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 a true classic film for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Crocodile Dundee!
Plot: The plot is okay, it’s fairly stereotypical by today’s standards and even back then it was pretty cliched. However the acting and characters make up for that lackluster plot.
Casting: Paul Hogan is the titular character, Michael Dundee, and he does an awesome job at portraying him. That said it’s super stereotypical. The rest of the cast is just as good though with Linda Kozlowski portraying the female lead Sue.
Cinematography: The special effects are pretty well done although they are a bit cheesy to look at by today’s standards.
Music: The musical score is good, but not particularly noteworthy.
Overall: This is a true classic film, if a bit filled with cheesy stereotypes.
For those who like: Comedy, Romance, Action, Australian Accents.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or stereotypes played absolutely straight.
Hey all I’m back with the third volume in the satirical Isekai series I’ve taken a liking to recently. It’s Instant Death Volume 03 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!
Plot: The plot is pretty good, but it starts off very oddly. Still the rest of the volume is pretty much Yogiri being his pretty passive self only to scare the living daylights out of pretty much everyone except Tomochika.
Characters: Honestly the entire class of Tomochika and Yogiri is made up of some really freaking weird people. That said I really did like seeing the new perspective of Ayaka.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second entry in Yogiri and Tomochika’s adventures. It’s Instant Death Volume 02 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!
Plot: The plot continues with it’s comedic bent, and adds even more fuel to that fire with this volume. Honestly it’s kind of hilarious how much the plot tries to hammer home how much of a murderhobo many Isekai characters are, which when you look at it is pretty apt. That said if you were expecting serious drama, you should look elsewhere as you won’t find it here. Honestly I enjoyed reading this volume if only because it’s very much poking fun at the Isekai genre and main characters of fantasy role playing games everywhere.
Characters: We get introduced to more of the world, but the stars are still Yogiri and Tomochika, although she now has to deal with her ancestral spirit trying to egg her on into becoming a pyschopath. Which is again really funny, because that’s the exact opposite of what you’d expect of such a being.
Overall: A fun second entry, you should definitely give it a try.