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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SuperMario
@Topgavin: yeah the question is WHEN they will adapt all of these. Great that you're busy now with uni stuffs (always good to be busy) but make sure to check back in often. I don't want to loose the small number of regular viewers here so to speak :)
Topgavin
And yeah, been doing university stuff so haven't had much time at all to do own time stuff.
Topgavin
@Mario Apparently there's a decent amount of content left in the VN, and since it's the first show by the studio I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a second season. Pretty bad look if you neglect your flagship show
SuperMario
and haven't seen you around that often lately @Topgavin. Been busy this season??
SuperMario
For Tanya, there's either this type of episode that focused on war, action and Tanya being badass; or Tanya working her way up rank and fighting with God. While obviously I enjoy the latter much more, I think this was still a solid episode. My 2 main complaints would be I'd love for things go unexpected for once for Tanya and I don't think we have anything close to conclusion this season.
Topgavin
I wouldn't be surprised if the guy that got shot didn't actually die, and that he gets 'helped' by god to be Tanya's main opponent. Or we just continue like normal and that was just a show of Tanya being Tanya. Either way the show is going strong
Anonymous885442
What if Being X decides to help things along?
Lenlo
So I cant remember, whats the gang bosses relationship to Yakumo? I just cant place him.
Lenlo
If she does become a reasonable opponent, there needs to be some sort of time skip or buildup. Theres no way she goes from a little girl in America to a formidable opponent in afew months. Maybe once Tanya grows up some more? I think the Colonel that got killed though would have been fine had they not killed him off so anti-climatically.
HelghastKillzone
Much like how Sophie became the opposing witch for Izetta last season, although I hope to hell it won't suck as much.
HelghastKillzone
We're at latter stages of Vol. 2 LN for Youjo Senki and I think that there is the potential for Mary Sue to become a formidable opponent. She's the only one with any semblance of a motive for going after Tanya personally. Everyone else is either dead or under Tanya's command.
Lenlo
Agreed. My favorite part of the show was Tanya and her attitude/interactions with people. I know shes a badass, now show me where shes an evil monster worthy of being Gods foe.
AidanAK47
I do agree that Tanya hasn't really interacted with those around her. In that regard the shorts show more of that. I think we need to get into her head more as well. We haven't had much monologue these past two episodes.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Deus lo vult. Admitly she's likely going to come into it at a later date but it is important to note that this story wasn't written to be chopped into anime seasons. We got 7 light novels and I hear the web novel has already been completed. My worry is that the majority of this season will be setting up a great conflict. This is going to become a world war after all.
Lenlo
But Aidan, we know nothing about her. Shes in America at the moment, so her getting to the war and becoming any kind of threat is ridiculous. He was much better setup to be an antagonist. He had history with the protagonist after all and was clearly skilled because of his position.

She just has no buildup as a major character that I care about in any way
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Agree on that. It's the drifters thing again, if the enemy doesn't make the main character sweat then there no real tension in the action.
Lenlo
We also dont get many character to character talks as you said. Its mostly just Tanya barking orders and chances for her to show off how smart she is. Aside from being a tad aggressive, nothing she has done has had any consequences, shes and the battalion are in no real danger since not even an unnamed member has died, and she has very few notable faults.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I disagree on that characters inclusion being pointless. I think it's setup for Tanya's antagonist. After all Tanya stole his gun, his gun which was a Christmas present from his Daughter and inscribed with his name. When someone sees that gun, they are gonna want some vengeance.
His daughters name is Mary Sue by the way. If she lives up to the name this will be most entertaining.
Lenlo
There was just very little character progress. Sure, the army and the war advanced, but it was just another battle scene with a named character who I thought was going to be reacurring and important, just get shut down immediatly. He didnt do anything. What was the point of his inclusion?
Anonymous884628
My question is what the end game of this anime is. The structure doesn't make it clear where the story will put a closure. And still there's not that many interactions between Tanya and her peers, the only character interactions that have felt meaningful have been with God.
