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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Niello
I tried doing Unlimited Blade Works chant with Houseki no Kuni. It works...too well.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I need one before Saber Wars kicks off though. Won't be able to farm efficiently without one. My main worry is that the Paid gacha was pushe dup cause they won't have London out in time. And no London means no Jack or Mordred.
Lenlo
Im in! Apartment get!
Amagi
@Aidan: Yeah, I expected it for new year but no idea now. At least Waver is a very good one, probably the best of the current non-limited servants. There are many 5* Sabers so I think/hope you'll get one later somehow.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I was hoping to get a Saber in the Paid Gacha but I ended up getting Waver instead. By no means disapointed with that, I plan on boosting him into a powerhouse to make him part of my endgame team. But I really do need a least a good Saber. Hoping we get another paid Gacha at New Years but it's looking unlikely.
Amagi
I only had really shitty Sabers like you the first months and then I got Arthuria and Atilla and now another Arthuria. I hope it will be the same for you.
AidanAK47
I have given up on GudaGuda. Main goal is looting the Christmas lottery. I am fairly screwed for the Saber wars event though as I have yet to get a single worthwhile Saber. Got Gils, Caesar and Fergus but the rest elude me.
Amagi
The events are killing me right now. I still have to farm these landmines for the shop's materials but there is also the half ap event, have mercy. And yeah, lookign forward to christmas, these bonus servant points are a quite funny idea.
AidanAK47
Anyway right now I am busy preping my Christmas event team. Gotta get them leveled.
AidanAK47
Oh good. I was hearing the next one wasn't until the middle of next year.
Amagi
On the positive side, she is, unlike Brynhildr, a servant that gets quite many rate ups in the future, so hope isn't entirely lost.
Amagi
@Aidan: I agree. Not to mention that she's the first really good (and only 5*) Lancer. I also got basically everything, including 2030 and the new servants, but no Scat
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I got Diarmuid and fergus as well as a 2030 CE but not Scarhach. They made it even worse when that mini quest made her even more desirable.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: I agree.
Amagi
Damn, another Arthuria and now I have like every damn 4* servant save for two. Just give me Scathach now ;_;
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wonder if Harvey Weinstein is leaking information now that they've caught him.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Spacey and Rolf Harris were genuine surprises to me though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Basically what I'm getting at is that I'm glad that we live in an era where people actually speak up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Had attitudes been different, these people would have gotten their due sooner.
Kaiser-Eoghan
One of the reasons why its so much easier for all these people to be exposed now, is that because back in the 60s and 70s no-one gave a shit .
Kaiser-Eoghan
The worst I ever heard of celebrity sex scandals though was Jimmy Saville.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In some cases the people involved are difficult to look at their faces, Klaus Kinski is terrifying .
Kaiser-Eoghan
A film like Pretty baby could never ever be made now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Suddenly American beauty is painted in a whole new light.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Think about Chinatown though, Noah Cross(the villain) gets away with raping and impregnating his own daughter , Polanski gets away with raping a teenager. I mean its a great mystery thriller but yeah theres the paralell.
SuperMario
The thing is, everyone inside the industry or had worked directly with Lasseter all know about this, and it had been going on for over 15 years now
SuperMario
I was fairly disappointed in Kevin Spacey's case since at one time I liked his acting so much, same goes with Lasseter but yeah, I can separate their outputs with the messy personal lives.
KTravlos
I too tend to try and separate the creator from his creations. But it is not always easy.
Niello
Also f*ck, Houseki no Kuni chapter 62 spoiler. Phos didn't have Rutile's permission.
Niello
@Eoghan, as long as I don't have to see their face it's not much of a problem for me. That's a good thing about animation I suppose.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In general I don't have much trouble keeping on with something even if the creator/creators are awful people, it doesn't really change the quality of the content of the work they produced.
Vonter
Man, this week there's been prospects of the US and European governments to regulate loot crate systems. And also the mangaka of the classic Rurouni Kenshi having underage material. And John Lasseter having bad manners around female employees. Is curious when one gets on the dilemma of separating the work from the creator.
AidanAK47
Damn it. Didn't get Scathach. I knew my chances were low but...still feels bad.
SuperMario
Finally back after several days that I didn't feel like blogging at all. Hope that was just a small slump of burnout and nothing too serious
SuperMario
@Kaiser: agree with you on On Body and Soul, the otherworldly dream sequences are the best part, the romance is so-so and the investigation is fairly weak that I still don't know its importance to the story
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: It was you that got me to watch it actually, your posts.
Lenlo
@Kaiser I am glad you think so on Inuyashiki. Ive loved every episode of it so far
Kaiser-Eoghan
