Mappy wrote:As much as I like Space Brothers, the art style does detract from it, somewhat. It may seem odd to say this about an anime, but it is a little too cartoonish at times for me to take it more seriously, even if it is supposed to be a light comedy. Of course, being a prime-time anime, it would cop it in the quality department.... Then again, A1 Pictures are past masters at taking good ideas and cocking them up.
They were also masters of having 10k+ series galore last year. (AnoHana, Blue Exorcist, Idolmaster, Uta no Prince-sama, Working S2) A-1 aren't wasted potential anymore. Although i didn't care for any of those five shows at all. Space Bros, definitely. Sword Art Online - one I'm looking forward to in July.
I think you should give that title to Ordet, Mappy. Black Rock Shooter had enough of a fanbase/known brand to have blown apart January. Hard to find a worse title than it - in quality and sales - than BRS last season.
Space Bros's appeal for me is a quality rarely seen within anime in quite a while - ambition. The whole conservative, stick to the tried and true formulas and characters that people know what to expect from and anything wild being something other wordly is getting somewhat dull. Career ambition is something that has been lacking within Japan for quite a while. The notion that Mutta, someone who once had a dream, lost sight of it, got knocked down by the world, but at the age of 31 is able to pick himself up and take one more shot at something seemingly impossible to obtain is quite insatiable. Yes, the series is mainly about him this far and sometimes fairly comical in look and feel. But that's the whole point. If you take it or life too seriously, the ability to dream or go for one is lost. It's shooting for the stars with some manliness but not to an excessive degree. It ain't perfect by any means but I'd take this over anything from 2011. And I do mean, ANYTHING.