Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Episode 1 [First Impression]

Eva’s First Impression

This was a pretty cool opening to the series, but goodness, they did not explain anything. As result I honestly didn’t really know what was going on, nor do I have a lot to say, but who cares about the details when there are epic fights? Well… details are important I would expect to be given full details by next week as that’s how it usually goes with shows that kick off with action.

Regalia- The Three Sacred Stars Ep 1 Img 0015Although we don’t know much yet, here are the two points that were addressed: I suppose I’ll start with the relationship between Rena and Yui. When we meet Rena, I’m sure most of us thought she was the younger sister, but then plot-twist: she is actually the elder one and Yui is the young one. But there’s more! The two of them are in fact not blood-related. We don’t know yet how the two met, though if the Opening (shown at the end) had any possibly indication, Yui (who we later learn is in fact the Empress of Enastoria- well that explains her guts and courage) had rescued Rena and taken her under her wings (possibly not knowing she was a Core) and the two have been almost inseparable sisters ever since, which leads me to the next point.

Regalia- The Three Sacred Stars Ep 1 Img 0010Rena is not human (which explains the whole age deception business) and her other name is Magna Alecto. She was chosen for Alecto’s Core, which if I understand correctly, is the key to allow the function with the Regalia Gear. The Regalia Gear appear to be mecha mobile suits, where those like Rena, who serve as the Regalia Gear’s core could control it. However we also can see Humans like Yui can wield control/participate of the Core user wills it.

Regalia- The Three Sacred Stars Ep 1 Img 0000It is after the mysterious character of Kei, who tells her she should learn about what happened at Rimgarde 12 years ago (the event we saw take place at the beginning of the episode- man that was insane). I don’t know if they are all on the same side, but Rena at the time appears to have possibly been fighting against Kei and others. Either way, it sounds like war is about to begin, and I am curious to find out about the actual plot and storyline for this show because the premiere kind of left us hanging on that end.

Although the premiere perked my interested and I enjoyed it quite a bit, I am on the fence whether or not I want to blog it. For now I will try to give it a few episodes but it will also depend on my condition and which shows I choose to prioritize since I am already covering five. Anyhow, at least I know I will definitely be watching it this season.

Possibly of Blogging: Moderate – Will try to give three episodes
Possibly of Watching: Guaranteed

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu – Episode 1 [The Daily Life of a Fudanshi High School Student] [First Impression]

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Here we have Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu, aka the show filling my anime short quota for the summer season. xD The short is about 5 minutes long, and centres around a high school student named Ryo Sakaguchi, aka “Gucchi”, who is a fudanshi. The term “fudanshi” is a play on the slang “fujoshi”, and is used for guys who like boys love (BL) stories.

Needless to say, it’s considered very unusual that a young man likes BL manga, and it often leads to speculation about his sexuality, much to Ryo’s frustration and the viewer’s as well. Obviously our interests are not indicative of our sexual orientation, but this ignorance is something Ryo must deal with.

The first half of the short centres on Ryo’s attempt to buy a fudanshi manga from a bookstore he doesn’t usually frequent. A young woman looks like she will be the person to check him out at the register, but at the last moment she is replaced by her male coworker, and so Ryo must suffer the stigma of being caught reading something that vlcsnap-00004guys his age don’t usually publicly get caught reading. Ryo says that he reads BL stories because he’s admiring the happiness of the characters in the stories; he’s still very much straight.

The second half of the short is Sakaguchi relaying this incident to his friend Toshiaki Nakamura, who also thought that Ryo was interested in men. Toshiaki asks to see Ryo’s SNS account (something like Twitter), and is annoyed to find that Ryo tweeted something private Toshiaki had previously told him in confidance. Toshiaki grabs Ryo by his lapels and tells him not to spill his life online without his knowledge. Ryo tells Toshiaki that his dream is to have more fudanshi friends, but he has a hard time finding any on SNS because girls think he’s female and not a dude.

There’s no opening theme, although this is only the first episode so I don’t know if this will be a permanent feature or if it was just left off for the pilot. The ending theme is a cute but short song about “boy meets boy.”

In an industry where many, many shows are near carbon copies of each other, Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu is something different in the sea of similarity. I’m really interested in seeing if this show will combat some of the stigmas hinted at in this first episode. Will people ever accept Ryo for reading BL stories? Will he finally just stop giving a shit about what others think of his hobby? Why is considered creepy that he likes BL manga? I look forward to psychoanalyzing this show, at least for the first three episodes.

