So, in my 2 week absence from the blogging scene, I was struggling with my sudden loss of internet, and in the last few days of my internet prohibition (fancy word for “I just didn’t have it”), I finally came to my senses and decided to clear up some of the animu I had on the top of my backlog.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Well you could say I’m ashamed to be watching this show after knowing about it for so long, but I just couldn’t find a period of time where I could just sit down and enjoy the series all in one go. Luckily, there’s Spring Break for that, and no better way than to open up my animu backlog marathon session with such a legendary anime.
So, in order to keep this post rather modest in length, I’m just going to go over on what I liked/didn’t like about each show. Thus, starting with Madoka, I was completely taken back by the whole show. At first, I was highly against watching this show due to my belief that it was highly overrated and because the “Mahou Shoujo” genre didn’t appeal to me too much.
However, as I forced myself through the first 10 minutes, I soon became hooked, and I went back on my original impression of this show. From that point on, it was none of your “kiddy” or “moe loli” mahou shoujo show, but something dark and begging the maturity of an adult to understand the show. Therefore, the turning point of the Madoka was basically as soon as I started to watch it. Though I have no faults about the show, I do see that there are slight loopholes, or rather, scenes where it could have been logically avoided in favour of a better solution.
Not trying to join the bandwagon of Madoka appreciation, but I’m simply struck by how well the plot came together, the character development, and how much it altered my view of mahou shoujos. Thus, I truly believe that Madoka is one of those rare shows that are deemed worthy a 10/10.
Legend of Legendary Heroes
So after starting my marathon session with such a reputed anime as Madoka, I needed something that was similar in potency of quality. Enter Legend of Legendary Heroes.
The first time I found out about this show was through an advertisement on Anime News Network. It was through Ferris-chan’s surprisingly charming “stocking pull” pose that got me curious about the show. So, aside from the initial sexual interest in the female lead’s visage, I later learned that this show was the type of show that I would absolutely love.
Adventure, romance, fantasy, and even a bit of comedy keeps this show at the top of my “favourite show” list. Because the show has 24 episodes, and it’s based on a lengthy light novel, the plot was quite plump of actual content, and each episode had a fair amount of development. Thus, the series wasn’t really “rushed” and it had ample time to set good foundations for the show. On top of that, the art was simply gorgeous, and thanks to all the plot development, all the characters were excellent.
Therefore, all in all, I was highly pleased with this show. However, as I said before, since it’s based off an unfinished light novel, Legend of Legendary Heroes left off at the end of the 24th episode, which left it very open for a second season. I would be very surprised if there wasn’t going to be a second season, especially considering how successful the first season was.
Speaking of success, I would rate this anime at a solid 9/10 because, despite how awesome it is, the show is not without some crucial flaws. First off, the idea for the show is not terribly original because there’s simply too many animu that are alike. Secondly, because the show wanted to intertwine the mythology in the show with the current characters, the finale of the show was somewhat rushed, and I had to rewatch some scenes just to grab an understanding. Thus, despite a bit of hiccups, the show was simply excellent. In fact, on MAL, it is so well-received that it’s rated at 8.00+. Therefore, this just shows how good the series is!
After the heavy finale of Legend of Legendary Heroes, I decided I needed something lighter to brighten up my spirits. Checking on my backlog, the only other heavily recommended show was none other than Angel Beats! and I thought, heck, I’ll just watch it.
At first, I didn’t want to watch Angel Beats! because I thought it would be yet another music anime with moe shoujos; however, I was proved wrong instantly. I guess I just didn’t read the synopsis, eh?
Anyways, after starting to watch Angel Beats!, I was hooked after the first couple of episodes, and the mystery of Tenshi just kept my interest throughout the whole series. While the development of the characters were great and how the plot took such a magnificent twist after the first couple of episodes, the show eventually lost its lustre near the end due to, what I thought to be, a muddled ending, and one that does not provide adequate explanation of events.
Thus, regrettably I cannot join the bandwagon of “AH MAH GAWD I LOVE ANGEL BEATS! LIKE AH MAH GAWD”, but I can say that , if I put aside all of my critiques, I do love Angel Beats! and I’m certainly a fan. While it may not be on the top of my “favourite list”, there’s always a spot for it in my heart. So, because of how good Angel Beats! is ,and in consideration of its drawbacks, I would say Angel Beats! deserves a modest 8.5/10.
