Anime Winter Season 2015: First Impressions

It seems as if I don’t have as much time as used to have. So right now, I was only able to start watching 5 shows.

My selection might look meager, but here you have my thoughts anyway~

Let’s start with Yuri Kuma Arashi.

As said in my First Impression post about this anime, I was totally overwhelmed by what was happening during the first episode. I didn’t get much, if anything at all, but I slowly managed to get a good understanding of the whole thing, or that’s what I think.

While I thought it wasn’t making any sense at first, I now believe that this is one of the greatest and most interesting shows of the past year.

Despite how some people just don’t want to understand and even think about the story for a little longer than just a few seconds, I find great joy in reading up on all the theories people come up with. It is seriously a great experience and think that this sole anime might really change the genre.

I know I’m using some big words here and it’s only been 3 episodes, but I really hope that this show will walk further into the right direction and delivers something incredible in the end.

After Yuri Kuma Arashi, Kantai Collection is my second favorite show of the season. I haven’t played the game yet and I don’t even mind that I don’t know every little detail about the setting or the characters. I enjoy this show for something a lot simpler, the yuri, and I really didn’t expect to see as much as we did during the past 3 episodes.

Most of my OTPs already made their appearance, while pairings like Ooi x Kitakami are as canon as pairings can be.

Well, maybe I put my yuri goggles on too tightly, but I really think that this show is showing a lot of subtext, and as you might know, I’m enjoying that quite a lot. I mean, we already got some Ooi x Kitakami, as well as several love confessions from other girls. Thanks to the opening, I can also suspect to see some Mutsu x Nagato, Zuikaku x Shoukaku, and hopefully a lot Akagi x Kaga~

The only thing left to say is: Keep the subtext going and the doujinshi coming!

Next up we have Death Parade. I actually started watching this one solely because of the interesting looking cover image, and I’m really happy I picked it!

It’s exactly the type of show I would want to watch alongside all that yuri greatness that is going on thanks to Yuri Kuma Arashi and KanColle.

I love the art style, I’m at least interested in the characters and I really love the plot so far. I guess I can’t say much more after having watched just two episodes, but I really can’t wait for more.

The next anime I want to talk about is yet again a show I was more or less forced to start watching, Koufuku Graffiti. I was endlessly “spammed” with yuri pics of this show and thus ended up giving it a try too. Well, it’s not bad, but I wouldn’t call it good either.

It just feels a little boring and even the few yuri-ish moments don’t help make it any more interesting. At least the food looks delicious, but that’s a bad thing actually, because I always get hungry while watching this show….

I have even less to say when it comes to Rolling Girls. It looks a little similar to Kill la Kill, which is why I hoped it would come close to the former’s awesomeness, but what I got was just… meh.

I don’t know whether I’ll stick around for much longer, but I guess one more episode won’t hurt, right? Also, I’m in love with that art style, so I have no choice.

Lastly, let’s also talk about Tokyo Ghoul for a bit.

I really loved the first season, especially how it all ended, so I was expecting much from this new season. But all I got was a whole lot of confusion. That first episode was stuffed with random fighting and emotionless, badass Kaneki saving the day and confusing me even more.

I thought this change was pretty damn amazing by the end of the first season, but right now, I think he’s even more annoying than he was before he turned into that white-haired version of himself.

Yet again, I think I need some more episodes to really be able to judge this new season.

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59 thoughts on “Anime Winter Season 2015: First Impressions

  1. I agree with what you said about Death Parade. I think its characters really make it great and I love that you still dont understand everything perfectly. Thinking up a theory for it is a part of the show i really enjoy (similiar to what you said about Yuri Kuma :D). Let's hope the remaining character pairings (in a totally different sense than what it usually means here :P) will be interessting too

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  2. I'm watching even less shows than you now. πŸ˜€

    Yuri Kuma Arashi: Only has a 6.27 on MAL. I agree with them. πŸ˜›
    KanColle: Meh. It's okay, but needs more Hibiki. And Mochizuki, the new girl with glasses. More of her too.
    Death Parade: It's pretty good. My favorite show of the season, by default.
    Koufuku Graffiti: Still remains unwatched on my hard drive. Hopefully, I'll at least give it a chance before the season ends.
    Rolling Girls: After 7 minutes, I gave up hope and dropped it. KLK, it definitely is not.
    Tokyo Ghoul √A: Dropped it during episode 2. Only became interested in seeing what happens with Touka, but I can live without knowing.

