Good Bye, Winter 2016

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THIS IS MY OPINIONS AND MY OPINIONS ONLY!

Well well well, looks like it’s that time of the year again. Spring is nearly upon us, while the weather in England refuses to let us have nice warm sunny day. It’s been busy months, exam after exam after exam, and then I have finally finished translating DxD DX! Well, that was a fun ride.

But this isn’t a post about that! I already made a post about translation months ago! and as usual, I will be listing anime that I’ve been (barely) keeping up with this season where many shows I watched because I was bored, and unlike last time, I have decided to add anime that I’ve watched this season that is not airing, so some of you can laugh at me for not watching them sooner, oh well…. (And before anyone ask, yes I haven’t watched KonoSuba, and it’s high on my list to watch. So knock it off.)

Well, without further ado, let’s get going.

 

Airing this season

Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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Brief synopsis is that in the future, <anti—gravity matter> has been discovered and they started to use that to fly everywhere using shoes called Grav-shoes, even a sport has been invented called Flying Circus (FC for short) that take advantage of this technology. Story is about this guy <insert his name here> who quit FC as child met this energetic and somewhat weird girl who take fancy of this new sport, convinces him to coach her and rest of FC club at his school. Now shenanigan ensues to get them to the national competition.

I’ll be honest; I wasn’t sure about this show at the beginning. I read the synopsis on MAL and I wasn’t very impressed. I only started watching it since Crunchyroll had it and I had nothing better to do (well, that was a lie. I was bored.) And to be honest again, I enjoyed it more than expected, but I feel like I wouldn’t have missed it if I didn’t watch it either. It feels like this type of genre has been done time and time again, with similar execution. Without spoiling too much, these are tropes I spotted. A person with unbelievable talent just comes out of nowhere? Check. She convinces a person who doesn’t want to be associated with said sport to join as coach? Check. They meet a seemingly unbeatable foe and promise to beat him/her and get to nationals? Check. One person starts doubt him/herself and decides to quit because it makes her sad? Check. Said person re-joins after having second though and encouragement from his/her friends? Check. An annoying, full-of-her-self, b**** of a character arrives and ruins the experience? Check (F*** you Irina). It’s just that I can’t pin point where all these tropes are done before.

Saying all that, I did enjoy the series, especially some of the characters I find very enjoyable. Not only that, FC match scenes are always the best part of the show, full of action and emotions. I ended to rooting for main characters at the end, I don’t think I’ve been in this mood in awhile. Would I recommend? That’s bit hard. I mean, I will certainly say give this a go, but that also comes with a warning, I feel bored after watching few episodes in, only to get to interesting part then gets boring again.

P.S: Can I use this chance to give rant about Irina? Because she is half the reason why I did not enjoy this show. Really, that kind of character seriously gives me cringe. Personal preference, and I know many shows has this type of character, but really.

 

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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This, meanwhile, made me go and read the rest of the manga after watching first 2 episodes. Yes, that’s how high I put this show at.

Brief synopsis is that Satoru has an ability to go back in time when there’s going to be a disaster or something bad is about to happen. One day, (spoilers!) his mother got murdered and he is sent back 18 years ago to fix the problem that started everything, serial murder of three local kids.

Right, hopefully I haven’t spoiled too much of the show, because it is probably going to be my favourite anime of the year so far. As I’ve said before, reading the original source doesn’t deter me from enjoying the series at all, but I only do so if a show is so good that I can’t wait for new episodes to be released. Did you get tired of me praising this show? I hope not, because I don’t think I can stop.

Characters in this show are interesting to watch, trying his hardest to prevent whatever event that he know is going to happen unless future is changed, his circle of friends helping him out without knowing much but only with promise that they are doing something good. Keep guessing who the murderer is. Is that person someone they know? Should they start suspecting people close to them? What about Satoru’s future? How would that turn out? It’s quite a mystery and I enjoy the hell out of it. Talking about the character, Kenya is a character I find is most interesting in this show. He’s only 11 years old but the things that he can deduce show that not only he’s clever, it shows that he knows his friends very well. He’s witty, has strong sense of justice and cares for his friends dearly. Fitting for his future job I guess.

