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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @Bam: They’d never allow bringing in toys/games/comics back when I was in school, they thought bringing in such things would make the kids of lower income families feel bad for not being able to afford things.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:31 PM)
    @Mario: He’s actually not a big fan of Iranian cinema, he told me before that he found most of it overly depressing.
    Now what you’re talking about there sounds like my kind of film.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:30 PM)
    @Bam: I’ll get back into the mainstream blockbusters thing as much as I used to be someday. someday….
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:28 PM)
    @Bam: Well, I guess I more brought up the being accused of hipsterism and contrarianism referring to the type of hypothetical person who would never be satisfied with how well you’d defend your opinion.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:25 PM)
    Thats the awkward thing though, when casting a superhero role, its difficult to find someone who can get both identities correct.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:23 PM)
    Bah implying toxic avenger and Italian spiderman aren’t the best superhero films OmO hahaha!
  • SuperMario
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 08:50 AM)
    Hey Bam, I remember attended a preview on one of an upcoming Iranian animated feature called The Last Fiction. it was inspired by the poem “Shahnameh” and from what I had seen so far, a very stylish, confident and “bloody” work. Expected to be complete in the end of 2017 thou.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 06:37 AM)
    Comic books were super rare and expensive in Iran, being banned and all. Rich kids in elementary would bring them to school to show them off, along with their Ninja Turtles action figures; they looked so cool and I was hella jealous. Me and my brother only had the bootleg Toxic Crusader figures lol
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 06:34 AM)
    @K-off: I didn’t read the comics either. I watched that weird 60s show, and Spiderman and the Amazing Friends, which had Firestar and the ice guy. I know his personality was quippy and kind of a wise-ass, and McGuire looks kinda like a rape victim of sorts. It was a lot better in costume, I admit.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 06:29 AM)
    I mean if we use the term fanboy for whenever someone feels strongly about something, then what’ll we have left for people who LARP and insist to be called by their WoW character names and dress up in gear and persistently speak in fake ‘Ol English?

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