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April anime

This is long overdue, but a week of vacation in New York got in the way. ;)

Otona ni Natte mo: Yaoi, about a manga editor and a manga artist. It's not even an animation: it's colored frames from the manga in a slideshow, with voice-overs. Very minimal, and not really a story to speak of.

Softenni: Four middle-school girls make up the 'soft tennis' club at school. There's a tournament coming up, so they're following a more intensive practice regimen. It tries desperately to be edgy and cute and fun, but the characters are like cardboard cutouts devoid of any personality. We got bored of it really quick.

The World God Only Knows II: Second season of the series about the 'capture god' who has to use all his knowledge of dating sims to fulfill his duty to exorcise 'wandering souls' out of the hearts of the various girls around him. And I suspect it will have a bit more depth than the first season too.

Tetsuko no Tabi: Kikuchi is a manga artist, who is looking for a more steady income. So when an editor of a magazine asks her to accompany a travel writer and make a manga of the trips they make, she agrees immediately. However, the travel writer is a total train otaku, who is on a mission to visit all the private railway stations in Japan (because he already did all the JR ones...) So Kikuchi spends her days in the train, hanging around in stations and listening to nerd-talk from the writer and the editor. The manga she makes of it, doesn't make the writer look good at all!
Very amusing -- and it's apparently based on a true story, which makes it even better. The animation is pretty basic though.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (which translates to "We still don't know the name of the flower that we saw that day"): Jinta is a hikikomori, living with his father. He doesn't go to school and stays indoors as much as possible. Then he is visited by Meiko -- her ghost, that is. When they were kids, Jinta and Heiko were part of a group of six kids who hung out in a shed in the woods, with Jinta as their leader. However, one day Jinta says something that hurt Heiko -- but before he can apologise the next day, Heiko downs in the river. And this summer, Heiko's ghost visits Jinta. Her wish is for the six friends to be together again -- but they have grown apart, and Jinta is despised by the others for his hikikomori-ness. But he has to fulfill Heiko's last wish!
Sad and beautiful. Really interesting set-up, with a good focus on the relationships between the kids. Part of the Noitamina slot.

Ao no Exorcist: Two brothers grow up in a monastery. One is dependable, winning a scholarship for a good school, but the other is a total klutz who can't hold down a job. One day, it is revealed to them that they are actually decendants from Satan himself! This means they get harassed by demons (which they can see, but others can not). They decide to become exorcists, to send the demons back where they came from!
Not very interesting, really.

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control: Kimimaro is a poor student who gets by on his scholarship. His dream is to get a stable job as a civil servant, so that he doesn't have to worry about money anymore. But then he meets a man in a top hat who offers him an unlimited credit card -- in exchange for his future. With it, he can also travel to some sort of parallel dimension, where people battle it out for even more money. Kimimaro is reluctant, but the "Make Money Fast" allure of it all is hard to withstand...
It'll be interesting to see where this goes. It could get all metaphysical, or it could turn into a pokemon-type battle anime. It reminded us strongly of "Eden of the East", and that's certainly not a bad thing. This is the second of this season's Noitamina offerings.

Dororon Enma-kun Meerameera: Enma is a prince of hell, living under a highschool, together with his companions. They have to exterminate evil youkai who terrorise humans! It's shouty, tries to be funny but fails, and quite perverted. Not our thing.

Fireball Charming: CGI of two robots talking. It's supposed to be edgy, I guess, but I couldn't quite grasp what I was watching and why I should care. And then it was over, because it's only 2 minutes or so.

Hidan no Aria: Toyama attends highschool -- a highschool with guns. And apparently someone dislikes his highschool, going around murdering his schoolmates. And then it turns out that his bike is fitted with a bomb and he has to keep cycling to avoid getting blown up. He is saved by his schoolmate Aria (who parachutes in) but they get pinned down in the gym storeroom. But then Toyama's "special ability" activates and he saves the day (and Aria). Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds.

Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi: This season's dating sim anime. Ayumu is recuperating from an illness -- which is the reason the whole family wants to move to the countryside. However, because of his father's work, Ayumu and his older brother Kazuma (who is the real main character) go on in advance, to live in an inn. They get lost, and Kazuma encounters two girls in the forest, as well as at the inn itself. Appealing character designs, a plot that's pretty low-key and a male lead who has character. I liked it, but then again I like the genre.

SKET Dance: The "SKET" club (an acronym which translates to "Living Assistance") tries to help the students of the school. However, the club consists of a computer nerd, a delinquent girl who thinks nothing of beating the crap out of others with her hockeystick and a guy who can go into some sort of mentat trance. They solve all sorts of 'mysteries' around the school, punishing evil-doers and protecting the weak! Except most people shun them because they're kinda weird.
It seemed kinda random, and just not that interesting.

(More to follow, when I have the time.)
Tags: anime, first episode review

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