Sunday, 2 November 2014

Anime Summer 2014 Opinions

Barakamon

This is the type of anime that removes the main character from the comforts of their home and places them into a new and unknown environment. Handa's calligraphy became stale from the pressures of the city environment, and was forced into the countryside as punishment after lashing out violently because he was told his work was dull and conformist. The local people are very charming and welcoming, especially Naru. She is the main influence that brings out the best in Handa new work throughout the series. His experiences have a direct impact on the his style and it's great to see him succeed.

Futsuu no Joshikousei ga [Locodol] Yatte Mita.

I usually enjoy anime about idols solely for the music they bring. The problem is that the idols always stand above their fans and it lacks a true sense of loving them as individuals. Locodol, or local idol, has the sense of community that other idol anime do not have. The song for Uogokoro-kun is simple but still captures the hearts of the locals. Even their final song being more idol-like is a perfect representation of who they are and what they've achieved in the short time they've been locodols. The only minor let down is that there are only three songs.

Glasslip

It's interesting as far as the supernatural elements and future fragments go, but it just falls flat when it comes to the characters. They were bland and uninteresting when they should have been the central focus of the series. The slow-paced plot progression is either from forced drama, or it's from the future fragments and the mystery behind what they actually are. The latter is more interesting, but it's not enough to save the series. I don't recommend watching it, but if you find yourself wanting to know more about the future fragments after the first few episodes, then go ahead.

Tokyo Ghoul

The main theme early on is the distinction of being human. Kaneki becomes a ghoul because of an accident and is forced to live as a monster in human skin. Ghouls are incapable of eating human food and can only live by eating humans so it leads to discrimination even for the ghouls who want to live as part of society. It brings light to both sides of his new life and shows the ghouls are more than just monsters. The series seems rushed at times and the anime is unfinished, however there is a second season coming soon.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Anime Spring 2014 Opinions

Black Bullet

I was pretty bored when watching the most of the episodes. It wasn't interesting and I didn't care for the action scenes. I was however presently surprised with the introduction of the loli harem. It's the only worthwhile addition for me, but this was quickly discarded to give the main characters some emotional baggage. I found the setting to be unrealistic from the first episode. The weakness of the Gastrea is known to be veranium which forms the black bullets, but this is unknown or kept secret from the general public and police.

Isshuukan Friends

I get the same feeling from Isshuukan Friends as I get from Usagi Drop. The art style is the main reason as it is light in design and immediately presents the anime as a heartwarming series. It's a slice of life about making friends with a girl who loses her memory at the end of every week. Hase is very sincere about becoming friends and Fujimiya is an ideal person to make friends with. It was fun to watch the interactions between characters in a similar way to 50 First Dates.

Mekaku City Actors

The story is overly complicated and very confusing. By the end, I think I understood the main premise of the plot, but I didn't care for the ending because I disliked many of the previous episodes. Most of the characters weren't developed very well other than the ones that got a flashback or episode dedicated to them. Ene was one of these characters, but I'm also biased because I like her voice actor, Kana Asumi. It would have been better to focus more on making the plot as accessible and as easy to understand as possible. I think of Mekaku City Actors as a poorly executed Monogatari.

No Game No Life

It was very overhyped and is over rated probably because it's designed to be intense. The reason to watch NGNL are the psychological mind games and how Sora and Shiro will come out on top. All of the games have a very simple concept on paper, but is executed in such an interesting way.

The main characters are overpowered, or over intelligent, and they never lost a game. I think it leads to a lack of character development and the game's end is decided long before they have even started playing. It means that the entertainment comes from the games themselves, but I felt like the twists were very random and not something that I could have predicted.

Soul Eater Not

As a slice of life, the series was very enjoyable. It features, Meme and Anya, two meisters trying to decide who will become the partner of the weapon, Tsugumi. There is quite a bit of yuri subtext which delivers in the final episode, otherwise it's a normal slice of life. It is very different to the original Soul Eater and some characters make cameo appearances quite often.

The final battle was the weakest part of the series. The problem was how Shaula was so weak when it counted most. Usually it's an evenly matched fight until the hero somehow overcomes it. I only accept the outcome because I think Meme was still under the mind control and could track Shaula's location and movements, and soul resonance only helped there case. It doesn't make up for the final battle, but it wasn't really an action anime anyway.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Anime Winter 2014 Opinions

Nisekoi

I had prior knowledge going into this anime. I was told it was a generic harem and I can't disagree, but I think Shaft saved the series for me. Like many of the other shaft series, the animation and quirks stand out over many other anime. The romance is nothing special as I've seen it all before. The part that really interests me is the girl from the past. I want to know which girl it is and whether she'll even be chosen in the end. I'm hopeful that they don't choose the harem ending, but as the manga is still ongoing, I can't imagine the anime finishing either.

