Ah, that new season smell. These are the shows I’m going to check out, until I’m convinced otherwise. This will turn into a first impressions post once the first episodes actually air / I watch them.
Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge - Yeah…..you know that uncomfortable feeling when you laugh at someone and then immediately realize they weren’t actually joking? Awkward.
Karneval - Well. I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised. The production values, direction, and pace were unexpectedly good. Let’s see if it can keep that up. I don’t sense much potential from the characters, but they work well enough and aren’t gratingly annoying, and it could definitely be a brainless fun watch.
Hataraku Maou-sama! - I’ve gotten so used to having comedy rubbed all in my face that I almost forgot how to laugh. If this show runs out of steam, it’ll be a damn shame. Between this and Azazel-san, it should be a great season for comedy if nothing else.
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation - The character designs look a little off to me, I dunno. It seems to be a fine adaptation so far, which is nice for a show based off a game, but unfortunately I don’t care too much about said games. Whether or not I’ll keep watching it depends on how good the rest of the shows this season are.
Aku no Hana - AKA Rotoscoping The Animation. It certainly has a unique and vaguely unsettling feel to it, which I’m willing to believe they intended. Seriously guys, they didn’t rotoscope it just for shits and giggles. I imagine they didn’t just make this a live-action show because of whatever shit goes down once shit gets real. Beyond that, this episode was all about building setting and atmosphere with subtlety and style, and I think it’s going to pay off in spades.
Yondemasuyo Azazel-san Z - More of the same, which is of course not a bad thing because if you didn’t watch / like the first season you wouldn’t be watching this anyway.
Shingeki no Kyojin - Just like Shinsekai yori used to be really fond of its blurry-cam, this show seems to like….”whooshing”, I guess would be the most concise way to put it? The shit with the speedlines and the yelling. Come on. Don’t be afraid to be subtle. We get that shit in this world sucks a big one. I have faith that it’ll iron out the wrinkles and grow out of this, though, just like Shinsekai did. What we saw of the action was nice and the art is interesting.
Suisei no Gargantia - I’m immediately getting unwelcome flashbacks to Real Drive. Half an episode of decent laser light shows and then…..then we meet the REAL main character, Ms Peppy Perma-blush Sparkle-eye Animal-mascot McGee. It isn’t nearly as bad as Real Drive in that it’s not an insta-drop, but I’m still very, very displeased. Okay, okay, I’m just being grumpy, the episode was actually really well constructed (in fact, easily one of the best openers of the season) and the female lead isn’t THAT bad. But still. Also, why is it always Earth? Wouldn’t it be more interesting to just have it be a random planet with intelligent humanoid life that no one had ever heard of before? Sure, we and the male lead have emotional attachments to Earth or whatever, but it’s just so overdone. Space is fucking huge, guys, especially when you mix wormholes in with it. Yes, I am nitpicking now. If it does have to be Earth, at least they have the decency to tell us right off the bat instead of making it the Anticlimactic Big Reveal at the end.
Arata Kangatari - When you don’t even have the production values to make a convincing dog bark….There are MUCH better options available if this is the kind of show you want to watch: Escaflowne, Twelve Kingdoms, and Seirei no Moribito just being the first that come to mind.
Kakumeiki Valvrave - Wow, what a hot mess. Ridiculousness on this level has to be experienced personally. I await all the Guilty Crown comparisons. I don’t have time to waste on this though; I’m perfectly content to have Gargantia as my only mech of the season.
Aside from a couple obvious hard-hitters and a few solid comedies, this season seems fairly lackluster, especially for spring. We’ll see how it all shakes out. With only Chihaya2ru carrying over from last season, my standards will probably relax a bit.