[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] Winter Season 2017/18 – Week 1

I haven’t been very consistent with running this blog (once again) but I will try to come here more often again. And what better opportunity for this is there than season anime – something I’ve been keeping up to date with for many years now (may it be voluntary or just some sort of weird compulsion by this point www). I figured a good way to go about this will be to put my first impression of the show and then return to it at half-time and eventually the final episode. Here’s to a hopefully enjoyable winter season~


Series Name: Idolish 787495-j5gejfnu4wqi

Studio: TROYCA

First impression: To be honest, I’ve been feeling rather tired of idol shows to a point they actually physically exhaust me because they all seem relatively identical and therefore I didn’t watch any of the many idol series in Fall season 2017. But the first 2 episodes already aired in fall as well and I’ve started watching it for my friends’ sake. Ages ago I tried the game too but it wasn’t for me and while  the characters are all likeable I don’t expect to love this anime. However, that will make it only easier for this anime to surprise me with good content.

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Series Name: Sora yori mo Tooi Basho99426-ovbepmvlxdad

Studio: Madhouse

First impression: It feels like a show that could offer something new while being very relaxing and cute. I will have to give it a little more time though…

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Series Name: Overlord II98437-sbumkh30ff0m

Studio: Madhouse

First impression: I could barely wait for season 2 of Overlord and episode 1 was already so good again, I’m overjoyed to have it back, ’nuff said. Despite the long wait it connects well with where season 1 left off.

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Series Name: Yuru Camp△98444-8c1bzgc2b2sv

Studio: C-Station

First impression: The character designs were cute but the show was already too slow for me at episode 1 so I didn’t even start it.

Halfway through: dropped

Final thoughts: dropped

 


98529-ewzwzkgnau8bSeries Name: Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san

Studio: Studio Gokumi

First impression: I really enjoy the animation and the quirky characters who go with matching colour schemes. The main girl is hilarious and the determined crush she has on Koizumi makes me incredibly happy.

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Series Name: Devilman Crybaby98460-wtidxsfzrhfv

Studio: Science SARU

First impression: The first episode at one point gave me goosebumps because the atmosphere was so good – terrifying and thrilling at once. The old Devilman was graphic in a more ‘realistic’ style but this Devilman is graphic in a more or less psychedelic way which I find really interesting, though I’m not sure if the style will remain authentic enough till the end. It is also really fast-paced which I can’t decide on being  a good or a bad thing yet. The characters look very well adapted to this new version and I’m keen to keep on watching, especially since the entire season was released on Netflix at once.

Halfway through: I cannot stop watching this series, it has me hooked! It’s different and really enjoyable with a truly outstanding cast (so far I’ve heard the Japanese only) and the music is catchy, almost too happy at times for the gruesome scenes that go along with it but I feel like that is what makes them harmonise. What I also really love is the whole black vs. white imagery in Amon and Ryô which is also foreshadowing what they may stand for or what they may choose to contrast. Also by this point I absolutely adore the opening, with every new episode I grow to love it even more.

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Final thoughts: Eventually I watched the entire show in one sitting because it was just so captivating and I couldn’t even pinpoint what exactly that special something was. Maybe the fact that this anime was consistent with portraying cruelty, not only in the aspect of violence which is more or less a trademark of the series, but also in how there is no going back for major characters. It’s psychedelic and surreal on so many levels and chooses to parodise real life parallels. It’s heart-warming and at the same time downright depressing but I was always glad this show went “all the way” with the decisions it wanted to make. The only thing that bothered me was that it did feel a little rushed at times, and that wasn’t due to it’s quicker pacing. All in all, everything made sense but some characters changed a little too quickly in their motivation (mostly Ryô) for my taste and I would have loved two more episodes. But that said, the very last scene felt like a perfect clear-cut ending for Devilman Crybaby because it was neither romanticised nor dragged on, it was just over abruptly, without any more explanations, and it feels like it sums up the tragedy of Devilman very well. 9/10


Series Name: Grancrest Senki97768-1uokzqsabask

Studio: A-1 Pictures

First impression: The general premise doesn’t seem particularly new or special and the leading characters didn’t really catch my interst yet but I really liked the opening scene with the demon and I know Satoshi Hino will appear in it. Furthermore, I spotted some characters in the opening that could be interesting and I’m only hoping this will not only be another forgettable fantasy adventure but offer a twist of some kind.

