So I’ve gone from weekly recaps of new stuff with occasional other posts, but since no one ever comments on those it’s now LoGH and torturing myself with absolute crap. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped watching current anime, it’s just that I can’t be bothered to write about it every week. So what have I been doing with the last 3 months in that regard…
Continuing from Winter
I’ve been continuing to watch Hetalia Axis Powers, which has apparently earned a second season. The World War II focus of the first half of the series has gone with a broader look at different countries in the present. With everything from the American Revolution to a platform off of East Anglia that everyone else ignores, national stereotypes can be fun in five minute chunks.
Higashi no Eden was probably my favorite show of the spring season. With a high level of what I would call hidden fanservice, there was nearly always some extra way I would be entertained in each episode. At times part Bourne and with sendoffs to Dawn of the Dead and Taxi Driver amongst other films, there’s a cinematic element to this series. Other parts I was impressed was the attempt to raise NEETs above their current status in society and how collectivity can work in solving problems like stopping missile strikes or in a real life example combing through hundreds of thousands of pages of redacted MPs expenses. Plus, cigar cutters scare me now.
In stark contrast was K-On. While it was pretty much the typical KyoAni moefest I expected it to be, I had expected something a bit more. Judging by how popular it is though, I pretty much assume I’m in the minority. Perhaps it is a realization that my hopes for slice of life series to attempt something more substantial will never come to fruition. Maybe it’s why I will never get Aria and YKK, I just don’t know.
The last of the mere 3 completed single season series was Hatsukoi Limited. While it is pretty much standard school love drama fare, it did manage to stand out in its execution. Not everyone managed to hook up with who they wanted, 50% of the characters I hated ended up with nothing. However, there’s still a little lingering doubt that this may merely be a slightly better version of KimiKiss.
Continuing into Summer
I should be caring more about the characters in Cross Game, that would be the point in an Adachi series after all right? I shouldn’t be making box scores of the baseball games should I. Why am I noticing Kou struck out more batters than he said he did? I’m probably a terrible person for noticing him hitting for the cycle than his relationship with Aoba.
Hayate the Combat Butler!! has changed tone significantly from parody-heavy hijinks to a character-driven comedy/drama. It started out pretty weak, but the last few episode of the current season have improved significantly. As a whole, I may eventually end up rating this higher than the first season.
And the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is pretty hard to judge off three episodes, especially when two have been in a Groundhog Day-esque plotline. Perhaps more importantly, it becomes much harder to watch the first season in broadcast order now.
A Brief Preview of the Summer
What am I looking forward to in the next three months for new shows? As much as I would not want to say nothing, I’m going to have to say nothing. Perhaps I’ll watch some 1920s-era girls baseball, any of the traditional fanservice heavy series which serve as economic isolationism, a fourth incarnation of a series that looked to be running on fumes or even the “joys” of simple economic activity in simpler times. Good grief.