Summing up Winter Season 2011/2012

Completely idiotic protagonists who get turned into badasses or Jesus’es, funny horror scenes, unfunny comedies, meaningless robots, drama girls, magical bullshit and finally ever so present: hot springs.

That sums up pretty much everything, but I wouldn’t miss the chance to bash the series separately. They soo deserve it!

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Update on Winter 2012 Anime

Watching too many of these damn shows! Always trying to catch up, but then new episodes come out. *sigh*

And I have to admit, most of the series I considered ‘fine’ I’d describe with ‘meh’ now. Some of them I just struggle my way through, don’t ask me why, I’m mad and I might bite.

Anyhow, here’s what’s been going on:

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Top Opening Sequences of Winter 2012

It took shorter than expected, the spots were well deserved and I had only a bit of doubt. This time I’ve included shows that I don’t watch, just to make sure I don’t miss something good!

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Autumn 2011 Anime: Progress update

In some cases nothing changed: Ben-to, Kami no Puzzle and UN-GO are pretty much the same, Kimi to Boku is still an average show with very slight comedy setting,  Hunter x Hunter and P4  have the fresh feeling to them and they can be surprising at times, but that’s also nothing new. Yet it turns out that I underestimated a few other series:

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Autumn 2011 Anime: Community’s Impressions

Unfortunately, Anime is one of these hobbies that are like the sea, unless you know how to swim, you will end up on the shore with most people. And by that I mean it’s very easy to catch a hype over something that’s simply bad, but it takes some effort to get to something better.

That’s why the Anime community is full of crazy people who would feel great about recommending you Bleach or Fairy Tail. But that’s mostly because they’re childish, it can get much worse than that.. Let’s look how the latest series turned out rating-wise on myanimelist.net:

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Autumn 2011 Season Top 6 Anime Openings

Good series usually have great soundtracks and this season doesn’t disappoint. With that Captain Obvious remark, let’s move on to what I consider *gasp* awesomest songs of the season!

6. Shakugan no Shana Final

“Light my Fire” – KOTOKO

Another song from KOTOKO, with the usual feeling to it: Starts fast, slows down and then explodes.  I really like that kind of pace, especially when the refrain is worth waiting for, as it does great job in bringing the serie’s fighting spirit full of motivation.  It went on the last spot mainly for typical scenes and rather boring character presentation. I’m so fed up with fading in/out characters, plus the ‘puzzle’ style at the end.. It just lacks the refreshing feeling. It’s well done, has a good song, but it’s nothing new. Moving on..

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Autumn 2011: Anime I’ll be talking about (Part 2)

Moving on with the series that caught my eye:

Fate/Zero

This 13-episode serie, being prequel to Fate/Stay Night (split into two parts, second containing twelve episodes titled ‘Fate/Zero 2‘) is certainly the most popular pick of this season. It took one 40 min.  episode to convince everyone who’s watched its sequel that it’s definitely going to get interesting. How so? Well, starting with the plot..

In the world of Fate/Zero,  the fourth War for The Holy Grail is about to start. It’s goal is simple, seven Magi (basically chosen summoners) have to compete with each other using their servants (aka. Heroic Spirits) for the Holy Grail which supposedly has the strength to cause a miracle. The Church and Magus association (which are on hostile terms with each other) made an agreement that for each war a priest should be chosen to moderate it. Kirei Kotomine, whose father was once a mediator, was picked to take his place in the upcoming war (while being a member of both the organisations). The serie is supposed to reveal the conflict between Kirei and Kiritsugu Emiya (foster father of the main character in FSN) also called ‘The Magus Killer’.

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