Review of 2009 Anime Part 2 ~Summer~

Review of 2009 Anime Part 2 ~Summer~

Summer had the shortest list I'd seen for current airing anime in quite some time. It had what most people would consider the best anime of 2009 come out, (Bakemonogatari) which is the only anime I didn't watch from summer. It's not that I don't want to watch it. It just frustrates me that they are still needing 2 episodes to be released before it is complete. I'm sure I could watch the other episodes and be happy with that but I want to experience it in the full.

Summer had all original shows. All but two anyway, Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Spice and Wolf II were the only sequels. Technically I suppose you could put Umineko no Naku Koro ni into that category but Umineko can very easily be watched on it's own without having watched any Higurashi imo.

Elementhunters started up and is still airing right now. It's said to be 39 episodes so it should be finished soon enough. I have mixed feelings about this show. It's interesting in a weird way but I can't help finding it terribly boring at the same time. It also feels like they are trying to teach kids about science because the ed song is all about the periodic table and tries to make people memorize the elements.

Best show for summer for me,was Canaan. It was fast, full of action, and had awesome characters. It's rare for an anime to have such a big cast and me not hate any of them. Very rare. Sure the plot was a little fuzzy at times and it did have a few slow moments but overall it was great! The action was fun and exciting to me. The animation was nice as well. It wasn't anything special but it didn't burn the eyes either. I can see how people would be disappointed with this show but for me it was a great action romp.

Cummings and Liang Qi 2 of my favourite crazy characters.

Worst show for summer for me, was Aoi Hana. Talk about a snore fest. Sure there was one scene in there that was hot smooching action but that was it. As far as I can remember anyway. I was too busy trying to stay awake through the show let alone pay attention to it. I mean i knew what i was getting into with it as it's a yuri anime at an all girls school. So i was expecting Maria sama with different characters. I can't believe this show actually made Maria sama look good... Yes while both had whiny, bitchy characters. Aoi Hana turned up the drama and waterworks past the dial limit. It was very annoying to watch a girl crying every episode about whatever crisis was occurring at that very moment when it was really nothing terrible to begin with. For an anime so short it seemed like each episode was over an hour long. Wishing for the anime to end while you are on episode 2 is never a good sign. At least the animation was pretty...

Smoochy smooch

Here’s my big list of Best to Worst shows of summer 2009:

  1. Canaan 9/10
  2. Kuruneko (still airing) 10/10
  3. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 9/10
  4. Umineko no Naku Koro ni 9/10
  5. Kanamemo 8/10
  6. Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!! 4/10
  7. Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 6/10
  8. Weiss Survive 6/10
  9. Elementhunters (still airing) 5/10
  10. Princess Lover! 5/10
  11. Taishou Yakyuu Musume 5/10
  12. Spice and Wolf II 4/10
  13. Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ 4/10
  14. Sora no Manimani 3/10
  15. GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class 3/10
  16. Needless 3/10
  17. Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou 2/10
  18. Aoi Hana 1/10

Surprise enjoyment: Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!! lol go read my review here. Aside from that Kanamemo was highly enjoyed by me for being a moe blob anime. ONI!

Surprise fail: Needless... I went in expecting an updated version of scryed and got... LESS... I definitely didn't NEED to watch this show. So much disappointment.

Guilty pleasure: Kuruneko. It's about a lady and her cats, very simple. The episodes are 2 minutes long and make me laugh SO MUCH. One episodes I pretty much almost peed my pants laughing I had to pause the episode and wait till I calmed down before I could continue. Cat humor gets me everytime.

Sexy Lady Bern

Honorable mentions: Umineko no Naku Koro ni a faithful follower of an awesome horror/mystery. Still a very good anime but didn't live up to my expectations from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and I suppose nothing ever will. Love Lady Bern! Princess Lover! I actually liked this show at first but once they started with that "action" stuff (ep 8?) it started to try being something it wasn't and failed miserably. That actually made me pretty sad cause I was actually liking a harem anime then they went and ruined it >.<


7 Responses to “Review of 2009 Anime Part 2 ~Summer~”
  1. Canne says:

    ‘Talk about a snore fest’
    LOL that is so true and funny fact. But still I end up liking Aoi Hana quite a lot. I suppose it heavily depend on individuals’ taste 😉
    For me, I’d have picked Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 for summer.

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  2. chii says:

    I debated between Canaan and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 for a REALLY long time. when it comes down to it i’m a sucker for action 😛

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  3. temperus says:

    Since your one of the few who has also heard of Kuruneko, let alone liking it.. what about Chi’s New Address?

    I’m very surprised that you rated Spice and Wolf below Weiss Survive, Princess Lover and even Ippatsu.. any particular reason why? I’m guessing it just wasn’t your cup of tea?

    Bakemonogatari is horribly overrated, imho. The artistic direction doesn’t impress me and smacks of being highly pretentious, and find the characters to be really dull and uninspired. It’s still “watchable” but it’s like they only had material for 6 episodes and wanted to stretch it out at all costs so people would buy the DVDs (which appears to have worked).

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  4. chii says:

    omg how could i have left Chi’s New Address out of these lists >.< I LOVE THAT ANIME Spice and Wolf honestly would have been a lot better if Horo wasn't so freaking annoying. She really just ruined the whole anime for me. That's my fear with Bakemonogatari as well. I tend to not like shows that people go gaga over.

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  5. temperus says:

    Yeah, I hear you about Horo. I felt the same way at first until I re-watched the second season at an anime club knowing in advance that she’s a basket case. They could have done some better writing in the anime to hint at this, because they skipped an entire volume of the book where this part of her character was exposed. That’s why it wasn’t a “great” anime for me either. But then, both are light novel adaptations and I’ve noticed those generally suffer when adapted into anime.

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  6. Kitsune says:

    Canaan was my favorite show as well due to wonderful directing and music 🙂

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  7. Yi says:

    Umineko also failed my expectations as well… 🙁

    Loved Canaan!

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