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Yes


Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada Never Falls in Love) – humorous, heart-warming, school/work story with a classic animation style

Maybe


Nii Admirari no Tenbin – Teito Genwaku Kitan — interesting story but what’s up with the ecchi closing sequence?

Nothing else was worth commenting on; really who cares about all the shows that suck anyways? I think I’m tired of wading through the sewer just to comment upon the disgusting things you find there.

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And here we are again, a new season. The usual caveats apply — if it’s a second season or something I’m not into, it’s not here. That means no: Love Live!, Precure, Idolmaster, etc.

Yes


Gakuen Babysitters — heart-tugging daycare / orphan / school setup. Not overly cutesy. I wonder how this will go?
Koi wa Amegari no You ni – ohmigosh yes – Romantic/stilled time/introvert/doomed love yes!
Kokkoku — gritty time-stop modern day. Looks good, but the ending theme is prurient.
Mira no Kaikata — humorous and kawaii
Toji no Miko — demon-hunting shrine maidens — better than it sounds and it gets better past the first ten minutes
Violet Evergarden — turn-of-the-century war/romance.
Yuru Camp — Wistful, pastoral, romance of camping

No


Basilisk – Ouka Ninpouchou — Historical ninja drama. Boresville.
Citrus — Yuri — at least the intro told me, so little wasted time
Death March kara Hajimar Isekai Kyousoukyoku — Log Horizon rip-off
Grancrest Senki — a bratty mage and her project boy knight — yeah, no thanks
Hataraku Onii-san — cat delivery service — this could have been fantastic, but instead it’s stupid, shallow, and drawn by people who didn’t care
Marchen Madchen — the main character pulls at my heart, but the erotic twists and turns destroy the experience
Micchiri Neko — ultra-short and aimed at the pre-school set
Misuboshi Colors — Lucky Star, the jr high version
Pop Team Epic — Absolutely moronic. I feel much less capable of thinking after watching half of this.
Ryuuou no Oshigoto! — board game drama = boring
Sanrio Danshi — Schmaltzy
Slow Start — Ecchi

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Here it is anew, a short listing of this seasons anime` and my initial take on them.

I didn’t bother with Love Live (sigh), or Id@lmaster, because I’ve already given up or disliked their predecessors.

Yes


Animegataris — Cute, funny show about anime fans.
Inuyashiki — Wow. I can’t wait to see how this develops.
Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau — Fantasy with an interesting milleau

Maybe


Houseki no Kuni — Interesting and well-thought-out concept, characterization is good
Two Car — Main characters are cool and I watched it all the way to the end, so that’s something.

No


Black Clover — Yuno is too annoying. I hate his voice and his personality is like a caricature.
Blend S — Basically porn
Dynamic Chord — Band animes don’t usually work unless they’re really good. This is not. Shallow, too much music that’s not any good.
Evil or Live — Interesting idea, but lame non-animated elements and profanity
Garo – Vanishing Line — Stereotypical shonen-fest
Himouto! Umaru-chan R — Chibi. No.
Imouto sae Ireba II — Incest.
Juuni Taisen — Sadistic. This is the kind of show that creates psychotics.
Kekkai Sensen & Beyond — An over-the-top gory comedy that unsurprisingly isn’t funny
Onyakapon — I hate the anime style — mechanical and computer-generated, shallow, and probably aimed at jr high folks
Osake we Fuufu ni Natte Kara — Romance of alcohol. I think this has already been done enough in American culture, even though I really like mixed drinks myself.
Sengoku Night Blood — Medieval country unification, again. Boring.
UQ Holder — Happy porno vampires!!! Uhm, no way.
Wake up Girls! Shin Shou — Slightly better than Love Live, but still not good enough. Shallow.

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Here’s the OO short take on this season’s anime`.

Yes


Kisnaiver – Eerie SF with some very cool spiritual overtones.
Mayoiga (Lost Village) – Atmospheric, eerie, tense. YES.
Pan de Peace – lighthearted but with enough plot to prove interesting. Short episodes, though. May not pan out. Hehe.
Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Humorous fantasy that riffs off MMORPGs. Unpredictable and intriguing.
Seisen Cerebrus – Sword/sorcery fantasy with some darker elements. We’ll see.
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou – A cooking/music mashup. Crazy but it might work.

No


Ace Attorney – Somewhat interesting, but overdramatic.
Anne Happy – Too much shojou dazzle. Sickeningly sweet.
Bakoni! – Idea is not bad, but it gets pervy fast.
Big Order – Ridiculously fast-pased, doesn’t-add-up gifted thing with nonserious music.
Bako no Hero Academia – Overdramatic superhero show + profanities.
Endride – Generic buddy fantasy with overdone music. Not involving or interesting.
Haifuri – Nothing trashy, but shallow and by the numbers.
Hundred – Not a bad superhero/gifted setup, but it’s ruined by an undercurrent of perv.
Kuma Miko – Slice-of-life, some humor, but perviness.
Onigri – Certain kinds of perverts role-play. This one’s for them. Ugh.
Sakamoto Desu Ga – Over-the-top series about a guy who is ridiculously cool. Just not interesting.
Space Patrol Luluco – Silly and mindless. Great ending theme song though.
Sansha Sanyou – Aimed at the jr. high set, but at least it’s not Pretty Cure.
Usakame – Hyperfast linguistic pun/slice-of-life/non-sequitur mishmash with poor art and oversexed characters.
Wagamama High Spec – When the characters discard their clothes in the first 30 seconds, you know what you’re in for. Ugh.

