Best of 2017 Anime

With 2018 stuff starting to air it’s time to wrap up the loose ends from 2017.

Here’s the various things you should watch from last year, can watch from last year if you think they sound ok and should skip from last year even if you think they sound interesting.

Anything not on these lists is trash that can be ignored,

Good- you should watch these shows. No particular ranking but Saekano is the best.

  • Kono Suba S2
  • Kobayashi Maid Dragon
  • Youjo Senki
  • Scums Wish (so dark)
  • Demi-chan wa Kataritai
  • ACCA 13 (very slow but good)
  • 3-gatsu no Lion (S1+S2)
  • Saekono S2 (Megumi is top tier best gurl/waifu material)
  • Shuumatsu nano Shitemasu blah blah
  • Tsuki ga Kirei (amazing ending)
  • Eccentric Family S2
  • Made in Abyss (real different)
  • Gamers (1st arc better than the second arc)
  • Fate/Apocrypha
  • Youkoso Jitsuryoku
  • New Game!! (Season 2 was undeserved after season 1 but my god it was excellent)
  • Boku No Hero Academia S2
  • Shokugeki no Souma S3
  • Just Because
  • Houseki no Kuni (very different to typical anime)

Meh- like, I watched them and they were fine. if you like the genre or premise give it a crack but if you’re not sold after reading a blurb you won’t miss anything by skipping these

  • Knight and Magic- fighting robots and magic battle. Enough said
  • Isekai Smartphone- a dude is put in a fantasy world and is given got-tier levels of OP-ness
  • Ancient Magus Bride- interesting world but glacially slow at everything
  • Inuyashiki- fine
  • Umaru S2- fine, better and worse than S1 in different ways
  • Konohana Kitan- fox girls, hot springs
  • Garo Vanishing Line- Better than S2, less good than S1
  • Hozuki no Resitetsu S2- exactly she same as S1
  • Masamune-kun no revenge- fine I guess (to be fair, i haven’t finished this as fansub groups are shithouse)
  • Attack on Titan S2- Show is overrated. Animation was meh. Some ok twists.
  • Danmachi Sword Oratoria- not enough Hestia
  • Grimoire of Zero- meh

Disappointing- for one reason or another, these had some promise based on their title, premise or first three eps but for whatever reason weren’t that good. Skip them.

  • Iron Blooded Orphans S2 (Fine but Season 1 was way better)
  • Little Witch Academia (Trigger just isn’t that good of a studio. Also the world is broken)
  • Record of Bastard Akashic Intructor (I did enjoy though… there was one awesome scene in ep2 that hinted at an awesome show that didn’t eventuate)
  • Sin Nanatsu no Taizai (based on the title, I was hoping for the second season of Seven Deadly Sins. I was gravely mislead)
  • Berserk S2 (I didn’t mind it but the animation is pretty bad and it ends in a dumb spot. Needs more Griffith)
  • Koi to Iso (fine I guess but they chickened out of resolving the love plot story line)
  • Centaur no Nayami (like Plastic Memories, a really interesting world obscured by all of the characters who are focused on)
  • Mahoujin Guru Guru (one funny joke played out too long)
  • Sakura Quest (nothing happens)
  • Aho Girl (one funny joke played out too long)
  • No Game No Life Zero (dissapointing prequel)
  • Juuni Taisen (one plot twist played out over and one)

Bonus- Fall 2017 Anime Preview

Since the Winter 2018 Anime Season is starting, lets look at my notes of the shows I dropped for the Fall 2017 because they were garbage. I watched 3 eps of each of these shows.

A very timely season preview post XD

Amecon:

  • Short about a coffee shop
  • It has a tsunder dog
  • Meh, how boring. How did this get made?

Blend S

  • Fucking garbage
  • Yay, it has one girl of every genre. How nice
  • Go watch ‘Working!’. It’s this but good

Black Clover

  • Stop fucking yelling
  • So much yelling
  • Why is he yelling as part o non-battle, normal conversation? Does the voice actor not know how to act?

