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anime I've been watching [May. 16th, 2013|07:13 pm]
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Wow, it's been a while. LJ feels really dead and it doesn't make me want to post much, sadly. But I figure I'll just do a mega-post on stuff I've been up to. First off, I've been watching a lot of anime. The stuff I've watched from this season:

Suisei no Gargantia: Soldier in a war with aliens ends up on a planet with much lower tech level with his amusing AI-equipped mecha, and has to learn to cope with culture shock and having the freedom to choose what to do with himself. I have really enjoyed seeing the poor soldier (who came from a society with no money or much freedom--for him, at least) learn to navigate the new world he's found himself in without tons of the shortcuts anime/sf can take in a first-contact situation, but it looks like the story will take a more serious turn now.

Valvrave the Liberator: Total crack giant mecha show which I initially called the "vampire" show. I thought it'd be more serious and more angsty than it's turned out to be. Glad the angst is missing, hope it keeps going this way. It turns the normal high school student who gets into the cockpit of the Valvrave into something beyond human, but the focus of the show is on the wider student body (and the wider political situation--which reminds me of various Gundam series) at this time. It's a ridiculous story that utterly relishes in its ridiculousness (the school declares political independence at one point), but the characters are fun to watch. Also, I mock the uniform of the hot-shot military every op and ed sequence. Pretty, but stupid-looking.

Majestic Prince: The third giant mecha show I'm watching, which I thought was going to be crack but is actually pretty serious. And charming. It's about a five-member team in a military academy who have excellent skills individually but can't put it together as a team. They are selected as pilots for five shiny new mecha and manage to win against the enemy (mysterious aliens) for the first time. They are caricatures, yes, but adorable ones. I wish the boy-crazy, big-busted girl didn't mumble, but otherwise am very happy with bunch. A nice combo of silly and serious, this show makes me smile.

Arata Kantagari: A normal boy in modern-day Japan exchanges places with a boy in a fantasyland and has to go on an adventure and conquer his personal demons (he has issues with trust and self-confidence from being badly bullied, as well as the typical normal kid needs to step up thing), from a manga by Watase Yuu. Nothing amazing about this one, but I've grown to like it. I like the main kid and his companions a lot. The angst coming from the villian(?) in the last episode made me roll my eyes, but whatever. I'm watching for the kid (and his counterpart in Japan who is a lot more happy-go-lucky) do his thing, not the big angst-fest from that aforementioned last episode. Or if I'm going to see angst, I'd rather see the main character's angst. I just care more about him.

Karneval: Hm, what to say about this? It's set in an early(?) 20th century setting but with some high tech thrown in. There's a secret group (I can't rememeber the name of) making monsters and a government group called Circus that is trying to combat the secret group. Members of Circus have access to powers which seem to be extremely advanced tech (but looks like magic), and are very...showy. They actually operate a circus, perhaps as a cover? Main character 1 is a cute-looking kid who initially irritated me a lot. He spoke haltingly, was very naive, and was very focused on finding a particular person--he kept saying the person's name at random times. GAH. He's widened his horizons a bit more, so my irritation has mostly gone away. Main character 2 has an angsty past and has tried to be cold-hearted in order to get by in the world. When he meets up with MC #1 he ends up rescuing him despite his head telling him BAD IDEA NOT WORTH IT and gets caught up with the two opposing groups. I liked him from the beginning and like him even more now. The shirt he wears under his coat baffles me, but other than that I'm all good. Dunno what's up with secret group, I just hope they don't turn out lame.

Hataraku Maou-sama!: I like this one a lot. A LOT. Demons and humans were fighting in another world, and the Demon Lord (the maou) escapes through a gate to avoid losing to the Hero. He and his general end up in modern-day Japan without their magic and their demon forms. They look like young human males. They have to make it in this world and somehow figure out a way back to their world. They rent a ratty apartment and the Demon Lord Maou (he actually takes the last name Maou) gets a job at McRonald's while his general is his nagging housewife who searches for a way to get their magic back. Maou is a nice guy and eminently likeable. The Hero shows up, having followed him to KILL HIM. She's also set up a life in Japan, and they snipe a lot. The comedy is PURE GOLD (esp the general's nagging wife routine, it never fails to be hilarious). The action is fun to watch. Trouble follows them from their world, naturally. It'll be interesting to see how things go.

