Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Anime!

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Dorei Majutsu: This is an Isekai series, I’ve heard it’s a fairly funny series with a ridiculously OP main character. Whether it’s any good remains to be seen, but it’s a pretty okay Light Novel series.

Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria: This is another Isekai series, but this time the main character isn’t some OP bad ass and actually has to work his ass off and isn’t given any help from pretty much anyone upon arriving in a new world. I’m unsure on this series as I haven’t read it’s original Light Novels, but given the synopsis and the fact that the main character isn’t some walking nuke I’m interested.

Happy Sugar Life: This is a Horror series. If you want to know how screwed up humans can be, you might want to watch this. Me I’m just watching it because it’s more psychological horror rather than a traditional horror series. I might regret it, but I’ll be giving it a shot.

Honorable Mentions:

Fate/Extra Last Encore: The second season of Last Encore, this will continue the weird adaptation of a game I really need to finish playing.

One Room Season Two: I enjoyed these short form Anime last year, and I’ve been a fan of the main artist for this series. So I’ll be giving this a quick watch.

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

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Anime Sunday: Wotakoi Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another Spring 2018 series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Wotakoi Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: 26-year-old Momose Narumi is a die-hard fujoshi otaku who recently switched jobs, in hopes of being able to play off an image of a perfect, beautiful young lady. However, her hopes are crashed when she reunites with her middle school classmate Nifuji Hirotaka, an avid gamer otaku that knows about her secret….

Plot: The plot is pretty great, it’s very open about how socially unacceptable being a nerd or otaku is in modern culture. This is a lesser factor in the West, but the stigma is still prevalent nonetheless. That being said if you aren’t a fan of Slice of Life series in general this will be a series you’ll want to skip.

Characters: Narumi is a pretty good female lead and Hirotaka is just as good a male lead. The rest of the cast is rather small at this point so I can’t really comment on them.

Art: The art is pretty great, while it’s not ufotable quality work, it is pretty dang good and easily beats anything Studio Deen could produce.

Music: The music isn’t very memorable sadly.

Overall: A good series for those who don’t mind some cringe worthy parts and Slice of Life.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Good Plot.

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

Anime Sunday: Golden Kamuy Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another series from the latest season. It’s my Golden Kamuy Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Russo-Japanese War veteran Sugimoto “Immortal” Saichi, pans for gold in Hokkaido to provide for his dead comrade Toraji’s widow. He learns that a man called Nopperabo has stolen a gold reserve from the Ainu people and killed those transporting it…

Plot: The plot is pretty good, but this follows the first chapter really closely so I wasn’t surprised much. That said it wasn’t a bad first episode, but it didn’t absolutely grab my attention like other series have before.

Characters: Saichi is a pretty interesting main character, he’s devoted to helping his dead friend’s wife, although the means he goes about doing so is somewhat questionable. Especially since I can’t imagine anything more hellish and depressing than panning for gold in the middle of winter. Asirpa our female lead is also very interesting, and the fact that she’s a capable young woman is just icing on the cake.

Art: Here’s where the major issue I had with this series is. The art is generally pretty good, but the very obvious use of 3D CG for the bear in this first episode is really distracting and absolutely destroys the immersion that I had up till that point. It’s a bummer, because if not for this major issue I might have chosen to watch the series as an Anime instead of waiting for the Manga to finish up before reading it.

Music: The music is alright, but not super special either.

Overall: An okay series, but there are some artistic issues that really ruin the experience of watching this first episode.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Drama.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or bad 3D CG.

Anime Sunday: Real Girl Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another Spring 2018 series. It’s my Real Girl Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: High school student Tsutsui Hikaru is shunned by his classmates for his otaku behavior. One day, as he was sentenced for pool cleaning duty for being late, and is paired with the beautiful but reputed troublemaker Higurashi Iroha…

Plot: The plot is okay, and I’ve covered this series before in a past column way back when my Saturday columns were known as Shoujo Saturday. It’s nothing much different than the first chapter of the series so if you read that you won’t see anything new.

Characters: The cast is okay, although there are some really cringeworthy moments. However that’s more due to the nature of the series, rather than any character faults in particular,

Music: The music’s okay, but nothing special.

Art: The animation is at least well done, but again it’s nothing spectacular either.

Overall: A decent adaptation, and great intro to the series, but it’s nothing spectacular either.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Teenage Angst, Good Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Black Clover Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Fall 2017 Season! It’s my Black Clover Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Asta and Yuno are orphans who were raised together from birth after being abandoned at a church orphanage on the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom at the same time. In a world where everyone has the natural ability to perform a kind of magic, or a Magical Power, Asta is the only person born without any, leading him to train physically as compensation. Conversely, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control it. When they are 15, Asta and Yuno are granted the ability to become wizards known as Magic Knights by receiving grimoires, with which all magical power is channeled. Yuno is granted a wind-based grimoire held by the kingdom’s first Wizard King, while Asta does not receive one.

