Island: Good animations and sound design can’t save a boring plot

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Kitsu link: https://kitsu.io/anime/island-tv

When the first episode aired, I was in awe. Then the second episode came around and I was let down. Now, in the third episode, I realised how much time I’m wasting when I can be watching other better stuff from this season. So. You guessed it, I’m dropping Island, and here’s why.

So Island is, excluding the story, a pretty good anime. The artstyle and animations are definitely good here. Studio feel. has done another great job with this. Smooth, pleasing to the eyes. And of course, the sound is great too. The VAs had to sing quite a bit and I enjoyed the insert songs as well as the OST quite a bit. The voice acting itself is pretty good too. All these combine to make the anime pretty good to look at and to listen to.

However, it is an anime, and anime usually need to have a good plot. And by good, I mean an entertaining plot. A plot may be full of holes and not really make sense, but if it’s entertaining enough, it’s good, because we watch anime for entertainment anyways.
So, what exactly is it about the plot of this anime makes it have low entertainment value? To put it simply…it’s boring. The potential of the plot and mysteries is high. Which was exactly why, I was tricked into thinking that it was going to be very good.

I was so wrong. The slow pacing isn’t exactly bad, but what’s bad is that they pad the in-betweens with weird fanservicey type scenes and…SOL sequences…or whatever they are doing here? It killed the magic of the show and it became boring.

As such, I really couldn’t handle it anymore after this third episode, which happens to be the typical beach episode with a very slight mystery at the end of it. Not interesting.

Therefore, I’ve dropped it. I’m not sure who else out there is continuing to watch this show but…good luck? Hopefully you find the good parts of the show.

What a disappointing drop this was. Oh well, at least there are much more surprisingly nice shows from this season.

 

Final rating: 6/10
Verdict:

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The show knows itself!

3D Kanojo: Real Girl: My waning interest in constructed conflict

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36793/3D_Kanojo__Real_Girl

While watching this third episode of 3D Kanojo, I realised just how much I hate constructed conflict. What do I mean by that?

Well, constructed conflict, to me, is when the story suddenly plugs in a certain thing out of nowhere to generate issues for the characters and therefore get a plot going. It’s the most prominent in TV dramas, especially Korean ones, with their use of accidents, cancer/other disease that kills, and sudden revelation of blood relations. These have little to no warning and only serve to create conflict between the characters, and I can already see it happening in 3D Kanojo.

Now, I’m sure I’m not being a good critic here, but it feels weird that the male MC would accept the female MC, recognise his feelings for her, begins to love her, then suddenly remembers a phase in his life which caused him to not like being touched. It just feels dumb to me that he would suddenly have issues with his own relationship at that specific point, especially since they have almost steadied their relationship.

This thought just put me off and overall, after the fun first episode the series seems to have killed its entertainment value. I’m just not entertained by it. Therefore, I’m dropping it.

 

Final rating: 7/10
Verdict: “I was completely fine up till now, though…”

 

Devils Line: 2fast2quick2steplove

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/35928/Devils_Line

I don’t think even lightning fast pacing can describe how fast the plot of this story progressed. It whizzed past so fast I suffered quite a bad whiplash at the end of every episode, and it just left me not very satisfied. Which is why, I find this series to be boring, and I’ve decided to drop it at episode 3 while I’m still not that invested in it yet.

The thing is, even if you have an interesting plot, you can’t just shove it down the viewer’s throat in an attempt to get them interested. There needs to be a buildup, and the best way to do that is through characters, and their interactions with each other. However, with Devils Line, it’s like the characters had the author cheat for them or something and decided to fall in love with each other in a flash. I believe, if this was in real life, it would result in what we would describe as “Shotgun Marriage”.

Either way, the point I’m trying to make is that the romance between the 2 main characters just progressed too fast. It progressed WAYYYY too fast. As I’m so affectionately described by the title, it went 2fast2quick. It was basically a 2 step romance, with step 1 being meet each other and step 2 being falling madly in love with each other. What happened to the human interaction? What happened to conflicts in between species? What happened to…the romantic portion of the romance??? It’s as if the series took a timeskip from before they met until they are a couple together, because that’s what it felt to me.

Oh, right, there’s also other things that are prevalent in the story that was quite annoying, namely throwaway characters as well as underdeveloped main characters. But at this point there’s just so many things I can point out that is wrong it’s not really worth it to do so.

Just know that this anime is average at best in my eyes, and this is coming from someone who is very easily entertained.

At least there was good opening and ending songs, I suppose.

 

Final rating: 5/10
Verdict: Sniper bullet confession-blocking.

This is a clickbait title. Click me!

