Summer 2015 Anime (PREVIEW)

Summer 2015 Anime
Surprising amount of potential.

A very busy summer season.
Spring 2015 Anime (PREVIEW)

Hello, everyone! Summer is here and it brings forth dreaded allergies every fucking day for me to deal with. As snot drips down my nose, I present you the summer season of anime for 2015! And what a season it is! For a summer season, this is probably the best one I have ever done a season preview on. Not that I have extensive experience with doing this as I’ve only done two other summer seasons so far. Regardless, it is a jam packed season with something potentially decent to watch every single day. That’s fairly rare as they’re usually stacked on Thursdays and Saturdays. Not this time. We’ve got the second season of Non Non Biyori on Mondays, Overlord on Tuesdays, Gangsta on Wednesdays, Gakkou Gurashi on Thursdays, Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri, Wakaba Girl, and Ushio to Tora on Fridays, Durarara, Charlotte, Rokka no Yuusha on Saturdays, and Dragon Ball Super and God Eater on Sundays. That’s just to name some of the heavy hitters this season. Moreover, in this preview, I haven’t covered shows such as Working!!!, Gatchaman Insight, To LOVE-Ru, and Prisma Illya 2wei! since I have not finished the previous seasons. I’ve actually watched at least one episode of the previous seasons for all of these shows, but I just never ended up finishing them. So, just keep in mind that there are even more anime to look forward to than what’s shown here. That’s how packed this summer is. I have also added some short first episode impressions on some shows that have already aired. Now, let’s get started!

Note: I am only previewing TV Series that I will at least watch the first episode of. I will not preview series that I haven’t watched previous seasons of either. I skipped a lot of series for this preview. For a list of all airing anime in summer 2015, please refer to this list.

Note 2: If a manga version of the source material that is a light novel is available, I’ll read that and simply skim through the light novel briefly for the sake of saving time. I don’t think this is a problem as there are not many differences between the two for the shows I’m previewing. Just a warning to let you know in case you read the light novel.

Tiered System

Within the tier, it starts from what I least anticipate to what I most anticipate. The last (most anticipated) few ones of the tier can sometimes be fairly close to the next tier. Consequently, the first few of each tier can sometimes be close to the previous tier. The tiers are not relative to the anime in each season. This means that there are no fixed number of any tier for any season. It’s possible for there to be no tier ones. The number of tier one and tier two anime are probably good indicators of how good the season looks at a glance.

Tier 4: Least anticipated – Will try it out, but very prone to being dropped.

Tier 3: Moderately anticipated – Looks at least somewhat interesting. Will probably hold out for a few episodes.

Tier 2: Heavily anticipated – At first glance, appears to be above average. Three episode rule at least.

Tier 1: Extremely anticipated – Very promising looking anime that I will most likely watch every episode of.

Tier 4 (Least Anticipated)

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan

Here comes Kirito-kun. Again. No, seriously. It’s him again. For this type of show too.
Lerd.

Ohhhh boy. Here we go again. It’s another fantasy harem cliché show. This is going to be something like Seiken Tsukai no World Break and the like. Well, at least there are far fewer of these kinds of shows this season than usual. You know what to expect from shows like this. The typical characters, the typical storylines, the typical magic jargon, yeah, yeah. I may be more willing to look forward to this if the staff had a better track record with these kinds of shows. Diomedea isn’t going to blow anyone out of the water either. I’d just say skip this one.

Tier 3 (Moderately anticipated)

Joukamachi no Dandelion

Joukamachi no Dandelion

YFW you can’t masturbate when you want to (middle girl already bursting into tears that her yuri action will be interrupted by otakus spying on her every move).

If you’re looking for a slice of life that is a bit different from the norm then this is the one to watch. Its premise of eleven people living in a solitary house with special powers, their father being the king (of what exactly I have no idea but he’s the fucking king so deal with it), and their house filled with over 200 security cameras to decide the next king certainly has me intrigued. With what little Japanese I know I scanned through some of the untranslated chapters of the manga. What’s got me looking forward to this show is its large cast of seemingly interesting characters. You often get a handful of them in other slice of life anime, but 11 is quite a lot more than usual. Not to mention the superpowers, which could help keep it interesting. The PV looks fine as well. Nothing spectacular it seems. Just another one of those slice of life shows with a slight twist.

Shinmoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai

Shinmoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai

These titles never get old.

“A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist.” So, this is what would happen if SJW wet dreams came true? Well, okay. It’s more like moral guardians I suppose. Whatever the case, it would be one boring ass world. Thankfully, the potential of highly erotic material becoming almost nonexistent in Japan would be absolutely impossible, so we can all be safely reminded that this would never happen in real life, and the doujins will continue. When terrorism in this anime consists of throwing erotic pictures, you know this anime’s going to be random as hell. Seriously, watch this PV (NSFW) and try to convince yourself that you’re not confused. You are, and you know you secretly find it amusing. Love it or hate it, this is one of those nonsensically random shows with a ridiculous premise that makes anime as a medium interesting to watch. I’m always up for some absurdities (Valvraaaaave), so I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. J.C. Staff did surprisingly well in the spring season, so let’s hope they can do the same in summer as well.

Jitsu wa Watashi Wa

Jitsu wa Watashi wa

Want to watch a fun romcom this season? Then this is a show you probably want to check out. I’ve only read a handful of chapters of the manga, but it’s been enjoyable so far. It’s a decent romcom. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one if you like the genre. The staff is fine, and the PV looks alright as well. Just don’t expect much aside from the usual slice of life romcom material and you’ll most likely enjoy it. Plus, many people have said that the beginning few chapters don’t really show where this title really shines with its bizarre situations. Since I’m interested, I’ll just wait until the anime comes out to see anything more.

Aoharu x Kikanjuu

Aoharu X Kikanjuu

But he’s a guy?

With the lack of any previews, I’ll just tell you what this is going to be about after reading the first bits of the manga. It’s about survival games. Not ones where people die but where people play with… toy guns. If that sounds fucking pathetic then just think airsoft. Oh, the main protagonist is a girl, so expect some reverse harem undertones. Well, kind of. Actually, there’s not that much of it from what I’ve read. It’s mostly just about them playing survival games, having fun, building friendships, with some comedy mixed in. It feels close to something like Sabagebu!, but I don’t think it’s nearly as funny. That could change for the adaptation, and besides, it’s appeal could lie in its more serious take on survival games. Because I like what I’m reading so far and there are not many chapters translated, I’ll be glad to watch the anime.

Himouto! Umaru-chan

Himouto! Umaru-chan

MOE MOE MOE UMARU-CHAN.
HOW ARE YOU SO ADORABLE IN THAT CHIBI FORM?!

I am amused. The manga is amusing. The little sister is amusing. So this is an anime that will focus almost entirely on comedy. Is the manga a good gag manga? Well, it’s amusing. The character interactions are quite adorable. Especially the faces. (Umaru-chan’s chibi form is too moe.) The faces are good. Thank The Lord Tatsuya Doga Kobo is the animation studio. Looking at the PV, it looks like they’ll be able to capture the proper facial expressions as well as the overall feeling the manga gives off well. What this show also has going for it is its staff. The director, Oota Masahiko is a veteran when it comes to directing slice of life anime. He’s done Love Lab, Yuru Yuri, and Sabagebu, which I all very much enjoyed watching. If you’re looking for a slice of life comedy to watch this season, this is definitely the one to watch.

Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku

Chaos Dragon Sekiryuu Senyaku

There’s quite a bit of uncertainty with this show as there’s not a lot of information about it. It’s based on a novel called Red Dragon, which is also based on a tabletop game, but sadly nothing is translated. The director hasn’t done a lot so he’s a wild card, and the rest of the staff vary in terms of potential. The PV also doesn’t show much either. The few people that have seen the preview screening for the first three episodes reacted moderately positively, so this should be one of those decently entertaining shows of the season. I’ll be checking it out since its premise and genres interest me.

