Anime Sunday: BOFURI Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a Winter 2020 Series. It’s my BOFURI Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is very relaxed and not all that drama filled. It follows the adventures of a girl named Kaede who really isn’t a gamer, but ends up becoming one as the player Maple and does so in incredibly odd ways. That’s really the best summary of the first episode I could give without being spoilerific and taking all the fun out of watching this. I enjoy the plot of BOFURI quite a bit, it’s something I’ve been watching the past week while I eat lunch alone at home. The time it takes to eat a meal is generally how long it takes for me to watch the episodes and it works out really well, although I’ve had a few close calls with laughing and spewing my lunch everywhere.

Characters: Maple is a delight to watch, and in this first episode we really get to know her. She’s an oddball and a klutz, but is endearing in ways that are just hilarious. The rest of the cast introduced thus far is very small, but quite good.

Art: Silver Link is the animation studio and they did a great job of it. That’s all that need be said, it’s not ufotable quality, but with a series like this it isn’t necessary.

Music: The music fits the series wonderfully, it’s light hearted and upbeat, which is one way to describe the series as a whole.

Overall: This is an adaptation of a delightful Light Novel series that is high on the fluff and low on the drama. If you need a pick me up, and who doesn’t after the year we’ve all been through thus far, BOFURI is easily one of my top recommendations to watch to lift your spirits.

For those who like: Gaming Stories, Comedy, Action, Little Drama, Fluff, Excellent Plot, Great Cast of characters, Awesome Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: HameFura Episode 01 Impressions

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.

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

Anime Sunday: Kenja no Mago Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with the first Spring 2019 series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Kenja no Mago Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, the main character is quite clueless about how ridiculous he is and it’s quite frankly hilarious. I mean sure it’s hitting all the standard Isekai/Tensei plot devices, but the fact it does it well and in such humorous ways is awesome in my opinion. Whether this stays the case for however long the series airs, and I’m hoping for a 2-cour here, remains to be seen of course. But I have high hopes that this will be a fun series to watch.

Characters: Shin is our lead, and while he seems to have his head on right, he is quite lacking in the common sense department, which is the main plot device that is seen in this episode. Frankly I found it to be hilarious like I said above, but for some this might not be to their liking. The rest of the cast we see in this episode is pretty interesting, with Merlin being just as comedic in his actions, if not manner, as Shin. Frankly though my favorite character was Melida, if only because she seems to have the most common sense of the bunch, which leads to her throttling Merlin which like I said is funny as all hell.

Art: This is not the best animated series, but it’s also far from the worst and there could be much worse studios working on this series other than Silver Link, but it’s not even close to my gold standard ufotable’s level of quality.

Music: The musical score was pretty good in this first episode, though I didn’t hear the theme songs.

Overall: A fun series, though cliched it does so in a way that makes you really not care all that much about it and just enjoy the story.

For those who like: Isekai/Tensei Stories, Fantasy, Magic, Overpowered Main Characters, Good Plot, Funny Cast of Characters, Decent Artwork, Good Musical Score.

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