Boku no Hero Academia Episode 13: [In Each of Our Hearts][Final Impressions]

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vlcsnap-2016-06-26-14h55m56s209After Nomu was thrown in the air by All Might, the latter tries to intimidate Shigaraki because he has reached his own limits. Of course nobody knows this, except Deku who is panicking and who decided to jump at the last minute in order to save All Might. As expected Midoriya’s attack was careless and Shigaraki was able to counter it pretty easily, putting Deku in a bad position. But I have to give this to Deku: he was pretty bad ass at this moment, he reminded me a bit of Bakugou… Heh… Also, like All Might mentioned, if Deku did not jump, All Might would have been killed, so in the end, it was a careless but useful move. However, Deku is saved at the last minute by the reinforcements brought by Iida. They manage to quickly take control of the situation which forces Shigaraki to leave, swearing that he will be back, more powerful than before, which led to some good old teasing for the second season.

vlcsnap-2016-06-26-15h08m59s577So the consequences of this attack? The kids now know that the pros’ world is quite scary, which is a good thing when you think of it. All Might is sure that this attack gave strength to the young students who are now aware of the difficulties they will have to face.
As for the bad guys’ side, they are even more pissed off than before. Shigaraki has noticed the troublesome existence of Deku and is determined to get rid of him. So now they are going to create a more powerful league of villains which gives room for another seaaaaason!
Oh yeah, and now, the school is concerned about improving the school’s security. Finally I want to say, it’s not like it’s important or anything…

After the fight we get some nice little comic scenes. The french Laser guy really made me laugh, the way he sparkles and gets ignored by everyone is just priceless. We also got another emotional talk between All Might and Deku where we don’t learn anything new, but serves to give us hope for the future. The scene after the credits also shows another villain who’s hanging on a rooftop, Batman style, looking threatening like all villains do.

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Charibo’s Final Impressions:

vlcsnap-2016-06-26-15h23m35s287As you’ve probably noticed, the story in itself isn’t ground breaking, it did not make you jump off your chair when you first heard the plot of Boku no Hero Academia. But what can I say? Japan loves school environnement and those good old’ shounens, but where Boku no Hero academia differentiates itself is with the super hero setting borrowed from the western comics. Now, Boku no Hero academia follows the kind of plot built on the motivation of a single character, where this particular character wants to be something special and the anime follows his trials and tribulations to achieve his goal. So on this side nothing extraordinary new, the show is pretty shounen-ish which can be considered as an asset or as a flaw depending on who’s watching it. As for myself, even if this type of show isn’t the one I affectionate the most, I do enjoy shounen. One of my favorite shows being Saint Seiya I can hardly lie and say that I despise this kind of show.

So is, in my humble opinion Boku no Hero Academia good?
Well, yes.

vlcsnap-2016-06-26-15h23m03s384First, I’ll say that I’m a big fan of main characters who suck. I always find interesting to see a character becoming strong and overcoming difficulties. I find this concept is pretty engaging and it is always nice to see our dear hero succeeding in accomplishing what he believes in. In that aspect Boku no Hero Academia succeeds, Midoriya is a total cutie and I just want him to be happy.
As for rest of the characters, I’ts simple, I love all of them. Well, I may have some preferences for a certain king of Explodokills but my obsession aside, I enjoyed the whole cast. Speaking of my Trash Lord, I’ve seen a lot of people disliking Bakugou with passion, saying that he was a retard and simply an asshole. Oh well, oh well, pleb might talk, Bakugou remains the best. On this matter, I’ll sit on my comfortable chair and watch the world burn of hate for this character while silently drinking the haters’ tears.

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I have nothing to reproach to the sound and the art, both were surprisingly good, that’s studio BONES for you. The pacing was great, I was pumped for each episodes and the last 3-4 episodes showed us some solid actions scenes, perfect to end the season in a grand finale.

vlcsnap-2016-06-26-15h04m54s887Now for the flaws. I’m not really sure if it’s a flaw in itself but to me, this show lacks of that little spark which makes something different from all the other shounens I’ve seen. Sure, the super hero concept is quite new in japanimation, the characters and art style are nice but what’s more to it? Heh, for the moment, nothing really. Furthermore, the message whole message ” YOU CAN DO IT” isn’t completely new and tends to get a bit old. Other than that, the show doesn’t try to develop any other topics that could have left room for a deep analysis. Because yes, Boku no Hero Academia isn’t a powerful masterpiece, a show that was going to shake the whole animu community, to revolutionize the world but it’s fine. Why you may ask? Well, because it never meant to. It’s like the show is aware of its own limits and nature. It’s not a show that tries to hard to be something else.This admission is quite pleasant to notice and thus doesn’t make the show unbearable to watch.

I mentioned the characters earlier so what’s more to say about them? Well, in this first season only a few characters were truly developed, leaving the rest of the high school students a bit forgettable. But developing an entire class of students takes time and doing it in 13 episodes is impossible. But, I’m one of those people who read the manga before so I had more time to get attached to the cast. So even if I recognize the fact that the cast wasn’t developed enough, I was still already attached to the characters before starting the anime.

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Overall, Boku no Hero Academia is a good show in my eyes. It is nothing extraordinary new nor revolutionary but it is well executed. The story, the characters are engaging, making the show a pleasant animu to watch. Now in my opinion, the show lacks of “deep topics” to discuss, if you’ve been following my reviews you might have noticed that I love to get off topic and to fantasize about the meaning of things. I just love over analyzing, which might be a flaw, buuuut yeah, in my eyes, Boku no Hero Academia lacks of those things, although this argument is really subjective here. However, the fact that the show doesn’t try to hard to be something else, lightened my worries and makes me forget the fact that there’s no hidden meaning, symbolism behind every characters’ action.
So in the end, we are left with a good shounen, enjoyable but that’s it. There’s nothing more to it, and we shouldn’t try to seek more.
Oh and Best Grill goes to Tsuyu. I don’t think I need to mention who best boy is, that’s pretty obvious ( ? ? ?)

Score: 7/10

Uchuu Patrol Luluco – Episodes 12 & 13 [Final Impression]

Episode 12

The newly resurrected Luluco is under attack by the Blackholeian’s minions, when suddenly Lalaco and her pirate crew emerge from a portal and block the bullets aimed at Luluco. Lalaco had been returning for Luluco’s funeral but was surprised to see her daughter had already been brought back to life. Luluco explains the situation and asks her mother for a favor; Lalaco gives her daughter her space ship and tells her to go confess to Nova. Luluco is locked onto the bow of the pirate ship and without further ado the ship takes off for Nova’s location. Lalaco, Midori, Chief Over-Justicvlcsnap-00006e and even Luluco’s reawakened father Keiji all morph into their gun forms and start shooting at all of the Blackholeian guns.

Luluco finds Nova and she finally confesses to him. She offers her heart to him, then tells him she’s placing him under arrest. Nova is shocked by Luluco’s confession, although he still doesn’t hesitate to take her Aflutter Jewel again. The Blackholeian arrives and smashes it to the ground, but Luluco produces a new one again and again, until she’s firing a steady stream of them in Nova’s direction. She tells the Blackholeian that they her feelings for Nova and that they will never die. As Nova is encompassed in this jetstream of love and memories from Luluco, he develops the capacity to feel and reciprocates Luluco’s feelings by falling in love with her on the spot. He even has a jewel of his own now!

The Blackholeian is enraged and directs an attack at Luluco, but Nova steps in front of her to protect her. He tells the Bolackholeian that he’s just a “normal Nova” now and that he’s just fallen in love with Luluco. Yay for middleschool love!

The Blackholeian gets even angrier and he levels up to his final form. Nova reassures a panicking Luluco that they can defeat him together. Hand in hand, they tell the Blackholeian that he’s under arrest for super space shoplifting.


Episode 13

As Luluco and Nova fight the evil Blackholeian together, Lalaco, Keiji and the others are watching from in the background. Nova’s jewel is called a Pitter Patter Stone, and when it merges with Luluco’s Aflutter Jewel it becomes a Lovey-Dovey Diamond. *facepalm* SO sappy~

However the Blackholeian has a trick up his sleeve: he activates the micro blackhole he installed in Nova’s forehead. It grows in size, slowly enveloping Nova’s body. Luluco “pulls the trigger” as Lalaco says, and starts absorbing the pink aura which had been floating around in space, increasing her powers immensely. Apparently these new powers of Luluco’s give her the ability to patrol across different dimensions of space.

vlcsnap-00002The Lovey-Dovey Diamond morphs into a new crystallized arm with a gun in the hand, and Luluco fires it at the evil Blackholeian again and again. When the bullets lodge in his body they turn to crystal, blocking the black holes which give him his power. But he still has enough power to smash Luluco between his two powerful hands, and her friends and family can’t get close enough to help.

Just when she feels like this might be the end for her, Nova’s disintegrating form appears to her and tells her to use him as a weapon. Nova says he can’t stay in their current dimension, but if Luluco fires him at the Blackholeian as a bullet, the two black holes will cancel each other out and both will disappear. Luluco asks what the point of them meeting was if he knew they were destined from the beginning to part, and Nova cheerily replies it’s so that they can meet again.

With that, Luluco knows she must follow Nova’s suggestion. She fires Nova’s Justice gun at the Blackholeian and together the two are sucked into another dimension. Once the Blackholeian disappears, all his minions transform back into regular people. Lalaco wastes no time disappearing, but Keiji is there to support his daughter and give her some words of support. Slowly the shoplifted Ogikubos drift back into the universe, heading for their homes.

Back at Luluco’s Ogikubo, life resumes as normal. Except now Chief Over Justice is the new Commander-in-Chief, and Midori has been promoted to his former rank of Chief of the Ogikubo branch. A widescreen appears behind father and daughter in their home, and they see that Lalaco’s up to no good again. Speaking of which, their home is now a spaceship, not a cramped apartment in Ogikubo. It looks like both Midori and Luluco have stopped going to school too.

Keiji leaves in their spaceship to chase after Lalaco, and Luluco leaves on her own space rider to do her own thing. She has a new nickname too: Miss Trigger (haha).

My thoughts: Luluco’s parents’ reactions to her confession to Nova were pretty funny. Luluco’s father is the stereotypical protective father, pointing out that his daughter is thirteen and too young to be getting involved with guys yet. Lalaco takes the stance that her daughter is growing up into a young woman (although I hate to pin that label onto a thirteen year old >>; ) and can make her own decisions.

I think these two episodes were my favourite. It was a sappy yet bittersweet ending to a show I wasn’t even sure I was going to stick with, but I’m glad I did because it ended up being more than I had anticipated. But poor Luluco~~ ;~;


Final Impression: Ugh, the ending to this show. ;~; *tries to tape her broken heart back together* Goddamn bittersweet endings. I was so happy Luluco got her wish, and was caught so off guard when it was taken away from her.

Story: Not as shallow as I had originally thought. One of the main themes of this show is that Luluco spends so much time and effort trying to be normal, but in the end after Nova leaves, she gives up and accepts that her life as part of Space Patrol will never be normal.

As with Hundred, the focus of the storyline changed too. It was initially about rescuing her father, then became about dealing with her mother, stealing back Ogikubo, and lastly trying to confess to Nova plus the whole faceoff with the Blackholeian. I appreciate series which aren’t one or two-note because it makes them much more interesting to watch. For a show that’s only about five minutes long once you remove the opening and ending themes, I was pretty impressed.

