Spring 2014 season is here, and what better way to sound off on our early impressions than with a Anime Talk podcast special. JoeAnimated and Acostoss sound off what our thoughts on what’s been released so far, and what you should be watching. Come check it out!
So, I came into this show knowing next to nothing. The preview was done by Sabas and CrazyDave, so I missed out on doing some of the basic who/what research. I like to feel that this left me a clean slate for setting out into the unknowns of a new Noitamina series. And as I watched this episode, I found myself going through a range of thoughts before it was over.
Samurai Flamenco, why must you taunt us so? All the mystery, all the suspense in the weeks leading up to this. A sense of excitement fluttered around your name. And within minutes of starting the episode, you immediately make me go “What the hell?”.
In my quest to find a shonen show that isn’t terrible, I took a gander at Tokyo Ravens. Another of this season’s light novel adaptations, it seemed like it might fit the bill. And surprisingly, it wasn’t all that terrible.
I know what you’re thinking. Why the heck is he watching Unbreakable Machine-Doll? I swear I had a good reason, but after watching this first episode, it probably wasn’t good enough.
I was genuinely excited for this show. I like military tech, future technology, and the action and combat that comes with it. With all of these factors, Arpeggio was poised to be a favorite of mine this season. But after this first episode, my hopes have been tempered. Was I wrong to have such high expectations?
Two shows that will feed my need for mindless shonen action are Log Horizon and Strike the Blood. Log Horizon brings us back to the gaming world, while Strike the Blood gives us our fantasy action series. But can either be more than what we see on the surface?
Coppelion has an interesting past. A long running manga (which I haven’t read yet), it was slated to become an anime with much anticipation. Then, the earthquake hit, and the Fukushima disaster occurred, the series was delayed. And after watching this first episode, I can understand the delay. This series will probably hit close to home for some. But for the rest of us, I think we have a fantastic little action series on our hands.
This season, Kyoto Animation once again tests the waters with a deviation from their usual cute girls/cute boys formula with Kyoukai no Kanata, or Beyond the Boundary. This first episode was exactly what KyoAni does. This might be great for the masses, but I don’t know if it will be enough to sustain my attention for long.
I’m excited for the Fall season this year. There is the potential for some great shows. At the forefront is Kill la Kill. And after watching this first episode, I was not disappointed.