Fall 2011 Anime – First Impressions Pt. 1

Hey,

Zanafor here, back from not having posted anything in a while. I’ve been taking some time to watch the first episodes of many series that premiered this week. Today I’ll be commenting on Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!, and Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle. I’ll try to put up more first impressions as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is a very interesting experience. Immediately, you are introduced to a unique, futuristic fantasy setting. I really enjoy shows that begin in a fictitious world. You aren’t given much of an explanation of what’s going on, but that adds to the quick pace of the series. Right off the bat, a WIDE array of vibrant characters, whom appear to be students of sorts, engage in what appears to be combat training. The action is unique and refreshing, the kinds that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I have no complaints about the animation, and the soundtrack is very enjoyable. I predict much more action to come, as well as (unfortunately or not) some fanservice. Either way, definitely check this one out.

Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! exceeded my expectations. It is about a high school that implements pretend warfare into its physical education classes, so you’ll see two classes fighting it out in large scale battles. Pretty self explanatory, although it isn’t difficult to forget that you are watching an amateur war instead of a real one. The combat is farfetched at times, but thrilling nonetheless. While the series clearly emphasizes on action, a bit of comic relief is tossed into the mix for good measure. I will be most looking forward to more development between the big cast of characters. If you are a fan of watching large scale battles unfold or intense war tactics put into play, then this show might be for you.

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle certainly has an interesting concept. The story is about a boy who can solve even the most difficult puzzles. He finds himself accepting a challenge that brings him to a dangerous labyrinth. The best aspect of this series would have to be the mood that it sets. It effortlessly blends the suspense of solving a puzzle with the relief of discovering the answer. The soundtrack also stood out for me, adding to the feels of the show. Check this one out if you enjoy fast-paced mysteries.

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One response to “Fall 2011 Anime – First Impressions Pt. 1

  1. I fell asleep during parts of horizon, but I’ll give it another chance on episode 2. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai was amazing, i hope it keeps up that sort of feel for the rest of the show. I have not watched phi brain yet.. I have also watched Chihayafuru, very interesting to me, I’ll deff keep watching it. C3.. was sorta confusing for the first episode, I felt like I had missed something important, I hope the next episode clears up my confusions (or maybe a different sub group).. Kimi to Boku.. to me it felt like a slice of life anime but with 4 boys.. it was different and interesting, I’ll keep watching it too.

    Anyways, my tiny input on things, Haganai, Persona 4, and Maken-ki are my next ones to watch.

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