Fall 2017 First Impressions: Part 1

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.

 

Black Clover

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.

Fall 2017 Black Clover

I will admit I liked this shot.

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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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Going Down The List: Puchimas!: Petit iDOLM@STER

(MAL LINK)

Oh thank god, finally something relatively easy to write about for a change. Now, normally I wouldn’t even write about this show in a separate post – I would include it in a catch-all post with the original Idolmaster anime and Cinderella Girls – but as I just mentioned, I wanted (needed, even) something easy to write about, and Puchimas fits that bill quite nicely. It also has very little to do with the story of the original anime, which I could say is another justification for making this a separate post.

GDTL Puchimas 1

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