Anime Sunday: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 01 Impressions

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

Plot Synopsis: In Fukuoka, crime reaches new heights in the seedy underworld. In the Hakata ward of the city, there are various individuals with special talent who are professional killers, detectives, informants, and professional revenge seekers. Among those, a so-called “killer of professional killers” is becoming more than just an urban legend…

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, although it really felt like I was watching a rather messed up version of Baccano at times. That being said I don’t recommend any kids watch this series, as it’s absolutely not for them. The subject matter is incredibly dark, so dark that I won’t actually continue to watch the series. It’s not that the plot is bad mind, it’s just that I dislike watching such dark series if I don’t have. Luckily for me, I don’t have to watch anymore so I won’t.

Characters: Our main character seems to be Banba Zenji and he’s a fairly interesting guy. The other lead, Lin, is also fairly interesting if only for his interesting disguises. The rest of the cast is also really interesting.

Artwork: It’s not amazing, nothing like a ufotable production, but it’s not terrible either. A bit better than average I guess, but only just a bit.

Music: The music is okay, but not super memorable either.

Overall: A good series, if incredibly dark.

For those who like: Mystery, Dark Stories, Good Plots, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork and Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like” Any of the above, especially the Dark Stories part.


Anime Sunday: Overlord II Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode in a series’s second season. It’s my Overlord II Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Having overcome Shalltear in an epic magic duel Ainz returns to being an adventurer under the disguise of Momon. Howevever on his way back to Nazerick things in the world are starting to take notice of his coming to this strange new world…

Plot: This is mostly a recap/foundation episode. The plot is okay, but not really what fans of the series are after. If you were expecting diabolical schemes and tons of chaotic neutral actions, you’re going to be disappointed.

Characters: We get a few new faces in this episode, but mostly like I said it’s a setup of upcoming events.

Art: The art is great, but that’s to be expected being animated by Madhouse.

Music: It’s good, but not absolutely amazing either.

Overall: A good start to a sequel season, whether it can capture the feel of the first season in coming episodes remains to be seen.

For those who like: Chaotic Neutral Protagonists, Non Human Protagonists, Awesome Plot, Great Artwork, Good Musical Scores.

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

Anime Sunday: Menu for Emiya Family Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’ve got another series from the latest season of Anime. It’s my Today’s Menu for Emiya Family Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story centers around Shirou Emiya cooking dishes for the other Fate/stay night characters.

Plot: The plot is thin, this doesn’t take place in a Fuyuki where a Holy Grail War is waging. Instead it’s a simple Slice of Life series that is quite a bit like Shokugeki no Soma, except without the fanservice.

Characters: This episode only features Artoria, Shirou, Illya, Sakura and Taiga, but I imagine later episodes will show other characters like Rin or Medusa.

Art: The animation is done by ufotable, although it definitely has a softer feel than most of their usual series. That being said it’s still got awesome animation, as I’ve come to expect from their studio.

Music: The music is pretty good, although given the short nature of the episodes it’s not really the focus of the series.

Overall: A fun watch, and for those culture junkies or foodies you’ll enjoy learning about various tidbits that are littered through out this episode.

For those who like: Cooking, Culture, Fate, Awesome Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Last Encore Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at what is probably my most anticipated series of the season. It’s my Fate/Extra: Last Encore Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Waking up in a strange academy with no recollection of the past, Kishinami Hakuno finds themselves forced to fight for survival in a war they do not understand for a prize beyond value; the opportunity to have one’s wish granted.

Plot: You see that synopsis above? Yea? Toss it out, that’s the story of the original Fate/Extra. What occurs in Last Encore is completely off track. As of writing this post I have only watched the 2 already released episodes and I’m still confused. Now given what Kinoko Nasu has said about Last Encore that is completely intended so I’m absolutely not alone in this.

Characters: We get to meet Hakuno in this episode as well as Leo, Sakura and Shinji. However stuff is odd, and while Fate/Extra is already confusing, Last Encore is so off track that I’m stumped as to whether I enjoyed the interactions between all the characters.

Artwork: The art is excellent, but while Shaft is an amazing studio I just can’t help but think that ufotable could’ve done a better job. It’s probably me just projecting my preferences though, and there is no significant issue with Shaft’s animation in particular.

Music: The music is good, although it lacks the same feeling as the original soundtrack from the game.

Overall: I’m really stuck whether I enjoy this series or not, so I plan on binge watching the entire thing in a couple days once it’s complete. You may or may not want to do something similar. It’ll probably help out a ton with understanding what the heck is going on though.

For those who like: The Fate series, Studio Shaft, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mind Benders, Fate/Extra, Great Artwork, Good Music.

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

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.

Four Years Already?

Hey all, I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday to celebrate with a post on my 4th anniversary since I started Windborne’s Story Eatery. It’s been Four Years Already?