Characters: Kinda meh for me. I was right about Nova being a little suspicious, but he and Luluco grew on me. Midori was probably my favourite character as I feel she had the most personality, and it didn’t hurt that she has the same seiyuu as Haruko from FLCL. Luluco’s parents were alright, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Chief Over Justice or his silent assistant.

Music & Animation: Probably the weakest elements of the series for me were the music and animation. I wasn’t a big fan of either the opening or ending theme, and five minutes doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for other tracks. The animation itself was solid, but I’m not a fan of the wild-crazy-all-over-the-map style of this show. It often made it a little difficult for me to track what was going on, especially when the action really got going and shots were firing everywhere. Nothing wrong with it, it’s just not to my liking.

Overall Thoughts: As I mentioned, I ended up enjoying this show a lot more than I thought I would. The characters and the zany animation grew on me like a fungus until I caved and just went with the flow. If you’re a fan of other Trigger works then I recommend watching Uchuu Patrol Luluco, especially if you’re the type who likes looking for easter eggs.

Final Score: 8/10

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Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 12: Borne Back Ceaselessly into the Past (Final Impression)

To be continued…

Wow, that was not an ending. This episode was the beginning to something cool and it literally ends with To be continued and now I can’t tell whether I’m happy or disappointed. I really hate it when shows end their anime like this. Yes, I know in these days when manga get an anime adaptation it’s usually to promote the original source so people can start buying it. After this cliffhanger ending, people who haven’t read the manga are definitely going to want to read it. With Bungou Stray Dogs, I’ve noticed that this series doesn’t have one big plot, but mini ones in their own little arcs. We finally meet some of the members of The Guild, so I’m guessing this next arc is called “The Guild” arc. But the anime just teased us with it, so that disappoints me. That is, it would disappoint me if there was no announcement of a second season, but there is! So…okay, hurray! I’m just disappointed that I have to wait. :’D

[HorribleSubs] Bungou Stray Dogs - 12 [1080p].mkv0018What a loser, this guy seriously says old sport like Gatsby does. I have no idea if the real Fitzgerald said old sport or not, but this is hilarious. This animu Fitzgerald is the perfect personification of the real Fitzgerald’s characters in his stories: filthy rich people who are assholes and I hate them all. He uses money to get what he wants, he has a custom-made watch, and he showed off his knowledge of fine china, like anyone gives a crap about that. But even though he’s a guy who I’d love to beat up and sell that watch of his, he’s the leader of The Guild and he means business. He arrives at the Agency on his helicopter (lol) and speaks with the president. the Guild being an underground group and not official, animu Fitzgerald wants to buy the president off for their permit. Without the permit, they’re nothing. Of course the president refuses and Fitzgerald-san leaves a vague warning at the end. He and the two people that accompanied him are led to the elevator by Kenji. The red-haired girl compliments his hat and the next thing we know, Kenji suddenly disappears from the elevator while the girl is wearing his hat. The next morning, they see that an entire building disappeared somehow. Of course that was the work of The Guild.

[HorribleSubs] Bungou Stray Dogs - 12 [1080p].mkv0037Lucy…is really cool. Her ability is so creepy and weird and I love it. She’s a creepy girl herself. Her ability is like a storybook gone wrong because her alternate world is all colorful and fun but it’s twisted with a giant evil doll named Anne kidnapping people and locking them up. Naomi gets captured, and then Tanizaki. Only Atsushi and some random physician man are left but Lucy is more interested in Atsushi, since her boss is after him. I’m still not really sure how I feel about Atsushi. I can understand why he’s a little cowardly but I’ve seen that he’s changed just a little bit. After his bold behavior towards Akutagawa, I was a little surprised and disappointed that he was running away from the fight and hoped Dazai and the others would help. I thought at this point he would continue in a fight no matter what, especially for the group of people that he cares about. So I feel like he’s a little inconsistent. I don’t think he needed the “physician’s” reminder to save them like they had saved him. Also, I’m surprised at that moment Atsushi didn’t get a lightbulb and ask how the hell he knew about what happened to him, because that’s when I started getting suspicious of the guy.

Also it didn’t help that he suddenly scared Lucy frozen. The fight was very cool. I’m glad they saved some budget for this scene, you can tell they did because this was probably the best animated fight we’ve gotten. The colors, the facial expressions, it just didn’t look ugly like in some parts of the Atsushi vs. Akutagawa battle. It was exciting, and like I said I really liked Lucy’s ability. We learned a little bit about her, like she’s an orphan like Atsushi, and that she’ll be thrown aside like garbage if she messes up her mission. Seeing as how she did in the end, I wonder what’s going to happen to her.

[HorribleSubs] Bungou Stray Dogs - 12 [1080p].mkv0061And holy crap, the hot physician is actually the Port Mafia boss. B-Bishies everywhere…I mean I was suspicious of the guy from the start, what with him presenting the picture of the creepy blonde girl from the previous episode, him saying things to Atsushi that no random stranger should know, and that weird aura in Anne’s playroom. I couldn’t make a guess to who he really was, but when the Port Mafia people lowered their heads and bent down, that’s when I knew…Ah, this guy is the boss. Ah. Well damn they can’t just introduce this guy to us for nothing, that means big things are going to happen! Now we have a Guild vs. Agency vs. Port Mafia thing going on which is going to get real ugly real soon as he ends the episode with some scary words.

Final Impression

I’m glad this show started to pick up in the middle. This is really a nice series. The abilities are fun and unique and there are some character relationships that are good. But can I say that I loved this show? Not really, because it had its issues. This was a huge concern in the beginning, but when it got into the middle, it cooled down. The inappropriate comedy really became grating.

[HorribleSubs] Bungou Stray Dogs - 12 [1080p].mkv0024I didn’t mind it at first, I also didn’t mind it in a couple more episodes, but then after awhile it really was getting in the way of the show’s seriousness and it didn’t work at all. It became really irritating and just makes the characters seem dumb and I think that’s what really drew people away from the show. Some of the characters drive off of this comedy, like Dazai, so people may not like him, or maybe you do depending on who you are. But the comedy bits really took away from the serious parts of the show, which were great. As people have told me that the irritating comedy is anime-only, then that makes me wonder what the manga is like, but since I’m not an avid manga reader I don’t know if I’ll read it, but I’m sure I would enjoy this series more if I would read it. There just wasn’t any balance! You can have serious and comedy in the same show, the secret to success is that it has to balance each other out. Don’t bring in the comedy at inappropriate moments.

As for characters, I’m not sure I can say if I like some of them. I don’t necessarily hate any of them, but I find that I’m indifferent towards most of them, or I like them and I would like to learn more about them. I feel like we didn’t get to get too close to any of the characters. Atsushi is a cute and sweet guy who only wants to belong somewhere and not be a burden, and I really do root for him, but for some reason I don’t love him? You know what I mean? Like yeah I see you Atsushi, I got you…but that’s it. Nothing more than that. Same with others. And the few characters I’ve said that I love, we haven’t seen much of them. I can’t say I know anything about any of the characters, so that makes them seem a little flat to me. But I guess the good thing is that I don’t hate any of them.

Going to the plot, there really isn’t one. It’s just the Armed Detective Agency taking on cases. We had mini arcs like the Kunikida one, even though that wasn’t from the manga, and the one with Kyouka. But we also had other episodes that were episodic, and in the beginning the show was more episodic, and that’s definitely when it was its weakest. But when we actually get into an arc, the show turns really really good. The serious part of the series that I wanted appears and it made me excited. Though I do wish Bungou Stray Dogs had an actual plot because I tend to like shows like that than episodic ones.

[HorribleSubs] Bungou Stray Dogs - 12 [1080p].mkv0045Animation wise, it was good. When it was great, it looked great. Some fight scenes looked amazing, like the finale. But there was a moment when the animation was flat out lazy, where the faces and mouths weren’t even drawn and it looked so awkward and weird. Studio BONES is a great studio and they’re known for great animation, but they’re taking on so many shows this year! So…many…shows. This show is getting another season, Boku no Hero Academia was announced to get another season, and just…a lot, there’s a lot. So of course, some of their shows had to get some budget cuts in order to use more money on their bigger shows, again, Academia and others. I’m not watching all of their shows, but it looked like Stray Dogs got the short end of the stick. Of course the animation wasn’t awful, thank god, but there were times it was so ugly and lazy that it became distracting and ridiculous.

The music was really good and GRANRODEO never disappoints me, but I do think this is their weakest song yet. I don’t dislike it, but it’s not a song I’d play over and over. The ending wasn’t my favorite either and I usually skipped it, but the visuals were pretty.

All in all, this show had a rocky start but it picked up speed and saved itself from blowing up. I was losing faith in it early on but it consistently got better that I found myself enjoying it again. There’s a lot of good things in this show and the cliffhanger we got was a set up for greater events, so I’m very excited to see it. I hope with the second cour, it’ll keep up the momentum it’s been having. No more exagerrated comedy, please. But if the directors still want to keep it, at least tone it down? Yes? Okay. I’m looking forward to what’s next and I’ll see you guys then when the second half finally airs.

7/10

Hundred – Episode 12 [Friends] [Final Impression]

Vitaly and her Hunters are making speedy progress through the innards of Little Garden. They are of course heading for where LiZA is being contained in her coccoon, in Sector 11. En route one of the Hunters is fried by an electrical trap, but Vitaly shows no mercy. Mei-Mai shows up while Vitaly’s torturing them with her sound device and starts shooting at her, so Vitaly runs off alone while Mei-Mai stays behind with the Hunter trio.

Vitaly reaches LiZA at last, and Judar is waiting for her. Vitaly’s master plan is finally revealed: she wants revenge on Judar for abandoning her after they were intimate. Killing LiZA will hurt Judar and all of Little Garden. But first she wants to torture the Slayers a little.

Up on deck, the Replicants start to emit very high-pitched soundwave attacks. Anyone with the Slayer virus in their body is affected, rendering them all but
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Judar, however, is not swayed in the slightest. He smoothly offers Vitaly an out, saying that he wants to be with her again, but Vitaly does not fall for his ploy. She shoots madly at Judar, but none of her bullets hit him. And now LiZA is awake! Judar in turn reveals his plans to her: he wanted LiZA awake (presumably to protect Little Garden from Vitaly), and has been making calculations since the beginning of the series, putting everyone and even Little Garden itself at risk in order to see it happen. Vitaly shoots at Judar again, but his bullets are blocked by LiZA’s spirit. Judar fires one bullet at Vitaly and hits her. Judar holds Vitaly as she dies in his arms, and ironically it’s the only time during the series where he doesn’t look like a cold, calculating jackass. After Vitaly dies, Judar tells LiZA she can rest again, but she defies him saying she has something she must do.

Hayato and Emilia are still struggling with the Slayers, and in the stadium, Sakura and Karen are still affected by the sound attack too. Then LiZA appears to them, and tells the two singers that their song will nullify the Replicants’ attack. Before LiZA leaves she kisses Karen on her forehead, eradicating her illness and giving her back the ability to stand and walk again. The concert is back on! All Slayers are back in action!

