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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Summer 2016 Spotlight: OP and ED of the Season

There may be something wrong with me. By the 8th week of a season, I usually have a lot of opinions about every OP and ED from shows that I’m still watching, but this season there’s nothing. In the past, I have said that particular seasons have been particularly uninteresting when it comes to their collections of theme songs, but even then I did have lots of opinions. This time, however, I feel very little. Because it seems unlikely that this season would be so extremely unremarkable compared to other seasons, I’m inclined to believe that the problem is in my head. To be honest, I’ve felt kind of burned out on anime lately, so it’s probably related to that.

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Index: Summer 2016 First Impressions

Due to foreseen and not unfortunate circumstances, which I could however not compensate for, I still have not had time to watch the first episode of Battery, which is why I will not be publishing my first impressions on it (because I feel like writing an entire post after a week-long break would be too much of a pain). I just thought I’d make that clear so no one has to sit and wait for a post that will never come. However, based on other people’s reactions, I can say that I’m expecting Battery to be at the very least a decent show, though maybe not the best drama ever. That said, it’s sort of pointless to speculate too much, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Summer 2016 First Impressions: Part 1

ReLIFE

Summer 2016 ReLIFE

I don’t usually wear suits or take the subway at night, but I can relate to his melancholy.

ReLIFE is not the first show about NEETs (or, alternatively, people working dead-end jobs “being given a second chance”), nor is it the first show where the main character regresses in physical age (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is a recent example of a similar show). It doesn’t really do any other things in a new way either. The visuals are okay, but not the most impressive ever, and when it comes to funny faces, it’s pretty average so far. The characters’ personalities aren’t outstanding either, but considering it’s going to be a show about the main character going to high school, I didn’t expect them to be.

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Summer 2016 Preview Mega Post

Oh dear, we once again have a season where I’m picking up 30 new shows. This is because almost everything looks woefully mediocre to me, so I might as well pick up a bunch of random shows and see if any of them stick. There are a few shows I have high hopes for, but the rest are pretty much completely wild cards.

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