Posted by AidanAK47 on 19 June 2017 with categories: Seasonal Previews

Come one, come all, it’s time for the usual Anime season Preview and let me say this one took a lot more out of me than previous seasons. Maybe I am getting old or maybe it was the fact that I wrote a preview for a series and researched it only for to end up a short series. Making my efforts a waste of time. That would be the reasoning why there are previews of short series below when I usually disregard them. Either way, with holidays, moving to a new house, Dies Irae and just a general listlessness I found this season harder to write for. Looking at it overall I think this may be the weakest season of the year so far but we do still have a few standouts and some potential surprises that could save it.

So you know the drill. I check out every source I find from light novels to manga and give you a rundown on what looks to be great or terrible. Naturally peaking at the staff as well just to give a vague estimate on a series quality. Below we have a poll where you can rate what you want to be blogged this season which us writers will use as a reference when picking out shows. Whatever’s top of the list is guaranteed to get blogged. You have more than one vote so vote as many shows as you like.

Which series should we cover for the 2017 Summer Season?

Once again thanks to Mario for gathering the images, chipping in his two cents and helping with the format. Honestly makes this task a whole lot easier. Let’s get started,

 

The sequels/Shorts I don’t care about

Ikemen Sengoku: Toki o Kakeru Koi (Short)

Jigoku Shoujo Yoi no Togi [Hell Girl Season 4] (Sequel)

Kaito x Ansa (Short)

Musashino! (Short)

New Game! 2 (Sequel)

Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart (Short)

Seizei Gambare Mahou Shoujo Kurumi (ONA)

Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ (Sequel)

Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita. (Short)

Teekyuu 9 (Sequel)

 

Series I don’t care about

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits


Studio: diomedea

Director: Keizou Kusakawa

Script/Series composer: Naruhisa Arakawa

Source: Original

Set in Hinano City, a tranquil area that cultivates fruits, but has lost its vitality. For the town she loves, high school girl Misaki Shirogane and other girls become local heroines (at the urging of Misaki’s aunt, the prefectural governor) and vow to produce action live events. The teen story depicts their strenuous efforts to revitalize their town.

 

Honestly sounds like an effort to merge Love Live with Kickass. We got the director of Sekirei, Fuuka, Dog Days, Campione, Asura Cryin’….Oh god it only gets worse and worse. Well he did Nanoha’s first three seasons so I guess that’s something. Series composer worked on more bad than good but well I thought Nadesico and Outbreak company where alright. I don’t see any real hope for this. I say the hero aspect won’t play much of an active role and this will just be a bunch of cute girls in homemade hero outfits. I have had enough of cute girls being all cute and stuff but give me a call if we got cute girls in insane asylum.

Aho Girl (Short Series)


Studio: diomedea

Director: Keizou Kusakawa / Shingo Tamaki

Script/Series composer: Takashi Aoshima

Source: 4-koma Manga

Yoshiko, a truly clueless high school girl, is never far from over the top hijinks (she can even manage to get all 0’s on multiple choice tests). Her childhood friend, who she claims to like, has no choice but to look out for her!

The usual tsukkomi and boke routine with very weak comedy. Watch Tsurezure Children instead for this particular fix.

Battle Girl High School


Studio: Silver Link

Director: Noriaki Akitaya

Script/Series composer: Yousuke Kuroda

Source: Game

It’s the year 2045. The world has been contaminated by the Irousu invaders, and humans find themselves contained. Standing boldly against these invaders are but ordinary girls. The Shinjugammine Girls Academy is a school for these “Hoshimori” (Star Guardians) destined to fight the Irousu.

 

Now there’s a title that lost me interest immediately. Now while this is based on a game, that game is a smartphone game and I would place that among mobile card game adaptions. Generally not very good. Director worked on Bakuman and Active Raid. Series composer actually has some really good series under his belt with the likes of Hellsing ultimate, Drifters, Boku no Hero, Gungrave and Infinite Ryvius. The series composer could manage to save this but I think this is a simple paycheck for him and nothing more. Definitely feels like a throwaway title.

 

Clione no Akari


Studio: Ishikawa Pro

Director: Naoya Ishikawa

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Novel

The story centers around an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl named Minori. After one rainy day, she doesn’t turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl’s two school friends, Takashi and Ky?ko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town.

I can’t find a translation so my impressions are going off the PV and the director. Frankly I got pretty much nothing here. This is the first work by a one man animation studio called drop(That naming choice is rather poorly thought out.) and the PV don’t exactly wow me from a production standpoint. THe director has only worked with short series and OVAs, none of which I have heard of. The premise as well doesn’t give much idea of what the story is. I was hoping for something horror themed but the PV gives the impression of it being more slice of life with a magic aspect. This one looks to be something we can only judge once the first episode comes out.

DIVE!! TV


Studio: Zero-G

Director: Kaoru Suzuki

Script/Series composer: Touko Machida

Source: Novel

The series revolves around the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club’s new coach persuades the club’s parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year’s olympics as part of Japan’s olympic team.

This looks like Free to me. Though before I can start calling it a ripoff I notice this this actually came before Free and was released in 2007. I can’t really find any translation of the source material so I working off staff and PV. What I see from the PV is a lot of manservice and as for the staff. This is the director’s first time in the main director’s chair though he was a director for a short series called Pupipo. Series composer did the script for a number of episodes of Akame ga Kill as well as Amnesia so that really does not bode well. I am going to jump the gun and say this likely wouldn’t be my cup of tea. I say Free fans might enjoy it though.

