Anime Sunday: Losers of Fall 2017

Hey all for this week’s Anime Sunday I’m covering the less successful shows, in my opinion, of the last season. It’s my Losers of Fall 2017!

Juni Taisen: It was somewhat interesting, but frankly it was just too bloody with little to no reason about the why being explored. Sure there’s the Wish granted at the end, but I feel like there is just so much backstory of the actual Zodiac Wars that could’ve been explored that it was overshadowed by the incredibly messed up lives of the participants we got to see in flashbacks each episode.  This is possibly the closest series in this post to actually not being on it. That being said it seems like it was just an overly violent series for the sake of shock and awe. So that’s why I’m putting it on this list.

UQ Holder: I expected that it’d devolve into Fan Service-laden sequences frequently, although that is what Akamatsu is known for so maybe that’s not a surprise. But I just couldn’t enjoy the series all that much. Something was lacking compared to the original Negima Manga and just wasn’t conveyed through this Adaptation. That’s why I’m putting on this list.

Black Clover: Like I said in my impressions post of this series, it could just be called SCREAMING the Anime. This lack a lot of the charm that has been so prevalent in other series prior to this like Bleach (with it’s snappy musical soundtracks) or the emotional rollercoaster that is One Piece. Frankly this was a huge disappointment, and I’m probably not going to look into reading the original source material because of how off putting this adaptation was.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Did I miss a series that you felt deserved to be on it, or disagree with what I put in it? Leave your responses in the comments below!

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Sensate Saturday: Kin Gin Kanojo by Akai Maruboro [Quick Review]

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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.

Anime Sunday: Netoge Episode 01 Impressions

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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.

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

 

Sensate Saturday: Pastel by Toshihiko Kobayashi

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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.

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

Sensate Saturday: Omamori Himari by Milan Matra [Quick Review]

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m back with a Quick Review of a series I’ve got mixed feelings about. It’s all about Omamori Himari by Milan Matra!

Plot Synopsis: Seven years ago, Yuto Amakawa’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him alone without a single relative, the only item left of his family being a strange and mysterious amulet given to him by his late grandmother. Ever since then, his childhood friend Rinko Kuzaki (and her parents) has cooked for and taken care of him. However his life takes a drastic turn on his 16th birthday.

Plot: First off for those who haven’t read of a Quick Review of mine, I only cover my impressions of the first chapter of a series and give it a quick judgement. There will be only a short review and my thoughts on whether I’ll continue reading the series or not. For this series it seems to be one of those Romantic Comedy series that’s mixed with the Battle Series genre and is pretty much everywhere. It’s not super original and the only interesting hook is that Yuuto has an allergy to cats. This left a lot to be desired and I’ll probably not continue reading.

Characters: Yuto is the typical Romcom dunce, while his childhood friend Rinko is obviously in love with him when another girl intrudes in his life. Himari, is at least interesting, but Yuto totally killed the series for me.

Overall: If you are really bored you might give this series a shot, but I’m stopping after this first chapter. I’ve got much better series to give my time to.

 

Sensate Saturday: Jitsu wa Watashi wa by Eiji Masuda

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a comedy series that got my attention a while back. It’s Jitsu wa Watashi wa, or Actually I Am in English, by Eiji Masuda!

Plot Synopsis: Asahi Kuromine, a normal high school student who supposedly cannot keep a secret, finds his demeanor quickly challenged when he falls in love with his classmate Yoko Shiragami.

Plot: The plot is great, and the fact that Asahi is so easy to read is hilarious. It leads to great fun and leads to probably the best ending of a first chapter I’ve read in a while. It was great fun.

Characters: I love Asahi and Yoko’s relationship, but the entire cast is great. That being said Yoko is probably my favorite character.

Art: The art is great, and it fits this series perfectly.

Overall: If you want some laughs or some light romance, this is a great series.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, Hilarity, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Shoujo Saturday: Okasu Bekasu!! Junketsu Tokka! by Honda Arima

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This week for Shoujo Saturday I’m starting off with an oddball series. It’s been completed, although translations aren’t done. It’s Okasu Bekasu!! Junketsu Tokka! by Honda Arima!

Plot Synopsis: In the year 2020, it was found out that a harmful virus had infected the human race, killing them slowly and bringing them towards a dark future. But with the technology they had in hand, in an attempt to save the civilized race, the people chose to go through with “Beast Transformation.” Knowing that other than humans, all animals were safe from the virus, the humans made the decision to inject the genes of animals into themselves to become part-human, part-animal. In the end, the idea was “Either you do beast-transformation or die.” With the race known as Homo Sapiens gone, by the year 2035, being a beast-human was normal.

In this new world, one strange boy, Kokuryuu Kazuto, 14 years old, is the worst runner and least athletic, but somehow also the most popular with the opposite sex, with girls giving him hugs and boxed lunches, much to his chagrin.

Plot: I read the first chapter and I found the plot hook, the reason behind why Kazuto is so weak, quite appealing. Needless to say I found the premise kind of cool, although I don’t usually go for the Harem series.

Art: The art is great, but again isn’t my typical fare.

Overall: If you can get over the fanservice and harem aspects the series is kind of cool.

For those who like: Animal People, Romance Comedies, Romance, Harems.

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