Anime Sunday: Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another Summer 2019 season series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and normally I try to give Isekai series more of a chance than just a single episode. However I just didn’t have the time this summer to watch more than a single episode. That isn’t to say I hated the episode, far from it. Cheat Magician is completely and unapologetically a stereotypical Isekai series, and makes no attempt to prove it’s otherwise.  It features completely overpowered characters, and supposedly a harem. I’m completely okay with that, as long as it makes no attempt to dress it up with an edgy plot or some other nonsense that is so typical in today’s Anime. I’m probably one of the few who is okay with how stereotypical it is, but Cheat Magicians doesn’t bother hiding it’s nature, it’s in the freaking title after all.

Characters: Our main two characters are Taichi and Rin and really most of the cast we get to meet in this episode. There is another, Myura, but we didn’t get to see too much of her in this episode. Overall Taichi and Rin are pretty decent main characters, but there wasn’t much character development in this first episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as other series this summer season. Still it’s hardly even close to being as bad as anything Studio Deen puts out, so I’m okay with it being just good.

Music: The musical score fits the episode. I haven’t listened to the themes though so I can’t say much more on the subject.

Overall: It’s a stereotypical Isekai series. Take that as you will, but at least it doesn’t bother trying to hide that fact at all. That puts it over a bunch of other series already in my books.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Decent Lead Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Case Files Episode 00 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another of the Summer 2019 series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Case Files Episode 00 Impressions!

Plot: This is a pretty good introduction to the main cast of Case Files, and highlights all the major players quite well. I quite enjoyed this episode myself as it was much more along the lines of a crime thriller than I was expecting, but had just enough action to sate that part of my desires.

Characters: The cast of Case Files is mostly the same five characters, although there are cameos from other characters from other Fate series. Still of all the main characters I think Gray is my favorite if only because she’s a very innocent character in the midst of a very much not innocent world. Still all of the cast is quite intriguing.

Art: The art is incredibly well done and while it’s not quite up to ufotable standards, at least to me, it’s really close.

Music: The musical score fits the series perfectly, that’s all that need be said on that matter.

Overall: A must watch series for those who love the Nasuverse. Hopefully there will be more seasons of this in the future.

For those who like: The Fate Series or Nasuverse in general, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Mysteries, Thrillers, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork, Superb Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Fall 2019 Anime

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the next season. It’s my Most Anticipated Fall 2019 Anime!

Assassin’s Pride: This is an adaptation of a Light Novel series that I have heard about in the community, but have not yet read myself. I’ll give it a whirl, but this could very well be a bust in terms of content. We’ll see, it might also be too much of a try-hard at a dark fantasy story, in which case I’ll not be interested at all if that happens.

Cautious Hero: This looks to be much more of a comedy series than anything else given it’s title, but given it’s billed as a an Adventure and Action series with no Comedy tag in sight I’m hoping it’ll be more like TenSura than KonoSuba. One is light hearted with it’s serious moments, while the other is just a satire of the Isekai genre.

Fate/Grand Order Babylonia: This is an adaptation of the seventh and penultimate Singularity of the first act of the mobile game. I loved playing through this Singularity myself and it’s incredible story line is going to be an absolute joy to watch. I’ve heard it’ll be a 2-cour series, so I’m looking forward to watching the entirety of this series. I just hope 2-cour will be enough to do the story justice, but I’m hoping it will. The only downside is that it won’t be animated by ufotable, but even still I’m looking forward to watching this.

High School Prodigies: This is another adaptation of a really long named Light Novel series, so we’ll see if it’s any good. Like with the first two it might be a bust, but I’m going to give it a shot. It might be an Isekai series, but considering that Arifureta is one of my most loved stories of all time and it is an Isekai I figure I’ll give it a shot.

Honorable Mentions:

Sword Art Online Alicization 2nd Cour: I’m not a particular fan of the novel series anymore, it was okay until I read much better series, but some people love the series still. Me I don’t particularly enjoy it all that much anymore.

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

Anime Sunday: Arifureta Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my first Summer 2019 series. It’s my Arifureta Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: I’m pretty happy with the pacing of this first episode, as it seems the series is taking the plot fairly slow which allows for the anime to do the story justice. That said it is handled a bit fast, and doesn’t cover everything that I’d have hoped from the adaptation of a series I thoroughly enjoy. Maybe that’ll change in future episodes, but I am a bit disappointed.

Characters: We get introduced to our main protagonist, Hajime in this episode along with a couple of the heroines, Kaori and Shizuka. That said the plot is mostly focused on Hajime which is understandable given what the first volume of the Light Novel covers is mostly focused on him and another heroine, Yue.

Art: The art is fairly good, though there were some points where I thought I could see CG used, which is worrisome given how I tend to despise the use of CG if it’s detectable compared to the rest of the animation. Hopefully that is something I just thought I saw, but still it doesn’t bode well for my overall opinion of the series if it continues into later episodes.

Music: The score is well done, and I enjoyed both the opening and ending themes.

