Winter 2014 Anime: First Impressions (Part 1)

After having took a glance to the first episodes of this season’s animes, I decided to write a little aboout this season on this post. I’m not one who judges a book by its cover, and again, I’m not reviewing anything. It’s impossible to review an anime (or anything else) only after have watched the first episode (for instance, I enjoyed a lot the first episode of Symphogear season 1, but it turned out to be one of the worst anime I ever watched, in the end)
So, basically, what I’m writing there are just thoughts about first episodes and some expectations.
Well then, it’s going to be brief, but let’s start soon anyway!
(note that: the animes are listed without an order)

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Second Season from the popular omonimous anime, which came after a 12 episode first serie and a movie. It’s nice to see that the two main characters are now a couple and they share the same home (for various reason), and to see everyone back, changing as the time goes by. A nice start for the long-awaited second season, which is surely going to have some surprises (as you can, for example, see with the new character in the opening).
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Romance
Should I watch it?: Yes (If you watched season one, obv)

Noragami

Though the overall plot doesn’t seems that unique by now, Noragami looks quite an enjoyable anime. Tons of funny moments and a cool main character, bizarre animations, colourful monsters and nice voice acting. Also, loved the ending by supercell. I have high expectations from this, hoping it won’t end up in clichés. (Also, I loved how the main character’s partner goes away before we get to know her)
Genre: Action, Supernatural
Should I watch it?: Give it a try

Pupa

I don’t know why an anime like that should have a mere 5 minutes episode lenght. It looks very promising, being horror animes really rare those days. I’ll keep on watching it, though I dislike its lenght, its censorship and… What the hell is wrong with the main character’s face? Seriously, a flower on the head and a scar? I don’t know what are those for or if they’re going to be explained but they kinda… piss me off.
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Should I watch it?: I suggest to watch it once it’s all completed, having short episodes.

Pupipo!

Short episodes, few plot, cute drawings: enjoyable. Pupipo! is a short anime which deals with paranormal and creepy stuff such as monsters or ghosts, but in a cute and innocent way. The story revolves around the main protagonist who can see ghosts since long time and was always alone, until the day she had her first friend, and found a strange pink ghost called Pupipo. It is clearly intended to a younger audience but everyone can watch it.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy
Reccomended?: If you enjoy short light-hearted comedies, yes

Sakura Trick

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Genre: Comedy, Yuri
Reccomended?: Yuri.

Space☆Dandy

Probably Space☆Dandy will be my favourite anime from this season. Carefree, sarcastic, incredibly entertaining. Cool animations and nice trippy artstyle are the center of this anime, which doesn’t seem to be an ordinary anime. What makes it a good anime is the fact that it’s itself somewhat a persiflage to animes. Have you ever seen the entire cast dying on the first episode? Just check this out, already.
Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy
Reccomended?: ALL MY YES

Super Sonico The Animation

What’s the point of this anime? It looks like the usual ecchi-comedy filled with clichés. It was obviously made as a merchandise move for the main character, the mascot of Nitro+, Sonico, which already gained a huge success by… showing her boobs? Well, that’s kinda how the anime goes. Also, the fact that she’s always wearing headphones pisses me off more than Pupa’s main character (lol). Nice things about this? I guess it’s relaxing. Way too much. It’s kinda boring, in fact. Oh, and boobies.
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Music
Reccomended?: No

Tonari no Seki-kun

One of the most interesting anime of this season. The story (if we can refer to it as “story”) is aboout a boy, Seki-kun, who always do strange things at school, like creating huge domino tracks with rubbers during lesson, and Rumi, the girl who sits next to him who always gets in trouble because of him. Awesome animations, interesting art and overall very enjoyable. Also, episode are less than 10 minutes long, so it’s very relaxing and easy to watch.
Genre: Comedy, School
Reccomended?: Yes

Part 1 ending now. Part 2 coming out tomorrow.
~Shion

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About foregroundnoises

I'm a 23 y.o. italian guy, I have a degree in japanese language & culture and I'm currently advancing in my studies. I love music but I'm too self-destructive to attempt to produce it myself. Sometimes I gaze at my shoes and think it's a nice genre. Mainly translating japanese music lyrics (Touhou / doujin / indie / etc) and Gaki no Tsukai clips (worked with Team Gaki too). 宜しくお願いしマスタースパーク。
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