Autumn Anime 2013

lupin2015 Lupin III (2015) is one of the more entertaining shows of the new season. This show is set in Italy, and was released in Italy this August. It looks much the same as the movies and the dialogue is the usual banter between the familiar Lupin characters.
Lupin is trying to lift the treasure of a small principality and goes through a marriage with an Italian princess, much to the disgust of Lupin’s long-term associate Fujiko.
The wife turns out to be a match for Lupin in a manner other than the intended, and some far-fetched hijinks ensue. Seems she is set to be a new significant character.
Looks like this will be fun.

Young Black Jack: An anime prequel to Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga series about a maverick doctor with a disfigured face. It starts with ‘Jack’ still at medical school but developing amazing surgical skills. In the first episode he re-attaches the arm of a young boy severed in a train accident. In the second he is kidnapped and blackmailed to perform a heart transplant. This is gripping stuff and worth a look.

Beautiful Bones – Sakurako’s Investigation: A teenage boy has an odd relationship with an older woman who is obsessed with collecting bones. Every time they go on a bone hunt, they come across human remains and Sakurako makes forensic deductions. The first episide was very watchable.

Owarimonogatari: Another story in Akiyuki Shimbou’s “Monogatari” series. This looks like one of the more duff sections, as both the new major characters are dislikable and it’s also very static and talky. The first episode on Crunchyroll was a double length, and the whole story is about school student Koyomi Araragi’s awkward past relationship with another student.

Utawarerumono – The False Faces Fantasy series. In the first episode the slacker hero, wandering in a wilderness, is attacked by a giant bug and saved by a young woman who takes him to a village where he is forced to work. Not great, but quite diverting.

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Summer Anime 2015

charlotte Charlotte was the only new anime I followed through the whole run. The story takes part in an alternate reality where a small number of children manifest supernatural powers on reaching puberty. The protagonist, Yuu Otosaka, develops the power to temporarily possess others, and uses it to cheat at exams. He is exposed by Nao Tomori, a girl who can make herself invisible to a specific person. Nao forces him to transfer for his own protection to Hoshinoumi Academy, and join the student council, of which she is president. The purpose of the council is to contact and retrieve teenagers with powers before they are exposed and experimented on by organisations intent on exploiting their powers.
Yuu, initially dislikable, becomes a sympathetic character as he and the cute Nao contact various teenagers with weird powers. Then there is a head-banging plot twist halfway through the series …
Not a great anime, but an enjoyable watch.

Also checked out:
Akagami no Shirayukihime (Red-haired Snow White): A shoujo romantic drama in which a girl is pursued by a prince she doesn’t like. Silly. Dropped after 1 episode.
Rokka no Yuusha Six heroes are chosen to defeat a demon king. Dropped after three episodes.
Ushio and Tora (2015) remake of old anime. Not bad, but I didn’t want to watch it all again.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou A switch-off. Dire.
Okusama ga Seitokaichō (My wife is student council president). The main character loses the school council president election to a girl who gives out free condoms and advocates free love. She then moves into his house. I think you can guess where this piece of soft porn is going. :-(
Aoharu x Kikanjuu Another survival-game anime, but with a girl disguised as a boy. Dropped after one episode.
Gate: Fantasy characters rampage into Tokyo through an inter-dimensional ‘gate’ but are soon shot down. Then the Japanese government launches an inter-dimensional invasion and counter -attack. Potentially interesting idea but the characters didn’t grab me. Dropped.
Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai: Very rude and funny comedy about a Japan where all reference to impropriety is banned. The hero enrolls in the leading elite school of morals, but is soon blackmailed into joining an association opposing public morals and ends up taking part in obscene acts of terrorism against the student council president, a beautiful girl whom he happens to have be in love with. The first episode was a hoot, and clearly directed against the current tightening up of comics and anime censorship in Japan, but I had a feeling the joke would turn stale long before the end of the series..

