Tuesday, 25 April 2017

First Impressions: Spring 2017

It;s that time of year again and OH boy i already know i'm going to have a lot of my plate...
so without further ado.

Ground rules

1. I will TRY to give every show on Crunchyroll and Daisuki a chance but that doesn't mean i am obligated to watch a full episode. If i stop early i will give a time stamp and reason for stopping.

2. No shows that are under 20 minutes in length, i don't like waiting a whole week for a 3 min gag. there are some exceptions but it's rare.

3. No shows with Brother, Sister, Father or Mother in the title... too often it goes into incest... which i really do not like.

4. If the show is a second season of a show i didn't watch before I'm not going to talk about it here.

5. No card game shows, i may give them a chance but they really aren't my thing.

6. All opinions are my own and based solely on what i have seen. I tend to go into these shows completely blind. If i don't enjoy the show after 1 episode or even quit out of an episode early I'm not saying the show is bad... just that i didn't enjoy it.

Returning shows.

My Hero Academia Season 2

Yay this show is back for another wonderful spring season. Much like last year i went in apprehensive and ended up really enjoying this... i am scared it'll pull out more shonen tropes this season but you know what? still excited.
After watching the episode.... yeah ok i'm worried about what is essentially a tournament arc (I cannot describe how much i hate them) but hey... maybe it'll be good... going to hold out hope.

The Eccentric Family Season 2

This is one of those shows i keep forgetting how much i love it... but it's so good. Slice of life show set in Kyoto focusing on the blance between land dwelling humans, Tengu that soar the heavens and shape shifting Tanuki. This show never fails to warm my heart and i am so happy we are getting more of it.

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku

HA HA HA... So... i'm going to japan soon and i'm not kidding when i say i'm going to 4 different events for this one damn show (they just happened to be when I am planning to go... i didn't plan the trip around them..... but yeah i love this damn show)
So yeah lets just say Number 1 anime 2017 since i am 100% confident in that statement and i look forward to having my heart ripped out if a certain chapter gets animated.
Also please animate the shibata chapter, the special chapters with the friends and everything concerning [insert the only possible spoiler this should could have]
True story: after about 2 seconds of the intro song i cried cause it's just... so pretty
Also true story: i already have the intro, end and BGM cds on order.... cause i really love this show.
More true stories: So i've been playing Persona 5.... and you get to name your group.... yeah i called them Yuujinchou
SO yeah..... I LOVE THIS SHOW.... you know... incase that wasn't clear.

Attack on Titan Season 2

You know what? I'm not going to watch this one just yet... Back when the original season aired it didn't interest me at all (plus i think it was overhyped and fanbases can scare me away from certain shows) however when i did eventually give a a try i ended up marathoning it. So thats what i'm going to do here. I will assume it's good, let this cour play out (i assume like last time it's multiple cours) and then in 13 weeks i'll just watch it all in one go.

Granblue Fantasy

Uh... not really returning cause it was just a preview last season... but yeah same opinion as last time... it seems interesting enough to give a chance. probably wont watch any of it till i get back from my trip though.

New Shows

Alice & Zuroku

44 min episode.... well lets see if this show is for me~
Hm i'm conflicted.
I think this has the potential to be very interesting. The premise is about a group of children who have supernatural powers being kept in a lab when one "the red queen" escapes.
She end up in the company of a old man who has no time to deal with this Magical girl bullshit.
however i'm worried that it'll just be a silly slice of life show with a fish out of water premise instead of actually going into details about anything... however i am going to give it another episode at least... but there is already a lot this season that i am excited for.

The Laughing Salesman

If it sounds too good to be true.... it is.
Don't try to find loopholes in the thing that is too good to be true.... it'll just make things worse
not saying it's a bad concept for a episodic show but i think a full cour of this would be insufferable. So i'm going to pass.

The Silver Guardian

13 mins shows probably shouldn't have full length intros...  i mean you wasting so much time on what is already a short show.
also if i wanna experience a new world opening up at midnight i'll play persona 3

Sakura Quest

This show is super cute, a young girl has a memory of being a queen and yet in her every day life she can't even get a single job being turned down from 30 places.
However one day she gets a call from a modelling agency she did a shoot for once just to find out a tourism board has asked for her by name to be their Queen.
What seems like a simple job turns into a huge misunderstanding and her dream of working in tokyo slowly seems to fade away.
I enjoyed this one... sometimes PA works shows are a bit of a miss for me but i have high hopes for this one (plus a show about the charms of living in a smaller city? right up my alley)

KADO: The Right Answer

I think the lesson from this is that you probably shouldn't do an episode 0.... at least not at the start of a show.
The entire time i was asking "why the hell am i supposed to give a shit about any of this"
then in the last minute or so it's like "oh by the way we do have a plot but since this was episode 0 we just wanted to set up the characters!"
guess what... you can establish character without making me sit through an 18 minute thing about a metal comapny that i know nothing about being saved by a negotiator.
I get it the dude is smart and able to see the bigger pitched but there are better ways of illustraiting that.
Probably not giving it it's actual episode 1 but cause frankly the plot they do intorduce looks dull.


