Summer 2017 First Impressions: Part 8

Hajimete no Gal

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”.

Summer 2017 Hajimete no Gal

Yes, this show is.

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.

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Going Down The List: Teekyuu

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There is no other anime quite like Teekyuu, at least to my knowledge. Even its second spin-off, Usakame, felt nothing like the parent series. To be completely honest, the first other show that comes to mind when I think of Teekyuu is Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy), but the only similarity the two shows share is extremely quick dialogue. Teekyuu really is something almost alien (even when you ignore the alien character).

GDTL Teekyuu 1

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Fall 2016 Spotlight: OP and ED of the Season

Last season I ended up giving no award to both the OP and ED of the Season, because while there were a few OPs and EDs I thought were catchy, none of them really struck a chord with me. Now, when I wrote last season’s spotlight post I was afraid that the problem lay with me and that next season wouldn’t inspire me to give awards either, but fortunately that turned out not to be the case.

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Fall 2016 Spotlight: Disappointment and Surprise of the Season

This season has actually been a carnival for me, because there are so many different shows that appeal to me in different ways. Nyanbo is a cute mix of CG and live-action, Shuumatsu no Izetta scratches that alternate history universe itch (though the boob jokes are pretty stale), Gakuen Handsome is a visual marvel (of sorts) and Yuri on Ice exceeded all of my uncertain expectations (way to go, Sayo Yamamoto). Among the other new shows that I like are also Flip Flappers, Girlish Number, 3-gatsu no Lion and Fune wo Amu. They too have their unique charms.

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Fall 2016 First Impressions: Part 5

Teekyuu 8

Fall 2016 First Impressions Teekyuu

Honestly this isn’t even close to being the weirdest thing said in Teekyuu.

Teekyuu is back! And it’s like it never left! Why am I shouting!? Because it’s the Teekyuu way! After 2 seasons of no Teekyuu I honestly don’t really care whether Teekyuu 8 ends up being a below average Teekyuu season (not that there is any indication of that yet), because I’m just happy it’s airing again. It’s the same old Teekyuu, it’s weird, it’s occasionally lewd, it’s fast and it’s loud. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Fall 2016 Preview Mega Post

After a two-year-long break, I’ll be going back to university this semester, and so I am afraid that I may not have much time for blogging anymore. I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll be going on a hiatus or not, but I want to inform you that the possibility exists now that I’m no longer a NEET. However, because doing this is so much fun, I’m probably going to spend a lot of time blogging about the Fall season anyway.

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Going Down The List: Ojisan to Marshmallow

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Ojisan to Marshmallow was in no way groundbreaking, nor does it stand out among similar shows, and I doubt it will be remembered for very long. Its gimmick was marshmallows, and its main character was older and wider than main characters usually are, but that’s about it. Unfortunately, this is often the case when it comes to short anime. They have to go to absurd lengths with the jokes to satisfy viewers in only 3 or so minutes, and that usually robs them of the possibility of having any truly memorable moments. There are exceptions, of course, like Teekyuu (which commits itself fully to its absurdity, so much so that it’s basically unchallenged in its own little niche), but most short anime have to wrestle with this dilemma.

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