Sore ga Seiyuu!

Sore ga Seiyuu

INB4 SHIROBAKO 1.5

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. We need more shows like Shirobako. Okay, well I’m not exactly expecting it to be as incredible as that since it looks like from the PV that it’ll be more lighthearted, but it’s great to see more anime about the industry. One of the original creators of this is Asano Masumi who is a veteran voice actor that will undoubtedly guide this show on its proper path. It is still an anime so arguably the director and series composer are even more important. But hey, they look fine. Especially the series composer. I’m also really glad that new voice actors are playing the main characters. It’s always great to see what new talents will appear, and there’s no better way to start things off by being super meta and voice acting some voice actors. Hell yes. Maybe this is the beginning of a trend of anime about making anime?! I can only hope.

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou Anime

And so it begins…
Those centaur tits made the file size too big so I excluded those humongous melons.

This is probably the most difficult show to rank this season. I… I don’t even. A part of me thinks, “AWWWW SHIIIT BOOOIIII THIS WILL BE SOME GOOD STUFF WITH SOME BEST GIRL WARS THAT WILL MAKE ME RETHINK MY SEXUAL PREFERENCES,” and another part of me thinks, “Dude, I’m not into spider legs.” Clearly this will be a very… sensual series that provokes your unknown inner urges. Just look at this. Yeah… if ecchi isn’t your kind of thing you’d best avoid this. That’s not to say it’s all fanservice. It’s actually a fun, lighthearted series if you read the manga and look beyond the boobs, snake tail… feathers… horse body… y-yeah… Look, I think there’s enjoyment to be had beyond the eccentric appearance of the characters. But if you can’t handle the ecchi stuff, that’ll go over your head. If you don’t mind the ecchi goodness, this’ll be a fun series to watch. I for one, will be looking forward to questioning my sexual preferences and the heated best girl debates.

Wakaba*Girl

Wakaba Girl

KINIRO MOSAIC 2.5

Awwwww shiiiiiiit. It’s time for some cute girls doing cute things moe moe moeblob action time. Better yet, the original creator of this is Hara Yui who is also the original creator of Kiniro Mosaic. May The One True God Tatsuya Stu bless her (I think it’s a she) soul for bestowing upon us the glorious moe that soothes our souls from the treacherous world of real life. Hopefully, it’ll have the same level of charm as Kiniro Mosaic because that shit warms my hearto toki doki style mang. Alright, let’s move on before I start saying creepy shit.

Short first episode impressions: Shit, I did not know this was a short until I watched it. Length of the material aside, it’s roughly what I expected it to be. Lighthearted, fuwa fuwa fluffiness, cute characters, cute voice acting, and all those good things. I would actually recommend waiting until the whole season is over before watching it since seven minutes is really too little. It hampers the experience since right when you’re getting into it the episode is over. I wouldn’t say it’s quite as good as other more well-known slice of life anime, but it does the job if you’re into the genre.

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Ranpo Kitan Anime

Wow. How could I not notice all this time?
DAT ASS.

Horror? Sign me up. This anime being based on the Japanese mystery author, Edogawa Ranpo should make it interesting enough to check out. Couple that with experienced staff members like Kishi Seiji, and you’ve got something that has the potential to be quite solid. Though, I’m not exactly convinced by the series composer as his track record is a mixed bag. Even so, horror is one of those genres that I find to be very much lacking in the anime medium, so any new ones are appreciated. And even if it turns out to focus more on mystery, that’ll be just fine.

Short first episode impressions: Just to clarify after seeing the first episode that this is much more of a mystery show, as you’d expect from a mystery author, than horror, so I thought I’d correct the above paragraph. It still has horror elements, but it’s so far much more about solving a murder, which is great since we don’t get many detective, mystery shows that often at all. I have moved this show up the list five places due to this first episode. Looks very promising so far. I look forward to seeing what twists and turns it’ll deliver. If it can be mindblowing with the mysteries while maintaining its logic, this could actually be one of the best anime of this season.

Prison School

Prison School Anime

This is easy to fuck up, so I’m not going to expect too much.

It’s time. It’s time. It’s time. This isn’t just ecchi. It’s extreme. Like, this is probably as close as you can get to hentai. And not just any hentai. Let’s just say it’s got some fetishes thrown in there. Watch this obviously NSFW PV and see for yourself. If fanservice anime are not for you. Do not bother watching it. Yes, it can be viewed as a parody of the genre, but I doubt you’d be able to appreciate that if you don’t even enjoy fanservice. Heck some argue that it isn’t even a parody. I haven’t read enough to tell nor do I remember enough to argue for either side. I’ve read the first 40ish chapters (can’t remember exactly since it was a few years ago) of the manga. Personally, I found it to be absurdly awesome. Funny, and just downright awesome. Some dialogue and scenes are just incredible. (I’m not one to use that word lightly.) One in particular. You know which one I’m talking about. Yep. The ass one. (Mind blowing evolutionary theory right there.) Anyways, I’m actually more worried about whether J.C. Staff can really adapt this properly. Thankfully, the staff is very experienced. There is a chance that this will be executed well. Still, I can’t help but feel that the animations, as well as the execution, could be problematic for this series as the PV shows. While both elements are important, perhaps due to a lack of budget, time, or other constraints, they may not end up doing the source material justice, which is why this is lower on the list than I otherwise would. Regardless, as someone who enjoyed the source material, I’ll be looking forward to what random ecchi nonsensical shit will go down.

Ushio to Tora

Ushio to Tora Anime

This is an interesting one. It’s an adaptation of a manga going all the way back to 1990 of the same name. Furthermore, it will be done by MAPPA, and it will be 39 episodes long. 26 this season, and 13 next spring. I have not read the manga, so I’ll be going in blind with this one. Although it’s 39 episodes, the manga is 313 chapters long, so do not expect a full adaptation. Interestingly enough, from an interview (translated here (spoiler in the translation, but you’ll be fine if you don’t click on the spoiler), the staff actually wants to adapt the whole manga, but the manga author wants to see the ending animated. He thinks that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him, and he definitely wants to see the ending animated. So, I’m guessing that instead of testing the waters with 39 episodes not reaching the conclusion, and it possibly fumbling in terms of sales and they never get to the ending, he’d rather see it animated with a guarantee. I definitely understand where he’s coming from. This is a very old manga, and it seems strange to me that it would be receiving an adaptation now. However, it is by no means an unpopular series as it has 30 million copies in circulationThe PV looks good, and the staff do as well. I’m always excited to see some longer adaptations as those are fairly rare nowadays. And you know how I said I was going in blind? Well, I thought I’d read a bit of the manga and now I’m probably going to read the rest as the season starts. It seems like it’ll be a good shounen. I’ll be looking forward to MAPPA adapting this one.

Tier 2 (Heavily anticipated)

Classroom Crisis

Classroom Crisis Anime

MARUTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
I DARE YOU TO BREAK MY HEART AGAIN.
DO IT.
JUST.
DO IT.

If you’re tired of the same old school slice of life anime then Classroom Crisis may give you some much needed variety. Or at least, so I’d like to think. Instead of being set in some high-school in Japan, this anime will take place on mars. Yep. Mars. Humanity has colonized all the planets on mars and Elon Musk is probably in the Andromeda Galaxy by now creating portals to go to other dimensions with other alien species. I’m a bit apprehensive about this taking an interesting setting and doing the same damn things other high-school slice of life are doing anyways. They must use the technological society, and the uncommon setting in unique ways or it’ll be no different from other anime that don’t take place on fucking mars. One thing that does make me very interested (and is also the main reason why this is as high up on the list as it is) is that Maruto Fumiaki, the creator and writer of SaeKano, and of course, my beloved White Album 2, is actually the series composer for this anime. This could be the surprising anime of the season if it manages to utilize its setting well, which appears to be the case going by the PV. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this one.