I also finally watched the rest of Zetsuen no Tempest from the winter season. Holy crap, I like this series. It got really slow in the middle, so I stopped when the series took a break. But when I picked it back up I couldn't stop. It's over the top, from the battle for civilization to the frequent references to Hamlet and The Tempest, but it carries everything through to the end in a way that makes sense. Above all, though, I came to care for the characters. I didn't dislike any of them, really, but the main four characters were really fabulous. I'm happy to say the two female teenagers were awesome as well. This is one of the few series where I cherish the flashbacks the most. So, so great to see the two main guys interacting with each other and the girl who was the sister to one and girlfriend to the other. It's also beautiful to look at and with a very appropriately lush soundtrack. So, so pretty. I felt so satisfied when I got to the end, and I immediately went back and watched all of my favorite flashback sequences.

Huh. I wrote more than I thought I would. I'll leave the books and other things I've been consuming for another post.

This entry was originally posted at http://insaneneko.dreamwidth.org/492464.html. Please comment here or there.

[User Picture]From: madamada_chan
2013-05-18 05:32 am (UTC)
The only anime I'm watching now is Karneval. Haha, I think those who haven't read the manga before watching the anime pretty much has the same impression as you about Nai. It might be just me, but when I found out the reason why he was like that, I actually started to find him all the more adorable ^_^
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2013-05-19 02:43 am (UTC)
It helped to find out what he was, but seeing him become more aware of the people around him was even better.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2013-05-24 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the anime recs! I mostly just watch on Crunchyroll, so I wouldn't have watched Hataraku Maou-sama otherwise, and it's hilarious (so far--only seen the first two episodes).

edit because I forgot to say: the fake demon language is annoying as all get-out, though, ugh. Really hope they stop using that soon.

Not sure if I'm more annoyed by or enjoying Arata. (There's a lot of eye rolling when I watch, but I also kinda like the characters and am curious to see where it goes.) But it's Watase Yuu, so I don't expect much. ...Hmm, that reminds me that I should catch up on the Genbu manga. I was actually enjoying that, even if I know it's going to end in tragedy.

Edited at 2013-05-24 01:38 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2013-05-30 06:09 am (UTC)
LOL on the fake demon language. I noticed some people really hate it, but I just find it hilariously bad. I am up-to-date with Hataraku Maou-sama and still love it.

As for Arata, I hope the villains don't show up too much. I like the good guys, they are adorable. Never did read Genbu...I think the volumes of Fushigi Yuugi that came after what I thought was the END turned me off Watase Yuu.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2013-05-30 05:30 pm (UTC)
Most of the show is hilarious, yes (LOVE Ashiya's "dying" words being to tell Maou to at least see the movie on a discount day, ahaha), I'm just...not sure where it's going (or where I want it to go?). It's the kind of show that I just want to keep being hilarious, but I'm sort of dreading it getting all serious. (Though so far the serious stuff has mostly been OK, so maybe I shouldn't worry so much.) I...sort of really want Chiho to go away, though.

As for Arata, I hope the villains don't show up too much.

Haha, good luck with that! I try to just keep low expectations for Watase Yuu. I kind of want to know what Kadowaki's deal is...but then I have to remind myself that it's probably really stupid (it can't be MORE stupid than Kannagi's backstory, though, right?).

Like I said, I actually really liked the beginning of Genbu (but again...REALLY low expectations), though I think I've only read five volumes or so. I know what you mean about the second part of Fushigi Yuugi not being as good, but I did really like some of the stuff in there, so...oh well. Part of me hates 90% of what happened after Nuriko died anyway, so whatever.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2013-05-31 04:08 am (UTC)
I'm a bit nervous about Maou getting too serious. Emi's backstory episode was a bit tedious (plus I realized the voice actress has an annoyingly high voice), but perhaps the main story wouldn't get as angsty as the flashback. Chiho is a bit annoying, but I mostly find her harmless. New girl (can't remember her name) I am loving so far, so maybe there'll just be less Chiho and more new girl?

I try to just keep low expectations for Watase Yuu.

Yeah...I need to keep this in mind as I watch the show. I had very low expectations starting out and grew to like the show while following the good guys. I just need to not be too invested, because if things go bad I won't be as unhappy. *sighs*
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