Posted by psgels on 10 October 2013 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Galilei Donna

Short Synopsis: Our lead characters are the descendants of Galileo Galilei.
Aah, this will be one of those series: the type of anime with lots of ambition, with a very short airing length and a very inconsistent execution. Lots of stuff is added, some which works really well and others which are… questionable. Sometimes they work out quite well, like with Gatchaman Crowds, at others they bomb horribly, like what happened with Fractale. Galilei Donna has tons of ideas. I like how it tries to have a diverse cast: the main characters are a middle schooler, a high schooler and a college student, and it managed to really show how all of them are in different stages of their lives. On top of that their parents also play a really big role in this show and they too are unique. The action is the same: at its worst it’s badly animated CG fluff. At its best it’s a really engaging thriller with intense animation. The characters? At their best they really are likeable and engaging. At their worst we have a middle schooler piloting all sorts of crazy mecha. The plot of this episode was the same. But here is the thing: I’d much rather have this, than a show that doesn’t have any ambition at all. In the past I have shown a ton of support for these kinds of series and I will continue to do that, because experiments like these are just so interesting to watch. After all, the more ambitious you are, the more things that can go wrong. Screw playing safe! Let’s go crazy!
OP: This would have been the best OP of the season if it just ran for half a minute longer. Now the song just ends in the middle of the best part.
ED: A pretty standard ED.
Potential: 80%

Samurai Flamenco

Short Synopsis: Our lead character meets this weirdo who wants to be a superhero.
This series has the potential to become something really special. It’s an original story, probably 22 episodes long. To me, this series stands at the top of the season, along with Kyousogiga and Yozakura Quartet, though unlike those two it’s much more grounded into reality. The thing that’s immediately noticeable here is how good the two main characters are: both adults with jobs and lives and histories. And the chemistry between them is just hilarious: the two of them fit together really well. But here’s what really sold me on this series: the way it deconstructs the superhero genre. Forget those fancy promo images that this series advertised itself with. That’s just a show within a show. This series is about a cop, and a wannabe superhero, and this episode really proceeded to drive home that you should leave heroism to the people who actually know their stuff. Within one episode it already managed to drive hom a great theme and message. Let alone what it can do with 22.
OP: The best OP song of the season I guess. Not like the competition was particularly great though…
ED: Generic poppy ED with the girls of the show who didn’t even make an appearance yet.
Potential: 90%

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru

Short Synopsis: Our lead character gets hit by a girl falling from the sky.
Well. This series was one of the biggest surprises I have had in years while doing these first impressions. And I’m not kidding. The premise of this series is a horrible excuse to make a cute girl fall from the sky and do the bidding of the main character. It looks and sounds exactly like your umpth obnoxious harem show. Every single character is your obnoxious harem cliché that has been done to death, and all of the female characters have these annoying squeaky voices. This should have been utterly horrible. This should have been a contender with Yuusha Blahblah and Walkure Romanze for the worst show of the season. And yet the creators gave it the best rendition that it possibly could have had with these horrible ingredients. This episode had me in stitches. I laughed so hard at times. I’m not going to spoil why. I just applaud this show for doing what I thought was impossible.
OP: FANSERVICE
ED: Live action used well? In a series like this?
Potential: 80%

26 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    Yup…. surprised the hell out of me. I was dreading this one, but damn if it didn’t please me. I didn’t think it could be done.

  2. Juno says:

    EVERYONE IS THE OBJECT OF HIS FUTURE.
    Thank you, Kotomine Kirei.

  3. Arno says:

    There should be a rule limiting the number of words in a title.

    Maybe Psgels’ blahblah could become an international norm, approved by the United Nations technical offices.

    • Leif says:

      It’s dependent on the originating language, really – Japan has a thing for long titles, especially upon romanisation. That said, Psgels only listed three series.

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I was wondering about this show, must say, just reading the premise made me think this was going to be utterly stupid, however, I can’t complain. Actually I had trouble finding out what the hell NouKome was for a few minutes.

  5. Puran says:

    Yeah, I also thought after reading the premise that this can’t possibly be any good at all. Then I watched. Haven’t seen something this insane in a while… :D

    • Juno says:

      I find it hard to call it “good” in a sense of any kind of depth or meaning behind the comedy. But in terms of execution of the timing of this thing and its power… well… yeah. I just hope it can keep it up!

  6. Nyangoro says:

    Honestly, I didn’t find the episode’s exuberance all that endearing. Felt more like that obnoxious kid waving his arms, jumping up and down, and shouting nonsense in a desperate plea for attention.

  7. zangetsu says:

    Wow, psgels actually liked it enough to spell out its full name…. talk about unexpected.

  8. Mazz says:

    I was gonna skip this until I saw your post. I watched it and was utterly surprised that it made me laugh. that usually never happens for series like this. I felt wrong enjoying this show lol. Anyway, part of me wants this show to stay this funny throughout it’s whole run, but I seriously, seriously doubt it. That would be a problem, since the comedy is the only thing this show has going for it.

