[Anime] The King’s Avatar

The King's Avatar

Anime

This caught my attention for the first few episodes as I think this was the first time I saw a MMORPG anime where ppl didn’t get stuck in it and were actually playing it as esports. Unfortunately, the rest of the story turned out to be mostly just random things happening that you can barely follow since you don’t know the rules of the game and it doesn’t even go anywhere since it’s unfinished.

Though I still appreciated the fact the main character was shown, not told (*cough* SAO *cough*) to be an actually super talented player.

I’d probably check out the sequel to this, but as stand alone, it just doesn’t feel like it offers much of value.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting premise
The plot is pretty much just a bunch of random things happening
Likable characters
Most of the time you have no idea what the game’s rules are
Nice, flashy fights
Unfinished
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[Anime] Welcome to the Ballroom

Welcome to the Ballroom

Anime

Welcome to the Ballroom would have definitely been better… or at least watchable if it was a shoujo show. The shounen hard work and teamwork approach just felt awkward in the context of dancing and most character interactions were so cringeworthy I couldn’t even finish the show.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting premise
Awkward animation makes dancing more creepy than graceful
Boring, annoying characters
The plot follows the usual shounen pattern
Doesn’t offer anything of interest or note

[Anime] The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family

Anime

This impression is based on the first season of the show.

An imaginative show with very well-written dialogue and characters that unfortunately doesn’t really go anywhere as it’s more about creating funny situations than telling a coherent story; but then the philosophy it introduces is about striving for chaos and excitement even if it endangers one’s life, so I suppose that’s just too be expected.

Positive:
Negative:
Imaginative, fairy-tale like setting
The story doesn’t have a clear direction
Likable, profound characters
Well-written dialogue
Thought-provoking on life and whether we’re taking it too seriously

[Anime] Youjo Senki

Youjo Senki

Anime

Youjo Senki has an interesting premise, but the plot fails to build on it.

The story stumbles around as the protagonist gets thrown into random military operations that have nothing to do with her personal quest, so naturally you are never invested in any of them either. The whole thing boils down to watching characters react to whatever is happening to them rather than following some sort of a plot. And given how it’s incomplete, I’m not even sure if we’re any further in the story in episode twelve than we were in episode one.

Oh, and the reason protagonist is a little girl is actually explained in a very interesting way. I almost skipped this show because I thought I wouldn’t be able to take it seriously, but, turns out, Tanya is not exactly what she seems on the surface.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting premise
Characters other than the protagonist are forgettable
Interesting, alternate history setting
The plot doesn’t seem to have a clear direction and just stumbles around
Interesting, likable protagonist
And that makes it darn boring at times
Incomplete

[Anime] Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

Anime

This impression is based on the first season of the show.

An imaginative horror show that initially tricks you with its cute outward appearance, but since most of its content hinges on the mystery of the Abyss, it’s pretty much useless in its current incomplete state.

It’s way too early to tell whether it’ll turn out to be amazing or will be a disappointment, so I wouldn’t really recommend picking it up until it’s finished. It honestly reminds me of the Southern Reach trilogy, and I can totally see it fizzling out in the same way.

Positive:
Negative:
Imaginative, fascinating setting
Boring, cliche characters
The mystery of the Abyss is extremely interesting
The plot feels like a simple adventure story with horror elements… so far
Lots of delicious horror scenes that don’t let the characters get off easy
So incomplete, it feels more like a trial than a full-fledged product

 

[Anime] Boku no Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

Anime

*Note: this impression is based on the first two seasons of the show.

Boku no Hero Academia comes off like something you’d get if you mixed Hunter x Hunter and One Punch Man, and took away most of what made those shows smart and original.

It’s a traditional shounen flare with a few nice ideas here and there, but it doesn’t offer anything that older shows haven’t done better already.

Positive:
Negative:
Likable characters
Moves at a snail’s pace
Delivers the traditional shounen experience
Feels like a small part of much bigger story with villains still barely introduced
Offers little what older shounen shows haven’t already

[Anime] ReLife

ReLife

Anime

An interesting school drama that bases it concept on what it would be to return to being a highschooler after ten years. I somehow managed to accidentally watch this when I was the exact same age as the protagonist, lol.

*Update: And then I finally finished it when I was a year older (T_T). The four extra episodes that constitute the ending to the anime are worth watching if you liked what you’ve seen so far, but overall, they’re nothing special and only deliver a conclusion you were already expecting.

Positive: Negative:
Attractive character designs Story and plot, while interesting, are nothing special
Interesting premise The final twist is kind of dull
Interesting, likable characters
Makes you feel pleasantly nostalgic about your youth