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Sizzling Summerby Panadero - July 1, 2014 11:45:57 AM MST
Summer is now in full swing, and being somebody who hates the heat, I'm making the best of it by working on site updates. This holiday week brings thirty eight new characters from six different series to the site. Let's introduce them, shall we?
First we have A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, a series in the 'cute' vein, but hailing from before moe was really a thing, so it was interesting to see how it carried itself. There were times where the art was very off model, but when it looked good, it was effective in conveying the cuteness - particularly the adorable Sugar - and it did a good job of delivering the feels near the end.
Second is Blue Seed, a fun action/drama series from the 90s, with all of the style and conventions from that period. A teenage girl has the power to stop encroaching creatures called Aragami from destroying Japan, but that power may only manifest itself by her becoming a human sacrifice.
Third, we have the moe slice of life series Is the Order a Rabbit?, which actually didn't reel me in until the second episode, but I was hooked afterward. Stuff like this is my drug of choice, and I've been head over heels for Sharo ever since.
Fourth, we have Nanana's Buried Treasure, which could have been an amazing series if it went longer than eleven episodes and didn't consist of at least half a dozen juicy plot points begging to be fully addressed. On a man-made island, a group of individuals attempts to find various powerful treasures and deal with all of the shadowy pasts and shifting loyalties you can throw a stick at - until it ends literally right at a teaser for more. UGH!
Fifth, we have the amazing Nodame Cantabile, about the developing relationship between a musical genius (and all-around jerk) with a dream of becoming a conductor and a misfit piano playing girl with incredible but unpolished skill. The series made me actually care about classical music because of the way it weaved itself around the lead protagonists. Definitely recommended.
Sixth is Yowamushi Pedal, a show I only started watching because my bike-loving friend recommended it to me. The story of a nerdy freshman cajoled into joining the bicycle club when his plans for an anime club fall through clicked pretty quickly for me even though I usually shy away from the standard shounen formula. Now I can't wait until October to start watching season two.