 

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Kininarimasu! [Anime: Hyouka]

You are now checking out the post, that is for sure. But is it really because the title of this post is somewhat click-baity?

The idea popped out of a certain poo poo’s mind after having conversed about some of the titles for anime in 2018 Spring Season being somewhat plain and obvious but strong and truly representative. This is where we gather up around the imaginary Aniblogger Coalition meeting table to share our views on some of the titles across forms of multimedia which managed to hook us in with just one look.

Baiting us is one thing; keeping us with them is completely another, but we are not going to even talk much about the end result.

Heya! Welcome to one of those good times where collaborations do happen! This post is made in a spur of the moment but it is finished so quick because we all have our ideas to pitch on the table.

The coalition for this specific time:

Myself (Plyasm) and my wormhole — you are in it too, for now.

It’s time for the rest to enter:

— AstralGemini[He claims this is his shocking pink]

— Shokamoka

— Moyatori

— MagicConan14

*All of them chose their own colours willingly. And Shoka is a lazy bastard that stuck with the default black.

We are each to pitch up to three titles that we feel to be somewhat attention-worthy from just looking at them; all before everything else, content wise, skew our views in the end. This will be long since there are five of us so let’s not waste time on this post with a title bearing similar quality.

What you have just read above is actually written by the same poo poo that he called himself, Shoka. He tried to imitate my writing to write the starting of the post and hey, I gotta say he’s pretty good at trying to be me. Either way, in case you have no noticed yet, the text that we each write will be colour coded by the colours above. This is a pain to do one by one to follow what we had on the google docs but it will be worth it, I suppose.

Here goes the actual post!

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Beatless: Why?

Now that I am finally started to catch up with the many shows of the season, I realised just how boring some of the watches have been. And Beatless, is one of the prime examples.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36516/Beatless

Taking a closer look at Beatless, we can see just how much wasted potential there is. First up, the music and sounds of this anime is great. The opening song by GARNiDELiA, especially, is one of the great opening songs to grace this season. The soundtrack is also quite good and is able to bring out the mood when needed. And then, we take a look at the art and animation and realise just how much wasted potential there is as well. Smooth animations, great art and overall very aesthetically pleasing look makes this anime quite a feast for the eyes. The plot and story too, shows much interesting promise as it can make for another great discussion topic on AI vs Humans. Character wise, having hIEs being a thing, and even one being a main character makes for a very interesting cast that could have been expanded upon to make the story even more fun than it already it.

Well, with so much going for it, what exactly went wrong?

The overall execution. I’ve never personally read the source, but according to my friend, it was pretty good, which is the whole reason why I tried watching this show in the first place. However, it is quite disappointing to have the MC be this bad. After (somehow) getting himself into a life threatening situation, and getting saved by a hIE, his first response was not to ask or find out about what is happening to him. Instead, he chooses to bring his saviour to his house and…enjoy a dinner together? Why?

After the whole ordeal, they enjoyed their daily lives together. Again, why? You were literally just in a dangerous position, and yet you choose to stick around sucking your thumb after you got to safety, and passively wait for things to happen to you, not to mention the complete lack of thinking on the MC’s part. In fact, this MC is so 1-dimensional in terms of characterisation we might as well proclaim him braindead…
Either way, there’s also the stuff happening with his friends. One friend got into trouble, blah blah, and again, I really need to ask why on a lot of decisions being made here. There just really isn’t good enough reasons for 90% of the things happening in the show up to episode 6 for me to not question the actions taken by the characters.
E.G. Oh no I hate hIEs so I’ll put my life on the line to do some terrorist work against hIEs even though I have a family worried about me, a sister and friends who constantly tell me not to do foolish things, and yea, I don’t regret the decision at all… WHY?? These huge “why”s appearing in my head everytime there’s these stupid decisions basically ruined the show for me, as there seems to be a missing part of logic in the events that transpired that I’m not catching on to…

So yea, I’m lost and bored because of the plot, I don’t like the way some of the characters are written, the MC really needs to stop being so useless and stupid, and we also need to fix this weird SOL elements being mixed in between these grave situations. I’m not going to be around to see if it’s being fixed, but I assume not given how the rating on MAL keeps dropping…

So yea, Beatless is a bundle of wasted potential and regrets. Oh well, at least that opening song more than makes up for my time spent on it.

 

Final rating: 6/10
Verdict: “You have have forgotten, but you will die if you are shot.”

 

Märchen Mädchen: It finally became boring

What can I say? After being only borderline entertaining for quite a while now, Märchen Mädchen has finally became boring. With the latest episode 7, I saw how the art and animations started to break down, making some scenes look pretty hideous. As a result, my interest just plummeted and along with how boring the plot of this episode is I just couldn’t watch on anymore.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/35997/Märchen_Mädchen

This series has its many faults, and I feel like I placed too much hope in it even though I never had any high hopes…which makes it even worse.

