So just about over two weeks into the new year, and along with the new year is a new set of anime shows to come out in Japan. So I've decided in a very typical Anime Blogger way to give my early impressions on some of the new shows.
I won't get into continuing shows, not that there are many. Aside from the usual big shonen shows - Naruto and Bleach - the continuing shows from last season is Star Driver and the second season of To Aru Majitsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index). I'm sure there are others, but the none come to mind of the top of my head. Continuing shows that is starting up again this season are Kimi no Todoke and Mitsudome, both starting second seasons as well as yet another incarnation of PreCure called "Suite PreCure."
Anyway, my thoughts on thirteen of the seventeen new shows to come out this season are past the jump.
Before I get into the thick of it - I'll throw out the names of the four series that I didn't see and why I didn't watch it - in case anyone who actually does read Fatally Curious want to go check those series out:
- Haiyoru! Nyaru-ani - The episodes are fairly short, this is much more a web series then a full on show. The first nine episodes are less then a half-hour.
- Wolverine - I'm fairly wary of anime adaptations of US comics as much as I am wary of Hollywood film adaptations of anime series.
- Cardfight!! Vanguard - Promotional anime trash that just seeks to promote a new card game from the creators of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Bushiroad.
- Mai no Mahou to Katei no Hi - This comes out next month in Feburary. It actually has a interesting premise and I may pick this up when it airs.
Okay, now with that squared away, lets start!
The premise is pretty straightforward: rich girl arrives at super luxurious casino island city with her rich grandfather who owns everything and she meets the title character, Rio, who ends up being her guardian in addition to her other duties. I actually had to take a 12 minute break in the middle of the episode because I couldn't take how badly clichéd and boring this show was. There were dips in the animation quality, and some of the actions of the characters in relation to the plot came out to be downright stupid. I mean, seriously, what young 8-10 year old girl checks out a woman's "three-sizes"? Theres times where suspension of belief is okay for a anime - but for this anime, doing that just makes me want to toss my keyboard out the window. Obvious series for me to drop.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka