With the first season and spin-off under our belts, it’s time to review the second season and finally get this tournament over with. At least, that was my plan, but Saki Zenkoku-hen has its own plans…
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the spring anime season that just started~
Uh… hm, what to say about this one. I guess let’s start with the obvious; Many of us were probably surprised when, after about 3 minutes, the episode just ended without any warning. I guess surprised is just a small part of what we really felt, and disappointment might as well be the better word to use here.
Well, since the episodes are so short, I don’t yet have that much to say. The ecchi level is quite high, and we can already expect there to be quite a lot of yuri, too. The quality, on the other hand, ranges from moments like “This looks nice!” to “Uh, wow, low-budget, huh?”.
I can’t really say any more, since I think given the length of the episodes that already aired, we just didn’t have the time to properly get to know the characters yet.
Anime spinoffs aren’t a new thing, but for every Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya, you have a Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid. Something that just fails to recapture the magic of its predecessor. Is Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A more the former or the latter? Let’s sort it all out~
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the winter anime season that just came to an end~
In case you missed our numerous posts about this show, let me simply repeat myself: This anime was probably how many of us imagined the manga coming to life. The perfect voice acting and fluid animation surely proved that after seasons of low budget yuri shows and having to live with mostly yuri subtext in general, the slightly longer wait for this one was definitely worth it.
Even people who didn’t enjoy the manga came to appreciate what the anime version had to offer, and I absolutely see why. While the drama level might be as high as in the manga and while Mei might still seem like a cold-hearted idiot, the anime provided us with a slightly different view, and that was much needed. Kisses suddenly don’t seem random anymore, and you can see a purpose behind them that is not only to look good or reach the required yuri-level in each and every chapter/episode.
Well, it of course also comes with the drawbacks of sometimes being too fast-paced, lacking in animation quality, at times, and, of course, not being able to match the amazing art style of the manga. But all in all, this was a very, very worthy anime adaptation that many of us came to love. WE NEED A SECOND SEASON!
A series that we’ve yet to get around to covering is Saki, but that ends today. Never before has mahjong been so gay, and with three seasons to get to (including the spin-off, Achiga-hen), there are several ships that set sail, so let’s get things started.
Moving out of your home to a completely new place can be pretty hard, especially if you’re still a high school student who needs to attend a school full of strangers. Unfortunately, Yuzu is not only forced to go to a new school, no, out of all possible schools, she has to attempt a very strict and conservative all-girls school as well. Also her way of “showing off” on the first day of school quickly gets her into trouble with the strict student council president Mei, who easily breaks Yuzu’s stubbornness, gaining her the pole position on Yuzu’s mental hate-list just on their first meeting. And as if things hadn’t been hard enough for her already, just when she returns home, she finds out that the one person that caused the most trouble for her that day is also going to be her new step sister…
The one anime that not only me, but so many of us have all been waiting for has come to an end, and oh damn, what a fun ride this was! But let’s start from the very beginning.
One of 2017’s best anime (or the best, if you listen to Crunchyroll) was Made in Abyss, and if you remember our 2017 Yuri Anime/Manga/Visual Novels Awards, you might recall that this anime was my pick for Best Non-Yuri Anime. Clearly, I think very highly of it, but why exactly is that? Let me explain~