Anime Sunday: Märchen Episode 01 Impressions

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

Plot Synopsis: Kagimura Hazuki is a 15-year-old high school student who is painfully shy and socially inept; and as a result of this, she has no friends or even a love interest. She is very imaginative and a dedicated fan of fantasy fiction, traits which were ingrained by her mother, who died when Hazuki was still little; and whenever she is upset, she immediately finds herself a story book to immerse herself in.  One day after school, Hazuki comes across a cloaked figure and decides to follow her to an unused library…

Plot: The plot is pretty decent, although there are some detractions to the story with some fanservice that occurs. That being said I did find this series particularly interesting prior to this season’s start due to the fact that the author had died before finishing the original Light Novel series. Whether they can make a functional Anime out of an adaptation of an incomplete series remains to be seen.

Characters: Hazuki is a female lead who is fairly stereotypical, although I did find her trait of escaping into a good book particularly relatable. The rest of the cast is okay, although like I said above there is more than a bit of fanservicey parts that detract from the plot.

Art: The art is excellent with character designs done by the novel’s illustrator Kantoku, who I’ve mentioned before as being one of my favored artists in the Japanese scene. Feel free to look up their work, although fair warning that much of it is incredibly NSFW.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s nothing too memorable either.

Overall: A decent series, but the fanservice that happens really detracts from the actual story.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy in General, Fairy Tales, Decent Plot, Awesome Artwork.

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

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Anime Sunday: Violet Evergarden Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from this winter’s line up. It’s my Violet Evergarden Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Violet is a soldier in the Leidenschaftlich Army who served under Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, who she was utterly devoted to. However, Violet is injured after a mission which resulted in the loss of her arms, requiring them to be replaced with prosthesis. Colonel Hodgins, an old acquaintance of Gilbert, arrives to pick up Violet. He explains to Violet that the war they were fighting has ended and peace has come, though he is unwilling to tell Violet what happened to Gilbert….

Plot: This isn’t a happy series, despite that I’m still deeply interested in watching this series despite how depressing the setting seems to be. I will note that this an adaptation of a completed Light Novel series, so the adaptation should cover the entire story, although I don’t know anything about it myself. I enjoyed this first episode, and I’m curious to see what occurs in later episodes.

Characters: Violet is a very broken young woman, and yet I still found her endearing, if a bit distant.  The rest of the cast is good too, although we don’t have much of their background story yet. Hell we don’t even have much of anyone’s background. Hopefully this is fleshed out sufficiently in subsequent episodes.

Art: This is a Kyoto Animation production, so the quality is quite good. That being said I still find it lacks the fluidity of ufotable’s work, but I wouldn’t use that particular animation studio as my gold standard if it wasn’t as good as it is.

Music: The score is very fitting, with little to no uplifting tones used in this first episode, it fits the somber mood of the episode incredibly well.

Overall: Definitely worth a watch, although I expect this series to be a real tearjerker given the mood of this first episode.

For those who like: Drama, Military Fiction, Broken Main Characters, Excellent Artwork, Fantastic Score.

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

Sensate Saturday: From Maid to Mother by Yuzuki Seiya

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got a Quick Review of an adaptation from a Light Novel. It’s From Maid to Mother by Yuzuki Seiya!

Plot Synopsis: A high school girl reincarnates in another world as Lily Ruzsa. While she occasionally reminisces about her past life, she is now known as “the Maid of the Royal Family,” after helping to rear the lady who eventually married the crown prince. One day she gets a sudden and unexpected request from the Court Magician….

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is more amusing than heartwarming, though I will say I took a peek at the second chapter and it does become rather heartwarming. This isn’t a series full of action and adventure, it’s decidedly Slice of Life and that isn’t a bad thing.

Characters: Lily is our main character and she doesn’t have any cheats, or special abilities from reincarnating into another world. All she has is her knowledge as a motherless child from Japan who had to take care of her younger brother and sister while her father worked. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the cheat level characters that so often happen in Tensei or Isekai stories. Leonard, the male lead, isn’t a bad character just really blunt and socially awkward. I like him quite a bit, if only because I see parts of myself in him.

Art: The art is excellent, which makes me really want to read the original Light Novel, however said Light Novel hasn’t been translated past the first few chapters.

Overall: A great read if you need something to warm your heart up on a Winter day.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Excellent and Heartwarming Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

Anime Sunday: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a series I watched a few years ago. It’s Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, or The Legend of the Legendary Heroes in English!

Plot Synopsis: Ryner Lute is a lazy student who enjoys taking afternoon naps while enrolled in the Roland Empire Royal Magician’s Academy. The Roland Empire goes to war against their neighboring country Estabul, and Ryner loses his classmates in the war. After the war, Ryner sets out on a journey to search for the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at King Sion Astal’s command and finds out that a deadly curse is spreading throughout the continent.

Plot: The plot seems to be fairly non serious, but it does have it’s serious points. It gets better as the story progresses, but it never lives up to the original Light Novels, because it just fails to convey the greatness of the series I guess. I’ve never read the Light Novels myself, so I can’t judge the adaptation on that part.

Characters: Ryner is a pretty lovable guy, and Ferris is nice enough, but I never really liked Sion all that much. The rest of the cast was okay, with Ferris’s brother being the sole exception to an otherwise dull cast.

Art: The art is alright, but it’s nothing spectacular.

Music: It was okay, but again nothing spectacular.

Overall: This is an easily skippable series and you’d lose nothing from doing so.

For those who like: Fantasy, Drama, Action.

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