Possibility of Watching: Moderate
Possibility of Blogging: Moderate

Cheer Danshi!! Episode 1: [The Curtain Rises][First Impressions]

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Cheerleading?
Boys?
Cute guys doing sports?
Sign me the hell in.

vlcsnap-2016-07-05-17h51m17s086Meet Haru, a really supportive brother, cheering for his sister during her Judo match. Haru is in the judo club himself and is born into a family of Judo specialists so he has to live up to their expectations. However, he doesn’t seem to enjoy this sport as much as he should. He thinks he will never be as cool as his sister and furthermore, he is wondering if he got into the his University Judo club not because of his talent but because he is the son of the Banjou Dojo, his family dojo. He is quite shy with strangers and seems to be better at supporting than playing.
We learn that Haru hurt his shoulder not so long ago and thus he can’t really do Judo for a little while. I guess this injury was the occasion for him to rethink a part of his life and to determine if he really cared about Judo or not. He also admits he planned to use this injury as an excuse to quit. Of course, the real reason isn’t because he hurt himself but mainly because he has no real affinity with this sport.

vlcsnap-2016-07-05-17h44m14s889Things change when his childhood friend Kazu and also member of that damn Judo Club decides to quit. He explains that wanted to quit at the same as Haru since like him, he doesn’t really care about Judo. Furthermore, he was in the club because Haru was in it. Since they’ve been together all their life I guess he wants to support his friend and help him to find his way. That’s one of the reason why he decided to create the cheerleading Club. The other reason is because his dead parents were related to that sport. His mom was a cheerleader and his father the coach of her cheerleading team. So maybe by trying out his parents’ passion he’s hoping to know them better. Since his parents died when he was young and the only family he has left is his ill grandmother he must feel a bit lost and need some sort compensation?

vlcsnap-2016-07-05-17h54m40s671So yeah, now Kazu tries to convince Haru to be a part of his “male only” Cheerleading club and at the same time, to recruit the first members. That’s where crazy Megane-kun appears, motivated as hell to join because he basically wants to experience something new and unusual.
In order to convince Haru who is still reluctant to join, they go see a match, where a team of cheerleaders are practicing. Haru is impressed but like I thought, he’s afraid of heights, that’s why even if he’d like to, he’s afraid to join since he’ll have to jump in the air and shit. He lacks the opportunity to tell his friend and Megane-kun, mostly because the latter speaks all the time and is super pumped for this. At the practice session they also meet with a random a dude from the cheerleading team who clearly has no chill and who’s like “Listen losers, you can’t be a cheerleader just like that! You need to practice and shit, you’ll never be able to make it cuz you suck. And only guys in the team? Dude, that’s so gay, and I know what I’m talking about”. Thanks random dude for this helpful intervention, because you’ve been super relevant your name will be changed to Hairband-kun.
Haru gets pissed off by Hairband-kun’s bullshit and end up agreeing to join his friend’s Cheerleading Team. From now on, their objective is to train and to recruit more members!

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This guy is a blessing

Charibo’s First Impressions

vlcsnap-2016-07-05-17h45m32s133As expected, the series is heading more towards the “slice of life” genre than actual sports which is fine by me. Everything in this episode reminds me of Shounen Hollywood, a series who focused more on the actual “slice of life” aspect rather than on the idol genre even if labelled under it. Many people thought it was cringe worthy, I say it was worth of my time. In my opinion it gave a fresh new look on the idol industry and I think we need more shows like that, to demystify things, like Idols.

But back to business, I found this episode quite relaxing and somehow cute. Like I said to me this series is going to focus more on character development and friendship between dudes than on actual sports. However, I find the tiny bits of cheer leading we saw in that episode really pleasing. Also, since this episode introduced Hairband-kun, the dick from another Cheerleading team, maybe we’ll get some competition between the two teams. At least, I hope so.

I liked the alchemy between the two main protagonists, you can tell they are really good friends and there’s nothing too gay between them… If I can phrase it like that. There’s nothing that makes me want to ship them as a couple let’s say. The rest of the characters seems promising too, I’m already in love with that guy who has no fashion sense, I think we have a lot of things in common. I also saw some guy with an afro, a chubby guy and another one with a star tattoo so I’m looking forward to meet all of them.

vlcsnap-2016-07-05-17h56m00s042The Opening is good and my favorite moments are of course the cheerleading parts with all those bright colors, sparkles and specials effects that I fail to describe. I really, really love those parts, same in the actual episode when some Cheerleading occurs. The moments when the color palet changes and when actual cheerleading happens are fantastic.

