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First and foremost, let me say that I hate the Persona game series with a passion. I dislike the art style, the music, the protagonists, the mood/tone, and just about everything in general. This is not because I think the Persona games are bad in any way, shape, or form…I simply have a personal disgust for the games, the story behind which is simply too lengthy to go into right now. Thus, I can tell you that I hemmed and hawwed before finally making myself sit down and watch the first two episodes of Persona 4. I did not, not, NOT want to watch them, but I made myself do it anyways. Because I know that this is a series that is quite popular, and I feel that I cannot always avoid previewing certain series just because I dislike them.

Persona 4

During the two episodes I watched, there was a lot that reinforced my dislike of the series…primarily what I already listed. I don’t like the animation style. I don’t care for the music. The protagonist disgusts me. The bear…thing…is annoying. The animation direction gets on my nerves…it feels like I’m watching the game being played, and I simply do not care for that. And the entire dark and angsty tone of the series gets under my skin. Even so…even so…the storyline ended up catching my interest. Because the truth is that Persona 4 is built upon quite an intriguing premise full of mystery, suspense, and good old psychological horror. And Persona 4 should be given some credit for having some pretty cool battle scenes. They weren’t frequent in these first two episodes, but they kept my attention, dazzling me with fancy lighting, movement, and so on. Thus, in the end, while I’m not so sure I myself will be able to continue watching this show, I can certainly see why other people would really enjoy it.

Final Verdict: Pass

 

 

And now for another show full of mystery, suspense, and psychological horror: Mirai Nikki. I have not followed the manga series, but as a person who likes watching those little yandere girls snap, I had read a little bit about Mirai Nikki due to a certain character in the story. As such, when I heard about the upcoming anime adaptation, I was instantly interested in watching it. I even went and found the first couple of chapters and skimmed them to see if I was really interested in investing time in it, and ended up deciding I was. Thus, I can say that Mirai Nikki is one of this season’s few series that was on my “must watch” list prior to its release.

Mirai Nikki

And, just as I was expecting, Mirai Nikki has got me for the long run. I do have to admit…yandere character is a bit on the extreme side for me…but she still has my favor. Honestly, with how wussy the main protagonist is, it’s nice having the psycho receive equal attention…helps balance out the show a little more. Honestly, considering how much attention she has gotten thus far, it makes me wonder who the main character of the anime adaptation really is. Should certainly be interesting to see what the directors will do with this one. Even without psycho girl, though, Mirai Nikki has a very intriguing story that reminds me a bit of shows like Death Note…another one that I enjoyed immensely, despite how long it took me to get around to watching it. So, in conclusion, I can definitely say that Mirai Nikki will be staying exactly where I put it: my long-term lineup with Chihayafuru. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what other series will be joining them (if any)…

Final Verdict: Pass with Distinction

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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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