Animegataris

  • Lots of deep cuts about anime culture.
  • Characters are pretty clique, story not interesting
  • ‘Gamers’ from last did this better. Or Genshiken for an anime club focus

Code realise:

  • Lupin? Thief? Why is this happening?
  • Lots of pretty boys
  • Steam punk Vampire Knight

Dynamic Chord

  • Yawn
  • Singing = shit
  • Immediate drop

Evil or Live

  • Somehow worse than Prison School
  • WTF tonal echanges in episode 2. Actually had a chance to be REALLy interesting with the way the direction chnaged but then they changed bakc and it was lame
  • I’m guessing the writing budget went into making the title almost a palindrome

Sho-bith girlfriend

  • Why did i expect anything form an anime with this title?
  • Whatever I expected, I was wrong. This was boring/dumb/shit
  • Why is this getting so much hype by Madman?

Dies Irae

  • Episode 0 gave me some vibes of Tanya the Evil, very interesting
  • Ep1-2, fucking yawn, direction change into cliche bullshit

Taison Chiccchai

  • Cute boy short
  • Yawn

Imouto sae ireba

  • Trash
  • About little sisters bbeing great. yay for another siscon anime
  • The worst of all the cons

Sengoku Night Blood

  • Oh this is a game advert
  • Reverse vampire harem? yawn
  • Go watch Sengoku no Night raid 1931. Entirely unrelated but has a similar title, is good and is the only reason I tried Night Blood.

Tsukipro

  • No good anime involve singing
  • No good anime have chacarters with ‘pretty’ as a characteritic
  • Drop

Onyankopon

  • What the fuck is happenening
  • Drop

UQ Holder

  • Meh
  • Big boob vampire, dumb yelling kid

Urahara

  • Characters annoy me
  • Fashion as a concept annoys me
  • Art style annoys me

Two Car

  • No good anime involve bikes
  • Drop

Pkatarou no Lullaby

  • What even is this…

Yuki Yuuna Sa

  • Like Season 1 was ok I guess
  • Oh it’s a prequel? Of the least interesting character who’s story was fully sorted out. i think. i don’t really remember it and may have confused it with Symphogear
  • Magical Girls Raising Project was better. Go watch that

Blood Blockade Battlefront S2

  • Can people acknowledge that S1 wasn’t that good and the studio making it completely forgot to have any story until like episode 10 and ballsed up the production so hard the finale was too long and got delayed by months to the point no-one cared about it anymore?
  • S2 looked pretty much the same as Season 1.
  • Oh wait no, the protagonist is even weaker and dumber than he was in S1. Great

Were there any shows I missed? Chances are I couldn’t get subs for them without putting in more than 5 seconds of effort looking for some. or it was so bad i blocked it from memory or so bland it never got entered into my memory in the first place.

In summary- go watch Uchouten Kazoku instead of any of the above garbage.

Fall 2017 Anime Wrap Up

Yo. The 2017 Fall Anime Season (or Autumn I guess) has just finished. Here’s what a cynical dickhead thinks was good and bad. Spoilers probably. Some note first:

– Typically I follow the ‘rule of three’ and watch the first three eps of every show I can a hold of.  It is rare for me to watch less than that even if a show is clearly terrible. But not unheard of.

– Any show that I’m watching which is 2-cour I won’t really talk about. Although that only applies to 3-gatsu no Lion 2 (fucking amazing show) and Garo- Vanishing Line (ok show).

From a look at my initial notes, this season actually wasn’t as good as I thought it was while watching it. There wasn’t actually a lot of stuff that i was watching and some of the stuff I did watch was watching ironically becuase it was terrible.

So, in no particular order:

Fate/Aprocrypha– good show. perhaps not as good as Unlimited Bladeworks (TV) or Fate:Zero but still a good entry in the franchise. It was really well animated even though it wasn’t done by ufotable and the story was pretty interesting. There were a couple times where I changed sides as to who I was supporting which isn’t common and shows the way characters on both sides were fleshed out. And the fight scenes were all pretty good, both between individual combatants and the larger team battlefield. There were even a few moments where I didn’t want either of the two people in a fight to lose because i liked both characters and wanted neither to die. I also liked that becuase Saber/King Arthur wasn’t in this one (or Shiro, EMIYA or Gilgamesh), it was unknown who would win the Holy Grail War. Also will caveat this with the fact I’m watching the UTW fansub because I’m not a pleb so i am yet to see the last episode. So the series may shit the bed at the last hurdle.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride– This was the big hype show of the season and I am kind of disappointed. I get that it’s meant to be a slow and deliberate unfolding of the story and characters but it was glacially slow. The world is interesting, the animation is good and the characters are ok. But I didn’t really find anything unique or interesting about it. Again, I’ll caveat this with the fact I’m watching the Commie fansub and, in typical fansubber fashion, they’ve collapsed mid season so I’ve only seen like 6 or 7 eps so far. I’ll watch the whole thing eventually. If I’m bored, because I don’t have much desire to seek it out

