Anime Sunday: Caligula Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’ve got a look at another of the Spring 2018 Anime series. It’s my Caligula Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Shikishima is a psychology buff and between talking about the Johari Window and examining his friends’ behavior, he shows his knowledge of psychological jargon well. However, one thing he can’t explain is why, one day, people go crazy and start fighting this guy named Satake Shogo…

Plot: This series is really confusing. And the fact that it only got a little less so at the very end of the first episode isn’t a good thing. Something really strange is going in this series, and frankly all the psychology jargon and analysis is incredibly off putting. It’s not that I don’t understand the concepts talked about, but the fact that it seems to be the main focus of the first episode is really disappointing. I don’t mind if stuff is less action packed, but the constant self analysis by the main character is really boring.

Characters: Shikishima is probably one of the worst main characters I’ve ever seen, he’s brainy which is something I tend to appreciate, but the constant self analysis and over enthusiastic delving into psychology is really off putting. The rest of the cast is no better, with barely any depth given to anyone, even Shikishima is odd.

Art: The art is okay, but it doesn’t make up for the lack of a coherent plot direction.

Music: The musical score is okay, but not that amazing either.

Overall: Unless this gets significantly better in later episodes this is a series you’ll very likely want to skip.

For those who like: Psychology, Convoluted Plots.

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

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Anime Sunday: Winners of Winter 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my favorites from the last season. It’s my Winners of Winter 2018!

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family: I really enjoyed this slice of life set in an alternate universe of the Fate/SN series. The fact it focuses on just food and some minor character interaction was refreshing from all the battles that occur in the Fate series. It being animated by ufotable might also have a big part in why this is one of my favorites.  Who am I kidding, it being animated by ufotable has a huge part in it.

Ryuo: I actually enjoyed this series quite a bit. While Sangatsu is a great series about Shogi it is also emotional wearing, so a more light hearted series was appreciated. The fact that Yaichi is a dense harem lead though is fairly disappointing.

Honorable Mentions:

Last Encore: I was pretty skeptical of this series after it diverged so greatly from the original storyline. It was interesting, but honestly it just makes me want to play the original game more. It also didn’t feature Tamamo, who is a much more interesting Servant than Nero in my opinion.

Hitori no Shita: I hated the first season of this show, it was terribly animated and the plot was sub-par. The plot isn’t any better, but the animation is much improved and thus get’s an honorable mention from me.

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

Anime Sunday: Mahou Shoujo Ore Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a series from the Spring 2018 Season. It’s my Mahou Shoujo Ore Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Unpopular idol and high school student Uno Saki discovers that her mother, Sayori, used to be a “magical girl,” but, as a result of back problems, found it necessary to pass her position down to Saki. With the help of a Yakuza-like mascot character named Kokoro.

Plot: The plot is pretty freaking ridiculous, and is full of references to other magical girl shows, including Sailor Moon. Frankly I might have enjoyed the show a bit, but it broke the fourth wall a bit too many times. I’m not a fan of that particular trope, so the usage of it in the series isn’t doing it any favors for me personally. That being said, the show is pretty freaking funny and I was totally not expecting the plot to go the way it did.

Characters: The cast is good, but frankly it’s not amazing. It’s not terrible to the point that I forgot characters names in an attempt to mind bleach my memory as soon as possible, but it’s not far from reaching that point either.

Art: The art is okay, but it’s nothing spectacular. Studio Pierrot is the animation studio behind this series, and while I’ve enjoyed their work in the past, I’ve also seen better from them. Maybe it’s because of the ridiculousness of this show and I’m just having a hard time really appreciating it.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s fairly forgettable.

Overall: An okay show, but not something I’ll be continuing to watch unless I hear some really freaking amazing things about it.

For those who like: Comedy, Magical Girls, Good Art.

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

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Spring 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering some of the new shows that’ll be airing this upcoming season. It’s my Most Anticipated Spring 2018 Anime!

Mahou Shoujo Ore: I have no freaking clue at all about what this show is about. All I know is it’s an adaptation of a Manga and that the title makes me really interested in seeing what’s going on. For those unaware, Ore is the distinctly male pronoun used be oneself. So the fact that the show is called Magical Girl Me (with a huge male undertone) makes me curious. It also reminds of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Which was a fairly amusing series on it’s own.

