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

Fuuun Ishi Dai Shogun

Short Synopsis: Our lead character kicks ass and is a virgin.
Um… Okay. I have to confess here: I laughed at this series quite a bit. This show really is the creators just jerking around and not taking themselves seriously at all. Everything in this series was just hamming it up, from start to finish. While this looked like a random samurai show with fighting can be more classified as a comedy with lots of fighting, sex jokes, freaking mechas that appear from out of bloody nowhere, ninjas and people who look like samurai. What saves this show from its contemporaries is that it can actually be funny, and the sex jokes are equally putting men and women down, objectifying them both. I’d say, go for this one if you like crass and unashamed comedy, for one episode and one episode only. Yeah, I’m not in the delusion that this will remain funny for long. This looked like a show where the best jokes were spent in the first episode. One random detail: the soundtrack is surprisingly good for some weird reason.
OP: Bland J-Rock, that’s the best you can think of?
Potential: 45%

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka

Short Synopsis: Our lead character geht zu Deutschland um kaffee zu bedienen.
This show has one aim, and one aim only: being as cute as humanly possible. It doesn’t succeed, but at least puts in a bit of effort: it’s just a dumb series about a bunch of girls talking to each other and nothing more, but the banter has its amusing moments. Of course it also has plenty of moments that are just bad, like how one of the characters walks around in her underwear for no reason whatsoever. At times it gets a bit too dumb for its own good, and I’m not going to continue watching this, but I uess it’ll make a few slice of life fans quite happy.
OP: Meh, generic J-pop again.
ED: Really badly sung
Potential: 30%

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushi

Short Synopsis: Our lead character marries a king of a rich country.
Ooh, this has been a long while: an actual shoujo adventure series. After Fushigi Yuugi this was a genre that for a few years enjoyed some real popularity, but it has nearly died out during the past years. So of course it’s up to the director of Fushigi Yuugi to finally do something new again. Having said that though: I watched a few episodes of it and didn’t continue with it due to how incredibly stupid some of the characters were. In Fushigi Yuugi this was the main female lead, though in Soredemo it’s the cast of side characters. The main character isn’t exactly bright or anything, but she does have charisma: she’s interesting to watch and I see potential for her to become a balanced character. However, I do have to say that when you compare this series to the big ones: Ashita no Nadja, Twelve Kindoms, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Kaleido Star, Glass Mask… yeah it really is shallow. But heck, if this can revitalize the genre and allow the shoujo genre to reach its former depth again, then I’m all in!
ED: Quite a lazy ED with a boring song
Potential: 50%

12 Responses

  1. Klonoa79H says:

    Have you checked out the first episode of Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro yet?

  2. KaZuHiRo says:

    I guess you haven’t seen Ayashi no Ceres. That was one wonderful adaptation of Yuu Watase’s manga. Last year’s Arata Kangatari sucked bowling balls.

    • Friend says:

      This one was a little too typical for me, with no other outstanding element to it . Waas it just me? :/

      • Sword Testing Cliff says:

        Nah you’re right, the source material does have some good points. . .in the first arc. then …yeah don’t read/watch past the first arc.

  3. Gan_HOPE326 says:

    I understand that this episode was almost entirely filler, from what I’ve read from the manga readers. So it’s not surprising if original anime-only characters were all worse than the actual main character. I think the real test for this series is next episode.

    • Kiseki says:

      Judging by how all the ANN reviewers thought of this episode, I thought it actually improved upon the manga…? Strange.

      I love my shoujo, but the first chapter was shit. So shit that I couldn’t continue reading. I was told it didn’t get any better too. :c

      • Sword Testing Cliff says:

        Yeah, the first chapter was pretty bad. BUT the first arc was really good. . . .Unfortunately there’s really only so much you can do with this concept before descending into horribly overused cliche territory. Pretty much after the first arc it does this, and worst of all does this to the point of erasing any character development that the king had. . .which is a shame.

        I would just watch this untill the end of the first arc (the Marriage ceremony)and move on. . . the writer obviously ran into a wall of ideas and went off into Cliche Shoujou territory.

  4. The state of good, character-driven, story-driven shoujo these days is really sad. There’s so very little that isn’t made to doubly-appeal to (average, horny) male viewers by the insertion of moe or panty shots, or isn’t harem-based or generic. Or, oh, wait, Pretty Rhythm/AKB48, where the only focus is fashion and merchandise. It sure would be nice to see some quality shoujo again.

    I’m hoping that Ore Monogatari, or one of the other stellar shoujo manga that have come out recently, gets an anime (and that they don’t moefy it).

  5. guest says:

    Was this the show itself or did you just let (translate:) the girl go AT Germany to serve (something) TO the coffee? XD

    • psgels psgels says:

      My German is very crappy, okay :P

    • Arno says:

      I don’t speak German first language but I believe you said “to USE coffee”.

      If she is going to be a waitress that would be “um in einem Kaffee zu dienen”.

      Anyway… FUUUN is FUN. Ha ha !!!

      • Mueller says:

        German is all about nitpicking! “To serve coffee” in German has to be translated as “to serve in a coffee bar”, “in einem Café bedienen”. And don’t forget that there are eight translations for “to” in German, it should be “geht nach Deutschland”. Did I mention the missing comma? And here I thought Dutch and German were similar.

        The bottom line is: People should avoid using German. It is not a language for showing off or sounding nice like French. And for native speakers it just sounds/reads queer. Their terrible national character will force them to correct you or make fun of you.

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  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 10:26 AM)
    What do you think?
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 10:25 AM)
    I met a French art student in a bar tonight, and after getting into Hugo and Notre-Dame de Paris, he suggested a more faithful French theater production of it. He believed that this is a much better portrayal of the conflicted priestly character of Frollo, and specifically offered this Hellfire-esque song sang by the talented Daniel Lavoie as evidence:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5St9zF849o
  • SuperMario
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 08:22 AM)
    @Kaiser: haha. If this film indeed was made I’ll be the first one on the line to watch it.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 06:32 AM)
    @Mario: This made me laugh far more than it should have: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kno3xDw27bY
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 06:30 AM)
    Anybody else seen Jungle Book yet?
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 06:25 AM)
    @Kaiser: I see. Look retro, so I might actually enjoy.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 06:24 AM)
    I don’t wanna hyperbolize, so I admit that some of the Disney/Marvel stuff has ingenuity to it. Guardians and even Antman had their moments of disarming charm, and genuine sentiment from the cast and crew, that made it special and not just another superhero flick.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 5. 2016 06:22 AM)
    @Aidan: Marvel movies feel like a very nice amusement park ride- they are always fun, but the return diminishes after successive exposure. Everything in the movies, from the fights, to the dialogue, and plot is incredibly formulatic. You just don’t get the same effect when you know what’s coming.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 06:05 PM)
    @Bam: Actually let me rephrase
    I meant that you will like: http://letterboxd.com/film/the-company-of-wolves/
    Because it is fairyrale inspired
    Because you liked brotherhood of the wolf and tale of tales.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 06:02 PM)
    @Bam: I meant tale of tales =)
    @Mario: My usual ratings are ***/***1/2 rating and ****
    Generally that indicates a film is kind good/good or great.

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