In which I give my impressions on shows that everyone’s already talked about for the past week.
Maria+Holic doesn’t fall in my target radius for stuff I’m really interested in. The main characters are a closet lesbian who falls for a guy who’s crossdressing for reasons that haven’t been made apparent yet. But, I really like SHAFT, so I decided to have a look at at least one episode. The show is still awkward to watch, but the trap character is a lot funnier than I expected him to be. We’ll see how the rest of this goes.
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
One of a billion sequels this season, this one is for a show that most people didn’t follow from last summer. This second season starts with the advantage of having the characters already gone through some development. This is a really character driven show and the first episode gives us a Natsume and Nyanko that are comfortable in their relationship already and who know how to react when problems show up. It’s a nice watch that’s pretty much only for those of us who liked the first season.
I really didn’t like Okawari and I was unimpressed upon learning that asread would be doing Okaeri. But, it looks like they’ve listened to a lot of the criticism of Okawari. For one thing, the writing and direction is a lot closer to that of the first season. There’s no constant barrage of Mako-chan, there’s no annoying original character, and the glimpse of the Minami brothers in the OP gives everyone hope. On the downside, it looks like the animation quality took a hit. I guess it’d be too much to ask for them not to screw anything up.