Given that one of my recent posts seems to have blown up in my face, in an attempt to avoid making any comments that others might accuse me of being elitist for, I decided to spend the afternoon clearing off my downloaded episodes.
I downloaded almost everything, Ika Musume, MM! and Fortune Arterial included. What I soon realized after watching though, was that I’m a really bad fortune teller : everything I expected to be bad was good, and everything I expected to be good weren’t as good as I expected.
What I had expected to be the best this season was OreImo, The World God Only Knows and Arakawa Under The Bridge 2. Although OreImo looks like it still has hope, the shows have not been doing as well lately.
But fear not, Valence, for the unlikely ones have come to save the day. Every show I expected to crash and burn passed with flying colours. These shows included (but are not limited to:) Milky Holmes, MM! and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
Milky Holmes: A show about four lolis trying to become great detectives. It sounds happy-go-lucky, yet it feels so …depressing. In the first episode, they lose their powers and their respective luxuries, being thrown into the thralls of living in a less-than-comfortable room, and their antics seem to lead them down into one trouble after another. Moe=happy? No. That intrigues me. A lot, because I’m a paranoid fucker. So I’m watching.
MM!: I came in looking for masochistic male lead, I got a masochistic male lead. I came in expecting some character with androphobia, I get a character with androphobia. Yet MM! still manages to be funny to me. Perhaps I’m just misguided. But nevertheless, it didn’t crash and burn like I expected, so great.
And of course, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Needless to say, I expected it to be a crude visual acid-fest chockful of parodies to Western Culture. It turned out to be a crude visual acid-fest chockful of parodies to Western Culture, but in a good way. Hilarious and short, although humour crude and sexual – just like most comedies out there.
So, what are your surprise shows this season?