Anime Sunday: Alderamin Episode 01 Impressions


This week for Anime Sunday I’ve looking at another new series from this latest season! It’s my Alderamin Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The mighty Katjvarna Empire is currently embroiled in a war with the neighboring Kiorka Republic. Within an unspecified corner of this empire, a certain young man was reluctantly preparing to take the High Grade Military Officer Exam owing to mysterious circumstances. His name is Ikta. As a man, Ikta abhors war, is slothful by nature, and worships the female form.

Plot: The plot is pretty great, although it starts off fairly slowly, I don’t have a major issue with it. I haven’t read the original source material, shocking I know, but I’ve got hopes for the series. I might be wrong in terms of pacing, but so far I don’t have an issue.

Characters: Ikta is an awesome male lead, a man with a nature not unlike myself. However I think Yatori, our female lead, is an even better character from what little we know so far. Granted that we know very little, but given that she doesn’t take Ikta’s crap I already like her quite a bit. The rest of the cast isn’t bad, but I’m hoping they get some serious character development in terms of maturity.

Art: Madhouse is doing the animation, and while I normally love their work, I don’t love the art style they chose for this series. But that’s more a personal preference rather than any fault with the actual art. It’s great, but I just don’t think the style fits the series properly yet, maybe I’ll change my mind later.

Music: The music is awesome, and Kishida Kyodan and the Akeboshi Rockets performs the opening and I’ve always appreciated their work before.

Overall: An excellent start, although the pacing of the story may be off, any military buff will love Alderamin.

For those who like: Military Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Fantastic Music, Good Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2016 Anime


This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking at this upcoming season of Anime! It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2016 Anime!

Tales of Zestiria: As people who read my Game Reviews and Video Game Tuesday columns will know, I love the Tales of series, and I thought Tales of Zestiria was the best JRPG I’ve ever played. I still haven’t changed my opinion of that, and yes I think it’s better than Chrono Trigger (sorry hated the combat system). Not only is this going to be an adaptation of my favorite JRPG story, it’ll be animated by ufotable the best Anime studio out there. Zestiria’s adaptation should be amazing and I’m sincerely looking forward to watching this more than anything else that’s new this season.

Tenkyou no Alderamin: I’ve only heard good things about this Light Novel series, so I’ll be giving this a shot. I’m not super excited by the choice of art style by Madhouse, but hopefully the story makes me not care enough to enjoy the hell out of the series.

ReLife: I always thought this web comic series was awesome, and I wasn’t surprised at all that it was announced to be getting an Anime. It was perfect material for an Anime and I’m looking forward to watching this.

orange: I’ve only heard amazing things about this Manga, and the adaptation shouldn’t be any less amazing. Hopefully TMS Entertainment won’t screw it up, and thankfully it isn’t Studio Deen animating it.

Mob Psycho 100: Another Manga adaptation of another series by the creator of One Punch Man, this should also be a riot. I’m expecting to laugh a lot. Studio Bones should do a good job, so I’m hoping the laughs keep me interested long enough to continue watching the series through the season.

Taboo Tatto: I’ve been meaning to read the original source material of this series for a while, so I’ll probably give the first episode a watch and than binge read the series.

Hitori no Shita: I’ve heard this is an adaptation of a Chinese Web Comic, so I’m interested in seeing how well this can do. Hopefully this will lead to an increased interest in Chinese stories from the Japanese studios, and maybe we’ll get to see I Shall Seal the Heavens adapted one day. Wouldn’t that be awesome.

Honorable Mentions: Series I won’t be watching much of, but will be giving a try nonetheless. Or I’ll just be interested in a certain aspect of the series.

Love Live! Sunshine!!: Love Live has a huge cult following around the world, and this second idol group has been apparently well received. I confess I enjoy the music, although the original Anime series was pretty cringe worthy for me.  So I’ll be giving this a shot, but if it even makes cringe half as much I’ll probably just listen to the music only.

Masou Gakuen HxH: It looks to be a typical “Magical Academy” Romcom, but I’ll give this a shot nonetheless. Hopefully I’m proven wrong and the series is more Rakudai than something like Seirei no Tsukai.