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\ovo/ Yey yey so here’s part two! Looks like I’ll have to do a part three because it’s summer and it’s hell sitting in my room with this heat (the a/c doesn’t reach me here). I had a bit more to say about some of these series though, so hope these are somewhat more insightful.

 Winter 2018 First Ep Impressions Part 2:

  • Beatless: Boy meets superpowered robot girl. Robot girl chooses boy to become her owner because… reasons? And suddenly becomes like a bodyguard maid for the boy and his younger sister. Something about this seems very familiar, although series about people (mostly guys but occasionally some girls) suddenly coming into “ownership” over a supernatural or inhuman girl aren’t that uncommon. I’ve heard that this is similar to Guilty Crown, although I haven’t seen that myself. I’m reminded more of Rozen Maiden, as I get the feeling there will be some clashes between the various special model robot girls. However, in that case the lead “girl” had much more of a spine – whereas Lacia is very docile. She explains it’s due to how she is programmed, but it’s obvious it’s just a convenient reason as to why they get to use the sexy robot maid trope whilst still trying to wax philosophical about the semiotics of human-robot interaction. Bleh.
  • Darling in the FranXX: Do you like Gurren Lagann? Do you like Pacific Rim? Do you like robot dinosaurs? Do you like mecha that can transform from a lion into a giant iron maiden that can shoot lasers? HELL YEAH, THIS IS FOR YOU! In some indeterminate future, the world is contained to giant metal structures known as Plants and robot dinosaurs rule the world. Only children known as Parasites can pilot the mecha known as FranXX, which require two pilots to use. And Hiro, the lead in the story has finally found his piloting partner – a mysterious girl with demon horns.
  • Okay, so the series isn’t quite as hot-blooded as Gurren Lagann, but I think it has promise. This is a joint collab between A-1 Pictures and Trigger so there’s some fantastic animation on display. Definitely worth watching, especially if you’re a fan of unusual mecha.
  • Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: In the city of Hakata, 3% of the population is thought to be hitmen. And they’re kept well in business as everyone in the city is looking to kill another for some reason or another. However, with so many targets to kill and so many hitmen out there, there’s bound to be a few times where they accidentally collide. But if they’re unlucky they may end up running into the worst hitman of all – one that kills other hitmen. 
  • I had a bit of a hard time following this one due to all the characters involved but I made a LOT more sense upon a second viewing. The central character looks to be the private detective, who suspects something is going on with the mayor. However, he runs afoul of a nightclub owner after asking too many questions and has a killer sent after him – who ends up offering to be his bodyguard. I think I’ll give this a go because the first ep certainly interested me.
  • Hakumei to Mikochi: This one reminds me a lot of the storybooks from my childhood about tiny people living in a world surrounded by normal sized things. Kinda like the Borrowers, but with more of a fantasy element living in the woods along with other tiny people. I dunno if there’s much of a plot to this one – it seems to focus more on the everyday and exploring the world. Hmm… there’s not much to talk about with this one. It’s just fun little adventures between two very different girls and the art style is very storybook-ish… Soooo yeah =/
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi: I am not familiar with this series at all, but this is another remake of an older anime series from the 90s/early 00s (which is pretty easy to tell considering the art style). From what I can tell this series is based on a piece of classical Chinese literature involving mythology. Tbh I found this episode… weird. Once the plot got going it turned out a bit more interesting than I thought it’d be (the MC goes straight to the big villain and gets his ass handed to him), but there was a point where when shit hit the fan things got skipped over a bit.
  • If there’s one thing that really makes this anime stand out though, it’s the backgrounds. Because wow they are really nice and capture the beauty of China’s landscapes and architecture pretty well. It’s a real shame then that the character designs interrupt that (I couldn’t stop looking at their giant goofy clown feet gdi). Idk what else I can say :V But it’s easy to just ignore this one without missing out on anything.
  • IDOLiSH7: This is based off a popular mobile game where you play as the female manager of a new idol group. It’s honestly pretty standard fare so there isn’t very much to say about it. Most of the characters are very stereotypical and span the usual range of idol type guys – short guy with height issues, the red-haired guy that’s talented but too normal, the weird but beautiful foreigner, the one that’s way too laid back, and so on and so forth. If you’re a fan of the game, watch it, but otherwise meh.
  • Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san: Two kids with big foreheads play tricks on each other in an attempt to get each other to react. The end.
  • Koi wa Ameagari no You ni: This one may be a little unsettling for people. The story is about a high school girl who dropped out of the track team after a tragic injury. She now works in a family restaurant and is slowly falling in love with her manager – a 45-year-old divorced man with a son. Fortunately(?), it’s not executed as being creepy since the manager is largely oblivious to her feelings and she’s the one initiating (although she’s not really flirting or anything, just being super awkward). So I’m not as creeped out? High school girls crushing on older guys isn’t that uncommon, although if this show steps it up to the next level it may definitely start to get weird. At least the art in this is very pretty… lots of sparkles and bubbles. 
Part 3 will hopefully be out soon! 

