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Friday, October 5, 2018

Fall 2018 Anime First Impressions: Part 1

Akanesasu Shoujo:  This series reminds me a lot of Persona, complete with the bad art style and the overly mysterious setting.  There was nothing technically bad about the first episode, but the characters came across as flat and uninteresting, and I just get bad vibes from the whole thing.  I suspect if I kept watching this series, I'd just grow bored and drop it later anyway, so I may as well drop it from the start.  Fail.

Tensai Shitara Slime Datta-ken:  This is a very popular web novel franchise relying on the popular theme of dying and being reborn in another world which operates under typical RPG guidelines.  Not much can go wrong with it, and as expected the show was given sufficient budget to look good too.  My only objection is that the series seems a little too generic.  Like, the tsundere dragon was funny, but it was just so predictable, every line it was going to say next was something you could've guessed was coming.  I suspect the whole series will be like that, going through the same paces and tropes.  I wish instead of this series they had just made another season of Death March, but oh well.  This is all we've got so it will have to do.  Pass.

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru:  The boy-to-girl ratio in this series is off the charts.  So far they've introduced 11 boys before we've met a single girl.  Then they show them all naked and wiping their muscles off with washcloths.  I think I get the idea here.  This anime is either for fujoshis or gays, I seem to have stumbled into the wrong place.  Which is a shame, because the plot and production values are actually top notch.  Fail.

Sora to Umi no Aida:  Sometimes series with bizarre premises work out just fine, like Tari Tari.  So I felt, against my better judgment, that I should at least give this show a try.  However, this series isn't just bizarre, it's also awful.  The animation is super low budget, the combination of sci fi space oceans with stupid fantasy magic gods was inexplicable, and the main heroines are annoying.  The only good thing about this show was the strangely famous male voice actors they got to voice random bit parts.  Is that where all their budget went?  Oh well, whatever.  Fail.

Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Sempai no Yume wo Minai:  Do we really need another Bakemonogatari?  Even if we did, it's not like this author is good enough to fill Bake's shoes.  This show also reminds me a bit of Charlotte, a story about people who would be better off without any superpowers.  But what show would you rather watch, Charlotte, with P.A. Works as the animators, key composers and scriptwriters and character designers, or Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai?  I mean, come on.  The name alone should be disqualifying.  I don't mind intellectually pretentious stories that make long winded speeches on atmospheric social behavior, but again, wouldn't I do better just watching Oregairu?  I don't see the point of this stupidly named series in such a crowded, oversaturated field.  Fail.

Zombieland Saga:  I don't like looking at ugly things.  Zombie idols is grotesque.  I get that they're trying to be funny but there's such a thing as going too far.  Fail.

Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san:  This show was cute and funny, which is all that's required for a first episode.  It's possible the vampire jokes might get old over time, but for now they were well timed and well delivered.  I kept being surprised by what they said or did next, which is odd because it feels like vampires are the most overused trope in the world.  Well done.  Pass.

Yagate Kimi ni Naru:  I hate the art style of this show.  The eyes are all wrong -- white showing everywhere, irises vertical instead of horizontal.  The noses are all wrong, the chests are no good, everything is off.  On top of that, it's a love story where both sides fall in love at first sight, so the story is already over before it began.  Lesbianism isn't very appealing to begin with, but at the least you could give the topic proper respect if they started out as friends and got to know one another over time, like a genuine romance.  There's just nothing going for this version of events.  Fail.

Uuchi no maid ga Uzaisugiru:  The loli is cute, but what else do you expect of a blue-eyed blonde-haired Russian girl?  The problem is everyone acts horribly towards each other, is always shouting, and nobody listens to one another.  This isn't humor.  It feels more like hell.  Fail.

Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara:  Tonikaku Utsukushii.  Pass.

Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet:  Unlike the previous series, where the world, the scenery, the animation, the colors, and everything else was overflowing with otherwordly, ethereal beauty, this series only has one beautiful selling point and that is Persia herself.  But she is amazing.  I also really like the music to this show, for some reason it stands out.  Maybe the plot will drag this show down eventually, but for now I'm fine just gawking at this blonde beauty (actually the black-haired girl sidekick is quite the looker herself. . .).  There are worse ways to spend 30 minutes per week.  Pass.

That's plenty of shows for part 1.  The next wave can be covered by a part 2 as this fall season gets rolling.  So far so good.

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