[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

 

 

[Anime] Danganronpa 3

Danganronpa 3

Anime

Darn, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this even if its reception didn’t quite qualify for my watch-list since I liked Danganronpa so much, but…

All I wanted was to see how the Danganronpa’s main villain managed to corrupt her lieutenants and convince the world to embrace despair, but besides being simply bad in almost every possible category, this anime provides an answer that is the laziest copout ever, ruining everything the original games had set up in the worst way possible. I thought I’d enjoy this show regardless of its quality since I liked the original’s characters so much, but it only succeeded at pissing me off and made me wish I never watched it. I’ve seen better backstory ideas in random Danganronpa’s ero doujinshi.

Positive:
Negative:
Enoshima Junko gets a lot of screentime
Underwhelming animation
Horrible story
Dumb plot
All the original characters are awful
Ruins all the awesome stuff that the games had set up

[Anime] Shingeki no Kyojin s2

Shingeki no Kyojin s2

Anime

Shingeki no Kyojin is one of my favorite currently ongoing anime series and the second season doesn’t disappoint with more gore, tense action, super creepy giants, and more mysteries to enrich the fascinating dark setting.

I just hope it doesn’t get stalled in the middle and it does know where it’s going with all those mysteries piling on top of each other as it’d would suck if this developed into another “Lost” situation.

Positive: Negative:
Good character and monster designs
Awkward dialogue
Great action scenes
The protagonist is kind of annoying
Fine music
Slow pace
Interesting, mysterious setting
Incomplete (please just don’t stall in the middle)
Tense dark atmosphere
Most of the details behind the setting are still unexplained (and I truly hope they actually have answers)
Likable characters
Engrossing plot with lots of mysteries getting unraveled and questions raised
Important characters actually die in battles
Good at portraying the horribleness of war and death

Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho

Anime

Although it has a relatively unique premise, Mob Psycho soon throws most of its novel concepts away and adapts itself to the usual fighting shounen tropes.

Positive:
Negative:
A unique premise focusing on psychic powers and ghosts
Falls right into the usual shounen tropes just after a few episodes
Genuinely funny humor
Doesn’t offer anything particularly special
Likable characters
Lack of memorable female characters
Some cool fights
Unfinished