One problem, and massive problem at that, is the fact that there are only 12 episodes. Yes, this show is too short and manga readers who also watch anime would know what I mean. They are finishing the series by skipping AN ENTIRE ARC about saving another person to get to finale. I mean, manga has finished its run so there should be enough materials to go on for another season if not 24 episodes of it but nope, they are skipping another interesting arc because they’ve only got 12 episodes to work on, not only that, they tried to fit 12 chapters of manga into final two episodes of anime…. DAMN IT!

P.S: The main character looks like 11, but his mental age is 29 and from the series, he’s quite close to some of his friends … let that sink in for a bit…

 

Dagashi Kashi (MAL, Funimation)

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Okay… where to being with this one…

Brief synopsis is that our main character Kokonotsu, aspiring magaka and son of Dagashi shop owner in rural countryside, meets this strange city girl who came to his family shop. It turns out that she is from a famous dagashi company and wants to hire shop’s owner (main character’s dad) into her family company, in quite comical way as well. He accept with condition that she convince Kokonotsu to take over his family business much to his reluctance. And thus hilarity ensue between Kokonotsu, Hotaru, Saya and Tou.

This show… is weird. Well, more specifically, one of the character is weird and in turn, she makes the show weird, I’ll let you guess who that is… and she makes the whole show that much more interesting, mainly because I like to see her just go full on crazy about some dagashi she wants to talk about, with Kokonotsu’s dad helping her along the way since he want his son to take over his business, Kokonotsu’s childhood friends playing along to Hotaru’s shenanigans as well. It’s just pick ‘n mix bag of craziness over some snacks.

The thing is that I feel like this show was made entirely for Japanese people. They’ve got connection that they can make toward this anime since they are either young enough to eat these things all the time, or old enough to remember eating them as a child. But for many people outside of Japan, they won’t be able to make this type of connection to childhood snacks. I mean, snacks they talk about is reason why people would watch this show, apart from crazy Hotaru. So I have trouble recommending this show to people. It’s entertaining, but you’ll miss what more than half of what this show is about. If you can get past the fact that this show will talk about things that you won’t be able to relate to, then you will be greeted with a show where half the comedy will come out from Hotaru herself.

 

HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru (MAL, Funimation)

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Apparently the official genre is “Mystery” and although that is correct, it’s probably more fitting to say it’s more about detective than mystery. I don’t know, that’s my feeling anyway.

Light hearted (mostly) show about a girl who joins High School orchestra band without knowing anything about playing musical instrument. She meets various people along the way and tries to recruit more people to join the band, and with help from her childhood friend (who has same crush as her) solves various mysteries and by solving them, they gain more and more members into the club.

Maybe I’m in musical genre mood right now, and maybe that was the reason why I started this and what I’ve got was something completely different, but at the same time, this was intriguing show. It’s a show where music and being part of the band is just a background reason for characters to be bonded with; this show focuses more on detective work and mystery solving aspect. So if you wanted to watch this show expecting something similar to Hibike! Euphonium, yeah this is defiantly not for you. What I find interesting about this show is how they recruit band members, they somehow find someone who’s genius at their respective instrument, but refuses to play them because of personal reasons. Our main character duo then solves their problem and magically they join the club! How convenient that we’ve got our self a teen detective. Probably too good of a detective, to a point where even though this is an anime, I would have suspect the age of the characters if they didn’t acted like teenagers (Case Closed much?)

Would I recommend this? That’s tough. If you are looking for a show about band playing together and getting better, sorry this show is not for you. It’s half-decent detective show, with orchestra twist on it. Show is primary about making friends and solving mystery, thus show gets boring sometimes and some characters aren’t that great IMO. But this show isn’t so bad that I dropped it like some shows this season. There are better shows to watch so I won’t recommend this show, but it’s enjoyable enough to finish the series once you start. That’s about it.

 

Ojisan to Marshmallow (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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Very random but very satisfying comedy is how I describe this show.

Short is about Ojji-san and his obsession of marshmallows, well obsession make it sound like he’s got problem. He’s very fond of marshmallows, but’s not where comedy starts. You see, this girl has crush on this guy and keep trying to get her feeling across and… well, I feel sorry for her sometimes. She does try her hardest though.

I don’t know how to describe this short, honestly, I think above statement explained whole premise of the show quite nicely so there isn’t anything else to add to that. Is it entertaining? Hell yes, and since this is short, you can watch the whole thing in a day easy.

 

Ooya-san wa Shishunki! (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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Another short from this season and another difficult one to describe.

