Quick Anime Reviews: Konosuba

Title:
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Rating: 8/10

Episodes: 10 Seasons: 2

Genre:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Another World

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
After dying in a pathetic and embarrassing manner, shut-in NEET, Kazuma Satou finds himself in front of a beautiful goddess named Aqua. She tells him he can be teleported to a fantasy world with all his memories intact and ONE magical item, and if he can somehow defeat the ‘Demon King’ that’s raging there, he can even come back and be reincarnated to a life of luxury in Japan. After tons of jokes at his expense, and general obnoxiousness towards him, Kazuma decides in a fit of pique to take Aqua with him instead of an item. The heavens agree; but boy howdy Aqua does not! It doesn’t take Kazuma long to realize what a mistake he’s made though, because Aqua is almost totally useless in this new fantasy setting. When she isn’t getting further into debt while not adventuring, she’s making things actively WORSE for the party WHILE adventuring. Realizing that he’s totally unprepared for hardships of adventuring life Kazuma tries recruiting some party members. Enter Arch-Mage Megumin and Crusader Darkness (aka Lalatina Ford Dustiness). These two ‘advanced class’ adventurers end up having weird quirks that quickly show why no other parties will take them. Megumin ONLY uses explosive magic, which she can only use once per day and is so wiped out afterwards she can’t even stand, and Darkness is a total masochist that can’t hit ANYTHING with her sword, but loves being a wall (ie: getting hit!) for her party. Hilarity ensues.

Dislikes:
NOT ENOUGH EPISODES TO SATISFY ME! MOAR!!!! Also the very last arc of the second season is a bit weaker than the rest in my opinion. Hopefully there are more seasons coming.

Likes:
To many to list, but mostly I laughed so hard, I was worried I’d burst a blood vessel and/or give myself a headache. No seriously. I haven’t laughed like this in a LONG time!

Recommendation:
Watch. Watch it RIGHT NOW!! If you aren’t LOL’ing by the end of the first episode you are dead inside.

Extras:
I will say the first season wasn’t quite as funny on the second viewing, but it’s hard not to just laugh till you can’t breath watching Aqua get ‘traumatized’ over and over, usually because of her own mistakes or bad decisions.

Quick Anime Reviews: Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia

Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia

Rating: 3 out of 10.

Episodes: 12

Genre:
Hentai, Harem, Mecha, Battle School

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Recommendation:
No. Just NO.
I’m not putting anything else here because this one was just too bad to discuss.
If you want to watch light porn/hentai that covers up all the ‘good bits’ go ahead. I do NOT recommend watching this one at all and I’m not even going to put up the cover image for it.

Quick Anime Reviews: “Outbreak Company”

Outbreak Company

Rating: 5/10

Episodes: 12

Genre:
Harem, Comedy, Parody, Fantasy, Magic

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
Shinichi Kanou is an otaku of all things animé, manga and video games; he’s also basically a hikikomori until he fills out an online test of his knowledge of said animé, manga and all things video games. The online test was to determine if the taker would be a good fit for a very special job, but the job had no definition. After passing the test and actually showing up for an interview, Shinichi’s world takes a turn for the weird. He finds he’s been recruited by the Japanese government to spread ‘otaku culture’ into a fantasy world and Shinichi couldn’t be happier! Said fantasy world has a direct two way magical portal to Japan, and the government wants to open another trading partner for all it’s cultural wares. Shinichi can’t wait to evangelise to all the humans, elves, and dwarves of this new world about his favourite things in the universe. His personal tastes and twisted perceptions are both a blessing and curse as he ends up the main ‘ambassador’ to the Eldant Empire. But is everything as it seems, or is there something underhanded going on?

Dislikes:
Shinichi just doesn’t seem to be the sort of person a harem would build on. I really don’t like worlds with slavery of any sort. Ending was a bit too neat and cliché for me.

Likes:
I LIKE that Shinichi doesn’t like slavery and class distinctions. He’s pretty much useless in a fight from start to finish, but he CAN think like the politician when he needs to. You might think that would be a complaint or dis-like, but a shut-in otaku SHOULDN’T be useful in a fight against trained military, fantasy OR modern defense forces.

Recommendation:
Watch two episodes if you are still interested continue, otherwise it doesn’t get better.

Extras/Spoilers:
Do not read if you do not want a mild spoiler.

You were warned.

I didn’t like the cold turn of the government in this one. It has a VERY “American” feel to it. Everything out of Hollywood is about ‘distrust of authority’ and this show has it as it’s endgame. Apparently the makers of this show don’t trust their own government to be a force for ‘good’ in the world, but just another selfish group of politicians out to grab as much power as they can. It’s not an optimistic outlook. While I can understand that point of view, and hell even have it myself most days, I did find it a bit disappointing.

I also found the situation of Shinichi disliking class distinctions, while simultaneously having a ‘maid’ that makes it very obvious she is ‘beneath’ him, and an Empress making it very obvious she is ‘above’ him, while BOTH obviously like him, an interesting topic this animé could have explored more.

