Anime Review: Summer 2010 Season Recap

(Originally published on Livejournal on 8/21/10)

Anime Review Summer S010 Season:
A Recap

At the beginning of July, I pledged to watch and review each anime show of the Summer 2010 season that was subtitled in English, and give each one a pass/fail grade — and I’ve reached my goal. I did the same thing for the Spring 2010, for anyone interested here’s a link to the recap.

Out of the few dozen shows, I was able to find 26 different shows that were subtitled. Out of those twenty-six, a total of 11 shows received a thumbs up (one of which I dropped after the second episode). Here is a really quick recap of the reviewed shows, based on the FIRST EPISODE VIEWED ONLY (links included to the reviews below):

Highest recommendation: MUST SEE TV!:

The Occult Academy


Ookami-san, Highschool of the Dead, Shiki, and Broken Blade

Slightly recommended:

Black Butler 2, Kurenai (one-shot OVA), Cat Shit One, and Bungaku Shoujo Memoire

On The Fence: – Watching for now, but I may drop before the series completes.

Mitsudomoe, Nurarihyon no Mago, and Legend of Legendary Heroes

Slight Thumbs-Down: – Includes shows that may be decent by not within my interests, or shows that I might be convinced to give a second shot if enough people recommend them.

Amagami SS, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Black Rock Shooter (one-shot OVA), Zettai Karen Children (one-shot OVA), and Kyou Koi wo Hajimemasu (one-shot OVA)

Thumbs-Down: – Terrible, just terrible.

Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Seitakoi Yakuindomo, Shukufuku no Campanella, Digimon: Xros Wars, Tono to Issho (one-shot OVA), and Kaichu!

Oh Dear God Why Does This Even Exist? – You watched it, now you can’t unwatch it!

Strike Witches 2 and Asobi ni Iku Yo

…And finally, the Wild Cardz Memorial Prize for the Worst Show of the Season goes to…

Sengoku Basara 2!

There’s still a bunch of shows that were never subtitled, but there’s still a chance some of them might see the (English) light of day. (During the Spring season, there were four shows that appeared after I did my Recap, for example) If any more shows from the Summer 2010 season debut after today, I’ll tackle those before I move on to the Fall 2010 season.

So, what’s next? Well, the Fall 2010 Season is just around the corner, and it looks pretty promising! Before that, there’s still the second episodes of the Summer 2010 season to tackle — everything listed as “On the Fence” and above that line all received a “passing grade” and I watched the second episodes of all those shows, and reviewed all those – gotta give a quick summary of where those stand as well. Also, there’s still two shows from the Spring 2010 season I’m watching (Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Senkou no Night Raid), as well as a handful of earlier shows finished up or in the queue. A quick post detailing those is up next!

Whew! So, what do you think, sirs? Push the Button, Frank.

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