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Spring Anime 2015

Kumiko with euphonium Hibiki Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) is another anime featuring the fascinating world of Japanese school clubs. Kumiko Oumae was put off playing music because of an embarrassing incident in junior high school, but when she moves to senior high school she is drawn into the school brass band, which is improving under the guidance of an enthusiastic new tutor who encourages them to enter for competitions. Kumiko is persuaded to take up the euphonium again.
The story involves the characters of various girls and sundry minor crises, some involving the beautiful and moody trumpet player Reina Kousaka.
Not an outstanding anime but a pleasant watch.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru:
New season of a show I watched a while back. I enjoyed it then and found the second season watchable. Much of the season is about student councils and is making fun of organisation-speak.

Baby Steps:
A second series. The hero is now at tennis camp in America. The first episode wasn’t that exciting, but it seems a new cute girl is in the picture. Dropped after two or three episodes.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches:
The familiar theme of gender-swapping teenagers appears again. Yamada-kun is a near-delinquent while the girl is a honor student. They fall down a stair and accidentally their lips meet which (as it does) triggers a body swap. Some saucy scenes as they check out their unfamiliar body parts. Then it turns out that the swapping works with other characters too.
It wasn’t badly done, and quite fun, but I dropped after two or three episodes.

The Fruit of Grisaia (special):
A 50-min special of a show I have not seen before. Turned out to be the backstory of a special forces marksman, and a rather grim childhood. Altogether heavy stuff, not really my cup of tea.

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Astronomy revisited.

In the past few months I have become interested again in dabbling with amateur astronomy, prompted by some interesting planetary conjunctions. The observing conditions behind my house are far from ideal, with urban glare and haze making it hard to see stars much fainter than 2nd magnitude, even when it’s not cloudy.
For the past few years I have had a “Skylux” 70-700 refracting telescope that I bought at Lidl. The supermarket chain offer these scopes seasonally, and they are a great bargain. The current offering, branded ‘Bresser’ costs around £50-£60, for which you get a complete kit including an equatorial stand. If you want a starter scope, get one of these as soon as you see it instore. The mounting is similar to an “EQ2″ which costs around £100 on its own. You can’t even buy one upmarket telescope eyepiece for £50, let alone a complete kit. The performance is not too bad, despite the give-away price.
Last month I saw the planet Mercury at its conjunction with Venus, initially with the telescopes, then with the naked eye (a rare sight.)

Ross Telescope

Ross Telescope

Earlier this year I bought an antique brass telescope on Ebay, essentially as a collectible. It’s 3″ in diameter and around 5 feet long (6 feet fully extended). The previous owner had an equatorial stand and war surplus tripod for it which I was unable to obtain as they were sold separately. Having had a proper look over the scope I realised it was too good to hang on the wall. Despite its age it is in great condition and is capable of accepting modern astronomical eyepieces.
I decided it needed a serious mount and tripod to make it fit for occasional use. It was a bit of a shock to discover just how much a ‘serious’ mounting for a long & heavy scope was going to cost. An equatorial mount man enough for the job would have been over £200, and that’s without any electric drives. I settled for an AZ-4 mount to make it fit for terrestrial and occasional astronomical use. This was the more expensive version of the AZ-4 with stainless steel legs and weighs 18.5 lbs. I still had to buy an overpriced dovetail plate and make up a mounting saddle for a tapered tube.
Having assembled all this kit, I was able to confirm that the old scope contained some serious optics and I got great views of Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon using a decent Plossl eyepiece. It’t the same aperture (70mm) as the Lidl scope but has a noticeably superior performance.
On the other hand, the Lidl scope is one third the weight, a lot shorter, and does not require such a heavy and expensive stand.
Which goes to show that the brass refractor, once a mainstay of well-heeled amateur astronomy, has become obsolete. Since I last took an interest in such matters, the scene has totally changed, with various manufacturers offering a bewildering array of high-tech scope designs at affordable prices. You can pore over compact, portable, GOTO, refractor, reflector, Maksutov, large aperture, whatever suits your interest and wallet. Nowadays compact Maksutov scopes are quite affordable, as are computerised ‘GOTO’ mountings.
I suspect that a lot of the stuff bought is seriously under-used, judging by the number of ‘Astro Scope, used twice’ ads appearing on Ebay.

