Anime Sunday: Winners of 2018

 

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a post that is very overdue. It’s my Winners of 2018 post.

TenSura: I loved the original Web Novel of this series, and seeing it animated on screen was a real treat. It had awesome pacing, excellent voice acting, awesome animation although not quite at ufotable level of quality, and an excellent plot. If you haven’t given TenSura a try yet you really ought to give at least the first few episodes a chance. You’ll most likely be very pleasantly surprised.

Emiya-san: I’m always a sucker for Fate adaptations, but the fact that this is a non action oriented series that had some of my favorite characters of all time just eating good food and that it’s animated by my gold standard studio ufotable were what put Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family on this list.

SeiButa: I found this series to be rather interesting, with just enough supernatural to pique my interest and keep it. The fact that the romance doesn’t stray into the dreaded typical Japanese Harem with a dense MC scenario (like Nisekoi, Love Hina, or any of a number of other series) was just icing on the cake.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday, and I’m sorry this post has been so overdue.

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Movie Monday: The Mask

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a Super Hero Movie. It’s The Mask!

Plot: The plot is okay, it’s nothing all that amazing to be honest, and frankly it’s pretty mediocre to me. That being said I remember it was somewhat funny to me as a child. I’ll admit I never knew until recently that this movie was based off a comic series published by Dark Horse, and that the comics were much darker in tone than the movie ever was. That’s probably a good thing, because honestly from what I’ve read about the comics in a quick perusal they sounded incredibly dark just to be dark.

Characters: The lead character is Stanley Ipkiss who is played by Jim Carrey and he does a fairly good job with it. That being said the cast isn’t good enough to make up for the mediocre plot.

Cinematography: The special effects were fairly good for their day, but they weren’t amazing either along the lines you might expect from a high quality Sci-Fi movie. That being said those effects have aged poorly, but that’s to be expected after nearly 25 years.

Music: I honestly don’t remember much of it, except that it was very fitting for the zany tone of the movie.

Overall: A fun, but not amazing movie. If you’ve never seen it, it might be worth your time to watch if you are really bored and can’t find a better movie.

For those who like: Comedy, Super Heroes, Jim Carrey.

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

Anime Sunday: Kenja no Mago Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with the first Spring 2019 series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Kenja no Mago Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, the main character is quite clueless about how ridiculous he is and it’s quite frankly hilarious. I mean sure it’s hitting all the standard Isekai/Tensei plot devices, but the fact it does it well and in such humorous ways is awesome in my opinion. Whether this stays the case for however long the series airs, and I’m hoping for a 2-cour here, remains to be seen of course. But I have high hopes that this will be a fun series to watch.

Characters: Shin is our lead, and while he seems to have his head on right, he is quite lacking in the common sense department, which is the main plot device that is seen in this episode. Frankly I found it to be hilarious like I said above, but for some this might not be to their liking. The rest of the cast we see in this episode is pretty interesting, with Merlin being just as comedic in his actions, if not manner, as Shin. Frankly though my favorite character was Melida, if only because she seems to have the most common sense of the bunch, which leads to her throttling Merlin which like I said is funny as all hell.

Art: This is not the best animated series, but it’s also far from the worst and there could be much worse studios working on this series other than Silver Link, but it’s not even close to my gold standard ufotable’s level of quality.

Music: The musical score was pretty good in this first episode, though I didn’t hear the theme songs.

Overall: A fun series, though cliched it does so in a way that makes you really not care all that much about it and just enjoy the story.

For those who like: Isekai/Tensei Stories, Fantasy, Magic, Overpowered Main Characters, Good Plot, Funny Cast of Characters, Decent Artwork, Good Musical Score.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Welcome to Ludus by Blaise Corvin

 

Hey all I’m back as promised and since it’s a Wednesday that means the subject is going to be about books. It’s Welcome to Ludus, Delvers LLC Book 01, by Blaise Corvin!

Plot: The plot is fairly good, it circumvents many of the standard Isekai tropes by making our leads not that powerful and completely unable to understand the locals, well most of them. Still it’s a fairly fun read or listen, and I enjoyed this series quite a bit, until the third book. But I’ll leave that book for another time.

Characters: Henry and Jason are our two main lead characters, and they’re pretty intelligent people disregarding that they have to deal with the stupid rules of Ludus which are fairly stupid sometimes. That being said my favorite character was Marine, for being a pretty capable young woman despite her introduction. That being said some of the cast is annoying, like Keeja. Overall a fairly decent cast.

Overall: An okay series, but fair warning that the later books don’t hold up to the standard set in this book.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.

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

Anime Sunday: Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the final Episode 01 Impression for the Fall 2018 Season. It’s my Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This picks up after the end of season 2’s finale and deals with the growing tensions between Academy City and other world powers after Vento’s attack. If you’ve forgotten what has occurred in past seasons this is going to confuse you so I advise watching the previous two seasons of Index.

Characters: We don’t get to see many new faces, not exactly. That said we do get to meet a few, but I won’t name them due to spoilers.

Art: The art was incredibly well done, and I can only hope that the rest of the season keeps the same level of quality.

Music: The soundtrack is pretty great, not much more needs to be said.

Overall: A solid start to the final season of the first part of the Index series.

TNT: 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first volume in a somewhat amusing series I came across recently. It’s 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei!

Plot: The plot is highly ridiculous and more slapstick than anything else. It’s very much not an action oriented fantasy series and even the times it does have action it’s more comedic than anything else. If that is your preferred fantasy sub-genre then 5000 Nen Dragon will most likely be for you. That being said the plot is not that amazing as the entire premise is based off misunderstandings and it can only take that joke so far before it loses it’s amusement factor.

Characters: Revienda is our lead Point of View character, but he’s really not that fun of one. He’s an incredibly passive character, which is definitely intended but it doesn’t make him all that interesting. Reiko the female lead is much more outgoing, but being the incredibly dense outgoing hero is still an overused device and quickly loses it’s appeal. Frankly I had a hard time pushing through my boredom reading this story to enjoy it all that much.

Overall: This is an okay series, but it’s got very little depth to it and the premise is incredibly short lived.

For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Misunderstandings as the Main Plot Premise.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or something with very little depth.

Movie Monday: Die Hard

Hey all I’m back with a classic movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Die Hard!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while not a rousing epic it does serve as a good benchmark for summer blockbusters. That being said this isn’t a film meant for children so do keep that in mind.

Casting: Bruce Willis portrays our lead character John McClane and this was his breakout movie that really propelled him into stardom. The rest of the cast is also great, with Bonnie Bedelia portraying the female lead.

Cinematography: This was filmed in 20th century Fox’s headquarters which were actually under construction at the time. The rest of the special effects were pretty awesome, and while not super amazing by today’s standards were pretty great at the time for a contemporary film that was neither fantasy or sci-fi.

Music: The music was incredibly fitting.

Overall: Die Hard is a must see film, but do keep in mind that this isn’t meant for kids.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Bruce Willis.

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