[Anime] A Place Further than the Universe

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

Anime

A slice of life anime about a bunch of high school girls who get an idea to visit Antartica… that turns out surprisingly fun, though it kind of runs out of steam in the latter half.

Positive:
Negative:
An interesting premise
Unattractive character designs
Likable, relatively profound characters
Underwhelming ending

[Anime] Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

Anime

For all its pretty visuals, Violet Evergarden barely does anything with them, telling a dull story in a dull world with little to nothing of interest happening.

There are a few highlights in its episodic story, my favorite being how she ends up guiding a playwright to make up with his past, but it never really achieves this cerebral high of the episodic greats like Kino no Tabi or Mushishi. Most of the time it’s just boring.

Positive:
Negative:
Fantastic animation
Dull characters
Beautiful soundtrack
Dull plot
Thought-provoking on war
Dull story

[Anime] Sangatsu no Lion

Sangatsu no Lion

Anime

Note: this impression is based on the first season of the show.

A shogi anime that’s more about its realistic, profound characters and fancy SHAFT animation than the actual sport. It has some stuff going for it, but the lack of clear goal and extremely slow pace bored the hell out of me.

Positive:
Negative:
Unique and artistic SHAFT animation
Dull plot
Realistic, profound characters
Extremely slow pace
Characters aren’t all that interesting
Fails to make shogi any interesting, or even explain it properly for that matter

[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

[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