The first word that comes into my head when I think of this show, besides “Noe-nyan,” is “drama.” And, boy howdy, does True Tears know how to make you bang your head against a wall or mentally order the characters around…or at least squirm with the suspense. I probably would’ve been talking to my computer screen if I weren’t sicker than a freaking dog and every time I open my mouth it’d better be to practice singing “Aquarius” in all my stuffy-nosed glory. (I’ll explain later.) All in all, I’d have to say it was amazing, and it definitely made my list of favorites; it didn’t top it (verrry rare to do that, seeing as the only two as of yet to do so were the first anime I ever watched and Angel Beats!), but it was definitely awesome. But I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth if I didn’t explain my thoughts fully. **SPOILERS MAY ENSUE! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED! (I’ll try to keep them minor, though.)**
No doubt about it: this is going to be epicness in motion.
Air Date: 10/4/10
Studio: J.C. Staff
Plot: In an alternate history of the Meiji era where humans and magical beings known as “younin” live side by side, half-younin girls team up with army lieutenants to fight younin wrongdoers. (From ANN)
Normally, shows that feature mimi chicks (I just made that up, lawl) are either fanservice-ridden or just plain sucky. Or at least that’s what I’ve found…you just can’t find a good nekogirl anime these days, and Tokyo Mew Mew disappointed me, I’m not gonna lie. (How did that come up? It’s so freaky…Zakuro, Zakuro~) And so came Otome Yokai Zakuro to remedy the situation. Aha, correction: so came a bunch of bad@$$ half-demon, half-human, fox mimi chicks to remedy the situation, with the one and only Zakuro to lead the way with a devilish fanged smile and an uber sword from a sakura branch.
Future mangakas of the world, unite! This one’s for you!
Air Date: 10/2/10
Studio: J.C. Staff
Plot: Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, content to live out a relatively normal life as any other does, is persuaded by his classmate, Akito Takagi, to become an aspiring mangaka when the latter realizes his natural talent as an artist. However, Moritaka is reluctant to pursue his dream as his uncle, once a mangaka with his own serializations, died from overwork trying to regain his lost status. With Akito’s help, Takagi gets another classmate and his school crush, Azuki Miho, who is an aspiring voice actress, to voice in the anime adaptation of their future manga once it is completed. However, Mashiro also proposes to Azuki, who surprisingly accepts only on the condition she will marry him when both of them have achieved their dreams. With a goal set before him, Mashiro begins a long and struggling path to become a famous mangaka. (From ANN)
To be frank, I’ve been waiting for something like this for a LONG time. As an amateur mangaka myself, I could tell this was gonna be interesting from the summary—I heard somewhere that the manga goes into what it’s like to be a Jump mangaka, and if that’s true, this is gonna be the sickest, most ground-breaking thing since some random cavemen figured out that round objects can be used to move things faster.