Anime Sunday: Smartphone Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with my first look at the Summer 2017 season’s offerings for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Smartphone Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya  is accidentally struck by lightning and killed by God. As an apology, God allows him to be reborn into a fantasy world along with a single special request. Touya uses his request in order to bring his smartphone into the new world with him.

Plot: It sounds cliche and stereotypical, and it sort of is, but despite that it was a fun adventure and I’ll probably be shamelessly watching the entire series as I highly enjoy the original Web Novel. This first episode covers the first few chapters of the web novel for those out there who may have read it, introducing us to the world where Touya is brought to and a couple of his new companions, Elze and Linze. This looks like it’ll be adaptating multiple arcs, so maybe this series will be more than a single cour? I hope so, as I said I’ll be shamelessly watching the entire series.

Characters: Touya is a remarkably easy going young man, and while he may have just died he’s awfully calm about the whole thing. Elze and Linze were two of our heroines, and they were pretty fun to watch interact with Touya. Honestly though this first episode didn’t introduce many characters. God was pretty funny though.

Art: The art isn’t ufotable quality, but it wasn’t even close to Studio Deen bad, so I’m content.

Music: The music was pretty light and outgoing, which matches the series really well. I wouldn’t say it’s really memorable though.

Overall: A great first episode, in what hopefully will be a multi-cour series. Definitely a watch for any Isekai/Tensei genre fans.

For those who like: Isekai/Tensei Stories, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions

I know I said that the last Anime Sunday would be the last of the Winter 2017 season, but I forgot about this series. So that’s what I covering for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Upon passing a school in heaven, graduating angels are sent down to Earth, where they must learn about humans and guide them towards the correct path in order to become true angels. However, Gabriel White Tenma, the top angel in her class, becomes addicted to video games upon arriving on Earth….

Plot: Yeah, this isn’t the most serious series, in fact it’s pretty much all about comedy. I can’t say I found the series really entertaining, but that is more of a personal issue rather than anything I found particularly flawed in the series. However I didn’t find it as funny as Dragon Maid was, so I can’t say that it was really high on my list. Hence why I may have forgotten about the series…

Characters: Gab is your typical honor student turned graduate who when granted freedom takes it to an extreme. The rest of the cast isn’t really introduced in this first episode, as it’s focused almost entirely on Gabriel.

Art: The art isn’t bad, but it’s not ufotable quality either.

Music: It’s a comedy series so it didn’t really have riveting musical scores to go along with the plot.

Overall: If comedy is your thing, Gabriel Dropout might be for you. Personally I really couldn’t enjoy it.

For those who like: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life.

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

 

Anime Sunday: Seiren Episode 01 Impressions

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

Plot Synopsis: Kamita Shouichi is a second-year high school student who is worried about university exams and his future….

Plot: First things first, I should mention that this is a sequel/spin-off to a series called Amagami, which I haven’t watched. That being said I’ve heard that the series will focus on a different “route” every 4 episodes. This first episode seems to focus on Shouichi and Hikari, a classmate of his that is a member of the swim team. I was pretty interested to hear that they were going to cover each female romantic interest, so I’m going to be watching the rest of the series for sure. So few romantic series that are adaptations or spin offs of visual novels cover each route, and that’s a crying shame since that’s a big draw of visual novels.

Characters: Shouichi is a pretty ordinary guy, who has little luck with girls, but at that age almost every guy does. He’s pretty focused on his studies and trying to get into a good college. Hikari on the other hand is boisterous and pretty interesting, although she seems to be uninterested in Shouichi, but that is probably just her faking that, or at least that’s what my gut tells me.

Art:  The art’s not ufotable quality, not even close, but it’s not nearly as bad as Studio Deen either. It’s average.

Music: Fits the series pretty well.

Overall: I’m giving this a go ahead, if only because so few Romance Adaptations/Anime with Visual Novel origins go the route of giving each heroine their own time as the romantic interest. Hopefully it proves worth it.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Hand Shakers Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m taking a look at another Winter 2017 Anime. It’s my Hand Shakers Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story revolves around Takatsuki Tazuna, a high-school student with a knack for mechanics, who accepts a certain repair request and visits a university research facility. There, he meets Akutagawa Koyori, a lone girl asleep on a bed. As though being led by something, Tazuna touches her fingertips – and a voice flows into him from a place unknown…

Plot: This first episode opens up in medias res, which is always a risky plot device. Frankly if not for certain distractions I would’ve loved the hell out of this first episode and the story’s main premise. But I’ll get to the distractions in a bit.

