First impressions: Lost Song

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34338/Lost_Song

Well…surprise. There was one last show that I did not give a first impressions on, and now that I could watch it, I shall finally give my first impressions on Lost Song.

I have to say, despite my slight bias, due to not being in the best of moods when watching the anime, the series itself does have a ton of problems. I have a feeling that if they don’t fix these problems, it might break the series. For now though, there is one part in the series that is carrying the show.

And that would have to be the sound and music. Being a music anime means that we get lots of good songs to listen to as the episodes go along, but in Lost Song, just in the first episode alone there were at least 4 different songs. Furthermore, they were all very well sang by the likes of Konomi Suzuki. It was a little weird hearing her voice the main character, since the voice sounds quite different from her singing voice, but once she sings, it’s just so nice.

The songs aside however, there really isn’t much else to compliment about for this series. The art and animation are above average at best, despite being a “Netflix Original Series”(still a stupid way to use the word original). The plot is so cheesy it almost made me stop watching, but the songs made me stay. And as for the characters, I’m really not taking a liking to anyone so far. Well, maybe the knight, but that’s about it. This is definitely how not to have a first impressions on the viewer, with some unimpressive things.

But, oh well, at least now I know what to expect from the series from now on. I’ll be watching on for the good songs, and that’s about it.

Oh, right. Have a complimentary “Screw you Netflix”.

 

First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: The songs. So many quality songs.


No, this is not the long post I’ve been writing. Although, a lot of things have made me into quite a sour mood recently, so I’m putting it off for now. Hopefully I can get back to writing soon.

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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.

First impressions: Shiyan Pin Jiating/Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36397/Shiyan_Pin_Jiating

That was a surprisingly alright first episode. There are quite a few flaws here and there from the series so far but once you look past them the show actually has quite a bit of potential, and I’m hoping that it can reach the potential.

The story is quite unique, with the cast of characters being something we usually don’t see at all. In fact, the only normal person in the cast is the youngest brother, and his brother and sisters and all been transformed in one way or another. It’s interesting to see their lives up till now, and there’s probably going to be more things being revealed as we go along.

The art and animations are pretty OK as well, and although it looks as if it’s all chinese staff working on the series it does look like an anime. I’m not really into the character design but it’s not bad either.

As for the music and sound. Wow. They pulled so many big names into this. The opening song is by Rin Akatsuki, and it sounds really nice. The voice actors, although not really credited on MAL, I can hear a lot of big names too. Hayami Saori for one, is definitely voicing the plant sister. The one voicing the spider sister is almost definitely the same one who voiced Mordred in Fate, Houko Kuwashima, and the mindreading sister sounds suspiciously familiar. With this all-star cast, the voice acting is pretty darn good.

However, for all the praises I’ve given it so far, the series does fall short on a few points. For one, the pacing feels a little weird and there are just silences in some cases where you stare at the screen and nothing happens. The voice actors are trying their best to cover up for that, but there’s only so much they can do before it sounds awkward. Furthermore, there’s just something that is off about the story so far. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it is affecting my viewing experience quite a bit.

Overall, I would say that it was quite a pleasant viewing experience, one that I did not expect but I got anyways. The show still has to step up on certain areas, however.

First impressions rating: 7/10
Most impressive part: Spider hot baozi juggling.

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The funny thing is that this happens quite a bit in real life.

With this, it is the end of the first impressions train for now. From here on out, I will start writing other content, so hopefully it comes out soon.

Hope you enjoyed all of them and perhaps you found an anime you want to try out?

First impressions: Hisone to Maso-tan

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36884/Hisone_to_Maso-tan

That was a very unique first episode for a very unique series! It was a really good first episode that set up really well, and I already can’t wait for more.

First up, it is pretty recognisable from the cover alone, but the art style for this series is more old-timesy. However, that is definitely not a problem here, as it still looks really nice, and with the high quality of animation that was shown throughout the episode, it actually doesn’t really matter at all. I’m liking the character designs as well, as they all look more unique than some of the more typical things you get from anime.

Speaking of the characters, I LOVE the main character so far. Hisone is quite literally a small part of me, since I sometimes just ramble on and on without stopping and not realising. I like how she deals with her own personality, and to see her ranting in action is just so relatable and funny at the same time. She’s amazing. And of course, with the title of the series as it is, it is no wonder that the other protagonist is Maso-tan, who I assume is the dragon. Just…wow. For some reason, I feel a better developed character in a dragon that literally doesn’t speak than other real human characters in other series. This dragon is not just for show, it’s not just a moe furry bait, it has its own personality it seems. The interactions between the two so far has also been pretty golden.

…and the main reason for that would be the comedy. Unexpectedly, this series showcased some great comedy in this first episode alone. The interactions between the dragon Maso-tan and Hisone is one funny thing, the rantings and ramblings of Hisone herself is another, and we have other situations that just turned out to be hilarious. I laughed quite a bit, to say the least.

