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 It's time for a new Winter Season Impressions so far post! =D As predicted Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka was dropped for good on the seventh episode already. There were some disappointments and some increasing surprises. Without further ado let's go to the impressions! ;D
 
 
Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka - 2/10
  


   Yup, that's the look I have after watching 7 episodes of Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka
   Yup, that's the look I have after watching 7 episodes of Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka

Well, it goes without saying. Kore Wa Zombie Desu ka is definitely the worst show from this season (at least among the ones I watched). A lame story, lame characters, lame soundtrack, lame everything. Not worth my time or yours for all that matters. The identity crisis only grew stronger on episodes 5 and 6 finishing the first arc in a terribly lousy way. Episode 7 is the beginning of a new arc which looks as "promising" as the previous one. I wouldn't be surprised if this anime gets a second season... =_= Kore Wa Zombie Desu ka drops to an overrated 2 out of 10 points.XP

  
 

Gosick - 6/10


      
    

Gosick started very promising, but it's going way down the hill. Kujo is getting more and more annoying and Victorique's conclusions are getting harder and harder to follow. The premise is already starting to lose its shine and if not fixed on the next 4 episodes this will be my next drop. ;D  Gosick falls to a 6 after a very boring sequence of four episodes. 


Beelzebub - 7/10


Beelzebub keeps following exactly the same pace from the first 4 episodes. Which is enough to make me keep watching it. Although I have to say that if the story keeps that undeveloped it's going to get boring pretty soon. I hope the next 4 episodes present some story development. Beelzebub holds its 7 for being exactly the same thing for 8 episodes...XP
  
 
Level E - 7/10
 

   Run Colour Sentai!XP
   Run Colour Sentai!XP

Well, it seems my guesses were right. Level E is going exactly the same way Arakawa Under The Bridge went. They'll focus on the comedy aspect of the series only. Although, I have to say they're doing it a little bit better than Arakawa. Episodes 5 to 7 were rather funny. The new arc started a bit boring, I missed Prince Baka trolling around...XP Hope it gets better on the next episodes.

  

Yumekui Merry - 8/10



Yumekui Merry didn't get better but it didn't get worse, as well, which is worrisome. Unless this show also gets a second season, reaching a satisfying conclusion on the next 5 episodes might be hard. Despite the unnecessary beach episode, I was still able to enjoy these last 4 episodes and am looking forward to the conclusion of this show. Merry keeps its grade for not improving nor worsening. 

 
  

Puella Magi Madoka Magica - 9/10



While some shows are going down the hill, Madoka is doing exactly the opposite. I have a very strong feeling that this series will get a second season so I'm not expecting for a conclusion on the first 12 episodes. The story gets darker and darker and even though we're dealing with the mahou shoujo genre it's actually possible to connect to the characters. I'm enjoying this series more and more. Can't wait for the next 4 episodes! Puella Magi Madoka Magica goes up one point and who knows, it might become the masterpiece from this season. ;D 

  
 

Fractale - 9/10


Fractale had some delay on its airing, and it's currently on episode 6. What I can say is that I keep loving everything about this show. The characters, the art, the soundtrack, the story, everything. It's hard to put down in words but even with a slower pace than all the other shows Fractale has been my favorite show in this season, so far. Let's see what the next 5 episodes have in store for us. =] 


Well, the next post will be followed by some reviews, as some of the shows I'm following will be finished by then ;D As Yumekui Merry is 13 episodes long, I'll wait for this show to finish to write a new entry! Look forward to it! ;D 

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Well, after fighting against my urge to watch Winter animes, since I have so many others to watch, I ended up yielding to temptation. 
From the many shows that came with Winter, I picked up 7 and boy, was I surprised. I'll base my overall impressions on the 4 first episodes only, even though most of the shows already aired the 5th or 6th episode. If all goes well, after the eighth episode I'll write a new entry ;D 
 
  

Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka - 5/10

   
Be careful of what you think about this image...XP 
 
Of all 7 shows, this is definitely the worst and possibly the only one that won't show up in the next post. The story revolves around Aikawa Ayumu a boy who was murdered and resurrected as a zombie by a necromancer, Hellscythe Eucliwood. As he tries to find out who murdered him he meets other girls who end up living with him. 
It goes without saying, right? Harem comedy to the core. But that's not the only problem with Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka. This series suffers from an identity crisis. They try to be comedy, action, drama, everything at once and they fail miserably. While the first episode was funny, that was the only good point in the show so far. The other 3 episodes were dull and boring and I see no signs of improvement. KWZDK gets the award of unpleasant surprise of the season!;D 
  

Level E - 7/10


       
 
Level E is a funny story about a guy who just moved from Tokyo because he was called as a reinforcement for the local baseball team. As he gets to his apartment he finds out that someone is already there. A young man claiming to be an alien who lost his memories upon crashing his pod when landing. Level E is filled with hilarious moments and it was amusing enough to keep me going at it. I just hope it is not another comedy like Arakawa Under The Bridge where you were supposed to have some story development but all is forgotten in order to focus on the comedy. 
  

