Anime Sunday: Winners of Spring 2018

I’m back with a look at the past season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Winners of Spring 2018!

Golden Kamuy: I enjoyed this series, excepting for the awkward usage of some 3DCG artwork, the series was entertaining on a whole. Whether you will enjoy it is something I can’t tell you, but you might.

Hinamatsuri: This series was oddball enough to make me laugh, but not so slapstick that I couldn’t enjoy the comedy. That can sometimes be a fine line for me, but Hinamatsuri managed to pull it off fairly well.

Series I didn’t get a chance to look at this season, but mean to do so sometime soonish:

Devil’s Line: Being an Urban Fantasy romance series, this might be interesting. Or it could totally disgust me. We’ll see. I may make a post on this series.

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

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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.

Manga Monday: Yuukoku no Moriarty by Takeuchi Ryousuke

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a really interesting Quick Review for you all. It’s Yuukoku no Moriarty, or Moriarty the Patriot, by Takeuchi Ryousuke!

Plot Synopsis: The story of Sherlock Holmes, reimagined with Moriarty as the protagonist and exploring his motivation in becoming the greatest criminal Britain has ever seen….

Plot: This isn’t a happy story, it doesn’t reimagine Moriarty into some noble hero. However if you ever wondered why Moriarty did what he did, this gives a good guess as to the explanation. I won’t spoil anything further, but I’ll just say I was hooked by the end of the chapter, I might even see about getting my Aunt to read this, as she loves Sherlock Holmes.

Characters: William is our lead character, and the rest of the cast is good as well. I won’t spoil anything, though we don’t get introduced to Sherlock yet in this first chapter.

Art: The art is excellent, easily meeting Shueisha’s standards. Given that this is are published by Shueisha that should come as no shock.

Overall: Yuukoku no Moriarty is quite an interesting read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

Anime Sunday: Dies Irae Episode 00 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with a look at one of this latest season’s new series. It’s my Dies Irae Episode 00 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: At the start of the second great war, an important leader in the German security bureau takes on a mission to fight supernatural mutants himself…

Plot: The plot of this first episode really doesn’t make much sense, but I’m going to bet it’s a really important set up for the series. I do want to note that this is an adaptation of a visual novel and that it has an English release, for those who get curious about the series. I myself might look into the source material if I can get a solid grasp on my workload again.

Characters: Reinhard Heydrich seems to be our main character, at least in this first episode, because there was some odd kid that just screams “Main Character” that shows up in the first minute that I don’t really think we see again in this episode.  The rest of the cast was also fairly interesting, although I’m quite creeped out by Karl Kraft.

Art: The art is okay, but not even close to ufotable quality animation.

Music: The music was okay, but not super memorable either.

Overall: A pretty odd start to an adaptation of what is looking to be an interesting Visual Novel. Hopefully it does the source material justice.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, Military Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Action, Drama, Interesting Cast of Characters.

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

 

Retro Game Friday: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Hey all I’m back to daily posts, and it’s starting back up with Retro Game Friday. It’s all about Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood!

Plot Synopsis: Desmond’s story continues where it left off, in 2012. After escaping the Templars’ attack at the end of Assassin’s Creed II, Desmond Miles, Lucy Stillman, Rebecca Crane, and Shaun Hastings flee to Monteriggioni, establishing a new hideout in the ruins of the Villa Auditore. After restoring the electricity in the old tunnels under the villa, the player once again takes control of Ezio Auditore through Desmond’s genetic memory, using the Animus 2.0 (which is the game’s memory interface). Their mission is to find the Apple of Eden, an important and mysterious artifact that could prevent the impending disaster that is coming in that same year, believed to be perpetrated by the Templars…

Plot: The plot of Brotherhood was pretty amazing, and while it’s the first game which featured the same person as the main character in the past, it wasn’t bad at all. Frankly I really enjoyed the plot of Brotherhood, although it’s not quite as good as ACII, for reasons I won’t name due to spoilers.

Gameplay: This plays quite a bit like ACII, although it included use of horses inside Rome and added the Brotherhood function, which was more than a bit overpowered if you took the time to level the members up as soon as possible. Doing so would allow you to pretty much empty entire missions of guards by whistling for an assassin to take each of them out, which they would do flawlessly after getting to the max rank.

Characters: While many characters re-appear from prior games, I still think that Da Vinci was the best side character in the entire game.

Art: The art has aged, however good news for those who haven’t played Brotherhood is that it along with ACII and Revelations were remastered for HD quite recently for the latest generation of consoles.

Overall: A solid entry in the series, although the Brotherhood functions were more than a bit overpowered.

Manga Monday: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Gotouge Koyoharu

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Kimetsu no Yaiba by Gotouge Koyoharu!

Plot Synopsis: Tanjiro is the oldest son in his family who has lost his father. One day, Tanjiro ventures off to another town to sell charcoal. Instead of going home, he ends up staying the night at someone else’s house due to rumors of a demon nearby in the mountains….

Plot: This is not a happy series, I’ll say that right now. If you want a happy comedic series this is definitely not going to be one of those series. I enjoyed it, although I probably will put it lower in my backlog to read rather than higher up due to the plot.

Characters: Tanjiro is a pretty interesting main character, he’s sensible and a general all around helpful person. I’m interested in seeing how that changes over the course of the series. Nezuko, his younger sister is also pretty interesting, although she doesn’t say a whole bunch in this chapter. The rest of the cast is interesting, but I won’t say who my favorite side character is yet.

Art: As you might expect from a Shueisha publication the artwork is excellent.

Overall: If you can deal with the decidedly not happy plot, this might be just up your alley.

For those who like: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Drama, Action, Adventure, Dark Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Touken Ranbu Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m taking a look at another series from the Summer 2017 Season. It’s my Touken Ranbu Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In the year 1863, Japan is split between the warring pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. Izuminokami Kanesada is a Tōken danshi (刀剣男士, lit. “Sword Warrior”), which is a tsukumogami of a historical Japanese blade brought to life by the Saniwa (審神者). With new recruit Horikawa Kunihiro, they chase after the Jikan sokōgun (時間遡行軍, lit. “Time Retrograde Army”) to prevent history from being changed.

Plot: This first episode is pretty intense on the action which is perfect considering that this is animated by ufotable. There are plenty of questions that aren’t answered, like exactly how Kanesada or Kunihiro are person shaped, but I’m sure that it’ll be answered in later episodes. That being said if you are looking for a deep plot driven series along the lines of the Fate series, you may be disappointed.

Characters: Kanesada and Kunihiro are our two leads, and they are pretty intriguing even if we don’t know a whole lot about their background. There are plenty of things we really don’t know about them, except that Kunihiro is a newbie to this whole preservation of history.

Artwork: As you might expect from a ufotable studio the artwork is excellent. The action sequences are always a joy to watch with ufotable and Touken Ranbu isn’t any different.

Music: The music is pretty decent, not super amazing like something from a Final Fantasy game, but not bad at all.

Overall: If you enjoy amazing action sequences, or just like looking at pretty boys who are actually swords than Touken Ranbu is a perfect fit for you.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Amazing Artwork, Intriguing Plot, Good Music.

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