It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions on the spring anime season that just started~
After the first episode, I was thinking to myself that this could be a fairly entertaining anime for this season, but I wasn’t as enamored with the second episode, and I ended up losing some confidence in this show. It’s not that I think it’s bad, it just feels average at best.
Between this, Bakuon!!, Sansha Sanyou, and Pan de Peace!, I’m left longing for the slice of lifes of yesteryear. After getting new seasons of GochiUsa and KinMoza, I’m slightly disappointed in the offerings this year has presented so far. I’ll probably keep watching this for at least another couple of episodes, but I’m still waiting for a reason to be excited to watch more slice of life shows.
I’m not exactly in the target audience for this one (crotch rocket enthusiasts who enjoy cute girls doing cute things?), but at least Bakuon!! has something unique to hang its hat on, which is more than some of the other slice of lifes premiering this season can say. The generic lead is present and accounted for, and while the supporting cast brings a little bit more to the show, the overall group is on the mediocre side. I imagine that someone into motorcycles would love this, yet most people would probably find it forgettable. Oh, and there’s not any yuri here.
This show uses the unoriginal premise of an organization in which the members all have super powers. Even though it’s been done a million times before, I still kind of like this show. Also, many of the characters are apparently based on (and named after) real-life Japanese authors, but since I don’t know the slightest thing about that, I’ll just state that and move on. The selling point seems to be the colorful characters, and so far, I’m sold. Mamoru Miyano’s performance is particularly noteworthy, and even though he’s not the main character, he steals the show IMO.
It doesn’t seem to be anything extraordinary, and the situations the main trio have been involved in thus far are okay, but not the greatest. I find the three of them entertaining, so I think I’ll continue watching~
It’s been three years since Shingeki no Kyojin debuted, and it’s great to see that season two is finally here! What? It’s not Shingeki no Kyojin? Well, you could have fooled me. This anime is so similar to SnK that it’s eerie. The two shows share the same studio, several staff members (including director), and a general similarity when it comes to the plot. Still, it’s pretty awesome, even if it feels like an alternate universe SnK. Steampunk + glorified zombies + drama = Badass.
I doubt there will be anything similar to Krista x Ymir in this one, but other than that, this will definitely satiate those who’ve been waiting for season two of SnK to hit.
Last fall, Kagewani premiered and brought with it creepy creatures that could’ve come straight from a kaiju monster movie. Season two looks to be more of the same of what we got previously, but perhaps thanks to how not good the recent season of Yami Shibai was, I’m enjoying this more than I did the first season. That’s still not saying too much, but compared to Yami Shibai, Kagewani is far more entertaining to me.
I’m still not sure what to make of this one. The premise is… different, but I’m not really feeling the characters or the overall story thus far. Things have been moving along methodically, but since I’m lukewarm on nearly everything, I can’t say that I’m enjoying this very much. At least Kiznaiver looks great and has those hallmark visuals that Trigger is known for. Maybe my expectations were too high coming in, but I feel that there’s just something missing with this show.
Mayoiga is another Mari Okada special, so of course, all hell is going to break loose. It’s only been three episodes, and sure enough, everyone is already acting crazy. The remaining nine episodes should turn out to be pretty interesting (and probably really weird). The idea of a mysterious lost village is cool, and I imagine there will be all sorts of backstabbing, strange deaths, and other madness going on with the 30 characters (yes, I said 30).
I get a faint Lost vibe while watching this, and since that was one of my favorite shows ever, I’m interested to see where things will go moving forward. I know I’m probably going to be disappointed in how this one turns out, but regardless, I look forward to how over the top this show is going to be.
Generally, I like romcoms, but I’m still not sold on this one. I think the characters are bland, and Ako can be pretty annoying, but admittedly, the whole online gaming bit is a enjoyable premise. Since all but one of the four main characters are female, there is the danger of this becoming a harem, and considering how underwhelming this anime has been so far, that would probably make matters even worse. Barring a sudden shift, I can see myself dropping this one in the near future. By then, the novelty likely would have worn off anyway.
This short-form slice of life revolves around “bread buddies”, girls whose love for bread has helped them become friends. In the very first episode, yuri finally makes its grand appearance, and the quality of the show magically improves—or at least that’s how I see it. Yet still, the show is very generic, and I probably would have dropped this if there hadn’t been any yuri. The yuri content is enough to keep me watching all the way through, but since it’s only three minutes per episode anyway, why not?
I’ve got to hand it to Sakamoto. The guy is smooth. I might even go as far as to say that he could be called SmoothMaster. No matter the bad situation he finds himself in, Sakamoto always comes out smelling like a rose. That sounds like it would get old pretty fast, but for me at least, I’ve been finding it amusing how he emerges from these situations with style and grace. Thus far, there doesn’t seem to be any real story, so it’ll be interesting to see if this will continue to keep up the entertainment factor. If anyone can do it, it’s Sakamoto~
Other than Bakuon!!, the other slice of life shows that I’m watching seem nearly the same to me. That said, I think I like this one the most. It definitely helps that charm isn’t in short supply with these girls. Unlike Pan de Peace!, there doesn’t seem to be any actual yuri in this one, but I suppose that people can always ship the girls anyway. Even though it’s only been a couple of episodes, I can see myself taking a liking to this show and enjoying it more and more. Hopefully that’ll be the case.
If you were to throw Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt and Kill la Kill in a blender, you’ll get this show. It’s from Trigger and director Hiroyuki Imaishi and has all of the characteristics that we’ve come to expect from the two of them. SPL embraces its status as a cheesy, over-the-top comedy, and at only eight minutes per episode, there’s a ton of personality stuffed into this. With a couple of returning seiyuus from Kill la Kill and even an ode to Inferno Cop, this is like a weird fantasy come true for me.
I’m not even sure how I even learned of this anime, but I’m glad that I did. It’s not going to win any sort of award or anything, yet this is more enjoyable to me than most of the other shows from this season.