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Winter anime 2015

I checked out most of the new Winter 2015 anime shows, but found the majority of them uninspiring.
I am continuing to follow the charming Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April).
Kosei’s mother kept pushing him hard to become a concert pianist, but he can’t play piano ever since he failed in a competition at age eleven when his mother died. One day, he meets a girl, Kaori, playing music with some kids in a park. She is a brilliant if eccentric violinist and invites him to her concert. Soon, the bewitching Kaori is badgering him to take up piano again, and he is also being hassled by the Girl Next Door, to the same end. The GND is in love with Kosei, though she doesn’t realise it yet.
This is good fun – the girls are outrageously pushy – and the music is good. The show tends to alternate ‘drama’ and ‘music’ episodes.

Kamisama hajimimashite

Kamisama hajimimashite

For Winter 2015 we have second seasons of Kamisama Hajimemashita, and Durarara!!.
Kamisama Hajimemashita, about a schoolgirl who becomes a shrine goddess and her foxy familiar, continues to be charming.
Durarara!! continues to be inventive, but the plot is confused and there are too many characters.

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Telescope reminiscences

I got interested again in looking at the night sky recently. The sky here is not very black at night (lots of urban glare and haze) but the brighter stars and planets can be seen when it’s not cloudy.
When I was a teenager I built my own telescope from scratch – in fact two of them. My first scope was a cheap table-top 4″ Newtonian reflector with a cardboard tube. It wasn’t very good, so I re-figured the mirror and built a nice square wooden tube for it, with a spiral thread focuser salvaged from a dead TV set. I can’t remember what mounting it had.
After that I built an 8″ Newtonian reflector from scratch. I ground, polished and figured the mirror, built a tube (from wood, IIRC), and built a massive equatorial mounting with a fork made of 3″ steel pipe and filled with cement, supported by a brick pier. The whole thing was covered by a run-off wooden shed that ran on rails.
I don’t think that many people build their own telescopes any more. The ready-made ones are much cheaper in real terms. These days, one would consider an 8″ reflector to be more of a portable item. When I left home, I had my parents sell the telescope. (They probably couldn’t get rid of the eyesore in the back garden quick enough).

I was also involved with making a 6″ Newtonian reflector at my grammar school. So far as I remember it had an openwork tube made of wood. It did get used a few times (I remember stopping a teacher from looking through the eyepiece when we used it to project an image of the Sun.) There was a notion of giving it a permanent home on top of the concrete bike sheds, but that did not come to anything. (These days, a 6″ Newtonian reflector and mount would be portable).

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Autumn Anime Season 2014

Looking at this page, I find it hard to believe that I have posted nothing since April, but the backups don’t disclose that any posts have gone missing.
Anyway, there was not much that I liked in the Summer season, except Gekkan Shoujo Nozoki-kun. I also liked Hazuki no Reitetsu, but can’t remember what season that was in.
In the Autumn season, I’m following Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), Amagi Brilliant Park, Coffin Princess and I can’t understand what my husband …

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Spring anime season 2014

A look at some of the more interesting shows from the new season.

Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul:
This is the first one I looked at. It’s set in a world in which an Empire is taking over surrounding territory, for agricultural purposes. There are soldiers in odd-looking costumes, some odd-looking weapons (some of the soldiers appear to have sub-machine guns, which seem out of place in this fantasy world). There is a lot of magical violence. The lead character, Alka, is an emotionless killer and member of the Sword clan, hunted by the Empire for killing her master. In short, it’s the usual sort of just-watchable rot that one expects from a game-derived fantasy. On the other hand, the character designs of the women are so gorgeous that one doesn’t care what the rest of the show is like.
I have now watched three episodes. The action continues to be unreal, with a high death count, but it remains prettily if undemandingly watchable.

