This post is brought you by Hajime and Kaoru from Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken.
I don’t know if they should be happy now that they’re married, but the fact that Hajime (played by Kenichi Suzumura) is an otaku might have some difficulties… Well, except for having sex! *thumbs up* Oh, and there’s a Nanoha shout-out since Yukari Tamura is in it!
Meanwhile, I’m going to do my first impression on some of the anime series that are not being covered regularly on this blog…
01. Gundam Reconguista in G
…starting with this Gundam anime series by none other than Yoshiyuki Tomino. While I have some high hopes for this series since Tomino is back directing an anime series, let alone a Gundam anime, the first two episodes is a mixed bag.
While I like how he and Sunrise put retro-styling when it comes to animation, it feels a bit weird at some places and I feel that it’s not retro enough. But hey, it has some moments like having a built-in toilet seat inside a mobile suit cockpit, which is found hilarious considering that most of the suits from any Gundam series (bar G Gundam) doesn’t have this feature. Also, the characters and the plot needs to roughen up a bit in order to make sense of it all.
I know this series just started, but those two characters named Aida Reyhunton and Bellri Zenam needs some explanation (as well as character development) on why the latter can pilot the G-Self like the former. And also, Raraiya Monday needs to stop freaking out every time she sees a Gundam-type mobile suit.
02. Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen
The second half of Argevollen starts with new Trail Kriegers for the 8th Independent Unit, as well as Tokimune’s kouhai named Namie Portman.
While it’s a good thing that Capt. Samonji’s team are improving combat-wise, Episode 13 is filled with off-model scenes and animation. Guess XEBEC just shot their budget on that episode, but good thing their quality returned to normal on Episode 14 when the Ingelmian Ace Richtofen got a brand-new Trail Krieger!
Hoping that future episodes won’t be a trainwreck…
03. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
Moving on to the list is a shoujo manga adaptation from the makers that brought you Tamayura.
I like the premise where a vain idiot named Erika Shinohara is dating (or should I say “pretend” dating) a sadistic boyfriend named Kyouya Seta, as well as having great voice acting by the likes of Kanae Ito and Takahiro Sakurai. Good thing they reprised their roles from the Drama CD ’cause hearing Takahiro’s sadistic voice while doing something amazing like punching another asshole is so damn great!
However, my only complaint on this anime series is what’s with those drop shadows in some scenes. Sure that the animation is above-average, but having drop shadows is kinda out-of-place. Of course, it’ll grow on me anyway…
Regardless, I hope it’s gonna be good!
04. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
This is a light novel adaptation from the studio that brought you Kill La Kill! While it has good comedy due to the fact that eighth-grade syndrome (or chuunibyou) superpowers are becoming a reality, the presentation such as animation is average at best.
I guess that Studio Trigger wants to keep themselves busy until they begin their next big project which is Ninja Slayer. Still, it’s nice series to watch when it comes to playing eighth-grade syndrome for laughs.
Speaking of eighth-grade syndrome, Juri Andou who started the whole “chuuni” power in the first place got the worst superpower ever! I mean, it’s just a black flame that does nothing!
05. Trinity Seven
Here’s a manga adaptation by Seven Arcs where it mixes harem comedy with magical fantasy action. While there’s nothing special when it comes to animation, especially when its artstyle is somewhat similar to Akuma no Riddle, the story and its characters have some twists and subversion.
For one, Arata Kasuga maybe a flat-out honest pervert, but he has the drive to save his cousin Hijiri by becoming a mage at Biblia Academy. Also, the staff did a great job on selecting Yoshitsugu Matsuoka for Arata Kasuga as he can be play in both “boke” (when teasing Lilith-sensei with Levi Kazama) and “tsukkomi” (when reacting to Arin’s deadpan scream) routine very well.
06. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
This is a visual novel adaptation by Hoods Entertainment and while it’s light-hearted as I’m watching a slice-of-life anime, Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai has some mysteries that are waiting to be explored like how Kyoutarou Kakei, Tsugumi Shirasaki, and the rest are connected by the mysterious “shepherd” of Shiomi Academy.
Unfortunately, it’s off to a slow start on this series. Maybe it’ll improve in later episodes, but having average animation doesn’t impress me a lot.
07. Akame ga Kill!
Before I go to the final entry to this post, here’s Akame ga Kill! where Esdeath wants to take Tatsumi home!
Unfortunately, she failed to do so. Thus, they’ll end up meeting as enemies. Well, this will be the last time Esdeath doting Tatsumi like lovers.
By the way, there’s a new character introduced in the form of Shura, the son of Prime Minister Honest who is more of an asshole than his father! In any case, Shura’s introduction has made this show from bad to worse, yet it’s still awesome to watch as this anime series is shifting to a fierce battle between Night Raid and the Jaegers!
08. Gundam Build Fighters Try
And now, let’s end this post with another Gundam series. This time, it’s the sequel to the overlooked, yet awesome shout-out to everything that the franchise has to offer: Build Fighters.
While most of the characters from the first season are gone for now (except for Mr. Ral) due to the fact that it takes place 7 years after Sei Iori and Reiji won the tournament, the new characters still shows how awesome Gunpla Battle can be. Speaking of Reiji, Sekai Kamiki fits the bill pretty well with more experience in martial arts.
Other than the characters and apart from having more shout-outs to past Gundam shows, I wanna see some mysteries solved like what happened to Master Kawaguchi the Second, as well as the whereabouts of the Arian Kingdom. Regardless, it’s gonna be a blast watching this series! Oh yeah, and what a nice idea to hide a Gunpla inside a trophy, which hides Build Burning Gundam dressed up as a Dom. Genius thinking, Sei Iori!
Well guys and girls, that’s it for the rest of the anime shows airing in Fall! Come to think of it, there’s one show that’s missing on this post…
09. Girlfriend BETA
Oh yeah, I forgot about Girlfriend BETA, so it’s my fault for not ending this post with another Gundam show. Tee hee!
For this anime series based on a mobile phone game, it’s all about the girls… Lots of girls that you need to have a chart every time one or two characters shows up. Oh, and while the only voice actresses I recognized on the first episode alone is Satomi Satou and Kikuko Inoue, I’m surprised about Sakura Tange voicing Chloe Lemaire, complete with broken Japanese that it’s subtle compared to Karen Kujou (voiced by Nao Touyama) from Kiniro Mosaic.
Anyways, see you at the halfway point for the rest of the anime shows in Fall 2014!