Winter 2015 Anime – First Impressions – Assassination Classroom, Saekano

Back with 2 more First Impressions for the Winter 2015 season. After yesterday’s disappointment with Kantai Collection/Yuri Kuma. Let’s find out if the next 2 titles turn out better.

1) Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom First Impressions
Assassination Classroom seems to be on the favourite list of many people this season. Indeed, this anime is certainly hyped. A top ranking shounen jump manga is certainly something I guess.

Also, I read the first chapter of the manga previously but for some reason couldn’t really get into it. The first episode mainly adapts the first chapter. You see where I’m going from here? (At that point I thought it wasn’t good enough for me to want to continue reading it, but I wanted to check it out when it became an anime)

While I do think this series has potential, the first episode felt very average to me. It was alright for most part but I still think it has a long way to go from being a great series. (and yeah, I knew the plot already, so obviously I wouldn’t be so eager and excited right?)

First the premise is insanely ridiculous. To the point where there is no objective way to really evaluate it. The more illogical it tries to be, the harder it is to really try to tie it down using “logic”. That’s pretty smart actually because now we can’t judge it anymore.

At the very best, I see this series so far as primarily a comedy series. It’s the kind where you sit down, relax and just get “ridiculously entertained” for that 20 minute duration. I am clueless to how this series will move on from here though. What is it trying to do?

The moral of the story that they’re trying to drive across in the first episode felt weak. And Koro-sensei going into his justice mode felt a little laughable. I mean seriously, coming from the guy (or alien) that is threatening to blow up Earth? You can’t sacrifice a “friend” for the good of everyone but you can blow up Earth? What kind of logic is that! Okay, I give up. I should calm down and remember that we’re not supposed to use “logic” here.

The whole “pity us for we’re the last class” theme was really pretty lacklustre. Does it actually resonate with people? How? Why? Oh we’re judged by society because we’re in the last class. We can’t study. Take pity on us, it’s society’s fault! I’d be praying hard that this does not turn out to be one of the core motifs of this series because it’s actually pretty damn annoying.

Despite it’s glaring flaws, this series still seems like a pretty decent add to the weekly watch list. It’s decent, very decent. And it has potential. The production quality and animation is so far alright. Koro-sensei is an interesting character and is probably the only thing keeping this show from crumbling apart. If this show wants to be greatness, it has to step up it’s game.

For now, I’ll keep watching this. I’m really intrigued to see how this series will move on from here. Is it gonna do the episodic student problem route? (like Onizuka?) I might be able to appreciate that more if I was watching as a teenager but as a young adult now I’ll probably feel nauseated watching teenagers sprout their “delinquent-ish immature” problems.

Or wait, is this supposed to be some kind of battle manga in disguise? but I’m somewhat still looking forward either way. At least.

Episode Rating – 7.5/10

2) Saekano – Episode 0

Saekano first impressions
Or “Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata” seems to be the typical harem rubbish that we’re used to get it. But is it really just another one of them?

I was actually somewhat mildly impressed with the prologue episode of this series. The dialogue is amusing and I really liked how it was pretty self-aware and attacked the harem genre right off the bat within the first few minutes. I was like “ooohhh this is going to be interesting”. Typical harems don’t have such compelling dialogue because all they think about is how to sell their fan service shots. There is something clever about this show that seems to set it apart. (also, it’s Noitamina, it can’t be the generic harem right?)

The second interesting point of this show is how it cleverly deceives you into thinking that the background character is just another plain background character (just like how most anime has that 1-2 characters that we all have no idea why they’re even here for.) This is somewhat contrasted further by placing 3 other hot, attention-seeking, stereotypical female characters right in your face. No one would notice Katou , the bland background character. but wait, she’s actually the freaking female lead of this show! Cant deny I was amused.

The tension did dwindle a little in the middle. And it got boring at some parts. but it was still an easy watch. I also think that the fanservice in this series happen to be pretty delightful as well.

This series definitely did many things right at first glance. but it will all depend if it can keep this up. I’ll surely be looking forward to more clever parodies and witty dialogue. For now it certainly has surpassed my expectations.

Episode Rating – 8/10

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Winter 2015 Anime – First Impressions – Kantai Collection, Yuri Kuma Arashi

I’m chunking these 2 titles into one post because I don’t really have much to say about each of them individually. Some other titles may get an entire dedicated post. We’ll see.

So Winter season of anime started a few days ago. Checking out new anime is fun. So as usual, I make a point to watch the premiere episode of most ongoing anime.

