It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the fall anime season that just started~
Whoever thought that the second season of Hibike! Euphonium would feature any less yuri subtext than we already got in the first season was definitely in for a surprise, a very pleasant one. Not only did the yuri hype train start moving again, it was also fueled by so many small and big Kumiko x Reina moments that it’s hard to believe that it will ever come to an halt. I, in fact, can’t believe that any hetero romance for those two might be believable, especially for Reina, after seeing how they behave when they are around each other.
It was seriously the best thing in the world to watch these two interact with each other again, with all the subtle, and some even not so subtle, “yuri” gestures and looks they shared. I can’t wait for more, and I’m seriously going to throw a huge freaking tantrum if KyoAni actually includes any real heterosexual romance for either of my two new babies! Kyoto Animation, you have been warned!
Similarly to Love Live! Sunshine!! in the last anime season, we’re getting an all new
Strike Witches season, with a new cast of characters.
After having watched the first episode, I can’t say too much. The story seems roughly the same, with the same old enemies that no one really knows where they came from or what they want and the same type of heroes to save the word: underage girls in skimpy clothing.
Though, what is different so far is the main girl, Hikari, whom I actually started to like a lot more and a lot faster than how I liked Mijafuji during the first few episodes. Though what still bothers me a little is the fact that we can’t really be sure if we’ll see any yuri in this one… .
Well, we already got the sisterly bath scene, though I’d be happier about someone other than her sister to pair Hikari up with~
This one might actually be the hype show of the season, and after having watched the first episode, I can definitely see why!
Great animation, great atmosphere, and a badass female lead? Yeah, I’m totally in for that! Now, add in the fact that the trailer made this show look quite yuri-ish, you can only imagine that my hype level is going through the roof!
Well, okay. I gotta admit, the first episode didn’t really show any yuri hints or anything like that, and their political talks were a little too much for me to stay hyped for the whole run of the episode, though, I have a strong feeling this one is going to be super awesome~
Drifters is an adaptation from the same mangaka that brought us Hellsing, and even though I haven’t read either, the similarities to Hellsing Ultimate are obvious. I doubt many people reading this have watched that anime, but like that, this is violent and brutal, with a dark and brooding art style that I personally love. I normally wouldn’t be interested in any sort of historical anime, but there was something about this one that seemed interesting, and so far, it’s been exactly that.
The story doesn’t seem quite as intriguing as the visual aesthetics themselves, yet I think Drifters still has the potential to be a worthy spiritual successor to the awesome Hellsing Ultimate. It’s already off to a pretty good start~
Maybe my expectations were too low, but even though it’s only been one episode, Flip Flappers was actually a lot better than I expected. This is like a strange and surreal sci-fi fairy tale, with visuals that give the world plenty of personality and really sell the sense of wonder and adventure that follows. That’s already pretty nice, but I think what’s even more exciting is the yuri subtext that looks like it might be a big part of the series.
Despite their contrasting personalities, Papika and Cocona have great chemistry, and they’re just damn cute together. It seems like they’ve already established a strong connection, so we should hopefully she this ship take off and become something that people can really get behind.
It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes from here, but if nothing else, Flip Flappers is definitely a pleasure to look at, and the possibility of more yuri subtext is already enough to make this an anime worth keeping a close eye on.
This anime was a recommendation from resident megane-lover Dimagnus_Gia, and sure enough, there’s an absolutely adorable character with glasses (who even has messy hair), so it’s already better than Love Live!. Okay, that’s probably not true at all. 😛
At the very least, I like that this isn’t a straight-up clone of your typical idol anime, since there’s a dark and serious aspect to the story—that’s most likely going to be pretty awful—but at least it’s something different. Speaking of being different, this isn’t actually a full-length anime. The anime itself only spans about 13 minutes, and the rest of the episode is a live-action segment with the seiyuus discussing various things. Maybe some people would like that, but honestly, I didn’t even bother with it and would’ve preferred more of the anime portion instead.
The character designs are nice enough, yet the actual performance itself wasn’t all that great. The CG is predictably worse than Love Live!, and it only featured one of the two main groups anyway, so that wasn’t exactly a bright spot for me. If you’re a fan of idol anime, you may find something to like here, but I think that this is looking like a rather lackluster entry in the genre.
If you were a fan of the previous installments in the WIXOSS series, you’ll feel right at home with Lostorage Incited WIXOSS. This feels just like the past two seasons, so we have brand-new Selectors doing battle in order to prevent themselves from disappearing and their memories from being devoured. Yeah, the rules of the game (which weren’t explained in prior seasons as well as they could have been) have changed from before, but a grim fate still awaits those who lose enough times.
All of the Selectors from Infected and Spread had been female, but in the first episode, there’s already a male Selector, and judging by the ED, it looks like there’ll be at least one more male Selector in future episodes. Of course, this probably reduces the chances of a potential yuri pairing from appearing, which to be honest, kills some of my enthusiasm to keep watching this. Nevertheless, the idea of Madoka Magica meets a card battle game is still interesting to me, and I think the episode did a pretty decent job of creating enough drama, so I’ll wait and see if Lostorage can improve upon the efforts of its predecessors.
The second season of Okusama ga Seitokaichou! picks up right where the first season left off, and by that I mean that it’s every bit as ecchi as before. This season still tries to be hentai lite, which happens to be the only real reason to want to watch it. It didn’t quite happen during the first season, but it’s only a matter of time before the inevitable love triangle—and the near-sex scenes—happen between the three main characters.
If this were a normal length anime, I don’t think it would be worth the time, but at only eight minutes an episode, it’s not nearly as bad as it could be. Like the first season, the ecchiness could get tiring at any time and result in this getting dropped, but for now, I think that it’s entertaining enough to keep watching~
Might start watching later: ViVid Strike!, WWW.Working!!, and Magical Girl Raising Project.