First Impressions: Kobato, Kimi ni Todoke, Darker than Black 2, 11eyes

My next first impressions post was meant to include anime like Book of Bantorra and Natsu no Arashi but I’ve been having some administrative errors with Crunchyroll and it won’t accept my paypal. But that’s for another day. For no we’re going to have to continue watching fansubbed anime. Oh poor us, however will we survive!


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



vlcsnap-2009-10-10-12h56m41s178I’ve yet to make a ‘top 10/20 favorite anime’ post but if I did, you would see exactly how much I adored Chobits. Seeing Clamp and Madhouse return for a new anime that has a similar atmosphere has clouded my judgement a bit with this new series. For that reason, it’s kind of hard to take my review here at face value.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-12h56m52s17Of course I enjoyed the episode. The cheerful naivety of Kobato works so well when played off her violent stuffed dog. The animation is superb (it’s great to finally see Madhouse back on quality anime again instead of Needless) and the whole atmosphere of the episode was so easy to enjoy. That grin never left my face.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-12h57m49s71One large problem though. Considering it’s such an important part of her character, the producers really should have picked someone else to voice Kobato who could actually sing. Some people said that it would be impossible to sound as angelic as the anime portrays her as but you should at least get someone who can hit those high notes.

Rating: B


Kimi ni Todoke

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-12h59m04s54I have a lot of problems with this episode, most of them being aspects that are standard to any shojo. The dialogue is horribly unrealistic and unimaginative. It’s basically like how a teenage girl would like her dialogue to go with the guy she liked. The guy’s personality was too annoyingly perfect and idealised.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-12h59m47s239Then there’s the fact that the romance is pretty much already there. The main two already like each other and are practically going out by this stage. The most fun part of a romance anime is watching the characters fall in love with each other. These two fell in love in that ‘the school is that way’ scene, killing the series right from the start.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-12h59m22s250Considering how much I heard about how intelligent the manga was, I’m pretty damn disappointed. I guess I just don’t like shojo. It’s not just the star-sparkles and so on, it’s the annoying level of wish-fulfillment that goes on. The only saving grace is that I actually quite liked the female lead but otherwise that episode really disappointed me.

Rating: C-


Darker than Black: Comet of Gemini

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-13h01m25s196They come along every now and then don’t they. Those first episodes that just make a mockery of every other anime’s efforts and bowls them over effortlessly with their own level of quality. Darker than Black managed that. Nothing this season has even come remotely close to the quality of this episode.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-13h02m32s91It actually took me ages to get into the first season of Darker than Black. It wasn’t until around episode 8 did I start to enjoy the series. Thank god that I didn’t have to do that again for this series, considering it’s only 12/13 episodes long. The other plus from the last season is that this Yoko Kanno-less season actually has *gasp* better music!

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-13h03m14s8Yes, Darker than Black has returned in all it’s glory. Brian is also going to make an emphatic return to blog this series so you can follow him if you so wish.

Rating: A




vlcsnap-2009-10-10-13h03m57s178Why oh why did this anime have to stick to such painful otaku-pandering. There’s clearly a good plot underneath all that stupid panty flashes and horrible moe and argh! No really, the scenes where the two characters swap over to that undeniably creepy other-world are excellent and very Noein-esque.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-13h04m50s196But oh dear god, what sort of nonsense did they put in before that! There must have been about 10 panty flashes but they were far from being the worst part. Far worse were the painfully generic character archetypes and conversations that we’ve seen a bizzilion times before. It’s as if the creators were trying to be as generic as possible and succeeded spectacularly.

vlcsnap-2009-10-10-13h05m07s117And then there’s the moe. I don’t hate moe but by god…ok just stop me now before I keep bitching about all the things that pained me about this episode I’d go on all day and it would get tl;dr. The worst thing is that there is clearly a good story under all this utter generic crap that’s dominated most of the episode.

Rating: E+

7 Responses to “First Impressions: Kobato, Kimi ni Todoke, Darker than Black 2, 11eyes”

  1. 10 October 2009 at 10:50 pm

    there’s no show for me to review…thus, I shalt study.

  2. 11 October 2009 at 1:02 am

    Exactly how is just about every single shounen show ever made not full of wish-fulfillment? Frustrating double standard. And you have pegged the trajectory of Kimi ni Todoke wrongly: they are not actually a couple yet. Moreover, to say that it is the falling in love that is the interesting part is to impose your own prejudgment on this anime: you say you don’t like shoujo, then criticize the anime for not following a standard shoujo pattern. Seems like simple prejudice to me. I should know, since I have a similar prejudice against shounen: ridiculous monsters; puffed-up teen heroes with unreal abilities; suppression of any real human emotions except aggression and hatred, etc., etc.

  3. 11 October 2009 at 3:05 am


    Because I am a guy. Male wish fufilment is aimed at me. Female wish fufilment is aimed at females. I never said I liked any of those shounen wish fufilment shows anyway. *sigh* I got this after I said I didn’t like Skip Beat as well. These shojo anime just never appeal to me no matter how hard I try. I even managed to get myself rather excited for this series because the manga was so highly rated

  4. 12 October 2009 at 8:31 pm

    D:…you rate 11eyes in E!?(at least give it a c+)
    you cant just rate that E just because of the first episode that’s just NOT fair!
    plus the OP was really nice.mostly in every blog i have saw that everyone likes it.
    but-yeah- i have to agree about the panty shots…they will/might change it somehow in the future!i AM going to see the episodes until the very end.I have to agree with Hashi.

  5. 5 graciepan
    14 October 2009 at 11:41 pm

    10 panty shots? I only saw 3, though I wasn’t actually looking out for them or anything.

    I didn’t see anything wrong with Kimi no Todoke. It seemed generally well written, kinda high class writing. Also, there’s nothing wrong with the pair actually having a relationship, since there aren’t really any anime out there I’ve seen that focus on two people already in a relationship. All the ones I’ve seen just go through a constant ‘will they/won’t they’ and when they finally decide, the show ends. It’d be good to see a different look at it for a change.
    Other than that, I generally agree with your ratings.

  6. 15 October 2009 at 4:04 am

    There was clearly more than 3 panty shots. Maybe not 10 but there was definately more than 5.

    I suppose they are doing something different but that doesn’t really change the fact that the episode just didn’t click with me. Meh, I might give it another episode just in case

  7. 7 gw_kimmy
    16 October 2009 at 10:57 am

    i think what really killed kimi ni todoke was all the shoujo flowers and sparkles. their excessive usage really made the characters and their dialogue appear and sound really ridiculous lol. and although i love sawako and her innocence and honesty, sometimes she comes off as flat out corny and i think that kills the story also. the romance is a definite element in the story, but in the manga at least, it takes a backseat while focusing a lot more on the friendships in the story. be prepared for more friendship speeches?

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