Posted by psgels on 5 January 2014 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Saikin Imouto Blahblahblah

Short Synopsis: Our lead character gets to have is own little sister.
Japan…. whyyyyy? Why do you keep making these utterly horrid imouto-series? What is people’s fascination with having their own little sister that they can have sex with, which is something that they always end up implying? This one is especially bad, by the way. Where it’s normally just the sister who for some inexplicable reason fancies her brother, this time it’s going to be worse: the sister is actively forced, against her will, in order to have sex with her brother due to some incredibly stupid chastity belt. It’s the single worst premise for an sister-series that I’ve ever seen! And I guess that this episode did tell a bit about the etymology beind the word “sister”, and why it’s so ingraved in Japanese culture, but that still doesn’t really justify the incredible slew of these series that go to so many lengths for some hot brother-on-sister action. Oh yeah, they’re not REALLY siblings: we all know what’s being implied here. There is also no single excuse to why I had to watch this sister go to the toilet for SIX. FLIPPIN’ MINUTES!
OP: Lazy. Badly sung,
ED: Again really bad J-Pop, plus the chibi character is just not funny.
Potential: 0%

Buddy Complex

Short Synopsis: Our lead character’s future self sends a cute girl to him to date and fight robots and stuff.
Here’s a surprise. Buddy Complex looks like this incredibly cheesy robot-series, and I already started to cringe when the creators somehow managed to wedge a school in there. However, as the episode went on, I noticed that on quite a few occasions the creators were actually using logic in order to advance their plots. You want to escape from this giant robot that’s attacking you? Just grab a bicycle and hide in narrow streets: that makes sense if you’re just a normal high school boy who can’t do anything else. Now, don’t get me wrong, the series remains really cheesy and it’s got no excuse of putting teenagers in the middle of armed conflict as the pilots of robots, however it is refreshing to see that it takes itself completely seriously: it’s got a story that it wants to tell. The cheese will be its biggest potential pitfall, because most of the characters are really hamming it up here.
OP: Very, very cheesy again. I know that a basketball has to do with the story, but you should not look at it like that.
ED: A decent song for once. Nothing special though. Again cheesy.
Potential: 70%

Witch Craft Works

Short Synopsis: Our lead character is protected by a hot girl.
Well, so the first new series of the year… is completely vapid, shallow and boring. Everything about this episode was just taken from the hundreds of other school magic series that exist with nothing new whatsoever, and everything about this show just screamed that the creators were just bored when they made it. It’s another one of those fantasy series in which the completely useless male lead gets protected by the single most popular girl in school, who this time has her own fanclub of crazily obsessed people who use weird catchphrases. It’s another glaring example of how badly a big part of the anime industry is stuck in its own rut by completely retreading the same thing over and over and over again.
OP: Even the vocalist sounds completely bored!
ED: Trying way too hard to be cute.
Potential: 0%

20 Responses

  1. Toonleap says:

    It was not THAT bad. At least, I got some laughs and it was interesting to see the witches fighting. Sure, it is strange that the female witch wants to protect the wimpy boy for no reason. So cliche.

    I will still watch this until at some point it falls apart. With some luck, it might be good at the end…with some luck.

    Yeah, I must agree at some point with you about the anime industry running out of ideas. So far, I still enjoy the genre, but I wish they give us something new and different this year… for a change.

    • Yause says:

      The first episode is surprisingly well produced. The story might be tired, but lots of work went into the animation layouts, backgrounds, and digital production. For what it’s worth, Tsutomu Mizushima and his team aren’t phoning this one in.

    • dx says:

      I quite enjoyed it.

      First, the action was interesting – the enemy witch using an army of fierce, armed combat rabbits was amusingly off the wall.

      The female witch protecting the “wimpy boy” for “no reason.” Well, it’s episode one, and obviously she has a reason beyond infatuation. Considering she refers to the boy as “her princess” somewhat suggests there’s something going on. (For all I know at this stage, the boy could actually be a reincarnated woman with ties to her.)

      It doesn’t seem to be a harem show yet: the girl has no apparent love interest in the guy. The guy is scared stiff. The other girls are apparently out to destroy him.

      The lead female character is a somewhat different take on the emotionless type (less passive and doll like such are are usually portrayed as) being popular, obsessed with her mission, and describing herself as “made of fire” and thus immune to pain and injury.