Hayato decides to go all out, pushing his power to its limit in order to take out the biggest Replicant of all, the Trenta-class. He smashes it through the barrier, but now he’s done for the rest of the battle. Furthermore his plan backfires when the massive Replicant begins to move and attack again from inside Little Garden.

The Hunters suddenly appear, fighting the Trenta-class Replicant in order to protect Little Garden from Vitaly. Nakri is quickly knocked out, so Krovanh starts going berserk on the Replicant. Claire leaves the command office, prepared to kill the Trenta-class if she has to. But before she arrives, Nesat activates her Trace On ability, merging with the Replicant to become a human-Savage hybrid. She kills the original Replicant easily, but now she’s in danger of exploding from her overwhelming power like LiZA was. Char comes over the com system to tell Claire that Nesat must be stopped, or else she’ll destroy Little Garden and everyone on it.

vlcsnap-00025In his subconscious, LiZA comes to Hayato and tells him that he must save Nesat, Little Garden, and Claire. She gives him a gentle kiss before fading away. Hayato awakens and asks Claire to wait until he’s had a chance to try to save Nesat. Claire reluctantly obeys, but tells him she will step in if the situation looks like it will get out of control.

Hayato tries to persuade Nesat to calm down, to let go of her pain and believe in him and the others. He tells her that she’s free and that Vitaly won’t control her anymore. He tells her that she can believe if anyone she wants, and that no one on Little Garden will betray her. But as Nesat starts to lose control, Hayato launches one final attack at her and enters her mind. He repeats that she needs to believe in him, and reaffirms that she can trust him. They’re friends after all, right? Nesat takes his hand, and her self-destruction is halted.

After the battle, LiZA’s spirit appears to Claire and thanks her for protecting Little Garden. Later that evening there is a celebration complete with fireworks. Emilia and Hayato are talking privately, and Emilia says that her wish is to be with Hayato. They kiss, and Hayato says that he wants to be with Emilia too. They kiss a second time, and that’s when the rest of the harem shows up, shocked because it appears to them that Hayato and Emilia are two guys kissing. (I have my own thoughts on homophobia in anime, but that’s a lengthy discussion for another time.) After Claudia’s outburst, Emilia is forced to confess that she is not a guy, but actually a female princess. Then Claire shows up with her massive Hundred gun, and aims a blast directly at Hayato and Emilia!

My thoughts: What a great final episode. I was a little surprised at Vitaly’s death so early in the episode; I had thought up until now that she would be the final villain. That Nesat ended up being the final enemy was a neat surprise twist.

I wish we had gotten to see more of LiZA, as I was really interested in her backstory and how her abilities power Little Garden. Also, did Judar really only want LiZA to awaken because he wanted to her use as a defense against Vitaly’s revenge? :/ What a jerkface.

Lastly, is this finale one of the few times the male lead in a harem actually makes a decision regarding his personal life?? *gives Hayato a trophy*



Final Impression:
For an ecchi harem, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this show. It was evident early in the season that I was going to like Hundred more than Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut from last season, but I didn’t think the differences would be so striking.

Overall, I can think of no major complaint against Hundred. From start to finish I feel like this is a solid show, even after the ecchi and fanservice is removed.

Story: The main villain of this series is kept hidden until almost the halfway point. Instead, the Hunters are portrayed as the initial enemy, while Vitaly’s name is only casually mentioned throughout the first half, and it’s not until the Hunters are subdued that she emerges as the actual baddie.

Because this is a harem, each member of the harem came with their own subplot, and I felt like the show wove them all together pretty smoothly. For example Sakura’s was her singing, her Hundred, and her shared past with Karen and Hayato. Claire’s subplot came with LiZA, Little Garden, and Judar, the latter of which also linked him to Vitaly. And Emilia’s schtick was that her past was tied to Hayato’s, because the incident at Gudenburg was how they both became Slayers.hundred poster

What I’m trying to put in a nutshell is that there was a lot of content, lots going on, and it never felt like the plot was just plodding onwards with one goal in mind. Everyone was always working towards their own goals, there was just some fanservice thrown in along the way. The pacing of this show was also pretty fantastic.

Characters: I think the characters are what make this series go the extra mile in my mind. While some were a little one-dimensional, virtually all of them experienced some kind of character growth or development. And the ones that didn’t at least had something going for them which made them tolerable. An example of the aforementioned would be Claudia – she’s always freaking out about Hayato’s relationship with Emilia, but her verbal sparring with him and extreme reactions at least make her funny to watch.

Something I also want to note: I know this is only the second ecchi harem I’ve watched, so I have little to compare it to, but unlike Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut the fanservice actually applied to both genders in Hundred. Yeah Claire got naked a lot, but we got to see Fritz in a Speedo. And breasts jiggled all over the place, but Hayato had a very nice, form-fitting variable suit. I think there could have been more fanservice aimed at people who are attracted to guys, but I’ll take what I can get.

Also unlike other series I’ve seen, there were no characters I wanted to flat out strangle (Lisha from Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut and Mari from Nijiiro Days come to mind), which is always a bonus. Everyone in Hundred was likeable to at least some degree. And yay for the Emilia x Hayato ship being canon!

Music & Animation: Pretty stellar. I wasn’t a huge fan of the opening theme, but I liked most of the ending themes. The animation was strong, no major derpy moments that I can think of at the moment. I don’t know the names of some of the songs that Sakura and/or Karen sang throughout the series, but those were very pleasing to my ears and I’m thinking of trying to track them down.

Overall Thoughts: Even without the fanservice, Hundred stands strong as a sci-fi show about monsters, technology, and dare I say it, love. If you don’t mind seeing lots of bare skin and bouncing breasts, I would recommend giving this show a watch.

Final Score: 10/10

Mayoiga Episode 12: Nanaki Mirrors Your Soul (Final Impressions)

I came back from a very exhausting and busy day from work and I was about to take a really nice nap until

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Oh yeah.

I have to review this pile of poop.

Not greato.

And the longer I put it off, the lazier I’m going to get. Even though I’m really tired, I watched the episode. And of course it was dumb but it finally ended. I feel like I don’t really need to go into so much detail on this final episode because all the information presented to us was repeated again so and of the stuff that happened was not surprising or a big reveal. Except one thing.

[HorribleSubs] Mayoiga - 12 [1080p].mkv0015So Koharun’s father is the researcher guy Mitsumune met. Kamiyama, if I’m remembering correctly. She’s so upset at her father for not caring about how he’s aging prematurely and how he’s researching the village. She’s trying to find his Nanaki, his trauma or something so he can return to normal, and she’s mad at him that he’s not looking around with her. Basically, to find her father’s trauma she’s purposely making other people’s traumas worse…or something like that. In hopes that her father’s trauma will pop out or something, I don’t know that part didn’t really make too much sense. I don’t think Koharu (which is her real name, no shit) knows how Nanakis work.

So yeah Hayato had that giant ugly-CGI Nanaki attack the others, he’s still yandere and wants Mitsumune to be his puppet. But Mitsumune says some stuff about wanting to be more stronger and courageous and being a better friend to Hayato like helping him with his family issues and that really struck a cord with Hayato. But then Koharun comes out of nowhere and is like “No he’s lying he just saying that because Masaki is cute” but it doesn’t really work anymore. Now they can’t control the giant Nanaki and so they all run off.

[HorribleSubs] Mayoiga - 12 [1080p].mkv0032Reiji being Masaki’s Nanaki was true, I mean…we already knew that. He was her imaginary friend and he’s her trauma. I would care more if I actually liked Masaki. I mean I do feel bad that everyone tried killing her multiple times even when they didn’t have any actual proof of the stuff they accused her of. I mean poor girl leave her alone. But other than that, I thought she was kind of dumb. I expected her character to be something more, like she really did know some stuff about the village or she had supernatural powers or something. Remember how in the first episode she was really superstitious and weird? I thought that was going to reveal something, but we got nothing! I felt like her personality shifted a lot throughout the show from mysterious girl, to mean mysterious girl, to damsel in distress, to annoying girl that doesn’t reveal important information. The show was making it so Masaki would have a weird spiritual connection to the village, and well…yeah I guess? But not really. Apparently she’s supposed to be an important character but she was worthless.

So we all know that to leave the village, everyone has to accept their Nanaki. Mitsumune is still there because he has a new Nanaki, a little fuzzball with Masaki’s ribbon on its back. Masaki had denied Reiji being her Nanaki, but she confessed to Mitsumune that she always knew Reiji was a figment of her imagination. And so she accepted him, and she left. And she was also happy because Mitsumune put the moves on her and was like “I’ll always listen to you and be with you!” or something and she blushed. I actually thought they were going to kiss and I would have been mad if they did that would have been stupid.

So yes now everyone knows that to leave they have to accept their Nanaki because it’s a part of who they are. Some agree that they will and leave the village, but there are a few that are staying behind, such as Koharun who wants to research the village like her father, the hat guy because he doesn’t want his ass to get killed back home, Valkana because he probably has a thing for Koharun, Lion, and other people I don’t care about or remember. The rest of the gang leave, and Mitsumune is the last to leave. So they all appear in the bus with Driver-san and they sing that damn hippo song and go home. Great. This episode was…whatever. It was already stuff we knew about, we just saw it end. The only part I liked was when the three best girls hugged each other before saying goodbye. Lion throwing herself at Nanko was so cute. ;_;


Berry’s Final Impression

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That’s me, I’m the sad looking fuzz. But I’m still cute.

That was not good. Not…good. To be honest it was pretty awful. I was really hyped up for this show when I had read the synopsis for the first time. I love mystery shows so I was excited for this. And I will say that I was enjoying it in the beginning. It made me curious as to what was going to happen, and trying to guess at the supernatural elements was pretty fun. I actually do like the idea of the Nanaki though, that’s a positive I’ll give the show. The idea of people’s past traumas haunting them is pretty great because you can really learn about a character. But in this show’s case, it’s not very effective when you do things where we come to hate the characters! Almost the entire cast was so unlikeable.

So unlikeable that I wouldn’t have minded if they all died. They were so stupid, so mindless, so gross, just awful people. And other characters were ignored to the point that I even forgot about them, and then they would randomly speak up and I’d be like oh shit I forgot about you! Also, the conversations they had with each other was so stupid and not funny that I usually would ignore the subtitles for a bit because they’d be talking about stupid shit that didn’t have to do with anything they were talking about.

What was the point of this show? If I hate 95% of the cast, how am I supposed to care about this show since the plot centered around their traumas? I just don’t…

Is it really that hard writing a good story? Is it really that hard to make this somewhat interesting? Is it hard to write good characters? Some of the plot points made sense, and sometimes it didn’t. How was this approved?! Dammit, honestly how? There was not one good thing about this show! The writing got so lazy in the end too, with Koharun. But then she wasn’t so bad…? I love how everyone wanted to kill Masaki when they had no proof against her, but when they found out with definite proof that Koharun caused everything, they didn’t do anything. Fuck this show.

Ok no that’s not true. I freaking love the opening song. So that was a good choice. The premise itself was actually interesting, so that’s another plus. Problem was the execution was awful. Animation wise, it’s cute. But sometimes the animators got lazy so it would look ugly. And god the CGI for some of the Nanaki was so ugly! And it just didn’t mesh well with the rest of the show so that just made some of the Nanaki really stupid, or laughable, or both.