The OST was surprisingly good as well. Man, I did not expected that, I want more now! As for the animation is a bit off sometimes but nothing too horrible overall. I like the Art style and character design though. It has a little realistic touch to it which is an asset in my opinion.

vlcsnap-2016-07-05-17h43m06s729The comedy is a bit odd but it strangely works on me, maybe because I have a terrible sense of humor… The comedy in the episode almost only relied on Megane-kun being weird by doing weird things and Haru being slightly pissed off while blushing at the same time. I already love both of them.

Judging by the nice Shower scene we got, I guess there is going to be some fan service for girls but heh! WHO CARES?! Just a little bit of fan service is fine sometimes.
Nice back muscles Haru by the way… I see that Judo wasn’t totally useless after all… ahaha…

Overall this was a decent first episode. I think this is going to be a nice little relaxing series, I’m not expecting anything more to be totally honest. With low expectations you have less chances to be disappointed right? That’s what Kabaneri told me last season.

Watching? Yup
Covering? Yes again

Amaama to Inazuma Episode 1 (First Impression)

I’ve been healed.

My skin has been cleared, my debts have been paid, and I’ve been purified. This is one of the most pure and healing shows I have seen. Last season’s Shounen Maid made me happy and warm. This show does the same but ten times more. Tsumugi is the sweetest thing and Kouhei is a pretty great guy, too.

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I didn’t notice at first but she was drooling on her drawing lol.

My goodness what a wholesome show. We need more shows like these. I love watching horror shows, and mystery shows, and ones with action and violence and blood and guts flying everywhere. But there are times when I want to sit down and watch something like this. A good slice of life show with likeable characters. Nothing too wacky, just sweet and pleasing. Those are kind of tough for me to find because they can end up being too slow and make me bored, like…Flying Witch. No offense, I’m sorry. Shounen Maid was a good one. Another show was Barakamon, that was fun. I guess what we’re not familiar with seeing is kids in anime. Kids actually being kids and being in realistic, and unfortunate, life situations. What this show and the other two I mentioned are young children losing one or both of their parents, where afterwards an adult comes into their life who becomes their family and parent figure. The difference here is that Tsumugi actually has one of her parents, her father. (Granted, Chihiro in Shounen Maid had his uncle Madoka but they were strangers.)

[HorribleSubs] Amaama to Inazuma - 01 [1080p].mkv0010We just don’t see much anime about parents, let alone single parents because parents are an inconvenience in anime. We can’t get plot with parents around! So it’s nice seeing something like this, especially about a single father. And so we’re thrown into the life in the Inuzuka household. We learn from one of Kouhei’s collegues that it’s been six months since his wife died. We don’t get the reason. He’s a teacher at a school and after he drops Tsumugi off at her kindergarten, he doesn’t see her until much later in the evening, where a babysitter picks her up. He doesn’t have the time, energy, or even the skills to actually cook up something for his daughter, so he buys boxed lunches and frozen meals from the store. These are regular meals, and Tsumugi eats them while her eyes are glued onto the TV where she watches her favorite magical girl show. While she’s eating, Kouhei is either grading quizzes at the table or just doing something else, so they don’t really eat together. But even when they don’t see each other for awhile each day, that doesn’t mean they have a distant relationship. They’re actually quite close. Tsumugi jumps on him, kisses his cheek, they both clean the home together, and he sings the Magi-Girl theme with her. He’s a great father!

[HorribleSubs] Amaama to Inazuma - 01 [1080p].mkv0036It’s obvious that he really loves her. He tries his best to be the best father that he can be, but you can see that he struggles. He always turns down his colleagues when it comes to parties because he needs to get home to his daughter. He sometimes leaves work late and rushes home. He also regrets that he can’t give his daughter a proper meal. He tried cooking once but that didn’t go well. He does his absolute best to make her happy, and he does that by taking her flower viewing. It’s then that they meet Kotori, one of his students. They see that she’s crying, eating a rice ball alone. Tsumugi talks to her asking if the riceball was really good, and it looked like she wanted to try one. Feeling guilty for not being able to share, Kotori hands Kouhei the business card of her family’s restaurant. Ever since then, Tsumugi has gotten the need for different food, real food not in a box. Kouhei goes into action once he comes home to seeing Tsumugi literally drooling on the TV screen when watching a cooking show with meat.