1) Kantai Collection

Kantai Collection First Impression

This series felt very average and plain. Not sure if I really buy the whole idea of girls being ships and planes spawning out of nowhere from arrows. It’s honestly a “unique” concept that was borderline retarded. I get that silly premises and all are more acceptable as games and that is why video games should stay as video games (exceptions though). I can possibly imagine myself playing the game version of this. But anime? Nope. Just nope.

Throughout the episode I was trying very hard to stay awake. It was very hard. There was hardly any storyline. And as someone who never played this game before, I had a hard time keeping up with so many different girls (or ships) being introduced at once. The main fight in this episode was clumsy and I literally mockingly lol-ed when the random fighter jets that morphed from an arrow (??) came and saved the day. You got to be kidding me!

So are the girls really ships? Or are they girls wearing ship parts? When we see them dressed with ship parts and doing water skating is this supposed to be a “representation” of them being actual ships? Or are they really girls wearing skimpy ship parts as armour. I had a hard time struggling with this.

So far there isn’t really a point to watching this. Unless you’re a fan of the game. Otherwise, stay far far away! This isn’t worth anyone’s time. Like I said, I can imagine myself playing such a game. but to watch an anime like this, nah. Dropped.

Production value, animation and all were alright though.

Episode Rating – 5.1/10

2) Yuri Kuma Arashi – episode 1

Yuri Kuma Arashi First Impressions

The way this anime was presented felt like it was done by SHAFT. And it did have a very abstract feel to it, as though it was trying to send some hidden messages across. I don’t think I’m really “feeling” this anime properly as I felt nothing but boredom while watching this. There was just something that prevented me from feeling and drawing into this world. I can’t really say it’s because Yuri Kuma is bad. Perhaps it’s me. Idk.

Also, this has the potential to become really dark? I don’t know. because all I remembered was bear girls “licking flowers” of another girl and some random court scene appeared and people started to debate moral ethics and what not. The execution and flow of the premiere episode felt clumsy and slightly nauseating. I don’t know if it was the intended effect, but I certainly didn’t feel like I enjoyed myself very much. It was also hard to follow. Or maybe I wasn’t in the mood to pay much attention.

I’ve seen both very positive and negative reviews of this first episode. I think I belong to the latter. I don’t see much value in this series as of now but I’ll be sticking around to see if it gets any better.

Btw, whats the “invisible storm” and all about? And can someone tell me if i’m supposed to be turned on watching girls lick a flower growing out of another girl’s body?

Episode Rating – 5/10

(Yeah lower score doesn’t usually imply a drop. Yuri Kuma obviously seems to have a lot more potential than Kantai collection as of now IMO)

Unfortunately these were the first two series I tried this season. It’s surely off to a weird start. Yeah. So far, Winter 2015 feels awkward and weird. We’ll see. Hope it gets better.

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Episode 12 Review – Too much skipped content!

It seems like A1 pictures is taking the liberty to omit/shorten content from the original source material. As a result, this episode felt a little rushed and sloppy. While this series still remains top notch, I think it was unfortunate that this series had to break it’s 2 week hiatus with it’s relatively boring chapters from the entire series.

It’s not that bad. It probably still makes sense to anime only watchers. I can see why they’re doing that (given that they don’t have enough episodes left in the first place). Pacing an episode in such a way where the ending makes some sense is also very important. I understand all of that. but is it really necessary to be cutting away so many (pretty important) stuff when they have the time to loop and re-loop Arima’s mother haunting him and saying the same lines again and again. Or was it a budget issue? I don’t know.


I didn’t really care much about the “Candy Apples” scene when I first read it. It was one of those necessary but not too great chapters. The way they handled this scene felt very obligatory in the anime and could use a little more impact. I didn’t like the fact that it was severely abridged in the sense that they omitted some of Arima’s monologues.

Then we have the fireworks by the pool scene. Honestly though the group dynamics were so underdeveloped and odd that it was very hard to appreciate what would have normally been a “cosy friendship bonding scene between friends”. What’s with the random stranger girl anyway. Why are you there? But anyway, something feels missing in this scene. (like why Watari is suddenly “mr scholar?”).


The symbolism in this series is still top notch. “Even light can reach the bottom of a deep dark ocean”. I honestly like how the series really tries to stay faithful to the themes and motifs that they have presented. The theme of stars recurred in this episode again. 2 episodes ago we had Arima wondering how it was like to see the stars with Kaori. And here we have it. They make a point to somewhat resolve something once they started it. (And…Engrish singing was surprisingly fine).

The episode finally shifts it’s gear and revs up the tension by introducing Mike-kun, who seems to be the Aiza/Emi equivalent in this new Gala concert arc. A new arc, a new enemy. Very Shounen-ish indeed.