Shokugei no Souma S3- it’s the third season. You either like it or you don’t by now. My favourite thing is the intense fucking commentary between characters spectating cooking battles. I also liked how Souma didn’t win every battle (he did win most). And that they revealed his father to Erina at last 9sure in the final minutes of the final ep). Was solid entertainment. I started watching this with the FFF Fansubs but they died after ep7 on a massive cliff hanger so I immediately jumped onto the official subs because I couldn’t wait 6+ months to see the next episode. Which shows how much I don’t care about Ancient Magus’ bride I guess XD

Himouto Umaru-chan R- fuck me Umaru is a terrible person. There wasn’t enough Taihei romance with his female boss (best girl in the show- competent person with a work ethic). Too much of the blue haired chick who shits me off. But I liked the broadening of the focus in this season to be on Umaru’s friends rather than just Umaru. It was fine. Also the ED gives me nightmare flashback about exercise routines at a gym.

Houseki no Kuni– the surprise sleeper for me this season. Was CGI animation which is often a bad sign and it looked weird but I just had a good feeling that it would be something a little bit different. The story perhaps wasn’t too different but the world is definitely an interesting/unique setting. To me at least. Endings was a bit unsatisfactory as it was heavily leaning on the need for a second season. Dunno if it will get one, depends if sales are good enough.

Hozuki no Resitsu S2– the ratio of sequels to new things is a little concerning. But I guess that generally sequels are for good things but new stuff can be shit so maybe not unexpected. This show was fine. A friend made me watch Season 1 and I enjoyed it, but wouldn’t have watched it otherwise. this was the same- I enjoyed watching it but had no desire to and basically just put it on when i had nothing else I wanted to watch. Hozuki is a fun character but the joke is pretty one note and a lot of the other characters are less interesting/very annoying (I’m looking at you Shiro you piece of shit dog)

Inuyashiki– This was a really popular show this season amongst my anime friends group. The unusual protagonist of an old dude was interesting, especially with the young dude being the villain. But both characters themselves were pretty shit- it took old dude like 8 of the 11 episodes to come to terms with his powers and the moral inner turmoil. While the young villain just started murdering people without much hesitation (sort of explained later on). But the show really takes off towards the back end when the young kid massacres like 100 people a Shinjuku Station and then starts crashing planes, causing a big fight. Also the ending of the show was hamfisted. Like in ep4 or something they drop a news report about a big asteroid coming near earth and it was so random that it was pretty clear that the series would end with both characters sacrificing themselves to stop the asteroid. Oh- bonus points for the Trump ‘cameo’ towards the end.

Just Because– fairly typical show: young people about the finish highschool struggle both with the academic expectations and their raging hormones as they find themselves in complex love triangles and cliche misunderstandings. That being said, probably my favourite show of the season XD. have a soft spot for these sort of romance shows, especially since not everyone got what they wanted in the end.

Juuni Taisen– this show started of great. i loved the premise of the first ep where it looked like we were going to follow the ‘favourite’ in a Battle Royale style super fight. And watch them crush the underdogs. Then I loved the twist at the end where the character we’d learnt heaps about was quickly killed right at the end of the episode. Really raised the stakes. but ep2 and ep3 followed the same pattern where we followed a character and they’d be killed. And my Game of Thrones ‘everyone is going to die so don’t care about anyone’ mentality started to sink in. And it went downhill from there. The highlight (read: lowlight) was when it spent 2 and half episodes given backstory on a pair of twins… one of whom was killed off screen before the show even started and the second was killed in the 30 second insert pre OP in the middle of the 2 and half episodes fo backstory. Like absolute garbage story telling. It also become veyr obvious that charcaters were dying in the order of the zodiac. I only stuck it out to see if maybe they’d continue to be edgy and do something different. But no, they didn’t. Very dissapointing

Kino no Tabi (2017)- It was fine. Kind of. Actually it was pretty boring. Apparent the 2003 version was better. I’ll note there that one of my anime rules is that if it involves a bike the anime will be garbage. I thought that may not apply here but it did.

