are an anime fan with a few dozen shows under your belt. If you have not seen a few of the more recent shows in the past year or so, the jokes may not make sense.
Yumeiro Patissiere – I never thought I would watch this one let alone continue to watch it after the 1st episode. I’ll start by asking why the main character has to come across as dingy. This seems to be a nice story unfolding as she persues her dream of becoming a pastry chef. She is teamed with 3 of the best students in the school, 2 seem to have patience and 1 just is completely aggravated with her. She is driven to do better and that is seen by her late nights in the class room kitchen. This is another I may share with the kids.
Aoi Bungaku – I don’t know where to start in describing this series. My understanding is that it was taken from a novel. If that is the case it seems well done. It follows the life of a young man who has been demeaned most of the time and does not really know how he should act. He says he does not know how to be a human and calls himself a monster. I am enjoying the story telling style of this series as it has drawn me in.
The Sacred Blacksmith – This is a series did not intend to watch. I got curious one evening and have enjoyed it since. The story it not that deep but entertaining none-the-less. If you liked Tears to Tiara, you may just like this series.
There you have it. A quicky run down of my impression thus far of the Fall 2009 Anime season. Have you found a favorite series or 2?