Summer Anime 2013! Opinions and Impressions – Part 3

Teekyuu 2

Is your body ready for MORE TEEKYUU?

It better be.

Episode one of season two was expectedly ridiculous and unabashedly hyperactive. Teekyuu 2 is off to a great start. Fans will be pleased to find out that the show’s signature formula has not changed one bit. I kinda miss the old OP, but the newer one we saw today was still alright. I don’t see myself ever getting tired of Teekyuu.

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You can find my review of season 1 here . Teekyuu>Wimbledon.

Kiniro Mosaic

Kirino Mosaic is a charming SoL about Shinobu and her friendship with Alice, who has come to live in Japan from the UK. Episode one gave us a little bit of background and some early character development – Alice and Shinobu are both very likable, and Shinobu’s classmates Aya and Youko are a great duo.  Kiniro Mosaic is extremely moe so stay away from this one if you can’t handle overt cuteness.  The cultural differences and early language barriers were pretty hilarious so hopefully the jokes are stay fresh and don’t become formulaic.

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Animation is fluid and the ED was great too. Something that was also (unintentionally) funny was the pronunciation of English in a few scenes. The Japanese voice actors have an American-sounding touch to their English pronunciation – so it’s just funny to hear them voice British characters when the accent doesn’t to fit properly. This is by no means a negative observation though, I’m totally keen for more of this show!

Blood Lad

Blood Lad’s first 24 minutes indicated that we’re in for a wild, zany and unpredictable series. The protagonist (Staz) is a highly erratic vampire ‘boss’ with otaku tendencies, and all the other characters we saw were super weird. Entertaining, yes – but I have no idea where this one is headed. The first episode was pretty fun overall, but I don’t know enough about it to make a real judgement yet.

Staz - on the Final Fantasy series.

Staz come to a realisation about the Final Fantasy series.

Artwork is very blunt and angular – many scenes are super-colourful which makes the whole presentation feel kind of clustered. On the other hand, the OST is good. Another interesting title.

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! or Watamaote, for short was quirky and likable.

The story follows a young girl, Tomoko, who has about as much self-esteem as a brick. The only person who talks to her is her younger brother – so she’s incredibly awkward and fairly cynical. Watamaote is technically a slice-of-life series but it’s not as light or bubbly as most which is a welcome change. It’s a little darker – but doesn’t take itself very seriously so there’s still plenty of laughs.

Tomoko is a great character. Her interactions with the other characters are totally beyond awkward, and hilarious most of the time. I was totally cheering when she muscled up and found the courage to speak to that sensei at the end of school though. Such a small victory was somehow really significant!

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It should be noted that Watamote has made an excellent case for OST of the season already. Being a metal guy I absolutely loved the OP, and the background music during the scene where Tomoko started to panic in the fast-food shop were both incredibly good. While I liked them as outright pieces, they fit within the vibe of the show perfectly as well. The ED was nice too, but I’m hoping they put some more heavy stuff in as this show continues. I’ll certainly be watching to find out!

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