Slowly but surely I am getting around to previewing the rest of this season’s shows. For this post I tried to preview some series that people seemed excited about in the comments to my first winter impressions post. That entry is available here.
Gosick is set in St. Marguerite Academy, located in the made up European country of Saubure. It is 1924 and Kazuya Kujo has transferred to the Academy from Japan. His classmates nickname him the Dark Reaper and keep their distance. In order to make friends Koju heads to the library to read up on Saubure’s ghost stories. There he encounters the doll-like Victorique and is soon embroiled in a ghost story himself. By episode two a ghost story/murder mystery is in full swing. The development of this show was a complete surprise for me. Victorique looks moe and I expected that the show would center on moe themes. Instead I got a riveting, mystery science theater type show. Only time will tell if it stays that way or if it succumbs to moe. (3 out of 3)
In Level E, aliens live among us without our knowledge, a setting which is similar to the one used in Men in Black. One day a ship crash lands on earth and deposits an alien with long blond hair (think 1960s peace activist). He moves into (or rather breaks into) the apartment of an up and coming high school baseball player named Yukitaka Tsutsui. Proving that this series is secretly a romantic comedy, a bromance develops between the alien and Yukitaka. Soon the two interrupt their budding romance to deal with government investigators who have discovered the alien’s ship and are looking for its passenger. I enjoyed Level E, which surprised me because I normally do not like anime comedy. I liked how it was fast paced and how it went in a direction that caught me off guard. I am worried that it will slow down after this initial sprint, but if it keeps up its fast pace I think it has great potential. (3 out of 3)
So what happens when the Demon Lord is ready to wipe out all humans but has no time to do it himself? Easy, he sends his naked newborn son, Beelzebub, to Earth to destroy everyone instead. Tatsumi Oga receives the demon spawn and is given responsibility for raising him. Like any normal baby Beelzebub gets bored and hungry and looks to Tatsuki for satisfaction. When Oga does not take his responsibility to the baby seriously, Beelzebub is liable to act like Pikachu and electrocute everyone. Now its time for me to disappoint all the Beelzebub fans out there: I hated this show. My appetite for anime comedy is low to begin with. This show never amused me and I grew bored early on in the first episode. I also did not see why Beelzebub was naked throughout the show. It was distracting and did not add anything. Still, I also disliked Panty and Stocking, so if you liked that, maybe you will also like this show. (1 our of 3)