Posted by AidanAK47 on 16 December 2016 with categories: Seasonal Previews

It’s that time of the year again. With snow on the ground and Christmas lights about but that’s not what we are here for. Anime be my bread and my wine, and my presents if luck be true. I am lamenting over not being able to get the Spice and Wolf Collector’s edition book. Living in Europe can be quite troublesome sometimes but hey at least I got a Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s edition that has a replica of the gate which just looks beautiful. Who knows, maybe I might even get around to watching that stockpile of Blu-ray anime i have sitting in my room. After the steam backlog is done i will have time…hopefully. Moving on to what really matters, a new anime season is coming up and forgive me if this sounds uncharacteristic of me but this season is looking very promising. We got second seasons of great shows along with Trigger saving anime again and even some pretty interesting shows in the lineup. I got my eye of a few here and while we got the usual lineup of straight to trashcan anime, there’s quite a lot of good to make up for potential bad tidings to come. 2016 certainly ended on a ominous note.

Same rules apply as before. The poll below will be used to gauge what you readers want us writers to cover this season. Vote for as many shows as you like. In regards to opinions on most sequels, if you liked the previous season then by all means continue. As usual I have checked out every source I can find, read manga, light novels, played video games…If I can get my hands on it then I will look at it to get a better idea of what the anime can offer.

Which series would you like covered for the 2017 Winter Season?

Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images. With that let’s get this show on the road.

 

The sequels/prequels I don’t care about

Gintama(2017)

Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku

Rewrite / 2nd Season Moon-Hen/Terra-Hen

SUPER LOVERS 2

Yowamushi Pedal: NEW GENERATION

Tales of Zestiria the X 2

 

Series I don’t look forward to

 

AKIBA’ S TRIP: THE ANIMATION


Studio: Gonzo

Director: Hiroshi Ikehata

Script/Series composer: Kazuho Hyodo

Akihabara, a broad-minded neighborhood where everyone from beginners to masters are welcomed. Even when you’re alone, if you go to Akiba, you’ll find someone who understands you. It’s a neighborhood where anything is possible, where anyone can do seemingly anything; a place where you can lay bare your body and soul. In this neighborhood of Akiba, which has everything including anime, games, maids, idols, secondhand parts, and cheap food, battles are fought against the “Bagurimono,” and a steadfast “boy meets girl” story begins!

Let it never be said that I am not through and to get an idea for what we are in for I bought Akibas’trip Undead and undressed on steam and played through it. Admittedly the story of this anime isn’t related to the story of this game as it’s the second game of the series and I see none of the characters in the promo art. But it does give me an idea of what we are in for. I was really surprised by how much the story of the game took itself seriously. The characters treat the whole idea of stripping vampires to expose them to the sun with a surprising amount of righteousness. However unlike Keijo which shines in not recognising the utter ridiculousness of it’s concept, Akibas’trip just becomes another supernatural battle story when it disregards the whole stripping aspect. It also feels like a tourism ad for Akihabara at times. In fact that description up there is more endorsement of Akihabara than saying anything meaningful about the show. I truly don’t expect much for this and having Gonzo at the helm doesn’t make me think this is going to change my expectations. Director is a newbie and the series composer worked on Relife and that’s about it.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Koichi Hatsumi

Script/Series composer: Toshiya Oono

In the late Edo Period, a demon known as the Impure King killed thousands of people. After defeating the demon, the Knights of the True Cross kept its left eye safely sealed away on Academy grounds – but now someone has stolen it! Hearing the thief has taken a child hostage, Yukio and Rin go to help. The investigation and pursuit will lead Rin and his friends to Kyoto and involve them even deeper in a sinister plot! But will his friends’ knowledge that Rin is the son of Satan drive a wedge between them?

I seen the first Ao no Exorcist series quite a while back and I really didn’t expect that it would be one to get a sequel. For one I heard that the anime derailed away from the manga to do it’s own thing so the start of this series is likely going to have to do some disaster recovery in order to get it back on track. That said based on my impressions of both the previous anime series and the manga I only ever found this series to be decent at best. It started with good potential but I found the minute it introduced a high school my interest just died. True enough as soon as that school was introduced it became another series jumping through the same shounen hoops. THe director is a newbie for this one and the series composer has Gatchaman Crowds, Tsuritama and The Perfect Insider under his belt. We might have a fund shounen on our hands or more likely a decent but forgetable show.

 

BanG Dream!


Studio: Xebec

Director: Atsushi Ootsuki

Script/Series composer: Yuniko Ayana

A next generation Girls Band Project which links characters with real live performances! BanG Dream! is a media mix project featuring animation music videos, comics, song releases, and many more. What’s more, the voice cast for the characters of BanG Dream! will also hold real live performances as the Girls Band, “Poppin’Party”.

Isn’t this literally the idea that the terrible producer in Girlish Number had? The idea of “Hey, people like idols right? So how’s about we make anime/idol collaboration and print money!” You know the idea that resulted in the creation of the trainwreck in story anime the poor characters of Girlish Number have to act in? In my experience, when you attempt to do everything you just end up with subpar results in every category. Make an anime, make a band, or make a comic, don’t try to do it all at once. This is counting your chickens before they hatch and the smart idea is milk something to death after it’s successful. Trying to milk it before it’s even a thing is the same mistake Keiji Inafune made. Either way the Director has a season of working and pretty much all of To Love-ru in his resume. Considering this is from Xebec I wouldn’t be surprised if it was heavy on the fanservice. Series composer is a bit more interesting as they are the one currently working on Flip Flappers this season. However this does feel like a paycheck job for them and their other work isn’t all too impressive. I am willing to bet this won’t be worthwhile. It might get some Otaku hot and bothered but as far as I am concerned it isn’t something I would look twice at.

 

Fuuka


Studio: diomedea

Director: Keizou Kusakwa

Script/Series composer: Aoi Akashiro

The story centers on a young man named Yuu Haruna who has just switched schools. He’s a bit shy, and he’s constantly glued to his smartphone so he can check Twitter. He meets a girl named Fuuka Akitsuki, who doesn’t even have a cell phone, is free-spirited, and naturally fascinates others. Yuu recently has been getting back in touch via Twitter with his childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi, who is now a popular singer. One day Yuu invites Fuuka to one of Koyuki’s concerts, and there the three meet for the first time. The story follows the love triangle between a love that started through electronics, and a love that didn’t start through electronics.

