Posted by psgels on 5 April 2009 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions, Valkyria Chronicles

Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is a wimp and gets his own magical girl.
Chance of me Blogging: 0% (Haven’t seen the first season…)
I remember how I quickly dropped the first season after the first episode because of the large amount of clichés and annoying characters. I was rather reluctant to check out the second season, but I do have to admit: this episode was better than expected. But yeah, my expectations were pretty damn low from the first place. Even though this show seems to deal with a completely different storyline than the first season, the only character that really felt annoying was that lead female who appeared in the final minute (not that that’s a good thing, but at least this episode was enjoyable enough in her absence). There still are lots of cut corners, but at least the plot is decent enough for a first episode. There were some nice quiet slice of life moments that prevented this from turning into your regular harem-fest. But yeah, at the end of the episode your typical annoying tsundere bonded herself to the male lead, so I really doubt whether the rest of this series will be as quiet as this episode was.

Senjou no Valkyria

Short Synopsis: Our lead character accidentally mistakes a hero for an evil spy.
Chance of me Blogging: 50% (Could be interesting)
This is a big season for fantasy-anime, apparently. And so far, Valkyria Chronicles feels like the best so far: it actually tries to portray a convincing setting, characters are slightly different from your average stereotypes, girls wear clothes that actually make sense for those kinds of people to wear, rather than those ridiculously coloured outfits, the use of guns is believable so far and there’s quite a bit of time spent on slow slice of life moments to flesh out the characters. The only problem is that the main characters remain a bunch of teenagers. Still, if the creators continue to flesh out the characters like this, we could have ourselves a very interesting series here.

Dragonball Kai

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is very strong and turns out to be an alien.
Chance of me Blogging: 0% (Obviously not)
Ah, the nostalgia. While I hate to admit it, Dragonball Z played a big role in making me an anime fan. And I guess that if the show simply ended after the first arc, it would at least have been a pretty decent fighting series. Instead, it just had to develop into one of those shows that goes on and on and on, in which characters take bloody ages to see who is the best at making constipated faces. While it would have been interesting to see a modern-day remake of this that just condenses the series in 26 episodes, this attempt feels half-assed at best: the entire episode was just the exact first episode of the original series. Although it was kindof weird hearing the different characters suddenly with extremely high-pitched voices and I was also surprised to suddenly see blood in this series, so far this show is nothing more than a glorified recap.

13 Responses

  1. Labbes says:

    I suspect DB:Kai is going to cut out all the episodes where people just power up (for 5 episodes) or just look at each other and make “manly” noises (for 3 episodes). At least I really hope so, because I don’t think anyone liked those parts in the first place.

  2. ximpa says:

    Actually the male lead of Valkyria is 21 or so and Alicia is 19, so I wouldn’t call them “teenagers”.

  3. Drill says:

    If the story of the Valkyria Chronicles anime is similar to the Playstation3 Game then we will see lot of Character development.

  4. DmonHiro says:

    Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica Crimson S is not a sequal. It’s a remake. Why? God knows.

  5. David says:

    Teenagers??? xD

    Welkin is 22 and Alicia 19 xD.
    Largo 36
    Rosie 27

  6. Bane says:

    The only teenager in Valkyria is Isara, as far as I remember. Every one else either already graduated from military college or is otherwise an adult.

  7. LOL, “See who is the best at making constipated faces”
    hahaha

    But Back onto the post, I think atleast it will be better then Dragonball Evolution.

    (for those who havnt heard the joke)

    How many saiyans does it take to put in a light bulb?

    1, But it takes 6 Episodes.

    LOL

  8. Arabesque says:

    From what I understand they’re going to be shaving away almost all of the filler in the DB: Kai remake.

  9. ebisu says:

    A pity that they aren’t remaking Dragon Ball and the first part of the series although this part is still very good.

  10. lol says:

    do not insult tsunderes!! OTAKU RAAAGGEEEE!!!

    and all that >.>

    As for shinkyoku, the animation looks as low budget crappy as ever from your screenshots

  11. waste says:

    What a retarded anime. She is 19 but acts like a 12 year old. I was fully expecting her to shoot that guy in the nuts.

  12. waste says:

    First she is alarmed he is a spy, then she hears a siren and runs off somewhere to take it up the ass, leaving him to two 5 year olds who somehow are using rifles. Must have had good training with the recoil.

  13. Charlo says:

    I don’t know if you realized this, but DB Kai IS a semi-remake of DBZ. Just new recordings, better quality, some careful cropping, and condensed. There’s nothing new aside from the OP, and how they arranged the series is seems (starting with part of the Bardock OVA? Hmm…).

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:58 AM)
    Look I knew how this would end before it began. We have done this already and neither of us are changing our stance. K-Off laid out things perfectly with his response so I see no reason to elaborate. Only reason I jumped in was because you brought Fate into it and if that was the bait then congrats, you won. I see no reason to continue the farce with no compromise in sight.
    In other words, need sleep. Goodnight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:53 AM)
    @Bam,”I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance”
    Neither did I. I said you are hand waving it’s problems by stating so, which you are.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:34 AM)
    @Aidan, it got to the point where I had to take 15 minute breaks because it was so physically cringing lmao. I started sending screenshots of pages to my friend because we were cackling at how embarrassing it was. Like I shouldn’t be laughing at such serious topics but the execution is just terrible.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:32 AM)
    eh I thing my post just died when I hit send. Must’ve hit the character limit

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