Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R Episodes 11 + 12 [Genericy The Generic Ending] [Final Impression]

The best way to describe watching this show is like eating a piece of stale white bread. Yeah it’s technically food, yeah it won’t make you sick, but it’s bland, flavorless, and hard to chew. That is the best comparison I can think of for this series. And thank god the loaf of bread it finally over.

Every single minute of this show pissed me off. From beginning to end. Everything made me frustrated, bored, or mad. Plot threads were introduced, then forgotten about, endings were thrown in, and characters were introduced when they shouldn’t have existed in the first place. I just….fuck it. fuck it. let’s just review these final two episodes so I can stop talking about this shitty show.

So episode 11 opens with up a young girl being sad that she’s alone all the time. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

Alone? She probably has to be with a stylist ALONE for four hours a day for THAT hair, am I right?

Alone? She probably has to be with a stylist ALONE for four hours a day for THAT hair, am I right?

It turns out that this girl’s name is Leilei. (at least i think it is. I really don’t fucking care) And she’s an insanely popular idol from America.

(Sigh)

I hate when they do this. Yes. Yes we have popular singers in America. Yes they hold concerts. But we do not have what Japan considers “idols” in the states. There’s a culture that goes along with the concept of idols and America doesn’t do that. Especially with the whole “little girl with a stuffed animal” look. That is a cultural thing. That would not be considered cute in America, that would be considered creepy if you were a fan. If you were to ask any American about idols they’d be like “um..you mean like ‘American Idol’?” Because it’s not a thing we have. Argh. I’m one minute in and this concept already pisses me off.

So she comes to Japan and her company starts stealing all of the airtime and jobs from the other models including cancelling the announcement of an anime. (sigh) (puts face in hands) I just….THIS is the conflict of your magical girl show? THIS is what you deem important enough to make into a series when this isn’t your main focus? Remember that whole Fan card thing? Is…is that still important? Or are we caring about missed gigs?

Magical powers? oh shit! I forgot that was a thing!

Magical powers? oh shit! I forgot that was a thing!

You know, speaking of bullshit, I actually just started watching [email protected] and I realized something very interesting. First of all, this show came out over 3 years ago, and, guess what, there’s an idol character who’s girly but her idol persona is being a tomboy. GEE? SOUND FUCKING FAMILIAR?!

I’ve only seen 2 episodes of that series, and i’m already more invested in this stupid motherfucking piece of 12 episode crap. Ugh. i’m going to give myself a brain aneurysm. Where was I?

Oh yeah, so the three, having a day off go to the amusement park, where they run into the American idol, who, for no reason at all, speaks perfectly fluent Japanese. BECAUSE WHY THE FUCK NOT. This is a trope that really pisses me off. When Americans just straight up speak fluent Japanese for no other reason that “we’re too fucking lazy to have her speak English and put Japanese subtitles or come up with a reason of why she would speak Japanese”.

So her and the three become friends. Yay! Friendship!

This? This right here? This is apparently friendship

This? This right here? This is apparently friendship

After they separate, they find out that she’s going to sing at the Tokyo Dome. You know, that thing that they’ve been trying to do for the whole series. Because you know, having this giant lofty goal set up by the characters, it’s totally cool to have a random character that we’ve never heard from before just come in and do the thing the three main characters have been vying for their whole lives. No, no, that’s fine. Really. Just belittle the point of the series. Really, it’s fine. I don’t give a shit anymore.

So I bet you’re wondering where those mascot animals have been this episode. Well, they have literally been on vacation. No, that’s the actual reason they gave for their absence. They were visiting their homeworld. WHICH APPARENTLY YOU CAN TAKE A BUS TO.

(smashes head on table) HOW THE FUCK DO YOU TAKE A BUS TO- lkdfjsakdlfklajsfkls

(smashes head on table) HOW THE FUCK DO YOU TAKE A BUS TO- lkdfjsakdlfklajsfkls I hate everything in this show

However, they then sense a monster and get off the bus. And the monster then proceeds to kick the shit out of them. And that’s where episode 11 ends.

Fuck I have one more of these? Goddamn it. Fine.

Episode 12 picks up with the three girls finding their mascots having been beaten up. Oh yeah. and I forgot to mention the monster stole all their Fan – C cards. Because of course it did. All three of the mascots recognize LeiLei as the monster, so the girls go to investigate at her concert.

They sense a monster so they all excuse themselves to transform. They do, and they find out that the doll she always carries around was the monster that possessed her and she is using the power of all the Fan-C cards to make everyone love her.

...I can't believe I just typed that. This plot is so fucking stupid.

…I can’t believe I just typed that. This plot is so fucking stupid.

Then, with the power of the three of them combined, they defeat the evil and she turns good again. Huzzah.

Okay, I may have just made this climax seem incredibly rushed, boring, and uninteresting. But that’s only because it was. There are several reasons that this was uninteresting and didn’t work.

  1. This leilei chick was just introduced last episode. She came straight out of the writer’s ass so we had no desire to see her be saved, we had no point of reference for her, and her motivation seemed weak at best, and her origin was rushed and fucking stupid.
  2. The only thing these girls ever do is use their special move. And the special move never fails. For an example that I have used in the past, let’s go back to Sailor moon. There were times when her special move didn’t fucking work. And that made it interesting. Without fail EVERY SINGLE TIME their special move has worked. You have no reason to think it WON’T work, and it’s boring.
  3. They spend so little time on the “Magical Girl” Aspect of the series that it really leaves you with so many questions you don’t even know where to begin like “Why are there Fan-C cards?” “who made these magical girl powers?” “Why did one of the monster cards want to help Leilei?” “Who made the Fan C-Cards?” Now for anybody who’s saying that they may have answered any of these questions in episode 1, that brings me to the point of, These things should be important to a series. If I don’t know WHY someone’s doing something just saying “oh well they mentioned it offhandedly in episode 1 once” isn’t a good answer.

Oh yeah. And I forgot to mention (because I knew you were biting your nails wondering if this was going to happen) Blonde chick and cross haired dick end up together. ….yayyyyyyyy (twirls finger unenthusiastically)

I just...I don't fucking care

I just…I don’t fucking care

You know what would have been a twist? If he ended up NOT liking her in that way and they had to continue on with their lives with that knowledge. You know, maybe a sort of realistic twist ending? But nope. NOPE. Gotta go with the stock, uninspired Hollywood ending because this show couldn’t have an original thought in its fucking head. So sure. Pair together the two characters who shouldn’t even exist and were invented for this series and weren’t even IN the original.

Why did they focus so much of the screentime on these two fuckers? If i’m watching a series revamp of an older series I loved, why, dear god why would you invent two new characters that had NOTHING to do with the original and have them take up 1/2 of the entire series? Why? Seriously. Why?

Oh yeah. The epilogue. The rabbit thing comes back and tells Komugi that more bad shit is going down and she has to become a magical girl again.

Pfff you go ahead. I won't be around for this shit.

Pfff you go ahead. I won’t be around for this shit.

This series is the most uninspired shit I have seen in a long long time. I feel like simply typing this review isn’t adequate to describe how much of a letdown this series was and everything that is wrong with it. I would write a college thesis on how this series failed to deliver on every single possible level.

A perfect example of wasted potential is Koyori’s changing personality when she hits her head and how she becomes a dominatrix. It was VERY lightly touched upon in this series, almost as a nod to the original, but then it’s completely forgotten about. She was a main villain of the original because of this, but this was completely forgotten about and never used to become anything interesting whatsoever. This is the level of shit they do here.

In the old series the bad guys came from a virus world. Hence why she was a NURSE. See how that works? She was a nurse and therefore had to defeat viruses. HOLY CRAP! SENSE MAKING! In this one they brought in a much more subdued version of Koyori (and…changed her name for some strange reason) and also added Mary Sue Nun girl.

i have already bitched long and hard about the fact that they brought in these new characters for absolutely no reason considering they had a PLETHORA of characters to choose from in the original series, but it’s something that has to be repeated. EVERYTHING was stripped from the original. The comedy, the charm, the wit, EVERYTHING.

This series did not feel like a magical girl show. It felt like someone was trying to rip off [email protected] and realized they had to throw some magical girl stuff in there so they didn’t get sued.

Yep...totally original shit here.

Yep…totally original shit here.

I..I can’t keep this up. fuck this show.

