Summer Anime 2013 Season Update: Or, Decisions.

9 Jul

By: Stephanie Weirich

Howdy y’all!

As you have probably noticed already, the new anime season has started (OMGYAYAYAYAYAY!!!11!!) and you may have thought “Hey, I liked reading those Anime Tantrum posts about that sex pervert show last season.  I wonder if she’ll do that again this season?”.  Well, you bet your ass I am going to do that again!  The question is what am I going to write about?  For that, I don’t yet have an answer, but the season is still young and there are still shows yet to air.  I can tell you what I have watched so far though, so let’s damn do that!

Blood Lad

He's a lad?  With the blood and stuff?

He’s a lad? With the blood and stuff?

This was the first show of the new season that I watched.  Again, I haven’t read the manga for this one but I’m a sucker for shows with a supernatural bent so vampires and demon worlds is right up my alley.  The basic story is that the Blood Lad in question is Staz, a vampire boss in a demon world who has his own territory and gang but who happens to be a big ol’ sloppy Otaku.  He’s obsessed with Japanese culture and the Japanese in general (duh) and dreams of going to the human world to collect more toys and Otaku ephemera.  Then a Japanese girl happens to stumble into the demon world, dies, and then resurrects as a ghost.  Now Staz has to find a way to bring her back to life.  Hijinks ensue.

First question: Did I like it?  I did.  It has some moments where I actually guffawed (Staz’s brief rant about the Final Fantasy series brought the lolz) and for me, it’s always interesting to see what happens when the Japanese comment upon one of their biggest and yet most misunderstood subcultures, i.e. Otakudom.

Second Question: What is the likelihood I will end up writing about it?  Not very high as of now.  It’s an enjoyable show for sure, and I will probably end up watching it casually, but as of yet it’s not one that I feel like I can dig into fully.

Dog & Scissors

I don't know if I can convey more about this series than this picture already has

I don’t know if I can convey more about this series than this picture already has

This was the second show I watched, just to keep up the general silliness feeling that Blood Lad had going for it.  And while the general premise for this show is rather silly, one of the more impressive parts is that it doesn’t play it as a full on farce.  This show is about a boy, Kazuhito, who loves books.  He loves books like WHOA.  Books are the sole reason he has stayed in Tokyo (moving to the country with his family would delay his access to new books, duh).  His favorite author is Akiyama Shinobu and he has, rather misguidedly, that he cannot die until he reads Shinobu’s most anticipated book which is a conclusion to a much beloved series.  I say he’s misguided in this effort because once that’s been said, you know he’s not long for this world.  And what do you know!  He ends up getting shot in the face with a shotgun in a cafe while protecting an insane woman who will not stop writing in her journal during a robbery.  He is then reincarnated as a dog, who is then purchased by the woman who he was protecting.  And she can read his thoughts.  And also, she’s Akiyama Shinobu.  DUN DUN DUN.  Oh, and she loves to chase him with scissors and tie him up.  O_O

First Question: Did I like it?  I….I don’t even know.  The premise is strange, and I’m sure ripe for hijinks and comedic moments, but the pacing is odd as is the tone at certain moments.  I mean, the scene where Kazuhito is killed is played really straight.  Like, shit gets real dark real fast.  And while I appreciate that it’s not going full blown farcical, I don’t know if the show can successfully NOT be entirely farcical with that kind of premise.  All in all, it’s rather uneven and I found myself making this face through much of it: O___O

Second Question: What is the likelihood I will end up writing about it? Slim to none, I’d say.  I’m going to give it another episode or two, but as it is now, I don’t really know how I feel about it and whether or not I would enjoy spending some seriously in depth time with it each week.  But we’ll see what happens.

Uchouten Kazoku

Quick!  Find the huge Tanuki balls!

Quick! Find the huge Tanuki balls!

Uchouten Kazoku, or The Eccentric Family as it’s being called stateside, is based on a light novel series by Tomihiko Morimi who also wrote the novel that Tatami Galaxy was based on.  It is about Tanuki and Tengu co-existing with humanity in modern day Kyoto.  The Tanuki can shapeshift into human form and Yasaburo, our protagonist, loves going about his day as a human school girl.  He has also vowed to live an interesting life, and thus every move he makes is in service to that ideal.  In this first episode, A LOT happens.  We get to meet quite a few characters and we see that they have highly complex and well worn relationships with each other.  There’s also a certain level of mythology and world building that’s taking place as well, which, you might not know this about me, but I LOVE DAT SHIT.

First Question: Did I like it? I sure did!  I am a very big fan of Japanese mythology and I have a deep and abiding love for Tanuki’s, so I was pretty biased towards this show from the get go.  The world also feels real and lived in.  No time was wasted on getting us into these characters and their lives, even if we don’t know all of the specifics of what we’re seeing and hearing about.  I like that.  It feels like the people behind the show have an innate respect for their viewer’s intelligence, which is a rarer and rarer phenomenon these days.  I plan to keep up with this one.

Second Question: What is the likelihood I will end up writing about it?  Pretty high.  Currently it’s the front runner.  My only concern is that there is SO much happening that really trying to break it down will take quite effort and intellectual prowess.  But I might be up for the challenge.

That’s what I’ve got so far.  The next shows that I’m going to check out are Monogatari Series Second Season (Which is quite the alliterative mouthful), WATAMOTE! and Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C3-bu.  I am all of the excited about these three, so I may end up with another front runner by the end of it.

What are you guys watching?  What are you most excited for and what has disappointed you the most so far?  TELL ME.

Also, if there’s something you’d like to recommend to me, let me know!

One Response to “Summer Anime 2013 Season Update: Or, Decisions.”

  1. Artemis July 10, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    The thing that’s disappointed me so far this season is the lack of anything especially outstanding. There were a lot of shows I was excited for (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist, Servant x Service, to name the first few that come to mind), but they’ve all seemed entirely average so far. Early days yet of course, and I want to give them a bit more time before I decide whether or not to drop them, but the first episode of nearly everything I’ve watched has been really underwhelming.

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