But Dies Irae is the best comedy of the season.....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Unless he means Kino? In that case I've never read the novels.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Juuni taisen is also better watched as it expands on its source material.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If you mean girls last tour then thats better off watched too as its more immersive that way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Inuyashiki is a definite watch as the pacing is much better than the manga, houseki elevates its source visually so theres that.
Amagi
@Anon: It really depends on the series. If you mean a current anime, then watch. Because the current season is full of good manga adaptions (if you mean Dies Irea, then read)
Amagi
I am not even one of those who condemn fanservice in anime like Illya for example, but this.. welp. Guess I rather watch the new MahouTsukai episode now.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Why do they want to do that? I don't think this is a good idea. Man the whole world seems to go back instead of going forward the last yers
Amagi
Seems like it was actually 5 child prostitutes that's even worse. Maybe not even that but just school girls I can't into kanji and I only see the *chan thread right now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Apparently in France they want to lower the age of consent now. They are also still protecting Polanski.
Amagi
Kaiser-Eoghan: Just saw it too, just wanted to see if the Kenshin mangaka thread was still there and now this too.
Anonymous1582168
Watch or read? Which do you recommend more?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I see Toriko's author was caught with teenage prostitutes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And now I'm thinking, some of my enjoyment of the original Kino was partly due to watching it dubbed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Its is true that I would prefer kino to go deeper than it is allowed to.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: mild Asperger syndrome , in my case its a touch discomfort thing.
Amagi
Also, damn - I just a saw a thread regarding the Kenshin thing
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: Agree with Kino, there are a few things I prefer in the older version too. Although I have to admit that many plot points I would have viewed as deep 10 years ago feel very simplistic and naive by now, like how simple minded the people are, especially if plot dictates them to be. Welp. Also, there is another autist here?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Maybe not, but you'd probably do well to watch the show.
Anonymous1581844
@Kaiser-Eoghan: Is Weed really for kid though? -.- Also, the pups are cuter in this one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Bitches don't know about my Ginga densetsu weed =P
Niello
This is very much a kid version of Wolf's Rain.
Niello
I finally found this thing. Been looking for it for years. The problem now is even if I know the name it's going to be hard to find a way to watch this thing again... https://myanimelist.net/anime/3355/Fortune_Dogs
Kaiser-Eoghan
The Kenshin author was caught with images of child sex abuse. Things have turned into a fallout since the Weinstein case.
Lenlo
I like to keep deadlines. Adds some consistency to things. Appreciate it though
Anonymous1581244
@Lenlo: No need to apologize lol. I don't think anyone expects you to drop everything in order to blog. XD Just do what you can and keep up the great work. d=(^_^)=b
Lenlo
Sorry for the slow turnaround on Mahoutsukai this week. Moving into a new apartment and work is abit busy. Should be up tomorrow though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I dug the premise and though there could have been more dream sequences its prettily shot, especially within those sequences, I was surprised by the suicide attempt and didn’t see it coming and it succeeded in being uncomfortable.
Although I did find the film sometimes a bit sterile and overlylong
Kaiser-Eoghan
@@Mario: I'm torn on Body and soul, speaking as someone who has autism, I genuinely felt that the depiction of the female protagonist was solid and was backed by good acting, as autism is generally overly associated with male characters, seeing it through a female focus was a bonus.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its an odd season, with shows I had no expectations of being favourites and one I looked forward to being a disappointment.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know we mentioned before on here but I honestly did wish that one episode, the 6th one WAS an additional backstory, it would have elevated the episode for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The original had a grittier artstyle that clashed less with the setting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I do think some of these episodic shows could benefit from two parters, this kino season especially.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But its not a good sign when I forgot some episodes content of this new adaptation less than a week after their airing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I don't say it lightly about the original having a strong degree of consistent quality, even the best episodic series often can't avoid being uneven but again I never felt the original ever fell into that trap .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its the consistency I miss in this version, I enjoyed all the episodes in the original, this being more of a mixed bag sticks out like a sore thumb.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Want to specify I did love the Murder country episode and the Liar country episode, the ship country episode was an episode of two halves, the latest episode was too slight .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Honestly I think I'll play it safe with the new Kino and just wait till it ends and pick the most recommended stories.
Anonymous1580206
The ED of Silver Spoon Season 1 is also amazing.
SuperWooper
