My fall anime impressions continue with Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins), Log Horizon 2, Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Magic Kaito 1412, Mushishi Zoku Shou 2, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu, Orenchi no Furo Jijou, and Psycho-Pass 2.
Nanatsu no Taizai
A-1 Pictures’ animation is a bit juvenile for my tastes in terms of style, but episode three improve upon that as well. In terms of fanservice, it is present a medium degree, although readers of the manga say it is toned down later. Hiroyuki Sawano, the composer of Attack on Titan and Kill la Kill’s soundtracks, scores Nanatsu no Taizai, and even though none of the tracks are amazing so far, there are some very good tracks used. Also, the ending song is one of my favorites from the fall.
Apparently, the series is licensed by Netflix, and since Netflix does not release series until after their completion, viewers must resort to fansubs. Sometimes, fansubs can be perfectly fine, and, unfortunately, the most readily available fansub on KissAnime.com is kind of terrible at times. Even with my limited knowledge of Japanese, I can notice when certain parts are mistranslated, although it is not bad enough to reduce overall enjoy of the anime.
In Japan, Nanatsu no Taizai was voted the most popular anime of the fall by Otaku, and due to its popularity in the anime community, Nanatsu no Taizai is the type of series that I will watch just because of the popularity. With that said, like Akame ga Kill and most other shounen, Nanatsu no Taizai is growing on me, and despite the weak start, Nanatsu no Taizai is shaping up to be at least fun and entertaining, which is what a shounen should be.
Recommended For: Shounen fans, Action fans, Comedy fans,
Plot Summary: "When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!
Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?"
Moe girls! Moe girls EVERYWHERE! Girlfriend (Kari), aka Girlfriend (Beta), a series with so much moe that it almost hurts. Girlfriend (Kari) is based on the free-to-play IOS game of the same name that is also one of the most downloaded games in Japan, so it is essentially Japan’ version of Angry Birds. Being in the dating-sim genre, one might expect a central male in a romantic situation, or even a straight-up harem with multiple girls vying for the guy’s affection. However, that is not the case. Girlfriend (Kari) is actually about Kokomi Shiina, a member of the rhythmic gymnastics club, as she does..... well, absolutely nothing. Seriously, almost nothing happens in this anime. Okay... Technically, the first episode is about Kokomi trying to give a picture of another girl’s family back after she drops it, and the second episode is about the Kokomi and the other girls trying to go on a diet. Yeah, so nothing happens, and two episodes in, there is no indication of a plot developing in the future. No romance, no conflict, no nothing. Series like K-ON have succeeded at doing relatively nothing, while still being mildly entertaining, but Girlfriend (Kari) just does not manage to entertain, and I even like moe characters doing moe things.
One strange issue is that all of the voice actors sound like they are on drugs. All of the characters are speaking in a strangely slow cadence that is almost painful to listen to. I have heard many moe girls, and none sound like this; it takes away all of the usual appeal of moe. However, one strong point of the voice acting is that the French Exchange student character, Chloe Lemaire, actually has a noticeably French accent in Japanese, which is a refreshing change.
Silver Link's animation is a bit generic, yet it still is somewhat visually appealing and fairly consistent, so it is not a big issue.
Overall, Girlfriend (Kari) is not recommendable, although, since the AAA Podcast is going to review the first three episodes, I will watch episode three and then probably drop the series after that.
Recommended For: Extreme moe fans,
Plot Summary: "An anime adaptation of the mobile game "Girlfriend (Kari)", a game where the player has a girlfriend."
Log Horizon 2
Recommended For: Anyone who watched the first season (obviously), Fantasy fans, Gamers, Sci-Fi fans,
Plot Summary: "Veteran gamer Shiroe and other players have been trapped in the world of the online game Elder Tales for six months. The once chaotic city of Akiba has regained its everyday hustle and bustle following the formation of the self-governing organization Round Table Meeting. The earthlings, who are originally from the game world, have gained the trust of Shiroe by waging a defensive war against the Goblins in Zantleaf Region. This has led Princess Rayneshia of the Cowen family, the highest-ranking Earthling Aristocrats, to live in Akiba.
It's almost winter, and the Adventurers are thinking about what they're going to do and what their goals are in this other world. Will they remain in Akiba or go to the city of the West? Or will they travel to the land of the North or another faraway country? The opinions of the Adventurers begin to diverge. What adventures await the members of the Shiroe team in this second series of Log Horizon?"
