Anime Sunday: Death March Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another Winter 2018 series. It’s my Death March Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Suzuki Ichiro is an adult programmer for a game company in Japan and is severely overworked. While on a Death March and staying at his company overnight he fell asleep. When he woke up he suddenly noticed that he was thrown into another world wearing casual clothes at level 1….

Plot: The plot is pretty good, the pacing is excellent so far. I am disappointed that the series will only have 12 episodes, but hopefully this is due to it being a split-cour series instead of just a single cour in total. There are some differences from the Web Novel, but since I haven’t read the actual Light Novel yet, I don’t know if those are editorial changes or purely due to the Anime adaptation.

Characters: Ichiro is a pretty awesome guy, although he is seriously overworked. I absolutely understand how he feels as I’ve felt that way before when in college, thankfully these days I don’t have that problem. We don’t really get to meet anyone else in the Other World, although we did get to meet a couple of his co-workers in Japan. Fatty is a bit of an ass though…

Art: The art is great, although not up to ufotable quality it’s pretty damn good. Silver Link has done a great job.

Music: The score is pretty amazing,  as a bonus the theme songs are performed by girls from the Wake Up Girls! franchise.

Overall: A great first episode, if they can keep the pacing of this first episode which seems to be a fourth of a volume long.

For those who like: Isekai, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Excellent Lead Character, Good Artwork, Awesome Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Anime Sunday: Losers of Fall 2017

Hey all for this week’s Anime Sunday I’m covering the less successful shows, in my opinion, of the last season. It’s my Losers of Fall 2017!

Juni Taisen: It was somewhat interesting, but frankly it was just too bloody with little to no reason about the why being explored. Sure there’s the Wish granted at the end, but I feel like there is just so much backstory of the actual Zodiac Wars that could’ve been explored that it was overshadowed by the incredibly messed up lives of the participants we got to see in flashbacks each episode.  This is possibly the closest series in this post to actually not being on it. That being said it seems like it was just an overly violent series for the sake of shock and awe. So that’s why I’m putting it on this list.

UQ Holder: I expected that it’d devolve into Fan Service-laden sequences frequently, although that is what Akamatsu is known for so maybe that’s not a surprise. But I just couldn’t enjoy the series all that much. Something was lacking compared to the original Negima Manga and just wasn’t conveyed through this Adaptation. That’s why I’m putting on this list.

Black Clover: Like I said in my impressions post of this series, it could just be called SCREAMING the Anime. This lack a lot of the charm that has been so prevalent in other series prior to this like Bleach (with it’s snappy musical soundtracks) or the emotional rollercoaster that is One Piece. Frankly this was a huge disappointment, and I’m probably not going to look into reading the original source material because of how off putting this adaptation was.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Did I miss a series that you felt deserved to be on it, or disagree with what I put in it? Leave your responses in the comments below!

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead to the start of next year! It’s my Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime!

Märchen Mädchen: It’s an Isekai story, but it’s based off of our fairy tales and mythology, so I’m all for that. The fact that the lead is a female character instead of some dumb guy is just more icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to this series, hopefully it doesn’t flop.

Fate/Extra: I’m a huge Fate series fan, so the fact that the sub series that I enjoy the most is getting an Anime adaptation is awesome. However for those who are unaware there are 3 basic routes to the game, one featuring it’s own separate Servant. This is going to be animating the Male Hakuno and Saber route, which I am not so much a fan of. I don’t hate this particular Saber and no it’s not the same Saber from Stay Night. I just enjoy Caster a hell of a lot more. Maybe they’ll let ufotable animate Caster’s route, which I’ll totally accept as a excuse and appetizer for why we need another saber faced heroine getting screen time. This is being done by Shaft for those unaware, so expect plenty of awesome animation, just not as awesome as ufotable.

Here’s praying my favorite Fox Girl gets her own screen time, her own story along with that of a female Hakuno would be pretty freaking awesome. The reason this sub-series is my favorite is it’s got a big focus on Romance, which the Stay Night and Apocrypha series aren’t as intrinsically tied into.

As an aside, I’m starting to play this game on my PC, and I’m looking for help getting the emulation software to work properly so I can enjoy the original game fully. If anyone can help with that, please shoot me an email which you can find on my contact page. I am a total beginner when it comes to emulation, so any help would be appreciated.

Death March: I love the Web Novel that this series is based off of, so I’m really looking forward to the Anime Adaptation. Hopefully it doesn’t screw up the pacing by going too fast, because that will really destroy the whole thematic feel of the series.

Darling in the FranXX: It’s another Studio Trigger series, so I’m fully prepared to either love or hate this series based on how insane it gets. Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann were a bit too over the top for me. We’ll see how this goes.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Overlord: Is getting a second season, this adaptation of a Light Novel series was pretty awesome. Whether the later arcs get adapted just as well, remains to be seen. The only reason this isn’t up above and in the Honorable Mentions section is it isn’t a brand new Anime or adaptation. It’s a sequel or a continuation.

Kokkoku: I just read the synopsis of the series, so I’m looking forward to this if only out of curiosity.

Card Captor Sakura: Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a brand new storyline taking part in their Middle School days, I’ll give it a shot at least to determine if my baby sister might enjoy the series, or if I’ll just have her read the original stuff on it’s own without getting into this additional plotline.

