Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 12:[See You Tomorrow][Final Impressions]

vlcsnap-2016-03-27-18h29m16s695Ranta managed to escape the fifth level and went back to the 4th one with all the farm land and stuff. After trying to call his demon zodiaco (who’s a total bitch btw) he manages to avoid fighting against Death spots who followed him and meet with the sucker party again. They are all quite happy to see him even if, like Yume said, they don’t particularly like him, they don’t want to him to die. Speaking of Yume, it’s now crystal clear that Ranta is totally into her. Although, even if he calls her “flat chested”, which she’s not, he’s quite interested in her boobs.

Oh and yeah, I don’t know if I’m the only one who saw it, but on one frame, Ranta is drawn with his helmet. However, he clearly left it in the mine…. And then next frame, the helmet disappears. I can’t believe they let that slide. I know there is different animators for different scenes but still. Don’t let that kind of mistakes slide A-1.

Haruhibro makes another speech about him not knowing if he’s a good leader because he has weaknesses, but it’s okay since their party is now pretty balanced it’s all that matters. He’s not Manato, even if he thought he was and that he had to be Manato, he’s not Manato and had finally realized it. So now, he can move on and start evolving on his own.
But Death posts is here again and apparently stronger than before because according to Mary, the more he gets hit the stronger he gets. But both her and Shihoru are tired and out of magic so my bruh goes for a desperate move and drags the big bad guy down. They both fall on the ground but my bruh breaks his wrist. Mary is panicked and wants to go down to help Haruhibro but Ranta stops her and they both leave the mine. Before leaving, Ranta shouts to Haruhibro to not give up on living. Which my awesome Bro is surely not ready to do. Also, I’d like to mention that Haruhibro became quite hot in this episode. It might just be me, but, yeah, go for it Haru. vlcsnap-2016-03-27-18h44m47s040

“It’s a battle of life and death and I’ll keep on fighting until I die”

Nice words Haruhibro, now go kick his ass!

So he follows the magic light and kills the bad guy but collapses right after that. When he wakes up he is in his room with Mary by his side. I was waiting for a kiss during that scene but it did not happen… OH WELL, NEXT TIME!
There was a big bounty for killing death spots so now they have money. They go to the tavern to celebrate, met with Renji and the other side characters that no one really cares about. Then, finally, after going to Manato’s grave,the episode ends with Haruhibro leading the way to new adventures.

I think the most interesting part of the episode was Haruhibro’s final vlcsnap-2016-03-27-18h55m45s390emancipation from Manato, who was a role model for him. All this time he felt safe staying in Manato’s shadow and when Manato died, he tried to become Manato because it was reassuring.It was a way to regain peace. But when Haruhiro sacrifies himself like Manato did and survives, he truly awakens as the leader, as his own leader. When he wakes up he earned the trust of all his party members, including Ranta. He acknowledges Manato’s death and apologizes to Renji. Then, when he goes to Manato’s grave, the latter one tells him that he has grown a bit which could mean that he’s finally starting to evolve, to improve as himself, for himself. Also, I do think, Manato’s sudden disappearance means that now, Haruhibro doesn’t really need to ask him for advice since he’s now able to think as a leader all by himself.

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Charibo’s Final Thoughts

Ah Grimgar, I don’t know where to begin with this anime that was in most cases either praised or bashed for almost the same reasons.

Art and Sound: The music was cool, made by the same band/Artist, but still enjoyable. I guess they really need to sell their album, uh. Different tracks were used so it wasn’t repetitive. As for the art, the backgrounds were absolutely gorgeous but the overall animation was a bit eeeeeehh…. That’s A-1 pictures for you. Again, the characters were touched by the “derp syndrome”. Every time they were in the background, their faces started changing to some weird drawing. Yeah, I don’t have much things to say about the the art and sound…

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Story: It’s a bit messy. Honestly I had trouble understanding where the anime wanted to go. The first episodes set the mood to a kind of adventure/action/fan service and were followed by Manato’s sudden death. Then we spent a long time watching the characters coping with death to finally end with some battle episodes and some good action. Honestly, at the beginning I was lost. Should I take this show as an action show? As a physiological anime? It’s clearly talking about interesting topics such as death, price of life and so on. But is it intentional? Does the anime really want us to think about those topics or is it slow and weird just because it’s poorly written? Finally I decided to take it more as a thought on death and self emancipation from role model than a classic adventure/fan service anime. And I liked what I saw. If think it’s quite well done now that I look at the structure of the episodes within the insight. A cringe start but quite reassuring because Manato was there and did not suck, his sudden death that shake their whole world with slow episodes as for a slow recovery and the quick fast paced last episodes where the characters, especially Haruhibro finally recover from their trauma and start living their own life.

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Characters: I don’t know if characters are the strongest point of the anime. I guess it again depends on your preferences. If you can’t stand characters who suck and are a bit useless you probably won’t like the whole grimgar cast. Those guys aren’t the best warriors of all. But honestly, I quite identified with Haruhibro, that’s why I called him my bruh. I think I’ll be like him if I was in his shoes. Though, I won’t look at the girl’s asses or boobs, since I don’t care about those things, but abs, abs… Abs is the way to go.
So Grimgar can shine with its character development. Especially around the middle of the series the attention is focused on our sucker crew recovering from Manato’s death and how they are dealing with it. If every character has a bit of spotlight the only one left behind is Moguzo. I’m sorry but poor him, in the end, even Shihoru is more developed than him.
In my opinion another quality of the characters might be how human they are compared to other animes. I don’t know about you but I would certainly hesitate to kill gobelins at first ( but that might be due to the fact that I’m a pussy afraid of bugs). During the first episodes, they were hesitating, feeling bad about killing another living being and at the end, they were killing Kobolds like it’s nothing, because it became a part of their routine. But it takes time to adapt to a new environment and way of living so I can’t blame them for being huge losers at the beginning.

Final Score: 7/10. Grimgar was fine. The animation was obviously lacking during the fights, the rhythm of the episodes was a bit unequal but I ‘m a big fan of the topics that were brought up in the show. Grimgar is not a masterpiece, but it doesn’t deserve he wave of hate that occurred. Sure it’s slow. But it’s about a bunch of losers being losers. Don’t expect them to be awesome from the beginning. In the end, I guess it all comes down to tastes and preferences. If you’re not a big fan of slow pacing and useless characters slowly improving, this anime might not be the right one for you.

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.

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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

Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Episode 25 [FINAL]

Final Impression

Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Ep 25 Img 0007I am genuinely surprised how everyone I thought had died last week, ended up surviving and are in better shape than Mika is- but before that, HOLY SHIT, FUCK YOU FAREED. How dare you kill off the one guy you considered your true friend!? What is even worse, HE HAD AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE THE ENTIRE TIME FOR BEING ENGAGED WITH GAELIO’S LITTLE SISTER, ALIMIRIA. Most of us thought he was being forced into it by his father, but NO, THIS WAS ALL PART OF HIS PLAN, or at least he beat them at their own game. My heart shattered in a million pieces for Gaelio, it’s absolutely horrible how he has to learn all of this just before he is killed. What upsets me the most is how he chooses to kill him as oppose to trying to form an alliance with his “one true friend”. With how much Carta was heads over heels in love with him, she probably would have instantly gone to his side had he made the offer.

Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Ep 25 Img 0029So what was Fareed’s game plan? His purpose was to expose the corruption within Gjallarhorn and gain more power. In order to do so, he helped Tekkadan so that they could safely escort Kudelia and Makanai to parliament. By winning the election the collusion between Henri and Fareed’s father will come to light. He used Ein as the living proof to expose disorder within the organization, killed Carta (the only child) in order to disrupt the power balance within Gjallarhorn’s Seven Stars, and killed Gaelio in order to empower himself further by taking his place as the heir of the Bauduin family.

And the results? Tekkadan has been hired as Arbrau’s military advisor, Fareed’s father is now exiled, Fareed is on track of becoming the heir of Bauduin’s family, Gjallarhorn’s corruption has been officially exposed, which has resulted an unrest and distrust spreading to other economic blocs. This makes those other blocs shift to expanding their own military forces, which the mafia bosses are preparing to exploit/take advantage of what will happen for business opportunities. The next conflict now lies with the half-metal resources.

Fareed said he has lived his life in anger. That is why kindness doesn’t reach him, or at least won’t have a strong enough impact on him to change his ways. This particularly concerns me because what will he do with that power? What are his other goals which he has not spoken of? Well we will have to wait a couple of months because Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans will be back with a second season FALL 2016!

Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Ep 25 Img 0018Finally, let me say it again: I am very surprised how everyone I thought had died last week, got out alive and are in better shape than Mika is. Now don’t get me wrong, I am happy they are alive, but dear lord, I do not want to have to watch them die/almost die again. My heart can’t take it!!!! Mika however was the one who came out of the fight in the worst condition. After over-exerting himself, Mika is now blind in his right eye and his right arm is paralyzed – however he is able to move it when he is in Barbados. Near the conclusion of his fight against Ein, Mika said he finally understood how the system works. And in a way, I think I do too, but it comes with a price. Ein was said to be displaying the true potential of the Alaya-Vijnana technology, but at the cost of living a life as a machine. It should be noted Mika is now walking the same path, because while he is still able to walk on soil with his own too feet, the future holds either death or essentially become one with Barbados and like Ein, forced to live in it until he dies or is killed. So one way or another, Mika has a grim fate ahead of him- unless a new technology comes around to help address the downfalls. For now, most of Tekkadan’s family gets to live another day and will return to Mars. What awaits them? We don’t know, but the future ahead of them will be a difficult one.

Since Gundam 00, I haven’t been able to enjoy any of the following series… until now. Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans has a great story and characters that made me care and become invested in the series. Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Ep 25 Img 0028Actually now that I think of it, this is my first complete coverage of season of Gundam! What appealed to me in this series was the quality of the writing and the characters. It goes without saying the strongest factor were the characters and their struggles. Of all the characters, I would say Kudelia and Atra were the ones who had undergone the most development as they growth were the most distinctive. Orga has grown and learned from his experiences and he has matured further as a strong leader, and Mika… well he seems to be more or less the same as how he was in the beginning, except for the fact he now is interested in being educated. But what made this show so enjoyable were the relationships between the characters. Tekkadan was family, formed by a group of child-soldiers fought for their freedom and future. There wasn’t a single character to hate, they are extremely likable and charming and all I wanted was them to survive. The villains of the series were in a sense a bit more vague, but Fareed himself was one to keep you at the edge of your seat. His unpredictability and manipulative ways made him a fascinating character, one we love and hate.

Overall Score: 8/10

SEE YOU FOR SEASON 2!!!!!

Haikyuu 2!! Episode 25: [Declaration Of War][Final Impressions]

Honestly, I don’t want to do this review.
I don’t want Haikyuu to end.
Ok, we got season 3 in fall but still.
I want Haikyuu every week to fill my kokoro with sport anime greatness.
But it’s fine, let’s do this.

vlcsnap-2016-03-26-21h15m52s787Seijoh has lost and therefore they have all sort of feelings. Some of the players like Iwaizumi are crying, Yahaba and Mad dog are watching Karasuno being happy with envious,frustrated eyes, wanting to “pay them back” and Oikawa being rather composed about their defeat. But we all know that Oikawa is noisy when it comes to trivial stuff however, when shit goes down, he’s calm, composed and reaaaaaallllly scary. Seeing Aoba like that makes me feel bad, really. Not as bad as I felt when Karasuno lost last season but still, it hurts a bit.

The Leek dude and the other guy that were on Kageyama’s team in middle school and are now in Aoba tell him that they won’t lose to him next time.Honestly I don’t care about them, I don’t like them, they are responsible for my blueberry boy’s trauma of being left alone on the court. So yeah, shuuush go away leek guy.

Ushijima, the arrogant guy from Shiratorizawa that Hinata and Kageyama met at the very beginning of the season is here again to tell Oikawa that he should have come to Shiratorizawa cuz they are the strongest team and that his talent is wasted at Seijoh. Oikawa responds to him with the only rational answer: he hasn’t made the wrong choice and Ushijima should not forget Oikawa’s worthless pride that he likes to mention so much.vlcsnap-2016-03-26-21h19m05s615

With him saying this we now know that Oikwa is actually a yandere.
Seriously this face is creeping me out.
He looks reaaaaallly scary, I’m now afraid of Oikawa, I’m really afraid.

Before leaving the gymnasium Hinata and Kageyama look at a board displaying the announcement of their match against Shiratorizawa and Hinata then says:“I’ll show you how much we can grow from the concrete”. Aaaaahaaah to cool, too cool Hinata…

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So they go back by the bus. Coach Ukai thanks the Sensei for all the training matches that he organized which allowed the team to grow a lot. Once they arrive at the school they discover that everyone stayed late to congratulate them for their win. It was fabulous…But I stayed strong and did not cry! GUYS! I DIDN’T CRY! ALTHOUGH I WANTED TO!

