I wouldn't normally do this but since there has been a couple of anime blogs recently there might be some interest for it. I'd like your opinions on what you are watching presently - the anime of this season that is.
They are only at 9th screening episode, so the 'mini-reviews' are just observations I've made so far.
Clannad - After Story
A continuation of the original Clannad anime. If you thought Clannad lacked story, this one is even worse. Very sentimental but beatuiful in the same way the other visual novels by KEY (Air, Kanon) were. An anime about everyday life - with humor, romance and sadness in moderate doses.
The music is perfect, but also very repetitive. Overall, every episode of After Story has been a relaxing watch, but on the other side, not much has been memorable so far. But it gets better after a couple of arcs. And Sunohara is awesome.
I love this one. The OP is good, the old-school animation is artistic and wonderful, the conversations are straightforward yet poetic at the same time. It's a remake from a 70's anime, it's about a man or robot - Casshern - without memories, trying to find out what actually happened that made the world turn into a complete dystopia and who he really is. The whole anime has been very dark so far. The negative aspects is that the whole robot vs human topic is getting a little old.
And the last episodes had nothing to do with the 'main' story. But so far it's one of my favourites this season and I believe it'll grow even better.
Shikabane Hime: Aka
I don't think this is my type of anime. We live in a world where corpses become alive and 'Shikabane Hime' is a gungirl whose objective is to eliminate all corpses. It feels like Hellsing, but even worse and more cheesy. Characters are ok, but stereotypical. Animation is good and the atmosphere and the surrounding elements are pretty nice.
That's the best I can say about this overall mediocre anime though. It didn't fascinate me at all, but then again I stopped after 5 episodes. Who knows, it might get better.
The male borderline hikikomori protagonist is frustrating with his endless stuttering and screams of denial. It's part of the charm with this anime though. The thing that separates Chaos;Head from every other school anime with supernatural elements is that... it's confusing. Not only the illusion/delusion parts, but also that you don't get anything explained until later in the anime. The motives behind the characters actions and feelings are being kept secret, it's almost like a thriller. I'm split about this anime. I'll keep watching, but I don't really know what it is I'm watching...
The main character, Kuro, meets a beautiful woman in the 12th century in Japan whom he falls in love with. The woman however, carries a terrible secret.
Beautiful colors and nature mixed into a dark, dark world. Serious, actionfilled and quick-paced. Pretty good, but nothing extraordinary even though I haven't found anything in it to complain about yet. It's not very memorable... I forget the plot for every single episode.
Michiko to Hatchin
The sexy (crazy?) diva Michiko runs away from prison, while Hatchin is trying to escape her horrible foster parents. Well produced anime (from creators of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo) that seems to be set in Mexico or somewhere similiar. It has the 'latino' feeling, society sucks and basically all people are more or less evil. Even so, it's a feel-good-styled anime about Michiko and Hatchin's journey to find their father.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens
Some kind of nature goddess assembles into a human when the student Jin is working on his statue. Very stereotypical start for a bad harem anime, but it's been pretty good so far. Focus being on humor, but the story looks pretty shallow. Fun and entertaining watch - and it's not pretending to be anything else than lighthearted. A whole episode of karaoke? Yeah sure, why not!
Super energetic school anime. Even more shallow than Kannagi storywise, but makes it up with crazy situations and jokes. I've only seen a few episodes so far and some of the jokes are getting a little bit monotonous already. Extremely exaggerated personalities which can be both good and bad. Either way, this anime does not hold any real value to me, but it's good for a laugh. Bit too much fanservice for my taste though.
This one could be compared with the two above, as it's also scool-drama-humor-romance anime. But this one is actually pretty good objectively. Interesting characters, hilarious dialogue and most importantly mixes the jokingly atmposphere with sincere feelings. Instead of a love triangle, it's like a love square where the two main characters form a friendship to be able to act more courageous in situations together with their love. I don't like the drawing though, it's a bit too simplistic and the faces looks ugly.
EF: A tale of melodies
The screenshot doesn't do this one justice. The one of the best thing about this about this anime is the experimenting with colors and scenes.
It follows two unhappy love stories from different perspectives. Because of the extremely poetic style that isn't too common in anime this leaves me with a very positive impression. But be warned, it's very sad and it has some kind of sensual relationship to the german language.
I'm a sucker for sentimental love stories, so consider this before watching this anime.
Toaru Majutsu no Index
I waited with this one, which might have been a good thing. If I had reviewed it a few episodes earlier, the score would have been lower. The plot is pretty ridiculous. The world consists of espers, scientists and magicians with special abilities. A loli nurse comes to live in the male protagonists house because she seeks shelter from the evil magicians who are following her.
His loli teacher and his loli nurse are embarassingly unfitting characters which makes me unable to take the story even remotely serious. It feels to me like a bad version of Fate/Stay Night... but then again it's been 10 episodes and they've barely introduced all the characters yet. It gets better and better, but is still very flawed and doesn't make things as exciting as they could be.
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
Incest. Cast from Slayers! Generic school romance comedy! What more could you ask for?
A school student, Geno Killer, encounters a beautiful wealthy girl who suddenly shows up in school and moves into his and his sister's house.
Drawing style is pretty nice, with lots of cool hairstyles and details! It's well done for the most part, but it doesn't have any trace of originality which makes this anime very... pointless. Don't get me wrong - it's still entertaining and relatively good humor. While Toradora is more 'raw' and straightforward humor, this Akane-iro is more toward the cute and shy-direction.
So, what anime are you/will you be following of this season?