WARNING: DO NOT BE FOOLED. THIS SERIES IS SICK. IT’S CUTE AND SICK AT THE SAME TIME, BUT IT’S STILL SICK. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Holy freaking shit. I felt something was wrong ever since the start, but I never expected things to go so wrong just in the first episode alone.
I have no be honest here: I was entertained. I know I may be incurable at this point to find entertainment in all this darkness, but I can’t help it. It’s just…gripping. The cuteness mixed in with the darkness made for a recipe that is sweet but also disturbing.
The main themes of this anime is pretty simple, yet complex. What seems normal on the surface always have a harsh reality behind it. I swear, this kind of anime is sometimes even more disturbing than the likes of Mahou Shoujo Site, where the screwed up things are clearly visible…
Either way, it was an entertaining watch, art/sound/plot are all above average.
I…really can’t say much other than watch it for yourself to understand the feelings I’m having right now. It’s good…but so bad…but good…
Urgh. I can only recommend this to people who can stomach dark themes though, so be warned yet again.
First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: This is like those type of prank candy where there’s an “explosive” interior and a sweet exterior…
With that done, we can now move on to the next, which is …Grand Blue ! I’m looking forward to watching it, if it means shaking off the feelings I have currently.
See you in 6 hours!
*No screenshots this time since…there really isn’t one I can take without spoiling or anything.
What an episode! This was pretty much the perfect episode to start off on and to “reset” all the tension and action that we stopped at during the ending of season 2.
The many different things that have happened during this one episode are mostly generally not that progressive in terms of overall plotline, but they all serve to further develop the many lovely characters in Overlord, especially our MC, Ainz, even further.
Furthermore, the way many things are being presented is just hilarious, and there’s definitely going to be memes about them next time.
Next thing that has seen vast improvement is the art and animations. It seems that with each passing season, Madhouse is animating Overlord better and better. From the start, Overlord never had the same amazing animations as other series such as No Game No Life or Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, but that never stopped it from being good. And now, with the animations stepping up and actually started to look a little good for once, I have high hopes.
As for the music, it’s very surprising. I expected a great OxT opening song yet again, but instead, we were greeted with an opening song by MYTH&ROID, and OxT is doing the ending song instead. Well, not that I’m complaining, because they are both, yet again, as expected, amazing. The animations that paired up with the opening this time is probably the best we’ve seen yet, and I have to give props to Madhouse for that. Will probably be unskippable for me yet again…
Overall, I loved this episode, it may have been much more SOL focused compared to the action and politics heavy episodes that we ended S2 with, but it’s a welcome change of pace and entertaining as heck anyways.
Again, I recommend Overlord to basically anyone who doesn’t dislike isekai. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it. If you have, watch this new season dammit!
First impressions rating: 9/10
Most impressive part: D…Did Ainz just get raped? The opening animations.
Whoo! That was great, yet again! It seems that most of the picks in this season turned out to be good in their own right! Now, let’s see what’s next on my agenda!
OOOOOHHHH…It’s the original anime by P.A. Works, Sirius the Jaeger! I’m pumped for this! See you in 6 hours!
EDIT: …or so I would have. But of course, Netflix comes around and ruins the day~ Whoo! No decent fansubs this time round(as of time of writing) so uh…let’s wait till next time…;.;
To make up for it, I will do the next available anime instead: Happy sugar life. Yes, I skipped several because they aren’t available for viewing either…I really need to pick up Japanese.
This was a pretty good first episode. What became clear at the end of it is that this anime will be one focused on mystery solving, a little dash of romance, and…appraising antiques.
On the topic of antiques, I really can’t understand half of what was being presented during the first episode so…I clearly can’t appreciate art properly. That said though, the art and animations of this first episode is pretty nice. The artstyle still looks like Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi to me, but…it’s not like it’s a bad thing.
Either way, the plot so far is pretty interesting. While I am clearly not fit to say anything about antiques and such, the way it was presented was entertaining and engaging. Furthermore, the doses of mystery solving we’ve already gotten is already getting me hooked. This Tokyo(EDIT: Kyoto, I’m stupid) Holmes-san really caught my attention, and hopefully with the coming episode they will start solving bigger mysteries.
