Since I didn’t have a movie review set up for today, I decided to instead write about my first impressions of all the new anime series that are coming out this season. To keep this short and because I have only watched a few of these series so far I’m going to write this in parts. Each part will have my impressions of 3 different series. Today I will be writing about two series that I heard a lot of people had high hopes for, and one series that I only know that I have high hopes. Enjoy.
King’s Game is a series that will contain a lot of gore. It’s a horror anime about a transfer student who becomes part of the class just as the King’s Game is starting, something that he had already gone through in his old school. In the King’s Game students must obey the orders of the king with 24 hours or else they will be punished. It’s going to be a dark series, or at least I hope it’s going to be a dark series. It better not change genre’s halfway through, or be a terrible show.
The first episode starts with a scene where the protagonist watches a girl get punished in the King’s Game. I no longer know if this scene takes place before or after the series, but while watching it I thought it took place later. Then the next scene took place earlier at a school sports festival, and the scene after that one showed the transfer student being introduced to the class. If this series is what I hope it will be this episode gave a good representation of the tone of this show. I also fund it interesting that the only person who knows anything about what’s going on is the protagonist. I find that usually the protagonist in anime is the one person who doesn’t know anything about current events.
I don’t know what I expected going into this series, but I do know that after I watched the first episode of URAHARA I felt as though I had wasted 24 minutes watching something just because it was cute. In fact cuteness is the one thing this series seems to have going for it. The three main characters are an overdramatic girl, a girl who seems to follow the other two characters around and praise them, and a quiet girl. These are all characters found in a lot of other anime series. The art style is different in a cute picture book-esque way. Even the plot seems as though it has been done many times before. This is a series about three girls who use these orb things in order to become magical girls to defeat aliens during an alien invasion. This plot is very similar to the plot of Twin Tails, except at least Twin Tails was hilariously weird rather than boringly cute. Also the red haired girl is way too dramatic with literally everything she says.
I’ve heard the claims about how this is supposed to be the next big shonen anime. It’s about two twins who were abandoned in a church and were raised in an orphanage. At the age of fifteen they go to get their grimoires, books that enhance their magical power. Yuno is gifted with extraordinary magical powers and receives a powerful grimoire with a four leaf clover on its cover. Asta on the other hand has seemingly no ability in magic and he doesn’t get a grimoire until later. This is an interesting new series with a rivalry between two people, one with a lot of power and one with a seemingly no power until later. They later become rivals with the same goal. This sounds familiar, I just can’t put my finger on it.
Anyways I like the focus on magic in this series. Yuno is an interesting character though he is kind of a jerk. Asta is also a good character but I found it annoying how he literally shouted, every, single, line. In fact all the characters are kind of annoying so far and it’s only the first episode. I hope this changes for later episodes. If not then I guess those claims of this being the next big shonen anime would have just been to overhype this show.
So here’s my first first look post for this season. I haven’t decided if I’ll keep these posts to only Saturday or not, but whatever I decide expect the next part soon.