Posted on 14 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

EVIL OR LIVE

Short Synopsis: An Internet addict is thrown into a shady re-education academy.

Wooper’s review

How am I supposed to feel after having seen this dumpster fire? Should I sympathize with the MMO and FPS junkies trapped in their new prison, or should I pity them instead? Is the purple-haired inmate supposed to be viewed as a badass or a manipulative prick? There’s no way to know for sure, because Evil or Live is too amateurish a production to transmit a point of view. It struggles just to fill 22 minutes, stitching together on-screen text, live action scenes, and a creepy children’s song in the vain hope that the end result might be slightly entertaining. None of those things are show-killers on their own, but when combined with choppy animation, a senseless premise, and some of the worst voice acting I’ve ever heard, they certainly don’t do the show any favors. The only way this series could possibly cultivate an audience is by preying on the fears of real life Internet addicts, and to its credit, that’s precisely what Evil or Live does. Its chief villain is a physically imposing, verbally abusive, beatstick-wielding brute of a man, and he’s probably the most likable character in the show. In fact, his only flaw is that he didn’t emerge from my computer screen and beat *me* senseless so I wouldn’t have to watch this entire episode.

Potential: 0%

Mario’s review

Hello Chinese anime, my old friend. I’ve come to talk about you again. It’s funny that you can track how Haoliners progresses as an anime studio by following their seasonal offerings. This time, for example, they expand their artistic ground by including brief live-action and stop motion montages in the opening sequences that feel right at home with Shaft’s impressionist art, which for me is a welcomed experiments. But watching Evil or Live, I have a strong feeling of being manipulated by the show. There are two main themes this show wants to convey: first, the addictiveness from playing games online, which do have its social relevance but they make it way too serious here; and second, the abusive treatments that feel more like a jail than an institution. Those two themes conflicts each other in terms of direction, so to resolve this issue, the show decides to… get the main male lead hooking up with his crush from secondary school? Yeah, you heard it right. The male lead is a punchable dude who sobs and wets all the time and his motive is so trashy that he belongs right where this show is. Apart from those interesting visuals I mentioned above, the animation is on the lackluster side, the humor is depressingly awkward and I swear I see dozen of other characters who look like the main character here. Still not a good enough effort Haoliners, but keep trying by all means.

Potential: 0%

 

Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shobitch na Ken

Short Synopsis: A boys new girlfriend keeps relating everything in their relationship to excessively sexual matters.

Aidan’s review

If anyone knows me, then they know I don’t find anime comedy to be very funny but this is even worse when a comedy anime is centered around a single joke. Boy wants a pure relationship but his girlfriend keeps misinterpreting all his desires as excessively sexual. Isn’t that hilarious? Not really. If you ask me a girl with a sex drive isn’t something to be shamed but rather I think it’s what most of us would want. My main problem here is that like that show we had last season about a sexually aggressive character they make it that the character is actually just a pure little snowflake and the whole desire for sex is actually some misunderstanding or front. I really hate that because I find this “purity” thing to be absolutely hypocritical and stupid. My guess is that this childhood friend of his that someone manages to make every line of dialogue into a double entendre actually gets all “Hazukashi” when it comes to getting down to be business. So what this show has to offer is sex jokes with some filler romance, fanservice and harem aspects in between. Despite not knowing how this series will turn out, I am nearly one hundred percent certain the romance will go nowhere. Because it’s a romance in anime comedy. It never goes anywhere.

Potential: 0%

Mario’s review

Oh anime about a bunch of teens who can’t control their hormones, just about what we need. You must have one of those to complete the season. How many times do we see the confession right off the bat between characters who we have no idea who they are? The premise sounds like a clone of Mysterious Girlfriend X but at least the latter had its own charm, this one is boring and filled with tropes. Already this guy has a harem who are physically closer to him than his own girlfriend. The plot is driven by hormones so there’s of course boob-bouncing, boob-grabbing and isn’t it great that the person who drives the plot isn’t our main characters but some random girl? Even I don’t get what Sho-bitch really mean so it’s clear that I’m not an audience target for this. Anime was indeed a mistake. Next.

Potential: 0%

 

Inuyashiki

Short Synopsis: An elderly man is turned into a cyborg after an alien encounter.

Wooper’s review

The series I was most reminded of as I watched this episode was Parasyte. The main characters of each show may differ quite a bit in age, but they both receive extraordinary powers after coming into contact with aliens, and are forced to battle at least one other person with the same abilities. Parasyte dealt mostly with questions of naturality, but Inuyashiki is more likely to tackle social issues, given the loneliness and age-based discrimination its hero is saddled with. That’s an exciting prospect in an anime landscape full of dumb teenagers, but it’s up to MAPPA to deliver a watchable product. So far I’d say the show looks… passable. The hybrid 2D/CG style is a necessity, given the main character’s robotic frame, but the show creates a jarring effect whenever it uses a 3D model for his human form. Even during traditionally-animated scenes, there are a lot of moments where characters ought to look anguished or furious, and they’re flat-faced instead. Still, the show looks clean and its events are well laid-out, which isn’t something that can be said about every series. I’m picking this one up for at least three episodes, but I’m not ready to drink the whole pitcher of Kool-Aid just yet.

Potential: 65%

Lenlo’s Review

I had no idea what I was getting into with Inuyashiki, and this first episode blew me away. I was interested from start to finish. First and foremost, the age of the main character. In a market where characters in their 20’s are a rarity, we are given a 58 year old salaryman with an unloving family and a bad back. Everything about his character, from his problems to his attitude, just feels like a breathe of fresh air. There are some issues however. As Wooper said, most characters are flat faced, but I would like to think that was done on purpose to show what the Main Character’s life was like. Based on his own expressions, they can clearly do emotion. The CG is also hit or miss. Normal scenes, with just humans, look wonky. Yet any scene involving the robotic parts look fantastic. Lots of effort clearly went into the Robot Model, as it should since it’s a centerpiece, and anytime that robot is doing something just looks great. I am concerned this is going to turn into some shounen affair, with the young man who was also hit. But assuming they can keep the old man interesting and really tackle the problems of his age I think Inuyashiki will be a treat.

Potential: 85%

AidanAK47’s review

As the others have said, the art for the faces comes off as rather stiff and the CGI can be a bit jarring. I will also say that it may be hammering home the point a little too hard. I like that it is showing the social issue of people being apathetic towards an senor generation but it goes a little too far with the doctor nonchalantly declaring a death sentence and the teenagers gunning for blood at the end. It’s not outside the realm of plausibility but I feel that, in particular the teenagers, they went too far to vilify them. Regardless this is a unique concept and I really like the execution of it so far. Whats better is that the Inuyashiki manga has been completed and from the looks of things this series could in fact be a complete adaption. Which has bumped this series up a few points in my eyes.

Potential: 75%

Posted on 13 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau

Short Synopsis: A mysterious girl is found and brought on board a vessel called a mud whale which sails on a sea of sand.
AidanAK47’s review
It really is nice to see a fantasy series which doesn’t use the template of Tolkien and instead tries to make a world vastly different from our own. That is the biggest draw of this series so far, the world of this story is very fascinating. For a first episode this is quite good at setting up the culture and livelihood of these people. There are some hiccups however in it’s presentation. One is that the series has the main character narrator constantly to give exposition and allude to future events. While he can have interesting things to say, his narration can be unnecessary at times and this is a world where showing would be better than telling. The second issue is that occasionally the characters have rather “anime” like interactions. What I mean is that there are bits of comedy and dialogue which have the designs go more chibi and exaggerated mannerisms. Considering the serious mature tone of the series it’s odd to have these small moments which just serve to take you out of the show. Another minor thing has to do with the backgrounds and character designs. The backgrounds of this series are magnificent, it appears they got a real anime veteran in to pull out these marvels but sadly they are a bit too good. For the characters have a more simplistic design so it makes them feel very disconnected from these backdrops. Nonetheless this is another strong first episode in a season with great potential so far. So provided that you haven’t met your max setting on your plan to watch list then this most certainly is another to consider adding.
Potential: 70%

Mario’s review
Like one of our commenters pointed out, I get the “From the New World” vibe while watching this show. Their world is a close-knit society filled with rich and fascinating history, carry out many rituals and customs that completely their own. The children in those worlds possess a magic power (whatever terms they use: saimai, cantus – it’s magic). It helps that the main character of this story is an archivist, so the info-dumping about the place doesn’t feel out of place and we will get to know more about its worldbuilding as time goes on. That come to one of my main issue with Children of the Whales right now, we haven’t spent enough time to this world to fully grasp the impact of new change about to come. Without a proper build-up can we, as an audience, care enough about the danger to this society? Another issue that I have is that I notice a tone-changing most of the time the male lead appears. This light-hearted cutesy tone unfortunately doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the episode. Apart from those, we have one of the strongest premiere here. The arts, for example, really stand out with its watercolor aesthetic and detailed backgrounds. The same could be said for the beautiful scores and the attention to details of its world-building. Even the characters have a lot of room for a proper development here. Overall, this show has a potential to become something truly special.
Potential: 80%

Animegataris

Short Synopsis: Two girls decide to revive the anime club at their high school.
Wooper’s Review
High school club series aren’t really my thing, but as far as the genre goes, Animegataris is solid. It feels a little like a kid’s show in its presentation, but there’s an undercurrent of self-awareness running through its simple script. Within the first few minutes, the show mocks ridiculous light novel titles like “A Report on the Irresponsible and Depressing Chronicles of Me and a Certain Eccentric Childhood Friend.” It also comments on popular character archetypes like ojou-sama (“I love the way she’s slightly condescending!”), and uses its soundtrack to create a heightened reality where these tropes slot naturally into a real high school classroom. Unlike a lot of anime where the ~most beautiful girl in school~ is into anime or video games, this one pulls it off by properly balancing her enthusiasm for anime and her shame at having such a nerdy hobby. In the end, the enthusiastic part of her wins out, and so she decides (with a little encouragement) to reform her school’s anime club. Unfortunately, that’s where the show loses me, since it’s going to be a matter of formula from episode 2 onward – recruiting new members, figuring out what to do for the cultural festival, etc. I’d say this episode is worth watching on its own, but it wasn’t enough to convince me that the series will deliver the goods every week.
Potential: 35%

AidanAK47’s review
I can’t say I am fond of these school club animes but this one managed to retain my attention thanks to two things. There does seem to be a degree of self awareness and the characters seem stereotypical but at least have enough personality to show that they didn’t come off a conveyor belt. I can relate to this rich girl otaku’s dilemma of thanking to someone who enjoys anime but doesn’t quite delve into it on the depth you do. I felt like this when I got into a conversation with a newbie anime fan. Much like here it does feel like a disconnection in the conversation and it often end up with you recommending them a bunch a titles. I can’t say it’s funny or all that original but it does at least seem watchable. The second thing though is that there is a odd sense of foreboding here. There are supernatural elements present and there were shots with a man sitting on a bench which didn’t quite tonally match with the rest of the episode. I am not expecting a dark turn but there does seem to be more to this than meets the eye. I plan on giving it a few more episodes to see if it develops into something interesting but even if not this could be a decent anime for watching in between shows.
Potential: 40%

Imouto sae Ireba Ii.

