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What anime to watch for Summer 2015.
Hello, ladies and gentlemen! It’s been quite a while since I last didÂ a first impressions.Â I decided while doing the preview for this season that for your benefit, I might as well do a first impressions instead of a preview since I can make better recommendations. That way, you won’t have to waste your time with poor adaptations, bland anime that look good as a preview, and the like. Speaking of poor adaptations, we don’t really have any this season. No, seriously. Even J.C. Staff, which isn’tÂ necessarily known for creating great adaptations, is seriously picking up their game. With anime like Shokugeki no Souma, Prison School, and Shimoneta, it seems like they have found their field of expertise in the lewdness department.Â Madhouse has also knocked it out of the park with Overlord making me a very happy light novel reader, and that’s just the beginning of some solid work studios have put into adaptations this season. But of course, every season has its fair share of shit stains that viewers need to avoid stepping on,Â so I will tell you what shows to avoid as well. Let’s get started.
Important note: Because I am covering 21 different anime, do not expect these to be in-depth reviews.Â These quick opinions of all the anime below are for the most part fairly generous in comparison to if I were to do a full-length review on them. Keep that in mind.
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. Don’t complain about why some anime in tier 3 is not higher than another show in tier 3. This is a rough method and not a precise methodÂ of determining the quality of an anime.Â The tiers are also not relative to the anime in each season. This means that there are no fixed number of any tier for any season.Â It’s possible for their to be no anime in any of the tiers.
Anime On-Hold – Anime I have put on hold for various reasons. (Does not necessarily mean they’re bad.)
Tier 6: Oh Lord Tatsuya Have Mercy – The title says it all.
Tier 5: Dropped – Nope, nope, and nope.
Tier 4: Barely Hanging On –Â Literally a tier I made just for God Eater because it didn’t deserve to be in the third tier, but I won’t drop it either because Ufotable.
Tier 3:Â Moderately Anticipated – Decently entertaining shows that are watchable or anime that I think hold potential but haven’t shown it just yet.
Tier 2:Â Heavily Anticipated –Â The better anime of the season I would actively recommend others to watch.
Tier 1: Extremely Anticipated – IncrediblyÂ entertaining anime, or trulyÂ excellent anime.
Ushio to Tora – With 39 episodes in total, and each season being split cours, I think it would be best for me to wait until all the seasons are out before watching it. The gaps between seasons can sometimes hinder the experience. Furthermore, I just cannot be bothered with waiting so long multiple times. After that, I’m all for marathoning this.
Wakaba*Girl – Far too short to watch on a weekly basis. I will wait until all the episodes are out. It’s fairly similar to Kiniro Mosaic, so I’ll definitely watch this when it’s done.
Dragon Ball Super – When Goku’s words came out of his mouth, I fucking shat my pants. Why? Because I realized I never heard his voice in Japanese before. Unlike the more manly voice I was used to, I was greeted by a much higher pitched voice. (I know the voice actor is a woman) Honestly, I’m really not used to it. I’ll probably wait for the dub to relive my childhood. You also know how much the series can drag on at times. I’d rather wait until all the episodes are out instead of waiting weeks for potentially a year or even longer.
Durarara!!x2 Ten – Again, same reasoning with Ushio to Tora. I initially watched this week to week because, well, it’s Durarara. After waiting week after week with huge gaps between this season and the next, I’ve decided to hold off until all the episodes are out. Nothing against the anime. In fact, I think it has gotten a lot more interesting. I simply cannot be bothered waiting like this with so many split-cours for this type of anime.
Tier 6 (Oh Lord Tatsuya Have Mercy)
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the best anime of our generation. Even in the atrociousÂ generic pile of typical bullshit, there are a few shows that are more generically bullshittingly dull than a fucking wooden door wedge. If this were a burger, even the executives at McDonalds would be having difficulty trying to shit out a blander piece of tawdry abomination than what the author of this fucking masterpiece has cultivated in his closet filled with SAO figurines that, by the way, has no Sinon asscheeks so obviously you know this guy is a mega plebian. Youâ€™ve got the typical overpowered Gary Stu patties that got churned from pig intestines or some shit. Then youâ€™ve got the tsundere ketchup and tomatoes for the typical generic burger experience. Some fucking double D huge meat buns stuffed beside all that shit because why the fuck not. And then some blue cheese to top things off that I guess makes things a bit more interesting. What about the burger buns that holds everything together? Well, that would be the disastrously boring story that I could not give less of a shit about. So some soggy buns thrown in the landfill, half eaten by a hobo, flushed down a toilet, and then pooped on for good measure should suffice. Thatâ€™s the Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan Double D Soggy Gary Generic Stu Specialty Burger Special for you. Enjoy your diarrhea experience.