Shrine Maidens? Me Gusta!
Instead of actually being in my backlog, I’ve never heard about Kannagi till a tweet-meetup with LightningSabre and TouhouNau. At first, TouhouNau recommended me some series I should watch, and when he showed me Kannagi, I knew straight away it was a show that I must watch. Hats off to TouhouNau (Kaionlriu) for recommending me such an excellent show.
When I first started this show, I was rather amazed how fast the audience can be drawn into the show. It was as if, the audience was in the position of the male lead and accepting that a deity had just appeared in their lives. However, as the show dragged on, I came to realize it would be one of those shows that would be kind of “pointless” and “just for laughs”.
While that was certainly true for the first half of the season, the comedy soon turned into something that belied a “true” plot, and it brought about quite an amount of character development. Because of this, Kannagi, didn’t just become “another comedy” that I liked, but rather “that comedy” that I came to love, and develop more respect for.
Thus, though it was quite generic at first, the turning point at the midway of the season coupled with the original plot device, made the show so much more awesome. Definitely a show that I would recommend to people that’s looking for some love, a little bit of love, and a bit of plot.
Overall, I would give this anime a modest 8/10 because of how it is, and while I would love to give this anime a higher score, I couldn’t because I have to adhere to rating standards. Simply giving this show a high rating because I love the show doesn’t garner me the ability to overrate it. However, I will say that, if you put aside all the critic standards, it’s simply a great show to forget all your IRL woes, and it’s literally one of the best comedy shows I’ve ever seen.
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
As the weekend was coming to a close, I thought I’d end it with something that was known for being quite the comedy. Due to its former popularity, I decided to watch Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou. While I obviously didn’t read up on this show, I kind of understood the gist of it, and I could more or less tell it involved quite a bit of the “fantasy magic”.
However, what I did not anticipate was the copious amounts of fanservice. While it started off with a fundoshi shot in the first few minutes, I didn’t expect it to later escalate to borderline hentai. Though I might not seem like it, but I’m not too much of a fan of these “fanservice” animu, especially after watching the previous high-quality anime beforehand.
But of course, how many times have I underestimated an anime? Plenty, thus, instead of dropping it, I decided to follow through. In some ways, I was happy I did, and other times, I really regretted it. Well, I was happy because, the anime did turn out to have some purpose, the character development wasn’t bad, and if you look at Daimaou as a whole, it’s actually fairly decent. However, a (somewhat) confusing plot filled with comedic interjections threw me off, and as a result, I thought many things were poorly explained.
In fact, I thought the ending was more or less like a bouillabaisse, something that crammed all plot devices together in a desperate attempt to have a legitimate ending. Although I can see the effort, I still think it was not done too well, and therefore it became quite detracting.
All in all, Daimaou is almost like the other harem ecchi shows, except with a modest attempt at trying to salvage the show from purely “comedy and fanservice” to something with a more serious plot. By following up with the whole “Daimaou” gig, it was funny, but the lack of proper explanation for various events just made me confused at the end. To be honest, I still don’t know what a “Lillian” is. From what I can tell, it’s like an android, but where does it officially say that in the anime? No, they don’t tell you. That’s just a case of how something minor is poorly explained, and how the audience is left to their own devices on figuring out certain things.
So while I’ve bashed the show quite a bit, it’s still quite enjoyable. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see bishoujos naked? Anyways, aside from that, the show’s comedy is quite well done, and generally just something I would recommend to friends, maybe not fellow critics. Definitely a well-deserved 7.5/10.
So over my weekend of my animu marathon session, I picked quite a few things:
1. Not all Mahou Shoujo animu is about moe lolis
2. Do not judge an anime just by its title
3. Anime with good OP/ED songs are unusually good
4. Be more accepting in the capability of comedy animu
5. Read the show’s goddamn synopsis before watching it.
Thus, this weekend wasn’t just all about “finishing up my backlog” or “being able to join in more animu discussion”, but it became a session where I felt enlightened, and truly it has changed the way I watched animu.
So just in case you guys are all wondering how I get my ratings, I’ll be basing a rating chart off some “legit” anibloggers soon, so sit tight :3