Short Synopsis: A group of LN authors get together to drink, flirt, and play games.

Mario’s review
I believe this show is a jab at the “little sister” archetype, and more especially at Tsukasa Fushimi’s works since his career has been milked from writing those crappy novels sibling relationships. But here’s the thing, the show, not unlike its characters, understand next to nothing about writing a female character. Look the way they write those two girls – one is plain, the other one is foul-mouthed who already has a feeling for male lead despite he doesn’t have to lift his finger. The rest of the show runs more like an author get-together with not-so-exciting games and lazy wish-fulfilment (well, a half-brother who not only can cook, but cook very well). So far none of the cast feel like a real person and that main guy in particular is so annoying to watch for his arrogant and his obsession for little sisters – the only 2 traits that he has. A little note for the author, if you have never seen a real girl sniffing at boy’s underwear with your own eyes before, then don’t write this creep down. It rings false, phony and superficial doesn’t matter how I look at it. If you like the works of Eromanga sensei or shows about self-insert successful LN author who know nothing about the real life then this is right up your valley. Sorry if I sound mean but why do these lazy works keep selling like crazy?
Potential: (my head bursts)

Wooper’s Review
The first 90 seconds of this show are a dramatization of the main character’s manuscript, in which his protagonist makes out with his naked little sister, dunks his head in her used bathwater, drinks her breast milk from a cup, and eats an omelet prepared with her “eggs.” The whole segment looked hideous and made me want to die, but then the show pulled back the curtain and revealed… more garbage. Honestly, my opinion of this show couldn’t possibly be lower, even if the entire 23 minutes had been an extended version of its “tricky” opening scene, because what came afterwards was just as stupid and degrading. The main author’s preoccupation with imouto is aimed squarely at the incest division of Japan’s otaku population, who are incapable of realizing this show exists solely to steal their Blu-ray bucks. The MC’s “step-brother” is fooling absolutely nobody (apart from the show’s sub-70 IQ cast). The main female character might as well be replaced with a block of text that reads, “Girls will like you if you keep watching this show.” Dick jokes, leering shower scenes, underwear sniffing – this series has every bottom-of-the-barrel cliche in the incest anime playbook. But hey, maybe that’s your thing. Maybe you just want a show where you can “turn ur brian of” and watch a handful of underage girls fall in love with a non-threatening protagonist. Maybe this premiere was actually a work of art, and I’m just a dumb normie who can’t understand its brilliance. That’s gotta be it, right? Imouto sae Ireba Ii is a masterpiece, and those pesky normies are out to ruin your anime experience! It’s all the normies’ fault!!! HAHAHAHAHA
Potential: Fuck this show

AidanAK47’s review
Everyday we stray further from God’s light.
Alright to be fair it’s the opening two minutes which were painful to watch. Even though I get the intent for it to be a jab at imouto stories, it’s really wasn’t something I needed to see. Plus it’s hard to mock light novel conventions when you rely on those exact same conventions. The rest is just bad jokes with characters who are one dimensional stereotypes. There is at least one moment at the end which looked to be aiming for a deeper plotline in that the main protagonists fan is a far better writer than he ever was and that could have worked had it not been for the character in question. This is the guy who sabotages his own work just to fulfill his own fetish and self insert fantasy so I can’t say I feel for the guy when he gets sad that someone is a better writer than he is.
Potential: (Incoherent screaming)

Posted on 12 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Mahoutsukai no Yome

Short Synopsis: A girl is bought at a slave auction and ends up becoming a Magician’s apprentice.

Lenlo’s Review:

If I had to describe Mahoutsukai in one word, I would say it’s “Intriguing”. The first half starts off uplifted, going from a dark voluntary slavery deal, to wizards apprentice. Meanwhile the second half shows us hints of what’s to come and gives us an idea of the threats in this world. The entire time we are shown beautifully detailed backgrounds/scenes with interesting but not overdone character designs. Mahoutsukai is very colorful, with even the dark underground having greens and blues scattered about the scene. The only gripe I can find with it so far is the quick pacing of the first episode, at the end you understand why it was like they. Mahoutsukai has a lot to setup and introduce, from its world, its magic and its inhabitants. To get all that done without an info dump requires some speed and I think it was done well. With a full 24 episodes this season, Mahoutsukai has room to tell whatever story it wants and I for one am looking forward to it.

Potential: 90%

AidanAK47’s review

Very good stuff, very good indeed. Mahoutsukai manages to capture the intrigue of magic and the atmosphere of the unknown. There may be some that see the setup to be rather concerning as it does involve a man(?) buying a slave girl at an auction. That said it does seem that this series is aiming for the strange discomfort of the idea. In moralistic standards this situation in itself isn’t acceptable but when taking into account the circumstances of the individuals it becomes more reasonable. Mutual benefit really as the magician gets a new apprentice while Chise, a girl who is abused to the point where she agrees to sell herself just in hopes of finding somewhere to belong, gains a new home with a guardian who treats her with respect and dignity. That said it’s not as if this all sunshine and roses as the world of magic does hold dangers for Chise as shown by the fairies attempting to seduce her into joining their world. So far I am loving the celtic inspiration for the magical creatures and the series looks beautiful with a rather nice opening. Not quite slice of life but not a magical supernatural drama. More a stroll into the weird and wonderful. Highly recommend checking this out.

Potential: 85%

 

Blood Blockade Battlefront: Beyond

Short Synopsis: Leonardo and company return to keep the peace in a supernatural version of New York City.

Mario’s review

Was Kekkai Sensen always this wacky? Not that it’s a bad thing. The first episode of this second season takes the right spirit of the first season, and tone it up a few notches. The whole thing is one crazy fun after another, sometimes with “blink and you miss” moments. The city is a chaos and Kekkai Sensen is extremely good at making things spiral out of control. Leo runs almost entirely in this episode, with a luggage of the Head of the President of US. The rest of the team adds their touch to those wacky adventures and the soundtracks… boy how I’ve missed them. I say that despite the departure of Rie Matsumoto, this show is in good hands here as the direction, the production, and the storytelling scream confident here.  Kekkai Sensen earns a solid commendation from me.

Potential: 60%

 

Wooper’s Review

I remember only two things about the first season: that there was a terrific episode about an alien who loves hamburgers, and that its ending didn’t make a lick of sense. Still, even though my memory of the show is hazy, Kekkai Sensen doesn’t appear to have missed a beat in the handoff from one director to another. The new guy, Shigehito Takayanagi, was an episode director for classic 90’s series like Cardcaptor Sakura and Trigun, and his experience translates well to the frenetic pace of this new project. Hellsalem’s Lot is as beautifully realized as ever, and Leonardo’s fellow Libra agents still have those outsized attacks and personalities. The soundtrack is terrific, boasting a refreshing mix of hip-hop, jazz, and J-rock that fits the show’s half-human, half-alien city like a glove. This is a series that favors style over substance, which is just as well, since it’s easy to get lost in the nonstop mayhem that follows Leo no matter how far he runs. That potential for confusion is the one thing that holds Kekkai Sensen back from greatness, but it’s part of the show’s DNA at this point, so you’re either with it or you’re not. As for me, I’ll be tuning in for the full 12 episodes (and hoping for a better resolution this time).

Potential: 70%

 

Dynamic Chord

Short Synopsis: Bands play songs and a singer quits.

AidanAK47’s review

Dynamic Chord, if you have a point then could you get to to it. This my friends has to be the worst animation I have seen in a anime in recent years. So many panning shots, the absolute bare minimum of movement and just an ugly show to watch. The plot is nearly incoherent as the majority of the time is taken up with these guys staring blankly, panning shots of the environment and “music videos” which are essentially powerpoint slideshows. Nothing happened here, I mean some bands played some songs and there was some dialogue but quite frankly, nothing happened here. I don’t know who these people are, what their names are or even what the story is supposed to be. It just jumps jarringly from scene to scene without context or a clear time frame. My theory of Otome game adaptations always being terrible is sadly being proven but even with the other two in this season, at least they cared enough to animate it. This is just the most soulless and low effort cash grab of a series. No love was put into its creation and I can tell that no one truly cared about it. Save yourself twenty minutes and pass on this.

Potential: 0%

Mario’s review

After suffering watching the three male idols this season (thank god it finally ends), I am confident to say that Dynamic Chord is the worst one out of the pack. I mean, watching this I have a clear feeling that they make this anime to promote those fictional bands and don’t care one iota for the quality of the anime. The plot is so poorly written that they fill huge chunk in the middle part of those bands playing their songs. And even then they don’t have the energy to properly animate them – they just use some recycle scenes over and over. The male lead, for some weird reasons, has different eye colors. I know real people can have different eye colors but I bet no one has something as bizarre as blue/yellow. It just seriously lost me entirely. There’s no plot, except some details about some paparazzi and a drama about a lead singer of some random band – who we literally spend 3 seconds with – drops out of a band for being emo. Even their music isn’t for my taste so I don’t have anything fond to look back here.

