I take the train to and from class every other day, the train ride is an hour and a half both ways, in order to keep myself entertained while on the train I've been loading up a bunch of anime on my Vita. Well I've finished watching all the new shows I'm going to for the new season! The new season has started and I wanted to give my impressions so far. This one's a super sized post because I tend to watch a whole bunch of shows at the start of the season and then continually whittle them down until just a few remain by the end. So here's part two of the Trainime impressions for this season. Oh and here's part one.

Episode 1 of series not already covered:

Yowamushi Pedal

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I liked it, it's a little weird and the main character can be a bit annoying because he enforces stereotypes about geek culture, but hey whatever. It's an anime about Cycling, and for a first episode it wasn't bad. The facial style of the characters is a little weird and took some getting used to, but it didn't bother me too much. It had some nice moments that foreshadow some good sports anime moments down the line. I'll keep watching.

Score: 3/5 Trains

Samurai Flamenco

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This is one of my most anticipated series of the season, and I really knew nothing of it going in. Which is why I think I was excited for it, not many shows have that much mystery surrounding them before they air. It also has a supremely interesting concept. Masayoshi Hazama thinks he's a superhero. He has no powers, no gadgets, just his costume. He runs into a cop who he befriends and the journey of the brand new super hero Samurai Flamenco begins! It's a really beautifully drawn series, and the concept is executed well. Hazama is a bit of an idiot, but he's a likable idiot and I'm eager to see where his adventure goes :)

Score: 5/5 Trains

NouKome

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Now this wasn't even initially on the list of shows I wanted to watch this season, but I saw it on crunchyroll and the premise sounded fun, so I gave it a shot. The premise is the main character has the power of multiple choice, or maybe I should call it a curse because it definitely doesn't seem beneficial. Basically he hears a voice in his head that calls out a multiple choice question and whatever answer he chooses comes true. We don't know why he has this power and sometimes the choices aren't even that different from one another. It leads to some fun moments, but with a concept as unique as this I wish it used it for something other than fan service moments or weird ecchi things. Hopefully it does in the next couple episodes or I may drop it, interesting premise or not.

Score: 3/5 Trains

Galilei Donna

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This was an interesting looking series from the get go, it's about three sisters who are very much different personality wise, but are the descendants of Galileo. For some reason they are being chased down by a organization that looks like the Mafia. Oh and there's a Goldfish Mech. Yup. It's also very well drawn.

Score: 4/5 Trains

Arpeggio of Blue Steel

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Another one of the shows that I didn't expect to be watching this season, but had a cool concept that I saw on crunchyroll. However, unlike NouCome Arpeggio of the Blue Steel didn't fair as well. It has some serious anime cliches going on and, Iona one of the main characters of the show is grating and beyond annoying. Oh and it's a 3D anime and while there were times where the animation was so good I couldn't tell there were parts of it that had me going "Ick" mainly it's the characters that do that to me, the ships and backgrounds are all beautiful. I think I'm dropping this one.

Score: 2/5 Trains

Yuushibu

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This one can be summed up quite quickly. If you're looking for ecchi you've come to the right place, but would be better suited watching porn. If you're looking for a good story, go elsewhere, you won't find it here. It has an interesting concept where the war is over and the "heroes" don't know what to do with themselves, so they get menial jobs, but instead of expanding on these themes it really just throws so much fan service at you it's hard to focus on anything else. Dropping in 3.2.1. Dropped.

Score: 1/5 Trains

Gingitsune

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This one's about a girl who lives at a shrine which prays to the fox god. She can see the envoy of the god, and his name's Gintaro, and for whatever reason he likes oranges. There's some regular teenage drama and the girl isn't the brightest about how to deal with her peers or Gin, but she means well. The show's quite pretty and has some really good points going for it, but I just can't seem to get into it. I think it may be one of those shows that needs to be binge watched after the season has ended.

Score: 3/5 Trains

Episode 2 of part one's shows:

Golden Time

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The second episode fairs much better than the first, you get a much better impression of what kind of person Kaga-chan is and also some of the other characters introduced so far. The tea club party was the highlight of the episode and I have a feeling that they're going to become a running gag. Linda looks really different out of her costume from the activities fair, but seems like a cool character. Only disappointment from the episode was, not enough Mitsuo being crazy :P

Score: 4/5 Trains

Ace of the Diamond

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Episode two was giving me goosebumps all up and down my arms while I was watching it. Eijun is a really sympathetic lead and the partnering he has with the catcher is really a nice bit of chemistry. It's got some nice animation in terms of the actual pitching and the characters so far have been interesting. I may be biased because I love sports anime but I really enjoyed this episode.

Score: 4/5 Trains

Kuroko no Basket

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I was slightly disappointed by this episode. Slightly. They spent the whole last episode and a good chunk of this one building up a match up between Kagami and Tatsuya and then just side step it all together. I guess it's meant to add weight to their eventual showdown, but it hurt this episode overall. The side story with Momoi was slightly more interesting, but it didn't really do much for me until the very end of the episode when Kuroko unveiled his unfinished new move.

Score: 3/5 Trains

Kill la Kill

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This episode had it's moments, but as a whole I wasn't thrilled by it. I was expecting this series to be weird. I like Sports anime. An episode about a strange girl playing tennis to beat the other sounds like a match made in heaven right? Wrong. The episode focused pretty heavily on the fan service this time around and it suffered for it. We did at least get some more information on the over arching storyline and it moved the plot along, although I wish it had done so more in the main story rather than from side characters explaining things.

Score: 3/5 Trains

Strike the Blood

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The second episode of Strike the Blood was pretty standard fair, but it's already exceeded the expectations that I had of it going in so I can't really complain. It was nice to get some relationship building between the two leads and seeing the growth in chemistry was nice too. I get the feeling that this is going to be something that's pretty constant throughout the series leading to some big emotional gut punch somewhere down the line. All in all a pretty good episode.

Score: 4/5 Trains

Log Horizon

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Log Horizon's fighting really hard to be my new favorite show of the season, ultimately it's number two on the list, but I wonder how long that lasts. I just love Akatsuki she's adorable :3 and hysterical to boot. The episode goes further in establishing that this show is indeed not SAO by the fact that no one in the game can die. If they die they just respawn, the food has no taste, money's acquired easily. So the big problem so far is that people are resorting to Player Killing because they have nothing better to do. I'm getting the vibe that even though you don't die, dying in game hurts like hell. Then once that's established we move forward with the plot and I'm not going to spoil anything because it's some seriously good fun.

Score: 5/5 Trains

Kyoukai no Kanata

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I've saved the best for last. Kyoukai no Kanata is certainly the prettiest anime of the season, if not one of the most interesting as well. We're treated to a much longer fight with a Yomu, more introductions to side characters and some pretty stellar interactions between Akihito and Mirai, who's still absolutely adorable. The only thing I didn't really like was the introduction to Akihito's mom. But totally awesome episode all the same.

Score: 5/5 Trains