Beelzebub - 7/10

 
   
I don't care.

Beelzebub seems to be your typical shounen comedy. Even though, I was amused by it. I'm just hoping some more development or it'll start to get boring. We have this young man who turns out to be a bad to the bone delinquent and is given a baby by a strange man floating down the river. He finds out that the baby is actually the son of the Demon Lord and that he was chosen to use his body as a vessel for the baby and to raise him in order to destroy mankind. Up to the 4th the story didn't actually go anywhere but still I'm curious to find out what'll happen next. 
  

Gosick - 8/10

  
 
Victorique is pissed!XP

Gosick tells the story of a young boy, Kazuya Kujo, who starts studying in an Academy of prestige in a small European country and meets a strong tempered detective girl, Victorique de Blois. The couple has to unveil the truth behind what others claim to be supernatural occurrences to solve puzzles and get to the culprit. So far, Goscik has been quite pleasant. Although Kazuya can be a pain in the arse, the art is really pretty and the mysteries presented so far were rather interesting. I'm looking forward to the next episodes. 
 
 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica - 8/10

 
    
 
A rather refreshing piece in an overused genre. Even though all the elements are there, girls, romance, superpowers, transformations, Madoka came across as a rather unique mahou shoujo show. Mainly due to the presence of a darker atmosphere and a plot that doesn't follow the mahou shoujo script by heart. In the first 4 episodes the heroine still didn't decide if she wants to be a mahou shoujo or not. The art and the soundtrack are perfect. Kajiura Yuki once again delights us with wonderful tracks. The characters are also really interesting. At first, I thought this would be another overrated show, but it turns out that it's actually good. 
  

Yumekui Merry - 8/10

  
 

This was definitely a pleasant surprise. I started this show expecting nothing and was proven wrong in the first 4 episodes. This show actually has a lot to offer.  
Fujiwara, a young boy who can see others' aura colors and predict their dreams based on this although he often doesn't get it right. The only thing he knows for sure is that when it's black the person will have a nightmare, sleeping or daydreaming. Going back home, Fujiwara meets a strange girl who's looking for her hat. Suddenly, he finds himself in a daydream confronted by the same creatures he sees on his nightmares during his sleep: wicked cats. Their leader, John Doe wants to use him as a vessel to go from the dream world to the real world. However, his plans are frustrated by Merry Nightmare, the strange girl, who opposite to John Doe, wants to return to the dream world.  
Another show with a beautiful art and amazing soundtrack. Also, likable characters and an interesting plot add up to make it very promising. I'm really looking forward to the next episodes. 
 
 

Fractale - 9/10

  
 

The most surprising show was Fractale. The Ghibli-looking art, the heart-warming soundtrack, the promising story and the enjoyable characters are what make this show the best one so far in this season, in my opinion.
In a fictional future where humans live alone in trailers because they don't want to create bonds with anything nor anyone, digital creatures named doppels serve as replacement for families and friends. Clain is one of the few people that still values the old habits and customs. One day he saves an injured girl named Phryne, who after recovering, goes away and leaves him with a strange pendant. This pendant actually holds the data of a very unique doppel, a girl-shaped one, Nessa. Together with Nessa, Clain sets on a journey to look for Phryne and ends up finding more than he could have imagined about the world's current situation. 
 
 
That's all for now!;D I'll be back after episode 8 of all these shows =]
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I know it's a bit early but I saw here Anime releases for the Spring the news for March/April in the world of animes. 
 
I gotta say, there are some pretty interesting shows coming, but there are some really weird stuff!  
 
 - Tiger & Bunny has as a summary the fact that there'll be a major focus in "Character Placement" (just like a soccer t-shirt, characters will become marketing tools) Doesn't look too promising.
- Can't believe The World Only God Knows will be continuing @_@
- Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai is from the same creators of Shuffle! so I'm not gonna waste my time on this one.
- WTF is that 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku????o_O 
- Lotte no Omocha! -> 10-year-old girl has to have a male harem??? And she needs to consume semen? F*ck, Japan!
 