"Fighter" by Bump of Chicken is the best I've heard in the last few years (3-gatsu ED 1)
SuperWooper
"Ride on Shooting Star" by The Pillows is my favorite (FLCL)
Nie
Also Akatsuki no Yona ending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nepa6vDr-gM
Nie
Seriously though, Freedom Opening is too underappreciated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbIy0zMukn4
Nie
if not just song then: Eden of the East, ERASED, both SSY EDs, FMA ED2, Welcome to NHK, Kekkai Sensen, Conan 40
Kaiser-Eoghan
Honestly I skip the op/ed themes for everything, there are some I haven't even heard.
SuperMario
@anon1579752: personally don't care much about EDs, since I hit the close button as soon as the episode's over. But this one is easy, Flowers of Evil ED
Anonymous1579752
321...best anime EDs of all time...GO
Nielo
Oops nvm IGNORE MY COMMENT
Nielo
@KTravlos: Which part of Chielo? How many heads?
KTravlos
Finally a great Altair episode. For once the pacing was a boon rather than a bane, and I loved the idea of Chielo.
Nielo
I have the Vagabond volumes...still haven't touch it. I just don't feel like starting another manga I'll have to wait forever.
Lenlo
Vagabonds only issue, to me, is the lack of release. I love it, its beautiful, and my god I have waited years for it to update. Its like Berserk all overagain
Kaiser-Eoghan
If I could changed something about kujira no kora, it would be toning down that overthetop shounen-kid villain henchman.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel as if I would read more of vagabond if the author ever finished it, the art however is beautiful.
KTravlos
A thing I really like about there stuff is that since they are set post-One Year War, most characters are veterans and they actually behave like veterans. Thus battles are more than just curbstomps etc. I really suggest their gundam stuff. Manga wise start with the Plot to Assassinate Gihren.
KTravlos
I have to say the ARK Performance gundam-verse is one of the favorite uses of the gundam concept . They really do a good job tying their stories together and with the original series.
Lenlo
If were talking manga as well, since I dont realy VNs/LNs, Vinland Saga, Vagabond, Berserk and Basara are all way up there for me
Anonymous1579124
I can probably disect pages on end of Kyousougiga. As for Sun Knight, it's translated from Taiwanese, so the chance of it getting an anime is a big fat zero. Not to mention that it is probably one of the hardest thing to translate into video format, movies or series, animated or not.
Anonymous1579124
@SuperMario Animation vs. Animator?
SuperMario
Kyousougiga was a creative and passionate anime. You can clearly see the love of the creators put into it. But of the year 2013 nothing can beat The Eccentric Family and Flowers of Evil for me
SuperMario
@Niello: I'm willing to give Sun Knight and Dorohedoro (or I should wait for the anime adaptation in few years?) a try but not anytime soon. My next of queue is Night is Short and re-watch of Now and Then. Sorry if I sound like a broken records but lately I haven't had that much time for myself.
SuperMario
..."Mario, what the heck is this??". so we stopped. My friends weren't trying to be rude so I didn't feel any offense, but the thought of watching a stick figure never cross their mind, hence the reaction. Anime fares much better in that regards since people still willing to watch it
SuperMario
(about people's hesitance towards animation medium): Tell me about it. Few years ago I had a Saturday movie night with my mates, one time I convinced them to watch a short animated film "Come one, it's one of the best thing I've seen this year" "It's only 15 minutes so you guys can watch them easily". So they agreed but as soon as the stick figure comes onscreen. My friend turned off...
Anonymous1578845
Lol just found out that there's a Sense8 (on Netflix) easter egg in "Just Because" ep 3 xD, made my day!!!!
Anonymous1578826
Forgot to say this, but anyone willing to give the Sun Knight novel a try, in some ways, it is quite similar to Houseki no Kuni. While it is mainly comedy....it also has a lot of suffering.
silver
@Niello/Anaon1578774?: I watched Kyousougiga maybe 6mos. ago, so I think I'll enjoy it more when I rewatch it sometime in a year or so. Seems most of my top picks cemented their place after a second viewing
Anonymous1578774
@Silver It speaks to me on a personal level no other fiction has comes close to matchin. so it has a very special place in my heart. It's also one of those that get better with each rewatch. I seem to have a penchant for liking what often get described by others as convoluted, this is one of them. I also adore Matsumoto's directing and all the symbolisms.
silver
@Kaiser: I neglected film in my youth as well.. and also in adulthood. A popular gag amongst my friends is that, "silver's never seen any movie ever." I hadn't seen star wars until a girl I dated in uni forced me to watch 4-6...
silver
Hah when I posted about liking works adapted from every medium I wondered if it was going to spark a 'top 10' discussion, but when I was trying to mentally rank them I remembered how hard it was...
@Niello: interesting that Kyousougiga is your all-time #1. I thought it was lovely but probably doesn't make the cut for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
Novels are somewhat alien territory to me as I tend to watch adaptations be they film or otherwise.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I've watched thousands in the past few years because I neglected the medium in childhood.
Nielllo
Unless you mean animated only.
Nielllo
@Eoghan: I don't think I watched enough films at all, and that's made even worst when I forget most of them after a couple of years.
Nielllo
@SuperMario: I really recommend The Legend of the Sun Knight novel. Think it's something you'll probably enjoy quite a bit. It's quite cleverly written. You can read the official fan translation online.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: A top ten film list for me is even harder, I can't even attempt.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Akumetsu> death note