Potential: 0%

Posted on 11 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Houseki no Kuni

Short Synopsis: Girls made of jewels fight off invaders from the moon who wish to capture them.

AidanAK47’s review

The fact that this anime is fully 3D CGI animation is likely going to put people off but luckily the story does help make it less uncanny. The girls are made of Jewels so them looking glassy and shiny actually works. The animation is still hit and miss but overall I don’t find it quite as distracting as I would in works like Knights of Sidonia. What’s really the highlight here is the story which is definitely out there as far as premises go. I do still have a bit of trouble getting into it but not quite as much as when I sampled the manga. So far I would say that while the setting and plot interest me, the characters I find are coming up rather weak. That said, it’s only the first episode and I am interested in seeing just what is coming from this. It’s a unique idea, so let’s hope it pays off.

Potential: 60%

Mario’s review

Hear me out on this, I’m giving the show this high score knowing full well its stumbling block: the CGI. While the character designs are one of the most brilliant use of CG in recent years (they are gems after all), the CG animation still remains distracting, especially whenever Houseki pans around the characters. For me the weakest part comes from the introduction of Phos where you can see the off-putting of the CGI: fake field of glass, wrong score, clunky animation. Having said all that, I’m overwhelmed by Houseki. A good kind of overwhelming, the feeling I only have for handful of my favorite anime like Flip Flappers or Made in Abyss. Houseki is wildly imaginative and wholly fresh and so far the presentation manages to keep up with its wild ideas. I could go on to say that for what it worth, this is the most visually distinctive anime of the season. It will weird viewers out, I’m sure, but that makes it even more stand out. I like the characters presented so far (Phos for me is improved a lot from the first chapter of the manga) and I am hooked on the relationship between Phos and Cinnabar. And I certainly didn’t expect this emotional resonance this show manages to pull off (they done right with the score there: when Cinnabar said that he wanted to be taken by the enemy, it’s just the sound of the waves presented here). This is a love-it or hate-it show but count me in as the big fan of it.

Potential: 90%

Two Car

Short Synopsis: Two girls participate in Motorcycle sidecar races around an island.

AidanAK47’s review

I’m so bored. May I ask why there’s highschool involvement? I mean why do the commenters have to be high school age? Why does it have to be the annual Motorcycle sidecar race between Highschool clubs? Doesn’t even make sense, why would high schools fork out so much cash for a motorcycle race? Isn’t there serious health and safety concerns? Well anyway this show makes the cardinal sin of trying to introduce the entirely of it’s cast within the first five minutes. By the time they finished I couldn’t even remember who was who and when they put on helmets I really couldn’t tell them apart. The first episode jumps jarringly between the past and present. The present being a motorcycle race and the past showing that these two had a big crush on their literally faceless manager. The racing doesn’t really have any stakes as our protagonists go from last to first within a single lap by the magical power of going faster. It’s remarked that the two main protagonists are alike to which I argee. The are so alike in that they have no real distinct characteristics and are instead a bunch of rather generic traits that could be applied to anybody. In fact all the drivers in this race can be summed up with a single quirk. This isn’t a terrible show but I certainly found my attention span wandering as I watched.

Potential: 0%

Mario’s review

From the land of anime, we have cute girls who into bike… for probably a fourth time this past two years. This time, however, it’s a motorcycle sidecar racing, and it’s an original project created by Silver Link for their 10th year anniversary, so there’s a brim light of optimistic here. This first episode divides into 2 parts: an actual racing exhibition with all the players introduced (14 of them), and a little back story between the two leads (who both have a liking for their sensei who apparently is too high horse that the show doesn’t allow us to see his face). The first part made up some exciting race, although I do have a feeling these races gonna be repetitive. The latter part fare much worse as they explore the chemistry between the girls (look, they have the same personality) and how they train hard to improve themselves through the learning from out-of-nowhere said sensei. The production is on par but I give credits for the sound department who does a very good job of making the race sound exciting. I have a solid time and I’m mildly interested in how the show will go from there so I will give it a 3-episode watch.

Potential: 40%

Blend S

Short Synopsis: A girl gets a job at a cafe where the servers put on different personalities.

Wooper’s Review

Did you like Working!! so much that you’d be willing to watch anything with a similar premise, no matter how dull? Well then, have I got just the thing for you! It’s called Blend S, and it’s got everything you could ever want in a cute girls show: workplace harassment, anime tropes by the truckload, and a chesty blonde gal who wants to add her friend code to your Nintendo 3DS! To be fair, Working!! wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of character writing, but at least its gags weren’t tired after just one episode. I can’t say the same about Blend S, nor can I recommend it for its character or background art, both of which felt too familiar to leave any impact on me. It might be interesting to see the girls switch personality traits every episode, but given the fact that Maika and her “scary eyes” are tailor-made for the sadist role, I doubt that’s the kind of twist the show has in store. If you really like CGDCT, give this one a watch – if not, skip it.

Potential: 10%

Mario’s review

Blend S is mild moe show that lacks bite. First, I actually can get behind the concept that those waitresses have to act contrary to their personality, ala their efforts not to break their own character and/or behave like their assigned character. Some of its jokes, however, wears out its welcome after only one episode, most notably the main character’s creepy eyes or the manager’s obnoxious behaviors that manages to creep me out. I don’t mind the settings in a café either, but it feels drag and aimless when those girls decide to play outside in an arcade. The production is nothing to write home about and the whole cast is easy to spend time with, but also doesn’t leave much impact. A decent but forgettable watch, which frankly isn’t good enough.

Potential: 10%

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Dies Irae

Short Synopsis: Nazi’s form a supernatural powered group and move to create Chaos in modern day Japan.

Lenlo’s Review:

Ho boy, another anime on Magical Nazi Germany. The dialogue is ham fisted, the animation is stunted and lacks any sort of impact and the directing has a number of weird cuts and spinning or zooming camera shots. Just watch until the first fight against the two bandaged people to see what I mean, as they float around and swipe/slide at each other. The quality switch between fights and stills makes me think I’m watching a completely different anime. As far as story or characters go, everything about this makes me think Dies Irae is only for the Visual Novel fans. Unless you already know what is happening, who some of these characters are or what is happening, I don’t think this will be a good fit for you.

Potential: 15%

AidanAK47’s review

Oh what a confused mess of a series this has turned out to be. I can’t say I am surprised for as I said in my preview, I wasn’t excited to see this series. I always had the feeling it would turn out something like this. First some clarification. This is not the start of the story, this is in fact a side story of the visual novel which is normally viewed after making it a good bit through the visual novel. I get the intent here as this side story is supposed to be of how our league of villains got together and seeing as they are one of the best parts of this story it’s not a bad idea to start it with them. However if you know nothing about Dies Irae then good luck trying to follow this. Even though I read the story I found this episode to be presented in a confusing way. It assumes that you already know the characters and have an idea on what is happening. This series is not beginner friendly, that‘s for sure. The animation and art is pretty terrible sadly which is a shame because the visual novel art is quite beautiful. Direction is also quite messy and the writing just feels stilted and paced wrong. What bugs me quite a bit here is that the fight scenes show the characters jumping around and doing supernatural stuff. But at this point in time in the story the characters haven’t obtained supernatural powers yet. This should just be a street brawl, not some shounen power clash with teleportation and ridiculous physics. Well I will be covering this series out of personal interest despite it looking to be a trainwreck but I implore you thus. If this episode has gained even a tiny bit of your interest then stop watching this anime and play the visual novel for it will undoubtedly be a far superior experience. You can get the first seven chapters for free on steam right now with the rest of the game as paid DLC. Normally DLC is an ugly word but in this case it means you can experience a large part of the story to see if it’s for you before buying the product. If you are interested then that is how you should experience this story. Otherwise the only value in watching this series is if you have read the VN and want to see just how badly they screw it up.

Potential: 10%

Garo – VANISHING LINE

Short Synopsis: A motorcycle-riding knight defeats Horrors amidst a modern cityscape.

Mario’s review

The premiere period is only half of its run so far, but I believe we now have a contender for the best Action show of this first impression. Vanishing Line functions like a Hollywood action movies, with really well-crafted choreography and smooth animation. The story is as straight-forward as it gets, following a new Garo hero fighting those monsters and our red-haired girl finding her road to El Dorado, the former would please any action fans and the latter would provide some thematic chop. The new hero, Sword, is a perfect lead for this type of show: hot-head, skillful but never think far ahead. The type that will think about what to eat as soon as he’s not pursuing the monsters. The battle sequences are amongst the best I’ve seen this year and with many amazing set-pieces, the show manages to entertain from beginning to end. At the end of the day Vanishing Line is still a brainless style over substance show, but at long as it doesn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment values there will be nothing to worry about.

Potential: 60%

Wooper’s Review

I’ve got to disagree with Mario on this one, especially where Garo’s visual presentation is concerned. The use of shaky-cam during its fight scenes is on the level of Paul Greengrass’s Bourne films, and MAPPA employed that technique specifically because there weren’t enough in-between frames to bring its combat to life. Even the computer-aided elements of the production didn’t have the necessary polish to communicate what the hell was going on. As a viewer, you know that people are getting punched, kicked, and shredded by motorcycle tires, but if you were asked to describe the fight fifteen minutes after watching it, the specifics would probably elude you. That’s not the kind of direction I’m looking for in an action series, and unfortunately, none of the show’s other aspects are enough to rescue it from mediocrity. The modern setting is new for Garo, but once you get past how different it is, you realize the New York-inspired streets and back-alley shots have all been done before. The aptly-named Sword has a lot of charisma, but he’s surrounded by women whose roles are either to get rescued or have big tits. The spirit trapped in the skull ring was the best part of the premiere for the ridiculous way he fused with the MC’s bike, but of the two shows this season with talking motorcycles, Garo isn’t the one you ought to be watching.

