Anime Sunday: Winners of Winter 2017

Hey all! This Anime Sunday I’m back with my pick of winners for the previous season of Anime, and yes this post has been highly delayed. Sorry about that, but circumstances and my decision to post on an every other day schedule for a while have only let me do a few Anime Sunday columns since I started posting again. Anyways it’s my Winners of Winter 2017!

Youjo Senki: This was a great show to watch and I highly enjoyed watching a villainous protagonist. Sure it might have been a tad too gory for my tastes, but it was a fun show to watch nonetheless.

Dragon Maid: This was an absolutely hilarious show, and I enjoyed watching it thoroughly. If you enjoy some off beat comedy, Dragon Maid was the highlight of the season in my opinion.

ACCA-13: This was a surprisingly fun show to watch, with plenty of political intrigue and drama. It’s art style was also pretty neat.

Honorable Mentions:

Tales of Zestiria the X: The second half of the Tales of Zestiria adaptation, I never got to watch it, but I’m happy ufotable was able to create something that took the story of both Zestiria and Berseria and wove them together.

Naruto Shippuden: This had it’s final episode in this season, and while the “sequel” has started with Boruto, it still deserves a mention.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

Anime Sunday: Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions

I know I said that the last Anime Sunday would be the last of the Winter 2017 season, but I forgot about this series. So that’s what I covering for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Upon passing a school in heaven, graduating angels are sent down to Earth, where they must learn about humans and guide them towards the correct path in order to become true angels. However, Gabriel White Tenma, the top angel in her class, becomes addicted to video games upon arriving on Earth….

Plot: Yeah, this isn’t the most serious series, in fact it’s pretty much all about comedy. I can’t say I found the series really entertaining, but that is more of a personal issue rather than anything I found particularly flawed in the series. However I didn’t find it as funny as Dragon Maid was, so I can’t say that it was really high on my list. Hence why I may have forgotten about the series…

Characters: Gab is your typical honor student turned graduate who when granted freedom takes it to an extreme. The rest of the cast isn’t really introduced in this first episode, as it’s focused almost entirely on Gabriel.

Art: The art isn’t bad, but it’s not ufotable quality either.

Music: It’s a comedy series so it didn’t really have riveting musical scores to go along with the plot.

Overall: If comedy is your thing, Gabriel Dropout might be for you. Personally I really couldn’t enjoy it.

For those who like: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life.

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

 

Anime Sunday: Youjo Senki Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one last series from the Winter 2017 Season. It’s my Youjo Senki Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Youjo Senki takes place in an alternate world’s version of World War I, but there are mages who take the place of aerial support instead of biplanes. In the Rhine there is one very young lieutenant who despite her incredibly young age is quickly gaining her foothold in this world. But there is something a little odd about her and her speech that makes her seem much older than she is…

Plot: The plot of this first episode is really intense, it’s pretty much nonstop action the entire time, and while there are some more low key sections in the episode they are only low key in the term that there isn’t any physical combat occurring. I really enjoyed this first episode and while I have yet to watch the entire season’s worth of episodes it will be watched in the next few days. However based on this first episode I’ll be incredibly surprised if I don’t love the hell out of it.

Characters: Tanya Degurechaff is our heroine, and she’s a feisty little girl who somehow ended up on the front lines in the Rhine theater. She’s not the typical heroine, and that’s all I’ll say about her. The rest of the cast is interesting as well, although Vicky is probably going to end up being my favorite side character.

Art: The art is excellent, by a studio I’ve never heard of NUT before. It was quite well done. I hope the quality sticks throughout the entire run of episodes.

Music: The music was equally as good, although we really didn’t get to hear the opening and ending themes I’m going to guess they are just as good.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch for any Anime fan. Although the subject matter is probably not appropriate for children so don’t watch with them.

For those who like: Fantasy, Military, War Fiction, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork, Great Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really you ought to give this a chance.

Anime Sunday: Seiren Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Winter 2017 season. It’s my Seiren Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kamita Shouichi is a second-year high school student who is worried about university exams and his future….

Plot: First things first, I should mention that this is a sequel/spin-off to a series called Amagami, which I haven’t watched. That being said I’ve heard that the series will focus on a different “route” every 4 episodes. This first episode seems to focus on Shouichi and Hikari, a classmate of his that is a member of the swim team. I was pretty interested to hear that they were going to cover each female romantic interest, so I’m going to be watching the rest of the series for sure. So few romantic series that are adaptations or spin offs of visual novels cover each route, and that’s a crying shame since that’s a big draw of visual novels.