This was painful. It started off pretty entertaining but then slowly disintegrated into…this. It’s poop. 3/10, stay away.

Is this my Nanaki?

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Charibo’s final impressions

As I was taking my weekly Bleach bath to wash my sins away and while listing to some good old’ vaporwave I began to ask myself what were the most cancerous things in my life right now. Surprise, Mayoiga came at the top of the list, right after the minions which are the spawn of Satan.

In my opinion, this show is garbage. Everything is retarded, it’s full of plot-holes, unanswered questions and useless things. I mentioned all those weaknesses in my previous reviews and I feel like ranting for too long about this show would be like shooting on a injured animal: not really cool and fair play. So to keep it short and simple:

Most of the characters were completely useless, they had no character development, no characterization. The authors did not even bother to give them Nanaki nor real reasons for joining the tour trip. Some of the characters, like that Sick Kid, were so invisible that I really wondered if they still existed. They made sick kid and co talk a little bit in the last episode to remind us that they are still alive but that’s it. I fail to understand the utility of such huge number of character if the show is not using them, even as potential dead bodies.

Nothing makes sense, I won’t start mentioning all the plot holes and “deus ex machina” that happened because there’s too many. The one that shocked me the most was: Masaki mentions in this episode that she came to the village because she read and heard about the it thanks to the grand father’s articles on the subject. In those articles he clearly mentions that Nanaki are the scars of the past and shit. So WHY, WHY NOBODY KNEW IN THE TOUR?! They obviously did some researches to find the existence of the tour bus so why nobody knew about the existence of Nanaki expect Masaki? She’s clearly not a pro but managed to find those articles so why the rest of the shit gang did not know? Ok, they are retarded but still, Masaki is also a retard and she was able to figure that shit out. Furthermore they keep on saying at the beginning that everybody is searching the village and stuff. So, if everybody is searching for the village, means that they should have find the grand father’s articles. BUT NO! Apparently no, only Masaki read them. Pretty convenient right?

Finally, while the first part of the show failed to create some tension and a mystery atmosphere, the second part was rushed as hell, introducing new characters, new sub-plots and apparent motivations for some character that nobody cared about. The last five minutes of this episode tried to wrap things up so fast that I failed to understand their logic.

If I had to mention one good point for this episode, it would be the music. This episode’s soundtrack was really good, so good that I spent more time listening to the background music than to the dialogues. Also Ayato was funny in this episode going all yandere, that was funny. But then, in the bus he’s like “EEEH, long time no see”, all happy and stuff. I don’t know, two hours ago you wanted to kill them and know you are best buddies. Accepting your scars of the past must be pretty convenient.

Maybe you enjoyed the show as some comic nonsense and that’s good for you. And I guess it is one possible way to explain how and why this thing was made: to produce some “comic absurd nonsense”. In that regard, the end makes more sense. The people had supposedly changed, accepting their past scars and stuff, but as soon as they start to leave, they begin to sing the Hippo song, proving that after all, they are still retarded. I see this end as a big middle finger: “You thought all the shit they went through and all the unstoppable speeches on acceptance and difference would have affected them?” AH! YOU’RE TOO NAIVE! Nothing changed. They are still retards, which makes all the cancerous speeches that we had to sit through during the entire episode useless.

2/10.
I don’t care. If you want to suffer, better buy an anal plug than watch this cancer of a show.

SUMMER ANIME PREVIEW 2016

Summer Preview Banner 2016

:RESOURCES:
Anichart, ANN, CR, LiveChart, MAL

:Excluded Titles:
Gra-P & Rodeo, Onara Gorou


91 days91 Days

Animation Company: Shuka
Website: http://91days.family/
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: During the Prohibition era, in the Lawless district the law has no power, the mafia rule the streets, and the illegally made liquor flows freely. At one time Avilio lived in this district, but after a mafia dispute ended in the murder of his family, he went into hiding. Later, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious person that ignites his passion for revenge and leads him to return to Lawless. There, he infiltrates the Vanetti family and gets close to Nero.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Watched the trailer, yeah I don’t think this is for me. ^^;|||

Vantage: It looks rather edgy. I also know nothing about Shuka. Maybe if I’m bored?

Berry: This looks cool, it catches my interest.

Nikolita: I was initially interested in this, but after reading the summary, I changed my mind.

Charibo: Eh, this looks like my type of show!

Oki: This looks to be an interesting one. Shuka is fairly new but did some in between work on Terror in Resonance as well as producing the Durarara later seasons. With the little we know thus far and the very interesting premise + PV, it looks like it might be a good show. The PV reminds me of Gankutsuou and for that reason I might take a look at some episodes.


Active Raid S2Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari S2

Animation Company: Production IMS
Website: http://activeraid.net/
Genre: Mecha, Police, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Second season of Active Raid
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I watched four episodes, and that was it.

Vantage: Haven’t seen the first season.

Berry: I watched like…half of the first episode of the first season and stopped lol.

Nikolita: Still haven’t ever seen Active Raid.

Charibo: I never cared about Active Raid and I don’t plan to start now.

Oki: This anime really did not interest me at all, so I’d really rather not cover it.


Amaama to InazumaAmaama to Inazuma

Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: http://www.amaama.jp/
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Kouhei Inuzuka is a teacher who has been caring for his little daughter on his own since his wife’s death. He’s no good at cooking, so he and his daughter Tsumugi have been eating packaged meals from the convenience store. A series of events lead him one evening to a restaurant run by the mother of one of his students, Kotori. Her mother isn’t there, but Kotori does her best to feed them both. It turns out Kotori is often alone since her parents are divorced and her mother is frequently not around. The three of them begin to meet and cook tasty food together.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: *v* Ooh this pretty and story just makes me heart melt! I am looking forward to this one!

Vantage: I’ve heard a lot of good things about the manga, apparently it’s been very well-received. Tsumugi also reminds me of Naru. She’ll be the Naru that Handa-kun won’t be able to give us.

Berry: THIS LOOKS SO SWEET!! It looks like a wholesome, sweet, innocent show that will make me smile every week and fill my heart with joy, like Barakamon did. You don’t see much shows about single fathers. Definitely want this!

Nikolita: I’m getting a bit of an Usagi Drop vibe from this, but not enough that I want to watch this series.

Charibo: Will the girl in the back be able to stuff that long sandwich in her mouth? It needs a lot of skill to do such thing…

Oki: Oh my goodness the daughter has such an adorable voice, comedy is not my style but it looks like it will be a really cute show.

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Amanchu!Amanchu!

Animation Company: J.C.Staff
Website: http://amanchu-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Hikari Kohinata is a cheerful 15-year-old girl who lives near the ocean and she spends much of her time diving as a result. On her first day of high school, she meets a teacher who also likes scuba diving. There’s also a 16-year-old classmate, Futaba, who gets dragged along in Hikari’s maelstrom as soon as they meet at school. Most of the manga so far details the relationship between the two girls, which quickly seems to move into romantic two girl friendship-territory.
(*Episode 1 will be previewed during the Aria x Amanchu! event at Harmony Hall Zama Big Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture on June 12, 2016. Regular broadcasting will begin on July 8, 2016.)

Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: It looks cute, but at the same time some of the expressions freak me out! Haha!

Vantage: I’ve been waiting so, so long for this. I almost cried when I first learned about the anime announcement. I actually did cry when I watched Dotty and Pikari come to life in the PV. It’s been 8 years since Aria ended, after all. We might not get to enjoy any new Aria ever again after Avvenire ends, but as its spiritual successor I’m hoping that Amano imparted some of her magic into Amanchu! as well. I have only the highest of expectations for this.

Berry: Why do they have weird faces? Probably going to check it out.

Nikolita: Looks cute. I might pick it up if no one else wants it.

Charibo: Cute girls, not my thing sorry.

Oki: It definitely looks cute, but it also doesn’t seem like my territory at all.

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Ange ViergeAnge Vierge

Animation Company: SILVER LINK.
Website: http://ange-vierge-anime.com/
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, School
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The story of the card game follows what happens when “Hairou” portals suddenly open, fusing three different worlds together. As a result, various mysterious “Exceed” powers are awakened in teenaged girls. An academy for these so-called “Progress” girls is built on the isolated Seiran Island in the Pacific.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … I don’t think I’m feeling this one.

Vantage: Silver Link, we both know you have a certain important spin-off to be focusing on, right?

Berry: No thanks.

Nikolita: Maaaaaybe?

Charibo: Neh

Oki: It’s definitely not looking to be my cup of tea.


Heroic Legend of Arslan 2nd SeasonArslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu

Animation Company: LIDENFILMS
Website: http://www.arslan.jp/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 3, 2016
Summary: Second season of Arslan Senki. (*Only 8 Episodes long)
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Welp, haven’t watched this series yet.

Vantage: I enjoyed the first season, I’ll definitely continue watching Daryun protect his precious denka. And I’m looking forward to the Eir Aoi OP. Not interested in blogging it though.

Berry: Why only 8 episodes????? This is not the second season I wanted. There’s still more story to tell. ;___;

Nikolita: I dropped the first season after a few episodes, and would want to finish it before I started this, so pass.

Charibo: I like historical animes. But I haven’t watched the first season yet, sorry.

Oki: It’s surprising that it will be so short! I haven’t seen the first part however, so I can’t contribute much.


BananyaBananya [TV-Short]

Animation Company: Gathering
Website: http://www.bananya-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Bananya is a mysterious cat who hides inside a banana. Bananya lives undercover inside a real banana, and no-one has ever seen the part covered by banana skin… When nobody is around, Bananya secretly plays and creates mischief. Bananya likes to play and eat sweet things. Bananya’s dream is to become a stylish chocolate banana.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … It’s so cute… But it doesn’t interest me enough to want to watch it.

Vantage: Bana… nya?

Berry: I don’t know what to say.

Nikolita: OMGSOCUTE

Charibo: Who came up with this idea? WHY THE HELL IS YUKI KAIJI DUBBING A CAT IN A BANANA? So many unanswered questions… Trying to review this thing is a personal challenge. Will be able to write enough words about a bananya who wants to become a “stylish chocolate banana”.

Oki: I. .. I love food animals. . . I actually genuinely love food animals and collect them. I feel like I might have to watch this show and then buy all its merchandise. . .

Possible Bloggers
Charibo, Oki


BatteryBattery

Animation Company: Zero-G
Website: http://battery-anime.com/
Genre: Sport
Airing Date: July 15, 2016
Summary: Takumi Harada moves to a mountain town in Okayama prefecture during the spring break before he enters middle school due to his father’s job transfer. Takumi is a pitcher, and after the moves he loses faith in his own talent, when suddenly his classmate Ko Nagakura appears in front of him. Ko has a strong desire to form a “battery” (a combination of a pitcher and catcher) with Takumi.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I tried baseball animes over and over again, I could never get into them. Maybe baseball just isn’t my thing….
Yet despite saying that, I know I will at the very least watch the premiere.

Vantage: I’ve come to enjoy an uncomfortably wide variety of sports anime in recent years, as loathe as I am to admit it. I’ll give the first couple of episodes a go.

Berry: I have to confess, that baseball is a sport that I’m a fan of and love watching and going to the stadium, but funnily enough I haven’t seen a baseball anime yet. This show seems more laidback but it should still be fun to watch.

Nikolita: Sports anime, so pass.

