Category: Winter 2016

Farewell, Winter 2016; Farewell, “Farewell, Shinsengumi”

It’s that time again…the end of a season. What did we love? What did we hate? What made us cry? I’ll give you a guess on that last one…

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Gintama I feel like between the anime and manga I’ve spent the last year crying at Gintama. Everything was just so perfect. PERFECT. And beautiful.

Speaking of perfect, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju was one of my favorites of the season. It entranced me from the very beginning and was one of the shows I looked forward to the most week after week. Episode 11 about did me in, though; I just wanted to live in that episode forever.

Fairy Tail has ended (again). I should be sad but I think it’ll be back once the manga gets a little further ahead. If you can’t wait then I strongly suggest the manga; the pacing is actually much better than it has been in the second season of the anime.

Ace of the Diamond So glad Coach Kataoka got his moment. My brother said, “What’s the big deal. Haven’t you seen this already?” I said, “No, it’s the end. It’s the culmination of two and half years of watching Ace of the Diamond.”

Durarara I love the insane acceleration at the end and the feeling that everything is just totally irreparably out of control. I also love Shizuo throwing heavy objects. The end of the series felt very satisfying to me.

Erased This was another favorite of the season. I actually ended up dreaming about the final episode. This is the type of show I might recommend to people who don’t generally watch anime; I think it’s capable of crossing that boundary.

Haikyu!! This whole season felt very well-paced and tightly constructed to me. I ended up losing myself in fanfic as a result because every time I watched the latest episode, I just wanted MORE. The good news is, we already know another anime season is coming soon for our volleyball boys.

Mr. Osomatsu I have to wonder if the people responsible for this show are laughing their way to the bank since I can’t imagine anyone anticipating the way this show would explode. And yes, I’m as guilty as anyone; I have plenty of Osomatsu-san merchandise and I’ve already preordered my pillow covers. I was actually surprised by how much I loved this series.

GATE This second series felt a lot darker/more intense than the first but I might have enjoyed it more because it made things more complicated. Sometimes the plot felt a bit bogged down and I might not have paid as much attention as I should have…but that didn’t stop me from pleading with Sugawara to save Sherry.

Sekko Boys I loved this. A lot. The premise was absolutely ridiculous, the voice actors my favorites, and it was all short enough to be funny without being “too much.”

Ojisan and Marshmallow I found this oddly endearing even if it made me kind of hungry whenever I watched.

Dimension W When I saw Kyoma’s dance in the opening theme of the first episode I made the statement that this anime would be a winner. I ended up really getting hooked on it. At 12 episodes it’s compact and moves along swiftly. The characters were fun and Daisuke Ono sounded great. Especially recommend if you enjoy sci-fi themes.

Prince of Stride I kinda forgot I even watched this until I was looking through my queues for this post. It was all very…predictable. But I suppose it was okay for what it was.

There are a few shows I’m sad to see end (GINTAMA!!!!!!) but I’m really excited about the Spring 2016 lineup. (Ahem…Diamond is Unbreakable.)

Winter 2016 (Part 2!)

Several shows hit the day after my initial 2016 post…so here is Winter 2016 Part 2.

Rainbow Days

Funimation’s Description: After getting dumped on Christmas day, high school boy and hopeless romantic Natsuki Hashiba crosses paths with Anna, an aloof girl in a Santa outfit passing out tissues. For him it’s love at first sight, for her… not so much. With help from his best friends—a playboy, an otaku, and a nice guy with a sadistic streak—Natsuki sets out to win Anna’s heart and heal his own heartbreak along the way.

My description: Boys are silly and are fun to watch and sometimes friends just enjoy watching you screw up.

Verdict: Yep, totally love it. Cute high school boys being dumb is really my thing. The extra/associated episodes of club RAINBOW are really fun too. I love the whole “inside look at the voice actors” thing.

Dimension W

Funimation’s Description: In the year 2071, the world’s energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors- “coils” -that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions. In this world, unofficial “illegal” coils harness powers that the police can’t hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.

My description: It’s the future and there’s unlimited energy and dogs have power buttons on their heads. A lady who looks like Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” hires a super cool Spike-Spiegel-esque Daisuke Ono to track down users of illegal coils…and while he’s doing that he kinda saves a robot girl but she slaps him.

