“Advanced” Final impressions of spring 2010 – T.H.A.T’s fortune tellers speak

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That is what you will feel after reading this

Mystlord and me were discussing about making midseason reviews for all the series we watched. You know the drill, we write how we find an anime series is so darn awesome/atrocious that we go into total fits why everyone else should like it or that it’s the most vile crap that anyone who watches it is an idiot. I mean, that is the stable diet of all episodic blogs, and we thought that it will be interesting to write down our thoughts.

After a five minute discussion, we realize how bloody boring the concept is. Of course, we realize that it’s more fun to have some funny repercussions by trying to speculate the end of the series we are watching. I mean, we all love to have the facts explode right in front of us when we do our true proper final impressions. So, take this with a pinch of our salt, as Impz (extremely serious) and Mystlord (writing essay speculations on Angel Beat) try to predict whether the anime they watch will end up well.

p/s: Skipping Hakuouki for this episode, will continue for episode 11

Angel Beats

by Mystlord

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To be honest, Angel Beats! has failed to impress me this season, and all it has accomplished is a haphazard mix of comedy and drama. I’m still unsure as to what its ultimate goal is, and its rather unbelievable characters don’t really help the show at all.

That being said, the show is made by Maeda Jun, even though I already speculated as to how Angel Beats! will end in one of my earlier posts, in that it will end with Otonashi’s and Kanade’s victory, the cliffhanger at the end of episode 10 makes me wonder if Maeda Jun has something insane in store for us. If I were to speculate about how MJ will make a crazy ending… It’d have to be as follows:

The shadow that was revealed at the end of episode 10 is actually Otonashi’s sister who was pissed off at not being able to read any more manga. Her goal in the afterlife is to exact revenge on Otonashi who she blames for essentially killing her by bringing her out on Christmas. To exact revenge, she has the ability to create shadow things at will because she remembers that her favorite character in all of the manga she read was Celty. As she continues her rampage of creating more shadow creatures, Otonashi comes to realize that all of these shadows have the form of a character in mangas that he used to buy for his sister. He lets himself get captured by his sister’s shadows, and is subsequently taken to his lair. However, it turns out that the Otonashi who got captured is actually Kanade who coded the new ability “disguise”. She kills Otonashi’s sister, and then they bring her back to the hospital bed where Otonashi constantly watches over her. When she wakes up, she discovers that Otonashi is there, and after she says that she hates him, Otonashi hands her a manga that he drew. She’s so touched after reading it that she disappears immediately. That’s episode 11.

In episode 12, Otonashi finds out that the regret of everyone is actually that they were unable to do everything they wanted in their real lives. The episode descends into a fast forwarded montage of him doing everything everyone wanted to do, and everyone pops in front of his eyes. Once he gets to Yuri though, he realizes that Yuri’s regret is that she didn’t get to kill the robbers who broke into her house. Suddenly it’s revealed that TK is one of the robbers who broke into her house. As Yuri runs TK through with a knife, she disappears, and it turns out that TK’s regret is that he regretted killing Yuri and her sisters. Since she got her revenge, he feels redeemed and thus disappears. Since Otonashi fulfilled all of his wishes, he immediately disappears as well. As he disappears, he reaches out to Kanade who tells him that she will stay here to help everyone else who appears in this world pass on. The show ends with a scene of Kanade in the snow crying.

Or the shadow could just be a personification of the regrets of everyone in the world, or maybe even of Yuri in particular. I like my theory better though.

Hakuouki

by Impz

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The series has been run of the mill average since Episode 1. The series has a pretty decent story plot, a horrendous Mary Sue female lead and some nice bishies for the fangirls. I am pretty satsified with the show despite the many issues.

However, let me tell you right now that the ending will definitely suck BIG TIME. Everyone will be happy and jolly (at least the main characters such as Chizuru and Hijikata) simply because it is STUDIO DEEN. Despite the odds, the oni clan will somehow survive and no longer disturb Chizuru because of some ridiculously stupid reason.

STUDIO DEEN always manage to screw up my shoujo series big time, small time, every single BLOODY TIME. If they do not manage to screw this series up, the sun will rise from the bloody north side. I can tell you for sure that a few episodes down the road as we hit the final episode, my rage meter will grow to the stratosphere. Trust me on this. STUDIO DEEN has never failed me, it will not fail me now.