The anime Mike-kun seemed a little “nicer” and less obnoxious than what I would have expected mainly because of it’s voice actor (actress?). Somehow Mike-kun doesn’t seem as arrogant and thrashy as the initial impression I had while reading the manga. It’s really amazing how a change in Voice actor can influence the perception of a character’s personality.

So apparently Mike-kun is upset (jealous?) of Kaori because she plays “thrashy music” (according to him) but garners more support/love from the audience. While he, (who won the competition) has hardly as much attention. This basically establishes the themes put up for discussion for this next gala concert arc and it’s not surprising that it’s once again, some music philosophy stuff.

Still a decent episode. While I think they should have not omitted so much content, I still can’t figure out a way where they could end the episode sensibly without cutting out content. It was probably a tough choice on the producer’s part. I don’t blame them for it and it’s rather that they ditch some of the scenes here then completely screw up the ending of this adaptation.

Also, it’s nice to see Arima gaining some confidence.

Episode Rating – 8/10

Extra Thoughts 

-Did anyone notice how the new opening / ending themes (including their animation and scenes) made the whole anime feel a lot more dark. There was a very obvious “change in key” here.


-I normally don’t like to read too much into what they’re showing us in the op/ed songs but…but..this has got to be some kind of message! Kaori laying down in the oceans, motionless while crying. How is this not a thought provoking scene especially when Kaori is constantly waving that gigantic death flag around. Think about it. What are the producers (that know the eventual ending of the series) are trying to tell us? I can only sense that this series is only going to get sadder from this point on.

-I liked the ending song. The opening was not bad too, but it’s really hard to beat Hikaru nara.

-Okay. Skipped scenes. They skipped a whole conversation between Tsubaki and her random friend regarding their future plans where they also mention Watari already getting a scholarship (ah-hah, explains why they suddenly call him mr.scholar out of the blue!). They also skipped Watari asking Kaori if she likes Arima (where she replies that she likes everyone, which to some people, could be another death flag or at least the way they structured the scene felt like a death flag to me). They also skipped Hiroko’s performance and also her conversation with her fellow teacher Ochiai (who is also Emi’s teacher).

-Let’s not forget that Hiroko is probably the best pianist the series has seen to date. Skipping her performance? uh…not so cool.

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My Top 10 Anime of 2014!

It has been truly a great year of awesome anime! After much thought and consideration, here are my top 10 anime of 2014. I did put in quite some effort in ranking these and I have to say I am pretty satisfied with the outcome. This is what good taste in anime looks like. 

Also, note that I consider any anime that has aired within this year. Yes, uncompleted fall anime and also long running anime are also considered. All ongoing anime (Fall carry forwards) are considered based on the number of episodes that have aired at the time of writing this post.

10) Fate Stay Night – Unlimited Blade Works

fatestaynightAlright. I have to admit I hesitated and was pretty reluctant about giving FSN the #10 spot. (was debating hard between Mekakucity Actors and this). It’s a little sad that there were almost no better contenders (amongst those that I have watched). I felt that FSN was overall the most deserving due to it’s high production value + general acceptance in the anime community. Objectively, it has few flaws. But subjectively there were some episodes that were Glasslip-tier boring. This anime is slated to end soon, (with 1 more episode). I am only caught up till episode 10. I won’t go so far to say it’s badly written, it’s just really sucks in being really inaccessible for casual fans. (had I not known that Archer is actually Emiya I would not have picked up all the clues they’ve been dropping all this while and it would be a hundred times more boring). Animation is brilliant and superb blah blah blah but I’m really sick of constant fanboys raving at how “epic” the fights are. (which IMO, are mediocre). But overall, well done FSN as I reluctantly crown you #10 in my top 10 anime of 2014.

9) Barakamon

BarakamonOkay, this probably should have been much higher actually being the only worthy anime of summer 2014. Great comedy and really loveable characters. Love the laid back, slice of life vibe that this anime gave. It was truly a great series that is hard to find faults with!

8) Bokura wa minna wa kawaisou

bokurawaI had a hard time deciding if this or Barakamon was better. They were both light hearted slice of life anime that I really found a soft spot for. My final conclusion was that I liked Bokura wa minna better and one of the contributing factors was that I really loved Kawai Ritsu’s character. (her shyness was so hot and her character was pretty well written + believable, i.e, felt real). And it’s also one of the anime that I actually regret not writing much about after I was done watching it. After coming to realise that I would be actually so much happier if there would to be a season 2 for this (over Barakamon), I gladly placed this above it. In short, great humour + believable romance + characters, awesome atmosphere. It’s one of the hidden gems of 2014. I really enjoyed this! People need to pay attention to this series more! It’s actually very good.

