[Anime] Winter Season 2017/18 – Week 2

I did not include Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru and in this list because I already knew that I wouldn’t start it as soon season 2  was announced. I watched season 1 and it wasn’t half bad but I was not in need of more at this point. Neither will this list include the second season of Gin no Guardian and Hitori no Shita since I haven’t watched the first season. (I also didn’t start 25-sai no Joshikousei because I watched a similar show in fall and it just felt too repetitive and non-con most of the time so I didn’t want to risk it with this one.)


100784-c0wwysoouucbSeries Name: Gintama. Gin no Tamashii-hen

Studio: Sunrise

First impression: Of course, after watching all of Gintama I will not skip the final arc. However, I’m also reading the manga and this final arc is also the most frustrating one since it, too, suffers from the Shounen-Jump Syndrome of dragging on and on, often destroying the beautiful build-up of all its previous glory. It’s always good to have one of your favourite series animated but the previous Gintama anime (Porori-hen) had already lost its spark for me because it was all the arcs I didn’t enjoy as much in the manga already. But the Gintama anime is never scared to do things a little differently than it’s source material and I know that one way or another I will enjoy this last Gintama animation simply because it’s Gintama and is therefore very close to my heart.

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Series Name: Micchirin Neko100849-q7xvji0wmddj

Studio: helo.inc

First impression: I usually watch every short anime that comes out but this one is surprisingly funny when you have an elite seiyuu cast of Hiroshi Kamiya, Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuiichi Nakamura and Saori Hayami voicing a group of fluffy colourful kittens. It’s probably not intentional but this sort of absurdity makes the slife of life short a lot more enjoyable.

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88330Series Name: Kokkoku

Studio: Geno Studio

First impression: It’s gloomy from the get-go which I really like and that opening -it’s beautiful! I don’t know anything about this show or its source material but for now it’s really interesting, especially the design for the supernatural horror.

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Series Name: Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san99468-9ij1upsehsvx

Studio: Shin-Ei Animation

First impression: It’s a cute show and the animations of the characters’ expression are a lot of fun but I didn’t start it (for now) because it felt a little too slow to me and I don’t wanna end up with 50 anime again. (Unless there will be any of my favourite seiyuu in it later I will most likely not pick this series back up.)

Halfway through: dropped

Final thoughts: dropped


Series Name:  Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku 2nd Season89222

Studio: Studio PuYUKAI

First impression: The first season was cute and I like the designs for the girls so nothing would make me not watch the second season.

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Series Name: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni 89896

Studio: Wit Studio

First impression: Despite the premise that first sounds a little problematic it is actually a very cute show, judging from the first episode. The animation is beautiful, the style is adorable and I hope it will be the heart-warming anime that it seems to be after a first look.

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Series Name: Ryuuou no Oshigoto!99507-etgckhfip5yd

Studio: Project No. 9

First impression: I really want to like this show. I love the overall character designs and shogi as one of the main plot points. But episode 1 went into a direction I didn’t like, and way too fast at that. I’m afraid this show might base most of its comedy on lolicon-themed gags and hint too much at a romance between a grade-schooler and a high-school student. But maybe it will move away from that and be more of a general comedy show with a little bit of everything (which I’d appreciate…).  For that reason I will wait a little longer and see what this series will turn into.

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Series Name: Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou99569-fev1giruhcle

Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures

First impression: It’s been a while since the first Basilisk aired and from what I remember it was a whole lot of fighting and tragedy with rather peculiar characters. The new season seems to more or less follow that tradition but I still enjoy the animation style a lot as it seems very unique to the Basilisk series and it could definitely become an enjoyable sequel.

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99476-eie3jbi9w1yaSeries Name: Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line

Studio: TMS Entertainment

First impression: Yowamushi Pedal is very special to me. It’s one of my favourite sports anime and while I still enjoyed the first generation more than the second one, I still love where the latter is taking us and what kind of input the new characters give us. The first episode went back on track right where Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation had left off and it felt like it had never stopped for a second.

