Oh wow, I think I have a new favorite for this season. I always enjoy a good disaster movie, so I thought this would be right up my alley, and I came away pretty impressed.
What I like the most so far is the realism. Not just in the art and designs, but the characters too. They feel like real people with real problems, personalities, and interactions. This was especially brought out in all the little details like the dad grumbling about potato chips on the floor, Mirai getting picky about the shape of the cakes, the family arguments, etc.
I found Mirai to be sort of a brat with how she complains about everything, but at the same time I could relate to her a lot (I sure act that way when I'm in a bad mood). I'm already loving Yuuki though. What an adorable, good-natured boy! Who wouldn't want to have a little brother like that? ♥ And I thought it was really effective how quickly the atmosphere turned to pure terror in the last couple of minutes. BONES apparently put a lot of research into this story, and I already liked the way they depicted Tokyo in Darker than BLACK (the artwork in the OP looks amazing too), so I look forward to seeing where this goes. Hopefully by the end, Mirai will learn to appreciate her life and family more.
Umineko no Naku Koro Ni Episode 1-2:
Don't have much to say about this other than that I'm intrigued and enjoying it. I love murder mysteries too, and since this is by the creator of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, I'm hoping it will deliver a good story. There's already quite a few creepy and intense moments.
So, in all, I'm following four anime series at the moment- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. There were some other series from Spring season that I didn't bother to check out or keep up with either, so I might go back to those if I drop any of the ones I'm watching now. Speaking of which, is anyone watching Basquash? I only saw the first episode, but is it worth continuing?