Anonymous884628
Lenlo - So so. I mean I liked a proper mission that it's easier to see the impact to the enemy, taking a couple of railroads and advancing the infantry into enemy territory. Still on the other hand the character they killed makes his inclusion kinda pointless.
Lenlo
I found this weeks Tanya alittle weak. I was expecting something more after that week break
Anonymous884480
Mirror of Fate and LoS2 felt like they didn't know where to take the story they built on the first game. There's a lack of touch in regards to using Castlevania characters and in short they were a mess. The RE6 of Castlevania. Too big, too unfocused, too shallow.
Anonymous884480
Kaiser Eoghan - LoS 1 is decent. Evidently the developers wanted to make an original game that ended with the Castlevania game placed on it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Apparently Lords of shadow ruined the series.
Kaiser Eoghan
That castlevania fighting game got stale quickly and Takeshi Obata's art wasn't suited to the characters.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've seen friends play the 3D ones, I remember some of the later ones including leveling up elements I think but those weren't so good.
Anonymous884480
Kaiser Eoghan - If you have a Wii or Wii U or a PSP, Rondo of Blood is good. In regards to the handhelds I think Dawn of Sorrow and Order of Ecclessia are the best ones. The latter looking similar to what we've seen of Bloodstained.
Kaiser Eoghan
Despite my interest and enjoyment of Castlevania, I haven't played enough of the series as a should have back in the day. I played symphony of the night, legacy of darkness, dracula x, castlevania 4, bloodlines . I know the horrors of castlevania II.
Anonymous884275
At one moment Mighty No.09. Also seemed Megaman in everything but name. Both Yooka Laylee and Bloodstained are developed with a more modest budget than the former games. Also a key aspect is if they'll learn or stumble about the flaws the old games had. (Collecthaton and recycled enemy designs).
AidanAK47
Bloodstained is still about and that's castlevaina in everything but name
AidanAK47
Same on character design. Though I am worried they might pull out some adventure time character style.
AidanAK47
@Anon, That's true about Ippo. It didn't really weaken as Ippo has a near perfect shounen formula. The problem is that it just stopped going anywhere. Still very enjoyable but plot progression is dead in the water. No ending aside it is likely the better anime. You can pretty much stop at the first season.
K-Off
I say Castlevania was fucked the moment it turned into a pachinko machine
Anonymous884097
I've heard Hajime no Ippo starts good and weakens the further you go into it. And I know Joe has an ending, I don't know if Ippo does.
Anonymous884097
AidanAK47 - I'm mainly worried about the western character design they'll use. Since it has the range of being like the new DC animated movies, or something like Korgoth of Barbaria. I think the castle is intended to not make sense given all the things it contains. Is more like a portal to another dimension.
AidanAK47
Looking at the poster image for the castlevainas animated series made me realise just how structurally unsound draculas castle is.
AidanAK47
@Mario, if your are starting something that long you might as well go for the better equalvent, Hajime no Ippo.
AidanAK47
That Castlevania animation has me worried. Fair enough if they are going to attempt it but the people working on it has me worried that they will try to turn it into a comedy. Adventure time Castlevania edition would make me very angry indeed.
Vonter
Like with the Rose of Versailles, or Remy (Le Naki Ko). It feels like witnessing the life of the main character. Since it also builds off the path to becoming a boxer. It's also in a way refreshing having a like-hate feeling for the protagonist, since he can be cool as well as being a total jerk.
Lenlo
Its the Hajime no Ippo predecessor and laid the foundation. Its pretty good imo.
Lenlo
Ashita no Joe is like, the original sports anime
SuperMario
wait... (looking at the details), so there're 79 episodes... well, I MIGHT give it a try but the long-run anime scare the hell out of me now
SuperMario
@Vonter: Really? If you like it that much then I'm gonna give it a try too
Vonter
Guys. I don't even recall how I ended watching this anime. But I'm enthralled with Ashita No Joe. Despite looking really really rough, despite having a rather easy to follow story. This anime feels with weight, it feels like reading a novel in best way.
