Since Intashrp is incredibly uncreative and lacks the ability to write an introduction, I will.
Hey, it’s mdz [so damn creative]; the primary commentary is written by Intashrp, while I write the subsequent one. For those of you who do not know him, he did the Concluding Thoughts for Fate/Zero; he’s incredibly pedantic. He’ll probably edit that out. Well, let’s get started; there’s a shitload of cool shows this season.
Fall Season 2012 Shows
Synopsis: The story starts off with 9 boys, all in the Hikari Club, who are driven to make the ultimate Artificial Intelligence, and will stop at nothing to create it. The leader of the club, Zera, is an attractive boy who is very sick and twisted….
Commentary: This seems to recall Lord of the Flies, where the guys idealistically realize their “aspiration,” which reverts into a machine driven by vaguely humanoid rationale. Its “finesse”, allegedly on par with that of ordinary males, seems to conjure an amalgam of potential romance and shock. Hopefully it appropriately implements subjective devices rather than schizophrenically sprays-and-prays.
MDZ: Art looks terrible, saw “attractive boy” in the synopsis, realized that I probably wouldn’t care for it.
Synopsis: The slice-of-life battle story is set in a future that has neither World War III nor an alien invasion — just an ordinary future set after our current age. In this world, robots are part of everyday life, and they contribute in various aspects of society…
Commentary: What could subservient “war goddesses” the size of inchlings possibly do? In an “ordinary future” where robots are omnipresent, “what better fun than to throw them into little skirmishes and call that entertainment. Oh, let’s give them sentience for the drama and plot advancement. Hmm, that might be inadequate so let’s just introduce a troublemaker.” The plot seems to be a bit bland, if not linear; the hope, at the moment, lies in the slice-of-life and intermittent blocs of action.
MDZ: I saw the ten-part OVA and it really wasn’t the best. I suppose the animation was kinda nice, and the mood was kinda enjoyable too; but there were a shit ton of ridiculously asinine developments that left you incredulous. An agglomeration of illogical bullshit mixed with pretty animation I suppose.
Synopsis: Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years without a boyfriend or friends. One day, she injures the most popular boy in school, Yamato Kurosawa, due to a misunderstanding. For some reason though, it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they’re friends…
Commentary: That the female protagonist isn’t the most experienced social butterfly may offset any plot lethargy; her lack of personally intimate experiences will make certain ensuing character interactions awkward. The guy seems mediocre albeit his popularity—he obviously likes her and asserts a platonic relation, which not only invites dubiety about the guy’s personality but also provides opportunities for other girls. How the relationships and plot devices seem to be structured may make it worthwhile. Overall, shouldn’t be bad enough to warrant adblock so give it a try.
MDZ: I’m all for the sappy romances, I really do enjoy them. But I really dislike the pretty-boy type of character; it’s what made me drop Inu x Boku SS. Females feel degraded when there’s the generic trope of big boobs with no brains; I feel kinda degraded with pretty boys. Life is difficult.
Synopsis: Riki was a child when his parents died, leaving him hopeless and depressed. What saved him was a group of four kids calling themselves the Little Busters. They took Riki out and played with him during his time of need…
Commentary: Aye, a heavily anticipated, dubiously observed, or altogether ignored series, partially for its producers, and partially for its precedent acclaim as the pure visual novel. From the J.C. Staff associated with the generally successful series Nodame Cantabile but also a few relatively nameless others, Little Busters may be a mélange of hits and misses, or it could be entirely uniform with hits or misses; it’s all up in the air at the moment. Expect allusions to the past compared and contrasted against the present, be it tough or lax. Generously give it a try and see if it’s a sure fire with its execution of the romance, drama, and comedy; with no prior knowledge however, I’ll be venturing into this enterprise with hopes held aloft.
