as per the title, redux
How does the latter half of the season’s new shows stack up in my arbitrary and highly prejudiced opinion? Read on. [Part I]
Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid – This one is a no-brainer. If Kyoto Animation keeps up the ridiculously high quality of the first episode through the rest of the series this has the potential to be a landmark piece of animation; if not, Chidori will save the day regardless. I’m putting a lot of faith in this show with nary a glimpse of the actual plot so here’s hoping it doesn’t make a fool out of me down the road, but with the track record of Fumoffu I think I’m in good hands.
Petopeto-san – From the stills I was worried that Petopeto wouldn’t convey the warm feel of YUG’s art in animated form, but those fears were groundless – this is an incredibly cute show with perhaps the best OP/ED combo of the season. I’ll keep watching as long as none of the main characters start to piss me off, an outcome which at this point seems very unlikely.
Shuffle – The OP is pretty awesome, but not enough to save a harem show with no other fate than devolution into hideous drama.
Ichigo Mashimaro – As I’ve said before, the Barasui designs are kick-ass and well executed here. The Barasui story is intact as well, and I just can’t keep my mind locked on twenty-two minutes of plotless cuteness at a stretch – Mamiko may save the show next episode, but I’m not holding out hopes.
Suzuka – I haven’t watched this, but it looks boring enough from the screenshots to be arbitrarily tossed into the bad camp.
The Final Analysis
Best of Season:
Still in Purgatory:
Clamped in the Maw of Satan:
- Okusama wa Joushikousei
- Da Capo: Second Season
- Paniponi Dash! (despite a quality OP)
- Okusama wa Mahou Shoujo
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