Koro-sensei Quest! // First Impressions

You wouldn't think so at first, but this is actually a normal day in Class 3-E. Well, that sounds linda familiar...

You wouldn’t think so at first, but this is actually a normal day in Class 3-E.
Well, that sounds kinda familiar…

A Lerche adaptation of the Assassination Classroom spinoff manga by Kizuku Watanabe and Jou Aoto, Koro-sensei Quest! follows Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka School of Magic as they learn the sword and magic skills neccessary to defeat the Big Bad… and their homeroom teacher, the Demon King Koro-sensei.

“Hey, kids. Do you love this popular manga? Then you’re gonna love its unneccesary chibi spinoff gag series!!” is basically the selling point of every single unneccesary chibi spinoff gag series, and Koro-sensei Quest! is no different. Not that I didn’t hate what I saw of the first episode, but I don’t expect anything out of this, really.

Koro-sensei Quest is available to watch on Crunchyroll. An English dubbed version will also be available to watch on Funimation at a later date.

Thoughts About Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch

news_xlarge_geass10th_keySo Code Geass is getting a direct sequel, 10 years later. Titled Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch (Lelouch of the Resurrection), it is set a few years after the Zero Requiem, and Lelouch himself is the main character.

I’m much more cautious about this than I was towards Dragon Ball Super and the new FLCL. I’m open to seeing it, but I’m not very excited for it because it ended well, with no loose ends.


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Every Other Fall 2016 Anime // First Impressions (The Fairly Decent Stuff)

An adaptation of Kouta Hirano’s manga by Hoods Entertainment, Drifters follows heroic and villainous historical figures who are warped into another dimension on the days they were supposed to have lost their lives fight in a completely different war. These people are known as Drifters as they wage war against the Ends.

Well, Drifters is certainly the show this season for the Hellsing crowd (which is noteworthy since they share the same author): I.E., the folks that love over-the-top violence that doesn’t take itself too seriously, while Hirano writes whatever he wants without having to explain shit because Rule of Cool is in effect. Basically just mindless good fun, and that’s good enough for me. Drifters is a show I’m gonna enjoy.

A J.C Staff original anime based on the WIXOSS card game, Lostorage incited WIXOSS follows Homura Suzuko who moved back to her hometown of returned to Ikebukuro, but finds she has trouble fitting in with the rest of her class. So she decides to learn playing the WIXOSS card game, in order to make some friends. She buys a deck set, and next thing she knows, she is thrown into yet another Selectors’ battle in which they must must battle for control of five coins that hold all their memories. If they can regain all five coins, they win and can leave the game. But if a Selector loses all five coins, they lose their memories.

Jesus, more of these card games… Doesn’t anybody know by now that no good ever comes from playing card games? Yeah, it’s another one of these WIXOSS anime, which means that it’s gonna be weird and they won’t show you how to play the game.

An adaptation of Shiori Amase’s manga by Madhouse and TMS Entertainment, All Out!! follows the Kanagawa High School rugby club, consisting of the short but determined Kenji Gion, the ridiculously tall Sumiaki Iwashimizu, sub-captain Mutsumi Hachioji, and team captain Takuya Sekizan. When it comes to physical abilities and personalities, they’re all different. However, they share one common goal: to be the best rugby team ever.

I’ll be real, I only came here for the beefcakes. particularly that hot piece of ass Sekizan. But yeah, All Out!! is a basic, by-the-book sports anime. Although that’s not particularly terrible, but I would prefer there be more to the show than just muscular dudes.

An original web animation by Oriental Light and Magic, Pokémon Generations is a series of short episodes that chronicles untold stories of certain events occurring in the main series Pokémon games.

These little shorts are pretty interesting to watch since they’ll show the other side of events that were never in the games. Not much to say since each episode is roughly several minutes each.

So anyway, since Toei finally got off their asses and gave Dragon Ball Super a legal English simulcast, I’ll be starting at Episode 47 (Future Trunks arc) until I work my way up to current episodes. Hopefully the long wait hasn’t made me not care.