There is something..... familiar about how this is animated.... or moreso the style in which it's coloured. Normally i'm not a big fan of the harsh blownout white highlights on edges but in this.... it;s just making me thinking of something else and i can't put my finger on it.
Maybe it looks like Grimgar of fantasy and ash? Though i'm not seeing any connection to it...
um.... It's a slice of life show that feels like an ad for LINE (a messaging thing on phone popular in japan)
It feels really really slow and a bit unnatural? Like i'm shy as hell but i don't tend to have my coping mechanism so overtly out there? and him.. he just feels kinda dull right now. i do think it's funny that the guy with the most interesting hair isn't the main character.
but yeah not bad but not enough of a pull to get me to watch more.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor

Well that certainly is a title.... i guess.
why do the girls have to wear half shirts with suspenders holding up the micro mini skirks as well as separate suspenders to hold up their thigh highs but the end get like... an actual outfit.
Like i get it this show is going to be a harem show or a fanservice show but seriously? like... they could have tried with the school uniform.
oh great... sexually harassing girls who are friends... yeah i mean.... literally no one does this... and it's just so irritating to see it done over and over again. not to mention it's supposed to be funn ythat this teacher walks in on his female students chaning and refuses to turn away so he can burn the image into his mind? This show is just awful... maybe it'll get better later but 13 minutes in and i rather be watching anything else.
The teacher is an asshole, the students are annoying and it just isn't funny.

Clockwork Planet

"This may come as a surprised but the planet was destroyed so time ago"
And i'm out.. thanks for playing.

The Royal Tutor

The show is about a tutor who looks like a child learning more about the beautiful but damamged princes he's been instructed to tutor.
It's supposed to be a comedy but a lot of the jokes fall a bit flat for me personally. I don't think it's a bad show it's just no connecting with me at all... feels likes like it would be more at home as a visual novel or something.

WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?

I'm not kidding that is the title...
well it has been a little while since i've had one of these stupid long titles... time to check it out.
Well long title aside... this first episode was really interesting and i look forward to more of this show.
Willem is the last Human (or at least last human male?) and he's been charged with guaring a military super weapon... though not everything is as it seems.
The art is a bit generic (reminds me of dating sim art that plagues early Aughts anime) and considering how old the character is he doesn't really look it ( i would have guessed Teen but considering facts that are revealed through the episode that simply isn't possible.
But the music is good, the animation is good... i fear it's going to get a bit harem-y but the overall plot seems like it may be worth it.

Love Rice

so.... rice is less popular so they form boy bands to show how much they love rice...
well either way 4 min episode so pass.... but seriously wtf.

Love Tyrant

It's like death note but instead there's a kiss note... and if this dude doesn't kiss someone within 24 hours then the shinigami will die....
*gets to the character Akane* ok when you are in freeze frame but your breasts are still jiggling... yeah i'm out... if you don't mind a goofy show about kissing it's probably fine but between unlikable main character, perverted shinigami who would rather force two people who don't like each other to kiss and just harem tropes in general i know this isn't a show for me so pass.

Hinako Note

So..... much..... Moe.
uh... it's about.... uh.... girls i ntokyo who are utterly adorable and also strange... one eats books cause they are her friends.... another acts like a scarecrow cause..... uh..... why not?
I just... can't stomach how cutesy it is...

Twin Angels BREAK

Again... very cute, not quite as sickeningly cute as hinako note but still a bit too cutesy for me.
Magical girl show focusing on a girl from one of the more tropical islands transferring to tokyo for school.
Again doesn't seem bad but i can't get into it.

Eromanga Sensei

.... don't... really wanna.
like the title of the episode is "my little sister, and the sealed room"
.... can i just... throw this in the "no sister in the title" rule..
ugh... fine lets see... maybe it's better then it appears?
Ok.... halfway thorugh and maybe i was judgeing a book by it's cover too hard**
the concept is cute, a middleschooler ends up being an author and is paired up with an illustraitor no one has ever met (Eromanga Sensei) well apparently it's someone closer to hims then he thought.
however.... this show has clearning establshed that the 'sister' character is just a step sister... and pretty sure it's going to go down the incest route pretty damn quick.
I don't give a shit they aren't related... do not care... still gross.
I did however laugh when the artist look a picture of themselves posing to get to composition right cause yeah... sometimes you gotta do that.
Yeah.... uh... called it.
Like maybe they won't go the romance route but it's really disturbing to see bro and sis constantly blush at each other.
The show may be fine but with that possibility there i wont be watching.


the first interation with this caharcter is woken fro a dream and accidental boob grab....
I thought this shit was played out in the 90s...
it just looks like a gag anime and i don't have time atm.