 

Enmusubi no Youko-chan


Studio: Haoliners

Director: Wang Xin

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

In a world where Spirits and Humans coexist and can fall in love with each other, the Spirits’s life expectancy being far superior to the Human’s one can only see their loved one dying before them. Even when that human is reborn, the previous memories of his past life is erased from his memory. However, it is said among Spirits that a certain “service” is spreading. This “service” is provided by the “Fox Spirit Matchmakers” who can revive the lost memories of their former lover. When the Spirits lose their lover, they can purchase the “service” of the “Fox Spirit Matchmakers” so that they could attempt to regain their former lover memories and start over a new love story. This story follows a young Fox Spirit Matchmaker who tries her best to restore lost memories and spread love.

 

Is it racist if I dismiss this out of the gate over it being a Chinese animation production? I mean I am not saying that China cannot make good anime, if anything i think it would be great if they did, but previous experience with their works has been rather disheartening. This anime doesn’t look to be the thing to change that track record. It appears this series is a re-airing of the show with a Japanese dub so I checked out the source and yeah…this isn’t really good. Animation is bare bones and the humor is cringey slapstick. The director seems to only have worked on previous Haoliners shows which you can likely guess the quality of. Keep trying guys and maybe one day I can have high hopes for one of your works.

Gamers!


Studio: Pine Jam

Director: Manabu Okamoto

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Light Novel

Centering on the gaming lives of various high school students who play video games, including: Keita Amano, a lonely young man who loves video games; Karen Tendou, the beautiful president of the video game club; Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly fights with Keita; and Tasuku Uehara, who puts on a facade of being satisfied with his life in the real world, but he in truth loves video games.

You know, whenever you have these anime about people setting up a club I at least am distant from the actual topic of the club itself. Therefore it doesn’t matter to me when the topic is ignored completely in favor of random hijinks between the gathered members. But this is games, my domain. And I am not amused. For one this story treats games like they are stigmatised as being for nerds and I really thought society had moved past that. Though perhaps that’s not the case in Japan. Games aren’t really the focus here. What’s really the focus is the love hijinks where everyone is misunderstanding who is interested in who. The whole point of the gamers club in the first place is to set people up. When reading the novel I couldn’t help but feel patronised to as the school’s idol somehow takes an interest in the protagonist because he’s a gamer. I could be biased here and maybe this story aiming for a topic close to my heart has caused me to be pissed off when it’s treated so half heartedly. Still this just isn’t a very interesting story.

Hajimete no Gal


Studio: NAZ

Director: Yuuki Ogawa/ Hiroyuki Furukawa

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

The romantic comedy begins with Junichi “Jun” Hashiba, an uncool high school student who frets about wanting to lose his virginity. Egged on by his friends, Jun goes on his knees and confesses his love to a classmate named Yukana Yame. The confession surprisingly works and the couple goes out. However, Jun finds himself in uncharted waters with Yame, a trendy and fashion-conscious “gal” (gyaru).

This series originally had a little of my attention in that the heroine seemed like the type who doesn’t find love so “embarrassing” and is actually mature enough to not act like a hormonal red flush lighthouse. Sadly this is illusion as you will see as the series continues. The protagonist is annoyingly ordinary besides his obsession with getting laid and somehow a harem even begins to develop around this bell end. We got fanservice and the plot is nothing to write home about besides this guy going out with this chick and trying to determine her reactions as consent to sex. I am making it sound a little more malicious than it actually is, really it’s rather harmless.

Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic


Studio: Doga Kobo

Director: Koichi Chiaki

Script/Series composer: Takahashi Yuya

Source: Card Game

Liones Yelistratova, a pure princess from a small country, enters a school in Hokkaido on a spring day. The school is a specialized educational institution operated by ALCA to train Logicalists, who maintain world peace. Liones enters class S, where she meets many classmates with unique personalities, like Nina. A lively and cute everyday life begins now.

Wait, do you mean that Luck & Logic? The series that aired a while ago and was forgotten faster than light? That’s getting a spinoff anime? Just why exactly? Well it’s not as if there haven’t been spinoffs which outshone their original material, two prime examples would be Nanoha and Great Teacher Onizuka. However I am fairly confident that this will not be the exception to the norm. I doubt this is worth your time.

Hitorijime My Hero


Studio: Encourage Films

Director: Yukina Hiiro

Script/Series composer: Yuusei Naruse

Source: Manga

Story involving Kensuke’s brother, Kousuke Ooshiba and friend, Masahiro Setagawa from Hitorijime Boyfriend..

 

The manga gave off this impression of this being a very BL kind of show. The PV reinforces this perception. Personally not to my tastes so I can’t really judge the quality of it. This is the director’s first time in the director’s seat and the Series composer’s first show. May be me jumping the gun but I doubt this will be anything that noteworthy except to enthusiasts of this particular genre.

In a Different World with a Smartphone


Studio: Production Reed

Director: Takeyuki Yanase

Script/Series composer: Natsuko Takahashi

Source: Light Novel

Touya Mochizuki was accidentally killed, and as an apology, God allows him to be reborn in a fantasy world and will grant him any one wish he desires. And so, Touya chooses to keep his smartphone in the next world. In his second chance at life, he befriends many important figures and comes across the world’s secret. He inherits the legacy of an ancient civilization and travels around nonchalantly while possessing powers that rival this world’s kings.

 

I was ready to name Knights & Magic the worst Isekai of the season but then this happened to come along and leave me utterly shocked at it’s existence. In another world…with a smartphone. I…I just…really? Surely this must be a parody of Isekai tropes and such I hear you say but from what I read of the novel, it isn’t. The story tries to be funny with the concept but for the most part it embraces the cliches of the Isekai genre wholeheartedly. It even looks as uninteresting as it actually is. I mean at least with other series it was individuals making use of previous life knowledge to gain an upper hand in their new life. This guy is just some ordinary twit with the power to google in a google-less world. Surely is it not depressing only you excel only because of a everyday device? Director is a newbie with only one or two short series under his belt. Series composer has more experience and worked on Rentai Bouken in the spring season. Her output seems to be nothing to write home about. This show looks to be something that’s going to lose interest and fast. I expect this to be dropped by most halfway in the season and forgotten by seasons end.

