Anime Sunday: Seishun Buta Yarou Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a new series from the Fall 2018 season. It’s my Seishun Buta Yarou Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot of this first episode is very intriguing and it sets the stage for the series really well. I will say that this is an adaptation of a Light Novel Series, but I haven’t read it. I don’t tend to enjoy the romantic comedy series, but hopefully this avoids most of the faults of those Anime. This first episode shows that it could go very well, but that could end up being just a short reprieve from another poorly done romantic comedy.

Characters: Mai and Sakuta are our main characters and they are both very interesting. Mai isn’t a terrible person and is actually incredibly likable from the get go, if a bit surprising in her choice of garb. Sakuta on the other hand is also fairly forthright in his interests with Mai, and it’s a refreshing change of pace from other romantic comedies that always have awkward love polygons for no purpose beyond making drama.

Art: The art is okay, but nothing spectacular. It’s not egregiously bad, but it’s not amazing either.

Music: I enjoyed the musical score, and the opening theme. Not much more to be said about that.

Overall: This could prove to be a delightful series if this first episode is indicative of the rest of the series.

For those who like: Romance, Supernatural, School Life, Drama.

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

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Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the upcoming season of Anime, and sorry it’s a bit late in coming. It’s my Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Anime!

Seishun Buta Yarou: Normally I try to stay clear of Romantic Comedy series, but this one caught my attention with the supernatural genre tag. Hopefully it doesn’t devolve into some of the worse romantic comedy pitfalls, as I really want to like this series.

Tensei Shittara Slime: This is an adaptation of an Isekai/Tensei novel series and it actually gets pretty intense despite the comical nature the art series depicts. I’m hoping the Anime doesn’t rush the pacing and we get more than a single cour.

Index Season 3: I’ve always loved the Toaru series, although the fact that Touma is incredibly obvlious to the affections of the girls he seems to attract like crazy is more than annoying. The fact that there’s an in-universe explanation that actually makes sense for that phenomenon is part of why I love this series though as it’s series that makes you think and has logical, if supernatural, reasons for just about everything that happens. Maybe we’ll get to the big war arc in this season, though I’m doubtful of that.

Radiant: I know only one thing about this series, and that’s the fact that this an adaptation of a Manga written and drawn by a Frenchman. Due to the highly isolationist nature of Japanese culture anything that can make them include a foreigner’s work into one of their bigger markets is always noteworthy and I’m looking forward to checking this series out. If I’m disappointed I won’t be too upset, but I hope that this series proves to be good.

Honorable Mention:

Sword Art Online III: This is the third season of a popular series, but hugely overrated in my opinion. I’ve heard it will last 52 episodes (4 Cours worth of episodes), and given that the Alicization Arc that this is supposed to cover in it’s entirety is like 8 volumes long and the longest arc in the series to date, I wouldn’t be at all surprised for that to be true. I’ll probably binge watch the entire thing once it’s completely done, but until then this only gets an honorable mention.

Goblin Slayer: This is a Dark Fantasy series, and I tend to stay away from those these days, but I can hope they do a good job adapting the series from the Light Novels.

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

Anime Sunday: Big O Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another old series. It’s my Big 0 Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Roger Smith, top negotiator of Paradigm City, is hired to oversee the retrieval of R. Dorothy Wayneright, the kidnapped daughter of the wealthy scientist Miguel Soldano….

Plot: The plot is okay, but also a big stereotypical. Honestly it reminds me a bit of Metropolis. That being said I remember not really understanding the plot of this series when I was younger.

Characters: Roger is an okay main character, but he’s not all that interesting either. At least not in this first episode. Dorothy on the other hand was fairly interesting. The rest of the cast is okay, but nothing special either.

Art: The art is okay, but nothing noteworthy.

Music: Like the art, it’s okay but not noteworthy.

Overall: A skippable series, at least from what I remember of the rest of the episodes and my impressions after this first episode.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Mecha, Drama, Action.

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

Anime Sunday: Outlaw Star Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with an older series from my youth. It’s my Outlaw Star Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Gene Starwind and James “Jim” Hawking are hired by a woman named Rachel to protect and escort her as she services farm equipment. When they are attacked by Kei Pirates, they learn Rachel is really “Hot Ice” Hilda, an outlaw in search of treasure…

Plot: The plot is okay, but nothing absolutely spectacular by today’s standards. Honestly it’s a little cringe worthy at times watching it now after all these years.

Characters: I didn’t like the characters, honestly I felt they were all a bit too stereotypical. However considering that this was one of the first Anime I watched I will give it a bit of slack. Still watching it now after all these years is not exactly a great time.

Art: The art is okay, but nothing to write home about.

Music: I hadn’t remembered enough of the music from the past, but it was catchy enough after I watched the first episode recently But nothing particularly noteworthy either.

Overall: An okay series, but honestly if I remember how the series plays out you are better off finding the Manga and reading it instead.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy.

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

Anime Sunday: Dragon Crisis Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another old series. It’s my Dragon Crisis Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: High school student Ryuji’s older cousin Eriko returns from abroad to drag him to the scene of an underground transaction where he gets caught up in a shootout and car chase. While they thought they had stolen a miraculous Lost Precious from the criminal brokers, they ended up with a mysterious young girl….

Plot: The plot is so generic and stereotypical that it’s honestly not that interesting at all. If this was made in the 90’s I might have been more accepting, but honestly it’s so bad that I really can’t stick up for any good points.

Characters: Ryuji is a really bland main character, in fact you could stick him into a dozen different series and he’d probably fit right in.  The rest of the cast is no better to be honest.

Art: Sadly for this series it was animated by Studio Deen, my least favorite and respected Japanese animation studio. The artwork is subpar and honestly only makes the entire experience even worse.

Music: The music is no better sadly.

Overall: Stay far, far away from this sad excuse of a series.

For those who like: Bad Anime.

 

Anime Sunday: Dragonaut Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode in an old series. It’s my Dragonaut Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Two years ago Kamishina Jin survived a shuttle accident that killed the rest of his family, causing in him to live out the rest of his life alone. Meanwhile Earth faces possible destruction from an asteroid, and thus the ISDA works on “D-Project” to stop it. In a facility Tachibana Kazuki, Jin’s old friend, is tested for his compatibility with a Dragon, which is a success.

Plot: The plot is pretty mediocre, honestly this first episode isn’t that great. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s nothing spectacular.

Characters: Honestly the cast in this first episode is really poor. I didn’t like any of the characters to be honest, except for maybe Toa. Still it’s nothing special and pretty mediocre.

Art: The art is also fairly generic as well. Honestly I wasn’t impressed with this series.

Music: And to keep up the standard of mediocrity the music was nothing special either.

Overall: An easily skippable series.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Romance (Apparently), Drama, Mecha, Mediocrity.

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

Anime Sunday: Losers of Spring 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the series I didn’t find to be that great. It’s my Losers of Spring 2018!

Mahou Shoujo Ore: Now I did say last week that I found Hinamatsuri to be funny. I also mentioned how I find slapstick humor to sometimes be grating and sometimes not. The line that was crossed for me in the case of Mahou Shoujo Ore was the breaking of the 4th wall in the first few minutes of the show. I’m not generally a fan of that particular trope and it was one too many things for me to enjoy the show.

Caligula: This show was just confusing, and I had no desire to continue past the first episode that I watched. It might have gotten better in later episodes, although I’ve heard that it didn’t. Nevertheless it failed miserably in catching my attention.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Were there any shows I missed that deserve to be on this list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!