Here comes poor man’s Beck. Well that might be giving it too much credit but it does have a similar kind of story. Except the romance aspect is given higher priority over the band. My basic response to hearing this manga was getting an anime was general apathy. I read through the chapters of the manga on a particularly boring day and kept up to date with it for a while before just losing interest completely. What’s the problem? It’s predictable, immensely predictable. It hits all the story beats you expect it to besides a rather malicious twist later in it’s story. There’s also a harem as girls fall for our protagonist despite him being about as exciting as paint drying on a wall. Director pretty much has nothing good in his resume. Series composer is a newcomer. You might find it interesting in the beginning but as the series goes on I think people will just care less until the finale where no one will care at all.

 

GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not Listed

Video game developer Cygames announced during the Tokyo Game Show event on Thursday that its Granblue Fantasy smartphone game will receive an anime adaptation.

I have seen this title pop up in a number of places and from the looks of things it’s a smartphone game with bejeweled gameplay combined with Kantai Collection. As a veteran gamer I have a certain deprecating attitude towards mobile gaming. There are certainly exceptions but the majority of mobile games tend to be time wasters and nothing more. A lot of it is geared towards skinner box tactics to push for microtransactions and I doubt that this title is any different. In general while video game adaptations fair better than card game adaptations, it still is a rarity to find a worthwhile title. Games with not much of a story and a large cast of characters really also don’t translate well to anime seeing as they need to pay service to fans while forming a coherent story.

 

Hand Shakers


Studio: GoHands

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not Listed

They, the receivers of the Revelation of Babel. They, the challengers to God.
They, who inevitably throw themselves into battle with their partners. What does God want from them?
And did they want powers exceeding that of Gods? The chosen ones, their souls linked,
join hands and head for the Ziggurat where the fighting shall ensue.

That description sounds like pure chuunibyou fodder to the degree that I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea came from eyepatch wearing bandaged hand teenager with a superiority complex. Despite the vagueness of the story synopsis this feels like a regular old supernatural battle anime which I wouldn’t be completely opposed to if it wasn’t for one thing. This anime is animated by GoHands and I utterly despise their tendency to ignore visual sense and make everything look like someone dyed it in blue. Looking at the PV this looks to have the exact same problem. Colour is just thrown on to the screen regardless of the lighting or even common sense and it is aggravating when you notice it, because you just can’t stop it from being distracting. However there is some impressive animation in the trailer and it really is rocking that piano tune. I can’t say I approve of the CGI backgrounds as they really don’t gel well with the characters. Still, that piano tune really was good.

 

Idol Jihen


Studio: MAPPA

Director: Daisuke Yoshida

Script/Series composer: Naoya Takayama

Part of MAGES’ multimedia “Idol Jihen” project.

You are not going to beat Love Live! There are dozens, literally dozens of other pretenders out there! There is even one in this season! Just stop! You don’t get a hit by following a already done to death trend. I understand that as a business you need to follow the smell of money but copying will only result in a meager paycheck. Anyway, this actually seems to be part of some project to make a bunch of idol anime or something as it’s related to an anime we had airing recently called “B-Project”. The director did nothing of worth and the only thing worth noting with the series composer is that they worked on Chihayafuru. This is prime example of disposable anime.

 

Kemono Friends


Studio: Yaoyorozu

Director: TATSUKI

Script/Series composer: Shigenori Tanabe

The anime’s story takes place in Japari Park, a “gigantic integrated zoo.” In the zoo, due to the mysterious “sand star” substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure.

I got nothing. Well alright, there’s a promo video which seems to suggest that it’s a fully CGI anime. Considering the studio’s only other work, Tesagure! Bukatsumono, was CGI animated it’s a high chance this will be too. I don’t really have any hope for this one. Not only is it based on a smartphone game but the premise just sounds like pandering. Both the director and script writer mainly worked on ten minute shows. I say give this one a pass.

 

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon


Studio: Kyoto Animation

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!

I am going to be blunt, this manga is pretty bad. It’s just a series of gags and implied Yuri. Girl finds a dragon while drunk, invites here to stay at her house, dragon has the ability to transform into a girl in a maid outfit. That is generally what I expect now when it comes to anime Dragons. Scales, breathes fire, wings, sexualised as hell human female form that says baka. Considering that KyoAni is going to be animating this that means it’s going to be beautifully animated and that just kills my soul. Maybe some will get a kick out of it if you are into the Lucky Star format but I just find it rather dull.

 

Marginal#4 KISS Kara Tsukuru Big Bang


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Kentarou Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Masahiro Yokotani

The anime follows the Marginal#4 idol unit, who made their debut at Pythagoras Production on February 13. The members give their all for their fans in their idol activities, but they are also normal high school students. The anime will follow both their everyday lives as high school students and their lives as idols.

A while back I saw an article stating that idol boy band anime was becoming a thing and I wrote it off because I didn’t really see much sign of it. However many seasons later and now I find we got two or three of these shows in every season. I just want to say that nows the time to stop. Directors a newbie but the series composer worked on Re:Zero, Shimoneta and Hataraku Maou-sama. Personally I would prefer if he would get right back to writing Re:Zero because White Fox is going to need him for that second season that we should be getting notified about. Because if there isn’t a second season planned then my rage shall pierce the heavens. As a last note, I can’t be the only person to look at these four boys and see they are exactly the same. All they did was change the hair colour, oddly enough not a single natural hair colour in the four of them.

 

Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-Bu


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

The story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her new life in Kamakura and her first day in high school by bicycling to her school, but she has not ridden a bicycle since she was young. On the way to the ceremony for the first day, she meets Tomoe Akitsuki, and Tomoe helps her train to be better at bicycling.

Oh look it’s cute girls on bicycles….again. Come on! We did this just last season! Reading the manga again it’s literally long Riders again except with High School students instead of college students. What’s the point of this? It doesn’t matter if you swapped some character designs around if all you are gonna do is tell an inferior version of an already existing product.

 

Onihei


Studio: M2

Director: Shigeyuki Miya

Script/Series composer: Not listed.

The historical novel series depicts Heizō Hasegawa, who metes justice on wrongdoers and supervises the crackdown on arsonists and robbers in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868).

There’s pretty much nothing on this. No source material, no trailer, only Director listed and it’s the animation studio’s first work. Director hasn’t done much besides two episodes of Aoi Bungaku and blood lad. Other than that I got nothing.

 

Schoolgirl Strikers


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori

Script/Series composer: Takao Yoshioka

An adaptation of Square Enix’s smartphone “light novel-style RPG” app Schoolgirl Strikers.

