This was an incredibly hot scene… even if you knew the context behind it.
I’ve been bummed by the initial fall release schedule. Besides Railgun, there wasn’t one other show that seemed interesting, but I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of deja vu. Because I know I said the same thing on a few blogs back when the summer preview was doing the rounds. I think back then, there were only two shows that piqued my interest, and you could argue that both were sequels: Umineko and Spice and Wolf 2. But as it turns out, like Low on Hit Points has mentioned, the summer season has been excellent. I can’t remember a season in which there’s been so many shows that I’d consider scoring an 8-10.
Both of these shows sucked, so I decided to combine them. Also, I think I’ve covered all the shows I wanted to cover at least once, so hurray!
GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
I was cautiously optimistic about Sora no Manimani. The description wasn’t that interesting and the character art didn’t seem that great, but for some reason – whether because School Rumble director Shinji Takamatsu was directing this, or because slice of life + romcom is right up my alley – I was intrigued. So did it live up to my modest expectations?
Bones returns with one of its shorter series in recent memory (clocking in at just 11 episodes). The name of this game? Realism.
Princess Lover is probably the premiere ecchi harem comedy of the summer season. Hmm, is that an oxymoron?
SHAFT zaniness + interesting dramatic story (wait, what!?) = crazy delicious. I had no expectations for this show, but was anyone else as impressed with Bakemonogatari as I was?
I know nothing about the game. So CANAAN was one of the summer series that I knew nothing about, but had somewhat higher expectations for, due to some solid general buzz. Did the first episode live up to expectations?
The summer’s most anticipated series kicks off with a bang, or at least a vicious slap (~uu~). Have the tables been set for another thriller, mystery masterpiece from 07th Expansion and Studio DEEN? Or are we in for an underwhelming experience like the latest Higurashi OVA? I have no clue. That was just a rhetorical question. It is just the first episode. Thus, this is a pretty spoiler-free writeup. Normal format will follow in the subsequent weeks.
So the first episode sure lived up to its description – to a T. A ring falls into the sea, two mermaids find it, return it and then certain events lead to one of the mermaids accidentally releasing a demon seal (although it was actually not on the sea floor). That’s what they said the show was going to be about, and that’s what we got. Now to figure out whether there’s enough to like to keep watching over the next eleven episodes.