I wanted to get a lot of writing done this vacation but obviously life still gets in the way and it turned out that I had a lot of missing premieres to see. A LOT. I ended up hitting burnout so for the sake of time and my own sanity, I’m only covering the loose ends I can write about the most.
Let’s take a look.
Akkun to Kanojo (Eps. 1-3)
There were a lot of short anime premiering this season so chances were that at least one would stick with me. Akkun to Kanojo seems to shaping up as one of those shows.
This is a pretty quirky product with the main boy going tsun and dere over his girlfriend in the upmost extremes. It’s a little creepy in some parts but this anime gives you the impression that the main girl is actually understanding about it and even kind of enjoys it too. Whatever floats their boat, I guess and I must admit that it’s gotten me to chuckle a couple of times.
Fumikiri Jikan (Eps. 1 & 2)
This short series is a lot simpler. It’s an anthology of people conversing as they wait at a railroad crossing. A premise like that is well suited for a 3 minute run time and I have to admit that the small talk on display can be pretty funny. I particularly like how the loud noises of the train passing by is used to mess with how characters hear each other’s words.
Isekai Izakaya (Ep. 1)
Between this and Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi, I realize that I seriously miss Isekai Shokudou and so far, nothing has filled the void. In the case of Isekai Izakaya, the premise is the same — a restaurant in our world that can somehow cross dimensions with a fantasy land. For some reason, I wasn’t as into this as I’d hope and I think the big reason is that the isekai side of things is super generic. The customers aren’t terribly interesting and I needed to be told that they’re from another world because otherwise, I could’ve mistook them for medieval fair employees. The food porn is decent enough but it’s superficial without having characters to back it up, like with Isekai Shokudou. It saddens me but I think I’ll pass.
Mahou Shoujo Site (Ep. 1)
Ah, another attempt in recapturing the success of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica without realizing that the latter was great beyond the fact that it was dark. Frankly, I think Mahou Shoujo Site is trying way too much. Just within the first episode there’s attempted suicide, familial abuse, bullying, attempted rape, sperm allegories, implied BDSM, murder, and a dead cat. Elfen Lied wishes it could cover that much edge.
I stomached through it all but I found it laughable in how ridiculous it is with its content and appalling that it thinks it can get away with it without offending anyone. If you’re sensitive to depictions of abuse, assault, and suicide, do not watch this show. As for me, it’s a really easy pass.
Megalobox (Eps. 1-3)
Now, this is a strange existence. Basically, it’s futuristic re-imagination of the classic Ashita no Joe manga where boxing involves cybernetic gear that augments the boxers. I’m not familiar with the original Joe story but I’m really enjoying Megalobox as its own product.
This anime nails the 90s look and feel; in fact, it feels very reminiscent of Cowboy Bebop interns of locale design, tone, and music. Even the end card for every episode is clearly meant to stir up nostalgia for shows like Bebop. My enjoyment for Megalobox isn’t purely superficial either. It’s a underdog story but the pacing has been really good and I’m really liking the main character, Junk Dog/Joe, who just exudes “cool” and “determined to me. Some of the characters I’m also really liking is Joe’s rival, Yuuri, as well his surprisingly expert trainer, Nanbu.
I’m definitely sticking with Megalobox. I kind of want to blog about it too.
Nil Adimrari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan (Eps. 1-2)
I’ve seen mixed reactions to this show and I can’t say I’m surprised. I was actually closed to dropping it early on because boy does the first episode try so damn hard to look ominous. Things do shape up better when it enters more traditional otome territory and I like the concept of a library bureau hunting down demonic books. The protagonist, Kuze, is pretty decent too; carrying with her a personal reason to find the tomes while also learning to recognize her own self worth.
Just as an aside, that OP is really damn catchy.
Piano no Mori (Ep. 1)
I have a similar problem with Piano no Mori as I did with Shokukoku no Altair (which I ultimately dropped); it’s clearly a victim of adaptation. Even without reading comments from manga readers, it’s painfully obvious that things are being rushed here. The story just breezes through its scenes and there’s been a “tell, don’t show” approach with the characterization. It’s a huge shame because I feel like there’s a good story buried somewhere. The leads seem likable enough and I find the piano in the forest such a wondrous sight. I also like how the show lets the piano pieces do some of the talking…a shame that it’s detracted by some really bad CG piano playing.
I could maybe just enjoy the show for its story but I’m a person who feels that an anime that’s so obviously not optimized for adaptation makes for a distracting experience for me. I just can’t ignore when a source material is so clearly not getting the treatment it deserves. It pains me to say but I’m going to pass on Piano no Mori.
Other First Episode Drops
- Alice or Alice
- Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari
- Devil’s Line
- Dorei-ku The Animation
- Jikken-hin Kazoku Creatures Family Days
- Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai
- Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru
- Tachibana to Lie Angle
- Uchuu Senkan Tiramisu