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There doesn't seem to be a thread about this, so here goes.

NoitaminA a time block that airs a lot of anime aimed at expanding the audience beyond the typical otaku demographics. Here are the anime they have aired in the past:

Honey & Clover (Seasons 1 & 2)
Paradise Kiss
Ayakashi
Jyu Oh Sei
Hataraki Man
Nodame Cantabile (also Paris-hen and the Finale)
Mononoke
Moyashimon (anime & drama)
Hakaba Kitaro
Library War
Antique Bakery
Genji Monogatari Sennenki
Eden of the East
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Trapeze
House of Five Leaves
The Tatami Galaxy

Right now, they're airing Shiki and Kuragehime. Some upcoming series of theirs are Fractale and Hourou Musuko.

I used to think noitaminA was really pretentious. I was more of a fan of the defunct(?) Noise time block (which aired Ristorante Paradiso, Michiko to Hatchin, and Aoi Hana), but as I watched more noitaminA shows, I realized that most of its shows were genuinely good, and all of them were at least enjoyable, if not great. I think they've been especially great ever since they expanded their time block to 1 hour instead of half an hour. Shiki is my favorite show right now. I'm enjoying Kuragehime, and Hourou Musuko is one of my favorite manga, so I am so looking forward to that. Also, I can't wait to watch the rest of the noitaminA shows that I haven't already seen, like Paradise Kiss, Hataraki Man, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

So, let's discuss noitaminA here! What do you think about this time block? What's your favorite noitaminA show?
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Personally, I would say Shiki's my favorite noitaminA series. I watch it every Thursday via Funimation.
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Theres been a large drop in quality of noitaminA since after Higashi no Eden IMO. I'm talking about how well the animes are made, and not the enjoyment value (which Shiki rates high in).

Before quality went down IMO (only ones I've seen):
Honey & Clover S1 - I'm only up to ep 5 of season, but the quality of direction is superb.
Nodame Cantabile - Another anime with very strong direction (same director as Honey and Clover S1), with a strong focus on music and great atmosphere.
Nodame Cantabile Paris-hen - Lost a lot of quality compared to the first series, and loses the music focus but is still good.
Library War - Unique story that is told quite well.
Higashi no Eden - I really don't need to say anything about this.

After drop in quality:
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 - Good anime, but I wouldn't call it quality.
Trapeze - Crazy is the only way to describe this.
Nodame Cantabile Finale - About the same level of quality as Paris-hen, but not comparable to S1.
House of Five Leaves - The one exception. A masterpiece, and the best noitaminA title I've seen.
The Tatami Galaxy - No, just no.
Shiki - As I said, high in enjoyment, but not in quality of direction.
Moyashimon Live Action - not even an anime...
Kuragehime - Good start but too early to tell.

The upcoming titles don't look too special either, but only time will tell.
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So, the winter season shows are Hourou Musuko and Fractale.

My favorite of the two is definitely Hourou Musuko, but I'm being completely biased here, since the manga is already one of my favorites. Even so, the anime is pretty well-made, at least art and animation-wise.

C and Anohana will air next season. Then Usagi Drop and No. 6 will air in summer.

Personally, I'm looking forward to Usagi Drop the most. It's been a while since I've seen a josei adaptation, and I've heard a lot of great things about the manga.
Posted 2/6/11
Quite an unpopular thread, but that's understandable since not a lot of people pay attention to studios/time blocks. But... Onto my thoughts!

noitaminA seems more of a "seinen/josei" block (targeted at older audiences, usually 18+). Their shows on their channel usually comprises of "deep" storyline/plots, etc. I absolutely love what they show and I think the shows they show are just brilliant/amazing/(more words that complement it). My favorite time block just because they air a lot of good quality shows.

My favorite show by them so far has been Shiki. But to be honest, I haven't seen most of their shows, just about 4-5. I've seen some of Honey & Clover, some of Eden Of The East, and I finished The Tatami Galaxy. I'm currently watching both Fractale and Houro Musuko by them, which are as usual, amazing shows so far.

