Angel Beats has convinced me that Jun Maeda doesn’t know how to write an original story. His previous hits Air, Kanon, and Clannad have been about a bunch of mentally and/or physically broken high school girls who all fall in love with a guy whose only significant character trait is that he exists, and along the way one of these girls will die of a mysterious illness. For Angel Beats, Maeda twists his tried and true formula by having all the characters dead to begin with, and stuck in some sort of high school purgatory, where a group of kids shoot a little girl in the kneecaps for no good reason.
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Long time readers of my blog know that I am a bit of a K-ON tard. That being said, I was delighted late last year when a second season was announced for the Spring 2010 season. Soon after the first episode aired, it was revealed that the second season would be 26, making me even more excited. However, my common sense and a bit of simple math kicked these positive emotions away as I realized that there wouldn’t be enough material in the manga for 26 episodes without making stuff up. I then remembered that the first season did this very well, and fleshed out the simple original gag strips without feeling forced or dragged out. Now that we are well over half way through the second season, I have mixed feelings about the show. The tl;dr version is that it’s not as good as the first season. For a more complete view, read on.
So the second season of Hayate no Gotoku just finished this past weekend, and my opinion of it hasn’t really changed much. In response to Hinagiku’s question above, “Is it good?” The simple answer is no. Frankly the second season of HnG was crap compared to the original. However, there were still moments, especially in the final episode, that I really enjoyed.
So the last episode of the season’s hottest show K-ON! just aired and while it was a considerable change of pace from the rest of the series, it was strangely satisfying and appropriate. Technically this episode was an extra episode, and last week’s episode was the final one. The “final” episode heats things up with an entertaining concert scene, while the extra episode cools things off with the girls’ day on a cold winter day.
Today, I finally finished ToraDora! It is sad to see it go since it’s the most fun I’ve had watching an anime in a long, long time. While things felt messy and rushed near the end, the spectacular finale wrapped everything up nicely and justified all the parts that I disliked about the last quarter of the series. So let’s get this review underway.
Happy New Year readers. This is much later than I wished for it to be but what the hell, I’ve been busy. So, I finished watching Kannagi recently, and while I enjoyed the series overall, I was disappointed by the ending. After focusing on comedy for most of the series, the sudden switch to drama in the last 3 episodes felt forced and unnecessary.
So I just finished Yozakura Quartet, and overall, the ending was exactly what I expected. Hime gets her mojo back, fights Enjin, beats him, and everything returns to normal. While not particularly original, it is done well, with the consistently good animation and soundtrack.