Wow, has it already been a month since I last posted? Sigh… Well anyway.
Life’s been good here in Taipei. I’ve been busy with classes (I’m trying to improve my horrible Chinese), and, erm, hanging out with classmates. From here on out, I’ll be posting on the ACG events I attend while here in Taipei. You can also look at the “Taipei 2011″ page which should be up shortly.
Erm, yeah. Also the new season started. Here’s what I’ve been following so far:
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: This is a show about a Japanese girl in Paris during the 19th century. A friend suggested I watch this under the pretense that it was like Aria… and it’s not. Or at least, it’s not Aria quality. The first episode was especially confusing because everybody sounds like they’re talking in Japanese, but apparently they were actually all talking in French, so the whole “oh so you could speak French after all” thing failed. Also, even though I don’t know much about 19th century France, I feel like the show is still failing on historical accuracy.
Kamisama Dolls: Just picked this up yesterday, actually. It seems interesting enough, though the plot still hasn’t fully developed. I’ll probably stay with this show for a bit.
Kamisama no Memo-chou: This is like a modern-day Gosick, except that I’m actually enjoying it. Hopefully it stays that way.
Mawaru no Penguindrum: This show reminds me so much of Utena in ways that Star Driver didn’t. And not understanding crap in the beginning is one of those ways. It’s still entertaining though.
No.6: This show, on the other hand, reminds me of Fractale. The time skip between Eps 1 and 2 could have been pulled off better, but I guess what happened was okay too.
THE iDOLM@STER: …I’m not enjoying this as much as I was expecting. I’ll probably continue watching it, so I can try to fathom what the big deal behind this whole iDOLM@STER thing is. (It does have it’s own category on NND, so it’s got to be big.)
Usagi Drop: This and Penguindrum are probably my favorites so far. Rin is adorable, and a potentially good story has been set up already. (Was going to link this, but couldn’t pass up Rin with penguinhat-sama.)
I’m also continuing with Ao no Exorcist, Hanasaku Iroha, Nichijou, Steins;Gate, and Tiger & Bunny. I did complain about the pacing last time I wrote about Steins;Gate, but since then all it’s done is get better.
Besides anime, I’ve been progressing through ef, which I am loving. Chihiro’s arc was quite nice, and Mizuki’s arc has shown me the appeal of genki girls (to a certain extent). It’s interesting to compare what I remember from the anime to the visual novel. I do appreciate some of the artistic decisions that SHAFT did, now that I’ve gotten around to playing the original, though some things are different from what I remember. I should rewatch the anime when I get the chance. I’ve also picked up the Fate/Zero light novels in anticipation for the anime this fall. I’ve read up to the middle of volume 2, and it’s been epic so far, though, I do want to finish ef before continuing.
As a sidenote, I actually haven’t read any aniblogs since at least April, so I’ve got this 3+ month backlog now. I may never get around to reading them… Well whatever. Taiwan posts are coming!