Hein (fub) wrote,

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New anime

Some new anime from this season:

Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari: Fantasy mecha series. A princess is going to a Holy Land in her flying castle, but a band of assassins are after her. They use someone from another world to fight one of their mecha for them, but the boy is captured by the guards of the princess. As the journey progresses, more and more factions either side with the princess... or against her.
Pretty nicely animated. There's lots of stuff going on, but it's not entirely clear what's up. The fantasy mecha gives it a rather Escaflowne-like feel. With episodes running 50 minutes, this counts as a double feature.

Sora no Manimani: Saku is just a quiet bookworm who is happiest when he can simply read a good book and be left alone. Just as he is entering highschool, his family return to a city where they lived before -- but Saku has bad memories of that time. His neighbour, Mihoshi, a girl one year older, used to drag him off to her 'adventures'. That ended with him breaking his arm the evening before they moved away because she fell out of a tree when she went to look at the stars.
Guess what -- of course he meets her in school, and his attempts to go unnoticed fail. Mihoshi forces him to join the astronomy club. Of course the club is struggling to attract enough members, and of course the club consists of an oddball gathering of weird characters...
Amusing and 'genki' romantic comedy -- it shares parts of the atmosphere with 'Haruhi', having a reluctant male lead being dragged around in a club he's not really interested in.

Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou: Koyomi finds out why she has this weird silver-white hair: she is actually a magician! She gets fed up with the 'mundane' life and decides she needs to discover her magical nature. Unfortunately, she has no-one to turn to to teach her about magic (which seems to be about programming reality or something like that) -- but there's the adress of a school in magic in the notbook her grandfather left her... On her way there, she gets attacked by a magician who wants her grandfather's power.
It's kinda stupid, and quite ecchi -- Koyomi spends most of the episode going commando, and a great show is made of that.

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class: Five girls attend a 'art design' school. The usual stereotypes are present, but that doesn't make it any less fun. They experiment a lot of their assignments and the materials -- if you're into art techniques, you might even pick up a thing or two. Since it's based on a four-panel manga, the gags are short and to the point, which gives it a lot of 'speed'.

Bakemonogatari: Koyomi used to be a vampire, but he got over it with the help of some homeless dude. One day, he finds out that his classmate Hitagi also has a supernatural problem: she doesn't weigh anything (and she has an unhealthy obsession with office supplies that cut). He offers to take her to the guy who helped him.
I'm not sure what to make of this. The short cuts, quick and snappy conversation and the weird camera angles give this an almost abstracted feel. The designs are all painfully detailed. There's a slow-motion panty shot only ten seconds into the first episode. It's confusing, and we haven't decided yet whether it'll be fun or it'll be 'just' a quick pun-firing series like 'Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei'.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0: Mirai, who just entered middle school, is a typical adolescent: fighting with the whole world, while not knowing why or how. She has to take her kid brother to a robot exhibition in Odaiba during her summer break -- surely not a 'happening' place. She is so bored with her life that she wishes everything would dissapear. And then a 8.0 earthquake hits Tokyo...
Kinda interesting, since you see some Tokyo landmarks crumble in the earthquake. I expect a rather realistic depiction of what would happen if such an earthquake struck, and I hope to see Mirai become a bit more grown-up through all this.
Tags: anime, first episode review

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