Charibo: It reminds me of Ookiku Fukirabete way too much. I don’t know… maybe? I mean, I like sports anime but this looks more like a slice of life/ drama than some thrilling baseball matches, which is not really what I’m looking for.

Oki: I do not like sports at all, sorry. ):


Beserk (2016)Berserk (2016)

Animation Company: LIDENFILMS
Website: http://berserk-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Military, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him and his woman, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity. Berserk is a dark and brooding story of outrageous swordplay and ominous fate, in the theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … I… I never watched Berserk. It was too scary for me. I mean, while I was putting this together, the website’s trailer spooked me with the voice in the trailer alone! It made me jump!

Vantage: I’ve never seen Berserk, but I’ve heard about the suffering. It’s got quite the reputation.

Berry: I’ve heard some things about Berserk and it’s not the type of show I’d watch. I don’t think I’d be able to handle it. I don’t care if it’s a classic, PASS!!!!

Nikolita: IT’S FINALLY ALMOST JULY BERSERK’S ALMOST STARTING GUYS!! Congratulations, I will finally shut up about shotgunning this series. ;D

Charibo: I’m not the biggest fan of Berserk on earth but since I’ve watched the first season why not watching the second one? I just hope Griffith dies.

Oki: I do believe this is shotgunned, but I’ll watch just to be horrifically mauled with fear and sadness! Yay!

Possible Bloggers
Nikolita


Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! LOVE!Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! LOVE! (S2)

Animation Company: Studio Comet
Website: http://boueibu.com/
Genre: Comedy, Magic, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Second season of Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Nah, I’m going to pass this one. The first season was okay, but I got bored of it real fast.

Vantage: I remember this. It made enough money for a second season?

Berry: I was thinking of covering this but nah. I’ll watch this because I thought the first season was funny.

Nikolita: It looks cute, but I haven’t seen the first season.

Charibo: I like this one.

Oki: I love magical girls but the magical boy show this is didn’t really. . .do it right. IT’s funny. It’s not played for the genuine concept of a magical boy show. Because of that I’m not interested.


B-ProjectB-Project: Kodou*Ambitious

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://bpro-anime.com/
Genre: Music
Airing Date: July 2, 2016
Summary: Tsubaki is a new hire in the A&R department of the major recording company Gandala Music. Tsubaki is immediately assigned to oversee the idol unit “B-PROJECT,” which is made up of three idol groups: Kitakore, Thrive, and MooNs. This is Tsubaki’s first job, and she gets involved in various incidents and accidents as she deals with this group of young men who each have their own differing personalities.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: *THROWS UP GLOWSTICK* SIGN ME UP!!!!! I wanna see how different and how similar this show is going to be to Utapri. And since Utapri S3 was a train-wreck , I’m sure there are many looking for an alternative musical. Will there be romance?

Vantage: It’s like this was made just for Eva.

Berry: You see the guy in the very front, on the right? I haven’t even seen this show yet but he’s already my fave.

Nikolita: I still sit on the fence with idol shows. Pass.

Charibo: Yes, Yes, and YES again.

Oki: I just can’t really enjoy shows only about singing pretty guys. But I mean, food animals tho. . .

Possible Bloggers
Eva


Cheer Danshi!!Cheer Danshi!!

Animation Company: Brain’s Base
Website: http://www.cheer-boys.com/
Genre: School, Sports
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The story revolves around the “slightly odd and cute” members of a cheerleading squad at a men’s university.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: The synopsis and key visual is not very encouraging, but watching the PV shows this is definitely different sport series, so it’s worth to take a look!!!

Vantage: Why do I have doubts about the amount of actual cheerleading that’ll be taking place?

Berry: You know, when I first heard of this show, I was hyped. It looks great, but a cheerleading anime would have been a great opportunity to make a good female sports anime. Because there are none. PLEASE, I’M BEGGING YOU JAPAN. MAKE A FEMALE SPORTS ANIME WITH NO GROSS COMEDY AND FANSERVICE. NOT LIKE BAKUON. LIKE HAIKYUU, BUT GIRLS. PLEASE.

Nikolita: No interest, pass.

Charibo: Sports anime is hell man. Once you’ve enterded this shadow realm you cannot escape. I cannot be the only hyped for this one right?! COME ON! CHEERLEADING BOYS! THAT’S AMAZING!

Oki: It’s a sports series so I gotta say a big ‘probably not’.

Possible Bloggers
Charibo


Danganronpa 3 The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Zetsubou-henDanganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Mirai Hen

Animation Company: Lerche
Website: http://www.nbcuni.co.jp/anime/danganronpa3/
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Psychological
Airing Date: July 11, 2016

Summary: The world was close to being destroyed by Ultimate Despair, who caused “The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History.” In order to save this world from the event’s chaos, the Future Foundation was formed. Although the organization continues its activities to restore the world, Makoto Naegi is under suspicion of treason due to him shielding a Remnant of Despair. The Future Foundation members had gathered together to decide on his punishment, but they all end up getting trapped inside the place they were meeting by Monokuma, who demands that they begin the “Final Killing.” They have strange bangles put on their wrists, and are given tranquilizers when a certain time arrives. To make things worse, there apparently is a real traitor amongst their ranks who is coming to kill the members of the Future Foundation. In this game where class trials don’t exist, the only way to get rid of the traitor is to find him and kill him off. Naegi is forced to face the ultimate death game, where it’s kill or be killed. The tale of despair in which hope kills hope begins.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Welp I don’t play or watch this series.

Vantage: What happened to Danganronpa 2? I’ve only seen the adaptation of the first game, and I think they only joined the Future Foundation at the very end of that, so I’m rather lost.

Berry: I’m going to be honest and say that I’ve lost interest in Danganronpa over the years. I’ll think about if I want to watch this.

Nikolita: Holy shit. I might actually watch this.

Charibo: Well, this is confusing. I won’t review the show but I’ll watch it.

Oki: I am interested because Danganronpa. . .but I have not played or seen any of it! So only if no one else is interested.


Danganronpa 3 The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Zetsubou-henDanganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen – Zetsubou-hen

Animation Company: Lerche
Website: http://www.nbcuni.co.jp/anime/danganronpa3/
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Psychological
Airing Date: July 14 2016
Summary: Hope’s Peak Academy is a special school, recognized by the government, that was established in order to gather and nurture top-class students who excel in various fields. This school has two courses: The main course, and the preparatory course. Anyone with the money can enter the preparatory course, even if they don’t have any special skills. The 77th class of the main course is filled with students who not only have unique abilities, but unique personalities as well. However, the students learned that “Talent isn’t the most important thing in life; it’s to involve yourself with people and make yourself a better person while making memories.” However, little did they know that a mysterious project and discrimination of the courses were happening right under their noses. Hajime Hinata, a boy from the preparatory class who craves for an ability. The fateful meeting he has drives the future of the school into an unimaginable direction. This is the story of what happened up until the “The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History.” This is a story of hope that ends in despair.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I got nothing.

Vantage: Wait what, another one?!

Berry: I saw the art for this and it was ugly as hell. I’ll only watch this if someone fucking punches Komaeda’s face.

Nikolita: Pass.

Charibo: I’ll watch this just for the love of Komaeda.

Oki: Ditto to the above.


DaysDays

Animation Company: MAPPA
Website: http://days-project.jp/
Genre: School, Shounen, Sports
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The series is about two boys named Tsukushi and Jin. Tsukushi is a boy with no special talent or traits while Jin is considered a soccer genius. On one stormy night, Jin meets Tsukushi, and they get dragged into the world of soccer.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: SOCCER, BEEN A WHILE SINCE I LAST SEEN YOU!

Vantage: Are these all sports manga adaptations? Is this some sort of summer craze?

Berry: Soccer is another sport that I fucking love to watch, and again I haven’t seen a soccer anime. What’s wrong with me?!?! Will definitely watch this!

Nikolita: Cute art style, but still not a sports anime fan.

Charibo: My football knowledge is what I’ve learned from Captain Tsubasa back in the days. But I’m sure they are going to explain the rules again so why not.

Oki: I am not a sports fan but they are all pretty!


D.Gray-man HallowD.Gray-man Hallow

Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: http://dgrayman-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Demons, Shounen, Super Power
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Toward the end of the 19th century, Allen Walker officially joins the organization of Exorcists that destroy the beings known as Akuma; mechanic weapons made by the Millennium Earl with the suffering souls of the dead. Allen has both a cursed eye and an anti-Akuma weapon as an arm, bearing the power of “Innocence,” a gift given to him as an apostle of God. Allen, along with his fellow Exorcists must put a stop to the Millennium Earl’s ultimate plot that could lead to the destruction of the world and all who live on it.
(*Episode 1 will be previewed at a screening at Shinjuku Wald 9 on June 27, 2016. Regular broadcasting will begin in July 2016.)

Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Wow, I remember first watching the series ten years ago. My memory is fuzzy, but I definitely should rewatch it!!!!

Vantage: I’ve never had the pleasure of being acquainted with this series.

Berry: Never seen D.Gray Man so pass. But I plan to.

Nikolita: I have no interest in this series, although Charibo’s love for it might convince me to give it a try. One day. >>

Charibo: Wait… Is this… A SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTGUUUUUUUUNN. SELL MY SOUL TO SATAN D.GRAY MAN IS BAAACK. My body is ready for the SIN FOR THE PAIIIN . AAAAH I LOOOOOOVE D.GRAY MAN!! The only sad thing is that it will only be 13 episodes. So I guess the show will stop after Alma’s Arc, which means no Neah… That’s quite a shame…

Oki: I used to love this show! It’s definitely something I’ll take a look at.

Possible Bloggers
Charibo


Fate:kaleid liner Prisma?Illya 3rei!Fate/kaleid liner Prisma?Illya 3rei!! (S4)

Animation Company: Silver Link.
Website: http://anime.prisma-illya.jp/3rei/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Fourth season of the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma?Illya series.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Whoops I still haven’t finished Season 2. I am so behind!!!!!

Vantage: Time really flies, huh? It’ll be the fourth summer in a row that I’ll spend blogging Prisma Illya. I haven’t forgotten Herz, I still hold a grudge over that. But all the signs indicate that Silver Link have decided to stop messing around – the character designs have apparently changed to resemble ufotable’s, and the promo material implies that we’ll actually get onto the bulk of 3rei’s material. Maybe even onto stuff like this. All aboard for Heaven’s Feel, let the suffering begin!

Berry: Don’t care.

Nikolita: Still continues to be a pass, I haven’t seen anything from this series.

Charibo: I haven’t watched the previous seasons and probably never will.

Oki: I can’t review it because I’m very behind, but magical fate girls~

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Fudanshi Koukou SeikatsuFudanshi Koukou Seikatsu

Animation Company: DAX Production
Website: http://www.dreamcreation.co.jp/fudanshi/index
Genre: Comedy, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 5, 2016
Summary: Sakaguchi is a high school boy and also a “fudanshi” who loves boys-love stories. He hangs out with his friends, a fujoshi named Rumi, his gay friend Yuujirou, fellow fudanshi Daigo, and his “normal” friend Nakamura.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Well the premise is cool, but this one doesn’t really draw me in.

Vantage: I feel like this would work better as a short.

Berry: It’s a guy that loves reading BL. LOVE THIS!

Nikolita: I think I might watch this. Art style’s not too bad.