Overall, it seems like the plot really is similar to Hyouka or Gosick, since they are focused on solving mysteries. I like it, a lot. There’s also the ending song which was very nice, but the ending animations went the lazy route and was just a replay of certain moments during the episode. Not that I can blame them, but I really did expect a better ending to fit the good song…
I liked the way the series is going, and although the pacing is very slow as of now, it is pleasant and relaxing. I would recommend this anime to anyone that likes mystery solving types and doesn’t mind a slower paced anime.
First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: Figuring out everything about someone just by looking at them.
With that being over, it’s time to move on to the next. And what would be after that…?
Overlord III. YES. I’m so looking forward to this, and so far it seems that the opening song alone already generated lots of discussion. See you in 6 hours!
Well, if I were to conclude this series in a nutshell in one sentence, it would be: Hilariously idiotic and being very self-aware at the same time.
But of course, I’m gonna go into more details now. First, I will have to talk about the pros.
The good parts of this anime is definitely the self-aware comedy and the character interactions. This appears to be another one of those episodic type of comedy, with reoccurring characters. The situations are very stupid, and the humour is very stupid, but at the same time, it is exactly this very self-aware stupidity throughout the show that made me laugh quite a bit. The characters are also constantly breaking through the 4th wall, which is refreshing.
Another good part I can think of would be the opening and ending songs, and the animations that come with them. The opening and ending songs are really good, with the opening song being especially great. The opening animations is also currently the first opening to make me laugh out loud. Yes, I laughed at the opening animations.
But…that’s about all the good parts. Even with all the positives I’ve stated, there’s a number of negatives present throughout the show. The most obvious will be the weird thing where it seems they are continuing the anime from…somewhere, but we were given absolutely no context and just thrown into the fray right away. It makes us very lost and even by the end of the episode and through the preview of episode 2, it doesn’t look like they intend to give us the context or introduce any character properly. This means that we were never given a chance to know the characters, let alone begin to like them.
Now, that’s not the only problem here. The other problem seems to be that for some reason it seems that they have spent all their arts budget on that amazing PV, so that they no longer have the animation budget left for the actual anime, because as much as I want to defend a “simple artstyle”, they are just animating poorly here. I can see how much more charm it would have had if they just animated with more quality, but since they didn’t a lot of the scenes look…crude, or just looks as if they cut corners.
But…I have to say, overall, it was dumb, stupid, and full of flaws, but I was very entertained nonetheless. It’s different from Backstreet Girls’ WTF factor with the slideshows, in that the stupidity will probably make you laugh even if you don’t know why exactly you are laughing, and it’s probably worth a continued watch for now.
I wouldn’t exactly recommend this to anyone, unless you just want to laugh at stupid stuff. In which case, give Jashin-chan Dropkick a try!
First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: The 4th wall breaks and the stupid humour.
Well, with Jashin-chan Dropkick done, it’s time to move on to the next anime!
And that would be…Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes. The Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi lookalike that seems to be similar to Hyouka and Gosick in terms of genres??
Well, whatever the case, I’ll be checking it out. See you in 6 hours!
This is it. Humanity has achieved a new high–we can now lewd our very own blood cells. A M A Z I N G.
But for reals though, this was a very nice show. To put it simply, it’s the biology lesson I didn’t know I needed, but it’s one that is very welcome. Throughout my life, because of how I hated blind memorisation, biology has always been on the top of my hate list in terms of subjects due to just how much you have to memorise. But now, after watching this anime, my eyes has been opened, and I’ve realised how Biology can be so fun to some people.
Being a show about personafying cells, I half expected it to be full of fantasy and things, and true enough, it is, but everything is based on true facts(or at least it seems like so, can a Biology Major confirm the facts?). I liked how informative it was while still having an engaging story, and man…did they seriously get us to ship a red blood cell and a white blood cell?! And those blood platelets…SO FREAKING CUTE!!!!!!!
God, just the thought of having so many amazing things actually being inside my body makes me happy for some reason. Maybe it’s the thought of being amazing despite not actually being amazing? Hmm….
Oh, right, gotta review at the very least. Well, the art and animations is definitely good. David Production, as always, kept up their high quality animations for this series, same as their other series. I was half expecting a JoJo’s reference somewhere since it’s David Production, but I guess not…
The character designs are definitely great. They are great representations of the different types of cells we have, and I REALLY WANT TO CUDDLE THE PLATELETS, PLEASE.
As for the overall comedy/story/pacing, it’s great. Very engaging despite feeding us facts every now and then, and the humour is very on point. The VAs are also very good at their jobs, and the soundtrack is good.
