Fall 2011 Anime – First Impressions Pt. 2

How’s it going?

Zanafor here with part two of my “Fall 2011 Anime – First Impressions”. I might write up one or two more parts, depending on what I get a chance to watch. I’m liking this season’s line-up so far, and today I’ll be commenting on Maken-Ki!, Kimi to Boku, and C-Cube (CubexCursedxCurious). Enjoy!

I can’t say that I held high expectations for Maken-Ki!, however, I was a still tad disappointed. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but everything just felt like one big copy-paste. I’ve certainly seen plenty of plots based around the “school for magical battles” theme, but Maken-ki! doesn’t really turn the genre on its head. I found my self confused early on, and the amount of fanservice is near unbearable. There simply isn’t anything that stands out, save for the chests on the female characters (bad joke, I apologize). Given the big haul of new anime this season, I won’t promise that I’ll be turning back to Maken-Ki!.

Being an avid fan of the “slice of life” genre, I found Kimi to Boku to be very appealing. Here we have four (*as of now) friends, living normal lives and attending the same high school — but get this! These four* characters happen to be boys! I can’t even remember off the top of my head a “slice of life” show featuring four* boys as the main characters. And I must say, Kimi to Boku executed the idea quite nicely. The pace flows smoothly, the characters blend well, and the humor tone is relaxing. I can recall genuinely laughing out loud more than a few times. If you are looking for a truly unique and laid-back anime this season, look no further than Kimi to Boku.

Finally, I took a look at CCube. Forgive my bluntness, but I wasn’t too particular about the pacing of the show. It felt like I missed an episode. The characters all act like they already know each other, despite giving introductions. Things definitely feel rushed, but looking at the anime as a whole, it isn’t bad. The art has a nice, refined look, the characters are fun, and there is plenty of playful humor tossed around. C-Cube has potential, I know that for a fact, and I’ll definitely be checking out the next episode.

 

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5 responses to “Fall 2011 Anime – First Impressions Pt. 2

  1. For C3 the manga and light novel differ slightly she reveals who she is to begin with

    On the anime note….loved episode 2 it seems fear just completely snapped and went insane

  2. Yeah, I was considering watching Maken-Ki but after reading some reviews it doesn’t seem like the type of thing I’d like to watch.
    Almost felt the same about C^3 after seeing a few pictures from the first episode, but after reading your review it looks like I’ll be checking it out.

    And I’ll definitely take the advice on Kimi to Boku; sounds interesting on how they pull it off.

  3. In the end, I’m now watching 17 new titles.

    Maken-Ki has actually a decent plot with the basic shonen development. To enjoy it, you just have to accept the fact that the original illustrator, Takeda Hiromitsu is a well known hentai artist. I enjoyed the manga, and honestly can’t wait for more translated chapters.
    And it’s not a “copy paste” if have read the manga.

    Basically always look past behind the ecchi and fanservice setting.

    • Oh, believe me, I personally am very desensitized to ecchi and fanservice. However, I couldn’t just leave that out of my review. Also, maybe “copy-paste” wasn’t a good term to use. I just felt like the base idea of the plot was a bit overused, I don’t know. I did enjoy the concept of elemental battles, and will certainly give it that. I appreciate your feedback, Kaimax-sempai.

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