As I haven’t followed anime news in general for a few months and haven’t had time to do much research I’m coming in to this season a bit blind. There already seems to be a large number of shows announced, so here’s some previews of the first few I’ve checked out.
Directly based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (creators of Death Note), Bakuman follows two middle school seniors, Mashiro, an illustrator, and, Takagi, a writer, attempting to become professional manga artists in modern day Tokyo. Mashiro is also in love with a girl from their class, Azuki, an aspiring voice actress, and they agree not to pursue a romantic relationship or even communicate in person until they’ve both achieved their dreams, Mashiro to write a manga successful enough to be turned into an anime and Azuki to voice its main character. The series follows Mashiro and Tagaki’s progress as manga artists starting out in the industry as well as the effect of and on their personal lives.
I only got to see a small number of shows last season and only regularly watched 2 of them. Despite some aspects of the story proving quite annoying and the animation for the show being likely the worst I’ve seen for some time, this was my favourite. Not that much exciting happens episode to episode and this has led to some criticism of the series, but I find learning about the manga industry quite interesting (although I have no idea how accurate it is). Also, although the romance and slice-of-life elements of it are naïve and quite dull, perhaps because it feels more realistic then the numerous harem and fantasy shows, I find it oddly compelling. Ultimately I’d like to see where this goes and it’s at least made me want to read the manga.
I watched the first half of this series from [gg] fansubs though they’ve dropped it now, so I’ve switched to Tomodachi and their releasing it as a joint project with Anime-Destiny, so it’s [TMD A-Destiny].
Interest: none low mediocre some yay
Next: Rio – Rainbow Gate! and A Certain Magical Index II
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