Verdict: Dude dancing in the opening theme won me over. At that point I’d already decided this show is great.  Then I heard the voices…and can’t quit smiling. I’m pretty excited about this one.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Funimation’s Description: From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he’s in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they’ll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

My description: Some people wake up in an RPG-like world and don’t really have memories. They form different groups as Volunteer Soldiers to try to level up. The witch-girl cries about being fat because she has big boobs or something.

Verdict: Honestly, I was bored within two seconds. Then I heard Yoshimasa Hosoya’s voice and thought, “Maybe this won’t be so bad…” I’m a voice whore, so what. Anyway, the look is cute and I like the voices but this is kind of boring. The little obnoxious redheaded guy is really the best character; he has the best lines and kept me from falling asleep. I don’t know that Hosoyan can save this one for me. 😦

Dagashi Kashi

Funimation’s Description: Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.

My description: A kid wants to draw manga but his dad wants him to take over the snack shop. A crazy girl shows up and is hilarious.

Verdict: The first half was funny but then I lost interest. Why is the goldfish in the bowl so big? Does he need a bigger bowl? I do enjoy Hotaru, though. She should be annoying but I think she’s funny.

Okay, so I think that wraps it up…again…

Kyah! Winter 2016

I decided instead of just caps and exclamation marks I was going to try to be a bit more “technical” and informative with my first impressions of the Winter 2016 Anime Season. So please bear with me…

Prince of Stride: Alternative

Funimation’s Description: From MADHOUSE, the studio behind Death Note and One-Punch Man, comes a fast-paced sports anime about Stride—competitive city-wide relay races. Nana and her classmate, Takeru, are desperate to resurrect their school’s Stride Club, but will they be able to get the prickly Riku, who insists he hates Stride, to join the team?

My description: Ryota Kise Riku Yagami is recruited by a guy who looks like Haru-from-Free!-but-wears-glasses for the Stride Club. Daisuke Ono has cool hair and a beauty mark under his left eye. A taller-version-of-Nagisa-from-Free! and a shorter-more-hyper-guy-that-looks-like-Midorima-from-KnB are also on the team. A nice generic girl named Nana Sakurai wants to be manager and Relationer (I think this is the person who coordinates when the boys high-five to relay, instead of passing a baton).

Verdict: It’s a sports anime with cute guys and some missing emotionally-damaged other cute guys and the token boring otome-game-like-girl in the middle. Of course I’m going to watch it. Boys running and high-fiving and figuring out their feelings has to be a great combination.

Durarara X2 The Third Arc

Crunchyroll’s Description: Mikado Ryugamine is a young man who yearns for the city like no other. At the invitation of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, he moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there. My edit: (MOST MISLEADING DESCRIPTION EVER?!)

My description: IMG_1649.PNGIMG_1650.PNG

Verdict: This episode was awesome and this series is awesome. I ended up laughing so hard at this episode. If you aren’t watching Durarara you are really missing out.

Active Raid

Crunchyroll’s Description: Set in a futuristic Tokyo, Active Raid tells the story of “The Eighth,” a rash and careless unit of power-armored police called the “5th Special Public Security Section’s Mobile Assault Division.” After the Third Quicksand Disaster sinks Tokyo into a quagmire, the city’s reconstruction efforts are carried out using high-output, reinforced exoskeletons called Willwears. But they can also be misused, and to combat the crimes involving them, the National Police Agency establishes at its Kichioji Branch the Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit, AKA Unit 8.

My description: Psycho-Pass, Tiger & Bunny, and Rail Wars had a baby and that’s Active Raid. Beautiful people in futuristic suits fight criminals in futuristic suits and there’s lots of computery-things and holoscreens and data. A new investigator lady joins the group and she’s a real stick-in-the-mud and in the first half of the episode she uses random English.

Verdict: I fell in love with this guy’s face so I kept watching. And thanks to his face, I’ll watch the next episode. But if the story doesn’t pick up I doubt his face will convince me to watch the whole series.IMG_1652.PNG

Erased

Crunchyroll’s Description: Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. But, that was not the only thing in his life that Satoru was feeling frustrated about…he was also living with a strange condition only he was able to experience. – REVIVAL A strange phenomenon where one is transferred back to the moment right before something life-threatening occurs. This continues to happen until the cause of the threat is erased. It is as if somebody is forcing Satoru to stop it from happening.