Have I praised it enough yet? I think I’ve met the quota. Great.
Now, to end off, I believe this was a great first episode that made me chuckle at the simplest things we do, like sneezing, because of the way it was represented. Truthfully, this one episode alone already changed my perception of biology somewhat, and I believe if future episodes continue with this quality, I might just fall in love with my own body, quite literally.
I would recommend this to just about anyone that enjoys anime.
First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: The blood platelets. LOOK AT THEM AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THEM.
And that’s the end of the first impressions. I’m going to need to calm down from the cuteness first before I begin another first episode, but let’s just see what’s next…
Oooh, Jashin-chan Dropkick! I’m looking forward to this. See you in 6 hours!
Excuse me for adding in the extra tagline in the title, like something a clickbait YouTuber would do, but I seriously could not contain myself after watching the first episode of Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro. Everything in this first episode went well.
First off, there’s that hilarious comedy. From overthinking things(and Chio does it a lot), to doing embarassing things, to just hilarious coincidences, this series has got it all, and it’s all in this one episode that we get so much comedy gold. It might not have been as freaking hilarious as Hinamatsuri, but the comedy’s styles reminds me of Nichijou a lot. Like, a lot alot.
And it’s not just the comedy itself that reminds me of Nichijou. The arts and animations too. With the amount of overanimation that has been put into some scenes, you would think that it’s a waste of budget. However, all it does is concentrate most of the animations towards where the overanimations will come in handy and make the scenes more hilarious/engaging. Other times, they keep a relatively simple style so the load isn’t too hard on the animators(I assume). Either way, this way of animating really reminds me of Nichijou. It’s brilliant, it’s charming, and it’s plenty unique nowdays, with most anime focusing on overall looking amazing instead of having more simple artstyles.
But of course, with the art style being simple, what carries the show the most(apart from humour) is the voice acting and the story “plot”. I put quotation marks on “plot” because its a comedy, and comedies don’t always need a sensible or good plot to be good. However, in this case, Chio-chan’s plot is actually quite engaging, being a blend of everyday situations together with slight fantasy/impossible elements, with exaggeration of course. As the story goes on, it looks like it might go into actual fantasy, but they’ll probably handle it fine. Either way, the voice acting is yet another plus, with the voice actor for Chio doing an amazing job at bringing her over-analysing, over-negative personality to life. She succeeded in making even me, a viewer, nervous at the most simple actions like greeting someone, and proceeded to make me subconsciously analyse things even though there was no need to. But of course, we can’t forget the sound effects department too, with their sounds being very on point and bringing more life to what would otherwise be mundane actions. This is again comparable to Nichijou.
I really can’t help it. This anime has so much Nichijou vibes, and made me genuinely laugh so much at the stupidest and most overexaggerated stuff, that I can’t help but think it’s going to be the next Nichijou. I might have only taken a look at it because of Tate no Yuusha being on the same cover as it, but damn am I glad that I took a look. This was one of the most worth first episodes from this season so far.
I honestly, from the bottom of my heart, recommend this to everyone. It’s such a good comedy for relieving stress and whatnot.
First impressions rating: 9/10
Most impressive part: E V E R Y T H I N G. I LOVED IT.
That was a blast! With Chio-chan being such a good watch, I’m looking forward to the next one. And it is…Hataraku Saibou! I’ve heard so much good things about this. This is going to be great!
If you read the pre-season preview, you would know exactly what I mean now. Yes, Harukana Receive turned out to be a Hanebado with more fanservice.
Like…that’s all. They both still focus on the sports aspect really well, and they have plots, but Harukana Receive has more “plots”, and not only on the chests, but on the bottoms too.
*Not inserting any screenshots here since it’s borderline NSFW but you can imagine it yourself*
Other than the eye-catching fanservice, Harukana Receive turned out to be actually a pretty good watch. Beach Volley turned out to be much more different from Volleyball than I thought, and at the same time, it seems that it’s probably just as competitive and exciting to watch, as this first episode has demonstrated. The characters presented so far are already pretty well developed and they all seem very interesting, as well as the plot.
That aside, the music and sounds is…average. The sound design falls behind compared to Hanebado’s excellent ones(read more about that on this amazing post by Jenn!), the voice acting is pretty good but with a not as good OST behind it it sounds…bland. That’s about all I can say.
