This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a Spring 2020 series. It’s my HameFura Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot: The plot of this first episode is typical for this particular sub-genre of the Tensei genre. There are plenty of series where a female lead is reincarnated into the villainess of an Otome Game, but HameFura is an adaptation of one of the more popular takes on that particular plot hook. It does a great job of it, though it does have a little bit too much comedy for this first episode, at least in my opinion. Maybe later episodes will be better.
Characters: Catarina is our main character and she’s pretty neat, although she’s not that talented and is incredibly dense at times in this first episode. The rest of the cast is pretty hilarious though.
Art: The art is pretty great, with Silver Link being the Animation studio for this adaptation. It’s not nearly ufotable quality, but it’s not Studio DEEN levels of terrible either.
Music: The musical score of this first episode is appropriate enough, but not too outstanding at least to me.
Overall: A decent series, though if you dislike main characters who are incredibly dense it may not be your cup of tea.
For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, School Life, Fun Plot, Hilarious Cast of Characters.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another web novel series I read a few years back. It’s Bu ni Mi Volume 01 by Akashi Kakkaku!
Plot: This is a mix between the typical reincarnation genre from Japan and the more martial arts oriented Wuxia genre from China. It’s actually quite a good plot, guy dies of old age with two regrets, he didn’t master his martial arts and he didn’t get to see his adopted daughter and disciple, an elf girl, grow up to be happy. Then he gets reborn as an elf, and learns he’s now posthumously famous because his “daughter” is a bad ass who took his teachings and became a world wide hero.
Characters: Slava is our main character and is pretty decent, although he is a battle maniac so take that into consideration. The rest of the cast is okay, but it mainly revolves around Slava, Sheryl and Alma in this first volume.
Overall: This is a fun series that mixes two of my favorite genres in fiction and does a pretty decent job of it.
For those who like: Tensei, Wuxia, Martial Arts, Action, Decent Cast of Characters.
Hey all I’m back with another Summer 2019 season series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and normally I try to give Isekai series more of a chance than just a single episode. However I just didn’t have the time this summer to watch more than a single episode. That isn’t to say I hated the episode, far from it. Cheat Magician is completely and unapologetically a stereotypical Isekai series, and makes no attempt to prove it’s otherwise. It features completely overpowered characters, and supposedly a harem. I’m completely okay with that, as long as it makes no attempt to dress it up with an edgy plot or some other nonsense that is so typical in today’s Anime. I’m probably one of the few who is okay with how stereotypical it is, but Cheat Magicians doesn’t bother hiding it’s nature, it’s in the freaking title after all.
Characters: Our main two characters are Taichi and Rin and really most of the cast we get to meet in this episode. There is another, Myura, but we didn’t get to see too much of her in this episode. Overall Taichi and Rin are pretty decent main characters, but there wasn’t much character development in this first episode.
Art: The art is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as other series this summer season. Still it’s hardly even close to being as bad as anything Studio Deen puts out, so I’m okay with it being just good.
Music: The musical score fits the episode. I haven’t listened to the themes though so I can’t say much more on the subject.
Overall: It’s a stereotypical Isekai series. Take that as you will, but at least it doesn’t bother trying to hide that fact at all. That puts it over a bunch of other series already in my books.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Decent Lead Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.
Hey all I’m back with the first set of chapters in a Web Novel for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Cut and Paste Chapters 1-20 by Sakuya!
Plot: This is a lighthearted Fantasy story that deals with an incredibly overpowered protagonist who isn’t a giant dick. It’s very stereotypical and honestly if it weren’t for it being a “Fluffy” sort of story I probably would never have bothered reading it in the first place. That being said the story isn’t too bad, but it’s nothing amazing either. Sadly the Author passed away this January so the series will never be fully completed. So do take that into consideration if you hate unfinished stories as much as me.
Characters: Our main protagonist is Myne and he’s an okay main character. He is however pretty bland, and overly humble in this first set of chapters. Aisha is one of our female leads in this story, although we don’t really get to see any of the rest yet. The rest of the cast is okay, but still pretty bland.
Overall: A skippable story, but if you want a light hearted Fantasy story than you could do worse than reading this one.
For those who like: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Overpowered Protagonists.
Hey all I’m back with the second entry in an axed series for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 02 by Sakaki Ichirou!
Plot: Now I know in my previous Translation Necessary Thursday I covered the first volume and I said to stay away. For those of you who thought I should’ve given this series a second chance I did, and read the second volume. It was just as bad as the first, with it having some seriously dark fantasy elements just because that’s the general fad in a ton of fantasy at the moment. Honestly I totally regret reading this second volume with it being a massive waste of time. The romance portions are just hamfisted and honestly not that well done.
Overall: I’m going to skip the rest of this review and say once more to steer clear of this series, it was axed for a very good reason.