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
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 01:13 AM)
    @Ninja: yeah spending a week at Black Rock City with 100k people with all the madness that transpires is pretty exhausting. The thing about Burning Man is that given the open atmosphere of acceptance makes it much easier to socialoze since you can keep the ego bullshit to a minimal.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 12:58 AM)
    @Bam I just mean I don’t have the energy for that type of event any more. It just wears me out. That amount of constant socialization.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 09:15 PM)
    @Ninja: yeah pyro contraptions are a big hit there, but that’s a lofty project indeed.
    And I’m pretty sure you’re not that old, there’s a lot of 50-60 year olds there and they’re having a good time. If you’re not a camping person then yeah … it’s not gonna be easy for you, but given the atmosphere, the music, and the art I firmly believe it’s worth checking out at least once.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:18 PM)
    @Bam Ahhhh Burning Man. I had some friends from Indiana who were trying to get me to help them build an organ that shoots fire with each key-press for Burning Man. It sounded fun but I already feel too old for something like Burning Man.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:32 AM)
    @Ninja: no I met most of them at Burning Man.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:23 AM)
    @Bam I see I just figured that if you had a lot of friends in KY you must have lived in the region.
    @Friend Yeah or involved desserts like Palmiers or Croissants. I actually am pretty decent at making croissants from scratch but it’s a pain in the ass.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:21 AM)
    And that’s … The More You Know ;)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:19 AM)
    “Iran” originally means “the land of the Aryans”. The European settlers of Aryan decent are correctly labeled Indo-European as they traveled from north of India across Iran and the Caucasus mountain range (hence the term Caucasian) and settled in pastural lands in Europe. Hence we are the original white people. Go figure.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:14 AM)
    @K-off: some good-looking corn there m8.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Ninja: No I’m Persian since I was originally born and raised in Tehran/Iran. I am mostly of Parthian decent with a quarter of Kurd in me. I have moved around the globe since I was 16 and now live in Sacramento California.

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