It’s the time of the year again! The first impressions are long overdue as I bring you my opinions of the shows I’m watching currently for the Summer Season. Originally I was going to put Uta no Prince-Sama together with the former two, but I decided to replace it with No. 6 at the last minute. Compared to last year’s summer line-up (which I review Shiki) I see much improvement in quality and better storytelling in this year’s line-up. You pretty much know what happened in the show, I’m just going straight to my thoughts of the series I’ve watched so far. Please note that the reviews of the three shows are only my opinions and are not impressions that judge the series as a whole.
Seeing eye-to-eye for the first time. Romance is in the air~
Ikoku Meiro no Croisee: I visited various sites like Star Crossed Anime Blog and Random Curiosity and many visitors of the sites commented on this series’ similarities with Aria. Well, obviously it’s made by the same director who previously worked onAria despite never having to watch a single episode of it before. The animators pretty much capture the landscape of Paris in the 1880s/1890s. (More on the 1890s judging by the designs of the ironworks and the clothes the Paris people wore.) The interactions between Claude and Yune was interesting to watch, seemingly that their own cultures and customs clash with each other. Seriously though, I thought thirteen year old Yune was eight, with that big eyes of hers and small body. Lolicon: Absolute no-no for me.
One more thing. Yune = MMMOOOOOEEEEE!!!!! (Hugs Yune like a plush doll)
First thing that popped to my head. Madame Butterfly: Paris-style, minus the tragedy.
Really did not see that coming.
Blood-C:Took me a long time to find a high quality sub for this series. Fortunately, there is. Sure, the first episode may seem simple, happy and borderline cliche, but this is CLAMP we’re talking about. I have a hunch that CLAMP would want us to lower our guard and let us think Blood-C, as a whole will be a cakewalk, but rest assure; by the next episode or so onwards, symbolism, angst and mind screws abound. For someone who has never watched Blood+ that aired a couple of years ago, it’s refreshing to see CLAMP collaborating with Production I.G. while working on Gate 7 (their latest series) after the bloodfest that is Tsubasa. And nice to see a change of the portrayal of vampires. (Thank Twilight and the countless vampire romances and sensual books that are hanging on the shelves.) Also, some of the characters in Blood-C looked like characters from previous CLAMP works. (For starters, Tokizane looks a lot like Touya Kishimoto, Sakura’s bro from CCS for those who are still clueless.) Otherwise, the fight between Saya and the monster drew me to the series (meaning that I’ll stick around and watch the remaining 11 episodes.)
Production I.G. Executives: Okay, everyone. Next on our list: Blood-C stage musical.
Sci-fi action, stepford society, yaoi, the S-M type…wait, wrong channel. But nice try Nezumi, your plan backfired horribly. Wait, you guys are a bunch of twelve year olds…
No. 6: I sort of watched this solely the reason this is made by BONES. Yeah, call me biased or anything, but I like it. Otherwise, I’m pretty much a sucker when it comes to sci-fi, especially the hard ones. The CGI is the only criticism for No. 6, sticking out like a sore thumb when putting a character at the foreground. Also, the OP needs some time to get used too if you are not used to this sort of music. Yeah, there’s a presence of yaoi vibes in here (particularly around 17-18 minutes into the show) and though I was expecting it, but never at a rate like this. Judging by the ED (which is quite good), Shion and Nezumi will be growing up in the later episodes.
Let the rage of the angry yaoi fangirls begin. Sigh.
I’ll be back with Usagi Drop and Mawaru Penguin Drum in the next summer line-up First Impressions. So tell me what you think, and what other series have you watched for the summer line-up?