Madan no Ou to Vanadis
Thus far, Madan no Ou to Vanadis is a refreshingly fun throwback to typical high fantasy stories. While the setting is not particularly original, anime has not had many classic high fantasy stories in unique some time, or at least any ones worth mentioning. Madan no Ou to Vanadis has yet to do anything exceptional or mind blowing, but it is serious enough to tell medieval warring factions type story, while not being overly dark. The characters are likable enough, and the action scenes are fun. Apparently, all of the main characters are 16, although they certainly seemed much older, and the series has avoided any of the main tropes like the tsundere or being overly comedic.
Visually, studio Satelight (Log Horizon) is doing a fine job at bringing to life the fantasy world with bright colors and appealing animation. The main flaw with the animation is the overuse of 3D animation during the large scale battle sequences, which is annoying. Unfortunately, Madan no Ou to Vanadis is in the ecchi/harem genre, and thus some of the tropes of the genre are starting to pop up, although to much less degree than other series. Also, the series contains fanservice, and while it is not over-the-top, it is still present. Aside from those issues, Madan no Ou to Vanadis is a fun and entertaining high fantasy war series with all the trappings that makes the fantasy genre so much fun.
Recommended For: Fantasy fans, Ecchi/Harem fans, Action fans,
Plot Summary: "Set in Western Europe during times of war, Eleanor "Ellen" Vertalia, one of the Vanadis of Zhcted, leads the battle into Brune. There are, in fact, seven Vanadis, named for having each received a powerful weapon from the dragon to individually reign over seven territories. The power of the Vanadis invokes dread and fear from their enemies. An earl in the service of the country of Brune, a young archer by the name of Tigre, experienced the Vandis's power firsthand after being defeated on the battlefield by Ellen. However, Ellen chose to spare his life after witnessing his skills, but in exchange, he is asked to serve her."
Magic Kaito 1412
Recommended For: Shounen fans, Thief genre fans, Detective Conan fans,
Plot Summary: "Kaito Kuroba, a normal teenage student whose father is often absent. When his father dies under mysterious circumstances, he is made aware of his father's secret identity; a famous international criminal known as International Criminal 1412: the Phantom Thief, and that he was murdered by a mysterious organization for refusing to aid them in retrieving the "Pandora Gem"; a mystical stone said to shed a "tear" during the passing of a particular comet (often called the 'Volley Comet'), the consumption of which bestows immortality.
He vows to prevent the organization from gaining immortality, and assumes his father's identity as he begins his quest for the gem. His only clues as to the gem's location are that it glows red under the full moon and that it is a doublet: a gem hidden within a larger gem. Thus, it would have to be a relatively large one with a bizarre history, and always stored in a place that never receives moonlight. He thus researches and steals famous priceless gems with odd histories from incredibly well-defended areas, and always returns them after the very next full moon."
Mushishi Zoku Shou 2
Recommended For: Anyone that watched the previous seasons,
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
Recommended For: Shoujo fans, Romcom fans, Romance genre fans, Comedy fans,
Plot Summary: "The story centers around Erika Shinohara, a vain 16-year-old girl who tells her friends about her romantic exploits, but she actually has no boyfriend. She claims that a handsome boy in a candid photo is her boyfriend, but it turns out that boy is a schoolmate named Kyouya Sata. She has no choice
Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu
Recommended For: Twintail hairstyle fans, Crazy concept fans, Action fans, Comedy fans,
Plot Summary: "Mitsuka Souji is a first year high school student who greatly loves the "twintails" hairstyle. One day a beautiful girl, Thuearle, who comes from another world suddenly appeared in front of him and gave him the power to transform into the twintails warrior TailRed. Now Souji, with the help of his childhood friend Tsube Aika who can becomes the twintails warrior TailBlue, must fight in order to protect the peace on earth."
Orenchi no Furo Jijou
Recommended For: Shoujo fans, Comedy short fans, Anyone interested in the concept,
Plot Summary: "Tatsumi is a high school boy who lives by himself. One day, a devastatingly handsome merman named Wakasa moves into the bathtub in Tatsumi's home. Wakasa is a bit self-centered but cute, while Tatsumi is cool but a busybody."
Recommended For: Anyone who watched the first season, Sci-Fi fans, Crime Drama fans,
Are you watching any of these anime? What are your favorites from the fall season? Please comment below and let me know.
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