Magica Wars:
In the first episode a cute magical girl fights comical monsters and has trouble with the police. It’s generic, but amusing, and it lasts only a few minutes.

If you like slow-paced, atmospheric stories about the traditional Japanese supernatural, this is for you.

No Game No life:
A NEET (shut-in) brother and sister conquer the world of electronic gaming as the mysterious group Blank, and are then invited to come to a world where everything is decided by games. After a few encounters they start to feel that this bizarre world is more to their liking than our own. This show is rather better than I feared and looks like it might develop into some sort of fantasy quest. The second episode develops some character relationships.

Chaika – the Coffin Princess:
The eponymous princess is first seen lugging a coffin through a wood. The refugee princess talks foreign and has some surprising gadgets in the lid of her coffin. She meets two Saboteurs, a brother and sister. There are vigorous action scenes and little tedious explanation. This looks like the best show of the season so far. Action continues in the second episode, with some reveals.

Dai Shogun – Great Revolution:
The anti-hero, Keniichiro, has easily defeated all the other thugs in Nagasaki, rather to his disgust, when the police start to pursue him for a series of sex murders committed by a woman. Also in the mix are period-style giant robots which saw off Perry’s black ships. With lechery, murder, semi-nudity and robot violence, and not a single child character, this show has a distinctly adult feel. The character designs are distinctive too, but there is not much movement in the animation. This is fast-moving and funny, and seems worth a second look. In the second episode, Keniichiro tries to lose his virginity with foxy young tart Chihiro.

Nanana’s Buried Treasure:
High school boy Juugo is consigned to Nanae Island, an artificial island supporting many schools and colleges. His landlady turns out to be a sexy drunk (I’m sure I’ve met her already in a recent anime), and the room he non-refundably rents turns out to have the ghost of a murdered girl in it. The opening sequence is of an Indiana-Jones style treasure hunt. Juugo discovers that the ghost, the eponymous Nanaha, was one of the founders of the island, and left behind various treasures, not all of which have been found. Average animation, but interesting enough. In the second episode, more characters appear and it is turning into more of a detective comedy.

Ishuukan Friends:
For once, a show that isn’t offensive or unwholesome. The male main character wants to be friends with the quiet, stand-offish girl in his class, but she refuses. It turns out that she has a memory defect, and during the weekend forgets about anyone she has met in the week. The writer, Suga Shoutarou, also worked on Uchouten Kazoku. There are some pleasant character designs. There are no big surprises in episode #2.

Mekakucity Actors
Shintarou is a late teen shut-in who had his computer infected by an AI/virus sometime ago and now lives with the AI who presents itself as an annoying teenaged girl named Ene and who inhabits all of his electronic devices. One hot August day Shintarou damages his keyboard, and because a holiday is coming up he has to go buy one from a shop.
At the store he is caught up in a terrorist attack, but some kids cause a commotion, allowing Shintarou to plug Ene into the store’s network. An odd show that seems worth another look.

Ping Pong the Animation
One might expect that ‘Ping Pong the Animation’ would be just another sports anime in the vein of ‘Baby Steps’ or ‘Haikyuu’.
What a surprise then to watch the first episode and find something more like a sports anime version of ‘Aku no Hana’ . The character designs are quite aggressively crude and ugly, and the narration deadpan and sardonic. Two friends, Smile and Peco, are the best players in their high school ping-pong club, and resented by their less skilled seniors, who are drawn as much bigger than Smile and Peco. The team captain has an antler-like hairstyle. Smile never smiles, while Peco, rated the better player, is cocky and extrovert, and skips practice to play at a private club, where he humiliates an adult player.
They check out an imported Chinese player who trashes Peco.