7) Silver Spoon (Season 2)

Silver SpoonAhhhh Silver Spoon! All slice of anime needs to take notes from this master here! This anime on pigs,horses and crops is legitimately good stuff. The second season introduced us to an array of feels inducing problems like parental issues, chasing dreams, love etc. The material is definitely formidably inspiring/life changing and it’s surely one of the best slice of life I have ever watched! (Full series review here).

6) Parasyte

Parasyte the maximEverywhere I go this show seems to enter the top 5. (or even top 3, or the actual freaking top) Parasyte is good, but how does it stand up to the other top 10 contenders? This shit is dope, no doubt and I have a feeling I’ll be spending this whole space here explaining why this is not ranked much higher.

This show is more like a “hit or hit” show. In other words, it hardly misses. Most people that watch Parasyte will like it to some extent. (this is why Parasyte does so well in polls I reckon) Some crown it as one of the best animes of 2014, or the anime of the season/year. While some will find it only moderately good. I have never seen anyone who disliked this anime. It’s probably the safest thing that you can recommend someone to watch this year. They’re almost guaranteed to like it. For me, I belong to the group of people who really enjoy Parasyte, but I don’t think it’s the best. It’s one of the best, yes. But not totally. It hardly has many flaws, maintains a high level of tension and suspense and coupled with one of the best character developments of anime, Parasyte is surely a very well written series. It’s very very good, but there are just stuff out there better.

Upon introspection I was wondering if the lack of an episode last week did influence my affection for this series. It might have. Idk. but if it makes you feel better I did hesitate pretty long about whether to give this the #5 slot.

EDIT: Yeah indeed. I think the absence of an episode last week did influence my opinion on this series. (I did the rankings around that time). The episodes during that period wasn’t too strong either. But after watching episode 12 (at the time of posting this list, episode 12 have not aired yet), I am compelled to write this. This series has skyrocketed to probably minimally 3rd place (or 2nd?). I don’t know. I don’t intend to adjust this list. This episode 12 was the strongest episode to date and it’s a pity because I should have written this after watching it.

5) Shirobako

ShirobakoSurprise? I thought this series was pretty average all this while. But the recent episodes have struck a chord in my heart. Suddenly everything seemed to magically work, as if they were all building up to this point. I have grown very fond of this series and almost looking forward to this more than I do for Parasyte. This is also another example of how a slice-of-life anime should be done.

This is the first time I’ve seen a slice of life really attempt to build a world with such a large number of characters. Everyone has a minor line or two once in awhile (with the exception of the main characters like Miyamori or Tarou) but you can honestly really FEEL the atmosphere and realism that the characters have to offer. Musani animation feels real (but with all due respect, are there really cute girls that work in an anime studio?). Tarou has got to be the funniest villain-ish character of the year. I have to say that Shirobako really does bring something really unique to the table. It’s fresh, creative and tackles real world problems. Surely deserves the #5 spot!

4) Haikyuu!

haikyuuHeh. Haikyuu is definitely one of the best sports anime of all time! It’s also the best anime of Spring + Summer this year. (YES, Haikyuu > Ping Pong, no matter what you say #truth). As for sports, I definitely find myself preferring the commonly used shounen cliches. As long as they are able to piece together and orchestrate moments (like they did in Haikyuu) where I can feel like crying while watching a freaking volleyball game then it’s all good. The author of Haikyuu is surely very talented and I’ll am hyped for the 2nd season (which was just annouced recently). A very well deserved #4 amongst the other very powerful competitors in this list! Haikyuu is indeed a solid example of a top tier anime. 

3) Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi PedalYowapedal is a really “cute” show. It’s both unique yet cliche at the same time. As strange as that sounds, it is actually very very good. There were also really memorable moments where I felt compelled to rewatch a dozen of times and never got bored of (That Tadokoro and Onoda singing the Hime Song, priceless!). Yowapedal can be cheesy at times, but it is greatness. It is probably one of the best “real shounen-ish” sports anime of all time (the best IMO, being Chihayafuru). It reminds me a lot of Prince of Tennis which I used to adore. It’s just a wonder how the author manages such a large cast of characters and makes each one memorable, likeable and relatable while some other authors struggle with even making a few seem alive (*ahem* Ping Pong…). And yeah, also just because..Midousuji.

Also if you’re wondering. It was a very close fight between Yowapedal and Haikyuu but I found Yowapedal to be a little more interesting. (and well deserving of this #3 spot).

