It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the fall anime season that just started~
So yeah, I’m really enjoying Konohana Kitan so far. It’s yet again a show that you wanna watch after a long day of work and just relax while following the girls doing their work at the inn. Also, is it just me or do shows about young girls working at an inn or hotel always come with yuri subtext? I’m not complaining in the slightest thought~
Riko and You’s expressions up there explain pretty well how I reacted to some scenes of the first episodes of the new season of Love Live!. The yuri was yet again pretty strong, especially between my two favorites, Mari and Kanan~
You could say nothing really changed. The school is still not saved yet, and the group has to come up with a new plan on how to get it popular enough to get the needed amount of new students applying there. And guess what they’re planning to do in order to achieve this goal? Oh yeah, singing and dancing! I guess, I’m still not the biggest fan of the idol aspect of the show, even though that’s what it is all about. In my eyes, I’d enjoy simply watching the girls in their everyday life without the singing, but I guess that’s just me.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I for one am pretty tired of slice of life shows that take place at school. A lot of the time, it seems like if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, so getting one like this that take place in a completely different setting is pretty awesome. Similar to how Gakkou Gurashi! flipped the idea on its head by introducing zombies (even though it also took place at school), Girls’ Last Tour involves a different type of apocalypse.
At this point, it’s unclear what exactly caused the catastrophe (although it seems likely it was just war), but despite being all alone in a barren wasteland, our two protagonists take an optimistic approach to life and try to make the best out of a bad situation. The first episode only consisted of Yuuri and Chito scavenging the devastation for whatever they can use, yet I found this show strangely appealing. It isn’t much to look at, and I’m definitely not a fan of the art style and character designs, but I think it’s pretty charming nevertheless.
If nothing else, Girls’ Last Tour is a cute girls doing cute things anime that’s a bit different, and that in and of itself is enough to keep me interested.
The first season of Himouto! Umaru-chan was a pretty fun time, and from the looks of it, the second season looks like it’ll be more of the same. The whole gang is back, but in the first episode, I was a little surprised that gremlin Umaru wasn’t featured as much as I would’ve thought. Then again, I don’t know how many times you can have her playing games, eating junk food, staying up late, and doing her normal routine without it getting overwhelmingly repetitive (for me the first season never really fell into that trap).
Episode one brought forth a lot of what made season one entertaining, the rivalry between Umaru and Sylphin, Kirie’s awkwardness around Umaru, Ebina’s awkwardness around Taihei, and Umaru’s lazy loafing. Mostly thanks to Kirie, we reviewed the first season, so maybe history will repeat itself and come the end of the year, we’ll be talking more about Kirie x Umaru. Let’s hope so~
When I first learned of this anime, the name made me think it could be about some crazy demonic dog. An anime version of Cujo, if you will. Sadly, that’s not the case, but it still sounded interesting, so I decided to watch it anyway.
With one episode down, I think this has the makings of a pretty solid action anime. The
old man, Ichiro Inuyashiki, has it pretty rough, with his poor physical health (including stomach cancer) and unappreciative family, but after being struck and killed by a UFO (!), he’s given a new lease on life… as an android. It’s just like Kashimashi, but instead of being restored as a girl, Ichiro is restored as a war machine! 😛
Yeah, the story is crazy, but the episode did a pretty good job of making you feel for the guy. Even after the incident, he knows he’s not exactly human anymore, yet he still hasn’t lost his humanity. Inuyashiki is actually from the creator of Gantz, so you know it’s gonna be violent, though, let’s just hope that there’ll be more to it than gratuitous violence.
It feels like only yesterday that I was waiting months for final episode of Kekkai Sensen to air, but after a couple of years, the series is finally back for more monster-killing action. The first season was a strange—yet very enjoyable—show that was a nice blend of action, style, and irreverent humor, and so far, season two looks like it’ll be every bit as enjoyable.
Between all of the members of Libra as well as Hellsalem’s Lot itself, this series is just brimming with so much personality that a lot of other anime of its kind are lacking. This series doesn’t do anything particularly new, but it’s just endlessly entertaining to me, much like a Hollywood blockbuster movie. A lot of style and just enough substance.
I tried picking up a couple of other action shows this season that seemed like they could be vaguely like this one (Garo: Vanishing Line and Dies Irae), but neither could measure up to the bizarre exploits of Kekkai Sensen & Beyond, so I ended up dropping both. Welcome back, KS~
Prior to this, I had heard great things about the original Kino’s Journey, but I had never actually watched it. Luckily, this version is a reboot, so it doesn’t hurt to not have watched the original. Rejoice! Now, it’s only been one episode thus far, but I’m really enjoying this.
It seems that this is going to be a series that’s heavy on storytelling, with Kino encountering many people and stories along her journey of self-discovery. In a way, this reminds me a little bit of Mushishi. It’s that same type of introspective series that focuses on personal stories, but I have a feeling I’m going to end up liking this more, mostly thanks to the more “modern” setting. In addition to telling an interesting story in episode one, this anime looks really good as well, and Kino appears to be a very likable character.
The only thing I wonder about is why no one in this anime has yet to bat an eye at the prospect of a talking motorcycle. Other than that, this looks like it’s going to be an enjoyable and thought-provoking show, and I look forward to seeing what other adventures Kino and Hermes come across along their travels~