Morita - Yet another slice-of-life comedy that is going to be very subjective. I.e. It's not going to be funny for everyone. Overall, I found this weaker than A Channel, which happened to be one of the most painful things I saw in April, so this was rather regrettable.
Twin Angel Paradise - As far as parodies of magical girls go...this is pretty freaking...bland...aside from that catnip moment but that was hardly anything worth raving on about.
Idolmaster - WYSIWYG. 13 girls being J-idols. It's based off of a game that made you an idol's manager and to take her to the big time. This is really chalk-and-cheese quality-wise compared to what A-1 did with Ano ni Hana. Facial animation is terribad. Cells are wispy thin full-stop to the point of having about as much expression as something decades ago. Amusingly, there is quite a bit of silent dialogue - boy, are they cheaping out on a lot of things in this show, although they did come up with a gimmick. Which is somewhat surprising since this was a game that had a decent supporter base. Subject matter is exactly as I expected - what surprised me was how low the production values were. Doesn't seem like much of a budget was given for this title, which will be a major stumbling block since a show like this is heavily reliant on looking good. Curious as to which idol(s) will be the most popular. I'm expecting Makoto to be one of them.
Kamisama no Memo-chou - The Gosick 2.0 tag has been passed around a lot for this title. And considering the scenario, it's somewhat justified. However, the currently trendy theme of 'otaku being all-powerful' is far more prevalent here than in Gosick, almost in a Stein's Gate way. It's J.C. Staff in recent times to a T - although it's been given more care with its aesthetics than most of the titles I've seen this season. As is the case with J.C. Staff these days, progression of any story therein will be the base-level minimum required. And unfortunately, thus far the subject material hasn't been that captivating. Gosick had more going for it in that department and Stein's Gate managed to have some relatively solid characterisation. The scenario and character backgrounds may already have set too many constraints for this to go anywhere major. But J.C. Staff are regularly churning out 10k+ sellers because they have a formula - perhaps this will get there. Still, I get the feeling they're holding back for Shana S3.
Croisee - This is a bit of an intriguing one. The thought of seeing someone in a kimono in the middle of 19th century Paris is quite a quirk. The cell animation - mediocre for the greater part but Yume is certainly given some love. The background art is quite nice though - landmarks like the Arc de Triumph come up quite well. Clearly someone paid attention during their research visit. Culture shock moments make for amusing times - Claude getting rattled by Yume bowing was a good touch. This has that unlikely dynamic duo aspect that has the potential for some good times. Music suits the mood/atmosphere fairly well. This doesn't set the world on fire, but it does have a certain charm to it. Hopefully this show won't suffer too much being in the same season as Bunny Drop. Will be continuing with this one for the time being.
Bunny Drop - Aside from some mediocre animation (particularly early in the episode), this has the makings of something special. Rather than an episode being geared up around a single moment or two that is the case with so many shows these days, this has a consistent pace and interest level throughout. Clever piano-based mood music, a placid vibe and watercolour art - this won't be for everyone. I normally don't like kids, but Rin is so utterly charming - perhaps because she doesn't have the brattiness or annoying qualities most of the people her age possess. Rin does have a curious nature but knows where to draw the line. She knows when to zip it and be polite. And she is rather clever with how she wins Daikichi over. Daikichi certainly feels like the black sheep of the family - perhaps that's why the two get along - they see the world differently to others. However, there is the issue of the ending...since the manga has finished...certainly, the manga ending is causing A LOT of conflict for people since they love this series but are rather creeped out by where this will go. That said, I'm not creeped out by the apparent end. I'd like to see how this goes, because this is the most interesting show I've watched this year. Siren - thumbs up for getting hold of this. I'm going to be very amused by how anime communities in general react to the ending.
Interesting to note that Maaya Sakamoto voices Masako, one of the side characters. Good to see she's still around.