Hello everyone! Welcome to the Spring 2013 Experiences where I share my first and final impressions of shows that were recommended to me by my friends in the community. Don't worry, I don't put heavy spoilers here. I'll introduce myself to explain why I started these special blogs.
I'm Takashichea (Taka for short), a wiki editor who was a big Shonen fan. Most of the anime series I started out were Shonen series on Toonami, Fox Box, and Kids WB. I wanted to wet my feet and explore certain genres. That's when my good friends of Anime Vice come in. They recommend me some awesome stuff.
- Summer Experience 2012 - I tried Astarotte's Toy, One Piece manga, Highschool of the Dead, and Puella Magi Madoka.
- Winter Experiences 2012-13 - Tried Angel Beats, Accel World, and Black Lagoon.
Feel free to recommend anime or manga series. I'll recommend some good ones, too.
Haganai Season 1
Daniel recommended it to me after he and I enjoyed Pet Girl of Sakura back in fall 2012. Plus, I wanted to say something in the Haganai Discussion thread. It all started when my pal, Acura Max, and I were talking about a Sena figurine. She was called meat, and we didn't know why. It was hilarious.
I finally tried the show. It was a slice of show about a club that helps people make friends. Since I was still under Pet Girl of Sakura mode, I expected some heavy drama and romance. No, Haganai is light hearted and full of fan service. What I will take from this show is Yozora and her treatment of Sena. Yozora likes calling Sena meat because of her endowed body. The cast of characters are mostly girls since this is a harem series. The two girls that stand out are Rika and Yozora. Sena is your blonde bombshell who only serves as fan service. Kobato is an average middle school girl who has an abnormal affection for her big brother. Yukimura is a docile girl who has mixed gender identities. She's like your Mikuru Asahina of the series. Rika is the mad scientist/fujoshi who inserts some crazy, sexual innuendos in her conversations. The male lead isn't meek & perverted or a perverted, asshole. Kodaka is an average guy whose hair color and appearance makes everyone fear him. They think he's a delinquent. He's like Ichigo of Bleach if he had a harem. Both Ichigo and Kodaka have no affection or affinity towards any of the girls in their show. To wrap this up, my final impressions of the show isn't fantastic. I didn't like the show. Sure, it had some entertaining episodes. It just didn't reeled me in enough to continue to the next season. It was boring most of the time since most of the characters just play game. Without spoiling anyone here, the ending focuses on Kodaka and Yozora. It's one of the few character developments. The show focuses predominantly on Kodaka, Sena, and Yozora. You won't see much of the rest of the cast.
Oreimo Season 1
This show was recommended by Daniel, too. On Twitter, I was telling Daniel that Oreimo was creepy after reading the premise. In the premise, Kirino had eroge that focuses on making love to little sisters. He and his friend's conversations just focused on Kirino. I thought Kirino was like those typical tsundere girls like Astarotte. I was wrong. Kirino is a bit different. Since I finished Haganai, I had low expectations for Oreimo. I thought I would hate it. After watching the first episode, it blew me away. It was entertaining, and it hooked me in. Oreimo had the drama plus a beautiful cast that blended well. All the conflicts came from Kirino. She wants to keep her hobbies a secret from everyone while at the same time, she wants to have friends who will appreciate her. Kyousuke is caught in it. He does so much for his little sister. I can't spoil you guys and gals on it. I didn't find Oreimo creepy anymore. It's not like those anime shows where the little sister screams "Onii-chan" repeatedly.
Speaking of little sister, I watched this show with my little sister. She got into the show when she got curious about me laughing so hard. Plus, this is the only anime series that made me got drunk for stupid reasons. I was stupid and somehow, I read the ending of the light novel series on Oreimo Wikia. It was on a character page. I forgot most of it.
My final impression of the show is that Oreimo is one hell of a show. I definitely recommend the show for fans who love comedic, slice of shows with some fan service. Don't worry, the show will not make you feel uncomfortable. It's not too indecent and full of loli fan service. It's pretty tame.
Shin Sekai Yori
This anime series was recommended to me by my little sister and her friend. I finished in a marathon in April during spring break with my little sister and her friend. Shin Sekai Yori or From the New World is a psychological, horror show about a utopia. There are five main characters who will uncover dark secrets about their town and the history behind humanity. I can't go far in details since this show's plot twists are killer. It makes you rethink about humanity. We are enemies to ourselves. This is quite a disturbing show. Despite that the studio has budget and animations issues, it still creates a beautiful story with lots of bloody and gorey scenes. After finishing the anime, I'm not going back to watch it again. It's depressing a bit. Though, the ending has hope. Saki and her gang will continue to make a better future. I'm happy with the whole anime series.
What discourages people from watching the show is probably the episode with two guys and two girls kissing. Everyone is okay with two girls kissing, but two guys, people drop the show. It didn't disgust me. I'm used to it because my hometown predominantly actively supports gay marriage. It's nothing new. Shin Sekai Yori is an underrated show. To me, it's one of the best shows in 2013 (despite starting in 2012). It won't be popular because it's not a show for everyone.
I recommend watching the anime or reading the novel. My little sister told me that the manga version is ruined by fan service. I haven't read the manga, but it's a shame that it uses it.