*Sigh* Okay, itâ€™s not that bad. I mean, there was a scene where an ice cream man cried. Thatâ€™s pretty good, right? Yeah, if only the rest of the show was like that. I could not have even bothered to talk about this show without writing the previous paragraph because this is as typical as it gets. Except so far, thereâ€™s barely been any Gary Stu overpoweredness action, and itâ€™s just full of painful slice of life character interactions. With how phenomenal the characters are, Iâ€™m sure you can understand what it was like. To be fair, the third episode is actually a bit better in this regard since there is some worthwhile development, and the male lead uses interesting means to achieve such development. It actually reminds me of what a friend of mine used to do to make another friend of mine more open, friendly, and willing to talk. Regardless, this is definitely something I would not recommend to anyone unless you are really starving for some generic bullshit for some reason. Even the past of the main character, which appeared to be interesting at first, ended up being dealt with in a disappointing manner. Not that we know everything yet, but itâ€™s extremely underwhelming. Heck, this entire whole show is an extremely underwhelming piece of poop. Iâ€™m not even going to try to criticize the other aspects like the female leads because that shit is too shitty to even try to touch. Avoid this shit stain like the plague or you’ll be drowning in feces before you realize it.
Tier 5 (Dropped)
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
The first episode may have been promising, but the rest of the episodes havenâ€™t lived up to my expectations. I was hoping the mysteries would be solved in a better way because how they have been solved so far were essentially full of ass pulls with very lazy explanations. Itâ€™s not really much of a mystery anime in that sense I suppose. It may be interesting to see the Hannibal-esque murder scenes, but aside from that itâ€™s simply lacks the mind blowing solutions and the tension that come with good mystery shows. Some people say that this is the typical ero guro nonsense and people like me just donâ€™t get it. Alright, thatâ€™s fine. I wonâ€™t comment on that since I am not familiar with those kinds of things at all. Whatever works for you. The best part about this anime for me is probably the opening. The lyrics are damn creepy. Not to mention the tempo of the song. Gives me shivers. Thatâ€™s a good opening for a horror/mystery kind of show. I wouldnâ€™t recommend this anime overall though unless you donâ€™t mind the mysteries being contrived.
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki
Something is missing in this show. It feels strangely empty. Itâ€™s difficult to put my finger on exactly what it is, but I suppose itâ€™s a mix of many different things. Firstly, there are some forced emotional scenes with not so great animation direction/execution to follow them through. (They were haphazardly put together as well. Very rushed.)Â Secondly, nothing stands out in the story at all. Although the premise surrounding the dragon was appealing at first, the smaller plot points within all of that contain either antagonists I couldnâ€™t care less about, or unexciting progression of events that I continuously hopeÂ will end up get more exciting except it never does. If the journey is supposed to be the best part of an adventure, this anime isnâ€™t doing a great job at making an enjoyable journey. Thirdly, the characters are nothing worthy of note. The main character goes through the same dilemmas many teenager protagonists go through in other anime. No surprising developments here. The side characters are more or less the same. Itâ€™s perhaps this mix of these mediocre elements that make this a bland show overall. At the end of the day, I feel apathetic towards this show, which is arguably worse than outright hating it because that would mean the show would make me at least feel strongly about it and thus Iâ€™d be more excited to watch the show. At least then I could mock it and watch it to laugh at it. I canâ€™t do that for this anime. Itâ€™s simply stale. Iâ€™d stay away from this one.