Basically, this guy, Maeda, moved into new flat and it happens to be that the landlady is middle school girl, and his next door neighbour happens to be bit of a lolicon of herself…

As the series goes one, the focused shift from flat and people living there to Chie and her normal (?) life more than anything. It’s still very interesting and funny to watch tough. And again, since this show is short, you can also watch this within a day so why not? Unless you don’t like Slice of Life that is….

 

Oshiete! Galko-chan (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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“Is it true that people with big boobs have big areolas, as well?”

Yes, that line is how this show has started. No I’m not joking; this is THE first line of the show. And I think this line sums up what the rest of the show is going to be like.

This is bit longer short, but oh boy is it worth it. This is basically what (from what I’ve heard from friends) girls talk to each other about in real life, and honestly, I think I’m incline to believe them. I mean, come on, things they say on the show is something that aren’t normally said in anime at all, probably outrageously too close maybe.

You know what? It’s quite hard talking about this show without spoiling much about so just go and watch the show. Just do it.

 

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mazasu (MAL, Hulu)

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Just a warning here, I am going to be ruthless toward this show. I’ll try not to spoil much but honestly, I don’t know how much I can hold back.

Group of friends (?) come together and tries to make a gal game (VN targeted for girls) and their miscellaneous adventure along the way. They miss the deadline, they have fight about how the game should be, they have writer’s block, etc. but I guess that’s part of the job.

I’m going to describe this show with one word. Melodramatic. I’m not sure if that is correct use of this word but this show is full of needless drama and solution that are just way too convenient, honestly I’m surprised that I haven’t dropped it at all. I wasn’t sure about this show from the beginning, and really, this feeling solidified into frustration as the series continued. I am not exaggerating when I say there are some sort of drama between characters at all time of the show, and every time there were some sort of bad feeling between friends, don’t worry! I’m sure they are going to work something out in the end… Honestly, one crucial character (Andou, programmer) quitted THREE SEPERATE OCCASION for various reasons and at the end, still came back to their group to finish the game… with every break ups and make ups all happening in ONE episode or at max, two. Not even that, the reason why she left for the third time is legitimately a reason why anyone who works professionally should quit their work. Heck, everyone left the god damn “company” and came back by the end of the episode!

To be perfectly honest, the show would have been tolerable. Yes, things happen. People won’t be able to work in group for long time in harmony, there will be falling out between members and sometimes, they won’t be able to fix their relationship. These things happen, I should know, these kind of things happened to me and I’m only a university student! But the way they keep people on edge of frustration is just unnecessary, and you expect to make me believe that High school students are capable of this kind of emotional control?

My feeling? It was something I thought I was going to enjoy. When I heard of this show I thought of a show that is very similar in premise. Saekano (Which, btw has been confirmed season 2 for April 2017 J) and I have to say that I was thoroughly unimpressed.

 

Aired previous seasons

Hayate no Gotoku! (Hayate the Combat Butler) – Season 1, 2 (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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Oh God, that was a long show to watch, and I’m glad I watched it, even though it took me more than 3 months to actually finish both seasons.

Premise of this show is our protagonist, Hayate, is riddled with bad luck from getting s***** parent to his circumstances. He get sold to yakuza for 150 million Yen, and to pay off, he tried to kidnap some rich looking girl and ask for ransom. But since this is an anime, that’s not going to go as planned and him kidnapping make it sound like he has confessed to our heroin, Nagi. After many things happened, she hires him as butler with misunderstanding still there.

This show was something my entire anime watching friend has recommended, heck my brother recommended it as well. Only reason why I haven’t committed was the length of the show, and seriously, if crunchyroll didn’t have it, I wouldn’t have watched it. Given that background, I am surely surprised that all these hype actually lived up to the show (Huh, it’s been awhile eh?)

I guess my favourite part of this show was the constant fourth wall breaking. It’s not deadpool level but way it does it is very entertaining and it gets the timing just right all the time, quite funny show this is. Character are funny and has variety to it. No one character is boring and they bring their unique quirks to the show. For me, this show feels like where you really can’t have side characters since all these so called “side characters” brings their own humour, their own unique quirks, and brings their own side of story that makes the show as it is. These characters doesn’t show up as much as main trio, but when they show up, man they are so refreshing to watch every time.