And that looks like it! all the rest are sequels or short shows.... yay
Normally i'd feel like this season is lacking but between Natsume yuujinchou 6 and Eccentric Family 2 i think we are good
Also my hero acedemia 2 even thought it's a tournament art.... Sakura quest seems to be a nice surprise at least.
However all of this gets put on hold for a few weeks cause i am heading to Japan! see you at the end of the month~ (i'll have lots of pictures on twitter so feel free to follow @Raichana)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Full Throttle Remastered

Story time: When i was younger I played the shit out of this game. I was like 7 or 8 and I loved it.
Right up until my brother accidentally broke the CD... i was so upset but what could you do.

Fast forward to today and i get to play the remastered version.

Is it as fun as I remember? hell how much do I remember?

That was what I wanted to find out.

So I bought the game in hopes of answered all my questions.

First off: I remembered far more then I expected. In fact I remembered every 'Puzzle' except one near the end. I got to laugh and get some jokes that went over 7 year old me's head. The remastered art look great and it's almost ashamed that it couldn't have looked this clean the first time around. The addition of Audio Commentary is awesome and while I haven't looked too hard into it I have loved what I saw

Second the controls of the walking around bits are pretty good. you can grab, look at, kick or lick/talk lots of things. Ben's dialogue is very witty and there are a ton of jokes that got a giggle out of me. the voice acting is fantastic, just as good as i remember.

However..... the bit where you have to fight other bikers.
Holy shit i do not remember that being so....... frustrating.
I knew the solution to getting the thing you need... i remembered it.
but no matter how hard i tried... NOPE... couldn't actually hit the guy with the correct thing. (luckily there is an insta win thing that i found out when i was getting so frustrated that i thought something was missing [it wasn't i just suck at the combat])

The game did crash once (right after i got the weapon i needed so that was fun)

but other then that ran super well and I seriously enjoyed every minute.

It took me about 4 hours to replay the game..... My bro who loved the game as much as me beat it in about 2 and a half.... i guess his memory is better then mine.

it's a great game and if you don't mind the length i would give it a try. Best point and click ever? no... not even close. but still an interesting game with a quick story.
Would love to get more but it's alright that it'll probably never happen... just glad i got to replay this gem.

You can get it on PS4, PSVita, GoG or Steam and right now it's on sale for 20% off. If you like Lucas arts point and click games then give it a try!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Your Name

So I think we can all agree that Makoto Shinkai has an amazing story as a creator.
From Voices of a distant star... a film he did almost entirely on his own... to this, one of the highest grossing animated films in Japan.

I will say flat out, this is probably my fav Makoto Shinkai film... even though I had a panic attack in the theater.

So uh... Full disclosure I'm not going to spoil anything (it's a film that is best gone into 100% blind) but at the same time if you know this particular fear I have and happen to share it... then yeah be warned.... it's explored in great detail... and I found it too much for me personally (even though i was handling it really well right up until a certain point.... what can you do)

The animation is stunning, the music is fitting and the plot is really well done (one of the best 'that' kind of story i have ever seen) and it has a great balance of emotion moving from making you laugh one second to crying to laughing and yeah i enjoyed almost every moment.

It's fairly disappointing that this isn't getting a full theatrical release but on the other hand i'm glad we got the subbed version since some of the jokes wouldn't make sense in english. (though I curious to see how they try)

If you have the chance to see it please take it, it's worth the time, i'm hoping Crunchyroll adds it to the occasional makoto shinkai weekends they do... and even though i can't watch that one scene i will probably buy the movie eventually.... just you know... the skip button exists when i'm at home. (i think being trapped in the movie theater didn't help with that particular scene)

But yeah the rest of the movie was just so great and I can't praise it enough.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Masamune-kun's revenge

A bit of a mediocre note to end the season on but that is ok.

Masamune's revenge is about Makabe Masumune, a former chubby kid turned hotguy who wants to make the girl who ruined his childhood fall in love with him just so he can dump her.

The rest is your standard rom com fare, nothing truly unique but i did enjoy makabe's callout to how much bullshit 'pretty' people can get away with (cause seeing it all the time in my line of work... it's nice to see it called out in a show)

But other then that it's just okay. the animation is nice, character design is cute. music is a bit forgettable and the ending is more a glorified setup for season 2... whenever that actually happens.

But maybe hold off till season 2 actualyl happens before sinking any time into this... it's fine but there are better rom coms.

you can make your own opinion and watch it on crunchyroll.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Interviews with Monster Girls

Personally I think they could have translated the title a little better.... (maybe Interviews with Demi-humans?) but i will say despite the mediocre title the show is pretty cute.

Our focus is on Takahashi-Sensei and his quest to learn more about demi-humans even though they are rare.
Luckily for him there are three at the school he teaches: A vampire, a Yuki-onna (snow woman), and a Dullahan... also one of his fellow teachers is a Succubus.

