Posted by psgels on 8 April 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Yes, you’ve read that rating right. I didn’t expect this series to be this good when I started watching it, nearly two years ago now, but Power Puff Girls Z has been a large source of laughs for me whenever it appeared. There’s a good reason why the original length was increased from 39 to 52 episodes, because this series that basically awaited scepsis from nearly everyone turned out to be quite addictive.

If you’ve seen the original Power Puff Girls, then there are a few things you should know: Power Puff Girls Z completely went with its own style. This is a good thing, as in this way it fixed a lot of the mistakes that the original series made. On the bad side, because of these changes it’ll be really easy to see this as a series that only little kids can enjoy.

One of the biggest problems with this series is that it takes a really long time to get used to the bizarre sense of humour that this series has. If there’s any point in the series where you find yourself thinking: “oh god, they can’t go for something that stupid”, it will. This leads to an angry sushi-monster that assaults people who don’t eat the sushi he likes, and monsters in the form of a pen and an eraser who have trouble to understand each other’s feelings.

Fear not, though. Those were just some of the worst examples, and this series especially starts shining once it hits its second half. You just have to love the disco-fever-episode, or the manga-artist one. This series is so incredibly silly at times, but that’s what makes it so much fun. It really doesn’t care about being liked by everyone, and because of that it’s able to come up with these extreme cases.

That, however, isn’t the only reason why I’ve been looking forward for every new episode for the past year. In the original Power Puff Girls, we never really knew where the monsters that were terrorizing Townsville came from and why they wanted to destroy that particular town in the first place, or in what kind of trouble that town must have been before Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup arrived. But Power Puff Girls Z is different. Everything is really explained here. It may seem a bit far-fetched at times, especially at the beginning, but because the first episodes put so much effort into a conclusion, this series actually managed to close off with a pretty good finale, whereas most other comedies are just way too lazy to try and come up with a good ending.

This is also one series that knows how to deliver a good fight. The minor ones aren’t that special, but especially the fights against the big enemies are really fun to watch. You’d think that whenever you’d stand against a very strong enemy, the drama may take over a bit too much, but especially the fights against Him (the major bad guy of this series) are epic, yet hilarious to watch.

I used to watch the original Power Puff Girls a lot, but looking back, it made the mistake of taking itself way too seriously at times. An angry Buttercup or an angsty Blossom can only remain interesting for a very short while, and the original series went way too far in that. Power Puff Girls Z therefore was really refreshing in its light-hearted nature (do not miss the few times at which this series gets to poke fun at its predecessor). It may be a bit childish at times (okay, make that REALLY childish at times), but when it shines, this series really shines like no other comedy. Added to that comes what’s probably the best cheesy J-Pop soundtrack I’ve heard in an anime, the fact that this really is a series that didn’t play all its trumps in the beginning, and you’ve got a very enjoyable comedy-series.

27 Responses

  1. anon says:

    Death Note gets 84 and this 88 -_-

  2. Hei says:

    Well Death Note butchered the Near arc they should’ve just stopped with L anywho series like mahou shoujoutai turned out amazing even though it was aimed at a young audience so maybe i’ll give this a chance as well

  3. DmonHiro says:

    Your reviews almost never fail to make me laugh. Honestly, it’s why I keep comming back. 88/100………hilarious

  4. anon says:

    @Hei the near arc wasnt as bad as you say even psgels said he didn’t know why people thought it was so bad, I agree that there were a couple not so great DN eps (yotsuba arc comes to mind). But for Power Puff Girls Z to get 88 and Death Note 84 doesnt really make sense but in the end its hes opinion and to each hes own alot of the anime he highly rates are ones that only a select few will enjoy as much.

  5. solaris says:

    I liked this silly one far more than a lot of other “serious series” real or presumed to be, but with no story, no finale, no spine whatsoever :/

    PPGZ easily won over Monster princess, El Cazador and Zero no Tsukaima to mention a few

  6. Denizen says:

    haha, oh wow. You have possibly the strangest taste ever.

    Well, there’s bound to be some awesome episodes in a 52-episode anime.
    psgels, can you recommend the best episodes?