Now, the animations for this anime is what I would call “selective animating”. Why would I say that? Well, it seems that a lot of scenes, although equally as important as others, simply get fewer details and quality just because it doesn’t have fan service. In fact, I feel like most of the animation quality seems to have went to when they went into their swimsuits and are doing their…things. But, it’s understandable, and the animation quality is good regardless, so I’m not complaining.
Overall, I would say that this was a good first episode, and if not for the existence of Hanebado, this would probably have been the sports pick of the season. I would recommend this to anyone who isn’t allergic to fanservice and likes sports.
First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: Actually learning about beach volleyball! And not being borderline hentai!
With Harukana Receive done, we can now move on to the next on the list, and that would be Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro, the anime I picked up because of Tate no Yuusha.
Well, that’s that I guess. Overall, it was a pretty good horror watch, but note that my words can’t really be trusted since I’m so easily scared…
The overall tension is there. It really is there. And the actual horror aspect, since this is a horror anime, is…pretty OK so far. I can imagine how this would have been as a game, so it was probably scarier in the game itself. The adaptation really did well though. The suspense really is there, and I fear for what’s coming next. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into something full of edge, because currently there’s already a lot of it and we don’t need extreme stuff just for the sake of having extreme stuff…
That aside, everything else in this anime is well done. The art and animations were smooth, the character designs are…relatively fresh, and the voice acting is top-notch so far. Especially whomever did the second character, really giving me Beetlejuice flashbacks there…
The ending music that was shown is pretty good. And well…that’s about all I can say for now. And now that I’ve run out of things to talk about, let’s talk about another similar game instead!
Now, Satsuriku no Tenshi is a Japanese horror game made with RPG Maker that is also a freeware. You know what else is a Japanese horror game made with RPG Maker that is also a freeware? If you guessed Ib, you are correct. Ib is a game that was hugely popular and played by almost all the YouTubers back then.
For what reason, you might ask? Well, Ib had a really good plot. Not just one relying on edge, but moreso the actual psychological horror it strikes into your hearts without actually relying on jump scares and the likes too much. The scenario presented in slightly similar to this game in a way, but also different.
Either way, along the way Ib actually meets different companions. And depending on your many different choices throughout, you can get quite a lot of different endings.
Why in the heck would I bring up Ib for no reason you might ask…? Hmm…
BECAUSE IB NEEDS AN ANIME, OF COURSE!!
Come on, J.C. Staff. And all you anime studios all there. Adapt Ib next time, please. If you thought Satsuriku no Tenshi was good enough, Ib is DEFINITELY good.
*I mightwill rant if you botch the adaptation though.
Yup. Either way, if you are craving for something like Satsuriku no Tenshi, or are now simply interested in seeing what Ib is all about, there’s a lot of playthroughs available on YouTube, or you can also grab it for yourself for free. Just search it up on google.
Back to the first impressions, overall this first episode was pretty good and sets up the stage for better follow-up episodes. Let’s hope it gets better from here, because I would only recommend this to hardcore horror fans currently.
First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: The voice acting and the atmosphere.
With that done, we could move on to the next anime, whooo…
And it seems it is Harukana Receive! Let’s hope it’s not exactly as Moya had predicted, just volleyball with more fanservice…
Hmmm, how should I describe this series best…? In one sentence, it would probably be: Mediocre until the end, where interest spikes.
As for why, the reasons are pretty clear. The arts and animations, first of all, are very mediocre. Like, mediocre mediocre. There isn’t much to praise, there isn’t much to criticise. Character designs are also bland but passable. I guess the only reason it isn’t higher on my list even with good consistency is because of that jarring 3DCGI. It’s not bad 3DCGI, it just feels jarring for some reason.
The second reason is simpler. The plot itself. From the start up till the very end, the anime has only shown us a plot similar to SAO in a way(perma death of character, but not in real life), only driven home by something that happens around 3/4 of the way through. However, at the end of the episode, a certain reveal suddenly drove my interest up. I wanted to know what exactly happened and why it happened. If the plot was trying to be an Anohana mixed with SAO, I’m sorry, I didn’t even get the urge to cry, nor is this anywhere as entertaining as SAO is(you can call SAO trash all you want, it was entertaining). But still, that ending does give much hope and well, I’m gonna see where this goes. If it goes nowhere, a drop is coming, obviously.
Due to my personal love towards Aoi Yuuki, I’m going to say the ending by petit milady sounded great. And now because I’m an ass and I want to come up with something remotely interesting for you to read here, I shall tell you why exactly Aoi Yuuki is such a great VA.