The show is very episodic, mostly focusing on one topic affecting the demi-humans and almost always mostly focusing on one of the 4 girls. It explores their nature versus what is in myth and it's an interesting and sweet concept.

Personally i wasn't a fan of the fact that that all the students had a crush (even if it is completely innocent) on the teacher... Sorry but having gone to more then one school where teachers dating students was a thing that happened it's just creepy and gross to me to even play it up for laughs. However I can say nothing ever comes of that and the focus is more on the girls becoming friends then anything romantic.

Overall the show was cute, short and sweet. I may not remember anything about it particularly down the line but i still enjoyed my time with it for now. The animation is good and i really love the world building even if i feel they didn't really push it enough... that all being said if there is a second season i'll probably give it a try since the show wasn't bad in any way... i just felt like it wasn't anything special either.

Still it's not the worst thing i watched this season (and hell even the worst thing i watched this season wasn't bad it was just... silly) But more on that in a bit.

I would say if an episodic show that deal with fantasy in a modern environment sounds enjoyable to you then give it a shot. It's a bit on the cutesy side but I still found it pretty tolerable. You can watch it over on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/interviews-with-monster-girls

Friday, 24 March 2017

Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga

I forgot how much i enjoy this series.

Kyoto Saga is a bit oddly placed in the timeline for the anime...

It's less of a season 2 and more of a season 1.75

What I'm saying is like... Watch season one but stop around episode 20 or 21.... then watch kyoto saga... and then maybe go finish season one?
maybe? i mean they kinda set up like we'll get more eventually...

The problem is back in 2011 The anime needed to 'finish' but the source wasn't done yet (hell it's 2017 and it still isn't finished) so the anime made an incredibly epic (if not a little rushed) ending...
Kyoto saga retcons that in the sense that it happens well before the events at the end of season 1.

Does having seen season one in it;s entirety ruin kyoto saga? not at all... but it did leave me confused where it was in the timeline for an episode or two.. hopefully we get more seasons and we either completely erase the ending of season 1 from existence or keep pushing it further and further away since it's a really good set of episodes.

Back to the point thought...

Blue exorcist: Kyoto Saga focuses on Rin Okumura, who just happens to be the son of Satan. Still being the son of a demon who killed countless Exorcists 16 years ago wont stop him from becoming the best exorcist ever. However right now there are bigger issues and the class of exorcists in training need to head to Kyoto and help keep the eye of the impure king safe.

I was a bit worried that focusing on a single arc after taking 6 years off would be too little too late but i really enjoy this. the characters grow a lot in that arc (and makes the sudden growth at the end of season 1 a bit more believable)

That being said only 12 episodes? but I want more! here's hoping we get another full blown 2 cour season before the manga ends cause even though i am reading the manga (the art is just so lovely) I want to see a lot of this stuff animated.

For now I'm just grateful we got more... and hopefully I can get my hands on the ost for this season cause there are some new songs that are really pretty~

Alright all that's left this season for me is Masamune's revenge and Interview with monster girls. I didn't have much this past winter to watch but at least a few of the shows were top notch. This one (for me) is included with the top notch shows.

You can watch it all on crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/blue-exorcist (at the time of writing this the entire show is completely free so get on that!)

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Aka: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
Aka: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju season 2

If Natsume Yuujinchou didn't have another season this year... i could say with almost certainty that this would be my number one show of the year...
Alas Natsume Yuujinchou Roku starts in a week and a half so... it'll have to settle for number 2.

Showa Genroku rakugo Shinju as a series follows the life of the 8th Generation Yakumo.
And i do mean that literally.
we start off with him as a child.
and we experience his entire life.

For those unaware (like i was before i saw this show) Rakugo is a type of Japanese Theater performed by one actor. There are no sets and they very rarely move off a single cushion however the have have some props (a glass of water, a candle, a fan... or even if the story calls for it the burning of incense)
The story is told almost exclusively with your voice.

Considering this is an anime and the voice actors literally had to be able to perform these pieces in ways that also shows if the character was nervous or confident or tired of having a heart attack. This is possibly the best show of voice acting i have seen in any piece of media ever. From the first minute to the very last line i found myself drawn in and loving every moment of the show.

It runs the gamut of emotions where you can be laughing one second while crying the next (and wow did i cry a lot during both season of this show). However, the most important aspect is that the characters feel real. Their lives feel real and when they hurt you feel for them... when they are happy you cheer them on.

This is a truly wonderful show and even though i'm sad it's over (and there really is no room for a 3rd season... in the end the story has been told) i'm happy that you can go over to crunchyroll right now and watch it all.

I feel like i'm not doing this show enough justice but I really hope you take the time and watch it.

Between the story, the animation, the acting and the music... i just can't say enough good things about it.

Also i've never had a intro song tell a story that actually made me cry... i had to pause the show and compose myself before continuing on with the show... that's how emotionally connection to this show i became.

