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It’s Fall at last! And better yet, it’s October, the second best month in existence. November is of course the best. I can only hope these bests carry over to the anime that will be airing during this time. So, let’s get back to talking about cartoons instead of watching them.

If a show I had posted about previously is mysteriously missing, I mysteriously dropped it due to negative feelings that weren’t necessarily very strong, but strong enough that I didn’t want to waste any more time watching them when I could be, I don’t know, playing video games or watching more Precure.

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Sengoku Collection
I’m up to episode 15 of Sengoku Collection, and while I like it, I am disappointed. I was told to go in with a lot of patience, which I did, but… While it tried to do many types of stories, it was really only good at silly ones. Or mixes of silly and heartwarming, like that time travel machine one. Other episodes are not so good, and some episodes are just hard to pay attention to even when they are being silly. So this is overall just okay.

Hyouka
Yeah. Like Sengoku Collection, I picked this up when it was nearly finished because I suddenly became curious. That wasn’t supposed to be a reference to this show, but there you go. I usually avoid KyoAni shows because they’re usually a type of show I can’t enjoy. Which is why I didn’t even try this when it first aired, despite knowing it was supposed to be detectivey. But I decided to give it a chance, and while it took me 4 or 5 episodes to really start liking it, I now have no regrets.

Rinne no Lagrange Season 2
I watched the first season with friends and as such I am watching the second season with friends. … and as such, I have unfortunately not yet seen all the episodes. I have mixed feelings about this, though. It’s less fun than the first season overall (probably the lack of BE WITH KISS shenanigans) and the story seems to be a bit of a mess that doesn’t seem likely to clean itself up any time soon (it was always like this, but the “any time soon” part meant it didn’t matter when you knew there were still 12 whole episodes left). And Array isn’t going to clean it up, either, because he ditched his maid outfit. Disappointment.

Humanity Has Declined
I loved this show. It does have that unfortunate problem that any arc-based anime will have (which is some arcs just plain not being that great in comparison to others, or being far too long for what they are). And to make matters worse, in its short run Jintai had two two-episode arcs that were very weak, comparatively. There was still a lot to appreciate, though, if you even appreciate its sense of humour. Which I did, greatly. Hence the love for it. So it’s funny, what else? It also gave me warm feelings in two certain episodes, one of which was the last episode. I’m all for humour and warm feelings.

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Utakoi
I liked Utakoi a lot. Usually it was just nice, but without fail, just when you were starting to grow tired of it, it would throw an amazing episode at you. I’m actually really disappointed that it’s over now. I never thought I’d be saying that when it first started, but now I know I will miss those sparks of genius which got into my eyes and made me cry because dude, sparks in your eyes? That hurts.

Moyashimon Returns
Despite how different this ended up being from the first season, I liked it well enough. It was just pretty weird because there were only one or two episodes that were really what I would consider Moyashimon-like. The rest were all weird and had all this… storyline. Unusual. Though it was a little strange because of my expectations and it wasn’t as good as the first season, I still enjoyed this. I guess a lot of other people didn’t. Oh well.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous
I did like this at first. Not a ton, but I liked it. Genuine. Except like… four or so episodes in it just completely lost me, and it never came back from that. It was dragged out for so many episodes with no real developments of any kind, just mopey ghost being mopey and a bit of a jerk for messing with Rokka’s head. It got to the point where when Rokka made a choice in the last episode, it didn’t even make sense. Why would she make that choice? Why did Hazuki like her again? And who was phone anyway? You lost me, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, and in the most boring way possible.

The Ghost of TODAY

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki
How many Poyos could a Poyo Poyo if a Poyo could Poyo Poyo?

Smile Precure
As I thought, this feels like a different show when it’s being serious. At least they bring out the nice animation for fight scenes when it’s being serious, I guess. That’s something I was definitely missing from all of the silly non-serious episodes. Now, the most important question is “When will we stop with the Decor Decor Decor Decor nonsense and revive the queen already?” The Precure should just get their new powers and attacks from determination!! and the Decor Decor Decor… thing should just take forever to fill up. Stop trolling me, Toei!

