Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

Fastest Finger First (2017) anime review

27cc90a73f5954ddcaed89713b3949e21499190589_fullAs soon as Koshiyama Shiki enters high school he is invited to join the Quiz Bowl Group by his senpai. He reluctantly joins after he is tricked into going to a quiz bowl meet for high school freshmen and tries hard to succeed. Koshiyama is a loner who is really into reading books so his one weakness is actually pressing the button in time for him to say the answer. Can Koshiyama succeed in the high school quiz bowl world?

Screenshot (256)This was a fun anime to watch even if the characters are common cliches from sports anime. You have the really smart bookish guy, the girl who is really nerdy when it comes to the sport, the guy who is a genius in the sport and who brings the protagonist into the sport to begin with, and the cool guy who is sometimes very smart who enters the sport with the protagonist. Sound familiar? These are rough descriptions of characters from Chihayafuru which is by far the superior sports anime.

The quiz bowl aspect of the series is pretty cool. The meets are compelling to watch and I did find myself pausing it at times to read the entire question. The one issue is that the questions were already answered by the time the question was shown on screen. I think it would have been better if you could see the question in whole before hand as the viewer so that you can also try to answer the questions. That would make this a much better anime. Other than the quiz bowl aspect this isn’t a very good anime. The characters barely change throughout its run time if they do at all, the animation is average, and there is one character who is so irritating that he actually ruined a few scenes for me.

Screenshot (257)I recommend this series to anyone who likes quiz bowl, but not to anyone else. If this series gets a second season I hope it improves, but the series improving is honestly unlikely. This would have been a much better series had it not just been created to make people pay attention to quiz bowl in a similar way that Chihayafuru made people pay attention to professional Karuta.

Final Rating – 41/50

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Bakemonogatari (2009) anime review

2298cd3152d723592023777d5157a5d11347307796_fullKoyomi Araragi manages to survive a vampire attack during spring break because he is saved by Meme Oshino, a strange man living in an abandoned cram school. Shortly after during Golden Week he encounters another supernatural creature who takes the form of a cat. Despite these strange occurrences Koyomi manages to live a normal student life with the help of his friend and class president Tsubasa Hanekawa. After he catches his fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara after she slips on a banana peel and falls down a flight of stairs. He is shocked to discover that she is so light that it appears that she is weightless. Despite her protests he decides to help her because this is was caused by yet another supernatural being known as an apparition. After all that is exactly what he does whenever he finds someone suffering from something supernaturally caused.

Screenshot (254)The Monogatari series is known for having a convoluted timeline, however it is not actually that complicated. You can either watch in release order or in chronological order. If you watch the series in order of their release this is the first series to watch. If you watch it in chronological order Bakemonogatari is second and will be third when the prequel movie comes out. As a starting point this series works well. It introduces many of the characters who will be important in later seasons. The one problem is that a couple of key events are swept under the rug because they happened before the events of Bakemonogatari. You will be hearing a lot about what happened during spring break and Golden Week but you will find it difficult to understand exactly what happened without watching Nekomonogatari: Black and the prequel movie that has yet to be released. Alternatively you could also go and read the light novels to know exactly what happened during spring break.

Screenshot (253)The art direction of the entire Monogatari series is cool. The settings are all surrealistic as in they tend to not be practical. It is because of this that I think the settings are only pieced together from what’s in Araragi’s mind. The characters are pretty compelling even if they can be a little bit perverted at times. There will be a few times where you rethink your decision to watch this, decide to continue because it does go into some pretty deep storylines and the art direction stays incredible throughout the entire series.

I recommend this anime to anyone who is a fan of supernatural anime, but not to anyone who would drop a series because of perverted characters. Bakemonogatari takes the supernatural harem anime genre and makes something new out of it making it so that Monogatari could be counted as its own genre.

Final Rating – 48/50

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KADO: The Right Answer (2017) anime review

ac6d2494650531e9a04a904c644bb8781491428941_fullKojirou Shindou s a government official and a master negotiator. One day while going on a business trip his plane is engulfed by a giant cube that suddenly materializes. Surprisingly both he, the plane, and the people inside are unharmed. The being inside the cube which is known as Kado is named Yaha-kui zaShunina. He claims to be from the anisotropic, a place outside the universe. Shindou then takes the job of a lifetime as the negotiator between the anisotropic and the human race.

Screenshot (251)The first thing you will notice is the fact that the majority of this series is animated using CGI. This form of animation has not been well received in the past, but here it is done extremely well. I think that is mainly because this is a series with only a very small amount of action so more time can be put into deciding how the characters move so that the animation doesn’t look wonky. The characters are interesting and well thought out. The plot delves into actual science in order to describe the anisotropic and how actual people would respond to such a bizarre thing happening. Almost everything about this series is well done.

Screenshot (250)I recommend this anime to anyone who wants to watch a different anime as well to anyone who likes anime in general. My only complaint with KADO is in its conclusion, something that a lot of people did not like. Hopefully this becomes a classic.

