July 15, 2012
There were eight shows I originally intended to give a try. Here's how it came out:
Binbougami ga -- dropped. The emotional whipsaw was too much for me, and madcap farce just isn't my thing.
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate -- dropped. The first episode was great, but the second episode might as well have been from an entirely different show. I didn't even get halfway through it.
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai -- dropped like a hot rock. Watching the first episode made me feel soiled. I wanted to shoot the protagonist. This show is utter trash.
Hagure Yuusha -- continuing. There's too much fan service. (Ever think you'd read that here?) But the basic story is interesting, and there's potential. It looks like Myuu is the audience viewpoint character, not Akatsuki. He's an enigma, and it looks like the story is us finding out his true character. (Just in passing, I think this show will get a whole lot more interesting if Akatsuki gets the shit kicked out of him one time. Right now he's too full of himself.)
Campione -- continuing, but on the bubble. It really depends on whether the main character develops, and keeps, a backbone. If Erica keeps pushing him around, I'm through.
Dog Days -- is just as good as I hoped it would be. Better, even. I now suspect that Becky is going to be the main character in the series, though there's also going to be story about Shinku and Nanami.
Sword Art Online -- never started. I had intended to watch this, and I even downloaded the first episode. But once I had it, I found I didn't give a damn.
Oda Nobunaga -- and same with this one.
So I've got three shows continuing, and they all happen on Friday or Saturday. I wonder what I'll find to post about the rest of the time?
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 15, 2012 05:10 PM (5OBKC)
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Posted by: Wonderduck at July 16, 2012 04:05 PM (Kv7m+)
Sword Art Online really is dotHack, but so far it's less about the mysteries in the game than it is about being trapped in the game and having to survive. So, not as interesting as dotHack/Sign.
Oda Nobuna (yes, they renamed the character) is not quite as insulting to the Sengoku era as Sengoku Collection, as there are little tidbits of history sprinkled throughout, but the main character alternates between being a lech and then some sort of retainer of the gods. Plus Nobunaga as a young woman. It's as stupid as you'd expect.
Posted by: wahsatchmo at July 16, 2012 04:09 PM (r4uXE)
So, not as interesting as dotHack/Sign.
That really is damning with faint praise, because .Hack//Sign was dreadfully uninteresting. For most of the series, nothing happened.
The important plot points of the entire series could have been compressed into three episodes with room to spare.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 16, 2012 04:33 PM (+rSRq)
Sword Art looks good, but I feel like I'm watching a dramatization of World of Warcraft. When the only twist is that it's a MMORPG with real life consequences, I feel like there's not much there.
Posted by: wahsatchmo at July 16, 2012 06:20 PM (gY5xe)
There was only one plot point in .hack/sign that I liked. When Lady Subaru got her ass kicked by a character with a similar avatar because she spent all her time politicking rather than leveling up. She looked pretty cute all disheveled too.
And the music was good.
I haven't downloaded anything this season yet. Although I'll probably start on Dog Days 2, since I downloaded the first season, but haven't watched it yet.
I've only watched about 30% of everything I've torrented.
Posted by: Mauser at July 17, 2012 02:17 AM (cZPoz)
I'm a big BeeTrain fan and have always liked their works, but the thing about .hack//Sign that people forget is that it's really not got much of a story. It's got a lot of good ideas that don't necessarily work together, but it *still* has one of the best OSTs put to an anime and it's super, super pretty. They spend a whole lot of time just sitting and looking at the background art while talking.
The series works to its strengths (visual & audio presentation, likeable characters, interesting world) and doesn't insult you with the story. That pretty much little happens for the entire series is its major flaw.
SAO doesn't have that luck in production and it's really not that type of series. .hack//Sign was completely original, so it could do what it wanted to do. SAO is a Light Novel conversion, so it's going to be stuck in convention a bit more.
On what I'm watching this season, at current:
- Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
- Tari Tari
- Eureka 7 AO (carry over)
- Dog Days 2
- Rinne no Lagrange 2
- Binbogami ga!
- Natsuyuki Rendezvous
- Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
- Moyashimon Returns
- Accel World (carry over)
- Hyouka (carry over)
- Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate
Now, unless a series really doesn't catch me at all or insults my intelligence badly, I'll generally give it 3-5 episodes. I more tend to drop stuff around ep 6, if I watch ep 2.
In other news, I have a high capacity to watch mediocre series, haha. (And a lot of free time at the moment)
Posted by: sqa at July 17, 2012 06:56 PM (5/dUV)
Posted by: Siergen at July 18, 2012 03:27 PM (PuIGa)
The reason the show doesn't resolve anything is that it's a prequel for the first game. It ends where the first game begins.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 18, 2012 03:35 PM (+rSRq)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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