  7. solaris says:

    That’s easy to explain, Denizen. Powerpuff director knows exactly what are the limits of the show and he was able to create a good and entertaining show inside its boundaries. This show never wants to be more than what it is: a nice child show. There’s a simple story, nice carachters and a clear ending. The music was nice as well. Of course this isn’t a masterpice, and, thank god, it also didn’t aim at that ^^”

    Other series try to shock you with beautiful graphics and wonderfuil chars, like El Cazador, but the story won’t proceed, cause it doesn’t exist…
    Other series let you imagine a great story where it isn’t any, like Monster Princess. It seems that there’s a great plot against the heroine Hime, it seems somethin is always going to happen and there will be who-knows-what big confrontation, but never happens…
    The latter kind of series, like Zero is, try to sell you girl’s boobs and asses in the form of endless and meaningless fanservice to cover the emptiness they show.

  8. asdf says:

    88% B+? for this? Wow.

    Seriously, don’t give good grades just because it was enjoyable (and better then the Cartoon Network version) – just the design (and concept) makes this series fail. 48/100 for me.

  9. Papilo says:

    Actually, its a simple matter of genre here. If you think in different genres make sense, don’t?
    So DN is a suspense while PPGZ is a child comedy, isn’t the case that PPGZ is better than DN, but considering others child comedies, PPGZ was rated as 88 and this rate has nothing to do with DN at all. Simple. =)

  10. DmonHiro says:

    Well……there’s really no point in comparing Death Note with Power Puff Girls Z. PPGZ getting an 88/100 when compared with ALL other shows is utter fail. Getting an 88/100 out of all COMEDIES well….there were not many good comedies last year….hell….almost nothing made me laugh out loud like in the old days (Azumanga & Fumoffu)

  11. BlueYoshi says:

    So what if DN got 84 and got a lower score than PPGZ. We’ve all been hearing from Psgels himself that this was of his most favorite action anime in recent times (mentioned in his Blassreiter first impression entry). I actually thought this show would get a 90 from him. Why has this review got ANYTHING to do with DN in the first place? x_x

  12. Wallace says:

    “In the original Power Puff Girls, we never really knew where the monsters that were terrorizing Townsville came from and why they wanted to destroy that particular town in the first place”

    Actually, there’s an episode that explained that all those monsters actually come from “Monster Isle”, they go to Townsville in order to fight the PowerPuff Girls and return to Monster Isle alive… Returning alive after fighting the PowerPuff Girls is a symbol of honor to the monsters…

    No, I will not explain WHY I have knowledge of this >,>…

  13. Chris says:

    I got into this series after reading one of the short reviews you did on an episodes so thanks for introducing me into this cute show. I haven’t watched all the episodes myself and just skip around but my favorite episodes have really been the ones with the Rowdy Ruff Boys, those are pretty hilarious, and although the style is weird at times, its what makes the series so great.

  14. psgels psgels says:

    It’s basically the same with series as Master of Epic and Otogi Juushi Akazukin (which got an even higher rating than this one). They all set out to deliver a light-hearted series that’s fun to watch (in Otogi Juushi Akazukin’s case with fairy-tales, in Master of Epic’s case with MMORPG-parodies and in Power Puff Z’s case with Mahou-Shoujo) and succeeded. Death Note set out to be epic, but it got hammered down by a lot of small details like annoying characters and disappointing arcs that rather ruined a rather significant amount of episodes.

    asdf: Of course, if this series was just “enjoyable” it would have gotten a lower score, but I admit that during the best episodes of this series, I laughed harder than I do with Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei. And I happened to like series with a different style than usual. ;)

    Denizen: my favourite episodes were episode 37 and 51, although you probably do need some background in order to fully enjoy episode 51.

    And yes, my taste is strange at times. :)

  15. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    Deathnote was great for the most part. The ending, I mean the very ending itself was just epic fail and a real letdown. Even in the manga. For me it’s great for the first 99% but the last 1% just didn’t pull through. :P

    I did’t like the first few episodes of this that I watched, but I’ll give it another go when I have free time.

  16. Archer says:

    i have nothing with psg’s review on this anime since it is his personal opinion and i bet many other anime fans have anime that are not as loved as other people but they still like it

    but i don’t agree with some people that say that if a anime does not aim high and does what it is suppose to do,just entertain the fan without any major impact then being rewarded with a high rating is ok and then there is no difference between a anime that aims for perfection and manages to do so and the anime that also got a high rating without doing anything special

  17. Denizen says:

    Oh god, one idiot tries to compare a show about Three magical girls fighting monsters , to a show about a Death-dueling ambitious teenager.
    NOT THE SAME.

    Thanks for the recommendations, psgels, they’ll be good for a casual watch.

