Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Been there, done that

This is something I have expected for a while, my taste in anime keeps getting narrower all the time and force to depend on 'classics' to find good shows. There is no way that combination works in long term and it's already too obvious.

Maybe I start with current season so it's out of way. After all that hype Nodame Cantabile's first episode was disappointing, male lead is far from likeable and music isn't anything to rave about. I watch it for now at least, but nevertheless Nodame is painful example that my flawed theory where every josei series created is masterpiece doesn't work...

The other one is Hidamari Sketch. Funny slice of life anime with cute girls, those SD faces look weird though. But still, that's only two series.

When I said in the beginning it starting to get hard finding good anime I meant it. Sure, there are mediocre shows to watch and forget without thoughts, but the stuff that blow up your mind with sheer awesomeness? Only very few. Out of current ones Fruits Basket comes to mind, hopefully those 9 episodes left end it the way Tohru and her loveable harem deserve.

Few choices to this problem are of course to watch old favourites or get a new hobby. First one works only limited time, rewatch value isn't always high enough. As for the second, all I can say it's under progress. Though on other hand maybe I just need (another) break.


Anonymous Karura said...

Looks like I'm not the only one was disappointed with Nodame episode 1. I too had pinned my hopes on it being the star of the season, but right now I can't really connect with the characters.

I think everyone goes through at least one "meh, anime" phase, but eventually you find a good series that renews your enthusiasm.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Anga said...

Well, that may be true, but I doubt how permanent it is. I had somewhat similar situation with games years ago and while I recently got little motivation to play after few games it was almost gone once again.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Os said...

"[nodame's] male lead is far from likeable and music isn't anything to rave about"

Eh, you'll start to get attatched to him later once you go through more with him. I dunno, the drama is the same thing but maybe that'll be more "WHOA AWESOME" than the anime. As for me, I went in with such high hopes just seeing them sit in a circle and chanting would still make me excited.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Sasa said...

Oh, I can totally understand what you mean. I was slightly disappointed at the summer season, I found autumn totally boring (except for Hataraki Man) and I have yet to find a good series in winter season.

In the meantime, I am reading more manga now (I used to read a lot of manga but now I feel like I have read everything that might catch my interest). Maybe that's an option for you?

By the way, I wonder if the Nana anime really is so good - I used to love the manga to death (it felt like it reflected my life 1:1), but the first episodes of the anime were rather boring (and too slow-paced).

1:54 PM  
Blogger Anga said...

I have read more manga recently, but it's not enough to replace anime even temporarily because it's still related to anime. If I'm bored with it same goes to manga as well.

Slow pacing itself has never been problem for me when characters are likeable and Nana really shines there.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous miz said...

I would have to agree.. about this season's offering for new anime quite bad, but I do like the Nodame anime as much as I do with the drama.

I guess that with the anime characters and music not being so likeable, it grows on you. What is different with the drama and the anime is the fact that there is not as much emotion to be seen during the animation. So do you think that is a barrier? I'm still holding out to see the character of Sakura and more of Etou-sensei.

Still there are continuing series from the fall still going on. I get the feeling that you like shoujo, so while there is not that much continuing from the fall. I can definitely assure you that shonen has more series continuing.

5:13 AM  
Anonymous myu said...

This seasons bests series so far have been Manabi Straight and Saint October. I would also recommend Code Geass and Soukou no Strain. Both series have an interesting plot.

Only good reason to watch Nodame is because Nodame´s funny sidekick.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Anga said...

Not sure about Saint October since I dismissed it due to screenshots. That and Manabi Straight was too overly moe shows for me though while Hidamari Sketch has similar cutesy look it's more subtle.

10:17 PM  
Blogger ザイツェヴ said...

I don't think Anga is a kind of Manabi person, from looking at the blog. Just think - Nana... Hataraki Man... I can't stand that stuff. It's too TVish, doramish. Manabi is a tremendous production, I haven't seen anything that good since Azumanga. Not Kamichu, not even Windy Tales come close. Nonetheless, it's a different alley entirely.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I couldn't even finish Manabi's first episode.

Sorry but there's something about the way the girls are drawn, it feels like a show catering to fans of loli/cute girls? But then it depends on your taste I guess.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Mythophile said...

This season I've been impressed with Towards the Terra, Romeo X Juliet, and Guardian of the Sacred Spirit.

What's happening is that your taste is getting more refined. A lot of anime is more of the same, especially in genres that are popular. Try looking for different sorts of anime. If you can cope with slower paced anime, I recommend Fantastic Children.

5:25 AM  

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