Inari, KonKon, Koi Iroha was one of the latecomers this season, debuting weeks after most of the winter shows had already started. The wait gave me plenty of time to anticipate what the show was going to be-- and coming off o...
Once again, we're in the backwoods of Japan! Silver Spoon is back for its second season, and it's one of the few shows I stuck with during the broadcast season. How will we see things resolve? Will we finally see Hachiken get the girl? Will Komaba earn himself a lush baseball contract? How many more cute animals will we get attached to and watch suffer for our delicious enjoyment?
That's a lot to wonder about, but first let's catch up with the show.
For those of you who missed the first season, here's the quick premise: a city boy, Hachiken, decides to attend Yezo Agricultural High School as a means of escaping the suffering environment back home in Sapporo. He quickly finds out agricultural school is no walk in the park, and comes to appreciate and thrive in the hard environment of a school built on physical labor.
Follow me after the jump, and we'll get into a bit more detail with this second season!
I think it's time to update the whole "moe is the cancer that is killing anime" argument. We've been focusing on the moe boom, but is a trend towards cute character designs really the problem? After all, Azumanga Daioh is moe; even Madoka freakin' Magica is moe. The more I think about it, the more I think moe has just been a convenient scapegoat this whole time.
You know what really might be "the cancer that's killing anime" though? Siscon. Take Engaged to the Unidentified, which is a promising, likable romantic comedy for the most part. Only, this romcom features a character who is absolutely obsessed with little sisters, and every time she goes on a little sis-loving tirade, it drags the show down like an anchor. I actually like Engaged to the Unidentified quite a bit, but I have to admit: I'm getting really tired of all these sister-obsessed creeps. Maybe I'm biased here because I happen to be a sister myself, but: in truth? Sisters aren't really that big a deal.
I sure have a knack for picking out boring shows lately. Actually, the first time I sat down to write a First Impressions for this show, I thought to myself, "Wow, I wonder which new show is more boring: Magical Warfare or The Pilot's Love Song?" Then I fell asleep.
No, I'm not being facetious, that is literally what happened. I thought about both shows, suddenly started to feel woozy in the general cranial area, then collapsed into bed for about three hours. While considering Magical Warfare, I no longer saw any appeal in remaining conscious.
That said, it isn't all bad-- there are some interesting concepts here, assuming you like stories about teen mages facing off. But the characters are so generic, and the execution so poor, that it's nigh-impossible to get invested in this tale of warring magical clans.
When a job needs doing, but requires that extra special touch, you go to a Minimum Holder. They've got powers ranging from neutralizing gravity to controlling lighting. And Hamatora is just the agency to submit your request to. This rag-tag group of weirdos can solve just about any problem you have.
Hamatora is a multi-media project, with the manga launched just a few months ago. It's the first major work by Studio NAZ, and the lead director is Seiji Kishi (Danganronpa, Persona 4, Angel Beats!). It's an interesting project, but has a jarring style that may turn some viewers off before even finishing the episode.
Hamatora is worth sticking with, if for no other reason to see where it goes. Let's discuss.
The newest series by Satelight, created by Macross mastermind Shoji Kawamori is pretty much a history buffs dream come true, or their worst nightmare. Being that my history knowledge is quite bad, I can’t tell you all that much about the characters in play, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t an accurate retelling. With a couple shows based on the late, great shogunate Oda Nobunaga, I wonder if this season can handle so much of his presence. Odd timing on the studios’ part.
Beyond Macross, I haven’t totally been in love with Kawamori’s works, asides from his amazing mechanical designs. Nobunaga the Fool is actually just a part of a larger franchise known as The Fool, that also includes a stage play of the anime series. The show has plenty of promise, including larger than life action scenes, a well known cast of characters, and of course robots. I decided to take in the first couple episodes before sharing my impressions. So what does the ultimate Macross fan think of Kawamori’s latest outing?
You would think that after the smashing success of Attack on Titan, whose bombast and flair reached across the usual culture barriers to infect mainstream consciousness outside the otaku sphere, Wit Studio would attempt to make lightning (or giant naked people) strike twice, with an equally action-packed property...or another season of Attack on Titan.
They didn't, though. Instead, they chose to make Houzuki no Reitetsu.
Our favorite mahjong girls anime is back on the air. Saki: The Nationals continues the story left unfinished with Episode of Side A or Achiga-hen, as it depicts the other tournament bracket the Kiyosumi girls have to fight through to reach the inter-high finals. Everything you know about Saki is back in full force, including almost all the season-one players.
At the same time, this Saki series is much less newbie-friendly than the previous two. For someone like me who hasn't been following the manga, Saki: The Nationals spent much of its first three episodes recapping events that took place before the national tournament. Ironically, it's actually quite disorienting. At the same time, seeing the story narrated by a bunch of familiar faces goes a long way keeping things a little bit grounded, and seeing the same events depicted from different points of views is a big plus. My First Impressions piece covers the first three episodes, because Saki: The Nationals took this long to get set up.
I really enjoy moe, but I also really enjoy comedy. So what do you get when you sit me down in front of a solid combination of the two? You get one happy little camper who is ready to say please sir, may I have some more!
There's just something evocative when a little girl in a revealing magical outfit make grand gestures about world conquest. For some people it's a hot fashion statement. For some, it's about a sense of shame, or the lack there of. And then there's me, who thinks late-night TV anime tries a bit too hard with their pilots, and would rather skip the first episode in favor of the second. Of course, you might have your own, unique opinion too.
World Conquest Zvezda Plot is the latest anime from Tensai Okamura, who is probably best known for creating series such as Darker than Black and Wolf's Rain. With that in mind, Svezda Plot is yet another original anime that Okamura has created along with Meteo Hoshizora, who is better known for writing visual novels and now is affiliated with Type-Moon. Now, this is where everyone should suspend their snap judgment, and give this crew at least a three-episode try, even if so far Zvezda Plot is nothing like what Okamura has produced so far.
For my first assignment here at Japanator, I decided to tackle First Impressions of Noragami. I had actually watched the first episode of this series right when it first premiered on Funimation's site, but in just a few short days, I had almost completely forgotten what I had seen. That's never a good sign, is it?
I'm so disappointed right now-- though not because of Wizard Barristers, which had a great first episode, and you should probably drop whatever you're doing and watch it right away. No, I'm sad that I missed my opportunity to make a dumb joke. I was going to title this post "Law and Order: Magical Victims Unit," but other people have already made that joke, so now I just feel like a lame copycat for even going there. Yet, it's an area so rife for humor that to ignore it seems almost criminal.
Look, Wizard Barristers is like a buttoned-down, by-the-numbers Law and Order-style crime procedural crossed with an explosive, loopy-as-shit anime schlockfest from the director of Kite, and that's just inherently funny. Everybody make up your own jokes, I don't think I really need to connect the dots for you here.