Random Musings – The Shortlist of Fall 2006 Anime
Earlier this week, a friend asked me what my favorite show this season was. My answer was “Negima.” If I had to say my top-three series for this new season, they’d be:
Negima!? is number one because it wowed me like no other show did. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have very high expectations or maybe it’s because Shinbo Akiyuki‘s style and approach to the series appeal to me so much. The animation production by Gansis/Shaft is also better than almost every other series out there. The show is weathering a lot of vocal criticism, but I personally love it and eagerly anticipate the type of alternate retelling that future arcs of the story will get.
CODE GEASS is a close second partially because I have a soft spot for Sunrise mecha shows, but mostly because I think the show just kicks ass. I mean, it has a questionably evil main character, a female lead who gets shot in the head in the first episode and hasn’t been heard from since, plenty of mecha battles, and a large cast with tons of story potential. And as I said in my second episode entry, Lelouch is becoming one of my favorite characters this season.
Rounding out the list is the surprisingly good Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru, OtoBoku for short. Good is of course a relative term. While Negima’s first episode had the wow factor, OtoBoku’s first episode was pure mindless entertainment that left me with a smile on my face. If Strawberry Panic was any proof, yuri and relationship drama can carry a show pretty far, though with OtoBoku it’s more like pseudo-yuri since the main character merely looks like a girl.
And since I’m talking about what I’m enjoying the most, I’d also like to point out how good some of the OPs and EDs this season are. The best new OP, hands down, is YUI’s Rolling Star from Bleach. ED-wise, my favorite new one is OtoBoku’s Beautiful Day by Sakakibara Yui – it’s really catchy and has been stuck in my head all week. Other notables include FLOW’s COLORS from CODE GEASS and Atsumi Saori’s Ai from Kujibiki Unbalance, and Porno Graffiti’s Winding Road from Ayakashi Ayashi.
I’d also like to take this chance to semi-finalize the shows that I’ll be blogging about:
Mondays: Pumpkin Scissors
Tuesdays: D.Gray-man and DEATH NOTE
Wednesdays: Negima!? and Bleach
Thursdays: Kanon and CODE GEASS
Saturdays: Ayakashi Ayashi and OtoBoku
Sundays: Tsubasa Chronicle and Catch-up
I currently have Fridays and Sundays marked as “Catch-up” because I need to have a bit of breathing room during the week. Part of the reason I’m doing this for Sundays is because I didn’t feel like taking on La Corda D’Oro or Galaxy Ange-Rune, so I’m just sticking with Tsubasa Chronicles (albeit a day late) for Sundays until it ends in a little under a month. But the bigger reason is that Sundays usually end up being group meeting days for my numerous school and work-related projects, so I’m fairly occupied. As for Fridays, I decided not to pick up Kujian since it didn’t leave me with that favorable of an impression. I’ve considered maybe blogging another Thursday show or even NANA on Fridays, but as of right now I’m not sure what I’d add, if anything.
In closing, I’d like to say that the above list is only 10 series strong – with one soon ending – which is significantly less than the number I’ve been taking on in past seasons (~13). For days like Monday, I’d love to take on a second show (Lovely Idol), but I just don’t have the free time. Hopefully once this hellish semester is over, that won’t be so much of a problem.