However why take my word for it, see for yourself! http://www.crunchyroll.com/showa-genroku-rakugo-shinju

Next should be either Masamune-kuns' revenge or Blue exoircist~

Thursday, 23 March 2017

March Comes in like a Lion

Season 1 finished a few days ago and season 2 is announced for October but i figured it would be best to talk about this now cause i don't want to wait.

March comes in like a lion focuses on a young professional shogi player, Kiriyama, as he deals with the stresses of life and battle with depression (and possibly PTSD)

It deals with the pressures of children who are extremely talented at something and how that can completely wreck their self esteem.
It deals with loss of immediate family members and the challenges of living with a family you weren't born into.
It deals with the concept of family as a whole being the people you surround yourself with who make you feel at home....
and most importantly...
It deals with the inner monologue of cats.... and i am sure it is 100% accurate.

The show is stunning, full of wonderful visual metaphors that make you ache from the core as you watch this kid struggle.

The music is also really good (and i mean any show that has a bump of chicken intro and ending can't be bad in my books) and evokes a feeling of continuing to fight even when it feels like the water is rising up around you.

Finally i want to talk about the creator Umino Chica. I have been a fan of their stories for years.
Even if i'm not the biggest fan of how Honey and Clover ends the journey is one that has stuck with me more then more.
Even if i still haven't see the second eden of the east movie the concept was still handled in a way that was incredibly interesting.
With March comes in like a lion the biggest pitfall would be that it takes half the series to even try and explain the rules of shogi.... but in the end that doesn't matter... it's a show about the characters above all else and had it finished last year it would have been in my top ten anime of the year (maybe number 4? last year was amazing for anime)
The point being I don't think i've seen one of their properties i didn't enjoy immensely... and i knew going into this show i was going to have a good time.
Does that mean i was a little biased? probably BUT I really would love if others watched this show. The journey is worth it.
Plus... the cats... they are the cutest... ok yeah i'm a bit biased.

I look forward to seeing more in October, hopefully it's another 2 cour show because i think the additional episodes allows for the perfect pace.

However the winter season is coming to a close and even though i haven't been watching much... i should have 3-4 more of these before i rush out my first impressions of spring anime (because i'll be going on trip shortly after the season begins and i want to get it out before that)

Thursday, 26 January 2017

First Impressions: Winter 2017

After an amazing Fall season it's time to roll into winter where i don't have many high hopes but maybe something will surprised me.... but first

Ground rules

1. I will TRY to give every show on Crunchyroll and Daisuki a chance but that doesn't mean i am obligated to watch a full episode. If i stop early i will give a time stamp and reason for stopping.

2. No shows that are under 20 minutes in length, i don't like waiting a whole week for a 3 min gag. there are some exceptions it's rare.

3. No shows with Brother, Sister, Father or Mother in the title... too often it goes into incest... which i really do not like.

4. If the show is a second season of a show i didn't watch before I'm not going to talk about it here.

5. No card game shows, i may give them a chance but they really aren't my thing.

6. All opinions are my own and based solely on what i have seen. I tend to go into these shows completely blind. If i don't enjoy the show after 1 episode or even quit out of an episode early I'm not saying the show is bad... just that i didn't enjoy it.

Returning Shows

Blue Exorcist - Kyoto Saga

It has been a long time since this show ended.
According to MAL it finished in 2011... so yeah that's a long time between seasons.
I really enjoyed this show, i own it on DVD and regularly watch it (not to mention i have both OSTs and I'm really looking forward to getting me hands on this one... and i guess the movie one too eventually)
However I'm a little confused about where this one fits?
is it.... after the ending of season one (the logical choice except one kinda sorta important thing happens and i feel like they are acting like... that hasn't happened yet)
is it around the time of the movie (which now that i think about it I'm not sure where that fits in either)
However no matter what... i am just so happy to have another season... i know i complain about Natsume Yuujinchou having long breaks between seasons but at least it wasn't like this one.
I have high hopes for this and even if they do retcon the thing that happens at the end of season 1... I'm okay with that.
however it's being listed as a one cour show.... less happy about that... maybe it'll be a split cour? (i mean you make people wait that long and only give 12 episodes? cruel.)
still definitely going to be watching this one.

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

it's been a year since Season 1 aired and i loved the show then... even after this first episode i know I'm going to fall in love with it all over again.
After getting the back story of how the 8th generation Yakumo came to be we are now focusing on his Apprentice and how he hopes to keep an old art form like rakugo alive.
And i know this is going to hurt... there is only one way for this story to end... but i will sit back and enjoy it while it lasts.

March comes in like a lion

Still a lovely show, adore the animation and visual metaphor and i look forward t o seeing the character grow in this season.

