2011 Spring season lick test

Art by ヤチヲ

Something for you taste test fans, here’s a lick test. What’s a lick test you ask? I define it as watching the first two minutes of content of a bunch of first episodes and share my thoughts. Not sure what this is an exercise in, but life hasn’t been kind to giving me as much time for anime this past week. If the OP falls within the first two minutes, it doesn’t count in the two minutes.

Maria Holic Alive: “Dear mother, in heaven,” etc. More of the same from last season, which I thought was alright. Now the question is, will more of the same still be alright, or just too much. The OP was honestly disappointing when comparing it to the first season. I’m not sure that this will be the actual OP

30-sai no Hoken Taiku: Idiotic censorship, and for that fact, why the heck did the censor the guy’s nipples? I’m not sure what the point of this will be if it’s so terribly censored. The OP is generic and squeaky.

Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera: Go Nagai character designs, ok; old lady’s spinning tits, nightmare fuel. I feel like this could be cool based on its origins, but then again, it’s about demons and the like, which is typically a turn off for me.

Kämpfer für die Liebe: The first season was so bad it was great to make fun of. This looks like more of the same. If I sat through Infinite Stratos, this can’t be much worse. The OP was generic, and reused the transformation sequences from the first season for laziness. I only hope this will spin off more of Kampfer: Abridged on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/2KaTAS). But apparently this is supposed to be two episodes, so I can put down the knife now.

Dog Days: Hmmm…The OP is by Mizuki Nana, that’s not a bad start, then it looks like everyone is some breed of dog. Took a look at the cast, and it’s impressive. The fantasy setting looks a bit like something out of Final Fantasy. With a cast like this, it’s either going to be awesome, or an excellent train wreck. It does have Wakamoto Norio in it, which is an automatic plus.

Nichijou: Woo, an Afro! Wind-up Robot? Um…yeah. For a comedy anime, I didn’t laugh once in two minutes. I guess I need to see more before comparing it to that other KyoAni show. I Didn’t make it to the OP in two minutes, darn.

Steins;Gate: Interesting style points this one gets. Two minutes nets you a little mystery to whet your whistle. Potentially interesting, but will it be more interesting than the previous semi-colon show is the question.

SKET Dance: Some fighting in the beginning, talk of a tempest, and then BAM: Welcome to high school. Generic spineless transfer student, and I’m not sure if I should even finish episode one.

Tiger and Bunny: I have no idea what was going on, except that all the mechs had ads on them, which is all I could glean from two minutes of watching.

Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai: Two minutes gets me this much information. Panties and four girls trying to jump the guy’s bones. We haven’t even seen the guy’s face yet. This is another that I wonder if I should even finish episode one.

The following shows I’ve cheated a bit. In that I’ve seen the whole first episode. So for sake of keeping this short, which it isn’t, I’ll just pretend I watched only the first two minutes.

Hanasaku Iroha: Very pretty and a bit snarky, PA Works is good at scenery porn. I’m hoping this is as engaging as True Tears was for me.

Hen Zemi TV: Lacks the dirty stuff from the OADs, which is probably not a good thing.

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3 responses to “2011 Spring season lick test

  1. Kampfer S2 manages to be that bad? Oh well.

    Anyway, Hanasaku Iroha is probably has the most potential out of the shows I watched so far, which is four (A Channel, Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, and Nichijou). Can’t make a final verdict since Aria the Scarlet Ammo airs next week… but overall, it’s becoming a better season than the last…

    • I guess Kampfer S2 is only going to be two episodes. Which I guess is a good thing, but to use the term “that bad” is kinda funny, since the first season was laughably bad.

      I will watch the full episodes soon, but I thought this exercise in first impressions was interesting.

  2. Man, I didn’t even know this many shows have aired, lol. A lot of these I probably won’t even sample, but gotta love that production value in Iroha, yup!

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