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Anime of Winter '11 Preview (Part 1)

It's Winter 2011! For some of us, that means freezing half to death and shoveling snow. It's also time to take a look at the new Anime offerings of the season. You can't watch every show that's out, so ESH is doing the dirty work for you. What's worth your time?

I remember seeing a trailer for Gosick, but I couldn't figure out what it's all about.

I didn't expect it to be quite so silly, nor did I expect it to be a show about crime solving. By crime solving, I don't mean actual deducing by a young detective like Jimmy Kudo from Detective Conan. I mean mystical, magical crime solving which requires no hard work at all.

I shouldn't be surprised that a show that calls itself Gosick (which is the broken English pronunciation of Gothic) to not play by normal rules. Gosick is all about this cute little girl (yes, ANOTHER anime with a cute little girl)  who can solve crimes like nobody's business. She is locked up in this estate, barred from the outside world, until a young man comes into her life.

I will tell you that I think having magical powers to solve crimes doesn't sit well with me. I think it's cheating! I do like how Gosick looks, and I appreciate its silliness. I was under the impression that this show was going to be about beautiful European architecture and super-serious subject matter. NOPE! It's about a little girl who rolls on the floor, a kid who has to walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, and a dude with a phallic hairdo.

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Who is the ideal audience? People who say they'd like to travel, but haven't yet.

Watch more? MAYBE


HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Oh-no, someone dosed me! I'm having some kind of hallucination! Hmm, no, it's just Beelzebub. THIS SHOW IS CRAZY!

First off, Beelzebub has taken notes from Dragon Ball and it has made our titular baby travel around wearing no clothes. Presumably, this tyke will be going pants free for the life of this show. I wonder how much baby genitalia the audience can take.

Beelzebub is not only a naked baby, but the devil's naked baby, who is hilariously abandoned by his dad, AKA the Lord of Darkness, AKA Satan.  The baby's father has better things to do than raise a child, so he send his offspring to earth to be raised by an appropriately devilish person.

It turns out that the ultimate evil is a- high school delinquent?? Words cannot describe the crazy gags in this show, so you'll just have to see it to believe me. This show goes off on weird  tangents often, and I want to see more!

Who is the ideal audience? People who think fart jokes are funny. People with mental issues. People who crave the absurd.

Watch more? YES!

No. No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The above image tells you all you need to know about Rio Rainbow-gate, and what it has to offer.

This is based on a pachinko game mascot or something. Anime should NEVER be based on a pachinko game mascot. Why? Because this show STINKS.

I am not offended by nudity, cleavage, sexiness, or anything of the sort. In fact, I encourage it; ecchi and hentai for all! I am, however, enraged by a thin plot, poor writing, and lame excuses for a woman to get naked.

Oh, if you care, the plot is about Mint, the granddaughter of a wealthy businessman. They go to a resort city together. She learns about Rio, who is the "Goddess of Victory."  Rio not only brings excellent luck to anyone around her, but she also has great martial arts skills, for some reason. Damn, this girl has it all. Plus, bouncing, shiny, marble-like boobs. SIGH.

Please, do not watch this show. One of the elements of this show is that Rio competes in Yu-Gi-Oh style battles with villains, but this show isn't even as entertaining to watch as Yu-Gi-Oh is. I would rather watch a harem show with way too many 1-dimensional characters in it. This show is a waste.

Who is the ideal audience? ROOKIES. To like this, this has to be your first anime, and you have to be 6 years old.

Watch more? HELL NO!!!!

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