It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the summer anime season that just started~
As you probably know from my First Impression post dedicated only to this show, I was a bit disappointed. Now, after seeing 2 more episodes of Netsuzou TRap, my opinion hasn’t changed, and I in fact settled with the thought that this one will simply not be as great as I was hoping it would be.
Let’s just say that other than the fast pace and the low-budgety animation, I guess I’m missing the feeling the manga gave off. Even if the anime shows exactly what is presented in each and every chapter, the feeling and atmosphere present in the manga is for some reason completely absent in the anime version, even though this kind of media should be perfect to amplify these things even more. Ah well, no use complaining about it. It’s still definitely worth watching, and who knows, maybe it’ll get better from here on.
It’s almost a crime I forgot that the second season would air this year, so what a pleasant surprise to find out that our favorite game development team would get to work on yet another game this season~
So far, it seems that the cast will stay the same (I’m only at episode 1), and I’d much appreciate it if the characters we already know and love would stay as the main cast, though I guess seeing a few new faces wouldn’t hurt either. In any case, this is a definite must-watch for me, and I can’t wait to find out how this season will play out for them~
Let’s hope for quite a bit more yuri subtext here, too!
Even though I was a little late to the Symphogear party, I made it just in time to catch AXZ, and through the first episode, it’s still the Symphogear we all know and love. Michael Bay-esque action remains the name of the game, and even though I thought it was a somewhat underwhelming episode (thanks to the ordinary soldiers that serve as the enemies), things certainly look to be on the upswing.
With Finé long gone and Carol and her Autoscorers no longer in the picture, who the new antagonists will be is the big question, and at the end of the episode, we finally get a glimpse of them. Belonging to the Bavarian Illuminati (!), these new characters have some curious backstories, and it seems like this organization has had a hand in all sorts of nefarious activities throughout history (including aiding Carol), so it seems like they might be a worthy adversary. Then again, they’re the Illuminati, so of course they are.
And it wouldn’t be Symphogear without some yuri subtext, and there have already been a few references that hint at another yuri-tinged season to look forward to, so hopefully that will continue. Overall, I trust that this will be another worthy entry in the franchise, as long as the crazy, over-the-top action keeps coming.
Every now and then, I get a bit tired of seeing the same old types of anime, so getting something a bit different like Kakegurui is just what I needed to get the summer anime season started off right. Focusing on the high stakes dealings in an afluent private academy, Kakegurui puts a dark twist on the world of gambling, and in the first episode, we end up with something far more compelling than your average rock, paper, scissors match.
The main character, Yumeko, is every bit as crazy as the above screenshot indicates, and because of that, this looks like it’ll continue to be a pretty interesting watch. It doesn’t hurt that this anime looks quite good as well, so watching Yumeko play the twisted card shark and hustle and manipulate these other students is something that I’ll continue to look forward to as the season goes on.
On a side note—and it might end up being nothing at all—the OP has a distinct yuri flavor to it, so that’s something else that I’ll have to keep an eye on, just in case~
Based on the PVs, this looked like an anime that might deliver some good adventure, and so far, things look really promising. Taking place in a city with a giant pit in the middle of it—aptly named the Abyss—students of Belchero Orphanage are involved in cave raiding, which sees them explore the depths for ancient relics that provide valuable income to the orphanage. While spelunking, perpetual troublemaker Riko is saved from certain death by a strange, cyborg-like boy, whom she sneaks backs into the dorms and returns to health, setting the stage for a grand adventure to explore the mysteries of the Abyss.
In a short amount of time, this show has built a wondrous little world, and I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of the extremely cute and charming characters, including Riko—who already has my vote for best girl of the season—as well as the amnesiac bionic boy, Regu. Although it may initially look like an anime that skews to a younger crowd, it seems that there might be enough drama and hardship forthcoming that Made in Abyss will also appeal to an older set.
I think this show has a lot of potential, so it’ll be interesting to see if it can put everything together and deliver an adventure that fans of the genre can really get excited for~
I’m probably not alone in saying that I enjoy me some spies, so getting an anime with a strong emphasis on espionage is pretty great. Set in an alternate Europe at the turn of the 20th century, advanced technology has helped the Kingdom of Albion emerge as the greatest world power since the Roman Empire. However, revolution has split the kingdom into two nations that are separated by the London Wall, the Kingdom of Albion and the Commonwealth of Albion. Now, ten years later, London has become the front line of a war fought between the nations’ spies.
It’s not everyday that you see an anime set during this time period, and for me, it’s definitely part of the appeal. The industrial setting looks great, and with the addition of cavorite—a nod to H.G. Wells—there’s a sci-fi edge to this show that’s kind of unique. Also unique is the fact that the main group of spies in question are schoolgirls, which is a bit hard to believe, but whatever. A lot of the time, action-oriented shows with teenage protagonists (like the aforementioned Symphogear AXZ) go easy on the violence, with careful consideration being made to avoid them killing other humans, but not here. It seems that outright murdering someone isn’t shied away from, so even though these spies may be young, Princess Principal is still trying to embrace a somewhat more mature vibe.
So far, the show has done a pretty good job of balancing all these different elements, and if it can keep that going, this might end up being one of the under-the-radar gems of the summer season. At the very least, it’s something a bit different, and in an increasingly “me-too” anime landscape, that has to count for something.