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Me 2.

And of course, the story itself is nothing to scoff at either. I feel very invested into the story already, despite the show using the usual “narrator tells background” trope. I want to find out more about the dragons. I want to see more of the dragons in action! The other side(probably main) characters introduced so far are really great too, and I’m just loving the developments within this one first episode.

Another great thing would be the small snippets of heartwarming developments. It might just be me being easily affected, but come on, that just healed my heart.

Overall, after watching this show, I wouldn’t mind if a dragon like Maso-tan were to appear in the real world. If only. Who won’t want themselves a Maso-tan to ride to the skies with?

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Gorgeous!

Please give me more episodes soon, and bless fansubs. Screw you though Netflix.

First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: Misone’s outburst of rants.


…and now we are down to the last of the first impressions. See you in 6 hours for my next pick, a chinese comic turned anime, Shiyan Pin Jiating, A.K.A Jikken-hin Kazoku: Creatures Family Days.

First impressions: Juushinki Pandora

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/33531/Juushinki_Pandora

That was a pretty mediocre first episode, and so far the series feels only a little average. However, it does have a lot of potential to be much more than just above average.

Being a mech show, the story portion is quite important, as a good story is needed for viewers to keep their interests in between the fights. In this aspect, the show nailed it pretty well. BRAI is a very interesting concept, and I would love to see more of the world presented to us as well as know more about what exactly happened. The characters presented so far are kinda interesting so far, although there are a few that I don’t exactly like.(*cough*big bouncy boob princess *cough*)

While the story and characters are pretty good so far, the animations are falling behind a little and pulling down the overall quality of the show. The 2D animations are fine(sometimes even great) but the 3DCGI feels kinda lacking so far and needs to be refined a little, but it is still watchable.  The frame rate at times also seem to be very low and it feels choppy at those moments.(again, it’s only the 3DCGI.) And of course, the most important parts of a mecha, the fighting scenes, are fine. Nothing too flashy, but not much flaws to pick on either. The actions are plenty exciting.

Although the art and animations are dragging the anime behind, the music portion again helps to make the anime better. With a good soundtrack that helps to bring out the mood a bit and good ending/opening songs, it is quite enjoyable.

A notable thing would be how a lot of the situations and scenarios in this first episode, for some reason, just seemed really cheesy to me. It was as if the events are making me cringe due to its cheesiness, and I can’t quite tell why…

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Shouting out the character’s name in a fight. For some reason, this just made me uneasy.

Overall, it’s pretty ok, and I don’t mind continuing to watch this show. Definitely not the best the mecha genre has to offer and not exactly the best show to start with, but hey, I’ll take what I get.

First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: Evolution of the BRAIs. Felt like a power rangers moment there for some reason, haha.


With that done, there is only 3 more shows left for me to do first impressions on. Furthermore, one of the shows has really hard to find subs, even fansubs, so I don’t think I would be able to watch it anytime soon…expect this train of first impressions to end soon.

The next one on my list is Hisone to Maso-tan, a studio Bones show that I am putting my faith into purely because it’s Bones. Yup. See you in 6 hours!

First impressions: Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36754/Kakuriyo_no_Yadomeshi

What a shocker! This was my blind pick for this season, and I’m so glad now. Although this fist episode starts off really slow, it did a great job at showing us some of the things that we can expect from the series, as well as keeping certain things a mystery for us to find out.

When the episode started and the opening song started, I was immediately entranced. It’s so good! The pop music style mixed with traditional instruments makes the song so addictive, and the singing by Nao Touyama makes it even better. So before I actually went ahead and watched the episode, I paused it and went to YouTube to listen to the song a few more times first. It’s just that good. Definitely song of the season for me here since I’ve already been brainwashed right at episode 1.
*I’m still playing the song on loop as I’m writing this. Here’s the link to the MV.

Now, as for the story, it is pretty simple and yet the background behind it seems to be very deep. I have a feeling there will be many interesting plot developments as we go along, and so far, it is keeping me quite interested. The characters are all pretty interesting too, and I like them so far. Can’t wait to find out more about the people at the inn, as well as see Tsubaki grow as a person.

The art and animations are really good as well. I have never heard of studio Gonzo before, but after checking, it seems they are the studio behind 18if, the anime with some really interestingly weird animations. I can now understand how they are able to animate this. Either way, the art style was quite pleasing, and for once I didn’t find the pretty boys annoying to the eyes.

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So erm, where can I get a ticket to the hidden realm?

Overall, it was a good first episode with high potentials, and apparently the second episode gets much better so I’m looking forward to it. Well, it is worth watching just for the opening song really.

First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: THIS OPENING SONG IS SO GOOD!


With that done, let’s move on to another anime from this season that I picked out of curiosity for its genre, Juushinki Pandora. Hopefully mecha it’s not bad?

First impressions: Dorei-ku The Animation

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36525/Dorei-ku_The_Animation

Hmmm. Pretty average first episode. Not really much for me to talk about, in all honesty.