2) Shigatsu wa kimi no uso / Your lie in April

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso No surprise here. This anime is simply beautiful in so many different ways. A masterpiece, if you will. This anime also takes best animation of 2014 (No, it’s not FSN’s fights because gorgeous piano animation > random blue and red flashing lights). The cinematography and production value behind this series is phenomenal. This anime is god tier and will probably be one of the best anime of all time. Best music, best animation and a compelling, moving story that is bound to reduce one to tears. What more could we ask for? Again, this anime is god-tier. And only a select few, (Chihayafuru, Nodame Cantabile) can possibly hold a candle to it. Possibly top 5 anime EVER. We’ll see. But this is a definite cream of the crop anime that you should be watching. It’s like the anime we’ve all been waiting for. Picture that, but better.

1) Hunter x Hunter (2011)

hxhAh hah. Remember I gave this anime in 11/10. And that I was actually depressed over this anime ending. Now it’s currently on Hiatus x Hiatus but I will screaming my lungs off if someone told me that they were going to resume this. Hunter x Hunter, is probably the best anime ever. The studio behind it (Madhouse) has also done a very commendable job in adapting the manga. It’s shounen, but the feels are strong with this one. The chimera ants arc (which mainly aired in 2014) was one of the best this (already too good) series has to offer. Epic feels + intense action + best written characters (and of course villains, Mereum yo). This has to be the best anime that aired during this year.

My Wednesday mornings are sad and void of meaning ever since this amazing series ended. 😦

Honourable Mentions

Mekakucity Actors (#11) – For introducing the vocaloids to me (which were awesome). Wonderful music, a pretty good “mind fuck”. The anime adaptation was kinda weak but on a whole the franchise was really wonderful.

No Game no Life  (#12)- Objectively this anime wasn’t anything great. It is riddled with flaws. But I did have a great time watching it. It’s surely not top 10 material, but entertaining enough for it to deserve a mention.

Knights of Sidonia (#13) – I loved the first few episodes of this series but it went downhill. But this anime is generally very underrated.

The rest of what I’ve watched

For those who happen to be curious to what anime went into consideration for this top 10 list. Here are the other anime that I have watched this year.

#14 – Cross Ange
#15 – Terraformars
#16 – Akame ga Kill
#17 – Ao Haru Ride
#18 – Ping Pong
#19 – Sword Art Online 2
#20 – Tokyo Ghoul
#21 – Aldnoah Zero
#22 – Nanatsu no Taizai (ongoing)
#23 – Brynhildir in the darkness (dropped towards the end)
#24 – Baby Steps (dropped at mid point)
#25 – Glasslip (dropped towards the end)
#26 – Zankyou no Terror
#27 – Jinsei (dropped at mid point)

*note I considered anime that I’ve dropped but invested a considerable amount of time watching. (at least half of the whole series).  I may publish a full list of all the anime I’ve tried (including those I dropped at episode 1-2)

Most of the above (especially ranked 11-29) felt very average. An anime like Akame ga Kill or Ao Haru ride would qualify as a very average anime of this year. (seriously though why does Akame ga kill pop up in some top lists I’ve seen. like what??). Tokyo Ghoul and Aldnoah Zero were definitely below average (almost bad) anime. While Zankyou no Terror and Ping Pong are the most overrated shit anime of this year (besides Bahamut, which was terribly mediocre at best). Garo had the worst first episode of this year that I’ve watched. (and probably the worst anime of the year? idk) Oh and yes, Nanatsu no Taizai is pretty overrated too. It’s not terrible, but just mediocre. Very mediocre.

Oh and I also notice that about half of the above list comes from Fall. It’s a real pity because of the lack of good anime throughout the rest of the year. And that reminds me that I should probably do a Reflections on Fall 2014 post very soon.

Whew. What a long post. Merry Christmas Eve anyway people. Upon close examination of my own top list I’m pretty happy to find that I’m a pretty “balanced” anime watcher. Slice and life anime should have equal importance as action! When you see top lists these days that go like this : “FSN, Tokyo Ghoul, Akame ga kill, Nanatsu no Taizai”. It kinda sickens me like what are you? a 12 year old action obsessed kid? But since it’s Christmas I’ll leave the inevitable attack on other people’s bad taste for another day. 🙂

Great anime taste I have. You can’t help but agree. I know. Haha

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Winter 2015 Anime – Preview Part 2

So for the 2nd installation of previews of the upcoming Winter 2015, I picked the next 9 (alphabetical) anime and share my thoughts on them. Winter still looks sad, really sad. And it makes me wonder why people keep making sequels for bad anime when good anime are not getting proper treatment (by having their deserved sequels, *ahem*, Chihayafuru).

1) Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
Couldn’t find a PV to this! And..the premise of this sounds generic and lame. I couldn’t even stay interested long enough to finish reading the summary so it’ll be a no brainer how a 20 minute episode is probably going to put me to sleep. And guess what, it’s adapted from a light novel and light novel adaptations are often bad. Well this might turn out to be decent but I find myself struggling to watch even the “slightly better than average” anime these days. So nope.