Episode 11: 4/10

Episode 12: 2/10

Head: This plot had so much potential. SO MUCH potential. An updated version of Komugi? This should have been fucking hilarious! But it wasn’t. The plot was dull, it was overdone, they tried to play it so straight it hurt. The characters were bland, the story went nowhere, and everything involved in the story was dragged out, until the end where an ending was rushed and felt very forced. With a few rare exceptions like the episode with Komugi and the ninja challenge, I normally couldn’t stand this show. ESPECIALLY the episodes with Blonde fuck. Also, it’s boring and a ripoff.

Head: 3/10

The art….was okay. I’m personally a fan of the original more, but that’s because it was overexaggerated and fun. This time around they toned it down and you could tell from the start it was meant to be more family friendly than the previous series. There are a few art things that bug me though. Like….why the shiny hair balls. The fuck is up with that?

seriously. the fuck are those?

seriously. the fuck ARE those?

Eye 6.5

Heart:

Oh my god could this series have dropped the ball any harder with this? I don’t think so. There was NO heart in this show. I didn’t feel ANYTHING other than boredom, annoyance, or hatred for the entire series. At least for a series like Vanadis I could FEEL hatred. This….THIS I couldn’t feel a damn thing. It’s like I had a feeling-ectomy. Nearly every single episode I sat here in a dumbstruck stupor. This was by far one of the stripped down, basic, by the numbers, uninspired pieces of trash I have ever seen. THIS is a series that was made by a “by the numbers” corporate board meeting. It has every trope you can think of, but they forgot to include the love. Even shows that are TERRIBLE by my standards, I can at least feel that there was some love involved. But this. THIS really feels like someone fed anime tropes into a machine and it spat out a script. This was so painful to watch. I really wanted to stop. I really did. And trust me. If I wasn’t reviewing it, I would have stopped.

Heart 2/10

Total score: 3.83/10

Seriously. Fuck this show. I do not recommend it. DO NOT WATCH IT. If you want to watch this series, watch the old OVA. it’s far more enjoyable and will actually make you laugh. This isn’t worth being a doorstop or a really expensive coaster.

But man…. Fuck this show. I’m done. I’m just…I’m done.

-Hideki

(me having watched the final two episodes back to back)

(me having watched the final two episodes back to back)

Gate Episodes 23 + 24 [Wait…It’s Over?] [Final Impressions]

Well, after all this time, 2 seasons (split apart by a season in the middle even) Gate is finally over. Am I sad that it’s over?Actually yeah. I really enjoyed this show and i’m not happy to see it go. It was one of the few shows in the past while that i’ve really gotten into and wanted to see more. (especially with Rory) However, while all terrible shows must end, so must the good shows. So the question is, did the series end with a whimper or a bang? Well let’s perform a double dose of reviews and do this one more time.

So episode 23 starts up with the army rescuing the kidnapped pro-peace senators. And…it really does go off without a hitch. It’s pretty straight forward. They rush in, kick everyone’s ass, and take back the prisoners.

ow my ass! ...and the rest of my body!

ow my ass! …and the rest of my body!

After a while, the Japanese then just start parachuting in.

haha i love that reaction. he's like

haha i love that reaction. he’s like “…da fuck?”

meanwhile, back at that battle at the jade palace, the SDF shows up and, you guessed it, wrecks the rest of the guys.

I don't normally post this many pictures, but i mean...my words can't describe the hilarity properly

I don’t normally post this many pictures, but i mean…my words can’t describe the hilarity properly

And really, the reason that i didn’t review this episode by itself last week is because this is all that happens in this episode. The SDF shows up and rescues everybody. Everything goes flawlessly and the only casualty is that some random guy gets shot in the arm with an arrow. But he ends being being fine later anyway.

The blonde knight lady tries to go back for the princess, but that doesn’t work, so the SDF saves her and the purple haired one (fuck I don’t know their names)

Awww yeah. Give that interdimensional being some sweet sweet japanese loving.

Awww yeah. Give that interdimensional being some sweet sweet japanese loving.

and that’s really all that happens in this episode.

So we’ll jump to 24 where the series wraps up and stuff actually happens.

So our main heroes show up and go like “yeah, we’re going to rescue the princess.” That’s about the time that the rest of his team from season one also show up and say they’re going to help.

Here's the plan. Since no one on our side ever dies, let's just walk up through the front gate and grab her. ... Actually i'm not joking. That's their plan.

Here’s the plan. Since no one on our side ever dies, let’s just walk up through the front gate and grab her. … Actually i’m not joking. That’s their plan.

Our main guy then decides to just say “fuck it” and take Rory and Leilei and walk through the front door to talk to the prince.

No joke, they walk through the front door

No joke, they walk through the front door

I love this scene because the prince is all “mwahaha I will be ready by the time they show up to save you” and they show up 10 seconds later. That was pretty goddamn hilarious actually.

He tells them that he won’t let her go so he sends an ogre after them. And they kick its ass. They grab the princess and start to leave. When the prince tries to protest, a sniper bullet zooms by his head. After this, they take the princess and go.

After escaping the castle in the truck, They apparently also rescued the emperor who wasn’t dead, but the poison just made him weak somehow. But when they start talking he conveniently wakes up.

I took the

I took the “perfect time to wake up from a coma” class taught by Jey from Tribe Cool Crew

He then makes the princess the official leader of the people as he decides to retire.

We then cut to her coronation where we find out that the blonde chick has been seeing the sdf dude and she’s pregnant, the purple haired chick started seeing the guy who caught her and….of all people, the guy who got stabbed started seeing the bunny girl who he shot. …yeah…I…I don’t have much to say about that pairing….I…I really don’t.

um...what would you call this? bloodshipping?

um…what would you call this? bloodshipping?

and of course the 12 year old is paired with that ambassador guy. I’ve actually scoured the internet trying to figure out this guy’s age, but I can’t find ANYTHING. However, based on the fact that he’s an ambassador i’m going to guess at the YOUNGEST he’s about 25. Which… (snicker) that’s pretty terrible show. Wow.

(snicker)

(snicker)

Anyway, i’m sure you’re wondering what happened to stupid ass bunny girl, right? Well, turns out that she runs away with her tail between her legs (haha get it? because she’s a bunny girl?) and even though she’s getting her revenge she’s sad.

awww poor baby

awww poor baby

See, i’d feel worse for you if you didn’t send out assassins to kill innocent people and put ideas in the princes head to do terrible terrible things. As it stands, you can go fuck yourself.

So we only have one more scene left. It turns out that Itami isn’t at the party because it’s one year later and it’s time for that doujinshi event he missed last year because of the attack. When he arrives however, Leilei, the elf, and Rory show up too. Because of this, the police grab the four of them and take them somewhere safe away from the throngs of people much to Itami’s dismay.

Itami. Just saying bro. you better hit that.

Itami. Just saying bro. you better hit that.

And that’s where the series ends.

So yeah….the series doesn’t exactly end in a perfect nice little package, but it ends nicely enough. Basically this is one of those endings where if they really wanted to, (aka it makes enough money) they COULD make a third season and it wouldn’t feel forced. But they could also end it here and a lot of people would be satisfied. Of course i’m not one of those people, but that’s just because I really like this show.

ALSO BECAUSE RORY AND ITAMI AREN’T A COUPLE YET!

Yeah, gotta say, if you haven’t guessed, I AM quite the Rory fan. In fact, I saw THIS up for preorder the other day. No way in HELL I could justify it….but man do I want it.

preor

This series was interesting. It was one of those “none of the main cast dies” series…but for once, I don’t really care. It was weird for me to see a series where all the main characters are crazy overpowered and yet…I was still cheering them on. It’s very strange to see that. Normally when a character is not the underdog you don’t really care if they succeed. But I actually felt sucked into the story and DID care for what was going on.

To me, the most interesting characters were Rory and Itami. The rest I could take or leave. Leilei was….okay nothing special, and the elf chick kind of annoyed me for being all “where’s dad?” for half the series. We all know what I think of Bunny girl and the prince as villains as well as everyone else, but that aside, they all seem to work together and make a very entertaining show.

Episode 23 was funny and entertaining, but the problems were the same that a lot of the other episodes had. It didn’t focus a lot on the main characters, and while enjoyable to watch everything go right for the good guys, there were no real named people I cared about as they were all still on their way there. It would have worked better as half an episode rather than the whole thing dragged out.

6/10

Episode 24 though was pretty enjoyable I must say. I really wished it was wrapped up more concisely, however I suppose that has to do with the whole “possibility of a season 3” thing.

Seriously...why you no hit that?

Seriously…why you no hit that?

Episode 7.5/10

Would I like there to be a season 3? Yes. Yes I would. True the series COULD wrap up here, but I feel like there’s more stories that could be told. The prince is still alive and things haven’t quite wrapped up with him yet I believe. Also…the pied piper’s still out there so that would be cool if they brought him back. The gate is also still there and hasn’t closed as they said that it eventually will. So until that gate closes there are stories to tell, INCLUDING PAIRING RORY AND ITAMI TOGETHER DAMN IT. (yes this broken record will keep spinning)

Head: Great idea. I think it was very interesting to have the good guys be the overpowered ones. It worked in a way where unlike Yugioh or One Punch Man, that although they were overpowered it was still in a way that they could be defeated and I found it very compelling. A lot of the plot did annoy me at times like how the bad guys’ plan was just to throw more soldiers at the invincible people, but that added to the hilarity in a way. There were episodes that I felt there were unnecessary things, but it didn’t detract from the entire series overall. I kind of just forgot those episodes were there. (like the adventure of 12 year old running away girl) 7/10

Eye: The art was extremely good. The females looked very cute and the guys looked masculine. The scenes in Japan were cool and across the gate were very pretty.

wow....that is a really nice day isn't it?

wow….that is a really nice day isn’t it?

Eye 8/10

Heart: This is the spot where it could get patchy at times. Some of the episodes had really good emotional scenes and then you had things where they tried to make you feel bad for the bunny girl or something stupid like that. There were times I could just not get invested. Like when they introduced all those dark elves just to die. That was more funny than anything. Also, even though it was a while ago, they really did make the other country leaders look like douches. That was pretty funny though. All in all…. the feelings were…….okay. 6/10

total score 21/30 = 7/10

A solid show. I think this series would have ranked a bit higher though if Itami HAD ended up with Rory definitively but that’s just my own personal preference. If you don’t like that pairing that’s fine, I’m just adding my own two cents of personal opinion.

All in all, do I recommend this show? Yes. Yes I do. I would say if you want to see a show where the underdog is not the good guy but they can’t just go around punching all their problems away, I recommend giving this a go. Oh well, it looks like it’s time to say goodbye to gate one last time. Peace out Gate. See you on the other side.

-Hideki

Ojisan To Marshmallow Episode 12 [Final Impressions]

Well after all that has happened with this damn show, I can at least say, it’s over. I can finally put this stupid ridiculous nonsense behind me and move on with my life. Thank. God. I can’t say this series was ever enjoyable. I can’t say it was ever bearable. But at least I can say, it’s over. So there’s that. So with that, I’m actually happy to say, let’s recap an episode, one more time.

So the episode picks up immediately where the last one ended off. The creepy girl goes to find marshmallow guy with the two marshmallow girls using a scent that marshmallow people love. Unfortunately, they love them too, so they become effectively useless.

GG guys. GG.

GG guys. GG.

Smelling this, marshmallow guy runs back and into creepy girl. They then start to talk about stuff. She eventually tells him that she likes him and he brushes it off as that she’s drunk. Because, you know, he’s an idiot. She asks about the child and woman she saw before, but he states that that was just his sister and niece. Because yeah. that makes sense to call your uncle “papa”. (they try to explain this but it’s stupid)

no, your niece is just an idiot

no, your niece is just an idiot

During this conversation he finds out though that creepy girl doesn’t hate him because she teases him all the time and he’s happy about this. They head back to the group and we cut to them at the amusement park again, this time, him asking her for a marshmallow.

the fuck is up with this dude and marshmallows?

the fuck is up with this dude and marshmallows?

Argh this ending was so contrived and stupid. I’m sorry. you can’t be a creepy, violent, stalker chick for the entire length of the series, and then get everything you want in the end just because the main guy realizes you’re not a terrible person to HIM. I not only didn’t CARE about these two, I didn’t WANT her to get what she wanted as the only things she did to get him were underhanded and frightening.

This show has very fucked up morals. It’s basically saying that if you like someone, just keep being a creepy fuck and it will eventually work out. Oh, and if you are nice at the way end, that makes up for everything. Look, I know the guy isn’t the greatest looker in the world, but he can do better than this crazy bitch. If it were me, i’d stay as far away as possible.

This is not the face of a girl you want to date.

This is not the face of a girl you want to date.

I have said from the beginning that I hated these two’s dynamic and that didn’t change for the better as the series progressed. In fact, it got much worse. There’s nothing really redeemable about this show. It’s about terrible people wanting to get relationships with terrible people. I didn’t care or like a single character in this show. And as i’ve said in the past, if the episodes hadn’t been 3 minutes long, i would not have made it past episode 2.

That being said, let’s jump to the scores.

Head: The plot is stupid. It’s about a yandere in love with Forrest gump. He likes marshmallows. That’s all this series has going for it. The episodes didn’t go anywhere, the plot didn’t go anywhere, and nothing happened. 3/10

Eye: I mean…it was pretty. I have to give it that. The series was shiny and nice and I didn’t want to close my eyes at the art. You know, when I have really bad shows, the eye is really the only score that I can’t really give terrible results too because nine out of ten times, the art is usually pretty good, even in a terrible show. So..you know…find. 7.5/10

Heart: nope. there was none. No feelings. This series failed on every level with this. Straight up super fail. 2/10

Total 12.5/30 = 4.1/10

Seriously, all in all. Even though the episodes are only 3 minutes long, it’s not worth it. Do something more constructive with that three minutes…like…watch an AMV or something.

Fuck you bitch you don't deserve a happy ending. I'm just going to assume you died or something.

Fuck you bitch you don’t deserve a happy ending. I’m just going to pretend you died or something.

I’M DONE! YES!

-Hideki

Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R Episode 1 [Now With 50% More Ritalin!] [First Impression]

You know, I’ve never really been a big fan of magical girl shows. I just haven’t. You could say it’s because I’m a guy, sure, but I feel that any show should be able to transcend the gender and age gap and still be good. I mean Pretear sucked but Madoka was okay…. and um… I’m sure I’ll think of another one at some point. (Other than Sailor Jupiter, Venus, and Jedite, I found Sailor Moon to be REALLY REALLY boring)

However, about a decade ago, I saw an OVA called Nurse Witch Komugi. And I loved it. Why did I love it? Well, it was short, sweet, and it was extremely self referential and treated itself as a parody of the genre with over the top comedy and flat out making fun of how insane the genre is in itself. So when I heard that they were going to make a series based on it, I was really excited. Yes, a lot of it was nostalgia, but that can be a strong tool.

Unfortunately, this can lead to some major disappointment if the material isn’t treated with the same care the original was. to me, THIS is Nurse Witch Komugi

Ah old Komugi

Ah old Komugi

Instead, for some reason, to which I cannot understand or figure out, this series….gets toned down. So yes. Instead of being a comedic parody, They decide, at least in the first episode, to take this pretty much as a straight, generic, magical girl show. And honestly, it is really really lackluster and disappointing. However, I guess I should tell you the plot. All right fine.

So the episode starts up with Komugi having a generic dream about becoming a famous pop idol.

Because you know...never seen that one before

Because you know…never seen that one before

She wakes up to find that she has to go to school. It turns out that she actually IS an idol, but not a very famous one. Her friend Koyori is also an idol, but is more popular than her and actually has made appearances in some movies.

After Koyori has to go to work on the movie, Komugi is walking down the street and sees a little mascot, rabbit thing being picked on, so she saves it and puts bandages on it.

Because you know THAT wasn't done before either

Because you know THAT wasn’t done before either

Okay. Before I move on. A few things.

  1. If they were trying to make it a joke that this is overdone, they make no joke here. They play this ‘saving the small thing’ entirely seriously like it’s the first time anyone’s done it. I didn’t sense any tongue-in-cheek and there was a LOT of missed potential in this scene

2. HOW did they fuck up his design? I mean look.adsfjkl

How exactly did they fuck that up? He looks NOTHING like he did last time. It’s not exactly a hard design to copy. I mean, I can’t draw and “I” could draw that. You made everyone else look the same so why did you change that? Oh no wait. Hang on a sec. They didn’t, did they? This is Koyori now.

