Fall season is most certainly still underway and there are just a few more shows that the public needs to know to avoid or watch depending upon your taste. Actually reading through the last reveiws made me just have this horrible thought, “Ya’ know, I’ve seen some bad shows so far, but nothing has made me want to kill myself.” As a result I went on a quest to find something awful. Also I watched the first two episodes of Robotics;Notes.
Robotics;Notes is actually one of those shows that if the writing of it can stay at a consistent level, then it will be well worth any time put into it. Simply put, the story is about a rather energetic robot fan girl and her quiet, gamer friend trying to build a life sized super robot. Sounds simple, but it’s actually a nice idea because it ends up focusing more strongly on the hard process it would actually be if someone were building a super robot in real life. However, I’m not sure why this show tries to be more realistic since its pretty obvious that building a super robot would cost too much money, would take more than half a year, would be completely impractical, and there is no God damn way a group of two people would be able to pull this off without having the police getting involved. Seriously, they are building a super weapon and the school actively acknowledges this as a club activity. Hell, their school is even funding them to make this weapon!
Facts that disprove all realism aside, one of the things that makes me enjoy this show so far is the motivation for building a Super Robot. “Why the hell not?” At least that’s what the main hero thinks. The main heroine actually just thinks,”Well this robot show was really cool, so if I have a robot, then I will also be cool.” I can’t help but feel like the robot that is her inspiration is also a bit of a Gurren Lagann reference since it is supposedly the culmination of over 50 years of mecha animation with frequent referencing to older shows. Gunvarrel, as it is called, also had one missing episode, the final episode that everyone is curious about. If only Gurren Lagann had a missing episode…wait, then I’d just be pissed.
Despite all this, the show does have one significant draw back,
It’s not Mazinkaiser nothing truly substantial has happened. It’s the same issue as From the New World, where the plot doesn’t really happen until a few episodes have passed. Then again, at least there is a plot as opposed to a long series of nonsequitor plot points stringed together by a long series of over saturated color schemes in an overly flashy show that doesn’t know what the fuck is going on, K. So in short, Robotics;Notes has more potential than it really should considering the simple ideas that are its backbone. The characters are likable, the story is decently told, and the main characters are doing exactly what I would do if I had more money, and a degree in electrical engineering, and a robot design, and a lot of other stuff.
In the apparently continuing trend of having a symbol splitting the name of your show, we have here Akimine Kamijyo’s Code:Breaker. Now, i’m going to be honest here, despite how I wanted to find piles of shit shows, Code:Breaker isn’t actually that bad. Don’t get me wrong, it has quite a few Shonen stereotypes in both characters and plot, but it does some things that are just rather well done. It has a rather normal shonen set up, girl meets boy, boy has magic powers and is a bit of a dick, girl wants to fix that. Rather normal set up for the demographic this is supposed to appeal to. However, the main character is actually what has made this show a bit decent. He has the rather simple power of making shit burst into flames, but his method for doing so is by grabbing someone’s face and then they explode into fire. I just love it.
It’s not even like he only does that on occasion, it happens all the time. The only times that he doesn’t do it are when it’s physically impossible for him to do so. Not only that, his constant air of being a dick is actually a bit enjoyable because it makes him very desensitized to the world around him. Instead of being all like,”Oh my God! I’m gonna have to kill this dog because it’s going to die anyway,” he’s more like, “I will end your misery.” That’s how you know he’s supposed to be dark, or at least shonen dark, which for some reason works for him. His dickishness is actually most prominent when he is in the presence of the main heroine who is quite a bitch and needs to learn how to shut the fuck up about justice and the proper way to punish criminals. It’s fun to actually watch a character be treated the way I would treat them, assholishly.
Unfortunately, he can’t be too good, afterall this is a shonen show we are talking about. The main character does have one verbal tick that royally pisses me off. “Eye for and eye, a tooth for a tooth, an evil for an evil.” The real issue with him saying that, is that he does it every time he is about to kill some people, so the only saving grace I suppose is that the statement will always be followed by face grabbing and I’m always in the mood for a face being grabbed. Really I just want the show to be a looping gif of him grabbing faces in progressively cooler ways.
Onii-chan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankei Naiyone!/
As Long as There’s Love, It Doesn’t Matter If He is My Brother, Right
Hahahahahaha. Pornography. What? This show has Onii-chan in it’s name, what did you expect it to be? It’s just another by the books harem where one of the girls is the main character’s twin sister. The only thing redeemable about this show is that the main character isn’t a complete dumbass seeing as how he reacts to everything in a calm way, and has created a system based on her little sister’s fucked-upedness that earns him money. If you don’t believe me about this show, watch the opening and tell me it’s not exactly what I just called it.
So yeah, I wanted to offend myself and as a result I watched porn, a rather good show, and a surprisingly ok show. I guess that’s just how anime works nowadays. It’s unfortunate, in the past, if you wanted to make porn you could just go and contact Go Nagai and he would make your porn cool, but now we just have to put up with this bullshit. It also used to be that if you wanted to make an all right shonen show, your name was Akira Toriyama and you made Dragon Ball, so maybe the past wasn’t that great.