All the team watch a sport program on TV relating what happen today with all the matches and stuff. As expected they say more things about Shiratorizawa and Seijoh than about Karasuno but it’s fine, it’s cool, just you wait and see. Coach Ukai, in the gymnasium, then makes a little speech about tomorrow’s match: “Okay kids, you won against Aoba once, but Shiratorizawa is something else, Aoba never won against them so it’s gonna be hard”. For Hinata it doesn’t matter since no one expected them to win against Aoba but they did it. That’s right HINATA MY SON! LET THE HATERS HATE!

vlcsnap-2016-03-26-21h25m26s441Yachi also thanks Hinata and Kageyama because since she saw them struggling and fighting during all this time, she felt fear, joy and so many other feelings watching them playing the match against Aoba Johsai. Which to me, looks exactly like me, like us viewers. Because we followed them struggling, training as hard as ever and saw their hopes being crushed at the end of season one, that the match against Aoba was that thrilling, like the pinacle of the hype.

After practicing a bit, Kageyama and Hinata leave the gymnasium and look at the city from the hill where the school is. Kageyama who’s not the most talkative person in the world then says to Hinata: “We’re going to win tomorrow” and Brofist him. Such, beauty, such friendship, my heart is crushing… After the ending credits, the whole team meets with Ushijima the national dick who apparently has nothing else to do but to wait for them at the entrance of the gymnasium. Kageyama and Hinata come forward to tell him that they are going to kick his national Ass.

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I’m tented to say that even if they lose against Shiratorizawa they’ve already won. The school acknowledged them, they took their revenge on Seijoh, regain their past glory, created many good memories, meet so many strong players and made lots of friends. It’s so beautiful and yet, I’m sad because I know that after the match against Shiratorizawa, the 3rd years are going to leave… god I don’t want to .


Charibo’s Final Thoughts

tumblr_o4nzcpYTW81qgrwpxo2_540It’s over. Haikyuu is over, Haikyuu is gone. What am I going to do with my life right now? I need to find another purpose. Well, I do have Boku no hero academia and D gray man around the corner but still, Haikyuu is great. Haikyuu is my favorite sport anime. But why is this show that great? It’s the question that I ask myself quite a lot of time. I think the answer remains quite simple: Haikyuu is like a delicious chocolate cake that has been made following a particular recipe. But that cake is so perfect that it has become an exemple for all the chocolate cakes on earth that want to become has delicious as the Haikyuu chocolate cake. See my point? Haikyuu is following the basic sports anime recipe but adding his particular ” je ne sais quoi” so it becomes something better than a basic sports anime. Se my perfect french ? I know, I know 10/10.

The story line remains quite simple and therefore we can expect to be bored at some point since it’s almost the same thing: matches, practice, matches. But I wasn’t bored once. A thing that always surprises me in anime and more particularity in sports anime is the variety of situations that can occur. I mean, all they do is playing volley ball, you have to be talented to find situations, problems that will produce enough content for your work to make 25 episodes without boring the viewer to death. And it’s where Haikyuu succeed. Every situation, match is unique, it’s not boring, I feel the hype at every corner. It’s just aaaaah… I have no words.

Another strong point of the show is the characters. It’s simple: I cannot hate them. All of them, I like them. Even Ushijima, the national Dick, I don’t hate him, I’m like “Meh whatever”. Even the leek guy, I don’t care bout him but I don’t hate him. The characters are different, there’s a wide range of personalities and they are well developed. Even the characters in rival teams that got their asses beat by Karasuno at the spring tournament. During every match there’s enough attention given to them so that we are at least a bit attached to them and feel bad when they lose. So the character development is on point in this show.

I’ll pass quickly on the humour which is glorious. All of them are funny to death. Tanaka and Nishinoya are going to be the death of me I swear. Bokuto and Kuroo too. They are all my sons, I love them.
I feel like I could write some kind of poem about this show:

Roses are Red,
Violets are blue,
The Art is beautiful,
The sound too.

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Overall, I don’t have much things to say about Haikyuu!! This show is just that great that it’s hard to find flaws. It was a bit difficult to review the matches sometimes since I felt like repeating what the characters said before me but that did not lowered my enjoyment at all. If you haven’t watch haikyuu go ahead, watch it. Guys too, don’t think that it’s a gay show based on the cringy yaoi fan art all around Tumblr. Haikyuu isn’t gay, Haikyuu is god dam masculine with guys hitting balls while sweating and shouting that they are never going to lose. How can you be more masculine than that? Except if you’re Joseph Joestar you cannot be more manly.

Overall score: 9/10 because it’s haikyuu!! guys. See you this fall. I won’t miss it by any means.


Berry’s Final Impression

Ohhh, I love Haikyuu!! And of course I was upset for Seijoh because they’re a good team and they put up one hell of a match. Seeing them cry, and then seeing Karasuno laugh and jump on each other, I’m just asking what the hell am I supposed to feel?

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But ultimately, I was happy. Happy for the team, and just happy for this season in general because it was fantastic. Sports anime are pretty simple. You know the major goal for the characters is to be in the grand tournament, so it’s usually the characters that make the show, along with great execution of the matches, and Haikyuu!! does both. The characters, their motivations, their conflicts, and their growth feel so real that I root for them. Even for the opposing team I root for them. Everyone is just so likeable. I think I’ve said what I needed to say in my other episode reviews so I’ll quickly repeat myself.

Haikyuu!! does the cruelest thing by making you love all the characters and all the teams. There’s no ill feeling towards Karasuno’s opponents because they are fair. So even when we’re happy Karasuno won, we feel bad for the other team. This anime brings out a lot of emotions during matches like fear, excitement, joy, and sadness. And I love it when an anime does that to me because that’s when I know I’m really into it. I’m really sucked in and watching it week by week was painful.

vlcsnap-2016-03-26-21h17m26s960But characters! Wow, lots of character development this season. The conflict that happened between Hinata and Kageyama was important in their relationship. Their duo still wasn’t perfect and they both still needed to learn from each other, and them practicing alone actually was probably best because they were able to try new things at their own pace. For Tsukishima, he grew exponentially from the half-assed non-cooperative jerk to the more effort and helpful jerk. Ennoshita got his time to shine! And Yamaguchi isn’t a baby crow anymore. Each member on the team serves an important purpose and I’m glad some of them were given time to grow because it makes me love them more. Kiyoko became more important, and this season also introduced to my princess Yachi and badass Saeko. I love them both,

The seriousness and comedy are balanced perfectly. The music is awesome (tho I’m still not totally a fan of the second OP), and the animation is amazing when need to be, but this show never looks ugly. I can’t say anything bad about this show because it does so many things right. Of course we’ll have to sit through training montages and episodes with a lot of talking, which to some it might be boring, but what can you do, they’re important. This season left off with Karasuno about to have their match against Shiratorizawa, so unfortunately we’re going to have to wait until later in the year for the start of season three. I wonder how many seasons of Haikyuu!! we’ll get because the manga is still ongoing. It would be so crazy though if we got to see the Little Giant soon, I want him and Hinata to meet. Though hearing from some people, he hasn’t appeared yet. Oh well, I’ll just look forward to the Shiratorizawa match later this year. See you guys until then!

9/10, improvement from last season with more character development.

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Also because of Yachi. CUTE!!!!

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

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu Episode 12: Girls Beyond the Wasteland (Final Impression)

“Only the ones with passion burning in their hearts can grasp their dreams in this cruel wasteland!”

I don’t know why I had such a want to watch this, but I did. And I watched it all, and here we are at the end of this show. And the day of the first day of sales has arrived, and what will happen with Team Rokuhara? Well let me be honest and say that I didn’t even know how to start this review because in less than 10 minutes into the episode without any build up or tension, we learned that Rokuhara did indeed beat Typhoon in their little contest. And getting the news so suddenly, I didn’t even know how to react. Literally it’s just the team walking to the club room, Kuroda on the phone and then giggling to herself, and she says they won. That’s it. And I thought something would go wrong in the next couple minutes because I swear, I was less than 10 minutes in, we got the important news already. But no they really did win, and I just sat there…blankly, for the rest of the episode.

[HorribleSubs] Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 12 [1080p].mkv0026And then the rest of the episode, they go out to eat at a restaurant and celebrate their victory. Ahh…fine. It turned out in the end, Asamori-san completely sold out immediately and ZEGA (which totally isn’t Sega) called Kuroda to make plans to make twice as much as the 3,000 units they sold. As for the Taiga game, they also sold out, but they were only asked to make 2,000 more, so Rokuhara ended up winning. And the thing is, Asamori-san is a low price game so it’s easier to buy it than Taiga, which is a full price game. Also, Asamori-san is a casual simple game that panders to the otaku audience (yuck), while Taiga is more deep and mature. So Asamori-san selling more wasn’t too big a deal. I guess? So yeah, they won.

And so after that they all celebrate, help Kuroda’s brother with his debt as well. Kuroda confronts everyone and asks them if they want to make another game with her, but a game where they have a more flexible schedule and can make a game where they don’t have to worry if it’ll sell or not, just any type of game they want. But everyone’s like No way, Kuroda, that attitude won’t work in the wasteland or some other crap I didn’t care about. And then in the very end, there was some stuff with Hosokawa that didn’t matter at all, and the show ended with the team hanging out on the roof, the girls painting the stuff that you see in the ending credits.

Final Impressions

I did not like the ending. At all. They didn’t make the build up to the day of the sales exciting or anything, and I felt that just in a matter of seconds we learned they won and that’s it. And then afterwards it was so happy and chill that I thought something was going to happen to change things, but nope. We were just given the news, and we were supposed to be happy for the team. But I wasn’t. I was blank, because I didn’t feel anything.

[HorribleSubs] Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 12 [1080p].mkv0020I thought that with this show, we would learn more about how to make a game. And even though the anime was supposed to be about making a game, this anime didn’t teach us anything or show us anything. We had the writing, but we never got to see what the plot was or events that happened. We had the programmer, but we didn’t see how the game was put together. We had the artist, and we did see some of the art, but not most of it. And the voice acting episode was boring. Also, Kuroda did a lot of work in the background and I wish we could have seen that more. I don’t like comparing, but with Shirobako I felt that I was part of the studio making the anime. With Sore ga Seiyuu, I felt I was there with the girls with their voice acting. But here, I didn’t feel that because we never got an in depth look at things. The plot of this was making a game, and that’s certainly what they did, but there were other things that got in the way that now that the anime ended, it was completely unnecessary.

So Yuuka had this crush on Bunta, which we saw because she got angry at Bunta while also being jealous. The show looked like it wanted to bring in some romance, maybe a love triangle. It did stuff, like give us drama regarding that issue, and gave us an entire episode with Yuuka and Bunta. Kuroda at one point did show a little interest in Bunta, but nothing ever happened. They were really pushing the romance but did nothing with it, and I should feel glad but I’m not because what is the point of bringing in potential romance when you’re not even going to do anything with it? Why bring up the boring and dumb drama when no one is going to end up with each other? It just means that the time related to the romance stuff could have been used for other things.

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu - 12.mkv0009I wasn’t a fan of the other pieces of conflict they tried to do. The story was a huge problem, but characters were as well. I did not feel attached to any of them, and when I actually had grown fond of Andou, she did things that were way out of line and didn’t get any kind of punishment, and so I ended up not liking her anymore. And with the other characters being bland, and Kuroda annoying me at times too, I just didn’t care about any of them, or their problems, or with the outcome of their game. Bunta was the main male, but he was just so plain and he was too wishy washy. Kuroda was the main female, and sometimes I found her irritating by not taking into consideration the workload for the team, but it all didn’t make sense until we learned she was making the game to pay her brother’s debts. But still, even though it did make me interested for a while, the matter was handled quickly. Atomu was plain and forgettable, Andou betrayed me, Yuuki is also forgettable but it’s still funny that a small shy girl like her loves drawing porn, and poor Yuuka was useless for a long time. Also, tt was funny how in their celebratory dinner they talked about how nice it was that they could be honest with each other, but I felt that sometimes they weren’t.

Animation? Mediocre. Quality was just not good. Taking one good look at it and you feel surprised that this was produced in 2015/2016. Sound is another thing that I didn’t care for. I don’t remember the OST. The opening song was okay and I liked the singer’s vocals, but I ended up skipping the opening after a few episodes. The ending theme as well.

The show started off good, and I will admit that I had some good laughs such as when Kuroda tried acting out tropes in real life and them going wrong. It’s just that this was not a strong show. After a couple episodes it started to decline on me. The characters did not develop, except for maybe Kuroda. She was a girl who was always alone but she opened up herself more and likes being in a team, but she is still a boring character along with everyone else. They have no substance. We didn’t learn anything about making games, and even though we watched them make a game we didn’t really know what their game was about. We didn’t go into depth about it, which was disappointing. All in all, I have to be honest and say that this show really wasn’t so good. Though I’m not particularly mad about it, maybe because I used up all my anger and frustrations on Prince of Stride. Though this show wasn’t as bad as Prince of Stride, it hardly did any better. Which is sad, because this show also started out promising but it let me down as well.

5/10

Prince of Stride: Alternative Episode 12: End of Summer – And Beyond (Final Impressions)

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Hmm, you don’t say.

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Look at them run.

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Whoa, surprise ending!

;>_>

If you can’t tell how sarcastic I’m being, then you haven’t read my other reviews. We have finally made it to the end of this anime, the, ahem…End of Summer, to be exact. It’s the time the team, and the main three characters, have been waiting for. But at the last minute of their training, they decide to change the order of the runners. Instead of being the starter, Takeru proposed for Riku to be the anchor. And who’s the anchor of team Kakyoin? Tomoe, of course. Takeru knows that Riku will run his best when running with Tomoe and that it has to be this way. Riku also begs the team to change the order, and they all agree with some hesitancy from Heath. And so then they practice extra harder for the new running order, because they have never practiced with Riku as anchor or in any different order really. So with the competition a couple weeks away, we get what we always get in a sports anime. A training montage! After all that we see the team in the club room, Riku talking about his excitement and nervousness about the race ahead of them, and they’re all pumped up.