  18. Solaris says:

    >I don’t agree with some people that say that if a anime does not aim high and does what it is suppose to do … cut …
    Well Archer, that’s not actually that:
    If the series just developed according to your expectations wouldn’t you be satisfied with it and give a good mark?
    If the serie was proven better or even a masterpiece, wouldn’t you rank it a lot more?
    But what if the serie created expectations that were never fullfilled, or had major flaws? These may be loss in te plot, bad charas, bad direction and so on. These series would be naturally rated low.

    So, said that, if a serie was meant to be epic but miserably failed wouldn’t you hammer it a bit? But, on the other hand if such a show was executed flawlessly, how much would you rate it? The MAX, or more! It’ d go directly in your personal list of the best ever made shows ;)

    Now we can speak about “expectations” and valuation methods that is, of course, a subjective impression.
    Psgels, on his side, searches indeed for “some substance” in an anime, and is rather insensible to appearence of the showcase. I have a similar valuation methods so i may understand such a rating. As a matter of fact i’m just a little more sensitive to the appearence.
    So i’d rate PPGZ some points less, but having this anime few flaws and a reasonable good appearence, really a 48/100 like somenone suggested is far too low, IMHO.
    Here’s my rating of PPGZ on another site if you’re interested: http://animeclick.lycos.it/anime.php?scelta=2&titolo=Power%20Puff%20Girls%20Z&CodAnime=979

    And… notice that nobody spoke about comparisons with other shows, Death Note above all.

  19. Archer says:

    Solaris:when it comes to the things we enjoy it is even harder to be objective

    so i never mentioned PPGZ in my post since i did not watch it and i only referred to an idea but there is nothing wrong with your last post,your arguments are correct,there were series that i had no expectation from them and in the end i loved them,there were series i expected to amaze me but left me disappointed so of course i rated them low there were series that are considered great ones but i did not find anything special about them so even if many consider them to be excellent series i did not,also i am not interested in the style of a anime,for me first comes the story and then other things so i don’t find psg’s taste that strange he looks for more unique,innovative shows and some people just don’t understand how a series they don’t like or find childish can get a high rating but as i said before i did not post to complain about the rating on this anime

    btw if you want to know my favorite anime they are in a comment here,in psg’s top 10 just search Archer(if u want the ratings i gave i will give u my MAL list,my account name is that of a character that psg kinda hates and has appeared again this season … xd easy guess)

  20. Shippoyasha says:

    Haha, what? So if you find an anime enjoyable, you can’t rate it high? Give the guy a freakin’ break.

    Scoring anime isn’t like scoring tests here. Don’t get all bunched up.

  21. pKjd says:

    I covered just about the entire series and not even I would give it such a high score :P

    But seriously, this show had potential to be as good as its American counterpart. The cast, the soundtrack, everything was there. “Good concept, bad execution” is how I would summarize it. Still it did introduce me to a particular character that I still like today, (Princess)…

  22. Samantha says:

    Surely, as a ravenous Powerpuff Girls fan, you have heard or even watched the show’s anime version, Powerpuff Girls Z. The art is very good and relieves the PPG fans of having to see their favorite heroines in boring and icky plain dresses with a simple black line running across it, and also the fact that they may have trouble putting on their wedding rings because of the fact they have no fingers -_-.

    Before the anime came out in my country, I fell in love with the anime through the anime Brick/Blossom videos. I spent weeks learning how to draw the Puffs and the Ruffs perfectly, and I succeeded. But when it came out, I nearly screamed and couldn’t believe I actually spent so hard on drawing them. Not because of the fact that they got their names changed (it was hard for me to get over), not because Ms. Bellum went blond, not ’cause the mayor is no longer short, but because of BLOSSOM/MOMOKO’S OOCNESS.

    WHY IS IT that they got both Buttercup/Kaoru and Bubbles/Miyaho okay, BUT NOT THE FAVORITE CHARACTER OF MANY: BLOSSOM?! Kaoru is still as tough and strong-minded as the American Buttercup, and Miyaho is still as girly and cute as the sweet Bubbles we all know, but MOMOKO… a complete INSULT!

    THE BLOSSOM WE LOVE HAS BECOME A CLUMSY AND ARROGANT AIRHEAD, WHO IS OBSESSED, YES ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH FOOD! SHE’S ABSENT-MINDED, AND LOVES BOYS! SHE’S ALSO THE FANTASY TYPE OF GIRL, NOT THE REALISTIC, WISE ONE WE LOVE!