Kouhei takes Tsumugi to the restaurant but is disappointed when he learns that the girl’s mother isn’t there so they’re closed. But she changes her mind and says she’ll make rice for them. This show made me smile a lot, but it also made me emotional for two different reasons. Kouhei’s face, with tears in his eyes, when Tsumugi ate the rice struck my heart. Seeing his daughter so happy eating something simple like rice made him realize that he wants to make his daughter happy all the time, with delicious food. It doesn’t matter that it was just rice, it was homemade rice. At the end of the episode, he promises Tsumugi that he’ll make delicious food for her and she’s thrilled. The episode ends with Kotori asking her teaching awkwardly to have dinner with her, and Tsumugi has no idea why it’s so awkward. Aww.

[HorribleSubs] Amaama to Inazuma - 01 [1080p].mkv0056I say Kouhei is a great father because he does his best to preserve his daughter’s happiness, but I can see trouble later. After he walked in to Tsumugi watching the cooking show, she told her father to write a letter to her mother to send them meat. Um…wait. Uh oh. She thinks…her mother is alive. And that she’s probably traveling somewhere. Oh no….ohhh no. That’s not good. I can see a lot of crying from both Tsumugi and me later on when the truth is revealed, and it most likely will be somehow. And I won’t look forward to that. Not at all. T_T

With all the images of food and eating in the opening and ending, I’m guessing this show is going to revolve around food. Well, that’s fine! This show…is just everything I wanted. Wholesome, pure, cute, just so CUTE. Tsumugi is a joy. She’s a simple kid, like any other kid she can’t put on her clothes right, she gets excited being able to read “restaurant” on a card, she gets sleepy at 7:30pm, and she asks her dad if he went “poopsies”. It’s so sweet and I love this show already. I’m just so…happy.

Possibility of watching: Guaranteed

Possibility of blogging: Yes!!!

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D. Gray-man Hallow Episode 1: [The Fourteenth][First Impressions]

I’ve been waiting for this day.
I’ve really been waiting for too long
BUT THE DAY FINALLY CAME!
D GRAY MAN IS BACK!

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The one fainting is me, when I remember Allen and how beautiful he is.

The episode opens with the battle of chapter 169 I believe, after a little flashback scene with Timcampy. It’s the occasion for everyone to meet again with the Black Order’s exorcists on a mission and to witness how much they’ve changed since last time. Of course the most noticeable change is Link who grew up to be a beautiful bishounen without anyone noticing. For the unlucky souls who forgot, this is Link before:

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I don’t know about you but either way, Link is selling me dreams. Different kinds of dreams I’ll admit but still (and I’m not even talking about that booty shot of him in the Opening, bless our souls)

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY:

MA BOY LAVIII

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AND ALLEEEEEEN

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MY SOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
I guess my icon speaks for itself, I love Allen, with all my heart.
If you ever talk shit about him, I’ll find you and things will ensue.
I’m dead serious.

Anyway, sorry for Caps lock, it’s the hype talking, I’ll try to contain myself… I’m super happy to see all of them but mostly Allen and Lavi, whom presence should be enjoyed as much as we can since he’s not getting much screen time lately.
Also… Lavi is hot, he’s really is hot… I mean he was hot since the beginning, but… yeah… fiiiiiou, I don’t know about you but those summer nights are going to get a lot warmer than I expected… and that won’t be the global warming’s fault this time. I swear, this dude is the incarnation of sin, a beautiful one though… really beautiful…

vlcsnap-2016-07-04-21h46m15s980*AHEM* It was quite a bloody battle If you ask me. I don’t recall seing guts and blood in the previous anime. Oh well, I like blood so that’s not a issue for me. So after they’ve won the battle against the Akumas and secured the Innocence, the focus jumps back in time. We now see our exorcist gang discovering for the first time the new Head quarters of the Black Order after its destruction by the last Akuma attack. So yeah, they actually decided to adapt those chapters in a strange order and thus they made some little changes in this episode. Overall it works pretty fine so I won’t complain.

vlcsnap-2016-07-04-22h10m53s074They also added a nice little recap summing up the basic plot of the series. I say “basic plot” because for those who thought D.Gray-Man was still “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.” I’m sorry to disappoint you but it’s not that easy anymore. I don’t think I even understand what D.Gray-Man is about now… I just know I like it… very much.