It’s then the day of the race arrives. We see past characters again, such as Saisei saying good luck and other stuff. We also see the past teams such as the green team and the shitty pink team, all cheering for Honan. They all take their places and this is the moment when Riku finally confronts his brother properly.

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0058The race starts, and while it starts we hear Riku talking to Tomoe about how he pretended to hate Stride but would always skip the bus and run to school, how he met great people in the team, how he’s changed, all the emotions in the sport or something, and all of that. He’s now more confident and is ready to race his brother. He tells Tomoe not to go easy on him, and Tomoe replied that he never went easy on him when running. And…well yeah. I knew that too. It was just Riku’s insecurities getting in the way, Tomoe never did anything wrong. But hey here we are. So Takeru also gets his own monologue talking about how Stride is important to him, especially Riku (and Nana being mentioned a little) because Riku helped him find something he wanted to do in life and….I’ll talk about this later.

It’s finally Riku’s turn to run with Tomoe, and everyone shouts their words of encouragement and stuff and…we don’t even get to see the end of the race. It skips us seeing them at the finish line, and it just jumps back to Nana running to school and playing the same scene from the first episode with the boys jumping the fence and Riku rolling into the tree. The three of them go to the club room where Heath and Ayumu play Shogi, and Kuga’s reading a beginner’s book of the game with Hozumi next to him. Everyone is happy and Nana shouts to make another great day, and they all leave to practice. While they walk out we get a view of a magazine on their table, and then the camera zooms in to the page where it says Honan High School won the End of Summer.

And their story continues…I guess.


Berry’s Final Impression

Prince of Stride: Alternative. I’m still not sure what the Alternative in the title is supposed to mean. That this is an alternative to other sports anime you can watch? Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to watch this again. I mean what happened? Madhouse, why?! After a commercial success from One Punch Man, and also getting good feedback from handling Ore Monogatari (even though I wasn’t a fan, read my reviews here if you haven’t), Madhouse had a pretty good run last year (I was not a fan of Overlord either). But the pain of Prince of Stride being a flop is even more worse when the last thing Madhouse did was One Punch Man, which was insane. I’m a huge fan of Madhouse, as they’ve made a myriad of amazing shows. So Prince of Stride not being good was…disappointing. I had a lot of high hopes for this show and was really excited and was ultimately let down by my favorite studio. What are the problems with this show?

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0069Well, Prince of Stride was the adaptation of a visual novel, an otome game. And when people commented telling us that, I was surprised, and I’m still surprised. For the anime they took out the romance and instead focused on the sport. And from other things people have told us, they took little drama things from the game and inserted them in weird spots in the anime, leaving some drama to be talked about once and then that’s it. I guess the plot of this show, like any other sports anime, is win the main tournament. Along the way to reach this goal they’re going to have drama. And the drama was not good, simply put. Sometimes, it was downright laughable. Such as the incident with the Stride club losing popularity in the school because of the incident that took place with Heath and Kuga, and the stupid misunderstanding.

I’ll start with the one good drama. Ayumu, who was reduced to comic relief. He had real problems. He originally the lone member of the Shogi club but was then dragged into the Stride club. He’s not the most athletic, but he’s still good enough to keep up with the others. But he still didn’t feel good enough and thought himself of a nuisance, and when he wanted to prove himself useful to the team, that led to him getting hurt and having to stop running. I thought Ayumu’s problem was handled well, but again I can’t feel for him too much as the focus on him shifted away, so that sucks.

Ayumu’s problem led to the next, with the dumb situation with Kuga. We all know what happened, but we spent like two episodes with all this crap where Riku was the only smart one saying “Hey, who cares? Those mean third years aren’t here anymore, so come back to the team?” All they needed to do was explain what really happened, and then that would be it. But they had to drag everything out, and it was unnecessary and also kind of funny, in a bad way.

Riku’s drama with Tomoe…please. It wasn’t that Tomoe was an awful brother, because he wasn’t. He was actually very kind and sweet, and he always cheered on his little brother and encouraged him. It was just Riku trying to git gud and failing at it.

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0061Also, the childhood thing? With Riku, Nana, and Takeru? I’m sorry but it frustrated me. No, I’m not believing that Riku and Nana didn’t recognize each other after only 6 years. They looked exactly the same as children, Nana had the same hairstyle! They…looked…the…same. And like Charibo had said, how could they forget such an important promise such as going to the same high school together and going to the EOS? How did they lose communication with each other since then as they looked to be such close friends? In the final race, Takeru had his own internal monologue, saying things that he promised Riku he’d win. But then all of a sudden he starts talking about how important Riku is to him because he was the one that got him into Stride, he found something he wanted to do because of Riku, he was moved by his serious emotions in his Relation, but you know the problem with everything he said in that moment? HE NEVER SAID ANY OF THIS BEFORE. AND NOT ONCE DID I EVER SEE TAKERU FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT RIKU. He barely said all of this now, in the finale, when he was distant with Riku for a long time. He never showed it! It’s just like the insert song in the show that they play 1000 times in their races says…

YOU GOTTA SHOW ME

Characters were another problem. The characters were flat, dull, boring, uninteresting, you can insert any other synonym of “boring” here. I could not feel for any of them, except maybe Ayumu. I thought Nana was the main character, but the poor girl was ignored. The characters were just so bland that I couldn’t really get attached to any of them, even Heath. Not even Heath could save this show. The dumb drama hurt the characters as well.

Madhouse being known for great animation, it wasn’t shown here. The animation was mediocre at best, and sometimes it looked downright ugly. Sometimes the colors could be a little too bright. I felt like they could have done better with the races, like show us different dynamic angles of their legs, since Stride is a sport that’s all about running. Speaking of Stride…

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0002WHAT THE HELL IS STRIDE? I get it’s like an extreme version of track and field, but just what is it? There are things I don’t get about it. The races contain obstacles where the runners can jump over, run off of walls, and other showy things with their parkour. But there doesn’t seem to be a point to it. The thing that I got out of all these 12 episodes is that speed matters because they only counted time. The fastest team wins. But why add obstacles? Such as with hurdle races, you jump the hurdles and cross the finish line. But with Stride, as we saw with Ayumu, you can just skip the obstacles because it’s optional. So why are they there in the first place? If crossing the obstacles were mandatory, then it’d make sense. Or if Stride was about points, and you could only get points from doing something with the obstacles, then okay! But…no, none of that is there. And even though the anime was supposed to focus more on the sport aspect, I thought that they really did fail with this.

I’m done with this show. I’m literally done with this show. Dumb drama, boring characters, confusing sport, lackluster animation, Prince of Stride did not deliver. Not even the A+ cast could save this show. We have Junichi Suwabe, Daisuke Ono, Ryouhei Kimura, the infamous Kana Hanazawa, even more, you have the best of the best here, and the show was still shit. 4/10, it was disappointing. There are other great sports anime you can watch instead of this so I recommend that you don’t bother.

Thanks for keeping up with this show with us!

Charibo’s Final thoughts

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You know, sometimes in life you need to stop running away from your problems and need to finally face them once and for all in order to solve them or if you cannot solve them, to burn them with fire. That’s how I feel after watching the last episode of Prince Of stride. I’ve tried to avoid the problem for too long. Thinking that I was the one misunderstanding the show and thinking that “it’ll be okay, things will work out fine in the end”. But it didn’t. I did not work out well in the end. The end of this show left me with the impression of a giant middle finger, telling me: ” Oooh, you’re still here? You really thought it was going to get better? You thought everything will make sense in the end? Ahaahahah you’re so naive child. Fuck you, you’ll get no reward for wasting your time on this show.”

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So that’s it. Prince of Stride has finally ended after 12 weeks… 5 hours. This show took 5 hours of my non precious time. And you know what? I’m quite pissed off. I don’t mind spending time watching stuff that I like. HunterxHunter took me 61 hours of my life, I spent 31 hours watching high school guys playing Baseball and I did not even know the rules of baseball at the time. But I don’t regret spending them watching it… But I do regret for Prince of Stride. Why? Because it was bad, so I’m mad. Let’s end this once and for all, I’ll close the POS case and put in in a shelf with lots of locks on it, next to Diabolik Lovers, Boku no Pico, Mars of Destruction and other shit Harem anime cases.

Art: First, I thought it was king of refreshing. The fluo colors everywhere were a bit disturbing for my poor eyes not used to the light, since I live under a rock but after a while I actually thought those colors were kind of nauseating. The animation quality also dropped a lot around the middle of the show. The characters were drawn quickly and faces became derpy. It’s a bishounen show, how can you explain that expect from Heath and Reiji, I don’t find the guys attractive? Well, the art has a lot to play in it… In the end, the guys were closer to some kind of noodles than actual humans. And I’m not so sure about their faces proportions too…

Sound: MEH, MEH and MEH again. I’m not the biggest fan of that kind of music. I don’t even know which kind of music it is… Anyway, the music was here trying to get me pumped for the races but I couldn’t care… The same tracks were used all the time especially the annoying ” You’ve got to show me” one. You know what? Don’t, don’t show me anything. I don’t want to.

[HorribleSubs] Prince of Stride - Alternative - 12 [1080p].mkv0028Story: Ok, so the line is pretty basic but I wasn’t expecting much. It’s a sports anime after all. But here, it’s not working. I don’t know who to blame. Should we blame the Otome game for having a bad story or the anime for making the bad choices regarding the different routes’s adaption? Thing is, Prince of Stride was falling between two stools or like we say in French, it had its “ass between two chairs”. On one side we had the sport aspect and on the other side the Otome/drama part. While the stride part was put before everything else in the first episodes, the anime focused on the Otome/side plot on the last episodes. I found the races not trilling at all. I was bored watching them. It was fun at the beginning but it got boring after a while. To be honest I hate running in general since I don’t see the point but that’s just me. I also hate Ping pong and swimming but I liked watching Free and Ping Pong the animation. Here, the striding part bored me to death. Also like Berry said, what the actual hell is stride? But it’s not like I care now…
Then, the Otome/ drama part… God, that, THAT WAS THE WORST PART. The whole “Kuga hurt Heath” to protect the club left me wondering “Why? Who cares?”, the brother inferiority complex was unnecessary, I grew up to hate Riku during that part, Nana’s father part was just ” ugggn, why?!” and the childhood stuff killed me… NO… Actually I was dead before, but without knowing it… The childhood stuff found my body and stabbed it with a silver fork… I’ve already explained why it was lame and unbelievable in my last review and Berry made a pretty good job summarizing the problem with that part so I’ll just leave it there. Drama= WORST PART

Characters: When you watch a reverse Harem anime you’re kind of expecting the main heroine to be a limp noodle, since you’re supposed to identify with her. I’ve never thought it was a compliment though but that’s not the point. In reverse Harem animes, the attention is actually focused on the guys. So you have to give them nice personalities and stuff otherwise there’ll be nothing left to save in your show. Well, in POS, that’s the case. There’s nothing left to save. Nana is useless and invisible, is she even their friend, I’m not so sure… And the guys are boring too. They are not attractive nor funny. I’ve said that Reiji was the best guy and I still think he’s the best guy of the show but against some other guys from other animes he won’t stand a chance. He’s mostly the best guy because he’s not involved in some shit drama.

Final Note: 4/10

It’s a bit harsh, I know. But I don’t like seeing people shouting everywhere that this anime was good since it wasn’t. Honestly, I think the only target audience for the show was the shipping Yaoi fans… Other than that I don’t see who can enjoy this. It was technically bad, the episodes were poorly written and the characters are just forgettable. Other than being shipping material Prince of Stride was nothing, it was a shittier version of Free. Like, Free: Shit Parkour edition.

SPRING ANIME 2016 PREVIEW

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12-Sai. Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki12-Sai. Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki

Animation Company: Oriental Light and Magic
Website: http://www.shogakukan.co.jp/pr/12sai/
Genre: Shoujo, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story begins with Hanabi, a sixth-grade girl who is neither an adult nor a child. She deals with issues such as accidentally witnessing her homeroom teacher kissing, and worrying about experiencing physiological changes before her friends. This is the depiction of a 12-year-old girl’s innocent worries and first love.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Nah, I like shoujo but this does not perk my interest, in fact it’s sparks the opposite.

Vantage: I’m not really into shoujo. The visuals also look slightly dated.

Berry: So it’s about a girl going through puberty? Well it’s certainly unique, I’ll give it that, though I’m not sure it’s something I’d watch.

Nikolita: The story begins with Hanabi, a sixth-grade girl who is neither an adult nor a child.” No, no I’m pretty sure 12 qualifies as a child. I get that the main character’s supposed to be hitting puberty and all that, but a synopsis like that just makes me cringe. Plus the artwork makes them look way younger than 12. CCS anyone?

Charibo: Wait… What?! No… I don’t want to see that… Just.. gnnnnngggnn.. I can’t explain how wrong this thing sounds to me…

Oki: I literally cannot express to you how much this disturbs me as an anime. It doesn’t feel innocent, it feels like the robbery of innocence.


Aikatsu Stars!

Aikatsu Stars!

