Since I get back awfully late everyday, I haven’t found the time to take, process, and upload screenshots, so the posts will just have a single screenshot and some randomass wallpapers at the beginning and end.
Shows covered: Wagaya no Oinari-sama, Kazoku Kyouran Nikki, >Nabari no Ou, Kurenai
Wagaya no Oinari-sama 01, 02
Episode 1 was totally… uneventful, I guess. It took the show 22 minutes to show something worth around 10. Whenever a youkai or whoever spoke in “Old Japanese”, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Horo too for some reason. OP and ED were okay, I guess. The ED was better though, in my opinion. It suited the show more that the OP. Animation… I’m not really sure. It’s pretty good, but there were places where it got a bit spotty, but it’s better than some other shows I’ve seen. The way that the female and male Kuugen were voiced separately was a good touch too, but I guess it’s obvious.
Overall, a decent show, but it’d better pick up the pace soon.
Kazoku Kyouran Nikki 01
Damn, this show makes totally no sense whatsoever. A loli catgirl wife, a killer android, talking lion, non-talking jellyfish, a gay guy, and a regular loli (though bullied) as kids. I loved how Kyouka talked faster than listening to gabbah, but her Haruhi-like attitude pissed me off. Also, the ED was totally awesome. Animation was much better than expected, though I actually didn’t notice that NOMAD (of sola fame) was doing much of the animation until now.
Definitely one of the better comedies out there – filled with non sequitur (I love that phrase) total randomness – though it doesn’t seem like there are a lot this season anyway.
Nabari no Ou 01, 02
Stunning animation by JC Staff, as almost-always. The story makes me think of Naruto, in the “has ninjas” sense, except this is probably infinity times better. And it’s not by Studio Pierrot, who provides us such other thought-provoking anime like Bleach. Now that I’ve listened to the OP a bit more now, I’ve found it to be a bit more to my liking, though like some others said, the song doesn’t really pick up until the chorus, and by then, the song’s almost over anyway. The ED however, is not to my tastes – I’m not too into slow songs, particularly in action shows. Oh, and Raimei is probably one of the few blonde twintails that isn’t a tsundere.
This show ought to be at the top of any spring season watchlist, with the likes of Kurenai, which I shall get to now.
Kurenai 01, 02
I have mixed feelings about this show. Some people panned the character designs, and while I honestly find them… off, they’re actually not that bad. Plot-wise, I’ve totally been pulled in – what’s up with Shinkurou’s body, why did Benika decide to “defect”, so to speak – and so on. Plus it has a loli, yet she’s not a dojikko/a meganekko/a tsundere/any particularly moe thing, nor does she have the hots for the main guy (yet).
A great show, intriguing plot, and interesting characters. Will most definitely follow this quite actively.
What’s left: Kamen no Maid Guy, Neo Angelique ~Abyss~, Vampire Knight, The Tower of Druaga (the real one).
And more Renko and Maribel. All three wallpapers are by Studio S.D.T., by the way
note-edited for redundancy.