Right after, it’s the entrance of Lveille who’s doing a great job at being a dick, as usual. He restrains Allen with those weird little magic spell papers and hop, we don’t really have time to waste, let’s meet with Cross Marian. The latter basically explains that the fourteenth, who betrayed the Noah clan years ago, was Mana’s brother who was also Allen’s adoptive father. Oh yeah and Allen is hosting the Fourteenth’s personality. So inside his body, he basically has the soul of his uncle? It’s complicated? AHAHAHA, this is just getting started.

vlcsnap-2016-07-04-22h25m16s039The Flashback of Allen and Mana was so cute. It’s funny to see that Allen was so different back then but yet still adorable as hell.
What makes me soooo sad, hearing Cross’s explanation, is the fact that Allen doesn’t know if Mana liked him for who he was or because he was the Fourteenth’s host, and of course now, there’s no way to know… And also the fact that despite that, Allen decided to believe in Mana… AAAAAAAAAAAAH ALLLLEEEN WHY ARE YOU SUFFERING SO MUCH?! WHY IS EVERYONE SUFFERING?! WE NEED TO PROTECT ALLEN! WE ACTUALLY NEED TO PROTECT ALL OF THEM!

Hey you know what? It’s only episode 1 and I already feel the pain, which means it’s good…
It’s good, give me more pain.
I’m used to it now.

Because the Fourteenth’s goal was to kill the Millenium Earl, Lvielle thinks of using Allen to achieve the same end. Since their goals are similar, why not using that kid as a tool? Great idea right? Oh Lviell, I hate you, but I love hating you at the same time. After Douchy Lvielle being a douche, and Cross Marian being kind of an asshole, the episode ends with a cliffhanger on Cross’s death. I guess it was expected, that’s a nice way to end the episode in my opinion.

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Charibo’s First Impression:

vlcsnap-2016-07-04-22h03m17s699D. Gray-man was one of the first works that got me into mango reading with Full Metal Alchemist and Death Note, and consequently one of the reasons of my fall into the animu trashdom. I remember reading it when I was twelve and worshiping it like it was the best mango ever created and it still is. I tried to get my two brothers into the D.Gray-man hell, one of them liked it, the other one isn’t my brother anymore. Yo, I even changed my icon to embrace Allen’s glory, that’s how dedicated I am!
All this to say that when the announcement of Hallow came, my inner fangirl woke up from 6 years of sleep and now I’m freaking ready for this! I want this to be good. But is it really? Is this long awaited adaptation going to live up to our expectations? We had a quite a long time to fantasize about it, so are our dreams going to be crushed or will we slowly fall with delight into the pain and despair that D.Gray-man brings?

vlcsnap-2016-07-04-22h02m22s466The visuals of the Opening sequence are good, I like the song too but together… Heh… I think I need time to get used to it. But my favorite Noah dork Wisely is as beautiful as ever in it so I’ll let it slide. On the other hand the ending is a perfect win for me. I swear I almost cried when I saw the pictures with Kanda and Alma… Freaking hell, this is going to be painful….

The Seiyuus are fine, Lenalee’s voice is maybe a bit too high pitched but I think I can get used to it. As for the background music I don’t really know, I haven’t noticed any memorable tracks so I’m waiting to hear more. GIVE ME SOME AMAZING SOUNDTRACK ANIMU! I’m waiting.

vlcsnap-2016-07-04-22h44m43s682As for the Art style… HEH… umm… Yeah, I don’t really like it… There’s no way the anime art style could live up to the Hoshino sensei’s drawings but yeah… I think I still prefer the old anime art style, here everything is a bit too colorful for the dark and gloomy universe that D. Gray-Man is supposed to be. But I give them the benefit of the doubt tho, maybe things will get more dark as the pain is increasing. But Lenalee was wayyyy more prettier in the older version… Just sayin’ (and she’s not the only one).
However, I’m sorry but to me, the animation is pretty bad… The faces in the background are a weird, the characters in movement are meh. The funny faces of Allen, which I absolutely love in the manga, are okay I guess, it could have been a lot better though. So yeah, the Art is a bit sloppy and that’s such a shame!