Animation Company: BN Pictures
Website: http://www.aikatsu.com/stars/
Genre: Music, Shoujo, Slice of Life, School
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Aikatsu Stars! features the protagonist Yume Nijino. Yume aims to become a top idol, and she enrolls in the Yotsusei Gakuen. This academy has a special group called the S4, who are the top four active idols in the school. Yume and the other first-year students aim to become a part of the S4.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Oh no, it looks so cute… But I never got into any of its earlier seasons. Whoops.

Vantage: I’ve never seen Aikatsu, and don’t plan to any time soon.

Berry: Is this one different from the other Aikatsu? Looks adorable.

Nikolita: Cute, but nope.

Charibo: Sadly, I have no interest in cute things like this show.

Oki: Cute things ew.


Bakuon!!Bakuon!!

Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: http://bakuon-anime.com/
Genre: Comedy, School, Seinen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story revolves around high school girls who discover the appeal of motorcycles. Sakura Hane is a high school student who looks a little bit like an airhead. On the way to her all-female high school one day, she is worn-out climbing a hilly road with a bicycle, but she sees a girl named Onsa Amano who is riding a motorcycle. Sakura immediately becomes interested in motorcycles, and she and Onsa join the motorcycle club at the school. Then, Sakura sets out to get her license.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: It is refreshing to see a different club theme for an exchange! I will give it a whirl, but I hardly expect myself to pick it up.

Vantage: If only this was a sports shounen about motorcycle racing. Now that would have been really cool.

Berry: So this sounded cool as shit, just a bunch of girls riding motorcycles all hardcore and shit…but the PV is the complete opposite of what I imagined. Boo.

Nikolita: Huzzah, a summary I haven’t heard before. It’s just too bad I have little interest in motorcycles.

Charibo: Slightly too moe for Charibo, plz put more guys with abs on big huge manly bikes and I’ll probably watch it.

Oki: I just. . .but bikes..moe bikes. . .mopeds…is Macklemore coming?


Beyblade BurstBeyblade Burst

Animation Company: OLM
Website: http://www.beyblade.jp/category/anime/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Sports
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The February issue of Shogakukan’s Coro Coro Comics magazine announced that the Beyblade Burst television anime will premiere in April. The issue also detailed two characters from the anime: Bart Aoi, a hot-blooded kid who loves to attack and wields a Beyblade named Valkyrie; and Shu Kurenai, an elite Blader who is a genius but still puts in a lot of effort, and wields the Beyblade named Spriggan
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: How many years has it been since I last watched a Beyblade series…. *starts counting*

Vantage: I can’t remember the last time I touched a Beyblade.

Berry: I didn’t know Beyblade was still a thing.

Nikolita: I have absolutely zero interest in anything Beyblade.

Charibo: LET’S BEYBLADE! BEYYYYYYYBLAAAAAADE. Other than that I don’t care about Beyblade at all.

Oki: I haven’t been interested since Kai.

Possible Bloggers:


Big OrderBig Order

Animation Company: Asread
Website: http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/sp/201112-04/
Genre: Action, Shounen, Super Powers
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: 10 years ago a child wished for the destruction of the world. Now a Group of people has the ability which grants their wishes depending on their power. They are called “Order User”.
Before these great people who has the power of “Order”, One person excels most, with the ability to rule and conquer the world and turned people into puppet when it is on his Jurisdiction, that power belongs to Hoshimiya Eiji, who is also responsible with the destructive phenomena happened exactly 10 years ago.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: f

Vantage: Eh. If someone says it’s good I might give it a whirl. I know Asread did well with Yuushibu and Ga-Rei Zero (I liked them at least) but this synopsis really isn’t doing it for me.

Berry: Hmmm…I’m not sure. It sounds like it could be good, we’ll see.

Nikolita: Meh.

Charibo: Why not? You never know, life can be full of surprises and deceptions… I can at least check the first three episodes, It’s not going to kill me… At least I hope so…

Oki: It sounds cool but no thanks!


Sailor Moon Crystal S3Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal: Death Busters-hen (S3)

Animation Company: Toei Animation
Website: http://www.sailormoon-official.com/animation/
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magic, Shoujo
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Third cour of Sailor Moon: Crystal. The new season will assemble all 10 Senshi — specifically, the popular outer Senshi such as Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Saturn will join Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Moon, and the others. The new season will adapt the arc from the fifth and sixth volumes of the complete edition of Naoko Takeuchi’s original Sailor Moon manga.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: FINALLY, THEY GOT RID OF THE CG ANIMATION! ABOUT BLOODY TIME! I absolutely love the new art style, so much better! Can’t wait to watch this one!

Vantage: I told myself I’d finally try Sailor Moon with Crystal, and I never got past downloading the first episode. Maybe some day.

Berry: I never finished Crystal so can’t watch this. But let me tell you the change in the artstyle is WONDERFUL. The new art style looks a million times better than the other one.

Nikolita: So… pretty… *0* I wish I liked Sailor Moon more, but I didn’t finish Crystal either.

Charibo: I never watched Sailor Moon as a kid, I don’t plan on starting now.

Oki: Hey, this one is what I covered 😀 Excited as FUCK TO REVIEW THIS!

Possible Bloggers:
Oki


Boku no Hero AcademiaBoku no Hero Academia

Animation Company: Bones
Website: http://heroaca.com/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen, Fantasy
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: People are not born equal, a realization that 4-year-old Midoriya Izuku faced when bullied by his classmates who had unique special powers. Izuku was one of the rare cases where he was born with absolutely no unique powers. This did not stop Izuku from pursuing his dream, a dream of becoming a great hero like the legendary All-Might. To become the great hero he hopelessly wants to become, he now will join the ranks of one of the highest rated “Hero Academies” in the country: Yueiko. With the help of his idol All-Might, will he be able to claim the ranks and become a true hero?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: This manga series has only started relatively recently, so while there is a lot of hype around it, I would tread cautiously because of how soon it got an adaption.

Vantage: All signs point to this being the ‘next big shounen’. It’s been a long time coming – the last Shounen Jump manga to be adapted was Shokugeki no Soma, and that wasn’t exactly traditional mainstream material not least of all due to the excessive fanservice. This is definitely one to watch next season.

Berry: A lot of hype over this, so I’m keeping my eye out for this.

Nikolita: So kinda like the anime where young girls strive to become idols? No thanks.

Charibo: YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES. I WANT IT!

Oki: <_> People seem to like this so I guess I need to give it a watch!

Possible Bloggers:
Charibo


Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou Stray Dogs

Animation Company: Bones
Website: http://bungo-stray-dogs.jp/
Genre: Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically attempting suicide. That man is Dazai Osamu, and he and his partner Kunikida are members of a very special detective agency. They have supernatural powers, and deal with cases that are too dangerous for the police or the military. They’re tracking down a tiger that has appeared in the area recently, around the time Atsushi came to the area. The tiger seems to have a connection to Atsushi, and by the time the case is solved, it is clear that Atsushi’s future will involve much more of Dazai and the rest of the detectives!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Yesssss, I will definitely be watching this!!!!

Vantage: Bones is quite good with mystery stuff, and I’ve enjoyed a lot of what they’ve put out in recent years. But they also have Boku no Hero Academia next season, and I wonder if they might be stretching their resources a little too thin to accommodate a solid adaptation of both series.

Berry: A lot of hype over this manga too, and reading the synopsis and watching the PV I can see why and this seems right up my alley.

Nikolita: I might watch this.

Charibo: Composed by more guys than girls, mystery and action. DING DONG WE HAVE A WINNER, I’ll watch that. I heard it’s going to be a two court show though… AAAAAHHH I Don’t know if I even want to review it…

Oki: Yeah that looks really cool.

Possible Bloggers:
Eva, Berry


Cardfight!! Vanguard G Stride Gate-henCardfight!! Vanguard G: Stride Gate-hen

Animation Company: Xebec
Website:
Genre: Action, Game, Shounen
Airing Date: April 17th, 2016
Summary: Third season of Cardfight!! Vanguard G series.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Pass. I don’t watch Cardfight Vanguard.

Vantage: This again?

Berry: Nooooo

Nikolita: Big fat pass from me.

Charibo: We should make a kind of Jingle saying ” I didn’t watch the previous seasons”. Repeating it gets a bit boring…

Oki: Seen it but it is a lot of stress to review!


Concrete Revolutio S2Concrete Revolutio S2

Animation Company: Bones
Website: http://www.concreterevolutio.com/
Genre: Action, Super Power
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary:Second cour of Concrete Revolutio. What if superhumans were real? Even better, what if every fabled superhuman existed at the same time, in the same place? Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it’s not just a question of “what if”–it’s a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I only watched one episode of the first season and then forgot about it.

Vantage: I don’t even remember this airing.

Berry: I watched the first two or three episodes of this and dropped it. Loved the designs and colors and art, but it was confusing and I could tell I wouldn’t enjoy it.

Nikolita: Second season, and have no interest in watching the first.

Charibo: I didn’t watch the first season and I don’t plan to watch it soon… Sorry

Oki: Wow this is really cool!


EndrideEndride

Animation Company: Brains Base
Website: http://anime.endride.jp/
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary:The story is set on Endra, an unknown world beneath the surface of Earth itself. It is another world, where the giant Adamas shines above and seven-colored bands drift across the skies. One day, Shun Asanaga — an ordinary yet positive and bright 15-year-old middle school boy who lived in the “Land Above” — lands in this place. He had discovered a mysterious crystal at his scientific businessman father’s company, and the moment he touched the crystal, he was transported to Endra. He meets Prince Emirio, who strongly despises the current King Deruzain and had just turned 16 at Endra’s castle. He became of age to ascend to the throne, and he wields a weapon to seek his vengeance at last, but the difference in strength proves to be insurmountable. Captured and imprisoned by Deruzain, Emirio is heartbroken. But then, the walls of the prison suddenly become distorted, and Shun appears within them.

Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: The synopsis is perplexing to me… Will take a look.

Vantage: I love this sort of stuff, this sounds really cool! I’ll definitely check out the first few episodes, but this looks like a Thursday sort of show and so I’m undecided about blogging.

Berry: Ehhh I don’t think so.

Nikolita: YES! I’ll take a look definitely.

Charibo: What’s up with the crop top Hair Strand-kun? Other than that I don’t find the character design appealing at all and the story’s just “meeeh”.

Oki: I really like the art style! bishounens @_@

Possible Bloggers:
Nikolita, Vantage


Flying WitchFlying Witch

Animation Company: J.C. Staff
Website: http://www.flyingwitch.jp/
Genre: Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story follows the 15-year-old witch Makoto Kowata and the other boys and girls in her daily life. With her black cat Chito, the somewhat aimless girl moved from Yokohama to live with her second cousin at Aomori in verdant northern Japan
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I really like this premise, I can see myself enjoying this show. Not sure if I would be able to write about it though…

Vantage: I fell in love with this when I watched the PV a couple of weeks ago. It looks extremely comfy, and regular injections of this will be exactly what I need to combat my rising stress levels. As ever though, I have no idea whether this is bloggable – and despite how suspiciously clean the animation and character designs seem to be, it’s not reassuring that the Tsukihime director is in charge of this.

Berry: It seems so sweet and relaxing, and it’s about witches! So I’m up for it.

Nikolita: Seems cute. Makes me think of a slightly older Kiki.

Charibo: Like Niko said, this reminds me too much of Kiki’s Delivery Service… Other than that, I have nothing to say about it… Just: Okay? I guess… Why not?

Oki: I see the phrase slice of life and that’s just like repellent to me.

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


Gakusen Toshi AsteriskGakusen Toshi Asterisk S2

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://asterisk-war.com/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Second season of Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Welp, I haven’t finished the first season…

Vantage: I won’t make any promises about covering this episodically again, but I’ll definitely be watching it. Maybe an overall review at the end? In retrospect, throwing capital at it before the first season even aired in the form of a Vita game, two seasons and a ton of marketing really wasn’t the right thing for Aniplex to do, no matter how much they thought it was going to be the next SAO. It’s also too bad Miss ‘I’m too good for character songs’ won’t be doing the ED again, Waiting in the Rain was awesome.

Berry: I had no interest in seeing the first season and I still don’t.

Nikolita: No interest.

Charibo: I’d rather drown in Bleach… Not the manga, the cleaning thing. Although I duno which one is worst than the other hehehehe.

Oki: The….poster looks cool?

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


GekidolGekidol

Animation Company: Hoods Entertainment
Website: http://gekidol.com/
Genre: Music
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: S- Coming Soon
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Next.

Vantage: Is this like Locodol? It’s what I was immediately reminded of.

Berry: I have no clue what this is supposed to be.

Nikolita: Another idol show? Pass.

Charibo: I like my idols with way more abs and manliness… Although idol and manliness might be an oxymoron…

Oki: Idols. . . no.


Phoenix Wright Ace AttorneyGyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu,” Igiari!

Animation Company: A-1 Pictures
Website: http://www.ytv.co.jp/animegyakuten/
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Police
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Based on the hit Capcom game series, this anime follows the lives of new defense attorney Naruhodou Ryuuichi, his mentor Ayasato Chihiro and her spirit medium sister Mayoi as they work with colorful characters such as Detective Itonokogiri Keisuke to save Ryuuichi’s clients from a guilty verdict.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Any objections?

Vantage: I’ve never played the games, but this adaptation will be in good hands with A-1. I also have a suspicion that they’ve romanticized criminal trials just like how Suits is an unrealistic representation of life as an actual commercial lawyer.