Short first episode impressions: Good start. Pleased with it so far. It does look like it is utilizing its setting, but that’s not even the major thing about this show any more. As the people behind the show say, “Thanks for watching the first episode. Welcome the world of betrayal and intrigue, to people who believed this would be your standard school romcom, sorry.” No, don’t be sorry. In fact, thank you. Thank you, Maruto. I want to read more of your betrayal and intrigue because those things appear to be your forte. So yes, this will have some psychological aspects to it, and we’ll be seeing manipulations, probably some Machiavellian shit go down, and some hopefully huge twists. It will still be important for it to use its setting well, which it is currently doing from the looks of this first episode, but now the real “point” of the show has been unveiled, so that’s what needs to be great. I believe you, Maruto. Just work your magic like usual. No biggie. (As a side note, Inaho is a girl now. As a side note of a side note, her voice actor is the voice actor for Asseylum. TOP. KEK.)

God Eater

God Eater Anime

U F O T A B L E
T I M E

IT’S  U F O T A B L E  TIME! I’ll let this PV, and the opening of the game speak for themselves. So, are you hype? Because I am hype. Just as an aside the animations kind of reminds me of some manhwa. Anyways, it’s all about the animations, animations, animations, *cough*CGI*cough*, animations, animations, and animations. Story? Characters? Nice bonuses. I just want to see some badass shit go down with some monster action with special moves that will blow my mind. Frankly, I don’t know anything about the game, so I’m mainly diving into this for the visuals. It’s pretty much guaranteed to look amazing, but I wouldn’t hope for much beyond that just to be safe. Just go in for the visuals. Maybe you’ll stay for more than that.

Rokka no Yuusha

Rokka no Yuusha Anime

MC is an interesting asshole faggot.
Bunny is a dirty fucking slut.
Flower girl is into BDSM and wants someone to dominate her belly button.
You like penises.
I’m done.

I love seeing more of the fantasy adventure genre, and by the looks of the PV this is just my kind of thing. After seeing a surprising amount of positive comments about the source material, I briefly skimmed through the first few parts of it and was pleasantly surprised. The large world is something it is not afraid to expand upon, its story is not as typical as it may first appear, and it’s got a good cast of characters. Especially the main character. Let’s just say that he’s not the typical overpowered male lead that has unusual powers. He uses his wits, which is something we sadly don’t see all that often nowadays. I absolutely love cunning characters, so this is some great stuff. Anyways, I don’t want to give away too much, but this is definitely a show to keep an eye on this season. Very much looking forward to this. (Animations and staff both look good as well.)

Gangsta.

Gangsta anime adaptation

Can’t ask for a better name than “GANSTA.”

If you like Black Lagoon and other similar kinds of shows, do yourself a favor and keep a very close eye on this one. As a fan of these kinds of shows, I checked out the manga a few months back in anticipation for this adaptation. It has the grungy setting, a mature approach to its characterization and storytelling, and just feels downright badass. Death, corruption, greed, and all those gritty details are at the center of this show. Those are the kind of things we don’t like to see in real life, and yet they can be so very captivating in an entertainment medium. The list of staff and the PV both look fine as well. I’ll be following this one very closely.

Short first episode impressions: Good first episode. It’s faithful to the manga, and it’s not afraid to show some blood. It does what I call “smart censoring,” as in, it uses the right camera angles, without calling the help of shadow-kun and covering shit up blatantly, among other things to show violence instead of outright displaying things for all to see. Pacing and animations are solid as well. I definitely recommend this adaptation so far.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

Akagami no Shirayuki hime Anime

Shoujo romance sweet toki doki goodness?
Fuck yes.
What a good way to escape the brutality of real life relationships.

Wow the manga is rated quite highly. Let’s see. It can’t be that good right? *One chapter in* It’s pretty sweet I guess. *A few more chapters in* … This will be pretty fucking good. Alright, I didn’t read that many chapters, but I don’t really need to read much more to understand that it’ll get better and better. If you like strong characters, especially strong female characters, this is definitely the show for you. Although the story is simple, it is an endearing one nevertheless. It very much reminds me of other shoujo manga like Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, which was another manga with a strong female protagonist that I really enjoyed reading. I’m not quite sure why myself, but I find peace and tranquility in reading these types of manga. It’s soothing. It’s simple. It’s calming. It’s earnest. It feels genuine. (*WINK* FELLOW OREGAIRU PEEPS.) The PV looks good as expected of Bones. It’s also got a solid staff. I’ll definitely be following this one.

Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super 2015

They might as well have just called this anime “Dragon Ball Omega Alpha Giga Vegeta’s Nipples” because that is one lame ass name.

Recently, my childhood, or what’s left of it after the Sailor Moon Crystal disaster, has really been catching up to me. Whether it be the absolutely atrocious Sailor Moon Crystal that was just… (Fuck. Why would you do this?) I don’t even want to talk about it, to Digimon Tri, which hopefully won’t be as shitty, now we have a continuation of the much loved Dragon Ball series. This time, it is no movie. It is a new series that will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fight with Majin Buu. That’s right. After 18 years, it’s time for a new Dragon Ball series. As we all chant “They better not fuck this up” in our heads, we can look to the PV and see that they won’t fuck up as much as Sailor Moon Crystal did. Most likely. I swear, if all three of these revisits to my childhood times end up as complete failures I’m… I’m going to sacrifice 100 lambs and call down The One True God Tatsuya Stu to smite them with His crotch smack alien suit of righteousness. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to be educated. Only infidels do not understand the might of The Lord. Anyways, The Lord is watching, so don’t you dare fuck this up, Toei and staff.

Gakkou Gurashi!

Gakkou Gurashi Anime

Love the art and character designs.
Dat Kurumi smile.
Dat shovel.
She’s out for blood.

I ACTUALLY RECOMMEND YOU TO GO IN THIS SERIES BLIND. WATCH AT THE VERY LEAST THE FIRST EPISODE BEFORE READING MY COMMENTS ABOUT IT.

*Warning* If you don’t want to know anything about this series going in, skip to the next show on the list. It’s not spoilerish per-se, but this is one of those shows that you can’t really discuss without spoiling the premise. It may be important for some people, so I thought I’d just warn you all. *Warning*

Awww the character designs look adorable. Another cute girls doing cute things like Gochuumon or Non Non Biyori? Hell yeah. I’m down. Let’s read the manga to find out what it’s about. *Looks through first dozen pages* Damn the art is so moe. The characters are so cute! *Few more pages pass* Looks like this one will be a nice lighthearted series to watch… *Reads next page* Wait… Wait what?… What the fuck? *Reads next few pages in disbelief* … Uhhhhhhh… THIS IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR. Shit… But this just shot Gakkou Gurashi up in my list by a ton. This is definitely a title that’s… different. On the outside, it displays cute girls doing cute things that we usually see, but it’s severely contrasted with the dark setting and the themes it sets forth. Life, death, survival, moving on, the hardships that come with dealing with the world outside as they try to remember the long gone past. This is their current reality, but they no doubt want to escape it. Still, they tread forwards, living, while the world around them reeks of death. What should they do to survive in this apocalyptic setting with their old classmates that are mindless and no longer recognize them? How will they survive?

Look at all the color in this PV! How colorful! Those cute loli characters! Aaaaaaand it’s completely contrasted by the grim reality of the situation. What a lovely contrast. I love it. The manga switches between the lighthearted slice of life moments to the far more dark. There’s just something captivating about the way it’s done that makes me want to read more. Although, we all know terrible things will happen, and it’ll definitely tug at our heart strings, probably smash our kokoro with a shovel, and stuff like that. No biggie. They’ll just build up these cute, innocent characters living in this hellish world and then eventually dispose of them in the most brutal way possible. Probably. Most likely. Oh, and the director of this is the same person who directed White Album 2. Looks like the fates of the characters are sealed. Time for more despair I suppose. Anyways, this seems like it could be one of the better anime of this season. Keep an eye on this one.