    Not a good season at all, IMO.

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  3. hard to believe one year ago we were all so hyped up on sakura trick. I hope this year will have some great yuri shows. i'm somewhat excited on what the nest yuri anime is going to be. I thought the first season of tokyo ghoul was amazing but i didn't start the second one yet. I wonder how it's going to turn out.

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  4. Well, I enjoy reading up on theories for Yuri Kuma more than I would with other shows (obviously :P)
    Though, I don't think Death Parade is that, let's call it deep, so I don't need to read other peoples' opinion to get it.

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  5. Yeah ,without hyping too much, I quite recommend it* first episode is where the yuri subtext hype gets in although that only happens at the near end of the episode.

    also i think the anoynmous i replied to above means why is there yuri-unrelated anime on your season list

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  6. Just not a good season. 😦

    Spring is already looking better to me…

    Denpa Kyoushi
    Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka?
    Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation
    Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic (❀)
    Kekkai Sensen
    Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
    Ninja Slayer From Animation
    Nisekoi 2
    Ore Monogatari!!
    Punchline (maybe)
    Re-Kan!
    Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
    Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (TV)

    I'll make up for the weak Winter season with the strong Spring season. πŸ™‚

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  7. KanColle Episode 3 was still a big SHOCK !!! I wonder how many more ship girls they will sink? I wonder if there's gonna be a Mutsuki-gets-up-again-thanks-to-Fubuki-encouragement-episode? I,m still waiting to see if there will be that Kongou-Fubuki moment in the rain like shown in the opening~

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  8. In case you haven't read it yet, ANN did a really good review of the first three episodes of YKA: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/yurikuma-arashi/episode-1-3/.83467

    I agree that it's one of the most interesting anime to come along in a while, I can only hope that it'll be a game changer for the genre but my guess is that it'll probably end up being remembered as a niche cult classic. I also really like seeing all the different theories and interpretations on all of the symbolism and I'm also amused by the fact that the people who hate the show the most seem to be the type of people who are fans of the type of yuri that the YKA criticizes the most.

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  9. I recommend u to read the Tokyo Ghoul manga, while it can be slow at some time, its completely amazing.
    The thing about the second season √A, is that its completely different route to the manga, where Kaneki actually goes against the Aogiri thing. And more the that Kaneki seemed too passive till now, and a bit empty by not sharing a single thought or explaining whats going on from his pov.

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  10. For Tokyo Ghoul, you should definitely read the Manga. The second season just total ruined it, but the manga is gorgeous. TG is one of my favourite stories of all time.

    Death parade caught my interest because of its art style, too. It really is what I expected and I love it.

    Yuri Kuma Arashi is kind of a surprise to me. I thought it was just a lame dull story with fanservice but it turned out quite interesting. It also reminds me of Madoka Magica / shaft' animation

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  11. In this case, I might give it a try sometime, though I'm already struggling with the few shows I've started, so it might take some more time.

    To the anon above, if you're looking for yuri-less shows, then there should be at least 2 in the list.

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  12. I still hope that girl didn't die, though looking at it again, I think she actually did.
    Well, I have another explanation, but this might turn into a spoiler, so I'll keep it to myself πŸ˜›

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  13. Yup, read that one already. Heck, I even read the comments on MAL, that's just how desperate I am for new theories and opinions πŸ˜›

    I'm not sure whether your last statement is true, though I can definitely agree in some cases. Well, you'll find a lot of different people on MAL πŸ˜‰

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  14. The animation style of YKA really surprised me. Well, the animation quality in general is what really surprised me.
    Though, this is not SHAFT, but I think I understand what you mean.

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  15. Forgot to add that Nyaatrap should be ticked off too >x< ' Hopefully you can amend me on this blunder with your own tweet.
    In my own survey, I also added that I would like to see Kogado Studio's Hakuisei Renai Shoukougun Re;Therapy as well btw~

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  16. Note to self: Removing a deleted comment will also delete the nested replies along with it. :O

    It's all your fault, Ibara Miko! πŸ˜›

    For YosYoske: It's not like YouTube. You have to be an admin to mark comments as spam.