So first off I’d love to say I was able to make this my fourth year of daily posts without interruption, but as long time readers will know that isn’t the case sadly. Shortly after my third year anniversary post my old Mac Pro, which I had for 9 years at that point, finally kicked the bucket. I lost everything I had on that computer, from my entire iTunes library with hundreds of eBooks that I had gotten in PDF format or dozens of Audiobooks, to all my reviews I had written for Game Industry News and many, many other things. I wasn’t able to recover any of it, despite trying for weeks and frankly it really sucked, I’m still trying to get all the music I lost, 99.99% wasn’t through iTunes due to being from overseas. For those who don’t know iTunes doesn’t allow for you to re-download Audiobooks through them which is why I stopped buying anything  from iTunes years ago.

Now for the reason why I had to take such a long break afterwards and posted pretty much not at all until mid April was due to the fact I was trying to decide whether I wanted to build my own computer or get a pre-built one.  I finally decided to get a pre-built one from Doghouse Systems. It’s not the fastest thing ever, and I know I could’ve gotten a better machine if I built it myself. However I have no idea really how to do that, and I have a minor disability when it comes to gross motor skills, in addition to having my hands shake constantly. My hand shaking has gotten better over the years and it’s not even a noticeable thing unless you really look closely. However I still can’t hold a camera to take a picture worth a damn without it ending up a blurry mess. If I couldn’t do something as simple as that without messing up I wasn’t comfortable with spending money on buying the parts to build myself a computer. So I’ll apologize for having to take such a long break, and then easing back into the daily posts. I took my editors at GiN’s advice and got back in slowly.

While I’m finally back to full speed I can’t promise that I won’t have to do something similar in the future. I don’t know what the future holds, and if something happens that really affects me I may take a break from writing for a while to get myself back together. I’ll write a short post, though it probably will be only a few sentences long. Hopefully I won’t have to do that before writing my fifth year anniversary post.

Now as for my various columns’ futures, the majority of them won’t be changing at all. The newcomers, Serial Saturday and Movie Monday are both column topics I had in reserve for if something happened or I ran out of material for a column. Serial Saturday will be permanently taking over for Sensate Saturday, unless I, for some odd reason, feel like talking about mental health topics in which case I might make a post under that category. Or that might happen when I run out of stuff to cover for Movie Monday, I don’t know right now.

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a ton of movies anymore, in fact until I had gone to see The Last Jedi on Christmas Day this past year I hadn’t been in a movie theater in over four years. Mostly it’s due to me being highly sensitive to sound and going to the theater quickly gives me a sensory overload. It’s not a pleasant experience for me, or anyone I’m with as I get pretty irritable. So Movie Monday isn’t a long term column I had planned. It was supposed to be a column I used in only the worst emergencies until I had built up a decent enough stockpile of stuff I had read or done until I could move onto something else. Manga Monday might return, and probably will. However it may be limited to my Quick Review style of posting. Whether that’s a temporary thing or not will depend on whether I can find a reliable alternative to Batoto, which had tons of obscure series that I could use for the column.

Couple last things about Movie Monday, it might not be limited to me covering movies themselves. I might talk about production or directorial decisions and whether I agree or disagree with them. I’ll also likely end up breaking my own rule about covering stuff that is really main stream and new, like a Star Wars movie.  I don’t want to resort to such things, and if I can avoid doing so I will, but I make absolutely no promises when it comes to this column. It wasn’t meant to last me forever and I don’t have nearly the time to start binge watching movies just to write about them.

That’s it for my post, and I hope you, my readers, will continue to read my columns whether it’s on Windborne’s Story Eatery or Game Industry News. Your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday will return next week!

Anime Sunday: Darling Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’ve got another series from the latest season. It’s my Darling Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been driven to extinction by giant beasts known as klaxosaurs. The remainder of humanity soon establishes a military city known as Plantation, where children are bred to be partnered in boy-girl pairs called Parasites and pilot giant mecha known as Franxx.  One of these children, Hiro, is initially viewed as a prodigy, but after failing one of his test leaves him unable to pilot a Franxx, making him lose any desire he had in life. While skipping out on his class’s graduation ceremony, Hiro encounters Zero Two who has red horns on her head…

Plot: Let me get this out straight away, this deals with some heavy subjects. Children probably shouldn’t watch this, as it deals with many mature themes including but not limited to sexuality. Now, as for the actual plot it’s fairly decent and didn’t make me want to stop watching immediately as most Studio Trigger series tend to do for me. I will say that while most of this is pretty good, there are some very obvious stereotypes that occur and they are a bit grating.

Characters: Hiro is an okay main character, although this first episode leaves a ton of his background really lacking. As for the rest of the cast, they are overall pretty good although there are a couple characters who are the typical bullies you find in series dealing with teenagers.

Art: The artwork is pretty great, and while this is a co-production between Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures, I will say that it has elements of both their styles.

Music: The score is very fitting for this first episode, although not nearly as enthralling like other series can be.

Overall: I may or may not continue watching the series, it depends on how much angst occurs in later episodes, I find such plots grating most of the time and while the story is interesting it might not be interesting enough for me. As for my recommendation, if you can deal with the heavier topics I’d say give it a shot, you may or may not find it to your liking.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Mecha, Action, Drama, Intriguing Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork, Awesome Musical Scores.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or some really emotionally heavy topics.