Durarara!!x2 Ten

Durarara X2 Ten

You’ll know if you’re going to watch this if you’ve seen the previous seasons. For me, I’m pretty excited to see where things go since the previous season was more of a setup for the things to come. If you haven’t seen the series, I’d recommend checking it out since it is a unique show (huge cast of characters, supernatural elements, interesting character dynamics, unpredictable storytelling, things are deeper than they first appear) and a really popular one to boot. I just wouldn’t say it’s as good as some people make it out to be. Anyways, there’s not much else to say about it since it is a fairly established series already. There are plenty of reviews out there if you want to read them. Let’s move on.

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

Gate Jieitai Kanochi nite Kaku Tatakaeri Anime

Hopefully this anime will be as glorious as Nippon will be in this anime.

Ohhhh man. I’m pretty excited for this one especially since it is going to be 24 episodes long. That’s right. 2-cours of GLORIOUS NIPPON ACTION. I’m actually caught up with the latest chapter of the manga, so I know what to expect. One thing you’ll hear people complain about is OH GLORIOUS NIPPON IS THE MOST SUPERIOR LELEL. That is, it has a nationalistic, political side to it that some people don’t like. Personally, while I found some parts to be extremely silly in terms of those things, the overall manga is much more than that. At least for now. I mean, how often do you see a medieval fantasy setting being invaded by a far more advanced modern society? What would happen if one country were to gain access to that land? What would the conflicts be like with modern weaponry at work? How would the mix between the two settings work out? You really don’t see this type of conflict of settings often, which is why I really enjoyed reading the manga.

Moreover, it’s actually fairly brutal. Death is definitely not out of the picture, and other atrocities aren’t either. But of course, the oh so glorious Nippon would never do such immoral things. They are the saviors of the people, and the good guys who will bring justice to all! Yeah, yeah. We all know what it’d really be like if this actually did happen in real life. But hey, seeing some demigoddess loli action with some magic pew pew, and hot elves to boot will make you forget all about that. Also, I’m fairly impressed with the animation quality A-1 Pictures is putting into this as seen in the PV. Mmm… Delicious elves. Let’s just hope it won’t be horribly censored (from the first episode it is censored in the sense that they don’t actually explicitly show the gore/deaths. It’s more… implied. Not the worst, but it may make future episodes a bit awkward) and that we’ll be seeing some modern weaponry action and that it’ll be paced well. There’s actually so much potential in this title that it makes me sad to see the source material come out so slowly. There’s a lot to explore, and a lot of unique things to be seen. Unlike Outbreak Company, it’s more serious. Though, it still has its less serious moments. It’s just that the serious parts are more serious. I’d recommend keeping an eye on this one.

Short first episode impressions: Man, is it just me or are studios generally getting better at making adaptations? Maybe it’s just because the whole industry has been on a roll. Shokugeki, Sidonia, Yamada (despite how fast paced it is it’s actually done fairly well), OreGairu, Ore Monogatari, Euphonium, and arguably DanMachi if you exclude the world-building, are all shows that were well adapted last season. That’s a very large percentage of shows that had good prospects last season that have received successful adaptations. Actually, the success rate is startlingly good now that I’m looking back on it. This season is looking to be very similar to that. This first episode is good. Solid pacing, good animations (some character designs take some getting used to but overall it looks surprisingly good), execution is on point, faithful to the source material… Good stuff. As a manga reader I’m satisfied with what’s been done so far.

Tier 1 (Extremely anticipated)

Charlotte

Charlotte Anime Maeda Jun

I swear to Lord Tatsuya, if this is Angel Beats 2.0…
MAEEEEDAAAAAAAA!!!
Also, blonde’s a whore.
Glasses-kun is gay.
Camera girl is gay.
MC will have to deal with being gay.
Deep psychological trauma ensues.
He uses magical powers to change his own sexual preferences instead of changing the other characters’ because that will lead to a love square that will end in bullshit drama which will ultimately result in pain and bullshit.
Keikaku doori.
Happy ending.

This is the original anime of the season the majority of seasonal anime viewers are excited for and for good reasons not the least of which is the fact that Maeda Jun is involved in it. Love him or hate him, no one can deny that he’s a big name in the industry, and his shows carry the anticipation of many fans. After watching the PV, yep. That immediately sounds like his kind of music. You can expect the drama and emotional impact that will naturally come from a title created by him and Key. Couple that with P.A. Works, and you can see why people are excited to see this. Will this show tug some heartstrings and make people cry? I sure hope so. Will the music be good? You bet. This being a show that’ll no doubt be emotionally driven, you can also expect people’s opinions to widely vary as it was the case with Angel Beats!. Whether it’ll impact me emotionally or not, I’ll at the very least be glad to have more of his soundtracks in my collection… Or so I’d like to say, but to be fair, I am always looking for a show to impact me emotionally, so I do have great hopes for what this anime will deliver even though I know I should know better than this.

Overlord

Overlord Anime Adaptation

DON’T FUCK THIS UP.
I’M WATCHING YOU.
ALSO, SEASON 2 WHEN?!

Alright, before you skip over this one moaning “It’s another MMORPG anime again,” listen to what I have to say about the source material. I’ve actually read the first three volumes of the light novel so I know what will be good about this show. At least, when it comes to things outside of the actual adaptation as pacing, animation quality, direction, and so on will vary in the anime. Firstly, yes, this is one of those shows that have overpowered main characters. However, I will say that this is overpowered characters done right for a few reasons. Firstly, it makes sense unlike other shows where random ass-pulls happen out of nowhere. Secondly, the badass moments concerning their overpoweredness are executed fairly well as there is always a feeling of suspense not knowing just how powerful they really are relative to other characters in the anime. Thirdly, this is speculation since it isn’t quite like that for the translated novels yet, later down the line there will probably be conflicts with characters of the same power level as the light novel hints.

Some of you are probably scrolling down thinking that, “It’s one of those shows with overpowered characters again… Your reasons still don’t make me want to watch it. NEXT!” Hold on just a second. The real reason why this show interested me was actually because it’s like Dungeon Keeper. That’s right. This isn’t the typical adventure where the protagonist is the typical good guy. Oh no. This protagonist is a villain protagonist. Well, I mean, just look at him. He’s like the Lich King or some shit. This guy’s got his own dungeon, his own minions, and he’s out to seek power to benefit no one other than him and his minions. I wouldn’t say he’s downright evil and just wants to watch the world burn. Clearly, he’s not going to be altruistic, but he’s pragmatic and thinks of him and his closest allies first. It’s just that what he does, and the lengths he goes to in order to achieve his goals can be a bit… Machiavellian I suppose?

Personally, I’ve always wanted to see a Dungeon Keeper anime. Building his dungeon/empire up slowly, using his wide array of different powerful minions, finding out more about the world, exploiting the world, executing his visions with clarity and focus… These all contributed to me reading the first three volumes of the light novel. Sadly, the fourth volume isn’t even fully translated yet, and there are eight volumes out right now, which is a shame considering the amount of potential this series has. One of the things I’m afraid of is that it’ll skip much of the world building like DanMachi’s anime adaptation. It would be such a shame since the world is vast, and the light novel isn’t afraid to expand upon things like items, nations, monsters, magic, and even a bit of politics (though don’t expect that to be a focus this season).