An original anime by Toei Animation based in Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball Super follows after the defeat of Majin Buu. Goku has taken up agriculture in order to support his family. However, more threats are coming that pose a serious threat to Earth, such as Beerus the God of Destruction, a resurrected Freeza hellbent on revenge, as well as Black, Goku’s mysterious doppelganger from Trunks’ devastated future.

Well, it’s Dragon Ball, so what can I say other than I enjoy it. By the way, I’m gonna need to find Krillin’s Tacos shirts for myself.

Every Other Fall 2016 Anime // First Impressions (The Not So Good Stuff)

An A-1 Pictures adaption of the light novel by Chiyomaru Shikura, Occultic;Nine follows nine individuals brought together by the Kiri Kiri Basara, an affiliate occult website run by 17-year old Yuta Gamon. The mysterious supernatural events that occur around these nine will lead to an even more unimaginable event that could potentially alter the course of the world for better or for worse.

Occultic;Nine certainly has a lot going for it. Supernatural murder mysteries and what have you, and it’s written by the same person that did the Science Adventure series of visual novels or those semicolon shows, as some of y’all been calling them (despite Occultic;Nine being unrelated to them since this is a supernatural story), so something is about to start building up about a third of the way through. The problem is that the show is far too obnoxious and the show moves so fast that everything flies at a breakneck pace that leaves little to no breathing room. Especially considering that this is a show where breakneck packing does not work at all. At first, I thought it was just a random quirk of Yuta’s, but the entire show is like that. I think it thinks it’s supposed to be intriguing, but it’s not. It’s actually really annoying.

And don’t even get me started on the chick with those ridiculously massive hooters. There is such thing as “too big”, and those are way too big! That’s all I gotta say about that.

An original anime by White Fox, Matoi the Sacred Slayer follows Matoi Sumeragi, who works part-time as a maiden at the Kusanagi family shrine. Matoi just wants to live a normal life. However, “normal life” stops when mysterious spiritual attacks leave young women drained of their energy, and the spirit of Matoi’s deceased mother awakens within her and gains the power of the exorcist in order to fend off demons.

So this is supposedly White Fox’s first original, and originals tend to be more of a risk than adaptations. That said, Matoi has a really weak start. I mean, there is nothing new to seehere

An Lerche adaptation of the light novel by Asari Endou, Magical Girl Raising Project follows the eponymous social mobile game that allows one out of tens of thousands of players to become a real magical girl. However, the administrator has decided that there are too many magical girls in one area and proceeds to reduce the population to half in order to conserve magical energy. The game quickly turns into a twisted and murderous battle between the 16 remaining girls.

So here we go, yet another Madoka Magica clone.  Starts off cute, but goes down a dark path. And literally in the first minute was enough for me to have an idea what kind of show it would be. Not a very good one. I tell you what, obvious shock is not how you start off a show. And the rest of the show isn’t any better either. Won’t hold my breath on this one.

An original anime by Tatsunoko and Level-5 based on the Time Bokan series, Time Bokan 24 is set in the 24th century where humanity has invented of a time machine called Time Bokan. As they learn about the history of the world, they learn that history as written in the textbooks are all completely wrong. In order to restore the True History, the government establishes the Space-Time Administration Bureau. Unfortunately for our 21st century hero, Tokio, he is thrown into the bureau and must help to restore the True History.

Well, Time Bokan 24 is obviously a children’s show, which means it’s light on plot but high on fun. It seems fairly harmless, although it’s probably nothing to write home about.

A Satelight adaptation of the web manga by Shou Futamata, Nanbaka is set in Nanba Prison, a maximum-security prison that makes escaping from Alcatraz look like child’s play. For four of Nanba’s prisoners, each of whom are infamous for breaking out of any prison, they are up to the challenge, as they plot their great escape or extend their sentence trying.

Well, Nanbaka appears to be a balls-to-the wall show, probably a little too balls-to-the-wall for my taste. Seems all the comedy stems from all the traps and pitfalls that our dim-witted heroes fall for, and that can get tiresome after a while.

Seasonal Anime Reviews: Summer 2016

v-a7f-k-rfuglnibktkxquysfcgodrilxhdfxtczui8Seasonal Thoughts: Man, this season was kind of a chore. Honestly, I was about ready to skip this season. Basically a standard Summer anime season.