Sakura Trick

I usually don't like most fanservice anime, but this one was pretty good. It's a yuri anime with a lot of physical romance. Where I find fanservice mostly tasteless, Sakura Trick offers something more real like a first love. The amount of fanservice seems just right and is presented in a way that I can really enjoy. I now want to find another anime that are as bold as Sakura Trick.


Super Sonico The Animation

I only liked a few of the episodes in this series and overall, it was ok. How Sonico got her guitar, Sonico's travels and the episode focused on cats. They seemed to be the ones most focused on character development and exploration while the others tried some kind of comedic quirk that I didn't really like. The flashback developed Sonico's quiet nature. The travelling episode had Sonico meet many people while having interesting experiences in general. The cats episode was really cute and telling a story with only "meows" was wonderful.

Tonari no Seki-kun

This series is pure genius. It's basically Kana Hanazawa's inner monologue while Seki-kun does something crazy. He doesn't need to talk and he expresses himself through facial expressions and some noises. The imagination and creativity that goes into each episode is absolutely perfect. Assuming you haven't watched it, I don't want to spoil any of the episodes because they each have their own mini twist and I think it would be best to go in blind. I highly recommend it.

Wake up, Girls!

I think I would have preferred this if it was a stand alone movie. It began with how the girls came together and then ended with their first song (Tachiagare!). The movie is required for the anime as it continues where it left off. After watching the series, it seemed so different than what the movie had portrayed. The move seemed more about them having fun while the series became more serious which wasn't really a surprise as drama is a common theme, but it just didn't go over that well.

The songs were excellent except for the last song. I enjoyed it when I heard it as the opening, but it had no impact because it was the same song. First-Rate Smile was so full of energy, but I don't think they were suited to that kind of song.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Danganronpa Case 02

I now forgive the previous case for just revealing the name of the killer. This time Fujisaki was murdered. I had my suspicions of Fujisaki being a boy which ties in with the embarrassing memories and dark secrets, and is possibly enough to kill someone over. Monokuma knows all which means he likely received a male PDA. This will make the original crime scene the boys' changing room. The new rule only covers lending which should mean taking someone elses' PDA is not a something to die over.


Since Fujisaki was killed in the same way as Genocider Syo, it adds to my suspicions of him being male because every other victim was male. Serial killers usually kill their victims in a similar way and some may even have OCD preventing them from doing it any other way. The scissors are missing, but Fujisaki has been crucified and the message bloodbath fever has been used. If
Syo really does have dissociative identity disorder, they might also suffer from memory loss during that state. This will make identifying the killer even more difficult.



Togami and Fukawa were working together on something, but it hasn't revealed yet. Togami gave away information about Genocider Syo which would put him at a disadvantage if he really was the killer. Because the weapon is a dumbbell, I think it's safe to assume only the larger characters will have more potential to commit the crime fast enough to make the choice of weapon worthwhile. I have my doubts about Sakura for now because she wouldn't be able to follow Fujisaki into the changing rooms, so I am thinking it will be either Hakagure or Oowada.


I don't think there is enough information to completely identify the culprit, just make assumptions. I need to know more about what they were doing during the time of the murder to be completely sure.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Danganronpa Case 01

In order to graduate, they must kill another student without being found out. That kind of pressure leads to the worst in people to target the weaker characters. All the characters were introduced in the first episode and judging them solely on appearance or personality will likely lead to suspecting the wrong character. Even weak people can become strong if they feel threatened and the stronger characters could turn out to be the gentlest of all of them.


A good mystery provides enough clues to work out the criminal without just handing you the answer. It's disappointing how easy the first mystery is, but I see this as an introduction to the game at the easiest difficulty. There are clues to push you away from the correct answer, but some clues hold more power than others. The debate should take all the clues into account before accusing anyone of the murder.



The first thing to note is the girls' bathrooms have locks whereas the boys' bathrooms do not. This immediately makes boys an easier target because the killer will only need to get past one locked door to be able to kill someone. It seems like Naegi wasn't the target since the nameplates were changed in order to make the room seem like it belonged to Maizono.



The next clues are the burnt shirt remnant and glass sphere fragments.The burnt shirt is covered in blood and unless someone is wearing the matching shirt, it is unlikely to lead to anything other than assuming the killer was disposing the evidence. It wouldn't be strange for them to have spare shirts so checking will probably not help either. The crystal ball belongs to Hagakure and being broken next to the burnt shirt is suspicious, but it isn't the most convincing clue.


The most important clue is Maizono's dying message. It reveals who is most likely the killer using the numbers 11037. Instead of just writing their name, it is written in numbers as to not seem too obvious. It was probably to prevent it being erased if the killer saw the numbers being written. All the evidence could be planted including the dying message, but these are the only clues that can be linked to someone in particular.