Some of you may be afraid that the overpowered characters will make things boring, but I think Overlord does a good job of finding the right ways to make conflicts interesting. The first few conflicts are a bit “meh,” but I truly believe it gets better later on especially in the third volume, which this anime will certainly cover even if it’s only 13 episodes long. (Not to spoil anything of course.) Besides, it’s about building up his dungeon, learning more about the world, gaining resources, and so on in the beginning. I will not deny that it may not be as “epic” as some people may want it to be from the get-go, but compared to other MMORPG anime/light novels, I think even this first part is at least just as exciting as they are. Later down the line, it’ll most likely be way more epic so as I can see this becoming larger and larger scale with every passing volume, so hopefully we do see more seasons in the future. With Madhouse behind this, I’m a bit more at ease that this adaptation will turn out decently. The PV looks fine also I suppose. I just really, really hope Madhouse manages to capture the darkness of this series. AND I DON’T MEAN DARKNESS AS IN SHADOW-KUN CENSORSHIP. This show will be gory. Very gory. I don’t think they will want to show the gore that is in the light novel because it’s… quite descriptive. It will definitely contain death. Don’t worry about that. (I mean, the main character is a fucking skeleton.) It’s actually just downright gruesome. Don’t think I’ve mentioned that yet. If this adaptation is a good one, this will be one heck of an entertaining series. I think it’ll sell fairly well too if it is even though it’s in an oversaturated genre because it is quite different. It may revitalize some people’s interest in these kinds of MMORPG anime. Anyways, I’m pretty damn excited. Though as with all adaptations of titles I really enjoy, I will be cautious going in.

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Non Non Biyori Repeat

NYAN PASU~
NYAN PASU~
NYAN
NYAN
NYAN PASU~

YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS. IT’S TIME FOR SOME NYAN PASU~ Renge is just the most adorable moeblob ever. Good shit. Good shit. Some of you who haven’t seen the first season is probably wondering what’s my deal. Well, the first season is damn awesome in so many ways. Sometimes, it’s downright hilarious, other times it’s incredibly soothing, and even some other times it gives some surprising emotional impact to me. I don’t care if you’re not into these types of shows. You need to check this series out. It’s a very sweet experience that will leave you smiling throughout the episodes. This second season will no doubt do the same. (Thankfully the staff is exactly the same as the previous season.) Man, this year is really fantastic when it comes to these kinds of shows. The second season of Gochuumon will be out next season as well. The One True God Tatsuya Stu has truly blessed this medium with the proper quality of moe this year. Now, I just need to ready my kokoro for some doki doki moeblob action because it’s time for some NYAN PASU~~~~~~~~~

Summer 2015 Anime Roundup

What a busy season, eh? Phew, this past year has really been something. Season after season of packed seasons full of promising anime. However, if you have been following anime seasonally for a while, you should know that as the weeks pass, most shows are put into the “it’s okay” category, and only a few are put into a better one. Still, as I said above in my first episode impressions for Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, studios have been doing adaptations surprisingly well recently, which gives me more hope that this season may end up being better than average with some decent source materials in the mix. Also, I have to note that this may be the last time that I will do a seasonal preview. Now, now. I’m not saying I won’t post anything seasonally anymore. I think I may just end up doing first impressions of the entire season after three episodes have passed for every single show I’m watching much like what I did for the Fall 2014 First Impressions post. It’s just that I’ll probably cover more shows, and I won’t make any videos since that takes far too long to do.

I actually completely forgot about doing first impressions after that post and just fell into the rhythm of doing these previews again even though I think it’s far more beneficial for you all to read my first impressions instead. Why? Because a lot of what I wrote for this preview is full of speculation. I haven’t seen the final product, so I can only guess. If you all end up watching some show I rate highly based on the source material, but the studio sucks ass and fails, then you’ll have wasted your time. Instead, if I saw three episodes, I can judge that it’s shit, and you won’t have to waste your time on it. Even besides that, it makes it easier for you to judge whether you will really want to watch a show once I lay out the good and the bad for each of the shows since I’ll have actual evidence and better arguments. I know some people want to participate in the weekly discussions as soon as possible, so this preview is actually useful for finding out what shows to watch, but I think a majority of you will find my opinions of shows more useful if I have something to actually judge. So anyways, I’ll probably just skip the previews and do first impressions instead from now on unless someone has a different take on this. Any kind of feedback, suggestions, and opinions on this would be appreciated. And yes, I’ll give this season special treatment and do both a preview and a first impressions. I will not do this in the future. It simply takes far too long. Maybe I’ll make an exception for doing previews in seasons that look really exceptional. Anyways, that’s enough rambling. Some episodes are already out for some decent shows, so go out and watch them if you haven’t already. This season’s just getting started. STRAP ON FOR THE RIDE, FOLKS. THERE’S A LOT TO WATCH. SOMETHING EVERY DAY. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

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  • Klawgor

    Nyanpasu hype!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      NYAN PASU~

  • Dan

    Been waiting for this. Thank you Entrav!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thanks for reading!

      • Dan

        I have a suggestion. Would it be possible to do a short/concise round up after every season of the shows you’ve seen in that season? Just your general thoughts and enjoyment level of the shows you’ve seen in that season. Short and easy. We all wanna see your thoughts after each season. (It’s not like you put ratings on your MAL or anything.. BAKA!)

        I know it’s more work on top of your busy schedule, but it’s really appreciated! That and season previews would be AWESOME.

        Thanks again!

        Best,

        Dan

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          I’ve been thinking about doing that for a long time. Maybe I’ll try it out this time. Not sure, but if the season is enjoyable then I may feel like it.

          Yeah, I don’t put number ratings on any shows I watch since I find them flawed. Well, except for a select few that I need to rate 10/10 for various reasons.

          Thanks for your suggestion!

  • Adam’s Leoncehart Archer

    “Camera girl is gay.”-Entravity.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I speak only the truth.

  • MACHA

    Seeing as how I got around to reply on the WA2 page, I only just noticed summer preview here:D
    This summer has insane levels of awesome anime to look forward to. This is the first time there’s so many shows I’m hyped for that I’ve decided I’ll just watch everything weekly. Good Godly God THIS SEASON. Every. Day. A. Show. My targets this season are:

    – Gangsta: Just yes. Love the manga. Love the OP even more. Good way to start summer.
    – Prison School: That evolution theory was perfection. So I expect nothing less from this adaption.
    – Rokka no Yuusha: Yessss. I can smell the awesomeness oozing from the promo pic :p
    – Overord: looks very promising
    – God Eater: THEM ANIMATIONS. GIMME UFOTABLE. GIMME!!!!
    – Ushio Tora: MAPPA? Yes? I’m in!
    – Ranbo Kitan: There’s always room for a good mystery. And, uhhh well that backside… didn’t see that until you so graciously pointed that out, Entrav. :D
    – Classroom Crisis: After reading your first impression -> watching.
    – Charlotte: If the story is caption you put under the picture then that would be one helluva awesome show!! :D Let’s see how many feels I can hold on to by the end of this~
    – Chaos Dragon: well, going on the description it seems interesting. I’ll give it a chance
    – Shinmoneta: Curiosity is what’s driving me to watch this. Everytime I think I’ve seen it all, there’s always something else out there ready to prove me wrong.

    Sucks about allergies dude D: May the force of the Almighty Stu be with you – and hopefully all the anime will be a good distraction.

    Great preview! Classroom Crisis, Charlotte and Shinmoneta wouldn’t be on my watch list if I didn’t read your preview. Cheers to an explosive season!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yeah, I didn’t think this season would actually end up having so many shows that look promising. There may be no absolutely mind blowing shows, but if you’re looking for moderately good and entertaining shows, then this season is fantastic.

      Allergies suck. I try not to take medication whenever I can, so I’ve been holding back on it. It was really bad in the first week of June since that’s when all that pollen and grass hit me like a fucking truck. It’s a lot better now though, so I’m for the most part okay. The One True God Tatsuya Stu has given me the proper guidance to see my dripping snot through. Praise The Lord.

      Thanks for reading! By the way, I’ll be doing a first impressions when 4 weeks have passed for this season (3 episodes for every show), so you can look forward to that later this season!