Tier 4 (Barely Holding On)
You have no idea how fast I would have dropped this anime if it weren’t for Ufotable. Seriously. *Sigh* Well, let’s start with the positives. I like the art style. The character designs are nice too. And itâ€™s Ufotable, so the animations are what youâ€™d expect, or at least so I thought before watching these first three episodes. Hereâ€™s the thing. Itâ€™s obvious that Ufotable is using this anime as a guinea pig to test out things (the excessive slow-mo being a prime example). It seems like this is the kind of showÂ where a lot of people are learning from making it rather than the pros doing it to make it look as good as it possibly can. As evidence for how this anime is produced differently compared to other Ufotable shows, for episode 3, there were 11 animation directors, 72 key animators, 55 2nd key animators at 8 different companies. Even if you didnâ€™t watch Shirobako (you should have)Â or know much about the behind the scenes process of anime production, you can probably tell that this is a lot of outsourcing. Thatâ€™s not something Ufotable likes to do either, which could explain the lack of fluidity in the action scenes, and how the animation quality/direction arenâ€™t as good as they are in other anime Ufotable has made in the past. This ends up hurting God Eater immensely as I knew going into this that the animations were going to be the only thing I would watch this for. You donâ€™t have to be an expert to figure out that, for example, some of the slow-mo scenes are far too excessive and end up taking away from the action scenes in the form of poor pacing. Itâ€™s not that the fight scenes look terrible or that the animations are bad overall. Thatâ€™s definitely not the case, but if youâ€™re looking for a typical Ufotable experience, you may be disappointed.Â I know that’s a really high bar. Most people, myself included, enjoy the action scenes greatly. I’m just giving you all a warning not to expect too much animation-wise just because Ufotable is behind it
As for everything aside from the animations, theyâ€™re pretty damn awful. Seriously, itâ€™s bad. The typical pieces of dialogue with an extremely generic main character that spouts one banal line after another with some â€śemotionalâ€ť scenes that make me facepalm more than anything else, among many other things, make this one of the worst anime of this season when it comes to dealing with the core aspects of what makes a good show. There is absolutely no depth in what the characters are saying, the pacing during conversations is poorly done, the conversations arenâ€™t engaging, the characters are bland, itâ€™s extremely clichĂ© a lot of the time, the story is by no means original, and the plot points are as generic as they come. You get the point. The only reason I put it up as high as I did on my preview was because I thought the animations were going to be better than they currently are. And, well, I do have to admit that I didnâ€™t think the characters, story, dialogue, and so on, would be bad as they have been. Just watch this for the animations and/or the artstyle like the majority of the current viewers. There are literally no other reasons to watch this otherwise.
Tier 3 (Moderately Anticipated)
Aoharu x Kikanjuu
This one has been a weird one to judge for me. One the one hand, I enjoy the survival games theme with the mix of both lighthearted and more serious moments that have friendship underpinning all of that. One the other hand, I find it fairly clichĂ© and sometimes a bit bland to sit through. I suppose thatâ€™s to be expected since the anime is primarily focused on friendship and teamwork above all else. When an anime includes those two things, it almost always ends up feeling a bit sappy and typical. The good thing is that Aoharu x Kikanjuu has action scenes that are solidly animated. So if youâ€™re looking for a slice of life anime with some action, this is one of the only ones you can watch this season. However, if youâ€™re just looking for a solid slice of life anime, you may be disappointed as the aspects outside of the survival games arenâ€™t as well done as other anime this season. If you were worried about reverse harem undertones with the main character being a girl, donâ€™t worry. Well, at least not for now since sheâ€™s still portrayed to be a guy. If you were hoping for some hot bishounen action, too fucking bad. Go read some other manga that have glorious bishounen throwing themselves at the female lead who is all flustered wondering whoâ€™s D she should go for.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
Maybeâ€¦ Maybe Iâ€™m just burnt out. For some reason, Iâ€™m not enjoying the fanservice and the typical antics as much as I thought I would going into this. Adaptation-wise, the anime is doing a fantastic job. Everything from the animation quality to Smith-san looking hot as fuck to the facial expressions are all very well done. Itâ€™s just thatâ€¦ I donâ€™t know. For a fanservice driven show, itâ€™s definitely up there. Itâ€™s executed well, itâ€™s, well, obviously a bit different from the norm as those body parts make it clear, but maybe Iâ€™ve seen too much of this kind of thing and Iâ€™m a bit jaded even with a snake tail wiggling in front of my eyes and the deadly hooves of a centaur ready to stomp me into the ground for saying anything negative about this anime. Whatever I am feeling, I can recognize that this will be a great watch for those who want to watch a fanservice driven anime. This is probably one of the best ones youâ€™re going to get period in that regard. It really doesnâ€™t get much better than this. For the rest of us who have seen this kind of thing a million times minus the animal parts, itâ€™s probably safe to move on until you feel the urge down in your pants. Until then, tell Miia to strangle you with her tail another time.
Jitsu wa Watashi Wa
So far, this has been a fun romcom to watch. Everything is still unraveling though, so I can tell that itâ€™s not quite up to its maximum potential. At this point, I canâ€™t say I enjoy it as much as many of the other slice of life anime airing this season since the characters have yet to grow on me, and the character chemistry is still developing since characters are just being introduced. As such, character interactions havenâ€™t been as captivating compared to other similar shows this season. Nevertheless, I have heard good things about the source material, so I can definitely see this improving as the season progresses. Even though itâ€™s nothing too surprising so far, itâ€™s definitely not a bad romcom. Iâ€™d recommend it if youâ€™re into these types of shows.