Saint Seiya Omega
This is an interesting show to compare with Smile Precure. Smile Precure’s quality is more like a straight line, with a few dents in it. But this is all over the place in episode quality. When it’s bad, it’s worse than Smile. But when it’s good, it’s better. Needs more Yoshihiko Umakoshi actually doing the animation and more Rie Matsumoto directing.

The Ghost of Dog

Kyousogiga
A whopping one ten-minute episode has aired, and man oh man I have so much to say about thi– … wait, no I don’t. I’ll get back to you after episode 2 airs. Right now I’m basically still in pre-episode 1 hype mode.

Shin Sekai Yori
I guess this is supposed to be creepy. But I… yeah, I actually think Another did a better job of being creepy. And I know how much everyone says Another failed at that. Something about the order of events seemed wrong. We should have been hearing creepy stories about people never graduating and disappearing and cats and stuff before the end of the episode. As it was, it just felt like there was no real buildup of atmosphere save for one or two little things. Actually, maybe the problem was that it was just rushed. Not sure, but something was wrong. Anyway, I’m interested enough as I enjoy horror and suspense and mystery, so I’ll be continuing to watch this.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Blah blah rape culture blah blah that’s bad don’t do it blah blah I don’t feel strongly about this maybe I am a bad person.

On the other hand, the moment after the now-famous rape threat line, the “monster” hopped into a squishily-animated box so he could sneak off in disguise. I am okay with this. And I like the main character. I do not think this is a complete piece of garbage, and in fact I find it way better than the Shoujo of Last Season, which had something to do with Italians and jamming tarot cards into people’s eyes to fight. Will I keep watching it? I don’t know. I have a hard time with romances, and an even harder time if it’s shoujo romances. But this was doing at least something right in just its first episode, regardless of all the INTERNETS DRAMA revolving around it, so I’ll be trying more episodes.

Wooser no Sono Higurashi
Everyone needs silly short anime in their life. If it’s not Poyo, Chi, or Dogtato, what else is going to be but Wooser? Also, this anime is like 90% CG. But you probably didn’t know that, because you’re a meanie who has not watched it and has only seen screenshots from it, if that (and who in the world can tell it’s CG from stills?). Not much else to say about this right now. I like it though.

Zetsuen no Tempest
This was actually pretty interesting, if overdramatic (except I’m pretty sure the staff knows this). Also very pretty. In fact, I found it better than K in the visuals department. Sorry, a colour filter and shiny water and glass isn’t enough to overtake all the things Zetsuen no Tempest did. And of course I can always be swayed if something is pretty enough… well, not entirely. That didn’t work very well for Guilty Crown. But this won’t ever be as bad as Guilty Crown, right? … right?

K
That opening sequence sure was neat and stuff. Too bad the whole thing feels devoid of… well, everything except for skateboarding porn once the intro’s done. Hopefully it will get better, but I’m actually very disappointed. That trailer had me all excited for this anime I don’t know a thing about, too!

Code:Breaker
I admit. My eyes watered up a bit. Dog! Dog!! Why?! I will try the second episode of this because certain plot elements are ones that I always like, but I am doubtful. Why am I doubtful, though? Dog was amazing. Any anime that has a character like Dog and can actually make me care about it that fast (okay I guess it’s not that hard when you make the stupid thing unbearably adorable) can probably do other things well. I shall wait and see.

Also looking forward to trying out Magi, Psycho-Pass, Robotics;Notes, and Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de. Though, I have this awkward feeling that Noitamina is going to disappoint me terribly this season and that I just won’t like the other two. That’s okay, though. Everything else I’ve watched so far seems good enough, especially with Zetsuen no Tempest unexpectedly being good. And to think, I wasn’t even going to try watching it. Good thing I don’t put too much weight in plot summaries. You should also not feed them more; they are trying to lose weight. Go watch the new anime instead.

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