SuperMario
...But I don't plan to watch anymore of it
SuperMario
@Spike: I watched the first 3 episodes of Akiba's Strip and I enjoy the show for its dynamic animation and its goofiness, after all I think Akiba's trip represents well the goods and bads of anime medium
SuperMario
This week has to be one of my personal favorite KonoSuba episode. Everything was hliarious from start to finish. I certainly didn't expect to enjoy Darkness that much. She's freaking amusing.
AidanAK47
Yamishibai really has gone downhill since it's excellent first season. Second season was alright. Third season was ruined by them relying on visual horror drawings that were more silly than scary. Fourth season is being ruined by the way that the stories don't seem to have a punchline. All the endings have been just let downs.
Kaiser Eoghan
I never expected this but, there's going to be an animated adaptation of Castlevania of all things.
Spike
Akiba's Trip is a real sleeper imo. It's pretty damn funny and goofy borderline trolling at times that make what should be a stupid forgetable show entertaining, worth checking out if you haven't.
SuperMario
@anon877854: just finished ACCA episode and I agree that everything getting really interesting now. Review will come up soon.
Anonymous877854
Well I thought ACCA would dance around the truth for a few more eps but they had a bunch of big reveals this ep. Will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Not too fond of really old vn games like those. They put up a presence of being point and click adventures. I have a hard time enjoying the stories when the "Gameplay" keeps killing the pacing. Big offender was Eve Burst error. Really couldn't enjoy that one at all.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: And policenauts, how about that one?
Kaiser Eoghan
Honestly I really don't mind all the side drama/romance in rakugo...in the longest time its been an anime that gave me feelings worth feeling.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Would you in any way recommend snatcher (I think that counts as a visual novel) or is it a dated product of its time. On a side note I love the soundtrack.
Kaiser Eoghan
Case in this point I was blown away by utawerumono and chaos head when I was a less experienced viewer, nostalgia keeps poking at me to watch the sequels, but I just know chaos;child will be awful as will utawerumono 2.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hate when this happens, keep getting this itch to watch the followup to something I liked in the past but no full well I'd hate if I went back to it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Hopefully I'll make time for Irae and subahibi, don't know anything about clockwork. Ended up getting involved in what will likely turn into a business course soon.
AidanAK47
Some really great Visual Novels localised this year. Muv Luv Alternative, Sharin no Kuni, Dies Irae, SubaHibi and clockwork key line. It's good year to be a VN fan. Now I just need an update about Baldr Sky.
AidanAK47
Subarashiki Hibi is getting published by Front Wing. Hell goddamn yes. Finally I can read it and be traumatised for life.
Anonymous870083
mm okay thanks!
AidanAK47
@Anon1, Think you might just have to go with a torrent. It's pretty hard to find direct download anime these days.
Anonymous870541
the latest episode of rakugo just made my heart sank. i didn't think it would get better than it already is. i thank god that i didn't read ahead
Anonymous870083
does anyone know where I can download the remastered version of the Utena series? without torrent?
SuperMario
the same very thought here Lenlo. What I considered the weakest part turned out to be so layered. Sorry for ever doubting you, Rakugo.
Lenlo
And that smirk at the end, beautiful
Lenlo
The weakest plot point of S1 has just become the best part ever.
Lenlo
OOH MAN. I was not ready. The entire first season was all a setup. I cant. What. HOW DOES IT GET BETTER
Lenlo
Cant wait to watch Rakugo tonight, just got home and im lookin forward to it,.
AidanAK47
I think before grabbing the protest signs it might be worth considering if the thing you are demanding be uncensored is even worth it. Oh yeah, now you can see genitalia in crap sex scenes that were crow bared into the plot. No more need to use your imagination.
AidanAK47
Some protest because they want there porn. That I suppose I can understand even if I think they would be better off buying some nukige. But then there are those who demand it just for the sake of standing against censorship. They don't give a crap about the game or the fact we are getting the exact same thing the japanese got. What? Censorship of sexual organs? DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!
AidanAK47
There are people actively proclaiming they won't buy the game, because they can't see dicks. That is not hyperbole. This is literally exactly whats happening here. And they just act so goddamn self righteous about it. Porn is not the goddamn point of these games. Shouldn't even be in them in the first place.
