Summer 2012 — First Impressions

As usual, here’s my rankings of the season’s new shows based on the first couple episodes. You can click the links for details, so I’ll keep the discussion of each short. We’ll see how well this matches my ending thoughts. In my summer preview, I predicted that this season would be awful. Fortunately, it has some promising shows.

20. Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
If you’re going to make a perverted show, you could at least try to have decent fanservice.

19. Ebiten
If you’re going to make a comedy, you could at least try to make it funny.

18. La storia della Arcana Famiglia
Reverse harem with fawning over bishounen with feelings.

17. Joshiraku
Maybe it would be funny if I understood Japanese puns.

16. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
It’s a harem with all the diversity and excitement of Shukufuku no Campanella. And there’s some election, but it’s all talk and all boring.

15. Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru
WHERE IS IMOUTO?!!! Amazingly, not the worst show this season. It is entertaining if you laugh at it. Which I think the creators may be doing as well…

14. Binbougami Ga!!
Not my style of comedy.

13. Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai
Nothing memorable, but it could be worse. At least stuff happens, which is more than I can say for most of the previous shows.

12. Campione!
I thought this would be another battle show featuring a tsundere, but now that the girl has gone crazy I’m a bit more interested to see where this leads.

11. Dog Days 2
Eclair and Rico are not quite enough to offset the fact that this show can be pretty dull.

10. Yuruyuri ♪♪
♪♪♪♪ Yuri ♪♪♪♪

9. Oda Nobuna no Yabou
It’s a show about Sengoku warlords turned into girls, but, unlike every other show with this premise, they put some effort into this. You can actually garner some idea of the history this show is based on.

8. Utakoi
Love stories with some variety and heart. Interesting period setting too.

7. Moyashimon Returns
Party in the petri dish.

6. Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Parodies of a humanity in decline.

5. Tari Tari
Goofing around in high school.

4. Sword Art Online
I hate MMOs, but this manages not to make them boring.

3. Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Despite the hideous combat suits, I still like it. I can’t resist the dark tone where the world is on the brink of destruction.

2. Natsuyuki Rendezevous
Stealing a ghost’s wife.

1. Kokoro Connect
My favorite show of the season.

6 thoughts on “Summer 2012 — First Impressions

  1. I can’t think of a recent season which had less to offer for my taste than this one. But I don’t mind, last season was awesome and I’m quite busy atm anyways.

    I’d roughly agree w/ you ranking except for MuvLuv (which I don’t watch – setting sounds interesting but giant boobs are not my cup of tea) and for Natsuyuki (the dead husband is super annoying imo). On the other hand, I’d rank Joshiraku higher but that’s not much of a praise this season.

    Btw, are you going to do a review for last season?

    1. This season is pretty weak, but there have been worse.

      The giant boobs are the worst part of MuvLuv. It’s disgusting. But the lead females are some of the smallest, if that helps. Mainly I just like settings where the world falls apart though.

      I’ll do a review for last season eventually. I haven’t finished a few shows that I like (MGX, Sankarea, Saki, Tsaogare, Lupin III, and Natsuiro— ok, more than a few) so I was holding off until then. But honestly I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon, I’ve been quite busy as well. So I’ll probably go ahead with what I have watched sometime this week.

  2. Hagure Yuusha no Estetica: DEM CHARACTER DESIGNS! Just kidding they have terrible designs…seriously…and yeah agreed if you are going to have fanservice try to make it look good.

    Yuruyuri ♪♪: YES <3

    Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: Bread, chicken and fairies = Fantastic fun!

    Sword Art Online: Hurry and grind out those levels Kirito and grind out some special one on one time with Asuna….

    Kokoro Connect: Wonderful voice acting! Well I am a Yui fan cause Ika Musume voice is greaaatttt! Also the story since episode two has started to get really interesting! I NEED MORE.

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