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Feb. 20th, 2014 @ 09:05 pm Seven more
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After getting the new kitchen installed, finding some sort of routine with klik's new job(s) and preparing for the new adventure in the Streamdales campaign, I have some time to catch up on reviewing the anime of the Winter 2014 season.

Z/X Ignition: Portals appear all over the world, and monsters come out of them -- lots of carnage ensues. And then, some years later, teenagers can control some of the monsters through cards. And they're from five different 'worlds' (conveniently color-coded), and these worlds are at war, with the humans caught in between.
It's quite plainly a marketing vehicle for a card game. That's not too bad in itself, but it's also not very interesting to boot. The characters are bland and the plot is very thin.

Nobunagun: The second series this season to focus on Nobunaga! This time it's Shio, a school girl on a school trip to Taiwan who is a reincarnation of Nobunaga. Monsters attack while the class is relaxing in a sea-side park, and then agents of some shady agency appear: they're incarnations of famous historical figures, wielding themed weapons. Things don't go as planned for them, and Shio awakens to her heritage. This includes creating a big gun out of thin air and using it against the monster!
Action, monster of the week and historical figures appropriated to create weird weapons. It didn't grip us, but I was mildly curious to see which weapon the Ghandi incarnation would bring to the battlefield.

Inari Kon Kon: Inari Fushimi is a middle school girl who lives close to an Inari shrine. One day, she rescues a fox pup who had fallen into a ditch there. The same day, she sees her crush Kouji talk to her pretty and popular classmate Akemi -- she is heartbroken. Then she meets the deity of the shrine who thanks her for saving one of her familiars! She gives her the power to shapeshift, and she chooses to turn into Akemi. Of course, that's not a great idea, and things don't go quite as hoped.
I liked it: it's a simple story about a friendly but rather plain girl trying to realise her dreams, with a touch of shinto supernaturalism. It's not super-well animated, but that didn't bother me one bit.
And if the name Fushimi Inari seems familiar, that's because it's the name of the main shrine devoted to Inari, the god of rice and good fortune. We've been there twice, and it's quite impressive. And "kon kon" is the sound of a dog (or fox, the familiars of Inari!) sniffing the air.

Youkai Watch: When you get the Youkai Watch (as in: an actual watch), like Keita does, you can see the Youkai all around you! And then you can summon them and help solve their problems! That is, if you're a little kid who likes watching anime that are marketing vehicles for card games.

Hozuki no Reitetsu: Hozuki is a middle-management bureaucrat in (Buddhist) Hell. He gets to deal with problems his underlings can't handle, such as Momotaro making an ass out of himself. During lunch time, he talks with his boss, King Enma, about his next vacation, and his big passion: growing goldfish flowers.
It's the banality of being middle-management coupled with the weirdness of Hell that makes this series quite appealing to me. And I quite liked the visual look too!

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil: In the future, magicians live alongside non-magical humans. However, their awesome powers mean they can do things that normal people can't. If they break the law, they get tried by special courts, and it's the Wizard Barristers that assist the accused during their case. Cecil is one of these, and she gets into trouble even before she arrives at the office for her first day!
It's an interesting concept, and I'm eager to see more. However, Cecil's personality takes some getting used to... Shares the visual style of Mezzo DSA, probably because of the same character designer/director.

Nisekoi: Raku always carries a pendant with him: it's a sentimental memento from his childhood, when he promised his sweetheart he'd marry her. Of course, he hasn't kept in touch with her, you know how these things go. Then he gets into trouble with Chitoge, and he loses his pendant! The two really dislike each other, and when Chitoge finds his pendant and returns it, she vows never to have anything to do with him. However, Raku's father is the head of a yazuka clan, and recently they ran into trouble with a rival clan. To smooth things over, Raku's father decides that he should date the daughter of the rival boss -- and of course that's Chitoge!
Romantic comedy with an over-the-top yakuza clan as a background, with the two would-be lovers annoyed at each other? It sounds cheesy, but we thought it was pretty funny.
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