The game is set in Goryōkan Academy, a new private senior/junior high school for girls with a vast downtown campus. This highly popular school has “another face” — a secret hidden side. It organizes and trains the special unit Fifth Force to protect the world from invisible supernatural entities known as “Oburi” that are devouring the world. A team of five trained with powers against the Oburi is to be chosen from the student body to perform missions. A new team leader has been appointed to assemble the five students.

Well well, the third series this season being made by JC Staff. i wonder which one is getting the shaft when it comes to the budget. Unlike Glanblue it looks like there is some effort into making this more of a game than a general timewaster based on gameplay footage. Sadly the story sounds so run of the mill I don’t think it’s going to pan out. Video game adaptations already have a bad reputation in regards to anime adaptations. Mobile phone apps have an even worse success rate. Director worked on a lot…not as if any of it was good but he did work on a lot of stuff. Writer has better resume but we have more bad than good here. Sure there’s Your lie in april and Watamote but then there’s Queens blade, Dears, Senran Kagura…basically lots of throwaway fanservice shows. Considering the content of this show i think I know what inspiration he will be drawing from.

 

Urara Meirochou


Studio: JC Staff

Director: Youhei Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Not listed

The story is set in Meiro-chou, a town where all-female diviners (uranaishi) live and where girls from all over the country yearn to become the top diviner — “Urara.” Today, a solitary girl named Chiya enters the town’s gates. However, she has another purpose coming here, besides becoming the Urara. Chiya’s days as an apprentice diviner begin as she meets three friends — the earnest Kon, Koume who is a fan of Western culture, and the shy Nono.

A fourth JC Staff show? That animation budget is going to be stretched thin, let me tell ya. Director worked on Shimoneta and the Hentai Prince and the Stony cat. Other than that he just did episode director work for other shows. Can’t really speak for the original work but I know that it’s a 4-koma manga which generally is for quick fire gag stories. Based on that we may just have another cute girls cute things story here or at least something I doubt would be worth your time.

 

ēlDLIVE


Studio: Pierrot

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy – right until the day when a strangely-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force, although Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong.

It’s Studio Pierrot so regardless of source quality it’s going to be subpar. Yes, I know this is heavy dismissal but they certainly haven’t proved it untrue. Regardless I read the manga and found it to be nothing of real worth. It follows a pretty standard story for shounen and doesn’t really add anything interesting. It’s a little strange in how it has to do with arresting aliens. In fact this may be what you would get if you took the story of Space Patrol Luluco and made it take itself seriously. I am putting a firm bet on this anime being bad or at the very least medicore.

 

Series I am middling on

 

ACCA Jusan-Ku Kansatsu-Ku


Studio: Madhouse

Director: Shingo Natsume

Script/Series composer: Tomohiro Suzuki

The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

This really didn’t turn out to be anything like I suspected upon first seeing the cover art. I was looking at this as some kind of supernatural battle anime but as it turn out it’s something more along the lines of Ghost in the shell Stand alone complex. Well not exactly like it of course, it doesn’t have the aspect of existentialism but it does have the nature of police work to it. Our protagonist investigated for fraud or corruption within the system by looking through paperwork and the like. As such it’s a fairly mature story and one I am not certain on what my thoughts are. It’s a nice unique idea for once and with Madhouse at the helm I am guessing that it will have a solid adaption. This may be a case of it simply not being my thing but that could change when it’s translated into a animated format. Director has experience with One Punch Man and Space Dandy. Series composer also worked on One Punch Man and a Saint Seiya movie. At least this certainly does look to be an interesting anime.

 

Chaos;Child


Studio: Sliver Link

Director: Masato Jinbo

Script/Series composer: Masato Jinbo

In the original visual novel, after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo’s Shibuya ward on November 6, 2009, a black fire spreads and causes mass panic on the day of the earthquake. The sudden disaster that becomes known as the “Shibuya Earthquake” kills 3,851 people and injures 30,927 more.

The game is set in a reconstructed Shibuya district in October 2015. A string of mysterious deaths occurs in Shibuya amidst the reconstruction. People begin to take notice as the strange events start on the same day that chaos broke out in Shibuya with a certain incident five years earlier. The events are called the “Return of the New Generation Madness.”

Well I don’t think any of us were expecting another semicolon series so soon after our last one. And considering how the last one turned out I wouldn’t blame you if it pushed you to write off this show. But there is something different about this one that at least gives me some hope for it. Namely that it has a different writer than the fellow behind many of the other semicolon series. I actually heard good things about this one but sadly couldn’t check it out myself due to it not being in English. Despite the insinuation it doesn’t appear to have any real connection to Chaos;Head and that’s just fine by me. Though the director/Series composer has only worked on the last two seasons of Prisma Illya and the Shomin Sample anime. Both of which I found rather disappointing.

 

Demi-chan wa Kataritai


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Ryo Ando

Script/Series composer: Takao Yoshioka

Succubus, Dullahan and Vampire. They are known as Ajin, or “demi”s and are slightly different than the average human. They have lived alongside humans for ages under persecution. However, in recent years, they have become accepted as members of society. This manga follows a high school biology teacher who has a great interest in demis and his interaction with the various demis in his school, each with their own cute problems.

It’s alright. That’s pretty much my feelings on this. This is a decently watchable story. However I think it’s concept was done better by Monster Musume which basically took the whole monster girl thing and went full throttle with it. This is more a toned down version with more human girls set in a high school…sigh…because you know a high school always makes a story more interesting right?(I swear to god. If I burn down all the high schools in japan would you stop making anime about them?! Can we not move it up to college?! It wouldn’t even take much effort to move the setting to that!) The director is a newcomer and the series composer is the same guy working on Schoolgirl Strikers this season. Well anyway this isn’t going to be a hit of the season but if you miss Musume and want something to sate your hunger for a season 2 this will due for the meantime.

 

Gabriel Dropout


Studio: Dogakobo

Director: Masahiko Oota

Script/Series composer: Takashi Aoshima

The comedy follows Gabriel White, who graduated at the top of the class at angel school and attends a human school on earth in pursuit of knowledge, but then gets engrossed in a web game and decides its too much trouble to go anywhere.

