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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Initial Impressions: Uta no Prince-sama, Dantalian no Shoka

Uta no☆Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%: Currently watching
I’m a bit bashful to have this show on my “Currently watching” list, especially since I made it clear on my Full season preview that I wasn’t going to even give this show a chance.  However, I found myself obtaining the first two episodes anyways and sitting through the first with the intention of reviewing it then dropping it.  Unfortunately, my fan girl side came screaming out with the first episode, and I ended up hungrily moving to the 2nd.  Yes.  There we have it.  I love reverse harems under one condition: the inclusion of a music environment.  Written in the same vein as Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo, this anime features one girl in pursuit of her dream to become a music composer for idols.  Like in Corda, she attends a school dedicated to music, and again, like in Corda, she quickly finds herself surrounded by a handful of bishounen male idol and composer wannabes who all seem to find her irresistible.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!? The simple answer? I’m a bit of a music freak.  Having played classical music all my life, and as a once music performance major, I still have dreams of living a life of music.  Though that dream has come and gone, I find myself living it out through these types of anime (perhaps also the reason for my inclusion of The IDOLM@STER).  Though romance between students is strictly forbidden at Haruka’s school, I still smell love in the air.  I already have favorites from the first two episodes, including the cheery Otoya, the serious Masato, and the brooding Tokiya.  Ahhhh, I eagerly await to be swept away by their shiny locks and smooth-as-caramel voices….. /fan girl squeal

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