Posted by psgels on 10 April 2014 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Hitsugi no Chaika

Short Synopsis: Our lead character
The genre of a boy and a girl who fight monsters using magic is very crowded. Though this one is the best incarnation in quite a while. A big difference between this show and its contemporaries is that it puts restrictions on the magic: it’s difficult to cast and you can actually see the characters struggle, rather than things being a matter of whoever having the biggest power level winning, and also using that for quite some funny jokes. It also cares for continuity (if a table gets destroyed, you have to pay for it later). It’s got the basics down. Then there are the characters, who actually are quite likable and down to earth, plus enough room for development. AND OH MY GOD IT HAS A BROTHER AND A SISTER WHO DON’T HAVE THE HOTS FOR EACH OTHER! STOP THE PRESSES, IT’S A MIRACLE!
OP: This song just doesn’t work…
ED: Not bad, there is some nice art inbetween this.
Potential: 85%

No Game No Life

Short Synopsis: Our lead character ends up in a world of games.
Basically Dog Days without the dogs or cats, this show is about a world in which all disputes have to be solved through games. The show looks great, the characters are interesting to watch. This one actually has potential. It’s not perfect, though. The big issue here is that the creators aren’t good at showing how their games progress. The main characters are supposed to be invincible, but all we see throughout the episode is them pulling Deus ex Machina winning powers out of their asses. Also, for a NEET with a communication disorder the male lead is surprisingly good at bantering, a skill that requires exactly that. It’s difficult for this series to really make me suspend my disbelief, but then again I am not the target audience for this show. It’s obvious that this is a gamer’s wet dream, an actual show where games become reality. However, what makes this show special is that it doesn’t entirely glorify NEETs. When you read between the lines, it’s clear that these two NEET are social failures and that this series really is about escapism. That’s not something you get out of every NEET-series.
ED: Nice eye candy.
Potential: 75%

Black Bullet

Short Synopsis: Our lead character fights monsters with magic.
Ooh, Black Bullet actually shows that the creators of the anime put in effort: the soundtrack is great, it has a few small details that were quite funny, the acting is nice. It’s just a shame that when you look past that and into the big picture, you’ll start to see problems. For this show, I have no idea what is going to make it worth watching in the long run. It’s just a show about killing big monsters with superpowers. The characters show no hints of upcoming development, there is no mystery, there is nothing that really makes you hungry for more, beyond this boring dead parents plot thread, but it’s all just so inconsequential.
OP: An actually good opening, surprising.
Potential: 65%

14 Responses

  1. Ramp says:

    Psgels for NGNL, if they follow the source material it should be explained about his communication and bantering in the next episode. I won’t go into specifics because of spoilers, but he is not as good at talking as he appears.

  2. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Other than Jojo I’m hyped for No Game No Life, seems rare these days I find something stimulating, or interesting. Anyways as for the ep. I think he cheated on the poker, so that’s not Dues Ex, neither is being amazing at chess, as for communication, I don’t think that has anything to do with being a NEET necessarily.

    This season seems small on the goodness scale, but all three of these are definitely shows I’ll be watching.

  3. Firechick says:

    “OH MY GOD IT HAS A BROTHER AND A SISTER WHO DON’T HAVE THE HOTS FOR EACH OTHER! STOP THE PRESSES, IT’S A MIRACLE!”

    I laughed when you said that.

  4. Crossheart says:

    “OH MY GOD IT HAS A BROTHER AND A SISTER WHO DON’T HAVE THE HOTS FOR EACH OTHER! STOP THE PRESSES, IT’S A MIRACLE!”

    Well.. in the manga, from the very start,is said that both are NOT blood related. SO there´s no real incest so is not popular /sarcasm

  5. Cytl says:

    “AND OH MY GOD IT HAS A BROTHER AND A SISTER WHO DON’T HAVE THE HOTS FOR EACH OTHER! STOP THE PRESSES, IT’S A MIRACLE!”

    Let’s just say they cut a lot this first episode.

    • Suburbanbanshee says:

      In real life, sibling incest is usually the result of at least one and usually both siblings being abused by parents or other kin, although occasionally it’s the result of physical abuse plus neglect of teaching any rules of human society.

