Time to work my necromancer powers and resurrect this thread. That's right it's time for the Winter 2010-2011 Anime Rundown, counting down all the new anime this season and pretentiously demanding that you watch the ones I like and agree with my tastes.Wolverinehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srGRxpXGVZc
I'm tired so I'm not gonna go in any particular order. Wolverine is freaking amazing. Forget everything I ever said about how it was gonna be. If you saw the trailer, you know why I was afraid of this season. Well turns out Marvel and Mad House know how to fix their mistakes since the actual show was nothing like the trailer. Nope. Instead they made an actual amazing translation of Logan in anime form, though he is a little taller and leaner than he should be. But no worries, he's still the angry drunken bestial punch-yer-lights-out-bub hero we all know and love. The story is nothing special but hey man all I need is an excuse for Wolverine to punch a bunch of goons and I'm good... and that's what this show is. A solid action anime even if you don't count the awesomeness that is Wolverine himself.Dragon Crisishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jyu3ATGknY
Nnn. It's about a guy whose... big sister... or aunt... or something... anyway his female relative moves in with him, and she's some kind of treasure hunter just like the kid's parents. They find this high-class treasure that turns out to be a dragon which of course means a loli who can breathe fire. Humor ensues? I dunno. It wasn't bad, but I'm not gonna go out of my way to watch it.Kore wa Zombie desuka?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-c61nF5xWI
Or 'Is this a zombie?'. About a guy who is a zombie, controlled by a necromancer girl who only talks using a writing pad to write what she wants. He meets up with an overbearing magical girl who uses a chainsaw. I dunno. It was too shrill of a comedy. The humor was too fast-and-furious for me. Maybe depending on my mood I'd find it hilarious and eat it up, but when I watched it it just kinda bored me and I set it aside. Also I didn't like any of the characters, which didn't help.Beelzebubhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3FhAgcTfb0
About a punk who accidentally has Satan's baby child imprint on him. So now he's a punk with a devil baby who doesn't speak and doesn't wear anything. A comedy about a naked baby. You can imagine the kind of humor they use. You might think 'nah this is Japan,they wouldn't sink so low as to use a million potty jokes and call that comedy'. Oh but they would. The first joke in the show is everyone thinks the main character is sweating a bunch, but it's actually the baby on his head pissing all over him. Charming.Riohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl-cvHrOnlM
About a girl who brings everyone luck who works at a casino. Sorry but if everyone started winning whenever she showed up wouldn't the casino FIRE her? Last I checked casinos don't like people winning consistently. I guess they just keep her around because the boss there wants to seku hara her (look that one up in Japanese). It was fine until she played a card game and then there was this 5-minute long BS magical girl-esque thing while she manipulated luck and talked to the cards and stuff. It ruined the flow and was completely worthless. Also the characters in the show were unlikably 2-dimensional. Pass.Level Ehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1hVxTPJiTg
Aliens exist on Earth. This is a comedy about the most devious and mischievous alien on Earth and how he loves to screw with people's lives. Oh boy does he just love doing it. At times you'll think the show is about to turn serious, but EVERY TIME it will get you. Even if I warn you now you'll still get caught up in it and will still be pounding your head against the desk when the show pulls away the curtain and shows you that it's still a comedy. Which is why I love it. A comedy with a story I can (sometimes) get invested in and which then makes me laugh my gut out when it reveals its trickery? Heck yes. Also it was made by the manga author who did Hunter x Hunter, one of my favorite series (he also did Yu Yu Hakusho if that's your thing). Highly recommend.Madoka Magica... or whatever it's called http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5F9USROcPM
Magical girl show with crappy character design laid over backgrounds that are either insanely complex or that use real textures. I mean like lace and stuff. Sorry guys but being artsy and craftsy doesn't make up for having an impossible-to-follow plot and terrihorrible character art. I guess watch it and see if the whole artsy angle catches your attention, but other than that it was nothing special.Dream Eater Merihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTUov7rqQ40
