October 13th, 2012

Bishoujo squad!

New anime

The new season has kicked off almost two weeks ago, and of course we've been checking out the new offerings!

BTOOOM!: Ryota is a jobless loser who lives with his mother. His only accomplishments is his rank in the online game of BTOOOM! -- a shooter, but then with grenades instead of guns. And then he gets approached by some shady types and he wakes up on a tropical island -- with a satchel of timer grenades. The others on the island are out to get him, just like in the game, and he needs to get them first to survive.
Ryota is an unlikable sort, but I don't think he deserved the misery that he gets thrown into. Doesn't look like a fun series.

Shinsekai Yori: Suddenly, some people get the gift of telekinesis. And then much time passes, and then a girl in an isolated village awakens to her powers. Her parents are relieved, and she gets some sort of Buddhist ceremony to accept her 'cursed gift'. She is placed in a new school, where she is trained in telekinesis along with other kids. There are rumours of what happens to kids who aren't strong enough, and the world outside...
There is a lot of mysery here, and the closed world of the kids is an excellent way to experience it. There is lots of stuff going on just behind the scenes, and I can't wait to discover more!

To Love-Ru Darkness: Right, isn't this that series about a boy who is forced to live with a (cute) succubus? Oh, look, it is -- and there are others. Within two minutes, we knew enough.

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled: Set in Europe, where a bunch of dispossessed Japanese try to eke out a living. One of them is Akito, who fights with the Europeans against the Britannians -- who seem to have another geased person in their ranks...
Lovely choreographed mecha fights, enough groups trying to further their own agenda and great production values. And did I mention that the female lead is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto?

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Jonathan Joestar's father adopts the son of the man who saved him. This boy, Dio Brando, immediately starts to plot to take Jojo's place as the heir of the Joestar estate. His cunning malice succeeds in isolating Jojo further and further...
...and not much happens otherwise. I'm sure that mask will play a major role later on, but right now it's like a second-rate Wuthering Heights, which didn't do much for us. Not gonna watch this.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic: In this desert world, huge towers filled with monsters and treasure (aptly named 'dungeon', though they're above-ground) appeared out of nowhere. Whoever 'clears' a dungeon gains fabulous wealth and prestige. Ali Baba, a boy who grovels before his merchant employers to make a living, dreams of attaining such riches. But his new-found friend Aladdin seems more of a hindrance than a help for that -- until Aladdin summons a djinn from his flute to save a slave girl...
Great mash-up of various '1001 Nights'-stories, with plenty of magic and action. Looks cool as well, can't wait to see more of this.

Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai Yo Ne: That title translates as 'As long as there is love, it doesn't matter he's my brother!'. Which should tell you precisely what you can expect from this series. Oh, and there's three other girls as well who are in competition with Akiko for her brother's attention.

Sukkitte ii na yo: Mei Tachibana is a loner: she doesn't have any good experiences with friends so she prefers to be left alone. Yamato, one of the most popular guys in school, is interested in her but she brushes him off -- still, he gives her his phone number. Then one evening, Mei is followed around by a creepy guy who came to her workplace and Yamato is the only person she can reach. Of course, he dashes to her rescue!
Slowmance with the 'unpopular girl and popular guy'-theme. I'm sure we'll get the same twists and turns as always, but at least Mei stands up for herself, even though she has a slightly abrasive personality.