There are some interesting looking animes that I'll wait for others to watch to see if it's worth watching them. Ao no Exorcist, Deadman Wonderland, A Channel, Hanasaku Iroha and X-Men (though, I might have a look on this last one before waiting for others' opinions ;D)

Now I'm really looking forward to Nichijou, Showa Monogatari, [C] The money of soul and possibility control (what a name...o.O) and Hyouge Mono

None of the OVAs really caught my attention :x

On the movies section, based solely on the pics, I'd go for Onigamiden, Tezuka Osamu no Buddha, Hosi wo Ou Kodomo, The MOON and Tofu Kozo =D

Next season looks a lot more promising than this one!;D 
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Somebody once told me: "you can't judge something by its ending" to which I replied "Sure you can. A bad ending in an anime, movie or series is like having a stripe of line painted across a work or renaissance art. It doesn't matter how good the overall is, you'll always focus on the stripe, or in the bad ending. Nobody starts watching something expecting for a lame ending"  
 
There are many reasons that can cause an anime to have a terrible conclusion. The most common are: 

1 - The original work's (manga or novel) ending is lame and the show just reproduces the original ending. (Specially forced happy endings)
i.e.: Angel Beats!,  Clannad After Story
  
2 -  The series isn't an adaptation of a manga or novel (a.k.a. "original animes") and the script just happened to be bad overall or in the ending.
i.e.: YumeriaSeikimatsu Occult Gakuin
 
3 - Animes that start before the original work is concluded, approaches the original work's story and is halted with an open ending.  
i.e.: (There are dozens of examples here) GantzTenjou Tenge, etc  
  
4 -   Story completely different from the original or improvised endings resulting in something with a very low quality. 
i.e.: Fullmetal AlchemistRurouni Kenshin

5 - Anime doesn't get the expected response (low ratings) and is decided to be cancelled. 
i.e.: D. Gray ManMobile Suit Gundam (the original one)
 
Lately, it's been more and more common to come across bad endings in animes which made me stop to think.  
What the hell is wrong with those studios? Except for when the original work already has a bad ending all the other cases are to be blamed on the studios. Don't they realize that this ends up being negative for them? 
I fear an overall drop in animes qualities. Actually this can already be noticed if you stop to think on the last, let's say, 30 animes you watched. How many of them had a satisfactory ending? 
 
I understand that the concept of bad ending can vary when we talk about case #1. But when it comes to the others we usually have a consensus and those are usually the vast majority of the shows out there.  I think that this could harm the animes production in a way that many people will stop watching shows from a certain studio or that they know to be based in an unfinished series. As a huge japanese animations fan I'd hate to see a drop in production or in quality shows due to such a silly reason.
 
What do AV users think about this? Do you think this can cause a massive loss of viewers in the years to come? What other reasons could cause so many poor endings? What would be your Top 5 Worst Anime Endings?
  
My Top5 Worst Endings:  

 1 - Clannad After Story (forced happy ending just for the sake of it)
 2 - Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (totally open and incomprehensible ending)
 3 - Mai HiME (forced happy ending just for the sake of it)
 4 - Arakawa Under The Bridge x Bridge (builds up for 2 seasons and ends up with nothing happening at all)
 5 - Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (the ending seemed so rushed, as they had forgotten that they had to finish this series and only remembered it on the last episode)

Honorable mentions: Code Geass R2 and Soul Eater.    
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 I've finished watching a few animes in the last month and I must ask: What the hell is wrong with those scriptwriters? It almost feels disrespectful towards the fans the way some stories and endings are presented.  

Among the over 150 animes I've watched the general feeling I got in 90% of the endings was "Lalala, it's so nice doing an anime! Oh, wait, we have to finish it! Just come up with anything and let's call it a day!" 

Seriously! It's not that difficult doing an ending that goes along with the pace of the anime for pete's sake!

When it comes to Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, it's not only the ending that makes no sense. Don't get the wrong idea, the anime is good, but they simply  proposed on doing something, to completely forget it during the series and remebered to pick it up again on the ending in a completely nonsense way.

If this was simply an anime to tell the story of a group of teenagers facing supernatural occurrences it'd have been an amazing one. After all, there wouldn't be any kind of commitment to a larger story. 

And that's where Occult Academy went wrong. They offer you an interesting premise only to abandon it afterwards , and, even worse, to "suddenly" remember it on the very ending.

This mistake has been repeating itself in SO many animes that it's getting on my nerves. If you don't know how you want to end a story, don't even get started!:@

Soul Eater was another one that totally lost focus on the last 10-15 episodes.  
 
The feeling of  "Oh, gee, we have to conclude the story! Let's just put everything together in a very mediocre way and that's it!" is outrageously present in this show.
 
 The fight with Asura is just lame. From the Shinigami to Maka the whole "OMG! I've just discovered I have a mega powerful blast which is really cool but won't do anything" and the "Ah, well, we have tons of characters but 90% of them will just be standing by watching while everything happens" made me want to murder the writer.  
 
For real, this show had such an outstanding beginning. An amazingly well done  development of all the main characters, a very interesting premise. Such an awesome stage preparation, only to throw it all away afterwards? And this is just to mention the two most recent animes I've watched.
 
Sometimes I really feel like, overall speaking, animes are for children. Only they would accept such lame plots and endings.
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