AidanAK47
So another Sekai Kickstarter is up for a trilogy of Visual novels called A Clockwork Ley-Line. Chipped in my bit as I am going to be buying this regardless but like goddamn clockwork you get the idiots yelling for Mosaic removal. No matter how I try to rationalize it, this just sounds stupid.
Kaiser Eoghan
Just whenever I think Rakugo may be dragging its feet it comes out a gives me three big strong moments in this weeks episode, you will know them when you come to them.
K-Off
Dubbing in more subdued performances work fine. It just becomes unbearable when it involves shouty dialogue, which idescribes most of the Japanese games I play.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I think at the time it allowed Bagel (where did he go?) to find some exploit/gap in the sites security too.
SuperMario
I mean the spoiler code in the comment section. ^^. Like I don't mind if readers give (potential) spoilers but I don't want to ruin the fun of other readers as well
AidanAK47
After all it wasn't a intended feature of the old shoutbox. We were pretty much hacking the thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
I seem to remember all those old html codes stopped working on the old shoutbox too at one point.
Kaiser Eoghan
There was also originally an ability to animate text too of the shoutbox and have gifs appear in the message box but not as links.
AidanAK47
I remember some HTML code worked with the old shoutbox but nope. But I suppose you could change the colour of text to white...though that would effect everything you write.
SuperMario
Btw, do we have spoiler tag here Aidan?
SuperMario
@anon861679: Agreed. They have big ambitions, but they seems unsure on what to do next. I mean engaging your readers to give their thoughts is good, but if it is a mean for you to get inspiration to write essay about isn't that great. Well, give them say 6 months until they can settle down (they just launched this site for 3,4 months only)
Kaiser Eoghan
Despite being fine with anime in English, I've almost always felt that voice acting in videogames isn't as good.
Anonymous861679
Hey mario, that anime feminist blog was well, kind of awful. While they're well intentioned, it felt like they were pushing tumblr stuff onto chan stuff and that always ends up in a smoking mess.
SuperMario
Okay I'm going to erase my memories right now
SuperMario
I swear I'll stay off reddit for good. Have been spoiled by the development of ACCA by one of their "theory". As soon as I realized it's freaking spoiler I stopped but what done is done. Ahhhhhhhhhh
K-Off
Christ Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty addicting, micro transactions are not necessary at all. Though it irks me that I can't get Japanese voices. Dubs just make me cringe every time.
SuperMario
@ckspike: Hand Shakers, the very quality that makes you brain cells die while watching it. Well, I actually think the music is one of the best part of the show, now that you mention it like that...well...*slap my forehead*
ckspike
... my roommate just told me the background music when I'm watching Hand Shakers sounds like a bad porno... Now I can't unhear it. Fuck!
Lenlo
I havnt kept up with Academia, for some reason it just didnt catch me as well as the movie first did.
AidanAK47
You know what's funny? I thought little Witch Academia would be the hardest one to blog. Yet halfway into the current season and it's the one I write the most about.
Lenlo
I actually dont read many blogs. Mostly just this place and the occasional pop on reddit
Anonymous859067
I'd like to present to one of my favorite blogs, A work I just created: Greed Island! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tc2r.greedisland
AidanAK47
I go to Reddit anime myself but I don't really like the upvote system. Basically the majority rule opinions get put to the top which more often than not are jokes.
HelghastKillzone
I listen to podcasts on youtube and others places as well as going on Reddit Anime to hear a thousand people yammering away.
Kaiser Eoghan
I irregularly follow the episode reviews on ANN and sometimes read standing on my neck. I fell out of the habit of following random curiousity.
SuperMario
Anime Feminist (animefeminist.com), while sounds ambitious on paper, hasn't been too hot unfortunately. I know they aim to be "big" so they're still figuring out how to do it best. Well, good luck for them!
