Spring 2012 Anime and whatever else…
When I watch anime, I generally watch a combination of currently running series (simulcasts) and older series and films. I hadn’t really decided what I would be watching from the new season until the last few days. The currently running shows that I’m interested in so far and have already watched the first episodes: Zetman and Space Brothers.
Zetman can be watched on Hulu or VizAnime for free. It’s based off the manga (how many series aren’t?) which I haven’t read so I won’t be able to chime in if it stays true to canon. Honestly, I really don’t care as long as the show is good. I want to be entertained by a good story with memorable characters, and unique artwork. I can say that Zetman has intrigued me. For some reason, I got a Dragonball feel from it; not in the terms of characters looking for dragonballs but the “when I go hard, I go Super Saiyan on your ass”. The main character is a young man named Jin which we’re told means “human” who has a mysterious mark on his left hand. From what we see in the first episode, Jin has no concept of reality because his “grandfather” gives him lessons that don’t exactly make sense but in the large scheme of things, they do. The episode starts out with monsters fighting it out in an arena, they turn on the spectators and escape. You see a man run out with a baby in his arms. It’s quite easy to figure out who the baby is after a while. Jin and his “grandfather” are homeless and are struggling to survive. There is a lot of action in this first episode, it is definitely for mature audiences and I think I may like it. It looks like there will be a lot of mystery and violence involved and I’m hoping for a cohesive story with a superb ending. It has a very dark and intense vibe to it but I’m excited about that.
Space Brothers is the complete opposite of Zetman. While Zetman was serious, violent, and dark; Space Brothers was a corny romp through cherry blossom fields. I’m not sure if I will continue to watch this show unless it is able to get some substance. The first episode was pretty silly and I decided to watch it because hey, it’s about brothers in space! So far it seems like its more about one brother is in space (he’s been winning since the day he was born) while the other is trying to get into space after a number of pitfalls (he’s been losing since the day he was born). There is also a live action movie coming out in May which might be better than the anime from the looks of it.
Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, really excited about this one. It aired in Japan on April 4th and Funimation has picked up the licensing rights for simulcasts so we will be able to see it in North America. Looks like it might have fanservice but I am willing to ignore it in hopes of a great show from Lupin III. It’s been a long time since we have seen Lupin III and his crazy antics. Lupin III was before my time but it didn’t stop me from watching all the old shows. I can’t wait to see what trouble he is going to get himself into and I love the drawing style of the characters.
I’m finishing up Mirai Nikki which has exploded in the last few episodes. I had no idea the show was going to this route. Everything I predicted was wrong. Everything. Ok, well maybe not everything. It was pretty obvious Yuno was crazy and lying about everything and that Murmur had a special interest in the game. I’m not sure yet if I am pleased with the way things are turning out or confused. It might be a combination of both. Who knew there would be time travel involved? That infinite loop of having the same outcome over and over again no matter what you change. Yuki is still as stupid as ever. He’s shown some spunk in brief spurts but goes back to being a sniveling weakling that has to constantly be saved. I guess that’s only natural seeing as he wasn’t much of an active participant in his own life to began with.
So what are you watching and/or finishing this season? If you’re a manga reader, what are you reading?