First Impressions, Winter 2008

Rosario to Vampire Glompire
Episode 2 down. I’m definitely liking this series. How much? I’d watch it without the fanservice. Wouldn’t be nearly as good, mind you, but I’d watch it. I don’t know if they’re following the manga insofar as plot, but they’re taking an episode to intro each girl (the loli witch next week), and they’re fun so far. Watching Tskune go through the morning routine with aplomb, ignoring all the monsters around him, was funny. Well, to me. I do feel that his stepping in to protect Kurumu from super-Moka was a bit of a stretch though.

They Are My Noble Masters
Oh look it’s Hayate the Combat Butler, with boobies. That’s what my brief is going to read when I update the anime list. Rich girl, check. Super-butler with powers, check. Cute maid, check. Loli, check. Young guy takes a job as butler, check. Older butler is teaching him ridiculous “give your all” stuff, check. Robot, check. There’s a few other elements; three girls instead of one, the loli isn’t the main one, the guy has a sister (who admits to having a brother complex). This one’s going to have to move hard and fast to not seem like a copy of Hayate.

H20 Footprints in the Sand
It’s got all the earmarks of a bittersweet slice-of-life drama. Hayami seems to be a poor orphan, and for some reason, everyone hates her. (I think they blame her for something.) Her major nemesis is Yue, the daughter of the village elder, and she has a couple of followers that beat up Hayami on her orders, regularly. This episode it was kicking her down, throwing toilet water on her, shoving her into the mud. This. Is. Not. My. Idea. Of. Entertainment. Off my list, to save my blood pressure.

Spice and Wolf
So far, nothing special. I’m liking Horo, but then she does first show up naked, curled up in some furs. That’s always a plus. Lawrence is not really impressing me, although the thing that bothered me the most was when Horo donned “his best clothes.” They are obviously not his size, and are women’s clothing to boot. For some reason, the first thing I thought was, he bought them for his apprentice, the one that was obliquely proposing marriage to him — and obviously changed his mind about giving them to her. Why he would do that set off a chain of thoughts that didn’t make him look good at all. Later it occurred to me that they’re probably part of his trade goods, duh.

Thats it for the new season so far; I haven’t watched all that much yet.

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9 Responses to First Impressions, Winter 2008

  1. Let’s see if I can make your spoiler tag work. Hayami, the girl in H2O who gets beat up:
    [spoiler]is a trap.[/spoiler]
    Or so I read somewhere. That may be the real reason for the animosity.

  2. Ubu Roi says:

    I don’t think so.

    He stumbles on her taking a bath in the stream. If that’s a trap, it’s a Mizuho-class trap. “But she’s not that big when she’s wearing school clothes!” was my thought.

  3. OK, fair enough. Must be that the person who posted that was joking.

  4. IKnight says:

    Crossundressing – removing one’s clothes whilst still maintaining one’s trap or reverse trap status – is something minami-ke introduced. Maybe Zatoichi Meets Harem (I’m sorry, I adapted that joke from another blogger) is following the trend.

    And maybe not.

  5. Ubu Roi says:

    Well, I was going to post some pictures, but after behaving properly last night, Zoomplayer is right back to it’s old tricks. Even tried re-installing, but no good. Something else must be doing it; I’ve seen a few other odd things, like extremely long start-up times and slow reactions when I take a screenshot.

  6. In “options/playback/audio/video” what video renderer have you chosen? If it’s available and works, try choosing “VMR9 Windowless”.

  7. That was supposed to be “options/playback/audio-video”. From reading the documentation, the renderer affects the frame grab ability. The “VMR9 Windowless” choice makes it possible for the player to read back the current image displayed on the screen, as I understand it.

  8. Ubu Roi says:

    Yeah, I searched their forums and found out much the same; posted at your place, of course.

  9. JB says:

    The spoiler about H2O was in Tenka Seiha: It’s not Hayami, it’s the girl with purple hair and a bow:

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