Rescue ME! ova.. what the flux really. lol
2 - Hataraku
3 - Yahari
4 - Hentai Ouji
Not listing Railgun cause I'm a fanatic about it (as you can see by my weekly posts) so I'd just end up putting it in 1st even though Gargantia deserves that spot.
Honorable mentions to Chihayafuru too, I'd probably put that up under Railgun.
I've done some typesetting and quality checking work for fansubs before, and I sometimes change the subs on shows where they use a shitty font for my eyes.
Free! 02 - The teacher is the best character. Though Rin is seriously annoying. The constant cuts to him being a little baby by himself was frustrating. Not sure who in the people in the picture he was looking at even were.
Just cleared the last two episodes of Zettai Bouei Leviathan from my backlog. While not one of the powerful series of this season, it def. provided constant eritainment (just lovin' KitaEri's voice). Final Vote: 7/10, waiting for S2
Tamayura's the best. Lots of big stupid smiles while watching this.
So far from the new season I've checked out Servant x Service (very entertaining), Monogatari Series (short hair no glasses bedhead PJ wearing Hanekawa is best Hanekawa) and Uchouten Kazoku (very fun, and interesting, with super unique animation).
Rozen Maiden still hasn't sucked me in quite yet, 2 episodes left in the first season.
Just started watching Serial Experiments Lain... honestly not sure what is even happening. Really weird.
I'd say my top 5 of last season were
3. Railgun S
The style of a show can really help to support the ideas or feelings, and are truly integral for a good series. In Lain's case as a psychological show, the disjointed scenes reflect a sort of disconnect in the human thought experience. Furthermore, its highly surreal atmosphere hammers home the unreality of reality. Then of course there's just the basic fact that if you give people a psychological jolt it helps bounce them out of their everyday routine and may make them more open to different ideas. To that extent I can appreciate that Lain performs these functions well (strange observation: Lain's lack of music makes it seem less real, yet of course we don't have background music in real life, yet somehow making a show more like reality makes it feel less real).
But at the same time, there is such a thing as taking an approach to the extreme where it's no longer beneficial. Lain strayed into that area for me, where it became difficult to even tell what is occurring, in what order, or why. Maybe it's because I reject the idea that art can just be form and experience but lack substance but I found myself somewhat hostile to the series as a whole. However, I dislike simply throwing things out because of those impressions, especially if there exists the possibility I missed something. Perhaps it's simply not a series for me, in that some of the aforementioned strengths count for more with different people at different times in their lives or experience.
Whatever the case, it's one of those that I've spent far too much time trying to understand why people like it and how it fits into things without coming to a conclusion.
Last edited by Neichus; 2013-07-11 at 07:17 AM.