I'm definitely looking forward the shows they plan to air for future seasons.
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I really enjoyed House of Five Leaves and Eden of the East. Shiki is one I've been wanting to watch and saw that it was on Funimation/Hulu, so I'm gearing up for that one. I noticed Wandering Son and Fractale are newer shows and they seem like they have a lot of potential, so I'll keep an eye on them. Kuragehime also looks really good, plus it's from the guys who did Baccano! and Durarara!!, so I have really high expectations for that one as well. Noitamina definitely goes for a seinen/josei demographic and those are usually the more rewarding series that I've watched. I also want to watch Nodame Cantabile and The Tatami Galaxy. I've got a lot to catch up on, ha. So it seems they definitely set high standards for themselves in trying to choose quality programs and I appreciate it and I think that's what the anime industry continuously needs.
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I'm not on the Shiki bandwagon ~ it just is not my favorite genre, and I dropped it. Then again, I probably would not have checked it out if it was not anime.

But overall, since Spring 2010 when Funimation picked up their streams, I've liked half of their series, which is a much better hit rate for me than an anime season in general, so for me its a win.
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Thread hasn't been updated in a while, huh?

From spring 2011, my favorite noitaminA show was definitely Anohana. Sure, there are people claiming that noitaminA is catering more to the otaku crowd now, but I think Anohana is a good enough show that it doesn't really matter in the end. Toradora's director knows what he's doing. Anohana's biggest flaw is that the plotline is a bit too straightforward and predictable, but it's still a good slice of life drama about a group of childhood friends coming together again. It does help that it made me cry almost every episode. (Reminded me of my own childhood friends. )

Anohana also sold very well, so that's definitely good news for noitaminA. A nice job for an original series, and I hope the revenues lead to more room for experimentation in the future.

I'm not that interested in the latest noitaminA shows. I thought Fractale wasn't that great. [C] felt a bit too flat execution-wise to me. I'm not that interested in No.6, and Usagi Drop is too short to get to know the characters enough, an element that's very important in slice of life shows. I'm not sure if I'm interested in Guilty Crown or Un-Go, either. Fortunately, it seems like there's a pretty large audience who do want to watch those shows, especially Guilty Crown (with the Death Note x Code Geass creator involvement), so that's a good thing.

I'm mostly looking forward to Black Rock Shooter in spring 2012. I haven't seen the OVA yet and this seems like an odd choice for noitaminA, but from what I've heard of it, BRS seems like my type of thing.

Still wondering about what the other spring 2012 show is going to be. Hopefully it will be a more experimental show to balance out the otaku-oriented BRS series. As a fan of both types of shows, I really welcome anything as long as its enjoyable and well-done.
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Since my last post I've watched everything except for Nodame and Fractale. I really liked Ano Hana, then again, I like most everything I watch. As you say, it was pretty straightforward but most anime are and that's why we like them, and it executed it's purpose impeccably. Plus, that OP song kills it every time! I like to view their recent lineup as noitaminA diversifying their portfolio. You could argue that they're pandering to an audience but if the shows are done well like most of them have been than their's no reason to deprecate.

So far, I think No. 6 and Drop have done fairly well in keeping people interested though you make a good point in that it's hard to flesh out slice-of-life characters in one season no matter how cute they are. I've seen the trailers for GC and Un-Go and it seems they'll be a bit more action-oriented than their other works but noitaminA would only choose such works in good taste. Them picking up BRS is one of the biggest surprises I've seen recently. I thought the OVA was decent. It has loads of potential so I'm sure they won't mess it up too much.
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Posted 9/16/11

kufirst wrote:

I've watched everything except for Nodame.




You should watch it.

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chrome_mist wrote:


kufirst wrote:

I've watched everything except for Nodame.




You should watch it.



I really want to watch that and Paradise Kiss which I'm sure are good. There's a lot of other stuff I have to watch too!
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kufirst wrote:

I really want to watch that and Paradise Kiss which I'm sure are good. There's a lot of other stuff I have to watch too!


Both great anime(s). Although I suggest watching Nodame Cantabile first.
One of the best slice-of-life anime I've seen.


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chrome_mist wrote:


kufirst wrote:

I really want to watch that and Paradise Kiss which I'm sure are good. There's a lot of other stuff I have to watch too!


Both great anime(s). Although I suggest watching Nodame Cantabile first.
One of the best slice-of-life anime I've seen.




Which is one of my favorite genres, so I'm sure to be impressed.
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Wish Usagi Drop would be longer then 11 episodes.
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