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This is Koyori from the original OVA

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Now, I’m not saying that it’s necessarily BAD to de-sexualize a character that was originally a certain way, but the entire point of her character in the original OVA was that she had two personalities and was basically batshit insane evil half the time. She was SUPPOSED to be crazy and over the top. Her entire POINT was to be super hot, over the top, and comedic.

Direct from Wikipedia “The story of the anime itself is basically a parody of the magical girl anime genre.”

They literally take EVERYTHING out of it that makes it a parody and are turning it into a generic, boring magical girl show to which I say “Why the fuck would you do that?”

Anyway to continue, the mascot says that he’s grateful and wants to make her a magical girl to thank her. She refuses and goes off to her concert, which is really singing for a pharmacy. She finishes it well enough and decides to go home.

The mascot shows up again and asks her to become a magical girl again. She refuses but then a cockroach shows up and she agrees to become one if he’ll get rid of it.

You seriously have to blur it out? I mean....wasn't Terraformers a thing?

You seriously have to blur it out? I mean….wasn’t Terraformers a thing?

He does, but she has to head over to the movie studio because it turns out that she has received a small part as a middle school student.

However, upon arriving at the studio a movie camera gets turned into a monster through some weird magic and the mascot senses it, and tells her that she has to transform. She does and then we get to pretty much the ONLY funny part of the episode that if you blink, you miss it. This villain’s power is to transform something into its funny film version if it hits it with its beam. and he fires at a standee of these guys

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Which….if you’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll find this funny, and they turn into this.

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Yep. That’s right. In a quick second joke, they decided to rip on Yoru No Yatterman. Which….Is funny to me because I find it amusing that THIS show has the balls to rip on Yoru No Yatterman. Their first episode kicked ass. What’s your excuse Komugi?

Eventually she defeats it and gets its card. Because…you know…THAT’S never been done before.

Earth, wind, shadow, wood, sword, thunder, power, sleep

Earth, wind, shadow, wood, sword, thunder, power, sleep

She goes back to do her scene but oh boy, she missed it. And that’s where the episode ends basically.

This first episode…did not impress me. The original OVA had such a fun, parody charm to it that made me laugh and find amusement in it, even though i’m not really a fan of the magical girl genre. However, this series seems to have ripped out anything that even remotely existed in the original.

You can’t just copy ideas from other magical girl shows and call it “a parody”. If you don’t bring attention to it, and it isn’t for comedy, that’s just you blatantly ripping things off. A parody scene would be her getting her getting the card, then saying “that’s fucking stupid” and ripping the card up watching the mascot freaking out. THAT’S an attempt at comedy. Goddamn it man, MOETAN was more of a parody, and that show was pretty goddamn creepy as it was.

They can’t even get the original source material right. The whole point of her being a NURSE WITCH was that she fought viruses from powers from the planet Vaccine. Not that she fought random evil. She heals people and fights viruses. Hence the NURSE part.

I know people sometimes want to take series on different routes. Hell, as you know, I LOVED Attack on Titan Junior High, but that had a purpose. I just don’t see the need to take a show that was basically made as a parody, and turn it into a generic magical girl show. I..I just don’t see it.

Because lord knows we don't have enough generic magical girl shows

Because lord knows we don’t have enough generic magical girl shows

Head: They really dropped the ball on this. A full on parody series of the magical girl genre had SO SO SO much potential. Especially with the series that have come out recently? You could have made this batshit insane and made some great jokes, including of Madoka! I don’t know WHY they toned everything down 90% to the point that this series, other than the artwork is COMPLETELY unrecognizable. I don’t even know what this show is anymore. This episode was VERY generic, VERY long, and VERY boring. The plot dragged, it has been done 1000 times before, and failed at the one thing it was supposed to be. Funny. 3/10

Eye: The art in the original OVA was better (as OVAs tend to be) but this is really the one thing I can’t complain about. It’s still very pretty and the artwork does remind me of the old days. So it gets points for that. Eye: 7/10

You got lucky show

You got lucky show

Heart: As of the first episode, I don’t give a single solitary crap about any of these characters. I know I’ve used the word “Generic” a LOT in this review, but that’s the best way to describe it. I remember everyone in this OVA having emotions that were larger than life. Here they’re subdued and act like every magical girl character ever. This isn’t Nurse Witch Komugi, this is “Generic Magical girl show #492”

I am not saying that people shouldn’t take chances on old properties. I’m not saying that. I’m also not saying that everything should stay the same as it was due to nostalgia. What I AM saying, is perhaps taking a parody series and revamping it to be serious……isn’t the best idea. That would be like taking Excel Saga and remaking the entire series to be as serious as the one where she gets shot. It’s odd, and it doesn’t fit for longer than a joke. If they ran most of this episode as serious as a JOKE and towards the end they realized they couldn’t keep it up anymore and broke down, THAT would have been hilarious. But they don’t. They play it straight and every character I come across is a boring, useless nothing. I don’t care about anyone, and I don’t even know what their plight is. 3/10

Total: 4.3/10

Honestly, this show made me sad. I expected so much and got so little. Am I going to keep watching? Well….I’m going to try at least a few more episodes and see how it goes. I’m not ready to give up yet. Maybe it gets better….I don’t know. I’m just hoping that somewhere in there is the show I loved. Maybe it will come back…maybe.

Watching: I guess
Blogging: ….for now.

-Hideki

Ojisan To Marshmallow Episode 1 [Stalker and Fat Guy] [First Impressions]

Ah, time for another short. Not since Wakako Zake have I decided to pick one of these guys up. However, I figured that maybe it was time to try another one. So what is the plot this time? Well it’s about a girl who’s a little too obsessed about being in a romantic relationship with a fat guy who likes marshmallows….and……. that’s pretty much it. However, I suppose I should break down what little DOES happen in these three minutes. So, here we go.

The episode starts up with the girl asking the fat guy if he wants a marshmallow. However, being shy he’s unable to say he wants one. Being as such, she won’t give him one unless he admits it.

So...THIS is the guy that gets you all hot and bothered?

So…THIS is the guy that gets you all hot and bothered?

He tries to grab one, however unsuccessful, and the coworkers take this as playful teasing on each of their parts.

(shifts eyes) love..i guess?

(shifts eyes) love..i guess?

Also, if you weren’t sure that she had a thing for him, this is how she offers him one later.

Subtlety? Bitch, this is a 3 minute short. We don't have TIME for subtlety.

Subtlety? Bitch, this is a 3 minute short. We don’t have TIME for subtlety.

The episode then progresses to the fat guy going to the store to buy some marshmallows. However, creepy stalker girl beat him to it and bought out all of marshmallows refusing to give him any. Eventually though she gives in and says she’ll give him a bag if he gives her a baby. (don’t…think that’s an even trade there)

He of course not understanding because he’s a fat doof buys her a can of baby sardines.

herpaderp!

herpaderp!

However, her reaction isn’t mad, she actually talks about how she’s going to cherish the sardines as a gift. And that’s where the episode ends.

This…is a strange show. First off it’s strange to see a fat guy be a love interest like this. You don’t see it very often. There hasn’t really been much explained so far on that matter, but i’m chalking that up to 1st episodeitis. Still…it’s kept my interest up for 3 minutes so…that’s good at least.

Head: What is there to say? The plot is this girl likes this fat guy and he likes marshmallows. I mean…the plot isn’t going to win an Emmy or anything. Yes it’s a short, so they have to pick and choose what they want to say as well as make it extremely quick but I guess they got their idea across well enough. He likes marshmallows, she likes him. There you go.

That sure is some deep plot right there

That sure is some deep plot right there

Still, They haven’t explained anything yet like why she likes him so much. Which i’m sure is a part of the plot that’s going to come. Also maybe an inclusion of another character will come too? Who knows. Either way, the plot is simple enough, yet leaves me with enough questions to keep going. It didn’t overstay its welcome which is nice (Coughoremonogataricough). Head: 6/10

Eye: The animation is all well and good. The guy looks a bit weird, then again I guess he’s supposed to as he’s..you know, big and fat.