Jikan no Shihaisha


Studio: Project No.9

Director: Masato Matsune

Script/Series composer: Michiko Yokote

Source: Manga

The story centers on “Chronos Rulers,” those who fight the time-eating demons that appear when people wish they could turn back time. The Chronos Rulers fight a time-manipulation battle against these demons.

 

A taiwanese manga adaption? That’s rather fascinating though this is more a pretty standard shounen than anything else. However the general concept is rather interesting. Basically revolving around demons which prey on those who wish to undo mistakes or turn back time. The characters are nothing to write home about but I really do like some of the concepts as well as the main characters rather strange problem. Sadly though the PV has some pretty god awful CGI during fights. We also have the director from chaos dragon so that’s not looking good either. Series composer has worked on a lot of things but nothing worthy of note. If this series is done well then it could make for a legitimately decent shounen. But so far it’s looking to be an anime people are going to drop fast.

 

 

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu


Studio: ufotable

Director: Toshiyuki Shirai

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Video Game

The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga.

 

Listen Ufotable. I appreciate that you guys are branching out from Type Moon stuff and going your own way and everything. But could you perhaps animate something that I can actually care about? Anyway this is an animated adaption of a browser game much like Kantai Collection. I am sure it will be a very pretty average anime that is about as interesting to me as the national sewing olympics. It might be to other people’s tastes but even then this just feels beneath their capability. Sure previously they were animating everything Type Moon but at least that stuff puts there fantastic animation and visuals to use. I mean they could be animating Fate/Apocrypha and god how much I want that. But if it must be this way then why is it that we couldn’t get something more substantial than this? Sure Gyo wasn’t all that great but hell it was different damnit.(Might even be on board for a Uzumaki adaption.) This is the director’s first time in the main seat but he has been working on a number of other Ufotable works behind the scenes. Anyway this looks to be pretty but not much else.

Knights & Magic


Studio: 8-bit

Director: Yuusuke Yamamoto

Script/Series composer: Michiko Yokote

Source: Light Novel

In the story, a Japanese mecha otaku dies in a car accident and his soul is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti Echevarria. Eru inherits memories and interests from his previous life, and aims to be a pilot of a Silhouette Knight, a large humanoid weapon that really exists in his world.

 

The Isekai genre has become somewhat of a blighted genre in these recent years with the overabundance of titles based on the concept. I have no doubt that a number of these will end up showing up in anime but surprisingly the titles which have gotten anime adaptions have been on the upper end of the scale. Titles like Youjo Senki and Re:Zero take the Isekai formula and do something interesting with it and I can’t really think of an anime example which truly showcases the massive problems this genre has. (The closest example I can think of is Overlord and even that at least is better than most of the trash this genre has to offer.) That is until now, for Knights & Magic is a perfect showcase of why the Isekai genre is so tiresome. I say there will be those that enjoy it but this really is blatant ego stroking power fantasy with harem elements. Consider this the template of every generic Isekai series to come. The director has Welcome to the NHK in his resume but not really anything else. Series composer did work for Shirobako but again, her bad shows outweigh the good. In all honestly this likely won’t be a terrible show but I consider it in the same ballpark as them dime a dozen light novel animes. Watchable, but nothing noteworthy.

 

Koi to Uso


Studio: LINDENFILMS

Director: Seiki Takuno

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

Lies are forbidden and love moreso. In the near future, when you turn sixteen, you are assigned a marriage partner by the government. Yukari Nejima is a below average fifteen year old, but in within him, hides a heart burning with passion! In this world in which love is forbidden, what will happen to him?

 

This manga is…frustrating. Part of the problem lies in the fact that the chapters are about ten pages long and all have a tendency of ending on some sort of cliffhanger which pushes you to keep reading. But another is in that the story sets up and doesn’t really go anywhere from there. Boy A likes girl A but is engaged to Girl B. However Boy A also has feelings for Girl B and finds himself falling for her. Boy A flip flops between liking Girl A and Girl B. There you go, a story synopsis for the last hundred chapters. The director worked on Yamada and the seven witches and that’s about it. Fans of romance may like this but I think that while Scums Wish wasn’t quite an enjoyable anime per say, at least it ran with the concept. This kinda sticks to the innocent side of love and thus never truly goes anywhere. Could have some people hooked on watching but I think by series end it will be a unfulfilling experience.

Konbini Kareshi


Studio: Studio Pierrot

Director: Hayato Date

Script/Series composer: Sayaka Harada

Source: Original

Six students are each getting on with their lives, and all of them will visit the nearby convenience store after school.
Each goes there for different reasons: to eat ice cream after club activities, to get the latest issue of this week’s game magazine, to purchase ingredients, to meet friends, or to stock up on their favorite food. The convenience store becomes the place they can relax and make small memories.

 

We got the director of Naruto and the series composer worked on some boy idol stuff and Tamayura. Only other I can say is the animation in the PV looks really cheap. I wouldn’t hold much hope for this one I would think.

Mahoujin Guru Guru (Shinsaku)


Studio: Production I.G

Director: Hiroshi Ikehata

Script/Series composer: Hisaaki Okui

Source: Manga

The story takes place in a world gripped by hero mania after a proclamation was sent out for heroes to gather to defeat the demon king. A boy named Nike is half-forced by his parents to go on a journey. As part of his town’s custom, he visits an old witch’s house on the outskirts of town before he sets off. There, he sees a girl named Kukuri who uses a magical circle. The old witch tells Nike that Kukuri is the last descendent of the Migumigu tribe, which can use the magical circles. Thus begins the adventure of the frivolous small hero and the naive magician girl.

