April 5th, 2015

Bishoujo squad!

New anime

Let's see if I can manage to stay on top of things this time around. The new season has kicked off, and so the first episodes of new series are starting to trickle in. Today, we started in on the queue!

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka?: Another ultra-long title that translates to 'Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in the dungeon?'. We see Bell, who works as an adventurer for the goddess Hestia. He's only just started out, and during one of his excursions in the dungeon, he is attacked by a minotaur. He is saved by 'the sword princess', a high-level adventurer who works for the god Loki. She is way out of his league, but that only strengthens his resolve to get stronger!
It's set in a computer RPG -- the god you're working for even can generate your character sheet from your back, allowing you to know your own stats, which I found really amusing. And I'm fond of dungeon crawling anime, especially if there's something else going on to make it even more interesting. I'm looking forward to learning more about the world and seeing more of Bell's adventures. The women seem to prefer sleek, skimpy dresses though, but it's not an over-the-top fanservice-fest, which is good.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku: Straight continuation of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, which jumps right into business-as-usual. We get very little introduction to the characters and their background, so it took us a while to remember some of the details. The first episode focusses on the school trip to Kyoto, and romantic entanglements...
If you've enjoyed the first series, then you will enjoy this one. If not, then steer clear, because it doesn't give you anything new. And if it sounds like you'd like this, but you haven't watched the first series, then you are better off watching that one first.

More new anime

Denpa Kyoushi: Kagami used to be a star physics student, but he lost interest in science and turned into a die-hard NEET otaku. His sister forces him to take a job as a replacement physics teacher at his old school, where he meets a girl who wants to become a voice actress. She is bullied by her former friends, though...
Not very interesting, the plotting is full of "Yes, but unbeknownst to you, I just..." which feels like a cheap cop-out. And the designs are positively outdated too. It also doesn't help that I don't have any sympathy for the main character.

Gunslinger Stratos: In the future, Japan has been broken up into several corporate states. Gym class trains the students for gun-and-sword urban warfare. Our main character tries not to stand out, but when he and his girlfriend are transported to 2015, they have to use their skills to stay alive against a mysterious gunman -- who turns out to be his doppleganger!
SciFi, mystery, time travel and running gun battles? Sure!

Plastic Memories: Tsukasa starts at SAI corporation, which sells 'Giftia': androids with a synthetic 'soul'. However, they only last nine years and four months: after that, their memories and personality start to degrade. Tsukasa is part of a team that has to recover the Giftia that are running out of time, but that's not always easy...
A really interesting premise (the Giftia know they will be decomissioned, and the team always pairs a human with a Giftia...), which turned out to be (surprisingly?) full of compassion and empathy. Recommended.