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99637-ljddg0pcwjrlSeries Name: Dame x Prince Anime Caravan

Studio: Studio Flad

First impression: I expected this to be another harem-mobage anime with bland characters but the first episode was surprisingly funny so I’m hoping they will stick with more comedy and less forgettable romance.

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Series Name: Violet Evergarden21827-xlo8r4tifrji

Studio: Kyoto Animation

First impression: Violet Evergarden was one of the most anticipated anime of the season -and for good reason. Kyoto Animation outdid itself with beautiful animation and the first episode looked just as good as the PV promised. The setting is intriguing and so are the characters. And since I’m #1 Takehito Koyasu thirster I’m of course overjoyed he has such a major role in this show, he sounded so good in episode 1 and I can’t wait for more Violet Evergarden!

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Series Name: Märchen Mädchen99720-tv3xtp6qynaa

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

First impression: This show didn’t manage to captivate me at all with its first episode, therefore I didn’t start it.

Halfway through: dropped

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Series Name: Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku

Studio: Connect, Silver Link.

First impression: From the opening alone I thought it might be another generic “spirited-away in an RPG”- show but quite on the contrary, I really enjoyed the first episode. The protagonists circumstances are a little different from what I’ve seen before and he takes a relatable approach to becoming familiar with his life in an RPG world. That said, it may still drift into a stereotypical, repetitive pattern we’ve already seen a million times so I’m hoping this show will give us something we haven’t seen before. Also, it may not have the best animation out there but the opening and ending are really well-paced.

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Series Name: Hakyuu Houshin Engi99727-og6qpee9l5in

Studio: C-Station

First impression: I’ve never seen such an overly quick-paced anime episode. So many plot lines and characters were introduced, it was all just way too fast and messy and just all over the place. But I’ll probably keep on watching it because the seiyuu in it are really good but usually this first episode would have made me drop it immediately.

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Series Name: Takunomi.87252

Studio: Production IMS

First impression: Even though its only 12 minutes per episode this one didn’t manage to captivate me at all so one less on the list, I reckon.

Halfway through: dropped

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Series Name: Hakumei to Mikochi99748-g7x9g5ic4zfk

Studio: Lerche

First impression: The first episode was really cute ,though nothing outstanding, but more than anything is this show beautiful! The animation style and the colours set a wonderful mood and I hope the content will also continue to go along with that. It looks like it’s going to be a really soothing show.

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Series Name: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens99483-etkat4npcoqw1

Studio: Satelight

First impression: I absolutely hate the opening song and I don’t really like the animation either but the cast is just overwhelming with all its elite seiyuu and the plot doesn’t seem uninteresting either. I need to give this show a bit more time and even then I feel like I might just watch it till the end for the seiyuu.

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Series Name: Miira no Kaikata99390-fbrtkpdaokdi1

Studio: 8bit

First impression: This show is just so cute? I had no expectations whatsoever but I was corrupted by its cuteness. It’s very simple but the characters are charming and the mood is heart-warming.

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Series Name: Beatless88290

Studio: Diomedea

First impression: To be honest, the first episode didn’t exactly get me hooked but I’m really interested in the overall setting so I’m just hoping after a few weeks Beatless will get really good.

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99539-bkfuqkhbtserSeries Name: Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu

Studio: A-1 Pictures

First impression: I’ve missed Nanatsu no Taizai and it’s good to have the anime back for another season. Despite this first episode feeling a little rushed I am eager to see this particular arc animated!

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98389-xdrfldqwu2i9Series Name: Killing Bites

Studio: LIDENFILMS

First impression: I more or less knew the manga and the overall plot before and I would usually decide against watching this show but my seiyuu bias for Rikiya Koyama is keeping me there and I really hope I will not regret it. I don’t think the whole hybrid setting is a bad idea but just the way some plot points are portrayed and what motivates some of the characters is not really something I’d enjoy watching but well..

