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Apr. 12th, 2014 @ 04:49 pm New anime
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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?: Cocoa travels to another city for a homestay. Her hosts turn out to be the proprietors of the 'Rabbit House': café during the day, a bar at night. And whatever the time of day, there is a fluffy rabbit (with an old man's voice) sitting on the head of the main server. Even though it's not strictly necessary, Cocoa insists on helping out at the café. It takes the daughter of the house, Chino, a bit of time to appreciate Cocoa's bubbly personality.
A pure-bred bishoujo series: cute girls doing cute stuff that is of no importance what-so-ever, in a cute manner. There might be some sort of plot later (what's up with the rabbit, anyway?) but that's certainly not the point of the series. I loved this one.

Hero Bank: Fifth grader Kaito plays a game called 'Hero Bank': a cyberspace game where you hire 'hero suits' to do battle. The more viewers you have, the more money you have to power your attacks. Though a mishap, Kaito gets roped into a loan shark contract, and now he has to pay it off as well...
Kaito and his friends are like a yakuza gang -- without the crime or strong-arming, but with 'volunteer work'... The rest of the series has an equally weird mix of stuff aimed at young kids (with the associated shouty-ness) and adult concepts, like loan shark contracts. And I disliked the focus on money, money, money -- little kids shouldn't be too concerned with stuff like that.

Hitsugi no Chaika: Chaika is a wizard: she uses some sort of anti-tank gun to create her magical effects (which she stores in a coffin...). However, it's kind of slow, so she needs capable henchmen to cover for her while she prepares. She hires two 'saboteurs': good-for-nothing Tohru and his dependable sister Akari to break into the mansion of a baron who was involved in slaying the evil emperor a few years ago, to steal some sort of magic item...
It's a plot-driven action-fantasy series, but it does not neglect the character aspects. And while I strongly suspect that all sorts of disaster will strike when Chaika would complete her mission, it's hard not to root for her. An interesting series with more to it than meets the eye.

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san: Inugami's surname starts with 'inu' (=dog), and she is a bit like an excitable puppy herself -- but she likes cats. Nekoyama's surname starts with 'neko' (=cat), and she is a bit like a cat herself -- but she likes dogs. And Inugami likes Nekoyama, but maybe that's not the other way around.
It's based on a short gag manga, and it shows. Rapid-fire word jokes and one schoolgirl hugging another unwilling schoolgirl just a tad too tight... Only five minutes, but by the end we were already done with it.

Mahou Shoujo Taisen: Every prefecture has their own magical girl who protects the peace -- but crossing the street when the light is red is still right out, even when there are magical monsters causing trouble.
It's by Gainax, which means a lot of attention has been paid to the character designs. That's just about the only thing this series has going for it, though. Thankfully, the episodes are only four minutes long.

Majin Bone: A high school boy hears weird noises during the day, and it seems like they're coming from a stone in his friends' back yard. When her dog is also scared of the stone, he touches it and it explodes! Out comes an armoured warrior who attacks him, but when he touches a stone tablet that was left when the stone exploded, he turns into an armour-clad warrior himself!
If that didn't make sense to you, be assured that it didn't make much sense to us either. The warriors are all in cell-shaded CGI, with the difference between CGI and cell-style animation quite jarringly clear. And the character designs seemed dated as well. And it didn't make much sense...

Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to: Life's not easy for a manga artist. What to do if you draw full-view panty-shots, but the audience's preference moves to only slight reveals? What if you need to draw a breast-groping scene, but you have never touched a breast yourself? What if you're surrounded by female assistants, and your editor is also a woman?
It's ecchi fluff, and it's another one of those 'lecherous man surrounded by beautiful women'-things. Still, I thought it was funny: of course the manga artist has to go shopping for women's underwear for research...
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