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.

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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: Golden Kamuy Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another series from the latest season. It’s my Golden Kamuy Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Russo-Japanese War veteran Sugimoto “Immortal” Saichi, pans for gold in Hokkaido to provide for his dead comrade Toraji’s widow. He learns that a man called Nopperabo has stolen a gold reserve from the Ainu people and killed those transporting it…

Plot: The plot is pretty good, but this follows the first chapter really closely so I wasn’t surprised much. That said it wasn’t a bad first episode, but it didn’t absolutely grab my attention like other series have before.

Characters: Saichi is a pretty interesting main character, he’s devoted to helping his dead friend’s wife, although the means he goes about doing so is somewhat questionable. Especially since I can’t imagine anything more hellish and depressing than panning for gold in the middle of winter. Asirpa our female lead is also very interesting, and the fact that she’s a capable young woman is just icing on the cake.

Art: Here’s where the major issue I had with this series is. The art is generally pretty good, but the very obvious use of 3D CG for the bear in this first episode is really distracting and absolutely destroys the immersion that I had up till that point. It’s a bummer, because if not for this major issue I might have chosen to watch the series as an Anime instead of waiting for the Manga to finish up before reading it.

Music: The music is alright, but not super special either.

Overall: An okay series, but there are some artistic issues that really ruin the experience of watching this first episode.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Drama.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or bad 3D CG.

Anime Sunday: Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with yet another Spring 2018 series. It’s my Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Tsubaki Aoi is a college student who has the ability to see Ayakashi, a trait she inherited from her deceased grandfather. One day, when Aoi walks past a torii shrine, she sees an Ayakashi sitting there who announces that it is hungry. She gives it her lunch and then heads to class. On her way back she finds her bento box on the steps of the shrine and goes to pick it up….

Plot: The plot isn’t spectacular, but it’s not terrible either. I really rather enjoyed it, as Aoi is a girl who absolutely doesn’t give up and doesn’t like to take crap from anyone. That being said there is some things that look really obvious to me, but whether or not they actually are what I think they are remains to be seen in future episodes.

Characters: Aoi is our main character and she’s pretty awesome. She’s by no means a bad ass girl, but she has backbone and is quite enjoyable to watch. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, although my favorite side character might just be Ginji.

Art: This is the one downside to this series, and honestly is a pretty big one. The animation is sub par, it’s not as bad as Studio Deen, but it’s pretty damn terrible nonetheless. There were plenty of times when I paused the screen and saw just horrible animation.

Music: The music is fitting, but nothing spectacular either.

Overall: I’d say it would be a must watch if not for the horrendous animation quality. If you can get over that, than this might just be the show for you. If not, you probably ought to move on.

For those who like:  Urban Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Good Plot, Awesome Cast of Characters.

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

Anime Sunday: Real Girl Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another Spring 2018 series. It’s my Real Girl Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: High school student Tsutsui Hikaru is shunned by his classmates for his otaku behavior. One day, as he was sentenced for pool cleaning duty for being late, and is paired with the beautiful but reputed troublemaker Higurashi Iroha…

Plot: The plot is okay, and I’ve covered this series before in a past column way back when my Saturday columns were known as Shoujo Saturday. It’s nothing much different than the first chapter of the series so if you read that you won’t see anything new.

Characters: The cast is okay, although there are some really cringeworthy moments. However that’s more due to the nature of the series, rather than any character faults in particular,

Music: The music’s okay, but nothing special.

Art: The animation is at least well done, but again it’s nothing spectacular either.

Overall: A decent adaptation, and great intro to the series, but it’s nothing spectacular either.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Teenage Angst, Good Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Hinamatsuri Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode of a series I’ve covered in a previous Manga Monday. It’s my Hinamatsuri Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: A mid-level Yakuza, Nitta Yoshifumi, relaxes at home when a large metal pod drops onto his head out of nowhere. After hitting a switch on the back, a naked girl emerges from the pod. Remembering nothing else except her name, Hina, she uses psychokinesis to threaten Nitta into buying her clothes and toys…

Plot: The plot is incredibly slapstick, which is alright because there is absolutely nothing about this series that should be taken seriously. At all.

Characters: Nitta is a rather unlucky guy, but I enjoy him as he’s pretty much one of the only sane characters in the series. Hina on the other hand is hilarious, but that’s more because of her actions rather than her personality.

Art: The art is pretty good, but it’s not super amazing either.

Music: The music is mediocre, while not being terrible it’s not really memorable either.

Overall: If you enjoy, or need, a good laugh you could do worse than watch Hinamatsuri. You could do better though as well.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Slapstick.

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