We have a death game type story, whereby the loser will become the winner’s slave, which is not necessarily death, and can potential lead to even more interesting things. Already, my mind is running amok thinking of all the things that can happen, but that’s beside the point. It should be pretty intriguing to see what exactly can happen with the duels, and although I’m not really feeling it for the characters, it’s their interactions and the duels that matter more.

As for the art and animations, I would say that it’s pretty average so far yet again. Nothing too good, nothing too bad. And while the opening and ending songs are pretty good, the animations accompanying them are pretty simple and feels very low effort, especially when compared to the likes of Wotakoi’s opening animations.

Anything else in the episode is pretty much just introductions and setting up, and really not worth mentioning as they are not that impressive.

First impressions rating: 6/10
Most impressive part: I actually want to know what’s that ball arcade machine they were playing on?


Sorry about the slightly later posting, I hate some things to do. Glad to be able to make it slightly on time though! As for the next first impressions, I will be moving on to my blind pick for the season, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi. Hopefully it will be good.

First impressions: Piano no Mori

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36652/Piano_no_Mori_TV

That was a great episode! I actually didn’t really know what to expect before I started to watch this series. All I did was to simply jump on the hype train, and I’m so glad that it went well.

The story is pretty nice and attractive, and it certainly has got a seinen vibe to it given the complicated situations that the characters are in currently. And speaking of the characters, they are all pretty well designed. I’m liking the main character(s) already, and  hopefully the character growth is as expected. In terms of the plot, the series is doing great too, as it is for some reason plenty interesting to see the journey of a poor kid becoming a master pianist, huh. Who would have guessed?(*cough*Literally all the shounen series*cough*)

In terms of art and animations however, there is admittedly a little lacking in the 2D department. However, the anime more than makes up for it in terms of the 3DCGI, which is not only gorgeous looking, but also fits in with the 2D side of things really well. After coming out scarred by Souten no Ken, I am very happy to see this beautiful usage of 3DCGI, reminding us that anime can be good in 3D as well.

And another thing that made me quite happy was the quality of good music in this anime. Being tagged in the music genre is quite a thing, as it means you will have to physically prove how good you are in the music department. The anime proved just that with this first episode, showing some crisp piano music coupled with good voice acting and sound effects. I would love to hear more pieces in the future episodes.

Overall, it was a great first episode that does its job well and at the same time make the viewers anticipate more. I’m looking forward to more of this.

First impressions rating: 8/10
Most impressive part: This beautiful scene.

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Wow, Kai was not lying when he said it gets even better at night.

Well, now that I’m feeling better having found another great series, it’s time to get a bit more adventurous again with my next pick. This time, it’s a death game type series, which is the genre I like quite a bit(but usually fails with anime adaptations). Please don’t be disappointing…

First impressions: Souten no Ken Re:Genesis

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36655/Souten_no_Ken_Re_Genesis

Well done. Well freaking done. I didn’t think you could be this disappointed by something you had no expectations in, but this series has managed to achieve just that. In fact, I’m not only disappointed, I’m pretty much disgusted. First of all, a big disclaimer: I literally only watched 5 minutes of the first episode, and I felt so bad watching it I just had to stop.

My eyes. They hurt so much. The ugly things they have seen. Oh my goodness. This series might seriously become a contender for THE WORST 3DCGI show, competing with the likes of Berserk. I can’t even begin to describe this.

First up, what is this blatant copy and pasting of character models??? I know it might be kinda hard to make different character models, but when you are a show that is fully done in 3DCGI, I kind of expect you to at least have the decency to not fill the “crowd actors” with at least some variation. Just..look at this!

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Even in the freaking opening animations! And so blatantly too!!!
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Very freaking nice. Such opening scene.
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Even in a 5 freaking man group of gangsters, you have two of them with the EXACT SAME FACE shooting at the same time. Are you joking me?

The ridiculous repeating 3DCGI models aside, it’s not like they’ve put much effort into the animations either. The frames in a lot of these scenes are horrible and it always feels like you are lagging, the way the models move are just retarded and in some cases, they don’t even bother animating it properly at all. WHO LET THIS SLIDE??

All of these combined to make the viewing experience an extremely horrible one, and within 5 minutes I noped my way out of the episode.

The plot may or may not have been nice, I won’t know. The animations were just too painful to watch. The opening song, to its credit, was pretty ok on its own, so that’s like the one good thing that came out of my 5 minutes nightmare.

Overall, this is a disgrace to the once legendary Fist of the north star series, do NOT watch it unless you are a big fan and really want to watch a sequel to the anime series.

First impressions rating: 1/10
Most impressive part: No.


That was a complete failure of a meme pick. Well, let’s try to forget that ever happened and move on. The next on my list would be another return of an old series, however this one has been hyped quite a bit. See you in 6 hours with a Piano no Mori first impressions.