New shows

Masamune-kun's Revenge

The amount of crap hot people get away with truly is unfair, that is the premise of this show. Enter Makabe, after years of hard work he has finally become the good at everything bishonen needed to get revenge on the childhood crush that rejected him.
The plan is simple, make this girl who is known for humiliating boys that like her fall in love with him and then dump her in the cruelest way possible.
It can't possibly fail! well... other then the small detail that this is a rich girl with an extensive information network... that could make things difficult.
I'm still on the fence with this one because even though  i enjoy the absurd premise and i love the "lets call out the fact that people who are attractive practically get away with murder" mentality... but right now i don't like the characters... so I'll give it a few more episodes (cause so far... there is not a new show I'm excited for) and just take it from there.


This is odd cause it's got these high detail 3d models for the backgrounds but then the characters models are super simplistic... it just doesn't mesh at all...
besides that it's only ten minutes long so pass.... i just had to comment on what i was noticing when i clicked it.

Saga of Tanya the Evil

Right off the bat i hate the style... like CG can be used well i anime but so often it's just terrible and chunky looking.
that and the design of the mages is so cutesy for this grim dark war story...
and I'm sorry i just... with the shit that's going on in the real world i just... don't want to watch a show romanticising war with cutesy anime girls.
And yes i don't like War anime at the best of times but i just can't with this right now... maybe it's good but what i have seen is just painfully bad... like who are these people? why do i care? who are the fighting? why? what are these peoples names? why are mages a thing that exist? why are said mages so young and cure while everything else is super gritter and even realistically proportioned?
so yeah... can't sit through this... sorry.... if i hear amazing things maybe I'll give it a chance but i seriously doubt it would ever be the kind of show i enjoy.


oh man meeting by bumping into someone and them accidentally seeing your underwear.... never seen that before...
but seriously what is this... the early 2000s?
Also i hope this colour aberration is only used for certain scenes/the intro cause... i can't even begin to describe how much i hate this technique.
*face palm* OK... anime... i can only talk about myself and the other girls i know but... OK so i know guys feel clothing is optional when home alone and underwear is a thing that is comfy... but girls aren't the same way... we don't just lounge around in out matching bra and panties... if we wanna be comfy it'll probably be a large loose fitting t-shirt or something like that... not shit you just happened to pick up from Victoria's secret.
The story is cute enough... it's nice seeing a protagonist who is believably shy and a love interest who is a bit more take charge... but i could seriously do without the fan service.

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

first - wow this title is bad.
second - wow the backgrounds look stunning... i guess as the show has the place (Kamakura) in the title it's important that the places actually look like Kamakura.
third - not a fan of club shows... not a fan of tourism show (which i think is a safe bet to assume this is one)... and i actually I am not a fan of bikes... like i understand people like them but i really don't... also so much CG.
so yeah it's super cutesy... about subject matter I'm not a fan of and i just would rather watch something else.

Schoolgirl Strikers

It's like Sailor moon but more panty shots... not played for fetish just girls flying around in short skirts... so.. a magical girl show that is trying to get a male audience?
the problem with introducing an ensemble cast like this in medias res is that they already know each other, why they are fighting, what their names are and we know none of this... or why we should care.. .which is why so many of these start off by introducing them one at a time over time
i mean they start off by fighting a monster... jump immediately to being in an all girls school except one if a volleyball start and they they are trying to figure out the school 7 mysteries.
oh no it's fav's voice... this can only end well... just like magical girl raising project... only good things...
anyways this school seems to gather magical girl groups to deal with distortions... and yeah everyone wears a short skirt so the camera can focus on low angled shots from behind.
oh boy amnesia just casually explained in exposition... good times.
Also... look sometimes we need exposition... but the exposition should say something... not just "listen to all these terms... sounds important doesn't it... sure nothing means anything but... look.. .terms"
I swear if you took a shot for every low angled ass shot you'd get alcohol poisoning
oh my god one of the magical girls teams literally fighting in bra and panties...  like i guess they are just being blatant with it but that is all this show is... there is no substance.


I wasn't expecting a Korean intro song but i will say this animation is very pretty.
there is this odd geometric shapes all along the edges... not sure why there went with that as a style choice... not to mention that again this is a lot of exposition.
The concept is interesting enough... some humans that die but have strong spiritual powers remain as ghosts for 7 days... they can stay around longer if they form pacts with exorcists.
However the pacing is kind of atrocious. it is so rushed and so exposition heavy that i just kind of want it to sit back and take a breath.
so yeah not a bad show just too frantic for me.

Interviews With Monster Girls

oh boy... last time i watched a show with monster in the title i bailed after a few mins.... well lets give this a chance.
*blink* hello Suwabe... I'll get used to being able to pick you out instantly one day.... i was voice blind to him for so long it's weird that it's so far the other way now.
it wasn't bad... very chill but as long as they don't set up the teacher as any kind of love interest should be a cute little show.
A teacher wants to write a thesis on Demi-humans however he has never met one... until one day when he meets 4. a Succubus, a vampire, a yuki-onna (snow woman), and a dullahan. he simply wants to interview them.
granted some of the questions he asked the vampire would get him fired in a north American school but other then that it was cute.