One thing about characters is that they are very well defined from the start of their introduction. You get the gist of their characteristic and their trope from the time they are introduced and they keep to those tropes faithfully. Obviously as the series moves on, you get more background information about certain characters, but apart from that, 52 episodes of first season and 24 episodes of second season might bore you with little to no major character development between each other apart from few different cases. Not that I cared too much.

One more thing, since quite a number of female protagonist are interested in our main male protagonist Hayate, this show is technically a Harem anime, but seriously it doesn’t really feel like it, which is massive plus. It’s obvious that Nagi likes Hayate, but as the series goes on you get introduced to other characters who also have interest in him. This however doesn’t led to stereotypical all-out battle for one guy…

 

Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) (MAL, Crunchyroll)

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Now, this is a proper show about people fighting for their passion, orchestra band.

Hibike, our main heroin, has been playing euphonium for longest time, and when she became high school student, she’s debating whether if she should join band again. Not only that, someone she has unset back in middle school is there as well… what will happen to her life at school?

I have a confession, one reason and only reason why I didn’t watch this when it aired is because I had enough. I watched too many these kind of show back then and I didn’t know if I could handle another show like this. Why I thought like that I do not know, but I think I made that assumption that Hibike! might be too similar to K-On (which I very much adore) and  since they are done by same studios, I thought it was reasonable assumption. But honestly, they can’t be any more different.

The art is something Kyoto does VERY well and this show is no exception. I don’t normally comment of the show unless it’s either really bad that it ruins the experience, or really good that you cannot not mention. Just watching the opening once will show that they probably spent quite a lot of money on it. Character interaction between casts are also very intriguing. Without spoiling much, you get these circle of friends around our main heroin who gets along very well, that’s normal in these kind of anime. Then you get rest of the cast, most prominently trumpet player Reina. Reina is interesting character in the way that she went to same middle school as Hibike, and for reason that will spoil the show, Hibike is initially reluctant to approach her at the beginning. Then we get their seniors where some are enthusiastic with their band and some who are… not so enthusiastic. The interaction between all these characters makes it interesting to watch and how their characters change as the show progresses. I also liked the nice little twist that I didn’t expected at the beginning, maybe many others guessed it, but I sure didn’t.

 

Joukamachi no Dandelion (Castle town Dandelion) (MAL, Funimation)

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I like this show, I’m just gonna put it out there. I really like this show just for being Slice of Life show.

In some country that is not Japan (but still uses their language like many other “countries” in anime J) the king has decided to make his family of 7 children live like a normal family or their sake, and so the citizens can vote on their next king/queen. The story revolves around this family of royalty with super power, and their little adventure. The show is mainly narrated by their 3rd eldest daughter Akane.

It’s slice of life show that actually is not about bunch of High school girls! Well, mostly anyway. And the super powers they’ve got? That actually deterred me from watching it the first time, since I thought these “powers” might get in the way of the story and shadows the plot too much (I was stupid, thinking SoL having deep story behind them…) Nope, not happening. The special power they’ve got has its quirks and actually makes story interesting, but it’s not too profound so you forget that they can do such things until they end up using them, but its necessary plot device to tell the viewer more about the characters and their background.

So, why did I watch this show in the end? I saw this gif on reddit. Yes, that is the reason why I watched this show, don’t judge me.

 

Sketchbook: Full Colour’s (MAL)

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Boring, just boring.

Seriously, only reason why I finished this show is because I was extremely bored, and I marathoner this in two days. I’ll spoil the show in one go. Nothing happens, seriously, It’s Glasslip nothing happens type of a show. Honestly, I can’t write anything more than that.

Brief synopsis (which will basically tell the whole story of entire show) is this story is about one girl who just want to draw. She just wants to draw and she’s part of modern arts club at her school, at there, she draws anything that interests her with her friends, but mainly a cats. Oh yeah, cats also talk to themselves so we can understand them

There are two shows about drawing and art that I enjoy, one is Hidamari Sketch, and other is GA. Hidamari sketch is more generic Slice of Life show with art as a background to bring all the characters together, meanwhile GA is actually about art and drawing and culture. I feel like Sketchbook: Full Colour’s is mix of two shows is most generic way, and made it much more boring. From GA, we get some characters, especially the one that has some obsession with cats, and some seriousness about art. Then we get generic SoL trope from Hidamari Sketch with art as just a background to bind all the characters together. In a sense this mix should work, and according to many people on MAL, yes this show does work for people. It’s just… not for me I guess, its normal length 12 episode show that took month to finish because I got bored of it. Maybe I just hate dropping series, or I’m just masochist. Regardless, I probably watch this to make myself to fall asleep (I think I actually did that once.)

