Believe it or not, summer is more than half way done. Although I haven’t watched much from the summer lineup since I went on a two-week vacation late last month, the shows that I watched were very enjoyable. Out of the show from this season’s lineup, I have watched Ikoku Meiro no Croisèe and The iDOLM@STER along with two shows from last season. (Image Source)
Ikoku Meiro no Croisèe
7 episodes seen
Croisèe is perhaps one of the best shows I am watching because of the sheer cuteness from Yune and the overall setting. While I haven’t gotten too far in Aria the Animation, the concepts are very familiar as Yune adjusts to life and experiences new things in France with every heartwarming episode. The characters are very enjoyable and well developed. Most notably, Alice drives most of the comedy with her poor understanding of the Japanese culture. In spite of that, she has been a good companion for Yune even if Claude doesn’t approve of her.
6 episodes seen
I know that the first Idolmaster Anime was terrible since it had absolutely nothing to do with the game and was another generic mecha anime. With this faithful adaptation of the second game, it was an enjoyable experience. In a way, watching this show actually gave me an urge to play the game. Hopefully, Namco will listen to their fans someday and release it internationally.
Even though the girls’ personalities caters mostly to the moe crowd, it was nice to see them overcome the challenges while enjoying themselves. Sure some of the moments are downright silly, but their experiences are rather touching since they are normal people like us with a goal. Producing music and coming up with dance routines is not an easy task like clicking around in AutoTune. The girls put in a considerable amount of effort to make a great performance that everyone will enjoy.
Hanasaku Iroha (20 episodes seen) – Unlike the first half, the second was somewhat weak since Ohana takes a smaller role in the supporting characters’ arcs. While I didn’t mind the Yuina, Minko and Nako arcs, giving the spotlight to Enishi was a big mistake since his character was lacking to begin with. Hopefully with the six remaining episodes, they will focus more on Ohana, her family and of course her love interests. I just want to see her with somebody instead of being forever alone!
Nichijou (19 episodes seen) – Not much has changed from the last time I wrote about Nichijou, except the two notable scenes in Episode 19. Besides the usual craziness, “Helvetica Standard” takes weird to the next level with a man running away from a green guy saying “glasses.” Also, there was a heartwarming moment with Mio finally making the jump after her long history of being horrible at sports. Besides two scenes, the comedy in the show had definitely grown on me, mostly because of the Professor and Nano.