    (Puff, puff) We all okay now? I have to say, there are so many things I love about this new version (one scene where the Ruffs flip up their skirts and pee off a building XD), but this Momoko made the anime go to ruins.

    And that is all. Thanks for reading.

  23. Julian says:

    Those who are comparing death note to this anime are a wee bit stupid because:
    1)The GENRES are COMPLETELY different.
    2)Psgels’ way of rating is by GENRE NOT by storytelling…or the complexity of it.
    3)It IS hella funny xD…and addicting…I also adore the Bubbles in this series.
    So..stop comparing..it’ll make you guys just look STUPIDER.

  24. Julian says:

    Those who are comparing death note to this anime are a wee bit stupid because:
    1)The GENRES are COMPLETELY different.
    2)Psgels’ way of rating is by GENRE NOT by storytelling…or the complexity of it.
    3)It IS hella funny xD…and addicting…I also adore the Bubbles in this series.
    So..stop comparing..it’ll make you guys just look STUPIDER.

  25. Moshata says:

    lol wut?
    The monsters coming to Townsville wasn’t explained?
    In the Superhero episode where the girls made alter-egos of themselves to become better heroes, it’s explained by a monster they failed to battle for two days–
    There’s an island, “monster island”, and if a monster battles the girls, and comes back alive, he’s considered a hero.

    This was mentioned and the island was seen on more that one occasion.

    And you neglected to mention this was SUPPOSED to basically be an anime version of the PPGs,
    Not a losely-based adaption, if I am remembering right.

    The animation is a little shaky, and “Kare”‘s design/anatomy isn’t consistent at all….

    And comparing it to the original PPG?

    Over all, 4o/1oo.
    Eat it.

  26. Hota Wata says:

    Everything is really explained here? o-o
    Huh? There is no storystructure at all.

    I mean c’mon that whole thing about the iceberg, the chemical z, the mutations…there is no good explanation out there! It makes no sense, like most of the stuff that’s going on in the show.

    It seems very childish but then again it trys to be (pre)mature. It’s just kind of really confusing.

    Also the annoying tranformations….

    11/100

  27. Autumn Season 2013 Preview says:

    Loved it to bits, never would’ve given it a chance if not for this review. Thanks a lot, psgels.

