This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another series from Winter 2018. It’s my Märchen Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Kagimura Hazuki is a 15-year-old high school student who is painfully shy and socially inept; and as a result of this, she has no friends or even a love interest. She is very imaginative and a dedicated fan of fantasy fiction, traits which were ingrained by her mother, who died when Hazuki was still little; and whenever she is upset, she immediately finds herself a story book to immerse herself in. One day after school, Hazuki comes across a cloaked figure and decides to follow her to an unused library…
Plot: The plot is pretty decent, although there are some detractions to the story with some fanservice that occurs. That being said I did find this series particularly interesting prior to this season’s start due to the fact that the author had died before finishing the original Light Novel series. Whether they can make a functional Anime out of an adaptation of an incomplete series remains to be seen.
Characters: Hazuki is a female lead who is fairly stereotypical, although I did find her trait of escaping into a good book particularly relatable. The rest of the cast is okay, although like I said above there is more than a bit of fanservicey parts that detract from the plot.
Art: The art is excellent with character designs done by the novel’s illustrator Kantoku, who I’ve mentioned before as being one of my favored artists in the Japanese scene. Feel free to look up their work, although fair warning that much of it is incredibly NSFW.
Music: The music is okay, but it’s nothing too memorable either.
Overall: A decent series, but the fanservice that happens really detracts from the actual story.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy in General, Fairy Tales, Decent Plot, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Anime Sunday I’ve got the first episode of the sequel to a classic series. It’s my Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: This picks up the story almost exactly where the ending of the original Manga series ended. Syaoran has just returned to Tomoeda and is now attending Middle School with Sakura and her friends. But things don’t stay peaceful for long….
Plot: This is very much Cardcaptor Sakura’s sequel, and that’s both a good and bad thing. It’s good for those who are the intended audience, which is to say much younger than most of my usual audiences. It’s bad for the exact same reason, if you are expecting anything, except a Magical Girl series you will be severely disappointed.
Characters: We don’t get introduced to anyone new, in fact everyone is pretty much the exact same as we left them at the end of the original series. That should be changing in the next few episodes, but as I only watched this series on a whim to see if my little sister might enjoy it as a addition to the original series I have no intention of seeing if that becomes true. However I’m 99% sure that I’m correct in that assumption.
Art: This is animated by Madhouse, famous for some really amazing adaptations including One-Punch Man. So it’s got plenty of excellent animation sequences while still staying true to the original material’s designs.
Music: The music is also pretty good, although I didn’t look up the theme song singers due to me having to rush to get this ready for posting.
Overall: This is looking to be a good fit for the intended audience, but probably won’t be a fun time for anyone older than 14.
For those who like: Cardcaptor Sakura, Magical Girls, Drama, School Life, Excellent Art, Good Musical Score.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Otonari Complex by Nonomura Saku!
Plot Synopsis: Kuji Akira and Ninomiya Makoto have been neighbours and friends from childhood. Akira is handsome and Makoto is pretty. Their feelings for each other are growing more complex just as they are finding themselves the focus of romantic interest of their friends and acquaintances…
Plot: The plot is pretty good. I’ve probably read a few series with similar if not exactly the same plot device as it’s core drive, but I can’t remember them right now (still sick and I’m writing this in advance due to holidays), however I enjoyed this quite a bit even if I think I may have read something similar before. Or I might not have, doesn’t matter to me, I enjoyed Otonari Complex quite a bit.
Characters: Akira and Makoto are our two leads and they are pretty awesome, but still wasn’t expecting that to occur. Either way I really enjoyed their characters. So I’ll probably end up reading this series in full one day. Once it’s fully completed probably.
Art: The art is very good, it’s comparable to Shueisha levels of work, if not meeting that standard.
Overall: A great read, definitely worth a shot.
For those who like: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School Life, Interesting Plot, Great Lead Characters, Excellent Artwork.
Merry Christmas everyone! This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Gunjou ni Siren by Momokuri Mikan!
