Published on October 25th, 2012 | by exo0
Back Into Blogging – Some Thoughts
My life has finally stabilized somewhat within the recent months. The pressure of school, projects, and graduating on time consumed much of my waking moments during the spring and summer. But finally, with all of that past me I have some consistency within my life which allows me the time to engage in some of my interests. With that being said, from this point on I hope to continue AT for as long as I possibly can without any hiccups along the way.
Anyway, enough of that.
I wanted to talk about some of my plans for this season. I’m going to start out slow, and gradually work my way up. There are actually quite a few decent shows this season, which surprised me considering my initial disappointment when the fall line-up was released. Three shows in particular tickled my fancy and I will be following them throughout the remainder of the season.
The first is Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, a series which I thought would be just another generic slice of life/romance. Boy was I wrong. Sakurasou is not afraid to bring in the big guns early on, as evidenced by the escalating drama in the third episode. The pacing of the show is near perfect, and the dynamic/multi-faceted nature of the characters makes me beam with joy.
Next is Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! I’m going let you know up front that I am a huge KyoAni fanboy. This means that I tend to carry the notion that anything the studio touches becomes an instant classic in my eyes. Despite this, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with KyoAni’s decision to develop shows specifically in the 4-koma, and slice of life/romance genre. Chuunibyou is no different, and falls perfectly in line with KyoAni’s narrow preferences. However, after making it through the seizure inducing OP, what greeted me was a quirky and instantly likeable show, filled with entertaining, fast-paced banter between Yuuta and the “one-eyed” lunatic, Rikka. The dynamic between the two of them is fantastic, and it will be interesting to watch as the show explores the deeper aspects of their relationship.
Last but not least, is Zetsuen no Tempest. I want to say that it was the awesome animation and fight scene choreography that won me over, but then why don’t I like K too? ;) For me, Zetsuen’s story line frequently teeters between good and bad. The setting and ultimate goals for the main characters are like any other story set in a time of an impending apocalypse, boring and generic. However, where Zetsuen gets interesting is when it introduces a mysterious murder from the past. This murder will serve as the main driving force/motivation for both Mahino and Yoshiro throughout the series as they are slowly fed hints which make them question just how deeply connected the murder is to the events occurring in the present.
I’m also considering SAO, but personally I am not a huge fan of this arc. I thought that the series would have been PERFECT if it had ended after the breakdown of SAO but that’s just me.