Posted by psgels on 3 January 2013 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Yama no Susume

Short Synopsis: Our lead character climbs mountains and is afraid of heights.
Again, three minute episodes. If they were actually good, I wouldn’t mind, but this is yet again a moeblob series like the two before it. Although granted, of Puchimas and Mangirl, this one stands out the best: at the least it has things that resemble characters, rather than cardboard boxes. The two lead characters actually have a past together. A bland past, but a past. And bland is just about the right way to describe this episode. I guess that it’s nice to see a girl with a passion for climbing and all, and the focus on their past was something I did not expect in a 3-minute episode, but this episode just was boring. Way too much of the episode was dominated by cute girls trying to be cute, that we’ve already seen so many times before. If the creators want to make this work, they really need to avoid the focus on this, and instead focus on being heart-warming (I know from my holidays that the reward for mountain climbing is a set of breathtaking views).
ED: More bland j-pop…
Potential: 35%

Mangirl

Short Synopsis: Our lead character wants to start a manga magazine.
It’s no surprise that I consider this season to be awful. Here we come with the series that has one of the absolute worst puns for its title. This time it only has 3-minute episodes as it shows the characters try to compile a manga series despite being teenagers. I guess it had some nice trivia when it comes to actually producing this… but that was pretty much buried beneath the tons of obnoxious jokes and moe that filled this episode. Especially the jokes were bad, and the characters rely way too much on them. I don’t feel like watching bad jokes here over and over.
OP: Really bad j-pop
Potential: 10%

Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster

Short Synopsis: Our lead character has to take care of idol blobs.
Well, let’s get the worst out of the way first for the new season: a crappy chibi-spin-off for the Idolmaster franchise. The Idolm@ster was a show that I thought was… decent enough. This however is just there to be a cute as possible without anything else. In this episode (which didn’t even last three minutes, by the way) we just see them adapt a bunch of idol blobs and that’s it. It wasn’t funny, it was trying way too hard to be cute. Only go for this if you’re a really big fan of the Idolmaster franchise and want some random fanservice.
ED: Obnoxious j-pop that gets on my nerves with dull visuals.
Potential: 0%

5 Responses

  1. Cytl says:

    I liked a lot Idolmaster (I still think it was quite underrated because of the setting), specially the 2nd half; also I’m reading the 4-koma of puchimas!, it’s quite fun at times but I don’t feel motivated at all to watch it animated (specially with the animation they’re using it).

  2. NEG says:

    O hai Psgels, the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series is finished now.

    I recommend you to watch it.

    Just pick the bluray edition, it has remastered scenes for the first 3 ovas.

    C ya

  3. Dynellen says:

    I, on the other hand, am not a fan of Idolmaster by any means. Yet I absolutely love the Puchimasu manga, it’s one of the better 4komas that I’ve read. I definitely recommend the manga for people to check out.

    This anime on the other hand is a pretty bad representation of the manga, the characters are some annoying looking (moe)blobs compared to the manga designs and the 2 minute run time and bad flash animation really kills it. This ‘episode’ covers maybe 1/3rd of the first chapter of the manga and since it takes a couple of minutes to read the whole chapter I don’t really see why anyone would watch this stretched out anime instead.

  4. gdgd says:

    Puchim@s anime isn’t bad. I think watching it is better than just reading the manga, mainly for the seiyuus. It makes a huge difference, but only if you are an Im@s fan.

    I think it is better for it to be a daily short “flash” anime than a weekly, full length, properly animated one. It would suck like Kill me Baby.
    The studio have a good idea of what they are doing and what they are aiming. It is not like they were aiming for new fans outside of the Idom@ster ones and they aren’t going to use a their budget doing this.

  5. Gavrilo says:

    I don’t think Yama no Susume is particularly bad, it just doesn’t fit into this 3 minutes format at all. Ok, it’s nice to see that it tries to include some backstory to add depth, but does anyone even remotely considers that 30-45 seconds of exposition is enough for the public to care about the characters? It’s a shame, because I still think the idea, the main character and the relationship with her friend all sound pretty interesting, but they probably won’t be well developed…

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 05:18 AM)
    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:56 AM)
    @Aidan: I think theres something seriously wrong when theres the actually possibility of there being a good PA works anime but we all have our opinions =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.

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