FITE ME.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Gunslinger girl gets such a strong mention from me because I feel that action stories often work better when you care about the characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
<No Freesia adaptation
<No Eden adaptation
<No full production IG Alita film series
<why live =<
Nielllo
@SuperMario: There are some anime I'm not going to watch just because the manga is superior, period. Good examples are Monster and One Piece.
Nielllo
@Eoghan: Oh, I knew about Wolfram mangaka's apprenticeship already :p
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: First however, When mountains may depart, By Jia Zhangke, I am full romance mood.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Planetes and Vinland saga have to go somewhere on a list. Oddly they share the same creator.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Reminds me Dreams by Kim-ki-duk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I mentioned Dorohedoro's author was Nihei's apprentice, but heres another interesting one, the mangaka for Wolfram apprentice under BOTH Kento Miura and Kaoru Mori.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: gladly. On Body and Soul is a weird mix of romance drama, character study and a weirdly magical bond between two people who share the same dream. That weirdness is what make the movie so memorable, although I do feel the ending stays out its welcome
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nihei, Umezu and Itou belong somewhere among my favourite mangaka.
SuperMario
I don't know why you'd mix manga/anime together, but my own top 10 is in my profile (click over my username), I've included anime/ movies together but if the list is purely anime shows I'd add Haibane Reimen as #9 and Humanity Has Declined as #10
Nielllo
Apart from Kyousougiga which is always no.1, and The Legend of the Sun Knight, Dorohedoro, Shinsekai Yori and Monster whose places are swappable, the rest I'm quite flexible with. Saint Seiya is in if it's a favorite list, and out among the bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality list, with the exception of The Lost Canvas.
Nielllo
Hmmm, atm it's 1. Kyousougiga (a) 2. Monster (m) 3. Dorohedoro (m) 4. Shinsekai Yori (n) 5. Baccano! (a) 6. Ran to Haiiro no Sekai (m) 7. Saint Seiya (my guilty pleasure, I can't defend it in anyway) 8. Franken Fran (m) 9. The Legend of the Sun Knight (n)(1st tier comedy) 10. Haibane Renmei/Toradora!.Honorable mentions to Gamaran, Beck, GTO, Mushishi, Kaiba and Grave of the Fireflies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Damn....its a harder question to answer than it looks =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although Cruel God reigns in heaven would com close.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nah, nothing would dethrone Gunslinger girl for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or even Utena but I feel it somewhat overated as I do Bebop despite enjoying both.
Kaiser-Eoghan
One of those on the top ten could easily be switched for honey and clover.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also love the works of Shimura Takkako, early takahashi and early Clamp.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Shiki would work its way onto a recent favourites list.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My favourite visual novels are Kara no shoujo, saya no uta and Sharin no kuni.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've a soft spot for ah my goddess, basara, 7 seeds , nanoha and Red river.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If I was making more modern lists for recent favourites I'd probably add flipflappers somewhere or yuasas works.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh my top ten by mixing manga and anime into the same list? 1. Gunslinger (both) girl 2. Ghost in the shell (anime) 3. Earl cain saga (manga) 4. Angel Sanctuary (manga) 5. Texhnolyze (anime) 6. Lain (anime) 7. Perfect blue (anime) 8. Fruits basket (manga) 9. Monster 10. Kare kano.
Nielllo
I don't think anything will ever dethrone Kyousougiga for me though.
Nielllo
I still need to watch Tatami Galaxy and a bunch of other staple shows...
Lenlo
We could put out a site-author Top 10 list sometime maybe... Some of mine are Mushishi, Steins;Gate, Tatami Galaxy and Your Lie in April. Its got a spectrum of genre.
Nielllo
So what are people's top 10?
silver
Certainly on my top 10 list I have works adapted from VNs, manga, novels, LNs, and originals. I just think originals have a higher rate of efficient visual storytelling compared to adaptations
silver
@Kaiser: I like SEL and Haibane and texhnolyze is on my ever-growing list of things to watch. I also really like Gurren Lagen and Kill la Kill although they're both better if you've seen enough anime to know what they're parodying. My ex who loathed most anime because of the aforementioned over-exposition issue also introduced me to Dennou Coil which I really enjoyed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Body and soul just got released on a webdl , sell me on the film if you can =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Silver: Texhnolyze/Lain/Haibane are excellent examples.
silver
I think original anime offers a different experience than adaptations, particularly regarding 'show don't tell.' By necessity most anime source material is dialogue and exposition heavy and can't always utilize the medium efficiently. Of course, I've watched masterpieces adapted from every kind of source, so it's all good
Niello
I'd love to see this thing animated some day. Preferably with movie budget: http://thepropertyofhate.com/TPoH/Ex position/312
Niello
@Eoghan: Try searching in some Asian languages and you might have better luck.
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Ballroom e Youkoso – 19/20 [Rival/Friend]

