With the rest of the premiers for this season done, here’s some quick thoughts on some shows we didn’t have a chance to do a full work-up on.
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu- Purezza
Holy steam censoring. I don’t even think this was an attempt to boost DVD sales a la Strike Witches because this show really isn’t a fanservice show per se. Instead I think it was plain old censoring, because hints of boobies are scary. The show itself was alright, although I felt it slid a bit too much into the tired lovecom cliches that the first season managed to largely avoid. The opening Lacross anime was pretty hilarious, they’ll make a sports anime out of almost anything, they did it with mahjong~ Still, I like the main characters a lot (oh, let me express my love for Mika again) and I watched the first season, so I’ll be watching this one through.
More mopey than I thought this was going to be, but then again the first chapter of the manga was sort of like that. This episode even comes with depressing piano music. I hope they don’t turn the lighter parts in future chapters into melodrama as well. Other than that, Kazama’s voice was rather annoying and doesn’t seem to match the character very well. The rest of the voice casting was decent. One positive note, Murasame kicking the crap out of that box was pretty wicked. Where’s my happy yuri anime dammit?!
It may have a rediculously large number of parallels to the Persona series (in the last scene I was totally waiting for him to pull out an evoker), but imitation doesn’t necessarily mean the show is crap. In fact the first episode was pretty
decedent decent (Freudian slip? My job slipping into my blogging? You decide!) , the protagonist isn’t some milquetoast clown like we see so many of these days, and there’s plenty of different types of bishoujos around. Lets see if we don’t allow ourselves to get bogged down in 10 minute bursts of expositions like so many of these shows and perhaps we’ll have a winner.
Ugh, this one seems to pull all the bad cliches out of JRPGs and sticks them into one show. I also wasn’t a big fan of the direction, sometimes the split cliffhanger at the beginning and the end just doesn’t work. Plus, Luke comes off as more of a douchebag than just some aloof cool guy. Many have likened him to the widely despised top JRPG protagonist of emo douchedom, Squall from FF8. Reports from the second episode of long expositions make for a possible quick-like drop of this one.