Like last year I made it a goal to watch everything that aired this year. With a few exceptions of course. Season 2 of shows I haven't seen were counted out and shows that I had seen a lot of but knew I couldn't just stomach anymore. Yup that means no Hidamari Sketch for me this winter! I still can't stand that so many seasons of it are being made... Cobra The Animation was the only other show I didn't watch that aired. It is something I've been wanting to watch for a while and this as certainly bumped it up in my want to watch list. Here we go with Winter's Aired Anime.
Winter actually was a really short season with only 13 shows that aired. Katanagatari started but it only showed one episode per month for the entire year so I don't quite count it. Only 2 shows ended up being 24 episodes (Durarara and Qwaser) and carried onto Spring where all the others were 12-13 episodes. So everything pretty much ended for new spring anime to take over the airwaves.
Winter honestly was a pretty boring season. It had some winners but half my list is on the lower half, out of 10 score wise for only 13 series... Everything was new except for Hidamari Sketch, Cobra, and Heartcatch but since I only started Heartcatch that didn't really matter to me. I was expecting new and fresh from everything but all I got was lame and crappy for the most part.
Katanagatari did something new. Something I haven't ever really seen before. Well in more ways than one honestly. Some of it was cliche like the one episode per sword capture type deal but mostly it was unique. The art and music were amazing and not to mention that you only got one episode per month! That was something special to me. I had always honestly wondered why no one had ever really done a show like that before (There might have been but I'm too lazy to research it) spanning an entire year with 12, 45 minute episodes. Generally I hate shows that have long air dates but Katanagatari was reliable for when it was going to come out. So I knew I would get my show once a month no matter what.
Best Show of winter for me, aside from Katanagatari because that is the winner for overall best anime of 2010 was Durarara. I was looking forward to it from the moment I saw it announced. I watched the first episode and wrote a little something about it and then I actually ended up waiting till it was finished to watch anymore. I'm SO glad I waited too because there's nothing worse than waiting to see one of your favourite shows one episode at a time over many, many weeks. Some people love that but I just can't stand it with something I'm totally into.
Worst Show of winter for me would be Chu-Bra... Even though it's THE only series I have "successfully" blogged all the way through... ._. ...I love panties but not from the eyes of a 12 year old. I'm not even going to chew this anime out anymore. I think I've done that enough already. Urrg.
Here's my big list of Best to Worst shows of winter 2010:
- Durarara 10/10
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 8/10
- Hanamaru Youchien 7/10
- Sora no Woto 7/10
- Heartcatch Pretty Cure (still airing) 6/10
- Seikon no Qwaser 5/10
- Dance In The Vampire Bund 4/10
- Ookami Kakushi 4/10
- Ladies Versus Butlers 4/10
- Omamori Himari 2/10
- Chu-Bra 1/10
Surprise enjoyment: Hanamaru Youchien I expected to be just another one of those perverted school kid shows that everyone thinks is cute. It ended up being much, much more.
Surprise fail: Ookami Kakushi I don't even know what that was...
Honorable mentions: Cobra I honestly can't wait to sink my teeth into. I put off watching the new one because I haven't seen the old. This is something I shall be completing in the year to come for sure. Sora no Woto I actually expected to hate a lot more than I ended up. It was total win though. Well not total, it could have been a little less slice of war life like and a little more awesome even though what was there in general was pretty darn awesome. I'm still not sure of my overall thoughts of the show. Heartcatch has brought Pretty Cure back up to my magical girl standards. It was shattered with Fresh last year so I was expecting the worst. Thankfully I got the best. Seikon no Qwaser I think digiboy said it best here "purposefully awesomely bad".
From the anime Sora no Woto, Filicia Heideman is the 1121st platoon leader at the Clocktower Fortress. She is a second lieutenant now since she is the lone survivor from her old platoon.
Why I like her: She was always looking out for everyone and had a playful air to her. Her lack of rules even though she is in the military was interesting. She acted like a mother hen for all the girls which was funny to watch when she would do it with Rio.
Why I hate her: At times I felt she babied the kids too much. There was stuff they should have been learning about how to protect their platoon if things got terrible. Good thing she ended up always being around when trouble went down.
Overall: Between Filicia's smothered love and Rio's tough love, the girls got the job done right.
We start off with Phylicia having some wicked crazy images dancing around in her head from the past when she was in combat with her old comrades. The others start to worry about her hoping that she is alright.
While she was wondering around alone, being the last of her troops, she meet an old corps from before everything was ruined. Somehow he starts to explain to her how things came to be. That they couldn't stop the coming robots from destroying their world. I was fascinated by this. I only wish that we could explore further exactly what happened but that is not what this show is about. But they did well to keep at least the non-moe viewer happy with this episode.
Another festival goes by in the small town. This time for the ones who have passed on. Loved ones wish to remember them by making a lantern lighting a candle in it and floating it down the river with the names of the dead written upon the sides. It was a lovely way to end a pretty intense episode.
After such a wonderful informative episode we move back to what this show is good at doing. Little stories that add up to be entertaining to watch but nothing more. We wait for a phone to ring.
Battle of the elements time. A very strong hurricane hits and it's up to the girls to try and keep everyone safe. We find out more about Klaus and why Kureha seems so attached to him. He just so happens to look identical to a hero of hers but he doesn't have the heart to tell her the truth about it.
