Spring 2017 Mid-season Mega Post Part 2

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku

Yet another sequel, but this is one that I looked forward to greatly, because Natsume Yuujinchou is one of my favourite series of all time. It was, however, at its time of announcement, quite a surprise to me that Season 6 would air only 3 months after Season 5 ended, considering there were 4.5 years between Seasons 4 and 5. The dramatic change in scheduling is probably related to the fact that Seasons 5 and 6 are handled by a different studio than the first 4 seasons, but in any case, I’m extremely happy to have more Natsume to watch.

Natsume Roku 1

I’m also surprised by how different Season 6 feels compared to Season 5. While Season 5 felt more like a continuation of the worldbuilding established in Seasons 3 and 4 where many of the stories connected to each other, Season 6 has so far been much more similar to Seasons 1 and 2, that is to say it has consisted mostly of episodic stories. And I really prefer it this way. Season 6 feels like the show is returning to its roots, and that’s wonderful.

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Spring 2017 Mid-season Mega Post Part 1

Well, it hasn’t even been 2 weeks since my final regular post was published, and already I’ve come crawling back to the world of blogging. I really have no self-control, do I…

Just kidding, I do this because I love it and, to be honest, I’ve really wanted to write about this new anime season, but I unfortunately didn’t have time to stop writing lab reports. Now, however, I’m basically free for the summer (though I should also be working on my bachelor’s thesis, and people keep telling me to get a job), so I have all the time in the world to write about new and old anime alike.

For now, though, I’ll focus on the newer stuff:

 

Atom the Beginning

Which is apparently a prequel, originally written by Makoto Tezuka, to Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy. I don’t know much about Astro Boy so this connection doesn’t have much significance for me, but I really appreciate it as its own thing. Some of the story and visual elements feel pretty archaic compared to other contemporary anime – some of the character names seem unusual, one of the main characters has a comically sized nose, and the romance element feels pretty blatant – but as a whole it’s definitely a show that functions in the modern world of anime.

Atom 02

It looks great (not just the OP), and the themes surrounding intelligence in robots are interesting. The (literal) little sister character, Ran, is also a great touch. As a storyteller she’s much more engaging than the two main boys. In some ways she, and some other elements, make Atom the Beginning feel like a children’s show, but I mean that as a compliment. It’s really fun to watch, even though the story may not be the most interesting thing ever.

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Winter 2017 First Impressions: Part 4

Hand Shakers

Surprisingly, the visuals ended up being the least of the show’s problems, at least in my opinion. I actually appreciate the attempt to have a really unique art style (even by GoHands standards to some extent, since the character designs don’t look like the ones in SYD and Coppelion), and the animation was certainly ambitious (and occasionally successful). That said, some of the textures were awful, and the “60 fps look” (or smooth-motion look) made my head hurt. Overall, the visuals were so-so.

Winter 2017 Hand Shakers

Hey, at least the backgrounds looked nice.
…at times.

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Winter 2017 First Impressions: Part 3

Nyanko Days

Winter 2017 Nyanko Days

Word!

Surprisingly, this is the first short so far this season. But what a short it is. Not very actively animated, but amazingly cute. Not much of a story so far, but adorable characters. On the theme side, however, there’s potential: The main character is lonely (when not at home with her kitties, that is), so there’s an opportunity for some very heartwarming friendship-related character development. Aaaaand that’s basically it. That’s the show. The three kitties are anthropomorphic, they are cute, and it’s good.

Verdict: Lovely. What more is there to say?

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Winter 2017 First Impressions: Part 2

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Shukeroku Futatabi-hen

This premiere did not necessarily live up to my expectations as the show I was looking forward to the most of all, but it was by no means a bad first episode. The new time skip (on top of the time skip between the flashback story from Season 1 and the main story) was a bit jarring at first, as was having to listen to Yotarou (or, rather, the new Sukeroku) again, because I don’t really like his voice.

Winter 2017 Rakugo

Whoops, ended up taking screenshots of nothing but Yakumo.

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Winter 2017 First Impressions: Part 1

Seiren

This show is not a show that stands out. The first episode was uneventful. It didn’t look fantastic either. The characters and their personalities are kind of plain (it’s a harem kind of show after all), and the voice acting is so-so. Were this a normal season, where I would be watching between 20 and 30 new shows, this is probably where I’d say farewell to Seiren, but as things are, I may have the time and the patience to keep up with this show.

Winter 2017 Seiren

I really really like the faces in this show.

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