Now, before you verbally murder me for putting this anime so low on the list, just know that this is because only four episodes have passed and not a lot even happened. The reason why it was so high up on my preview was because itâ€™s made by Key/Maeda Jun. They are known for emotional impact, and we didnâ€™t really get any of that so far. This worries me since the episode limit is already bad enough, but itâ€™s not even using what it has as well as it probably could. Currently, itâ€™s been more or less monster of the week format with them discovering someone with a superpower and then â€śsolvingâ€ť it. Not much goes in the way of developing the main characters more thoroughly or adding to the major themes of the anime. (Such as why these not-so-functional powers in the first place for example.) Frankly, itâ€™s been quite disappointing so far. I expected more buildup than this. It feels like the new, disposable character of the weekÂ gets more attention and development than the main characters do almost every episode. The first episode was the best one due to its attention of creating an interesting main character and premise. The other more â€śemotionalâ€ť episode only served to show just how little time this anime really has, and how rushed such moments that try to appeal to our emotions are while the rest of the episodes are full of typical slice of life moments with slight superpower twists. I honestly didnâ€™t feel a thing so far emotionally. Itâ€™s been funny at times and entertaining for sure, but other slice of life anime this season do the same thing, and sometimes they do them a lot better. Still, slice of life moments are not what the people behind Charlotte are known for, so it will almost certainly be better than it currently is by the time itâ€™s over. Letâ€™s hope they focus their attention on the right things from now on.
Well, there certainly is a good amount of intrigue in this show. So far, there has been nothing mind blowingly keikaku doori. The intrigue has been fine. There arenâ€™t a bunch of ass-pulls, which is a good sign. The most promising thing about this anime is definitely the overarching story. You can really feel that there is something far beyond what weâ€™ve seen so far. Something is building up gradually that will unveil itself near the end. You can feel it almost every single episode. Thatâ€™s why I canâ€™t give any definite remarks about the true quality of this anime just yet. Thereâ€™s a mysterious allure to this story and the characters that make me want to see what will happen. The climax will probably make or break this show, and without seeing it, I have no idea if what has happened so far is really any good in the grand scheme of things. One thing is for sure though, itâ€™s got my attention, and I will definitely watch every episode to see where itâ€™ll go. I trust you Maruto Fumiaki. Go and deliver aÂ kickass world of betrayal and intrigue. Letâ€™s see just how far itâ€™ll deviate from the standard school romcom.
Rokka no Yuusha
Okay, the CGI looks like shit. I get it. It does. If that turns you off, fine. Iâ€™ve never been one too affected by CGI whatever the quality, so it’s not a deal-breaker for me. That aside, itâ€™s been a decent fantasy adventure so far. Thereâ€™s a somewhatÂ typical overarching story, but it is now getting into a nice little twist that spices things up a bit. Furthermore, the male lead, like I mentioned in my preview, is quite an interesting character. Still, bunny girl didnâ€™t end up being as much of a dirty fucking slut as I thought she would be, and flower girlâ€™s belly button has yet to be dominated. Nevertheless, not all hope is lost. There are many episodes left for bunny slut and flower belly to show their true characters. It doesnâ€™t help that the animation quality has strangely degraded in some parts though. Regardless, the content overall has only been building up, so weâ€™ll have to wait and see if this will be any good. As a fan of the fantasy genre, Iâ€™ll be continuing with this one since these types of shows are kind of hard to come by. Unless youâ€™re the same, itâ€™s fine to skip this for now and see what I have to say for my final impressions at the end of the season.
Tier 2 (Heavily Anticipated)
Sore ga Seiyuu!
This ended up being almost exactly what I thought itâ€™d be going into it. A more lighthearted Shirobako that focuses on the voice acting industry it certainly is. As you may expect, we see the difficulties of what a newbie faces in this intensely competitive field, and in turn, we learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. That aspect of the show has been great so far, and I think that alone makes this worth a watch, but the slice of life aspects are also decently done. The main characters are all fairly likable with good chemistry. Itâ€™s also great to see that the people voice acting the voice actors in the anime are also newbies. New talent is always welcome. Sadly, this anime has been really under the radar, so I hope you do check it out if this sort of show interests you. Itâ€™s not nearly as spectacular as something like Shirobako, but itâ€™s definitely a nice change of pace compared to other slice of life anime and deserves more viewers for trying something different.