Berry: I’ve never trusted anime adaptations of video games because they always turn out horrible, but I’ve always been interested in the Phoenix Wright series. Never played the games, so I’m hoping this will be good.

Nikolita: I’ve never had an interest in the games, which is unfortunate because I’ll admit to being slightly curious about this anime adaption.

Charibo: GngnblgnbnlgnglbnlEdgeworthnlnlffgrf;p… Too bad they’re not using the English names, Phoenix Wright sounds way cooler than Naruhodou Ryuuichi… Wait a minute… ” Naruhodou”… OMG, this is gold, I did not know! Thank you Japan…

Oki: Oh hey it looks like A SHOTGUN!!!!!!!!!

Possible Bloggers:
Oki


HaifuriHaifuri

Animation Company: Production IMS
Website: http://www.hai-furi.com/
Genre: School, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary:“In the sea we live, the sea we protect, and by the sea we go.” Japan, 100 years after plate subductions caused many other countries to be submerged. To save the remaining countries, the coastal cities that had been built up were launched into the seas, and the seaborne routes between them expanded. With this expansion, a need for personnel that could safeguard the seas arose. Women began to seek employment in this new industry, and soon, the “Blue Mermaids,” those who keep the sea safe, began to be a source of admiration for many. The childhood friends Akeno Misaki and Moeka China sought to become Blue Mermaids themselves, and together with others who shared their dream, they enrolled in Yokosuka’s Marine High School.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … I guess I should give this a chance.

Vantage: I’ve had my eye on this for a long time, and not only because it looks like iyashikei – it’s an original anime with character designs by Atto, the mangaka for Non Non Biyori. I love cute girls doing cute things, this will be great. I can feel it in my bones.

Berry: I think most girls have imagined themselves as mermaids. Even if in this case they won’t be actual mermaids. This looks cute though, will watch.

Nikolita: A cute summary. I wish I liked anime featuring kids more, because that alone is usually enough to make me uninterested even if the plot sounds somewhat decent.

Charibo: Reminds me of Nagi No Asukara. My fragile Kokoro still hasn’t fully recovered from this show so no, thanks.

Oki: It’s just. Too. Moe.

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


Hakuouki OtogisoushiHakuouki: Otogisoushi

Animation Company: DLE
Website: http://www.hakuoki-otogi.com/
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Shoujo
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The series of anime shorts will feature the characters from the Hakuoki games in chibi form, and will feature a completely new story with the theme “A normal every day that might have existed.”
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I love Hakuouki, but I don’t enjoy chibi spin-off series.

Vantage: Never seen Hakuouki.

Berry: Sorry, haven’t seen Hakuoki though I plan to one day.

Nikolita: Nope nope. Haven’t played the games and know nothing about the characters.

Charibo: I want to see fully grown Okita. Not chibi Okita. GOD DAMMIT!

Oki: Oh my god, it’s so adorable! But don’t care.


HundredHundred

Animation Company: Production IMS
Website: http://hundred-anime.jp/
Genre: Action, Ecchi, Harem, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Hayato feels a strange yet familiar sense of incongruity towards Emil Crossford, his roommate who somehow knows him from somewhere. On top of that, as soon as he enters the school, he is challenged to a duel by the “Queen” (the school’s most powerful Military Arts Master) Claire Harvey.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I can’t tell you how sick and tired I am of the “as soon as he enters the school, he is challenged to a duel by the “Queen” trope.

Vantage: So basically every school battle harem ever, then? I’ve unironically watched a lot of these though, so I guess I’ll try out the first few episodes of this one too.

Berry: Damn no accidental naked situation or anything just straight to the duel! PASS!

Nikolita: Haha, sounds a lot like Saijaku Muhai Bahamut, which I’m currently covering. I might pick this one up if no one else takes it.

Charibo: Eh? I thought I saw this show last season? What? You’re telling that it’s another Harem/School/Magical Battle/ Ecchi show? NAAAAAAAAANNN It’s impossible… They can’t serve us the same kind of show every season believing that we are going to watch it every time… Can they?

Oki: Here it is guys! It’s that anime! Yeah, you know that one, the one everyone else has seen that they talk about every season but no one ever seems to care! Jee, sure glad it’s back and not redundant.


Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken Diamond wa KudakenaiJojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai

Animation Company: David Production
Website: http://jojo-animation.com/
Genre: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The fourth part of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure focuses on Josuke Higashikata, a high school student living in the fictional town of Morioh. Jotaro Kujo arrives to warn him of a looming threat: an unknown person is using a mysterious tool called Bow and Arrow, which gifts those struck with Stands. As a result, new and dangerous Stand users have begun appearing in the area. Josuke agrees to help Jotaro find the user.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: No thanks, not a Jojo fan.

Vantage: But Higashikata doesn’t have a ‘Jo’ in it?

Berry: FINALLY!!! THIS IS WHAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE…FOREVER. Like I said in my Stardust Crusaders finale review, I said I’d read Part 4. And I did, and now I’m almost done with Stone Ocean. Diamond is Unbreakable is probably my favorite Jojo part (so far, Stone Ocean is a close second) so I’m hyped as hell for this. So many great things I can’t wait to see animated! #AOTY2016

Nikolita: No interest, but I’m looking forward to Berry’s reviews already.

Charibo: YARE YARE DAZE. I really need to finish Stardust Crusaders.

Oki: I feel like Berry is losing interest.

Possible Bloggers:
Berry


Joker GameJoker Game

Animation Company: Production I.G
Website: http://jokergame.jp/
Genre: Historical, Military, Seinen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The original novel is set in 1937, before World War II begins in earnest. Lieutenant Colonel Yuki of the Imperial Japanese Army forms the “D Agency,” an army intelligence outfit under his command and tutelage. Army General Staff attaches Lieutenant Sakuma to observe the unit’s performance. D Agency casts a wide net to find agents beyond Japanese military personnel, and Yuki establishes D Agency’s tenets, which go against IJA doctrine: “Don’t kill, don’t get killed, don’t get captured.” With this, Yuki trains a team of operatives who conduct missions against domestic and foreign powers.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: * v * Yes, I want to watch this. Count me in!

Vantage: I have a feeling that there will be a lot of deaths in this. Sounds cool though, might give it a go.

Berry: Holy crap this sounds extremely amazing. It sounds like the plot of a movie! This might be a tough one to cover but I’m definitely going to watch this.

Nikolita: I’m not usually a fan of war or historical anime (with a handful of exceptions, but this isn’t one of them).

Charibo: Let’s take a look at Charibo’s check list: -More than 50% of the cast is composed by ikemens -It’s either idol crap or mystery/thriller. Congratulations show. I’ll watch you but reviewing it might be a bit hard though…

Oki: This looks kinda fun!

Possible Bloggers:
Eva


Kagewani Shou S2Kagewani: Shou (S2)

Animation Company: Tomovies
Website: http://kagewani.com/
Genre: Mystery, Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Second season of “Kagewani.”
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Didn’t watch the first season, still not interested, next.

Vantage: There was a first season?

Berry: Saw the first episode, didn’t like the animation style. Sorry.

Nikolita: I know nothing about the first season, so pass.

Charibo: NEEEEEEEEEH.

Oki: I have no idea!


Kaitou Joker S3Kaitou Joker S3

Animation Company: Shin-Ei Animation
Website: http://s.mxtv.jp/joker/
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Kids
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Third season of Kaitou Joker
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: No.

Vantage: Nope.

Berry: I…don’t usually watch kids shows.

Nikolita: Kiddy show, so pass.

Charibo: Can I use my Joker to pass on this one? ahaha, good one Charibo *self high five*.

Oki: This seems like something I don’t care about hm. . .


Kamiwaza WandaKamiwaza Wanda

Animation Company: TMS Entertainment
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/kamiwaza_wanda/
Genre: Action, Kids, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story is set in a world where every event has been turned into programs, and mysterious monsters known as “Promin” maintain the world. However, many Promin who have turned into bugs known as “Bugmin” are responsible for many of the world’s real-life bugs. Left alone, they may eventually turn into a big problem. The boy Yuto encounters the space dog Wanda, and the pair use a camera-like device and key items to capture Bugmin. Promin themselves are able to do things like “accelerate objects,” “spew fire,” or “create objects,” through an ability known as “Kamiwaza” (miracle), and are able to fend off Bugmin with it. At first, the Bugmin only cause small, bothersome things, but it will soon elevate into a global scale threat. Can one boy and one dog save the world?
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: No.

Vantage: Is this a Generation Y joke?

Berry: Who the hell names a dog Wanda?

Nikolita: Anyone else getting a Digimon vibe?

Charibo: It’s like Yokai Watch right? I really want to know who’s going to watch this… Expect little kids, in japan…

Oki: I just…it…why? Do I care?


Mobile Suit Gundam UC RE 0096Kidou Senshi Gundam RE: 0096

Animation Company: Sunrise
Website: http://www.gundam-unicorn.net/
Genre: Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Space
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: U.C. 0096… The manufacturing colony Industrial 7, which is still under construction, floats at Lagrange point 1. A youth named Banagher Links, who grew up without knowing his father, meets a mysterious girl who has stowed away on a ship bound for Industrial 7. As the white mobile suit Unicorn undergoes repeated tests and becomes the subject of diverse speculations, the hands of time begin to move. Banagher does not yet know that he has been caught up in the conflict surrounding Laplace’s Box. What is Laplace’s Box? What secret does it contain? The hundred-year curse of the Universal Century is about to be resolved.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Yeah so basically this is a TV-Edition of Gundam Unicorn, so I am just going to pass this, maybe marathon it at a later date only because I haven’t seen the final movie yet.

Vantage: Not today.

Berry: No Gundam for me, sir.

Nikolita: Gundam = automatic no in my book.

Charibo: Gundam again? Gosh…

Oki: Eh I’ll watch it later.


KiznaiverKiznaiver

Animation Company: TRIGGER
Website: http://kiznaiver.jp/
Genre: Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary:The story takes place in a fictional Japanese city named Sugomori City. One day, Sonosaki tells her classmate Katsuhira: “You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver.” The Kizuna System, which allows Katsuhira to share his wounds, connects him to the classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his. The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. All those who are connected to this system are called Kiznaivers. When one Kiznaiver is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers. Sugomori City is built on reclaimed land. But as the years go by, the city’s population is decreasing. The story is set in this town where Katsuhira and the others live.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: It’s trigger, it’s always a reason to be hyped! – says the one who has yet to Kill la Kill, Panty and Stocking. – JFC, I NEED TO WATCH A TRIGGER SERIES ALREADY WHY HAVEN’T I DONE SO YET? YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GONNA SIGN UP!

Vantage: A show about wounds with Okada Mari? Tears, suffering and feels incoming. You have been warned.

Berry: People are wondering whether this’ll be the next Kill la Kill or Ninja Slayer. I didn’t watch Ninja Slayer but I’ve heard…things. I don’t know, this looks like it’ll be good. Please!

Nikolita: It’s an interesting summary, yet odd at the same time. Sharing one’s wounds with others? I can see that working if someone gets cut or slashed or something, but the ramifications of more serious injuries make me shudder. Pass.

Charibo: Trigger is bae. I’ll check this out but I don’t think I’ll review it.

Oki: It could be amazing, or it could be trash. Hoping it’s amazing.

Possible Bloggers:
Eva


Koutetsujou no KabaneriKoutetsujou no Kabaneri

Animation Company: Wit Studio
Website: http://kabaneri.com/
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The “steampunk survival action” story takes place on the island country Hinomoto, where humans hide themselves in fortresses called stations against the threat of zombie-like beings with steel hearts known as “Kabane.” Only armored locomotives known as “Hayajiro” go between the stations
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … No, but I like the character designs.

Vantage: I was going to make some snarky comment about Wit Studio and how they always do something that looks like Shingeki until I saw the PV and realized it felt a hell of a lot like Shingeki. I guess… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it? EGOIST doing the OP is also wonderful.

Berry: It has a bit of an old-school animation style, which is pretty sweet. Seems crazy, looks really exciting!

Nikolita: Steampunk meets zombies? No thanks.

Charibo: Okay, so it’s basically Shingeki no Kyojin: Steampunk Train edition. I looove Shingeki no Kyojin, so if this anime can help me waiting for the second season, sign me in!

Oki: It sounds amazing as balls! I HATE YOU LACK OF FREE TIME!

Possible Bloggers:
Charibo


Kuma Miko Girl Meets BearKuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear

Animation Company: EMT2 x Kinema Citrus
Website: http://kmmk.tv/
Genre: Comedy, Seinen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden at a Shinto shrine enshrining a bear in the recesses of a certain mountain in Japan’s northern Tohoku region. Machi’s guardian is a talking bear named Natsu, and one day Machi says to Natsu, “I want to go to a school in the city.” The worrywart Natsu then gives Machi a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive in the city.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: WILL WATCH! SO CUTE!

Vantage: I didn’t have a good experience the last time I watched something with a talking bear (see Haruchika). The time before was great though, that was about oppressed lesbian bears! Shaba-da-doo.

Berry: THIS LOOKS ADORABLY HILARIOUS.

Nikolita: Big fat no.

Charibo: MEH, MEH and MEH again

Oki: I. . .I’m staring at this cover. I don’t know why this show exists. But I will allow it.


