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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  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:21 PM)
    I can also say, that there may be some romantic feelings by some of the companions of her later on, but honestly it’s more admiration and respect than actual love. And she also has no romantic feelings for the other characters (Though I assume there will be development with hak in the future)
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:18 PM)
    @Vincent: As a manga reader of Yona I can definitely say, that the romance isn’t really the main point of the story. It’s a fantasy adventure story. With hints of romance, but up to where I read (ch48) there was no romantic development. At all. Yona grows into a strong independent woman throughout the story. She really is a well written character.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:58 PM)
    @ninjarealist I saw the reverse harem within the first 10 minutes. Tbh, the reverse harem isn’t my gripe. The characters are so boring. If you’re going to rip-off K-dramas, at least do it right.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:55 PM)
    @Bam you know it. I just cannot stand to watch Akatsuki when I have four dramas on my watch list.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:31 PM)
    @Vincent The first episode of Akatsuki no Yona was definitely the worst. The second was OK but the third episode was the best one by far. I’m still not sure what to think. If there are a lot more episodes as good as the third one then it could be a really good series. If there are a lot more episodes as mediocre as the first one, then it’s going to be a very mediocre series indeed.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:24 PM)
    As much as I liked Parasytes manga, I needed to read up to volume three before I really properly got into it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Bam:That woman who showed up in this weeks episode ends up being one of the best characters in the series.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:22 PM)
    Parasyte 03: it was decent. This monster of the week might be getting a little stale, but I believe they are using it to set up the plot and open the story by introducing some pivotal characters. The body transformations remain pretty entertaining. This show plays a lot of its tropes straight, but at least does them in a competent way.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:18 PM)
    Cross Ange has pretty much ascended to the most anticipated show of the season.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 08:08 PM)
    @Vincent: like Jumong m8? ;-)

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