This show is essentially about angels and demons who spend a short time on earth during their training. So a pure hearted angel comes down to earth and gets completely corrupted by modern media turning her from sanctimonious to cynical and jaded. The big joke is that the angels act more like demons and the demons act more like angels. Thing is that the whole heaven and hell aspect seems more or less irrelevant in regards to the main plot of the manga. Which more or less is a cute girls cute things show with more comedy. You can essentially remove the heaven and hell aspect entirely and it wouldn’t make much of a difference. My general impression of the manga was that it wasn’t bad and was decently readable. Director seems suitable as he’s done a lot of shows similar to this like Love Lab. Series composer fairs worse as they got Hatsukoi Monster, Umaru-chan and Rewrite as previous work. All three shows I would consider terrible. But there’s nothing here that would push me to recommend it. It’s just rather unremarkable how they make use of the heaven and hell aspect for a dull run of the mill story.

 

Kuzu no Honkai


Studio: Lerche

Director: Not Listed

Script/Series composer: Not Listed.

Hanabi and Mugi are bathed in envious gazers from all around as a beautiful couple with excellent moral conduct. But these two apparently perfect people in an apparently perfect relationship share a secret they can’t tell anyone.

Truly I don’t know quite what to think about this one as it’s a bit of an oddball. Let’s say I don’t quite like the story but I find it has a rather addictive quality to it. I have long complained about stories with teenagers moaning about love troubles while doing nothing to actually change the situation and to be blunt that’s really is all this is. This story starts out with two people who have one sided loves and decide to use each other to help with the heartbreak. However they are not the only ones with a one sided love here, there is actually a full on conga line of unfulfilled love. He’s in love with her, but she’s in love with some other guy who’s in love with some other girl, who’s in love with another girl, who’s in love with another guy and so on and so forth. Basically everyone’s in love with someone who doesn’t love them back and nobody’s happy. It’s a Soap Opera and whether this drama is your cup of tea is up to you. Personally I think that while I am fine reading it, watching it would be an immensely annoying experience.

 

Masamune-kun no Revenge


Studio: Sliver Link

Director: Mirai Minato

Script/Series composer: Michiko Yokote

As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation. Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki’s school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?

I read this manga quite a while back and my opinion of it is somewhat ambivalent. Let me say that you and I both know exactly where that synopsis is going. If you have seen a romantic comedy in your lifetime, you know where this is going and it certainly doesn’t break expectations. We also have a harem and your usual fanservice. Overall I don’t consider this to have anything that bad or good. The director is once again a newbie and the series compose worked on a large number of works but not a lot of great ones. They have Dagashi Kashi and I guess prison school here. Though they did work on Shirobako as well. this shows likely a mediocre watch to help you pass time in the season but a fairly forgettable title.

 

Seiren


Studio: Gokumi

Director: Tomoki Kobayashi

Script/Series composer: Kisai Takayama

The anime is an omnibus work that will consist of four-episode arcs focusing on each of the main heroines. The three planned story arcs will focus on Hikari Tsuneki, Tōru Miyamae, and Kyouko Touno. The love stories take place in the summer of the main characters’ second year of high school. The protagonist Shōichi is anxious about growing up, and his homeroom teacher calls him to talk about his career plans. Shōichi meets various girls and heads to an unknown future.

Well we have girls in a school and if we are real lucky then maybe the won’t be doing cute things. Director worked on Akame Ga Kill and Hundred so that certainly doesn’t look promising. This seems to be Kisai Takayama’s baby as he is listed as the original creator though I don’t know what he is like as a writer considering this is his first work. He did do minor work with the Amagami series but I don’t know if that would influence this. Though the trailer certainly does make it seem like this story will be quite a bit like Amagami and by the syponsis it looks like they are going with Omnibus format like Amagami which has it’s hit and miss aspects. On one hand we get conculsive love stories. On the other hand having love stories consecutively with each girl one after another somewhat undermines the romance. Might prove more interesting with an original work but the school setting really does kill a lot of my interest.

 

Series I do look forward to

 

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2


Studio: Deen

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

The second season of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

The popular “alternate world home comedy” centers around Kazuma Satou, a hikikomori (shut-in) die-hard fan of games, anime, and manga. A traffic accident brings his disappointingly brief life to an end … or it should have, but he wakes up and sees a beautiful girl who introduces herself as a goddess. “Hey, I have some good news — would you like to go to an alternate world? You may only bring one thing you like with you.”

He responds, “…So, I’ll bring you.” With that, he is transported to another world and his great adventure subjugating the demon king begins … but first the hard work of finding food, clothing, and shelter begins. Kazuma wants to live in peace, but the goddess raises one problem after another, and then the demon king’s army has its eyes set on him.

In an old preview I made a miscalculation regarding this series. I wrote it off as the humor just didn’t really work for me in a written format and I thought that the anime would be hit or miss. Yet through direction or some magic I found the anime to be a great watch that had me smiling ear to ear. I think Studio Deen was with me in thinking that this series wouldn’t be any good as the first season only got a ten episode run. Yet with just how much the series exploded a second season was announced right at the shows end. So here we are at the second season and I certainly am ready. More fantastically animated explosions please.

 

Little Witch Academia (TV)


Studio: Trigger

Director: You Yoshinari

Script/Series composer: Not Listed

TV series of Little Witch Academia.

I personally loved the first two OVA’s of Little Witch Academia and have been wishing that Trigger would make a TV series ever since I seen the first one. In truth it really should have been their first project instead of making something as ambitious as Kill La Kill. Maybe then Kill La Kill could have been given the budget it deserved. But what’s done is done and we are getting a little Witch Academia anime now. All I truly want from this series is for it to have the same level of fun and lighthearted humor of the OVA’s. Sadly it looks like it will disregard the events of the OVA’s themselves and start the story anew. My biggest worry is that in an attempt to make a longer narrative they push it to become more serious. Though we do have the same director as the OVAs so that could be an unlikely scenario. Having watched the OVA’s recently i certainly am looking forward to this.

 

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen


Studio: Deen

Director: Not listed

Script/Series composer: Not listed

Second season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.

It’s a no brainer I am watching this. Though it is rather funny that two of Studio Deens heavy hitters this year are getting sequels on the same season. Hopefully it doesn’t effect the quality of each series as they deal with two shows in the same season. There is the question of whether the second season can bring the same character development and Rakugo performances of the first season and how things are going to change from now after Yakumo’s story conclusion.