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Series Name: Dagashi Kashi 299734-21qxfb3txkan

Studio: Tezuka Productions

First impression: I told myself I wouldn’t watch the second season but then I remembered Keiji Fujiwara  and Tatsuhisa Suzuki will be in it (again) and I was sold in a millisecond. The first season was alright but the episodes felt a little too long so maybe now with only half the airing time per episode I will enjoy it a little more. (At least I will enjoy the voice acting so there’s already something keeping me.)

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Anime Fall 2016 – Favourites

To me it felt like finally fall season was a strong quarter of new anime again! It seemed like it was relatively balanced regarding different genres and to some extent a couple of new seiyuu were able to make their debut. I will list the shows that I’ve enjoyed the most this fall. That said, I’m not including DAYS since it’s basically a summer leftover but I enjoy it so very much nevertheless, therefore I must lose a few words on it before I get started.

I usually get invested in every sports anime there is, somehow they always seem to be able to  get me at least a little bit captivated. Of course, there are those I enjoy more than others but in general, I’m always happy to see a new kind of sports adapted in anime. The fall season did offer not only one but six!! new sports anime and nevertheless the one I’m enjoying the most is still DAYS from the previous season. I believe what draws me in with this series is not necessarily the football maneuvres but rather the interesting characters and how their relationships in- and outsidescreenshot-1348 the team develop and change. Surely DAYS doesn’t re-invent anything we haven’t seen before, but the character designs are interesting – not too flashy and not overly realistic either. The 24 episodes merely guided us through the protagonists journey from the starting line to the first serious tournament that puts their team on the line, particularly the third-year members for which this is their last chance to rise to the top. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to read the manga yet so I will excitedely dependen on the sequel for now.

Now that I’ve expressed my love for DAYS, my favourite anime series of this season do follow: Continue reading “Anime Fall 2016 – Favourites”

[Koyasu Road] Tabiusagi-san

Not too long ago I approached an animated show for children that already aired 9 years ago: Happy Happy Clover. It’s a very straightforward slice of life story about the every day adventures of the bunny girl Chima and her friends in Crescent Moon Forest. Of course, my main motivation to watch Happy Happy Clover was strongly influenced by the fact that Koyasu voices a character in it. It is a bunny called Tabiusagi-san (which literally translates to “traveling bunny”, but I read that his localised English name was in fact Rambler).

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A his name suggests, Tabiusagi-san travels many different places and when he comes by Crescent Moon Forest the animals always ask him to tell them all about his wonderous adventures. He does have a healthy amount of self-confidence on him and appears to be much older than Chima and her friends, but nevertheless he’s still just a bunny and therefore really cute most of the time. Especially his voice is cute, Koyasu did a wonderful job of portraying this character headstrong and charming and at the same time perfectly adorable and calm, regarding his tone. There was a scene when Chima, who has a crush on him, comes to wake him up  in order to challenge him to a race and he’s just so annoyed because he wants to sleep a little longer. That might have been one of my favourite moments because cutesy and pouty Koyasu is something I absolutely adore but don’t get to hear that often compared to other voices he does.

Happy Happy Clover itself isn’t particularly good, nor is it completely bad. It’s leightweight entertainment with a good cast and decent character designs but if not for my bias, I propably wouldn’t have watched all 13 episodes. Interestingly enough there were some pretty sad topics too, e.g. how Tabiusagi-san mentions he doesn’t have a home because his forest was burnt down by humans, together with his parents. That’s rather harsh, is it not? Obviously they didn’t elaborate on this very much because of the audience it’s directed at. Tabiusagi-san must have suffered a lot in the past, although he seems fine in the series. I keep wondering if the directors had something deeper planned for the plot or if they just needed some tragic background story. Another thing that pleasently surprised me was how Tatsuhisa Suzuki was voicing the prankster fox named Charaku. Tatsun was the last person I’d expect to show up in this anime but naturally he, too, did a great job at portraying his character. In general, this show was really interesting in regard of hearing a handful of seiyuu with slightly younger voices and a range different from their usual one.

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[Koyasu Road] Kapaeru

Takehito Koyasu, the seiyuu ruling over my heart. Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, for Koyasu the show must go on and I’m willing dig into all of his work. Here I will list my impressions.