 

Story seems set in a old standard JRPG world which may be a little annoying due to how much that is referenced in recent works. Story seems mostly unfunny and dated slapstick comedy. Director only did Akiba’s Trip and the series composer only did a short series called Hacka Doll. Can’t say this series will have much appeal to me and to the rest of us westerners I think the humor will fall rather flat.

Marvel Future Avengers


Studio: Madhouse

Director: Yuzo Sato

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

The anime follows Makoto, a young boy who gains superpowers due to an evil gene manipulation experiment. Makoto and other youths join the Avengers as apprentices named “Future Avengers.” The anime shows Makoto and others as they train, fight villains and grow, under Avengers members Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and Wasp.

 

This sounds like self insert fanfiction that a ten year old would write. It’s a kids show so I don’t think anyone here has any expectations for it.

Netsuzou Trap(Short Series)


Studio: Creators in Pack

Director: Hisayoshi Hirasawa

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Manga

Yuma and Hotaru have been friends since childhood, so it’s only natural that when Yuma is nervous about her new boyfriend, she asks Hotaru for advice. But when Hotaru starts coming onto Yuma for what feels like more than just ‘practice,’ what does it mean…? With boyfriends in the foreground but a secret, passionate tryst in the background, will Yuma and Hotaru try to forget what happened between them or have they fallen into a trap of true love and betrayal?

 

Oh boy. Let us welcome the poor man’s Scums Wish. Now NTR or Netorare is a genre of porngraphy with revoles around a couple in a loving relationship which is destroyed when an outsider “Seduces”(or as it’s commonly known, blackmails) the female into cheating. Then she comes to like being treated like a mastubtory toy and the husband instead of devolving into murderous rage on discovering what’s happening just falls into despair. It’s a really stupid thing and has a rather pathetic underlying message of “Screw you popular guys! If your girlfriend knew how good I was at the sex then she would be all over me instead!”. So why is this relevant? Because that’s essentially what this is about but instead the seducer of sorts is a girl. The characters are horrible, horrible people and the whole plot hinges on these girls not being able to admit that they swing for the other team when they are busy playing with each other behind their boyfriends backs. Not to say the boyfriends are paragons of virtue either. Honestly this story is just an excuse for weak titillation and lacks any real depth.

 

Princess Principal


Studio: Studio 3Hz

Director: Masaki Tachibana

Script/Series composer: Ichiro Okuochi

Source: Original

The stage is set during the 19th century London, in its capital where a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion. Five high school girls, who enrolled in the prestigious Queens May Fair School, are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more. These girls take advantage of their special abilities and fly around the shadow world.

 

Considering that Studio 3Hz previous project was Flip Flappers, I am quite interested in seeing just what they plan to do with this one. The premise seems good though I question the need to make the cast high school girls. Director worked on Barakamon and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 so he seems solid. No, the worrisome aspect is the script writer who happens to be the creator of Code Geass. You might be asking why that’s a problem but he also created Guilty crown, Valvrave and Kabaneri. Three colossal anime trainwrecks. I actually had high hopes for this show until I learned of his involvement. Now admittedly if someone can keep this guy from getting too stupid then this might be a return to form for him. We also got Kajura Yuki on the soundtrack and I hope she can branch out a bit from her usual repertoire. This looks to be a gamble to me. It could be very good at the start but fall apart at the midpoint.

Saiyuki Reload Blast


Studio: Platinum Vision

Director: Hideaki Nakano

Script/Series composer: Kenji Konuta

Source: Manga

At last, the Sanzou Party has arrived in India. In this foreign land, where the anomaly’s influence runs rampant, their battles only heighten in their violence.
And also awaiting them is their tragic fate from 500 years ago?
What will they find at the end of their long and treacherous journey?

 

A sequel to an anime that aired in 2004. I can certainly think of other shows more deserving of this treatment. Due to a lack of knowledge regarding the previous season I pass on giving this an assessment.

Tenshi no 3P! TV


Studio: Project No.9

Director: Shinsuke Yanagi

Script/Series composer: Gou Zappa

Source: Light Novel

Kyou Nukui is a first year high school student hikikomori. His hobby is making Vocaloid songs and uploading them online. One day, he receives a message from a fan asking if they could meet up with him. At the meeting place, three elementary school girls were waiting for him. The three of them want to form a band and ask for Kyou’s help.

 

You know it’s shows like this that make me somewhat glad that in Ireland many have not idea what anime even is. Because then when I say I like anime I don’t have to explain that I am not a pedophile or into tentacle porn. Anime like this just gives anime a bad reputation. I have no source to read but based on my impression of the PV I am not wrong on declaring it trash. The staff only further confirm this with the director having previously directed Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? Yeah, there’s nothing to see here.

 

Series I am middling on

18if


Studio: Gonzo

Director: Kouji Morimoto

Script/Series composer: Atsuhiro Tomioka

Source: Other (Multimedia Project – mobile game & VR game)

There is a dream world. Desire, hope, desperation formed a form of consciousness and unconscious nap. Hideo Tsukisaki who tried to go to sleep again in her room that she always dreams about will get into other people’s dream by chance. That is the dream of the witches whose hearts are caught in this dream world. The appearance of their dreams who fell into the “sleeping princess illness” that rejects reality, runs into a dream, keeps falling asleep. A witch’s dream Hakusman looking for an exit door, meet with her and exchange words.

 

That synopsis has me scratching my head as to what it really means but the rundown appears to be some sort of inception level dream diving? Thing is that this is part of a multimedia project that includes a mobile game and a Virtual reality game. My rule of thumb in these cases is that when you attempt to do so many things at once it only ends up a mediocre effort across the board. Director mainly worked on kids shows though nothing really of note. Series composer fairs worst as his more recent efforts where the Phoenix Wright anime and Blade & Soul. His other works are all pretty bad or mediocre. The PV has some interesting visuals but doesn’t look technically impressive considering the ambition of the premise. I don’t have high expectations for this but I am willing to give it a chance.

