First(ish) Impressions Double Feature – Summer 2018 Shorts

This is the first time I’m giving short anime their own First Impressions post. I’ve actually managed to keep up with all the premieres this Summer so that “Loose Ends” approach is no longer needed. Still, I felt the need to save the short series towards the end of tryouts so that it doesn’t get shoved aside by the bigger, half-hour shows. Now that we’re nearing the end, I can finally watch and write about them…all two of them!

Yeah, as far as new stuff goes, it was slim pickings for me and this niche. It’s an entirely sequel-heavy line-up meaning that I’m limited to whatever series I’m already up to date with. Encouragement of Climb? Haven’t started it. Yami Shibai? Dropped at the first season. That pretty much left me down to just two short series to sample but that still means I got short series to watch so here they are.

One Room (Season 2)

Episodes 0-2

Season 1 Review Link

Who would’ve thought One Room would get a second season? I certainly didn’t. But the first season apparently did well enough so lo and behold. Not that I’m mad or anything. It wasn’t like I hated the first season to begin with. Screw it, let the awkward staring continue!

Season 2 begins with the return of Yui (MAO) and amusing to me, it even provides a recap episode on her arc from Season 1. Seems a bit much if you ask me, it’s not like One Room is that hard to keep up and rewatching it doesn’t take that long. I actually do like the direction Season 2 takes Yui’s arc though. Season 1 mostly settled with the “will they, won’t they?” stage (or in Natsuki’s case “I’m going to jail, aren’t I?”) so it’s refreshing to see actual dating and relationship juggling for once.

Of course, this is One Room we’re talking about, you can’t truly take anything with a straight face. There’s still that Dora the Explorer kind of babble and again, the shots are rarely framed accurately. Like, there was one bit involving sexual consent that I thought would be pretty decent if it wasn’t for the hilariously awkward fact that the one who wants to bang her is supposed to be me or you. A for effort I guess, not so much with execution. There’s also an awful lot of fanservice shots. I know the first episode is the obligatory beach episode but in general, this show got a lot more keen on making you check out Yui now that they’ve made her legal.

Overall, there doesn’t appear to be much improvement between seasons but that was probably asking too much anyway.

Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2 

Episodes 1 & 2

Season 1 Review Link

I don’t have much to say about Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! 2 but I’m glad that it’s back. For me, season 1 was one of the better and funnier short series of last year so it’s nice to see that it got renewed. It’s just a huge shame that it’s still not simulcasted anywhere in the West. I’m 100% okay with fansubs but it’s so rare and strange to see something go unlicensed in this day and age.

Perhaps the biggest roadblock this show will need to overcome is sustainability. Season 2 will be two cours and that will naturally mean needing to get more creative to keep things worthwhile. I’m seeing signs here and there — seeing the characters undergo military drills was new and the whole bit where Fen auctions Mao’s plushies was pretty inventive. I can’t help but be a skeptic but things will probably be fine. Nevertheless, Yuichi Nakamura and Sora Amamiya are still great as these dysfunctional siblings.


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