Characters: Shouichi is a pretty ordinary guy, who has little luck with girls, but at that age almost every guy does. He’s pretty focused on his studies and trying to get into a good college. Hikari on the other hand is boisterous and pretty interesting, although she seems to be uninterested in Shouichi, but that is probably just her faking that, or at least that’s what my gut tells me.

Art:  The art’s not ufotable quality, not even close, but it’s not nearly as bad as Studio Deen either. It’s average.

Music: Fits the series pretty well.

Overall: I’m giving this a go ahead, if only because so few Romance Adaptations/Anime with Visual Novel origins go the route of giving each heroine their own time as the romantic interest. Hopefully it proves worth it.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Hand Shakers Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m taking a look at another Winter 2017 Anime. It’s my Hand Shakers Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story revolves around Takatsuki Tazuna, a high-school student with a knack for mechanics, who accepts a certain repair request and visits a university research facility. There, he meets Akutagawa Koyori, a lone girl asleep on a bed. As though being led by something, Tazuna touches her fingertips – and a voice flows into him from a place unknown…

Plot: This first episode opens up in medias res, which is always a risky plot device. Frankly if not for certain distractions I would’ve loved the hell out of this first episode and the story’s main premise. But I’ll get to the distractions in a bit.

Characters: Tazuna is a pretty neat young kid, who has a real knack for anything mechanical, Koyori on the other hand is pretty much silent this entire episode so I didn’t really get an impression of her all that much. The rest of the cast is okay, although Break is a bit of a disturbing fellow….

Art: Here’s the real kicker and problem I had with Hand Shakers, the artwork for the most part is great, except for the blatant use of 3DCG that looks like it’s meant for a 1990’s 3D Movie. I hate 3DCG in anime as a general rule of thumb. It’s almost never used well, and the terrible use in this first episode was so off putting I was very tempted to just stop watching. It didn’t get better as the episode went on. Unless they drop the cheesy special effects and use of 3DCG I probably won’t ever finish this series, which is a shame because the premise is pretty interesting.

Overall: Skip this unless you are really bored, or want a good example of poor special effects.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Intriguing Plot, Good Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or poorly used 3DCG.

Anime Sunday: ACCA Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Winter 2017 season. It’s my ACCA Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The kingdom of Dowa is subdivided into 13 states, each one granted their own autonomy. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant civilian organization known as ACCA. Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. One of Jean’s jobs is having business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, I frankly wasn’t expecting it to be quite as good as it was. There isn’t any action, it’s all about politics and it was very interesting, especially given the current US president’s very obvious corrupt behavior.

Characters: Jean is a great main character, he plays by the book and is always calm and centered on performing his job. The rest of the cast was quite good too, but my favorite side character was Lilium one of the five highest ranked people in the country. He was very funny.

Art: The art is very stylized, but despite that it was very good. It’s not ufotable quality work, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Music: Very fitting for the series.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch series for politically minded people, if only because it’s very interesting to watch.

For those who like: Political Intrigue, Drama, Mystery, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork, Awesome Music.

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

Anime Sunday: Chaos;Child Episode 01 Impressions

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Hey all I’m back with another new series from the latest season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Chaos;Child Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Set in Shibuya in 2015, six years after the events of Chaos;Head, where an earthquake nearly leveled the area. It follows a group of high school students who survived the earthquake; among them is Miyashiro Takuru , who is a senior in high school and president of the school’s newspaper club, and whose family died in the earthquake. He is accompanied by his childhood friend Onoe Serika  and his foster sister Kurusu Nono .

Plot: This first episode is beyond messed up, it really is quite confusing and it doesn’t help that it was right after a 23 minute episode recapping the entire first series Chaos;Head. That probably put me off the most, but beyond that I really didn’t like the huge amounts of violence the recap had. It was a bit disturbing, and frankly I wasn’t expecting it. That being said if I had the opportunity to play the original VN of Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child I probably wouldn’t be as shocked or confused. That is a story for another day though.

Characters: Takuru is a pretty mysterious main character, but beyond that I didn’t really understand him in this first episode. Maybe later episodes will improve him, but frankly I was more confused than anything else. The rest of the cast is pretty small, essentially just the newspaper club for this first episode.

Art: The art is great, but again wasn’t expecting that recap episode to be quite that violent. If you get queazy easily this might be a bad series to watch.

Music: The music was pretty good, it fit the series very well.

Overall: This is off to a rough start, I’ll give it a tentative go ahead, but proceed with caution if you get upset over violence.

For those who like: Mysteries, Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural?, Science Adventure Series, Great Artwork, Fantastic Music.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or large amounts of violence packed into a recap episode.