Anticipation – Medium Low
Plan to Watch – One episode to decide. Probably a drop.

2) Kamisama Hajimemashita season 2

This seems to be a 2nd season to something I haven’t heard about.  Considering that I already have Durarara to catch up on (or marathon?), I will probably be giving this a miss. The premise and all seems okay though. It might be a maybe for the future.

Anticipation – Low
Plan to Watch – Nah. At least not for now.

3) Kantai Collection : Kancolle

The PV looks okay. I think this will either turn out to be surprisingly good or expectedly boring. But generally game adaptations are often bad.  Online card game? Ew. I don’t have high hopes for this one. But then again, speaking of card game adaptations any shit will be better than an annoying idiot with red afro running around the whole shitty time. This has boats, and fleets and all. I don’t know, it might be actually okay? Or I hope.

Anticipation -Medium low
Plan to Watch – I’ll give this one an episode. Since I’ve said no to too many already.

4) Koufoku Graffiti

You know what grinds my gears – when people use canon in D for their presentations, videos or in this case, the PV for an anime. Grrr. But on a serious note, this one looks okay. Moe + Food. Idk. it might work. But it looks like this one will be more of a heartwarming type over the comedy/fanservice so I guess I still have some hopes for it.

Anticipation – Medium?
Plan to Watch – It gets one episode, at least.

5) Kuroko no Basket Season 3

You have no idea how huge a fan I am of sports anime. Sports is one of my favourite genres of all time. (my recent favs include Yowapedal & Haikyuu and an all time favourite has got to be Chihayafuru) But…but…Kuroko’s balls. Ewww. No thanks. Sorry but Basketball sucks. Don’t ask me why. It just does. Everything about basketball feels and looks wrong to me. It ain’t even appealing to watch. Sorry but I can’t stomach a sport I naturally despise. Go make a badminton anime or something. Or another tennis anime. Yeah, the market is already saturated with tennis and baseball but yeah, make another one. Go ahead, it’s much better than basketball at the very least. Yeah and the world really needs a badminton anime. Which is like one of the best sports ever.

Just my undeniably bias opinion so if you’re butt hurt remember it’s just my opinions. LUL.

– Nah, nil.
Plan to Watch – No thanks to shitty sports. Sorry. 

6) Rolling Girls

Hmmm. I still don’t know what to think about this one yet. The PV was pretty neat. It had a nice slice of life feel. The music in the PV was great. Love the art style and overall vibe to it so far. I actually think this might turn out quite good. And random but …It’s from the same studio that did Attack on Titan.

Anticipation – Medium
Plan to Watch – Yeah. This might be good?

7) Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

Hey. I’m starting to gain a little faith with this lineup because we finally get 2 “seems decent” anime in a row! This is comedy/romance, done by A1 pictures. (and having just witnessed the sheer godlike adaptation of Shigatsu wa kimi no Uso we can all agree that A1 pictures definitely knows how to do romance properly). Not sure about the source material but I think this one is going to legit romance route instead of the typical moe/fanservice and all. We’ll have to see. Seems pretty promising so far. I hope.

Anticipation – Medium High
Plan to Watch – Yeah. I will.

8) Seikai Tsukai no World Break

Uh. This title sounds familiar. This is a 2nd season to something right? That aired in summer? I don’t know but I remember dropping something that sounded like this. Oh wait, that was something something no blade dance (typical below average supernatural moe fanservice-y anime). So apparently this is something new.

But yeah there are obvious hints that this will be another typical below average supernatural moe fanservice-y + harem anime. It’s giving off blade dance vibes. So I don’t think it will be anything worth watching.

Anticipation – Low
Plan to Watch – One episode?

9) Sengoku Musou

This looks like some historical shitty game adaptation. Anime like this often turn out shitty and boring so I’d advice anyone to stay far away. Unless you’re a fan of the franchise this is pretty much unwatchable stuff. And damn I can’t find a PV.

Anticipation – Low
Plan to Watch – Nope. Unless people say it’s good.

Sigh. This is the type of lineup that makes me wanna quit watching anime and come back when better shows are airing. I don’t even feel like doing any episodic reviews/first impressions for any of them next season. Amongst this 9, only 2 seemed decent enough for me to have moderate hopes for them. (Saenai Heroine and Rolling Girls). Damn, why is this season so spammed with filthy thrashy shitty sequels to bad anime! (not only in this selection of 9 anime, but in general. Look at the chart and it’s very obvious!).

I’m hoping some of these anime that I deem “bad and worthless” at first glance may turn out to be something actually good/worth watching. or else I might just go find a better hobby for the time being.

