Posted 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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    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 09:10 PM)
    @ninjarealist human beings are animals though, in short, it’s just idiots thinking they’re better than other idiots, ego, ego, ego
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 09:06 PM)
    @Aidan The Congo Free State, Columbus, in all these acts of mass murder the perpetrators were able to convince themselves that the people they were killing were sub-human. It’s not hard to slaughter people like animals if you honestly think that those people ARE animals. It’s why discrimination is so evil.
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    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 09:02 PM)
    Still ecstatic about SNAFU, and man, No Game No Life is friggen awesome. With ep2 I’m convinced its going to be a wild ride. The tracks are clear, everything is in order.
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    I just read the book. Never saw the films.
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    Lolita is one of my favourite films of all time.
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    For example I read Lolita recently. In my opinion it was about two remarkable flawed indivuals. Horrible in there own ways. However when I looked at reviews of it I couldn’t help but notice that people tended to take sides. Either Humbert was the naive man taken in by a succubus or Lolita was the poor stupid girl abused by a monster.

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