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Anime, Digested – Fate/Zero 13, Mirai Nikki 11-12, Haganai 12, Ika Musume 10-12

I watched some anime!  Here’s my thoughts:

Fate/Zero 13: It was a cool episode, but come on.  There’s no excuse for hyping the audience up for an epic confrontation against a Horror from the Deep and then saying, “oh, by the way, the show’s on hiatus now, look forward to spring”.  This is the battle we’ve been building towards for the past six or seven episodes, and they’re dangling it out of our reach.  This is going to be the worst case of anime blueballs since Haruhi Season 2.  They set the confrontation up six episodes ago and they’ve been stalling ever since!  I figured they were stalling because wanted a climactic battle to end the season on, I didn’t realize they wanted a climactic battle to end the season right before.

Mirai Nikki 11-12: That’s the end of Kurusu, I guess.  I had higher hopes for him than that.  He seemed like the sort of responsible adult supervision that Yuno and Yukiteru could profit from.  I wonder if Akise Aru will step into that role now?  I’m sure he’d like to think he fits that role, but he’s asking unpleasant questions about Yuno, which is unlikely to endear him to the pair.  Yuno, of course, is liable to take the first opportunity she gets to shut him up permanently and add him to her bag of corpses, but I feel like even Yukiteru wouldn’t be too interested in hearing what he has to say.  He defeated Kurusu with the ~★♥power of love♥ ★~, that’s a sign that he’s made his choice.  He’s going to go see the stars with his pink-haired future wife, and he’s just not going to think about how she’s a crazy stalker who murders people.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai 12: Your standard harem anime non-ending.  They want to end their season with some sort of climactic plot event, but they can’t actually change anything for fear that the harem setting will fall apart and they won’t get to make a second season, so you end up with these big events that just sort of sputter and fall flat because they have to maintain the status quo. So Kodaka realized that Yozora was his childhood friend, but they agree to keep it secret from everyone and it’s not like they are going to treat each other differently or call each other by old nicknames.  The only real effect is that Yozora’s hair got shorter.  I guess in this show they have an excuse for the non-ending: Yozora’s pride won’t let her accept anything good that happens to her if it’s not completely on her own terms.  Kodaka didn’t immediately recognize her, so to hell with him.

Ika Musume 2 10-12: Ika Musume’s still cute.  Over the course of these three episodes we got to see her in her winter outfit, her with short hair (tentacles), and her with braided hair (tentacles) in a yukata.  The bits were funny enough, nothing really outstanding.  The final storyline with Ika Musume at the festival sad because nobody would ever love her was sort of overshadowed by Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’s storyline with Yozora at the festival sad because nobody would ever love her.  Yozora does a much better job with it, it just seems out of character for Ika.

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 9

It’s final exam season, so my anime watching has slowed down a little – I’ll probably end up marathoning the rest of Penguindrum over winter break, rather than trying to follow it as it airs.  One thing that I can’t slow down watching, though, is Ika Musume.  Her cute and silly antics are exactly what I need to balance out the stress of school.  Here’s hoping Ika Musume can invade my worries away in episode 9 of season 2 of Shinryaku Ika Musume.

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 8

Ika Musume is adorable, and her attempts to conquer the world are simple but enjoyable.  Isn’t it about time we watched episode 8 of season 2 of Ika Musume?

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 7

Ika Musume is a squid who wants to conquer the world!  Let’s enjoy some continuity free cute gag comedy in episode 7 of season two of Shinryaku! Ika Musume.

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 6

Ika Musume has had a weird airing schedule this season, it’s on one week, off the next, then on again, then off, maybe then on for a couple weeks straight.  Just enough variation to keep me from finding a meaningful pattern.  This makes it hard to remember to watch Ika Musume.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching the antics of the squid girl.  I just remember seeing a thing that says “no Ika Musume next week” and I don’t remember if that was yesterday, a week ago, or two weeks ago.  Anyway, I have episode 6 of season two of Ika Musume downloaded now, and squid tastes just as good frozen, so let’s watch.

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 5

I’ve been having computer trouble, which has kind of got me down, so I think it’s a good time to watch some Ika Musume to raise my spirits.  Ika Musume is a sort of comfort food of anime – it might not have the exotic flavors of a Mirai Nikki or Mawaru Penguindrum, but it has silly jokes and cute squidgirls and you can be confident that it will bring a smile to your face and not make you think too hard.   So let’s go for that.  Wash my cares away with the gentle waves of the ocean, episode 5 of season 2 of Ika Musume!

