Basically boy meets hometown girl over their final summer break, both see ‘time fragments’, potential romance, potential discovery of powers, then…potential not fulfilled. Ranking it a 4 out of 10 simply because it SEEMED like it was going to have a story worth experiencing but it ultimately didn’t. The animation and music were fine, and the story SEEMED like it was going somewhere, but the ending leaves the impression that nothing notable happened worth telling. Maybe that’s the point they were trying to make, but overall, I feel like I wasted my time. I HATE that, because it really felt like the story was taking us, the audience, somewhere interesting but then…it didn’t. It just ends. Even the cliffhanger involved in the end isn’t well done because you’ll find that you don’t care. The story REALLY needed to give a little more so that at least you’d be left wanting more. As it happens I just don’t care now. It’s like talking to someone that stops half way through a sentence explaining how to get somewhere and then simply walks away. They weren’t a help and all they did was waste your time. Skip this one.
Note: I will re-evaluate if the show gets a second season. I do NOT expect it to get a second thought, much less a second season.
Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: 5/10
I tried to like this one. It’s…interesting. But it takes the whole “friends after fighting” thing WAY to far. The actual damage people are taking isn’t something you just joke about later. When people are attacking you with freaking SWORDS, that’s not something that you laugh off afterwards. So the central theme of this one just didn’t work for me. The motivation and reaction of the combatants didn’t work for me either. I mean, “I love him, so I gotta try to kill him, so he’ll understand me?” WTF? NO! I guess one of the girls was a yandare as well, and I just don’t like that character type at all. Didn’t like the fanservice either. PASS!
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: 6/10
I got to episode 20 and just felt totally fatigued. I didn’t want to continue, even though there were only 4 episodes left. Finishing it I can’t complain (other than I wish the MC had picked the other girl) and this slice of life romantic comedy turns out well. I can see why it’s so popular, but I still only rank it slightly better than average. Basically this one is about a group of ‘creatives’ that are going to a high school for artists, that live in Sakura Hall where all the misfits are sent. Sorata, the MC, ends up at Sakura Hall because he refuses to give up all the stray cats he keeps collecting. His need to take care of everyone around him is why he’s the glue holding the show (and the hall) together. Mashiro is the ‘pet girl’ of the title, and is about as talented as a painter can be, but she’s also almost totally autistic and needs help with everyday life. Sorata gets to be on ‘Mashiro duty’ for basically the entire show, trying to keep her safe and out of trouble. It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s wacky. It’s…worth watching.
As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!