What anime are you watching? v2.0
Gainax has a new mecha series out called Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann. It's a very cartoony and over the top type of mecha show. Quite the opposite of Raxepheon, Eva or Gundam series. But fun to watch just the same. The core cast features Simon, Kamina and Yoko. Simon is your typical boy with a destiny and must find his way. Kamina is the guy with a burning passion for adventure. Yoko is pretty much eye candy with a big fucking gun. She still rocks though. The mecha is pretty weird. Not your typical slick giant robots that have the power of gods type stuff. So the mecha may turn off gundam type fans. In any case this series will do nicely in covering for my mecha fix.
In the shojo department. I came across a series called Lovely Complex. The premise is very gimmicky. Short boy and tall girl. Will the two ever find love? Yeah I know it sounds bad. It isn't at all though. First episode had me instantly hooked. The show is done from the perspective of the tall girl (Sorry I bad with remembering Japanese names.) and she is hilarious as hell. The short guy is also interesting. He is not aloof, mopey or some kind of annoying pervert. He is just a regular guy who has no hang ups with talking to girls. I guess you could say he plays the straight man in this comedy duo. I'm looking forward to more of this one.
Darker Than Black
El Cazador de la Bruja
Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann
and Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou Tou
Hayate the Combat Butler! - superior to the manga because of the bad ass narrator's voice and all the anime parodies
Heroic Age - mecha show with Gundam Seed character designs
Touka Gettan - one of the most effed up shows ever, the Oedipus complex, traps and cross dressing, oh my
Romeo x Juliet - morbid curiosity compels me, this has nothing to do with the original play.
Darker than BLACK-Kuro no Keiyakusha - has a lot of potential
Bokurano - possible massive win
Seirei no Moribito - Production IG makes things purdy when they have a big budget, damn near movie/ova quality
edit: Lovely Complex is worth checking out because everyone talks in Kansai-ben for x2 hilarity
Lucky Star - I like it for why I like Azumanga Daioh. Which I always wished there was more of.
El Cazador de la Bruja - I really don't like this show, I gave it two episodes and I can't take anymore.
then there are some others that I really gotta get around to watching but haven't yet.
I had high hopes for El Cazador since I liked Noir, but it didn't really do anything for me.
I watched an episode of Lucky Star to confirm that I wouldn't like it, but I found that I was mistaken and that it was actually pretty funny. I didn't really like the OP, though, except the corus when they go
I also watched the first episode of Nagasarete Airantou to confirm that I wouldn't like it and it was even worse than I expected.
Claymore and Kaze no Stigma were both decent and I'll continue watching them, but I didnt find either exeptional.
Edit: This will clean your poor soul, it sure cleaned mine :P
So I'm about finished up with Manabi Straight. To sum up I would have to say that Manabi Straight, was a very cute but not sicklying so or overtly fan-serviceish series. The core cast drives the series. If you don't like the characters then you won't find the series endearing at all. Because the plot is very simple and more of just a reason to have the girls become a close knit group of friends. The setting is supposed to be in the future. But there isn't much future type stuff in it except for a hoover board and holographic computers. The comedy is light as is the drama. Which was fine for me. As for the overall plot, I didn't really care if the girls accomplished their main goal or not. It's more about just them pushing towards this event and becoming sincere friends in the process. Overall it was a pretty good girly anime series.
I am also watching Gun Sword via NetFlix
I'm trying to get rid of .hack//SIGN that I purchased last February without knowing that it was TRUE GARBAGE. I'll try and leave it at Gamestop or someplace and never look back. Twenty-six friggin' episodes of talk, talk, GODAWFUL talk!
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Funny as hell, looks like it'll be a fun mecha show.
Hayate the Combat Butler! - Just as awesome as the manga, and the narrator-guy's voice is hilarious.
Bokurano - It's looking pretty good so far.
Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou - Dark action show with super-powered kids... It's a pretty good show, and the constant religious references lead to hours of reading about Buddhism.
Claymore - I like the manga, and the anime is following it almost word for word, so I'm liking it.
Seto no Hanoyame - A hilarious show, I have a feeling it might go a [more] harem and ecchi route, but it may not, and the amount of hilarity is enough to keep me watching.
Nodame Cantabile - Good music, good story, funny...
Maybe if they get better/don't get worse:
Rocket Girls - If it stays on the route it seems to be taking, I'll probably drop it soon.
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi - A shounen fighting show... funny, and as long as the ecchi and fanservice don't increase, I'll keep watching.
Kaibutsu Oujo - Too much moe, too much fanservice... The only redeeming factor is the humor. Probably gonna be dropped.
Lovely Complex - Good shoujo, I like it so far, and I've heard the manga is good, so I'll probably keep watching.
also... I'm watching Lucky Star. It's horrible, and I hate most of the characters... but for some reason I keep watching.
After making this list, I realize why I always seem to have huge loads of anime waiting to be watched.
Rather sparse season and I seem to be watching more dramas instead.