 

Youjo Senki


Studio: NuT

Director: Yutaka Uemura

Script/Series composer: Kenta Ihara

The novel series centers on a young girl who fights on the frontlines in war. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and nearly transparent white skin, and she flies through the air and mercilessly strikes down her opponents. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff, and she speaks with a young girl’s lisp and commands the army. Tanya used to be one of Japan’s elite office workers, but because of a wrathful god, was reborn as a little girl. Tanya prioritizes optimization and career advancement above all, and she will become the most dangerous entity among the Imperial Army’s sorcerers.

For anyone keeping up to date on the current status of light novels and manga you may find an overabundance of Isekai stories. Reincarnated into another world as a spider, a slime, a dragon, a slave master, a goblin, a butler, a wizard, a demon king, a farmer…there is a heavy saturation of these stories. I will at least say that Youji Senki is different. For one the common thread in these stories is the level of self congratulatory power fantasy present in them. However the protagonist of this story may gain high acclaim and respect, she is not a good person. She’s self serving, completely apathetic on human morals and willing to go to any degree if it means she gets a cushy job pushing paperwork. What makes this story interesting is that our main character is more a villain than a hero. There’s a level of comedy in how the story is told, namely in how the protagonist’s efforts to land a desk job often end up pushing her into more battlefields. In a strange way the setting is similar to that of Strike/Brave witches with a WWII setting and flying magical girls. However this certainly isn’t some bubbly tale of friendship and moe girls. Because they are here to fight people to ensure the prosperity of a military dictatorship. The studio is going to have to work hard as this story has a lot of war scenes which are going to be hell to animate. Of course this story isn’t perfect, for one this adaption is going to have trouble with transition as the novels rely heavily on internal narration. Also despite changes it does have some of the bothersome aspects of a Isekai story. But if handled well this could very well be a hit of the season.

4 Responses

  1. LookingForKeys says:

    Youjo Senki sounds like a story(told inside a story) I read in one of Heinlein’s books, something about a guy who’s ideal was to laze around on his own farmhouse…he got there as a retired general, with each decision on the way driven by what he *thought* at the time was a step involving the minimal work possible.
    Definitely going to try watching it.

  2. theemathas says:

    FYI, Chain Chronicle is missing.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      That one wasn’t listed on the site I usually used but yes it does appear so. However no real harm as that series isn’t really a series. It’s just the Chain Chronicle movies chopped up into TV episodes from what I hear.

  3. Firechick says:

    The only show that even remotely interests me this season is Tales of Zestiria 2.

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AidanAK47
Seen Kingsman 2. I think the critics are being too harsh with this one as the movies fine. Difinitely not as good as the first flim and far too long a running time but it has its fun points.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Oh you must be jokin...oh god it's real. No Shingo Natsume either. Yep looks like the second season is going to be a major visual downgrade.
Lenlo
Hmm, so One Punch Man is getting a 2nd Season, but its being made by JC Staff instead of Madhouse.
SuperMario
A question: Do we need to watch Mahoutsukai no Yome OVAs before watching its first episode?
SuperMario
@Amagi: they better have a second season. The way it ends now I don't even have any motivation to write a full review. I'm not really optimistic over it having a second cour because if the producers were confident about its chance, they would've greenlit it already.
Amagi
@SuperMario: Seems like the official radio confirmed PriPri might get a second season if the BD and/or game sales are good enough. - BD sales seem to be around 7k at the moment, but it looks like many only ordered them now, after the last episode, so it might be more.
KTravlos
@Aidan. Oh I did. Thank you for reminding me. I will write the review.
AidanAK47
@Travlos, Just in case you missed it, there is a reply to you earlier in the chatbox.
KTravlos
Kakeguiri also ended. In the end the anime original ending was not really an ending, but just a fan pleasing excursion. The integrity of the manga story remains. It was a good adaption, and I liked it as it brought to life the parts of the manga that make it interesting to me. Also a great Opening and Ending. Good show.
KTravlos
And to sum it up. I think this was a great series. All its episodes were good.
KTravlos
I actually am ok with the PP ending. The 12 episode series is self contained. Sure there are many future potential stories to pursue, but I felt there was enough closure to make the series a good series. This is because the next step of the narrative is really so long term as being more LOGH material than PP (the story of the ascension of Princesss to the throne, and then the story of her reforms)
Lenlo
Alright, I found the read more tag. Now my tendency to write more than I should will be contained.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Got to play catch-up but I am guessing it was very much a non ending?
SuperMario
Gosh, is that how Princess Principal end?
SuperMario
@KAiser: I really have a mixed feeling watching Assayas's films. I always find his works toe touch into pretentious area. Still have much more films from him I want to watch though so that opinion might change
SuperMario
@Kaiser: As Tears go By surprised me a little considering how straightforward it is. It's Wong's most by the book HK romance but it was one of his most commercial success. After this, the studio allowed him to do things he like and that was when he gone banana with his styles
SuperMario
not a fan. Can't even tell the difference between turtle and tortoise
Anonymous1420257
i like turtles
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I hadn't expected some of the dry/dark humour in sils Maria, I liked the themes/aging angst and its comments on hollywood in parts even if it needed to go a bit deeper. Stewart is a revelation in it. That X-men parody scene was fucking funny lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I actually kind of liked As tears go by. Mostly because of my experiences with hong-kong action flicks, much as I like John Woos films, the melodrama he tries to sell between the action never worked for me and left me just waiting around for the action to come round again. Wong was able to put genuine emotion into the hong-kong action film with this one.
Amagi
@Aidan: Somehow. The problem is rather Haruki anyway and it's canonically part of her character. Kei becomes more likeable IMO and the events get much more complicated and/or serious plus there are a bunch of characters getting added to the protag team which makes the whole thing more dynamic. The best comes when some other character joins around the middle though.
Anonymous1416115
Personally, I can digest the emotionless dialogue in the first place since I watch the series with the mindset that the main characters are innately "broken" in some ways.
Anonymous1416115
@Aidan Hmm...one might consider the emotion level increases in main characters' dialogues for Sakurada Reset as baby steps depending on how dramatic one expects a character to act in other animes. (The emotions increase do exist though) There are certainly emotional scenes and characters do develop in ways where one can't just say they're 100% robots.
AidanAK47
@Travlos, If you so wish then you can write a review for Bahamut virgin soul. Just let me know if you are up for it. If so I recommend writing it up on google docs, then when you have it done I can give your account contributer status and you can paste it into a post for us to look over and publish on the site. For screenshots our standard size is H240 X W138.
AidanAK47
Did they ever fix that emotionless dialgoue issue they had going on?
Anonymous1415748
You are not alone. The second half of Sakurada Reset made me so glad that I stuck with the series.
Amagi
Oh and I totally forogt Reset ended now too. Not sure if I am the only fan of that but the whole second half was one of the better things I've seen this year.
Amagi
Okay now thinking three others came into my mind, but that's still not much. A lot of series started interesting and turned out mediocre or cheap after a while.
Amagi
Considering that I love Made in Abyss, PrinPrin, Fate/Apo (so far) and 18if too guess this season was better than I've expected. 2016 was kind of a let down imo, animewise. Off the top of my head I only remember Rakugo, Fune wo Amu and Bokudake I think.
Amagi
I didn't expect to like Virgin Soul as much as I do. Especially the last ~5 episodes got me. The weird thing is that I was disappointed by S1 actually.
SuperMario
@Travlos: I don't mind if you do a guess review on Virgin Soul, but let's me check with other admins first.