First reason: Her voice acting itself. From the crazy Clementine from Overlord S1, to the sufferu protagonist Madoka from…Madoka, to even the fujoshi Arisa from Death March and everyone’s favourite frog waifu Tsuyu from Boku no Hero and lastly, even in video games like Fate:Grand Order, where she voices Okita and Shuten Douji, her voice range is incredible. Not only that, she voices her character REALLY well. I’m not kidding. She sounds completely different sometimes when she gets into character, not to mention she sings in character a lot since all the anime wants her to do openings or endings… And this, coupled with the fact that one of my favourite characters, Tanya from Youjo Senki, is also voiced by her, should be more than enough reason to convince you. If you want her voice in action, search up her many different voicing roles, and if you want her great singing in action(in character!), listen to Youjo Senki’s ED or Hakumei to Mikochi’s ED. Oh and, in Piano no Mori’s ED, which she sings, she sounds SO SO different. I could have sworn it was Hayami Saori that sang the song, but no, it’s my girl Aoi Yuuki.
But of course, that’s not the end of her talent, nono. She also draws really, REALLY well. Like heck, how many talents does this girl have? Here’s a sample, with her drawing FGO’s latest servant, Okita Alter:
Well anyways, that’s about all the time I’ll waste for now, ha. Hopefully with the addition of this this post was much more fun to read.
To conclude the first impressions off, I believe the anime has potential, but with the first episode it seems that they might just be wasting it. The ending does intrigue me so I’ll continue, but I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone else for now, especially if you have SAO withdrawal syndrome…
First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: The ending portion. Also the ED.
With that done, time to move on to the next anime? And what shall the next one be…?
Satsuriku no Tenshi! Alrighty, I’ve heard some things about this anime so far, so hopefully it’s not too bad…
That was a very well done first episode overall. Despite being a person who was never that interested in gang wars and the likes, the action and mystery that have already been portrayed by this first episode is more than enough reason for me to continue on. and the amount of implied Yaoi just in this first ep
So, for a series strangely named “Banana Fish”, it actually gets right into the point. Well, at least we know that Banana Fish is something, we just still have yet to figure it out what it is. This is actually the mystery I’m referring to, and it seems that this particular “thing”(if it IS a thing) will be the centerpiece of the entire mystery.(Yes, now that I’m reading what I wrote I literally just said the obvious. I’m sorry I’m stupid…)
With the Banana Fish being a mystery, the narrative so far is instead focused on introducing characters we’ll be seeing a lot from here on out, as well as other probably more minor ones. Whatever the case, the characters are all interesting in their own ways and I want to see more of them in the future. The entire pacing and the way the plot is presenting is actually very nicely done. The slightly fast pacing actually makes the gravity of the situations much higher and increases the tension, while on the other hand the interesting characters they’ve already presented and what they are possibly doing creates suspense and adds on to the mystery. Overall, it was intriguing, even if I wasn’t interested in the contents that much.
And of course, another attractive thing about Banana Fish would have to be the art style. It feels like the older types, but at the same time it has a modern polish. If I had to make a comparison, perhaps similar to Megalo Box? Either way, it’s very nicely animated, and while the art and animations are not necessarily beautiful or amazing, it’s still good. Character designs is pretty normal. Well, except for the enticing MC.
As for the sound, I have to say, the soundtrack is pretty good and it already has my attention right at episode 1. The voice acting is normal and E N G R I S H is spoken pretty well. Not cringe-worthy at least. I’m a bit saddened by the absence of an opening OR ending song in this first episode though…
Overall, I have to say what shone the most for this anime was the amount of interest it was able to generate out of me despite me not being a fan of the overall theme. I have to say that this was a very well done first episode to lure in viewers.
But of course, there’s a big thing that needs to be addressed about this series, and that is the prevalence of yaoi themes inside. If you, for some reason, do not want to see gay things, do not watch this anime, because from what I’ve seen and heard, it’s almost definitely gonna happen.(and maybe ep 2 there will be some already…?) But of course if you are a fujoshi this is probably good?
Other than that, I would recommend this anime to almost anyone, except for those mentioned above. I’m very pleased with how this turned out.
First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: Intriguing story & Good soundtrack
With that done, we will have to move on to the next on the list! The next thing on my list would be…Shichisei no Subaru! Oooh…this will be interesting…