Potential: 30%

Code:Realize Sousei no Himegimi

Short Synopsis: A girl whose touch is poisonous is captured by a group of bastardised fictional icons.

AidanAK47’s review

You know I really do try with these Otome game adaptations. I at least try to have an open mind, to let the story have a chance to suck me in. But it’s really hard for me when the writing is so damn amateurish that when you have a character singing London Bridge is falling Down in the first few seconds and manage to get the lyrics wrong! Not broken down, Falling down. It’s in the bloody title for god’s sake. Do you even google sir?! On top of which we got a cast of bastardised characters from other famous fictional works and yet they get it wrong because this story is set in England and two of these characters are supposed to be french. Not that it matters all that much cause these pretty boys have nothing to do with their counterparts. Yet again in an Otome adaption our main character is a paper puppet with the emotional range of Steven Seagal. All of her lines are monotone and despite the fact she literally kills everyone she touches, all these pretty boys are out to get a piece of that fatal action. I actively laughed when one of the guys asks another how she was feeling and the man responds with “Confused…I think”. Even our main characters can see this protagonist is a piece of cardboard saying lines so standard I wouldn’t be surprised if they were straight from an otome playbook. Also of course, she has amnesia because god forbid our main character have some actual character. Look, I am not denying that eroge/visual novels have their own annoying hangups as well but at least out of them you can pick out some standout works. But when it comes to Otome, I have yet to see a single worthwhile work. Please, just one work that doesn’t feel like cookie cutter garbage would be nice.

Potential: 0%

Mario’s review

Sorry to be blunt, but the whole concept doesn’t make any damn sense. How can the main girl can stay along in the big mansion all those years without food and pass anyone’s suspicion until now? Why did her father think it’s a good idea to implant whatever it is to her chest and leave her alone, along with verbally abuse her? Why Arsene Lupin? Isn’t he French? Along with Mahoutsukai no Yome, we have another show that set in England, but with much less detail. The group of gentlemen has some diversity, but they’re still pretty much an one-note characters for now. But that main girl is just terrible, her character is indistinctive, she has no real drive and even filled with tired tropes (amnesia??? Seriously). I’m not holding my breath much for this one. Thumbs down.

Potential: 20%

Posted on 10 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Kino’s Journey

Short Synopsis: Kino travels to a country where the law allows people to kill.

AidanAK47’s review

Ah Kino, how I missed you. I am a really sucker for these kinds of moral parables and from the first episode this show looks to be continuing the tradition well. Not really a sequel nor is it a remake, it appears to be a mixture of old and new as we start off with a brand new story and are moving into an old story that was adapted before. The next episode is one of my least favorite of the old series but we shall see how it does with a new coat of paint. Speaking of which the visuals of Kino have gotten a significant upgrade which could throw people off who prefer the rougher storybook style of the original series. Personally I am fine with the new artstyle and the only points I had a problem with where the two parts where they replaced kino with a CGI puppet when parking her motorrad. It’s small but a little jarring when you see it.That said, Kino was never about the visuals, it’s about the story. From where I see it they are adapting that aspect of it fantastically. Now for the hope that this would be revealed to be a two cour series because that would be marvelous.

Potential: 95%

Mario’s review

Kino’s Journey is back, with a new gown. With its updated character designs, the new version of Kino is more like a reboot than a continuation of a 2003-series, meaning there will be some old tales that receive new treatment again. Don’t know how I feel about that until I see how the new versions play out. About the original series, although I consider the arts fairly ugly, it fits perfectly to the narrative theme of the series (which curiously name as The Beautiful World). I don’t mind this new art of Kino’s Journey, Kino looks pleasantly detailed and overall it brings the same tones of the original series, but sometimes when they rely on the use of  it looks distracting. The first tale sets the show in the right footing, not amongst the best tale we’ve seen but still leaves plenty food for thought. People who hasn’t checked out the original show will have no problem approaching this new material, as this episode bookends the premise of the show and gives us some necessary dynamic between Kino and Hermes. Next week will be a story that original fans are all familiar with: Coliseum, and next week might be a good chance to see if this new adaptation falls under superior or inferior position compared to the 2003 version.

Potential: 85%

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Short Synopsis: Two girls ride their tank around in the post-apocalyptic world.

Lenlo’s Review:

A post-apocalyptic/war slice-of-life focused on two girls riding around in a small truck? Normally this wouldn’t be my fare, but in Ryokou it just works. There are a lot of reasons for this. First, the two characters play off of each other very well. There’s rarely a wasted word, with one clearly enjoying talking more than the other.That combined with their silent communication makes it clear they have done this for awhile, there’s a history to their actions. Second Ryokou tells its world through its environment, with a destroyed industrial city, scattered weapons and snow covered metal. It’s so bleak, yet the colored night sky makes it beautiful. Everything feels abandoned and the complete lack of people aside from our leads Chito and Yuuri go a long way in helping this effect. Finally, there’s the design/direction of Ryokou. The detailed background with our almost childlike characters, with the occasional detailed shot of their hands or boots put in. The well-crafted CGI, unique camera angles like our shot spinning with a bullet fire at some cans. Everything about Ryokou shows the passion and skill that went into it. So long as the character interaction stays fresh, as everything hinges on Chito and Yuuri. Based on the ending of this first episode, I don’t think that will be a problem, so I can’t help but recommend Girls Last Tour.

Potential: 85%

Mario’s review

This show’s just tailor-made for me, I love absolutely everything about it. Cute girls in a dark, post-apocalyptic world with a light-hearted slice-of-life approach? Count me right in. The first strength of the show lies in its settings, the world that is void of people, only the remains of machinery, weapons lie around everywhere. This world is conveyed not by the info-dump, but by the empty atmosphere it produces. Not a single life beyond our two girls, all they do is riding around and looking for food. The strong chemistry between the two leads, Chito and Yuuri, make up for its second strength. They share a great bond together and they hold my attention throughout the first episode with how comfortable they are with each other, something that is important since they have to carry the show themselves. Thirdly, it’s the slice-of-life approach that we see them carry on with their lives, enjoy little moments they have. It helps that the direction also favors small moments, sometimes relies on off-screen actions, body gestures, or long zoom out from our protagonist. This show has such a well-crafted direction and it does feel cinematic, I tell ya. Finally, for those of you who worry that this show is an one-extended premise with little variations, this first episode focuses on one little theme at a time that still manage to pack an emotional little punch at the end. Girls Last Tour is a ride that worth taking.

Potential: 80%

Net-juu no Susume

Short Synopsis: A recently dismissed Salarywoman decides to get sucked into an MMORPG

AidanAK47’s review

This show has that aspect where the RPG is presented in this animated fashion from within, but the reality often shows the game to be rather simplistic visually. It’s understandable as it’s likely how the player happens to see that world but it does make me wonder as to what the reality version of certain scenes is. For example there is a scene where one of the characters goes up to the bar and is depressed. So did the player walk her up to the bar and play some sort of depressed gesture? Well ignoring the imaginary alternate reality game vision this is a nice show with a decent start. I really like that the protagonist is a woman in her twenties instead of some generic teenager.(Though as if some parody she makes a generic male teenager avatar to play as in the game) It’s a rather heartwarming story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The animation isn’t the strongest but it works for the story. The question is where does this story go from here as I wonder just how this romance will develop between these two despite them playing opposite to their genders. Now that the woman is up to speed on how to play the game it’s a wonder as to just where the story will go from here. Still as of now I am rather curious.

Potential: 40%

Mario’s review

Net-juu has such a simple concept: a NEET girl who plays game online as a dude has a close encounter with an online girl who in real life is a working man. Yet, so far it’s adorable and charming. The main draw I believe is the lead characters who are in their twenties, as such they behave more believable and their social awkwardness feel more relatable. I also like how difference in arts between the real world and the fantasy game world. Fruits de Mer has a feel of escapist place and the real world is accordingly washout and down to earth. The chemistry between the two mains is rock solid here, it has a proper development and the cast so far is likable. Despite it, the production feels rough at times and I just hope the show doesn’t take too long for the two to meet in real life. Net-juu has a promising take-off, now let’s see how they will manage to fly and land safely.

Potential: 40%

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Just Because!

Short Synopsis: Two old friends reunite in high school as a new semester begins for their classmates.

Mario’s review

Damnit, like it or not, a comparison between this one and Tsuki ga Kirei will certainly rise because they produce the same atmosphere, with the same focus on teen romance and their growths and even the emphasis on social chatting amongst teen. At that, there are two elements that work against Just Because, the first being the low-frame rates. Considering it’s from Pine Jam, a relatively new studio, and I witnessed how they struggled at maintaining the production quality in Gamers, I have my concerns. For the show that focuses heavily on quiet, static moments this issue might be not that critical, but even then if the first episode was already that shaky I am worried on how the rest would turn out. Second, the character designs aren’t that good to be honest, they’re kinda plain, neither realistic (multiple hair colors here) nor special. For the show’s credits, only with one episode the main players have enough character actions and you can see each of them have their own circle of friends and their own lives, something I find really well done. There’s a solid chemistry between two lead males here and I hope that they can provide that same amount of dynamic between each member of the main cast. The ending certainly hits its home-run but can they maintain that sparks throughout the rest of its run? I’m definitely looking for more and I hope people can shake off their Tsuki ga Kirei’s comparison because it doesn’t do either Tsuki ga Kirei or Just Because any good.

Potential: 70%

 

Wooper’s Review

I have to be honest – I was nearly catatonic by the end of this episode. Just Because wasn’t one of my most anticipated shows of the season coming into this premiere, but its emphasis on characters and mood is just what I look for in my anime. If I had to pick a word to describe the mood of this series, though, it would be “sleepy.” That’s not just because watching it made me tired, either; the main character sports an “I got three hours of sleep last night” expression for most of his time on screen, and the show’s low-energy conversations between classmates don’t provide much of a hook. I’m down for naturalism and table setting and all that good stuff, but there ought to be a reason to keep watching week after week, and I didn’t find that here. The show split itself too thin between its five primary cast members, which rendered the final home run scene totally impotent, even with its marching band score and slow-motion finish. I would have preferred a narrower focus on Eiji and Haruto, complete with glimpses of their past friendship/rivalry, to strengthen the final moments of the episode. The reveal that Eiji’s old flame attends his new school is good news for fans of love pentagons, but given how messy and unfocused this episode was, I can’t recommend it to any other subset of anime fans.

