10-12-2017 Quick Anime Reviews: Tsuredure Children, AHO-GIRL, My Hero Academia

Playing more WoW than watching Anime. Crunchyroll is happy with me I guess.

Tsuredure Children: 4/10 [EP:12]
Slice of life for a half dozen different ‘couples/pre couples’. Its cute and I actually suggest you watch it, but its just quick fun. Nothing lasting here. I’m sure most viewers will have at least one couple they can identify with.

AHO-GIRL: 3/10 [EP:12]
I’m not big of ‘girl hits boy’ comedy. I like ‘boy hits girl’ comedy even less. Still the female lead is REALLY dumb and annoying. Don’t recommend. Catchy Intro song though.

My Hero Academia: 6/10 [13/26 Season 1 Review]
I really liked it, even though it’s about as typical a shonen Hero Journey+High School show as you’ll find. This was one of the big hits when it came out, but I simply waited till I was in the mood for a shonen before getting around to it. The characters are interesting and I was surprised that they actually took their time telling the story.  Highly recommend this one, even if I don’t push it to a 7. I actually found myself actively wanting to binge this show and that’s unusual because lately I’ve gotten bored with series around the mid to last third and haven’t even finished them.

Currently on hold after about 5-8 shows: World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman, Twin Star Exorcists, Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon, The Asterisk War, Hundred, Beyond the Boundary, The Testament of Sister New Devil, Denpa Kyoushi, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, plus a few more. As you can see, my interest wanes quickly these days.

09-12-2017 Quick Anime Review: Maken-ki!, Demon King Daimao, Strike the Blood, Mikagura School Suite

So it’s been a while since my last ‘quick review’ and that’s because I’ve not been watching much lately, and what I have been watching I’ve stopped part way through because I haven’t much interest in finishing the series. I may list those out later, but for now the series I DID finish lately.

Maken-ki!: 3/10 [12 Episodes]
WAY WAY too much fan-service. And half the girls have breasts bigger than their heads. WTF? Not even going to describe the show because ‘fan-service’ is all you need to know. Think this is show is one of the reasons I stopped finishing series.

Demon King Daimao: 5/10 [12 Episodes]
I really enjoyed the first two episodes, but after that it became predictable. Man that wants to change the world for the better considers joining the clergy to do it. Finds out he’s got it ALL WRONG when his future profession is predicted to be DEMON KING! If it had stayed more funny I’d have liked it more I think. Meh.

Strike the Blood: 6/10 [24 Episodes, + more OAVs that I have NOT watched.]
Probably only deserves a 5, but I enjoyed it enough for the bump up. Kojou Akatsuki has recently found out he’s the 4th Progenitor Vampire and doesn’t know how that happened or what to do about it.  Never-the-less the powers that be are NOT going to leave him alone.  He’s got a lot of new ‘friends’ that are keeping an eye on him, will they turn out to be real friends? (Hint: It’s a harem show.)

Mikagura School Suite: 5/10 [12 Episodes]
Shonen magical fighting school show with an ‘idiot girl’ as the main character instead of an idiot boy. Was fun for what it was, but don’t expect any deep experience. Just a fast fun show.

As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!

[7/1 – 7/9] Quick Anime Reviews: Kamisama Dolls, Silver Spoon, Anne-Happy

Silver Spoon: 7/10 [2 Seasons 22 Episodes total]
Hachiken Yuugo fails the entrance exams to get into his choice of High School. So he decides to run away from his overbearing father, by entering a school as far away as possible that requires the students to stay on campus. Thus starts his everyday life in Oezo Agricultural High. And oh my! Does this city boy have a LOT to learn about farm life. If you are the least bit interested in how a farm ‘works’, this is a good intro anime showing a lot of what goes into it. This story is two seasons long for 22 episodes, and I feel I could have watched another 40. There is a lot of story here and I think there could be a lot more story to tell if they wanted to try. And if they do, sign me up to watch! At minimum stream this one. May be worth buying, the animation quality is really high.