Firstly, sorry for not being able to get to part 2 of last season’s anime. Things got way too busy in the lead-up to Christmas and my family had various trips and weddings to attend! I ended up not being able to watch very much at all overall – although I’m sorta glad I didn’t watch a few series because last season seemed to have had some pretty edgy stuff that failed to live up to its own hype.

Anyway, lemme quickly just recap on what I did end up watching completely from last season before moving on to the current one.

Fall 2017 Recap:

  • Blend S: I really ended up enjoying this. There was nothing too outstanding, but it was a nice little series with a lot of character and sweet relationships. Also, that OP is still catchy as hell.
  • Houseki no Kuni: Now here’s one I definitely recommend! A CGI anime that’s actually nice to look at visually and has good action without being a load of eye-overloading garbage (I’m looking at you Handshakers)? The entire series was refreshing, although it had a few pacing issues. But overall, it’s one of the best from the season.
  • Mahoutsukai no Yome: This one is continuing into the current season with 24 episodes, but it’s such a joy to watch. I love series that explore magic in ways which are more connected to nature. There’s a lot of danger in this series, but at the same time it’s relaxing and never feels too overwhelming to watch. I really like the dynamics of all the characters and want to see how they’ll overcome the challenges ahead. 
  • Net-juu no Susume: I finished the series, but in my own life I’m only a quarter way there… *sigh* Forever alone, forever a NEET. I loved this series though and I was so happy for all the characters at the end. It’s just a nice romance series about nice adults who like nice video games and hang out with other nice people. They’re definitely livin’ the dream. If only I could join them…
  • Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: I’m sooo glad this got both a prequel and sequel together to fill in the gaps before and after the original series because hot damn I cried like a baby. I really don’t want to give away much because so much of is important, especially in how everyone relates to each other and how the world they live in affects them. If you liked Madoka, you should check it out.
  • Ballroom e Youkoso: Finished completely last season and I’m glad it ended on a high note. The first half of the season was rather worrying, but it eventually found its footing (lol) and fleshed the main characters out with their goals. The introduction of a new character at the halfway point really helped a lot towards that.
  • Fate/Apocrypha: Yeah, I know most people think this one was kinda garbage (and I agree with the sentiment that the MC is a cardboard person), but I quite liked a lot of the characters and how driven they were to protect the things they cared about and what they stood for in their past lives. …Now if only Fate/Grand Order would release best assassin Semiramis I’d be completely satisfied.

Winter 2018 First Ep Impressions:

  • Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou: Uhhhh…. I have issues with this anime in both the way it’s animated and what the plot is about. Something about a ninja clan and politics? And keeping the bloodline pure so the elders are gonna try and get a brother and sister to, uh… yeahhhhh…. Don’t bother.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc: Ahhhhhh!!!!!! A sequel to my favourite anime? HELL YES. I’ll just warn you that you NEED to watch the original (including the movies) if you’re going to watch this series because it’s hugely important to the plot. Just know that it’s one of the best magical girl shows out there and deserves a watch if you’re an anime fan.
  • Citrus: One does not simply watch Citrus for any meaningful reason. One can only hatewatch with the fury of a thousand burning suns as they realise Citrus is an undercover “luckily my imouto isn’t related to me!” anime. Sure, yuri shows are far and few between, but they deserve better than this trash.
  • Dame x Prince Anime Caravan: This an adaptation of a mobage apparently? I’ve never heard of it and I’m not sure exactly what’s going on but it seems like a reverse harem with only one best boi. The main girl is pretty damn cute at least, but the rest of the male cast are just kinda… eh? For the princes you got the overly pretty shota, the creepy purple haired one with eyebags (is this a thing because Diabolik Lovers had this sort too), and some guy that’s more in love with himself than anyone else to the point it’s not that funny and more uncomfortable when he calls the MC “Woman”. Idk how you’re supposed to get 12 eps out of this.
  • Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku: Here’s your isekai for the season and at least it doesn’t try to set up any dramatic reasons for why the character is suddenly in another world? The MC is working on programming a game, goes to sleep and wakes up in the world convinced it’s all a dream and he may as well go with it until he wakes up. I think this will take more of a laidback position and try to have fun with it, though this could easily end up being like the ‘In Another World with my Smartphone’ show from the other season which tried to be a light-hearted isekai adventure but failed in execution to be interesting.
  • Gakuen Babysitters: CUTE BABBUS: THE ANIME. I read this manga quite a while back so I’m surprised it’s been adapted at this point in time. It’s a rather simple plot about an orphaned pair of siblings adopted by the headmaster of a school. The school happens to have a daycare centre, which the older brother finds himself taking part in. There’s really not too much to it, but sometimes those sorts of series are nice to watch. There is one part which hasn’t turned out that well in the anime version… so if you’re disturbed by what is comedically framed as child abuse (it’s a running gag that another boy hits his own little brother, yeah…) then maybe give it a miss. But the relationship between the orphaned brothers is quite sweet and heartwarming.
  • Grancrest Senki: I wasn’t too sure what I was going into here. Fantasy series can be seriously hit or miss in anime, with the majority of them scaling more towards the mediocre end. But I was somewhat surprised this time. The story revolves around a newly-graduated mage and her “support” of a guy that wants to make the world a better place. The world is covered in chaos and demons, which only the lord of an area can keep at bay with their magical crest. It looks like there will be some politics involved as the final part of the first episode had them taking over a lord’s castle and becoming the new owners, meaning they’ll have to deal with their neighbours who they conspire to start a war against. I kinda like the mage and her blatant manipulations of the situation, so I’m gonna give this a go.  
  • Ito Junji Collection: If you haven’t heard the name Ito Junji before, then you’d better get on board. Junji is known as one of the best horror mangaka out there with plenty of well-known works under his belt, many of which have been adapted for both film and television. Most people would recognise him from The Enigma of Amigara Fault, which has become something of a meme online featuring such classic lines as “This hole! It was made for me!” and “It’s slowly coming this way!”. Funny as that may be, however, Junji’s works are quite unsettling overall and are worth checking out if you’re into horror.
  • Killing Bites: Tekken meets Kemono Friends? Uhh… maybe not Kemono Friends because I can’t see Serval-chan tearing anyone apart in just her underwear… Anyway, the world is secretly run by zaibatsu groups who use animal-human hybrids to fight each other and bet on the outcomes. The main girl is a, uh… honey badger (feels like the author liked that meme a bit too much, huh?) and through some weird circumstances ends up being assigned as a bodyguard to a college student. This is definitely an ecchi series despite the violence, so be prepared. But you may get a laugh out of the random documentary clips that happen during the fights explaining stuff about the abilities of each animal.
  • Kokkoku: I’m a little lost on this premise so far but it seems to be about a magical stone that allows time to be stopped. A family uses it after two of their members are kidnapped and go to save them. However, it’s revealed there are others who can move in frozen time and are after the grandfather. There’s also weird monsters. Yeah, idk what’s going on. I’m presuming this will expand out into a plot about escaping the bad guys and figuring out what the time freezing stone actually is. Hard to say for sure though. Kinda wish they’d given us just a little more in terms of information.
  • Overlord II: Is more Overlord, is okay. It’s kinda lost its edge after the overabundance of isekai series but if you liked the original this picks up right after where it led off so eh.
  • Pop Team Epic: Look… I dunno if I just don’t get it, or it’s a bad adaptation, something that was just impossible to adapt in the first place, or I need to be a hardcore fan to get it - but it’s not funny to me and no amount of silly voice acting is going to change that. You don’t need to rerun the same clips twice in a row using different voices each time. And the clip with the fidget spinner has dated it already and put it into “Hello, fellow children!” territory. I don’t have the patience for this when I have like 30+ episodes to watch.
  • Sanrio Danshi: So…. This show has a bit of a silly premise. It’s about a bunch of high school guys that form what is essentially a Hello Kitty club and that’s it? I’m not that sure who this is aimed at… I doubt it’s aimed at fujoshi because I don’t think Sanrio as a company would be brave enough to go in that direction. Maybe high school boys so they can be told it’s okay to buy Hello Kitty merch then? Idk…
  • Toji no Miko: High school girls use magic swords to defeat monster things. Admittedly I thought the first episode would be a lot more boring than this and simply give everyone the “let’s spend the first ep letting every girl say their catchphrase so you can pick your favourite one” treatment, but it ended on a rather interesting note as during a tournament one of the contestants attacks a superior officer and her opponent intervenes to both save her and escape. I kinda hope the whole thing won’t just be forgotten and forgiven by the next episode, but I’m dreading that it will. Guess I’ll give it a few more eps then, although the characters themselves are rather cliché and stereotypical which does hurt things.
  • Zoku Touken Ranbu Hanamaru: Another season of comedy swordboys! I somewhat enjoyed the last season with its silliness so I’m glad its back. My only gripe is that my fav boi barely got any screentime and lines in the first episode ;o;

Well, that’s part one for now! Let’s hope I can actually finish everything this time =w=;;; Let me know your thoughts as well! 


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ShadeOfObscurity Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.:merry christmas: 
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Hey can I use all your variations in my pokemon game I'll give credit in the pokedex entries like I said before
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Calvin286 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
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Grazyfish Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Rainey!!!!
RaineyJ Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Grazy <3
Antarija Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, Rainey! Birthday cake  icon 
RaineyJ Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!! :3
GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RAINE!! Hope it's a good one :D
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Thanks Sora!!
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