It seems that the closer Ballroom e Youkoso gets to the end of its run, the further it moves from my strike zone. The series’ wide-ranging cast is its greatest asset, so you’d think that an extended flashback exploring Akira and Chinatsu’s shared past would be a slam dunk, but these episodes left me cold. […]

Juuni Taisen – 08 [In Like a Dragon, Out Like a Snake (Part 2)]

Can’t say I am fond of a huge flashback where they advance almost nothing to the plot, let alone an extended flashback-within-a-flashback. It hurts as well as the production takes quite a disastrous turn this week, with many off-model and inconsistent animation. Haizz, I’d love to be proven wrong but so far Juuni Taisen has […]

Houseki no Kuni – 07 [Hibernation]

Ho boy, I know Houseki’s world-building is unique but the idea of gems’ hibernation in winter due to the lack of sunlight? What a creative idea it is. This winter landscape makes a nice contrast to the lively green field of grass we’ve encountered in previous episodes. The new world that feels both empty, vast […]

Dies Irae – 06[Golden Beast]

So here we have it, the best we are going to get from this series. We may get standout moments in the later parts of the story but I think this episode is as good as it gets. The adaption still isn’t what I would call good, and oddly enough the best parts of this […]

Mahoutsukai no Yome – 7 [Talk of the Devil, and He is Sure to Appear]

Hello and welcome to another week of Mahoutsukai. This a good week for us, as Chise becomes more independent, Elias hulks out and information comes to light about the Sorcerers dark plot. Lets jump in. To start off, let’s talk about Chise. Compared to the first episode, she is like a different person now. She […]

