July 30th, 2016


More new anime

Hatsukoi Monster: Kaho is a spoiled rich girl, and to get away from it all, she moves to Tokyo to go to highschool there. She almost gets run over by a truck, but she gets saved by a boy. She promptly falls in love with him. Turns out that he lives in her apartment building too, and he agrees to be her boyfriend. But even though he looks like a teenager, he is a fifth grader -- as do three of his friends.
This is so stupid it hurts.

Hitori no Shita: The Outcast: Soran goes to visit the village where he used to live. Just the day before, his grandfather's grave was dug up! When he goes there to check it out, he sees a girl digging up graves -- and he gets attacked by zombies! Somehow he survives and returns to his quiet college life in the city -- but then the girl joins his classes!
Set in China (we think), the girl seems like a super-natural hunter type. It didn't really grip us.

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!: Literally: "This art club has a problem!" So, it's set in a highschool, and the problem is that the club president is lazy, the advisor doesn't really do anything, that the other male member is only joining to try to create his ultimate 2D girl, and that the female member is in love with him.
It's funny, but not in a slapstick/hilarious way. Surely there's more character coming to keep the comedy going, but so far it was pretty nice.

Masou Gakuen HxH: Single male protagonist and a group of half-naked girls with improbable bosoms. We didn't even last through the intro.

Momokuri: Yuki has noticed a super-cute boy who is one class below her. She heavily obsesses over him, and then one day she confesses to him and he agrees to date her. That only increases her stalker-like tendencies...
It's cute how they both gets flustered when they meet the other. It's fun, but I wonder how creepy it would be if it would be an older boy obsessing over a girl that's a year younger?

New Game!: Aoba joins a game company right after graduating highschool. Of course, her colleagues (all of them women) all have their own quirks, which takes getting used to. Now, she gets to work with the people she respects on a game series she loves!
It's like Shirobako in that it tries to portray how things are in a creative industry. But it's more geared towards comedy than realism. It's fun to watch though.

ReLIFE: Arata is a 27 year old loser: he doesn't have a job (even though he pretends he does when he meets with friends) and lives off his parents' pocket. Then one night, he is approached by a guy offering him a job for a year, which also includes living expenses. All he needs to do is take a pill every day. Arata can't resist the offer, and then finds out that he will turn back into a 17 year old student: the job is that he has to go back to school! Of course Arata is ill equipped to do this...
Quite interesting, and I want to see how this 'job' affects Arata and how he will change to get his life back on the road.

Orange: One day, the first day ever that she overslept, Naho receives a letter. From herself, ten years into the future. The predictions of the letter all come true, and it also offers advice: 26-year old Naho has some deep regrets, and she wants her younger self to be free of those regrets. Young Naho lets some of these things go, but then decides to follow the advice of older Naho.
Really interesting, and promises to be a bitter-sweet high school romance with an added time-travel/retrospective aspect.

Rewrite: Koutaro has an easy-going school life, but he does have a problem: every night, he is visited by an apparition of a girl who nibbles on his arm. He learns about the school 'witch', a senior who runs the occult club. She is never at school though -- but then he gets an invite from her, and he has to chase her through the school at night.
The first episode is double-length, so the story moves really slowly. The writers certainly didn't want to give away too much too quick. It could be interesting though -- especially because it seems to share a theme with ReLIFE: the question posed to Koutaro is: "If you have to change something, would you change the world or yourself?" Hm.

Servamp: Mahiru always takes on any job, because he doesn't want to spend time arguing who will do it. So when he finds a black cat, he decides to take care of it too and name it Kuro. But then it turns out that this is actually a vampire! Vampires can form a contract with their master, and when they get attacked by another vampire, Mahiru forms the contract and Kuro turns into a combat monster!
We liked the first part, and then it turned into the usual overpowered shounen battle fantasy and we lost interest.

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu: You know what 'fujoshi' are? Well, apparently there are also 'fudanshi', but they will insist they are not homosexual! And apparently someone thought it would be cool to make a series about it! And of course it is stupid -- luckily the episodes are very short.

Bananya: Ultra-short episodes about a banana-cat... More something for the pre-school crowd. Cute though.

Mahou Shoujo: Naria Girls: Another short episode series. This one is especially boring: it's mostly three girls talking (sounds improvised too) and trying to be funny, while on screen we see their CGI renditions moving with lots of clipping errors. Not interesting at all.

Mob Psycho 100: 'Mob' (so called because he is totally unremarkable) has psychic powers. He works for a psychic -- well, actually, a fraud, who makes good use of Mob's talents. It is up to Mob to save the day repeatedly.
The designs are ugly and the story is meh. I actually had to watch the start of the episode again when I was going to write this review, that is how little impact this episode had.

Puzzle & Dragons Cross: Ace is a young energetic boy who runs lots of errands for his neighbours. Everyone likes him. He also can see 'drops', which is mystical energy of some sorts to summon dragons to you. And then there is an attack by wild dragons, and Ace has to use his 'drop-vision' to help out a master summoner.
Based on a card game for kids, and it shows in the designs and the simplistic plot.