Now, one of my main worries, aside from the Art style is the pacing. From what I saw on the PV and Opening I guess they are going to stop after the Alma Arc, which is quite a shame since I wanted to see the next Arc with Neah adapted. But eh, I prefer them to focus on a little amount of episodes and to give us some good stuff rather than rushing tings. And even so, I’m a bit pessimistic on that one too. 13 episodes seems a bit… too short? Good luck fitting Cross’s disappearance, Timothy’s encounter and the Alma Arc in 13 episodes. I doubt they are going to manage to fit everything without rushing it… Oh well, we’ll see.

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So overall it was a nice first episode, my only disappointment is the animation and art style. I think I kind of expected it, when I saw the first trailers I had some doubts about the animation quality and I was quite right. I guess I was hoping a miracle and sadly it did not happen. So let’s pray for the drawings to get better. However, because it’s the first episode, the hype is too strong and I’m too excited to be pessimistic. For the moment I’m just happy D.Gray-Man is back. So let’s keep the bad things aside for a little while and let’s enjoy the greatness that D.Gray-man is.

Possibility of Watching: You bet I am!
Possibility of Blogging: My body is ready

Show By Rock!! Short!! Episode 1 (First Impression)

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Damn, Show By Rock back at it again with the best girl. I was gonna say Moa but honestly I just love all four of them. They’re just so precious and cute and I’m happy to see them again, even in short form. But! It was officially confirmed that the second season will air in October, so this short series will tide me over until then. The website updated with a new visual which looks great, so I’m looking forward to it!

[HorribleSubs] Show By Rock!! Short!! - 01 [1080p].mkv0017I’m not sure what these shorts are going to be, though. This episode, which was 3 minutes long, was the girls of Plasmagica on a talk show of someone named Tokiko, another egg…thing, with a mustache. The girls introduced themselves and we actually learned the names of the other girls’ instruments. Because all we knew was Strawberry Heart but I think it’s cute that Chuchu and the other girls named their instruments too. So yes, they went on this talk show but they never really talked about music. Instead, Tokiko made them stand up and turn around, just so she could admire how fluffy and cute their tails were and it got weird for the girls. Then right when Chuchu asked if they were going to talk about music, Tokiko’s show ended. Not much there.

I’m not sure if these episodes will follow a little plot, or just be random episodic ones each time. I think it’s going to be the latter since the synopsis of this short doesn’t really say much of anything. I’m going to guess we’ll just see some episodes of the girls and the Crimson boys in wacky situations with appearances from the other bands like Trichronika (forget how you spell it), Tsurezure, and we saw Criticrista in a commercial for a waterpark. I don’t actually mind that much because I love them all and I want to just see them again. Even if there’s no plot, I’m fine with that. This series is fun.

I’m going to cover next week’s episode, but I’m probably just going to cover this show biweekly after that since I think that’s a better way to cover shorts since you always have so little to talk about. So yeah, there it is, Show By Rock!! Short!! The ending song was good too, as expected of Plasmagica.

Possibility of watching: Yes

Possibility of blogging: It may seem pointless, but I’ve blogged another short before, but I actually like Show By Rock!! so of course.

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Mmm…okay, I may love Moa just a liiiittle bit more.

Bananya Episode 1 [First Impression]

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Tales of Zestiria the X Episode 0: [Prologue-The Age of Chaos][First Impressions]

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Yes! I was really waiting for this one.

vlcsnap-2016-07-03-17h16m33s188The episode begins with Princess Alisha exploring some antic ruins and discovering some painted roks linked to the legend of the Shepherd. She mentions the Celestia record, a book where all those tales are compiled. It’s quite a shame they don’t explain the legend in further details but I have strong hopes they’ll do it later.
While there’s some sort of festival going on in the main city, Lady Lake, some people are concerned by the apparition of strange phenomenons all around the land. Especially a threatening dark cloud which doesn’t seem to disappear with time. So the Princess sends one of her guards, Clem, to investigate, but two weeks later she’s still not back.

vlcsnap-2016-07-03-17h15m00s977On their way to somewhere, Alisha and her gang get attacked by some bandits and after an epic fight one of the bandits transforms into some sort of Fox vampire… I’ll call him Fox guy for the moment.