Yep...all the sexy right there

Yep…all the sexy right there

The girl looks very generic and has a deadpan expression on her face most of the time. It leaves her looking very…meh. I wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a crowd unless she had that outfit on. The art is very generic , but I guess in this case status quo is all right. Eye: 5.5/10

Heart: This is where this show SHOULD shine, but….for me, it’s okay. The guy is a stupid doof, and the girl’s kind of creepy. She doesn’t win any awards for being great. In fact, she kind of creeps me out. The guy just wants marshmallows and she’s using them to further her creepy love obsession.

Cause that's not creepy....at all

Cause that’s not creepy….at all

Not going to lie, if a woman around my job was following me around and stopped me from buying the things I loved and stopped 1 step short of sexual harassment saying how she wants my children…I’d be pretty freaked out. That’s not really romantic…it’s kinda stalkerish. The only reason this works is because the dude’s a doof and doesn’t understand what she’s doing as a normal person would have probably talked to the cops or at least the HR department. The heart is definitely not this series’ strong suit. Heart: 3/10

Total score 4.8/10

Like I said, this short isn’t going to win any awards….but it’s all right. It barely falls below average, but it leaves me with enough of a desire to continue, so…there’s that i guess. I will do this, mainly because it’s mildly interesting, but also because it’s short. Even if it ends up being BAD I only have to sit through 3 minutes. I can do that.

Watching: Yes
Blogging: Sure, what the hell.

So, see you next time on the creepy adventures of stalker and fat guy.

-Hideki

Ushio and Tora Episode 26 [If You Do The Right Thing, You Die]

So great. We’re back to the two parter. And this time we get to resolve the “Scientists are Assholes” story line. So last time we left our heroes, the scientists had just used the DNA from Hakumen No Mono that was on the spear and had just accidentally made a version of him that started killing everyone. Good job science.

Good job science

Hooray for science!

So how does it resolve? Well how do you THINK it resolves? Let’s just do this.

The episode starts up with the scientists wanting to run away, but bitch mcgee is like “Wait! No! We have to help Bal-chan! You know, that guy I met five minutes ago!” She then gives an impassioned speech about friendship and the female scientist changes her heart and decides to stay and help while the other two run away.

Remember this now folks

Remember this now folks

Now that Ushio and Tora are teamed up, they go after the piece of Hakumen No Mono. However, Bitch face is telling them to make sure not to destroy it, because they have to save Bal-chan.

Also at this time, poison gas is now leaking into the lab. So you know, that’s always good. The female scientist has a plan to stop Hakumen for a moment so they can free Bal-chan. Her reward for this is getting a grievous wound.

Man. you try to do ONE NICE THING.

Man. you try to do ONE NICE THING.

Through the power of her device, they do manage to trap it just long enough to free Bal-chan.

After this is done, Ushio and Tora manage to destroy the piece of Hakumen no Mono. Unfortunately it starts to do a Majin Buu and reform itself. The scientist figures the best way to get rid of it once and for all is to blow up the research facility. Bitch tries to get her to leave, but her wound is fatal and decides to go down with the ship.

My spine really really hurts right now

My spine really really hurts right now

Bal-chan is still unconscious, and Bitch and Ushio succumb the poison as well, so Tora has to carry them all out…Then the place explodes.

They’re all sad that the scientist lady died, but they’re going to use this research to further the defeat of the real Hakumen No Mono. Soon life goes back to normal. The end.

This episode….was part 2 of a pointless one. The only thing we learned from this is something we already knew. Hakumen No Mono is a badass. Also that science can’t defeat magic. (even though Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures already taught us that)

Magic must defeat magic!

Magic must defeat magic!

The biggest problem I have with this episode is that I really don’t see any sort of need for it. I’m not sure what exactly we learned from all this. It feels like filler, it acts like filler, but I don’t know if it is filler. It might be what you call “canonical filler”. Either way, I was not looking forward to this episode, as you could probably tell. I’m not sad that this little two parter is over. The only NEW lesson I learned is, if you’re an asshole and run away, you get to live, but if you do the right thing, you die. Good…moral?

Hooray! We did NOTHING redeemable and we get to live!

Hooray! We did NOTHING redeemable and we get to live!

There’s not a whole lot for me to say about this episode. I had a very strong feeling about what was going to happen in it, and I was right. I felt bad for the scientist lady, and that’s really the only emotion that was evoked from me in this episode.

All in all…meh?

Episode 4/10

-Hideki

p.s. Oh. I feel as if I need to have an addendum here. Apparently this is actually the last episode this season, as in, they’re taking a break….I did not know this. Still, that doesn’t really change everything that’s going on. I think this was a very lame episode to pause on, and since they’re doing this NOW, it’s actually giving me a bit of a lower view of the show in general. So in this case, since it’s not really the end, I’ll give a short, halfway feeling of this show.

Head: Plot was great until they started with teh Hakumen No Mono stuff. Once they did that the show got really off track and tried to be more meaningful then it is. Because of this, all of the episodes later on felt like filler in a holding pattern until we got to the final battle with Hakumen. (aka, the creation of the spear, the story of Hakumen, the scientists trying to stop Hakumen, the woman trying to fool the boy to help take away the spear) Everything is linked to this, but it doesn’t forward the story. So yeah. downhill right now. 5/10

Eye: The art didn’t get worse. The voice acting stayed just as good….not really much to say here. The visual and audio quality are some of the only things that stayed consistent. So…yeah. 7/10

Heart: Like I said, I liked what they were doing in the beginning, but I don’t like that they’re trying to use bitch more and act like she’s cool. She’s not. I think the whole “We need to save everyone!” mentality is neat…but he tends to fail at doing that a lot. So it’s kind of odd. I don’t know, this whole second season left me with a very….odd feeling. meh. 5/10

Total score 5.66

So….yeah. Not exactly excited to finish this when it picks up again. but…I guess I should finish what I started? (Shrugs)

Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou Episode 12 [Final Impression]

Sigh. I suppose all good things must come to an end, and that is the case for this series. Out of all the series I’ve seen this season, this was by far my most favorite, and the one I looked forward to every week. So, seeing this is the last episode, how about we recap it one more time? Here we go. Let’s do it.

So the episode picks up immediately where the last one left off, the titans had just stolen everybody’s food stands, and, understandably angry, Eren wants to get it back. Unfortunately, the school faculty basically tells him no way, but with the help of his fellow classmates, manages to escape to chase after the titans.

Ha. We ain't dead in THIS show bitches

Ha. We ain’t dead in THIS show bitches

He runs back to the titan fighting club only to find out that they refuse to help Eren and tell him that he shouldn’t go after them. Levi then speaks out and tells him that he can’t tell him what to do though and to make his own decision. Eren does so and runs after the titans.

Upon arriving at the titan school house the group meets up with Hans and he tells them that the cheeseburgers will likely be held in the principal’s office and he’ll need to use the key to unlock a door. Rico is also there and gives them their omni directional gear.

When they arrive in the office they are shocked to find that the key is placed in a diorama of a human sized town, and while everyone else distracts the titans that are there, Eren goes after the key, which, unfortunately is stuck.

That's what he said?.....to a fat person maybe?

That’s what he said?…..to a fat person maybe?

Everyone pitches in to distract them, and even that titan from a few episodes back who likes Jean shows up to help them. Eventually, in a scene that mirrors the Eren boulder scene, he manages to get the key in the door.

haha. i see what you did there  show

haha. i see what you did there show

Turning the key they enter the room to find a stadium with all of their stands placed in a pile. Falling into the room, the titans start upon them, but then Levi shows up and plays an idol song to distract them. No. No I am not making this up.

I seriously COULDN'T make this up

I seriously COULDN’T make this up

That’s when the colossal titan shows up and starts to eat the hamburger stand. However, Eren jumps in and manages to save one hamburger. This causes people to realize that they can fight against the titans and it’s a great step for humanity, and that’s where the episode and thereby the series, ends.

This…this was a very fun and cute ending to the series. It wrapped up everything nicely. It fit in well with the tongue and cheek of the series, and was dramatic, but at the same time had a cute sense of humor with it that managed to be serious, but also silly at the same time, which is hard to imagine, but ended up working really well.

Really. How can THAT be taken seriously?

Really. How can THAT be taken seriously?

It was nice to see them implement all the characters in this final episode, even the characters that are dead in the actual series. It really felt like a final episode and didn’t leave me with any annoyed cliffhanger feelings. Leave it say, I think this was a great episode and a great finale to this series.

