January 19th, 2016
Obligatory disclaimer as always. Shows certainly do get better or worse than what their first episode(s) indicated. Mostly worse. Especially given the trend of the general anime audience to whip themselves into a furor over. Especially considering anime's problems with repetition and immediately taking every premise it has, unique or not, and then going to a holding pattern within a month. Some of them began in a holding pattern. I also cheated a little this season by being lazy and not getting this done last week.
Anything I plan on definitely covering at least one more episode of has frappucino next to its name. Also, either a link to my post, or if it's a sequel to something I already checked out of long ago, to one of the original Komugi series multitudinous openings.That doesn't mean I'll stick with it, or won't eventually pick up something without one (although since I'm doing this late, it's a pretty damn good bet), just that I'm planning to cover at least one more episode. Unless an episode bored or offended me on a fundamental level, I do tend to at least glance through the next episode or two of most things, even if I have nothing further to say. It has happened at least once in the past that I changed my mind and both quit on, then changed my mind on a show between episodes 2 and 3.
Anyway, onward and forward.
More obnoxious than cute, but is handling its characters with above average deftness, ignoring how low a bar that is at any rate.
I miss visual gags in anime that took forms other than being screamed in my face.
Emulates every light novel cliche aside from incest (yet) without a shred of ambition or an original thought of its own.
Even if the sports side had a little style (which was gone by episode 2), the comedy and characters are porridge at best.
Production needs a little help, and in general conflict with itself. Hopefully it plans to move forward as the first episode ended.
Doesn't seem to understand what actual mysteries or romance are, which is weird for a mystery/romance show.
Characters and story are subordinate to bad fanservice and adherence to worse cliches, but at least the production's strong.
A truly ridiculous faffing around that seems to be doing everything it can to avoid being the show in its premise.
Mugimaru yells a lot more than I remember.
Jokes are rarely good, but it is at least trying in ways that don't constantly deafen me.
Another high concept show that falls apart at the lower levels, headed by a protagonist it's impossible to get behind.
Yet another in the endless parade of nonsensical masturbatory metafiction with characters as interesting as soap.
Very loud music, and shots of scenery do not content make.
Who the hell would even want to watch bland teenagers playing an MMO in the first place?
Ridiculously angsty and overly melodramatic for having a demon puppy in a top hat, and the action is… not.
Now that's CGI.
The ten minutes of rakugo and pithy lesson about being yourself in a 'mature' show were the anvil on the camel's back.
Missing the budget it badly needs, but the story's been moving with passable characters, putting it above the pack.
Not many jokes if this was supposed to be a comedy, but not an adventure either, so I'm not sure what the selling point here is.
Remember when Nabeshin used to be a thing?
Let's take a parody series, and reboot it as what it was parodying, and without any of the production! Genius!
Mediocre action that badly needs a driving force, budget, and to not repeat whatever the hell the second episode was.
After three months, they finally stopped taking baths and thumbing through softcore porn. Protagonist and writing remains awful.
Considering the silent, competent, action hero protagonist, and writing that really shouldn't be scrutinized, it's expositionriffic.
About 90% so far has been blatant, straight up padding to avoid the story that it still doesn't even have.
Massively overdramatizes itself, and most of the cast act like crazy people without regard to sense.
Wrapup of the Wrapup:
It's not what I'd call a particularly strong season, although it is spread out across the week. I haven't forgotten about my experiments with pornographic games on this blog, but they're very time consuming and I'm not really tremendously eager to get back to them. I'm in a slight lull between translating in general for at least the next week while I get stuff ready for BB2's release and get back to refamiliarizing myself with/cleaning up some early parts of the behemoth after my two month BB2 break before diving back into that for the next probably eight plus months, so maybe I'm just enjoying not having to engage the kanji part of my brain for a brief spell. I'd be content to call that six month experiment complete at any rate and go back to maybe some random thoughts/T&A dumps/reviews of the early parts of things. Still haven't forgotten Izumo4! Just got to find a chunk of time to actually sit down and play it for a while.
Speaking of which, back to work.