Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun: The paranoid muppet

Shoujo is a curious genre, one that is prone to melodrama and terribly weak female characters that spend half their time waiting for ‘prince charming’ to come along and whisk them off of their feet. But, like most manga and anime genres, shoujo is so broad that there are also numerous gems to be found that decide to either challenge or change this vicious circle of melodrama and often annoying characters. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is one such series, an anime about dysfunctional characters who are so weird they fit together perfectly. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun starts off very well largely because of the larger than life character of Haru, his high jinks and weird interpretations of what it means to be at school help to propel the story forward. There is drama like all high school romance anime, but it has yet to fall into the trap of standard shoujo melodrama. Read more of this post

The slightly Illogical Autumn 2012 season preview

So it appears to be that time when many anime bloggers start to look forward to the new season, to see what looks interesting, or to simply rip into anime as a whole with an immense sense of superiority. I tend not to look too far ahead when it comes to anime, and for the most part concentrate on the current season rather than look at anime that have yet to air. Also, I never watch previews, they tell you very little about the series, providing a few sound bites and a look at the animation style without really giving any indication as to what the anime will really be about. As such my previews don’t contain them and I don’t even bother with them, instead I see what other information is available and generally make up my mind based on the plot overview and artwork. Having had a look at the line-up for next season it does look to be potentially very interesting. As with all anime seasons there is a plethora of anime on show, ranging from the classic romance/shoujo series, through the light novel adaptations to the (usually) over-hyped anime that never quite turn out to be as good as everyone suggests they should be. Overall the season has quite a varied lineup, with may different genres included, something that is always nice to see in an anime season. There are some potentially very nice romance series which will obviously go down well with me as a fan of a good romance, along with numerous sequels to some more recent, along with slightly older series.

This list is in no particular order, and barring a couple of series that I honestly dont like the look of I will at least have a look at everything listed, whether I finish the anime is another matter entirely. Read more of this post