End of October means happy Halloween to everyone who reads this xD In an idea blantly stolen from other anime blogs, we’re going to start doing monthly summaries of the top five shows we’ve been watching individually since we’ll never agree on anything together =D
Alex’s Top Five
I really like shows with this kind of premise. Bias, yes, but with only two episodes Kuragehime’s been amusing and engaging to watch and follow. The sheer creativity and energy each character has been bundled with could alone carry the show in my opinion, and when they’re all together, the potentials for a comedy masterpiece get born.
#4 Pokemon: Best Wishes!
It might just be because i’m feeling slightly nostalgic over the whole thing and it hasn’t yet hit me that this series is a complete waste of time, but putting the issue of Satoshi aside, I really love how unique this series has been ever since it started. It handled the first 6 episodes in a manner which was completly unlike any Pokemon series, and it actually made some of the Pokemon which aren’t called Pikachu amusing to watch.
#3 Densetsu No Yuusha no Densetsu
Ah, the fantasy genre. How impossible it is to get it spot on and how easy it is to screw it up. The way Densetsu handled itself the past month (forgetting ALL about that Iris special episode…) was almost pure genius. It may have some very cliche’d badguys and some people may angst and whine too much, but at heart this series is about Ferris and Ryner, and it was a great month for the pair of them. With what can only be an awesome next episode on the horizon, I can actually see this show redeeming itself and making a decent complete package.
Whilst I may not seem like the type, I love a good horror which is actually scary. It’s VERY hard to get scared when your behind a computer screen, in your comfy chair which has been padded with leather cushions, but when it happens, it really works. It’s unique art style and completely amazing soundtrack make the scenes just that bit more epic, and well…yeah. It’s almost saved the name of vampires from that pop culture image that spreads nowdays.The way the atmosphere which the show spent several seemingly dull episodes carefully crafting got drawn to life and shattered in this last week is something very haunting and makes a very delightful anime.
#1 Tegami Bachi REVERSE
Ever since this show first started airing way back in S1, I always knew that the premise had promise, and I stuck with it. I stuck with the ungodly filler episodes that didn’t show me any sign of the plot, and they developed Lag and Niche into some of the best characters i’ve seen. The one reason this got rated higher than Shiki is for the charm which each episode brings. On paper, they seem nothing special, but the characters and the creativity put into each of the cases really grab the viewer. With all the makings of a classic, this show reaches higher and higher every episode.
Mimi’s Top Five:
#5 Otome Youkai Zakuro
Sometimes, I feel like I’m the only one who enjoys this anime so much. Sure, the premise isn’t new, and the characters have their annoyances (the tsundere, the coward, and the twin girls), but I can’t deny how charming this show really is. What immediately attracted me were the singing, the dancing, and the beautiful art. Now the characters are starting to appeal to me, and the episodes are growing a bit darker in nature. There are already so many mysteries to consider by the 4th episode. I won’t go as far as to say that this is the greatest show of the season, but I believe that it’s much more decent than people have given it credit for. It has potential, right?
#4 Star Driver
There are a lot of things about Star Driver that make it feel so exotic: the island, zero space, cybodies, maidens, magical potions, the glittering crux brigrade, the galactic pretty boy…and more to come. I thought that Kuroshitsuji II and Code Geass were the most ridiculous anime until this came along. It’s an incredible rollercoaster ride from the very beginning and has the most stunning visuals this season. This is just meant to be entertainment, and it does an excellent job at that. The only thing I don’t care for is the fanservice, but I’ll live.
Only two episodes in, and Kuragehime is already trying to steal the season away. Every single character has a quirky personality and obsession that is portrayed in a very amusing way. I love to watch them interact so closely, especially when the cross-dresser is around to stir things up. I don’t know where this series is planning to go yet, but I’m sure that we’ll be in for lots of surprises and entertainment.
Shiki took a very long time to build up, and then it went on hiatus for a month. I was one of those people who just forgot about the show. Ever since its return though, you can really see the buildup paying off. Shiki has such a solid story and an eerie atmosphere that you can’t help but get pulled back in. Out of all the vampire anime I’ve ever tried, this has to be the best one so far. I’m very curious about Natsuno’s future role in the series, and I’m expecting to see some really awesome stuff in the last nine episodes.
#1 Tegami Bachi REVERSE
Woah, what’s this? Letter Bee is really getting somewhere interesting with the plot now, and I’ve been waiting for this since S1 (thanks to Alex for pushing me to watch). I had huge expectations before starting it; how can you not after seeing Noir in the trailers? So far it has mainly been filler, but it’s not really the bad kind. We get the first plot-driven episode by episode 5, and I’m crossing my fingers for the series to keep this up. And of course, the fact that I’m a Gauche/Noir fangirl has nothing to do with this being my number 1 show~ o 3o Squee~!