Fall 2010 Anime – up to #5


Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru – best of the lot. Watch this even if you don’t watch anything else. Clever script and visuals, kooky lead character. Ep#3 is a delight.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii – In many ways the truest of all the current season to real life – at least life as experienced by anime & game otaku.  The title translates as “I can’t believe my little sister could be so cute!”  The hero discovers that his 14-year old little sister, admired by all (except him), is secretly an otaku who collects 18-rated sister-love computer games.  (So do real girls, according to forum posts). He gets dragged into her world while defending her unacceptable hobby.   So far, the hero seems to be learning to care for his little sister in a perfectly normal way, while incidentally giving others the impression that he is a perv.  The scenes of otaku activity and outsider disapproval in particular carry the ring of authenticity.

Yosuga no Sora – turning out to be a typical adolescent harem anime, but with occasional scenes of jaw-dropping eroticism. Even though it’s TV, it’s more explicit than the sexy anime OVAs (e.g. Rei Rei) we used to get in the 1990’s.

Bakuman –  Worthy, but I have to confess that I’m getting a teeny bit bored with this.

Psychic Detective Yakumo - supernatural + romance – watched up to ep#3. Not bad but not sure if I’ll continue.

Otome Yokai Zakuro (picture above) – supernatural + romance again – very prettily animated and very cute heroine, but not sure how far I’ll stick with it.

Hakuouki part 2 – I watched all of part 1, but I’m dropping it now as I can’t keep track of who these people are or why they’re doing what they do and I really don’t care…

Kuragehime – slightly unusual in that the principal character is not a schoolgirl, not pretty and has no supernatural powers. She loves jellyfish. Her house-mates are equally plain and have equally weird hobbies. Still watching.