Golden Kamuy: I read the first chapter of this Manga a while back and was pretty interested. Now that it’s getting an Anime I’ll probably give this a shot. It’s definitely not for kids, as it’s got a very serious tone, but for those more mature Anime fans, this might be a good show to watch. We’ll see.

Honorable Mentions:

My Hero Academia Sesaon 3: I really need to watch the past two seasons as I’ve heard only great things about this series and I personally enjoyed the hell out of the early chapters of the original source material myself. So this is getting an Honorable Mention.

Persona 5: Again like My Hero Academia, I’ve only heard amazing things about Persona 5. I probably won’t personally watch this series until I get around to buying and playing the game. But I imagine fans of the game and Persona series in general will want to watch this.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Any shows you are looking forward to you think I missed? Leave them in a comment below!

 

 

Anime Sunday: Losers of Winter 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering some series I think fell flat this season. It’s my Losers of Winter 2018!

Death March: I really wanted to like this series, but it was just a bit too flat. Maybe it’s because of being adapted from the Light Novel which I haven’t read instead of the original Web Novel. There are supposedly differences between the two, and while I don’t mind all of that, I just found that Satou wasn’t as enjoyable to watch as he was to read.  Maybe if I binge watch all of it later on I’ll enjoy it more.

Märchen Mädchen: Filled with a bit too much fanservice for me, this was another series I really wanted to like, but the fanservice element was a bit too much for me. That and I had way too many things to do these past few months meant that I ended up dropping the series after the first couple episodes.

Darling in the FranXX: I wanted to enjoy this series, I really did. But it was just too angsty for my tastes. The overt sexual themes didn’t help either.

One thing I want to note is that all of these had rather decent artwork, with Death March being the least noteworthy. So most of my issues come from the plot itself rather than any other issues.

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

Anime Sunday: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another Winter 2018 series. It’s my Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In Fukuoka, crime reaches new heights in the seedy underworld. In the Hakata ward of the city, there are various individuals with special talent who are professional killers, detectives, informants, and professional revenge seekers. Among those, a so-called “killer of professional killers” is becoming more than just an urban legend…

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, although it really felt like I was watching a rather messed up version of Baccano at times. That being said I don’t recommend any kids watch this series, as it’s absolutely not for them. The subject matter is incredibly dark, so dark that I won’t actually continue to watch the series. It’s not that the plot is bad mind, it’s just that I dislike watching such dark series if I don’t have. Luckily for me, I don’t have to watch anymore so I won’t.

Characters: Our main character seems to be Banba Zenji and he’s a fairly interesting guy. The other lead, Lin, is also fairly interesting if only for his interesting disguises. The rest of the cast is also really interesting.

Artwork: It’s not amazing, nothing like a ufotable production, but it’s not terrible either. A bit better than average I guess, but only just a bit.

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

Overall: A good series, if incredibly dark.

For those who like: Mystery, Dark Stories, Good Plots, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork and Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like” Any of the above, especially the Dark Stories part.

Anime Sunday: Overlord II Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode in a series’s second season. It’s my Overlord II Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Having overcome Shalltear in an epic magic duel Ainz returns to being an adventurer under the disguise of Momon. Howevever on his way back to Nazerick things in the world are starting to take notice of his coming to this strange new world…

Plot: This is mostly a recap/foundation episode. The plot is okay, but not really what fans of the series are after. If you were expecting diabolical schemes and tons of chaotic neutral actions, you’re going to be disappointed.

Characters: We get a few new faces in this episode, but mostly like I said it’s a setup of upcoming events.

Art: The art is great, but that’s to be expected being animated by Madhouse.

Music: It’s good, but not absolutely amazing either.

Overall: A good start to a sequel season, whether it can capture the feel of the first season in coming episodes remains to be seen.

For those who like: Chaotic Neutral Protagonists, Non Human Protagonists, Awesome Plot, Great Artwork, Good Musical Scores.

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