Episode 8.5/10

Well, it’s that time guys, let’s wrap up the series. I know, I don’t want to see it go either, but it’s something we have to do. For closure.

Head: For me, this premise was absolutely fantastic. Let’s take a super serious stupid show and make it about the same characters in school. Every episode had a unique plot which really had me excited for the next one and every one ended up being the same level of tongue in cheek as the previous one. There was really no episode which flagrantly disappointed me, which is a SHOCKER because I thought this show would be a stupid money grab. I was incredibly shocked to find out it wasn’t and actually had some genuine love behind it. Head: 8

Eye: This art style, I think, is absolutely adorable. I like the big heads, the way they chibafied the characters, and yet somehow gave them enough of their original designs so that when they had serious moments, it looked awesome, heartfelt, or adorable.

awww. crying MIkasa is cute

awww. crying Mikasa is cute

The designs really lent themselves to the gags and really hit home with me. The music as well as the voice acting also did this. First off, I think the opening to this series is one of the catchiest things i’ve ever heard, and the voice acitng is the cast from the original so that only puts icing on the cake. The look of the show was just wacky enough to keep its integrity and yet have a great time. No complaints in this artwork. Eye: 9.5/10

Heart: It is no secret to ANYONE that I am not a fan of the original Attack on Titan. Like….at all. I think it’s a lame, stupid bore fest. That being said, when no one picked up this show this season I said to myself that i wanted to give it a shot simply because no one else picked it up and it might be a popular show to review. I was SHOCKED to find out that the show actually WASN’T very popular, but made me feel happier than any show I have seen in a long time. When it comes to the original Attack on Titan, I never bothered to learn much about the characters as they tended to die so quickly it felt like I was watching a Gundam show. There were interactions that couldn’t happen as the characters were already dead and a lot of potential was lost.

I mean hey, who DOESN'T want more Thomas in their Attack on Titan?

I mean hey, who DOESN’T want more Thomas in their Attack on Titan?

The subject matter they tackle in this show is funny, but also great in their own way. They deal with romance, hauntings, school festivals, and other things you would NEVER expect the original show to handle. And, to my shock, they were done remarkably well. Every time the show wanted me to squee, I squeed. When it wanted me to laugh, most of the time I did. This show did nearly everything right. It was hilarious, but also dramatic and heartfelt at the same time. In a word, Awesome. Heart: 9/10

Total Score 9/10

This series was just absolutely fantastic. To anyone who says they didn’t watch this show because it felt like a cash-in, I am here to tell you that you are wrong and this show is not only amazing, but much better than the other crappy show it is based on. I can’t believe a spin off show kicks the CRAP out of the original, but it does. This series knocked it out of the park.

I never enjoyed the original, but I have to say, after watching this show, I can’t even STOMACH the original and can’t even watch it anymore. I love these characters I’ve come to know and going back to a series where most of them are dead is something I can’t even think of doing. So if there’s ANYTHING negative about this show, is that it’s so good that if you watch it, you won’t watch the original anymore. So…I GUESS that could be a negative thing?

I lose the original series? Meh. No big loss

I lose the original series? Meh. No big loss

I had a blast reviewing this show and I am really sad to see it go. I will say this series definitely taught me something. Don’t dismiss spin-offs just because they’re not the original. Sometimes, just maybe, you may get something even better than the original.

I don’t know how many of you agree with this, or if there are even a few of you who DON’T think i’m crazy. Either way, that’s fine with me. I love this show to death, and to me, this show is the Canon one.

See you later everybody. Peace out.

-Hideki

Osomatsu-San Episode 1 [First Impressions]

Osamatsu is a unique creature. Not only this season, but in general. This is another one of those “Revivals” to bring attention to animes that were popular back in the day, but not so anymore. I myself have never seen the original version of this show…but that doesn’t really matter as the series will elaborate on. So yeah…Let’s start this up.
So the series is about a group of sextuplet brothers who all live in the same house yet have different personalities. We start up in the old black and white style with the film all grainy and bad sound quality. They become excited when they find out that they’re going to get another anime series after 27 years. However one of the brothers wonders if they’re still relevant enough to do so as their humor is a little out of date since their heyday was way back in the 60’s. And..I have to say, this is where the series gets pretty damn funny.

I could NEVER figure out what that's called...Facefault maybe?

I could NEVER figure out what that’s called…Facefault maybe?

They decide that the only way to survive in the anime community nowadays is to cater to what anime fans like now. So…they redraw themselves in the style of a reverse harem idol anime. And i’m sorry, that’s freaking hilarious. They play up all the tropes of this and for someone like me who thinks that reverse harem shows are all the same and boring as I do, It’s very very amusing.

This is normally a screencap you wouldn't EVER see from one of my shows

This is normally a screencap you wouldn’t EVER see from one of my shows

As super popular idol celebrity brothers all the girls in school want them and they are separated by their personalities as thus. #1 is the super smart book loving one, #2 is the jerk with a heart of gold, #3 is the effeminate one, #4 is the charismatic one, #5 is the emotionless cool one, and #6 is the flirty one.
And…that’s actually really funny as I see all these stereotypes all the time, but they’re played off as being completely serious in other shows, but they completely make fun of this. Not only does the animation change to a generic idol show, but there are crazy over the top scenes where the jerk guy is a jerk to the girl, but then out of nowhere inside of a school a car drives through the school and he saves a cat to show that he’s kind IMMEDIATELY after he’s a jerk. It’s like every generic Otome game in one.

pfff. that's stupid..but amazing

pfff. that’s stupid..but amazing

As the episode progresses things get crazier, including, and i’m not joking, them saving the world from a meteor causing Obama to cry with joy and hug a scientist who looks like Albert Einstein. …and I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.

ha! you thought I was joking didn't you?

ha! you thought I was joking didn’t you?

The plot of this episode is hard to explain really throughout it, the 6 of them are flirting with the one girl who I assume is the one girl from the old series. By the end of the flirting, her nose bleeds so much that SHE DIES. Which…in itself is pretty damn funny.
The nerdy one is worried that this is too much and they’re going too far to be popular with the new anime audience. They start to show their true selves and one of them for a brief moment turns back into their black and white self before turning back.
Eventually they realize they want to try to branch out even more and try to copy MORE genres….and…they actually do an Attack on Titan parody. And…I have to admit, I laughed out loud. Yes. characters from the 60’s, pretending they’re reverse harem show idols, attack a Titan. The word I’m looking for is ‘glorious’.

Yes. I'm correct. The word is GLORIOUS

Yes. I’m correct. The word is GLORIOUS

After all this, they copy a whole bunch of different series in quick succession from Bleach to Dragonball Z. We then cut back to their original black and white world. One of the brothers then apologizes for the insane episode and promises that they’ll do better next week and that’s where the episode ends.

Well..I'LL be here next time guys

Well..I’LL be here next time guys

Honestly…I had WAY too much fun with this episode. This ended up being a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I had never before even HEARD of these guys, but I already love them. The wackiness was just enough while there was a voice of reason holding them back somewhat which made it work really well. The 6 of them (at least in their bishonen forms) have defined characteristics and it’s easy to tell them apart. I don’t know if that will continue in the coming episodes, but I suppose we’ll find out.
Head: I honestly really like when they revive old shows. I was a fan of it when they did it with Astro boy, I liked it when they did it with Ushio and Tora, Yoru No Yatterman, and I liked what they did with this show. The plot for this episode was all over the place, but that’s okay. I realized about 5 minutes in that that was the kind of show I was in for. As far as I can tell from this episode, this show doesn’t really HAVE an overarching plot, and I’m okay with that. This show isn’t MEANT to be a “Black Cat” or a “Parasyte”. It’s a wacky, fun show. and that’s all right by me.

by the way, nice geass easter egg there....in fact that might be an ACTUAL easter egg

by the way, nice geass easter egg there….in fact that might be an ACTUAL easter egg

7.5/10
Eye: This one is very hard to pin on the first episode as much of it was a parody, so the animation style was changed. However, I have to say, they had a FIELD day with this animation as well as the old school black and white animation from back in the 60’s. You could tell that these people making the series were having a LOT of fun and it showed through in the final work. I like the Doraemon looking old fashioned style. It works for these characters and the new update seems like it will work too.

