Anime Sunday: Isekai Shokudou Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Summer 2017 Season. It’s my Isekai Shokudou Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it’s their one-and-only special cafeteria. There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes…

Plot: The plot isn’t action packed, if you are looking for an action filled adventure, you are going to be disappointed. Now if you enjoy Slice of Life crossed with Fantasy and Cooking, Isekai Shokudou is right up your alley. This first episode introduces us to the resturant Nekoya and it’s customers from the other world. It’s quite interesting and while it’s not action packed and really not my usual genres I genuinely enjoyed my time watching this first episodes.

Characters: This episode also introduces us to our main character who everyone calls Owner. We’re also introduced to the Red Empress Dragon and Aletta as well. Frankly I enjoyed all the characters we were introduced to, and can’t wait to see even more introduced.

Art: The artwork is excellent, which is good because it truly conveys how good the food must taste.

Music: The musical score fits the series perfectly, and even the opening and ending themes are pretty appropriate for the series as well.

Overall: If you love food and don’t mind not having a bunch of action this series will be right up your alley. If you want high tension and plenty of action you won’t enjoy as much, probably. Isekai Shokudou has it’s own kind of charm that just makes you enjoy watching it, or at least that’s how I felt after this first episode.  However if you are hungry I suggest not watching this, as it will just make it worse.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Food, Slice of Life, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork, Great Musical Score.

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

TNT: Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 02 by Onikage Spanner

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second arc in Keima’s adventures in his quest for sleep. It’s Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 02 by Onikage Spanner!

Plot Synopsis: Masuda Keima was summoned into another world, but he really wasn’t excited by that. He truly just wanted to drift by and do nothing but sleep. He was summoned by a Dungeon Core, number 695, whom he promptly nicknamed Rokuko. However after introducing himself he ended up getting stuck with the job of Dungeon Master when Rokuko said his name. Now he was stuck with a job in a dungeon with only a couple rooms and one of them was full of bandits….

Plot: The plot of this second arc is building upon the last arc, with Keima dealing with the aftermath of the end of the bandits, but it also introduces us to the wider world that he’s been summoned, now that he can leave the Dungeon freely. Frankly I was pretty impressed with how intelligent and ruthless Keima was in the first arc, so I was a bit disappointed in the lack of chicanery. That isn’t to say this is a bad arc, it isn’t. It’s just different.

Characters: This arc also serves to really introduce the new character, Meat, the slave Keima and Rokuko freed from the bandits after dealing with them. Still I was quite impressed with Keima’s paranoia, and ingenuity with his limited abilites.

Overall: A solid second arc, it does have a bit less action than the first arc, but it’s still a good read.

 

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.

TNT: Breakers Arc 01 by Chwiryong

Hey all I’m back with the first set of chapters in a Korean Novel I just finished reading the other day for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Breakers Arc 01 by Chwiryong!

Plot Synopsis: My name is Joo In-gong. The name that my parents gave me meant ‘protagonist’ of the world. As anyone can predict, I was constantly teased due to my name. In kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school. If I went to university as planned then I would probably be laughed at there as well. So, at one point, I really hated my name. But not anymore. Now, I think slightly differently. Maybe being named Joo In-gong was a type of foreshadowing?

[Name: Shutra] [Age: 17] [Species: Gandharva] [Occupation: Protagonist] [Uniqueness: Prince, Conquest Knight] This shows my situation on the Assenbah Continent at a glance.

My name is Joo In-gong. A protagonist.

Plot: The plot is pretty great and is a mix of LitRPG with the Isekai/Tensei Genres.  It deals with In-gong being transported to a world that is almost exactly like a game he loved to play except that he isn’t the characters he played in that game, he’s the weakest side character in the entire game… So yea this was a great start to a series that is pretty freaking awesome. I read the entire series or book in just a few days and even better news is that it’s been fully translated. So you don’t need to wait for it to be completed, it already is.

Characters: In-gong or Shutra is our protagonist and he’s pretty much a weakling. However the rest of the cast we get introduced to in these opening chapters is just as amazing. Carack is just an awesome character, and Caitlin is probably one of my favorite characters in the entire series.

Overall: If you love the LitRPG genre or just like a great story, Breakers will be right up your alley. It’s a relatively short series with only 231 chapters, but since it’s been fully translated it’s a worthy trade off.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Politics, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that put together?

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking this summers selection of Anime. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime!

Fate/Apocrypha: This is yet another Fate series, so I’m intrigued by it. I’ve not read the original Light Novels, but I’ll probably get around to it sometime. It takes place in an alternate timeline from the Stay Night series, so don’t expect to see Rin and Shirou.

Isekai Shokudou: This is a series I know almost nothing about, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Isekai genre in particular. The few things I know about this is that it’s about a restaurant that serves food from other worlds for some unknown reason. Should be interesting to watch.

Knights and Magic: I covered the first original light novel a long time ago in my Thursday column, way back when it was still called Light Novel Thursday. It’s another Isekai/Tensei series, but I really enjoyed the main character for using his knowledge about his hobbies in his past life to achieve his dreams in this new life.

Touken Ranbu: This series is based off a game aimed at women, but since it’s animated by my favorite studio, ufotable, I’ll give this a watch regardless that I’m not the main target audience. The game is about swords turned into young attractive men, so we’ll see. It can’t be more weird than a series about talking to guy lying on your bed with. Plus it’s got ufotable animating it, so I’m expecting tons of action animated into excellent sequences.

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: This is yet another Isekai/Tensei series, but it’s about a guy who died by accident. So “God” apologizes and decides to reincarnate him into a world of magic and steel with his smartphone. Yea you read that right, his smartphone is his “Cheat” skill. I’ve read the Web Novel a bit, and it was quite good. That being said it is a definite Harem series, but don’t expect a lot of wishy-washy behavior from the lead character like you’d see in something like Infinite Stratos.

Ballroom e Youkouso: I covered the original source material in a Manga Monday a long time ago, but I always though this might become an awesome Anime. So hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

Honorable Mention:

Koi to Uso: It has an interesting premise in that in a near future Japan, due to the decline in children being born every person at the age of sixteen is given a marriage partner by the government. It sounds almost dystopian, but this isn’t from what I’ve heard and read. Which would be a pity because I hate the Dystopia genre in general, and I’d have to avoid this series like the plague.

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

TNT: Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 1 by Onikage Spanner

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first arc in a new series I haven’t covered before. It’s Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 1 by Onikage Spanner!

Plot Synopsis: “Hey, hurry up and massacre those bandits! “No way, I don’t want to work…” Spending my daily life in leisure, that was my pastime—until I was summoned into another world and met a blonde loli introducing herself as Dungeon Core No. 695. “Save my dungeon. By the way, if the dungeon core is destroyed, you’ll also go down with me as the dungeon master.”A dungeon with a single room. Moreover, one already controlled by bandits. This is a [Checkmate] no matter how you look at it. Guess there’s nothing to do but somehow get out of this situation so that I can [Not Work]!!

Plot: I don’t think I’ve ever read from a lazier protagonists’ point of view ever. I mean Keima is smart, but damn is he super lazy. The plot is excellent though.

Characters: I have to admit I like Keima, even if he’s a lazy punk. Rokuko is also pretty interesting, in an adorable airhead sort of way. The rest of the cast is pretty small in this first arc however.

Overall: This is a solid start to a pretty good series, if you can get over the fact that the main desire of the protagonist is to literally lay around in bed all day, every day.