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Well this year I utterly lost my motivation of doing anime reviews. Partly that was due to being disappointed with many anime series, and I guess the anime fandom. Partially it's... I don't even know :/ Perhaps just an anime overdose. Only so many shows you can watch and pay real attention to and it's easy to get carried off into trying out a lot of series every semester.

Anyway I especially was concentrating on finishing watching series which I started last year so I could finally get rid of the clutter of shows-in-mid-watch. I still have a few left, though, but those are some I'm more interested in. So, yay!

The Awesome

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The Good

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The Okay / Average

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The Mixed Feelings

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The Disapointing

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The Dropped ones

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(2009 for comparison)
(I don't think I did this in 2010)
salinea: anthy is watching you and her eyeglasses are all shiny (creepy anthy)
In the end if I want to compare Mawaru Penguindrum to anything, it would be to Fruits Basket. spoileriness )
salinea: anthy is watching you and her eyeglasses are all shiny (creepy anthy)
salinea: anthy is watching you and her eyeglasses are all shiny (creepy anthy)
This ended up a pretty good season overall.

N°6 had a disapointing ending, and thoroughly messy plot, but I still mostly loved it. (yeap, this is the only anime I ended up doing a full scale review).

Tiger & Bunny continued being a very solidly entertaining show with heartwarming characterisation despite weaknesses in plotting (and especially having its finale somewhat undermined by all the hooks for the sequel).

Natsume Yuujinchou San was beautiful as always, with a little more plot focused episodes this season, but still filled with the wonderful bittersweet one exploration of loneliness and learning to move forward from it.

Mawaru Penguindrum is crackfully intriguing, surrealistically awesome, and endlessly keeping us on our toes.

Usagi Drops was delicately and comfortably sweet.

La Croisée dans un Labyrinthe Etranger was surprisingly good in a sugary sweet yet solidly endearing way, as well as beautiful to see.

I did end up dropping Ao no Exorcist when it started going its own independent way from the manga (despite not reading the manga) though, tell me if that was a mistake.

I don't expect to watch much next season. It's probably the worse, lacking in anything interesting season I've seen since I started watching anime regularly!! I expect I'll continue with Penguidrum of course, and Un Go may actually be worth bothering with. Errr, did I miss anything else?
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I'm going to keep spamming you folk lately. Sorry. Figured that if I was to post some impressions on the anime series of this season, I better do it now, since tomorrow we enter the land of Dance with Dragons, and I'll be busy posting and reading about other things.


N° 6: BONES production + intriguing SF setting + slashy vibe+Noitamina slot; this is hooking me fast and I really liked the direciton and pacing of the first episode and the chemistry between the two leads.

Usagi Drop : the other Noitamina series; quiet, delicate slice of life drama about a thirty year old man ending up adopting the young illegitimate daughter of his grandfather and his dad. I thought the cuteness/poignancy felt a little tiny bit forced there; but otherwise as gorgeous as you'd expect a series with this premise, and the little girl really is well characterised and adorable.

Mawaru Penguindrum : the return of the great Ikehura (aka director of Utena) to animation. I can't say I know what to do of the first ep. The premise wouldn't really appeal to me on the text, the animation/art was gorgeous and disconcerting, and the episode filled with intriguing weirdness. I'll take it on faith in any case.

Natsume Yuujinchou San: *squeeeeee* the return of my beloved Natsume Yuujinchou. Love the manga, loved the first two anime series, what do you expect? It starts with a nice episode that does it job of reminding us of the premise well, then tells its bittersweet story wonderfully.

Blood C: I may be a CLAMP fangirl, but I just finished watching Blood + which didn't impress me all that much (terrible pacing that show had), and this first episode didn't really impress me. Very boring characterisation overall, though the animation is pretty and I loved the colour palette. I'll probably pass.

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: historical moe series set in Paris of the late 19th. Ok, I only watched the first episode cuz I was curious about how they'd handle Paris ^_^ anyway. It's not actually bad. I can see some appeal to the characters and their dynamics, the art does cute and gorgeous well, I love the focus on art nouveau ironworks (love that stuff ^^) Probably not enough to hold my attention though (given that I don't like moe much).

And I'll continue watching Tiger & Bunny and Ao no Exorcist

That's it for now (I dunno if there are other stuff down the line).


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