Charibo: What… Why… hum… I’ll watch it.

Oki: I kind of love this premise? Do two people fall in love because of boys love? Does a straight couple happen because of this?!


Fukigen na MononokeanFukigen na Mononokean

Animation Company: Pierrot Plus
Website: http://mononokean.tv/
Genre: Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called the “Mononokean” for help. This is a tale involving the very morose owner of Mononokean guiding the youkai that happened to wander into this world go to the next world.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I’M SOLD, IT IS SO CUTE! It’s comedy but, but… I’ll see if I can do this.

Vantage: Is Pierrot Plus a low-budget subsidiary of Studio Pierrot or something?

Berry: Look at the youkai. It’s fuzzy! This looks cute, will watch.

Nikolita: Anytime I hear “youkai” I think of Inuyasha, and then my brain screams at me to pass on it. A little unfair? Yes but oh well.

Charibo: The animation looks a bit shitty but heh, I’ll give you a chance to redeem for Divine Gate studio Pierrot, don’t waste it. Also, I’d rather watch Natsume as a “youkai” anime. Good thing season 5 is coming soon.

Oki: I like it. . .but comedy. . .

Possible Bloggers
Eva


Handa-kunHanda-kun

Animation Company: Diomedea
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/handaanime/
Genre: Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Handsome teenage calligrapher Sei Handa is worshiped by all his classmates as an aloof superstar-too bad Sei’s inherent negativity and neurotic personality make him believe that everyone actually hates him.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I don’t know how I feel about this one, I’ll have to watch the premiere to find out.

Vantage: I know I’m going to die a little inside each time I remember that Naru isn’t even born yet during the events of Handa-kun. I’ll still watch it, though.

Berry: Speaking of Barakamon, this is not it! But it’s close! Not the second season we wanted but this seems just as great because I love Handa and it’s the same type of comedy so I’m all in!

Nikolita: Pass.

Charibo: I loved Barakamon, so why not checking out Handa’s past? But the animation looks just… ewww…

Oki: I. . .I’m torn. Wouldn’t this be something I should cover as a direct opposite to Sakamoto? I feel like I have to watch a little.

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Hatsukoi MonsterHatsukoi Monster

Animation Company: Studio Deen
Website: http://hatsukoimonster.jp/
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Nikaido Kaho is a daughter of a rich family and her whole life everyone’s been nice to her. When moving to her new high school dormitory, she almost gets hit by a truck but is saved by a boy. It’s love at first sight for Kaho but when asking him his name, he tells her she’s weird. Kaho is shocked since it’s the first time anyone’s ever said mean things to her. Soon enough, she finds out that the boy who saved her lives in the same dormitory and so she bravely confesses her love. The boy says his name is Kanade and agrees to go out with her. Unfortunately, the following day Kaho finds out that her first boyfriend is a 5th grader.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I came across this manga a while back and I lost interest real fast.

Vantage: Imagine if the genders were reversed. We’d be heading straight into Kodomo no Jikan territory and there’d be an immediate outcry. If only it weren’t shoujo I might have given it a go. It’s DEEN after all. Don’t you love how DEEN has now become a reason to watch something?

Berry: Ew.

Nikolita: Am I the only one completely creeped out by this premise? High schooler dating an elementary school kid? Ick.

Charibo: Why?

Oki: I.. . he’s so beautiful BUT SO YOUNG I JUST CAN’T WATCH IT!


Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Animation Company: feel.
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/konobi/
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen
Airing Date: July 7, 2016
Summary: An art club in a certain middle school has the following members: Subaru Uchimaki, who is a genius at drawing faces, but only wants to draw the perfect 2D wife; Colette, a rich troublemaker who never stops making mischief; and the club president, who sleeps through sessions and collects sleeping aids. Mizuki Usami is the only person in the club who wants to do art club-like activities, and constantly struggles to do so.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: There is a part of me hoping this one will be fun, so I will check out the premiere.
*STARES* You’re right Berry, he really does look like Nagisa from Free!

Vantage: I probably won’t end up blogging this, but the character designs look extremely comfy for some reason. Main girl is a qt.

Berry: Why the fuck does the kid that’s painting a cat girl look like Nagisa from Free!?

Nikolita: No interest at all.

Charibo: Not interested.

Oki: It’s. . . it’s a show about art things..and art ideas…and waifus…God…I have to…check..it..out. . .

Possible Bloggers
Vantage, Oki


Love Live! Sunshine!!Love Live! Sunshine!!

Animation Company: Sunrise
Website: http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/uranohoshi/
Genre: Music, School, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2, 2016
Summary: Uranohoshi Girls’ High School, a private school in the seaside neighborhood of Uchiura at Numazu city, Shizuoka prefecture.A small high school in a corner of Suruga Bay, it is home to nine teens, led by second-year student Chika Takami, driven by one seriously big dream: To become the next generation of bright, sparkling “school idols”! As long as we don’t give up, any dream can come true… All we have to do now is keep pushing hard for fame and glory! Now their “School Idol Project” begins to make their dreams come true!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I’m sorry, I’m just not that into the Love Live! franchise 🙁

Vantage: As a u’s purist, my entire self is in fundamental opposition to the existence of Aquors. I’m not even all that fond of their two singles so far, although I admit it might just be the bias talking. I will watch this because Ruby is kind of cute and because it’ll be interesting to monitor sales (especially after the Nitta Emi scandal) but I’m reserving judgement for now. Would an A-RISE cameo be too much to hope for?

Berry: If you know me, when I’m not talking about Jojo, I’m talking about Love Live. I’ll admit that when Aquors was announced I wasn’t thrilled since I’m so attached to the Muse girls. But I’m slowly opening up to them and I’m guessing who my best girl might be from this group. I’m going to keep an open mind about Love Live! Sunshine!! and give them a fair chance and have fun watching this. I just hope that it’ll be good. But none of these girls will ever be the next Nico Yazawa, my love. ( ? 3?)?

Nikolita: Still a pass on idol shows.

Charibo: I couldn’t care less about Love Live. GIVE ME ENSTARS!

Oki: I cannot with the loli!

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Masou Gakuen HxHMasou Gakuen Hybrid x Heart

Animation Company: Production IMS
Website: http://www.masou-hh.com/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Kizuna Hida visits the strategic defense academy Ataraxia at his big sister’s request. There, he encounters Aine Chidorigafuchi, a girl piloting the magical armor Zerosu. A communique about a serious mission arrives from Kizuna’s sister. The mission is to rub Aina’s chest. Kizuna has the power to level up a girl through indecent acts. With a battle against another world, the future depends on this power.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: It lost me the second they said the girls have to be powered up via indecent acts.

Vantage: I was hoping for something more along the lines of DxD or Shinmai Maou, because this just looks like a school battle harem with the lewdness dialled up to breaking point. I’ll still watch it though. As you might have guessed by now.

Berry: NOOOOOO

Nikolita: Not the kind of ecchi I want, pass!

Charibo: The more I look at those trailers, the more my faith in humanity is fading away.

Oki: I just can’t with these show premises anymore.

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Mob Psycho 100Mob Psycho 100

Animation Company: BONES
Website: http://mobpsycho100.com/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Psychological, School, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Kageyama Shigeo (a.k.a. “Mob”) is a 8th grader with psychic abilities. He could bend spoons and lift objects with his mind from a young age, but he slowly began to withhold from using his abilities in public due to the negative attention he kept receiving. Now, the only thing he wants is to become friends with a girl in his class, Tsubomi. With his psychic “mentor” (who has no psychic powers), he continues his daily life, attempting to realize his purpose in life.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Nah, I don’t think this is for me.

Vantage: This has spawned from the author of One Slap Chap, and no doubt this fact will end up plastered all over every single bit of its advertising material. No harm giving it a go, it’ll probably end up being quite good.

Berry: It’s by the same guy that wrote One Punch Man sooooo….I’ll think about covering it?

Nikolita: Big fat noooo from me.

Charibo: It’s by the author of One punch man right? It won’t kill me to check this one out…

Oki: It looks interesting but also like . . . I could suffer immensely from watching it.


Nanatsu no Taizai Seisen no Shirushi S2Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi (S2)

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://www.7-taizai.net/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: August 28th 2016
Summary: Second Season of Nanatsu no Taizai (*4 Episodes Long)
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Never bothered watching this series, and I am still not interested.

Vantage: I fell out of touch with the manga a year or so ago. I wonder why this is just 4 episodes?

Berry: I heard this was good, but I haven’t seen it yet.

Nikolita: Haven’t seen the first season.

Charibo: A second season with only 4 episodes? eeeeh… ok… I’m going watch it though.

Oki: I unfortunately have not finished watching the first season yet!


Nejimaki Seirei Senki Tenkyou no AlderaminNejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin

Animation Company: Madhouse
Website: http://alderamin.net/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Airing Date: July 8, 2016
Summary: At war with the adjacent Kioka Republic, the Katjvarna Empire. In that region, due to certain circumstances, there was a certain youth unwillingly preparing to take the High Grade Military Officer Exam. His name, Ikta. Disliker of war, lazy, admirer of women. No one predicted that that kind of Ikta would later on become a soldier referred to even as a great commander… He who survived a world embroiled in war with his superior genius, Ikta. Illustrating his dynamic, dramatic life, a splendid fantasy military history, the curtain is raised at last!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Another one where I don’t now how I feel. I will watch the premiere to find out, but I’m not holding my breath.

Vantage: I love this sort of premise, I’ll be paying close attention to this. Madhouse is a huge plus.

Berry: This looks…boring.

Nikolita: It sounds so generic but goddamn that’s a pretty poster. *0*

Charibo: MMMnnnh… I don’t knoooow… 3 episode rule I guess…

Oki: It’s funny but the PV actually makes it seem even more generic than the premise does!


New Game!New Game

Animation Company: Doga Kobo
Website: http://newgame-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The main character Suzukaze Aoba graduates from high school and joins a game company. The person who made the game that Aoba loved as a grade-schooler just happens to be Aoba’s senior at the company. The story follows girls who work and aspire at the Eaglejump company.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Like the others I am torn about this one too. I doubt I would want to cover it, but I fear I will quickly grow bored of it.

Vantage: I can’t take game creation shows any more. I just can’t. Each one tries so hard to make itself seem fresh and new, yet they end up being the same old thing over and over. The best iteration so far has probably been Saekano.

Berry: Same as Nikolita said, but just from looking at the PV, it’s going to be the type of show I hate. So I’ll skip this one out.

Nikolita: I’m torn because I think it’d be neat to watch a series about girls in a typically male-dominated industry, but it all depends on which way they take the series. I’ll give it a watch for sure.

Charibo: I don’t do cute girls. No pun intended.

Oki: I am torn because I hate comedy but this seems interesting!


OrangeOrange

Animation Company: Telecom Animation Film
Website: http://orange-anime.com/
Genre: School, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse. The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions–especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: *Stocks up on tissues boxes* I will be bawling my eyes out while watching this because the manga because I cried while reading it too. (Only read this a few months ago actually!)

Vantage: A boy falls in love with a girl. Unable to confess This looks amazing, it’s like the synopsis of a Shinkai film. I’m sure DRAMA will ensue as the two begin to question the NATURE of LOVE. I’m sure there’ll be many tears. And salt. Maybe even salty tears. Oh wait.