      • MACHA

        Jesus that’s some violent grass and pollen D: Seriously though, great that it’s gotten better.

        YEAHH!! FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW!!!! :D

  • Flaiboy

    Hey Entrav! Yeah, west coast allergies are the worst – if it isn’t the mold in the winter it’s the pollen in the spring and the dust in the summer. The side effects from the meds are no better at times . . . god.

    You’re absolutely right: moderately entertaining at best for this season. I’ll try Gangsta. And Rokka (mostly cuz I wanna see just how that lil bunny suit fits the slut’s every curve and . . .); my vintage self wants to try DB but I just may have to shout that part of me down. Other than that . . . ho hum. Same shows – same formulas – same tropes.

    Looks like another season for archive viewing; there have just been way too many of these lately for my tastes.

    Hope your life is going as planned. And if not – fuck it! You’ll pull through!

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yeah, and it’s not like I’m unhealthy either. I exercise for at least an hour (fairly intense) 5-6 days of the week, and I eat fairly healthily. I heard some people got rid of their allergies after they adopted a different diet and began exercising. Sadly, it’s not really the case for me. Oh well.

      If you’re the type of person who wants something excellent, recent seasons haven’t been so great. Still, I’ve actually been liking the previous seasons because of the sheer amount of entertaining shows. I’m at the stage where I don’t really need or desperately want to watch something incredible since a lot of the time I just want to sit back, relax, laugh, be mildly entertained, and then move on to do some other work. Still, there could be a few shows like Classroom Crisis, Rokka no Yuusha, and maybe Charlotte that could stand out from the crowd in unconventional ways. But I wouldn’t hope for too much anyways. Just watch the outstanding shows, if there are any, after the season is over. Too early to tell at this point.

      Yep. I’m basically saying, “Fuck it,” and trudging through all the nonsense university throws at me. But other than some things pretty much everyone suffers at one point or another, things are going fairly well. Hope you’re doing good too!

      • Flaiboy

        You and I are at different points in our lives, though we both can recognize what our tastes are and what it is we want out of the anime we watch. I know I’ve remarked before on how limited my time is and how just being mildly entertained is not a responsible use of my time. *Oh to be young again!* Though I still hope for and search for those rare excellent shows I’m fully aware that I’ll be disappointed more often than not.

        I have adopted the strategy of waiting until the season ends before I begin to watch the shows that sparked my interest in the beginning. I’m currently watching Kekkai Sensen and Arslan Senki which were the only two new ones from last season that I thought I would enjoy. Add to that Baby Steps (I’m developing a fondness for sports anime as long as they’re not about baseball or basketball) and Naruto (I’ve watched too much of it to quit now!) and that’s my list for this season. If I can catch a few spare hours each week I may marathon an archived show or two.

        I understand your conundrum with HxH. It’s not the type of show that lends itself to one series review after all is said and done; it’s waaay to complex and deep for that. Hell, I was reading the episodic reviews while I was watching it and I was glad I had a full week to digest it all and then re-watch the episode before next week’s installment. To this date it has been the only show where I have put off watching it until I felt mentally ready to deal with the tension and angst that the show was dishing out week after week. I’m speaking mostly of the Chimera Ant Arc though I loved the whole series. I can understand how some were put off by the build up of tension during that arc but for me it was so delicious that by the time the action finally cut loose I had a mental orgasm that kept me up all night. My all-time fave show, hands down!

        I wrote more than I should have . . . see you at the end of the season or thereabouts!

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Yep, if you have limited time then it’s best to just wait. Too many shows start off promising and then end up not being nearly as good as the first episode or the first few eipsodes.

          I would say it’s still possible to do a critique of HxH as a whole. By that I mean not analyzing the themes too deeply or anything like that, but to judge the quality of the show. I think I just needed to organize it better since when you’re writing 10,000 words things get very jumbled. It’s possible, but honestly I think enough people realize the quality of the show that it’s a bit pointless for me to spend a lot of time stating what people consciously or subconsciously know already. Not to mention a ton of people did reviews of the show by the time I even started writing since I watched the show after it aired.

          I was actually thinking of writing a review for the finale of the Chimera Ant arc since it is one of my favorite episodes of all time. I had a draft, but for some reason after a few days of not writing it due to real life circumstances among other things I lost the drive to do it. That was also back when I was really burnt out from reviewing in general. Oh well.

          And yeah, I didn’t have nearly as many complaints as some people did for the Chimera Ant arc. I really, really enjoyed it. Morover, I found it to be really, really good. For me, it was what made Hunter X Hunter, Hunter X Hunter. The other arcs are good, but it didn’t separate the show that much from other good shounen anime. The finale especially, with all the completely unexpected emotional impact, was what convinced me that the show is truly something else.

          I’ll see you later!

  • Izayoi

    Too bad you probably will be disappointed with Overlord. Madhouse is totally underwhelming when it comes to LN adaptations (NGNL is a rare case, and even that was butchered with its stupid ending). And let’s not talk about Mahouka.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      You really have to look at the staff though. Not that Overlord’s staff look promising. Quite the contrary in fact so you’re probably right. I will most likely be disappointed in the end.

  • The Atomic Dwarf

    Testing formatting, will edit a bit.

    Well, well. Look who’s back from the Twitter Reiterment Home. How are ya, old chap? What soap opera anime did you enjoy watching last season? Also, go watch the DxD s3 dubbed. Reminds me of Panty and Stocking or Black Lagoon dubs. Shit’s hilarious yo. When you have lines like: “Issei, you go pound that pussy, while I beat this monkey” you know what to expect from the anime.

    Things I won’t watch

    Gate Not interested in propaganda, especially when it’s made by the anime studio equivalent of umbrella corp.

    Jitsu wa Watashi Wa THE MANGA IS GREAT!!! Seriously, go read it! Great comedy and you will fill a folder of reaction faces just from this one. Why am I not watching this then? Because I don’t think anybody but Shaft is able to bring those same reaction faces on to the TV screen. The character designs in the anime lack the unique flair of the original mangaka. It will be very hard to pull out the same jokes with such bland faces. That isn’t to say it will all be bad, but unfortunately you’re going to miss half of the joke. Better put this in your Cautios Optimism folder with Prison School. I’ll give it ye olde 1 episode rule.

    Durarara!!x2 Ten Dropped the previous season, will not pick this up. Loved the first half of season 1, cringed at the second. Last season seemed to be more of the latter, so I’m not picking this up. I’m not judging people who like it, but for me it was a great waste of potential.

    Things I’ll watch

    I’ll start with the ecchi first, because you know… summer ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou Don’t judge me. Also, Spider-Girl a best, Entrav!

    Okusama ga Seito Kaichou!/ My Wife is the Student Council President! I said don’t judge me.

    Prisma Illya 2wei! Herz I SAID DON’T JUDEGE ME!!! Seriously though? They reached a point where things start to get heavy plot-wise, in the manga at least. A lot of Nasuverse shoutouts in this one which are great to see. The next plot has elements from his first published Novel “Notes” http://typemoon.wikia.com/wiki/Notes and even Fate/Ataraxia.

    Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai Ok ok… I like ecchi shows. And this one seems to be a parody in itself.

    Now then, for the rest

    Angel Beats 2.. I mean Charlotte Well, you can’t blame me for confusing them, since it’s impossible to tell a proper Key story in just 13 episodes, no matter how well written and how great the charaters. Will still watch it, but my expectations are low.

    Prison School This is beyond ecchi. It deserves it’s own category up there with DxD. Cautios Optimism. This is the series I want the most to success this summer, but yea. It can go wrong is so many ways. Here’s for the best!

    God Eater Ufotable delivers, always. I do not know the game or the lore. I have no idea what is going on, but I will watch this just because of who is adapting it.