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Series Name: Ito Junji: Collection99940-pxslisvhi0sj

Studio: Studio Deen

First impression: The opening is great! About the rest I’m not so sure. I’ll give it another try with episode 2 but at this point I feel like I might not watch it.

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Series Name: Toji no Miko98747-hb9210l6mdmo

Studio: Studio Gokumi

First impression: Unfortunately the first episode didn’t manage to keep my attention at all so I immediately dropped it. Maybe it was just too slow of a start for me or the characters and setting seemed too generic. (And there is no seiyuu bias to keep me in either.)

Halfway through: dropped

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Series Name: Hataraku Onii-san!88930

Studio: Tomovies

First impression: It has a wonderful cast, it’s short and likeable so I have no reason to not give it a try. Also Sugita Tomokazu’s appearance made me laugh.

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Series Name: Citrus97832-xpmllgfulgjw

Studio: Passione

First impression: I’ve been reading the manga for a while now and as a matter of fact, I had to start it simply to see it adapted. Also I feel obligated to watch every shoujo-ai anime there is out there simply because there really isn’t much. I’ve had some issues with the manga and they will certainly resurface in the anime (I could already confirm that in episode 1 which felt a little more intense than the manga did). But I still do read and enjoy the series too so I’ll start this anime hoping only for the best to come of it.

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Series Name: Sanrio Danshi98217-dwbr4bvaa65o

Studio: Studio Pierrot

First impression: I had absolutely no idea what to expect of this anime and the first episode really did surprise me in all the best ways. The characters seem likeable so far and the overall idea seems cute. Of course, there is a little fanservice here and there but it’s not distracting from the main plot if you’re not obssessing over it and the sudden dark and really emotional moments were really well done so I’m expecting a well-balanced slice of life comedy with a little bit of good angst.

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Series Name: Poputepipikku98549-xflyphrp5ors

Studio: Kamikaze Douga

First impression: This show is everything I needed and more. I’m having so much fun with this!

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Series Name: Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion The Animation100620-tnsulqjfyvxz

Studio: Oriental Light and Magic

First impression: I’m willing to give this show a little more time to convince me because it has a good seiyuu cast and often children’s shows turn out surprisingly fun.

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Series Name: Slow Start98693-3peuz4tmiikp

Studio: A-1 Pictures

First impression: To be honest, it’s a show I usually wouldn’t have started but I am willing to give it a chance so I will wait for the second episode.

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Series Name: Gakuen Babysitters98503-40pd64fik2jf

Studio: Brain’s Base

First impression: I didn’t expect the first episode of this anime to be filled with so much serious content! I didn’t know anything about Gakuen Babysitters beforehand but the background story of the protagonist was actually really sad, I didn’t see that coming. I’m planning to watch more of this show, at least it’s something new. I will probably focus more on the teenage characters than the toddlers but let’s hope the high amount of children won’t make this show annoying.

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Series Name: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen97881-ypfo5dwniykg

Studio: Madhouse

First impression: Cardcaptor Sakura was one of my first shows I watched as a child and then I rewatched it as an adult. It holds up so well. And now the Clear Card Arc looks just as promising. The fact that they kept the old OST makes me particularly emotional, but also just having all the old characters back with their original seiyuu and the way the style is kept close to the old anime. I am excited for 21 more episodes of nostalgic emotion and new thrill.

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Series Name: Mitsuboshi Colors98439-mpfoliyeydif

Studio: Silver Link.

First impression: It’s weird how this season there’s quite a few slice of life shows with little girls I started but unfortunately this isn’t one of them. I could barely focus on episode 1 so I’ll drop this one.

Halfway through: dropped

Final thoughts: dropped

 

 

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”

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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