The most adorable anime of the season. At least, Himouto wins that in terms of character designs and facial expressions. Seriously, the faces of the despicable, but yet oh-so-lovable little bugger make me feel fluffy inside. Furthermore, the other female characters also have adorable personalities with extremely fitting facial animations to boot. If there is an award for â€śCutest Facial Animations of the Year,â€ť this anime would win it by a mile. Not to take anything away from other shows, but this anime is on another level when it comes to those faces. Of course, a lot of it has to do with the source material, but the animation studio certainly did a fantastic job putting it into anime format. As we learned from Shirobako, this kind of thing isnâ€™t easy at all. The only slight problem that leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth at times is Umaru being, well, a fucking bitch. I get it. Thatâ€™s the point. I still canâ€™t help but find her bratty behavior somewhat irritating at times no matter how adorable the animations are. Itâ€™s definitely not a deal-breaker, so if you want a show to melt your heart by showing you the cutest fucking faces (don’t read that the wrong way), this is the one to watch. Too. Fucking. Cute. MOE MOE MOE.
Joukamachi no Dandelion
Although I had low expectations for this in my preview, this ended up being one of the best slice of life anime of this season. Surprisingly, even though it has such a large cast, it has done a good job of making the various characters unique and interesting. The character interactions are especially endearing because the anime successfully portrays that all the characters have different relationships with each other. This leads to moments that are funny, adorable, heartwarming, and fun to watch. I was initially worried about how it would deal with its 11 main character cast, but theyâ€™ve been great so far. Itâ€™s certainly no small feat to be able to do this with a cast of main characters this large. From cute little brother and sister moments to the silly aspirations of the characters to the quirks of the characters that make me smile, this anime is charming. It keeps me engaged for the full 24 minutes, and by the end of each episode, I always end up wanting more. Better yet, there are still a lot of characters that did not get a lot of screen time yet. With the way things are right now, I can expect great things in the upcoming episodes as we learn more about this large cast of characters. I would definitely recommend this if you want to watch a lighthearted slice of life anime. Oh, and the superpowers are a nice addition that make the slice of life moments a bit different from the norm. There are some… nice moments involving them. Also, HANAKANA POWA. Her characterâ€™s demeanor is too moe. Good stuff. This anime makes me feel good inside.
I RECOMMEND YOU TO GO INTO THIS SERIES BLIND. WATCH AT THE VERY LEAST THE FIRST EPISODE BEFORE READING MY THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.
Remember, I warned you this time. It was my bad on the preview since I didnâ€™t warn people as much as I should have. Anyways, as a manga reader, Iâ€™m very satisfied with this adaptation. Itâ€™s important to note that this adaptation is not faithful to the source like other adaptations this season. The content is definitely a bit different, but itâ€™s done in a good way. The foreshadowing done throughout the first episode, and the final revelation at the end of the episode was better done in the anime than they were in the manga. It helps that the medium was in anime format since the sudden shift in the tone of the show has more impact with the help of colors, the soundtrack, and so on. Manga is, of course, black and white, so thereâ€™s not as drastic of a shift there when the true premise is unveiled. Regardless of animeâ€™s intrinsic advantages, certainly not all staff members could do as good as a job as the people behind Gakkou Gurashi at creating the contrast between the light and the dark. They deserve praise for their spot-on execution of pretty much everything so far. Censorship in this anime is done in smart ways that actually add to the impact of the scenes instead of taking away from them. The shifts in tone is one of the major points of appeal for this anime, and so far they have nailed it. For that, they deserve praise. My only concern is where they are going to take this anime in the long-run. It has diverged from the manga enough that I think itâ€™s possible for there to be an anime-original ending. Itâ€™s too early to tell whether itâ€™ll go this route or if itâ€™ll be any good if it does. What has happened so far with all the delusions, and various hints thrown in here and there that were not in the manga make me somewhat more confident in the prospect of a good anime-original route. I would certainly recommend this if you want an anime with severe shifts in tone, shock value, delusions, and the best girl shovel girl because she is bestest.