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SuperMario
@Niello: Aside from your #1 (which ưe'll agree to disagree here), it's a nice set of shows you're follwing this season. Did you watch Violet Evergarden first episode thou and how did you think about it?
SuperMario
Great. Now I can't even send message here through my laptop.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: i think it's the same issue with kisscartoon. The original site was shut down sometimes ago, and now there are plenty of Kisscartoon's fake domains that are annoying as hell
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: its back up now though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its front page has server issues from time to time sometimes for hours.
SuperMario
I just read some manga on kissmanga a week ago, is the site down already?
Niello
Well to be fair batoto is down because of the site owner personal reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So Mangahere, mangachapter, baoto, animea seem to be gone and kissmangas front page is down , mangafox is slow, whats next to go down....
Niello
I don't currently see an anime this season that really stands out from the others. Right now if I have to rank them
1) Miira no kaikata
2) Kokkoku
3) Sora yori mo tooi basho
4) Koi wa ameagari no you ni
5) Takagi-san.
Not counting Devilman Crybaby since it's already finished.
Niello
@Eoghan I love Urobuchi and still find the Godzilla film weak.
SuperMario
I just looked through the nominations for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards and to my surprise, it's a pretty solid lineups. Find myself agreeing with most of their choices there
AidanAK47
Actually forgot about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know why you don't just read kara no shoujo 2 instead.
AidanAK47
And Himawari is actually boring me. It's proving difficult to push myself though just to see where the point that makes it highly regarded comes in.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: In the end I was pretty much curious about it.
AidanAK47
Yep, that's it. Gonna stop discord displaying what I play from now on. It's weird when people comment on it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now my current rankings: 1. Devilman
2.Junji itou
3. sangatsu
4. Cardcaptor sakura
5. Pop team
6. Evergarden.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Aidan
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm joking obviously, but I am surprised to see you playing Himawari Aiden.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh Aidan you and your lolicon visual novel you =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Alonaria: Shin Godzilla had the evolving godzilla thing and that freaky ass final shot too, it also justified itself quite well i think by showing how relevent he is today, given the nuclear thing and that it drew on the Fukushima incident essentially.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Alonaria: Thats a far better and shorter way of putting it than I.
Alonaria
I wish I'd just waited for the other parts of the Godzilla movie trilogy to be released. As it is, I'm just going to remember it as "that incomplete movie." And the character designs kind of blurred together for me, which was really disorienting.
Anonymous1746949
Oh psgels is back
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I've seen other Godzilla things so I pretty much was supposed to see this anyway.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or you know you could always take what I said with a pinch of salt, because you know....I don't get on with Urobutcher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The idea behind it is definately cool and a different spin for the franchise though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Maybe I was held back a bit by the cgi or the mediorce voice acting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I'd need to see its followup before properly assessing it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Godzilla often makes for silly films, but lke alot of silly older films the silliness and seriousness combine without clashing, this one is too Poe faced .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I saw that Godzilla anime film, I'd describe it as watchable in parts but far too caught up in setup mode and an unlikeable protaganist , it could go somewhere with what it raised at the start but this is an example of a first film in a trilogy that suffers from being unable to currently stand on its own.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I generally feel that Itou's stories have a winning track record but theres exceptions, Uzumaki and Gyo in manga form struggle toward the end and the first episode story the anime chose to adapt is, while fun one of the weaker offerings.
Alonaria
Honestly, the shorter stories have been more effective at getting a reaction out of me, though. I actually didn't really enjoy the first episode's first story, mostly because I found the MC too obnoxious. :.D Maybe because my younger brother chased me with a bug once and it was really unpleasant. XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: It wasn't just it coming out of her mouth, but when they were stamping on them too.
Anonymous1743747
@Kaiser: Yah, I was horrified for like 5 seconds but the other characters made me crack up. :.D
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although it was mixed in with laughing my ass of eventually.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of all the Itou stories to be un-nerved by, its the second half of this third episode oddly that does it for me and I never get uncomfortable during anything .
AidanAK47
@Anon, We are working on it.
Anonymous1742736
Are you planning on making a top anime of 2017 list?
Amagi
Yeah Mash is one of the few good ones it seems.
Amagi
Oh damn, good that you remind me, I didn't pick anything yet. But I guess I will go with Altera, considering that some of them don't look that good and I own her anyway. Would have wanted the Scat one but the drawing looks weird.
AidanAK47
Which Bond CE did you pick for the 2 mill? I went with the Mash one. Only only whose artwork I liked.
AidanAK47
Might settle for making Bryn my endgame lancer though.
AidanAK47
As I said in my Apocrypha post, I have no interest in any version of Jeanne. My top priorities for my endgame team is Isekander, Scathach and assassin Shiki. And Shiki is a welfare so only need to worry about the other two.
Amagi
Yeah, I was considering to keep rolling for the new 4* at first but I really want Jeanne Alter and she's coming soon.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I tried rolling for Karna and got nothing. Though I think Bryn is better. I plan on rolling one more time with the saint quartz we are getting to try for NP2. Though we do have the valintines event coming.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here, just got Brynhildr. Even though I already got Karna last month. But I wanted her, nice design, finally a single-targed 5* and she's even one of the few servants related to my country.
KTravlos
@SuperMario. The contemplation of the death of humanity, and the loneliness, both were very disturbing to me. Kinda like thinking of my grave.
AidanAK47
YANDERE GET. Bryn's mine baby.
AidanAK47
Gonna try rolling for Brynhildr tomorrow. Bit annoyed they chose to translate it as Brynhild. I mean it's not incorrect but her name is far more recognisable as Brynhildr
AidanAK47
@Amagi, The grind wasn't that bad for me. Mordred carried me for it. Though I managed to get Siegfried in the gacha despite not being on rate up. I admit that the event was rather lackluster. Story wasn't that fun and the whole saber restriction was a pain. Also gonna take me a while to readjust to regular damage.
Amagi
Man that FGO Saber Wars event was annoying. I am happy finally I have 2 mio. altrium now and am done with it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Reminder that netflix Godzilla anime is later today.
Amagi
Damn I didn't noticed that ankle band of the little demon from the intro scene of FranXX 01, now I feel stupid.
Lenlo
Yuasa is great! Ping pong and Tatami Galaxy are still some of my favorites
SuperMario
Oh fuck, the lead singer of the Cranberries passed away. I literally just listened to their music yesterday. Damnn, sad news
SuperMario
@Kaiser; thanks for considering me but I believe Wooper is much more a Yuasa's fan than I am
SuperMario
Far out!!!
SuperWooper
Yuasa will be answering questions on Reddit's anime board on the 20th.
SuperMario
@Niello: what do you mean regarding Yuasa?
SuperMario
@Travlos: I agree that Girls Last Tour is a special little gem, but in what ways it's disturbing?
Niello
Holy cow, Masaaki Yuasa AMA!! What magic is this?
Niello
Meawhile, Japan took a different approach and we ends up with a bunch of .hack rehash and diving more and more into escapism. Until we eventually got isekai and then it just spiraled into a sea of mediocrity.
Niello
While that opened its own can of worms, at least it opens up element about making ends meet, managing irl relationships, earning extra income for a poor family, getting cheated etc.
Niello
in the characters real life just fine. Something more a long the line of Net-juu but more technologically advanced. And I would say that plenty of those have been superior to Japanese online game and isekai story shenanigans. That said, it doesn't mean that those don't have their own kind of traps they usually fall in. A bunch of those instead focus on the aspect of making money off of games.
Niello
...Getting stuck in a virtual reality game and being transport to another world that happens to be like a game are completely different though. I don't know what is it with Japan and getting stuck in game plots considering that there are loads of other game-base Asian novels that came before it that manage story lines where they manage to tell compelling stories in game while balancing what happen
KTravlos
I finally finished Girls Last Tour. What a profound, fluffy and disturbing masterpiece. Bravo.
Amagi
Yeah. I feel the world swap is pretty much pointless when real life isn't relevant anymore. It's just a stupid as hell excuse to combine fantasy wish fullfilment with self-inserts, which is why these main characters tend to be 29 by now, just like the big part of the otaku community.
Lenlo
Of those you listed, no, I dont think they get explained? I mean, SAO did, but I dont think that falls into your category.