 

Centaur no Nayami


Studio: Haoliners

Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki

Script/Series composer: Touko Machida

Source: Manga

Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who struggles with the high school life. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love.

 

Fantasy elements aside this is more or less a slice of life series and one a bit too plotless for my liking. The centaur girl isn’t even center stage here as the story does jump to different characters. Not much to say really as it’s more just some heartwarming series about the little things in life. Directors portfolio is rather weak with not a standout series present and a lot of duds. Series composer fairs better but not by much. What is a worriesome sign is the animation studio whose previous works include Bloodivores and Hitori no Shita. Animation wise they really are nothing impressive but considering the nature of this show that may not be an issue. Don’t need top tier animation for slice of life after all. I guess if you are into flying witch and series like that this could be to your tastes.

 

Isekai Shokudou


Studio: Silver Link.

Director: Masato Jinbo

Script/Series composer: Masato Jinbo

Source: Light Novel

There’s a restaurant called “Youshoku no Nekoya” (Western Cuisine Cat Restaurant), located on the first basement floor of a building at a corner of a shopping district. While it normally feeds salarymen, there is a secret. Every Saturday, the shop takes a “day off” and is full of special customers. For the office workers, it is a familiar place with familiar dishes, but for Saturday customers, it is nothing but cuisine never imagined.

It’s food porn. Basically characters from a Isekai world show up in a modern average restaurant in our world and eat food. Thus what is an ordinary convenience to so is a super amazing meal for kings to these folk. I have read a couple of chapters but the format is usually the same. A random character stumbles upon a door to this restaurant and ends up ordering some food. Then they remark over how amazing the food is and leave thinking they experienced some legendary cuisine. That is the format of pretty much all the chapters I read and to be blunt it just doesn’t sound like that interesting a watch for me. Chances are that they will overdramatise the taste of the food like in other food porn titles as that’s the only way I could see of making this interesting.

 

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun


Studio: Studio Hibari

Director: Kazuya Ichikawa

Script/Series composer: Midori Gotou

Source: Manga

Aoyama, the handsome young soccer genius that’s a representative of Japan. His play style is “cleanliness.” He doesn’t tackle and doesn’t head the ball. If he’s doing a throw-in, he’ll only do it if he’s wearing gloves.

No translation of the manga to go off but I say what will determine the quality of this show would be the main character. I suspect the usual runthrough of the sports anime cliches. This is the first time the director has worked on a full fledged series instead of a short series or OVA. Series composer worked on a Tsubasa Chronicle movie, Attack on titan high school and empire of corpses so based on that I say she’s rather shaky when it comes to quality. Based on the PV this looks to be a decent sports comedy so it could be worth watching in between shows.

 

Nana Maru San Bantsu


Studio: TMS Entertainment

Director: Masaharu Okuwaki

Script/Series composer: Yuuko Kakihara

Source: Manga

As soon as he entered high school, the first year student Koshiyama Shiki was invited to the mysterious Quiz Study Group led by his senpai. What will Shiki run into when being dragged along by his class mate Mari into the dazzling world of competitive quizzes?!

 

It’s alright. Again much like any other sports series, the subject matter may be different but the general bets are the same. Rookie enters sport, learns all about sport, sport becomes center of the universe, Rookie has hidden talent for sport. Add rival, love interest and experienced senpai, bake for one cour and top off with life goes on ending with no resolution whatsoever. The subject matter does have it’s interesting points, such as quizzing not simply being a matter of having the most general knowledge. It does the usual thing where it amps up the dramatic effect of even the most rudimentary actions in an attempt to hype up what would be a rather visually dull sport. Overall it’s just a serviceable show with no real staying power. Much like All outs or any other by the numbers sports anime you can think of. Watchable but quickly forgotten.

 

Owarimonogatari (2017)


Studio: Shaft

Director: Tomoyuki Itamura/ Akiyuki Shinbou

Script/Series composer: Akiyuki Shinbou

Source: Light Novel

That is?the end of your youth.” On the morning of the appointed day of the college entrance examinations, Koyomi Araragi headed towards North Shirahebi Shrine. What awaits him there with an unexpected smiling face is the slice of the sword that marks the final decisive battle?All of the “stories” now meet their resolution!


Mario: Owarimonogatari (literally mean as Final Story) is where the story of this whole universe come to an end. But before you guys can exclaim “Finally! We’d never see this franchise again”, just let me inform you that at this writing, NisiOisin had already published Zokuowarimonogatari (which mean After-Final Story), an Off-Season and the beginning of Monster Season, which even as a die-hard fan I would say it’s just way too many. Whether any of those would become an anime is up in the air right now, but even for non-fan this season is A Must-Watch, as it will tie up the main arc altogether. The last (chronically) time we had seen Araragi is when he was chop up and sent straight to hell. How he manage to get back to life? Who exactly is Ougi? What is her purpose? Time for us to reach the final answer.

 

Shoukoku no Altair


Studio: MAPPA

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

Script/Series composer: Noboru Takagi

Source: Manga

For generations the Turkiye Devleti and the Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition to each other. Then one night, when an imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation. As the generals of Turkiye’s council cry for war, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha’s battle for his country, peace, and trust in his fellow man begins!

 

High fantasy is certainly a rarity in anime and I certainly welcome one that doesn’t blend in harem or Isekai elements. Sadly like Arslan Senkai this suffers from the problem of having no interesting characters to carry it. The main character is dull and stereotypical and for the most part there doesn’t seem to be anyone interesting in the cast. The general premise is intriguing but lacks a driving force to get the reader invested.

