My picks for the 2012 Spring Anime season.
It’s a new season and I’ve finally settled on my choices for the Spring. I don’t often meander far from legal streams and all (random Youtube availability notwithstanding), so I don’t have as full a roster to draw from as other, more ‘resourceful’ fans. But it’s more than enough to keep me entertained. And this season’s picks are:
Nazo no Kanojo X / Mysterious Girlfriend X:
This series has one of the weirdest hooks I’ve ever encountered. Some ‘curious’ guy decides to lap up a girl’s drool off a desk and he finds himself extremely sick until the girl decides to practically spoon-feed him globs of saliva after school each day. The concept alone is interesting and awkward enough to keep me watching, just to see how far they’ll take this situation that I can only label as “eyaaaaaaaghghghhh…” for the moment.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san / The Crawling Nyarlko:
I’ll be honest. I watched the ONAs off of Crunchyroll on a larf just a few days before this series started airing and I was definitely impressed with the degree of utter nerd-dom this series achieves. Not only do you have an anime series that pokes fun at otaku, you have an anime series that personifies entities from Cthulu mythos. The main character, Nyaruko, is in fact a personification of Nyarlathotep, and there’s one for Cthuko as well. They poke fun at sanity points and everything. East meets west in this double dose of sheer geekiness.
To be 100% honest, the main reason I’m watching this series is to see Toyosaki Aki (K-ON!’s Yui) play a more confident, less-klutzy character (Medaka). I’m liking what I see so far, and it sort of reminds me of the Haruhi series, if Kyon actually cared enough to protect Haruhi instead of almost beating the crap out of her. Medaka, the titular character, is so sweet, skilled and confident that I think she’d almost pass for a Magical Girlfriend in the vein of Ah! My Goddess and the like.
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia / The Dusk Maiden of Amnesia:
It sounds like horror, it looks like horror, it has supernatural things going on and some creepy environments … and then you realize that the dead girl whose ghost is roaming the school is most embarrassed when strangers catch a glimpse of her corpse’s bare skeleton, calling it the utmost of one’s nakedness. That’s what this series has been to me for the first two episodes, and I absolutely love the humor. I really hope it keeps this stuff up.
It’s deliciously moe. Like, really moe. And it has this.
Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A:
Mouthful of a title, but it’s the continuation of Saki! Well, a side story with different characters. Nodoka is the link between them, though, and the fact that I saw all the characters from the first series in the opening sequence probably means good things for my scathing fandom. Need more Hisa.