TL;DR — Anime I never finished, Fall 2013

The Fall anime season has started, and I’m wasting time seeing what might appeal. So far, not a lot.

Nagi No Asukara (凪のあすから), Nagi’s Tomorrow, is about children of the sea forced to go to school on land. Gorgeous graphics, OK animation, total ignorance of the laws of fluid dynamics. Just because you can live and breathe there, doesn’t mean you can walk the same way, or cook stew in a pot. Obviously, they’ve never heard of a Reynolds number. The rest is all clash of cultures and coming-of-age angst of middle schoolers, not something I feel like watching right now.

Infinite Stratos 2 Typical high school harem show. Transformer suits only girls can operate, except that the clueless male protagonist [insert your name here] is the only boy in the world who can do it. First episode was fun because they packed everything from maid/butler to shower scenes to the beach trip in one ep. Still, ya seen one, etc…

Walkure Romanze (ワルキューレ ロマンツェ), Valkyrie Romance. A Visual Novel adaptation set in a jousting school. Remember how one of the strong points of Girls und Panzer was how well they did the tanks? WalRom’s approach to horses is exactly the opposite. Their scenery is quite good. Their characters are reasonably well drawn (except that their lady-armor design has lots of what the tank community would call shot traps). Their concept of horse movement seems to have come from 17th Century English foxhunting prints. I dropped it at the 11:35 point

MeganeBu (メガネブ) Glasses Club. Boys wearing glasses turn themselves into asses. The first episode looks like a opthalmologists version of the swimming anime Free!. The color palette looks like they hired Shaft Studio’s Monogatari staff to do their color.

Ace of the Diamond is a country-boy comes to the city to make a name for himself in baseball anime. I like baseball anime, if it’s about baseball. So far, this one is about the character development of a smart-ass little shit with a good arm. In the first episode, everybody shouts, and the protagonist cries a lot, when he’s not trying to be M.T. Luffey, and we see a grand total of two pitches, one wild, and the other a cliff-hanger at the end of the episode. The artwork is OK, except during the action (AKA pitching) scenes, when it turns into a bunch of heavy-penciled comic-book stills with speedlines. Big Windup (Ōkiku Furikabutte), a baseball anime from 2007, is my gold standard for baseball anime. It features the character development of a spineless wimp of a pitcher, but it has the saving grace of being almost entirely about baseball, with the character development tacked on between episode-long coverage of games. I might look in on this one again, mid-season.

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