The second season of Nisekoi is finally here! I’ve been anticipating the second season as much as I had anticipated the second season of Kamisama Hajimemashita. Like most second seasons, I find that so far, it’s not off to a great start. There are funny scenes, of course, but the first episode is from Chitoge’s point of view. While I like Chitoge, to a very small extent, I found this episode kind of grating on my nerves. I think it’s mostly due to the fact that I find Chitoge’s voice extremely annoying. Not only that, but the episode’s plot seemed kind of pointless. I’m going to talk about the episode plot, so if you haven’t seen the first episode of season 2, be warned the next paragraph will contain a lot of spoilers.
In the entire episode, Chitoge tries to get Ichijou to notice her by changing a lot of things about her appearance. While some of the things that she did and her reactions are funny, I just found this episode was lacking the same kind of excitement, cuteness, and overall feeling that was captured in season 1. Of course, in season 1 all the episodes were from Ichijou’s perspective, and to be honest, I found that more entertaining than from Chitoge’s perspective. It’s nice to see exactly how she thinks and feels, but an entire episode of getting Ichijou to notice her? It’s just too much, too long, and kind of disappointing. I’m going to keep watching the anime only because I really want to know how it’s going to end, but I really hope that it starts getting better from here on out.
Uta No Pri 3
I was expecting a little bit more from the first episode, since the first episodes of seasons 1 and 2 were full of a lot of action. However, in this first episode all that happens is Nanami runs into all the boys from STARISH and has a “moment” with them where the (big surprise) FLIRT with her and basically profess their love to her. As if that wasn’t dragged out enough, she also runs into all the boys from QUARTET NIGHT, wow, really? We really needed to see all that? I get that this anime is shounen and what not, but come on, give us some ACTION not just seeing all these boys professing love for a character who really grates on my nerves. I loved the 1st and 2nd season of this show, but Nanami has always bothered me with her super high-pitched “cute” voice and her utter naivety in situations. Not to mention, her EYES. Oh man, don’t even get me started with her eyes. They’ve ALWAYS bothered me. Oh, and how could I forget the most exciting part of episode one? The principal announced what the plot for the rest of the anime will probably be with the last 3-5 minutes. That was the most exciting part. I love shounen animes, but damn, this one was just boring as hell. Needless to say, I was incredibly shocked and disappointed by the first episode. I know with certain genres there’s always themes that are used, but could you get any more cheesy than this episode? I’m sorry to all you die-hard fans out there that were squealing all over this episode, but for me, it was just pointless, boring, and dull. If the episodes don’t pick up and get better, I’m going to stop watching this anime altogether as much as I love Cecil, Tokiya, and Masato.
I’ll admit, when I saw the pictures for this anime I thought “why would I ever watch that?” Then I read the synopsis and thought I would give it a chance. Within the first five minutes I was already laughing and by the end of the episode I wanted to watch more! It was funny, it was light, and in a way, it was more real: A normal looking guy (despite his height) falls in love with a girl after he saves her. All the girls normally go after his super good looking friend, however, it seems that this girl is actually interested in him instead. I can’t wait for the next episode to come out! It’s actually a REALLY cute anime.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou Ka
This is a strange anime that is exactly like a video game. The lead character is in a dungeon getting chased by a centaur. A girl saves him, when he goes home he is greeted by his goddess and she does some sort of spell on him to check his stats. Very much like a game, it shows his health, stamina, and special skills on a piece of paper. I really liked how he suddenly became extremely motivated after he fell in love with this girl at first sight. The ending was him running off after her family made fun of him for being such a girl in the dungeon and getting saved by mysterious and beautiful girl.
Another strange anime set in the future where humans and a type of android human-like creatures coexist. However, these android human with feelings and memories have a 9 year lifespan. At the end of these 9 years, a company goes and “collects” these androids. It was actually interesting, funny, and touching in some cases. I actually really liked it, although it’s a strange concept for me. However, I did watch Zettai Kareshi, which I fell in love with and balled my eyes out over, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise for me to really like this one too.
Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki
All I have to say about this anime is WTF. Two of my favorite seiyuus are in this anime and one of them, Takahiro Sakurai, plays the villain. That’s not really surprising to me, what was surprising is how he ended up becoming the villain as we see in the very beginning of the episode. It gets even weirder than that as this strange creature is revealed, clearly controlled by Norio Kunato (Takahiro Sakurai). Not only that, but this creature, after firing some shots at the protagonists, INTRODUCES herself politely. WTF. This is a good anime, suspense AND a creepy factor +10. I’ll keep watching it, but MAN is it ever messed up and creepy. I got goosebumps when I was watching the strange creature thing that resembles a spider and some slimy mini alien crawling through people’s eyes. Ewwww.
WOW. All I have to say is WOW. The camera angles of the war at the beginning of the episode were spectacular and the entire story line for the first episode was amazing. I was captivated the moment I noticed the camera angles, and as soon as the prince was introduced as an eleven year old, I was even more interested. He is clearly very different from his father and has different opinions from both his parents, who are introduced as being rather cold towards their son. However, Prince Arslan keeps his head up high and continues to do his best despite how his parents treat him. I was so surprised how quickly the anime seemed to end while I was watching it. That just shows how much I truly enjoyed the anime. It was suspenseful, touching, and overall just amazing.
The way the character’s are designed reminds me of another anime, I just can’t place my finger on it…I’m thinking Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, but after comparing photos, I realized that’s not right…I wonder if I’ll ever think of the anime that it reminds me of!