Summer Season 2012: The Rest

So I can’t possibly cover everything in the season…that’s just crazy talk. However, I usually do end up watching a lot of other shows (which is totally normal, right?), so let’s check up on how they’re all doing. It’ll take too much time to review all of them, so I’ll just go over them briefly.

  • Muv-Luv Alternative – Didn’t get too far with this one. I got to episode three and basically gave up. I may go back to it another time, but it’s not very high on my priorities. From what I saw, it wasn’t bad in terms of mecha battles…mass genocide was a nice touch too. It just wasn’t enough for me to commit to it with the other stuff I was watching.
  • Yuru Yuri S2 – What can I say? More of the same stuff. Which isn’t exactly a complaint. It’s why we watch this, right? They tried to give Akari the spotlight a bunch, which may have turned out a bit excessively, but all in all, I liked probably as much as I liked the first season.
  • Binbou-gami ga – I tried to cover this one, but just eventually ran out of things to say. It’s actually pretty entertaining…just hard to cover. There’s a lot of really blatant references everywhere (like a Death Note one that went a lot longer than I was expecting). I wasn’t a huge fan of the idea of “Fortune Energy” or basically liquid luck. I felt like they didn’t really get their idea across because you could always argue that Ichiko caused all of the problems that she solved with her Fortune. Still, I may give the manga a shot if time permits.
  • Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru – I swear this show was trying to troll everyone. Every arc was “oh this girl’s my sister…oh wait, no she isn’t, but I’m going to solve her problems anyway.” Eventually, they just ran out of people that it could be. They tried to throw a twist in the end, but I feel like it shouldn’t have had anyone fooled.
  • Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate – Drama, elections, chocolate…stuff like that. I wonder if maybe they tried to do too much with the elaborate espionage operation within the school. It had its moments, but not all that strong. Romantically, the ending felt like a bit of a stretch to me…I was kinda hoping for something else, but oh well.
  • Hagure Yuusha no Estetica – I totally thought this was going to be some RPG-esque story when I first saw it. Then I watched it…then I immediately stopped watching. And at someone else’s request, I continued watching. Then I was committed, so I kept watching. Sigh…
  • Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S2 – It’s amazing they said. You already watched the first season they said. Because I totally needed to see a season with Toori naked about 80% of the time. Oh well…at least Tenzo got his moment.
  • Oda Nobuna no Yabou – Okay…this one was actually pretty cool. I delayed watching it for so long (probably due to emotional scarring from Sengoku Collection). But now I’m watching and I have no problems…although I’m only on episode 6. Still, I’d say go for this over Sengoku Collection if you want Sengoku era heroes as girls (I have a friend who is obsessed with the Sengoku era…that’s why I say this).

So yeah…that’s what I’ve been doing. For anyone reading that feels left out when I cover the other shows, now’s your chance to speak up.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Episode 4

Ok, I’m still valiantly attempting to grasp what’s going on in this show. Some sort of maid army is attacking someone…Toori’s gang is still having the party from last episode, but they notice the battle. They move to intervene, but are interrupted by the appearance of a ghost. Apparently, the maids are autonomous dolls or something to that effect. Kazumo (who I’m assuming is the head maid) easily takes on a mecha and shoots down a ship by herself. Yeah…no clue what’s really going on in this show. As I would hope from Sunrise, the animations for this episode looked great, especially in the battle with Kazumo against the mecha. The action seems a bit sudden, but I think that’s the point.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Episode 3

Most of the beginning of this week’s episode involves Toori attempting to go down a Path of Remorse before confessing to Horizon. Some of his friends talk about Horizon as they shop for a party. We’re also introduced to a boy who finds himself rooming with a girl for some reason. After hearing Horizon sing, Toori finally goes down the path to find Masazumi, who is on the way to deliver an eroge to him. Toori runs back out of the Path of Remorse while Masazumi is told about Horizon’s death, and we see a flashback of Toori chasing after Horizon as she is run over by a carriage. I’m still trying to understand this, but it seems like Toori is to blame for Horizon’s death. Still trying pretty hard to understand what’s going on…but this show is still amusing.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Episode 2

First off, I believe that the girl that Tooru was going to “confess” to and identified as Horizon is actually a living doll of some sort, not the real Horizon. In this episode, we have a class where the history of the world of the series is revealed (something about two worlds and fighting and stuff). We are also introduced to the character Masazumi, who talks with Horizon able her past, especially her mother’s murder. She also backs down from the student council president election because of Tooru. Meanwhile, Tooru enlists everyone’s help in his plan to confess to Horizon. So, I’m finding this series hard to follow, but I will admit it’s pretty funny to watch. To be fair, I didn’t understand much of Code Geass from the first few episodes, so I’ll give Sunrise the benefit of the doubt.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Episode 1

Alright, I really didn’t know what to expect from this show, except that it was Sunrise. First off, the opening theme sounded good, and it showed scenes with mechas fighting as well as just people fighting. So, we start off at a school of some sort, but it’s a futuristic kind of school. A teacher is starting a training exercise with a group of students, and they are charged with getting “attack points” on her before she is able to reach her destination. The teacher mentions Toori Aoi, the Section Representative, who is not at the class and describes him as useless despite his position. We sort of get an idea of the individual abilities of the students as they work together to try to beat their teacher (it’s really hard to keep track, though…I’m assuming they’ll each be the focus of future episodes or such). None of the students manage to get a hit on the instructor before she reaches her goal. At the goal, they find a Magician Demon (whatever that is), which attacks the instructor. She easily dispatches it, though. At that point, Toori, the Section Representative shows up with an eroge (…what?). He offers to let her play it, which pisses her off, and then gropes her (>.> what’s going on?). He goes on about confessing and some Horizon…yeah…I didn’t quite follow it. This show looks interesting…for some reason.