Y’all spent eight months expecting the new Ghostbusters film to be terrible only for it to actually not be terrible. Turns out the real thing you should’ve been pointing fingers at was Sony’s shitty marketing. As for Suicide Squad, I guess it wasn’t the movie that will save the DC Extended Universe from critics and reviews after all. I guess it’s up to Wonder Woman. If it bombs with the reviewers, this movieverse is screwed. And don’t even get me started on The Killing Joke! I thought I could trust WB Animation with this, but they add some pointless scene with Batman and Batgirl having sex and… URGH!!!

You know what? Go watch Kubo and the Two Strings instead. Oh, and Thunderbolt Fantasy. Watch that too.

Meanwhile in theatres on the opposite side of the globe: I had no intention to watch the Accel World movie, but… Honestly, you can’t even call it a movie, considering it’s actually a 40-minute recap of the TV series and a 40-minute OVA falsely advertised as a full-length movie, therefore ripping off moviegoers expecting to watch a movie. I should be pointing fingers at Sunrise, but, considering that this was penned by Kawahara himself, that can probably mean he must’ve wrote 40 minutes worth of story… If this doesn’t prove that Kawahara has your dick, I don’t know what does.

So I guess August 18, 2016 will be a day that will live in anime infamy as the day a LOT of hopes and dreams of Ash winning a Pokemon League were crushed… Oh, and I guess Bleach ended, or rather it got cancelled… and good riddance! Honestly, everything after Chapter 423/Episode 342 are nothing but Tite Kubo’s drunken fantasies. Continue reading

Yuri!!! on Ice // First Impressions

screenshot-10_11_2016-6_53_18-pmBefore I begin, let me just point out that despite the title, this anime has absolutely no ice-skating lesbians. I’m sorry that you got your hopes up for some yuri on ice, but it ain’t happening here. Maybe some other anime will give us that…

Yuri!!! on Ice, an original anime by Mappa, follows Yuuri Katsuki, a young man who at one point carried all of Japan’s hopes and dreams on his shoulders at the Figure Skating Grand Prix competition, only to choke at the finals. After upstart Russian figure skater Yuri Plisetsky tells him to give up and go home, he returns home to Kyushu a year later, unsure whether he should retire. After a video recording of Yuuri’s private performance goes viral, the five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, appears at Yuuri’s house, wanting to train him in preparation for the next Grand Prix.

Sayo Yamamoto, the director of Yuri!!! on Ice, has been a director that I’ve been keeping an eye on ever since watching Episode 20 of Space Dandy (she also directed Episode 2, but most of her influence comes from that one the most), and Michiko & Hatchin. She was also involved in Endless Night, the Japan Animator Expo short that inspired Yuri!!! on Ice. With all of that, this became yet another show I was looking forward to, and and honestly I think this could be the show to look at this season. It didn’t blow me away, but it left an extremely good impression on me. This one is definitely a keeper.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2nd Season) // First Impressions

screenshot-10_3_2016-11_00_41-pmSo last year, we’ve seen a return to form for Gundam after a couple of blunders. But Iron-Blooded Orphans is only halfway done. So without further ado…

In the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, in the couple years since Tekkadan’s mission to escort Kudelia to Earth, as well as her plea for Mars independence, was a success, resulting in Gjallarhorn’s corruption being exposed to the public, Tekkadan’s exploits has only increased PMC’s demand for more child soldiers. Even Tekkadan has taken in some new recruits, since having expanded their operations with the help of the Teiwaz group. Mobile Suits that were once retired after the Calamity War have been recommisioned. The world is changing, but not in the way anyone expected it to be…

So the start of the second season is a reintroduction to the series after taking half the year off, so catching up on where our characters are at this point in the story is par for the course. As we’ve seen, Orga’s relegated to a desk job, which basically means Mikazuki (who lost the use of his right eye and arm when not connected to Barbatos) is now Tekkadan’s field commander. It starts off slow, but gets running out the gate once a battle breaks out. Aside from that, we are stepping into new territory with Season 2 and I’m excited to see how it can hold up. And for God’s sake, please protect Cookie and Cracker, Okada. You already took Biscuit away from them…