There is no clear front-runner yet, and some much-anticipated shows turned out to be a let-down.

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UK anime streaming services 2014

It may be of interest to update the earlier post:
There is a new UK streaming service at:
So far, they offer a modest number of recent shows, including some from the latest Japanese season. The subscription is £5.99 per month. As a come-on, you can watch the latest episode of a few of the current-season shows for free, in what looks like standard definition.
This looks like good value if any of it catches your interest – a few months’ sub would be as cheap as buying one box-set.

Anime streaming services – UK, Feb 2012
Posted on February 5, 2012 by admin
These legitimate anime streaming services are available in the UK:

Crunchyroll: Large number of titles, including both the current Winter 2012 season and older titles. Includes the two best shows from the Winter 2012 season. Choose between a free service (ad-laden, and with hot episodes delayed one week, some titles barred) and paid-for service (no ads, hot episodes available the same day as in Japan.) Subtitled, choice of several screen resolutions, including 1080p. Still going.

Anime On Demand: Recently revised service, with a small but recent title list. It added its only 2012 title at the beginning of Feb. Subscription only, with free trial period. Quarterly or annual sub. available. Choice of screen resolutions. Subtitled. Inactive in 2012-13. This link now takes you to Animax

The Anime Network: Select “Watch Now” to see what’s available to the UK. A modest number of shows is available, all of them several years old. First episodes are generally free as samples; to see the rest you have to subscribe. Monthly subscription available. Dubbed. (I cancelled after I’d watched everything of interest).
Link still works, but nothing seems new since I last looked.

Netflix: Recently launched in the UK, it offers a large selection of movies and TV shows, including a small anime component. Does not include any recent or current anime shows. Has “Ghost in the Shell” anime series. 1 month free trial available at time of writing. Dubbed. They still advertise.

Nico Nico Douga: Nico Nico Douga started as a sort of Japanese Youtube, but recently they have started a licenced streaming service, which includes an anime channel.
Registration is required, but once you have jumped through the hoops you can watch a few current or recent anime, e.g “Symphogear” which don’t seem to be legitimately available here by other means. Annoyingly, some titles, including the most enticing ones, turn out to be for US/Canada only when one tries to start them. This is free.
The USP of Nico Nico Douga is that synchronised user comments appear on the videos – often funnier than the actual show!! Subtitled.
They also announce a one-time screening of Madoka Magica ep#1 for Friday, February 10th 20:20 PST (4.20am Sat 11th) (PST is 8 hours later than British time). I have not looked recently. offer streamed anime on their useful site, but this is just an interface for Crunchyroll. Site still active, but they don’t offer videos, other than their own output on Youtube

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Winter 2014 anime season

Cecil Sudo from Wizard Barristers

Cecil Sudo – Wizard barristers

The Winter 2014 show season was another disappointment, in that none of the new shows turned out to be a must-watch. I’m told that all the animation is digital these days, and one can see the impact in the quality and ambition of animation in recent shows, but the scripts don’t get any better. Silver Spoon (Gin no Saki), a second season of the agricultural anime, is rather good and I have been following it. A summary of the more or less interesting and the best avoided follows below.

Gin no Saki (Silver Spoon) #2:
Second series of the agricultural comedy drama. In episode 1, Hachiken tries to find out why Misaki is sad, and discovers that cows can have brassieres. In later episodes, Hachiken over-exerts himself over the school festival. Seems as good as before, so I have been watching.

