This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a new series from the Fall 2018 season. It’s my Seishun Buta Yarou Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot: The plot of this first episode is very intriguing and it sets the stage for the series really well. I will say that this is an adaptation of a Light Novel Series, but I haven’t read it. I don’t tend to enjoy the romantic comedy series, but hopefully this avoids most of the faults of those Anime. This first episode shows that it could go very well, but that could end up being just a short reprieve from another poorly done romantic comedy.
Characters: Mai and Sakuta are our main characters and they are both very interesting. Mai isn’t a terrible person and is actually incredibly likable from the get go, if a bit surprising in her choice of garb. Sakuta on the other hand is also fairly forthright in his interests with Mai, and it’s a refreshing change of pace from other romantic comedies that always have awkward love polygons for no purpose beyond making drama.
Art: The art is okay, but nothing spectacular. It’s not egregiously bad, but it’s not amazing either.
Music: I enjoyed the musical score, and the opening theme. Not much more to be said about that.
Overall: This could prove to be a delightful series if this first episode is indicative of the rest of the series.
For those who like: Romance, Supernatural, School Life, Drama.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’m Quick Reviewing a quirky series I stumbled across. It’s Kin Gin Kanojo by Akai Maruboro!
Plot Synopsis: The romantic comedy depicts a hapless protagonist and his beautiful love interest — The plot starts when the girl he likes fell in to a lake and then appears the “Lady Of The Lake”.
Plot: If that sounds like a certain folk tale that’s because it’s definitely inspired by one. Now as for the actual plot, it’s pretty decent, and normally I dislike Romcoms with a passion.
Characters: Yasuda and Ayanomine are our two leads and they’re actually pretty decent in this first chapter with Yasuda being one of the ballsiest male leads I’ve read in a Romantic Comedy ever. Ayanomine is pretty great as well, actually she’s probably one of my favorite female leads in a romantic comedy although this is just the first chapter and it could change in a heartbeat depending on later chapters.
Art: The art is great, it’s not quite up to Jump standards, but it’s pretty close.
Overall: I’m giving this a tentative go ahead, so far it’s pretty good, but I’ve only read the first chapter.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series I was looking forward to watching. It’s my Netoge Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Our naïve protagonist proposes to a female character in an online game, only to find out that the player is actually a guy. Traumatized by that, he decides to never trust a girl online.
Plot: As any gamer will tell you, most girls online aren’t really girls. That isn’t to say there aren’t women gamers out, I know and play with quite a few personally. However everybody has mistakenly thought someone was a gender they actually weren’t at one time or another if they’ve played games online. This all being said, I was really looking forward to this, and I got a typical Romantic Comedy series instead. I shouldn’t be too surprised, but I was really hoping it wouldn’t turn out that way.
Characters: Rusian and Ako are our leads, and watching them interact was incredibly hard. The rest of the online team wasn’t so bad, although once they had their real life meetup I was once again cringing every 30 seconds or so.
Art: The art at least is great, but I wish the plot was able to even match half of the quality of the art.
Music: What I just said above about art applies here too.
Overall: I’m definitely not watching the rest of this series, I don’t like Romantic Comedies all that much and the interesting premise isn’t enough reason to watch this and cringe every 30 seconds.
For those who like: Romantic Comedies, Romance, Interesting Premise, Great Artwork, Awesome Music.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I read a few years back. It’s Pastel by Toshihiko Kobayashi!
Plot Synopsis: Mugi Tadano is a 16-year-old boy who lives alone; his mother died years ago and his father is always on frequent trips as a photographer. When his first girlfriend, Hinako, leaves him for Tokyo, he is understandably heartbroken. Kazuki, Mugi’s best friend, invites him to work with him at his aunt’s beach-side inn, in the hope of helping him shake off his depression.
Plot: The plot is pretty typical Romantic Comedy, which is sort of a bummer as I felt the series had plenty of potential to be a more serious romantic series without dropping into the Romcom trap. That being said it’s not super bad, but I do wish that it had focused more on the romance and only had occasional comedy rather than the other way around for the most part.
Characters: Mugi is a typical 16 year old boy, and Yuu is a typical 16 year old girl. Their characters aren’t bad, but they aren’t super original either. The rest of the cast is pretty good, but none of them stand out to me particularly.
Art: The one good thing about the series is that it’s artwork is amazing. Granted I’d hope so given the artistic nature of the title.
Overall: If you can stand Romance Comedies, than Pastel is right up your alley. Otherwise move on and try to find a more serious romance series.
For those who like: Romance Comedies, Drama, Slice of Life, Great Artwork, Good Cast of Characters, Decent Plot.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series I sort of enjoy. It’s Hayate no Gotoku, or Hayate the Combat Butler in English, by Kenjiro Hata!
Plot Synopsis: Hayate Ayasaki is an unlucky 16-year-old who has worked since childhood to make ends meet due to his parents’ irresponsible behavior. One day on Christmas Eve, he finds out that his parents shoulder him with a massive ¥156,804,000 gambling debt, the Yakuza (who the money was borrowed from in the first place) plan to settle that debt by using him for their needs. While running away from the debt collectors he ends up meeting Nagi Sanzenin, a young 13-year-old girl who is the sole heir of the wealthy Sanzenin estate, and due to a misunderstanding, Nagi ends up falling in love with Hayate
Plot: The plot seems to be super serious, but it quickly devolves into endless romantic comedy and gags. I’m not one for a series that ignores the plot, but sometimes you just need a laugh and this series is perfect for this.
Characters: Hayate is hilarious, partly because he’s a dolt and because he’s interested in Nagi’s maid. This leads to many fights with Nagi herself and it’s pretty funny. Nagi is also a pretty funny character and most of the gag’s come from her.
Art: It’s been running since 2004, so it’s not as dated as the older One Piece chapters. It’s alright, but nothing super special.
Overall: This is a skippable series, but it is pretty funny.
For those who like: Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Gags, Parodies.