My description: A guy with glasses has this experience he calls “Revival” where he relives a few minutes of time before a tragedy occurs in order to prevent it. Then some stuff happens that I don’t want to spoil…and anyway, things kinda get out of control and just maybe the dude is going to go wayyy back to his childhood to prevent a tragedy that’s haunted him his whole life.

Verdict: I honestly thought this was going to be pretty boring and predictable and then I went, “Holy shit!” and THEN I was like, “I can’t wait for the next episode.” I’m curious how they’re going to maintain the suspense through an entire cour but I really hope it continues and doesn’t fizzle out.

Ojisan and Marshmallow

Crunchyroll’s Description: None (?!?!?!)

My description: A short about an office lady who has a crush on her chubby mustachioed co-worker and he has no idea and they fight over marshmallows.

Verdict: Pretty ridiculous so I’ll keep watching.

Please Tell Me! Galko-chan

Crunchyroll’s Description: Galko, Otako and Ojou are a trio of unlikely friends in high school with three very different perspectives. Each episode embarks on a day in the life of a trendy girl, an otaku, and a lady, as they discuss their “girl problems.”

My description: This is another short one about high school girls talking about goofy stuff. Oddly realistic, as in I could see people I know having these conversations.

Verdict: This pretty much sums it up. Of course I’ll keep watching:IMG_1653.PNG

Sekko Boys

Crunchyroll’s Description: None

My description: A short about a girl who got tired of drawing sculptures in art school and became a showbiz manager instead…except she’s managing an idol group made up of four sculptures.

Verdict: Tomokazu Sugita + Daisuke Ono + absolutely ridiculous premise + singing/idols = HELL YEAH I’LL WATCH THIS I LOVE IT.

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Crunchyroll’s Description: None!

My description: A guy gets out of prison and wants to apprentice to a storyteller who had performed for the prisoners. He’s not very good but he’s very enthusiastic and the storyteller takes him in.

My verdict: I loved the shit out of this. From the beginning I thought it was beautiful. And Akira Ishida’s voice…he is so perfect for this. (Yu Kobayashi sounds extra-wonderful too.) At certain points in the episode I was legitimately enthralled and felt like I was inside the show, watching the performance with the people in the crowd. Super excited for episode two.

GATE

Crunchyroll’s Description: On August 20XX, a gate suddenly appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district, unleashing a portal where monsters, medieval knights and other fantasy beings come from another world and wreak havoc on Tokyo. The Japanese Defense Force take action against these monsters and push them back into the “Gate”. Third Reconnaissance Team is dispatched to the “Special Region” lead by officer (and otaku) Youji Itami. On their travels, they are joined by a beautiful elf girl who is a survivor from the dragon’s rampage and guide the group across the dangerous new world.

My description: In this second season, negotiations are kind of underway and there’s an earthquake and whores and Pina’s brother abuses rabbit girls. Things seemed a bit darker right off the bat; I wasn’t really prepared.

Verdict: I’m glad GATE is back. I really do enjoy Itami as a character (and I love his voice). I plan on seeing this one through to the end.

Norn9

Hulu’s Description: A nameless girl with a mysterious past is chosen to join the crew of Norn: a flying ship whose mission is to maintain peace throughout their world. As she adjusts to the wonders aboard the ship, with its tiered gardens, crystal waters, and highly-gifted crew, she finds that each discovery seems to yield more questions than answers. Even more mysterious, she learns that each member aboard Norn has one thing in common: they wield otherworldly “special abilities” similar to her own powers.

My description: A pink-haired girl doesn’t know her name but has some powers and ends up on a giant ship with cute boys who also have powers. There are a couple girls there too, a tsundere and a Rei Ayanami clone. At least, I think they’re girls. Pink-Girl falls while picking peaches and sees her life flash before her eyes but she ends up in a lake all wet with her blond guy friend and remembers her name.
Verdict: I’m a sucker for otome-games-turned-anime so yes, I’ll keep watching. Besides, Tomokazu Sugita’s character hasn’t shown up yet and I have to see/hear him. Though I will say that I was excited for this show and now I’m…a bit disappointed.
So that’s it for now. What did I miss? What are you watching that I’m not?
Updated:
So I wasn’t going to include Haikyu!! because it’s not new to this season but starting its second cour. But about three seconds into the new opening theme I started slobbering so…
Verdict: Haikyu!! is still perfect. Watch it!