Because Clem still hasn’t come back and nobody knows what the heck is going on with the land, they decide to go look for her. On their way to find her, they discover that the land is ravaged and everything seems dead. There’s also a kid, but I doubt she will be relevant to the story, and kids are lame anyway.
So they finally find Clem but there’s a big tornado so they have to run, leaving the professor dude inside the cave he went down. Speaking of the professor guy, he finds finds some sort of Blue water which turns into black smoke inside that cave. In the meantime Clem explains that if the world is starting to be really shit it’s because the balance between forces of nature is disrupted, so that’s not very cool. Plus, there’s also a dragon who’s now awake and the tornado keeps getting stronger and stronger, eventually taking the life of Alisha’s soldiers. In other words, thing sucks.

vlcsnap-2016-07-03-17h31m07s657Then a Dark Loli appears for no real reason and the Fox guy too. Fox guy wants to fight Dark Loli because he’s crazy so they fight. Meanwhile Clem dies and Alisha doesn’t understand what’s going on in front of her ( Like me).

Now that all of her friends are probably dead, Alisha is a bit lost and walks in an abandoned village, I presume. There, she meets with that irrelevant kid who dies because of the tornado. Heh, I told you, kids are useless. Finally the Dragon appears and the END.

Well, that was confusing… A lot of things happened but still, this episode felt too short. I want more!

Charibo’s first Impressions:

I am biased

vlcsnap-2016-07-03-17h05m16s526Tales of Zestiria is the only opus of the Tales Franchise that I know. Because I had nothing better to do last year, I watched some let’s plays of the game so I kind of already know the story. Now, I know a lot of the Tales Franchise’s fans don’t really like Zestiria for various reasons but that’s not my case. Mainly because: I don’t know the other games and I haven’t watched their adaptations so yeah…. Tales of Zestria is the only one I know.
I’ve also seen the 40 minutes OVA, Tales of Zestiria: Doushi no Yoake (which I recommend) and I’m even reading the mango Tales of Zestiria: Michibiki no Toki , well only 4 chapters have been released but yeah… I read them. That’s how familiar I am with the Zestria and knowing my memory, I’ve probably already forgot what happened at the end of Zestiria… At least I won’t be able to spoil anyone now.

Now as for the episode in itself, it was… unexpected? I certainly did not think they would focus the action on Alisha. Well, that’s a good choice I think, I don’t recall Alisha getting much screen time in the games so if they can correct that in the anime that’s good.
To me, this episode was a bit messy and rushed. We got a bit too much infos in the first ten minutes and the second part of the episode left me: What the hell is happening? But I guess they wanted to introduce most of the background story in that prologue episode before starting the main story line. But that two week jump at the beginning without any warning? Uh, not sure I like that. You want what else I did not like?

No Mikleo

Where’s my Mikleo?

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Hey yo, I signed up for this because of Mikleo.
WHERE’S MY MAN?!

Nah, I’m joking, or not… As you might have noticed I’m slightly obsessed with Mikleo, simply because he’s one of my favorite characters ever. Yeah, I know… I’m he worst. But anyway, I guess it makes sense not to show him nor Sorey since this episode is supposed to be the Prologue. So I guess next week they’ll show us the meeting between Alisha and the main guys. Are they going to redo the OVA then? Show some different scenes? I hope they will.

vlcsnap-2016-07-03-17h08m08s707The Opening is nice. I like FLOW, well at least, I like their openings. Everybody keeps on talking about Colors but I’ll stay true to Kibou no Uta. But anyway, I still think the Japanese Opening of the Game is better, even if honestly it’s not really surprising, the OP for the Game is just… see for yourself: ????

But yeah, the Opening is fine enough. While listening to it I thought: Hey! Is that some cornemuse in the background? Did FLOW thought: “Hey! It’s a story about a shepherd, let’s put some cornemuse, that’s the instruments shepherds are using when they are guarding sheep right?”.

Now, the music in this episode was A+++, everything that I like, I’m a sucker for epic soundtracks so of course I was delighted with the music choice here.
As expected the Art is breathtaking, it’s just… wow… The little fight scene between Alisha and the bandits was epic and the Storm chase too, Ufotable really outdid themselves on this one. I wonder how much they spent on this episode …vlcsnap-2016-07-03-17h07m38s475

I’m a bit worried about that Berseria Crossover though. The Opening sequence showed us Velvet, the main character of Berseria so I really hope it’s not going to be a pure “marketing anime” only here to sell the upcoming game. Please make this character relevant to the story.
The pacing is another of my worries, based on what I’ve heard it’s going to be a 2 cours show with a second season in Winter. Maybe they are going to put the Berseria crossover in the second season while the first one will adapt the Zestria’s story? Or maybe they are going with a complete different story? I don’t know, I’m a bit lost but I sure want to see how things are going to turn out.

