Like every year Spring gave us more anime we knew what to do with! Unlike winter I actually watched everything as it aired. Save for those kiddy shows that I'm not following being Bakugan, Inazuma Eleven, Jewelpet, and Metal Fight Beyblade. Saint Seiya had another season but since I haven't seen any of that franchise to begin with that wasn't watched either. A season 2 of Pretty Rhythm aired but since season 1 isn't even finished being subbed that wasn't watched. When subs appear I'll watch it for sure since I'm enjoying season 1 of it alright.
Some short anime called Koi-ken aired but I haven't even seen raws for this appear. I'm ok with that since it apparently is based on a popular dating sim which I'm so not all about. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 looks interesting but I'd prefer to watch the first stuff for that before jumping into something new. Ozma I didn't watch because I want to do some fun stuff with the Leijiverse stuff eventually.
There was actually very few shows that I didn't enjoy watching this time around. The amount of great shows to choose from was just that good! Even the shitty shows had a few good things to offer so I can't complain about them too much either. I still wish more people would watch Gon...
Best Show of spring is SO hard to choose but I'm going to go with Space Brothers for sure. Honestly if it wasn't for that cat anime I'm blogging it surely would have been #1 of 2012! SPACE!!! Polar Bear Cafe is a super close second for spring too.
Worst Show of spring is Natsuiro Kiseki because while it had an interesting enough idea, cute girls doing stuff just doesn't do it for me in a drama setting.
Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of spring 2012:
- Space Brothers / Uchuu Kyoudai (still airing) 10/10
- Polar Bear Cafe / Shirokuma Cafe (still airing) 10/10
- Mysterious Girlfriend X / Nazo no Kanojo X 10/10
- Fate/Zero 2 10/10
- Gon (still airing) 10/10
- Jormungand 9/10
- Tsuritama 8/10
- Kimi to Boku 2 8/10
- Sakamichi no Apollon / Kids on the Slope 8/10
- Folktales from Japan (still airing) 8/10
- Ginga e Kickoff!! (still airing) 8/10
- Sengoku Collection 8/10
- Zetman 8/10
- Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 2 7/10
- Acchi Kocchi 7/10
- Queen's Blade: Rebellion 7/10
- Accel World 7/10
- Eureka Seven Ao 7/10
- Gakkatsu! 7/10
- Kuroko's Basketball 7/10
- Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 7/10
- Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 7/10
- Arashi no Yoru ni 7/10
- Recorder to Randoseru 2 7/10
- Sankarea 6/10
- Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~ 6/10
- Saki 2 6/10
- Dusk Maiden of Amnesia / Tasogare Otome x Amnesia 6/10
- Hiiro no Kakera 6/10
- AKB0048 5/10
- Medaka Box 5/10
- Cardfight!! Vanguard 2 5/10
- Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan 5/10
- Upotte!! 5/10
- Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!! 5/10
- Yurumates 3D 4/10
- Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape 3/10
- Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden (still airing) 3/10
- Shiba Inuko-san 3/10
- Natsuiro Kiseki 2/10
Surprise enjoyment: Ginga e Kickoff!! is a children's soccer show that should be watched by everyone! Mysterious Girlfriend X is a romance anime that I had no hopes for going in but ended up being one of the best romantic anime I've ever seen. Acchi Kocchi had great winter episodes which surprised me.
Surprise fail: Medaka Box ended up being quite lacking... I'll have more to say about it in the fall review.
Honorable mentions: Arashi no Yoru ni I'd like to see more of honestly. Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna BOOBS! AKB0048 is fun but still lacking in awesomeness for me but at least there's a lot of SPACE! Shining Hearts has one of the most hilarious ED's ever! Eureka Seven Ao is finished finished now right?
On the Tenth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Ten Delicious Openings & Endings,
Nine Let Downs,
Eight Food Shots,
Seven Pretty Cure Titles,
Six Underrated Shows,
(Twenty)Five Years of Final Fantasy,
Four Video Game Feels,
Three Idol Shows,
Two Amazing Cartoons,
and The Best Boots in All of Anime
Here's just some of the many OP and ED's I really enjoyed throughout the year. They aren't really in any order.
Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki
Girls und Panzer
Senki Zesshou Symphogear
Gon (Cutest shit ever!)
Polar Bear Cafe
Shout outs to a few others: Muv-Luv
Shin Sekai Yori
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Eureka Seven Ao
Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
Shout outs to a few others: Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan, Folktales from Japan
Gon flies through the sky one day and makes all the jungle animals his bitch!
This introductory episode, Gon focuses on making Ussu the Bear his bitch because Ussu asked for it! After Gon succeeds in doing this he turns his attention to Jack the Wolf because he's always fighting with Ussu to be king of the jungle. So Gon not only makes Ussu his bitch, he also makes Jack his bitch too! Why? Because dinosaurs are the TRUE king of the jungle that's WHY!!!
I enjoyed that Gon got INSIDE a fish to finish off Jack. It made no sense but it was highly amusing.
In the end all Gon really wants to do with everyone is eat and sleep. All that bitch making just sorta happens when he shows up because Gon is a kick ass dinosaur and all must bow to DINOSAURS! Eating is what Gon loves to do the most and I can see why. All that running around he ends up doing takes a lot of energy that his little body surely needs and what better way to keep his stamina up than to nomnom ALL THE TIME! Getting the right amount of sleep helps with this too I'm sure. Maybe that's why I sleep so much too...
I really enjoyed this first episode even if hardly anything happened. Watching Gon and all the other jungle animals bounce around doing their thing was quite entertaining. It has a nice clean too to it too since it's CG. The OP for Gon is darn catchy too. I mean it's CLEARLY made for children and all but I still love it to bits. The ED is pretty cute too as it has all those animals in the background as Gon walks on like they do in a lot of other anime ED themes... I suppose that could be a post on its own too, but I'm sure someone else has already said a thing or 2 about this phenomenon.
Apparently no one in the manga talks. (I can't wait to get my hands on this manga btw) But they made it so only Gon doesn't talk in the anime but all the other animals do. I like that they made them talk because while yes Gon is still very much a kiddy show it doesn't feel THAT kiddy because of the talking... Maybe that's just me though and my biased opinions. Manga is easier to get away with no talking than anime in my opinion since it adds an atmosphere that is unique to manga.