Konohana Kitan– cute fox girls being attendants at a hot spring bathhouse? Sure why not. It’s fine. Personally would prefer the girls were a little older but it was a good thing to pop on at the end of the day when zoning out and getting ready for bed. Charcaters were fun and the one episode storylines meant i didn’t really have to think about anything.

Ousama Game– This show was a fucking trainwreck. I only watched it to see how terrible it got. Which was pretty terrible. I must commend the sound design, the use of sound was exquisitely well done. unfortunately it was jarringly out of place because the show didn’t earn it. There were these really dramatic and tense musical beats playing to underscore dramatic emotional moments… between characters who’d been introduced 30 seconds earlier, who the audience didn’t care about and who’d just done something fucking stupid. Also the fact that in the space of a few days the people in one class at a school started dying/killing each other yet no-one else seemed to noticed or care- parents, teachers, students from other classes. they go to the hospital a few times and get patched up yet the doctors don’t ask questions? Fucking terrible.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou– aka baby’s first philosophy lesson. A really interesting world. I wish it had focused more on that world and who things got there (which was sort of info dumped in the very last episode) rather than the ramblings of two young idiots without much of a clue. Also there was this big moment of drama where one person threatened the other with a gun in the opening ep that was never revisited.

Net-juu no Susume– I only watched like 6 episodes of this and then got bored so I stopped. Generic. And the cliche of so many near misses between the female and male leads got boring fast.

And that’s all I watched. By extension, every other show this season was utter garbage and not worth watching.

BONUS!!

Given there wasn’t much being watched and I had time of work between Christmas and New Year, i watched a chunk of stuff in my backlog! Here’s what I thought:

Boku no Hero Academia S2– good. The first arc was better than the second but I’m excited to watch more. Also I want an All Might Prequel about him fucking up the All for One guy.

Mikijikamon– Shorts that went along with Barakamon. Given i I watched Barakamon like two years ago, the comedy of the shorts was pretty lost on me. Probably fine though.

Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon– I watched the DDY fansubs of this which only had the last two eps released on Christmas 2017. The show was fine. I don’t get why there was all the hype though. Although I did like the bromance between Fafnir and *the other male character*. Also Iwathced the post-season OVA which was equally good.

Strike the Blood 2– like, I watched this with expectations of cool fights and anime boobs. My expectations were kind of met. Maybe even satisfied. I don’t know if it helped or hindered that I marathoned the whole thing after already being awake for 30 hours straight watching other stuff.

Uchouten Kazoku S2– this show was fucking amazing. Season 1 was near perfect and this might have been even better. Old characters were made even cooler, new characters were awesome. the first 4 or so eps ended on massive emotional/tension cliff hangers which made me immediately jump to the next episode. A romance subplot was developed in a somewhat unexpected direction. there were some fucking awesome fights that ended very surprisingly. Some characters got some really unexpected directions of development. the only bad thing is that everyone’s ears look fucking stupid and in the last ep some of the villains are taken out a little too neatly/conveniently. But this show is probably in my top anime of all time

Kono Suba S2 OVA– it was fine. The show is pretty funny although it tends to have an arc of pure delight and an arc of meh each season. This OVA was somewhere between. A satisfying side story i guess

New Game OVA– pretty great. A good bridge between the two seasons. Porbably should have watched it before S2.

My Teen SNAFU OVA- was pretty funny. I had to google some of the characters as I couldn’t remember the people outside the main trio. Nothing new but a fun side story too

Tsuki ga Kieri Specials– A bit disappointing. Was an episode made up of just 10-15 second shorts. The shorts worked well in the main eps because often it would showcase a character we hadn’t seen that episode. Some of the jokes were a bit repetitive so seeing them all in a line made it not work too well

Shougeko no Souma no no sara OVA– it was fine. Another good little side story set between S2 and S3. Was a good run in to get me ramped up for S3.

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card prologue– this was fine. I was so pumped when the characters sounded the same as they did in the original series. Was a bit jarring seeing a child using roller skates and not being relentlessly bullied. There wasn’t much story other than resolving the near perfect ending of the second movie and providing grounds for an in story time jump to age the characters without progressing their inter-character relationships. Was fine. I’m so pumped for the new series.