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Good Bye, Autumn 2015

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Wow, this season felt like it had only started last week or so! Maybe that means I had fun, or maybe it just means I was so busy with work I didn’t even notice that time has gone by this fast. Well anyway, with that said. It seems like I watched quite a decent amount to anime considering I had University taking most of my free time, mainly thanks to University Anime (Shoutout to Southampton University Anime Club!) Considering one of the shows I’ve been watching has already finished, I thought I would write quick post about what I’ve been watching from this season. Most of them are already in this post but thanks to recommendations from fellow otakus, there are some new entries, and oh boy, was it great?!

(THIS IS NOT A REVIEW! JUST MY THOUGHS AND OPINIONS ON THE SHOWS IN THIS SEASON!)

 

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka??

Crunchyroll

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As second season goes, this show provides everything that I expected from the start. As far as Slice of Life Moe shows go, I guess you can’t go wrong with the setting right? For those who don’t know, story is set in fictional town where anything and everything is at least somewhat related to Rabbit as the name suggest. Our main characters in this story are Chino, Cocoa and Ritsu, workers at café Rabbit House, and their friends (I can’t name them all right now. Visit MAL for that.)

And unlike the last season, this season put bit more character development<?> on Chino’s school friends, giving them more screen time (which they defiantly deserves!) Not only that, we get to see where Cocoa’s obsession of being onee-chan, which is quite adorable in itself (Spoilers, she’s quite an adorable imouto!)

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with this season. From the date of writing this, there is one more episode I believe, and I am very much looking forward to that!

P.S: from reddit post, I just realized that their name is actually things you can find easily in café.

Hoto Cocoa (Hot Chocolate)

Kafuu Chino (Cappuccino).

Etc…

 

Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!

Crunchyroll

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This is actually a 2 minute short series. English name “Komari-san cannot refuse!” As name suggest, it’s basically a show about how this girl called Komari is so prune to helping other people that she cannot refuse any request (to reasonable degree.)

Well, that’s about it. Yup, that’s the basic premise of the show. I can’t really say much more then that since this show is a short series, there’s not much to say. I’ll tell you what though, the characters there are quite straight forward to understand from the episode 1, which normally I will give flack about if this wasn’t a short series. Since there’s not really much time in this 2 minute show anyway (especially when some of those precious screen time is taken up by intro/ending) I think I can forgive, and actually I like it this way.

P.S, it doesn’t matter how Komari looks, they are still in Secondary (Middle) School!

 

One Punch Man

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Well, I think someone from reddit summed this show up nicely. You remember the feeling you got when you watched Dragonball as a kid? Yeah, I get same feeling as then, just that this show is bit more grown up.

Story revolves around Saitama, a person who’s job is “Hero just for fun.” Anyway, he’s so great at what he does. I mean, just like the name of the show suggest, he normally need just a punch in order to knock out any “reasonable” enemies. That’s in quotation because…. Well you just gotta watch the show to find out.

I personally find that this show has right balance of action, seriousness and comedy. I found that while watching this show, I can be absorbed in its action and sometimes serious moments, and just burst out laughing when comedy kicks in.

Although you might think this is all this shows can offer and dismiss as just another action hero anime but, if you have never seen it before, I cannot recommend you enough to watch this show. Especially when the artist for this series promised that he will be working very hard in order to get another season (Looking at the popularity in west, if they have enough popularity in Japan as well, I will say they will get one.) out, I recommend you at least give this a try. And if I can only recommend you one anime from this season to watch, I can’t recommend you this highly enough.

P.S although I sung praise of this show in the post above, I realize that some people might not actually like this show. Especially if you are not really into these genre.

 

Osomatsu-san

Crunchyroll

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Wow, just wow. I completely forgot this was a thing until they talked about this in anime club! Although you can forgive me for forgetting that this show exist, it’s been such a long time since I watched the original when I was a kid (I barely remember watching this show as a kid, even then it was old anime.) Now those annoying sextuplet kids are now grown up NEET annoying young adults. And watching their adventure as more grown up is quite entertaining in itself, and subtly jabs at me to become more responsible than those six….