Final Rating – 48/50

Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

2017 Fall Anime Season First Look – Part 4

Screenshot (247)March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2

Season 2 starts with an episode showing how far Rei has come in regards to his school life. There’s not much to say other than that March Comes in Like a Lion is an amazing series dealing with mental health and illness, grief, and human relationships. It is both heartwarming and heartwrenching and if you have yet to watch the first season you should go and watch it now.

Screenshot (248)A Sister’s All You Need

The opening scene was immensely creepy then it was revealed that it was only a story that the apparent protagonist wrote. At this point it became a little bit creepy. The last scene contrasted with this a lot because it added depth to a couple of the characters. There was also a game played in the middle of the episode which showed off the personalities of some of the characters even if these personalities consist of being sex crazed, being obsessed with little sisters, and being your stereotypical accomplished writer. I will keep watching because of the last scene but I will most likely stop soon unless it stops being so creepy.

Screenshot (249)KONOHANA KITAN

This is a cute anime about a fox girl who goes to work at a hot springs hotel. The characters are interesting and the plot gives a Hanasoku Iroha vibe, but I don’t think it will become anything but cute.

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2017 Fall Season Anime First Look – Part 3

Here’s part 3 of my first 2017 fall anime first look post. This time I’ll be writing about 4 series instead of only 3 because one of them is a series of shorts.

Screenshot (243)Recovery of an MMO Junkie

From the first episode alone I know that this is going to be an adorable series with interesting dynamic characters. The main character is a NEET who has quit her job in order to play MMO’s all the time. She starts a new game in an MMO she has never played before and fails until she meets a girl with pink hair ingame who helps her out. Also she is playing a male character and the pink haired girl is apparently played by a guy which will make for some interesting romance. This series takes the video game anime trope and does something new with it.

Screenshot (244)Food Wars! The Third Plate

I have to admit that I watched the entire first two season before I even started the first episode of Third Plate. Like the rest of the series this looks like it’ll have delicious looking food, more food fights, and more food related extreme reactions. Just remember that since this series goes over the top and sexual for many of its reactions, you may want to watch this series either muted which I don’t recommend because there is some good music, or through headphones so no one misunderstands what you are watching.

Screenshot (245)Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~

This looks like it’ll be an interesting series with interesting characters and a good story. I already like it more than Black Clover. Arsene steals a girl with acid skin in order to protect her from an evil organization. This is an interesting concept and I hope it is done well. Also using actual historical characters in a steampunk world is a good touch. I also love how there’s a talking dog who is adorable.

Screenshot (246)Onyankopon

This is obviously a children’s anime so I don’t think I’ll watch this series much further. There is a dance and a song and a weird issue two students are going through which is solved by a cat yokai. Also it is all CGI animation which is rarely done well.

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The Seven Deadly Sins season 1 (2014-2015) anime review

65409The Holy Knights of Britannia use powerful magic to protect the region of Britannia and its surrounding kingdoms. A small group of these knights supposedly betrayed their homeland when they launched a coup d’etat against the kingdom of Liones. It is said that they were supposedly killed by the Holy Knights, but rumours still persist of their survival. Now after the Holy Knights took over Liones from its rightful King, it is the duty of the Third Princess of Liones Elizabeth to find the Seven Deadly Sins and take back her kingdom.

Screenshot (238)This is a fun series where the main goal of the protagonist is to save her kingdom by looking for seven legendary knights. She finds the first one in the first episode, and a new knight is found every few episodes. However in the end she doesn’t find all the knights before reaching her goal. The series ends in a good spot with set up for a second season. The animation is pretty good, though I’m not really a fan of the old-fashioned anime art style used for the characters. The fight scenes are really good, and entertaining. This is a good series for the most part.

I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy anime with quest plotlines. I can’t wait until there is an actual second season of this series. You can watch it on Netflix.

Final Rating – 39/50

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The Irregular at Magic High School (2014) anime review

f2ccbd8ea20320fda0f49b23bb43d2d21396649462_fullAt the dawn of the 21st century magic which was originally thought to be something found only in myths and fairy tales was discovered to be real. It has become a systematized form of technology with multiple uses such as warfare. An institution for young magicians, First High school segregates its students into two groups: blooms who score well on their entrance exams, and weeds who score lower. The series follows Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba who have become enrolled at First High School. Miyuki is a bloom, while Tatsuya is a weed. Tatsuya, despite his skill in magic placed poorly on his entrance exams.

Screenshot (229)The characters of this series are all cliches of one form or another. Tatsuya as a main character is boring due to his obvious lack of emotions which is explained later in the series, but despite his lack of emotions he seems to be romantically in love with his sister. The animation is weird at times, especially when the characters all sit down and talk which happens a lot. The one upside of this series is its magic system which I found very interesting and well animated when it’s used.

Screenshot (230)If you want to watch a magic high school series, don’t watch this one. There are many better series out there to watch if you want to watch such an anime. If a series needs a song specifically for awkward sexual situations it will most likely not be a good series.

Final Rating – 28/50