    Non Non Biyori Repeat Anime of the year right here.

    The 3 episode rule

    New category for this season, This shows I’ll watch 3 episodes of before decding to drop them or not.

    Rokka no Yuusha “Flower girl is into BDSM and wants someone to dominate her belly button” Oh-ho-ho! Count me in!

    Gangsta Looks promising. I’ll give it the 3 ep rule.

    Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Great Shoujo Title, I agree. Didn’t read the manga, but if you compare it to Oregairu than it has to be good.

    Dragon Ball Super The Lord Sees All.

    Gakkou Gurashi! OOOH BOY. It’s Corpse Party with a different setting! White Album 2 director, that great! Means we’ll get a happy ending as well!

    Overlord OP characters don’t make the story boring. Just look at One Punch Man. It all depends on how well the author is capable of portraying a good story with said characters. Villain MC and gore eh? I’m interested. May extend it to 6 ep rule, but by that time I guess I’ll just stick to watching it till the end. Re:Monster Anime when?

    This is my list. Honestly though, I will still drop some if the super dense MC becomes too annoying. Last season’s 8man (Yahari) and Tsukasa (Plastic Memories) raised the bar and it’s not coming down again, ever.

    Roundup

    What? No more previews?! Oh, first impressions after 3 eps.. wheh. WHAT?!? NO MORE VIDEOS? But… but… muh Shirobako… muh Genuine… Well, if you say it takes too long. Btw still haven’t Watched Hunterx x Hunter because, like I promised, I was waiting for your review. In the meantime reddit meme-circlejerk really made me drop any chances of ever watching it.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      This is just a vacation from the Twitter retirement home. I’ll be going back there for a while real soon. Dub sounds interesting though the season was immensely disappointing (more details below).

      Last season? Sidonia’s sick CGI battle scenes. Literally 1 hour (3 episodes) full of action. I don’t mean 5 minutes of action in each of the episodes. Nope. Literally the whole episode, for three of them, are full of it. Really nice to watch though the other aspects such as the story, characters, and all those things don’t match up nearly as well. They’re still okay though.

      Also, KYOANI ACTUALLY MADE SOMETHING THAT’S NOT HUGELY DISAPPOINTING. Euphonium, man. Dem animations. I think they did an even better job with the animations this time around, and you know how great they are with their visuals normally. Soundtrack is also very good, thankfully since it is a music-centered anime. Characterization and character development are surprisingly good. MC is noticeably different in a significant way by the end. Character interactions are subtle. Well done themes surrounding hard work, ambitions, etc. Overall, pretty good show.

      You already know my thoughts on OreGairu so I won’t go into that. Plastic Memories got better by the end, but still very lacking in a lot of different ways. For example, that drama nonsense in the middle with the kid was completely unnecessary. (Dat Psycho-Pass moment. Lel.) First episode really delivered on an emotional level. Finale was actually surprisingly not bad, but it lacked that punch the first episode had. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as I said on Twitter. It’s… different. But if we’re talking purely about emotional impact, I think it was disappointing. But then again I’m very harsh when it comes to critiquing drama/romance anime. There are many things I could talk about that Plastic Memories could improve on. Build-up of the finale, wandering of the story in the middle as if the writers were just trying to fit it in a 13 episode format, the premise clearly indicated in a very obvious way what the ending was going to be like which made it more predictable, and so on were some problems the show had. It’s not as bad as I thought it’d be when I was watching the show at the halfway point, but it certainly wasn’t that good.

      DanMachi is probably my guilty pleasure of the previous season. Very, very nice action scene in episode 8. Very well choreographed, animations were on point, soundtracks were superb (talking about just that scene in episode 8 not for the entire show). Enjoyable, but ultimately lacked world-building, and depth. Depth as in characterization, interesting overarching conflicts, etc.

      Shokugeki is very enjoyable. As a manga reader (I’m caught up), I’m very pleased with how the anime is handling everything. Good pacing, good execution, good foodgasms, good OP/ED, good stuff overall. Kekkai Sensen was also interesting. Peculiar show that brought back the entertainment value that Baccano had (albeit less imo). Last episode is delayed until further notice though. Too bad.

      That’s most of it from the top of my head. It’s not a seasonal wrap-up post so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Decent season. DxD was a huge fucking disappointment though. It was a huge slap across my face. Almost all aspects of the show were downgraded this season. Pacing, characterization, storytelling, climaxes, and even the fucking fanservice were not done as well as the previous season. Thankfully, looks like they will go back to 2 volumes per season format if they make S4.

      I’ll check out the anime for Jitsu ni Watashi Wa first. Later on if I like it then I’ll go back and read the manga. I prefer anime over manga all else equal. For me Durarara was never as good as people made it out to be, so I guess that’s why I was fine with the last season. Still, it is unconventional in an interesting, but messy, kind of way.

      Spider girl best? We’ll see… We’ll see…

      Oh dude, I watched that short (Okusama ga Seito Kaichou). Fuck man. There was A NIPPLE! UNCENSORED TOO! AND HE FUCKING DID THAT SHIT UNLIKE SOME OTHER MCs! AOTY RIGHT HERE.

      Prisma Illya would be something I’d probably love to watch if I weren’t waiting for FSN to come out since I don’t want to see any spoilers whatsoever. Not to mention I’m not familiar with the universe, but if I were, I’d watch that shit in a heartbeat. Those entertaining kind of shows with actually decent stories are one of my favorite kind of shows. (Mondaiji, Outbreak Company, etc.)

      Uhhh… Sorry to break it to you dude but uhhmmm… I have no idea if the flower girl is actually into BDSM and wants her belly button to be dominated. Trust me, I would love to see that shit, but I’m afraid the writers for the show will probably lack the imagination The One True God Tatsuya Stu has bestowed upon me. But the show is looking pretty damn good from the first episode. One of the shows in this season that has the highest potential imo.

      Don’t want to set your expectations too high for Akagami no Shirayuki-hime. It’s infinitely closer to Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii than OreGairu. IT’S JUST… FEELS GENUINE, YOU KNOW? IT’S ALREADY AT THE PLACE WHERE HACHIMAN AND YUKINO THE BEST GIRL WILL BE AT SOON ENOUGH WITH THE REST OF THE OTHER GIRLS (I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO SAY “COMPETITION” BECAUSE THERE’S NO COMPETITION TO BE HAD) *COUGH*IROHA*COUGH* IN UTTER DESPAIR BY THE TIME IT ENDS AND I WILL LAUGH AT YOU GLORIOUSLY ON TWITTER MWAHAHAHAAH. Yeah, it’s getting pretty late over here.

      As for Gakkou Gurashi, I actually caught up to the manga after finishing the preview. It’s good, but it’s not as good as I thought it’d be going by what some other people have said about the manga. Don’t expect too much and you’ll be fine.

      Yeah, OP characters don’t in and of themselves make things boring. Few things are in and of themselves bad, but there is a tendency for authors to use overpowered characters in not-so-great ways, so I don’t blame people for being turned off whenever they see one. One Punch Man is a huge exception I think since a lot of other overpowered characters tend to be really generic. I hope this adaptation will do the source material justice because if it does, it could be a really entertaining show where you want to see how he builds his dungeon up. Re:Monster anime would be interesting as well. Would watch.

      Oh, I’m still going to do the video for Shirobako. I just meant I’m not going to do a video alongside the first impressions.

      And as for the Hunter X Hunter review… Err… I literally wrote 10,000 words on it, but I think I went nowhere with it. I was all over the place. So many people have critiqued it by now, and it’s been months since I finished watching it that I lack the drive to fix everything up and make a proper review. I don’t want to put out anything half-assed either. Especially not for a great show like Hunter X Hunter. Just forget the circlejerk and watch an episode or two every day. It’s an awesome adventure. At the very least, you will find it entertaining. (Just a warning that some people find the Chimera Ant arc wayyy too slow. I understand their complaints, but stick with it. Even those people say that it’s a great arc by the time they get through the not-as-awesome parts in the first third of the arc. I really didn’t think it was that bad though. Oh well.)

