More series premieres, more good stuff. In this edition, we go over Genshiken Nidaime and why I fear it will not live up to its predecessors. Highschool DxD S2 which sets the start-to-tits on screen record at four seconds, and Senki Zesshou Symphogear G, where all of Chris’ attacks are out of eighties heavy metal. Welcome to summer, boys and girls, it’s time to get wrecked.
“I don’t really want to watch this.” –twitter.com/CirNobar
2004, nine years ago. Genshiken was something that appealed to me because it was much like the club I joined in high school that led to ruining my post-high school life, except for me I had more girls than guys and it wasn’t nearly as stary-eyed at the show. Genshiken was Madarame and Co. showing all of us weeaboos of the time just how far the rabbit hole went down, and Kasukabe’s role was to qualify our menial existence.
That was a bit much, but in Genshiken Nidaime is poised to take everything the franchise has built up over the past nine years on or off the air, and dump it in the lap of some fujoshi. I really don’t know how to feel about it. I watched the entire episode and just thought “Is this really happening?” Ogiue already was sort of the kick-off towards this angle when she was introduced earlier in the franchise, but she managed not to go full retard before the end, and seems to serve as the counter-balance to the new generation this time around. Ohno is still around, thank god, so that angle isn’t lost entirely, but Sue is godawful annoying, Kuchiki even more so, and of the new cast, I don’t even care?
I guess I’m going to have to pick up the manga again (I started it probably around 2005 but largely forgot about it) and also grab and watch the OVA since I missed that. I really want this show to work out, because I liked the original season.
TLDR Watch This: The hopes they’ll just burn the girls and “get the band back together”
TLDR Don’t Watch This: If you’re not fond of “dem rotten girls”
Sub Group: Horrible
First Rating: 7
“I’ll tell you what GATTAI I want to see. Symmetrical docking. Rias and Akeno. Or Asia and Koneko. My life for Aiur. ” –twitter.com/tldranimu
I recall stating around the airing of the first season that I wasn’t really into the show, and it was true, I was not. It was a fanservice show that I watched for “lewd” and tits. The problem was, it actually got rather good, and by the end, I wanted to watch more. Twitterbros told me the manga was much better, and by god they were right. DxD is a guilty pleasure I liken to watching Seikon no Qwaser, it’s fanservice with a twist. But what I especially like is how they just flat out toy with you much as they toy with Issei in the show. His dream is to form a Demon Harem, and yet he has every girl save for Koneko on his shit constantly, undressing themselves for him. What a dick.
TLDR Watch This: If you also shout BOOST while you’re fapping to your 2D waifu
TLDR Don’t Watch This: You’re into angels, or not flat-chested angels.
Sub Group: FFF
First Rating: 9
“Give no fucks about what people thought of the first season, I apologize for nothing.” –twitter.com/tldranimu
I loved the first season of Symphogear. I know it’s a vessel for ERMAGERD J-POP, but it’s catchy-as-fuck music, fist-crushing action, and frankly a hand-to-hand combat version of Shinkon Gattai Godannar, only Genjurou is more like GGG’s Kotarou Taiga, making Symphogear feel more like the Gutsy Geoid Guard’s Japanese branch in the modern-age. This season will no doubt continue with all sorts of noise (haw) and more turncloak characters, as the first episode depicts quite well. It’s damn good fun, I’ll tell you what.
TLDR Watch This: You often sing Flashdance while you’re beating up dudes in an alleyway
TLDR Don’t Watch This: Have odd flashbacks of Patrick Swayze while watching.
Sub Group: Commie
First Rating: 8
Part Two tomorrow, as I ran out of time tonight. It happens. I’ll hopefully also have Watamote by then.