Episode 10 we bid farewell to Rio. They play what seems like their theme song, Amazing Grace and Rio passes her trumpet onto Kanata.
With 2 episodes left I almost wonder if more of the girls are going to leave or if something huge is going to happen that ends up bringing Rio back. Either way the thing I love most about the show is the town. It is SO picture friendly and makes you feel like you are actually there yourself.
Lets start off with my favourite part of the series so far! Shuko the owl!
We start off with the military girls playing "war". Then onto mail time. Phylicia then decides with Rio that it is time for some "training" disguised as a "field trip". The girls are forced to carry lots of heavy gear to 3 old observation devices to make sure they are still in working condition. Mio tells them if it gets too much Kana can blow on her trumpet. And also warns the girls that there are wild animals out there. Kureha immediately tries to take her gun out to protect them. Mio whaps both of their hands away and sends them on their way.
As they stopped to play around in a riverbed, their backpacks were torn opened by an unknown. Something is out there. A boar? Or worse? The compass has mysteriously gone missing too! Now they must find their way to the mountain top on their own. Hunger strikes the girls as soon as they start walking. Kana sees a tree of berries and wants to eat them but they must go on! They find goal 2 and continue to onward to goal 3.
It is clear that Rio took their compass. This is yet another test for these girls to see if they can survive and make it without help. Because of the sunset Kana finds the last goal and runs on after it. Once getting there they see first hand what No Man's Land looks like. A battle field filled with old debris from fighting long ago.
Phylicia appears from behind the observation and tells the girls that all the past fortress maidens came to this last place to see it at least once.
Flash back a tiny bit to when Rio was stalking the girls to makes sure they were getting along ok. She too was tempted by the berries that Kana was and thought it would be a nice treat for the girls at the end of their goal. She stumbles down to the tree and starts to reach for the branch, she notices a set of eyes watching her and with a snort she sees that boar the girls were talking about. She fought that big tough boar to get the girls those yummy berries. Dirty but a winner she presents the berries to everyone as they all bath in the spring together. This is actually one of the best hot spring episodes I have ever seen.
I am simply in love with this little town. It is so picture friendly and just plain quaint. Kana goes out on the town because today was her big payday. The rest of the girls stay home to play mafia... I don't quite get it but ok. They must defend some wine from being inflamed to crazy prices. Or something. Very random. Fanservice always finds it's way into this anime. 😛
Misho is a girl in the town that misses her family greatly. She is sad because Kana can go out and get presents for her family but she can't find the one thing that was left over from her mother before she passed away. We flash back to her and her mother sitting on the floor with a box brushing their hair and putting it into braids. Her mother told her on her death bed that she wouldn't be able to braid her hair anymore, so she must find a special person that is willing to do it in her place. Someone that wishes to love and protect her. That very box in her memories was within the treasure one of the towns ladies had taken from those mobsters earlier.
An old man at the church tells Kana that an "Invisible Reaper" attacked Misho's town which is why she is alone here now. The church took her in after her mother passed away and father never returned from war. What is this Reaper? Please tell me more.
Baka to Test to Shokanju is way more enjoyable then I thought it would be. I find myself laughing at every single episode. It's really refreshing for once to laugh at what actually is happening in the anime than just laughing at the anime it's self.
While these two episodes did make me laugh a lot it has detached it's self from school battles for the most part and started focusing on romance. While seeing our main lead boy in a love triangle situation and his supporting male being hounded by a chick that will not take no for an answer is highly amusing, I hope we get back to what has made me like this show which is the school classroom battles.
I can't wait to see what comes next in this wacky fun anime.
Sora no Woto, Kanata plays bad again... and they eat a lot of food... again. I'm not sure how people find this interesting but at least it's pretty to look at. All the girls but Kanata and Rio go out after breakfast. Soon after everyone leaves Kanata randomly gets a fever while she and Rio sit under a tree and talk about why they joined the military. Rio starts freaking out big time because of Kanata's fever. I assume in her past, her mother got sick and probably died. There's no other reason for her crazy reaction other than that for me. After her freak out she musters up some good thinking and goes to get some medicine.
Rio played Amazing Grace through the mecha that Noel has been working on to make Kanata feel better once she was able to walk around again. Kanata has a memory of someone she knew in her past playing it. The song made me remember that they also used it in Eureka 7 too. They showed some pretty scenery while the song played. If anything keeps me interested in this show it's the background. This small little town is pretty.
Next episode is probably my favourite yet. Mainly because they went out and actually did stuff. This time it's Kanata and Noel's turn to go out into the town. Their mission is to get supplies. They stop off at lots of stores and randomly meet a nun with some kids that Kanata meet when she first arrived to this place. One of the kids whose parents were killed by soldiers gets pissed off and runs away shouting how much he hates the military.
They go to visit a glasswork factory so get a part that old man Carl has been working on for Noel's mecha. She really wants to make it work and thinks that this one piece is key to doing so. They talk about the past machines and how if they were made back then, they should be able to make them now. I'm rather interested to find out exactly what happened to make this world turn back to a simpler time.
Even though almost nothing much happened again in this episode... I really enjoyed it. I think I'm in love with how pretty it is. I don't really care for any of the characters yet but this little town rocks!