 

The Reflection Wave One


Studio: Studio Deen

Director: Hiroshi Nagahama

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Original

After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.

 

I didn’t think I would see another Stan Lee original anime. Yes despite not listed above, Stan Lee is marked as an original creator for this series. The last time Stan Lee entered the anime scene it was to make Heroman with Bones. The end result was an anime I didn’t really find all that bad though it was more a saturday morning cartoon in tone. Certainly not a perfect show by any means. That’s what I think we are getting here too. Very standard old school superhero show. Not pushing any boundaries or going grim. And you know what? I might be okay with that. Director worked on Aku no Hana and Mushishi. This also isn’t his first experience with Marvel media and he previously directed the X-Men anime. My bet is this could be fun but nothing outstanding.

Vatican Kiseki Chousakan


Studio: J.C. Staff

Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani

Script/Series composer: Seishi Minakami

Source: Novel

Vatican City?Holy Land of the Catholics. Amidst the land, there is an organization that conducts rigorous investigations on “claims of miracles” from all over the world to ascertain their credibility. The organization is referred to as “Seito no Za” (Assembly of Saints) and the priests that belong there are called miracle investigators. Robert Nicholas, an ancient archive and cryptanalysis expert is partnered and good friends with Hiraga Josef Kou, a genius scientist. Together, the brilliant duo investigates the “miracles” and uncovers the incidents and conspiracies hidden behind them.

 

Don’t have a translation of the source so I can’t give a heads up about the writing quality of the original story but the premise certainly seems unique enough to catch my interest. PV gave me not idea on the actual quality of the show. The director has previously graced us with the likes of Shokugeki No Souma, Tiger and Bunny movie 1 and Dororon Enm-akun Meeramera so this title seems a bit classier than any of his previous work. Series composer has No.6, Toaru Railgun and Manyuu Hiken-chou but also worked on Birdy the Mighty Decode and the script of Paprika of all things. So this looks to be just a wait and see show. Only once the first episode comes out can we really get an idea on just what we are in for.

Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou


Studio: Shin-Ei Animation

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto

Script/Series composer: N/A

Source: Light Novel

Yuushi Inaba, a 16-year-old boy whose parents died three years ago. He moved into his uncle’s house, but resolved to move into a dormitory in high school. Plans changed when that dormitory burned down. He eventually finds a cheap apartment, but discovers too late that the apartment is home to supernatural creatures such as ghosts, youkai, and mononoke, and his daily life becomes embroiled in the eccentric apartment.

 

Surprisingly better than I would have thought. The premise isn’t exactly unique, I can think of two other anime with the exact same premise, but it is handled in a much more mature way than those. Main character is quite good and I like the focus on just how all these weird happenings are helping him to branch out his horizons to help him become a better person. It has the kind of heart you could find in the likes of Natsume Yujinko and it does somewhat mirror that and Xxxholic. If done well I say this would be worth checking out. We only have the director to go off here and he’s done some dragon ball Z movies and a few kids shows. So while a cautious recommendation I at least think this is worth giving a try.

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e


Studio: Lerche

Director: Seiji Kishi/ Hiroyuki Hashimoto

Script/Series composer: Aoi Akashiro

Source: Light Novel

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.
Ayanokouji Kiyotaka is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Horikita Suzune and Kushida Kikyou, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

 

It takes quite a while for the story to actually start so I think that will turn off a number of people if they are under the impression this is a stereotypical school life story. However the real story is more than a little absurd. For one, it’s impossible for a school like this to exist. The system of this school is such an absolute dictatorship filled with broken and unfair bullshit that all these students need to do is throw some evidence on the internet and let the media tear the school apart. Still there wouldn’t be a story otherwise and this story is mainly about the worse students of the school upping their rank so that they can get the treatment they deserve. So frankly, it’s Baka no test but without the summoned monsters and taken seriously. Main characters seem alright though they are quite similar to the likes of the main cast of SNAFU. We have two directors this time with Seiji Kishi whose mainly known for adapting the Persona 4 anime and Danganronpa, though he also worked on Angel beats and Assassination Classroom. Our other director worked on “Is the order a Rabbit” and “Magical Girl Raising Project”. Series composer worked on Fuuka and that’s about it. However there does seem to be a good amount of fanservice and the big old question of why these students are putting up with such high degrees of discrimination instead of the more logical option of simply quitting the school doesn’t appear to be addressed. Could make for a decent watch but also infuriating in just how the school’s rules make you want to punch a teacher. Especially when said teacher keeps purposefully not explaining the rules and then berating the students for not figuring it out themselves. Teaching part of the job description so sincerely go to hell miss.

 

Series I do look forward to

Ballroom e Youkoso


Studio: Production IG

Director: Yoshimi Itazu

Script/Series composer: Kenichi Suemitsu

Source: Manga

Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he’s attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn’t a karate master; it’s a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner’s classes, only to find his inspiration… an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It’s Fujita’s first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!

 

I didn’t really have any expectations when I started reading this manga. In all honestly I was expecting the usual sports tropes with just Ballroom dancing as the topic. To a degree it does have that but I was surprised to find how much I got into this story. I reminds in a way of Hajime no Ippo and that’s my favorite sports anime of all time. An anime has to the potential to make it more engaging, as seeing the dance sequences would certainly be more interesting. Hopefully they have the animation chops to pull of a large number of dance sequences. This is the series composers first anime and the director only directed a movie called Mitsuami no Kamisama. I am worried about how inexperienced the staff is but if they stick to the story and can pull off the dances then we should be fine. The PV looks very promising though the necks on the characters are ridiculously long. Sure that was the same in the manga but it’s a good bit more noticeable here. But yeah, I wholeheartedly recommend checking this out.

