Spring 2012 Anime Mini Review

It’s been a long time since I write one of these review so I just write this down while I have some time in this weekend. Since I would upload it to my Blog, I should write this in English. So I hope fellow mindtalkers wouldn’t mind, its not as if my English is great, but somehow I’m more hype up if I write in English and it’s a good exercise for leveling up writing skill. ­čśŤ

2012 Spring series have a some good series running, my #1 pick is probably Accel World, combination between action and drama is quite intense. I love how the protagonist would struggle and push forward despite his disadvantageous. Other series action that I like is Fate Zero continuation, although some new viewer, especially non-Fate Series Fanboy unlike me quite confused and decide to drop it. Actually there’s also Zetman but since I plan to view it later (maybe) I won’t write it down.

On the comedy genre we have Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka: of The Dead, the sequel of the Kore wa Zombie series where Ayumu who become a zombie, and at the same time a Magiclad Girl (but he’s a boy) continue his struggle against Megalo (teh monsters).┬á Other absurd comedy just like this is Haiyoru! Nyaruko-san, where cute girl aliens fight around in outrageous situation.┬á Also more moe comedy stuff like Acchi Kocchi also good to be enjoyed with non-high-tension with cute rabu-rabu situation.

Accel World

Accel World

Accel World setting is on the near future, 15 years after Neurolinker device is published to the crowd, people can now access the global net directly from their brain. While Arita Haruyuki, our protagonist, is short and chubby, he is actually excel in most games. But in the real world, he’s just a victim of Bullying in his school.

But one day someone suddenly a senpai appears in front of him and offer an exquisite program, a game, that “would shatter his reality” as she said it. That is a BrainBurst program, or more specifically a fighting game, a game where you can access the Accelerated World. This world is only opened when the program “optimized” the brain to operate in it’s full capacity, where you can experience 1000 second in just a second ( Kinda like Kabuto clock-up but only the body won’t actually move 1000 times faster ). From then on Haru live start to change and he is on the path to become the best Burst Linker (term for the players).

Adapted from the light novel the Accel World, the plot was written wonderfully while keeping small fanservice and drama here and there. The fight also described quite detail, although how he could survive sometimes a bit cliche. But that’s the thrill that we looking for at a Shonen light novel stuff.

My Score is 8/10

Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? of The Dead

The continuation of Ayumu struggle and delusion continues, as he return to action suddenly something happening to Mystletainn (the pink transformation stick chainsaw that usually possesed by magic girls), now he’s in trouble… socially. As usual this show is barraged with fanservice┬á and man… that Tsundere Maid Cafe episode… I was watching it for at least three time and still laughing XD.

Id say 8/10 for this

Eureka 7 – Astral Ocean

As you probably recognize this is also a sequel from Eureka Seven series, the main protagonist is Eureka son, now he’s continuing his mother path and fight with Nirvash, his mecha.

Finally another mecha action, Aquarion is rather gaudy but this is more down to earth, although the enemy is quite humongously out-of-this-world. The plot is good but a bit slow to me.

I give it a 7/10

Acchi Kocchi

AcchiKocchi

All over the place, is really a good title for this one. Adapted from a 4-koma manga, AcchiKocchi is a comedy around Tsumiki-Io baka couple and their friends. Tsumiki is kinda like Taiga (ToraDora) tsundere and strong while Io is naturally attract women but he’s thickheaded.

7/10 for this one~

Sakamichi no Apollon

Sakamichi no Apollon
Normally I would avoid drama especially shoujo one, but this one have JAZZ in it. And the romance drama and friendship plot is quite well written. Although the anime version can be a bit rushed than the manga version.  So far I enjoy the show though.

Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his fatherÔÇÖs job. So the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast and all Kaoru had to do was bare it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town.

I’d say 8/10

Jormungand

If you miss some bloody action and bullet rains like Black Lagoon, you might like Jormungand. Koko Hektamayar and his troupe are international weapon dealer who sell weapons to any potential customer around the globe. This is their story to survive and dance in the bulletstorm, brushing again authorities and hunters alike. Sometime a bit of comedy kick in, but there’s gunshots most of the times.

The story not really deep so far, although some character like Jonah already had their past already revealed in a few episode. There’s small comedic scene here and there, but the seriousness still linger.

I give this 7/10

Other series:

  • Mysterious Girlfriend X (6,5/10)
  • Medaka Box (6/10)
  • Haiyoru! Nyaruko-san (6/10)

Honorable mention

Saint Saiya Omega

To be honest I don’t expect much, since the art was very… shoujo-ish and it was compared with Lost Canvas which was a great prequel series. But Omega proofs me wrong, it actually pretty good, at least to be enjoyed. I rate it 7/10. And finally Enjoy thenew Pegasus Fantasy…

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