Antz’ Spring 2011 First Impressions: My Ordinary Life, Tiger & Bunny

My Ordinary Life

Plot Synopsis: Can’t really write a synopsis of the  plot when there isn’t one. Basically, it’s about a group of high school girls goofing around and doing random stuff. There’s also a professor and her android who also goof around and do random stuff. That’s really the whole thing.

Thoughts: My Ordinary Life is a fairly typical cute girls doing cute stuff series. It’s very reminiscent of Azumanga Daioh, and like Azumanga Daioh it’s all one quick gag after another. Some of them are funny, some aren’t, and some are just weird, but that’s just how it goes when you cram that many simple gags into a single episode. It’s a decent show, but nothing particularly extraordinary or hilarious. If you liked Azumanga Daioh, or Lucky Star, or K-ON!, or any other series where a bunch of girls do silly stuff then this is right up your alley.

Score: 3/5

Watch My Ordinary Life on Crunchyroll

Tiger & Bunny

Plot Synopsis: “The city of Stern Bild is protected by corporate superheroes known as NEXT, who fight crime while promoting their sponsors on the popular show “HERO TV.” Veteran hero Wild Tiger relies on his years of experience and instincts to fight crime, but his tendency to destroy public property for the sake of protecting the lives of the innocent has earned him the nickname “Crusher for Justice.” Now, under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie with an attitude.”

Thoughts: Tiger and Bunny does a few things that I find kind of interesting. One of those things is the way it addresses the idea of super heroes. Creating a world where super heroes are a commodity, a spectacle that exists to entertain people while saving lives at the same time is really interesting, and I like the way they handled it. Making a game show out of crime fighting does kind of trivialize it , but I like that it’s essentially a world that treats super heroes the same way we do: as something that exists to entertain us. There is an absurd amount of advertising within the actual episode, with company logos plastered on the heroes, but they do attempt to incorporate it into the show by having all of the heroes sponsored by different companies. It is blatant advertising, but at least they had the decency to actually do something with it.

There are a couple problems with it though. The CGI is pretty mediocre most of the time. There’s also a horribly stereotypical gay character who makes a very brief appearance in the episode. The series does still show promise though.

Score: 4/5

Watch Tiger & Bunny on Hulu (United States only)

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