Thats why I liked .hack//sign over alot of more modern game Isekai. Also .hack//sign did explain what happened to Tsukasa.
Amagi
Considering how bad most of these are I wouldn't wonder if they wouldn't even bother with an explanation and just end it with the characters being happy in that game world and that's it. Or magic and the whole harem gets transported into reality at the end because power of love and such.
Amagi
I have no problem with a sci-fi fantasy mix, I liked .hack//sign for example, but it annoys me that such an incredibly bizarre situation gets never explained. Or maybe it will but it never happened so far because none of these LNs was ever finished and concluded yet. I just wish to know how they explain that.
Amagi
I mean all those shows in which the character just finds himself stuck in a real world that's (coincidentally?) the same as the game he recently played. Be it Overlord, Death March, Log Horizon or the 300 other series with that premise.
Amagi
Some thing that always bothered me about game isekai for which I never got an answer so far: did any of those series ever end and/or explain how the warp has happened and why the MC is in the game? - Not talking about .hack, SAO and such where the action of getting trapped is part of the premise
Niel
@Eoghan - Btw, Kokkoku isn't a time travel. it's stasis, apparently. Looks very promising so far. Though if I am to trust the manga score, it's shit.
Niel
But is Toradora really slice of life? As far as I can see it's straight up romance.
Lenlo
And Mario, ill rag on SOL all I want! :P