SuperMario
Oh, I know I've mentioned this site before but you guys should read it (blog.sakugabooru.com), this site is one of the only few blogs that I actively subscribed to read their post. They have some insights to the anime industry that is very informative and inspiring
SuperMario
I also think that this chatbox here plays a great role to keep a fair amount of readers for the site, as many sometimes just come here to give their two cents on certain anime.
SuperMario
I just checked out rabujoi blof for the first time, (https://rabujoi.wordpress.com) and I think they're in pretty good shape. Content-wise are solid (as far as I read), and they update their post pretty regularly (comparing their amount of posts last month (80) to ours (28), ouch)
SuperMario
Just really wonder, what are other anime sites that you guys follow beside this? Well, ANN and RandomC are a given, but I found myself haven't bothered to read ANN's episodic reviews lately (mostly due to time constraint)
AidanAK47
Don't tell me this is gonna be a regular thing.
Lenlo
There we go
Lenlo
Oh god JSON objects. I thought that nightmare was over
SuperMario
Mine is working probably as well. Thanks a bunch K-Off and glad to hear back from you.
K-Off
No problem.
K-Off
I really need to figure out how to get those damn tooltips working again on the sidebar thumbnails. It'd be useful to have the descriptions popup.
AidanAK47
Cleared my cache and it looks to be fixed. Thanks as always K-Off. I would be completely screwed without you around.
K-Off
Alright I think that did it. Let me know if it pops up again. If you still see it, clear your browser cache and let me know if its still there.
AidanAK47
Messages still get sent. You just might have to reload the page. We are working on getting it fixed.
Vonter
AidanAK47 I can't get into Fate since like with Nanoha there's a lot of stuff with those names in it. Zero was the most straightforward, yet the buildup was very dragout but the payoffs where very worthy.
HelghastKillzone
testing message.
AidanAK47
This is what I get for updating the bloody plugin.....
AidanAK47
He finished it and was telling me what he thought of Saber defeating Gilgamesh. Minute he said that I was like "OH GOD..." He watched the Deen 2006 adaption. Sadly it loos like he's not going to bother watching UBW TV despite me showing him part of the berserker fight. With Fate/Extra, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Oath under the snow and all the rest this problem will happen again.
AidanAK47
You know I wish the Fate series did a better job naming it's series. I was introducing a newbie so I gave him Fate/Zero first. He loved it so I specifically told him to watch the UBW TV Series and don't mistake it for the movie. He then went and watched the movie. I told him to watch the TV series regardless and brought up the MAL page to show him which one.
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, there's definately no harm in doing further reading on more arthouse stuff before reviewing it/watching/after watching, it extends our understanding and is pretty much required.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Go for it, you might sell me on reading it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Yeah, I generally only write reviews every now and then, and they tend to be kept simple and to 200-300 words. My writing ability only really works when I write in stream of consciousness.
Anonymous855550
Zestiria is such a feast for the eyes... The colors and backgrounds are so vivid and magnificent. Story has improved on the game's weaknesses too!
Lenlo
Given enough time, im sure I could write something, but as I writer I tend towards quick, decisive statements of what I think and why. Engineer, so technical documents are like the only thing I know how to write.
Topgavin
@Supermario ah, I'd say I'm the opposite in that I sometimes don't know why I like something so much, and when I read a review about it I can relate my own experiences and put it in my own words pretty well. Can thank Highschool eco for that
SuperMario
But to tell you guys the truth, I never think that I'm cut out as a reviewer (even now), because I'm a type of viewer who more perceive (I know why I like/ don't like stuffs) than express (just can't never explain stuffs well)
SuperMario
@Topgavin: it's depending on what grabbing you really; as I always find shows with heavy symbolisms like Penguindrum or Flip Flappers the easiest to dig deeper. But those are always my kind of show to begin with
Topgavin
I'd find it really hard to write something about a show without reading about it first; watching it one time by myself I usually only notice the big things. Stuff like Flip Flappers I had no clue what half the episode's hidden meanings were, can't imagine reviewing a show like NGE or penguindrum.
SuperMario
that's exactly how I write my reviews anyways
Lenlo
I cant imagine writing a review, id just repeat myself with different words but the same intended meaning over and over again
AidanAK47
Wonder if I should write a review of this. Might be hard without giving too much away.