The black and white is a nice touch too

The black and white is a nice touch too

7.5/10
Heart: This show, at its core, you can tell that the people working on it really do care about it. This series was made to celebrate what would have been the 80th birthday of the guy who originally made this show. And you can just tell that this show is a labor of love. It’s something this studio wanted to do and they’re just making it flat out enjoyable. They poke fun at themselves as the jokes are old and they know it, and even though there’s six identical twins, they act differently enough that i actually know the differences between them. (at least in this episode) I laughed, I smiled, and I enjoyed this show.
8/10

The reverse harem parody in itself makes it worth it.

The reverse harem parody in itself makes it worth it.

Overall score
7.66/10
For a first episode, this show was a lot of fun. It’s good to know that I have 2 shows this season where I can just laugh. I think that’s what a lot of anime is missing nowadays. People are so wrapped up on the stories being SUPER AMAZING EPIC that they forget to just have fun now and then. This show was completely my shot in the dark show… and i’m glad I gave it a shot. I like this show a lot more than I thought I would. So yes, I am going to keep watching it, and yeah. I’m going to keep blogging it. Like the series itself worried about not being popular with the current generation, I have no idea if people will watch it with me and read the reviews, but the hell with it. I’m doing it. Anybody who wants to follow with me, see you next week.
Watching: Yes
Blogging: Yes

-Hideki

Tribe Cool Crew Episode 50 [Final Impression]

Wow. It’s weird that I’m here right now. It’s strange that I am typing up a review with the tag up top [Final Impressions] Tribe Cool Crew is the only show besides World Trigger that I’ve been reviewing since day one, and seeing that World Trigger’s still going, this is the second to longest running series I reviewed. Still, this series has been here through Vanadis, Saenai no Heroine, Punch Line, and most recently Monster Musume. 50 episodes. But..I guess everything has to come to an end. It’s still a bit surreal after doing a whole year of this series that it’s finally over. I know this wasn’t the most popular show, I know it pissed me off a bunch of times over the past few months, but still, I HAVE been reviewing this show pretty much every week for a year. So yeah, it does have a special place with me. That being said, for those of you who have stuck with this show will me all these months, thank you. What do you say that we review this show one more time and then dance off into the sunset? Okay. Let’s do it.
So the episode picks up exactly where the last one left off with Jey having woken up from his coma due to the power of everyone’s funky dance moves (Yeah..yeah I ranted about that last episode). Everyone, including Gallagher (the bad guy) is shocked to see him up and about and even calls BS on the fact that he woke up due to the power of dance. Now that Jey’s awake everyone is like “Well, i guess the dance battle’s over” and Gallagher’s like “Nope! keep going.” So the robot goes first, but this time, everyone joins in, including Blossom Bullets and Jey himself. Yes. The guy who just woke out of a several year coma gets up and dances a bit. Because you know..that’s entirely possible. Whatever. I’m still reelling over the fact that he woke up due to the power of funky phresh moves in the first place.

Gets you all the ladies right here.

Gets you all the ladies right here.

So, even though the people in the audience have every reason to vote for the robot because that’s what their bosses that basically rule the world want, they can’t deny the phresh moves and vote for Tribe Cool Crew. Because..you know..that makes sense.

Grr. if only we could..vote AGAINST them or something!

Grr. if only we could..vote AGAINST them or something!

Gallagher actually admits defeat and says that he’ll clean up the mess he started.
Everyone is happy as the day is saved thanks to dancing and Jey presents Tribe Cool Crew with the final pin, which is given to Yuzuru as he’s the only one who hasn’t gotten to hold onto one yet. They leave, and we have ourselves a little time skip.
It’s a few months later and a few things have changed, first of all, Haneru’s a few inches taller, and Kanon’s…(cough) grown a bit too.

oh snap. she doesn't have...NOTHING anymore!

oh snap. she doesn’t have…NOTHING anymore!

It’s also revealed that Kanon and Haneru are actually going out. Aw man. Why’d that gotta happen offscreen? We also see that Yuzuru and Momiji are off doing Tengu Batman stuff.

ha ha....and you thought i was joking

ha ha….and you thought i was joking

The group then gets together but Kumo reveals that Jey asked the group to go on tour with him, but only Mizuki and Kumo are going right now as Kanon and Haneru have to finish school, and Yuzuru is going to stay with Momiji for a while longer.
The series then ends with all of them dancing one more time as a group as after this, they know they have to go their separate ways.

ththththththat's all folks!

ththththththat’s all folks!

Well, that’s it then. That’s the end of Tribe Cool crew. And for a final episode, I have to say, while filled with cheese, it’s pretty much around what I expected. It leaves you with a happy note. This is one of these series where not a single person dies and that’s good. Because it would feel very out of place in a show like this. The ending is a tad bittersweet knowing that for now they all have to go their separate ways, but you know that they’ll all be together again when the time is right.
I do like how it looks like Momiji and Yuzuru are pretty much a canon couple as I really DID like these two together seeing how adorable they were. I am a tad upset they didn’t pull out Yuzuru’s bishonen mode in the final dance though. It would have been nice to see them bring that back one more time as it was brought up in that tea episode and then never again.
To be perfectly honest, there was only a few ways this series could have ended and it definitely ended one of the better ways it could have. It was a safe ending, but like I’ve said about this show in the past, I never expected this show to change the world.

Despite what mr Coma Dancer thinks.

Despite what mr Coma Dancer thinks.

That being said, it’s time for the final score.
Head: Well, I mean, it’s a show about dancing. At times the plot got sidetracked quite a bit but it kept the idea of “Dance Road” being the central focus pretty well. Winning the tournament didn’t seem like it would be enough for our heroes to overcome, so I could see the necessity for the Crowd High Villain subplot. The episodes never really overstayed their welcome as I enjoyed learning about these characters.
Yes, the show tried to make dancing this epic thing, but I’ve come to realize that ever since Yugioh shows are going to have mundane things decide the fate of the world. So… I have to at least ATTEMPT to suspend my disbelief.

I mean come on, they even have an evil robot clone.

I mean come on, they even have an evil robot clone.

Most of the episodes were fun (Yeah most. Seriously, fuck you pickle episode..yes i’m still on that) and we learned something new about the characters. They DID try to make the cast a LITTLE too big at times though as you could tell from the opening theme song, and some got lost in the shuffle. All in all, fun idea, not a terrible execution.
6/10
Eye: Kind of like One Piece, the animation of this show grew on me. Starting out I thought it was a bit weird and some stuff was off, but after a while I got used to it and forgot about the weirdness of the way they looked. The only thing I would say was strange still was the turning them into CGI when they dance. That..I never really got used to that. It was so jarring and weird. I would have honestly loved to have seen them dance in 2d, but I guess that would have been a lot more money. I don’t know, it took away some of the magic when they turned it into CG and it took me out of the moment a lot of the time, so it loses some points for that.

still kind of ew.

still kind of ew.

Another big thing in this show was the music. For the first bunch of episodes they REALLY seemed to like repeating dance songs. Tribe Cool Crew must have used the same song for like… 20 episodes. It got old fast. Not only that, but 9 out of 10 times, the Crowd High songs were the same. I think the series could have definitely benefitted from some music variety. a lot of the songs sounded very bland and generic and didn’t make me want to dance at all.
Speaking of songs….holy crap. This series was 50 episodes long and they kept THE SAME OPENING THEME. They made a few tweaks here and there, but overall, they kept the same intro for 50 episodes. That’s just lazy. There should have at LEAST been 2 openings. Even World Trigger had two openings. If they really wanted to keep the song they could have at least had different visuals. Because one intro for 50 episodes is LAZY.
6/10
Heart: It’s hard to peg this show down for a heart score as this show feels weird. It’s hard to explain but when watching this show..it feels different than most animes you watch. A lot of the characters tend to feel distant even though you know so much about them. They’re genuine..but also elusive. Unless you’ve seen the show it’s very hard to explain this and I realize i’m not doing the best job here.
Some of the messages are REALLY shoved down your throat like “World Peace” and “Everyone should Dance”. The show is DEFINITELY preachy. Like, Captain Planet level of preachy. But if you’re not annoyed at the fact that they want to save the world by dancing, then you should be okay. A bunch of the characters are neat, I like Yuzuru and Momiji the best probably though. Mizuki’s..okay as is Kumo. Kanon can get a bit dull, but she’s sweet enough. The only one I really never liked is Haneru. He’s one of those spunky annoying Narutoish types who doesn’t take stuff seriously and thinks he’s right but the series acts like he’s always correct and blahdity blah. Eh. I never liked him.
I didn’t get a whole lot of squishy feelings from this show, but, for what it was, it was cute, and, I will say, after all the episodes I’ve seen, it’s going to be hard to remind myself that I no longer have to watch this show on Sundays. This show was like the crazy extended family member that you saw every once in a while and now that he’s gone, you realize you’re going to kind of miss him. So, I guess to the effect of its sheer length, the heart did something for me.
6/10

Yeah I'll even miss them getting all those stupid pins.