On Virgin Soul, I'm not sure if I like the bew development. It suddenly does a 180 degree turn on King Charriot, which I don't feel rewarding.
KTravlos
Kakegurui will have an anime original ending. It might be better than the ongoing manga. We shall see. An enjoyable foray.

Virgin Soul is going for a nice explosive ending. If no one writes a review, I would be willing to write one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*kind of
Kaiser-Eoghan
While its very much in the shadow of the first and the protaganist started out kind annoying, I kind of got caught up in the spectacle and sentimentality of gunbuster 2.
KTravlos
Urasawa is preparing a new manga
KTravlos
yes the episode where Julian watched the documentary was fun. The Caligula like character comes from one of the lesser episodes of the series, when Kircheis beats up some rebelling third rate noble in the Empire.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Goddammit, fail, it just changed the colour of the login name...
Kaiser-Eoghan
I declare in the red truth that the next anime I shall watch is Diebuster.
Kaiser-Eoghan
From what little I saw, I remember a Caligula like character in one episode.
Anonymous1409409
I remember there's an episode where Julian just goes on Space Netflix and just watches a documentary. I actually liked that lol
KTravlos
yup, a LOGH that run like the Altair anime would be bad. It needs to show the sweep of history
AidanAK47
@Anon, I actually liked that aspect. It made the history of the world feel real.
Anonymous1409027
It's compressible, as there are many episodes of buildup, but that's where so many of the interesting details and depth of planning become evident. Some of those episodes read like a history textbook though, so we'll see how the new adaptation handles them,
Anonymous1409027
*pleasantly
KTravlos
Tytania was ok.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On the Amakusa Shiro reference in the fate review, I've seen a film about him from the 50s , theres also an old josei manga where the protagonist ends up becoming essentially regarded as him.
KTravlos
Hi Kaiser. Supposedly this is a re-imagining of the original story. Thus independent of the OVAs (old serieis). What exactly re-imagining means is something I and you do not know. We shall see. But it does mean that you do not need to watch the old series to enjoy this one. The OVA was definetly more expansive than the novels. So my guess is they will stick to the novels.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There's another anime, called Tytania based on his novels but I haven't seen that series.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As in condensable in the way nothing much is lost? I assume there are fillers in the original?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm indifferent to the aesthetics of the new version. What I'm hoping for is that it will be accessible to newcomers and that I'll be able to jump on to the old series where the new one leaves off. I've seen very little of the original and it was a long time ago, is there any way the story is condensable?
KTravlos
The fact that they stayed away from the disgusting new manga is great. I am not too keen on the CGI ships, but they also did not rankle. It looks like it will honor the spirit of the old series, and I cannot ask for more. I am a massive LOGH fan. And the new video out gives me hope of revisiting one of the greatest sci-fi/historical settings out there. I am happy.
AidanAK47
I hope they are using the old anime as a base and not the new Manga adaption. As that Manga adaption is seriously lacking.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I like that they blinged up the space battles which is good because those things could get tiresome. But I really hate the design of Yang Wenli. They made him look so much younger and bishi. I don't think i could take this guy seriously if he started one of Wenli's signature hypothesis.
Anonymous1408919
Thoughts on that new LOGH PV? My expectations were low, so I'm presently surprised. Obviously they made everybody pretty boys, and Mamoro Miyano is voicing Reinhard I believe. But art and animation actually looks pretty decent overall. It's a PV, and LOGH's best quality is it's story and characters, so we'll have to see if they remain faithful or not. But it's nice to see it get a visual overhaul.
AidanAK47
By the way this site has the first chapters but check the other versions to find them.
http://mangapark.me/manga/tsurezure-children-wakabayashi-toshiya
AidanAK47
@Mario, Indeed. It's also a pity that over half the couples in the manga were not featured. We only got a small taste of Patricia.
SuperMario
Or maybe I'll try to read the manga. The last time I checked it online, the site doesn't have its first few chapters
SuperMario
@Aidan: man, Tsurezure Children sure is sweet. Really sad to see it ends
AidanAK47
So that's the end of Tsurezure Children.
....I'm gonna need a second season. Now.
....NOW GODDAMNIT! NOW!
KTravlos
As I said I understand the criticisms to RE:Creator, but ultimately I enjoyed most of the show. It could had been better, and it is a missed chance. But I have seen worse.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I gave up halfway through, there weren't even enough action scenes and those that were didn't justify waiting around for.
AidanAK47
Could have at least delivered on the action but that was rendered pointless due to the majority of the cast turning good and Altair being a complete cheat character.
AidanAK47
It would have been really fun to see characters discuss their stories with their creators or indulge in what our world has to offer but they really glossed over that part.
AidanAK47
It really should have gone deeper into the whole meta aspect introducing anime characters to the real world. Like they did with Mamika's powers being ridiculously destructive when outside a kid friendly setting.
AidanAK47
@Puran, I at least like the message of the final episode. But as for the show itself it was just missed potential on a lot of levels. I wanted Anime Genre battle royale and instead got a secondhand Shirobako with a crap shounen anime attached.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have been forgiving of Anno as I've gotten older.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also just re-watched gunbuster, I'd previously dismissed the ova after a few episodes when I was a teenager, I'd found it too slow, didn't have that issue with the 90 minute version I just finished. I've never see the sequels.
Lenlo
Ill have to finish Creators... at some point
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've been dipping back into the Lupin franchise, Gold of babylon was particularly screwball, kind of ridiculous comedy caper/adventure thing you just have to run with....turns out it was directed by a live action filmaker I especially like who made bizzare noir films in the 60s.
Puran
So that explains why Meteora had so much air time in Re:Creators. It's her story....