    For Ibara Miko: Don't let that drawing fool you. Tomoko is an adorable girl who just needs some extra sleep and a hug, that's all

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  17. this year's anime is pretty good. kantai collection and yuri kuma arashi are definitely good imo but yuri kuma arashi is still weird with all the bear stuff and such but thats why i like it so much aside from the yuri ofc since its really interesting. koufuku graffiti and rolling girls are okay to me. death parade is amazing in my eyes. tokyo ghoul season 2 is good so far since it was how the author originally planned the manga to be, and i want to see how it goes and how it differs from the manga's story since ive read the manga and i love it, i really do recommend the manga. also lena k. have you seen nanatsu no taizai/the seven deadly sins, it started back in fall 2014 and its going to continue into the spring season, its really good and i recommend it if you like the action adventure genre

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  18. Tomoko?! From WataMote? I had the feeling she looked familiar. She needs to work on her cheating in card games against children. I almost cried reading that chapter.

    Note to self: It's all my fault. :p kyahahahahahaha

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  19. There's a vocal few on tumblr who decry YKA as a “fanservice” anime for men to anyone who'll listen, and they're determined to ignore any deeper meaning and reason behind it, I've also seen a few guys who are determined to treat the anime as yuri fanservice, ignoring the meaning and reason behind it. You can see why it's kind of an amusing situation.

    Thankfully both types are in the minority, most of the people who aren't willing to put in the effort to understand what they're watching have dropped it already.

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  20. I think you're right with that.
    I remember the vote for the first episode on MAL. It was so bad, I don't even wanna go back and check on it again.
    Right now, I'd say it's fairly good and it's kinda all thanks to all the people who never understood a thing and eventually dropped it πŸ˜›

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  21. In case of YKA it's all about being interested enough to invest some time in thinking about what's going on.
    If you're willing to do that, things will finally make some sense and that's already half the rent.

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  22. u watch moar than just yuri? ok, here's one you might liek: Yoru no Yatterman – 2015 anime go read wikipedia about “yatterman” first summary than go watch YnY, i think u will liek

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  23. Did someone say Yatterman? I didn't think that people in the west (other than me) who watched that series existed ;x YnY is pretty good though, I was taken by surprise on the great darkness of the show~

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  24. well, here's yet another cutely deceptive title to recommend to you, lest you hold an aversion to horror like myself.
    MangaTimeKirara Forward's “Gakkou Gurashi” manga. what seems to be a innocent everyday in-school life is actually an apocalypse in disguise. Like how Madoka turned out to be part of the Dark Fantasy+horror genre you know?

    Why I mention this title? Well, it's getting its first Anime Adaptation this 2015 Summer.
    recently I forced myself to read the manga ver. in preparation for what to expect, despite my strong fear for horror.
    Actually, after I realized what the truth of the setting was, I ended up reading every chapter (still ongoing) with a bit of increased heart pounding.
    I won't force you on this one nor will Iook down on you should you turn away from this one. It's quite understandable. I would too, if I hadn't forced myself to read it (and wait for the anime).

    P.S.
    I'm working on a short 10minute subbed recording of the recent 2014 december “Kimihane” Yuri VN, still translating but I'll inform again soon~ take a peek at Gakkou Gurashi hmm? I was abit touched yet in anguish by chapter 31.

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  25. Oh, forgot to mention; well, that still remains to be seen. Mainly caught my interest since there are no male characters in the main cast, just 4 girls (and some mysterious radiation suit people) xP

    I mainly recommend it as a interesting anime to watch/manga to read (31 chapters out so far), rather than yuri/subtext. With the emotional/mental breakdowns, existential crises,happy hallucinations of the main character Yuki, the constant near-death situations, and other forms of despair that the 4 girls face to survive in their school, I found it to be most interesting an emotional a read (and heart-pounding since I'm stupidly scared of the “supernatural-like biohazard” main theme of the story. I can't take my eyes of the manga now 'cause I'm too eager (& fearful) to find out what happens to them in the end….

    Subbed recording= english translated-subtitles put on a “recording”(using bandicam trial program) of a short playthru of the VN's first chapter.

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