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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Spring 2016 Spotlight: Surprise and Disappointment of the Season

There’s no Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu this season. There’s no one new series that has blown my mind in ways that I would never have imagined. There was, however, an announcement that Rakugo Shinjuu would be getting a sequel, which is nice, but I must digress because it has nothing to do with this particular anime season. But, while the Spring 2016 anime season has not been mind-blowing, at least not yet, it has been surprisingly solid. There are several shows that I think are quite good, and a few that I outright love.

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Index: Spring 2016 First Impressions

 

  • Part 1 

    • Kagewani: Shou, Uchuu Patrol Luluco, Ushio to Tora (TV) 2nd Season
  • Part 2

    • Mayoiga, Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu” Igi Ari!
  • Part 3

    • Endride, Boku no Hero Academia
  • Part 4

    • Pan de Peace!, Kuma Miko, Macross Delta
  • Part 5

    • Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Bakuon
  • Part 6

    • Joker Game
  • Part 7

    • Sousei no Onmyouji (Twin Star Exorcists), Bungou Stray Dogs
  • Part 8

    • Anne Happy♪
  • Part 9

    • Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou – The Last Song
  • Part 10

    • Sakamoto desu ga?, Shounen Maid
  • Part 11

    • Kyoukai no Rinne (TV) 2nd Season, Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
  • Part 12

    • Haifuri, Flying Witch
  • Part 13

    • Kiznaiver, Sansha Sanyou
  • Part 14

    • Usakame

Spring 2016 First Impressions: Part 3

Endride

Yup, that’s a gem alright.

This seems to be the first “average” show of the season for me. The first episode neither wowed nor offended me. The visuals were decent but nothing amazing, and the character designs were basically just “different variations of pretty boys” (slightly reminiscent of High School Star Musical two seasons ago). The voice acting was also ok, but not special in any way. The storytelling is not fantastic either, there were several points during the episode where I looked away or stopped focusing because I wasn’t really interested in what was going on. This is partially because I feel like the focus on gems and crystals is not really relevant to the story itself, it’s like it’s just there to appeal to people who are really into gemology.

And that’s why I’m having a hard time describing the main character in any way beside “likes gems and crystals”. Sure, I could also mention that his father is a workaholic who rarely comes home, but considering the main character gets transported to another world I’m not sure that’s going to be a topical theme in the show. Unless, of course, the other main character’s issues (I think he tried to murder his father figure or something) get brought up, in which case I could sort of see the theme of “rocky relationship with dad” working. But, so far at least, it seems that the show is just going to be about the main characters fighting magic enemies with magic weapons and stuff like that. Fortunately, I’m not greatly opposed to those kinds of stories, so I guess I’ll give it a few more episodes.

Verdict: Very average and not attention-grabbing at all. Not terrible, though, so I’ll continue, at least for now.

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Spring 2016 Preview Mega Post

Last time I did this I felt like my writing was getting excessively formulaic and repetitive, so this season I’m going to insert some more facts(date of premiere, studio, director, etc.) and maybe shorten my opinions a little bit. It’ll probably make for a shorter post in general, but I hope it’ll still be somewhat entertaining to read.

EDIT March 22 2016: Re:Zero airdate now known, removed section on Manaria Friends due to lack of information.

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