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Another Obligatory Season of Yadda, Yadda, Yadda...

Just when we thought that Otakus couldn't attack us anymore with their obsessions and fandom renegade marauder shows, here comes a fresh batch from the factory.

I'm talking of course about the newest season of anime from Japan streaming, or airing as we speak.

Level E
First up we have Level E, a show about an alien prince that crash-lands on earth — which happens to be secretly populated with all manner of alien species — he gets amnesia and takes up residence with a guy named Tsutsui Yukitata a high school student and the hilarity ensues.

Level E is based on the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi (YuYu Hakusho, Hunter X Hunter) and is produced in part by Studio Pierrot.

I am familiar with some of the works of Togashi, but not enough to get enthusiastic or anything at the prospect of this title yet. It isn't a long anime series according to various sources, and while it is based on a short manga series (three volumes), it may follow with little filler.



 
Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?

Next up we have Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? which is the latest magical girl anime from Studio Deen (Higurashi, Ranma 1/2, Vampire Knight, Samurai Deeper Kyo).

It's not that this is a magical girl show, cause those I love; but this one is a bit out in left field as it's a magical girl show with zombies. Oh, yeah, you read right... zombies.

So the idea here is that Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial killer, and then resurrected as a zombie by the necromancer, Eucliwood Hellsythe, a non-speaking girl who was intent on having Aikawa as her guard, and communicates through written messages. It doesn't seem like that bad of a deal to be resurrected, but as a zombie, holy crap!

So he's now a zombie, he encounters a chainsaw wielding magical girl named Haruna while she is battling some demons, and her powers get absorbed by him.

The show seems like a mesh of about three or four other magical/fantasy shows that have come along in the past five or so years, and aside from the blending of zombie in the title, I can't see anything that sets it apart from everything else.




GOSICK

GOSICK is the latest anime from BONES (Ouran High School Host Club, Fullmetal Alchemist, Wolves Rain), and takes place in the early 1920s Europe. IT primarily revolves around transfer student Kazuya Kujo, and as it happens, is the "third son of an Imperial Solder".

He just so happens to transfer into St. Marguerite Academy where the school seems to revel in tales of horror, and urban legends and myths; and soon finds himself on the verge of getting swept up in it.

There he encounters Victorique, a golden haired doll-like student who spends all her time alone in the top of the library tower reading through the massive collection, and utilizing her rare talent for solving the most difficult mysteries and crime cases.

It's not everyday that such an interesting plot comes along, and at first I was a little skeptical about a young girl with Holmes like powers of deduction, but it didn't take me till the cliffhanger at the end of episode one to actually be hooked, and want more.

If you're looking for moe, then move it along, if you are looking for fan-service, then don't waste your time; this show has really neither. What it does have though, is great story-telling, and extremely likable characters.


Freezing

Freezing
It's not what you think it is. In fact, it's not really what I thought it was at first.

It's about a group of female students called Pandoras, that are genetically modified for brutal combat to take on a malevolent alien invasion, with the help of male partners in battle, called limiters.

Pandoras have the ability to pretty much use all the weapons their differing skills allow, while it seems the Limiters are "limited" (no pun intended) to using a method of immobilization on the enemy called Freezing.

The plot seems pretty cliche, and the high school setting seems frighteningly familiar, like there are only a few places in japan for a show to focus on these days. But like i said before, it isn't what you think, and it isn't what I thought.

I thought for sure, there was going to be some actual battles, but what we are gifted with, is a high school melodrama about an extremely powerful Pandora named Satellizer el Bridget a.k.a. "The Untouchable Queen", and the boy that would be her Limiter Kazuya Aoi (wait wasn't there a dude named Kazuya in GOSICK that I just mentioned?), that has the ability to use freezing without having unified his senses with a pandora partner.

The show is violent, harsh, and seems extremely one-sided, with the now common practice of two female combatants fighting till parts of their anatomy is exposed.

It isn't a show for all tastes, but if you like sci-fi action, and school melodrama (no I'm not talking about Stellvia of the Universe here), then you should like this one just fine.

There are more shows slowly making their way into my clutches, but for now, I just thought I would give everyone a little look-see into the more recent shows that are being broadcast.

I can't say that I'm gonna watch all of them; since it's a challenge just keeping up with all the shows presently on my plate, but I'll definitely be giving a few of these the long term treatment.

For those of you wondering about why I didn't mention Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, is because it sucked so hard that words cannot explain.

I might saunter back in later and offer a reason behind my dislike, but needless to say, I don't like it, and I don't wanna talk about it .

Now get out of here, and go watch some real anime — and not just this preppy garbage — before I cram my copies of Gunbuster into your eyeballs, and tape them closed!

GO ON SHOO!

Comments

  1. Everything I've heard about Madoka has been in praise of the visual style, something that Shinbo does do really well IMO. Nothing much about the characters or plot!

    Really diappointed with Freezing, after seeing the initial 2 episodes on YouTube. The first part of episode 1 made me expect a hard-edged war drama, but it was not to be.

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