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
What a nice few episodes itâ€™s been so far. Lighthearted, fun, and full of positivity, the anime for Akagami no Shirayuki-hime does the source material justice. Unlike the other slice of life anime this season, this anime is more concerned with the development of the characters to a slightly more serious degree. What I mean by that is it has a more mature approach. There are none of those clichĂ© misunderstandings and silly developments that come from the typical romcom. The two main characters are rational, strong, and full of youthful energy. Plus, theyâ€™re good for my mind. Watching dense main characters act like retards really does take a toll on your mental sanity over time. I cannot stress enough how great it is to see none of that immature bullshit and screaming that Iâ€™m honestly too sick of watching nowadays. Furthermore, itâ€™s even a split-cour! (24 episodes, but the last 12 episodes will be in another season.) This is especially good news for this kind of show as the charactersâ€™ chemistry and personalities will only grow stronger as time passes making for a more and more enjoyable anime overall. Now, I donâ€™t want to make it sound like I would recommend this to everyone. Some people will find these types of shows too boring to watch. Indeed, itâ€™s not full of action. Itâ€™s not even full of drama. Itâ€™s a slower show that gradually develops things, which can bore some people. However, if youâ€™re looking for a strong cast of characters, especially a strong-willed female protagonist, character developments that actually have some substance, a slowly blossoming romantic relationship, and a more mature experience without the characters acting like annoying teenagers, this is the anime to watch.
Now that Iâ€™ve seen a few episodes, I have to admit that I didnâ€™t think I would like it as much as I do. I mean, I likened Gangsta to Black Lagoon in my preview, but at the back of my mind I always thought Black Lagoon to be superior by quite a bigÂ margin. Although Black Lagoon still comes out ahead even after seeing four episodes, the gap between my view of the two shows have certainly narrowed beyond my expectations. Adaptation-wise, itâ€™s been great. Animations have been solid especially during the fight scenes. The character designs have been kept badass, and most importantly, whenever Nic talks, itâ€™s awesome. Seriously, they did a great job portraying his voice to be as menacingly broken as youâ€™d expect from a badass motherfucker like him. The censorship is also minimal. No huge shadows covering up the bloody messes the characters make in this one. The mature content is also going along nicely as we learn more about the society the characters live in, the pasts of the main characters, and who â€śTwilightsâ€ť really are. Although there have been some gang politics, there hasnâ€™t been as much as I would have liked to see. Hopefully, in the future they expand upon the various powers in the city as well as the main charactersâ€™ importance in it. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for something with more mature subject matter, especially if Black Lagoon is your type of show.
Gate: Jietai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
OH GLORIOUS NIPPON. RAIN DEATH UPON THE INFIDELS WHO DARE GO AGAINST YOUR ALMIGHTY NATIONALISM. Pew pew pew. Boom boom boom. Ah, thereâ€™s nothing like watching foot soldiers getting blown up by tanks and artillery while getting mowed down by assault rifles and machine guns. Truly, it is a glorious sightâ€¦ which may be surprising coming from a studio like A-1 Pictures since they can be very inconsistent with their animations. Despite that, they have definitely done this adaptation justice both in terms of animation quality and pacing. Like the other adaptations this season, they are taking their time with the story, characters, and world-building. Nothing rushed here. The depiction of the disparity between military technologies also make for some great action scenes. Add Taneda Risaâ€™s goth loli voice thatâ€™s literally godlike with the unique premise and youâ€™ve got a recipe for entertainment. The setting conflict between the fantasy medieval setting and the modern setting make for a story thatâ€™s different from the norm, which was the primary reason I liked the manga as much as I did, so itâ€™s great to see the anime capture it well. And while some people have problems with the censorship, I donâ€™t think it was dealt with that badly. At the very least, there are no huge shadows covering almost the entire thing. Itâ€™s done in an implied sort of way, meaning that the death and gore are shown indirectly. Though itâ€™s not great, itâ€™s not terrible either. Personally, I don’t think the censorship is a major point of concern. The appeal of the manga isÂ mainly in the conflict between two different settings. The mix of fantasy elements with empires, dragons, demigods, and elves withreal life elements mold together to create a unique experience. But be warned. The OH GLORIOUS NIPPON nationalism undertones are starting to come into light with the latest episode. Be prepared for Japan being somehow far superior compared to every other superpower out there. Itâ€™s pretty ridiculous, but far from deal-breaking. At least for me. Just donâ€™t expect anything exceptional, thematically deep, and all those things that make up an excellent anime. This anime is one of those kinds of really entertaining anime to watch. Thatâ€™s it, and thatâ€™s often good enough for me.