 

Fate/Apocrypha


Studio: A-1 Pictures

Director: Yoshiyuki Asai

Script/Series composer: Yuichiro Higashide

Source: Light Novel

The setting is a parallel world to Fate/stay night where the Greater Grail mysteriously disappeared from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War. After many years of silence, around the same time as the Fifth Holy Grail War would have happened, the Yggdmillennia, a family of magi, openly declares their secession from the Mage’s Association, and that they are in possession of the Grail. The Association dispatches fifty magi to retrieve it, and all but one are instantly slaughtered by a mysterious Servant. The one remaining manages to activate the reserve system of the Greater Grail, allowing for the summoning of fourteen Servants in total.
In the city of Trifas, two factions will fight for the control of the sacred relic, each of them possessing their own team of seven Servants : the Black Faction whose members are part of Yggdmillennia, protecting the Grail, and the Red Faction whose members were sent by the Mage’s Association, trying to take the Grail back. For an event of this scale, the Grail itself summons its own Servant, the holy Ruler, to oversee the conflict.
This marks the start of the Great Holy Grail War.

 

Not that this was ever in doubt but yes indeed, I am going to cover this. It’s no secret I am a Fate Fanatic and this is right up my alley. So Fate/Apocrypha, originally intended to be a Online game but was turned into a light novel series instead. Now many people are looking at the new Heavens Feel movie and thinking that is going to be Fate/Zero 2. Frankly, it’s not going to be as Fate Stay/night has it’s own way of doing things. However if you are looking for a Fate/Zero 2 then this anime is likely as close as you are going to get to one. It has a similar format as there is technically no central character and it focuses on multiple master and servant pairings. This series bosts the largest servant roster with a grand total of fifteen servants and acting more as a actually war with two sides each with seven servants. And Joan of Arc acting as referee. No returning faces but the new cast does have it’s standouts. Though fair warning, the servant choices this time are rather weird. Some are interesting such as the likes of Shakespeare and others are more of the head scratching variety. I read the first two volumes and if they are a mark of the quality of the story then this will be something worthwhile indeed. My biggest concern is that instead of UfoTable we have A-1 pictures at the helm and while they can put on some impressive animation at times, I am not keen on the character designs here. ANother thing is that the staff chosen don’t feel like A-1 are putting their full effort into this as the director only previously directected Charlotte and the series composer only did the script for School Live and literally nothing else. School Live was well adapted but I feel like we need more experienced men on this. The story is fairly solid as far as I know of so it’s just a matter of A-1 managing to hit a homerun with the execution. If the gamble pays off then this could be a hit of the season. Regardless of result I am most certainly going to watch this.

Kakegurui


Studio: MAPPA

Director: Yuichiro Hayashi

Script/Series composer: Yasuko Kobayashi

Source: Manga

Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. It’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? Here, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer.

This is actually pretty good from what I read of the manga. The scenario is a bit ridiculous with the really unnecessary school setting and how elaborate some of the bets get but for those that like shows similar to Kaiji and other mindgame contests then this will tickle your fancy. The main character is interesting in her own broken way and it’s always rather satisfying to see smug arrogant villain get taken down a peg and beaten at their own game. If I had an issue with it that would be that the story doesn’t really evolve past its initial concept and it moves from gamble to gamble without much change in the characters. It lost my interest when it entered a tournament arc of shorts and I just didn’t have the motivation to continue. Still with visual flair that could make these gambling games all the more intense and engaging. DIrector hasn’t worked on anything you have likely heard of but the series composer does did do Jojo part 3 and 4, Death note and Attack on Titan. Considering the type of show this is then they seem perfect for the job. So yeah, I recommend checking out this one.

 

Made in Abyss


Studio: Kinema Cirtrus

Director: Masayuki Kojima

Script/Series composer: Hideyuki Kurata

Source: Manga

The “Abyss” is the last unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures roam within, and it is full of precious relics that present humans can’t recreate. Those that dare to explore the depths are known as “Cave Raiders.” An orphan girl named Rico lives on the rim. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

 

The setting is pretty much the best aspect of this series as it’s quite interesting. Though the main character is a bit on the annoying side. PV looks quite good and this is shaping up to be an interesting watch. Best thing on the director’s portfolio is Monster and everything else is not really worth mentioning. His worst is Black Bullet. Series composer has me confused on whether he is good or terrible. Sure he’s got Here now, then and there, Maria the Virgin witch and Drifters. But he’s also got Dragon Crisis, Oreimo, Grisaia and Samurai Flamenco. He’s either really good or really terrible with no middle ground. Depending on execution this could be something to keep an eye on this season.

 

Tsurezure Children (Short Series)


Studio: Studio Gokumi

Director: Hiraku Kaneko

Script/Series composer: Tatsuhiko Urahata

Source: 4-koma Manga

A series depicting various scenarios of young love. These stories range from a boy, crippled by his absolute lack of confidence in himself, cannot even accept the fact that the girl of his dreams actually asked him out on a date, to the near-psychotic girl that pours her own blood into her homemade chocolate in order to win his heart.

 

This is actually surprisingly better than you would think. It’s a fairly simple concept in that it’s just a series of short gags that are about love relationships but here’s the key point. Meaning that the majority of this series cast are in actual boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. A lot of the comedy comes from how they actually deal with a relationship which is a surprisingly rare untapped topic in anime. Sure you have series covering first attraction parts but few actually detail the parts after that. The comedy works but I think the main draw here is the general fluffy nature of the situations and just seeing these various couples get along. Personal favorites are the Kuudere couple and the council president and the delinquent. This is a short format series which I normally don’t cover on these previews but in this case the quickfire format should lend itself well to the subject material.

19 Responses

  1. Konstantinos Travlos says:

    I am interested in Altair because of it Turkish theme. But you hit the problem with Arslan Senki. I loved the original OVA. And I loved the work of the magnaka in FMA. But for some reason this version of Arslan Senki simply did not work.

