With the middle of the Winter Anime Season upon us, the season was mixed. There are some really great shows that I really enjoyed like Madoka Magica and Hourou Musuko. On the other hand, Gosick and Fractale left me with a weird feeling with the way the show is heading. (Image Source)
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 7 Episodes Seen
This has to be the most captivating show from the whole season since it redefines the magical girl genre. Typically, magical girl shows usually have a fluffy with girls beating the crap out of monsters. However, Madoka Magica is a darker and edgier since girls can actually die, wishes can backfire and etcetera. With all the bad stuff happening to Madoka’s friends, she has yet to become a magical girl, which surprised so many people including myself.
Like with any Shaft show, there are a lot of mind screw moments when the girls battle the witches. Sometimes, these scenes can be outright nightmarish. Then again, they go along with the overall feeling of the show.
Current Rating: 9.0/10
Hourou Musuko – 5 Episodes Seen
Hourou Musuko is a very touching show as it focuses on a very important topic with transgenderism. While there are some important facts missing in the adaptation, the most important part of the story I saw thus far is the genderbender play of Romeo and Juliet. The play is important to Nitori and Takatsuki since they want to be the opposite gender. Along the way, insecurities are shown, especially with Saori, which has romantic feelings for Nitori and not willing to give it up. With the deep character development of Nitori, Takatsuki and Saori, it is evident that the children are rather complex since they have important problems to deal with their lives.
As for the production values, the animation is very present and appeals to the eyes. The art style goes well with the innocent feeling of the characters and he show.
Current Rating: 9.0/10
Gosick – 6 Episodes Seen
While I enjoyed the show since Victorica is so cute, the mysteries in Gosick are somewhat disappointing. Even though the mysteries were okay (Queen Barry and Kuiaran), the way she solves them make it feel like they have no depth. Hopefully the other mysteries will improve since it’s a 24 episode series after all.
Current Rating: 8.2/10
Fractale – 5 Episodes Seen
Fractale had an interesting concept with humans plugged into technology with the underlining issues with stuff like mind control. The first three episodes were interesting with the introduction of the characters, The Lost Millennium and the Fractale System. Unfortunately, two of the most recent episodes, especially 5 because Nessa is so angry that she messes around with the airship was so lame!
I don’t think Fractale will stay on this boring path forever. They will eventually need to focus on interesting stuff like the hidden secrets of Fractale Otherwise, the viewers are going to get uninterested and stop watching the show.
Current Rating: 8.4/10 ¶