Giant Killing

by Impz

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I actually adore Giant Killing, but I didn’t see as a show I can blog about (despite my love for football since the age of 8, I even represented my middle school as a left winger!). Nonetheless, Giant Killing has been a very good anime about football because it is for once not a bloody POT, where it becomes some supernatural shit. Despite my absolute rage over STUDIO DEEN on shoujo series, they have actually done a good job on other genres. I personally believe that Tatsumi will finally reverse the curse of ETO and bring the best out of Tsubaki as he becomes the next MOTM regular. At three quarters of the revival, Tatsumi decides to quit ETO and leave. It just feels like his style to leave when he is on a high.

by ghostlightning

Saw this coming from a mile away.

Tatsumi kept ETU losing match after match until management had no choice but to make him play again.

He takes the field and makes the ENTIRE TEAM DEFEND. 10 men back. This allowed them to secure the ball with no problem against the Dragons, after which, Tatsumi dribbled his way through the entire field and rifled the ball from outside the penalty box.

He did this nine times in the match, for a TRIPLE HAT TRICK. After which, he turns to the skinny forward with no self-confidence: THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE SON. THAT’S HOW YOU KILL A GIANT.

/applause

Arakawa Under the Bridge

by Mystlord

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Arakawa Under the Bridge this season has been a really interesting anime to watch, and I have no doubt that it will end on a just as interesting note. I really have no idea what to expect, and I think it’s futile to predict what will happen at the end.

Just on a purely ideological note though, I would be happy to see the series end with Kou staging a victory over his father and continuing to live under the bridge. I don’t want a Kou x Nino ending, I don’t want a Hoshi x Nino ending, I want to see a season 2 damn it! :P That might be the case as well since the manga on which the series is based off of is still ongoing, so I have hope… I don’t think a show as interesting as Arakawa will fall prey to common cliché endings. At least I would hope not.

But you know, the best ending for Arakawa would undoubtedly be if Nino says at the end “Your debt to me is fulfilled. All I wanted was a taste of what being an Earthling would be like. In the end I’d rather remain true to my Venusian roots.” What would Kou’s response be? Well, he could take the Shoujo route and say “I love you Nino. Be mine forever.” And then Nino smacks him and sends him flying. Or in a more drastic turn of events, he could acknowledge that the world above the bridge is actually the crazy world, and the world under the bridge is where he wants to spend the rest of his life. And he and Nino remain lovers… Cue season 2!

Saraiya Goyou

by Mystlord

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Saraiya Goyou is most definitely the second best show of the season. I say second best because Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei blows Saraiya Goyou out of the water. But that’s not to say that this series sucks. Far from it. With some top notch animation and some of the best best character development that I’ve seen, this show is certainly worthy of being in the noitamina time slot.

However, considering its pacing and presentation thus far, I have no doubt that the series will come to an end with Masa confronting his past somehow and defeating it. I mean honestly, how else can the series end? I know the focus is supposed to be on the criminal organization the “House of Five Leaves”, but honestly, they haven’t done any criminal work in the past few episodes, and the focus has almost entirely shifted to character development on most of the major characters. To me that’s an indication that the show is headed down the road of a past vs present confrontation, where each character is confronted with an element of their past that they ultimately defeat. We’ve already seen the phenomenon happen with Ume, and currently ongoing is Matsu. Yaichi’s is apparently incoming, and Masa’s problem will probably get worked out with Yagi somehow. After all, he still has yet to go training with him.

The problem though, is how the show will tie everything together. I believe that the best and only result will be for Masa to enter GAR mode a la Shinji in Evangelion 2.22 and kill everyone in cold blood. I will accept nothing less.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

by Mystlord

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Undoubtedly the best show of the season, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei has exceeded my expectations, even after seeing Mind Game. There’s just so much going on within each episode that it’s as if I’m getting a sensory overload. I’m amazed at the amount of detail packed into each episode, and the small quirks that Yuasa Masaaki adds in to each episode to tie everything together. Truly the masterpiece of this season, and with good reason.

The show, like Arakawa, has been awesome enough to surpass any expectations for each episode that is aired. I have no idea where the show will take us next, as there are still a few more characters left to introduce, and Watashi hasn’t progressed too much in overcoming his fundamental error from the beginning of the series.