Plot: This could be called SCREAMING the Anime. Frankly I got really tired of this really quickly where Asta is constantly screaming. His first words in the show are a scream (and I’m not counting the baby screaming). Frankly it takes the stuff people hate about most Shounen series and makes a story out of it. Unlucky Protagonist? Check. Best Friend who is a super genius? Check. Rivalry between said characters? Check.  I could go on and on, but frankly I’m sick of even writing about this series.

Characters: Asta and Yuno are our two leads, but frankly I hate them both, although Asta gets a much larger portion more of my ire. The rest of the cast is uninteresting as well.

Art: It’s okay, but nothing spectacular and not even close to something on ufotable’s level of quality. The frequent use of CG is also annoying.

Music: Mediocre.

Overall: If you like stereotypes and lots of screaming Black Clover might be for you. Otherwise move on and do something more worthwhile like watch an episode or three of a Fate series.

For those who like: Screaming, Stereotypes, Bland Characters and Plot, Screaming oh wait I already said that.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, particularly the screaming. Is that horse dead enough yet?

Anime Sunday: Drifters Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m starting in on the latest season of Anime’s newcomers! It’s my Drifters Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him…

Plot: The plot is bloody, violent, and everything I might have expected from the creator of Hellsing.  I won’t go too much into the plot as it’d be spoiling all the fun for you. That being said I’m very intrigued and will be watching this series intensely as it should prove to be lots of fun.

Characters: Toyohisa seems to be our lead character and while I admire his bravery I do hope he gets past being headstrong as that seems to be his normal state of mind.  The rest of the cast we got to meet thus far is just as interesting. I won’t spoil anything beyond saying that I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the cast.

Art: Wonderfully done with intense linework and lots of fluid animation. I won’t say it’s at ufotable level quality work, but it’s really close.

Music: The music is great as well, and fits the series perfectly.

Overall: For Actions fans, Drifters is looking to become a must watch series.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Violence, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork, Great Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Taboo Tattoo Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a brand new series from the Summer 2016 Season! It’s my Taboo Tattoo Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: After saving a homeless man from some thugs, Seigi receives a strange tattoo from the man as a gift. This act leads to a series of events that will pull Seigi into the middle of a conflict…

Plot: This first episode was way more intense than I thought it would be, but I’m not complaining at all. I loved every single minute, and I’m kind of regretting that this is the first series of the Summer 2016 Season I’ve given a look at other than Tales of Zestiria’s adaptation, which I’ve had to postpone writing about until after today’s upcoming episode is aired. The reason I’m regretting it is that I don’t have more episodes of this series to watch, and I very rarely feel that way after just a single episode these days. I loved all the action we got to experience in this first episode, and for a premier episode it had an awesome amount of it.

Characters: Seigi is an awesome main character, and totally lives up to his name (Seigi means justice, a do-gooder would be called Seigi no Mikata which translates to Ally of Justice). I actually enjoy him, he’s clearly well aware that he’s not powerful even though he can take out the average thug on the street with ease and that makes him a very likable character. Touko, his childhood friend we didn’t get to see much of in this first episode, but from the time we did see, we can tell that she deeply loves Seigi and it’s fairly obvious to just about everyone, except maybe Seigi himself. Our female lead Izzy on the other hand is a bit of a creeper, and honestly I hope we don’t get to see any sort of love triangle between the three characters. The only other character we get to meet is Tom, an assistant who is not very competent thus far. Maybe he’ll shape up, but I see him being a rather minor character overall from just this first episode. Who knows though, this is after all just the first episode.

Art: J.C. Staff is the studio behind the series, and they’ve done some amazing work with past series including a personal favorite of mine the Toaru series of Anime adaptations. This adaptation of Taboo Tattoo doesn’t disappoint in the least and I loved every single minute of it. This is just the first episode however so I won’t be too surprised at any animation flubs in later episodes. Not every studio can be like ufotable and just create masterpieces of animation.

Music: The music we got to listen to in this episode was pretty good, and although not the best I’ve listened to, it’s probably in the top 10%. The opening theme by May’n wasn’t bad, and the ending wasn’t terrible either, but neither was really noteworthy either.

Overall: This first episode shows great promise, if the quality doesn’t dip too much in later episodes this might turn into one of the gems of the season.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Exellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork, Good Music.

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