      I helped at a summer camp that had a week with jeopardized kids from the local system. One of them was a little boy who’d been raped and abused by a relative, taught that sex was the only way to relate to people, and then had become unsafe to be around his younger siblings because he kept trying to rape them in imitation. He was little, but he was trying to come onto adult staffers. Constantly. You could not hug him or give him any physical affection, and you had to keep relations cool for his own psychological health without being unfriendly or giving him the idea it was his fault.

      It was not cute. It was not moe. It did make you want to find and kill the older members of his family.

      Yes, incest plots are objectionable.

      • Mir says:

        I don’t get the Japanese thing with incest. Incest is not remotely moe. EVen pseudo-incest (where they set up later that they aren’t REALLY related) is still icky, cause they’ve grown up through formative years BELIEVING they are related, so, come on. Ick FActor high.

        I just don’t get it.

  6. I’m also going to chime in and say that I checked out the first chapter of the manga adaptation of Chaika and the sister was straddling the brother as he laid in bed, it’s an unmiracle.

  7. Ugoki says:

    Oh, psgels. If you only know what to come for NGNL, I think you wouldn’t rate the series that high.

  8. kazid33 says:

    In the end after see the second chapter of Blade and soul seems to be the best of the season XD.

  9. Anonymous says:

    They didn’t do Black Bullet’s first episode very well, IMO. While it does follow the LN for the most part, it doesn’t really hint at what kind of series BB is and makes it seem like a “monster a week” show when it is something completely different.

    The brisk pace is probably good, though. Assuming that it doesn’t randomly slow down or go in a different direction than the manga/novel, we should see the true story as soon as episode 3.

  10. Gan_HOPE326 says:

    I read that Sora guy from NGNL having such good communication skills as a consequence of him feeling more “at home” and confident in this game world where he knows he has the power to control things (which is exactly what he lacked in real world). Also, he’s manipulative, emotionless and cynical, a textbook sociopath. Could be that his reclusion was fuelled by boredom and rejection of humanity as much as it was by lack of confidence.

  11. Mir says:

    I had mixed feelings about BLACK BULLET. I liked the opening and the weird villain, that set-up. Then the strange little chick showed up. It had irritating points. But I think I’m gonna stick it out a bit to see how it goes. It partially grabbed me, but not fully. Though it looked great and sounded good, I still felt like I was not grabbed altogether.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 06:02 AM)
    Although given that the the Japanese film industry is steadily improving, this still would’ve worked much better as a big Hollywood flick, mainly because it’s just an over-the-top story with big action sequences, but also because pretty much all the cast (with the exception of Mikasa) have western features.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 05:55 AM)
    Well it looks like the Japanese have taken it upon themselves to make a live-action Attack on Titan movie, which sounds like a pretty bad idea:
    http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/Liveaction-Attack-on-Titan-Visuals-Revealed-6057.aspx
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:51 AM)
    I mean I’ve watched some awful stuff like hidan no Aria to take the piss out of it and infinite stratos might as well get to continuing Ass-ange/crass-ange.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    *Ange
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @Emma: and that’s why you should watch Cross Ante.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Emma: you know what? I’ve been trying to find a good version of X for a few years now, but nobody seems to be seeding the torrent anymore =/
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Sometimes I’m pretty glad I have the ability to get guilty pleasure/so bad its good/funny enjoyment out of genuinely awful things and sometimes end up enjoying them more than actually good series.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:18 AM)
    One other good example of an old ova I loved was the X/1999 movie, I didn’t overly care for the manga or second anime adaptation nearly as much by comparison. Yes the voice acting is terrible, the character development was cut out but the fact is I never really cared all that much for Xs characters/drama to begin with and the voice acting makes the final scene laugh out loud hilarious. Beyond that I just enjoyed sitting back and watching the gore play out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:12 AM)
    I also miss the days where incest was reserved for the villains in anime.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:09 AM)
    @Bam: I remember giving John dies at the end three out of five and deciding that it was never a poor film but never an excellent one.

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