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Spring 2012 Final Impressions Part II:

June 28th, 2012

Continued off from the first part, this time we have: Jormungand’s 1st Season, Sakamichi no Apollon, and Tsuritama. 

Note: Bonus of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san added!

5) Jormungand 1st Season – See: http://randomc.net/2012/06/27/jormungand-12/.

6) Haiyore! Nyaruko-san!

“I’m Nyarlathotep, the creeping chaos always smiling beside you!”

The greatness of a comedy is how much is makes you laugh, and gosh darn did this show have me cracking up every episode. Filled with ridiculous references (see here for full list) and Sci-Fi elements, this show ended up being one of the funniest shows in recent memory, right up the alley of NichiBros and Arakawa Under the Bridge. I’ll admit this was one of those shows I somehow missed and didn’t start watching until the middle of the season, but luckily, I came to my senses and decided to watch it after hearing some great comments about it. The end result? Watching all the episodes up until then in one day. That’s how awesome it was. Sure, I looked like an idiot laughing at my screen all day, but it was worth it in the end, and this’ll be a series I’ll definitely re-watch in the future just for some occasional laughs. Sadly, like a few shows this season, this show was criminally under watched and even uncovered for the most part on Random Curiosity, but I hope that viewers reading this will rectify that fact now that the series is done!

7) Sakamichi no Apollon

Prior to the beginning of the season, this was one of the shows I was pretty excited about. The Cowboy Bebop duo of Kanno and Watanabe were reunited after all, so why wouldn’t you have high expectations? And well, it pretty much delivered on the hype for the most part, giving us one of the more emotional experiences of the season. Yeah, I know I’ve been saying that “emotional experience” a lot this season, but that’s just because it’s true. Oh yeah, it’s also a byproduct of this season just being so darn good. Anyway, the thing that really differentiates Sakamichi though (at least from the other emotional experiences) is the fact that most of this results from the amount of realism incorporated into the series. See, virtually everything that happens in the series are things that you could actually envision happening and things that you’d probably end up feeling, thinking, or doing yourself given the same scenario. In the end, it really just tugs at your heartstrings because it lets you really feel for each of the characters. Top this off with the fact that the main cast is quite small and thus lets you focus on each and the awesome jazz they pump up from time to time and it’s just a recipe for greatness.

In the end though, I do have to say that there was one minor gripe I had with the series… and that was the sudden time skipping throughout the end. I mean, the end experience was still satisfying, but you can feel that they cut out material in order to get to that point. And that cutting out was clearly the reason why the accident at the end of the 11th episode felt so out of place, because it felt like  pretty much the first “forced” and “unrealistic” event in the entire series. I suppose that this was pretty much because Watanabe was only given 12 episodes to adapt something that clearly could’ve and should’ve gotten more episodes from which to develop though… and it’s just a pity, considering the directing skills of Watanabe and the awesomeness of the source material up until the point where he needed to start wrapping things up.

Anyway, that’s pretty much the only gripe I had, which prevented me from calling this a masterpiece… but at the very least it’s pretty darn close.

8) Tsuritama

Ah, I remember going into this series going “ehhh finishing”. But I was darn glad I picked this up, because this was probably the surprise of the season for me. And the worry about it being all about fishing? Way overblown on my part. Sure, there was a lot of fishing, but it was presented in such a way that made it down right exciting to watch… even to someone like me who usually considers fishing to be a bit boring to watch. In addition, it only helped that the fishing aspect helped link the rest of the story as a a plot device, which diverted some of the attention from that aspect and helped make the show not something purely just about fishing per se. But that’s enough about fishing, because there’s so much more this show offered in the end, including:

  • Some of the best animation of the season, with vivid colors and great detail.
  • A memorable cast of characters that really demonstrate what a friendship should be.
  • An awesome story mixing aliens and fishing.
  • Catchy slogans and pronunciations (“DUCKU” and “YA-MAAA-DA”)
And what’s more is how the series manages to do all that and a somewhat serious storyline while still giving off this great positive vibe that just makes you smile. If I remember correctly, fellow RC writer Guardian Enzo mentioned this as being his favorite series of the season, and well, I can see why. Sadly though, it seems like a lot of people never gave this series a try, which is just downright criminal.

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