Art and animations started off as being pretty nice. Then, it just dropped. And dropped. And dropped. Until the unwatchable scenes in this episode, it actually still maintained a decent overall quality, but I guess production just couldn’t keep up… That aside, the character designs are actually pretty good.

Voice acting is pretty average, but the background soundtrack…is just lackluster. While I didn’t expect much, I would have liked if the OST helped to at least make the experience more enjoyable, but alas.

Plot wise… eh.
If done correctly, I’m sure this plot is actually pretty new and innovative but…why is it that the pacing feels completely off for me? I just got thrown off by the pacing most of the time, despite the story being actually pretty good. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong here, but something is wrong here.
And no, being typical and full of stereotypes doesn’t make the plot bad.

Well, at least the opening and ending songs are pretty nice. And it was good while it lasted.

With that said, I dropped Märchen Mädchen. Time to move on to better series!

 

Final rating: 6/10
Verdict: “Return to your world. And never come back, please.”

Grancrest Senki: Surprise! It’s me, Plot-kun!

What’s with this clichéd title? Honestly, I don’t know. At this point, I’ve run out of words to describe how painful a watch this is to my friends. Let’s just get this post over and done with by ranting a little(actually quite a bit).

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34279/Grancrest_Senki

Now then, let’s start off with the rants.

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Citrus: Yea no.

Still confused about what exactly is the focus of this series, I’ve decided to drop it, not because of a bad episode or anything, but simply because I can’t stand this feeling of uneasiness while watching.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34382/Citrus

This anime is pretty good. In terms of animation and sound, it is visually nice while pleasing my ears all the while too. I really have no complaint for this series with regards to those two.

But, I can’t help but drop it. Ever since my first impressions, I have been having a bad feeling with regards to watching this anime. It started as a confusion over whether it is an ecchi anime or yuri anime. Then it turned into extreme confusion, and now with the third episode I really don’t even know anymore. Is this supposed to be ecchi? Or it’s pure yuri romance?

Whichever way it goes, I’m not really into either. Furthermore, there is something in this series that just does not sit right with me for some reason. I can’t pinpoint it but it has to do with the female MC.

…And I’ll now gladly drop this series to watch others that can entertain me better. If you are a fan of yuri romance, however, by all means, watch this series.

 

Final rating: 7/10
Verdict: “As of today, you’re expelled!”

Dies Irae: What the heck is going on?!

After finally watching the third episode of Dies Irae after so long, I realised why I have held back on watching it: it just isn’t enjoyable to watch.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/32271/Dies_Irae

The anime is not bad in terms of animations, art and sound. In fact, it is far from it, with great animations all round and an art style that is very pleasing. The character designs are not bad either. As for the sound, the voice acting is pretty good, and the guillotine song was impressive and had a huge impact. The opening and ending songs are pretty good on their own too.

With all that said, the one thing that made this anime bad was the story and how it was presented. Starting with episode 1, more and more confusing things were presented and instead of answering them, the anime gives us more things that just added on to the confusion. If it lasted for 1 or 2 episodes, fine, it would be a cool set-up to draw people in, and I was admittedly interested. However, even in the third episodes things just keep getting more confusing, and at the end of the episode, I was just left wondering what exactly I just watched.

Thus, I won’t be wasting my time continuing to watch this anime and use that time on others.

 

Final rating: 6/10
Verdict: “Offer the blood to the guillotine.”

 

Code: Realize: Here we go again

This is a drop post for Code: Realize: Sousei no Himegimi. Not exactly a rant post, because there really isn’t much to rant about.

Anime name: Code: Realize: Sousei no Himegimi

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/31456/Code_Realize__Sousei_no_Himegimi

So, why did I drop the anime? Well, the anime seemed very impressive at the start: there was a relatively interesting premise, and the main character seems pretty unique. However, I’ve got basically the same complaint for this anime as I did for Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu: the basics are all there, but nothing is done about them. We spent 3 episodes watching them spin around in their mansion and gathering 1 new ally in the process, and in this fourth episode we get some things at last… but not before expositions and more set-ups. It was naturally slow already, but what got me disinterested was not exactly how the show is done, but more of how the characters, almost all of them, are left unexplored. I feel as if they are just hollow shells(pretty ones at that), and that’s not doing much for the show.

So, after barely sitting through episode 4, I decided to drop the show. It’s not bad, and you might like the show, but I didn’t really like it.

Final rating: 6/10
Verdict: “We need a plan.”