First Impressions- Spring Anime Season 2014 pt 2

Well we’re getting deeper into the start of the season and a lot more stuff has aired over the last few days so I figured it was time continue on with my First Impressions of Spring Stuff. (You can see pt 1 of it here)

Ratings Scale

Bad: Stay away far away from this one.  Not worth watching

Decent: Has some okay elements to it. Might be worth giving a  couple of episodes to see how it goes

Good: Fairly solid show. Should be worth keeping up with for now

Great: Really good show. Definently worth seeing if you get the chance

Excellent: Really outstanding show. Absolutely worth following .

Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro

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Description: The story follows Matsutarō Sakaguchi, a giant roughneck man with strength far beyond ordinary people. He never uttered words like “work hard,” “strive,” and “dream” like the typical shōnen manga protagonist. However, he is stronger than anyone and peerless in sumo wrestling. His greatest weakness is his own carefree personality. He grows into a full-fledged sumo wrestler.

First Impressions: This show is a steaming pile of poo and it’s not because cheap looking animation budget or the horrible theme song. No it’s because of the main character.  The guy is an obnoxious jerk who bullies other students, literally steals candy from a baby (and later almost runs over said baby with a truck), cons people and kidnaps women. This guy almost makes Dio Brando from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure look like a saint but unlike him there’s pretty much nothing entertaining about this guy or redeemable for that matter. You might get some slight enjoyment out of seeing just how much of a prick he can make himself before karma catches up with him (and it thankfully does at the end) but there’s nothing salvagable enough to keep following this one. Keep away folks.

Rating: Bad

Haikyuu

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Description: Volleyball-loving Hinata suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama. So, Hinata joins Kurasuno High School’s volleyball team for revenge, only to discover that Kageyama is also on Kurasuno’s team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata’s mobility and Kageyama’s precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Kurasuno’s fated rival school in the nationals.

First Impressions: I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series and with Kuroko’s Basketball being gone for the time being I was hoping this show would be a solid sports anime replacement and it’s meet that in spades. The first episode does a solid job of introducing us to the main character Hinata as we see his struggles throughout middle school to form a  volleyball team and get to play the game he loves on a big stage though reality sends him crashing down pretty quickly (which was greatly appreciated since that would have killed the vibe quite a bit) and he spends the rest of his time training to do better in high school. Underdog sports series are always pretty entertaning and though the twist at the end might take away from that a little, there’s still more than enough heart in this that I’m confident it’ll continue to deliver on the storytelling front. This one’s a keeper.

Rating: Great

Baby Steps

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Description: The story follows “Ei-chan,” a punctual and earnest boy who has strived for straight As since elementary school. The 15-year-old high school boy stops by a tennis school to deal with his lack of exercise. There, he meets Natsu, a beautiful, earnest girl who only has passion for tennis. In turn, he awakens a deep passion for tennis within himself.

First Impressions: I watched this directly after seeing Haikyuu and I was expecting it to be a step down in terms of quality but surprisingly enough it held it’s own pretty well. The main character is a bit different from the norm in terms of his personality and obsession with organization so I’m extremely curious to see how that’ll be applied to the game itself and exactly how he’ll get to the point where he is in the beginning. The heroine’s also likeable enough and has a pretty good dynamic with the lead and as I’m a fan of romance sports series (especially after having just rewatched Cross Game), if the show delivers well in that area it might give Haikyuu some competition for me. If you don’t mind having a second sports series to watch this season this one’s probably worth your while.

Rating: Great

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior(Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou)

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Description: Usa, a high-school student aspiring to begin a bachelor lifestyle, moves into a new apartment only to discover that he not only shares a room with a perverted roommate that has an obsession for underaged girls, but also that another girl, Ritsu, a love-at-first-sight, is living in the same building as well.

 First Impressions: Wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this one coming in but it was surprisingly entertaining. The premise is something that’s kind of worn thin at this point as far as anime goes, the residents are kind of one dimesional jokes  and I’m not too interested in the romance aspect so far, but the show generally makes up for the weaker areas above by being pretty funny and I got enough actual laughs out of this that I can keep going with it. If you want a comedy to follow, this one mostly does the trick.

Rating: Good

One Week Friends

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Description: High schooler Yuuki Hase notices that his classmate Kaori Fujimiya is always alone, and seemingly has no friends. After approaching her Kaori reveals that she loses every memory of her friends each Monday. Despite learning this, Yuuki endeavors to become her new friend every week.

First Impressions: Amnesia is one of the most worn and despised plot devices in fiction(as those who actually made it through the entirety of Golden Time would attest) and by all means that should be enough to make this show a waste of time as it’s completely centered around it. However One Week Friends is well written enough to bulldoze over that sore spot and make for an interesting show. The dynamic between the two lead characters is really sweet as the first episode gradually builds up a budding friendship between them and the buildup to the amnesia twist is handled extremely well. It’s possible that the premise may end up wearing itself thin and drag down the quality of the show with it but for now I’m hopefully that it’ll remain a heartfelt and touching story. Definitely worth checking out more at any rate.

 Rating: Great
Brynhildyr in the Darkness
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Description: When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko. And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future.
First Impressions: I vaguely remember enjoying Elfen Lied (though it’s been years since I’ve seen it) so I expected I’d probably find this to at least be decent and it’s mostly met that expectation. I’m not really that big on the main character so far since his depression over the death of his childhood friend takes up a bit too much of his character but Kuroha is interesting enough and I’m curious to see where some of the mysteries surrounding her character go. I’m not too sure where the actual storyline itself is going  since the vibe between the OP and ED songs clash pretty heavily but I’m intrigued enough to give this a few more eps and there’s some good material to be had here.
Rating: Good
Black Bullet 
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Description: In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and was forced to live within a wall made of Baranuim monoliths, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the “Cursed Children” were discovered: children born infected with the Gastrea virus who possess superhuman abilities. Due to the Gastrea virus’ intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the war, Rentarou Satomi, a high school student and Civil Security member, and his Initator Enju Aihara, receive a secret mission to prevent Tokyo’s destruction.
First Impressions: To be honest I was expecting to like this show a bit more than I actually did. The first half of the episode had some pretty good material as we got introduced to the world  and tone a little bit, and the action sequences were pretty fun but the second half fell into typical LN fluff and the loli heroine trying to get into the main character’s pants made me cringe a bit. Still there’s a lot of interesting material to be had here and I really like the OP song so if the show can be more like the beginning of the first episode and less like the second half it might deliver on my initial expectations for it. As it is though it’s good enough to check out at any rate.
Rating: Good
That’s all for now. Depending on how many more shows I end up seeing I may do a pt 3 but at the moment I’m not sure. What are your thoughts on some of the most recent shows so far?
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