KuromukuroKuromukuro

Animation Company: P.A. Works
Website: http://kuromukuro.com/
Genre: Action, Mecha
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Studio P.A. Works’ 15th anniversary project.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: P.A. Works, given your recent track record, I can’t get hyped for this. I will watch the first episode to give it a shot, but I am not expecting anything amazing.

Vantage: I hate myself for signing up for this. I fucking hate myself. Clearly I’ve learnt nothing at all. I’ve been burned more than anyone else by P.A. Works in the last few years, and yet I’m still being drawn in by the cute girls, the mecha and the fact that Okamura is directing. Also if it’s an anniversary project they’ll do their best, right? R-right?

Berry: After Charlotte and Glasslip, I’ve given up on trusting P.A. Works originals. In the back of my mind I’m thinking, no, they made Shirobako they can’t be all bad. But Haruchika ended up being crap (which isn’t even an original), so…nuh uh. Also, it’s mecha. NO.

Nikolita: Not enough to go on, and it’s mecha which (without more info) is usually a no for me.

Charibo: Did I read Mecha?

Oki: It sounds good. . .but. . .

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


Kyoukai no Rinne S2Kyoukai no Rinne S2

Animation Company: Brains Base
Website: http://anime-rinne.com/
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Supernatural, Shounen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The shinigami (god of death) Rinne Rokudo, and Sakura Mamiya, the girl who can see ghosts, attend the same school. The two spend their days solving the worries of spirits. Rinne is so poor that he is forced to borrow money from Sakura to buy shinigami tools to solve their cases. Rinne and Sakura care for each other, but their relationship is not progressing. However, with the appearance of a new contracted black cat, a beautiful damashigami (cheating god), and a person with whom Rinne shares a special circumstance, the situation becomes even more chaotic! Rinne and Sakura’s after-school time wrapped up in the world of spirits continues!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Not interested. Never bothered with the first season.

Vantage: I’ve heard… things about the first season.

Berry: HOW DID THIS PIECE OF SHIT GET ANOTHER SEASON?!

Nikolita: Haven’t seen the first season, so no thanks. Reminds me a bit too much of Inuyasha anyways.

Charibo: Never knew there was a first season.

Oki: WELL IT SEEMS THERE IS NO JUSTICE BERRY LET’S JUST GO TO THE MOON


Macross DeltaMacross ? Delta

Animation Company: Satelight
Website: http://macross.jp/
Genre: Action, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Military, Music
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story is set eight years after the events of Macross F.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Hahahaha, finally. I was so disappointed when I realized last season it was only an hour special preview for the series and was going to air in the spring. I didn’t watch the preview, I restrained myself from doing so- I WAS REALLY TEMPTED TO THOUGH. Really excited to finally watch it! I hope it will be good!

Vantage: This is Eva’s.

Berry: Didn’t watch the previous one…or ones, I don’t know.

Nikolita: Another automatic nope for me.

Charibo: No mecha for me, sorry.

Oki: Hm . . .odd feeling Eva might be interested. . .

Possible Bloggers:
Eva


Magi Sinbad no BoukenMagi: Sinbad no Bouken

Animation Company: Lay-duce
Website:http://www.project-magi.com/sinbad/
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Spinoff of Magi taking place 30 years before the events of Magi focusing on Sinbad’s journey to become king
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I read Magi but then I grew tired of it. Not interested anymore.

Vantage: I love the manga, but I found myself not being interested in covering the OVAs at all when they were subbed so Berry can have this. Sinbad has also been kind of a dick in the latest chapters of the main manga.

Berry: I love Magi, but correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t there OVAs of this? So is this the same thing? Still, I’ll think about covering it.

Nikolita: I know nothing about Magi, so pass.

Charibo: ARIIBABA-KUN!!! Wait… There’s no Aribaba-kun? Oh that’s right it’s SHINDOBATO’s time to shine. I’m not the bigest Magi fan on earth but it won’t hurt me to check this out.

Oki: Well this looks fun as shit!

Possible Bloggers:
Berry


MayoigaMayoiga

Animation Company: Diomedea
Website: http://mayoiga.tv/
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: 30 young men and women who have come together on a shady bus tour. The tour’s destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world’s obstacles … or so it is rumored, like an urban legend. “In despair over the real world … wanting to escape the tedious daily life … wanting to restart your life from scratch …” The bus heads deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each with their own expectations and wounds in their hearts… And so, the place these 30 arrived at, was an uninhabited village with the lingering faint scents of life, even though it is falling apart. What is the truth of Nanakimura facing the 30? You can’t miss even one episode!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Hahahahaha, I know better this is something I am better off avoiding. *SHUDDERS*

Vantage: I feel like that entire synopsis is actually an extended metaphor for something dark and depressing. Okada Mari will have a field day with this. Also Charibo, something tells me not all 30 of them will survive the show.

Berry: God this sounds so good! This is one show I’m excited for.

Nikolita: I’d cover it but others beat me to it, so I’ll probably stick to just watching it.

Charibo: I’m a sucker for my mystery and psychological thriller plus, this one has a “huis clos” touch to it. However, how to handle 30 characters…. It can be good or it can be bad. Let’s check this out.

Oki: This sounds like it has the potential to be one of the better obscure anime in the upcoming future.

Possible Bloggers:
Charibo, Berry


Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja nai to Omotta?Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja nai to Omotta?

Animation Company: Project No.9
Website: http://netogenoyome.com/
Genre: Ecchi, Romance, Comedy, School
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story centers on Hideki Nishimura, a young man who confessed to a person he thought was a girl online, only for that person to turn out to be a boy. He keeps this “black history” secret and swears to never to trust a “girl” online again. However, one day a girl online confesses to him, and it turns out she’s actually a beautiful girl named Ako Tamaki. Ako cannot tell the difference between the online world and reality, and she is a loner who has trouble communicating. Hideki and his friends from his guild decide to work together to “correct” her.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Odd show, but hahahahaha it sounds entertainning. I’ll watch this.

Vantage: If only the production values weren’t so sub-par, I might have had more of an interest in this. Though which studio would sink money into a premise like that? Except DEEN, and that’d be because they’d cut corners to save costs

Berry: Not being able to tell the difference between reality and the online world sounds really troubling. And why does it make me scared seeing “correct” her like that? D:

Nikolita: I agree with Berry. What an odd show. o.o

Charibo: No. No, no, no and no again

Oki: It’s just too fucking cute.


OnigiriOnigiri

Animation Company: Studio Pierrot
Website: http://www.onigiri-anime.com/
Genre: Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The MMORPG Onigiri thrusts its players into mystical Japan, a land filled with mythical creatures of Japanese legend. Starting as a lone Oni, players fight against the malevolent influence of the Kamikui as their miasma spreads over the land. 8 NPCS, each with their own distinct personality and skills, ally themselves with the player to help build a legend, and quell the evil that has arisen. As you grow stronger together, so do the bonds binding you to each other.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Nope.

Vantage: I see cute girls everywhere. I’ll try just one episode for their sakes.

Berry: Bye.

Nikolita: You know what? Why not. I’ll take a look at least.

Charibo: Wow, this is literally everything that I like in Anime. Just kidding, hell no.

Oki: But why?

Possible Bloggers:
Nikolita


Pan de Peace!Pan de Peace!

Animation Company: Asahi Production
Website:
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The “cute and soft bread four-panel manga” centers around Minami (top left in below images), an airheaded girl who is starting high school and who loves eating bread for breakfast. Baked goods bring happiness everyday to her and her classmates — the reliable Yu, the pastry-baking Fuyumi, and the independent Noa.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: BREAD FTW!!!!!!!!! *Munches on fresh loaf of bread* What?

Vantage: Me. CGDCT is my lifeblood. I’m already thinking about picking a best girl and all that.

Berry: I fucking love bread.

Nikolita: Japanese “strawberry bread” (??????) is the best fucking thing ever. I used to buy it all the time in Japan.

Charibo: Do they have baguette? DO THEY EVEN KNOW HOW TO BAGUETTE?!

Oki: Freakin baguettes. . .

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


Re Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai SeikatsuRe:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Animation Company: White Fox
Website: http://re-zero-anime.jp/
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: After leaving a convenience store, high school student Subaru Natsuki is summoned away to another world. There, he meets a silver-haired girl who saves him from death. But their alliance is soon cut short when they’re both suddenly killed. Subaru awakens once more in the new world and learns he holds “Returns by Death,” a power that allows him to rewind time through his demise. He vows to save the girl with his power.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: White Fox’s recent works have been a hit or miss. I’ll give this show a shot, but I’m not expecting much out of it due to how generic it sounds right now.

Vantage: If no-one cares, I’d be more than happy to take this. It feels generic, and I know White Fox messed up with Utawarerumono, but uh the main girl is really cute. Also it has some strong names attached to it, including Takahashi Rie (the fabulous Megumin), Arai Satomi and Minase Inori. All personal favourites. And Konomi Suzuki for the OP is always quality.

Berry: People seem excited for this but ehhhh…I don’t know.

Nikolita: Ever seen Puella Magi Madoka Magica? Yeah, this looks like that and that didn’t end very well. (But the movies are awesome!)

Charibo: Wow, this reminds me of sooo many shows that I’ve seen or heard about but I don’t care at all about this one. Sorry.

Oki: WOAH! A SILVER HAIRED GIRL?! WHO IS MYSTERIOUS?1 WOAH IM SO SHOCKED WOW !!11!

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


Sakamoto desu ga?Sakamoto desu ga?

Animation Company: Studio Deen
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/sakamoto/
Genre: Comedy, School, Seinen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: First year high school student Sakamoto isn’t just cool, he’s the coolest! Almost immediately after starting school, he began attracting everyone’s attention. The girls love him, and most of the boys resent him. There’s even a boy in the class who works as a model, but who is constantly upstaged by Sakamoto! No matter what tricks the other boys try to play on him, Sakamoto always manages to foil them with ease and grace. Though Sakamoto may seem cool and aloof, he helps others when asked, such as in the case of the boy in his class who was being constantly bullied. No matter what difficulties Sakamoto encounters, he moves through his high school life with confidence and class!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2 | PV 3

Team Impression

Eva: I heard this is supposed to be hilarious, so I might as well watch it.

Vantage: DEEN FINDS A WAY. Watch how Studio DEEN saves anime once more, ploughing back their profits from Konosuba into this hilarious manga. It’s an amazing manga, and if DEEN can carry their momentum from the massive upset they created this season into the next, I can actually see them succeeding with this.

Berry: This sounds hilarious.

Nikolita: The synopsis is the biggest turnoff ever.

Charibo: Sakamoto is so fab. I read the beginning of the manga, really it’s funny.

Oki: I’m kind of attracted to him in a reluctant way. .

Possible Bloggers:
Charibo


Sansha SanyouSansha Sanyou

Animation Company: Doga Kobo
Website: http://sansyasanyou.com/
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story follows the everyday life of three very different high school students, all of whom have the kanji for “leaf” in their name. (“Sansha Sanyo” is a Japanese idiom that means three people who have different personalities to the other two, but the manga’s title replaces the final kanji in the idiom with the kanji for “leaf.”) Futaba Odagiri is incredibly energetic but is also a glutton. Teru Hayama looks like an angel but she is really a demonic class president. Yoko Nishikawa is the daughter of family that used to be a member of the upper class, but after her father’s company went bankrupt, they became poor.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … Will probably watch for the hell of it.

Vantage: I’m here Oki, this looks perfect. It also looks like a TV short but eh, I’ll watch those too. Purple looks like best girl material. Won’t blog though, there are better slice of life shows this season.

Berry: No, sorry.

Nikolita: Ummm… nope.

Charibo: I should find new ways to say no, this is starting to be a bit repetitive.

Oki: Vantage where yo moe at?


Seisen Cerberus Ryuukoku no FataliteSeisen Cerberus: Ryuukoku no Fatalite

Animation Company: Bridge
Website: http://cerberus-anime.jp/
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Magic
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The anime is set in a continent ruled by sword and magic called Kunaaan, where a power balance between the Holy Kingdom of Amoria, the Kingdom of Ishilfen, and the Vanrodis Kingdom keeps a peace so unstable that any tragedy that befalls any one kingdom will mean war for the entire continent. Another power, the evil dragon Daganzord, also resides on the continent, and no one is powerful enough to stop him from spreading destruction and charred land in his wake. Two individuals, Bairo and Kismitete, undertook a ritual alongside a party of wizards to seal Daganzord, but were foiled. This event was known thereafter as the Balbagoa Tragedy. Bairo and Kismitete’s son Hiiro is saved by Giiru, and Hiiro swears to avenge his parents’ deaths and trains himself with the sword. When Hiiro turns 16, he sets out on a journey to slay the dragon, and Giruu accompanies him, having no choice. Along the way, they meet many types of people, and gain companions on their journey.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: … I feel like I’ve heard this before.

Vantage: I’ve never heard of Bridge, are they new? It looks watchable. I just hope the dragon isn’t in bad CG, that’s all I ask.

Berry: I can’t say any of these names, the synopsis made me tired.

Nikolita: Sounds like a generic fantasy with a smidge of Smaug mixed in. No thanks!

Charibo: After reading the summary I have a headache. Why does it have to be so long when you can narrow it down to: Guy with sword do magical bullshit with gurls with boobs and DRAGONS!

Oki: but the REAL journey was the journey they made along the journey and I’m so sick of adventures.