Idol Incidents

apparently idols can fix everything (or at least be a ray of sunshine in a shitty dim world full of poverty and depression)
ok but seriously... i know idol m@ster is like super popular and Love live has been doing very well but that can be the reason we have like... 3-5 idol shows a season... what is going on?
also apparently you audition for being an idol by running up a hill.
so it's also about... an election... like Japan has a system of government known as a Diet... and these idols are called Dietwomen so.... i guess the two are connected?
but besides all that.. the pacing of this episode is atrocious... like it has 3-5 episodes of plot in 1 episode... just cause you are an idol show you don't have to have the debut right away... it can wait a bit. also.... i still don't fully know what a idol dietwomen is.... maybe.. an explanation would have been nice.
the character designs are cute but yeah I'll pass on this one.


(or probably the more accurate/sensible translation of elDRIVE... that is how it's said in the show so that is how I'm saying it for the ramble)
Uh so... this kid hears a voice inside his head for most of his life... and then gets warped to a alien police station thingy... and then after passing a exam to become a alien police thing he finds out he was a special snowflake all along.... or something.
it wasn't bad and it did make me chuckle once or twice but it's not the kind of show i enjoy so... another pass.

Nyanko Days

Sorry but there is only one Nyanko i care about... and that is Nyanko-Sensei...
Also it's 2 mins long so... yeah...
but yeah girl would rather chill with cats then people... i wont say i don't identify with her but still short show is short so pass.


This show is far to obsessed with fluttering skirts... but seriously was their a time slip and suddenly we are getting a bunch of shows we should have gotten 15 years ago?
uh... who are these people... why do i care...
i can't even sum this one up cause... like... there was nothing. Guy fantasizes about girl and is bad at school. like this was just a waste of time and set nothing up in the first episode... i don't even know the main characters name.... i barely know most of the supporting casts names.
and I'm sorry but the way it portrays all the girls as extremely flirty but then get mad if you pay attention to them... it feels like the creator has a big chip on their shoulder. so yeah yet another pass...

ACCA: 13- Territory Inspection Dept.

The art style for this looks pretty awesome... but if it's just going to glorify smoking (like the intro song and first few mins seem to be about) i will be out pretty damn fast.
and while there has been a bit more world building in this show i still have the same issues. Who are these people, why should i even remotely care about them losing their jobs (or later not losing their jobs), what do cigarettes have to do with it... and I'm sorry... it's really hard to enjoy something that focuses so much on smoking.. i know this is my bias showing through but i can't help it.

Gabriel DropOut

Gabriel is one of the top angels to ever graduate from angel academy... now she must travel to the human world to observe and make people happy.
However by chance she stumbles onto a MMO (already installed and hovering in the over world despite not having made a character yet) and everything changes.
she becomes a repugnant human being who is addicted to games and calls herself a fallen angel with pride...
there are also demons at this school... cause... why not?only the demons are responsible... but the angels are awful.
it's a bit too cutesy for me but i did chuckle i few times. still not the kind of show i enjoy.

Akiba's Trip The Animation

isn't this based off a game where you destroy peoples clothing cause they are vampires and you need to expose them to light? well I'll give it a chance even though... pretty sure it's not gunna be my cup of tea.
yeah it's... before the intro song and i already wanna stop.
the animation is weird and the fan service is the focus... maybe the game is fun but as a show it's just silly.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

I'm getting a Nichijou vibe... not saying there is a connection just... a similar feeling a i guess.
This show doesn't seem bad... but I'm not a big fan of gimmicks (in this case a dragon being a maid) I'm not a big fan of moe (in this case the dragon maid being cutesy as hell as well as completely incompetent and it's plays as endearing.) and finally comedy shows in general tend to be hit or miss... this one is a bit of a miss.
so yeah no bad by any means (there is certainly worse this season) but this is just not the kind of show i enjoy.

Hand Shakers

I should add a new rules to my list... it's pretty much implied but... i should just make it official... no fully CG shows.
granted i guess this isn't fully CG but all the action bits seem to be and i just can't describe how much i hate the look.
however this show just lost me at the 4 min mark. you wanna treat your characters like that? fine... i don't want to watch.