  9. lifesongsoa says:

    I watched the first episode of NouCome and I was sure that other anime bloggers would hate it. I loved it personally, but it just had that harem feel to it. Now that I know otherwise I need to figure out how to convince my friends that something which sounds so awful on paper is actually worth watching.

  10. bokusen says:

    Typo: “Potential:%” I’m guessing it’s high…

  11. Alec says:

    Samurai Flamenco is Manglobe’s better show in years.
    It’s not on the same level as Samurai Champloo, Michiko to Hatchin, and House of 5 Leaves, but it should do

  12. Alec says:

    Love Galilei’s old school feeling

    • Scruffy says:

      Exactly agree with you! To me it is reminiscent of the old school family adventure movies. The villain, while a bad guy, doesn’t carry a loaded gun and has a form code of conduct.

      When thinking back to some of my favorite childhood movies the movie ‘Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang’ keeps popping up in my mind. That or some of the Bond movies.

  13. mulligan says:

    i actually laughed watching samurai flamenco. humour in anime has never got to me so this has to be a first. this season’s shaping up to be a much better one :)

  14. Cytl says:

    Samurai Flamenco’s weak storytelling was a bit of a letdown but I love Tokusatsu and the concept of the show is interesting. Also, the two main characters could end up being a really good pair, so I just hope they don’t end up adding fujoshi bait between them.

  15. Nyangoro says:

    I loved Samurai Flamenco. I love the characters and I especially love the social commentary. When Hazama talked about his actions being proof that he actually cares about them, I immediately felt like the author was challenging the passive way that people tend to handle things in Japan, especially since Goto mentioned that very reasoning earlier in the episode.

    Really good stuff.

  16. Arno says:

    Wow, Samurai Flamenco has good comedy but it has also tragic undertones.

    Almost too serious for a anime, or at least very unusual.

    • Deadlight says:

      Too serious for an anime? What’s that suppose to mean?

      • kero says:

        i guess Amo means just how realistic it is in portraying how people act everyday.

        Although there’s lots of shows that are serious so.

        The set up here isn’t one where the MC can carry on like he is and not get seriously hurt. I have no idea how this will end!

        • Arno says:

          Yes Kero you guessed right.

          In fact there are two elements as far as I am concerned.

          First the “taste” of this first episode. It’s like you were prepared to drink your morning coffee and suddenly you realize there is strong whisky in it.

          Apart from the violence scenes, you can notice how realistic it is, for example in the depiction of a summer night in town. You can almost feel the warm air on your skin.

          Second, I work for publishing, and a very particular kind of publishing which is realistic documents. And last week as I watched this I was also working professionally on a case of political assassination, with minute details of time and space.

          If you wish it’s a bit like being a doctor and watching a fight scene in a anime. You can understand it is only fiction, but the whole day you have had to define exactly what a bone fracture is, and you would have been sanctioned if defining it like in an anime fight scene.

          This is why I prefer animes which are explicitly over the top and don’t try to be realistic.

          But here despite the superficial layer of comedy, as you evoke Kero there is a possibility that it will be a slow and sinister evolution towards a gruesome and realistic death.

          And… I watch animes for entertainment, not for realistic sinister scenes.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:11 PM)
    @K-Off You know it.
    @Bam NTR finds a way.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 10:46 PM)
    @Hal, So to summarize. You want the reviews to be shorter so that you don’t have to read them and can take in whether a show is worth picking up? In that case your problem isn’t with the reviews. It’s that there’s not a rating at the bottom.
    If need be we can bring that back.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:11 PM)
    The thing is, aside from disliking reading long texts on screen, I looked over some texts about shows I didn’t watch sometimes, to see if they’re worth to pick up (That’s also the reason why I actually miss the rating system. I picked up some shows only because psgels rated one episode as fantastic and I got curious) I don’t know if other people do the same, but short reviews are easier to look through for interesting developments.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:09 PM)
    @K-off: not sure how NTR works under incarceration, someone steals their prison-bitch I guess? lol
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 09:08 PM)
    concerning the length discussion, it is true, that reading walls of text on the screen are a pain. As I said 500 words should be the absolute maximum for an episodic review. A full review on a series can be longer of course. You should also think about breaking the text down into smaller paragraphs of 4-7 lines each. It’s much easier to read longer texts that way.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:53 PM)
    @Bam make that ntr for ninja.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:45 PM)
    @K-off: oh lord, fanfic and SAO? You just named two of the best sources of intellectual nourishment. And I was operating under the impression that Kiroto has no ass; well … life is learning. Now off to write a fanfic about how the cast of SAO get thrown into prison where everyone wants a piece of dat “firm ass”.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:38 PM)
    @Bam There was this SAO fanfic some dumbass posted a while ago, with the lines “Sinon looked at Kirito’s firm ass and felt excited” or some shit like that… Yeah, I’m not too fond of fanfic, good or bad.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:30 PM)
    @Ninja: sure, why not :]
    Looking back I see that I forgot the most important part of a fanfic: some raunchy and completely unnecessary hentai bits.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 08:11 PM)
    @Emma Tenchi Universe is one of those classic cliche anime series like DBZ or Inuyasha, that was always on TV when I was a kid. The nostalgia factor is so powerful that I can’t help but remember it fondly.

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