I’m going to preface this by reiterating (or, in case any newer readers read this, just explaining for the first time) that I don’t really like shows about MMOs. SAO never appealed to me, and what I saw of Log Horizon just annoyed me for the most part. Grimgar was an exception, but then again it downplayed the MMO aspect by not actually mentioning it too often. In contrast, Net-Juu no Susume is very much obvious about the fact that its characters are playing an MMO, though they’re not trapped in the game (they’re just addicted, more or less). So, the fact that I actually really enjoyed the first episode came to me as somewhat of a surprise.
Well, in contrast to the last show I wrote about in the previous post, Ousama Game is easily the worst first episode I’ve seen so far. Its visuals are not technically impressive, but more importantly they’re really boring (the character designs in particular). The soundtrack is… instantly forgettable. The (in my opinion) only redeemable general characteristic of the show is the story, and that’s only because I happen to like death game-style stories. That said, I’m not a huge fan of the Japanese “King Game” as a game, so I was at no point very excited about the particular rules of the game in this show.
The first episode of Urahara goes nearly all-in on the style-centered approach. The art style, the shots (especially the split-screen ones), the angles and the whimsical feeling of the story and characters all ooze the desire to make something unique. And while the art immediately reminded me of several other shows (Rolling Girls, Punchline, Space Patrol Luluco and something else that I can’t quite put my finger on), Urahara did stand out among the other shows I’ve seen so far this season. So, mission accomplished on that front!
As expected of a story originally written by Nisio Isin, the first episode of Juuni Taisen consisted of a lot of talking and internal monologues, partially in the form of a flashback sequence. Of course, this isn’t that uncommon in other battle royale stories either, but I imagine Nisio Isin’s hand does have something to do with the amount of talking. In any case, I happen to like talky shows, so I quite enjoyed the first episode, and I especially liked the twist at the end.
It’s time, once again, for first impressions! I haven’t been active at all since the Summer 2017 first impressions, and to be honest I’m not sure I have the time and energy to go through with a full set of first impressions this season, but I am going to try! I made the mistake of picking up around 25 new shows again, so it’s going to be a difficult task to write about all of them, though.
A tale of two orphaned boys who grow up together in a fantasy world. Yuno is calm and collected, and a prodigy when it comes to using magic. Asta is hot-headed and loud, but he has no magic powers to speak of. Once again, and I feel like I’ve said this dozens of times in the past, these characteristics are not very novel concepts. However, there really is very little new under the sun, so I won’t perform a final judgment of a show just because the characters are walking cliches. Well, in the end there were a whole lot of other parts of the first episode that also felt very cliched, to the point where I figuratively rolled my eyes basically every minute.
This is trash. That’s not that uncommon, actually. There’s a lot of trash out there, like those dime-a-dozen fantasy shows with near-omnipotent main characters. This is not that a fantasy show, though. It’s about a guy who is a self-professed loser losing a bet of some kind and being forced to confess his feelings to a “gal”.
That’s not automatically a recipe for disaster, though, because teenagers are notoriously horny, and I think good stories can be written about people going through puberty and learning about their sexuality, but this show is not one of those stories. It’s just panty shots, guys being pervy, guys reading porn mags, and guys being deathly insecure about not having had sex. And jokes about all of this. This is not something that interests me.
This is it, this is the show that will fill my moe quota for the season. Aside from the scene with the boy committing election fraud in order to trick a girl into kissing him (I realise that may not sound like it makes much sense), the whole first episode was very sweet, cute and funny. I also like the fact that the characters are, well, not hominids, because it opens up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to characterisation and conflict. I’m also glad that this show seems to be portraying this aspect more wholesomely than Monster Musume.
There was some (maybe well-founded) concern about the animation quality of the show because it’s being animated by Haoliners Animation, but I didn’t find much to complain about in the first episode. Yeah, it’s not fantastic-looking, but it’s not bad either. It’s good enough for me.