Wooper, its true good shows transcend genre, as there are still some like Toradora I like, but those are exceptions that prove the rule so to speak.
Lenlo
@Niel, yeah I base my potential % on the odds something gets/stays good.
AidanAK47
I am of similar mindset about Franxx. I want it to get better but I don't really see it doing so. Unless the other characters get a majority personality boost or the MC stops being a plank.
Niel
XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
I confess....I only sat through just over half an episode of aldonoah.
Niel
Since it's Trigger, I will give the benefit of the doubt. I'm just very skeptical about this whole formula.
Niel
The way I can see this series improving is through world building. And if other aspects are going to improve too, it's going to revolve around that.
Niel
It leaves about as much impression on me as much as the first episode of Aldnoah did, and I dropped that one straight away. The character chemistry doesn't look like it will go places that's not cliche. The gimmick doesn't seem like it has much potential either.
Niel
So you're all betting it on "this is going to get better". I mean, I hope it gets better. Though right now this feels more Kiznaiver than Kill la Kill or LWA.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd nominate Mario to do the devilman review as he's the most immediate Yuasa fan to do it and Bam is too awol to write it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The cute girl shows just bleed and blend in my mind now, same with the isekai shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Devilman, my show of the season, unless after the rain ends up having some emotional wallop.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So for me its looking like: Junji itou, Cardcaptor sakura, keeping up with sangatsu, wait and see on amegari . Not watching a time travel or trigger show and I remain unable to sit through Mahoutsukai .
Amagi
The story itself is generic so far but so are most Trigger series at the beginning so not sure. Maybe it will stay weak, but in general I prefer series that start with the weaker episodes and get better and better over time over the many series that use up all of their budget and trump cards in the first episode and drag on after that.
Amagi
I really love Trigger's esthetics and their characters. I am happy they're more often involved in non-trigger-only productions because I honestly think that most of the stuff I enjoyed about FranXX was heavily influenced by them.
SuperMario
@Nielo: Franxx's first ep was stellar for me. Storywise, it's lackluster (and I see the similar in tropes between this and Beatless) but production-wise it's excellent
SuperMario
I think I just keep watching it on a weekly basis. Still trippy as hell
SuperMario
Okay, I just watched second episode of Devilman Crybaby and it's still pretty good.
Nielo
By the way, what's up with Darling in the Franxx? I thought it's a very weak first episode.
Nielo
@Lenlo: Slice of life isn't my thing either, and I usually avoid series set in high school.
Nielo
@SuperMario: Takagi-san is cute, I'll admit that, but since I already read the manga it's not new to me. Sora Yori is good, but it's not particularly cute. I found Hakumei to Mikochi and Yuru Camp very boring. Haven't got the chance to watch Mitsuboshi Colors or Gakuen Babysisters but I don't think they could be more cute than Mii-kun.
SuperWooper
HOT TAKE: Genre is irrelevant. What matters is whether a show is good.
SuperMario
Don't knock off MY genre Lenlo. It's one of the reason I got into anime in the first place :)
Lenlo
Im not saying it doesn't do what it sets out to. I just don't think what it sets out to do is all that... great.
Lenlo
@Niello, Slice of Life was never my Genre in the first place :/ I typically avoid them. I have my own life to deal with and already graduated high school, why would I want to deal with a melodramatic anime highschool, is my line of thought.
SuperMario
@Niello: okay, let's see:Takagi-san (the titular character), Mitsuboshi Colors, Gakuen Babysisters (Toddlers!!), Hakumei to Milochi (tiny girls) and two more slightly more mature but equally cute: Sora Yori and Yuru Camp's casts
Nielllo
@SuperMario: I'm sure this is where our definition of "cute" parts way, but I'll ask anyway, what are those 5 shows?
SuperMario
@Niello: seems so because I can eaisily pick 5 more shows that are cuter, and better than Mummy this season ;)
Nielllo
...So I suppose I'm the only one who's kinda bored out by a lot of the slice of life shows that's trying to be cute this season and only perked up by the Mummy anime because it's actually do what it's meant to do and be legit cute.
Lenlo
I am interested in Koi, but still have concern about the relationship itself.

