Time for the 2nd entry, covering Saturday’s shows. This seems like a simple day, but due to the way the Japanese release schedule works it mostly all piles onto the Friday shows, making Friday hella busy. Still the simplest day to cover in terms of this post.
Part 1 (Monday-Thursday): Blood Lad, Makai Ouji – Devils and Realist, WataMote, The World God Only Knows Season 3, Free!
Part 2 (Friday): Gin no Saji, Rozen Maiden (2013), Stella Jogakuin Kotou-ka C3-bu, Danganronpa, Servant x Service, Love Lab, Toaru Karaku no Railgun S (continues from Spring season).
Part 3 (Saturday): Gatchaman Crowds, Kiniro Mosaic, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya, Genei wo Kakekru Taiyo
Part 4 (Sunday): Monogatari 2nd Season, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, Uchoten Kazoku, Genshiken Nidaime, Shingeki no Kyojin (continues from Spring season).
While many people seem to really like the Gatchaman Crowds opening, I prefer the ending much more:
Gatchaman Crowds – If I had to tell you what this show is about then I wouldn’t have an easy time of it. This show covers a world where people are given powers and perform as sort of a local branch of an intergalactic peace corps. But that’s only the first layer. The second layer is more like an onion discussing social and societal issues such as the diffusion of responsibility, diffusion of leadership, leaders versus followers, heroes versus regular people, singular people versus the power of the crowd.
I actually appreciate it that the characters are not author-mouthpieces, they contradict themselves, and the show is aware of it.
I wonder how this show feels when marathoned, someone should find a friend to find out. I, for one, think that this show is much better if you sit down and think about every episode after watching it, or even pause mid-action to think. There’s just so much to chew on, but I’m somewhat biased due to having a degree in Sociology, perhaps. If you need aid, I suggest looking at reddit/bloggers to see their thoughts on the show, it might help move you along.
Current Grade: A+. I think you need to watch it. I think this show is better when you think about it, so I don’t suggest waiting for it to end in order to marathon it.
Also, I wasn’t sold on this show after episode 1, so give it at least two – you might like one and not the other. Episode 2 is more indicative of this show.
Kiniro Mosaic – Of the shows I’ve sampled this season, this is definitely the top contender for “Moe-brigade show of the season” – cute girls doing cute stuff, and nothing but. There’s no real drama, no real comedy. Just cute girls being cute together. If there’s any conflict and character growth, then it happened after the episodes I’ve watched. I need something more in my shows, to keep my attention as I watch them. I think this is a fine episode to watch weekly, but any attempt to marathon it on my part might result in a fatal “hnnnng! Cuteness overload!” reaction.
The show follows an English student who moves to Japan to stay with her Japanese friend. While the Engrish is rather well done in comparison, it’s still distracting whenever the supposedly English character speaks and sounds anything but.
Watched: 2/12 episodes.
Current Grade: B. If you’re looking for cute girls just being cute together, then this is the show for you. If you’re looking for anything else (aside from maybe Engrish), then it’s not.
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya – Take the Fate/ universe and fill it with magical girls. That’s the premise of the show. I find this show quite interesting for all the different layers and ways you can watch it as – you can watch it as a straight magical girl show, you can watch it as a parody of magical girl shows, you can watch it as the Fate universe being taken in a different direction.
This show is very cute, the character designs are very well done, with everything being drawn in a sharp and attractive manner, the show is even replete with an annoying and silly mascot character. Now, this is how I like my moe in shows, when it’s joined by a show with an actual plot, though I usually like my moe slightly more as a side dish than the way it’s presented here. The fan-service in this show feels a bit like a parody, as I say the show can be seen above – perhaps even a parody on the sexual aspect of most magical girl shows (especially with their risque transformation sequences), as we have a character speaking and then we slowly pan from her knees up, or we have characters running around/speechifying and we focus on their bouncing breasts, or on their pelvis and then their chest, or their cat-ears, taking care to not show their faces.
Were you to watch this show in public you might very well be deemed a creeper, and considering the age of the characters, it is a tad creepy. The fan-service is really pushed in our faces now and then, and I wonder if it’s delivered straight, or as a parody/commentary. I think it might be a little of both.
Now, given the above it might surprise you, but considering the very high production values of the show it shouldn’t, but this show has really well done combat scenes (and even episodes), with the action being both well-scripted and very well animated.
Watched: 6/10 (wow, only 10 episodes?)
Current Grade: B+. I wonder how a pre-teen would treat this show, I really do. There’s something here for everyone, including some stuff to dislike, for most people.
Gen’ei O Kakeru Taiyo / Day Break Illusion – I don’t feel comfortable saying too much about this show, since I’ve only watched episode 1, due to being busy. I’ve seen people be quite conflicted on what they think of the show, or rather different people have different opinions (who’d have thought?!). I see people who expected a Madoka-like show be more disappointed, in general, but I always got much more Nanoha vibes from the show, especially due to the filial conflict, which is much of what drives Nanoha forward in its first two seasons.
Art and setting didn’t attract me too much, but I don’t really judge shows based on that, so it’s more of an aside.
Current Grade: I’d give episode 1 a B? I’m curious what you guys think of the show, actually.
So, are you guys watching Gatchaman Crowds? If not, what are you waiting for? Also, what can you guys tell me of Genei/Day Break Illusion?