Ageha Chouno - Wizard Barristers

Ageha Chouno

Wizard Barristers Benmashi Cecil
Magic-users coexist with humans, if you can call it that, for magic use is generally forbidden, and transgressors are defended by special ‘wizard barristers’ or lawyers. In the opening episodes, this looks like a police procedural show, with the police and lawyers smiling at each other, and the perps committing some truly spectacular megical crimes. Enter Cecil (Cecile) Sudo, at 17 the youngest wizard lawyer ever, and with a burning desire to defend magic users. As the script frequently remind us, Cecil is young and very cute, and impulsive to the point of taking on a case before she even checks in at her new employers’ offices.
I was not impressed by the magic, which is really over the top, or the general premise. One would write this show off as rather well-trodden and so-so, except that it looks fantastic, with great animation and character designs. I’ve carried on watching just for the look of the show. See how realistically the clothing and bodies are drawn and posed, and check the amazing hairpiece worn by Ageha.

World Conquest Zvezda Plot:
Average youth Asuta meets a strange litle girl, riding around on her bike (with training wheels) as though she was lost. She claims that she is part of a secret group plotting world domination, a claim that seems less and less like a joke as the episode proceeds. Truly bizarre, and one is tempted to tune in again just to figure what is really going on. One or two of the early episodes are deliriously bizarre, but the pace and invention seems to flag in later episodes.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha:
Nice middle school girl Inari lives near the Inari Shrine, and is sensitive enough to see supernatural things. There’s a boy she has a crush on, but being shy and a klutz, she gets nowhere. The Goddess at the shrine grants a wish after Inari rescues a fox-creature, giving Inari the power to look exactly like another girl, her love-rival. It’s charming and quite well-done, if you like old-fashioned shoujo series. On the other hand, the main story-line did not make a deep impression on me, and I have found some of the sub-plots with the secondary characters equally interesting. Still watching.

A show a few minutes long about a girl who sees supernatural beings that other people can’t. She has a gung-ho schoolfriend who is obsessed with the occult. Worth another look.

Average Shio Ogura goes on a school trip to Taiwan. Cue supernatural attack, and a counter-attack by “E-Gene Holders” infused with the spirits of famous historical figures. Turns out that Shio is the E-gene Holder for Oda Nobunaga and her arm converts to a machine-gun. Amusing stuff, more inventive than idiotic. Still watching.

About a minor God looking for followers while fighting supernatural monsters, and the girl who gets involved with him because she can see things that others can not. I liked the animation and the storyline and the characters. Still watching.

Nobunaga the Fool
Elaborate sort of science fantasy show, with the world divided between East and West, and with various characters named for famous historical personages. I’m not sure if the eponymous character is supposed to be Oda Nobunaga or a foolish relative of his. I liked the busy-looking animation and mechas, and the rest of it is amusing enough. I feel my interest waning after several episodes.

Tonari no Seki-kun
A short show a few minutes long. Diligent student Yokoi sits next to Seki-kun, who messes about inventively on his desk and distracts her. Amusing. I can’t help wishing that somebody would punish Seki-kun though.

Chuunibyou demo Koi series 2
A second series about the fantasy-obsessed characters, one or two of whom seem in need of psychiatric help. Part of the appeal is the characters, and there is the “car-crash” element as the slightly older characters try to ditch their embarrassing middle-school pasts as Demon Lords or fairy mages, while the obsessed younger characters won’t let them.

Hozoki no Reisetsu
About the work of a bureaucrat of Hell, working for Lord Enma, the chief devil. It’s animated busily in the style of an old ukiyo-e print. Quite amusing. Check the sadistic humour as Hozoki goes about his daily work, and the very detailed opening credit sequence.

Ichiji Raku wants to escape his yakuza heritage. There’s a girl at school he likes, but a mixed-race blond beauty transfers to his class, and he quickly gets into a highly antagonistic relationship with her, which gradually mellows a bit. Years ago, he exchanged key/lock charms with a small girl, and there’s more than a hint that this was the classmate he admires. It turns out that the blond girl is from another yakuza family, and their respective parents want them to fake a romance for the sake of inter-gang harmony. This is improbable and not altogether original stuff, but well done and the opening episodes are very funny. OTOH I rather lost interest in it later.