AidanAK47
(Finishes Sweetest monster Visual novel)
.....well....fuck.
(Buys all authors visual novels on steam.)
Lenlo
Sadly, I doubt Nioh will get a PC port. Sony is pretty stingy on their exclusives, like Bloodborne. But I am so very happy with Nioh. I love technical combat like this
Kaiser Eoghan
I suppose this means I'm looking into this rpg maker game thing now isn't it? Might aswell.
Kaiser Eoghan
I remember the word animerican used to describe things like avatar last airbender. Filthy word =P
Anonymous853606
God no. Jiro Taniguchi died.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I have been hearing very good things about Nioh. Really hoping it gets a PC port.
@Topgavin, No real surprises there.
Topgavin
I'm sure most of you have heard, but looks like New Game is getting a season 2 out of all things. Apparently they had good sales, and I can certainly see why. CGDCT with yuri undertones and clean animation is hard to get wrong, let alone not sell.
Lenlo
Just started with Nioh, and oh my goodness do I love it.
Anonymous852887
anyone play resident evil 7? its so good.
AidanAK47
Thought that's because the term American Anime just feels wrong to me on all levels.
AidanAK47
@Anon, they do not. They are cartoons.
Anonymous852775
DO people call D.C. Comics animated movies American anime?
AidanAK47
@Anon, I am certainly interested in seeing the next episode. Those minisodes were pretty good too. One thing I thought the writting faltered on though was the comedy. It really was a little too slapstick considering how serious the drama was.
SuperMario
@Lenlo: ah remind me the time I went to Texas (Corpus Christy) before X-mas time and I was wearing short pants and thongs (nice!!!), then went all the way up to Niagara Falls and I was almost freezing there.
Lenlo
See, I love winter, but its almost non-existent in Texas
Anonymous852268
@Aidan: I agree. I loved To the Moon. It's so good seeing emotional drama that isn't centered around high-school kids. Seeing the ups and downs of a whole long life of a person gives everything that happens way more impact.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: An Australian friend put it as "A sunbaked rock in summer, a giant zoo, that actively tries to kill its population"
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The plot sure thickens a lot after this episode. Well, last week I mentioned about the possible spoiler of ACCA plot, but the truth turns out that it didn’t really qualified as a spoiler at all. All the hints were there and viewers picked up pretty quickly (or just that I’m a slow picker, yare […]

Little Witch Academia – 07[Orange Submariner]

It’s good to see that the strides Akko made last episode are still in effect as she is not making an honest effort to improve herself. She’s taking lessons from Ursula and paying attention in class but despite this her improvement is minimal. That’s good as I don’t want to see Akko become a top […]

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Looking over my old review of episode 12, I find that I didn’t really cover the episode decently. I gave a brief summery but I don’t think I really articulated my feelings on the episode as well as I could. I do remember finding it to be a big heel turn when it came to […]

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We have a fairly typical 3-gatsu this week, in which its level of quality is what we come to expect now. Its awkward shift in tone and the lack of big thematic plot points are still prominent in this episode, but we also have many heart-warming little moments, occasional touch of visual greatness and the […]

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If there is one thing that I really respect about Scum’s Wish, it’s that they commit themselves all the way to that tangled web of broken desires and love, instead of chicken out half-way. As a result this show gets much harder to swallow, but leaves you a big emotional impact. This week in particular […]

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Now we’re clear why Lotte looked so worried last week upon hearing Jean was riding a train, turn out that their parents passed away due to train accident when they were young, 13 years ago. The meeting of Jean and Grossular is rather an unexpected exchange, as instead of questioning Grossular if he’s involved to […]

Little Witch Academia – 06[The Fountain of Polaris]

I should start having more faith in Trigger. Just at the point when Akko’s mentality was starting to become a problem, she gets an episode dedicated to fixing that. After gaining shiny rod Akko was under the impression she was something special but now after failing in magic again she is finally acknowledging her shortcomings. […]

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