About a girl and a guy and dreams. Great dream sequences with talking cats and all kinds of crazy stuff, and really weird pacing. Also I didn't like the main girl, Meri. Her character design was strange and they tried to make me care for her emotions before even letting me care for her character. That doesn't work. You can't just throw a girl at me and then get all misty-eyed when she looks all lost and alone because she doesn't remember anything. Or in other words they tried to make you sympathetic for a character that otherwise doesn't evoke sympathy. You'd have to watch it to understand. I dunno. It wasn't bad but I didn't really feel like finding out where the girl's plot was going.Wandering Son/Hourou Musukohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxtr04-j0Qw
About a boy who wants to be/dress like a girl and a girl who vice versa. In middle school. I dunno what to say about this one. I like it, it's got a nice slice-of-life drama feel to it, though it does tend to slather the awkward moments on rather thick, but what did you expect? The opening and ending theme are good (Rie Fu does the ending, if you know who that is). The art style goes with the story perfectly, and I like how they start in the thick of the story rather than slowly building up like in the manga. I like it, but it's probably not gonna please everyone.Cardfight Vanguard!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS73WmKeaDI
About a card game and kids who play it. Think Yugioh. In fact think exactly Yugioh. And yet I kinda like it, because A: It has a cute loli, B: The card game is more interesting and easier to follow than Yugioh, C: The monster design is interesting. But, hey, if you don't like card game shows then this definitely isn't going to convince you otherwise.Infinite Stratoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isJgTGM6nr4
About a guy who is the only guy on the planet who can pilot robots, otherwise only girls can do it. So he's in an all-girls school for robot pilots. Etc. The mecha design is strange, looking more like strange suits of armor with wings. I dunno. Nothing special. I remember that I kinda liked it, but then again I hadn't really watched anything else yet for this season since it was one of the first shows.Gosickhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su5IqQDRv-8
About a loli detective and the kid she bosses around. Great stuff. I like the mysteries, which are all tinged with supernatural legends around the town (though they don't actually involve the supernatural themselves... usually). The loli is an interesting mixture of a demanding princess type and an innocent kid who never gets outside. She's got some interesting moods and lots of hints at a dark past. It sounds a lot more cliche than it is. Trust me you'll be hooked if you watch it and you like mysterious things at all.Fractalehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyhnnZTUhcM
Um. What happens when you take an old classic adventure series like, say, Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, and condense it so it's pacing isn't so horrible? You get Fractale, an adventure story that seems like a tribute to old shows like Nadia while having excellent pacing. This combination is REALLY, REALLY GOOD, for those who don't get the connection I'm making. Interesting characters, world, and plot+great pacing make for an excellent story. 100% recommend. I won't tell you about the plot since it's one of those where they like to reveal things bit by bit so telling too much would spoil the fun. Also the ending theme is 'Down by the Salley Gardens', a famous Celtic song.Onii-chan no koto nanka suki something somethinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ5gz7YMOIw
A show about a younger sister (only a year younger, thanks for small favors) trying to seduce her older brother who in turn IS seduced but refuses to give in due to the horrible implications of being attracted to his own little sister. You all know what I think of incest stories, and this one has HORRIBLE character design, to boot. Yeah no thanks.Freezinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YbaR6izdDI
The title must refer to how all the girls in this show must be cold what with most of their fleshy parts exposed almost completely. Oh and lack of blood will do that too. I guess this show is aimed at guys who like seeing big-breasted girls kill each other. Kinda like Queen's Blade, which I also never bothered to watch. Anyway it's about girls with huge breasts and ridiculous weapons either killing each other or killing giant aliens a la Evangelion (minus the mecha). Not my cup of tea, thanks.
Wow. 15 shows. This time I actually watched EVERY NEW SHOW this season, no exceptions (except sequels to shows I hadn't seen the first part of, like Kimi ni Todoke 2nd season. Also there's Mitsudomoe 2 but I won't review that since you all know what I think of the first season).
Next season looks like it's gonna be weird too.
Anyway if that's all tl;dr, here's the shows you should watch: