Summer 2011 Final Thoughts (a.k.a. How the heck did I manage to watch all of these?)

So I’m late crossing the finish line, but at least I finished, right? There were a ton of series to make it through this season, and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it through writing this entry.  But, here we are, and I’m now wading through a rush of newly airing fall anime.

Final thoughts include: Bunny Drop, Tiger & Bunny, NO.6, Sacred Seven, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama no Memochou, Hanasaku Iroha, Natsume Yuujinchou San, Blood-C, Dantalian no Shoka, Ao no Exorcist, Kamisama Dolls, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Uta no Prince-sama, Baka to Test 2, and Nichijou.  These thoughts are fairly brief, given the large number of anime covered in this season review, and are usually about two paragraphs long.  If I like the show enough, I’ll most likely return to it sometime for a re-watch and write a more detailed review!

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The Marshmallow-y Wonder of Guimauve in Blood-C, Ep. 2

“When you’re hungry, you’ll feel sad!” -Saya, Blood-C, Ep. 2

What is a guimauve? In short: “The French were the first to make a marshmallow closely resembling what we eat today. It was made from sugar, eggs, and the mallow plant’s jelly-like extract, beaten together to a foam. They called it pâté de guimauve, or guimauve for short—pâté meaning “paste” and guimauve being the French botanical name for the mallow plant” (Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2008/07/cooking_life_fluff_piece#ixzz1SVWildzQ).  This delightful confection appears in the 2nd episode of the currently airing Blood-C, when Saya learns of the confection that gives Cafe Guimauve its name.

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Initial Impressions: Bunny Drop, Mawaru Penguindrum, NO.6, Blood-C

Bunny Drop: On-hold
I know many readers who see my “On-hold” status on this show and are probably slightly apalled at my poor taste due to the overwhelming hype that this show has gotten.  Not only is the anime broadcasting on the notorious, high-quality noitaminA, but it also features a unique art style and story set up.  The magic’s in the cards, it would seem.  Although I do applaud Bunny Drop for its nostalgic, sketch-like art, as well as for its less than appetizing portrayal of some humans’ lack of warmth, this first episode failed to “ring the bell of happiness.”  Never once in the 22 minutes did I feel particularly drawn to any one character, not even to Rin, who I figured would clench my affections immediately.  Yes, I felt terrible for her situation, and yes, I was horrified at the family’s reluctance to take her in; however, the personalities of every character, including Rin and Daikichi, were so bland that I would easily forget them if I were to meet them in reality.  Nevertheless, I will continue to try this show out before I make my final decision on keeping or kicking it.

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