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Episode 11 Review – “I had you”

This episode seems to provide some kind of resolution while bridging the story to the next arc. Having read the source material, it was a “better than I thought it would be” episode.

Takeshi’s disappointment with Arima’s failure in the competition was handled in such a “shounenesque” manner. I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering if we were watching the right anime when the first scene featured a superhero flying around. There’s nothing wrong but I can’t help remembering Ping Pong. For some reason, this series made music feel like a sport (which I think it’s kinda true). I’m also kinda glad that they didn’t just brush off Takeshi and instead gave him the proper & apt development. And this also kind of implies that we’re going to see Takeshi again in the future which is a good thing.

No matter how much I love this series, if they’re never going to show Emi and Takashi again I’ll probably be pretty mad.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso review / Your lie in april

The introduction of Hiroko Seto could never happen at a better point in this story. This is like the point in a shounen manga where the protagonist gets a new weapon, a new sensei or a new power up. She’s a pretty interesting character and I like her already. (And Naru, is that you??)

Hiroko is revealed to be Arima’s deceased mother’s close friend and the person who convinced his mother to make Arima a pianist. We also shockingly learn that the notorious Arima’s mother initially did not plan to make her son a pianist. “No way, he’s my treasure”, she says. It’s subtle but it already kinda telling us that we’re going to get the mother’s side of the story pretty soon.

This series continues to plant death flags on Kaori. The foreshadowing is insane and never have I seen so many death flags planted on an anime character. It’s almost as if when Kaori (eventually) dies they’re gonna be like “we told you so”. At this point it is almost confirmed that Kaori has some disease and is not going to be around for long. There is constant tension because we’re always wondering “is she going to die?”.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso review / Your lie in april

The “under the bridge” scene with glowing fireflies was surprisingly emotional and striking. When the show broke out into it’s insert song I was startled once again. The music is pleasantly surprising! (the insert song reminded me of when they did this in Ao Haru Ride, anyone with me?). The music team behind Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is clearly ambitious. From last week’s orchestral rendition of Chopin’s etude in E minor, to this week’s BGM inspired by the Introduction & Rondo Capriccio (Saint Saens), you can tell that they have a pretty solid music team behind the production.

And I’m sure the major line of the episode was “I had you”. Which is a big powerful line. Because it’s technically a confession.

Having read the manga, I actually look forward less to episodes that do not feature performances But this episode proved me wrong. The under the bridged scene was legitimately well done! While this week’s episode wasn’t really the “epic best episode tier”, it was still great.

Episode Rating – 9.5/10

Further Thoughts

-Can you really “play music for somebody”. When Hiroko mentioned that she heard a love confession in Arima’s music, it piqued my curiosity. Rephrasing the question, if you play with somebody you love in your mind, can people hear it? While it is technically true that “The piano reveals everything of it’s performer”, this usually applies to the more practical aspects of things. For example, nervousness, state of mind, amount of practice, the way the person practiced etc etc. But when it comes to more abstract ideas like love, hate, loss, admiration. Can you really tell from a person’s playing?

Back then when I was learning the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata and I was having a lesson, my teacher often stressed that I should “think about a girl I like” while playing it. I was of course skeptical, but I did try because it did make bringing out the musicality of the piece easier.  But can you really tell the core motivation of a musician by hearing to him play? The intention? Whether the person is in love? I don’t know. But I’d like to believe so. Somewhat.

-I honestly think Kaori is going to die. Because she has to. By building up to her death so much it would be an ultimate dick slap to the audience if she doesn’t die. My prediction is that she dies and then Arima gets together to Tsubaki while trying to forget Kaori. But this is the aspect that I’m least interested in. I’m more concerned about whether we’re still going to see Emi and Takeshi again!

– Kaori’s intentions still baffle me. By now she would have realised that Arima is in love with her. And she continues to lead him on, while knowing that she’s going to be gone soon. I don’t know. From my experiences watching love shows that involve one party struck with a disease and about to die, they try their best to avoid their love interest because they don’t want to hurt them when they’re gone. Kaori is just totally doing the opposite. Hmmm.

-Okay but really. I think she just wants to leave something behind-  in Arima. She wants to continue living in his music. As cheesy as it sounds, I think that is the best logical answer to her motivations and intentions.

-The scene of Arima running by the railway was pretty nice. I liked it in the manga. But it’s obvious they didn’t make it the climax as the real climax was the under the bridge scene.
And also I actually overlooked the under the bridge scene in the manga. Opps. Or maybe I rushed through these scenes. I liked it how the anime took their time.

