Well after completing these three TV anime series, I noticed, they were relatively short ones. And interestingly, the main characters in all of these ever-famous animes are tsunderes. (I’ll leave the discussion of whether Haruhi is a tsundere or not to all those Haruhi-ists or whatever fanboys. 😛 ) What’s more interesting is, each series listed here are have 14-13-12 episodes, in order!
So anyways here come my “short” reviews!” 🙂
14 Episodes of
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
(涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
So here is the ever-famous anime that’s talked about everywhere… Haruhi! Somehow I got to watch Lucky Star before watching this, leading me to wonder what all those humorously-intended references were from.
In terms of genre and story, the anime itself is a mystery. The fact that the episodes were broadcasted in non-chronological order alone is strange enough. Though the series incorporates a lot of comic and humorous dialogues and scenes, the principles and mysteries behind the setting are very complicated. I could say it’s almost psychological to some extent.
Despite being a 14-episode short series, SHnY actually has quite a lot of interesting story, including a murder mystery, baseball match, school festival… (which you can see in almost ALL school-related animes. I would call it… “Japanese Culture Spreading” 😛 )
Overall, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu is a very well-made anime, I have to admit. I enjoyed watching it.
Though the drawing style is not really one of my favorites, It’s
nicely done and the animations were stunning.
However, despite it’s high ratings and extreme popularity, it did not impress me that much as animes like Eureka Seven. And well, of course it was quite short, I will wait for the coming 2nd season.
Duration: Jan 7 – Jan 10
My Rating: 8/10
MyAnimeList – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Blood, building destruction, stabbed, injury
- Partial nudity (underwear), revealing costumes etc
13 Episodes of
Zero no Tsukaima
(ゼロの使い魔, The Familiar of Zero)
Zero no Tsukaima is a fun series that starts off with an unique setting, and characters. While I won’t tell anything about the story itself, I can simply say, it’s all about Fantasy, Action, Romance, and Ecchi.
Louise, the main character is a clear example of what tsunderes are like, and as a result, Saito–who she accidentally (or by fate! :D) summoned–is mercilessly punished…
Poor Saito… 😀
But then comes the デレデレ(deredere) part (though it was because of the potion…), with a total change in her attitude, which was hilarious to watch.
Simply put, I liked the series overall. The unique art style is quite clean, and the animations were also nice. But since there already was the 2nd season when I first started watching… straight to it!
Duration: Jan 3 – Jan 4
Fansub: Static-Subs & Ayu
My Rating: 8/10
MyAnimeList – Zero no Tsukaima
- Comic violence, weapons, injury
- Partial nudity, various sexual references
12 episodes of
Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~
(ゼロの使い魔 ～双月の騎士～,The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Two Moons)
As a direct continuation to ZnT, Futatsuki no Kishi features same setting and characters. However in Season 2 the relationship between Saito and Louise progresses greatly. Obviously there are new characters introduced, as well as a new plotline-complications, climax, resolution… you name it. 😛
Futatsuki no Kishi clearly has more Ecchi elements than in Season 1.
Seriously there are some scenes that really don’t seem like suitable for “Audience of 12 or older”… It’s rated 17 or older in Japan, but there isn’t anything explicit and since it’s intended to be funny, it’s OK. Daijobu!
Along with a new storyline, Season 2 also features more action, since the setting has gotten more serious because of all the “war” things going on.
Again, I won’t say anything about the story, but I somehow liked the 2nd season better than the 1st one. The storyline just seemed to flow better and cover more about main characters’ relationships. However just a little bit, I think some of the episodes were too focused on supporting characters’ backstories.
Overall, Futatsuki no Kishi is also nicely produced anime, along with the original. Now that another sequel is announced, I am eagerly waiting!
Duration: Jan 5 – Jan 7
Fansub: Static-Subs & Ayu
My Rating: 9/10
MyAnimeList – Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~
- Comic violence, weapons, blood, injury, death
- Partial nudity, various love scenes (no full nudity though)