Continued from Part Five.
- Maken-Ki! Two
Maken-Ki! Two is way better than it ever deserved to be. The second season of the underwhelming 2011 anime Maken-Ki!, it honestly feels like a different show. This is probably mainly due to the transfer of production from AIC (Bubblegum Crisis, Tenchi Muyo!, Ah! My Goddess, OreImo, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Date A Live) to Xebec (Nadesico, Love Hina, Mnemosyne, To Love-Ru, MM!, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san). Most things, including the main character’s design, have been revamped. Some see the new art as a downside, but personally I prefer the art in this season to the previous. Looking at Xebec’s more recent history, their strong suit seems to be ecchi anime. Maken-Ki!‘s second season is the latest in this line; most of the episodes have predominant sexual themes. This can be a turn-off for many anime fans; In actuality, it really doesn’t make the show any less good. The main point of this show is the comedy. From episode 1, this season has had no end to its great humor. The main downside for most ecchi anime is that they focus too much on the girls and not enough on the actual substance (be it plot or comedy). Every episode brings a fresh new situation. The only downside is that its run is only for 10 episodes (an amount of episodes becoming increasingly common). Maybe this was even for the better; It’s better to have just enough episodes to contain all the content, rather than have too many episodes and need extra filler. The final episode airs tomorrow; I’ll certainly miss it when it’s gone.
- Robot Girls Z
I actually picked this show up after it had already ended its run of 9 short episodes.
Robot Girls Z is something that seems hard to get into but at the same time isn’t at all. It’s a parody of Toei Animation’s various Super Robot anime throughout the 70s and the 80s, mostly the Mazinger franchise. The three main characters are based off of the super robots Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, and UFO Robo Grendizer. The bad guys are based off of Mazinger enemies; Other “Robot Girls” based on super robots from other Toei franchises also make an appearance (including Getter Robo, which may be the biggest out of the ones that aren’t from Mazinger). The story is simple; Cute robot girl good guys fight against cute robot girl bad guys. I personally haven’t seen a single Toei robot show, but I still found the show to be very fun to watch. The characters may have been generic as they get when talking about an anime about cute girls doing cute things, but they were very well done in general. The stories, of which there were 9, were also fairly cliched- but that didn’t stop them from being fun to watch. I think that the show’s main strengths are that it keeps things silly with no unnecessary drama, and that each episode was only 9 minutes long, a perfect length for this sort of show. I couldn’t say because I’m not familiar with them, but fans of the original Toei super robot shows say that it does a good job of playing with elements of the original shows as well. Overall, this anime is very well done, and I will probably watch it again after I’ve watched some 70’s and 80’s robot series. I would probably only recommend it to those who have actually seen Mazinger and the like, but I believe that if they go in with the right mindset anyone can enjoy it.
Those are all the shows I’ve been watching this season; Since I could have put a third show here but lack the show to do it with, I’ll put here a top 10 ranking of this season’s shows (out of the ones that I’ve watched).
Note: I might change my opinion on this once the shows have ended; Sometimes good shows have terrible endings.
10. Tonari no Seki-kun
9. Space Dandy
7. KILL la KILL (first half included)
5. Robot Girls Z
4. Maken-Ki! Two
2. Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda
1. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
BONUS-Worst show of the season: pupa
That’s almost all for my talk about this anime season; I’m probably going to make a couple posts involving my thoughts on the best opening and ending songs this season.
The Spring 2014 anime season is just a few short weeks away, though, so expect some “First Impressions”-type posts when those start airing.
Thank you for reading!