-Hiroko raged at Arima for not changing his clothes (from yesterday) and yet she is wearing the same thing too. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who noticed this! HAHA

-Arima accepting Hiroko as his teacher/guardian was a nice development. That depressed kid is finally opening up! We finally get to hear Arima talk about what he wants. “to be a weird pianist”, just like Kaori. Kaori’s methods may be pushy and borderline “abusive” but, well, it pays off. Somewhat.

-Kriesler’s Liebeslied is a nice piece. Looking forward to it! And probably in another few weeks we’re be getting another 10/10 episode so look forward to that!

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Winter 2015 Anime Preview – Part 1

Winter 2015’s lineup looks horrible. But it still deserves a preview. I’ll just go by alphabetical order with my brief thoughts on each of the upcoming winter anime. I’ve also linked some PVS (those I could find) for your convenience.

1) Absolute Duo

This is exactly the type of anime that I would watch for 1 or 2 episodes out of curiosity and drop it afterwards. Impressions from the PV? Lots of swords, cool effects and girls but I have no idea what is going on. This reminds me of anime that tries to integrate cool action with ecchi and more often than not it doesn’t work out very well sadly.

Anticipation – Medium Low
Watching – Not really, but it gets a chance.

2) Aldnoah Zero 2

Ugh. The 2nd half of season 1 was pure shit. Overall it’s a less than mediocre franchise probably not really deserving of a second chance. I’m curious about how they’re going to explain Inaho coming back to life after being shot in the head. But I’m not going to bother watching this because internet spoilers will let me know anyway. Didn’t really bother with watching the entire PV (it’s a 2nd season anyway).

Anticipation – Very Low
Watching – Hell no. Unless it’s shockingly good then maybe.

3) Ansatsu Kyoushitsu

I’ve been really curious about this series ever since I saw it constantly take the top ranks in weekly shonen jump. The title & premise seems interesting as well. But unfortunately I read 1-2 chapters of the manga and it honestly didn’t draw me in as I thought it would. I’m still going to watch this but I won’t say I have very high hopes.

Anticipation – Medium
Watching – Yes, I’ll be watching this. You have to give a top shonen jump manga some respect.

4) Binkan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!

Um. What the f did I just watch? Is this a magical BOYS anime. Nope. Just nope to gay anime. Ew.

Anticipation – None
Watching – Nope. Im disgusted.

5) Death Parade

The most hyped anime of Winter 2015. Honestly though this is probably going to take AOTS for Winter 2015! I’m very excited. It’s madhouse doing psychological/seinen. How can this not be dope? Honestly though, if you could only watch one anime from Winter it’ll probably have to be this.

Anticipation – Very High
Watching – Duh. I’ll be retarded if I’m not watching this.

6) Dog Days

It seems like this is like the 3rd season to something which I have never heard about. A quick glance at MAL reveals a very shitty score so no I don’t think I’m going to waste my time on this.

Anticipation – Very Low
Watching – Nope. more of I can’t and there is no reason to anyway.

7) Durarara x2 Shou

Have not seen the first season and contemplating if I should because this is like one of the things that gets mentioned when people talk about Winter 2015. Is this good? I might pick this up. The trailer seems intriguing enough for me to want to invest sometime in watching the earlier season.

Anticipation – Medium
Watching – If I can find time to marathon the first season then yeah.

8) Isuca

Can’t find the PV for this. So you have to make do with the key visuals. (I’m lazy, so go google it yourself). This looks generic as anything. Supernatural girl + Ecchi + Comedy? No thanks. but uh wait, it’s tagged Seinen so I might just give it 1 or 2 episodes to see if it’s anything worth watching.

Anticipation – Low
Watching – This gets 1 episode and will be probably dropped afterwards.

9) Jojo no Kimyou – Stardust crusaders 2

Never got into Jojo. So I won’t be watching this. (I don’t even know if I got the right PV). Heard it’s a really great anime, but I’m not really looking to get into any long running franchise for now. Someday. But today is not the day.

Anticipation – None
Watching – For some reason I don’t feel compelled to start watching Jojo.

10) Junketsu no Maria

The Pv has good music, but something feels really wrong with the art style / art work. I’m not sure if you can classify it as “badly drawn”. I don’t know. And I don’t really know what to expect from this series. It can go either way.

Anticipation – Medium
Watching – Probably 1-2 episodes before deciding.

That’s it for my first installation of previews. Judging by the number of anime airing next season this is gonna be at least 3 parts. Probably will do the rest within the next week or so.

From this list of 10 animes that I’ve previewed, the only notable one is Death Parade. The rest are probably going to be thrash or at most mediocre. (or sequels I can’t watch) Ay. Winter doesn’t look too good but at least we still have fall leftovers!

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