MadFest 2017 Bonus- Film Screenings wrap up/review

So I went to MadFest. It was ok (if I’m being generous).

But concurrently there was a series of five films being screened which was on paper part of the event but in practicality was effectively a separate event. Which I had to pay for so I have some skin in this being worthwhile this time XD.

The first film was, as I found out when I went, not actually a film. It was actually a screening of a recorded Love Live! concert. Specifically it was “Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! Zero to One~ concert”. I hadn’t really paid attention to this one on the ticket info since I don’t like Love Live but since I had got a ticket for it I decided to go along.

I didn’t regret that decision. Per se. I was expecting it to be an anime film since part of the multimedium Love Live! franchise includes anime stuff. So I was quite surprised when (after a delayed start due to a) the line ride and b) technical difficulties that had the sound not working for like 10-15 minutes) some live action singers ran out onto a stage and started performing.

My first thought that is was gonna be one of those interactive shows a la Cheez TV, but with the actors doing bits and pieces live on stage in between segments of an anime film.

Lol no. It was just a recording of the concert. And it was pretty shit (as someone who does not know or care for Love Live). I was bored after about 5 minutes and then spent 15 minutes watching the audience instead as they were going crazy waving around those light sticks and doing moves and stuff. I also wondered why we didn’t have those light sticks at concerts in Australia since they seemed pretty cool/fun. Then I realised that if they were at a convert in Australia, someone would throw them at someone else in about 15 seconds.

But yeah- after 20 minutes I was bored so I left.

2/10?

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The next film was one of the two I was most excited for- the “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower” film. It’s the first in a series of three films animating the Heaven’s Feel route of the Fate/stay visual novel. I have never played the visual novel but I love a lot of the anime related to the franchise- the original Fate/stay anime that was semi-Fate route, semi-anime original “Gold”(and has a bit of a mixed reception in the community), I enjoyed the Unlimited Bladeworks route movie (for being a complete trainwreck), I loved the Fate Zero prequel and Unlimited Bladeworks TV series. Plus I loved all three seasons of the Fate Ilya magical girl spin of series and am currently watching the Fate/Apocrypha alternative reality series that is currently airing in Japan. Oh and the Fate Grand Order OVA was ok.

As you can possibly tell, it’s quite a convoluted franchise with a lot of alternative versions of things. The original game had three options or ‘routes’ depending on which heroine you chose to be the main love interest- Saber (Fate), Rin (Unlimited Bladeworks) and Sakura (Heaven’s Feel).

This movie is obviously based on the Sakura heroine path and previously I didn’t really know much about it. Other than it got super fucked and Sakura gets royally ripped off/mistreated. Based Sakura pretty much gets the short end of the stick in every story and was flat out abused as a child in the Fate Zero prequel so that isn’t too surpising.

Having watched the movie (the first of a trilogy), I am firmly of the opinion that Sakura is the best girl. Sure I thought the same about Saber and Rin in thier routes but fuck me Sakura is awesome. Such a “bae”.

But yeah, the movie. And the screening festival.

Logistically the line ride for the movie was pretty bad. The screening was apparently sold out so there were a heap of people and the line was snaking around the foyer. Normally I wouldn’t have twigged how bad this was being managed but the week ebfore the PAX people had been managing lines for a theatre 5x the size (roughly) and kep the line into a section of the foyer 1/3 as big. Also there was a dude in the line behind me who had never seen any Fate stuff before and it was funny listening to his friend give him an outline of the franchise (shit is fucked up).

Also the build up to the movie by th eorganisers was a bit drawn out. They had a couple of the MadFest guests who were related to the Fate frnahcise talk a bit and the organisers also gave a bit of a talk. But it meant shit started like 40 minutes after the advertised start time (Love Live! delay, massive line, long speeches). Booo!

But I really liked the movie. As someone who has only seen anime stuff I think it did a good job referencing other parts of the franchise for fanservice while still bringing new content and ideas and direction to it’s own story. IN particualr fleshing out Sakura and Shiro’s history and burgeoning relationship was really good to see. As were the fights that happened (and lol Lancer just can’t get a break. Always gets his arse handed to him even when he is overwhelming the stronger fighter XD).

