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Weeaboo Wednesday: Summer Season First Impressions Part 1

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The weather is getting warmer, the sun is coming out more… you know what that means: Summer is here. To most people that means the beach and bbqs, but to us pasty white nerds it means a new season of anime. Once again MWN brings you first impressions and reccomendations of what to hit and what to skip, so let’s jump right in. (And before you ask, there’s really no reason for the above picture except that it makes me laugh)

CANAAN

From the creators of Tsukihime and Fate/Stay Night comes CANAAN, a series based on a scenario from 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de, a visual novel for the Wii. Normally, this is the point where I’d write up a quick summary of the plot, but unfortunately I have no idea what to say. The first episode of CANAAN was very heavy on character introduction and action, but light on story. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as CANAAN introduces characters in a way that works very well. The series main focus seems to be on trained assassins that use an enhanced version of synesthesia to enhance their battle performance, with the titular character exhibiting this in a very well done gunfight that rages through a Chinese New Year festival. I will continue to watch CANAAN, and definitely recommend it.

Needless

Take everything that made Gurren Lagaan amazing: Epic story, excellent character design, giant super robots, and over-the-top style. Now remove everything but the style, and you’re left with Needless. While Needless initially looks like Gurren Lagann, it is nothing like. The characters are one-sided and drab (the female lead is incredibly annoying), and the story is uninteresting, not to mention incoherent. While Needless oozes with style (perhaps too much), and the animation looks pretty cool, style alone cannot save a poorly written show. Needless has one other small saving grace, and that is a very cool opening. However; an OP does not a good series make, and Needless is one I’ll be skipping this season.

Aoi Hana

If it were ever an appropriate time to call anime “girl cartoons”, this would be it. JC Staff’s latest venture, Aoi Hana tells the story of two girls, Fumi and Akira, who were friends when they were children. Fumi’s family moved away and the girls lost touch with one another. The story picks up as both girls are entering high school, and by chance run into each other. The show follows them as they rekindle their friendship and help each other through their respective problems and romances. Did I mention they both go to all girls schools? That’s right, Aoi Hana is 100% yuri. Bow-chicka-wow-wow… In all seriousness, Aoi Hana looks to be a well written and interesting series with great character design. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it if you’re a 14 year old girl who likes yuri romance. Since that basically describes me, or at least one of my tastes in anime, I know I’ll be continuing to watch this show throughout the summer, and I recommend it to anyone who might be interested.

When Seagulls Cry

It’s sad when I get excited for a show based soley on its plot, only to be disappointed by a lack of quality. When Seagulls Cry has a premise that intially piqued my interest; since it is based on a murder mystery visual novel, I figured it might be something worth watching. When Seagulls Cry follows Battler Ushiromiya (which is an awful name), who meets with the rest of his rich family on an island. Strange things start to happen and people are killed one by one, and Battler must find out what is happening. I’m a sucker for murder mysteries, so I was initially looking forward to When Seagulls Cry. Unfortunately, the show is so poorly written that I can’t force myself to continue. The dialouge is the culprit. When the show tries to go for humor it falls flat on its face, and when it goes for seriousness characters say things that are just stupid and don’t make any sense. Don’t even get me started on the little girl. Remember that annoying character in Kanon who said “Uguu” every other sentence? When Seagulls Cry tries to outdo that by having a little girl whose dialouge is 70% non-sensical noises. Every time she spoke I wanted to throw something at my computer monitor. I will not be watching When Seagulls Cry this season, and I can’t in good faith recommend it either.

Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou

There really isn’t much to say about Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou. It’s another comedy full of cliched girls with giant breasts trying to be funny, except they aren’t. There’s magic, a loli who can only summon pans… it’s just dumb. I’ll admit that I laughed at one or two jokes, but for the most part the show consisted of unfunny physical humor and fan service shots. Therefore, I can’t recommend Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou to anyone.

So far this season looks pretty hit or miss, unlike spring where pretty much every new show was worth watching. There’s still new shows coming out in the next week, so be on the lookout for part 2 next Wednesday.

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