Kamisama Dolls: 6/10 [13 Episodes]
The story starts with our main character Kyouhei running away from his past, after giving up all his power and privilege by leaving his village for Tokyo. Aki, our bad guy, is on the run from the same village, obsessed with finding Kyouhei. Why? For revenge or something else? Your past is a hard thing to escape and as the village sends more and more of it’s more powerful members to find Aki, they keep pulling Kyouhei and his new friends into a dangerous game of small village cut-throat politics. If this series had a second season as good as the first one, it would get promoted to 7 out of 10, but I think the (Real Life) Earthquake ruined the animation company and so we’ll only ever get this first season. Pity. With just this I’d say stream it if you find the premise at all interesting.

Anne-Happy: 6/10 [12 Episodes]
Silly little slice of life show about four of the unluckiest girls you’ll probably meet, and one girl who’s bad luck is an ocean compared to the other’s great lakes. Fun and short. Stream it if you want some silly slice of life from some cute girls doing their best in odd/bad situations.

6/26 – 6/30 Quick Anime Reviews: Love Lab, Love Tyrant, Tsugumomo, and Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Love Lab: 6/10
Basically a cute little slice of life about highly sheltered middle school girls in a private girls school trying to figure out how to get into a relationship with boys and all the wildly inaccurate ideas they have to do that.
Predictable, but still a bit better than average. Liked that it was mostly just girls and their stories too with very few male characters. Recommend you stream it.

Tsugumomo: 6/10
When objects become beloved enough, they can gain a soul. Kazuya Kagami finds out what that means when his late mother’s Obi becomes a lovely young lady with the ability to ‘project’ material as a weapon or defense, and they’ll need it, as mysterious objects start coming alive almost as if Kazuya is at the center of something. Yeah you can guess where it goes from there but it’s still a bit above average. Recommend you stream it.

Love Tyrant(Renai Boukun): 5/10
Accidentally getting his name written in a ‘Love Note’, (total Death Note joke!) Seiji Aino’s problems are just starting, when he finds himself in a three way relationship with a yandare classmate and a crazy lazy cupid way to into ‘boyslove’. And that’s just the first episode. This is a typical harem, and I’ll grade it totally average. Still I recommend this one be streamed. Worth it for silly fun.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor: 5/10
Lazy, shut in, guy is forced to be an instructor by ultra-powerful, beautiful and influential babe mage. He does the job reluctantly and over the course of the show we find out how bad ass he is and that he suffers from PTSD, from his previous ‘life’ as an assassin for the crown, clearing out ‘evil mages’ wherever they appeared. There’s a lot wrong here. A little right. And basically it boils down to this story isn’t done. If you DO decide to watch this don’t quit till episode 2, because the first episode is pretty trash and you get a better feel for the show in episode 2. Still without a second season, my overall recommendation is skip this one.

As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!

6/18-6/25 Quick Anime Reviews: Glasslip, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism

Glasslip:4/10
Basically boy meets hometown girl over their final summer break, both see ‘time fragments’, potential romance, potential discovery of powers, then…potential not fulfilled. Ranking it a 4 out of 10 simply because it SEEMED like it was going to have a story worth experiencing but it ultimately didn’t. The animation and music were fine, and the story SEEMED like it was going somewhere, but the ending leaves the impression that nothing notable happened worth telling. Maybe that’s the point they were trying to make, but overall, I feel like I wasted my time. I HATE that, because it really felt like the story was taking us, the audience, somewhere interesting but then…it didn’t. It just ends. Even the cliffhanger involved in the end isn’t well done because you’ll find that you don’t care. The story REALLY needed to give a little more so that at least you’d be left wanting more. As it happens I just don’t care now. It’s like talking to someone that stops half way through a sentence explaining how to get somewhere and then simply walks away. They weren’t a help and all they did was waste your time. Skip this one.

Note: I will re-evaluate if the show gets a second season. I do NOT expect it to get a second thought, much less a second season.