I said that I watched this show when I was a kid, I can barely remember this show at all. So you know what? I went in to this show with no expectation what so ever. And I probably laughed quite a lot waking my house mates up.

Although I want to say more about this show than that, I can’t really sum it up any better, the show itself is episodic so there aren’t any story that I can say much about. Instead, the show focuses on quirks of individual character (well duh, this IS Slice of Life show.)

I’ve gotta give shout out to the first episode though, I haven’t seen so much parody of other shows in single episode.

 

Shin-Atashinchi

Crunchyroll

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This is another show that I watched as a kid, and thankfully, I can remember the general story behind this show.

This show focus is in a “normal” family in Japan, I say that in quote since if you watch this show, you will realize very quickly that they’ve got their own little quirks to them. Especially the mother character, and rightfully, the show will mostly focus on the mother character. This is something I have to say that I’m not very much fond of. I know that she is the quirkiest character in the show, but I would have liked to see balanced amount of time on each characters. That doesn’t mean that this show doesn’t focus on other characters, I just would have like to see other character’s life.

Another part that I’m not too sure about is something I didn’t realize it would be problem when I started the show. The voice of the characters. To explain what I mean by that, I need to clearly something.

As people may know if you read my translations, I am originally from Korea, lived there with my family until Year 5 when I moved to England. This means that many anime I’ve watched until then is dubbed in Korean, and thus the voice will be very much different from original Japanese. And nostalgic guy that I am, the Korean voice acting is what I remember from this show, not the Japanese voice. Surprisingly, this difference made me more uncomfortable then it should, the show is same, the characters are same, setting of the story is very much same. Only difference that I can see if that the voice actors are different, and surprisingly this made the show less enjoyable.

Would I still recommend this? Maybe, but I have to say, this is sadly my least enjoyed show this season so far.

 

Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou

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Well, this show is….different.

If you are new to anime scene, then welcome. If you are new, and watched this show and not the original Attack on Titan, stop there and watch the original BEFORE watching this. And you will find that majority of people will find the original much better. After all, this is supposed to be a spin-off from the original show.

Attack on Titan Junior High…. Well, the name says it all. It’s set in modern environment, with all the characters that people love, and much, MUCH less dying (thank God to that.) Instead of titan biting you in half, it will swallow your lunch in a gulp. I guess they are more (?) humane that way.

Here’s the thing though, I think people don’t like this since they compare spin off to the original, which had less cartoony art, more serious plot, and much more action. But the show itself as standalone anime isn’t that all bad! It’s quite funny Slice of Life show that gives me chuckle now and then. I guess this is a show where many people will compare to the original source whatever the case, but honestly if you just watch this show without any expectation and know only the basic idea of what Attack on Titan was, this show is surprisingly fun to watch.

 

Shinmai maou no Testament Burst

Crunchyroll

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Oh goodness me, we got to this then eh?

Well, if you haven’t watched the first season and if you are offended by harem, naked people…. You know what, just screw it. If you take offense at animated soft core, just run and never look back.

Here is the thing, this show isn’t just consist of plot for sake of plot (although the reason for showing so much plot is bit questionable), but does have interesting back story to it. It is still pushing the boundary of what it can do though, and some people will like it, some people will hate it, and many people  will just don’t really get it.

I watched this, and I enjoyed it, and I hope you guys can forgive me for me saying this but, seriously, I don’t care if this has nudity, borderline hentai scene and such. Why? Because I stop giving a s*** about it long time ago and instead focused on its story. And I guess people may be wondering why I liked the story, because it’s different. I mean, harem anime where there are actually some progress! Do you know how hard to find anime like that?

Obviously, there was some aspect of joke in above statement, but in seriousness, story isn’t half bad, and it had be intrigued all the way though this season. Do I recommend this? Maybe depend on who you are, but all I’m saying is that this show isn’t just about the plot, but also has some aspect of real plot.

P.S to those who compare this anime to Highschool DxD or anything similar, no, just no.

 

Young Black Jack

Crunchyroll

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Again, another recommendation from my fellow otaku, this show is one I thought I wouldn’t like at all. And I’m glad I had chance to watch this because if I hadn’t, I would have missed on something quite amazing as Young Black Jack.

The setting of this show is during Vietnam War Japan, but this show isn’t about a soldier fighting in the front line, this story follows a story of a young medic student in Japan who brought revolution to medical field with his genius talent. But with this genius talent, he himself is suffering from pain of his past.