Potential: 40%

 

Ousama Game

Short Synopsis:

AidanAK47’s review

Oh, forgive me. I made a small misunderstanding with the preview of this show. I originally thought this would be an adaption of the first story in the series but it appears they decided to adapt the sequel instead. That said, everything I said in the preview still applies here and boy, this is awful. I mean this is just terrible. The main character is busy being a mopey emo after going though the events of the first story and it’s hard to have sympathy when we don’t know what he went through and when he just seems to have a chronic problem of not explaining himself. I mean he could explain the situation to the classroom and give them decent forewarning but instead keeps saying vague warnings and evidently argers everyone, including the audience. Still this may have so bad it’s good value to some as it really is just like a low budget slasher film. However if you think you might get something of genuine value out of this then I am sorry to say you would be greatly mistaken.

Potential: 0%

 

Mario’s review

This show is beyond stupid. Are we supposed to root for that guy in all honesty? He is the worst-written character I’ve seen this year. It’s cringe-worthy just to see him doing every stupid action. And then some big-boob girl actually falls for him? AT FIRST SIGHT? Haizz. Then the game rules that make no sense. Don’t the rules say they have 24 hours to carry the order, so why the heck many of them being punished here? Then the orders are really stupid: Student A has to touch student B’s breast, because… ORDER! And then the killings are silly as well, what’s with all the supernatural deaths? To be frank, if they throw some creative ideas into those I mentioned above, I could give it another try (I still don’t mind Final Destination franchise for example, at least in that franchise I want to see how the deaths play out). This one is as lazy as it gets, and it even manages to be boring despite its death-game hook. Give me my time back. Inconceivable!

Potential: 0%

 

Infini-T Force

Short Synopsis:  Various famous Tonkatsu heroes are summoned into another world to fight a new threat  

AidanAK47’s review

Well it’s Japanese Tonkatsu Avengers! I will admit to only recognising two out the the cast of four but they all seem to be fairly famous tonkatsu icons.(Though I don’t see Kamen Rider anywhere) The visuals are pretty impressive by 3D animation standards but I do admit that at times it felt like I was watching a video game FMV sequence. Lots of flashbacks to Final Fantasy FMV, that’s for sure. So far it’s fairly watchable but I think this will be on the more campy side of things. For one I was rolling my eyes as one of our heroes talks to the blatantly obvious villain with the french phrases and didn’t happen to catch on that he might be evil. Action is quite good though I think the story is already stretching itself to accommodate shoving all these heroes from other universes. This is more a show for those fond of Tonkatsu fans as I did feel at times that I missing something due to be ignorant of the heroes themselves.

Potential: 30%

 

Mario’s review

Such a guilty pleasant surprise, because by no means should Infini-T Force work for me. I loathe Superheroes action genre, I am unfamiliar with those franchises the show crossovers, and I’m not fond with full CGI shows. On the last point, it’s mainly because full CGI animated shows look disorienting most of the time. Those I partly enjoyed (RWBY, some Chinese wuxia shows, Miraculous Ladybug and last year’s BBK/BRK) are understandably action-oriented shows, since those CG looks the most impressive in fight sequences. This show has that benefits and I can call the cast designs as attractive. The plot runs really thin here as with 2 episodes, it’s already full of plot holes and it runs like a game format now with all the villains waiting for our heroes in the stadium. But here I find myself enjoying it. The main cast is fun with lousy and campy dialogues and the production is solid enough for me to enjoy. At least I will follow it for a few more weeks.

Potential: 30%

Posted on 9 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

URAHARA

Short Synopsis: Three girls are required to fight off aliens attacking their hometown.

AidanAK47’s review

Now here’s a show that doesn’t know what to do with itself. The plot itself is ludicrous and already lost suspension of disbelief once it showed that these three brainless dullards somehow run a fashion…dessert…artistic…well a company that creates something. The big problem that rears it’s head is that nothing is being taken seriously and as such the comedy i somehow supposed to be in the fact that our main characters don’t take the situation seriously. But that’s the only real joke and so the entirely of the entertainment is places on the interactions between the cast who are all just paper thin. It’s a shame because artistically it feels like real effort is being put in here but isn’t isn’t coming together. The backgrounds have a style of looking roughly hand drawn and the character designs pop out. But the dialogue just feels like it’s telling a joke that never gets to the punchline. It reminds me a little of that anime from Spring 2015 which was called punchline which had the same level of dissonance with comedy. My point is that it’s hard to get into a story where the main characters have effectively abandoned any sense of reality. If the characters are not invested in the story then why should we be?

Potential: 20%

 

Mario’s review

Haha damnit Urahara… you really went overboard here. From the streets of Harajuku, we have cute girls… fighting aliens who invaded the Earth to steal our… CREATIVITY. Yeah, the premise does sound like a harmless kiddie show, but Urahara is not without its charms. First off, it comes as a rather unusual project since it’s a Crunchyroll-born anime project that contains mostly female staffs. That piece of information doesn’t tell you anything about the actual quality of the show, mind you, but it’s something I can support wholeheartedly from behind. Second, if you judge Urahara solely on creativity, then damn this show sure has some. I love the soft backgrounds that make the Harajuku town come to life. The girls have some attractive costume outfits that further convince me that the creators draw them with those outfits before giving them the personality or making up a story. Because, ladies, the story is a mess and the acting is horrendous. It progresses randomly and never leaves much impact beyond its wacky atmosphere. The budget is tight here as they rely heavily on limited animation. Overall, Urahara remains a curious project. Despite its obvious flaws: the story that is near-nonexistent, the plot that moves in all directions and the characters that have depth as thick as toilet paper, it still establishes its own personality. There’s something that feel really “URAHARA-quese” here, something I can’t say for most of other anime shows out there.

Potential: 40%

 

Konohana Kitan

Short Synopsis: A fox girl goes to work for a hot spring inn.

AidanAK47’s review

Saber?! What the hell are you doing he…oh wait she’s got fox ears. Never mind. Well this show is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. You like cute girls? You like cute fox girls? Do you want Hanasaku Iroha but requiring less of your attention span or brain activity? Then this is the show for you. I am not completely immune to the appeal of girls acting cute but I find these shows often tune down the intelligence of the characters in order to make them seem more pure and innocent. You can have a girl be adorable and not need to turn her into an idiot. Case in point, I am currently playing through Muv Luv Unlimited and Kasumi is ridiculously adorable while at the same time being much smarter than the protagonist. There is nothing particularly bad about this show but at the same time there is nothing  that makes it stand out. It’s average for the genre and i suppose if you like this stuff then it could fill the void for the time being.

Potential: 10%

 

Mario’s review

Cute girls who work in an inn. I must admit that I always have a soft spot for “cute girls” genre hence I always find myself enjoy it more than regular viewers. Konohana Kitan falls right in the middle of this genre’s pack. We have a typical story of a wide-eyed country girl goes to live in the big city for the first time, she gets used to the live of the new environment and makes friends with other cute girls in the process. Nothing unusual here, although I think to judge this type of show you need to see how enjoyable it is, at that it does a fairly decent job. At least the main girl isn’t annoying or too pure to just follow anyone’s words unconditionally. I quite like the activities of the inn itself that remind me a bit of the classic Spirited Away. This show really goes all out with cherry blossom scene and god, it’s beautiful. Konohana Kitan hardly breaks any ground and the characters are hardly original and the story will get more generic from now on but if you want something light that lullaby your brain to sleep then this is just about perfect.

Potential: 30%

 

Tsukipro the Animation

Short Synopsis: Several boy bands prepare for a major live performance.

Mario’s review

I’ve mentioned that Boy Idol genre is already a low bar, remember? Well, this one manages to fail miserably even within its circle. The most terrible one is the designs of the cast – they look too perfect that there is an uncanny effect that further melt my brain, and by being too perfect they hold no real personality whatsoever. Then the plot isn’t remotely interesting or compelling. Apparently, the whole season will focus on the idol groups prepare and then perform in that Tsukipro events? Not that I really care. Furthermore, the use of CG is off-putting and lifeless. In fact, “lifeless” is a perfect word to sum up this production. This show, like its idol characters, have so little personality to speak of, as a result we could easily mistake it for some other male idol shows. Not that anyone really give a damn.

Potential: 0%

 

Wooper’s Review

Exposition and character introduction screens are the name of the game here. After one episode, Tsukipro’s main concerns seem to be that we 1) learn the names of all the attractive band members, and 2) pick a favorite, who will then entice us to stick around for another 12 spoonfuls of sterile jokes and mid-2000s CG. The production meeting where we learned about the big concert felt less like entertainment and more like an actual meeting that I was forced to sit through for work. The boys’ other responsibilities (photo shoots, TV appearances, radio shows) were similarly dry, though they didn’t manage to sink to the artless depths of that opening scene. If I had to point to one redeeming factor here, it would be the potential for conflict between the four different idol groups, but the mere existence of multiple bands is probably an excuse to feature more guys with different hairstyles and identical personalities. I had only seen a couple idol shows before this one, and they all made their character rosters as large and unwieldy as possible, as well. The bigger the net, the larger the catch, I guess.

Potential: One of the worst things I’ve ever seen/10

Posted on 7 October 2017 with categories: Some Quick First Impressions

Juuni Taisen

Short Synopsis: Killers dressed to represent the 12 Zodiac signs gather to participate in a battle royale.

AidanAK47’s review

The first show I check out this season and I must say it’s starting on a high note. Nisio is a writer I am mixed on but so far this series is looking to be quite interesting as we have it focused on the backstory of a certain character as she goes to participate in this battle to the death. It features some of the most impressive CGI integration I have seen as I truly had to second guess myself on whether it was truly CGI. The character cast all seem to be quite quirky and the story presented so far has interested me. Though moreso the girls backstory of how she got selected to take part in the battle. I do think this could end up disappointing easily if the story goes a certain way but so far this is a very solid recommendation to check this show out.