Characters: Tazuna is a pretty neat young kid, who has a real knack for anything mechanical, Koyori on the other hand is pretty much silent this entire episode so I didn’t really get an impression of her all that much. The rest of the cast is okay, although Break is a bit of a disturbing fellow….

Art: Here’s the real kicker and problem I had with Hand Shakers, the artwork for the most part is great, except for the blatant use of 3DCG that looks like it’s meant for a 1990’s 3D Movie. I hate 3DCG in anime as a general rule of thumb. It’s almost never used well, and the terrible use in this first episode was so off putting I was very tempted to just stop watching. It didn’t get better as the episode went on. Unless they drop the cheesy special effects and use of 3DCG I probably won’t ever finish this series, which is a shame because the premise is pretty interesting.

Overall: Skip this unless you are really bored, or want a good example of poor special effects.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Intriguing Plot, Good Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or poorly used 3DCG.

Anime Sunday: ACCA Episode 01 Impressions

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

Plot Synopsis: The kingdom of Dowa is subdivided into 13 states, each one granted their own autonomy. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant civilian organization known as ACCA. Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. One of Jean’s jobs is having business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, I frankly wasn’t expecting it to be quite as good as it was. There isn’t any action, it’s all about politics and it was very interesting, especially given the current US president’s very obvious corrupt behavior.

Characters: Jean is a great main character, he plays by the book and is always calm and centered on performing his job. The rest of the cast was quite good too, but my favorite side character was Lilium one of the five highest ranked people in the country. He was very funny.

Art: The art is very stylized, but despite that it was very good. It’s not ufotable quality work, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Music: Very fitting for the series.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch series for politically minded people, if only because it’s very interesting to watch.

For those who like: Political Intrigue, Drama, Mystery, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork, Awesome Music.

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

Anime Sunday: Chaos;Child Episode 01 Impressions

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Hey all I’m back with another new series from the latest season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Chaos;Child Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Set in Shibuya in 2015, six years after the events of Chaos;Head, where an earthquake nearly leveled the area. It follows a group of high school students who survived the earthquake; among them is Miyashiro Takuru , who is a senior in high school and president of the school’s newspaper club, and whose family died in the earthquake. He is accompanied by his childhood friend Onoe Serika  and his foster sister Kurusu Nono .

Plot: This first episode is beyond messed up, it really is quite confusing and it doesn’t help that it was right after a 23 minute episode recapping the entire first series Chaos;Head. That probably put me off the most, but beyond that I really didn’t like the huge amounts of violence the recap had. It was a bit disturbing, and frankly I wasn’t expecting it. That being said if I had the opportunity to play the original VN of Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child I probably wouldn’t be as shocked or confused. That is a story for another day though.

Characters: Takuru is a pretty mysterious main character, but beyond that I didn’t really understand him in this first episode. Maybe later episodes will improve him, but frankly I was more confused than anything else. The rest of the cast is pretty small, essentially just the newspaper club for this first episode.

Art: The art is great, but again wasn’t expecting that recap episode to be quite that violent. If you get queazy easily this might be a bad series to watch.

Music: The music was pretty good, it fit the series very well.

Overall: This is off to a rough start, I’ll give it a tentative go ahead, but proceed with caution if you get upset over violence.

For those who like: Mysteries, Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural?, Science Adventure Series, Great Artwork, Fantastic Music.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or large amounts of violence packed into a recap episode.

 

Anime Sunday: Dragon Maid Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another new series from the Winter 2016 Season. It’s my Dragon Maid Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: One night, an office worker named Kobayashi comes across an injured dragon named Tohru who had come from another world. Wanting to repay Kobayashi’s hospitality, Tohru starts living with her as a maid…

Plot: This is a comedy series, so get ready for some hilarity. Some of it it is a bit weird, like Tohru’s frequent desire to “clean” clothes by using her mouth as a washing machine. Mostly things are more amusing though. If you are expecting anything serious from this series you will be disappointed.

Characters: Kobayashi is pretty hilarious, especially when she’s drunk. Tohru on the other hand is a riot to watch. We don’t get to meet much of the rest of the cast, but I’m assuming we’ll get to meet them as the series goes on.

Art: It’s good, but not super detailed. That being said given the nature of the series it really doesn’t call for such detail.

Overall: If you want a good laugh or two, Dragon Maid will not disappoint. If you want seriousness though, Dragon Maid will not be your cup of tea.

For those who like: Comedy, Slice of Life, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork.

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