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 4

Last episode on Ika Musume, Ika Musume failed to conquer Japan.  Keep at it, Ika Musume!  We all believe in you!  Let’s see if she can pull it off in episode 4 of season 2 of Shinryaku! Ika Musume.

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 3

I’ve sort of been putting off watching Ika Musume, school got busy for me and if I only have time to keep up with a subset of my shows it’s likely to be the shows with plot and continuity that get watched first.  If I fall behind on watching, say, Fate/Zero, then everybody will be speculating about that mysterious Servant who did the thing with his Noble Phantasm or whatever, and I’ll be completely in the dark.  If I fall behind on Ika Musume, people will talk about how cute Ika Musume is, conquer the world de geso~, and I will still be able to nod and concur.  But I have some time now, so let’s watch episode 3 of the second season of Ika Musume.

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Ika Musume 2 – Episode 1

Shinryaku shinryaku shinryaku shinryaku shinryaku shinryaku ika musume (kyun)!  I guess probably they will have a different OP for Ika Musume this time, if we’re lucky it’ll be a tenth as good.  Just so everybody remembers, Ika Musume is the story of a squid-girl that came from the ocean to invade the land, but because she is kind of childish and naive in the ways of the surface-dwellers, she ended up press-ganged into working at a beachside cafe.  There are various characters, with various quirks, but really Ika Musume is the only character worth caring about, she drives the show by being cute and funny.  With those things in mind, let’s watch episode 1 of Ika Musume season 2.

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Fall Anime Season 2011 – I Accidentally Deleted The First Version Of This Post And Now I Hate Everything

I had like ten pages of discussion of the new season typed up, and then I accidentally closed my browser and somehow WordPress’s autosave didn’t manage to save any of the work I had spent hours on.  So instead of a long effortpost, you get the executive summary of what’s hot in the new season and why.  If it seems to you like I missed something, you can mention it in the comments.  Here is a reference chart for the shows of the season, taken from moetron.

Shinryaku! Ika Musume 2 (Invade! Squid Girl 2): This is already airing, but I’m not going to watch it until at least I finish Hanasaku Iroha, which I was going to put off until I wrote a fall preview post, but then I accidentally erased the fall preview post.  The squid girl is funny and cute and I wanted more of this show after last season and now there’s more of it!  Hooray!

Fate/Zero: Based on a prequel novel for hit indie Japanese pornographic visual novel Fate/Stay Night.  FSN the game was great, transcendently great, but the anime adaptation left a lot to be desired. This is by a different studio, though, and novels are easier to adapt than visual novels. Based on what I know from playing the game (spoiler warning for FSN!) this show seems like it’s going to have to be pretty relentlessly bleak, and I’m not sure I want that.  But it’s related to Fate/Stay Night, the greatest literary work of our age; there’s no way I won’t at least give it a chance.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Horizon on the Borderline): I haven’t been watching enough action anime lately; Steins;Gate did not turn out as I hoped.  (It turned out better than I hoped, but it was not an action show, which is the point.) I have kind of high standards in action anime, but Sunrise did Code Geass, so they are at least capable of making an action anime interesting.

Kimi to Boku (You and Me): Looks like a genderswapped version of the traditional four girl slice of life comedy.  Hopefully it doesn’t end up full of yaoi themes like a genderswapped version of Yuru Yuri.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don’t Have Enough Friends): Looks like a funny comedy about unlovable people.  Unlovable people are the funniest people, because they don’t have to worry that a particular joke they make will make people stop loving them.

Last Exile: Ginyoku no Pham (Last Exile: Silverwinged Pham): Last Exile had a cool setting, but muddled writing, a confusing plot, and mostly forgettable characters.  This has the same setting, but with new writing, plot, and characters.

Mirai Nikki (Future Diary): I had a whole big rant about how the norms of courtesy that scanslation groups show each other makes all scanslations awful, but it’s lost like tears in the rain.  Suffice it to say that I read the first couple volumes of the manga this was based on, and it seemed really cool, but the translation was so awful I could not stand it.  If you are a good scanslation group, I am begging you!  Please! Re-translate the stuff that is translated by bad groups.  Who cares what they think?

Guilty Crown: I wouldn’t even be considering this if it weren’t a Noitamina show, but I’m in the market for an action show and I need a backup in case the Horizon show doesn’t pan out.  It looks like the sort of thing I would hate, lots of Capitalized Nouns standing in place of actual interesting concepts, but Noitamina is supposed to be a higher class, more intellectual breed of anime, right?  I’ll cross my fingers.

That’s eight shows, plus Mawaru Penguindrum carried over from summer.  If half of them turn out good, that’ll be five shows, which is a reasonable number to follow.