Here are some more of my impressions of the newest summer animes. If you didn’t catch my first impressions article, you can find it here.


Grand Blue

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As a reader of the manga of Grand Blue, I’m happy to say that the anime is a pretty good adaptation of the source material. I love how the the voice acting, the sound effects, and the visuals add to the comedy of the series. It just makes some of the best jokes in the manga more punchier. Like, I loved how they added the police siren effects to the joke where Iori gets chased by campus police when he’s half naked because it made the joke more impactful.

I will say that I think the animation quality and pacing of the anime is only ok. I think some of the jokes could be timed better and I wish the reaction face shots were more detailed to add to the absurdity of the situation, but I guess not all comedies can have Nichijou level quality and budget. In any case, Grand Blue is a ton of fun and you should check the show out.

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Angolmois

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Man, this show got me so invested in one character with one line… “When I put my thing into a hole, I don’t stop till I’m finished…” God my sense of humor is so crass. Anyways, I’m really digging Angolmois’ tone and characters because it knows how to add a decent amount of levity to this war story. I like how Angolmois showed its characters in the first episode because it gave me the impression that most of the cast are well round and pretty fun to be around even if they weren’t about to fight in a war.

The action scenes are pretty good as well. They have a good amount of varied choreography and they take into account the environment, which makes some interesting fight scenes to watch. I will say that the sound quality of the fights are pretty lackluster. Also, the paperlike filter on the entire series is garish and the mongolian storm troopers look silly.

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Overall, I’m probably going to watch more of this series later.


Drop Kick my Devil

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Guuh. Talk about a pretty disappointing comedy. None of the jokes really worked for me because they weren’t interesting enough and the series barely used its non-human characters in interesting ways. The entire first episode boiled down to the devil acts like a jerk and then the human character maims her in some brutal way. This could be funny if the execution was good, but every single joke was so predictable that I couldn’t even must a chuckle for the jokes.

I simply don’t have the time or patience to continue watching this series unless it does something crazy to shake up the show. It’d have to do something like the first episode of the first or season season of Osomatsu-San to get me to come back.

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Holmes of Kyoto

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Ever since I took a detective literature class back in college, I’ve had a pretty strong dislike armchair detective style stories and my dislike for the genre has continued with this series. I just dislike how these types of stories basically keep the reader in the dark from all the facts so that the Holmes character can just solve the entire mystery at the end of the story. What I find fun about stories with mysteries is that I can piece the clues together an potentially solve the mystery before the character in the story do.

As far as the animation, characters and the other elements of the production goes, it’s serviceable. There’s nothing that really stands out to me about the anime in general besides it’s in genre of media that I don’t really like. I’m going to pass on this anime since nothing in the production really grips me.

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I plan to write more about the other shows I watched in the past few days. So stay tuned if you want to hear my opinions on the other Summer shows.

Also, how’re you enjoying the summer anime season so far?