Posted 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 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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  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:34 PM)
    @Aidan: “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:27 PM)
    Maybe I’ll Michael Bay it and make it disappear through incomprehensible shuffling of parts.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:26 PM)
    Whai u so hard to transform, Unicron?? I’m having the most trouble with animating his legs; I don’t know what to do with his calf, since a quarter chunk of a planet is attached to it. It looks awkward.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:49 PM)
    @ninja Since they live in a prison, they’re forced to dig tunnels to transport bread, wheat, and water. The biggest slap in the face from Israel is, when the IDF finds one of these Palestinian tunnels, they shut it off, in the defense that they’re used to move terrorists. Sure, they probably do, but they also move food and water for the civilians. Clearly, both sides don’t see eye to eye.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:32 PM)
    and most of all, the Israeli government wont let anyone out of Gaza. If they were allowed to flee somewhere they might be able to escape the shelling but they’re basically forced to play whack-a-mole with their own lives in a geographic area that’s half the size of NYC.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:29 PM)
    Yeah, the facts are indisputable. Israel’s Iron Dome defense stops most missiles coming in from Hamas, while the Palestinians are helpless against the oncoming onslaught of smart bombs.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:28 PM)
    @K-off: Thanks for explaining I felt a little thrown when I read that post.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:26 PM)
    Brain fart.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Emma Hm? Oh shit, I meant Palestinian deaths outnumber Israeli. The ratio I gave suggested the former, but my description was off. My bad.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:16 PM)
    K-off, is it possible for you to show me what you read that says there were more Israeli deaths than Palestinian? Because my father mentioned the opposite that more Palestinians have died….

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