Review of 2009 Anime Part 3 ~Spring~

Review of 2009 Anime Part 3 ~Spring~

Spring held quite a big batch of anime that started up and I didn't get around to watching the majority of them till fall because I was quite busy with well... life. There were only three direct sequels to other anime and I was lucky to have watched two out of three. Sorry Hayate the Combat Butler!! you'll be watched at a later date.

There are 7 shows that started that I didn't watch. All within my rules but Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen perhaps. I have no excuse for not picking this up other than I simply forgot about it. But to be fair it probably would be better if I watched the Mazinger Z series before this one but I could totally be wrong about that and it wouldn't matter at all. Dragon Ball Kai (still airing) I didn't have the heart to start up as frankly I don't want to really intrude on the memories I had while watching the original as a kid. It probably would be better marathoned anyway so I'll wait till it's completed to decide if I want to pick it up or not.

Two shows I just plain couldn't watch because no one picked them up. Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou (still airing) some episodes are floating around out there but not enough for me to really bother with. Souten Kouro is one I REALLY wish someone would finish. There are 12 episodes out there but I really don't want to start them as I feel I'm going to love this show and having only 12 of the episodes will drive me crazy. There are too many other anime out there that I had started but ended up being dropped and no one picked it up ever again or the episodes come out at a really slow pace. I'd really rather just wait and get it as it comes out and watch it all in one swoop.

So awesome

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (still airing) is the big one that everyone is talking about from Spring. (Aside from the moe blob K-On!) It was the only anime I picked up and followed since it started airing from spring. I'm still not sure how I feel about it because it took me 19 episodes before I really started to get into it. I've been trying to leave behind the fondness of the first series alone and look at this new one with fresh eyes but it has been quite difficult to do so. I have been enjoying it quite a lot though despite my confusion. I'll save judgment till it finishes.

right... lol

Other ones that are still airing are, Higepiyo, the cute random adventures about a boy and his... bearded chick. lol Quite hilarious at times and very entertaining at 5 minute episodes. Hanasakeru Seishounen is about a girl whose father made a game out of which man she will marry, sounded ok at first but suddenly it takes a very VERY political stand and almost ignores this first plot. And then there's Cross Game... It's about baseball... enough said, bleh.

Slice of Life at it's best!

Best show for spring for me, (not counting still airing) would be Ristorante Paradiso. Slice of life with a food theme. It is a very adult feeling anime with the tones of the drama and even the animation. I loved all the characters and enjoyed seeing the interactions. Some of the situations that occurred were quite nail biting and made me watch every single episode in a row even though I knew I should have went to bed. (thank goodness it was only 11 eps.) There really isn't enough good things I can say about this anime.

Worst show for spring for me, would be Slap Up Party: Arad Senki. I don't even know where to start with this one. Firstly I suppose I don't blame the only sub group that was doing it just kinda stopped. Oddly enough some other group picked it up recently and I'm STILL watching this show even though I hate it so much... Gluten for punishment.. or perhaps just want to see this goal of mine through. You can decide. Just don't watch this anime.

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

  1. Ristorante Paradiso 10/10
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (still airing) 9/10
  3. Shangri-La 9/10
  4. Eden of the East 9/10
  5. Guin Saga 9/10
  6. Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ 8/10
  7. Sengoku Basara 8/10
  8. Pandora Hearts 8/10
  9. Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi 4/10
  10. Natsu no Arashi! 8/10
  11. Higepiyo (still airing) 7/10
  12. Hatsukoi Limited 7/10
  13. 07-Ghost7/10
  14. Basquash! 6/10
  15. Valkyria Chronicles 6/10
  16. Saki 6/10
  17. Tears to Tiara 5/10
  18. Asura Cryin' 4/10
  19. Hanasakeru Seishounen (still airing) 5/10
  20. K-On! 4/10
  21. Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S 4/10
  22. Cross Game (still airing) 5/10
  23. Tayutama -Kiss on my Deity- 2/10
  24. Slap Up Party: Arad Senki 1/10

Surprise enjoyment: Natsu no Arashi! I went into this show thinking it would be just like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. In a way it kinda is but without all the "despair" and much more hilarious IMO. How can you go wrong with time travel!

Surprise fail: Saki. I for some reason was expecting a lot more than what I got. I suppose Hikaru no Go set the bar too high. And since I'm not a moe chaser, it held no interest for me. Sure there were intense scenes where the pieces were put down in an exciting dramatic way, but there was too much down time and the all girl cast didn't appeal to me at all even though I tried really hard to like them.

Guilty pleasure: Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi. Boobies. A lot of em. Fighting each other and they loose their clothing.... Hilarious and entertaining. Just don't watch it expecting an awesome plot... because in all honesty, it's just boobs you'll get.

meow

just wtf








Honorable mentions: Guin Saga. I'm not sure why people don't like this anime more. It's pretty epic and has a dude with a leopard head! What's not to like! Think 12 Kingdoms epic! My only beef with it is that it should be longer. I hope more gets made. Shangri-La. Everyone seems to have a hate on for this anime because of how confusing it was. I didn't think it was confusing at all to be honest. Sure it was a little jumbled at times and did some wacky things, but overall it was a very very good watch. Basquash!. Still not sure what to make of this one. The ecchi mixed with the weirdness of the characters and mecha basketball... I think someone was like "HEY guys! Lets add as many genres in one anime as we can and see what happens, k?" From music, to space, to romance. This anime had it all.

Comments

8 Responses to “Review of 2009 Anime Part 3 ~Spring~”
  1. temperus says:

    Wow, someone actually liked Shangri-la? 🙂 I remember starting it and RideBack thinking “these might be good” and then getting annoyed with both of them fairly quickly. Thanks for reminding me about Paradiso, I’ve wanted to watch it but kept getting distracted by fools pestering me to finish Nyan Koi and SeiZon or keep watching the increasingly insipid Kimi ni Todoke.

    As someone who hasn’t watched the original Fullmetal Alchemist beyond the first 8 or so episodes, I am finding Brotherhood pretty damn good, and easily top 10 of 2009, possibly top 5. Dragonball Kai.. I don’t know. I’m finding it tough to appreciate now that anime’s had so many better shots. You might want to let the nostaglia continue coloring your impressions. Mazinger was all in good fun, especially if you’ve seen the precursors or Gurren Lagann.

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  2. chii says:

    Shangri-la is awesome! rideback was goodish but underwhelming in the end unfortunately.

    see that’s the thing with the new fma with me. i really loved the first so i’m clouded by it even though i’m trying not to be. i still find brotherhood very very awesome indeed though and it’s totally in my top 10 over all for 2009

    Nyan Koi is worth finishing imo 😛 but for sure pick up Paradiso! It’s SO GOOD.

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  3. Baka-Raptor says:

    Any list ranking Queen’s Blade above K-ON has my full support.

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  4. chii says:

    So glad you agree! i know there’s lots out there that don’t XD

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  5. Omurqi says:

    Awesome, finally someone not rating Eden of the East as a pretentious piece of crap after they didn’t like one of the plottwists >_> Luved that show.
    Anyway, I’ll be pushing Guin Saga and Ristorante up on my WTW list 😛

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  6. chii says:

    eden of the east is love hate. I’m waiting for the movies to make a real final judgment. but the series was a hoot and was highly enjoyed by me. JOHNNYYYYY

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  7. Kitsune says:

    Indeed, I also enjoyed Ristorante Paradiso the most 🙂

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  8. I did not like the daftness of this fantasy odd; the criticism of Slap up party is available on my site

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