      Might turn out to be drek if it turns into a harem in the next episode or so, which is a risk given the final scene; but I was pleasantly surprised compared to what the character art had led me to think.

    • Alexandre Martins says:

      The industry is indeed out of ideas. But the same is true of Hollywood, which keeps dishing us rehash after rehash or just completely stupid movies that exist only to show off 3D effects, like The Hobbit Part 2. However, if one considers how few really good anime there are compared to the total industry turnover, Perhaps we are just living through a bad time and sooner or later something really good will come along… I hope…

  2. AidanAK47 says:

    I wouldn’t say the anime industry is running out of idea’s. In manga form there are some truly interesting idea’s. It’s just that like anything, why take a risk of animating something new when you can animate a low risk story that’s guaranteed for sales?

  3. Petit Orenji says:

    Do the key frame artists and digital animators have any say in the storyline or marketability of a production? Since they’re doing 90% of the work?

    • Yause says:

      Nope. Overarching specifications come from the producers (most projects are adaptations anyway, so it isn’t like there’s much room for original creation), while the director and lead writer have the most creative control.

  4. Caph says:

    MTE; generic harem + pseudo-fantasy does not an entertaining anime make.

  5. Fancy says:

    I’ve read the manga, and have no doubt Witchcraft Works will be one of the biggest hits of the season.
    It starts fairly generic but is probably one of the more unique stories out there.

  6. Houlgrave says:

    I dunno guys, I think Witchcraft Works deserves a big +1 due to the “President Obama” character that kicked the male lead’s ass in the first half of the episode. xD

  7. Sapo says:

    >Just grab a bicycle and hide in narrow streets: that makes sense if you’re just a normal high school boy who can’t do anything else.

    No, that does not make any sense.
    With such a large caliber (it creates craters 1m deep on the floor!) the mecha could easily destroy a large part of the roofs, creating a rain of debris that would have either killed or severely hurt the male lead, stopping his escape.

    tl;dr that part works only if we assume the enemy is both dumb and the worst mecha pilot of the whole world (well, he looks kind of dumb so that part is ok, at least).
    But, well, Buddy Complex is obviously devoid of any realism or care whatsoever (enemy pilot accessing an unknown database after 5s of being in the past? Wow, how did he find it? And how did he access the internet to retrieve the infomation? Free wifi from a nerby mcdonalds?) so the escape scene is the last of its problems… but saying it shows how BC takes itself seriously… PLS.

    If it would there wouldn’t have been such a stupid chase scene (rewatch it, see how the mecha pilot always strikes behind the male lead, even if it makes no sense to hit behind instead of ahead, blocking the path).

  8. Indigo says:

    Am I the only one here who watching Log Horizon?

    • Silty says:

      Nah, I’m watching it too. It’s not amazing, but it’s the best MMO-themed anime in existence yet. It doesn’t drag on like .hack, and it doesn’t have SAO’s plot holes (yet).

  9. Wiley says:

    I quite liked Witchcraft Works. and the ending credits are awesome :D

  10. Phad says:

    Why is Witch Craft Works considered generic? I don’t remember any series in recent memory where the female lead protects a useless male one- I thought this was the hook for this series.

  11. Alexandre Martins says:

    Well, speaking of cliches, why does the Fire Witch looks like she has got no human feelings at all? Ok, she is a witch, but the Tower Witch with cat’s ears acts pretty normal, feelingwise. Like, doesn’t the Fire Witch realize she is putting Norakami in an extremely awkward situation at school or that he is being beaten up by colleagues because of her attention? I mean, it’s okay protecting him from witches, but not from bullies? Also, her comment when she is stabbed at the end of the first episode is appalling: she is so servile towards him that she doesn’t understand why he is worried about her being skewered? Come on! That’s having main characters acting like the worse samurai cliche ever!!! I expect this will change along the story, but her emotionless behavior is really silly. That only works on Ayanami Rei (my all time favorite poker-faced female character, of course)because she’s a clone.

  12. Alexandre Martins says:

    Ps.: best ending song animation since Dragin Half! :D

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  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:58 AM)
    @Bam He’d probably find some dumbass way to make it into shonen. Maybe Raskolnikov battles Alyona Ivanovna before he kills her.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.

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