Midseason Impressions – Spring 2010

I take back what I said during Winter’s midseason impressions about there not being many anime series this Spring.

I’m keeping up with just about every anime this season and the overall quality so far is more than satisfying.

Angel Beats! – My favorite series this season. It has it all: comedy, drama, action, and tragedy all rendered with superb animation and flanked by lovely OP/ED songs. Every episode gives me things to think about and to theorycraft on with others.

Arakawa Under the Bridge – Despite having some similarities with Bakemonogatari, I just can’t really get into this series. I prefer the supernatural stories over this under the bridge homeless setting. Plus, tsundere is greater than alien. It’s still entertaining enough though.

B Gata H Kei – This series is still the lighthearted comedy romance that I was expecting. It’s definitely fun to watch the perverted but innocent female lead get into troublesome situations.

Giant Killing – I was expecting them to dominate all the way to the top, but reality deems otherwise. The heavy focus on characterization and overcoming obstacles in their way makes this soccer anime one of the most realistic and engaging sports series I have ever seen.

Hakuouki – Shinsengumi Kitan – The animation and battle scenes leave me with no complaints in that area, but the way that the female lead constantly rushes into combat and has to be saved by one of the many bishounens accompanying her is a major turn-off. Why even bring her along on a mission why she has shown no combat ability whatsoever?

Heroman – American superhero anime simply isn’t my thing. I gave the series a chance since Bones was the studio behind it, and it’s okay I guess, but I’m not impressed.

House of Five Leaves – Watching this anime is starting to bore me. The entire series feels slow, and the main character’s meek personality doesn’t help.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou – It would be nice if they toned down on some of the fan service. Your typical harem series taking place at a magic academy.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – Both the male and female leads are easily likable. I look forward to seeing their (romantic) relationship develop more.

K-ON!! – I didn’t do a first impressions post for this, but K-ON!! requires no introduction. The original cast is still going strong with their tea time antics. Azusa and Mio ftw!

Mayoi Neko Overrun! – There’s so many seemingly filler episodes that I treat the entire series as a filler.

RAINBOW – So many messed up things that they had to go through and put up with. I can’t wait to see them all released and what they end up doing in the future.

Senkou no Night Raid – I feel I was a bit harsh on their Mandarin, and I think now it’s actually great that A-1 Pictures experiments so much with having other languages spoken in their anime. Their ability to craft an immersive setting with beautiful backgrounds is simply astounding.

Working!! – Who could have known that working at a family restaurant is so fun? A prime example of comedic slice of life done right.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei – His “friend” seriously looks like some type of monster. I can’t help thinking that every time I see him on the screen. Otherwise, the rapid fire narration continues to amuse and delight me. Some of their antics fall on the epic threshold.

Two series that I also watch, which are still continuing from past seasons, are Durarara!! and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. FMA: Brotherhood leaves its predecessor in the dust while Durarara!! is still going strong with an all-out war imminent.

Well, this covers almost everything that I watch on a weekly basis.

12 Comments to “Midseason Impressions – Spring 2010”

  1. tabetaiii says:

    I disliked hakuoki at the start but gave it a shot again, now I love the series. If only the girl had some power or something.

    The first episode of heroman didn’t even interest me. Maybe it’s because the main guy looks like a girl and it’s in a western setting.

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    Reltair Reply:

    The girl in Hakuouki does have something that could be considered a power, but she doesn’t really capitalize on it thus far.

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  2. Fabrice says:

    Mhmm so far well i like to complete review at the end of the series, but so far im really really into Giant Killing in my amazement, always excited about the next episode. then its the normal trend, Angel beats!, Kaichou <3 misaki. K-on!!, arakawa haha what is common sense? O.o
    ha hakuouki is also quite good ^^

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    Reltair Reply:

    Doing a review at the end of a series gives the most accurate thoughts, but I like giving impressions now and then. 😀

    Giant Killing is one of the best sports anime I’ve seen so far. I’m looking forward to ETU taking first place!

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  3. Favorites? Right now, Rainbow sits on the top. Even with its over the top melodramatic moments, it still allows us to feel the intensity of the situation and gives us hope that even after all this suffering, things will turn out well in the end.

    Arakawa is probably second. It’s absurd and I like it that way because it challenges the core tenets of what it means to be normal. So all those unreal moments have been enjoyable provided you can will yourself to see things from that different perspective.

    Angel Beats is solid, nothing else needs to be said there. Still want to watch Tatami Galaxy, House of 5 Leaves, and Giant Killing too.

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    Reltair Reply:

    RAINBOW: An-chan is serious business.

    Tatami Galaxy should be good since you liked Arakawa. Giant Killing is something that I just want to spree all at once. It is annoying when an episode ends during the middle of a match.

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  4. Yi says:

    I didn’t follow as many series this season as you did. I’m only watching 4, which is more than ever by my standards.
    Arakawa at the top, followed by K-On!!, then Angel Beats, and finally Mayoi Neko.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Nice mix, with the big name ones like K-On!! and Angel Beats in there. I’m starting to not really keep up with a lot of the series I listed, which means I tend to play catch-up after the season has ended.

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  5. Guy says:

    Well, there aren’t that many series this season… that more are worth watching is something else 😉 Also, we usually don’t count second seasons, heh.

    I only watch Angel Beats! from this season, but I prefer watching things after the season ends, so it’s ok…

    And Bleach 😉

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    Reltair Reply:

    After the season ends, you can get more informed opinions from others about various series. This is actually the smart thing to do since you don’t waste time watching mediocre or bad series like I do.

    I just get into the habit of watching whatever comes out every week though.

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  6. Piroca de Fantasma é Geladinha says:

    I’ve been only watching older series, like Railgun and the first season of K-ON. The advantage is that I get to watch them in blu-ray quality.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Nice, I still never watched any series in blu-ray yet. :/

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