What I’m currently watching: Haikyuu!!, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. (As of June 26 2014)
According to the poll I put up some time ago, you readers want to see more of my impressions of the currently airing anime. Well, ask and ye shall receive! This is a sticky post, which will be updated whenever I finish or pick up a new anime. Here, you can whine about my terrible opinions and bully me into watching your favourite anime. You can look at my MAL to get an idea of what I’ve already watched and my rating system.
And without further ado, here is my rundown of what I’m currently watching in alphabetical order:
My main criticism of Haikyuu!! is that it’s not homo enough. Let’s break down this criticism and understand what it really means. Contrary to popular belief, fujoshi don’t just ship any two random hot guys together (okay, maybe they do…) But what’s more important is that the characters need to have a certain “spark” about their interactions and that there are conflicting interests between them. This is often interpreted as homo, but it’s really just characterisation that is presented in a dramatically interesting way.
Haikyuu!! is so emotionally transparent that there’s no real weight behind the conflicts. The characters themselves are fairly likable, but their relationships don’t feel dynamic, since all the emotional developments are told to the viewer rather than shown. The humour is cute and charming (especially the ad break montages) but there’s nothing here that sticks, aside from perhaps the excellent key animation.
This isn’t to say Haikyuu!! isn’t worthwhile, but I’d only recommend it to sports anime fans. Susumu Mitsunaga did some great work directing this anime, which is surprising since his only other main directorial work was Cuticle Tantei Inaba, which wasn’t exactly a work of sparkling genius. Overall, Haikyuu!! is comfort food – something to tide you over until the next season of Free! comes out, I suppose. Wait, did I just call Free! a “sports anime”? Hahaha, funny joke…
Best character: Nishinoya. I enjoy characters who have a boyish charm – plus, he’s a shortie!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Let me take this opportunity to remind you that the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was my fourth favourite anime from 2013. This second season has been a step down from the glory that is the first season, but it’s still my favourite anime overall that I’m watching right now, so take my complaints with a grain of salt!
I’m enjoying the exotic setting and the action scenes a lot, although none of Jotaro’s fights are particularly exciting. Unlike Joseph, who was always fighting by the skin of his teeth in Part Two, Jotaro never seems to be in any danger. The opponent will drive him into a corner and make all these dumb villainy speeches, and then Jotaro just looks bored and is all “yare yare da ze” and then pwns his opponent in less than a minute. His Stand doesn’t have any particularly cool abilities either, unless you count stretching its fingers as a cheap way of getting Jotaro out of trouble as a “cool ability”. The other characters have good fights, though.
Not much else to say about JoJo, really! I watch it for the adrenaline rush, not for the fun of dissecting later, so I’ve never written a proper blog post about it. I adore this series, though. Which reminds me… I need to catch up on reading the manga.
Best Character: Joseph. Even as an old man, he’s the best. Episode 12 was the best episode of the series so far. With Stardust Crusaders confirmed for 4-cour length, I have high hopes the epicness will continue to escalate.
If you have any opinions about the latest anime you want to share, feel free to share! I’m also open to recommendations for both old and new anime.