Anime Sunday: Winners of Fall 2017

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I’ve got a short post on my two favorite series from this season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Winners of Fall 2017!

Kujira no Kora: I enjoyed this series, and while it became depressing, it was an bittersweet ride. But it seriously got depressing. It’s a borderline winner for me. I don’t like depressing things, I find them to be detrimental to my own personal mental health. However I enjoyed watching this over many others because the animation wasn’t CG riddled like Houseki no Kuni or full of constant shouting like Black Clover.

Net-Juu: This series on the other hand was heartwarming and awesome through and through. I enjoyed the hell out of it, because it really captures the oddball nature of MMOs, where you really don’t know if that cute elf girl is actually a girl or that handsome wolfguy is actually a guy. This kept me upbeat enough to enjoy Kujira no Kora for it’s story, even if I hated the depressing nature of it.

Honorable Mentions:

Fate/Apocrypha isn’t a new series of the Fall 2017 Season, but it was definitely a great show. Though you need a very solid foundation in pretty much every mythology and historical knowledge to really appreciate all the nuances that you get from a Fate series, Apocrypha was a knockout.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday, and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, if that’s your thing. If not well, enjoy the day and evening.

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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?