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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter 2017 Anime First Impressions: Part 2

Gabriel Dropout:  The very beginning scene, where her angelic nature was hooked by the need to help all the hurt people in the online game, to the point of sacrificing herself, was genius.  Everything after that has been done before many times and isn't that funny to begin with.  It's just a gathering of jerks and losers at this point, there's nothing funny about that.  Just a lot of misery.  Fail.

Onihei:  For a historical drama, what's with the jazz music?  Totally out of place.  The show is way too vulgar, gruesome and nasty.  On top of it, it's a totally lifeless and pointless show where cops fight evil criminals.  That's like doing an anime about garbage men collecting the trash.  Or janitors cleaning up messes on the floor.  There are no interesting decisions, characters, or dialogue to be found anywhere.  The art style is hyper realistic and thus annoying in its own right.  And what was with that ridiculous sword fight where he took out twenty robbers on his own when at the start of the fight he was in a giant army of cops at his side?  So stupid.  Fail. 

ACCA 13:  A completely boring and pointless show.  At best its a smoking commercial.  Fail.

Hand Shakers:  A weird futuristic CG series that delights in being CG instead of actually telling its story.  In addition, in order to keep the audience's attention, half the time it's just a hentai instead of an actual story.  However, the other half of the time is genuinely interesting.  A boy has lost his little sister, but meets an artificial being that resembles her and gives him a chance to redeem himself by protecting her this time around.  I can get behind that.  Plus the girl is beautiful.  Pass.

Kemono Friends:  This is the perfect anime for five year olds.  Like, move over Pretty Cure, this is God's own children's show.  I may be a little older, but not to the point where I can't recognize enchantment when it arrives.  This show may also be the best CG anime I've ever seen.  They use the tools subtly and correctly, instead of the in your face nonsense of Hand Shakers and the like.  Kemono Friends is breaking ground in lots of new ways.  Is it a zoo tour?  A monster hunter type game?  A classic tale of friendship overcoming adversity?  Who knows!  The important thing is to tune in next week!  Pass. 

Piacce no Italian:  Short.  Fail.

One Room:  Short and creepy.  Fail.

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon:  The animation is fine, though I dislike the art style.  It's not Kyoto Animation that's to blame.  The problem is that Kyoto Animation felt this was worth animating in the first place.  It isn't.  Not even remotely.  For a story with no plot, you absolutely need appealing characters (like Urara Meirochou.)  These characters aren't appealing.  A lying drunk.  A violent, stupid, gross dragon.  There's just nothing to work with here.  No reason to watch this show.  No plot, no characters worth paying any attention to, nothing.  This is the first truly bad Kyoto Animation show.  Even Kyoukai no Kanata was mediocre.  This is just plain bad.  Fail.

Kuzu no Honkai:   A show about a slutty girl who couldn't have love so substituted sexual gratification for it instead.  Now she's in a relationship sworn to never have feelings over, which is pretty much the perfect definition of a slut.  I don't see how this is any different from substituting any other chemical rush in its place, like alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes.  Anyone relying on chemicals to get through life is a loser, and I'm not interested in wasting time watching the life of losers.  Also the guy is such a coward for not going all the way.  I'm sure that's just to abide by the censorship laws though, so really it's Japan that's a coward for not letting true sluts exist in their fiction.  Fail.

Bang Dream apparently airs in nine days, but otherwise this is the full winter lineup.  This second half did not live up to the first half's quality. As a result, Winter 2017's lineup is still a surprising number of watchable shows, but it's not record breaking or anything.

Currently I'd rate the worthwhile airing shows in this order:

1.  Tales of Zestiria the X 
2.  Youjo Senki
3.  Idol Jihen
4.  Seiren
5.  Dragon Ball Super 
6.  Naruto Shippuuden
7.  Urara Meirochou
8.  Demi-chan wa Kataritai
9.  Kemono Friends
10.  Chain Chronicle
11.  Mahoutsukai Precure
12.  Konosuba 2
13.  One Piece
14.  Koro-sensei Quest
15.  Fuuka
16.  Masamune-kun no Revenge
17.  Eidlive
18.  Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
19.  Schoolgirl Strikers
20.  Hand Shakers

I'm sure to drop more series as the season progresses and I run out of patience with them, but I'm also sure to add Chaos;Child and Rewrite to the lineup once they start airing, so staying around 20 shows all season long is eminently plausible.

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