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I’m feeling a little bit lazy this week, so I’m just going to cut straight to the chase. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai ended up being a pleasant surprise.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

I went into this show really thinking I wouldn’t like it at all. I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m extremely biased against most anime that promote themselves with fanservice. Many anime have gotten the axe from me before I even bothered watching a single episode because the posters showed a bunch of girls with oversized boobs. And while Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai had a semi-interesting premise, I was having difficult time getting past some of those pictures. Turns out I can be wrong from time to time. While this show does not shy away from fanservice, it’s actually got an interesting plot and cast of characters to balance it out. Even though I didn’t really care for all the suggestive shots in the opening sequence, nor the argument about whose boobs were better, this show made me grin and laugh quite a bit. And while there was, indeed, some fanservice, there was not nearly as much as I was expecting. The majority of it was in that opening sequence, and then the commercial break card. Of course…this is just the first two episodes, so that leaves this show plenty of time to turn into what I was initially expecting…but since it hasn’t yet been as bad as I was prepared for, there’s a decent chance it won’t stray so far that I’ll feel the need to stop watching this. It’s not going to get the “Best Show of the Season” award by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s entertaining enough to make me want to keep watching it (and its less formulaic then Mashi-iro Symphony, which gives it an extra gold star).

Final Verdict: Pass

 

 

And now for a show that  did live up to my expectations…Kimi to Boku:

Kimi to Boku

The best way to sum up how I feel about this show is: UGH. It’s so obvious that this show was written by a woman. And not just a woman…but a woman who clearly has zero understanding of how friendships between males work. This series is pretty much a shonen-ai-wannabe. The only thing stopping it from being that is the fact that, unless I missed something, none of the characters are gay. It feels like they should be though. ’cause these characters aren’t boys. They’re girls trapped in male bodies. I’m serious. I know I’m probably being really terrible by saying something like this…and if I offend you, I apologize…but it’s true. NO GUYS PLAY WITH OTHER GUYS’ HAIR. Girls will do that. But not guys. And NO guys are THIS touchy feely with other guys. Girls are. But not guys. I realize there are exceptions to the rule…really, I do…but stereotypes exist for a reason. And it’s usually because a certain pattern of behavior is so common with a specific group of people that it becomes very easy to generalize those actions in such a way that you assume it’s one of those across-the-board sort of things. Of course this is not entirely true for everybody…but it probably is mostly true for the average person. Now to get off my little soapbox…and to stop saying controversial things before I get myself into trouble…I can’t watch this show. I just can’t. It’s like watching another one of those slice-of-life comedies with cute girls in it. Just with boys. Except the author forgot to make the characters stop like cute girls and start acting like real boys. So it might as well be another slice-of-life comedy with cute girls in it. And what’s up with the cats? A couple of the random cats are kind of cute, but a lot of them look really creepy, if not downright scary. Whoever was drawing the cats is making the feline species look bad.

Final Verdict: Fail

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Alright…I am going to be trying something a little new (for me) this season. I am actually going to make a point of watching at least the first episode or two of any new anime that interests me. A lot of times I just tend to focus on a few and spend my time watching those, even though there are more series being released that interest me. And, of course, being that time is limited, it often takes me a very long time to ever get around to watching those series I don’t initially try out…usually because by the time I finish the series I started, a new bunch of shows are being released. So…this season…we are going to see how many shows I can “sample.” I already have in mind the few I will probably actually watch until the end, but maybe by putting the shows through “prelims,” I will change my mind or add an anime to my list that I otherwise might not have. If I leave out a show, it is probably because of one of the following reasons:

1. It’s the type of show I would never watch anyways (i.e. hentai, yuri/yaoi, and so on).

2. The show is a sequel to a series I have yet to watch (i.e. Shakugan no Shana III and Fate/Zero).

3. For whatever reason, the show simply does not interest me (i.e. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE and Battle Spirits: Heroes).

4. I run out of time or shows to try.

5. I get bored and just want to watch the shows I’ve decided on.

6. Any other whim that hits me.

So, please understand that I am only doing this because I enjoy it. And so, the instant I stop enjoying it, I will stop the prelims. Thus, I apologize ahead of time if there is a show you were really hoping I would try out and I do not get around to it. Or if I listed one of the shows you really like as one of the ones I definitely would not watch to begin with. I feel that I am entitled to my opinions, though, (as you are entitled to yours) and so plan to stick with mine. If, however, there is a particular show you really, really want me to give a shot, feel free to say so. I won’t promise to fulfill your request, but I will certainly be happy to give it serious thought and consideration.

Planned Prelims: Chihayafuru, Mirai Nikki, Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, Persona 4, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Mashi-Iro Symphony, Tamayura, Kimi to Boku, Phi Brain, Chibi DeviHorizon in the Middle of Nowhere, C3, Guilty Crown, and Un-Go.

Let the prelims begin!!!

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