Anime Sunday: Winners of Fall 2017

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I’ve got a short post on my two favorite series from this season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Winners of Fall 2017!

Kujira no Kora: I enjoyed this series, and while it became depressing, it was an bittersweet ride. But it seriously got depressing. It’s a borderline winner for me. I don’t like depressing things, I find them to be detrimental to my own personal mental health. However I enjoyed watching this over many others because the animation wasn’t CG riddled like Houseki no Kuni or full of constant shouting like Black Clover.

Net-Juu: This series on the other hand was heartwarming and awesome through and through. I enjoyed the hell out of it, because it really captures the oddball nature of MMOs, where you really don’t know if that cute elf girl is actually a girl or that handsome wolfguy is actually a guy. This kept me upbeat enough to enjoy Kujira no Kora for it’s story, even if I hated the depressing nature of it.

Honorable Mentions:

Fate/Apocrypha isn’t a new series of the Fall 2017 Season, but it was definitely a great show. Though you need a very solid foundation in pretty much every mythology and historical knowledge to really appreciate all the nuances that you get from a Fate series, Apocrypha was a knockout.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday, and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, if that’s your thing. If not well, enjoy the day and evening.

Anime Sunday: Kujira no Kora Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one of the last series I watched this season. It’s my Kujira no Kora Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story focuses on a boy called Chakuro, who lives on the giant vessel called a Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. In the Mud Whale, society is divided into two kinds of people: the Marked, who can move objects with their minds using a strange power called “thymia”, at the expense of shortened lifespans, and the Unmarked, people who lack thymia but enjoy longer lifespans. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. One day, the Mud Whale encounters a lonely island…

Plot: The plot is very mysterious and I got immediate Shin Sekai Yori vibes from the story. Whether the story ends up going in a direction similar to that particularly depressing series I have yet to determine, but I’m absolutely not hopeful for a happily ever after ending. I won’t go too much into the plot, but I will say I’ll probably end up watching this later when I’m not so stressed out with life, the Holidays are supposed to be relaxing right?

Characters: The main character Chakuro seems to be a bit of a misfit, actually no he is definitely a misfit. He is deemed too emotional by those around him and that gets in the way of his job on the Mud Whale as the Archivist, who must record his observations without emotion according to the rules set down by the elders. The rest of the cast is also fairly interesting.

Art: The art is pretty good, not ufotable quality by any means, but it’s definitely not poorly done either.

Music: It fit the series very well.

Overall: Worth watching at least the first episode, though whether you should continue or not I’ll leave up to you and how well you handle depressing stories.

For those who like: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action, Adventure?, Interesting Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Average Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or possibly overly depressing stories.

Anime Sunday: Net-juu Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking at another new Fall 2017 series. It’s my Net-juu Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Morioka Moriko is a 30-year-old successful career woman who decides to quit her taxing corporate job and become an elite NEET and find a more fulfilling life. She joins an online MMORPG Fruits de Mer and creates a male character named Hayashi as her avatar. In game Hayashi meets a another character Lilly, a high level player who helps him learn the game…

Plot: The plot of this first episode is pretty decent, not super amazing but there were only a couple cringe worthy moments that occurred. I tend to have a lot more with Slice of Life series, but this being aimed at an older audience might be helpful.

Characters: Moriko is most certainly a NEET, there is one point in the episode where if you paid attention you’ll see she’s upgraded her entire computer set-up to something incredibly gamer centric. The rest of the cast is amusing, though we really didn’t a good look at anyone other than Lilly.

Art: The art is pretty good, not ufotable quality by any means, but it’s not reached the terrible level of a Studio Deen production.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s not super memorable either.

Overall: If you are a gamer, you’ll probably find Net-juu fairly amusing and worth giving a shot. Others may not find this as appealing.

For those who like: Gaming, MMOs, Slice of Life, Drama, Interesting Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: Houseki no Kuni Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Fall 2017 season of Anime. It’s my Houseki no Kuni Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a place inhabited by jewels that take the form of people, Phosphophyllite (Phos) is weak (with one of the lowest hardnesses) and considered useless by her peers. Phos asks her aloof but wise colleague Cinnabar for help after they receive an assignment to create a natural history encyclopedia, thus beginning their friendship and personal growth. Meanwhile, the “jewel people” have to keep defending themselves against the Lunarians who want to take advantage of their luxury value.

Plot: The plot is interesting, although sort of lacking in tension, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. Frankly I enjoyed that aspect of it. That being said it’s not going to hold your attention like a Fate series will. The art probably doesn’t help with that…

Characters: But before we get into the art, let’s talk about the Characters. We get introduced to a good number of Jewel people in this episode, although I’m more than a bit confused as to what or who this Master Kongo is as he isn’t a gem that I know of.

Art: Here’s my main gripe with the series, and that’s it using the all too frequently used CG approach to Anime. I hate this art style. It looks out of place and awkward compared to something like Fate/Apocrypha or any ufotable production. It’s not terrible, but it’s too blatant a use of CG for me.

Music: The music is okay, although it’s not super memorable either.

Overall: Skippable depending on whether you can stomach the art style.

For those who like: Oddball Series, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or the too blatant use of CG.