Uninteresting Generally dropped after one episode.
Robot Girls Z:
A 5-minute show about cute girls doing stupid things and smashing up the town with robot weapons. Not my thing, so dropping.

Seitokai Yakuindomo:
A second series – I missed the first series which was clearly no loss. School comedy drama about students with lewd thoughts. The school life is dull and the jokes are adolescent. Dropping.

Saikun, Imouto no Yousou ga chotto okashiinda (Recently, my sister is unusual):
Main character gets a step-sister with a ghost problem. Cue incest and chastity belt gags. Even if you are over 18 and like smut, avoid this awful dreck at all costs.

Witchcraft Works!:
The inevitable response is “No it doesn’t,” not for me anyway. A school drama with supernatural battles.

Buddy Complex:
Average teen gets chased by a nutter in a giant robot from the future. A cute girl saves his ass. The robot’s firepower seemed rather weak, but I quite liked the show and watched the next one, to find out what happened next. It looked like a routine giant robot show, so I dropped it.

Super Sonico the Animation:
Seems to be a trailer for an allied product. The character is a student, a model and a band member, and irritatingly never takes her headphones off. 23 mins seems much too long. Not my thing.

To Aru Hikoushe e no Koita (The Pilot’s Love for …):
An attempt to do a Miyazaki, but neither the aircraft nor the characters impressed me at all and I baled out early.

A short animation about a yellow creature with unsuitable thoughts. Amusing.

Comedy-drama about four detectives with super powers. The first episode actually had a plot which was tolerably interesting, but the characters were not so interesting and the animation goes freaky for the magical bits. Dropped.

Onee-san ga Kita:
3-minute short. 13 year old Tomo-chan gets an older step-sister who seems madly in love with him. Unappealing.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei:
The heroine turns 16, and finds that she has been engaged without her knowledge to a 16-year old from the mountains, who arrives to stay along with his rather mature and bossy little sister. However the heroine’s older sister turns out to have a thing for little girls. Very odd. Most of the characters are irritating. I watched some more episodes but did not feel like watching the whole thing.

3-minute episode: A fantasy series about a detective agency, who seem better at wrecking things than at anything else. Amusing, but it did not make much impression on me. Dropping.

Go! Go! 575:
I saw the raw version. I liked the character designs, and one of those girls looks familiar (like Ayase in ‘Oreimo’), but could not make much more of it. Saw the subbed version and found it uninspiring. It’s supposed to be about composing short poems.

Z/X Ignition:
Earth is invaded by supernatural monsters with murderous intentions. Soon has various cute teens engaging in supernatural battles. Rather bad. Not my thing; dropping.

Sakura Trick:
High school lesbians kissing and so on. Asides from that, the school daily life is is quite tedious. Dropping.

The much-trailed horror show appears as a 4-minute short. The first episode has some blood in it but explains little; it’s more of a teaser than anything else. Watched a bit more and found that it’s a bloodbath of no particular interest.

Mahou Senshou (Magical Warfare):
Takeshi goes to school early for morning kendo practice, finds an unconscious girl who turns him into a magician. They are attacked by some moody magic-wielding teens, and then Takeshi’s friends show up and get turned into magicians too. Not my thing; dropping.

For reasons doubltless connected with the success of Moyashimon and Silver Spoon, this is set in a rural agricultural college. The hero is creepily obsessed with an idol singer, Yuta, and secretly sends her root vegetables. Meanwhile, the idol singer gives up her career and a student called Ringo Kinoshita who looks a lot like Yuta enrolls at the rural agricultural college.
There is a lot of coarse humour, and I enjoyed this more that I should have done, given the improbable premise. The second epsisode killed it for me, as it contained a lot of adolescent ‘humour’ that was about as amusing as watching paint dry.

Wake up Girls:
Keen but inexperienced troupe of seven idol-singer girls wants to achive professional success, despite the absconding and inept management. Routine stuff.

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