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Hello, all! This is actually my first "official" blog here at Anime Vice. I don't really hang out here much, because of so much stuff happening in another Whiskey Media site called Giantbomb. Perhaps you've heard of it? But I'm here because I somehow feel like talking about anime all of a sudden. And here I am. Anyway, it already seems way better than last year. Other than Angel Beats, Ore no Imouto, and a couple others, 2010 was kind of bland for me. This year's a different story, though.
 
I've already seen a fair amount of shows, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed so far. I don't separate shows from what season they came out with, so I'm just going to combine both Spring and Summer '11 just for the hell of it.
 
 What do you think? Worth watching? Let me know!
 What do you think? Worth watching? Let me know!
I've read sickVisionz's first impressions on Nichijou and heard some buzz from people I know about Ao no Exorcist, but I've yet to tackle both shows. Down the road, maybe? We'll see. I wasn't thoroughly impressed with The World God Only Knows II and SKET Dance, though they're not bad. Just more of the same from the first season. I've already seen a few terrible shows like Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo), Hoshi zora e Kakara Hashi (Bridge to the Starry Sky), and Blood-C, in which I personally recommend you to not watch these. But enough of that. I'm already liking what I'm seeing so far this year, and these shows are proof of that.
 

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

 Why is she wearing that!? Who cares, right!?
 Why is she wearing that!? Who cares, right!?
This show wins the "Cutest Show" award, hands down in my book. Everything about Denpa Onna is colorful, bright, and overwhelmingly cute. The happy-go-lucky, feel-good vibes I'm getting from the characters is great, and I seriously just want to give everyone in that show one big freakin' hug. It's not the best show I've seen these two seasons, but it's enjoyable enough to watch from start to finish. My reactions to Denpa Onna is comparable to Ryan Davis's and Alex Navarro's reaction to Kirby's Epic Yarn, I think. Also, I mean--just listen to that opening!
 
 
 
 

Hanasaku Iroha

 Not as effective as the Brightslap, but it'll do.
 Not as effective as the Brightslap, but it'll do.
Hanasaku Iroha is about a girl named Ohana Matsumae who ends up working in her grandmother's inn. As the story progresses, she tries to make the best of her situation, work hard, and don't give up. She's starting to become one of my picks for best new character this year, and so far Hanasaku Iroha is one of the better shows I've seen in 2011. The other characters are likable (no typical annoying ones, which is good), and the visuals look great. I've seen 10 episodes so far, but I'm already enjoying my time with it. Can't wait to see more.
 
 

Steins;Gate

Yeah, Tom I agree. That semi-colon is just straight up ridiculous. What the hell does that name mean, exactly? I know it's a made up name by the main character (as was explained in the show), but I guess it'll make sense later on? Maybe? I'm on episode 5 right now, and the mystery/time travel-ish plot seems interesting so far. I feel that the story goes even deeper than just SERN's mini-black hole and John Titor, and I'm looking forward to what might appear just around the corner. I was a little lost during the initial episodes, but everything's finally sinking in and I'm starting to get the story's basic idea...I think.

 
 

Mayo Chiki!

Directed by the same guy who did Hayate the Combat Butler, I immediately jumped in to check it out. The first two episodes seem alright first impressions-wise, so I'm going to watch more episodes as I go along. I hope they don't go over-the-top with the fanservice, but that probably seems unlikely at this point.
 
 
This is what I've been enjoying this year so far, but there are a bunch more I want to check out:
 

Usagi Drop

 
 
 
 
 

Kamisama Dolls

Kamisama no Memochou

 

 
 
 
 

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana)

 


 
 
 

Persona 4: The Animation


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That's it, so far, though I'm sure more will pop up as the year rolls on. I also have a bad habit of starting shows and never actually finishing them. I'm changing that this year. I've already slaved through Hayate and enjoyed my fair share of comedy with shows like Cromartie High School and Seto no Hanayome. I'm almost done with shows like Gurren Lagann and Welcome to the NHK. My list of unfinished anime shows is even bigger than that, so it's going to be a stretch actually going through all of them when 2011 eventually ends.
 
Aaaannndddd that ends my 2011 impressions so far. I'll probably write something like this for year-end stuff, but we'll see. Thanks for reading!
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