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Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) is yet another example of an anime` that starts off well but can’t keep it going. Just when you think you can trust the show, perviness shows up and deflates your enthusiasm. And what’s worse is that the show has every ingredient to be great — emotions, a killer setting, a steampunk vibe, cool technology, and even a bit of Christian symbolism in the mix. I managed to hold out for eight episodes, mostly because I kept hoping that they’d pull it out of the gutter, but they never did.

1. Good. Starts series off well. Cool world. Somewhat emotional, but it looks like it will be a slow burn on the emotions instead of pyrotechnics.
2. Eh, sophomore slump. Maudlin and a few seconds of ribald mockery. It’s mostly a setup for the rest of the series. The ending theme is good though.
3. Geez, what is it with this series? It has all the facets necessary to be great but instead they introduce perviness to dilute what could be good into something lame. Seriously, a chick that never wears underwear?
4. It’s ok. The beginning theme is above average. Fairly predictable. The whole thing with the chick is cleared up — she’s a wild legendary creature that has been living as a creature.
5 A little better than 4.
6 Ok, but a bit maudlin.
* 7 Good. A diversity of emotions.
8 Trash. They can’t keep the pervy references out, and they deflate any unity between animation and emotion; you feel dirty. This is the end of the road for me.

Welcome to the graveyard, Tegami Bachi.

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No-one has created a collection of cool previews like they did for this past summer’s anime` season, so I guess we’ll just have to download stuff at random to get an idea of the good shows. Anime News Network has a list and some reviews, so at least we know the names of the shows, or at least most of them.

Here’s the usual OO breakdown, with the bolded series ones I’ve actually seen.

  • 11 Eyes — I didn’t expect much from an eroge game. I guess it’s faithful to the original, but who cares about another T&A series?
  • Asura Cryin’ 2 — More ghost panty-shots. Blech.
  • Book of Bantorra — An awesome concept, but the animation is like watching an edited-for-TV softcore porn movie. How many slow-mo boob shots can you fit into one show, guys?
  • Kampfer — The concept is about a guy who transforms into a girl and the girl he has a crush on is a secret lez. No thanks.
  • Inuyasha: The Final Act — I’ve never liked this series, so I didn’t bother.
  • Kiddy Girl and… — A poor man’s SF series with the emphasis on bouncing boobs and guess what?
  • Kimi no Todoke — It’s interesting. It’s a romance, but it’s also emotionally gritty and real about h.s. I’m not sure if it works or not.
  • Kobato — It’s ok. It’s a magical girl/wide-eyed innocence sort of story. The dog is way too harsh, which makes it feel disjointed.
  • Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2 — I saw an episode or two of the first series. This is more of the same. Pervy h.s. trash.
  • Nyan Koi — Awesome idea (guy cursed to hear what cats are thinking), but porno execution. Cuss words every twenty seconds don’t help. Geez. Typical anime` fail.
  • Queen’s Blade: Gyokuza no Tsugumono — More hentai.
  • The Sacred Blacksmith — A decent medieval-esque idea, but the execution? You guessed it: panty-shot time.
  • Sitokai No Ichizon — This is your typical pervy school harem series. Nothing that you haven’t seen before in Shuffle, School Days, or a thousand others.
  • Shugo Chara Party! — A train wreck of live action, super cuteness, and 12-year-old attitude. I feel like I lost a significant portion of my IQ by just watching it.
  • Tegami Bachi — I’m not usually a fan of shonen series, but this one has some depth. It has a steampunk vibe to it, too. Tasty!
  • To Aru Kagaku no Railgun — Pervy school/superhero mix. Again, nothing interesting here.
  • Trapeze — An anime` that tries to channel David Lynch and fails miserably. The problem is the source material, which is unoriginal, although the mixture of animation styles don’t work well, either.
  • White Album 2 — More horrific Wuthering Heights-esque emotional torture where there’s no-one to root for.
  • Yumeiro Patissiere — Looks pretty good. It’s a school series where a girl follows her dream of being a patissiere — a designer of sweets.
  • So out of all the new series, Tegami Bachi and Yumeiro Patissiere look like definite wins, Kimi no Todoke is interesting, and Kobato is a maybe.

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