Kino’s Journey -The Beautiful World- – 07[Historic Country]

Let me start this post by saying that this is indeed a fun episode of Kino. Once again the mantle of protagonist is taken from the duo and instead it’s Kino’s Master who leads this episode. Though the story is told by Kino as she approaches the country that is in the story. It is […]

Girls’ Last Tour – 07 [Labyrinth – Cooking]

After one of the most plot-heavy episode last week, Girls’ Last Tour goes back to its minimalist root this time, with only the girls and two interior settings. This could be Girls’ Last Tour’s simplest episode, with the plot can be summed up as those girls go to the ration production facility, at first slightly […]

Inuyashiki – 6 [People of 2chan]

This week Inuyashiki fulfills last weeks predictions in a rather unexpected way. Strap in for some suicide, mass murder and the tail-spin of everyone’s favorite sociopath. Lets jump in! Rather than being a parallel between our two heroes like usual, this episode is focused almost entirely on Hiro. To me, this episode hits loosely on […]

Juuni Taisen – 07 [In Like a Dragon, Out Like a Snake (Part 1)]

For a character who officially dead before Juuni Taisen started (and thus, render him “useless” to win the tournament), Snake is surprisingly one of the most fearsome warrior of the race so far. He assisted Rabbit to kill Boar in the first episode, he cornered Rat to every holes Rat could hide, he KILLED Horse, […]

Latest Reviews

The Reflection Review – 45/100

The superhero genre has been undergoing a surge in popularity in recent years. From the Marvel movies in the West to anime series like My Hero Academia in the East, super heroes are everywhere.  As such, for good or ill, it was inevitable that we would get a merging of the two. The Reflection is […]

Made in Abyss Review – 91/100

There are few series which can capture the mystery and wonder of a fantasy world as well as Made in Abyss. Their world is dangerous, brutal and unforgiving but beautiful, wondrous and exciting in it’s presentation. The story is of a ordinary girl called Riko and a mysterious cyborg boy called Regu traveling down the […]

Classroom of the Elite (Summer 2017) Review – 54/100

Here’s a perfect example of a Light Novel adaptation schlock that has some interesting concept but terrible presentation. Youkoso usually starts the episode with a thought-provoking philosophical quote, and then (in one episode in particular) they followed up with a boob shot. It sums up exactly how I feel about this show. In service for […]

18if (Summer 2017) Review – 68/100

Allow me to skip over the last episode coverage for this full review of 18if, since I was too underwhelmed by the finale to have anything concrete except pointing out how messy the ending was. The first thing you need to know about 18if is that it’s a multimedia project (along with a mobile game […]

Princess Principal (Summer 2017) Review – 82/100

Princess Principal has emerged as a true sleeper hit for this admittedly sloppy Summer Season. A joint project from indie studios that bring us my favorite anime of last year Flip Flappers (3Hz) and “better than it has any right to be” Girls und Panzer (Actas), Princess Principal records the missions of five cute spy […]

Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul Review 80/100

“Dance!” I have been a  reader of this blog for a long time. Indeed it would not be wrong to say that psgels and the current crop of writers have helped maintain my interest in anime for the last decade. So now here is my chance to give something back to this excellent blog. Shingeki […]

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Review – 63/100

Every Anime season we the viewers are shown a number of adaptations, often made after Light or Visual Novels. It’s an already written story with an established base, a smart business decision. In recent years studios have also begun pulling from the Video Game market for their shows. Pieces like the Idolmaster series, Kantai Collection […]

Kakegurui Review – 61/100

This show is one that makes conventional reviewing difficult as your enjoyment of your series will likely determine on highly subjective factors. For if I was to put this under scrutiny on matters of f-plot, setting and characters then it will end up lacking in all categories. The plot is just watching Yumeko face members […]

Re:Creators – 22 [Re:CREATORS] – 75/100

There was never going to be a epic fight with every creation squaring off against the overpowered and invincible Altair. That possibility died when the creators threw the copycat of Blank at her only to have that plan backfire horribly. Besides, it wouldn’t have been a satisfying conclusion to Altair’s story to have her be […]