The fourth installment of my previews. I’m only going to do one more after this, so hopefully that Clamp/Madhouse mystery one will be subbed by then. But enough of that, onto the previews!
My Rating System Explained!
A = If you watch anything this season, watch this
B = Very good, sometimes surprisingly so.
C = If you have the time, you should check this out
D = Not my kind of thing, I won’t be watching this
E = Bad. Very bad, ignore this show
F = Frustratingly awful
Gai-Rei-Zero was 20 minutes of mindless action. Action that had a catchy soundtrack, bizarre fighting techniques (she killed them using her motorbike!) and terrible CGI. Yeah, for a good 20 minutes this was pretty mindless. Lots of shooting and tech people yelling cryptic stuff in rooms full of computers along with another room of executives discussing something cryptic.
And then it ended with the biggest cliffhanger of the season. Suddenly I was transfixed to my screen as I watched those last 2 or so minutes unfold. Chances are the rest of the show will go back to mindless violence, but I have to at least see how they will resolve that. Actually I probably won’t watch the next episode unless it gets good reviews.
Rating: Pretty mindless stuff. A D, even with that ending
Chaos;Head is weird. It acts like a rubbish eroge adaptation, with it’s ‘watch cute girls file by’ opening and closing songs. Each girl has their own hair colour, and are all compact neat and tidy in their uniforms. But nope, this is far creepier than that. This is a very odd show.
What freaks me out isn’t so much the murder and blood, but the how they act so crappy-eroge-like, yet there is all this freaky stuff going on, I guess it’s like Higurashi. Heck, I’m not even sure at this stage which of these characters are illusions or not!
Chaos;Head is like the bastard child of Shuffle and Paranoia Agent.
Rating: We’ll have to see how much substance it has later on, but a C+ for now
The two pictures here are shown before and after the halfway point adverts. I’m using the one of the girl as my wallpaper. What these pictures should show you is this: Yozakura Quartet has style.Yup, certainly the most stylish show this season, at least until Michiko no Hatchin comes out. When a show has this much stlye you just feel yourself sink into the world it has created.
Plotwise, the jury is still out. I wasn’t exactly blown away by the story. Heck, I’d even hazard to say that it was…boring! I do like the characters, but they need to come up with a bit more chemistry between them or else the whole idea of the quartet (even though there is 6 of them) becomes useless. But I will this a fair chance, based off the style alone.
Rating: Bring in the chemistry and something higher than a C will appear
A girl with super powers suddenly hops through the protagonists window and proclaims that she is his bride, complete with wedding gown and all. So what’s the catch? It’s a fat, chibi, green-haired robot named Kemeko. The director also did Hare+Guu, and you can tell. This has one of the most off the wall mad humour I have ever seen. Luckily for me, I happen to like that.
I should stress here and now that this anime is not for everyone. The humour is about as wacky as you can get and also quite perverted at times, such as Kemeko panty flashes (may I remind you that Kemeko is that fat, green haired robot). If you want something serious or even something that makes sense, then don’t bother.
It’s job is to make you laugh, and I laughed a lot! I laughed so hard and so much that I collapsed in a heap on the floor in genuine pain. The opening and closing are the exact same. The opening has Jesus himself starring in it, and the closing includes the line (if I am to believe the fansubbers) ‘Sigmund Frued is an erotic twerp’.
Parodies everywhere, giant evil robot appliances, this show has it all. I loved Hare+Guu, it’s one of my all time favorites. Kemeko is the new Guu.
Rating: While it may not be quite to your taste, if I gave it anything other than an A I’d be lying to myself