I feel like I should have written up an introduction to all of these summer anime I’m covering this year. It would be much simpler for you guys to see what shows we’re spotlighting. We have already covered what perhaps was the most anticipated of them all, Free! Next up, it’s Uchoten Kazoku or The Eccentric Family, the most recent contrivance by Tatami Galaxy author Tomihiko Morimi. Uchoten Kazoku feels like a spiritual successor to The Tatami Galaxy, and I’m not just referring to eccentric atmosphere surrounding both, but also the overall production. Aside from that, I don’t believe an episode summary would be enough to describe just what exactly is going on in this series.
Ah, it’s the summer time. When school’s out, the sun is shining brightly above, and the rising temperature gives everyone (kids and grownups alike) the safe excuse to go for a swim. However, sometimes life gets in the way of these fun, but time-consuming outdoor activities. To compensate for those who (myself included) can’t afford a few minutes of a busy day to chill near the water this summer, Kyoto Animation has released Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club to appease and entertain swimming fans, as well as fans of… pretty boys.
To say that Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club is an anime aimed solely at girls is but an observation, as this doesn’t seem to be its only target audience. Free! is extremely eager to please, and not just the girls. There is a peculiar appeal hidden beneath the surface of the swimsuits and the dubstep (more on that later). I’m going to try to keep the episode description to a minimum. This anime has to be seen to be believed.
For being a series written by Ichiro Okochi, the brains behind anime such as Code Geass and Planetes, Valvrave the Liberator isn’t quite as liberating as it should be. Then again, this is the first episode we’re talking about. Sometimes the first episode of a series is more than enough to demonstrate its importance and potential. Other times, the result is completely hackneyed. After all, Valvrave kicks off its premise in a school setting, with students and their raging hormones confessing their unrequited loves, all-the-while a sociopath and his group of terrorists plot an attack against the school; and… our young protagonist finds and pilots a mecha in order to save the day. Sounds familiar? I thought so too.
In a way, it was a great idea that we decided to pick another show to preview for the spring anime of this year… I say that because after watching the first episode of Aiura, I was reminded that life is too short. Aiura is a direct adaptation of a yonkoma manga by Chama, and this only adds to the effect that after watching this anime I was dazed and confused, in a good and bad way.
After such a searing first episode, Attack on Titan has won me over by a slight margin as the best anime I have seen so far this season. I’m sorry, Aku no Hana! This anime has sealed the deal with me as chances are, I will be following intently for the rest of the season. It helps that it was recently revealed that the series would be around 25 episodes, as that gives it plenty of time for characters to be developed, and plenty of exposition to happen. Anyway, the first episode of Attack on Titan was more than what I expected. Tetsuro Araki, known for the ultra popular Death Note has forged a behemoth of gargantuan potential.
Fresh off my editorial we begin 2013′s spring anime season. Aku no Hana is the first series from our picks to premiere, and what a premiere it was. I knew there was something about this series I knew I was going to like. After watching episode one of Aku no Hana, I know exactly what it is. In spite of that I will warn viewers with the following… Aku no Hana is certainly not for everybody.
Oh, I so wish I would have published this preview sooner, but I couldn’t because of time commitments. Now, that it’s here, well, what I can say… I must admit to having apprehensions about this anime for obvious reasons. I’m sure I’m not the only one who did, yet were all the judicious individuals right? Well, read on to find out!
I realize that I am publishing this preview almost a week after episode two’s release. Unfortunately, I simply couldn’t make time for it. Life has been catching up to me lately, and therefore to compensate for this preview going live several weeks late, I will do a preview of episodes one and two. Thus without further ado, here is my preview.
I wasn’t going to do a preview for this anime, since it’s not a Spring 2012 one. Having said that, I changed my mind because I will not be doing a preview of Ozuma, as that would be unnecessary. Ozuma is only six episodes long… doing a preview on it would be kind of pointless. I can quickly watch it and critique it without having to preview a single episode, and since Ozuma is one of this season’s anime I’m supposed to be covering instead of doing a preview on this one, I might as well do it on one of the shows I’m currently following (like I said I would).
Hyoka is one of those animes… that I’m sure it will surprise some who have already developed a perspective on it. This is one of those animes that will make people assume it’s something entirely different than what it truly is. As a result, it will fall into one of the “love” or “hate” series of this season, and that’s only with episode one… Because this week with episode two on the way, those who stick around are going to be rewarded with one of the best animes of this season.