Shounen MaidShounen Maid

Animation Company: 8bit
Website:http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/meido/
Genre: Comedy, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story revolves around Chihiro Komiya, an energetic elementary school student who was living with his mom. Chihiro is very good at doing housework and chores, and his mother’s motto is “No work, no food.” After his mother suddenly dies, a man named Madoka Taketori who claims to be his uncle shows up, and asks Chihiro to come live with him. Chihiro initially refuses, but when seeing the horribly dirty state of Madoka’s rich home, he decides to start cleaning it. Then Madoka makes another offer to Chihiro: that he comes to live with him, but in exchange Chihiro will do the housework. Chihiro accepts this deal, but suddenly finds himself in a maid uniform.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Eh, I’m not sure about this one.

Vantage: In real life this would be the start to a shady grooming incident. Also 8bit, you’re really not doing anything to quell my fears for Rewrite this summer, are you?

Berry: This looks like it could be a fun watch, so I’ll check it out.

Nikolita: NO.

Charibo: Am I really the only one thinking of Boku no Pico right now? Anyway, I pass.

Oki: I just feel as if the answer would never be yes for me. . .


Show By Rock!!Show By Rock!! 2

Animation Company: Bones
Website: http://showbyrock-anime.com/
Genre: Music
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: S
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I haven’t finished watching the first season.

Vantage: I haven’t watched the first season.

Berry: I love Show By Rock!! so you bet I’m board for this, even though I liked how the first season ended and it probably should have stayed that way. I downloaded the game on my phone and it’s fun, but I don’t know a lick of Japanese so I just…stopped. Hope to see more bands from the game in the anime.

Nikolita: Pass.

Charibo: I’ve watched the first season and sadly… I didn’t like it. Moe irritates me most of the time, so do Show By rock. Even the boy band “Crismon night something” cannot save this show. Too bad, I’m sure it’s pretty good for people that enjoy this kind of anime but that’s a neh for me.

Oki: I cringed at this cover.

Possible Bloggers:
Berry


Sousei no OnmyoujiSousei no Onmyouji

Animation Company: Studio Pierrot
Website: http://sousei-anime.jp/
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, Shounen,Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Rokuro dreams of becoming anything but an exorcist! Then mysterious Benio turns up. The pair are dubbed the “Twin Star Exorcists” and learn they are fated to marry… Can Rokuro escape both fates? When Rokuro’s best friend Ryogo goes missing, Rokuro is forced to ask Benio for help to enter Magano, the realm of the evil Kegare, to rescue him!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I have read the manga in the past, but I’m not sure if I’ll watch it.

Vantage: I make as many comments about hating Studio Pierrot as I do jokes about DEEN having no money.

Berry: I’ll pass on this.

Nikolita: Me too.

Charibo: I’ll follow my senpais above, I pass too.

Oki: I feel like I need a drink. Is this animu forever now?


Super LoversSuper Lovers

Animation Company: Studio Deen
Website: http://superlovers-anime.com/
Genre: Drama, Romance, Shounen Ai
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story begins with a high school boy named Haru and his mother living overseas. His mother orders him to take care of and “civilize” his adoptive brother Ren, a wild young boy who dislikes talking with other people. While their relationship is adversarial at first, they grow closer as they begin to understand one another.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: NOPE. This is already creeping me out with the whole setting and age difference.

Vantage: Go on DEEN, shoot yourselves in the foot.

Berry: I’M NOT SURE WHAT IS BEING IMPLIED? IS HE GOING TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS ADOPTIVE LITTLE BROTHER? I thought this would be a cute sibling thing with shenanigans but this doesn’t seem like it! D:

Nikolita: I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one completely fucking creeped out by the synopsis and concept. I’d love to cover a shounen-ai show, BUT NOT WHEN ONE OF THE PERSONS INVOLVED IS A GODDAMN MINOR. Even without a specified age, he’s clearly still a kid and there’s the whole abuse of power thing going on. Ugh, just no.

Charibo: I’d rather watch Boku no Pico… again. That old guy’s hand is waaaaay too low on the child’s body. Plus, he has this kind of look that’s shouting ” Yeah, I know what I plan to do is bad, but I know you like it u filthy Fujoshi”. That’s a hell no for me thx bai.

Oki: He. . .looks like a kid dou….


Sword GaiSword Gai

Animation Company: DLE
Website: N/A
Genre: Action, Seinen, Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story revolves around Gai, who was born beside a woman who met her death in a forest. He was adopted by the swordsmith Amon. A few years later, Gai becomes Amon’s apprentice, and during the forging of a sword, he loses his right arm. To help him, Amon crushes the demon sword Shiryu (lit. Death Dragon) to form it into Gai’s replacement right arm. Gai then is able to fuse with the weapon on his arm, and fights against his enemies.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: . ____ . That’s… that’s rough man.

Vantage: Not really up for this.

Berry: Hmm, this doesn’t have much that interests me.

Nikolita: Sounds a little like Berserk, except Berserk interests me more. Pass.

Charibo: The only show that I will watch with a guy having a sword in his arm is D. Freaking Gray Man. MAKE IT HAPPEN ANIMU!

Oki: He’s pretty!


Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo KedarugeTanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

Animation Company: Silver Link
Website: http://tanakakun.tv/
Genre: Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary:Sighing, leaning on his elbows, sleepy eyes. Tanaka-kun is a boy that basically doesn’t try but isn’t disliked. This is a laid-back youth comedy about Tanaka-kun and the quiet Oota who can’t leave him alone.

Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: …. *YAWN* …. The summary bores me, but maybe the show will interest me?

Vantage: I want to live like Tanaka-kun.

Berry: This looks so chill, and cute. Gotta say, some of the slice of life anime this season look pretty good.

Nikolita: I can tell already this show would bore me so much. Pass.

Charibo: Tanaka-kun is my spirit animal.

Oki: Poor kid! His life sounds so hard.


Terra Formars RevengeTerra Formars: Revenge

Animation Company: LIDEN FILMS X TYO Animations
Website: http://www.terraformars.tv/
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Second season of TV anime “Terra Formars.” In the late 26th century, overpopulation on Earth is reaching the breaking point, and humanity must find new frontiers. The terraforming of Mars has taken centuries, but is now complete. The colonization of Mars by humanity is an epoch-making event, but an unintended side effect of the terraforming process unleashes a horror no one could ever have imagined… After humanity’s first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost, a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment. They are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal: exterminate the humans! But this crew of explorers has each undergone the “Bugs Procedure, ” terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human…
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: Hahahahahaha, no way. I would get nightmares if I watch this series.

Vantage: I saw about half of the first episode, then left to graze in greener, slice of life-filled pastures.

Berry: The animation looks way better, wow. But I’m not going to cover this. I reviewed the first season, didn’t like it and I said if there would be another season I’m not touching it. I’m surprised this did get another season though what the hell. I’m only going to watch it to see if they actually get off Mars, but I’m not looking forward to seeing the gross roaches again. ;_;

Nikolita: Another nope for me. Haven’t seen the first season anyways.

Charibo: Believe it or not, I actually read the manga and I recently checked the first season. COME ON GUYS! Terra Formars isn’t that bad. Without the censorship I’d even say it’s a decent action/gory show. I’ll do it, only if I have the time to.

Oki: I have no desire to watch this as I had no desire before.

Possible Bloggers:
Charibo


Tonkatsu DJ AgetarouTonkatsu DJ Agetarou

Animation Company: Studio Deen
Website: http://tonkatsudj.tokyo/
Genre: Comedy, Music, Shounen
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Agetarou works at his family’s tonkatsu restaurant in Shibuya, but he’s not very excited by the work. One day, he takes a delivery to the staff of a night club, and the worker lets him in to enjoy the club for a while. Agetarou finds that he loves the club, with its relaxed people and cute girls, all enjoying the music supplied by the DJ. He continues going to the club, until the night comes when the guest American DJ Big Master Fly puts on a show. Agetarou is inspired by Big Master Fly, and realizes that the groove of being a DJ is very similar to the groove of being a tonkatsu chef. Now Agetarou is determined to master both disciplines, though he is most excited to become a DJ!
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: …. No.

Vantage: YEART YEART YEART YEART YEART

Berry: DJ Big Master Fly is the most stereotypical DJ name I’ve ever heard in my life.

Nikolita: I don’t like the animation, otherwise I’d be tempted to give it a try. Tonkatsu itself is goddamn delicious though.

Charibo: I never tried Tonkatsu, I really want to. What? The show? I don’t care lol

Oki: This just looks like a no thing for me!


Uchuu Patrol LulucoUchuu Patrol Luluco [TV-SHORT]

Animation Company: TRIGGER
Website: http://luluco.tv/
Genre: School, Space
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The show takes place in Ogikubo, which is the name of the specially designated area in space in the Milky Way where Earthlings and aliens can live together. Luluco is a female middle school student who lives with her father, and no matter where she is, Luluco is a common, “super normal” girl. As she is living her normal life, one day the mysterious transfer student ?? Nova abruptly appears before her. That meeting will change Luluco’s fate.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: It looks so cute… * O * But it’s so short…

Vantage: Luluco a cute.

Berry: Hey, a show in space that actually looks cute and not scary like Terra Formars. Sure, why not.

Nikolita: Looks cute, and I like the art style. I’m a sucker for space and aliens and shit like that. Sometimes.

Charibo: Trigger strikes again. WHY NOT FOLKS, why not…

Oki: Hm, the mysterious transfer student sparkly moe adorable guy girl kid baka tsundere strikes again. . .

Possible Bloggers:
Nikolita


Unhappy?Unhappy?

Animation Company: Silver Link
Website: http://anne-happy.com/
Genre: School, Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story centers around class 1-7 of Tennogofune Academy, where all the students with “bad karma” or misfortune seem to have been gathered. Hibari, a student in this class, meets the unlucky Hanako and the perennially unhealthy Botan on her first day of school, and together they try to find a way to turn their school life into a happy one.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: It looks cute, but I will probably never get around to watch it.

Vantage: For some reason this reminds me of Noucome, and that was just as hilarious as Konosuba. Also there are so many qt3.14s and Silver Link tends to be good at this sort of shit.

Berry: I don’t know, they look pretty happy to me.

Nikolita: Too cutesy.

Charibo: No, too Moe for me.

Oki: I twitched.

Possible Bloggers:
Vantage


Ushio to Tora S2Ushio to Tora S2

Animation Company: MAPPA x Studio VOLN
Website: http://ushitora.tv/
Genre: Comedy, Demons, Shounen, Supernatural
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: Third and final cour.

Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: I have no interest whatsoever to even begin watching this series.

Vantage: I must respectfully decline.

Berry: I watched the first half of the first episode and stopped because I thought it was boring. But I don’t think I gave it a fair chance so I’ll try to watch the first season again when I can.

Nikolita: Haven’t watched any of the earlier material, so pass.

Charibo: “Never watched the previous seasoooons”

Oki: Can’t, didn’t see it.


Wagamama High SpecWagamama High Spec

Animation Company: AXsiZ
Website: http://whanime.com/
Genre: Comedy, School, Ecchi, Romance
Airing Date: April, 2016
Summary: The story revolves around Koki Narumi, a high school student who also draws a manga serialized in a weekly magazine. Because the manga he draws is a risque romantic comedy, he keeps this fact a secret from everyone around him, with his younger sister Toa and his best friend Mihiro being the only ones who know. But one day, as the student council president Kaoruko Rokuonji is searching for male members for the student council, he finds out that Koki is the manga’s author. Koki joins the student council in exchange for Kaoruko not revealing his secret. However, the vice president, Ashe R. Sakuragi, strongly opposes him joining, and in the midst of all this, various requests and troubles of students begin to pile up.
Trailer: PV 1 | PV 2

Team Impression

Eva: …… *stare* I’m just not interested…

Vantage: I’ll give the first episode a go.

Berry: No not my type of show.

Nikolita: Look at their eyes. They all look so… evil. Pass.

Charibo: For the last time: No.

Oki: STOP TRYING TO SELL ME CUTE!


Overall Thoughts

Eva: Considering how many titles are airing in this season alone, I am very surprised how few of the titles are pulling me in this season. From the surface, the season feels a bit bland to me with the exception of the handful of potientially strong titles the hype is revolving around. Right now Bungou Stray Dogs, Joker Game, Kiznaiver, Macross Delta are the ones I have my sights set on. But on the otherhand, I am not entirely sure if they are titles I will be up to covering, depends on how it plays out. I will be going into this season with low expectations and but otherwise, I might only pick up one or two shows.

Vantage: A huge season, but it feels like quantity over quality so far. I’m pleased that there’s lots of slice-of-life shows and CGDCT, the best of which will probably be Flying Witch and Hai-Furi. I’d be most interested in picking those two up, although rest assured I will be watching as many of them as I can. As for the powerhouse shows, watch out for Boku no Hero Academia, Mayoiga and maybe Kiznaiver, as well as Sakamoto desu ga? being a surprise favourite (although it won’t be much of a surprise when all the manga readers start singing its praises in the run-up to its first episode). I’ll actually be even more busy next season than I have been this season, so I will continue my recent trend of not blogging as much as I used to – I know I signed up for quite a few, but realistically I’ll only really be after Re:Zero and Kuromukuro (for some strange masochistic reason) if we assume Flying Witch and them lot aren’t bloggable, although we might actually get a plot out of one or two of them. I should have more breathing space in the summer season, just in time for Rewrite!

