Wow, in a blink of an eye, the Summer of 2008 for anime is ending! This season has been pretty underwhelming, and a major contributor to a very lax anime blogosphere. At the time of writing, on the front page of Animenano, absolutely ZERO posts are on new season anime. This was really unprecedented. Why, because this season has shit anime, and people have run out of things to talk about.
Thankfully, our favourite studios prevent the entire season from being a wash out. My favourite for Summer 08 is Xam’d and Tetsuwan Birdy. Wait, that, Strike Witches and Mugen no Juunin are the only new shows I’m watching because the rest are so bad they make semen smell good. Anyway, anyone who watches and enjoys that whatever Nogizaka show deserves to be castrated.
Xam’d is apparently not being shown on TV, and instead is broadcast via the Playstation network on a PPV basis. In fact, Japan’s not even getting the show till this month! Haha fuck you Japan! Anyway I’m sure everyone’s going to pirate it anyway. Xam’d is basically Eureka seveN and is by the same awesome studio BONES. Imagine Eureka seveN, strip out the musical elements, the surfing, visualise final form Nirvash onto all the mecha designs, and that’s it! The same show, which is great because you can never have too much Eureka seveN. The good thing is that Xam’d even picks up the pace a lot quicker so isn’t as dull as e7’s first arc.
The other good show is Tetsuwan Birdy Decode, which is by the excellent A1. At episode 11, it’s ending soon but so far it has been quite interesting, despite the recent shortage of action scenes. I think most people avoid this show because of the weird title, and the apparent notion that it is fanservicey. They are wrong because the title is pretty cool and there is no fanservice at all if you exclude Birdy’s battle suit which is not unlike GitS’ Motoko’s outfit. The main good point about Birdy is the OP, which is Sora by Hearts Grow. This band is one of my new favourites, ever since they sang Kasanaru Kage for the OP of Gintama. Birdy started out a action-packed scifi, alien-hunting, gender-confusing comedy, and progressed into a serious, doomsday, teen romance without action. Still, it’s the 2nd best show of the season.
I forget to mention that Xam’d’s OP is quite good too.
The other shows all suck. Very very badly. Hurray for ongoing anime from past seasons, eh? Like Soul Eater!
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