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A little from Column A, a little from Column Bby Panadero - July 15, 2012 2:04:35 PM MST
Today's update is a bit of a bipolar one. Representing sunshine and rainbows are: 1) Fairy Musketeers, a surprisingly good series about parallel worlds that draw heavily on fairy tales like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and the key an innocent boy may have to either their destruction or rescue. Seeing Konami behind it made me suspicious about how good it could be, but I really enjoyed it; 2) Nagareboshi Lens, a cute and short OAV about first love between a boy and girl and how they get to know each other; 3) Marimo no Hana, another short OAV about a normally passive girl who becomes a nearly invincible fighter when her loved ones are in danger.
Representing death and destruction are: 1) Mawaru Penguindrum, which in all fairness is more confusion and angst than doom. The first anime directed by mad genius Kunihiko Ikuhara since Utena, this is an amazing series that hits all the right emotional notes; 2) Paranoia Agent, a psychological masterpiece by another mad genius Satoshi Kon, about a series of attacks on citizens by a rollerblading boy wielding a baseball bat; 3) The Future Diary, featuring a survival game in which participants have diaries that tell them the future in ways unique to each individual. The main characters are Yukiteru, a willful social outcast, and Yuno, possibly the cutest raging psychopath you'll see in anime, who happens to be obsessed with Yukiteru. Violent and full of twists and turns, it was impressively fun.
Among six new series, that's twenty six new characters added. Have fun!