Fall 2012 First Impressions ~ Week one
October 7, 2012
The first week of the new season saw the premiere of several shows I had been interested in checking out. The shows I watched:
- Kamisama Hajimemashita
- Shin Sekai Yori
- Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
- Chuu-ni-byou demo Koi ga shitai!
- Jojo’s bizarre adventure
The first episode of Kamisama Hajimemashita (the English version of the manga is being published as Kamisama Kiss) turned out to be very good. It was funny; it looked great; it also has great OP and ED by Hanae. Here’s the ED, towards the end, you can hear the narrator, whose voice I found particularly funny:
Shin Sekai Yori
This was a very interesting first episode. It had an effective use of music, including Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The artwork was quite impressive at times. It certainly was the series that seemed to hook me the most on the plot, although, frankly, I felt a bit lost as to what was happening on more than one occasion. Still, a very good start.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
The second of three shoujo anime that we’ll have the pleasure of watching this season. Instead of the fantasy/supernatural elements, this one (which is being shown on Crunchyroll as “My Little Monster”) has a more realistic school-based setting. The first episode did a good job of setting up the main couple. Of course it also upset a number of people.
This show would have had more impact if we hadn’t already seen all of the best stuff in the preview. Nevertheless it looked as great as it did the first time, especially that skateboarding scene. There was also a very interesting sequence in which someone grabbed reality and used it to to swing around. At this point, I think this show is mostly an action show, but if it turns out to consistently deliver action on the order of this first episode it will be worth keeping.
Chuu-ni-byou demo Koi ga shitai!
I think Guardian Enzo nailed this one:
While the premise of Chuunibyou sounds very edgy, in the end the first episode amounted to the antics of some enormously kawaii tenth-graders as they did cute things. That’s hardly a revolution for KyoAni…
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
I was curious about this title, because I had heard people praise the manga and earlier partial adaptations. David Productions has a good idea with making anime from older source material, but the actual content really didn’t work for me. It turned out to be a lot of intense bullying. I don’t enjoy seeing that sort of thing, so I stopped watching before the episode even ended.
I also checked out some other shows that I hadn’t been quite as eager to see. Of those, only Btooom seemed to have any merit, and at this point it wasn’t really enough to properly review.