Berry: Everyone’s freaking out about this and crying so I’m scared to watch this. But I will!! Give me all the good shoujos.

Nikolita: Next to Berserk this is the series I’ve been most interested in covering. I haven’t read the manga though.

Charibo: Eh, I don’t really understand all the hype about the manga. It wasn’t that amazing in my opinion, but maybe it’s because I don’t really like romance shoujou mangas…

Oki: I. . .I think this looks really sad and beautiful and I might watch it because of that. . .

Possible Bloggers
Nikolita, Oki


Ozmafia!!Ozmafia!! [TV-Short]

Animation Company: Creators in Pack
Website: http://anime.ozmafia.com/
Genre: Fantasy, Harem, Historical, Romance, Shoujo
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The anime will feature an original story from the game on which it is based.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Not a fan of TV-Shorts and chibi adaptions of Otome Games, skipping this one!

Vantage: What even is this?

Berry: Nope.

Nikolita: What I know about the series is from Charibo’s reviews, so as cute as they look as chibis, it’s not enough for me.

Charibo: I played the game and I’m reviewing it but thanks no, no chibi for me.

Oki: I don’t wanna!~


Puzzle & Dragons CrossPuzzle & Dragons Cross

Animation Company: Studio Pierrot
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pad-x/
Genre: Game
Airing Date: July 4, 2016
Summary: Anime adaptation of GungHo Online Entertainment’s 3DS game of the same name. The game is set on “Dorogoza Island,” an island naturally rich in “Drop” energy. Here, players can give the five drop energy attributes (fire, water, wood, light, and darkness) to friendly monsters and engage in puzzle battles against enemy monsters.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I hear the game is super popular, never played it though.

Vantage: I know a lot of people who play this mobage. I’ve never dared touch it though, I’d be insane to try after having escaped idol hell alive.

Berry: I actually have one of the Puzzles & Dragons games but I haven’t played it much. Now that it’ll be summer I have a chance.

Nikolita: Oh look, another generic monster/card-based show that’s created to sell shit to kids. No thanks!

Charibo: Come at me and try to tell me that the sole purpose of this show isn’t to sell goodies!

Oki: It’s popular, it’s big, but not into the premise!


Qualidea CodeQualidea Code

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://qualidea.jp/staffcast/
Genre: Action, Magic, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The story takes place in a world where people continue their war against the “unknown”–the enemy of humanity. Children who have been evacuated to a cold sleep facility during the invasion by the “unknown” several decades ago wake up from their slumber and learn that their bodies developed some supernatural forces. In order to protect the country from the “unknown” emerging from the Tokyo bay gate, the boys and girls wage battles in the defense the cities of Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Sorry but is it just me, or does the key visual remind anyone of Train Wars? Sounds cool, I’ll take a look.

Vantage: I like the premise. Looks a little cheap for A-1 (in fact, my first guess would have been Silver Link because everything about this screams SL) but oh well.

Berry: Not interested.

Nikolita: One of the handful I was interested in this season.

Charibo: Another harem? no thanks.

Oki: Eh I’m not really of a mind to review this kind of series.

Possible Bloggers
Eva, Nikolita


Regalia The Three Sacred StarsRegalia: The Three Sacred Stars

Animation Company: Actas
Website: http://regalia-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: July 7, 2016
Summary: 12 years ago, in the country of Rimguard, a big incident left an unsolved mystery that has begun to fade from people’s memories. Time passes, and sisters Yui and Rena are living peacefully in the Enastria Empire. However, one day, a large mecha attacks Enastria. This day marks the turning point when the two girls get caught in the vortex of fate.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Action Mecha and female leads? You bet I am interested!

Vantage: So this is basically Comet Lucifer except with a predominantly female cast?

Berry: Not into mecha I can’t stress that enough.

Nikolita: Too much mecha for me I think.

Charibo: I swear to god, I’ve seen this show before… maybe last season or the season before… I don’t know anymore maybe because all those show are pretty much the same…

Oki: It’s action mecha. . .and female leads….hngh. . . .

Possible Bloggers
Eva


ReLIFEReLIFE

Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: http://relife-anime.com/
Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Arata Kaizaki is an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents’ financial support. Unable to find a job due to him leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryo Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially-awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Hmmmm…. I want to see how this turns out.

Vantage: Wow, this actually got an anime? I’ve read a couple of the manga chapters back when it was first scanlated a couple of… years ago? One year ago? Something like that. It was interesting, if a little slow-paced. Not up for blogging it though.

Berry: This looks pretty interesting. Sure!

Nikolita: Ha, what Charibo said. Except that I won’t be watching this.

Charibo: Am I the only one thinking about the movie 17 years again? You know, the crappy movie with Zack Efron? Because both concepts are pretty similar… Anyway, I’ll watch it

Oki: I am really interested in the concept. . .

Possible Bloggers
Eva, Oki


RewriteRewrite

Animation Company: 8bit
Website: http://www.rewrite-anime.tv/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, School
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Rewrite is set in the fictional city Kazamatsuri, where treeplanting and afforestation have caused the city to become overgrown with trees and flowers in much the same way that other cities are filled by buildings. However, while most of the city appears to be rural, there are many traditional city elements as well. While set in a modern setting, the city also gives off a strange sense of nostalgia. Tennouji Kotarou lives here. He’s a high school student who has the ability to rewrite his own body; he can become stronger and faster at any time he chooses. He investigates supernatural mysteries with five girls from his school.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I wonder if 8bit will be able to prove Vantage wrong.

Vantage: This was a mistake. A part of me died inside when I saw how cheap the animation looked. I said this shouldn’t have been a thing! I told you so! Rewrite doesn’t deserve this. Did Key fall out with Kyoani or something? It’s apparently not even going to adapt any of the five character routes (let alone Moon or Terra) but instead a sixth anime-only route telling the story of ‘that girl’. By which they probably mean Nishikujou Kagari. It feels like a total cop-out of doing a proper adaptation, and even a remix of Philosophyz or the one-hour special that’s been announced won’t be enough to save it. Pick a god and pray, because we’re looking at damage control from the very outset.

Berry: Those girls need to go the fuck back to kindergarten because they look 5 years old. Yuck!

Nikolita: I’m curious what Vantage will think of this series.

Charibo: Heh, I don’t care.

Oki: I can’t say I’m really interested at all.

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


Saiki Kusuo no ? NanSaiki Kusuo no ? Nan

Animation Company: J.C.Staff
Website: http://www.saikikusuo.com/
Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: Saiki Kusuo has a wide array of superpowers at his command, including telepathy and telekinesis. This might sound awesome, but, in Kusuo’s experience, superpowers are not all they’re cracked up to be. He tries to live a normal life, despite his annoying abilities.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: No thanks.

Vantage: So J.C. Staff practically gave all their budget to Amanchu, right? Good.

Berry: Doesn’t look like I’d like it.

Nikolita: Meeeh, not a huge fan of the art style.

Charibo: He looks like he’s dead inside. I can relate to that.

Oki: It sounds like it could be really dumb and annoying, or funny. I might check it out, but probably won’t review it.


Scared Rider XechsScared Rider Xechs

Animation Company: Satelight
Website: http://scared-rider-xechs.jp/pr/
Genre: Adventure, Harem, Romance, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: July 5, 2016
Summary: The Blue World, which symbolizes reason, is under constant attack by the creatures called the Nightfly O’Note originating from the Red World, symbolizing instinct. Akira Asagi, the 17-year-old protagonist who is a researcher at Blue World, is nominated to lead the war at Ryuukyuu LAG, a proud defense facility on the islands of Ishigaki and Iriomote. She meets the sixth combat unit “IS,” which was formed four years after a fierce battle that annihilated the fifth unit. Akari must lead these six riders, also called the Scared Rider Xechs, to fight against the other world while at the same time deepening the relationship among them.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: This is supposed to be based off an Otome Game…. but eh the promo videos and the summary isn’t drawing me in that much…… OH WHAT THE HELL, LET’S GIVE IT A GO! AND GOD DAMN IT, THERE BETTER BE LEGITMATE ROMANCE. I HATE IT WHEN THEY PUT IN ROMANCE AND THERE’S NO ACTUAL ROMANCE/CANON ENDING!!!!!

Vantage: I’m scared.

Berry: Oh shit I thought it said “sacred” but it’s actually scared lmao. The PVs didn’t do anything to help me get interested in it so I think I might just pass.

Nikolita: Errr…. “Scared Rider”?

Charibo: The scars that Prince of Stride left on my body are still healing so my doctor told me to avoid such shitty looking Harem shows.

Oki: I..scared rider? Who goes under that name?!

Possible Bloggers
Eva


ServampServamp

Animation Company: Brain’s Base
Website: http://www.servamp.jp/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Shoujo, Supernatural, Vampire
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: When a stray black cat named Kuro crosses Mahiru Shirota’s path, the high school freshman’s life will never be the same again. Kuro is, in fact, no ordinary feline, but a servamp: a servant vampire. While Mahiru’s personal philosophy is one of non-intervention, he soon becomes embroiled in an ancient, altogether surreal conflict between vampires and humans.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: Honestly, I’m quite sick of vampires, but it doesn’t sound bad. Maybe it’s better to put on my Plan to Watch list to marathon in the future?

Vantage: If not for the synopsis and Brain’s Base, I would have totally thought this was a joke with a title like ‘Servamp’.

Berry: This looks cool! Also, cute cat.

Nikolita: Vampires? Nope nope nope.

Charibo: I’ve read the beginning of the manga, it’s kinda fun.

Oki: I have had enough vampires thank you!

Possible Bloggers
Charibo


Shokugeki no Souma S2Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara (S2)

Animation Company: J.C.Staff
Website: http://shokugekinosoma.com/
Genre: Ecchi, School, Shounen
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: The second season of Shokugeki no Souma.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Haven’t watched the first season.

Vantage: I’ll continue blogging this. The PV indicates we’ll be getting up to the Stagiaire arc at least, which will be cool. A Rindou cameo would make the entire show.

Berry: Haha, nah.

Nikolita: I like ecchi, but haven’t seen the first season.

Charibo: I usually despise ecchi with all my heart, but I can watch shokugeki no soma. Maybe because there’s also hot guys in it…

Oki: IT’S FOOD WAAARS YEAAAH!!!

Possible Bloggers
Vantage


how by Rock!! Short!!Show by Rock!! Short!! (S2) [TV-Short]

Animation Company: BONES
Website: http://showbyrock-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy, Music
Airing Date: July 4, 2016
Summary: A short anime of Show By Rock!!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I liked Show by Rock! but I still have no interests in TV-Shorts.

Vantage: I vaguely remember this.

Berry: Not the second season, but this will help me tide over! <3

Nikolita: Too cute.

Charibo: Makes me want to puke sugar.

Oki: I think we all know my feelings on comedy, music, and lolis.

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Taboo-TattooTaboo-Tattoo

Animation Company: J.C.Staff
Website: http://tabootattoo-anime.com/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 4, 2016
Summary: Justice Akazuka (nickname Seigi) is a young man who is good at martial arts. Seigi rescues a homeless old man on the street one day from some thugs, and the man gives Seigi an object that imprints a tattoo on his palm. However, it is not an ordinary tattoo, but a special weapon that gives Seigi supernatural powers such as warping space-time. Seigi then meets a female American agent named Easy, whose duty is to recover the tattoos. Seigi decides to help her and gets wrapped up in a cross-national conspiracy
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Sounds like fun, I’ll take a look. I wont’ lie though, when I first saw the key visual I was like, “MAGICAL INDEX?!”