I hated the ending and I disliked the anime overall.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It was a genuine surprise to see that Assayas decided to make a film framed around hentai =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I loved how incoherent demonlover was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The criticisms I'll give wind river, is a slight inconsistent performance from Renner and that very awkwardly inserted flashback scene.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: on Wind River, I agree it's a well-executed case of the week drama, although there are some plot pregressions that I don't get (how did they find out about the man's corspe again?). About Demonlover, man, the film gives me a chill down my spine. Heartless. And a bit misogynist.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: as much as I loved Wong (yeah I too prefer him over Malick), sometimes I do think Western cinema give him too much praise that sadly overshadow other Asian directors.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Wong is important to me as a hong-kong filmaker, he offers something entirely different from the whole Woo/Lam Hong komg movies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: On a more positive note Maggie Cheung did mention that she felt her early work with Wong was when she first truly became a proper actress.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: ....I had no idea he had such a sad background.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*investigation drama
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that film also marked/ signified a rather sad period of Hongkong showbiz. Leslie Cheung badically lived the live of the protagonist and commited suicide in 1997. His girlfriend on screen, during the filming, was kidnaped, raped and taken topless picture. The damnest thing is that everyone knowed the culprit but did nothing, and in the press it was just deemed as "kipnapped and assaulted"
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Wind river was a big surprise for me, just goes to show that with the right execution an ordinary police drama movie can be elevated higher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Thats the interesting thing, tracking a directors career.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Just binge watched the new dominion tank police ovas , admittedly these are kind of reptitive and extremely silly but its hard to hate on something so shamelessly fun that made me feel like a child again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: you said it there. DoBW is rather raw and unpolished but that's one of the reason why I am drawn to it more compare to his other works.
AidanAK47
In all honesty, it would be nice to finally see a continuation after fusion as all games after that have just been adding chapters in-between.
Vonter
Finally I wonder, if Metroid Prime 4 will definitely branch out of the main Metroid's continuity. It's curious how an interquel subseries is still going to add things in between the first and the second entries in the main franchise.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - I think is nice we can see both takes. Especially since neither one despite a few qualms are still very solid entries for this franchise. I just hope Metroid moves forward, as IMO this is the only game that really needed a facelift do to the heavy limitations of the gameboy. And I hope the secret gallery at the end is teasing how the producer plans to move the plot forward.
AidanAK47
I thought it might be like that but it's good to know they are at least on a close level. I didn't really want Samus Returns to replace AM2R as the "Definitive" version of Metroid 2. Mostly because a lot of love was put into AM2R andit came at a point when it felt Nintendo didn't give a crap about Metroid.
Vonter
Like Zero Mission there's something added to Samus Returns but I'll just leave it at that.
Vonter
I think both have strong points. Samus Returns have better boss battles, gameplay mechanics and more intense action pieces. AM2R IMO has more atmosphere, takes advantage of elements Nintendo don't even try like the Federation subplot, and the ending portion narratively has more heart in AM2R, while in Samus Returns it feels mostly like "the final level".
Vonter
I also did got lost a couple of times in Samus Returns and aside from the big water section in AM2R, the latter is more linear game.
Vonter
I think the controls in Samus Returns bring more to the table though. The 360 aiming makes for better ways to shoot enemies and some of the bosses take advantage of that. If it weren't for the 3DS giving hand cramps because you're holding L and R at several points it'll be completely the most ideal way to play.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - AM2R is very good, I think it has the advantage that because it uses sprites IMO backgrounds and enemies are more vibrant and easier to appreciate. The Federation soldiers are better executed in AM2R and that secret section with the ship is very eery.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, How does it stack up to AM2R? I bought it and am still waiting on it to be delivered but I have the feeling that AM2R would be the better game when comparing.
Vonter
I took me 12 hours to 100% and I've heard the best ending is beating it in less than 4 hours. I think unlike Zero Mission item percentage don't matter, it's mainly to unlock an art gallery.
Vonter
My main criticism is this being a 3DS game. Small enemies can be hard to see or appreciate. And I think the 3DS wasn't made for heavy action packed games like this or Smash Bros. I got the rubber from the circle pad come off in two occasions. Also unless there was something big in the background, several areas felt lacking in detail. Still Samus and the bosses look good.
Vonter
In terms of difficulty, the game has the enemies packing more damage than in other 2D Metroids. Is difficult in the sense than you can't tank damage as in other iterations, you have to be aware of enemy behavior and bosses mainly get easier do to familiarizing with their patterns, since I did die a lot each time I faced a new boss. And got used to kill them faster as I went along.
Vonter
Ok, so I beat Samus Returns. It's quite good. Unlike Fusion that had dialogue at midst the gameplay. Samus Returns only has a prologue of exposition and any cutscenes mainly accentuate the reactions of Samus confronting a new enemy. The level design is dense, despite having isolated areas like in Fusion and the original Samus Returns, each area is very mazelike.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: =< Awww I kind of like demonlover actually despite all its flaws, it had great sound design and had this cold, clinical, un-nerving mood to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Days of being wild does feel a bit un-realized/un-polished/rough compared to his other work definitely but its probably the rawest I've seen from him and that has its appeal.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Haven't seen farewell my concubine come to think of it. Regarding the scifi element I felt I embraced it more further into the film when it started to intermingle more.
While I am more forgiving toward Malick's recent films than most, that decline in quality means I have to pick Wong.
KTravlos
by the way in RE:Creators we probably will be getting a future series focusing on the hunt for Magane :p Meteora probably playing the role of detective. I also bet her novel will be wordy and heavy in exposition :p
KTravlos
i.e his end game might had been a cross-species revolution against him anyway. We will see
KTravlos
In Bahamut Chris proves to not be totally evil, but he is totally crazy. That said I am seeing one of my hunches getting supported, the hunch was that his cruelty towards daemons was with the purpose of bringing them down enough that they would be willing to work with humans as euals (As they are in Jean's army) and thus via that create a more unified world. I
KTravlos