MDZ: Oh boy, probably one of the most controversial adaptations of the season. It’s source is great, there’s not a doubt about it — it’s by Key; Key tends to release great visual novels, at the worst, an above average one. I personally did read the visual novel, and I really did like it; the soundtrack and its supplementary features created an aggregation of awesomeness. It’s comparable, albeit loosely to CLANNAD; this revolves around friendship, while the latter revolved more so around the cathartic symbiosis between two individuals. Nevertheless, this adaptation could be great, or it could be incredibly bad; it’s J.C. Staff; they have good shows like Toradora and Nodame Cantabile, but they also have extremely average adaptations. They’ve also done a lot of bad adaptations, like Tsukihime [which was a visual novel]. But, it should also be noted that none of those who did work on Tsukihime are working on Little Busters!, but none of those who worked on the “good” series are working on Little Busters! either. It’s a matter of how the studio handles it.
Synopsis: In the world, the manipulation of tanks (Sensha-do) is one of the traditional martial arts especially for girls. Miho doesn’t like Sensha-do and moves to Oarai Girl’s High School. But the chairperson of the student council orders Miho to participate in the national Sensha-do championship.
Commentary: The plot essentially revolves around high school girls and military-grade demolition vehicles. In other words, if you like bullets, artillery shells, and/or sketchy pantz, it should be intriguing. It’s the mechanics that are hopefully logical—“manipulation of tanks[…]one of the martial arts” may raise eyebrows but this is all just conjecture. It might actually contain substance, or it could be for purely visual enjoyment.
MDZ: I’m an effusive sentimental fanboy, why would I care about lolicons shooting guns [It’s ironic because I watched Soro no Woto and enjoyed it]? Unless it’s romantic. Which it’s not. I don’t think so at least.
Shin Sekai Yori
Synopsis: About one thousand years into the future, civilization has been retrograded and humans are living dispersed within small communities. People in this era have a psychic power called “Juryoku” which materializes things they imagine. In the absence of advanced scientific technology, people are using this power as a major source of energy…
Commentary: The series actually seems genuinely interesting judging by the synopsis. There’s a mysticism encompassing the past, a curious mechanics to it, and prevalent sense of exploration and awe. It seems like it has a good concept but it’s the execution that’ll matter here. Also, the thumbnail art looks great so I’m expecting above-average tier animation art. So if you like supernatural or sci-fi mind bends, this might be a sufficient series for those sorts of tastes. I’ll be looking into it since it does really pique even my dormant curiosity.
MDZ: Looks interesting enough; it’s A1-Pictures, so that guarantees above-average animation at the very least, and as Inta said, the synopsis does look somewhat interesting [I didn’t really read it]. It’s given two tags — Supernatural and Sci-Fi; those are relatively “unique” tags; they’re not followed by secondary, integral elements like romance. It could be a promising surprise.
Zetsuen no Tempest
Synopsis: The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose family was mysteriously murdered one year before and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakase Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown desert island by her followers…
Commentary: It seems enticing if you’re into literary allusions and such. But if I were to watch it, I’d watch it for the mystery and drama. Ultimately, it’s a series inviting objective scrutiny with subjective enjoyment still within the realm of possibility.
MDZ: The plot doesn’t seem to be the most original, but that’s seldom the only decider in how “great” a series can become [or is]. I can’t say that I’d watch it, it’s a shounen tag, but the art style seems to dictate a different feeling. It just doesn’t seem to be interesting to me.
Synopsis: This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician…
Commentary: Another almost collinear adaptation from a renowned source. Not much to say but should theoretically be enjoyable if you like adventure and fantasy—it has potential for immersive, inventive ingenuity but also for trite patterns that emerge either within the series itself or between it and its source.
MDZ: This one genuinely does seem to be somewhat promising; as Inta pointed out, it’s source is relatively highly rated [8.47]. I’m not quite sure on the Aladdin-motif that it has going on though.
Commentary: Otherwise known as “Kami-sama Kiss”, the series seems to portend of suggestive, possibly awkward innuendos that ends up with a necessitated apologetic stance one party (probably the male deity) must don; rinse and repeat. Simultaneously, the interactions and the social conundrums inherent should be rather piquant, given its comedic intent.
MDZ: Fuck you Inta, I said no children’s shows.
Commentary: Its scope seems a bit microcosmic—ideally, it expands beyond the platitude of foils; in this case, the male lead, “Code Breaker”, juxtaposed against the female lead. Given the basics of the series, it doesn’t seem too generic or original. The latent mystery shrouding the male lead as well as the ensuing character interactions and entanglements–however dramatic, comedic, or poignant they may become–should facilitate its palatability. The idea of a juxtaposed dynamism inherent in a character is quite fascinating, partially because of the aforementioned possibilities, and also because of the idea of shifting character positions with respect to relationships and plot development. All in all, go for Code:Breaker if you enjoy twists in the mélange of school life, supernatural phenomena, and penultimate, potential feel-good fuzziness.
MDZ: I’ve heard from a friend that the source is relatively enjoyable, and it does look to be somewhat interesting [albeit still cliche]. But I’ve made of a habit of not caring much for cliches; if it pulls the cliche elements off well, and integrates a few, original concepts, then I’m sure that it’ll turn out to be a relatively enjoyable watch. I probably will watch this, but I’m going to assume that the production quality is going to be incredibly sporadic; its trailer was relatively pretty, but I doubt that it’d remain with that caliber [I probably will like this show though, if I had to choose a storytype cliche that I really don’t mind, then this would be one of them].
Synopsis: 2019, Divergence Ratio 1.048596. The near future, where a device popularly called the PokeCom, packaged with PhoneDroid OS, spreads, bringing the Augmented Reality world close to existence…
Commentary: In brief, an enticing show to follow for 1, its animation, story, and characters as presented, and 2, to see whether this will be proximal to Steins;Gate or Chäos;Head, for those who have seen the latter two. Watch if you also like sci-fi, mechanical things, some interpolated school life, and [hopefully] atypical but palatable interactions and developments.
MDZ: The fuck Inta, you give a halfassed commentary on Robotic;Notes while putting an ebullient effort into the girls with guns entry… Anyways, I can’t say that I know a lot about Robotic;Notes; it’s related to Steins;Gate and Chäos;Head. That enough is a catalyst to coerce me to watch this; we do have to keep in mind that Steins;Gate was known as not only a great visual novel, but an awesome anime adaptation. The same however, doesn’t fare for Chäos;Head, which is considered a good visual novel being given a shitty anime adaptation. Nevertheless, given that these three series are linked, and that their sources are all presumably “good” at its lowest extreme, then this should be a treat. At the very least, we’ll get eye candy; it’s by Production I.G. For those who are not familiar with that, they animated Usagi Drop, Ghost in the Shell, Seirei no Moribito, Higashi no Eden, and Guilty Crown. Guilty Crown was a shitty show, but it was pretty shit; the amalgamation of a great soundtrack mixed with eye candy made the show. Nevertheless, at the very worst, we’ll see a “Guilty Crown” from Robotic;Notes.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun
Synopsis: Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, he becomes convinced they are friends…
Commentary: I’m curious about how much of an incidental “contingency” the note “delivery” is…but in all solemnity, you’ll probably enjoy it if you like an amalgam of comedy, stark character development especially with the alleged tsundere, and insinuative romance.
MDZ: Tsun as fuck, I’d watch it.
Synopsis: The story centers around Ryūta Sakamoto, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young man and a top-ranked player in the online combat game Btoom! One day, he wakes up on a tropical island…
Commentary: So a few inculcated elements from Higashi no Eden (NEET, thrown into a survival game, protagonist afflicted with initial amnesia)…I guess it’s another action centric series that might turn out to be a trite iteration of Eden or compound a different but savory plot emblazoned with decent characters.
MDZ: Madhouse, Action, Boobs, and Seinen. It’ll probably be a great action show; Madhouse does very well in that genre. I can’t say that I’d watch it though; I’m the character interaction type of guy, I don’t care much for action without reason. The art style doesn’t quite attract me either.
Onii-Chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai yo ne—
Synopsis: Himenokouji twins Akito and Akiko have finally reunited with each other after separation due to the death of their parents. After six years of living apart they suddenly began to live under the same roof due to Akito’s desire to live as a family unit once more. Things were fine at first until Akiko began to express her incestuous love for her older brother, who only sees her as a little sister.
Commentary: I swear, just the incestuous connotation elicited the intriguing maxim, “Ecchi Sukecchi Wan Tachi”—roughly transposed to “Ecchi Sketchy One Touchy” with its ‘naughty’ vector magnetized towards the ‘perpetrator’. Just watch this in heavy anticipation of harem-esque developments and comedic interjections, and, mon dieu, forbid romance.
MDZ: Oh Silver Link. They did an amazing job last season on Kokoro Connect — that show is probably an eight on my list; given my elitist, illogical standard, that’s a damn feat. I can’t tell if Silver Link is being given shitty shows, or whether they’re progressively improving. Nevertheless, there’s not a lot of prowess you can show with ecchi, incest, and harem tags.
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Synopsis: The school romantic comedy revolves around a second-year high school student named Sorata Kanda who lives in Sakurasou, the dormitory for problem children at Sorata’s school. One day, Mashiro Shiina —a cute girl who happens to be also a cosmopolitan, brilliant artist— moves into Sakurasou…
Commentary: Aye, seems like a profound female lead juxtaposed with a blank, canvas male protagonist…doesn’t mean it’s automatically pernicious to your health either; give it a shot for the potential romance, intriguing character interactions, and awkward comedy in this proverbial school setting.
MDZ: I’m a sentimental bitch in romances, but the guy shouldn’t be an idiot. As Inta said, it clearly juxtaposes antithetical individuals; I can’t imagine it being devoid of every other cliche trope, followed by an obnoxious execution of it. Given that it’s J.C. Staff, it doesn’t exactly galvanize the brittle hope that I do have for it.
Synopsis: The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person’s state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term “Psycho-Pass” refers to a standard used to measure an individual’s being. The story centers around the…
Commentary: Hmmm, seems like another concept series, except pivoted around neurosci-fi and an “underworld.” Also, It seems that it’s an original animation rather than an adaptation, due to its lack of a source and its “original” label. The art seems a bit plastered or tacky but don’t let initial facades ward you off forever. Give it the litmus test for a reasonable number of episodes and see if its concept is coherent and executed well.
MDZ: Fuck, I’ll probably watch it. I normally don’t care for action shows, regardless of studio, but its script is being done by Urobuchi Gen [he did Madoka, but I fanboy him more for Saya no Uta]; its ending theme is also being done by EGOIST.
Well shit, that’s the fall season. There’s a lot of promising shows this season, — it’s incredibly similar to last year. But it’s a matter of how the season handles the shows; Guilty Crown aired last year, it was promising, but it turned out to be utterly shit when viewed for a constructive storyline or half-decent characters.
I’ll probably continue doing entries, possibly for Little Busters!, and definitely for Robotic;Notes. Inta and I are entering our senior years of high school, he, more so than I, cares for school [I do too, but we have our hierarchies]. And ironically, I do have a shit ton of work this year; not difficult work, just a lot of work. Even at my retarded pace, it does take a while to do, so I don’t see myself picking up too many shows [although I will be watching more than I commentate. I have to continue Sword Art Online’s weekly entries, as well as keep up with gear on WoW since the expansion launched late last month; I also need to maintain grades in all my APs, and prepare for college shit, and more shit; and Inta’s in a similar situation, minus the hobbies.]
Oh right, and this entry was a bit later than I really wanted it to be. If it helps, I asked Inta to start last Wednesday, but as you can see, he’s incredibly detail-orientated [that’s a nice way of saying a pedantic tool]. I’m pedantic too, but I still do my entries within ~25> minutes of watching it. God. /end sarcasticrant