Quick Anime Reviews: “In Another World with my Smartphone”

In Another World with my Smartphone

Rating: 6/10

Episodes: 12

Genre:
Adventure, Harem, Fantasy, Comedy, Magic, Romance

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
It’s good to be on Kami’s (God’s) good side.
Just before the series starts, Touya Mochizuki is accidentally killed by Kami(again think ‘God’) and by way of apology Kami reincarnates him in a fantasy world with ‘all his stats maxed’. Hilarity ensues? Well a good bit yes. Touya is a bit too good of a guy for me, but the overall series goes for all the ‘tropes’ of this genre without fail and even makes fun of them AS they are doing it. (An example: It really did crack me up when the trope of ‘marry the princess’ comes up and Touya HIMSELF is saying “BUT YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ME!”) This is light-hearted bubblegum with surprisingly strong legs. I’d watch another season with no complaints.

Dislikes:
Main Character is TOO NICE, and if you aren’t in the mood for a harem complete with ALL the tropes just pass.

Likes:
The show makes fun of almost all the tropes it throws as you AS it throws them at you. Its light-hearted fun time waster/palate cleanser.

Recommendation:
Watch 1 episode. You’ll know if you should continue. If you are in the mood for something light, generic, a funny but not overbearingly so, this is a good quick show.

Extras:
The bit with the slimes never gets old.
I’ll add that a LOT of viewers apparently HATE this show for it’s ‘genericness’ and ‘a total konosuba ripoff’.  They aren’t wrong, but if you are in the right mood this one is still fun. At least it was for me when I watched it.

Quick Anime Reviews: “World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman”

World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

Rating: 5/10

Episodes 12

Genre:
Action, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School, Supernatural, BattleSchool, Shonen

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
In a world where magic exists but only for people who can remember their past lives the guy that can remember TWO past lives is king. The story starts with Moroha Haimura falling flat asleep during the opening ceremony to the Akane Private Academy where the mages of Japan are trained. Tests have revealed that Moroha has the ability to use magic and see his past life that can teach him to use the magic but he can’t remember his past lives yet. He gets a rude awakening by Satsuki Ranjou but it turns into a blessing as her appearance makes him start to remember…This one is actually a pretty good action show and may deserve a higher score, but I’m taking a point off for a weak, obvious ending. It ends, which is better than a lot of other shows I’ve seen but they leave a lot on the table, so a second season is possible eventually.

Dislikes:
Overpowered Main Character, no real sense of consequence, and a weak obvious ending hurt this one overall.

Likes:
Moroha isn’t a wimp. He’s also active, and even though this show has a harem feel going on, I think that he’s already decided on which girl is ‘the one’. Once that becomes known I think all hell is going to break out among the women and THAT would make for an interesting half dozen episodes.

Recommendation:
Watch. If you are in the mood for something rather light and shallow this one can entertain you for a few hours.

Quick Anime Reviews: Dagashi Kashi

Dagashi Kashi

Rating: 6/10

Episodes 12, Season 1 (of 2)

Genre:
Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen, (Candy??)

Available On:
Other? No longer on CrunchyRoll. Maybe you can find it on YouTube or Amazon?

Description:
Kokonotsu (Coconuts) Shikada is heir to a small candy shop in a small out of the way town, but he wants to be a manga artist when he grows up. It’s a point of contention between him and his Dad, ‘You’. One day a strange, VERY CUTE, girl named Hotaru Shindare shows up to recruit ‘You’ to work for her father’s very large candy distribution company. However “You”, won’t leave until his son agrees to take over the shop. Hotaru starts trying to convince Coconuts to do just that immediately. Hilarity ensues. Hotaru is a candy otaku, and lives and breath the stuff, but doesn’t seem to know much else. Kokonotsu’s childhood friends Saya and Tou get caught up in the fun too. Both Tou and Saya find they like the strange Hotaru. Tou because she’s fine and he’s a teenaged boy, and Saya because if Hotaru is successful, Kokonotsu will stay in town. Saya’s got it bad for coconuts and everyone knows it, except Kokonotsu, of course. Saya may regret letting Kokonotsu spend so much time with Hotaru though, after all she IS very cute. Yeah there’s a love triangle in the air. But mostly it’s about the candy!

Dislikes:
Not many from me honestly. It’s a bit obvious at times, but so is almost everything I watch. I do wish the main characters in a lot of these shows weren’t so dense that they cannot for the life of them, tell a girl (or boy) might, just MIGHT, actually already like them?….Oh, and why does everyone seem to be cross-eyed all the time?

Likes:
Love that this is basically an ode to candy. Hotaru and Kokonotsu know about everything there is to know about the many and sundry candies of Japan and they go to great lengths to out ‘knowledge’ the other about the subject. Kokonotsu is caught up in this knowledge fest despite the fact that he doesn’t want to take over his dad’s shop, mostly because he gets to spend time with Hotaru. I mentioned she’s cute, and he’s not blind, right? Yeah, I get the feeling that the ‘love triangle’ is going to end with the childhood friend out. Does the childhood friend EVER get her man? Like, EVER? Saya better hope that Hotaru is more interested in candy than she is in Hotaru. Still, it’s a cute, fun show and you’ll know a lot more about candy when you are done!

Recommendation:
Watch 2 episodes. If you like it, you’ll enjoy the rest. If you don’t; it doesn’t get any better go ahead and skip.

Extra:
Season two is showing now and I’m enjoying it on CrunchyRoll.  Season one, the one being reviewed here, is not on CrunchyRoll. You’ll have to find it elsewhere.
Seriously, this is mostly a show made to talk about candy. You gotta love that, right?