Potential: 85%

Mario’s review

A bit of unrelated trivia about the Chinese zodiac. Although many countries from Asia celebrate the Chinese zodiac, we modify some animals from the Chinese origin to be more suitable with our traditions. Japan, for example, includes sheep instead of goat and Wild Boar instead of Piggie (the Vietnamese zodiac, in case you wonder, has Water Buffalo instead of Ox, and most noticeably we choose Cat in place of Rabbit). Does the Chinese Zodiac matter? Well, in my culture we still favor the system whenever any couple decide to get married to see if they’re best match. If they aren’t, game over. Maybe that explains why both the elopement rate and the unwanted pregnancy rate are quite high in Vietnam (Blame you Chinese Zodiac!!). Let’s back on track with Juuni Taisen, outrageous character designs aside, if the rest of the series is like this then we’d have a winner in our hands. The concept of a battle royale between 12 Zodiac warriors, while not original, is too entertaining to ignore. This first episode follows one of the warrior, the Boar, so we have a chance to see how the rules set up, meeting other warriors through her lens, and learn more about her backstory. As soon as her backstory begins I have a feeling she’d be the first to get send off, but that twist in the end means that she still remains “intact” in the story. As expect from Nisio we have more amount of dialogues than normal action show, but the action scenes are nicely done. All warriors so far have some interesting quirks and even just a mere 20 minutes I can remember most of them. If you look for a (talky) action fix this season look no further than this.

Potential: 75%

 

Sengoku Night Blood

Short Synopsis:  A girl is suddenly summoned into an alternate reality Sengoku Japan.

AidanAK47’s Review

Ah yes, the Sengoku period of Japan. Where everyone was fighting to unify the country, random girls are introduced to the major hierarchy of an army for no reason, the female species is nowhere in site, all guys are pretty boys or cat eared pretty boys and werewolves and vampires were everywhere…something tells me this show isn’t going for a historical portrayal. It’s funny that i have seen so many of these shows that I can actually recognise the historical figures names.(Or perhaps that’s thanks to Sengoku Rance) So this show is just so boring and by the numbers that I don’t see how anyone is going to get anything out of it unless they like pretending to be the piece of cardboard that is our protagonist and imagining playing with all the pretty boys. Of course she has no personality whatsoever and of course all the guys want to bonk her on the principle that she is special somehow or misinterpret her boring run of the mill traits as some sort of unique characteristics. Only other female mentioned is some missing princess that supposed to be super important and most certainly will turn out to be our main protagonist because I am gonna be damned if they let some other chick steal the spotlight. Not the target demographic here but come on, this story is just too lazy and boring. You deserve better than this trash.

Potential: 0%

Mario’s review

Gosh, this show is a mess. Something something fighting… someone someone get introduced and then the main guy literally climaxes after licking a girl’s blood. The plot functions like a typical isekai show where the girl gets transported into… another world where the feud happens between badass boys who have overpowered techniques and I bet each of them has their own special moves. This show has a problem that they introduce way too many characters and clans and not much time for the lead. The girl lead, in particular is so plain and unmemorable that it’s hard to root for her (what is her name, anyway?). The fights are pretty much just there, no context and there is absolutely no sense of danger anywhere. And then they mix vampire, werewolf and tanuki in the process… that the show become a hot mess. In fact, the whole story is so insignificant that by the time you finish this episode there is nothing to linger on. An install noodle for someone who have a weakness for boys fighting with each other using cool techniques and saying cool lines, otherwise stay far away from this.

Potential: 0%

 

Shokugeki no Souma S3

Short Synopsis: Yukihira Souma plots to break into the Elite 10 at Totsuki Academy.

Lenlo’s Review

Souma starts off incredibly underwhelming. Perhaps I am looking at the first two seasons with rose colored glasses, but Third Plate just looks like it has so little passion behind it. Overused chibi animation for every little thing, lots of panning still shots with only a moving mouth. All that, along with the problem that the prior to seasons and an OVA are basically mandatory watching will likely put off a lot of new people. That said, the arcs getting adapted this season are interesting. We get the Moon Festival and the start of a big storyline that’s still going on in the manga right now. Assuming that the animation is being saved for the cook-offs, that you either know the story up till now or don’t care, and are ok with the inevitable food based fan-service of Souma, I don’t see any harm in giving Souma a shot until the end of this first small arc.

Potential: 65%

Wooper’s Review

I’m a fan of Souma’s original 24-episode run, but its second season spent too much time on culinary combat and not enough on maintaining its quirky atmosphere. If its first episode is anything to go by, the third season is on the verge of making the same mistakes, although there’s a baseline of entertainment it ought to meet just by faithfully adapting the manga. Yukihira is already gunning for one of the top ten students at Totsuki here, and the entire episode was a dialogue-heavy setup for their eventual confrontation. The whole thing felt a bit too safe and familiar, but the series’ past strengths are enough to earn it a light recommendation. At this point, you already know whether you’re in or out, so if it’s more Souma you want, the third season’s two-cour order really ought to whet your appetite.

Potential: 50%

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The IdolM@ster Side M

Short Synopsis: An independent male idol group consider going pro.

AidanAK47’s review

Considering the amount of male idol shows I have had to subject myself to, this actually comes out better than most. I guess because this feels like it’s actually trying with it’s story. Most Male Idol shows just throw you into the thick of it and introduce all the characters at once. making them just feel like they came of a production line to appeal to as mainstream an audience as possible. This story instead focuses on three of the idols to join the studio first and I appreciate that. The characters themselves are basic stereotypes (The tsundere hot headed one, the childish playful one, the older responsible one) but at least have a bit more going on for me to consider them actual characters instead of fetish placeholders. Again the biggest problem with judging these shows is that I am not the target demographic but this one didn’t make me want to bash my head against a wall or bore me out of my skull so it must be pretty alright by boy idol anime standards.

Potential: 20%

Mario’s review

You might think that episode 00 serves as a prequel for this series, while part of it was true, this 00 episode is a standalone story about one of the Idol group, Jupiter. One little detail that pique my interest is this is a story when Jupiter was an indie idol band. While it’s overpowered to have a band as young as they are, can manage all the deals, the band’s schedule, dealing with fans all by themselves, the spirit of “DIY” is there. There are some decent interactions here and there between the group and the agency guy, but everything else is mild and forgettable. This main lead is annoying though that he can’t even take simple criticism and I don’t get why they are half an hour length because they can easily cut the performance part and the story is still intact. With this season that is heavily on male idols (we have 2 more coming, along with girl idols Love Live Sunshine), I don’t even think this one can stand out as the best of that pack, and already that bar is pretty low to begin with.

Potential: 20%

 

UQ Holder! 2

Short Synopsis: The Grandson of Negi tries to earn the right to go to the capital city.

AidanAK47’s review

You know it’s a Ken Akamatsu work when the protagonist is getting beaten to death by the main heroine for little reason. Author of not only this but also Love Hina and Negima, there is a certain nostalgic charm to this. However there are problems, one is a reason I was not that interested in this manga and that’s because at the end of this episode they confirm that our main protagonists cannot die. In other works that more or less a given but in this case they literally cannot die. Which kind of drains away any tension from battle when they can recover from any wound no matter how grievous. The second thing that put me off this series is that I never really liked the cast of UQ holder that much. And the third is the fanservice, the kind of fanservice that was in the beginning of this episode and the large amount of fanservice to come. Not to mention lots of fanservice of characters of rather questionable age. A while back there was a law that was trying to be put in place to outlaw nude lolita depictions of anime characters due to it possibly being considered pedophile pornography and you can bet that Ken Akamatsu was right in the crosshairs due to his series having a large amount of that. Still if you can look past the fanservice there is some good action to be had and this is looking to be the strongest adaption of his work to date so there could be something watchable here.

Potential: 30%

Mario’s review

We have a generic shounen story that neither original nor ground-breaking, but for what it worth it’s still a serviceable one. Although billed as a sequel you don’t really need the knowledge of the original to follow this. It ticks pretty much on the boxes of tired tropes, and the story of a young boy who turn immortal is something that done countless time before in anime, even how this little episode turns out is by-the-book so in terms of plot, this episode fails hard. What it makes up is the chemistry between the boy and his guardian and the confident pacing that thankfully hold our attention till the end. What happens next is pretty predictable though, they going to the city, meeting new friends while the young boy hones his skills. At that I don’t get why she can grow her body despite being a vampire and the fanservice is way too blatant. Should provide a fun, mindless ride with some emotional attachments if you’re lucky but don’t expect anything serious about it.

Potential: 20%

 

Black Cover

Short Synopsis: A boy without magic in a world filled with tries to gain a magic grimoire.

AidanAK47’s review

A good anime is like programing code. You need it all to work in harmony and all it really take is one small mistake, one tiny aspect, and the whole thing can fall apart.I thought the main protagonist of this series could be annoying but reading the manga I had the joy of not having to listen to him. But here they decided to hire a terrible voice actor for him who shouts his every line. Good god, it’s annoying. He has this way of drawing out the end of his shouts as well as inflection and once you notice it, it grates on your nerves. Hopefully the SimulDub tones down this as other than this horrible voice actor this episode was fine. Pierrot is changing some things unnecessarily but other than that it’s a solid first episode for a shounen. If you are a shounen fan and can bear the shouting the protagonist then I say you could have fun with it. If his shouting is too annoying you can always try the dub to come soon. Animation was fine as well so this could be something watchable

Potential: 40%

Mario’s review

We have a generic shounen story that… Wait? Déjà vu? Despite having different settings Black Cover and UQ Holder share the same DNA – the plot is full of cliché and general tropes; the characters are one note and that cheap one-time antagonist. How many times before do we see a main hero who has no power turn out to be the best?? Black Cover has a more realized setting than UQ Holder, depicting the fantasy world that rely on using magic. But the main character… boy, is he annoying brat. Overact and loud all the time, he’s the lead that helps me greatly in dropping this series without hesitant. Moreover, this show also teach me a valuable lesson that animating iron chain is the kryptonite of CG animation since it’s jarring consider how out of place the iron chain with the rest. The relationship between the two leads will be what ride the story forward, although I admit that I’m not too interested to follow either the plot or their rivalry. An easy skip for me.