@Vonter, the mummy anime would be better as short vignettes together I feel.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Koi amegari is surprisingly tasteful, subdued and pretty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*to where
Kaiser-Eoghan
Try as I might, my love of kyoani tv anime has largely evaporated did where I no longer want to bother at this stage, I'll just wait and see. I'll just stay quiet on the franxx anime, theres little value in me trying to get through a trigger work at this point.
SuperMario
I get the exact same feeling with Takagi-san. It's pretty good on what it does but 20 minutes of the same thing for a whole season doesn't sound that promising
Vonter
The chibi mummy anime
Vonter
It's a shame it isn't a shorter 10 or 5 minute series, I think that format would make it shine more, since it does what it's trying to do.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I liked the second episode of Kokkuko or whatever the name is even more than the first one.
Amagi
I really have a problem with all these shows that rely on one single thing, joke, shenanigan or whatever. Be it something cute, some certain kind of interactiong or whatever. It doesn't matter how good it is it will bore me with episode 2.
Lenlo
Like, yeah, the mummy was cute. But the cute became rote/bland really quick. There has to be more than "cute" to be worth watching for more than a single episode to me.
Lenlo
@Niello, I was harsh because its not aimed at me. I wanted to drop it 5 minutes in, kept up for the post, then was thankful it was over. There wasnt anything overtly bad about it. Its just there was nothing good either.
AidanAK47
To be fair it's not as if we are lacking cute in this season.
In fact it's in danger of inflation.
SuperMario
@Niello: yes, the mummy is cute, the show is cute but beside that it's pretty mediocre. That show in particular is the only show that I have the damnest time to give it a potential rating.
Niello
It's not even down because of legal reasons, since the site pull down contents that are lincensed. It's down cause it's too much for the site owner to manage. Much of it also have to do with too many bots, which comes back to how a lot of other sites are relying on batoto.
Niello
@Masky: Not enough manga titles are getting translated. Batoto is the site scanlation groups basically rely on, and where other aggregation sites pull their content from. No batoto no obscure titles, a big blow to small scantation groups and one big manga/scanlator community down.
Niello
Why are you guys so harsh on the mummy show? It's so darn cute. Give it some credit. If a comedy show can be good because it does comedy well I don't see why a show ike Mummy can't be good if it can make people go "aww".
Masky
I don't really know why that is the case, maybe marketing budget and UI friendliness when done right? :P
Masky
Eh, wouldn't say it will kill manga industry. I mean, more and more official methods of reading manga online is starting to pop up and legit channels to pay to get access to manga can surprisingly enough harm free channels to get manga.
Masky
Anyway, I do find it funny how how the isekai character dies can be so meaningless that is joke in most of them
Niello
Batoto is going down, how this affect the manga reading is going to be interesting. Hope it's not slowly dying.
Masky
(at least that one, besides forgetting to introduce what the heck is gimmick besides generickness, acknowledged how most of otaku mcs shouldn't erally want to get transferred to fantasy world since they never get to see how their favourite mangas end :P )
Masky
Anyhoo, it gets annoying since its not just isekai being cliche, sometimes is just them being kind of badly written(or at least adapted to manga). Like, I found one new isekai today, but I have no idea what its gimmick is(from what I understood, its that "cute companion" that character gets is hideously op because mc didn't spefy cute girl when he asked god manager dude for cute companion)
Masky
Slime one is one of better from the more generic ones weirdly enough :P I mean I still wouldn't call it good, but at least MC character isn't god tier, just top tier and it has sort of village building simulation feel to it. Plus at least naming things giving monsters more powers is something funny regarding jrpg mechanics
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or alternatively the car was on a boat with the character or parents in it and the boat and car were hit by a falling plane lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its always "car accident" that sends the characters to another world or in harem cases "Lost parents due to car crash", for christs sake doesn't anyone die in out of control plane or speedboat crashes anymore, at least make it a motorbike....
Nayrael
Ah sorry, should probably not have touched the colors...
Nayrael
Trust me, Isekai is better when it doesn't try to be imaginative. When it tries to be original then... Isekai with a Smartphone... Isekai where the MC turns into a Slime... and my favorite: Isekai where the MC became a Hot Spring popular with sexy girls.
Masky
Assuming "new" things can happen under the sun
Masky
Anyhoo, I do wonder what the heck will be next "popular genre trope that will become so overused cliche that everyone groans whenever show uses it even if its actually good show"
Masky
Like, seriously you could do really interesting story variant on isekai with that if done right. Suddenly becoming characters you have roleplayed would be trippy as hell espicially if one of characters went really into detail with backstory while one of them is just "Bob the fighter, he likes fighting" and has to deal with what happens when you assume life of such a person
Masky
But I wouldn't honestly be surprised because of my anger issues related to amount of unimaginative isekai :P Though I guess trpg based one would be more imaginative in comparison
Masky
I'd assume not since I assume tabletop rpgs are much more niche than jrpgs in japan
Masky
So has anyone yet done isekai where guys getting transferred were playing trpg? :P
KTravlos
quite happy with most recent Attack of Titan manga chapter.
SuperMario
Alright, one more impression post to go before we really get on to new season
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, I just fixed it. Thank you
Kaiser-Eoghan
*than just the reviewers names
Kaiser-Eoghan
A slight problem with the coding there in the newest impression, showing code gobbledeegook rather than the reviewers names above their impressions.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'm seeing it on 2nd of February.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Late screeners generally leak shortly after the uk release, so maybe early Febbruary it'll be online?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, Phantom Thread. Could be Daniel Day Lewis's final performance. Is it available online already?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Did you know that Paul Thomas Anderso8n has a new film coming out? Also I found out there is a Polish semi-knockoff of purple rose of cairo.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Awesome, just got myself an invite to a secret private torrent site =)
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