Midseason Impressions – Winter 2009

It’s close enough to the middle of the Winter 2009 season to give a quick update on my impressions.


Durarara!!: My favorite series this season. It has met and exceeded my initial impressions. Each episode focuses on a different character and reveals to you their past history while creating connections to other characters.

Sora no Oto: The setting helps to make the story shine. On the outside it may all seem like fun and games with the lighthearted atmosphere, but…

Katanagatari: Slow releases at 1 episode per month, but at least they’re 50 minutes long. The witty wordplay is the defining characteristic; you’ll either love it or hate it.

Nodame Cantabile: Finale: The story just keeps pushing on. Can’t wait to see how it all ends.

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: These past few episodes don’t seem as funny as some of the initial ones, but still amusing nevertheless.

Dance In The Vampire Bund: Failed to keep me hooked. Need to pick this one up again.

Ookami Kakushi: The beginning plot build-up felt a bit slow. Need to catch up on this one too.

Omamori Himari: Standard harem/fan service fare.

Seikon no Qwaser: Besides having a gg premise, they have to censor their normal airing due to the content.

Ladies versus Butlers!: Blatant fan service to the extreme; dropped it after the first episode.

Chuu Bra!!: The premise is too gg for me to even consider watching episode 1.

Hanamaru Youchien: It’s okay I guess, but not my cup of tea.


There doesn’t seem to be that many anime series coming up next season, but at least there’s Angel Beats! and K-ON! Second Season.

9 Comments to “Midseason Impressions – Winter 2009”

  1. Yi says:

    I have not watched anything this season. Nothing seemed to be that interesting. I think later on I’ll probably pick up Sora no Woto, Vampire Bund, and Durarara.


  2. Topspin says:

    You’re basically right. Durarara is the only new show that’s hitting high notes consistently, with Sora no Oto maybe finally turning into something worthwhile. Katanagatari should have used 30 minute episodes, to force better pacing, and Kakushi could turn out alright but seems content to be slow and relatively dull. Nodame is basically more of season 2, not season 1, but that’s not necessarily bad.

    The rest I dropped by mid-season, giving them ample time to disappoint me. Chu Bra and Hanamaru are the least disappointing, Bund by far the most. BakaTest has become tedious, and wasn’t ever good to begin with. The rest are a joke, and the only one I haven’t watched seriously is Cobra, because I don’t want to ruin my sense of nostalgia like I did with Transformers.


  3. Reltair says:

    @Yi: Good choices to pick up. Definitely give Durarara a try.

    @Topspin: Yup, Durarara and Sora no Woto are essentially what I look forward to each week besides the still ongoing series like FMA.


  4. Durarara’s got me with its style and crazy characters, Sora no Woto’s setting really intrigues me since it makes me want to learn more about that’s happened with the world, Nodame is still entrancing me with its drama and ample doses of classical music, and I’ve enjoyed Hanamaru Kindergarten. Not a bad group of shows to be following for this go-around!


    Reltair Reply:

    Right on!


  5. ippius says:

    this season is still better than the last. Durarara!! is great, and there’s quite a few entertaining ones too (although not truly epic)


    Reltair Reply:

    Hmm, I don’t see that many potentially good series next season though. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.


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