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Winter 2017 Simulcasts

Winter 2017 Simulcasts

Bleeeeeehhhhhh…I know it’s a few weeks late but I was hoping things would get better. They didn’t. So, let’s talk about the latest simulcasts!

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All Out!! is a continuation from the fall and while it kind of got obscured by the abundance of strong shows in the fall season, All Out is stealing the spotlight for the winter. It seemed like it took a while for this show to pick up speed but now we’re really into the “good stuff.” I realllly hope people give this one a chance.

Akiba’s Trip I really had no reference for this going in but I thought I’d give it a try. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t keep it either. I just didn’t care enough.

Blue Exorcist We’re three weeks into this one and it keeps getting better. It was a little hard getting back into things since it’s been so long since the anime ended and the manga is in a completely different place but it’s been worth it. I love the depth of the characters.

Masamune-kun’s Revenge unlike Blue Exorcist, has no depth to the characters. I had read the first volume of manga when I’d heard this would be getting an anime and I didn’t hate it as much as I hate this. Three episodes in I feel more strongly about that than ever.

Saga of Tanya the Evil I actually had pretty high hopes for this one because I thought the premise was really interesting. I don’t want to say it’s “disappointing” but every time I have a “this is great” moment, it’s followed by half an episode of “I’m bored; I wonder what I have for snacks.” I’m still holding out hope that as the series progresses we get more substance.

IMG_0643.PNGSeiren This might have been one of the most boring first episodes of my life. So much so that I thought, “Nothing can be this boring, there has to be some twist or catch coming up.” I can put up with a lot of lousy shows but after finishing the third episode…I hate it. There was one good line in episode three: “Do all girls lie through their teeth?” My answer: Yes. Now move on, no need to finish the series. I’ve solved the mystery of life for you.

IMG_0576.PNGShowa Genroku Rakugo Shinju thank all that is good and bright and holy in the universe for this show. Especially in a season where I find myself getting increasingly pissed off slogging through shows, the return of SGRS was a godsend. The series came back with a vengeance, episode one as strong and amazing and perfect as if it had never left. The first series was one of my favorites in its season and now this is one of my favorites of the winter. I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW TOTALLY PERFECT AND AMAZING THIS IS.

Interviews with Monster Girls I did not expect this to be good. I LOVE IT. Episode one snagged me, episode two was cute, and I just finished episode three where I laughed my ass off. This one kind of came out of nowhere for me but I’m so glad I gave it a try; it’s one of the few I look forward to every week. Thank you, Junichi Suwabe, for convincing me to watch this.

IMG_0615.PNGGabriel Dropout This is the opposite of Monster Girls for me in that I had actually looked forward to it but it’s not living up to my expectations. It can be really cute/funny at times but for the most part I get bored.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid First episode followed the manga pretty closely. I think it does benefit from being animated; everything is pretty cute. This show is nothing amazing but it’s entertaining enough.

Hand Shakers Seeing the character designs and voice casting, I was actually really excited about this. And then I watched the first episode…and tried not to puke. I don’t know why this is so excruciatingly painful to watch or why the story is pretty close to nonsensical or worse, why no one noticed that and turned this thing loose into the wild. I have actually watched two episodes so far and the whole time I think, “How did this get made..?”

IMG_0601.PNGelDLIVE We got a few chapters of this in JUMP and never saw it again so I was pretty stoked that we’d get an anime. I loved Reborn so I wanted to see more of elDLIVE. It’s…been a pretty slow start. But I try to remember that Reborn took seasons to really get good so I’m giving elDLIVE the benefit of the doubt.

Yowamushi Pedal New Generation I’m just gonna say: I miss the old generation. These first two episodes have been kind of a bummer. I joked on the podcast that the title of this season should be YowaPeda: Mourning Makishima by the depressing tone and theme of the first two eps. I want to love it but so far the new characters are rubbing me the wrong way.

Chiruran 1/2 Anyone who’s followed me at all knows I’ll watch pretty much anything Shinsengumi related. This is no exception. While Chiruran 1/2 is funny in its short-form way, I would reallllly love the actual Chiruran manga to get an anime adaptation. *fingers crossed*

ACCA I was super stoked for this one and after a couple episodes…I don’t really know how I feel. I “like” it plenty; I just hope it does something soon that makes me LOVE it. Besides cast Junichi Suwabe and Kenjiro Tsuda, I mean.

Super Lovers ah, BL with your complicated yeah-we’re-brothers-but-not-by-blood-and-we-sleep-in-the-same-bed-and-none-of-us-can-communicate-for-shit-so-it’s-week-after-week-of-misunderstandings. Welcome back.

Onihei This is a much-needed show this season. It scratches a certain manly itch.

Tiger Mask W Also manly and also a carry-over from the previous season. Just a couple episodes into the second cour it appears that Tiger Mask W is getting more ridiculous by the week. I want to call it “mindless fun” without sounding insulting.

GINTAMA this is in caps for obvious reasons. Because it is the best. Picking up after the Shogun Assassination & Farewell Shinsengumi arcs, we’re still in the thick of “serious stuff” and every week my heart is broken and put back together. I don’t know if there is anything in this world more perfect than Gintama.

 

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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.)

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?!)

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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.

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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!