0

Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 6

Hi everyone!

This week, I’m posting ahead of schedule! I caught up with the episodes and I hope to continue like this in the future!

We are half-way through the tournament. Things are getting difficult, now all of the episodes are quite enjoyable and it’s hard to choose which one to eliminate.

Without further ado, this week’s ranking!

  1. Kuzu no Honkai
  2. Little Witch Academia
  3. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  4. Gabriel DropOut
  5. Fuuka
  6. ēlDLIVE
  7. Onihei
  8. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang

Although I find it quite funny, I have to say goodbye to Marginal #4. I’d rather focus on the other series, so I’m going to let it go.

I’m cutting the comment section because I don’t like to talk in detail about what happens in the episode, because I feel like I can spoiler something to a possible viewer or something like this. For this reason, I think the comments are going to be very similar in each post of mine. Instead, I’ll try to do a little wrap-up concerning the eliminated anime.

screen

A date with a statue? Only in Marginal#4!

Marginal#4 is a show about a male idol group who is rather successful. When I started this anime, I was expecting cool bishounen and events regarding their life as idols. Actually, it’s a slice of life anime focused on comedy. The events depicted are usually set at school and we follow the four main characters during their daily life. Since it has an episodic format, there have been good episodes and bad ones. At this point, I feel attached to the characters and this is the main reason I find it hard to let it go. The music is cute; I like the art even though is simple and the animation isn’t of the best quality, but it is watchable.

Do I recommend it? Only if you are a fan of the genre.

anime-win17

 

0

Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 5

Hey everyone!

We’re already at the 5th week and that means we will be half-way through the tournament next week! Starting from this week, we begin to say goodbye to nice shows. It’s a shame, but eventually we will get rid even of the best ones until we have only two of them remaining.

This week’s ranking:

  1. Kuzu no Honkai
  2. Gabriel DropOut
  3. Little Witch Academia
  4. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  5. Fuuka
  6. ēlDLIVE
  7. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
  8. Onihei
  9. Kemono Friends

Unfortunately, Kemono Friends is out; our journey with Kaban-chan ends here! I was pleasantly surprised by this show: in my introductory post I wasn’t hyped at all, but in the end it was cute, relaxing and at rather entertaining.

Masamune-kun is starting to decline. I didn’t like the new character, so this episode was a bit meh since it was focused on her. Fuuka is getting worse too, but it still manages to keep its rank. The character I was hyped for, Koyuki, is pretty bland and I hate it. I hope they give her some solid psychological traits in the future. Also, speaking of the new character introduced in the 5th episode, I’m still mixed about her. In other news, I don’t really get what happened in Onihei. I was like “has this anime turned in a comedy show?” for most of the episode. It just… wasn’t what I was expecting.

On the other hand, Gabriel DropOut released a solid and enjoyable episode; a new character is introduced, similarly to most of the shows, but in this case she’s actually entertaining and well-rounded, so I like her! Speaking of enjoyable episodes, I quite liked Marginal #4‘s 5th episode! It was really nice and funny, even though that isn’t enough to rank among the best shows!

Happily, I’m slowly catching up with my watching schedule! See you next week~

anime-win17

0

Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 4

Another quick post this week, since I’m trying to catch up with the schedule!

This time the decision is pretty difficult. Every anime in the tournament had a good episode, so it was hard to make up my mind.

This week’s ranking:

  1. Kuzu no Honkai
  2. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Little Witch Academia
  4. Gabriel DropOut
  5. Fuuka
  6. Onihei
  7. ēlDLIVE
  8. Kemono Friends
  9. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
  10. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu

Finally, we have to part ways with Minami Kamakura Jitensha-bu. It’s a pity, because everything was just starting to develop, but Marginal#4 has had a stronger impact on me during the weeks so I think I have to give it another chance. After all, this week’s episodes weren’t so bad!

Kuzu no Honkai strikes again with a marvelous episode: the story is more and more interesting as the intrigue emerges. Masamune-kun no Revenge is still going strong, I love the comedy and it really entertain me.

I want to spend two words for Kemono Friends; I think I’m actually getting invested in the story and I’m curious on where this is going. There are a few hints here and there that intrigue me and make me want to discover what’s behind them. On the other hand, Fuuka is starting to lose momentum: I really liked the previous episode and I expected further developments, but my hopes were crushed with a slow – at times boring – episode.

anime-win17

So, only nine anime are still competing! Rank the episodes will get harder and harder as only the best ones will stand the test of time! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

0

Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 3

Only a quick post for this week – I’m really busy with my exams and I’m studying really hard; I had to watch almost everything sped up to keep up with the tournament.

So, without further ado, this week’s ranking:

  1. Kuzu no Honkai
  2. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  3. Little Witch Academia
  4. Fuuka
  5. Gabriel DropOut
  6. Onihei
  7. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
  8. Kemono Friends
  9. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
  10. ēlDLIVE
  11. Seiren

Kuzu no Honkai achieves the first spot this week with an awesome episode focused on widening the characters psychology and background. It’s getting more and more interesting and I’m looking forward to the next episodes. Little Witch Academia gifted us with a cute and funny episode which I really enjoyed! Gabriel DropOut isn’t in the top three for the first time: is it losing its comedic power? We’ll see with the next episode!