However I do think the movie relied way to heavily on people being familiar with other parts of the franchise to fully get it. For example pre-opening titles we get the fast forward verions of 18 months of Shiro x Sakura developing, then as the title credit play we see flashes of the scene where Shiro is killed and then brought back to life as a Master in the Holy Grail War. And then post titles Saber is running around and they’re all together doing stuff. So it basically skipped past the entire establishing premise and act for the Holy Grail War, Shiro’s involvement and who/what the hell Saber is (and where she came from). Also there was some weird/creepy scene with Skira and the Priest at a spicy tofu restaurant that had half the audience pissing themselves and the other half being generally confused. I think it was a reference to the game.

The ending of the movie felt a bit… dragged? I’m not sure the best word. It was kind of like the last Lord of the Rings movie where there were several points where it felt like the movie had ended and would cut to credits. I did like the spot where it ended though- the stuff that had been happening while different in context was similar in vibe to the other two routes but at the end there is a clear shift where something has gone wrong/different. Only bad thing is that I’m just annoyed I couldn’t immediately jump into the second and then third movie.

So… 8/10?

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Next was a film that I was interested in but not fussed on and considered it a bit of a bonus- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 1.

I love a good JoJo meme as much as the next person. But I must confess that I have only seen the 2012 series of the anime (which covered Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency). I absolutely loved it but because I came it it late I marathoned it (which made for an awesome day). When the next part Stardust Crusaders came out I figured I’d do the same thing. Little did I realise it was a fucking 50+ episode arc (actually not sure how long it ended up). And when watching series X will take as much time as rewatching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I’m going to rewatch Brotherhood. And I did rewatch Brotherhood (and it was fucking great).

In any case, Diamond is Unbreakable is actually the fourth part of the story. And judging by the title this is the first movie in a series that will cover this arc (although no other parts of the series have been put into live action movies so it’s an odd place to start)

The movie is fine. Like the first 2/3 were pretty good and then it went fucking mental. Which I guess is classic JoJo. The main A plot was good and the fight scenes were generally pretty good.

But outside that I had literally a list of questions about stuff I was confused about: who was the random person who attacked and killed the ‘bad guy’ of the movie and then disappeared? Why was their such an emphasis on Koichi’s grades? (And how did he go on the test he was studying for all through the movie?) What was with the random serious side jag into a discussion about how Josuke was saved when he was four eyars old? (And who saved him? What was he saved from?) Where the fuck did Jotaro go halfway through the movie after the fight with the water henchman? (And why did he just piss off in full knowledge that some magical madman was running around and Josuke was nowhere near ready to face him?) Why did Josuke’s young mum date and procreate with a married English man who was like 30-40 years her senior? Was Josuke pointlessly lying when he told Angleo he ‘wouldn’t die’ or did Josuke literally sentence him to an eternity of suffering as an inanimate, living rock? What the fuck was with the weird stalker chick going after Koichi/ Was she a ghost? WHAT THE FUCK WAS THE GOBLIN MAN? ARE THEIR FUCKING MYTHICAL CREATURES IN THIS UNIVERSE? (I mean, vampires exist so it is possible) is Jotaro’s hat a visor or is his hair curving under and over the back of the hat??

The biggest problem was that the big final fight (which was a bit dumb thinking about it) ended like 3/4 of the way through the film and then there was a heap of character backstory and development that was fine but really seemed to be dragging out the movie run time. Just chuck it all before the fight and it’d be great. Like it was worse than a DC film is trying to clunkily set up a multi film story arc.

So yeah… 6/10?

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The next movie was the othe rone I was really looking forward to- No Game No Life Zero. The TV series is fantastic (if you ignore the incest undertones overtones)- great idea, great arts, great characters, all executed super well. Unfortunately the series adapted pretty much the entirety of the published novels so the wait for season 2 is a long one. This movie is a prequel set thousands of years before the series and looks at how the premise if the series (no wars, all disputes settled by games) is created.

I was honestly a little disspapointed by the movie. It was fine as a movie but I was expecting the greatness of the series.

There was a tonne of assumed knowledge for this movie-it was borderline incoherent for my friend who was watching it with me that hadn’t seen the series. The fanservice links to the series were a bit hit and miss- I liked the narrative frame of the movie being a story getting told the the TV series characters but I did not like that Jibril was the Flugel who fucked shit up for the movie main characters. Particularly her complete ignorance of this massive event back in the narrative frame which goes against her character of hunting for knowledge (and given fact the movie characters look nearly identical to the TV characters, even though they are unrelated their resemblance should be notable to her)

Also the story didn’t really make any sense- like why the hell did Shuvi want to play games against Riku? There was no reason for this at all given this era is pre-game stuff. And their races were at war with each other.