Vantage: This made me immediately think of Index. I’ll watch this!

Berry: Hmmmmmmmm……………..maybe?

Nikolita: Curious premise, but interesting. Bonus points for trying. I might give this a watch.

Charibo: Taboo Tatoo? lol… Hell no.

Oki: It could be amazing…it could suck. But conspiracy with magical protagonist? Potential. . .

Possible Bloggers
Eva


Tales of Zestiria the XTales of Zestiria the X

Animation Company: ufotable
Website: http://toz-thex-anime.tales-ch.jp/
Genre: Fantasy
Airing Date: July 3, 2016
Summary: Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim, spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace. One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a Shepherd, one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense–
And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 2
Note: *Episodes 1-4 will be previewed at a screening at Cinema Mediage on June 25, 2016. Regular broadcasting will begin on July 3, 2016.

Team Impression

Eva: YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I CAN’T EVEN PLAY THE GAME BECAUSE MY SISTER TOOK THE PLAYSTATION 3 WITH HER, DAMN IT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! I hope it’s good.

Vantage: I hope this ends up being produced smoothly. Forget about doing well, just airing on time would be nice. That’s the least ufotable need to do in order to recover some of their reputation after their huge embarrassment with God Eater this time last year.

Berry: I’ve never played any of the Tales of games so I don’t think so.

Nikolita: Definitely want to watch this.

Charibo: I know nothing about the Tales Series, but this pous looked so nice that I watched an entire playthrough of the game. Shame on me. Also, MIKLEOOOOOOOOO is like, one of my top animu baes, No way I’ll pass on this one *^*

Oki: I don’t believe in video game anime. *hides ace attorney*

Possible Bloggers
Eva, Charibo


Time Travel Shoujo Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachiTime Travel Shoujo: Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi

Animation Company: WAO World
Website: http://mariwaka.com/
Genre: Adventure
Airing Date: July 9, 2016
Summary: Time Travel Shoujo is based on a 1983 book titled Jishaku to Denki no Hatsumei Hakken Monogatari by Japanese educator Kiyonobu Itakura. It is part of the Hatsumei Hakken Monogatari Zenshuu series which describes the story of various scientific discoveries and inventions throughout history. The 1983 book focuses on discoveries related to magnetism and electricity.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: While I love history but I can see myself becoming bored with this one.

Vantage: I might actually watch this if I have the time.

Berry: So she’s time traveling? This sounds pretty educational.

Nikolita: No thanks.

Charibo: Hah. Are we going to see the animu versions of Edison, Tesla, Curie, Ampere and co ? Science isn’t my forte but it sounds pretty interesting. Also, I’m always in when it comes to cultural vulgarization. If I can learn things in a playful way, then why not?

Oki: I don’t think I want in on this but I appreciate the effort.


Tsukiuta. The AnimationTsukiuta. The Animation

Animation Company: Pierrot
Website: http://www.tsukiani.com/
Genre: Music
Airing Date: July 2016
Summary: In the anime series, the members of Six Gravity and Procellarum are all living in the same dorm building. Hajime Mutsuki and Haru Yayoi, the oldest members of Six Gravity, are first year university students. Each episode of the series will feature a different main character.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Eh….. I’m not a huge fan of these “Exclusive Character” episode format. I’m probably going to pass on this one, though I might take a look at it just to see if the music is good.

Vantage: So many bishies. Too many bishies.

Berry: The character designs suck, plus one episode for each guy doesn’t sound like there’ll be any plot, so no.

Nikolita: No interest, so pass.

Charibo: Same as my senpais above.

Oki: I like bishies and all but usually one bishie with one cute girl.


RS KeikakuRS Keikaku -Rebirth Storage-

Animation Company:
Website: http://rsproject.jp/
Genre: Mecha
Airing Date: June 26, 2016
Summary: In a parallel world that resembles modern Japan, alien lifeforms known as “Muttsu” (Trick) fell from the sky in 2025 and wiped out many cities. Nine years later, pilot Yuzuru Mido, and her assistant, Rin Sagami, use a mecha made out of an enemy’s remains discovered in Japan. However, battle causes memory loss for the pilot, and they must unravel the mystery as to why.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: It’s mecha, you know it’s like an obligation for me to check out!

Vantage: I’ve never seen such jarring and soul-crushing use of CG before in my life. Holy shit.

Berry: It actually sounds pretty cool but it’s mecha, so….I don’t know.

Nikolita: The last couple sentences of the summary catch my attention, but I don’t think I could get over all the mecha. Interesting concept though!

Charibo: I read Mecha, I’m out

Oki: Oh hell yeah, the art style seems so solid and I love the premise!!!

Possible Bloggers
Eva, Oki


Hitori no Shita The OutcastHitori no Shita: The Outcast

Animation Company: Emon Animation Company
Website: http://www.hitorinoshita.com/
Genre: Action, Super Power, Supernatural
Airing Date: July 9, 2016
Summary: One day, Zhang Chulan is attacked by zombies in a graveyard. In the midst of that situation, he saves the life of a girl, throwing the kitchen knife in his hand in order to kill the enemies. The girl tells Chulan, who is relieved, to face his hardships head on and leaves. However, Chulan later sees that girl again at his university. From that moment, Zhang Chulan’s destiny begins to move. There will be strangers with special powers appearing one by one, with battles involving those abilities. Each episode will bring a new mystery to light.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2
(Note: Tokyo MX will air a special “episode 0” on July 2, and Tokyo MX1 will premiere the first episode on July 9 at 9:00 p.m.)

Team Impression

Eva: Eh this sounds pretty darn generic. I don’t think this one is for me.

Vantage: An episodic mystery anime? When was the last time something like that ended up being good? Dantalian no Shoka?

Berry: It’s interesting to see that more Chinese works are being adapted into anime. I actually want to check this out but I heard the last Chinese show, Reikenzan, had trouble getting subs so I hope the same doesn’t happen to this.

Nikolita: Ack, I don’t think so.

Charibo: Gnnnnn….noooo… not for me.

Oki: It sounds good but..is it?

Possible Bloggers
Berry


Mahou Shoujo? Naria?GirlsMahou Shoujo? Naria?Girls

Animation Company: Bouncy
Website: http://www.nariagirls.com/
Genre: Magic
Airing Date: July 7, 2016
Summary: Urara, Hanabi, and Inaho are three girls who aim to become nationally-renowned characters by creating animation of themselves! They chose the magical girl theme to catch the attention of everyone from children to adults! Can they safely become popular characters in a one-cours magical girl anime?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Hahaha, well this should be an interesting one. I wonder how it will turn out?

Vantage: I don’t think these girls seem to understand that, in the vast majority of situations, the phrase ‘one-cour magical girl anime’ is a complete oxymoron.

Berry: This looks cute but I read that the people behind this are going to use some experimental animation technology so that always worries me because it could go wrong. And it usually does.

Nikolita: *facepalm*

Charibo: I don’t really like magical girls…

Oki: I like magical girls and this anime premise doesn’t seem completely terrible, but I’ll have to watch it before giving anymore input.


Overall Thoughts

Eva: It goes without saying I have been on the backburner for the past two seasons due to the lack of shows catching my interest. Intially I wasn’t sure if the Summer was going to have much either, but I am glad to have been prooven wrong. This season has nice a mix along with a handful of expected big hits (Berserk 2016, D.Gray-man Hallow, Orange, Love Live! Sunshine!! ), so you will likely to find at least a show or two that should pipe your interest. But perhaps the biggest standout is in fact the amount of bishonen, my goodness- summer eyecandy much? As of right now the current shows I am most interested in possibly covering are: B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious (this is like a mandatory thing for me, how could I possibly pass this?), Fukigen na Mononokean, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars and RS Keikaku -Rebirth Storage- (MECHAAAA, you know I love my Mecha series), Taboo-Tattoo, and Tales of Zestiria the X! I’m not sure how Tales of Zestiria the X will turn out, but pray Ufotable is better prepared this time. They have been a hot mess lately with their production delays. The rest, Qualidea Code, ReLIFE, Scared Rider Xechs, Orange, D.Gray-man Hallow and Amaama to Inazuma I look forward to watching! That being said, I hope (as long as my schedule allows it) to be able to pick up three new titles. *o?o*)?

Vantage: It’s a little weird that I’m going into the season knowing exactly what I’m going to blog, no more and no less: Amanchu, Rewrite, Prisma Illya and Shokugeki no Soma. I’ve done three of those four before, and Amanchu is practically my unborn love child with Aria. The heavyweights this season are likely to be Orange and Berserk, and I can see Mob Psycho 100 and Love Live! Sunshine entering the spotlight by virtue of the sheer numbers in the mainstream and idol otaku fanbases respectively. ReLIFE will probably do quite well, as will Amaama to Inazuma. It’ll be a good summer, and I’ll also have Re:Zero, otherwise known as suffering incarnate, to tide me over. I wonder whether I’ll despair more from Re:Zero or Rewrite?

Berry: Hmm, I actually counted the shows that I want to watch and it’s actually quite a bit, but most of them are me just checking if the shows will be good or not. This season isn’t screaming at me like others have but I don’t think it’ll be so bad. There’s actually some really exciting shows. I’m really looking forward to Amaama to Inazuma and Handa-kun, even though I just learned that for the latter Diomedea is working on it and that worries me a little. I’m also looking forward to Love Live! Sunshine!!. I just realized that half of the shows I want are idol/music shows, and the other half are comedy/slice of life. So it should be a pretty relaxing summer…with Jojo on the side. c:

Nikolita: BERSERK BERSERK BERSERK Three guesses what I am the most excited for. Not too much caught my eye this season, but the ones I was interested in are shows that I feel have a lot of potential. I can virutally guarantee that I’m not continuing with Endride into its second cour, so I’m looking forward to starting a new season with all new shows. ^_^v

Charibo: This season is sweating bishounen. I don’t know if it’s because of the global warming or my exceptionally high estrogen rate but this summer is going to be hot. Of course, the show that I’m the most excited about is D.Gray Man, I can’t wait to cry over it and to be in pain watching the Alma Arc. Also, Tales of Zestria which can a be a strong title if ufotable can provide us the same animation quality as thy put in the OVA. Then Cheer Danshi because I maintain that cheerboys are a blessing. Oh yeah! I also want to try covering that banana cat show, just to see if this show is going to be as empty as my soul, meaningless like my life.
But overall this season looks promising to me, even if I won’t review them, I’m going to watch a lot of titles, so yeah, I’m pretty hyped!

Oki: I really love some of the show ideas, I love mecha and seeing there are actually female mecha shows make me very happy. I also love how fucking miserable and sad all the shows seem! I feel like I’m going to cry over everything and feel miserable about my life! There’s so much stuff to cover I’m not even sure where to start and if I should catch up on dangan for reviews. In any case, I’m excited to share a bunch of stuff. I.. . I hate to say this because it’s not meant to be an insult to the other shows, but I’m really freaking excited for the Banana cat show okay? I just. . .I love food animals. . .