Plot Synopsis: Two guys: cousins, both left-handed, both passionate about becoming their school team’s best pitcher. One of them has already lost the spot once – back in elementary school – and his cousin moved away not long after, seemingly clueless to the fact that he was leaving the guy who introduced him to baseball dispirited and defeated…
Plot: The plot is decent, and more than a bit melodramatic. I don’t mind the melodrama all that much, but it did feel a touch over the top, and I’ve got a tolerance for that sort of thing. I only read this first chapter, but I definitely enjoyed reading it quite a bit. Sadly it doesn’t have many translated chapters out there yet, and due to being sick still (I’m writing this in advance) I didn’t have the bandwidth or brain power needed to sort out the untranslated chapters.
Characters: Shuuji is our main character and he’s a pretty mopey guy. I honestly don’t like him. He’s incredibly bitter over something that is pretty minor. Sorry, but losing your spot in a grade school sports team isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. Sora on the other hand seems to either be incredibly good at masking his true feelings or is just clueless. Personally I’m thinking it’s clueless, but who knows.
Art: I’d make a comment about how it’s Shueisha level work, but after checking the publication information it turns out that they do publish it. So yea, guess it does.
Overall: A good read, with sadly very few chapters released in English.
For those who like: Drama, Sports, School Life, Angst, Great Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Blue Flag by KAITO!
Plot Synopsis: Three students in their third and final year of high school meet during a time when they are worried about paths for their futures. Waiting for them are sweet, painful, and heartrending days.
Plot: The plot is so stereotypical that I really don’t find the series all that amazing. It’s not that much of a surprise that it’s relegated to the online publication of Jump.
Characters: Taichi is our main point of view character, while Touma and Kuze are our other two leads. Frankly I hate them all, Kuze is the stereotypical clumsy and shy girl, Touma is the energetic and outgoing extrovert that everyone loves and Taichi is the loner. It’s so cliched that I just can’t bring myself to read another chapter.
Art: The art is great, as you’d expect from a Shueisha publication, but it’s not enough to save this from getting put on my don’t bother to read list.
Overall: Skip this unless you are really, really desperate for a Slice of Life series to read.
For those who like: Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Romance, Mediocrity.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s ReRe Hello by Minami Touko!
Plot Synopsis: When Ririko was five, she lost her mother. It’s been ten years since then, now she helps out her family by doing most of the household tasks. Her father started a handyman company, but then something horrible happened…
Plot: This is a pretty interesting series, it’s not super amazing and gripping, but it’s not really full of stereotypes either. I’ll probably continue to read it eventually, although it will probably be a while.
Characters: Ririko is a fairly interesting female lead, she isn’t the typical damsel in distress you find in some Shoujo series. The rest of the cast is also pretty interesting, especially Towa.
Art: The art is superb as you’d expect from a Shueisha series.
Overall: Worth a read if you Slice of Life Romances are your cup of tea.
For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Life, Intersting Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Shishunki Bitter Change by Masayoshi!
Plot Synopsis: The elementary schoolers Yuuta and Yui had their body swapped when Yuuta fell down from a tree. It’s already been three years, and now they’re in middle school. How will they co-operate in dealing with this as they grow up?
Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, as it deals with the question of a body swapping incident that never gets solved. I enjoyed this first chapter quite a bit, and I actually ended up reading a few more chapters before stopping so I could write this up, but that’s beyond the scope of this post and review.
Characters: Yuuta and Yui are typical kids, with Yui being the more serious of the two, and Yuuta being much more outgoing. We don’t really get introduced to the rest of the cast in this first chapter, but that’s okay.
Art: The art isn’t super detailed, but it’s not terrible either. It’s got a simplistic quality that works amazingly well for this series.
Overall: A great read, if I didn’t have to write this article I’d be reading every chapter I could, so that should be a hint towards what I think of it.
For those who like: Drama, School Life, Slice of Life, Fantastic Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Great Art.