      Anyways, that was a long comment. Hope you don’t mind the length and the typos. I’m too lazy to read and check all of that. Thanks for reading! I’ll be back on Twitter sending random bullshit again.

      • The Atomic Dwarf

        Long reply. I’m honored!

        Euphonium – a Kyo-Ani music-centered anime that actually is about music. I know, right? Yea, MC changes quite a bit. Her depression was obvious at the beginning, with the cynical attitude, distant behavior and finding solace in a plant! By the end of it she came out of it, and the journey was great. Loved how they played the Yuri undertones, even if the relationship they were going for was something more Genuine than that. Yes, the Yahari reference is my foreshadowing for both shows hehehe.

        Yahari – Go to sleep, you’re drunk! And delusional to boot! Iroha will win, just wait and see. Genuine Friendship incoming. Yukinon will NTR 8man with Yui and he will find Genuine solace in Iroha’s arms HAHAHAHAHA. Shitposting aside, yea we both talked about this one in a lot of detail. Nothing more to add until Vol 11 and those blu-ray extra LN’s get translated (They have the heroine’s POV). Also, did you notice that the last memorandum was actually Yui’s? And she wasn’t even one on the 4 voices that narrated it in the anime. Stuff like this is why I like the series so much.

        Plastic Memories – 99 problems, but a beta MC ain’t one! That’s it’s strong point. I agree with everything you said though. A lot of other issues. Very weak half-season point.

        Nagato – If you can cringe through another Endless-Eight, watch Nagato. The arc from ep 9-13 was great.

        DxD – had an anime-original ending… and it was shit. Huge disappointment, I agree. The dub alleviates that pain a bit though.

        Jitsu – Your call, you have been warned ^^.

        Okusama – It gets better ecchier, if that’s even a word.

        Prisma Ilya – like the other Nasuverse anime, Carnival Phantasm, this is maybe the hardest to approach of all the Fate Series. You can watch it as a stand-alone, but then you’d miss a lot of its subtle and not-so-subtle references. Unfortunately at this point, the whole Nasuverse is in complete chaos, but if there was ever a way to watch Prisma, I’d recommend to watch it after reading/watching this:

        1. Notes. A bit hard to find. You can just read the synopsis for the characters and the world in the wiki. Massive potential for a post-apocalyptic world. Hopefully ufotable gets the hint and tries to do something with it after it exhausted the main Fate Franchise. It holds a lot of potential.

        2.1 Tsukihime. Remake incoming, you can wait or read the old VN.

        2.2. Also Melty Blood if you want to watch Carnival Phantasm.

        2.3. Oh and Kara no Kyoukai, the 7 ufotable movies (massive connection between this and the end of Heaven’s Feel).

        3. Fate Realta Nua (VN Remake of Fate/SN with its 3 stories separated).

        4. Fate/Zero. Prequel to Fate/SN. If you watched this first, than Fate and UBW will look like shit and only Heaven’s Feel arc will make any sense. That’s why it’s better to watch after.

        5. Fate/Ataraxia the VN. It’s translated.

        Only now you can watch Primsa Ilya and understand it completely. See what a mess the whole Fate franchise is? Still love it though. I like the comparison someone made to the Marvel and DC universes. It’s similar, with reboots, remasters, alternate realities etc.

        For the rest, we can talk more after the first 3 eps air.

        Shirobako video still a possibility? YES.

        I’ll try and watch HxH once the summer is over.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Yahari – It’s finally about time for me to go through the LNs. I’ll go through them fairly slowly I suppose. Maybe I’ll pick up on some things I missed in the past. But this season man, too many shows.

          Nagato – I’ll think about it. I’ll probably watch it in a less busy season.

          Yeah… that’s a lot of stuff to watch/read/wait for in order to “get” the franchise. This is why I’m a bit put off. I’ll go through it all slowly I suppose.

          • The Atomic Dwarf

            Yahari – Better grab them while you can. Yen Press will soon start a C&D campaign. Pm me on reddit, if you want help with those. You know my ID.

        • http://mariqamul.deviantart.com/ mariqamul

          ALL HAIL IROHA~

  • MgMaster

    And there’s our Entrav, allergy & all, ready for what look’s to be quite the awesomely lewd anime summer. DxD Born might’ve been a major disappointed, but Shokugeki no Souma, Shimoneta and hopefully Prison School too will more than make up for it. J.C. staff honestly seems to be stepping it’s game up as of late. If nothing else, they’re doing a fantastic job on Shokugeki no Souma.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yep. They are really surprising me with Shokugeki. I really didn’t expect them to do that well at all. Maybe not all is lost and we can believe in Prison School? Only time will tell.

  • MgMaster

    I can’t believe how hooked the 1st ep of Overlord got me. I’m hardly a fan of mmo anime. In fact, I’ve managed to stay away from all of them besides SAO(and like many others, not much of a fan of the 1st season, thought I did enjoy the 2nd). Even with SAO, if I didn’t happen to get into it already then I wouldn’t pick it up at this point. Log Horizon doesn’t really interest me even if it’s claimed to be “better”(if anything, I prefer SAO because Kirito-Stu, apprentice of our Great Lord Tatsuya-Stu make’s it fun once you’re able to not take it seriously and revel in his Stu feats)

    Yet Overlord’s premiere was quite alluring. Big reasons are probably that it works in the opposite way in various aspects than the thing one could expect with MMO anime. The most obvious is the protagonist not being the hero, but the opposite – but not an evil one(unless he has to act that way for appearances sake perhaps). But it seems to be more than that. Where other such anime present a newer MMO, or a very popular & functional one at least, this one’s about one that’s about to go down. Like, it doesn’t start with a beginning, but an ending.

    But maybe I’m getting too hyped here based on just a premise that reek’s of potential because I actually wanted a MMO anime but something different. Heck, I remember being hyped after the 1st few episodes of SAO(s1) too. Guess all I can do is pray to our Lord Almighty Tatsuya for based Madhouse to do this justice.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Honestly, I’m very impressed with how Madhouse is handling Overlord right now. I just watched the second episode, and it’s living up to my expectations and then some. Great pacing, they imply what they don’t need to explain in too much detail, animations are fine, and the overall feeling of the anime is faithful to how the LN felt. I really, really hope they keep it up because if they continue it like this, it’ll be a great show.

    • NIX

      I was actually a bit hesitant of so called gamers animes again but it seems pretty good so far at two episodes.

  • TylerK

    Daw, no Symphogear, your missing out on them demoting K2 to the 3rd tallest mountain in the world through liberal use of force of the explosive variety. Followed by the suplexing of spaceships, in the first 5 minutes lol.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I’ve been meaning to see that for a while now, but never got around to it like the hundreds of others hows on my backlog. Maybe one day.

  • Bakutay

    Im really hyped for Gakkou Gurashi, the manga was unexpectedly satisfying. And seeing people react to the anime is just pure gold :3

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yep. Seeing people’s reactions was pretty interesting for the first episode.

      • Bakutay

        And it gets even, EVEN better. I think u should know what i mean if u have read the manga :)

  • NIX

    Never seen and wasn’t going to watch non non biyori repeat till you put it up so high, so I might go check it out. I’ve watched the first episode of Charlotte and I’m not sure how good it is yet but so far its just mediocre. Gangsta is pretty good and made me go find and finish all available translated manga chapters. Gate seems pretty good so far too. God eater’s art style is pretty unique, featuring those painterly strokes but when the aragami came out I just laughed. Been a Shirayuki manga reader so I’m pretty pleased with the adaptation so far. ( I almost forgot how smooth zen was)

    This is a bountiful summer.