Also there was some super convenient shit happening- like the humans were getting absolutely smashed in the war but once they decided to go into hiding and be dirt ninjas they suddenly got super lucky and became super successful at everything. And managed to conveniently manipulate the three main fighting races into fighting each other without fucking anything up, getting caught or getting killed. Because apparently eating some ash and positioning yourself makes it possible for them to sneak around undetected and no-one ever wants to touch them.

But the worst things was the pacing decisions- like we skip over the fight/game between Riku and Shuvi and are never told the result of the game or their bargain (like, we can guess) or how Riku ‘changed the rules of the game’. But then we have a stupid marriage sequence that goes for way too long.

The character designs were pretty lame (literally some colour palette swaps  with minor design tweaks on the three main characters from the TV series. And Jibril.) But it was cool seeing more of the other races, particular the Ex-Machina who haven’t featured in the TV series. But their cooperation with the humans was another plot convenience that didn’t really make much sense

So yeah… 4/10

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The last movie was Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Which in some places was advertised as being somehow related to Studio Ghibli but it didn’t seem to actually be related to Ghibli (I think it was just the Director has worked for Ghibli).

In any case, much like JoJo this was a bit of a bonus movie and I had not real expectations going in. And it was a fine movie.

Fairly typical- young child with not adult oversight find crazy power and has an adventure. they do something dumb and put a peer in danger. Like the main characters name was Mary Smith which highlights the genericness of the story.

The main character Mary annoyed me coz she was an idiot (typical child). Like the big bad is chasing her to get hold of the flower (which is hidden in Mary’s bag) and the bad guy knocks the bag away. So Mary yells out ‘oh no the flower in in the bag’… so the big bad stops chasing her and just takes the bag. And despite seeing how overpowering the magic of the magic berries are (there is like a 15 minute sequence where is makes her a magic pariah in front of the whole school she ends up at), she gets trapped in a magic cell and doesn’t think to fucking use the berries for a fair while. Also at the very end she had one berry left and rather than keep it, hide it or destroy it she just chucks it off into the forest. So some random other person will get to deal with the magic equivalent of a nuclear bomb when they go for a bush walk. Fuck me kids are dumb.

Also the broom wrangler is a random and unnecessary deus ex machina who saves Mary’s bacon like… three or four times. Or rather he is a necessary deus ex machina since Mary fucks herself over so many times and there is no development or progress for any character that has them learn from the previous hours of their life and not fuck up again.

Also Mary looks like a slightly older version of the girl from Ponyo… but doesn’t act any older…

Eh, perhaps i’m expecting too much from a kids/family movie.

Soooo…. 4/10.

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But yeah. This five things combined to be, in my opinion, the best part of MadFest but really in hindsight collectively it was a bit hit and miss in an “objective” sense…

Summer 2017 Anime Round Up

For a full list of all the anime that aired in the Summer 2017 season, look here.

There’s a lot. Most of it was garbage. Although that is a common refrain for basically every anime season. And most media e.g. US Television, blockbuster mvoies, books, comics, videogames.

Anyway:

Centaur no Nayami– cute girls doing cute things, but they’re all various mythical creatures instead of humans. A fairly hamfisted discussion of racism interposed with amusing, generic highschool life plot lines. There is a massive red herring in the first ep where (spoilers) the class teacher is talking about how racism is bad and the class is being supervised by the cops. based on that I was hoping there would be some deeping diving into how fucked the world is that the anime occurs in. Nope. Doesn’t happen. Although there is a really out of place episode towards the end where half the episode deals with the effects of the holocaust and the other half is about amazonian toad people deciding to go to war with the rest fo the planet. Not ever mentioned before this episode, not ever dealt with in the following episode.

6/10. I did finish it (because of that red herring) and the generic/tropey stuff is generic and tropey because it is amusing. But unless you a a fan of the cute girls doing cute things genre, there are better things to watch.

