Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 10

Beatless

This show is about a world where there are intelligent robots, hIE, that serve humanity, but almost everyone treats them like inferior beings or mindless machines. Except for the main character, Arato, who treats them like people, or at least mostly (he has nothing against owning one of these robots). Arato meets an “orphan” robot called Lacia, who he promptly takes ownership of. Oh, and there’s a bunch of rogue robots that are causing havoc and destruction in the city, and they may be trying to kill people.

Winter 2018 Beatless

That giant sword gun thing is really cool.

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Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 9

Dagashi Kashi 2

Winter 2018 Dagashi Kashi

Thank god for Saya.

Dagashi Kashi is back, though it’s shorter (12-minute episodes instead of 24) and it looks different (animated by Tezuka Productions instead of feel). Fortunately, it feels pretty much the same as the original. Hotaru does funny stuff in a dramatic and bombastic fashion, and Kokonatsu has to deal with her, but most importantly, Saya is cute and adorable and great. I feel like that’s all I need to say about this. It’s lovely.

Verdict: Still enjoyable, even though it’s a bit different. Continuing.

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Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 8

Hakumei to Mikochi

This is a show about two very small girls – by which I don’t mean that they’re necessarily young, they’re just very tiny – who live together in a house in the forest. They go on adventures together, and they also go shopping. The fact that they are very small is a central theme, at least in the first episode, because it naturally affects almost everything they try to do. I also choose to believe that they’re married. There’s no explicit mention of this, but there’s also no evidence to the contrary, so…

Winter 2018 Hakumei to Mikochi

These girls are very good.

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Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 7

Violet Evergarden

My very first impressions of Violet Evergarden, which I experienced only now because I purposefully avoided watching the PVs and finding any other information about the show, were… surprising. The “soldiers during and after the war” setting didn’t immediately click with me, I even found it unfortunate (compared to what other possible settings, I don’t know), and it honestly felt like the prologue or first chapter of a visual novel, for better or for worse. In retrospect, though, my surprise makes sense, because this is so different from everything else I’ve seen from Kyoto Animation.

Winter 2018 Violet Evergarden

Violet’s hands are visually fantastic (especially without the bandages).

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Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 6

Mitsuboshi Colors

This is another slice of life comedy show, but unlike – for instance – Slow Start, this is not a school-focused show. Instead, it’s about three young girls (pre-elementary school-age I think) who run around town doing fun stuff. Setting aside the question of why such young children are allowed to run around town, even going so far as to building a secret base in a forest, this means that the dynamics of the comedy are quite different from school-centric shows. In a way, it reminds me of Tamako Market, which is a very good thing. However, there’s also a bigger focus on the comedy than in many other slice of life shows, and fortunately the comedy works well for the most part.

Winter 2018 Mitsuboshi Colors

They should not be aiming this at a person.

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Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 5

Pop Team Epic

This is not the first sketch comedy I’ve seen to revel in the absurd and throw around pop culture references in basically every scene. That’s not actually super uncommon, and I feel like I’m pretty familiar with the essence of Pop Team Epic. I’ve read a bit of the manga, and it wasn’t a completely new experience to me. It’s also not as cryptic as something like Cat Soup. It’s an absurd sketch comedy, but it’s not super hard to follow for the most part.

Winter 2018 Pop Team Epic

He speaks French.

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Winter 2018 First Impressions: Part 4

Citrus

[CW: Sexual assault description in second paragraph]

While this first episode was indeed my first direct impression of Citrus, I had heard beforehand from several sources that the series is problematic, and that naturally affected the way I viewed this first episode. For the most part, though, the first episode was fine. I liked how it looked and sounded, and the story and themes were interesting too. I particularly liked how it took the themes about strict all-girl schools, themes that have been present in many yuri works over the years, and examined them through the point of view of a girl who does not at all want to conform to these traditional moral codes. I’d like to see more shows try their hand at exploring that.

Winter 2018 Citrus

I really like Yuzu as a character.

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