Winter 2017 Anime: I Make No Promises

A new year and a new anime season. What better time to start a blog? cough cough Sorry, there’s something in my throat. Where was I? Oh, right.

So my picks for Fall 2016 ended up steering a little too far into the dark and angsty direction. Of course, considering my two picks were Magical Girl Death Match and World War II Guest Starring Witches maybe I should have seen it coming.

This time I’m swinging the pendulum the other way and crossing my fingers for something lighter. Usually, I stick to two anime per season that most grab my attention but I decided I’m going to push it a bit further and pick three. And those three are:

Gabriel DropOut
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Angels are among us and apparently they come in Cute Anime Girl form. Famous angel Gabriel has come to Earth but thanks to the pleasures of Otaku life is outright failing at it. She’s joined by other biblical-themed moe’s (what the hell is the plural of moe anyway?) as she navigates school life. What can I say? The girls look cute and I’m always up for some Doga Kobo animation.

BanG Dream!
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Ever since 2014 featured the double debut of Wake Up, Girls! and PriPara I’ve had an interest in idol anime. None since have quite grabbed me in the way those two have but it doesn’t stop me from continuing to try. Much like WUG, the lines between real and fictional are blurred here as BanG Dream is based off a fictional band portrayed by seiyuus acting in character. I’m hoping to find an idol anime here that will draw me in with both story and music but I’ll settle for at least having a good time.

Masamune-kun’s Revenge
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I always try to go a little bit out of my comfort zone from time to time when it comes to anime so here’s a pick outside of the Cute Girls Doing Cute Things circle. Het Romance? Check. Male Protagonist? Check. Possible Harem on the horizon? Check. Still starring Cute Girls? Check. Wait, I think I just took a jet ride over to my other comfort zone. Well, at least it’s different from the other two.

What’s on the Backlog?

Last season I decided to start making a small dent in my 200+ Plan to Watch list on MAL by watching the first two seasons of Nanoha. It went well, so I decided to try again. My choice this time is Tokyo Mew Mew. It first came to my attention from the infamous 4Kids block and while something about the show grabbed me from day one I was never able to keep up very well with Saturday morning cartoons. Now, after even reading the manga two years back, I plan to finally plow my way through the 52 episode magical girl anime.

As usual, I’ll be continuing my travels with PriPara S3 and Aikatsu Stars!. Speaking of PriPara, Doki seems to be finally making some progress on their fansub so with any luck I’ll be able to finish season two by the time season four starts!

Will I be blogging about any of these? I’ll certainly try but I know better than to make promises to myself.

First Impressions- Summer 2016

Time to crack open the new anime season and the first of hopefully many more blog posts to come. To start, I’ll be writing up my thoughts on each premiere episode. This post will be updated with each new show as I work my way through.

[Doki] New Game! - 01 (1280x720 h264 AAC) [43C77D3E].mkv_snapshot_03.43_[2016.07.04_23.36.13]

New Game!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The first episode of my most anticipated anime this season is finally here. Okay, I have to admit that my confidence wavered a little with that second PV (ah, my old nemesis, boob jiggle physics) but all my fears faded away after seeing everything in full. It’s always such a joy to see a manga you like animated and this was no different.

Everything is done all so seamlessly you wouldn’t have expected this to be 4-koma adaption. The first three chapters were all in tact here with a few minor additions like the standard “Introduce Every Character Even If They Weren’t In That Specific Chapter” move. And those voices! The VA work has to be my favorite part of the whole thing. Every voice actor felt pitch perfect in their roles. A huge bravo to the casting director for this one. The animation is as solid as I’ve come to expect from DogoKobo (yes, even the dreaded boob jiggle is a bit impressive) and such fun to watch.

Overall, I was very, very pleased.

[HorribleSubs] Bananya - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.54_[2016.07.09_13.33.10]

Bananya

At the length of 3 minutes, there isn’t much to say about this one. The cute factor is there, as expected, but that’s about all that shows up here.

[HorribleSubs] Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.01_[2016.07.09_13.47.43]

Fudanshi

This first episode opens up with out main character struggling to buy BL manga which is a nice starting point but is followed up with some disappointing “No-Homo” bits. The art here has a resemblance of BL manga, an interesting touch. Whether or not I’ll keep up with this one depends on how the next two episodes are handled.

[HorribleSubs] Regalia - The Three Sacred Stars - 01v2 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.28_[2016.07.10_16.53.51]

Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars

You got moe in my mecha anime! You got mecha in my moe anime! Okay, so I’m not entirely clear on what I just watched but I am sure that I liked it. The serious action mixed with its moe-flaired character design brings to mind Nanoha, a favorite of mine. This first episode focuses on two sisters (though, as mentioned, not by blood), our main duo for the series, but this episode hints at other couplings for future episodes.

[HorribleSubs] Ange Vierge - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.19_[2016.07.10_17.34.16]

Ange Vierge

Fanservice! Exposition! Censorship! If you find one of these three frustrating, this might be the kind of anime you skip. I’ve grown a thicker skin against all three of these but I’ll be damned if that light beam censorship isn’t mighty annoying. Yeesh. Aside from that, the action is serviceable while the packed cast of characters currently contains no stand-outs.

an introduction

After many months of saying to myself, “I’m going to start a blog” I have decided it is finally time to actually start a blog. My writing output has fallen drastically in the past year and the best way to get back on track is to begin with something that would require me to keep to a schedule and encourage a healthy appetite for words. And so, I brushed the dust off this wordpress blog I made ages ago.

As to what I’ll blog about I’ve decided for now to keep it simple and stick to one subject while I get my gears back to grinding. To that end, I’m going with what encourages me the most these days: anime.

There are many places on the web that write about anime but that’s beside the point. I’m not looking to stand out from the crowd here. The goal is simply to write. Later down the line, I may choose to add another topic but for now I’ll keep with the one.

And now, a quick rundown: Online I go under dm21 (or dmich21 depending on account stipulations) and will continue to do so here as well. I’ve been enjoying various anime over the course of my life but it wasn’t until 2011 when I discovered Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha that I began to follow anime seriously. In Summer 2013 I watched my first bunch of simulcasted anime and have continued to do so ever since. I prefer to watch shows with a majority female cast but am willing to go outside my comfort zone from time to time.

Well, I suppose that will be it for now. Check out my profile on MAL here and my Twitter here.