Recently finished:Haibane Renmei
- Ooh, it's pretty
And very slice-of-life too. Another Aria
is probably too much to hope for, but maybe this'll be close.
Well, for its length it was very good, and beautiful. I'd like it to have lasted longer though.Key The Metal Idol
- Hmm, early 90s art and animation. Modern anime has fewer slow pans and more dialogue I think. The introduction leaves a lot of detail for the viewer to infer. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it takes a while to get into an anime this way. Key's motivation in particular isn't made clear at all. Maybe the subtitles were copied from the dub again. They don't always match what is said. In particular, Key referring to herself in third person sounds a little contrived in English.
Well, that was my first impression. After watching all of it and reading the Wikipedia article, I understand why the quality was rather low in the first 13 eps. and the last two eps. were suddenly much longer. The unusual release tactic does not excuse the extremely bad writing though. Seriously, if this was a novel, you could teach a whole semester worth of 'how to write a novel' using only this anime for bad examples. The first 13 eps. explain almost nothing of the characters' motivation, just walking around in place, telling a story that doesn't go anywhere, with characters that mostly don't develop. Then ep. 14 is one and a half hour of exposition. Some of it is shown, some of it is just talking heads, but it is all one big plot dump. Ep. 15 is the only decent one because then you actually know what is going on. Unfortunately it kills off the most sympathetic main character and brings back several irrelevant characters, then ends in a predictable and not very satisfying way. Yep, this is one anime that didn't live up to its hype at all.Sketchbook ~Full Colors~
- I hope it'll be as good as Hidamari Sketch
Yes, it is
It's perfect, like Hidamari
, with a bit of Pani Poni Dash
, and some AzuDai
. I totally love it Ichigo Mashimaro Encore
(OVA) - Someone reminded me that I hadn't seen this OVA yet. The art seems a tiny bit different from what I recall. Otherwise it's just more Ichigo Mashimaro
. I dunno, watching this anime makes me wonder exactly what audience it is aimed at. I'm not sure would like to meet them.Grenadier
- Kinda like Koihime Musou
with guns, only much more ridiculous, and with more men. The only good thing so far is that it will only last 12 eps.
Well, it never really got any better. It's a so-so story drowned in silly fanservice.Shigofumi
- I was expecting a nice and sweet slice-of-life anime, but this looks to be a little darker than that. More like Hell Girl
maybe. Not that that's a bad thing; just different.
Okay, it started somewhat Hell Girl
-like, but it was mostly happier, and had much more of a plot. Highly recommended to fans of supernatural/drama anime.
, Kurau: Phantom Memory
, Aquarian Age
(music by Yuki Kajiura ♡), and to fill out this batch with some shorter stuff, Animation Runner Kuromi
1 and 2, Black Magic M-66
, and Kite Liberator