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Here’s the OO short take on this season’s anime`.

No


Dimension W – retro-futuristic shonen-fest with a pervy fembot.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar – Fantasy RPG that ends up in pervert land.
Haruchika – Sigh. Starts off good but goes into homo land pretty early.
Koukakaku no Pandora – Soft-core pornography. Ugh.
Musaigen no Phantom World – Pervert time.
Nijiiro Days – Too mainstream and sappy for me, but nothing messed up.
Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R – Shojou dazzle overload. Gah.
Ojisan to Marshmellow – Painful and pervy.
Ooyasan wa Shishunki – It’s that nasty combo of cute and loli.
Oshiete! Gaiko-chan – Pervert time and minimal animation. Double fail.
Schwarzesmarken – An especially unconvincing mecha series with mass profanity.
Shoju-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu – Guy meets girl to write a yuri game. Uh, no.
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – Boring.

Yes


Active Raid – Feels like a mix of Gunparade Orchestra and Majestic Prince!
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi – Odd, erie. Definitely worth watching.
Divine Gate – A little stereotypical school/gifted thing, but the main character is interesting.
Luck and Logic – Looks like it could be good. Superhero, but enough depth to be interesting.
Prince of Stride – Semi-stereotypical and formulaic, but it has an innocent heart. We’ll see.
Sekkou Boys – Hilarious. I can’t wait to see how this develops.
Sushi Police – Pretty funny.
Tabi Machi Late Show – Wistful, slice-of-life/coming of age, and cooking. A bit slow and minimal animation, but we’ll see.

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This season features lots of middle-school-esque shonen series. Seems like they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel.

No


Akame ga Kill — It’s one of those shows that a heavy, serious concept that is not dealt with seriously. Lame humor. Pointless gore, to the point of sadism and torture. Big-time suck.

Argevollen — Looks like a military/mecha thing with some shonen overtones. Probably not bad if you like shonen. I don’t, so skip.

Bakamatsu Rock — Shonen + Music = Lame. This is the kind of show that you’d expect J.C. Staff to make. Watching this will make you stupider.

DRAMAtical Murder — Generic shonen dystopia, plus homosexual undertones. We’ve seen this before, several times. Gangs, too cool for school. Boring.

Free! Eternal Summer — Shonen swimming. Ugh.

Francesca — Silly, middle-school-oriented light gothic. You just don’t do light gothic. Geez!

Locodol — Looks generic, nonoffensive, middle-school-esque. Not my thing.

Nobunga Concerto — Retelling of Japanese history by future people interfering in the past; boring and elitist. The animation style is that emotionless 70’s style, too.

Love Stage! — Shonen-ai.

Sabagebu! — This doesn’t work for the same reason that K3! didn’t work. Girls + guns doesn’t work if it’s overly cute. Also the animation style is pretty basic.

Secret Princess Himegoto — Cross-dressing panty-shot time. Perverts, line up. This one’s for you.

Maybe


Glasslip — Although not a True Tears clone, it has a high number of similarities. I’ve got a soft spot for the music, the wistful, slice-of-life nature. I don’t think it will be as deep and seems kinda soap-opera-ish.

Yes


Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun — It’s a shojou anime` about a shojou mangakata (who is clueless) and the girl crushing on him. Very cute and very funny.

Tokyo Ghoul — Bloody and violent but deep. Gothic and vampiric. Will the series follow through on its tensions and intimations of truth?

Yami Shiabi — The quality isn’t always there, but when it is, it’s great. Looking forward to more short, spooky short episodes.

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Yes, it’s been a while. I haven’t given up watching anime`. I’ve been otherwise occupied. My bad.

Anyhow, here’s my take on the winter 2014 anime` season:

  • Atelier Escha & Logy – Alchemists of the Dusk Sky — Beautifully-drawn steampunk. Looks to be heartrending and timeless.
  • Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka — Humorous, spazzy, restaurant, and more realistic and heartfelt than Working!
  • Hitsugi no Chaika — Gothic/adventure. I hope this doesn’t cheese out.
  • Love Live! Season 2 — Yes, I’m holding out hope for Muse.
  • Mekakucity Actors — Very strange. No idea what will happen next.
  • One Week Friends — Emotional almost to the point of being maudlin. Still worth watching.
  • Selector Infected WIXOSS — Gothic meets magic girl. Deeper than expected. This one is already seeping into my soul.
  • I can’t believe we have to wait until fall to continue Log Horizon!

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