The easiest way to make the show end would be to have Watashi break the time reversal in the final episode with an insane realization that he has lived his life poorly and has been dodging reality at every turn. Instead, he has to stop living in this grandiose dream he has constructed, and face the fact that he has indeed wasted these past two years of his life, but he has to look to the future.

But that’s a boring way to end a Yuasa Masaaki series. The show has to end in either some sort of crazy mindf*** scene or with a completely unexpected twist of fate (I haven’t watched Kaiba yet so I wouldn’t know). The ending of Mind Game was interesting to say the least, and I have no doubt that Yuasa Masaaki will find some way to craft the narrative that ends the show in a way as brilliant as it started. I can’t even begin to speculate what will happen in the end. In fact, it’d be an insult to Yuasa Masaaki’s creative genius.

Shows that I haven’t watched
by Mystlord

(Most of these predictions are created from reading the summary of each show ^_^)

Kiss x Sis – The show will end on an unresolved note. Cue season 2! Alternatively, the main character will get a harem end.

Mayoi Neko Overun! – Either a OTP end or a harem end. I’m leaning towards the OTP end with the main character pairing with the first girl he picked up.

K-On!! – The show will remain unresolved at the end. My bet is that the show will end with the girl’s graduation.

Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor – The show will set itself up for ANOTHER sequel.

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitte Iru – Yaoi end.

Hakuoki – The girl finds the cure for her father and pairs up with the hot guy or leader of the Shinsengumi.

B Gata H Kei – She’ll pair up with the 1 boy. The end.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – Usui and Misaki will pair up.

Sports animes – The team that the show has focused on will win some tournament/championship.

Working! – Uhh… However moe shows usually end.

Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou – The guy will become the Devil King? I dunno.

Heroman – Heroman will go back to being a simple toy robot after a tearful parting with Joey.

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26 Comments

  1. deaky
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I agree that Tatami is the best “new” show of the season so far. Can’t say Arakawa’s impressed me as much. It relies way too much on a sense of humor I don’t really share. It feels like they set up a sentimental premise only to suck all the life out of it with distracting and garish humor, for some allegory about “just enjoying life” that I didn’t need. I still watch it in the hopes that the ending will surprise me a bit, but I’m fully expecting a season two teaser to come out like the last pathetic gasp of a deflating whoopee cushion. But there’s still room for something truly interesting, instead of some obvious and anticlimactic showdown between Ric and his dad. I also hope Giant Killing and Five Leaves go somewhere interesting, but I’ve seen Ristorante Paradiso and enough sports anime to know they won’t.

  2. Posted June 10, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    You guys should give Working!! a go. You’ll be surprised.

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      I try telling people that but they think I’m crazy!

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      I agree that Working!! is a rather good show. I would think it’s less moe than K-On, and more comedy with a dose of slapstick thrown in.

      And this post did make me facepalm… had to skim right after the first couple paragraphs, can’t stand inflicting that much pain on myself.

  3. Matt
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Ill third Working!. Not as Moe as one might think, characters are decently interesting. Good show to watch to turn your brain off, get a few laughs, and really not have to invest too much.

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      I’ll throw in my support for Working!!, but then again I like quirky SOL-based comedies.

      • Posted June 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

        Hm Working!! eh? I stopped watching after the first few episodes, but I’ll watch some more.

  4. WhoBeMe
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Wow … on that list of anime that Mystlord hasn’t seen … I’m actually watching all of them except for that Ikkitousen one. Though Kiss and Mayoi are kinda getting way too boring. Though I haven’t seen the 3 most recent episodes for them respectively.

    Arakawa … I think we’re gonna find out a little about Nino. The way it ended in the latest episode with her saying she doesn’t want to be moved or forced out again, or whatever it was she said … leads me to beleive it happened a lot in the past to her. So I’m gonna guess we learn about her past. But yea, the father has to be beaten.

    Though I haven’t even heard of Taikei. Maybe I’ll take a look at it.

    You don’t watch that much, do you Myst?

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Fairly selective am I ^_^ I gave all of those shows that are in that list a few episodes, but I just gave up on them.

      • Posted June 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        Persistent you are not. :P

        • Posted June 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

          It’s because I know what I like! I don’t torture myself with things that I don’t like :D

  5. Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Nice one-line reviews of shows you haven’t seen. Awesome concept.

    (I expect my royalty check by the end of the month.)

