Anime Sunday: Winners of Summer 2016

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my favorites from this latest season of Anime! It’s my Winners of Summer 2016!

ReZero: ReZero has proven to be an absolutely fantastic series from start to finish, and I’m really sad that the current Anime is over, although considering that it just overtook the Light Novels (but not the Web Novel) I’m not too unhappy. Maybe we’ll get another season of this wonderful Anime in the future, because we could all use more of Rem the Best Girl.

Qualidea Code: I really don’t like this Anime’s first episode, but like I mentioned in my first episode impressions a few weeks back I really advise watching the first four episodes (including the credits) before making any judgement.

orange: I enjoyed this series quite a bit, and while it’s not at all action oriented or even really exciting I was pleased with the way it went down. Besides if the original source material was an award winner among thousands of other entries, than it has to be good.

Tales of Zestiria the X: I want to mention this series as it definitely had the best art quality, although ReZero came really, really close. ufotable is my favorite studio for good reason and Zestiria’s Anime adaptation was another trophy in their case already packed with them. I do want to mention that I didn’t continue watching the series past episode 3, because it ends up touching upon Tales of Berseria, a pre-sequel set in the same world as Zestiria and since it hasn’t come out in the West yet I won’t be watching the rest of this series until I finish playing the game to avoid spoiling myself. Also I heard that the ufotable will be animating more seasons of the Zestiria so I’ll probably wait till they’re all out as well.

Honorable Mentions:

Love Live Sunshine: I didn’t enjoy the Anime, but the music of the multimedia project is always fun to listen to when I’m bored or doing something that requires me to use the writing or reading portion of my brain.

Masou Gakuen HxH: For being taken off the air; This was due to it’s risque material that was too much even for a certain Japanese Broadcasting Company. You have to try really hard to do that, and that’s also why I never covered it during the season in my columns. I didn’t want to get into trouble with my Editor at GiN. I could’ve probably worked something out, but I just didn’t want to spend the time on doing so when I could cover a series like Qualidea Code.

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

Anime Sunday: ReZero Episode 01 First Half Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first half of the hour long premier of my most anticipated Anime of this season! It’s my ReZero Episode 01 First Half Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked.

Plot: Subaru is a huge nerd and it’s quite amusing to see his reaction to his sudden transportation to a different world. It’s not nearly as sophomoric as KonoSuba from last season which is great, but it’s not nearly as serious as Grimgal either, though I’ve only watched the first half of the first episode since it’s an hour long.

Characters: Satella is a great female lead, and even though we don’t know too much about her back story yet, I’m pretty sure she’s dealt with huge racial discrimination from just being who she is. Subaru on the other hand being someone from Modern Earth, isn’t so hung up on it so it’s refreshing to see a character who just is happy to be somewhere new.

Art: The animation is done by a studio called White Fox, a studio I’ve never heard of but I’m loving this first half thus far so I’m happy for now! The art is wonderfully animated, although one small complaint is that the random people on the street that just pass by seem to be CG rather than animation. That is really my only complaint and I’ll probably get over it quickly.

Music: The music in this first half was wonderful, and while we didn’t get to experience the opening or ending themes yet, I’m hoping it will match the series well.

Overall: I’m pretty sure that this doesn’t feel like the calm before the storm sort of episode, but damn if it isn’t well done and I’m super excited for this series to continue. It will also be a 2-cour series, which means plenty of time for plot pacing to be properly done.