  2. ibby says:

    You kindly forgot to add Hell Girl season 4 to the line up/write up/poll.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      We didn’t. It’s there under it’s Japanese name. Jigoku Shoujo Yoi no Togi.
      Probably should have put it down as Hell Girl season 4.

      • ibby says:

        Thx for the explanation, my mistake. Thanks heaps for the seasonal previews! For me personally, I will watch Hell Girl season 4, and I will keep tabs on The Reflection series, though despite it may or may not, probably will be another generic good vs evil superhero series. I thought Concrete Revolutio was okay, and really need something to tide me over, the disappointing (IMO), hollywood live action superhero movies.

        • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

          Thanks. The new live Action Wonder Woman is surprisingly good if you are tired of Marvel’s Superhero formula. There’s also the DC Animated works if you haven’t given them a try. Batman Under the Red Hood is one I would recommend. Superman Vs the Elite is also an interesting watch. Manga wise there’s things like Zetman, Keyman the hand of Judgement and the more recent Jagaaaaaan. Just if you are looking for something different superhero wise.

          • ibby says:

            I seen the majority of DC’s animated movie catalog. Under the Red Hood I liked a lot (also liked Batman Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: the dark knight return’s) though the comic book trade’s are better IMO (mainly due to no censoring, and complete story). I thought Justice League Dark was different/interesting, and Batman: Bad Blood was okay, though no Stepheine Brown, Cassradina Cain or Tim Drake. I holding out hope for a Red Robin series (Tim Drake comic trade adaption). I’ll check out your suggestions, also have you read the manga Hero Company (more of a sentai based/then super hero, IMO) I’ve meaning to check this series out, but haven’t gotten around to it. Thoughts/comments?

          • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

            I gave Hero company a try a while back but I found it a bit too old style for me to get into. Always found dialogue in old manga to feel a bit forced. Even though this manga is not old.
            Been meaning to watch Justice League Dark. Checked out a few of the new Batman and Teen Titan’s ones but I find Damian Wayne to be far too obnoxious. Hear he’s better in the comics but they made him truly insufferable in the animated adaptions.

  3. donhumberto says:

    As usual, thanks for the preview. It’s always a nice read.
    As for my expectations, I have high hopes for Altair (one of my favorite anime directors ever working for Mappa: no way in hell this can go wrong), The Reflection (again, one of my favorite anime directors working in an interesting project…let’s keep our fingers crossed) and Vatican (hopefully they don’t pull a Drifters/Bungou Stray dogs, both of which also had this cool/serious vibes in the early pv’s but were completely ruined by godawful anime comedy)
    I’m also quite interested in Made in Abbys (although I’m not too keen on the childish character desings… let’s see if they pull a Madoka because that’s what I’ve been hearing) and also Kageguri (which has a bizarre Kaiji+Prison School vibe to it)
    I’m also keeping an eye on 18if, which has me at the very least intrigued…we’ll see.

    • AidanAK47 AidanAK47 says:

      Appreciate it. These things aren’t easy to put together. I don’t remember Made in Abyss pulling a Madoka from what I read. You actually have a point on the Vatican anime. I was more concerned about them Bishi-ing the idea up than them sticking in awful comedy.

    • SuperMario SuperMario says:

      As per usual, I’ll keep a close eye on the original anime the next season, as they are usually passion projects that manage to bring something exciting to the table. The next Summer season has 3 such shows: Princess Principal (from 3Hz, which I’m still betting on it; The Reflection (come on, he directed Musishi – one of my favorite anime and Flowers of Evil – one of my favorite manga), but the Stan Lee’s superpower comic part is what I’m skeptical about. And 18if, sounds like a fascinating son of a gun for me.

    • Bokusen says:

      On Made in Abyss: You might be disappointed. I read all 26 currently scanlated manga chapters recently & and while the detailed world-building really drew me in at first, slowly I realized that I didn’t care about any of the characters and the series seems like it’s trying to be a dark moe series in the same vein as Madoka, but it’s as if the mangaka thought that the only things which made Madoka good were the shock value scenes & world-building…It just felt like torture porn and left a bad taste in my mouth. It starts off well enough though…

  4. Toshiyaa says:

    Nice to read, thanks :)

  5. Highwind says:

    On Princess Principal: FYI, Guilty Crown was actually mostly written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, not Ichiro Okouchi who I thought did more or less OK with Code Geass (definitely a crazy show at times, but in the end it wrapped up well).
    I did dislike Valvrave though but Kabaneri was better. Just with a generic villain. That said, it doesn’t sound like Princess Principal is even remotely the same type of show as any of the others so it’ll probably have its own positives/negatives. BTW, Okouchi also wrote a nice early episode of Space Dandy with the little girl (episode 5, i think?) so he can do more tame stuff.

  6. donhumberto says:

    By the way, Are you guys planning on covering Castlevania? I know it’s not technically an anime but I’m genuinely excited for this, the pv looked great imo

  7. donhumberto says:

    OK, thanks! If done right I have the feeling we may have one of the series of the season (maybe of the year?) in our hands…

  8. ajfej says:

    “Is it racist if I dismiss this out of the gate over it being a Chinese animation production?”

    Yes… very much so.

    • SuperMario SuperMario says:

      Yeah, except that both of us watched the ONA for that very series and it wasn’t much to write home about. Honestly I would rather prefer they release CG wuxia animation because at least they’re different. Those Chinese anime that we’ve seen are just too… generic so far, not even good ones.

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Anonymous1422452:
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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.
AidanAK47
Dark Souls is the Berserk of Video Games.
Amagi
Dark Souls really went all Berserk if you ask me
AidanAK47
I am not one for putting down law but can we never ever compare anything to Dark Souls ever again? Cause it's actually become really tiresome how everything is the dark souls of something.
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