So here we are, and I bet you thought I wasn't going to get another one out today did ya? Well I did, so here's another round of impressions for the Winter Season, more to follow in a couple days. If you guys have any thoughts on my opinions, I'd be happy to hear them! :3
If it wasn't for the absolutely confusing and utterly densely packed exposition dump at the beginning of the episode I would be ready to crown this episode the best of the season so far. As far as I can tell, there was a great war in Tokyo, which resulted in the city being broken into itty bitty territories, which now fight each other for control of the land. Fights are held in one on one fashion with each representative having a support team as well. One such representative is Maccha Green, who seems to be the older sister(?) of our main character Nozomi who is one of the support team members. The animation is so top notch, that it's a visual treat to watch. The voice acting is great, it has nice small moments between it's characters and the music is catchy. It's just too bad that the series opened in such a clunky fashion.
Verdict: It has so much potential
This episode probably caught me the most off guard. After the opening theme I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it certainly wasn't what I got. Note: don't go into this show if you aren't looking for something a little bleak. It gets very dark! The premise is that when two people dieat the same time they are sent to a bar where they play a game with their soul at stake. The game is a good study of character for the two introduced in this episode and did a good job at investing me in their plight. Well I'm getting the vibe that we may be getting separate stories each week depending on who the guests of the bar are and what game is being played, but who knows they may weave an overarching story in with it as well.
Verdict: Very Well done, but I'm not sure if I can handle this level of depressing content each week lol.
Let me give you the run down on this one. In this world special children are able to remember their past lives prior to reincarnation, this gives them the ability to fight with magic weapons from said past life. They are sent to a special academy to train to fight a mysterious dark force. Ok, so this isn't an outright bad show, but by no means is it a good one. In fact it might turn out to be downright terrible if it doesn't get it's act together pretty quickly. The main problems I'm finding with it right now is the ridiculous level of fanservice and the unbelievably long intro sequence that seems to set the show's future arc up. I mean the dude basically writes a novel in the air for god's sake. (No I'm not going to explain that sentence, but if you watch the episode you'll know what I mean)
Ok, so that was bizarre. It is clearly a symbolism rich story about societal norms and the problems that Japan has with homosexual love, but sometimes it felt like it was trying to be so clever that it lost a clear and compelling narrative. The art style's definitely nice and something that kept me watching, but I'm not really sure that I want to continue. I get what the series is trying to say, and it's a worthy message that needs to be heard, but I don't think I want to think that hard after a long day's work!
Verdict: Good, thought provoking, probably not something I'll watch seasonally (to the backlog you go!)
Magical boys. Yup. Sailor Scout dudes. Mhmm. Evil hedgehog. Check. Good Pink Koala. Double Check. This show's a gender swap of sailor moon with the absurdity turned up to eleven. This is a comedy gold mine and a plain silly good time. If you don't mind some clear pandering to female fans, even though this is clearly lampooning fanservice as a whole, it's a show I'd highly recommend checking out if for nothing other than the sheer silliness of it all.
Verdict: Hilarious, I'm probably going to keep watching :P