This time I’ll comment on Kapaeru from Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera.

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Kapaeru, like his name and appearance suggest, is a Kappa youkai who works as an informant. Like most of the male characters in the most recent adaptation of Dororon Enma-kun, Kapaeru is a rather lecherous individual that happily joins in when it’s about chasing skirts. In the 2011 anime he is reduced to the role of the team’s mascot character and comedic relief, but when he does appear he does his job well. As much as I adore Koyasu’s deep voice, his comedic voice acting is fantastic as well and just stresses his amazing range. And although he is matching the pitch according to the humour of the situation, for Kapaeru he mostly uses his high cutesy voice with a Kansai dialect. Recently he hasn’t taken too many roles with higher, more child-like voices, so in Dororon Enma-kun it’s always a comedic delight to listen to him. In episode 7 there is a scene where Yukihime and Kapaeru are ice skating but then he gets slapped away by a youkai. He flies away shouting “Triple axel~!” in a graceful, defeated voice but in the next scene he suddenly comes back, completely pissed off, asking who kicked him in the face and the sudden shift from his cute to his angry voice à la Bobobo made me laugh so hard-I will be forever grateful for that moment.

With the rest of the cast he also produced the hilarious character song album “Showa Hit Studio” that partly served as the anime’s background music. In the trio song “Enma’s real, real hard work” with Kappei Yamaguchi and Minoru Inaba he sings in his Kapaeru voice while in his solo song “Affair” he switches back to his deeper voice he often used when performing songs like “Sora no Soko” (Weiß Kreuz). The contrast is hilarious and especially when regarding the fact that Kapaeru is supposed to sing the song, the whole situation becomes twice as overdramatic. If Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera is a good anime or not is another question I won’t get invested in today but the Koyasu audio material we got from the series was definitely something I’m not complaining about.

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[Koyasu Road] Koumei

Takehito Koyasu , the seiyuu that has gradually become my favourite seiyuu. I can be lured into watching anything with him in it just so that I may be able to hear one line of his beautiful voice, ranging from hentai to shoujo genre and whatever else is out there. Here I will list my impressions.

This time I will talk about Koumei Shoukatsuryou from Koutetsu Sangokushi.

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He is the protagonist’s master and from the first second you see him you know, he’s either the bad guy or at least has some evil intentions. But the only one who doesn’t seem to notice that is his disciple Rikuson who greatly looks up to him. And if Koumei isn’t the target of jealousy or loathing from the enemy empire he is like the almighty item in this anime. Everybody wants to gain his respect, serve him or belong to him. He is also so powerful that most characters make him out to be untouchable/invincible. With his graceful appearance he easily fools the people around him, hiding his scheming nature. He just really enjoys toying with people apparently. Everybody wants Koumei, but he doesn’t accept anyone (except his disciple in the end for whom he becomes “the darkness” but Rikuson still decides to sacrifice his life for his master; that’s true love for you). The voice pitch Koyasu chose for Koumei is the one I usually call his “calm bishounen voice“, it stays deep and in control, doesn’t really range much, maybe gets a little flirtatious every now and then and is usually used by him when voicing beautiful, androgynous men. It fit Koumei a lot because his character was truly always in control of the situation and seemed to know what the outcome would be like at all times. I liked Koumei because of his sly nature and was glad that he didn’t die at the end. The way he makes everyone gay for him is outstanding and yes, that Koyasu voice was music to my ears…!

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Spring Anime 2016

Anime spring came with a lot of easy-going shows, additional seasons and a few surprises mixed in. The shows I was anticipating did not let me down so far but the anime I’m enjoying the most at this point are somewhat unexpected choices. I’m going to talk a little about those series that have caught my interest the most so far.

Favourite Anime of Spring Season 2016

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Agetarou at his first gig

Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou (とんかつDJアゲ太郎)

Agetarou works at his family’s tonkatsu restaurant to succeed it one day, but the routine bores him. One day, a delivery leads him to a club where he eventually gets hooked on DJing and now he is determined to master both being a chef and a DJ…

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