I don't keep up with this thread because the amount of people who post here and the frequency of the postings is absolutely *insane,* but chiming in to give my opinion on some new anime I've been watching anyways:
Space Dandy: Not really feeling this one. Granted, it's only been a few episodes, and it does have some great things going for it (the action scenes, and that sequence at the end of episode 2 with the old ramen alien), but otherwise I don't think it's particularly funny or likable--it's saving graces are its style and its high energy. I'm hoping that as it goes on my opinion will improve, or I'll adjust to it.
Flowers of Evil: No idea how to even approach rating or discussing this one--it leaves me very conflicted, but in all the right ways. I haven't felt this strongly about an anime since... Paranoia Agent? Really looking forward to a re-watch or three. If nothing else, I think it's probably the most bold anime series I've seen in years, and that's really worth something. I'm going to be absolutely crushed if it doesn't get a second season, or if it doesn't get a proper English-language release. My hopes aren't high on either front, given the largely negative reaction I see this show getting among anime fans. I really think there might be room in my top 10 for this though--we'll see.
Attack on Titan: Yeah, I'm just now getting around to watching it... and I have to say, I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish it or not. And I wish I could say that it was because the Titans terrify me too much (they do), but my reasons have more to do with the show's pacing, frequent lack of animation, annoying characters, and the direction's complete lack of subtlety or finesse. In many ways it reminds me of shonen 'fight' anime, which, for the record, I largely cannot stand. It's got that same awful pacing (at this point I'm honestly thinking that this could have been a thirteen-episode show, and I'm on episode ten), complete disregard for dramatic build-up (episode-long flashback right in the smack-dab of far more fascinating material? Check!), and the fact that the inherent drama simply isn't allowed to stand on its own --no, it's gotta be amped up with ridiculously over-the-top music and speed lines and yelling and tears and etc. etc. etc. It's just too much, and frequently approaches comedy. (Everything that Armin does totally saps my will to take the show seriously.) It brings back memories of Death Note (which, not coincidentally, is from the same series director): amazing premise, annoying execution. I'll try and finish it just so that I can stay in the loop, and I am genuinely hoping that it gets better, but after the last couple of episodes I really just feel like calling it quits.
I also recently finished Maid Sama! and Story of Saiunkoku, and didn't much care for either. Which is too bad in Saiunkoku's case because I think it's got a lot of potential--it was just so *boring* and predictable. I've recently re-watched Welcome to the NHK (slightly less great this time around, but still pretty damn fine), and am working my way through re-watches of Tatami Galaxy (amazing) and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, which is at least top 20 material.
Doubt I'll be trying to keep up with this thread, so if you wanna talk anime with me shoot me a PM. ^^
Episode 2 of Space Dandy was very good. I have no opinion that is above average on episodes 1 and 3. Those episodes however, are building up episodes. You can tell that.