I’m a bit late with this, but still in time!
Actually, I’m happy I managed to watch all of the episodes, since this period is a bit chaotic for me. I don’t know if I can do the same for the second week, since I have an exam on Saturday, so I might postpone the ranking post a few days.
Without further ado, here’s my ranking for this week!
- Gabriel DropOut
Chief Angel has come to Earth! However, she became so used to the life on Earth that she skips school and keeps playing online games, thus into self-destruction. It’s a school comedy that Gabriel turns into a lazy angel! (Source: MAL News)
Okay, this one could have been a great success or a big flop. And I’m happy to declare that it was a SUCCESS! It is not easy for me to find the right comedy anime, because it’s hard to make me laugh. Well, it succeded! The first episode was hilarious and I hope the next ones will be as brilliant as this one! I looove the art, it’s a pleasure to watch it! I didn’t expext I would like it so much, but as for the first episode, this is surely my favorite out of the batch!
2. Kuzu no Honkai
Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share physical intimacy driven by loneliness. Will things stay like this for them forever? (Source: MangaHelpers)
This is identical to the manga. The freeze-frames are colored manga sketches and it sometimes uses a manga layout. I must say that I like that. Also, I love the voice of Mugi, it’s exactly how I imagined it. The first episode was okay; I already knew what to expect and the animated form didn’t disappoint me. I was worried they might change something to make it more suitable to younger audiences, but I’m glad they didn’t. I’m looking forward to the next episodes!
3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him “Piggy” due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance. (Source: MyAnimeList)
The first episode was really nice; it was better than I expected and I’m eager to see more. The script is pretty good; I didn’t feel bored throughout the episode, which is nice because sometimes everything happens in ten minutes and the rest of the episode is only an introduction of characters and/or a prologue. In this episode, we meet a good bunch of characters, without feeling overwhelmed. Each one of them is characterized and has its own place in the show. I don’t know how well they will develop during the show, but I like what I’ve seen so far. The art is good and pleasing to the eye and the animation is well executed. I can’t say much about the plot since I’ve seen just the first episode, but the starting point is good and I hope for a great development.
4. Little Witch Academia (TV)
Having been inspired by a witch named Shiny Chariot, a girl named Akko Kagari enrolls at Luna Nova Magical Academy to become a witch. The anime follows Akko and her friends, Lotte and Sucy, as they experience many magical adventures together.
This was sooo cute! It reminded me of majokko series, for example Ojamajo Doremi! I think this anime is good for any age; it’s really funny, carefree and positive, it’s perfect to cheer up! I really like the art, simple as it is. I’m looking forward to the next episode!
Chuuta Kokonose is an orphan who lives with his aunt. For as long as he can remember, he’s had a voice in his head, but other than that he’s a normal boy—right until the day when a strange-looking thing follows him home and teleports him to a place filled with more fantastic creatures. It’s a space police station, and Rein Brickke, the Chief of Solar System Department, tells him that he’s been chosen by the computer as a possible candidate to join the police force. Misuzu Sonokata, a girl from Chuuta’s school with an angelic face and ill temper who turns out to be one of Rein Brickke’s subordinates, doesn’t think him suitable for such a job. Chuuta, who was shocked at first, decides to take the aptitude test after being urged by the voice in his head and to prove Misuzu wrong. (Source: MyAnimeList)
This was a lot better than I expected! I was so worried about the space and sci-fi elements, but in reality the focus is on the characters and there’s a bit of comedy here and there. I think this is addressed to a young audience – in my opinion, it fits perfectly in the shounen category; however, it was refreshing and pleasant. It’s a good choice to pass the time if you want something light and carefree.
Yuu Haruna just moved into town and loves to use Twitter. Out on his way to buy dinner, he bumps into a mysterious girl, Fuuka Akitsuki, who breaks his phone thinking he was trying to take a picture of her panties. How will his new life change now? (Source: MAL News)
Nice episode. It had some over-used tropes here and there, but it was pleasant overall. It made me occasionally smile and I didn’t feel bored, which is good, because it “is” a slow start, but a good one. I’m saying a slow start because there isn’t any clue on which direction will this anime take; it was basically an introductory episode. It reminds me of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in some ways, since Fuuka is presented like a weird hyperactive girl while Yuu is just a normal guy, although introvert and with asocial tendencies. I wonder if this anime will go more in-depth with characters; I certainly hope so (especially for Fuuka, because by now she’s a bit unrealistic and bidimensional, but it’s “waaay” too early to judge). I’m looking forward to the next episode, during which we will probably get to know Koyuki!
In 1783, the heart of the Tenmei era, Hasegawa held the office of chief director of the department charged with sustaining safety in the region, suppressing the most vile of thieves and criminals, an individual largely feared, renowned as Devil Heizou… (Source: MAL News)
This was pretty serious and… brutal actually. It took me a while to grasp what was going on, but when I did it, I enjoyed it. I think it may have some potential; I hope we get to know better the characters because I find them interesting and I want to know more about their background and so on. This is quite different from what I usually watch, but I don’t dislike gruesome scenes or grave plots. I also hope for some kind of deepening in addition to the action scenes!
8. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
On February 13, as snow flurries dance in the air, a new idol unit is born at Pythagoras Production. They are the idols who will deliver their kiss to the ends of the galaxy: “Marginal #4.” Its members, Atom Kirihara, Rui Aiba, L Nomura, and R Nomura, put all their effort into their entertainment career for the sake of the fan supporting them! They continue to mature as idols along with the senior unit pulling the entertainment industry forward, Lagrange Point, and the younger unit preparing to make their debut, Unicorn Jr. But when they step off the stage, they’re ordinary high school boys with some chaotic student lives! (Source: Crunchyroll)
Yaoi & Fanservice, I like that. I don’t know why, I seldom watch anime with fanservice aimed at girls. I need more of that in my life. However, this episode was nice. Nothing spectacular; the characters do not stand out much yet, but the comedy is quite on point. It focused more on the high school life, so I wonder if this will be the norm or if there will be an alternance with episodes focusing on the idol life.
Shoichi Kamita is an ordinary high school boy, who is faced with the university entrance exam and worried about his future. This campus romantic comedy, “Seiren”, which means honest in Japanese, depicts his pure relationship with three different heroines. Each story is the unique and mutual memory between him and the heroine. (Source: Crunchyroll)
In the first episode, we get to know the first heroine in the series. I’m still unsure on whether I like her or not, but I have at least another episode ahead to clear up my mind, I guess. However, this episode was quite bland. I even forgot what happened a few hours after watching it. The relationship between the main character and the heroine is still vague, so it’s a slow start for an anime said to be focused on that. I hope the development won’t be rushed: having three heroines means that only four episodes will be focused on each of them. As I said in my introductory post, there are clear references with Amagami SS so I’m inclined to think that the quality will be good. Even so, that doesn’t necessarily mean this anime will be enjoyable.
10. Kemono Friends
The anime’s story takes place in Japari Park, a “gigantic integrated zoo.” In the zoo, due to the mysterious “sand star” substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure. (Source: ANN)
I don’t have much to say about this one. It’s cute, it’s clearly for children and you may watch it if you want something relaxing before going to bed. I don’t know for how long I will keep it in my watching list, but by now I don’t mind watching another episode!
11. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
It’s the near future. The newly established girls’ private school Goryoukan Academy has another face. This school has a special unit, Fifth force, who is assembled and selected from the school’s student body in order to fight an enemy called Oburi.
This is a story about love, courage and friendship about the girls called Strikers. (Source: MyAnimeList)
I… don’t know what I watched. Half of the time, I watched boring and unnecessary scenes where the girls were blabbering about trivial things, and I don’t know if this was an attempt to make people laugh or to introduce the characters, but it failed on both cases. The action scenes were minimal and they didn’t impress me. There were something so off, from the majokko style transformations to the smartphones used to communicate from different dimensions (like wtf?). There wasn’t even a hint of plot development and I seriously wonder where this is going. The five main characters were presented all at once, but I still haven’t connected with any of them. Let’s see, there’s the loli one, the “crazy” one, the mature one and…? Ah, yeah, the plain protagonist with an obscure past. And… the fifth one. I can’t even remember her face, that’s so bad.
12. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
The story begins with Hiromi Maiharu, a girl who moved from Nagasaki to Kamakura. She begins her new life in Kamakura and her first day in high school by bicycling to her school, but she has not ridden a bicycle since she was young. On the way to the ceremony for the first day, she meets Tomoe Akitsuki, and Tomoe helps her train to be better at bicycling. (Source: ANN)
I was wondering why Tomoe should help Hiromi train to be better at bicycling. Well… if anything, the fact that she needs to realize that to move a bycicle you need to hit the pedals should give me a hint… I hoped for a better start, that’s for sure. The backgrounds are enchanting, but this isn’t enough to keep me watching. I’m not the biggest fan of SOL and this is so trivial that it was a snoozefest. I admit I sped up the episode to finish it off. The main character is an exaggerated airhead; she was so hopeless, she made me smile out of pity. During the episode, we got to know only Hiromi and Tomoe and we had a first encounter with Mori-sensei. By now, they are pretty flat and I don’t expect a deep character development anyway. Probably this will focus more on bicycles during the next episodes and I’m not interested in that either. What a pity.
13. Hand Shakers
The anime takes place in Osaka in “AD20XX,” and revolves around the Hand Shakers—partners who can summon “Nimrodes,” weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair’s wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. (Source: ANN)
This episode was really bad. I’ve already said that I disliked the art. There are also some major points in the script and in the characters that I didn’t really like. The fanservice is everywhere and sometimes is disturbing. The female main character hasn’t done anything yet, apart from joining hands with her partner. She’s like… there. I particularly dislike those kind of character. I imagine there could be a (predictable) plot twist at some point regarding her, but I don’t think I can stand it for so long. The events were rushed, I feel like everything happened too fast. Nothing was explained, so I’m kinda curious about what was happening… but I think I can search about that on the net.
I didn’t expect that Gabriel DropOut would have conquered the first rank! Will it drop or will it stay? We’ll see! On the other hand, it’s time to part ways with Hand Shakers. I can’t say I’m sad about that, but I wish I had seen the idol character in action because I’m still a bit curious about her. Next week, twelve shows will be still in the game!