Potential: 10%

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Bokusen
@SuperMario Thanks! I'll give Houseki no Kuni a try then. A lot of the series I thought would be good are disappointing me, so I might be following a low number of series this season & it'd be cool if Houseki turns out to be something I like enough to watch this season.^-^
SuperMario
@Kaiser: right. The sole reason I described it as "cinematic" was just to lure you into watching it, so mission accomplished! Mind you, Girls' Last Tour is still a moe show at heart (look at their round faces and those big eyes. They're killing me)
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in all seriousness, I had had it initially written off as a crap moe show.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: You're ministry of anime propaganda tactics mentioning how cinematic it is got me to pick it up =P And you know how much of an aesthetics guy I am =P
SuperMario
I'm glad that many of you enjoying Girls' Last Tour. It's a nice little gem that I think works best when you going to it without any expectation
SuperMario
I swear this season has a lot of good anime to offer. I'm jaded
Amagi
I always considered backgrounds as pretty important. Most anime only use them as backdrops because they have to be there somehow and it's really a different thing than Girls' Last Journey for example. Also I will like everything that has exploration and world building.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And achieves taking the viewer into its world, thankfully without relying on tons of expositional dialogue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Girls last tour, somewhat succeeds in pulling me in by using its landscape that dwarfs the characters, to create its atmosphere, I wouldn't call it all that unfunny either. Though premise could risk going stale.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, HA! Yeah I would like to believe but I am thinking that's not the case. Besides next season is looking pretty barren so far.
Amagi
Eden would be great. But speaking of it, a lot of good manga get adapted recently. Maybe they finally understood that generic isekai, harem and school stuff isn't as popular as they thought it would be.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Maybe one day I can hope for a Freesia or Eden Endless world adaptation.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Jesus christ....I never thought it would happen, Banana fish is being adapted, I didn't think they could adapt a shoujo like that in todays market.
KTravlos
I also watched Inuyashiki and Girl's Last Tour. Inuyashiki looks great. Man do I hate that young guy. Reading what he did and seeing it was a totally different experience. Cannot wait for the next episode.

Girls Last Tour is really something special. In a good way.
KTravlos
Altair's episode showed all the issues and all the good things of the show. The pace is too quick, and yet they managed to build Urado and its denizens up quick fast in it. But again, this is a show that needs the LGOH treatment.
Amagi
The manga also always uses "he/him" but I am not sure if the original had this too (like "kare" or similar words) since you can talk for a long time in Japanese without ever using pronouns.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, yes I noticed Phos uses Boku in this episode which is the male way of saying I.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Man, Zvyagintsev really, really knows how to deliver truly emotional gut punching moments and endings that are like cutting at open wounds.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Houseki has fallen into place for me with those scenes with Dia and the snail thing and I've fully embraced the show, happy to see it just continue to do its thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: While Marios are girls best friend DIAmonds ahhhhre for evvvvvvahhh *Shirley Basey voice*
Masky
*bride
Masky
I can say though that if people fear the "Bastard Boyfiend" angle, its not that really. Its more of really weird apprenticeship relationship. Ainsworth is inhuman character in many ways
Masky
Oh hey, Mahoutsukai no Yome is on covered list. Nice, it is weird manga to read through since I'm kind of creeped out by the bribe thing, but its barely mentioned at all.
Anonymous1497942
After finishing Made in Abyss it stuck out, some animation shortcuts in this week's Mahoutsukai. Holding on frames a bit too long, mainly having the music giving the emotion. To be fair, it was also a slow part in the manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If I recall correctly, the words "wandering Jew" were used at one point in the manga in relation to the villain.
Lenlo
Mahoutsukai was very pretty this week, but there were some troubling things popping up in there.
SuperMario
@Aidan: They are trying to bring Phos back from a snail. Man, Houseki sure is... quirky
AidanAK47
@Mario, I would take a guess and say they are fighting evil by moonlight.
SuperMario
Okay, heading to Houseki now... let's see our gems doing this week
SuperMario
@Bokusen: (not because I'm blogging it but) watch it. it's a polarized one but it at least offers something original. I still haven't watched the third one though.
Anonymous1497873
The new Mahoutsukai no Yome episode was so beautiful. TwT
Bokusen
BTW, is Houseki no Kuni worth watching? I was turned off by the animation, but I've read some good reviews on it.
Bokusen
Darn, last message didn't show up for me but now it does. Sorry about that.
Bokusen
Tanya the Evil and Uchouten Kazoku 2 were the gems this year for me so far, but Abyss was definitely the best thing I watched last season.
Bokusen
Tanya the Evil & Uchouten Kazoku 2 were the gems this year for me so far, though Abyss was definitely the best thing I watched last season.
Amagi
Doesn't mean that there weren't other good series but I distinguish between good and somethin special I will instantly remember even months or years later.
Amagi
How can you not like at least one of the current series, this season is pretty good. MiA was probably my only real great thing in the last season though.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Aren't you forgetting Acca, Rakugo, Little Witch Academia and Tanya the Evil?
Anonymous1497006
Made in Abyss seems like it's the only gem this year for me tbh
AidanAK47
Whoa, I never even knew we had a PM feature.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I've received it. Thanks Kaiser. I've never noticed the PM feature either
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I sent you a private message.
SuperMario
oh boy. Just received Mind Game Bluray Region free today. I ordered/funded it through Kickstarter a year ago and eventually forgot about it. Was a nice surprise to see it in the mail today
silver
I enjoyed this week's Kino. Leave only footprints indeed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On the other hand I noticed some slight censoring in juuni taisen episode 3 I think.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also surprised with the lack of censorship during Inuyashiki's second episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
First episode of inuyashiki covered the whole of volume 1.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*but almost never
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: In general, Death of Stalin is an amusing film throughout, but never laugh out loud hilarious, Simon Beale is hilarious in it as Beria.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Gonzo did that mecha 7 samurai thing we must never speak of. However schmaltzly/sentimental Ikiru is, however it slumps slightly in the middle and final arc , it was still a genuinely moving film.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*than it is
Kaiser-Eoghan
To elaborate, I expected to dislike inuyashiki based on not enjoying Gantz, my reaction to the second episode was the same as Amagi's . The first episode was heavy handed a bit as Aidan mentioned, but its harder to watch that scene with the older guy get bullied/tormented that it is to watch highschool kids getting picked on by cliche anime thugs.
AidanAK47
Also why Hillary Clinton? I mean i know Trump is supposed to have a cameo in the manga but why her?
AidanAK47
@Vyse, Lets not jinx it. Plenty of series have shown great potential in their second episodes only to flop later. We can sing praises if it keeps this quality to the conclusion.
VyseLegendaire
Inuyashiki main villain should be Hillary Clinton
VyseLegendaire
Inuyashiki is suddenly like the best thing of the decade.
Amagi
I wish there were more old MC series out there. Liked that about Real Drive too. Maybe someone will have mercy and adapt Kurosawa one day. Not exactly old but at least a series about a guy with midlife crisis.
Amagi
I thought the happenings of the second Inuyashiki episode would have been too egdy but they actually gave the last few scenes a very good impact and the episode showed pretty well how sociopathes think (that whole gap between emotions for real people VS manga/fiction characters and events)
KTravlos
yup, I have no problem with Lenlo's review. Execution is what matters with me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: You managed to sell me on a show that I didn't think I'd have bothered with.
silver
You did fine. It's a risk associated with reading post-viewing episodic discussions. Pretty much everyone knows that if you don't want to be spoiled don't even get online.
Lenlo
I tried to leave explicit spoilers about what happened outside the (more...) tag, but its a risk of readin a review I suppose.
silver
Hah, sorry about spoiling it. That's the problem with major shocks like that; they're most effective if you're not expecting them. Still, the show has deft execution of its executions, and that makes the experience worse than I could imagine.
Lenlo
Well im glad it convinced you. Tried something different with writing this week
KTravlos
man I should not had read the review. Now I will go and watch Inuyashiki. I had missed it.
silver
@Lenlo: It caught me off guard, too. Definitely working to earn that 'psychological' genre tag.
Lenlo
Well... Inuyashiki surprised me today. It went far darker than I was expecting. Thanks Gants author
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Such an odd art style, have you ever seen these? These are the film covers the Polish get:
Kaiser-Eoghan
*that was the most interesting character
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Z's ending was very very well played and it was Jean Tringnents was interesting, largely for that he was a right winger working with the left wingers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And of course the British version of house of cards.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wonder if he's seen Yes Minister and The New Statesman, also political comedies and for those of us who lived in the 80s seeing Thatcherites getting slagged off was great.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I do think thick of it works better though as the humour serves a thirty minute episode more comfortably. Stalin's fairly short though so I don't think the joke will run out.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: the Death of stalin is the title I'm looking for as well. Will screen here in few weeks. I almost reccomend In the Loop and the Thick of It (haven't watched the latter though) for Travlos since they're a political satire, which I think he'll enjoy
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Hope you already booked that heavens feel screening, cause its sold out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've heard that the anime's character development in Juuni taisen expands on the books, which only give them short lines for their backgrounds.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, so perhaps in Juuni taisen they'll spin that so the Rat guy uses the ox guy to his advantage in some different way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: There is a special atmosphere watching anime on a big screen.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I might be seeing death of Stalin tomorrow or Saturday. The thick of it was hilarious and this has the same director as that.
SuperMario
Both Z and All the President's Men are coassic movie. Hold my attention from start to finish. Z, in particular, wowed me that I literally had my mouth wide open
SuperMario
Off tangent, watching Fireworks in the cinema the other day made me realize how I miss watching movies on the big screen. I might try to go to the cinema once a week again. Been missed out all the good movies lately.
SuperMario
In the Great Race story, Rat used a very underhanded tactic to win the race (it jumps into the Ox to pass the great river and then jump off to the finish line. This Rat guy's speciality is Killing All so there is a high chance that he survives till the end
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I have no doubt that we will have more amazing character arcs for Juuni Taisen.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But that could prove to be too predictable.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wonder if the Rat guy is going to be the wild card in all this, after all in the old story, wasn't it the Rat who won that zodiac race thing?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Juuni Taisen is killing off its most interesting characters.... =< I wanted the bird girl to stay around a bit longer.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd love to see more Lem or Stugastky style/brand of scifi, I need to rewatch stalker again.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Going back to the cyberpunk thing, I don't want just any ol' thing getting made, I want to see something scifi related thats ACTUALLY clever and has long and DIFFICULT dialogue .
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: While not a political series Chaos;head is a good example of being annoyed at the conspiracy thing, what drives me up the wall about that show and its sequel is how every every time I think about going back to it I realize that its only interesting on a surface level and is utter hokkum.
KTravlos
@Kaiser. Yup, perhaps because I work in political science, they tend to anger me. So I avoid them. Borgen is a good political series.

