Monogatari Series 2nd Season
Who says girls can't have fun on their own?
I'm not sure how this is the 2nd season of the series. Given we already had Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari, wouldn't this be the third season of the show? That aside, Monogatari 2nd still more or less the same when it comes to its clean stylized art, the cut-away text and the endless conversations that dominate the show. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the series' conversation-heavy style, but I liked what I saw in the first two episodes. The curvy Miss know-it-all Tsubasa once again gets into some supernatural trouble, but instead of Koyomi swooping in to help, the show has paired Tsubasa together with the beautiful yet formidable Hitagi for the first two episodes. They sure know how to appeal to their fan base by putting the two hottest girls in the show, not to mention rivals in love, together and have to sleep and take baths together. The fan service is fun if nothing else. I was surprised that Hitagi showed so much concern for Tsubasa, and also surprised that Hitagi came off as somewhat perverted and goofy during her interactions with Tsubasa. The interactions are fun to watch, although it does change Hitagi's image a bit. Hitagi is still quite sharp tongued and spends time analyzing Tsubasa. We'll have to see where the series will go with this pairing.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G
Slicing' n dicin' in style.
I didn't think Symphogear would have a sequel. I thought the fighting was over and done with in the first season, but apparently the Noises are back and now there are some rival magical girls for the Hibiki and friends to battle. It's too early to say much on the story, but the good thing about Symphogear is that the music-infused action can be very good, and the first two episodes had some exciting sequences of the Symphogear girls showing off various attacks causing lots of Noise creatures to explode. I'll be happy if they keep up with the battles.