I might too pessimistic for a first episode but I’m really hoping this anime will turn how to be good and if not, at least decent. But to me, it looks like Ufotable is trying to correct some of the game’s flaws so heh, I want to be optimistic on this one. Overall this was a fine first episode, nothing too remarquable but no major flaws that needed to be pointed out. It definitely left me more enthusiastic than I originally was.

Also give me more Mikleo
More Mikleoooooooooo

Probability of Watching: Of course.
Probability of Blogging: I want to see how this is going to turn out.

Fukigen na Mononokean Episode 1 [First Impression]

IT’S SO CUTE, SO PRECIOUS, SO… wait, why am I crying?

Eva’s First Impression

I knew I had to Fukigen na Mononokean a whirl after watching its adorable promo videos, but I certainly didn’t expect to be crying while watching this show. Don’t worry, I laughed, and laughed a whole lot, but also I cried this episode because they kept on pulling my darn heart-strings (and sometimes I was laughing while crying because of the preciousness overload). What an incredibly charming premiere, they have me hooked.Fukigen na Mononokean Ep 1 Img 0003 It starts off with Ashiya Hanae who had unknowingly had an encounter with an adorable fuzzy yokai whom he thought was a stuff-animal. But much to his surprise it is very much alive and it has been glued to him ever since. However the cost of having the adorable thing perched to him was his health and energy as it has been unintentionally absorbing it from him, causing him to miss the entire first week of school due to collapsing before he could even reach the classroom. After almost a week of this Hanae loses his patience and by chance finds a flyer regarding an exorcist (Abeno Haruitsuki) and quickly calls him up for some assistance. However Haruitsuki was looking for an assistant to employ, and if Hanae was going to want an exorcism, he would have to wait ten days – that is until he said his name. Haruitsuki appears to be familiar with his family’s name so I am curious to learn about what made him make Hanae his priority- unless he knows something about the Ashiya family that Hanae doesn’t know about, and that is why he wanted to find a way to make him his assistant by trapping him under the fee costing a million ‘en’ – in Underworld Currency. It also turns out he is in his class, but I am not entirely sure if the rest of the class can see him, we will find out about that next week!

Fukigen na Mononokean Ep 1 Img 0016I had a feeling from the get-go that the Fuzzy Yokai had no bad intentions, and just wanted to be with Hanae. I choked up quite a bit when Haruitsuki told him how sometimes there are animals who lived with people who became yokai after they died and even after becoming a yokai they would still keep their playful traits and behavior. But eventually, they would realize no one’s looking at them. I guess it’s because all I could think of are my previously pets who are no longer with me, especially the one who died young. So it was an incredibly bittersweet moment when Hanae learned the Fuzzy Yokai was lonely in this world, so he was happy to see someone had noticed him and wanted to play. Fukigen na Mononokean Ep 1 Img 0019In the end, I wasn’t sure if Hanae going to let Fuzzy go, he almost didn’t want to after understanding him properly and playing with him for five hours. But alas, it was for the best, and Fuzzy said its thanks and is happy to be able to return to the Underworld where he can make friends. That being said, I sincerely hope this won’t be the last we see of Fuzzy, he is too darn precious to never see again!!!!!!

Overall I really enjoyed the first episode of Fukigen na Mononokean. It sounds like it will be a charming and fun story of the mishaps and adventures with yokai. The animation quality is very nice, in fact I was really surprised to see they used a bit of CGI for Fluffy. They blended it in so well, I didn’t notice until half way through the episode, so I am eager to see how well the CGI will turn out whenever they use it. It really all comes down to meshing the colors to blend with the characters and the backgrounds. The OP and ED themes and sequences were also very good, the OP in particular stood out to me immediately. Fukigen na Mononokean looks like a promising light-hearted, supernatural comedy and I eagerly anticipate the adventures ahead! As for blogging, right now it is hard for me to say whether or not I will be able to cover this show because comedy is likely to be the main theme. Regardless of the fact I will probably struggle, I really want to try and see if I can do it because this show looks like it is too good to pass.

Possibility of Blogging: Moderate – Will try covering at least three episodes!
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed

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SO PRECIOUS!

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