Overall: A fairly solid first episode, but there are some parts that led me to dampen my hopes that this adaptation would be as good as some other ones I’ve seen before.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Magic, Drama, Action, Adventure, Good Plot and Excellent Cast of Characters, Good Musical Score.

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

A Reminder on Column Topics

Hey all a couple months ago there was a rather vocal outcry to a certain post I made. It’s A Reminder on Column Topics!

Why?: I wanted to clear any misconceptions regarding my columns and what they deal with. Because while I love the fact that people commented to such a massive degree on one of my posts, the fact is that everything I said in that post was completely true, accurate and stuck to the topic of that column. I accept constructional criticism and welcome it gladly, I went to Art School for game design, which is how I know most of what I talk about on my blog and my various game reviews, so receiving said criticism is nothing new for me.

But don’t call my posts something they aren’t, and if I absolutely tear apart a beloved franchise for you, please keep in mind that I deal with stories of all kinds. I’ve experienced tens of thousands of them in various media formats from the spoken word to video games, and I’ve experienced just about every single type of story there is out there. What you think is amazing is not necessarily so amazing to me because I have little patience for something that can’t hold my attention enough for me to care about the characters.

Now here is your reminder on my columns. These are the descriptions I have on Windborne’s Story Eatery for each column.

Anime Sunday: My posts on Sundays are about Anime. Simple Enough.

Movie Monday: Movie Mondays are days where I cover some of my favorite movies of all time and some I hate with a passion. You’ll have to read which are which in each post!

Video Game Tuesday: Posts on Tuesdays are about Video Games and the Video Game Industry.

Bookish Wednesday: Posts on Wednesdays are about various books. Previously called Book Series Wednesday.

Translation Necessary Thursday: Posts on Thursday are focused on various written works that are translated from Japan, Korea and China. These include Light Novels, Web Novels, and Novels.

Retro Game Friday: Posts on Fridays cover games from previous video game generations, and the reviews are usually not unbiased as I’m going off memory of my time playing the game rather than playing it recently.

Serial Saturday: Posts on Saturdays are all about amateur English Web Novels that are published online, usually on royalroad.com. Sometimes the series covered will be absolutely amazing, other times I’m going to roast them for their mistakes.

Anime Sunday: Senko-san Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another Spring 2019 Anime series. It’s my Senko-san Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This is a heartwarming, or as some call it “fluffy”, slice of life series, and I’m not just saying fluffy because of the main character’s tail and ears. Honestly this is a pretty laid back and much more subdued series than my usual fare so it’s a nice change of pace for me to have watched this first episode. I’ll most likely get around to watching the entire series sometime in the near future.

Characters: Our main characters are Senko, obviously, and Kuroto who is a fairly gloomy and overworked man whom Senko decides to care and pamper for. The interactions are rather cute, and honestly I enjoyed their relationship quite a bit, if only because I can see the same type of gloomy nature that pervades my own life in Kuroto.

Art: The art is okay, but it’s nothing amazing either and certainly not close to reaching my gold standard of ufotable in terms of quality. That being said it’s not terrible either.

Music: The musical score fits the series perfectly, so I was pretty happy with this first episode in the audio department.

Overall: A solid and entertaining first episode, this looks to be an excellent series if you just want something heartwarming to watch.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Heartwarming Stories, Great Cast of Characters.

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

 

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2019 Anime

Hey all I’m back with a look at the upcoming season for this Anime Sunday. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2019 Anime!

Arifureta: This is one of my all time favorite stories, so I’m really hoping they do the original light novels justice with this adaptation. Considering it was pushed back and that they are almost done with the main arc of story (there’s quite a few afterstory arcs that I’m hoping get published) I can only hope it adapts all of the story in a well paced manner.

The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II: This is yet another Fate series, but it deals with an old character from Zero, Waver Velvet and him solving various mysteries. If you aren’t well versed in the nitty gritty details of the Nasuverse this might be a bit out there for you, since this goes more into the Magecraft side of things rather than dealing with Heroic Spirits.  Still I for one am looking forward to this series very, very much.

Cop Craft: I’ve always loved Buddy Cop movies, and this seems to be a Fantasy/Mystery mashup that promises to be just such a story. I haven’t read the original source material for this series, but I’m hoping it’ll be good.

Isekai Cheat Magician: This is another Isekai series, but I hear it’s actually very good though once more I have yet to read the original light novels. Considering that the illustrator for the series was one of my more admired artists though, Nardack, I’m looking forward to seeing their designs animated.

Maou-sama Retry: Again this looks to be an Isekai series, but since I enjoyed Isekai Maou’s novels I’m hoping this adaptation does well also. We shall see.

Okaa-san Online: The full name is really long, and more than a bit ridiculous, but I’m looking forward to seeing this, I’ve yet to read the original light novels but they always sounded interesting I was just waiting to let translations progress so I had more than a volume or two to read at once.

Honorable Mentions:

Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator: This is another Toaru spin-off, this one centered around Accelerator and Last Order (the final Misaka sister), so this is one to look forward to.

That’s it for this Anime Sunday.