Yeah I’ll even miss them getting all those stupid pins.

Final Score: Even 6/10
The show was okay. Better than average, but there were a lot of things that bogged it down. It could have been better if they inverted a few tropes, but the problem is, they played the series too safe in a lot of ways and didn’t go for anything other than status quo. And all in all, that’s the score it deserves. Slightly above status quo. It isn’t BAD by any means, but…it’s not going to win any awards for being fantastic either. Hell nobody really even KNOWS about this show and was by far my least viewed review series. That being said, i’d be lying if I didn’t say that looked forward to this show sometimes. So, to that end, I salute you Tribe Cool Crew. It may have taken us 50 episodes to get here, but we’re finally done.
It’s sort of sad, like saying goodbye to an old friend. But it’s time to move on and make new friends. However, I will say, It’s been fun Tribe Cool Crew. Okay fine, you can give me one of your cheesy CGI dancing screenshots one more time.

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Ha..still weird.

-Hideki

Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou Episode 1 [First Impressions]

All right, i’m going to first start off by saying this. No, I am not a fan of Attack on Titan. I think it’s Meh at best, and boring at its worst. However, I HAVE seen most of the first season. So I am stepping into this series with a knowledge of the series it’s based off of, but also an indifference to the source material. I actually believe this is the perfect place to be in for a show like this. Knowledge of it, but going in basically unbiased. That being said, does the show stand on its own merits? Well, I’ll let you know.

So the series opens up with Eren waking up for his first day of Junior high, basically stating that the original series was a really long dream.

Actually...it being a dream WOULD make a lot of sense.

Actually…it being a dream WOULD make a lot of sense.

We see the mother and father are just fine in the living room as the kids are leaving for school (also, AOT is playing in the background as an easter egg)

don't worry. mom's fine

don’t worry. mom’s fine

After that we get our opening theme song which is a cute little parody of the original one.

Following the theme song, Eren runs into a bunch of people (quite literally). First he runs into the blonde chick and makes her drop her breakfast. A brown haired girl gets very jealous of this because she totally has the Yuri hots for her.

Yes i'm sure there's a reason why this is funny but I don't know who these two are and I REALLY don't care so please don't tell me.

Yes i’m sure there’s a reason why this is funny but I don’t know who these two are and I REALLY don’t care so please don’t tell me.

He then runs into Potato girl who actually has a watermelon this time that he breaks and can’t pay her back so he gives her a sticker.

Yeah, don't you hate it when the watermelon you take to school breaks?

Yeah, don’t you hate it when the watermelon you take to school breaks?

He THEN runs into Jean who he basically ignores.

haha. Aww...poor Jean

haha. Aww…poor Jean

In this version, Mikasa’s crush is more obvious and tries to accidentally run into Eren so she can do the romantic meetup thing, but it fails miserably as the bald guy gets in the way.

They all make it to school however since they’re late they end up going the wrong way towards the titan class instead of the human classes.

Don't worry guys. I suck with 50/50 choices too

Don’t worry guys. I suck with 50/50 choices too

Arriving at their supposed classroom they can tell something is very wrong as the items such as erasers and protractors are huge and fall a lot on Eren.

Yeah...Eren's kind of the punching bag in this show.

Yeah…Eren’s kind of the punching bag in this show.

They escape only to be greeted by the janitor who’s actually that guy who saved Eren and Mikasa in the original first episode.

Hey, janitor's get a nice pension. no joke.

Hey, janitor’s get a nice pension. no joke.

The next scene is a parody of the introductions where they make fun of the introductions of the original way they did it. Jean says Eren probably had no friends in elementary school, potato girl is eating a giant riceball, and the brown haired girl (Ymir) is one step away from fisting the blonde haired girl (Christa ha! See, I told you i’d get the names) in the middle of class.

Seriously, get out the lube bro.

Seriously, get out the lube bro.

They then tell the kids to bring their lunches to a meeting with the headmaster. Who..of course…is the Colossal Titan. He opens the gate so the other titans can get through and they, you guessed

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spit the people out and eat their lunches.

Okay… i have to say, when I saw this, I had to pause the video because I actually burst out laughing. I’m sorry. That’s fucking hilarious.

Yes..Thomas makes it through the episode unscathed (except for them taking his lunch)

So yes. It turns out the reason that Eren hates the titans so much…is because the Colossal titan was responsible for him losing something precious…his cheeseburger lunch. That….that’s amazing.

Eren tries to jump and reach the titan…but…then the show realizes just how unable that jump would actually be to make.

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ah laws of physics. ye be a harsh mistress

And that’s where the episode ends.

All right. I’m going to say it…this show is absolutely goddamn hilarious. I don’t think that there was 30 seconds that went by in this show that I wasn’t at least smiling if not laughing. This is one of those shows that they ASSUME you’ve seen the source material, but if you have, this show is absolutely hysterical.

So now all of you don’t kill me for saying this. From what I’ve seen, and that’s only episode 1, I think this series is far better than the original Attack on Titan. I enjoyed this far more. It was more energetic, more fun, and just more pleasant to watch overall. I know that’s not the point of the original series, but fuck it. I don’t care. I watch series to enjoy myself. That being said, let’s go onto the scoring.

Head: A parody series of Attack on Titan in Junior high where the Titans eat the human kids’ lunches. That’s..that’s just a hilarious premise in itself. This series is PERFECT for a chibified version. It takes itself WAY to seriously and it pokes fun at itself in a story setup that, in my opinion, is brilliant.

They’re bringing in all the characters in a unique and cute way that really lends itself to this setup and I don’t feel anyone is shoehorned in and they all have their place.

Seriously. How could this guy be anything BUT your homeroom teacher?

Seriously. How could this guy be anything BUT your homeroom teacher?

The plot moves at a nice pace and leaves you wanting more without overusing jokes or overstaying its welcome. At 17 minutes the episodes are just short enough to be enjoyable, but don’t get stale.

8.5/10

Eye: I really dig what they did with the animation here. Everything’s been utterly chibafied, but they’re all still completely recognizable. The look of everything is crisp, clean, and to an extent, adorable. The voice acting’s as good as ever, but you can tell this time around the Japanese Seiyuu’s are REALLY having a fun time with this. Mikasa’s blank expression is hilarious, the anime style chibi anime jokes they go with hit home, and everything just looks and sounds fabulous.

(snickers) goddamn it Mikasa

(snickers) goddamn it Mikasa

Eye: 9

Heart:
Okay. This…Here’s the thing. When I watch these shows, 9 out of 10 times, I am sitting and watching these shows with either a straight face, screaming at the screen, or with a grimace of slight dissatisfaction. This is the first time I can actually say that I smiled or laughed the entire way through. That is so exceedingly rare for me, you all don’t understand. I was actually HAPPY when I was watching this.

The characters were a perfect overblown version of their original selves, the jokes were genuinely funny, and I actually had a good time and didn’t feel like smothering myself to death in the nearest pillow due to the depressing nature of the episode and the plot actually MOVED. I enjoyed how the characters acted, I enjoyed their interaction with each other, and it makes me want to see MORE of what they’re going to do.

Heart 9.5/10

Overall Score: 9/10

I know this may seem high, but as of right now, I absolutely adore this show. This show, in my opinion, is FAR above the original. For not liking the original that much, this show really brought a lot to the table for me. I can’t get over how much I immensely enjoyed this show. It reminded me that even the people who make these beige depressing gore fests also have a sense of humor and can make fun, enjoyable stuff when they want to. And that makes me happy.

Watching: Every Single Week it’s on

Blogging: I Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way

I will leave you with this tidbit.

If you have seen Attack on Titan, or even if you just know the basic premise. Watch this show. It will put a smile on your face.

-Hideki