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: 5/10
I tried to like this one. It’s…interesting. But it takes the whole “friends after fighting” thing WAY to far. The actual damage people are taking isn’t something you just joke about later. When people are attacking you with freaking SWORDS, that’s not something that you laugh off afterwards. So the central theme of this one just didn’t work for me. The motivation and reaction of the combatants didn’t work for me either. I mean, “I love him, so I gotta try to kill him, so he’ll understand me?” WTF? NO! I guess one of the girls was a yandare as well, and I just don’t like that character type at all. Didn’t like the fanservice either. PASS!

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: 6/10
I got to episode 20 and just felt totally fatigued. I didn’t want to continue, even though there were only 4 episodes left. Finishing it I can’t complain (other than I wish the MC had picked the other girl) and this slice of life romantic comedy turns out well. I can see why it’s so popular, but I still only rank it slightly better than average. Basically this one is about a group of ‘creatives’ that are going to a high school for artists, that live in Sakura Hall where all the misfits are sent. Sorata, the MC, ends up at Sakura Hall because he refuses to give up all the stray cats he keeps collecting. His need to take care of everyone around him is why he’s the glue holding the show (and the hall) together. Mashiro is the ‘pet girl’ of the title, and is about as talented as a painter can be, but she’s also almost totally autistic and needs help with everyday life. Sorata gets to be on ‘Mashiro duty’ for basically the entire show, trying to keep her safe and out of trouble. It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s wacky. It’s…worth watching.

As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!

6/4-6/18 Quick Anime Reviews: “Monster Musume everyday life with monster girls”, “Recently, My Sister is Unusual”, “Oreshura”, and “Place to Place”(acchi kocchi)

Monster Musume everyday life with monster girls: 4/10
In this world, mythological creatures like centaurs, mermaids and all the rest exits and are entering into exchange student like agreements with humans so both species’ cultures can learn from each other. Which is just another way to set up a harem with girls that are all half-some sort of animal. (Snake, Horse, Spider, Fish, even a spider.) I didn’t find it all that funny or interesting after the first episode. Overall I’d skip this one.

Recently, My Sister is Unusual: 5/10
Stopped and started this one a few times simply because it had an initial ‘ick’ factor. (You’ll know it when you see it.) Once I finally was willing to ‘go with it’, it turned out okay…I guess. Basically a girl has died, but manages to haunt another girl that has just moved in with her new father and brother after her mother’s marriage. The ghost girl wants to engage in all sorts of ‘relationship’ fun with the brother whom she apparently knew before she died. The new sister is shy and reserved and doesn’t want ANY such relationship. Ghost girl ‘engages’ quite aggressively, after she possesses her new host, but the girls tend to fight over their body all the time and it leads to ‘hijinks’. Like I said, it turns out okay, but there is an ick factor and I sill wouldn’t recommend it. Skip.
[Aside: What is it with Japan and sibling relationships? Yech!][Second Aside: In this case they are step siblings but still.]

Oreshura: 6/10
This is a harem show and like many of the genre kind of forgettable, but I actually liked the characters, though the ‘density’ of the male lead is, as always, annoying. No girl is ‘chosen’ in the end of this harem, though I’ll give main character credit, he did try. But for a guy that doesn’t believe in ‘love’, he sure found himself soaking in it. I’d also like to mention that the shows ‘colors’ made it feel ‘washed out’ all the time. Was a bit distracting for me. Still, I’ll give it a stream recommendation.

Place to Place(acchi kocchi): 6/10
Sweet slice of life. Get the feeling it’s from a 4 koma with quick funny skits. More time waster than anything but there were some really funny parts. If you are in a hurry can can find a lot of the ‘funny bits’ on YouTube with the name ‘Acchi Kocchi’. I found myself laughing uncontrollably on episode 10, at the ‘bear suit’ hijinks. Recommend you stream it.

I’ve also parts of these anime: Anti-Magic Academy: The 35 Test Platoon, The Testament of Sister New Devil, Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Denpa Kyoushi, Love, Election and Chocolate, Place to Place, and Glasslip.

As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!