In general. It still startles how much of a better character anime Tsutomu was comapred to manga Tsutomu in Bridy the Mighty. But I forgive the manga as I get more Gomez!
AidanAK47
@Amagi/Kaiser, thought as much. Strike it off the list then. And God Tsubasa was a cluster fuck by the end.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh simul-dub of Juuni taisen is out, I might aswell keep up with that instead.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I had this weird relationship with dragonball in general. When I was younger I never actively seeked out the show, but on a rare occasion I would watch random episodes whenever I was channel hopping and nothing else was on.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Clamp shared universe was a mistake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I really really wish that that tone breaking style of comedy stops being a thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It doesn't happen often, but there ARE shows we all have that snap trigger us when they get mentioned.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel my disdain of re:zero is because I hate Akame ga kill and Higurashi so much and it prevents me because of bias from enjoying it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: In addition to what i posted about Pandora, you will hate the comedy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I will rewatch it, the first one is one of those things that improved on repeat viewings.
@Travlos: Conspiracy theories are one of those things I find myself taking interest in, then almost immediately consider immensely stupid and a waste of time.
Amagi
Aidan: If you didn't like the first parts of Pandora you won't like the rest either. Most people that loved it did this because of the characters and setting, the story isn't really getting better and I kinda disliked what they did near the end. It was overcomplicated and everyone had like three different personalities, plot twists and so on. Not nearly as bad as Tsubasa Chronicle though
AidanAK47
@Bokusenou, believe me when I say you are not few. There are plenty who Dislike Re:Zero. I can understand it and I sort of get where your coming from regarding the characters. (Though Saber sucks) There is just something about the series that I just adore.
KTravlos
@Kaiser. I have not watched most of them. But I have watched Z and All the President's Men. Both are great films. The issue with me is that while I like political thrillers I despite conspiracy theories. Far too many pol. thrillers dive into con.theory stuff. So I must be discriminating.
SuperMario
Okay, I'm off to watch Blade Runner 2049 now. Hopefully it can be as good as the original
Vonter
In contrast World's End Harem, surprisingly looks to be trying. It has one story trying to play straight, the scenario of being the last man in a world mainly habited by woman. And has had this framing of self worth, temptation and doubt I like. No work of art, but surprising for this type of manga.
Vonter
In regards to manga, I'll need to look for something good, being losing time with ecchi stuff. Which I can tell Okamoto should just make hentai, seeing as his latest work, doesn't even try to be anymore than pandering trash (at least older work, had a notion of a story).
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: Did all the presidents men and Parallax view by Pakula appeal to you?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: Actually as your are a Greek....have you watched Z, missing, State of siege or the confession? None of them are actually in Greek but they were political thrillers directed by Costa Gravas.
Anonymous1490677
KT here: Well I am a sucker for political thrillers and "grand" politics, so the direction it took is quite fun for me. Even if it does indicate a Tomino ending.
Kaiser-Eoghan
For me Titan peaked at volume 8 and I never bothered continuing on much further.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I remember a commenters on here a good while ago that mentioned the ending didn't satisfy or come together well and made the investment not worth it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Honestly it was only near the halfway point I vested any interest in pandora hearts, the first 4 volumes left me wondering if I'd drop it, then near the last few volumes I simply fell out of reading it.
Bokusenou
I feel like I'm one of the few people who don't understand why Re: Zero is so popular...the only characters I half liked were Puck & Crusch (the latter because she reminded me of Saber from the Fate series, minus the unnecessary perma-blush marks) My anime club screened the series and I really should have skipped those meetings...
Lenlo
Mmm Inuyashiki episode 2 tomorrow. Time to see where it goes
AidanAK47
@Anon, That reminds me. Anime limited better announce the date of the Re:Zero Blu-ray release at that panel of theirs at MCM London Comic Con. They are the only ones known to have licensed it and they have a partnership with Funimation. Even if we don't get a second season I have to get the first on Blu-ray.
Anonymous1490189
Emilia re:zero
AidanAK47
Finally Got that review up. Been sitting in my to do list for a while.
SuperMario
I remeber in Dragon ball, they state that Son Goku takes 6 years of training to become a Super Saiyan. His oldest son takes 3 years and then the youngest one... only takes 3 months of training with his mother. So yeah...
AidanAK47
While we are talking about manga, I was looking into getting some manga boxsets and I saw one for pandora hearts. However I started reading it and 15 chapters in I just can't get into it. I hear a lot of praise for it but is it really worth continuing?
AidanAK47
@Amagi, yep. Like Naruto with the nine tailed beasts and Sharingan. At first they were cool and then everyone and their mother had Sharingan or a tailed Beast.
Though If I had a problem with SNK its that I just find the thing to be poorly written overall. It has creative idea's, but the characters and dialogue is really weak in my eyes.
Amagi
You know that SuperSaiyan syndrome. At first it was special and mysterious, but once the second one gets to have the power they tend to pop up everywhere. Same with Claymore and basically almost every shounen ever.
Amagi
I overall like the SNK manga but I have to agree I really have a problem with this shounen trope of some speciality one character has that suddently turn out to be the speciality of many.
Lenlo
It turned from a horror/thriller to a sort of... shounen mystery thing for me. I wasnt a fan once EVERYONE became titans.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, I dropped off at that point, picked it up again and read it up to date. Now I am falling out again. True be told I haven't really got into it since the beginning chapters and I am not a fan of the direction it took. If you don't like it now I say future chapters won't really change your mind.
Lenlo
Does Attack on Titan get better? I was reading it up until Season 2 came out and then just fell off the wagon.
KTravlos
oh what a cliffhanger in the Shingeki no Koyjin manga! I am happy where this is going!
Kaiser-Eoghan
I agree that the way the series addresses emotion has some interest to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The later chapters I read had some action in them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Had a read of the children of the wales manga, I am glad to see a shoujo that isn't based on an otome or school life series , additionally I like it on an aesthetic level, I can see it going somewhere but the fast-forward pace makes it hakes it harder to connect with.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Blame! was recently adapted and thats cyberpunk, even if it didn't follow the manga.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Agree. Cyber- and steampunk are two of the few settings I really dig. Especially because I think that there are a lot of potential plots and twists for cyberpunk/VR settings anime haven't used yet. AR is great too, the only series about that is Dennou Coil and it was made ~10 years ago. Maybe the SAO movie but it was just a movie.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here lol. I remember the toilet thingy but not the woman's backstory. That being said, I enjoyed the series as whole, though some parts were too K-ONish for my taste.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The idea of would agorophobia maintain itself and they'd stay inside or would the fear of being raped/tortured/killed and bypass the agorophobia ?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Random tangent, but I would find it fascinating to see a hikkikomori subject to a home invasion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although honestly, I would prefer a cyberpunk wave of anime series to get popular again.
silver
I too am starting to really enjoy the 'adventure anime' genre. The medium of animation is uniquely suited to fantastical worldbuilding.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Was that the one where the girl is desperately trying not to piss herself? Also why can I remember that and not this blonde woman's backstory?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, agreed. It's at its best when it can use the settings to flesh out the characters. The episode after that one, one the other hand, was Sora no woto's dullest episode - where the main girl spends the whole episode waiting for a freaking phone call.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The Blonde woman's backstory in the middle of sora no oto, that was the best episode of it.
SuperMario
@Amagi: for reccomendation, if you don't mind another cute girls in a post-apocalyptic world show, you can try Sora no Woto (Sound of the sky). I love that show to bits
SuperMario
But I'm not entirely sold on the show yet. I feel the relationships are a tad too heavy-handed. The light hearted tones don't work well for me but I really feel a From the New world's vibe from the show
SuperMario
@Amagi: I will talk about Children of the Whales here in the chatbox since we don't cover it. Damnit the cliffhanger. That series really focuses on the theme of repress their own feelings. From the children in the Mud Whales with their custom of not to cry in the funeral or their lacing their hands to express their gratitude. Episode 2 has that monster who basically eats others emotions
Kaiser-Eoghan
And by extension, I would hope that it would encourage adaptations of older fantasy manga aswell.
Amagi
I really hope this type of fantasy will become a new trend instead of the classical world of warcraft type of isekai
Amagi
There is just something really atmospherical about a few characters exploring an unknown world alone that is either almost or entirely devoid of humans or just weird like in Kino's Journey.
Amagi
Shuumatsu Shoujou, Houseki, Kino 2017 and Children of the Whales are shaping up to become my favorites this season. It's funny that they have so much in common, same with Made in Abyss, which also was my favorite of the last season.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, well there were fellows down in cork that decided to go Kite Surfing. They had to send out a boat to rescue the dumb bastards.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I saw that there were some profoundly stupid people ignoring the warnings, some guy even decided to go out swimming despite it.
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