Well, here’s the second part of my Spring anime blogging endeavors. This is the first time I’ve blogged for a season. But I’m not doing the whole one post for each episode thing… no, I’m much too lazy for that. So it’s probably just gonna be maybe 3 or 4 posts for each anime, depending on lots of other things like whether I end up dropping one, or really really liking one… Yeah, it’s a bit too early to tell when you’ve only seen the first episode. But god, enough with the blabbering, lets get to the point, shall we?
HANASAKERU SEISHOUNEN ~ Episode 1
Well, this was really just an introductory episode, and since I’d already read all the plot summaries and crap to see if I even wanted to bother with the premiere in the FIRST place; there’s not much for me to say.
But it’s looking like this isn’t going to be the josei Saiunkoku Monogatari-esque anime I was hoping for. Of course it all really depends… Dammit, this is why I don’t do first episode posts; there’s never anything to say.
Okay, so this didn’t knock my socks off, but I’m still looking forward to seeing the next episode. Shoujo is nice when it’s good, but even good shoujo isn’t usually that original. I mean there’s only so many different ways you can approach a boy-meets-girl plot. Hopefully Hana Sei will develop into something deeper and … non-fluffy.
HIGASHI NO EDEN ~ Episode 1
Oh yes. Okay, screw my post on Phantom. THIS is like the Bourne Identity, and has a better amnesiac also. I definitely have a Jason Bourne theme going here.
I was a little confused at parts, but I think that was only because of the sub quality and my stupidity. Also, you’re supposed to be confused, it’s only the first episode.
My foolishness aside, this was a pretty kick-ass first episode. Out of the four first episodes I watched this week, this made the strongest impression, and I think that it may turn out to be the best overall this season. I really liked the OP and ED animation as well, and the whole Washington DC atmosphere seemed pretty accurate (I was just there in January, IT WAS FREAKING COLD. That guy should have been purple with icicles hanging off him if he was naked in a winter-y looking DC.
Bottom line: this is exactly the kind of quirkyness that I love in anime, with enough originality and action to catch your attention and make an impression on you.
Overall Spring impressions and Anticipation level:
I have 4 very varied anime this season, but I don’t think any of them will live up to their kick-ass potentials except Higashi no Eden. Hopefully I will eat my words. I’m excited to see the second episodes of all of these anime, because unless something blatantly sucks ass, I can’t really decide whether I like it or not based on just one 20 minute episode.
Perhaps you will hear from me again soon, perhaps not.