GAKUTTOOOOOOOOOOO!!! God dayum this adaptation isâ€¦ Wow. It really reminds me of why I liked the source material so much. I must say, I am pleasantly surprised. No, Iâ€™m not talking about Brightlight-kun and Shadow-kun invading the glorious ass cheeks blocking the magnificent view. J.C. Staff is committing a grave sin on that count. But everything else is glorious. Pacing is great, itâ€™s hilarious, the awesome moments are executed wellâ€¦ Itâ€™s the whole package. From the previews before the anime aired, I thought it would suffer problems similar to the anime adaptation of Denpa Kyoushi in that it would feel cheap. Thankfully, the animation direction is spot on, so Prison School does not suffer the same problems other obviously low budget, sloppily put to gether anime have. I would, however, advise against following this anime week to week for two reasons. Firstly, the cliffhangers will kill you unless youâ€™ve read the manga. Secondly, the censorship really does harm the experience since this shit is raunchy as hell. For the full Prison School experience, you need to see everything.Â And you know what? Some people donâ€™t like how vulgar it is. I get that. Itâ€™s definitely not for those who canâ€™t deal with something like bodily fluids being spewed across your screen. It is, however, creative in its humor and plot. Youâ€™d be surprised how well thought out it is. It certainly surprised me when I read the manga. It may be obscene and absurd a lot of the time, but itâ€™s also quite clever with how it delivers such moments, and how the plot points are solved. And yes, there is actually a story. Quite a decent one at that as well. In my opinion, this is one of the best mix of actually decent storytelling with interesting plot points and meaningful plot progression with awesome fanservice out there. To that extent, Iâ€™d highly recommend it to anyone looking for aâ€¦ higher quality fanservice experience as long as youâ€™re not afraid of crossing boundaries.
Tier 1 (Extremely Anticipated)
Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
Are you tired of seeing characters hesitate to initiate mere hand holding lewdness? Kissing? Completely out of the question, right? Thatâ€™s right. After countless anime that have deceived our expectations, we have learned to temper our thoughts to endure such disappointments. Well, no longer, my friends, for Shimoneta is here. This, ladies and gentlemen, is absolutely fucking fantastic. I obviously expected lewdness going into this, but lewdness to this extent? I could not fathom such a thing. Phenomenal. Truly, phenomenal. Shimoneta is the lewdest anime of the year right beside Prison School. And even then Iâ€™d say â€śof the yearâ€ť is not good enough for this kind of show. Itâ€™s more like one of the lewdest shows of all time. Besides, itâ€™s a different kind of lewd from the Prison School obscenities. Look, you have to watch until episode 4. Without doing so, you wonâ€™t get what Iâ€™m high on. Do not stop watching before then unless you hate fanservice nonsense in which case go back to your plebian dwelling and start getting on my level. It’s good that the anime was entertaining to watch even before the fourth episode due to its various absurdities, and you know how much I enjoy absurd shows (VALVRAAAAVE). Shimoneta really isn’t the typical kind of fanservice anime.Â Shimoneta is moreâ€¦ intense. Much more intense. Perhaps whatâ€™s even more surprising is that there are also some deeper underlying themes, which make it a show not simply filled with mindless nonsense. Of course, itâ€™s still fine to view it as such since that can be entertaining in and of itself. Itâ€™s just that there is some substance there, though I wouldnâ€™t recommend anyone to watch it based on that. Some of the deeper meaning behind the anime are simply nice additions on top of the carnal, sensual aspects that fill this up with a great amount of erotic lewdness. Man, this level of lewdness is refreshing. Iâ€™m very excited to see what lies ahead for everyoneâ€™s now favorite animal, the seal, if things have gotten this juicy in the just fourth episode.
