April 22, 2016

Anime Spring 2016 First Impressions

You’ll notice Boku no Hero Academia is not listed below. I guess I’m just not as much a fan of the shoenen category as everyone else as Academia has no draw on me. I might try it at some point, but I think I’d rather give Hunter x Hunter a try instead.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu White Fox

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Umm… This is not at all what I was expecting, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already hooked. The show opens with a double length first episode (40 minutes). At the half way point I was about to shrug it off as yet another “Boy trapped in another world” show — and then the first loot house scene happened. Yeah. Wasn’t expecting that.

This is a two cour show (24 episodes) and I have absolutely no idea where this plot will go. There is quite a lot left unexplained about the world and characters that it really could go anywhere. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Wit

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

Two for two in the unexpectedly surprised category.

Essentially this is Attack on Titan with zombies but even out of the gate I think I’ll like this show a lot more than AoT. For one, it looks like they will avoid the whole “go to school” angle and for two the protagonist is already much more likable than Eren ever was. The animation looks very similar to AoT as well, so they are obviously channeling that vibe. I really liked the steampunk atmosphere and train motif. I just hope the character development delivers (I’m already concerned that the main character Ikoma could be very one dimensional).

Side note here — I found it very interesting that Amazon picked this one up as an exclusive. I do love the fact that the Amazon Video iOS app lets you download the videos for offline viewing (cough Netflix cough).

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?

Project No.9

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?

At the half way point of the first episode, I was this close to dropping it. I’m not exactly saying the end redeemed itself, but it at least made me give it a chance. It reminded me a little of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. Whether or not I watch to the end will completely depend on how much humanity these characters have (and how much they are just harem tropes) — really could go either way.

Bungou Stray Dogs Bones

Bungou Stray Dogs

Bones, Bones, Bones. Need I say more?

A super hero detective agency channeling Kekkai Sensen — the first episode was definitely entertaining with the humor flowing and some nice stylized action sequences. I wonder if this one will have a story arc to it or focus more on individual standalone stories.

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2nd Season A1

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2nd Season

Why? Why? Why??

I finished the first season which really wasn’t any good. A coin flip if I get around to this one.

Flying Witch JC Staff

Flying Witch

This one is a fantastic counter balance to Re:Zero and Kabaneri — you need something to offset the intensity, and I think Flying Witch will suit me nicely. I’m hoping this fills the role that Non Non Biyori did. I have high hopes for this one.

Kiznaiver Trigger


I can’t believe this is Trigger’s first serious outing since Kill la KillSHOCKED

I’m only an episode in, so I don’t know whether or not there will be any character development, or only situational lip service to the plot device — essentially an ensemble cast whose pain (and possibly other emotions?) are linked together. Could be interesting, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m ultimately not going to like any of the characters.

Joker Game Production IG

Joker Game

I have no idea if I’ll ultimately have the patience for this one. The pacing, the premise, the characters (and good god the “identical” character designs) left me a little bored. Will the entire story take place in 1937 or will they skip ahead to after WWII and follow these characters? My guess is the former, but the latter would be more interesting for me.

Kuma Miko

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Kuma Miko

So, this will sound crazy… but couldn’t finish the opening episode because of the Bear’s voice actor (I guess not that unusual a statement given The Jungle Book remake, but still). It just prevented me from suspending disbelief. I’ll check back later to see what everyone thinks of the show to see if it’s worth it.

Kuromukuro PA Works


Netflix picked this one up, but it looks like it will be released much later in the year (no idea why). A bit in the dark on the plot for this one, but I’m usually willing to give shows by PA Works a chance.

Shounen Maid


Shounen Maid

A late addition for me — I was going to pass this up as the premise seemed ridiculous, but I ended up catching a review of the first episode and decided to give it a try. I ended up enjoying it despite the over the top setup. It reminded me a little of what I think a modern take on Kaichou wa Maid-sama! might look like. The interaction between the two main characters had charm and without one side having power over the other.

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