Berry: There’s A LOT of heavy hitters this season. All in all, I think this season looks fantastic. Because, um, Jojo. Duh. Also there’s a lot of big names here that all look really good, with other stuff that also look like they could be great. I would have signed myself up for more shows, but I’ve been noticing that my school work has been getting more hectic and reviewing shows have been a little tough so I think I’m going to cut back. I still have Assassination Classroom as a leftover, and I know the shows I’m going to review this season for sure are Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Show by Rock!! Season 2. I really would like to review Bungou Stray Dogs, Mayoiga, and Magi, but I’m not too sure. I could at least pick up one more show than the three I’m planning. But even though I don’t think I’m going to be reviewing too many shows, I know I’m going to be watching a lot of shows here. Hoping Spring season will deliver!

Nikolita: I was surprised with how many shows caught my attention this season. There’s nothing that I’m falling over excited for (that’ll be summer season), but Endride look especially interesting. I also still have Nijiiro Days with Charibo, so I’m hoping that picking up another short won’t be too heavy a review schedule for me. I’m excited to see how the spring season will pan out!

Charibo: Oh well, there’s so many interesting shows this season! Aside from the usual moe/ magic ecchi school battle shit I think I will probably watch everything. However, I do not have a lot of time on my hands this season because of finals, yeeeeeeeeeh. But I think I ‘ll review Boku Hero no Academia and Koutetsujou no Kabaneri for sure and like Nico said, I still have Nijiiro Days with her. Mayoiga comes in third position, I’m a sucker for mysteries. So that’s probably the last show that I will cover this season… But there’s Sakamoto desu ga too… aaaaaaaaaahnnnn… He’s too fabulous too miss… DAMMIT U SCHOOL!

Oki: This season is probably the most interesting in terms of potential! There are so many good things to look at and to be invested in. Unfortunately given that this season falls in the final month of my semester it means I will be contenting with finals. What this means is I can only continue to cover the shows that are incredibly high interest are very good to me, otherwise I risk being unable to continue reviewing. Here’s hoping the best shows get some proper coverage!

Mahou Tsukai Precure Episode 1: Cure Up! Rapapa! [First Impression]

Eva’s First Impression
Cure Up! Rapapa!

A few months before this series was announced, I was considering on taking a break with Precure since it requires commitment up to a year. But then the magic users theme came into the picture and immediately I knew there was no way I could possibly skip out on this one. Now that I have watched it, do I still feel the same?

It would be a lie if I told you I was blown away. It saddens me to say the premiere was not as amazing as I had hoped it to be (and to be fair I went into this with my usual standard expectations). Now don’t get me wrong, the premiere was good, but I felt like something was missing. While the characters had immediately appealed to me, it was lacking substance in the structure and delivery department. Mahou Tsukai Precure Ep 1 Img 0018When I refer to the lack of substance in the delivery, it means it felt flat and linear. When the villain showed up, while Mirai sensed danger and it was nice to see her follow her instincts, it still lacked the sense of urgency. It continued like this as the girls are dangling from their broom, and unable to fight back, all they can shout is, “Cure Up! Rapapa! Get away from us, monster!” It was a weird scene because: on one hand it was funny due to how silly it was, but on other, the silliness took priority over the sense of urgency. In fact to be frank, the scene was boring. It was too linear, there is supposed to be a spike somewhere and I didn’t feel it. Maybe it was because they dragged it up far too long, or the enemy remained too passive for too long- actually now that I mention it, the enemy was DEFINITELY way too passive. He was standing there doing absolutely NOTHING. He has his Desirean but what did he do with it? Knock the girls off their broom… and that was it. He just sat there and laughed at them. Had he been more threatening, then the girls’ Cure Up! Rapapa! Get away from us, monster!” followed by their awakening would have had a bigger impact and there would have probably been a drastic improvement.

Mahou Tsukai Precure Ep 1 Img 0009The saving grace for this premiere was the fun and peppy dynamic between Mirai and Riko. Together they were thoroughly entertaining and adorable to watch. Mirai’s character is shown to be very fun and enthusiastic towards magic (even more so now that she meets a magic user is broad daylight). Watching her be super excited and eager to talk to Riko was cute. Riko however, is the opposite. She is more shy, clumsy, and she too is an absolute sweetheart. She is not very good at magic, and struggled to fly solo, but had a vast improvement when she was partnered up with Mirai. The two girls are connected by what I think is a pendent or locket, (I can’t tell to be honest) which was apparently has one of the many Wrinkle Stones (what a weird name, I had actually thought it was a typo and was supposed to be Twinkle but then I realized that was it, it’s Wrinkle hahahaha!) and Mofurun (a bear Mirai’s grandmother had given to her when she was born). It is refreshing for a change not to have a “fairy mascot” involved- but since this is MAGIC themed, there will be fairies I’m sure. Also Mofurun is freaking adorable.

In next week’s episode I am hoping they will establish whether or not Magic Users are known for their existence in the uh, “standard” world. Mirai’s mother doesn’t believe in magic, but I most certainly am convinced her grandmother does and knew some magical people. I ask this because I found it strange how Riko was casually flying around town, and in no instance has she made it sound like she can only be seen by some, implying magic is kind of mainstream. There is a magic academy, much like Harry Potter you take the train station (heheheheheheh, classic train stations heheheeheheh…) and off to the Magic Kingdom you go~. Since Riko has taken her there for further assistance on how they have suddenly become Precures (Cure Miracle and Cure Magical). Looks like Riko might get in trouble though, especially if she actually wasn’t supposed to be flying around the ‘standard world’.

Mahou Tsukai Precure Ep 1 Img 0027The animation was definitely solid, and I actually liked how simple the transformation scene was. It was absolutely stunning!

I am also a huge fan of their precure character designs, it probably has to do with the fact both girls look a bit more mature than their true selves, making their ‘disguise’ a lot more convincing compared to some others in the past. It looks like the girls will also have multiple outfits as part of their power-ups which makes me think back to Happiness Charge! Here’s to hoping the quality and purpose for it will be strong because I remember it being a hit or miss.

The Opening Song is really addictive, mainly because the the show’s magic words: Cure Up! Rapapa! (I am obsessed with it already, SO CUTE! I hope I don’t get tired of it too quickly…) Mahou Tsukai Precure Ep 1 Img 0028The Ending Song however did not appeal to me as much, but the CG for the ED Theme was pretty solid- which is to be expected considering how vastly they have improved over the course of the years and putting all their resources and quality to constantly improve the ED Theme’s CG Sequence. In fact, would be really nice if they were to bring forward that quality to their future (inevitable) CGI scenes.

While I am a huge fan of the theme with magic users, the premiere failed to make me think, “I WANT TO COVER THIS!”. Usually the first episode gives me a sense of whether or not the series is going to click with me when it comes down to picking it up. This one, not so much, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were because Go! Princess Precure has raised my standards when it comes to Precure’s villains. Regardless, as per my usual rules for series with 45+ episodes, I can guarantee you I will be covering this show for minimum of three episodes to see where it goes. From there on out, I will decide around episode ten whether or not I will commit myself to picking it up. I am crossing my fingers for improvements in the coming weeks ahead!

Possibility of Blogging: Moderate – Guaranteed to cover min. 3 – 10 episodes to see where it goes~
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed Even if I weren’t covering it, you bet I would be watching it

See you next week!

Go! Princess Precure Episode 50 [FINAL]

Wow it ended just like that… I’m not used to these type of endings in this genre.

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Oh my heart. I have been swept away by the sea of emotions. The ending was a bittersweet one. What I appreciated the most about it was how they didn’t sugarcoat anything and were considerably realistic. Having completed their purpose, the dress-up keys goes into hibernation to recharge and prepare for the next battle in the future. This meant the girls had to return their keys as they belonged in the Hope Kingdom. It broke my heart when they revealed they will no longer be able to travel between worlds, because the two worlds were never connected in the first place- in fact I was pretty upset about it. But being worlds apart was just one part of it. In order to pursue their dreams, most of the group had parted ways in the spring. Kirara is off to Paris to pursue her dream to become a Top Model, Minami travels to where her marine biologist friend is to study alongside her, Towa and Kanata reunites with their parents and return their duties. Haruka and Yui are the only two who probably managed to stay together till they graduated from Noble Academy. Yui has successfully published her picture-book of the story of the Princess Precures, staying true to every detail- making a little girl sad for the same reasons we have. Haruka had decided she will become her own princess, though it is a vague when it comes to career paths, we know she had successfully done so. (I would presume she would specialize something in the flower/garden business due to her passion of flowers).

Go! Princess Precure Ep 50 Img 0029If you asked me which farewell was the saddest, I would have to tell you it was every, single, one of them. My eyes were all watery when Towa broke down saying goodbye to her friends, knowing she might not be able to see them again or for a very long time. The same applies to Haruka saying goodbye to Kanata. She put on a strong face, telling him the same thing she had told the girls, as long as their hearts as connected, they will surely see each other again. (THEY BETTER!!!! OTHERWISE THAT WOULD BE JUST TOO CRUEL!). One of the cuter moments of the episode was probably seeing Shut and Cloth being true to themselves and I guess might actually get a job if they haven’t already to work at Noble Academy’s secret garden.

I cannot tell you how delighted I was to see, from the get go, the fight wasn’t over yet. I absolutely loved how we saw another form, this time Dyspear and Close merged into one (which I guess you could say had a bit of romantic underlining there, at least that what I had sensed). Once more Toei Animation experimented further with how else could they raise their bar when it comes to animating fights, making this one more detailed and combat focused compared to the last fight where the girls couldn’t do much until they received their power up.

Go! Princess Precure Ep 50 Img 0014I found it both important and refreshing how in this story, the conclusion to this battle is not wiping out the other, but acknowledging and accepting both Despair and Dreams can and will always exist. Haruka approached Clospear with intentions to simply talk it out, and find a way to end this eternal battle. While doing so, as she tries to understand despair, what creates it and how can she make it stop? But then she realizes, despair will never disappear. Happy things and sad things come in cycles, it is the way of life, and it is what can make people stronger. When she tells him she acknowledges both will exist for all eternity, he agree with her and comes to the conclusion there is no point of fighting each other anymore. This is part is huge because for once, this isn’t about the villain undergoing redemption or being eliminated, it is about acceptance and acknowledge they can in fact co-exist. Sure the conclusion is fairly underwhelming, but it makes sense. Furthermore, we see the girls experience grief of parting ways, and how it is okay to feel that way, as long as you can get back onto your feet!

As the story comes to a close, the epilogue jumps into the future, showing us the girls grown up and continue to follow their dreams. Haruka has grown up into a beautiful woman, reminiscent of her appearance as Cure Flora. We see them all holding a clear dress-up key, born from their hearts. It is left to the viewer’s interpretation of whether or not the keys can be used to bring them back together again- I know I would like to think that. I think the writers had also left it up to interpretation of the final scene where Haruka stands on the hill and looks back and smiles, perhaps reuniting Kanata once more. (You know if they had put him in, it would have killed me). Endings where the viewers can create their own interpretation can be fun sometimes!

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Final Thoughts

Go! Princess Precure is now the second precure series I have done a full coverage on. Without its strong story that resonated with the viewers (both young and old), and the charming characters whom most of us can relate to, I don’t think I would have been able to write an entry every week. What I loved the most about Go! Princess Precure was the life lessons about Dreams it had provided and how it was able to connected with the audience on a personal level. Multiple times, their messages had resonated with me, and it was something I greatly cherished that because for the past few years, despair was getting the better of me and was eating me up inside. This series addressed the key components and struggles we all undergo while pursuing our dreams. It served as a major eye-opener for those who lost sight of their dreams, forgot what motivated them and/or why they wanted to pursue it. Most of the time, the answer are right under our nose, but the problem is, many of us forget about it without even realizing it. There are all sorts of reasons responsible for causing us to forget. It could being too preoccupied with work/studies, overwhelming stress, self-doubt, depression, tragedies, sickness, the list goes on… And when we forget these things (often the simplest things), the hardest part is trying to remember them. Some can recall what it was faster than others, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone. It can take days, months, sometimes even years. This is the reason why this series struck a chord in me. I strongly advise anyone who is experiencing this kind of struggle to watch Go! Princess Precure. I can’t guarantee it will help you, but I can at least tell you, it did for me with a struggle I had been experiencing for years. I found my answer in Episode 39, so thank you Go! Princess Precure, for helping me remember my dream and the reason of drive which fueled it. <3

Overall Score: 9/10

Story/Plot: 9/10 – A strong story with a powerful message resonating with the audience.
Characters & Development: 9/10 – Relateable and charming characters, each one of them experienced thorough character development.
Animation Quality: 9/10 – They were pretty darn consistent with the animation quality with this series. It is also worth appreciating how much details they have put into creating more dynamic animation in their fights.
Original Soundtrack: 8/10 – Worth noting the ED Theme songs were really good, but the overall soundtrack was a bit bland to me.

Recommendation: HIGH -Thoroughly enjoyable series from start to finish, and is strongly recommended for anyone who is struggling with their own dreams. It may provide the clarity you need.
Extra Note: I will try to get my cousin’s kids to watch it once they are old enough though, ha ha ha.

Goodbye Go! Princess Precure, you was a fun and special series to cover, you will be missed.
It is now time to pass the baton to Mahou Tsukai Precure, so I will see you all next week!

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