January 13, 2011

First Week

So here's how I rate the shows I've watched this last week, from best to worst:

Fractale, Madoka Magica (tie)
Kore wa Zombie desu ka
Gosick
Infinite Stratos
Dragon Crisis
Rio Rainbow Gate

But Rio is the only one I probably won't continue watching. So as seasons have gone, this one has been especially good for me. I rarely end up with even three series I find interesting after the first week, and this time I've got six.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 10:52 PM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 That's a big turnaround from the low expectations everyone had.

Posted by: muon at January 14, 2011 03:59 AM (JXm2R)

2 I'm still gonna leave my expectations low; not in the mood for burns.

Posted by: Jaked at January 14, 2011 10:39 AM (yM49A)

3 I have no doubt some of those will end up disappointing me. But there's at least a decent chance that one or two will be good all the way to the end.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 14, 2011 11:15 AM (+rSRq)

4 I wasn't too impressed with Rio after the first one, I started with the second and got sick of the stupid halfway in, jumped ahead and saw  some guy in a speedo bouncing a volleyball of a giant number 1 with boobs, and  promptly deleted the series from my hd.

I'm still trying to find the other new series that I want to watch.  Unfortunately I seem to be in permanent Punishment mode with Clearwire for running BitTorrent.  If there were a decent alternative, I'd be there.

Posted by: Mauser at January 14, 2011 08:44 PM (cZPoz)

5 Are you going to try any other new series, or look at their reviews? Aroduc put Dream Eater Merry on the same level as Madoka Magica, albeit disliking them both.

Posted by: muon at January 15, 2011 08:15 AM (JXm2R)

6

What, this isn't enough for you? Man, some people can't be pleased!

...no, I have no plans to watch any other shows, and I have considered and consciously and deliberately decided not to watched that particular one.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 15, 2011 10:03 AM (+rSRq)

7 So Yumekui Merry translates as Dream Eater Merry?  Makes sense.  I watched it and thought it was one of the more interesting premises this season.  The plot summary on That Anime Blog misses all of the important points.  On the other hand, with one bad guy with a pretty simple goal, it could get boring.  Episode 2 just came in, so we shall see.

Having just downloaded and watched the first episode of Macademi Washoi, I'm struck by the similar notes in Dragon Crisis (Hyperdestructive non-human girl out of nowhere with little ability to talk latches on to our hero, and wants to stay in physical contact and in his bed, another girl who can't talk The main difference is the magical school).

I'm wondering if Girls who can only communicate by writing is becoming a rising trope.  You've got Celty Sturluson in Durarara, (the first time I saw this), Suzuho in Macademi, Eu in Zombie.  (There may be others, I'm thinking of one who only texts her friends.)

Posted by: Mauser at January 15, 2011 06:14 PM (cZPoz)

8

The Japanese name is 夢喰いメリー.

yume means "dream".

ku means eat or drink or "to receive a blow" (i.e. "to be struck") so it's possible that there's a pun here.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 15, 2011 07:44 PM (+rSRq)

9 So it could be Dream Fighter Merry.  That might make more sense, because Merry IS a fighter.

(She's from the dream world and stuck on earth, and wants to go back, while the villain wants to invade.  She wants to stop him and force him to take her back, and our hero is the key because the villain is trying to come through HIS dreams.)

Posted by: Mauser at January 15, 2011 09:02 PM (cZPoz)

10

I don't think ku implies that the person is a fighter.

(And please stop with the topic drift.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 15, 2011 09:12 PM (+rSRq)

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