With the Fall season in full swing, people always like pick sides as to wheter this season is better or worse than the other, personally, I´d chose the latter, but then again I´m a sickening fujoshi who reads her BDSM yaoi manga at one a.m on a weekend, so take that with a grain of salt. However, I – think – I can recognize quality when I see it, and thankfully the Fall season doesn´t shy away from things that are a little bit different. Like a talking right hand that wants to get your sexual organs erect. Migi 2kawaii4me.
Title: Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu – Parasyte.
Studio: Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon, Monster)
Status: Watching to the end.
I wasn´t kidding about the boner thing either. Parasyte is an anime where everyone already knew that it was gonna be good before it even aired. It´s like a more down to earth version of Tokyo Ghoul (for comparison´s sake) with a dork with glasses as a main character (who is surprisingly likeable and cool) and his unlikely companion and right hand Migi (hah). Still, I didn´t care to watch it, and this may or may not have something to do with the fact that I hate body horror and that I usually like to eat while watching my Chinese cartoons, I think you can understand my indifferent attitude with this show now, right?
Still, as the Fall season progressed and I was dropping shows left and right all while people wouldn´t stop praising this show (and also bitch about its dubstep OST, apparently) I decided to watch it. And yes, I was eating Pizza while I was doing it.
Surprised to say, Parasyte is strangely quirky. What´s not so surprising is that it´s good. Lately, it has been rare to find a balanced anime that´s confident enough to not shove information, fanservice or unnecessary gore down your throat to get you hooked. Granted, it´s adapted from a popular manga of the 90´s, but even so MADHOUSE seems to be wanting to get their throne back from the light novel – harem abyss as they have modernized it up masterfully. All in all, Parasyte does not let down and it´s an absolute must watch for this and the upcoming season.
The dubstep, however, is friggin´ weird.
Title: Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji – The Black Prince & Wolf Girl.
Studio: TYO Animation (B Gata H Kei, Kiniro No Corda Blue Sky, Plastic Nee-san. Basically, nothing relevant)
Status: Watching to the end.
On the other spectrum of anime, we have Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, which is the shoujo-iest shoujo you´ll find in a damn good while (actually, no. Ao Haru Ride can take that title and run with it.)
With the flawed yet caring brunette protagonist who will ganbatte her tragic love-interest up (and will end up sharing a wide-eyed and teary kiss in the very last episode – probably) the only thing that sets Ookami Sh0ujo apart is the fact that love-interest Sata Kyoya feels like a reject Diabolik Lovers character. I wonder if Erika would let a sweaty, overweight not-so-bishonen boy call her a dog in every other episode?
Y´see, I have my fair share of problems with the shoujo genre (as explained here) but I can´t help but watch and anticipate the shoujo-of-the season time after time. I guess you can call it my guilty pleasure, because while I complain about it, I almost always enjoy it (Unless you´re Itazura Na Kiss, which is champion in mysognist bullshit.) So yes, I like-and-anticipate Ookami Shoujo week after week.
Still, if you don´t like shoujo, stay away from this, but if you do and you can still swallow sickening shoujo tropes, Ookami Shoujo won´t do you any harm. If anything, the confession in episode 3 shows us a glimpse that maybe, maybe Ookami Shoujo can one-up its peers and explore the ongoing relationship rather than the chase.
Title: Garo: Honoo no Kokuin.
Studio: MAPPA (Zankyo No Terror, Shingeki No Bahamut.)
Status: Watching to the end.
Remember what I said about Madhouse? Well, I´ll take that back. MAPPA seems to be a competitive challenger ever since Zankyo No Terror – which will probably end up in my top 10 of the year – but this might also be because they didn´t produce the disaster that was Mahouka and the irrelevant mess that came before that.
We are talking about Garo, however, and Garo is adapted from a tokusatsu show – which means that there will a lot of people shouting in armor. Or atleast, that´s what I thought. Garo is a well-animated, charming adventure which doesn´t do anything groundbreaking, but is a breath of fresh air nonetheless. It´s just good, intriguing and a lot more badass than most pseudo-badass shows could hope to achieve. So far, MAPPA is a sophisticated studio that just knows what it´s doing. Well played, guys, well played.
Title: Donten Ni Warau – Laughing Under The Clouds.
Studio: Dogakobo (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Love Lab, Myself; Yourself)
Status: Possibly dropped.
Oh Donten Ni Warau, how I tried to like you, and how I regret hyping this up to everyone I know. Maybe it´s my fault for not reading more than one chapter of the manga, or maybe Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun sucked all the good out of Dogakobo.
Donten Ni Warau is a boring. It´s not exceptionally bad, it´s just really, really, really boring. Damn, has it been a while since I´ve seen something so generic. Best believe that if I weren´t this shallow and the boys weren´t as pretty, I would have dropped it harder than a hot pan. By now, it feels like I´m forcing myself to try and find anything amusing here.
Seriously, the brothers are generic walking stereotypes, the story seems to go nowhere, the animation is fine, but it´s not the saving grace of the show at hand. With all these combined, the show is is annoying, boring and I wouldn´t recommend it to anyone.