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      Lol, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one thinking that. However, I think you’re confusing royalty cheques with trolls.

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      I actually watch Giant Killing

  6. AuroraFlame
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Angel Beats!, just….. it must end this way or I will never be satisfied. TK must be a former crook who made a bad decision; now he’s looking for atonement. Otonashi’s imouto must go yandere only to realize that Otonashi did everything for her… Kanade must openly weep into the snowy night knowing she will never see her friends again — that is the most important thing of all.

  7. Posted June 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m just hoping Hacookie ends before the fansubbers die. Which they can do after they’ve finished their homework dammit. Re: others, I’m sure Maid-sama, Arakawa and Uraboku will be orite…

    …BUT…you forgot Durarara!! How could you?! The frigging awesomeness that is Shizuo must be mentioned! And a pic of him throwing a vending machine! And doing so at that sadist with the creepy paedo voice! And and and…!!!

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      My prediction for DRRR, in the spirit of the article above.

      1. Mikado slips going down a staircase and isn’t seen again until the very end of the show.
      2. Masaomi realizes that Anri can fend for herself. Since he doesn’t have to protect her, he becomes much more relaxed, and he and Anri hook up.
      3. Yellow Scarves go nuts, marauding through the streets. Shizuo has huge battle with them, smashing them with signposts. While Izaya watches from a rooftop.
      4. Celty finally realizes the shit Izaya has been pulling, and confronts him on said rooftop. Izaya wants Celty to take him to heaven. She obliges by pushing him off the roof to his death.
      5. Mikado wakes up. He finds out that he was completely unnecessary. He quits the Dollars and starts an anime blog instead.

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      Nooo I didn’t. The post title says “‘Advanced’ Final impressions of SPRING 2010″. Drrr is from the Winter season :P

      • Posted June 11, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

        Well I’m Dyslexic so I often read ‘Spring’ for ‘Winter’. I hope you’re feeling very bad now Mysty. But I still think the frigging awesomeness that is Shizuo must be mentioned.

        [P.S. No offence to those of you who are actually Dyslexic, many of my students are so I know it's no barrell of laughs, I was just failing to be funny.]

  8. Posted June 11, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    >The show ends with a scene of Kanade in the snow crying.

    Cue the ending credit roll! Perfect KEY-end has been achieved once again!

  9. Tama
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    For this season, working & Arakawa under the bridge still give the best impression for me & both series have very good comedy material, as for angel beats fortunately i dropped this series long2 ago, the reason is simple since i never enjoy it & this kind of story never suited with my anime taste

  10. Posted June 11, 2010 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Clearly I shall have to give ‘Working!’ a try, I assumed with all those bishoujos that I thought I saw that it’d be the dick-lit as opposed to the chick-lit equivalent of anime, but I am prepared to revise my prejudices…maybe…

    • Posted June 11, 2010 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      Like B Gata H Kei, it’s a 4koma adaptation, with all it’s limitations, but I found it very likable. The main hurdle to its enjoyment, however, boils down to whether or not you can stand the quirk of one particular character (Inami Mahiru). If you’re one who doesn’t think the show is a loss BECAUSE of her, then you’ll be in for a remarkable payoff in terms of character development, but it’s seven episodes in the making…

  11. Posted June 11, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Same here. Angel Beats have largely been a disappointment. It’s just too inconsistent in what it wants.

    As for Arakawa, I’m loving it so far. I have a bunch more episodes to catch up to though, but it’s very interesting indeed.

  12. esha25
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ll add my hat to the working!!! love. Usually, I don’t like these type of shows, but it is done pretty well. And even makes me laugh because it is interesting.

    I also was a bit surprised at how much I like Maid-sama. At times they story plays too much on main characters distrust of guys, but over all it is pretty well executed for what it is.

  13. Meg
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    I think my favourite this season has got to be House of Five leaves but that may be because I’ve fallen in love with Masa…. and is hoping for a coughyaichimasacough ending. lol.

    But I’ve been watching Arakawa and loving it! Exactly my kind of humour and I have no idea where it’s heading but I’m hoping the ending is crazy!

    And K-on is my type of moe show :D

    Although the rest of what I watch hasn’t really been discussed on this list Oofuri s2 and Rainbow :D What can I say, I love my bromances! But I’m going to check out yojohan shinwa I think.

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