|I've been watching anime!
||[Jun. 12th, 2012|06:28 pm]
I'm rather surprised that I'm actually watching three anime shows this season and enjoying them all. In the last couple (many) years, I've either not bothered with trying out any or watching a bunch of first episodes and dropping most of them.
First off, "Kuroko no Basket." Now that the games are fully on, it's quite exciting. And Kuroko actually gets to kick ass (in his quiet way). I like everyone on the team and I am sooo glad the really annoying guy lost (and was a SORE LOSER) in the most recent episode. As I haven't read the manga (and don't plan to while watching the anime), I'm wondering what path this series will take? Will the underdog team overcome all odds and win against everyone, or will they lose at some point and regroup for next year? I am looking forward to the next episode since Midorima (who is annoying, but seems less so after really annoying bald guy) and Kuroko don't get along. I wonder what will happen with Midorima's BF (it amuses me that each "Miracle Generation" dude so far has a teammate they hang out with that makes the slashing OH SO EASY--thus my calling them the BF instead of just a friend or buddy) and his ability to notice Kuroko. In any case, the best thing about this anime is Kuroko's personality. He's so quiet, yet is assured and intelligent. It's a nice combination and such a refreshing change from the typical shonen manga hero.
On to "Tsuritama." I'm amazed that I like this show. The first episode was rather abrasive and a big turn-off for me. The main character's awkwardness manifested in such a repellent manner, looking back I can't believe I bothered watching more. And the alien boy? Wow, so grating. But everyone's grown on me! It helps that most of the main guys have grown and mellowed. And the friendships are adorable! And I love Akira and his duck, Tapioca. I can't believe the organization he belongs to, Duck, is real and official! I was wondering for a while if they were a bunch of crackpots, but...no.
Finally, "Sakamichi no Apollon." I'm not disliking the jazz music--they stick to stuff with melodies for the most part. I'm not a huge fan of love polygons, but it looks like it'll get resolved. While Junichi's storyline was mostly fascinating for showing glimpses of student protests (I can't believe Japanese students did stuff like that back then!) and Yurika's mom's reaction made me go O_o, I like the Kaoru/Sentaro/Ritsuko interactions quite a bit. As with "Tsuritama," they've grown on me as characters. Also, the local dialect is fun to listen to. One thing that would immeasurably improve the series going forward: the wanna-be Beatles singer goes away. Bleah.
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