RE: Creators has come to its end. I know the problems everyone has with it, and while it failed to raise to the level of exceptional show, I loved it. As I said, it had been years since a show kept me so excited episode after episode. They blew it at some point, but ultimately for me this is an en-joyful show, and one I would happily binge watch in the future again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: question for you though, between these two directors, which one do you prefer: Wong Kar-Wai or Terrance Malick?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: if you enjoyed both 2046 and In the Mood for Love, by all mean check out Days of Being Wild. The trio forms a loose trilogy and Days of Being Wild was the first film that Wong began his unique unconventional style. It's one of my personal favorite of Wong and it's a chance for you to watch the late Leslie Cheung acted (you might watch him already in Farewell My Concubine)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: 2046 is indeed a passionate film, and one of his best looking film. He tried something different in 2046 too, experimented with scifi (one of the best part in the film for me)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it's stritcly Wong Kar Wai's romance we're talking about, since I don't find the rest of Chinese take on romance that interesting. Romance or melodrama is one of his main theme throughout his career
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It was slightly overly long however.
I've also seen chungking express, in the mood for love and fallen angels. I think this Chinese take on romance is really clicking with me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I also thought it was a very passionette film and I love how Kar-wong-wai uses the music in it. I also think its one of his best looking films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I had a look at that Chinese film 2046, very effectively melancholic take on fleeting relationships while also successfully being quite sensual while staying classy and without ever showing too much. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are two beautiful people =P
SuperMario
for those who still want to catch up with 18if, episode 11 has a huge recap, while wrapping up the show with a new overarching plot. Hopefully they don't pull another Matrix here
SuperWooper
It's shounen-y for sure. The competitions have been my least favorite parts of the show so far. If you're still watching, you might appreciate it more once the Tenpei Cup is over.
Anonymous1399692
Damn Ballroom looks so good. But I really can't enjoy it despite that I want to. It has too many of these typical shounen moments and plot points I can't stand.
Anonymous1399684
Omae wa mou shindeiru
Lenlo
Mononoke is actually what made me find Ayakashi. Also a good show.
SuperMario
Regarding Ayakashi, I only watched the Mononoke segment
SuperMario
"It was a long, long trip, and we're coming finally to the end of the journey. Thank you, Manoyama and Chupacabra. And thank you, 5 EURO" - Sandal-san.
Lenlo
Ayakashi was great for me Kaiser. I enjoyed my time with it
Vonter212
@AidanAK47 - The hard aspect has been commented in several reviews with bosses being able to easily kill you. (Although in my experience it might be just getting a pattern). In terms of length most 2D games can be beaten under 3 hours. This one seems to clock at at least 6 to 15 if you want to collect everything. Then again, we'll see in subsequent playthroughs.
AidanAK47
`@Vonter. It's out now but I don't remember seeing anyone claim it's the longest hardest entry 2D wise.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Going to watch new dominion tank police next and read violence action and Oddman 11.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It took me years to get round to it, but I finally watched Ayakashi and as expected like most anthologies, again its mixed, the first is a solid ghost story that improves after a weak start, but that third one with the cat spirit was great, really liked how experimental that looked.
Vonter
Soo a new Metroid comes out this week. It is said, it's the longest, hardest entry in regards to the 2D iterations. Still not as great as Super, and depending on your fanaticism it might or not be as good as Zero Mission.
SuperMario
But they didn't pull that scene off too well. It's just... unmemorable. In fact the whole show is very unremarkable. Now only 1 episode left I might as well finish it but I won't give it a full review
SuperMario
Koi to Uso has been disappointing so far. Episode 10 featured the sequence that i was looking forward the most in the manga: the former classmate tells the one sided crush of the main girl from her POV. For a romance that contrived and manipulated like this one, hearing this from the third person's perspective prove to be more powerful
Vonter
@HelghastKillzone - Good luck with that. I almost had my car's engine damaged since it has been raining heavily where I live. Had to ask for help the next day to pull it out of mud. Still not as bad as the other three cars that did get stuck in the water.
HelghastKillzone
Dealing with work and the total loss of my car really sucks at the moment so I'm quite tied up for this week.
KTravlos
I do agree to a point, but to be frank all the episodes of Princess Principal to date have been so solid I have a hard time deciding. Episode 5 though was still the best from a holistic point (action, direction, music etc) was the one introducing Chise
SuperMario
Agree. Dorothy has the biggest heart out of all the spy girls. Also "help" that her episodes are all melodramatic.
Amagi
This episode of PrinPrin showed again that Dorothy is the best character by far. Not just herself but her episodes as well are better written than the rest if you ask me.
KTravlos
It just hit me. The characters in Princess Principal may be very well working for IngSoc :p
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, in the seven chapters it's only really two of them that contain dark shocking content. Chapter three being the biggest one in that regard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I read a comment where someone said subahibi shocked them more than saya no uta. While I haven't played it yet, I have seen some of a letsplay...it lleft me thinking....how many hours until this actually gets good/truly unhinged .
AidanAK47
After Reading SubaHibi, Made in Abyss's dark turn didn't shock me too much. Maybe I just got desensitised. I will have a review of SubaHibi hopefully up in a week though to clarify my feelings on it after just finishing it, It was interesting but disappointing.
KTravlos
well, well. Both Made in the Abyss and Virgin Soul do not hold back. Grim! RE:Creators is warping up. Comparing with these other shows I can fully appreciate the problems people have with it. But still I am glad I am sticking to the end. Altair's voice actor by the way did great.
AidanAK47
@Helghast, And Kings Field was the Demon Souls before Demon Souls came out.
KTravlos
having binge watched several of this season's shows I would say Princess Principal is the most rounded. Made in Abyss is good. Kakegurui and The Reflection as SuperMario said will depend on your tastes. There is also Shouko no Altair. You will like it if you liked Tanya Saga of Evil, or Legend of Galactic Heroes, or Arslan Senki or manga like Vinland Saga, Gunka no Baltzar, and especially Historie
Anonymous1385641
Jesus...me watching this weeks Made in Abyss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ogzsWhZcmM
HelghastKillzone
So... Demon Souls was the Dark Souls before Dark Souls came out.
SuperMario
@anon1385426: the safest bets aside from Made in Abyss are Welcome to the Ballroom and Princess Principal. Kakegurui and the Refection are for more acqurired taste
Anonymous1385426
Aside from Made in Abyss, what's the best anime this season?
Lenlo
@KT, the pacing and the framerate early on are my two biggest issues. Later on the story starts to get abit more engaging, and they start doin things I didnt expect, but the pacing is still there. Some akward pauses.
Lenlo
Look, Berserk and Dark Souls are both amazing. But I only have 3 Dark Souls games, and 38 Berserk volumes. Im clearly biased
KTravlos
I sat down and watched the first 4 episodes of The Reflection. It is an interesting attempt, and I can see the people making it having fun doing so. But I did notice a pacing issue. For some reason the episodes felt like they dragged a bit too long.
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