Kemono Friends

I was expecting this to be a short show... somehow it's not.
the cg animation on this is so bad.. i wonder if they even tried to make the character look like they are walking on the ground.
but yeah again with an extremely cutesy style being adorable in every way and i... just can't.
again maybe not a bad show but definitely aimed at children.


true story: when out for dinner with a group of friend i was discussing with a friend who has pretty opposite taste to mine about how nothing was really grabbing me this season... only sequels to shows i already knew i liked.
we both brought up being curious about this title.. pretty much both saying "didn't care for the show like this last season... but it has a semi colon so will give it a shot.
I guess that just goes to show you how good Stiens;gate was...
first off... wow that is one hell of a subtitle.
Chaos;Child: If you are God, and the delusion becomes reality. About what kind of the noids you get? Is it the sensual world? the despotic society? The destructive sanctions? Or...
... yeah based on that alone i may... not enjoy this show... but hey... wouldn't make it any different from anything else this season. OK time to give it a chance for real i guess.
Yeah.... this... isn't something i enjoy.
Look you wanna watch a show about crazy stuff happening in shibuya with a chat room as a framing device and a deceptive main character... watch Durarara... it's far better then this.
you wanna watch something that pretends to be deep about how we may or may not perceive the world go watch the matrix.
this is just trying way too damn hard... and falling flat on it's face in the process... i want to give it the whole episode but considering it's nearly 50 minutes long... i think I'm going to pass.

Churian 1/2, Piacevole, One room

all short shows.

Marginal #4

OK but.. .seriously what is it with all these idol shows?
the animation is nice but.... everything else is painful... so much exposition... so much trying to be funny and just... falling flat
about halfway through the episode there is no plot just... look here are some idols... and here are some other idols... yay idols... oh but look they go to shcool too... yay school!
just a little bit of plot would be nice.

Granblue Fantasy the animation

interesting animation? a bump of chicken intro song? is this anime based off a video game going to actually be decent?
I will say while the overall look is interesting... the line work is driving me nuts... imagine a drawing with a mostly dead sharpy and that is kind of the look you get... and then the colour doesn't always go as far into the line as it should (or it goes too far) making it look.... fuzzy... couple that with high detailed BGs that don't really fit the rest of the look and i just have to wonder... could there have been a better way to get this style across? even if just the BGs were treated the same way i think it would help.
but other then that one gripe... this wasn't bad... especially considering it's based off a game. will i watch it all? who knows... but I'll give it another episode at least.
i do wanna punch that little dragon mascot in the face though... it adds nothing but annoyance... not everything needs a mascot.

BanG Dream!

No seriously... what is with all these idol shows... are they just that popular?
to give this idol show credit it isn't just "oh hey look we are idols... we see the girls inspiration to start a band and hopefully in the next episodes we see her struggling to learn the guitar (cause this could easily pull a k-on and just have her be really good with no practice and that is all kinds of bullshit)
may give it another episode cause i have so little to watch this season but it's not the kind of show i enjoy so i probably wont stick with it.

*blink* . . . that.. can't be it... i thought Little witch academia was was this season?
it has to have been picked up by one of the simulcasts....
hm... guess not... and if i can't watch it legally then i don't get to see it... thats a bit of a bummer.

alright so shows i can't watch (unless crunchy or daisuki pick them up later)

Kazu no Honkai - the premise has a school days vibe based on the description so I'm okay with not seeing this one

Little Witch Academia (TV) - yeah i never saw the movie so i was curious about the show and this kind of bums me out.

Urara Meirochou - uh looks a little on the cute side but nothing in the description seems too bad.

Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku - a fantasy comedy about temporal distortions and getting back home... maybe it could have been good? *watches PV* well it looks like something from the 90's or early 2000 so... yeah

Onihei - show set in edo period... at least it didn't look super cutesy

6hp (six hearts Princess) - OK pulling directly from MAL here "the first episode of the anime was unfinished at airing time" WOW... apparently i blocked out an hour and only filled half of it then had the creator apologize and explain that two more episodes will be made as well as a redone first episode. Like MAL doens't even list studios or any information about this show... thats a pretty big embarrassment. now I'm curious *watches PV* So it's a fully CG anime and... WOW does it look terrible. the character designs are cute but what little they give away in the preview is just so bad it's hard to describe in words... so click the link (before i quote MAL) and see for yourself.

And that is it...
I feel like such a grouch this season but... after last season was so amazing (and considering next season is going to be even better for reasons)
to only be watching 4 shows
Masamuna's revenge (made it 4 episodes in so i'll probably continue unless it gets too harem-y i guess?)
Blue exorcist 2
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 2
March comes in like a lion
maybe we can add granblue fantasy but i know me I'll probably drop it by episode 4...
also i guess interview with monster girls could be a tentative add but i am really creeped out by these students having crushes on their teacher (even though he wouldn't act on anything)
... it's all just a bit... empty.

and cutesy anime is fine.. i know i spend most of this blurb bitching about it but it can be done well... this season it just feels like they forgot to have some story with the cute.

So yeah not the best season for me Btu if you like hyper adorability then of boy... just watch everything i couldn't sit through.

at least next season we have my eccentric family 2, AoT2 and most importantly natsume yuujinchou roku... but I'll talk more about that and why spring 2017 will be super exciting for me personally.

For now i just think it'll be time to tackle the backlog of shows... until spring.
What shows are you enjoying this season? are there any shows i should give a second chance? please feel free to let me know.