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?

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Sensate Saturday: Sachiiro no One Room by Hakuri

Hey all this week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I just started reading! It’s Sachiiro no One Room by Hakuri!

Plot Synopsis: One day, a girl was kidnapped. However, that girl started to desire a life living with her captor, and swears that she will marry him. In return, her captor provides her with happiness that she had always longed for…

Plot: This is not exactly a happy tale, it has it’s heartwarming moments, but it also has some really dark ones as well. That being said I really enjoyed the two chapters I was able to read. Hopefully this series continues as I’m rooting for the characters.

Characters: Our two leads don’t have a name in the first chapter, so I’m not really able to comment much more than say that there is a lot of backstory we don’t get to learn yet, hopefully later chapters get into the story. However I did enjoy them quite a bit.

Art: The art is great, if I didn’t know better I’d say this was published by Shueisha, but it’s not.

Overall: A great read, if a bit dark.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Awesome Artwork.

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

TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third book in Yu IlHans journey. It’s  Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika!

Plot Synopsis: Having overcome the Reaper that ambushed him in the Abandoned World, Yu IlHan returns back to Earth to work on his equipment in his forge. He receives a couple visitors, one expected and another unexpected, sort of…

Plot: This book moves the plot very quickly along, with plenty of battles to enjoy. I won’t say it’s there isn’t a boring “info dump” because there are some portions that could be called that, but that’s what you get for reading a LitRPG.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new faces, but mostly it’s just people we know in this book. Of them all I quite enjoyed Lita’s portions.

Overall: A solid third entry, this also marks the first sixth of the book approximately.

Bookish Wednesday: Slime Dungeon by Jeffery Logue

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a book that is sort of a LitRPG. It’s Slime Dungeon by Jeffery Logue!

Plot Synopsis: Death came on swift wings. A soul, blessed by a goddess, falls to the land and enters his new life. He clings to a single memory, the defining moment of his previous life. Now, he learns how to succeed in his new life, as a new dungeon heart. To become the best dungeon he can be, he partners with the one existence all dungeons need: his bonded Dungeon Pixie.

Plot: The plot of this first book isn’t that bad, although it is fairly short. There are some LitRPG elements, mainly when Dock, our Main Character, is evolving his Dungeon. That being said that’s pretty much it for those elements, for the rest of the book it’s pretty standard Fantasy. There are multiple Points of View, but the main action takes place almost entirely around the Dungeon.

Characters: Dock like I said above is our main character. Clare is his partner and while she’s pretty good for a female lead she does get outshone by side characters quite a bit. That could also be said about Dock as well. The entire cast is interesting, but they aren’t super amazing. However for a up and coming author Mr. Logue has done an admirable job with this.

Overall: This is a decent read, but there are better reads out there. However there are worse ones out there as well, like Unbound Deathlords.

For those who like: Fantasy, LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.

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

Manga Monday: Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki!

Plot Synopsis: Gen, a recently bankrupted and now homeless guy, meets an unusual and hungry girl named Hios who can eat anything with her chopsticks.

Plot: This is another Gag Manga, something I typically don’t enjoy, and this was not an exception. It was way too random to make me laugh like it was intended. I’m guessing others felt the same way as this series only lasted for two volumes before ending.

Characters: Gen is an oddball main character, but he is completely normal compared to Hios who is just plain bizarre. I’m unsure if the rest of the cast we meet in this chapter was even going to stick around, but given the short nature of the series I suppose it really doesn’t matter.

Art: The art is decent at least, but it doesn’t make up for the lack of story or plot direction.

Overall: Skip this, it’s just too out there for most people to understand I think.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy.

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

Anime Sunday: Juni Taisen Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Fall 2017 season. It’s my Juni Taisen Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a city of half a million people who have all been removed, 12 of the deadliest mercenary warriors with the names and attributes of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are pitted against each other in the 12th Zodiac Tournament which takes place every 12 years. Each warrior must swallow a poisonous gem, which will begin to kill them after 12 hours. To be granted any one wish of their choosing, the winner must retrieve all the gems from the other competitors before the deadline…

Plot: This is an incredibly violent series, I’ve seen plenty of violent series before, and read and listened to even worse, but this was easily one of the darkest ones I’ve watched yet. The story isn’t for those faint of heart. I won’t spoil the story, but I felt that those warnings were necessary. Personally I’ll probably just find a copy of the original Light Novel that this was adapted from to read instead of watching the entire Anime.

Characters: Our main PoV for this episode is Ino (Boar) who isn’t a simple character. Frankly I don’t particularly like her, but I understand her which I think was the point of this episode. The rest of the cast is fairly interesting, although Usagi (Rabbit) is a very disturbing person…

Art: The art is okay, but like Dies Irae not really even close to ufotable quality.

Music: This part is at least interesting as the main composer is Go Shiina, who used to work for Bandai Namco on the Tales of series including one of my personal favorite entries Zestiria.

Overall: A great series for those who want to watch something incredibly violent, others will probably just want to read the original Light Novel (it is released in English).

For those who like: Action, Drama, Death Games, Ultra Violent Stories, Interesting Cast of Characters, Good Art, Great Musical Score.

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

Sensate Saturday: Shishunki Bitter Change by Masayoshi

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Shishunki Bitter Change by Masayoshi!

Plot Synopsis: The elementary schoolers Yuuta and Yui had their body swapped when Yuuta fell down from a tree. It’s already been three years, and now they’re in middle school. How will they co-operate in dealing with this as they grow up?

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, as it deals with the question of a body swapping incident that never gets solved. I enjoyed this first chapter quite a bit, and I actually ended up reading a few more chapters before stopping so I could write this up, but that’s beyond the scope of this post and review.

Characters: Yuuta and Yui are typical kids, with Yui being the more serious of the two, and Yuuta being much more outgoing. We don’t really get introduced to the rest of the cast in this first chapter, but that’s okay.

Art: The art isn’t super detailed, but it’s not terrible either. It’s got a simplistic quality that works amazingly well for this series.

Overall: A great read, if I didn’t have to write this article I’d be reading every chapter I could, so that should be a hint towards what I think of it.

For those who like: Drama, School Life, Slice of Life, Fantastic Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Great Art.

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