ēlDLIVE experienced a major drop, with an episode I found boring and annoying. The characters are starting to get on my nerves, so I hope the next episode will focus again on the comedy side. Marginal#4 retrieves a few spots with an episode I found particularly funny: I hope this will be the direction from now onwards. Also, Minami Kamakura Jitensha-bu is finally taking off and I hope to appreciate the next episode as well.

Finishing last is Seiren. Basically, I’m fed up. The girl is annoying, the boy is boring, the romance is yet to be found. Yeah, there were some good scenes here and there, but I can’t take it anymore.

animewin17.png

0

Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 2

Finally I did it! I finished watching last week’s episodes just now tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg As I said in my previous post, I had an important exam, but gladly I passed it (yay!) so I hope I’ll be able to stick to my watching schedule this week!

Since I already wrote about my first impressions for each anime, I’m going to change the format a bit and just talk briefly and in general about what I think about the second episodes~

fossa

I didn’t even know about the existence of this animal! 

Starting from Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu, the second episode focused a bit more on a technical side, but it is still definitely a relaxing slice of life. Unfortunately, almost everything is cliche and predictable, but this episode was less boring than the previous one. Switching to Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel, I’m so disapponted. This episode was sooo boring. It had the exact same concept as the previous one. The charaters are still stereotypized and not developed at all. I think this show would benefit a lot from a bit of focus on the characters, to let us connect with them more. Instead, Kemono Friends was a nice surprise! I’m actually starting to feel interested in what is going to happen next! I’m surprised that the animals depicted are somewhat unusual? Like, I’ve never heard about some of those before! Even though it’s a children show, somehow it makes me curious tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

kuzu

So scary!

The second episode of Little Witch Academia was good, but it fell a bit flat in the first half. Well, I guess we had to expect an introductory episode to let us get acquainted with the setting and the other characters. The last part was good, it had those old-school anime vibes which I was yearning for some time ago! Masamune-kun no Revenge is still going strong! This was a great episode, it kept my attention throughout it and I’m really interested in what is going to happen next. Kuzu no Honkai had a great week too, but somehow… I feel like too many things happened at once? I had already read those events in the manga, so I’m okay with it, but I don’t know if the same goes for a first time viewer? However, I’m so hyped! I was waiting for this part to come! I really liked reading Ecchan’s story and I’m looking forward to the next episode, where it deepens! Actually, I like almost everything I read ’till now, so I’m going to get hyped quite often! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

seiren

What kind of shorts are those?!

Now, speaking of Seiren, things are getting interesting! Sadly, not much of a romance is developing, so I’m still worried about a possible rushed ending, but I’m getting more invested in the characters and events. Unfortunately, I’m not really fond of the male main charater; I quite like the first heroine, but sometimes she gets on my nerves. tumblr_inline_mpl4ntsuZO1qz4rgp The second episode of Onihei faced completely different events compared to the first one. From what I could see until now, I’d say this is going to have an episodic format. However, the stories depicted are really interesting for me, so I’m not complaining! Speaking of Gabriel DropOut, this was a nice episode! It’s so hilarious! I love the characters and the comedy. It brightened my day!

marginal-4

How the hell are boxers on a sakura tree??

On the opposite, Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang is starting to get quite boring already. Since the focus seems to be on the everyday life at school, it doesn’t feel different from any slice of life comedy anime. Luckily, in the second half some parts were crazy and it managed to make me laugh a bit, but I think my interest is steadily decreasing. Fuuka is doing pretty well; Koyuki’s soooo cute!!! I think I love her already. The male main character is a bit plain, but Fuuka is a great character even though she’s not a favorite of mine by now. I’m still looking forward to the next episodes! Last but not least, ēlDLIVE released a brilliant episode! It was funny and kept me entertained. I like that this show doesn’t spend a lot of time trying to explain what is happening and goes quickly into action. I don’t think I would like it as much if it didn’t do so, since I’m not that into sci-fi to begin with!~

Now it’s time to reveal this week’s ranking! Which show will be dropped this week?

  1. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  2. Gabriel DropOut 
  3. Kuzu no Honkai
  4. Fuuka 
  5. ēlDLIVE
  6. Little Witch Academia 
  7. Onihei
  8. Seiren
  9. Kemono Friends
  10. Marginal#4: Kiss Kara Tsukuru Big Bang 
  11. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
  12. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel

It seems this is the end for Schoolgirl Strikers! Unfortunately, this show disappointed me a lot and I don’t feel like watching another episode; I don’t expect anything anymore. Maybe I’m wrong (and I hope so!) but as far as the tournament is concerned, this show won’t be taking part in it anymore!

anime-tournament-win17

And that’s it for today! Stay tuned for the third week’s results! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

0

Anime Elimination Tournament – Winter 2017 – Week 1

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!

1473506919_1_1_3d5c1517e5a28ea536dec583bd4d8e4c

  1. 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!

kuzu_no_honkai-5878219e6c747

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!

masamune_kun_no_revenge-586eb8148b348

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.

little_witch_academia_tv-5872822593d60

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!

538094_615

5. ēlDLIVE

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.

fuuka-587029bc7c72b

6. Fuuka

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!

onihei-587563157b1f1

7. Onihei

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!

marginal_4-5840c3f33627a

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.

seiren-586fd90c75ff5

9. Seiren

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.

kemono_friends-5876027b859e2

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!

schoolgirl_strikers-5870369b559b6

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.

minami_kamakura_koukou_joshi_jitensha_bu-58702dafb22a9

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.

hand_shakers-587677baddb44

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.

Anime tournament win17.png

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! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt