Anime Sunday: Ryuo Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my first look at a Winter 2018 series. It’s my Ryuo Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kuzuryū Yaichi is a prodigy shogi player who won the title of Ryūō at the age of 16. Following his victory he has been in a slump, until he is approached by Hinatsuru Ai, a 9-year-old girl who begs him to make her his disciple…

Plot: This isn’t a romantic comedy, from what I can see at least. This is purely based off the first episode, although there are moments where characters exhibit certain stereotypes commonly found in a romantic comedy, or horror.

Characters: Yaichi is our male lead, and he’s pretty interesting as is Ai. Yaichi’s a much more outgoing and forthright individual than Rei in 3-gatsu, but these two series couldn’t be more different from each other. 3-gatsu is all about overcoming mental and emotional trauma, while Ryuo seems to be more comedic. The only thing in common is that the male leads are both pro Shogi players. The rest of the cast is also interesting, but we really only get to meet Yaichi and Ai in this episode.

Art: The art is great, and while it’s not ufotable quality that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near as terrible as Studio Deen.

Music: The musical score is good and fits the series well.

Overall: Definitely worth a watch, if only because this might turn into one of the more interesting series this season.

For those who like: Shogi, Slice of Life, Comedies, Great Lead Characters, Good Artwork.

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

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Anime Sunday: 3-gatsu Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one of my favorite Anime of the Fall 2016 Season. It’s my 3-Gatsu Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kiriyama Rei is a 17-year-old professional shōgi player who lives by himself. He is estranged from his family and has scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances is a family which consists of a young woman—Akari Kawamoto—and her younger sisters—Hinata and Momo—who also keep several cats.

Plot: The plot is very well done, and frankly the way they handle the pacing of each episode is amazing. They cut each episode into various chapters, which actually coincide with the original Manga chapters pretty well. I love 3-Gatsu for the way it handles Rei and his Depression, something that is plainly obvious from the outset of this series. It deals incredibly well with how it feels and conveys those feelings in ways those who never have dealt with it can understand. As someone who has and still does deal with Depression every day I can attest to that fact. There are comedy portions, but they are the lighter spots in Rei’s life and the first episode.

Characters: Rei is a really well done Male Lead, like I said above. The rest of the cast is also really good, from the Kawamoto sisters to their cats, who are frankly batshit crazy. The cast is rather small in this first episode, but it will expand in later episodes.

Art: The art is amazingly well done, which isn’t a surprise since this is animated by Shaft of Monogatari and Madoka Magica fame. The opening and ending sequences are well worth watching as well.

Music: The musical score is amazing, especially the opening and ending themes which are both performed by Bump of Chicken. Fighter, the ending theme, in particular is a song that was literally written for the series by the band a couple years ago.

Overall: This is an amazing series that you need to be watching. Period.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Shogi, Drama, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork, Excellent Musical Score.

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

Shoujo Saturday: Sangatsu no Lion by Chica Umino

This week for Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series I read while on my Thanksgiving Holiday, It’s Sangatsu no Lion, or March comes in like a Lion, by Chica Umino. Sidenote: As for why there is a Youtube video instead of a volume cover of the series this week it’s because Umino loves BUMP OF CHICKEN, the band in the video, and BUMP OF CHICKEN loves Umino’s work. I also happen to love both of their works and thought that their collaboration video was worth posting. The music video is excellent, even if you can’t understand the words.

Plot Synopsis: The series is set in Tokyo, following the everyday life of a 17-year old shōgi player, Rei (lit. “Zero”). The protagonist Rei is a 17-year old professional shōgi player, who lives by himself, not having a real family, and has scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances is a family of sisters, which consists of a young woman, Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, and who also keep a numerous number of cats.

Plot: The plot is rather deep and deals with depression and loneliness and loss of loved ones. That being said, it’s also a story of hope and understanding and finding a family for oneself, even if they aren’t blood. Plus theres a bit of shogi thrown in which is always fun.

Characters: The characters are all very believable, and while some are just despicable jerks it doesn’t mean they break the suspension of disbelief. My favorite is probably Hinata, because she’s just such a well rounded character although I can’t say anything as to the why of that as it would spoil lots of things. The entire cast is great though.

Art: The art is amazing, and while this is technically in a Seinen magazine, I’m guessing that it’s only because the editors at Hakusensha decided that the subject matter would fit better in their Seinen publication (where older readers wouldn’t really care about the art style and more about the actual art.)

Overall: You really ought to read this series, it’s worth the time.

For those who like: Just a good series that makes your heart feel a bit lighter afterwards, Shogi, Chica Umino, Romance.

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