Gamers– I’m a bit mixed on this. My peers loved it but I always wonder if it is because they like the idea of nerdy and weird people attracting the (sexual) attention of the super hot and successful people without any effort. I started the show halfway through the season for some reason and managed to coincidentally marathon the first six episodes which were a bit of a self contained story arc. And I marathoned it because it was awesome, the comedy was great and the characters plus their interaction were really well done. but the second half of the season kind of drifted a bit so I wasn’t as keen. The characters seemed to both develop in a bad way and not develop in a bad way. And the jokes were basiclaly the same jokes as in the first half but not as good. Also so many of the plot points/issues could have been resolved by one person going ‘Hey wait, why are you doing that?’ and thus resolving about a dozen misunderstandings

8/10. Still a pretty good show to be honest

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni– if you respect anime, games, women or yourself you should not like this. This is an anime about a dude who dies, is sent to a fantasy world and becomes WAY too op for the world so he gathers a harem of very young girls as he goes on crazy adventures saving the kingdom and becoming real friendly with the royal family. It does have a few cool fight scenes and it can be quite entertaining to see an OP person absolutely massacre their opponents. But it is still a pretty terrible show. And I did still watch the whole thing.

5/10. And it ended with a clear second season set up :/

Knight’s and Magic– cool magic fights. Cool robot fights. Jam them together. And then have a series of one dimension characters and plots stringing them together. Great fun show. Also the engineering fights towards the end of the series were hilarious. Yes, engineering fights.

7/10. Not worth a second watch though

Koi to Uso– I’m quite torn on this. A drama/romance with an interesting premise and set up, good characters and great interactions/development. plus a few twists and turns, honest mistakes, reconciliation and high school life. But the ending suffered a lot from being an anime original. Where they didn’t really resolve which character pairing is the one that ultimately happens or any of the main plot/sub-plot questions. But as an overall series it was still very enjoyable.

8/10. Kind of like a more serious version of Nisekoi, with the same harem based issues.

Made in Abyss– a really good adventure series. It was a bit slow but the setting was super interesting, the main characters pretty cool and the surrounding characters were all pretty fascinating. The only thing wrong with it is that the story is clearly nowhere near finished after 13 eps even though it was presented quite densely and fast paced. One could go read the manga or light novel or whatever but who has time for that. In particular the last couple episodes have a real left turn of a story plot. Also the whole series I kept wondering why the people in this world didn’t try and drown the Abyss in ocean water given how fucked the place was and it was literally just a whole surrounded by the ocean. A bit of digging/drilling would solve the problem. Even so, definitely one top 3 series of the season

New Game!!– this show makes me angry. Season one of New Game was ok but unremarkable. I liked the characters and they did ok stuff but nothing interesting happened and there was no real development. It was like Lucky Star but set in a game dev studio. Then this second season rocks up and holy fuck it’s great. Every character goes on a massive character development arc and so much stuff happens and people’s worlds are changed and it’s so good. It’s like Clannad where season 1 was basically an extended intro to make you know and like the characters so season 2 could repeatedly gut punch you with the drama

9/10. Don’t overlook this based on the first season.

Tsurezure Children– this was one of these weird shows which is not a full length episode but is longer than a short. It’s basically a whole heap of sketches about high school kids being in love with each other but misunderstandings getting in the way. A really good portrayal of young love and the uncertainty that people feel with some good comedy mixed in. Towards the end there is even a serious note of a sexual assault and the repercussions that follow that. But yes a really fun show to watch with nice characters and stories.

7/10

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e– ironically the last show I watched is my AOTS. Awesome characters, super intriguing premise, mysterious plots, big actions, big twists and surprises, dramatic development of characters. At the beginning it seemed to be a dark twist on the SNAFU formula but then evolved to have a hint of Grisaia mixed in. I was legitimately salty when I realised the last episode was the last episode as there was so much more I wanted to see in the story. In particular I really wanted to know more about the background of all three main characters because shit is clearly fucked for all of them.

9.5/10. Definitely the show to catch up on if you missed it

Honourable Mentions:

Fate Stay Apocrypha– is a two cour series that started this sason and I’m still watching it. It’s fucking great

Boku no Hero Academia– is a two cour that finished this season and I’ve been too busy to watch the last 9 or so episodes. Was pretty fun up to the point I stopped so I’ll definitely go back to it.

Also there were maybe a dozen other shows that, after watching 3 episodes, were neither good enough for me to commit to nor bad enough for me to drop. I can’t remember them all but given how bad some of the shows I did commit to were, I’d be surprised if any of them turned out to be great XD.