Well, I might have made that bit dramatic but that is the basic synopsis of the story that I can give without giving away too much. And so far, the adventure our main character faces are interesting, if not thrilling. No, he doesn’t magically solve everything my trusting his guts that he will be able to do everything by just waving his hand, and he know that. The character himself gets into a tight spot many times and himself is lost for little bit, until he has revelation on idea that he can use to get out of that spot. (Spoiler, although going to Vietnam is on his accord is bit reckless…)

Obviously, he survives all the situation using his knowledge and sometimes, by getting help from someone else unknowingly. However, that is to be expected (I mean, he IS the main character after all. It’s given he won’t die easily if you see his back story anyway.) But the tension that he goes through is thrilling enough to keep me from turning my eyes away. Also, I’m massive nerd who can easily get excited from watching show that’s about a specialty field such as medic. Saying that, I wonder when they are going to make an about Electrical Engineering and make it interesting?

P.S if you are squeamish about watching animated blood, war zone, operation, you should be cautious watching this. Not that it has tons of blood, but operation procedure is shown all the time. Just be warned.

 

Yuru Yuri San Hai!

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Third season of basically Chinatsu having crush on Yui, Yui being that shy but cool kid, Akari being kind yet gullible, and Kyouko being… well, Kyouko  being Kyouko. To be honest, there aren’t much more to say about this season of Yuru Yuri if you watched past two season of it already. It uses same formula that it used for previous seasons and just put new story onto it. I recommend to watch the previous season before starting on this if you haven’t done so and you are into Slice of Life, Yuri (although very slightly) genre. If you’ve already watched previous seasons and liked it, there’s no reason to not watch this one either.

 

That conclude what I watched and kept up to date with this season. Although there is a chance that I will watch other shows from this season in near future, I doubt I will have time to watch anything until early February (Damn you exam!) hopefully if I’m not lazy, I will write a post on what I might watch this coming season.

Hope everyone have great holiday 🙂

What I’ll be watching this season. Fall 2015.

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Summer is now nearly gone, although it felt like that summer was gone a month ago here in England. And with that, we say goodbye to many anime shows that had occupied our time and our heart. Good bye Renge, I’ll miss ya.

With that said, change in season means new season of anime! And here are some (but not all) shows that I will be watching this coming season (not that anyone is gonna give a damn about my list…) and brief reason why I’m watching it.

Is the order a rabbit?? Second season

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Second season of Is the order a rabbit? Slice of life show about girls of café Rabbit house.

There aren’t many things I can say about Slice of life show, all I can say is that first season was as addicting as coffee that they serve at the café, and hopefully this new season is as good as Latte art these girls draw on their coffee

One Punch Man

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Action Shounen revolving around super hero Caped Baldy. He got his name because…. He wears cape and he’s bald.

I just heard good thing about the manga, nothing to it. let’s hope that our hero Caped Baldy doesn’t one shot our expectation into smithereens.

Shin Atashin’chi

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Sequel to Atashin’chi, another Slice of Life show but this time, revolving around normal (?) family with their day to day life.

This show is actually quite close to my heart, since I watched it many years ago when I was still living in Korea. (Wow, that’s more than decade ago.) So I guess it’s more nostalgic then anything. it is still solid Slice of Life anime, and it’s nice to watch Slice of Life anime that does not revolve around group of high school girls for a change.

Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha Burst

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Second season of Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha. Action, ecchi, haram show where main character actually does something with his harem.

Well… what can I say? I’m a guy after all. But really, with all ecchi stuff aside, I think this show had quite good art style with plot that actually kept me interested for whole season. And if second season is similar to first season (and I’ve been hearing good things from LN forums) it will be amazing. Now… if you can excuse me, I have to watch Blu Ray version of first season ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).

Yuru Yuri San Hai!

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Third season of Yuru Yuri. Slice of life show about four girls at Amusement Club.

I guess I’m sucker for Slice of Life shows. Another season where everyone hopes Kyoko x Ayano ship to sails high (me included). Let’s hope Chitose get to nose bleed a lot this season, even if I feel bad for saying that.

Yes, most of them are sequels. But they are pretty good shows. These are only few selections of shows that I will be watching, as I hear more about upcoming season, I will be sure to check out other shows as well. That is if my university schedule allows me to do so…