Anime Sunday: Arifureta Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my first Summer 2019 series. It’s my Arifureta Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: I’m pretty happy with the pacing of this first episode, as it seems the series is taking the plot fairly slow which allows for the anime to do the story justice. That said it is handled a bit fast, and doesn’t cover everything that I’d have hoped from the adaptation of a series I thoroughly enjoy. Maybe that’ll change in future episodes, but I am a bit disappointed.

Characters: We get introduced to our main protagonist, Hajime in this episode along with a couple of the heroines, Kaori and Shizuka. That said the plot is mostly focused on Hajime which is understandable given what the first volume of the Light Novel covers is mostly focused on him and another heroine, Yue.

Art: The art is fairly good, though there were some points where I thought I could see CG used, which is worrisome given how I tend to despise the use of CG if it’s detectable compared to the rest of the animation. Hopefully that is something I just thought I saw, but still it doesn’t bode well for my overall opinion of the series if it continues into later episodes.

Music: The score is well done, and I enjoyed both the opening and ending themes.

Overall: A fairly solid first episode, but there are some parts that led me to dampen my hopes that this adaptation would be as good as some other ones I’ve seen before.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Magic, Drama, Action, Adventure, Good Plot and Excellent Cast of Characters, Good Musical Score.

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

Sensate Saturday: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead by Hiyodori Sachiko

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead by Hiyodori Sachiko!

Plot Synopsis: Kishida Jun is a sickly high school student who can see dead people. One person in particular is following him around: his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko…

Plot: The plot is very messed up. If you can’t handle horror don’t read this series, it will probably give you nightmares. I personally won’t be continuing to read the rest of the series after this first chapter, I have enough nightmares to deal with normally and I don’t particularly want to add to them by reading this. If you like Horror though, this will probably be an awesome series for you.

Characters: Jun is an odd main character, I get the feeling that he just sort of goes through life, not really attempting anything. Although being sickly I guess that’s enough of a reason to do so. Ryoko is a silent character the entire time in this first chapter, but still I found her to be interesting. Just not enough to get over my aversion of the Horror genre.

Art: The art fits the series perfectly, tons of shading make the entire chapter feel incredibly dark. No complaints really on a technical side I could see.

Overall: If you like Horror this will probably be amazing, but for those who don’t like it they should stay away.

Shoujo Saturday: Bitter Virgin by Kei Kusunoki

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This week I’m going over a series that’s not technically Shoujo, but is so close to it that it’s okay.

Plot Synopsis: Daisuke Suwa is a high school student living with his widowed mother in a small Japanese community. Unwilling to spend the rest of his life working at their family-owned restaurant, his ambitions are to leave the town he grew up in by gaining acceptance at a city university and to enjoy the life of a bachelor.

Daisuke is also a bit of a ladies’ man. In a discussion with a classmate about which of the girls in class he would choose to date, he declares that while he makes no distinction, he would pass on only one: Hinako Aikawa, a beautiful but shy girl who displays an unusual degree of aversion to men. Daisuke is put off by what he calls her “sweet virgin” act and is annoyed by her extreme reactions to physical contact from men.

Working after school one day, Daisuke takes refuge in a “haunted” church building to avoid a pair of girls who ask to join him on his food-delivery run. Just as he is about to head back to work, he hears someone entering the building. Believing it to be one of the girls he was trying to avoid earlier, he hides inside a nearby confessional booth. To his surprise, the newcomer turns out to be Hinako.

To avoid an awkward moment, Daisuke remains inside the confessional and pretends to be a priest. He tells Hinako that mass has ended and asks her to go home unless she wants to confess, believing this will make her leave. He is startled when, instead of leaving, Hinako asks him to hear her confession. Believing her confession will be about a trivial matter, Daisuke agrees. She proceeds to tell him a story that completely changes his view of her.

Plot: It’s engaging and it’s rather dramatic as well. It’s also a bit heartbreaking and deals with some really serious stuff. Fair warning if you don’t like Squicky stuff.

Art: It’s fairly decent and is a mix between seinen and josei (josei is catered to adult women) styles.

Overall: If you enjoy romance stories with real drama, not just romantic comedy drama, than you’ll enjoy this series.

For those who like: Real Drama, Romance, Seinen, Josei.

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