Non Non Biyori Repeat
Man, itâ€™s awesome to watch this anime again. It really is. I forgot how soothing it was. I forgot how good for my mind, body, and soul Ren-chonâ€™s moeness was. I forgot how I would smile and laugh at the charming demeanors of the extremely likable cast of characters. The chemistry between them is really quite an art. How the anime accomplishes this is deeper than you may think. Itâ€™s not easy making one heartwarming moment after another. Nevertheless, this is not an analysis on the subject, so youâ€™ll have to believe me and watch it for yourself. This second season is just as calming, soothing, charming, and adorable as the first. If you are one of those people who have hesitated watching these kinds of slice of life anime, probably thinking that theyâ€™re dumb and possibly canâ€™t be entertaining, give this one a shot. You will see why people enjoy these kinds of shows unless youâ€™re a heartless monster who doesnâ€™t smile whenever Renge-chan says, â€śNyan pasu~,â€ť in which case please gain some humanity first. After a long day of work, this is the kind of show you want to watch. I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re talking about TV shows, movies, or anime. This is one of the best shows for relaxation period. If it doesnâ€™t leave you smiling throughout the whole episode, it doesnâ€™t mean something is wrong with the show. It means something is wrong with you, you heartless son of a bitch. WATCH IT AND APPRECIATE THE ART OF SLICE OF LIFE ANIME. WORSHIP THE NYAN PASU~ UNDERSTAND THE NYAN PASU~ LIVE THE NYAN PASU~
Wow, Madhouse is doing it. Theyâ€™re really doing it. Everything, and I literally mean everything (Okay, not quite, but almost everything), has been done well so far. (Please read the Overlord section on my preview for some reasons why I find the source material to be good. I donâ€™t want to repeat myself again here.) Firstly, itâ€™s got great pacing, which is probably the thing I, as a light novel reader, am most happy about. So far, it looks like the first season will cover three volumes. This leaves plenty of room for world-building, character development, proper storytelling, and so on without missing many necessary details. Secondly, the noteworthy moments, such as the magic scenes, all look great. Execution is spot on in terms of just about everything. Now, I have to note that the reason why Overlord is my Anime of the Season is not because these first fourÂ episodes have blown me away in and of themselves. Itâ€™s because Iâ€™m a light novel reader and I know things only get better and better from here. The scale becomes larger, the overpoweredness becomes more awesome to witness, the gore becomes more gruesome, and the story gets better. The only reason why this was not first on my preview was because of the uncertainty of the quality of the anime adaptation, not because of the quality of the source material. Now that Madhouse has shown that they can adapt this properly, there is no reason for this to not be my Anime of the Season.
Thankfully, censorship is very minimal. For the most part, you see peopleâ€™s heads being chopped off and blood being spewed everywhere. There was only one part that was blacked out so far. However, since the anime will become much more brutally graphic, Iâ€™m a bit worried that the censorship will become more noticeable. If you want the ultimate anime experience, I would suggest that you wait for the Blu-rays. Speaking of the ultimate experience, I would also suggest that you read the light novel. It doesnâ€™t matter if itâ€™s right now or while youâ€™re watching or after you finish the anime. Just read the light novel at some point. The reason is that because this is an anime, some details are omitted/implied. The nature of anime as a medium makes it so that there is often not enough time to expand upon everything aÂ light novel can. To that extent, I think the staff behind Overlord have done a great job of implying whatever they could for viewers to figure things out themselves. There are no lengthy expositions, but at the same time nothing of great import is completely skipped.
Personally, I think it would be a good idea to read the light novel while you watch the anime. So, just read the part the anime went over and stop there every week. That way, youâ€™d get the excitement of getting the Overlord experience in anime-format, which I personally find to be superior to the light novel all else equal, and the details from the light novel. This is obviously difficult to do since you would naturally really want to know what happens next, but it is the ideal experience. Whatever works for you though. Iâ€™m just really happy that this has been such a great adaptation so far. I really, really hope that they keep it up for the rest of the season. This kind of anime is truly one of the highest grade entertainment shows out there if done properly. It will be exciting to watch on so many levels. Oh man, strap-on for the ride, anime-only viewers. Youâ€™re going to be going on a fucking wild one. If the quality of the adaptation keeps up throughoutâ€¦ this will definitely be one of the most entertaining anime in the recent few years. I know, I know. Iâ€™m extremely biased since I absolutely love this mix of genres. Whatever, man. Itâ€™s simply awesome to watch. Oh, and if you enjoy it, please do try to support the anime by buying the merchandise, light novels, and blu-rays. That way, maybe weâ€™ll see a much needed season 2! And 3â€¦ and 4â€¦ and 5â€¦
Summer 2015 Anime (FIRST IMPRESSIONS) Roundup
Phew, that was a longer write-up than I thought it’d be. People are probably tired of hearing me say this again and again, but holy crap the adaptations are on point this season. Overlord, Shimoneta, Prison School, Gate, Gangsta, Akagami, Gakkou Gurashi, and so many others are all adapted well. What a shift from the seasons not so long ago where you would hope and pray for a manga or light novel you liked to read to actually not cram 5-7 volumes in a single season. Entertainment-wise, this season is absolutely fantastic. There is something to watch every single day, and I’m honestly struggling to keep up. That said, there is also nothing absolutely mind-blowing either. Anime with quality like Shin Sekai Yori, Ping Pong, and so on have been very much missing in the past few seasons. At least, there are noticeably less. Furthermore, anime originals are becoming even rarer, which is quite disappointing as that’s where the real surprises come from. Nevertheless, things should even out by the end. We’ll get our fair share of anime originals and truly excellent anime sooner or later. For now, let’s just enjoy this entertaining season with many enjoyable anime to offer. Thanks for reading!