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Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic: So this is a sequel of sorts to Luck & Logic, but... different. At the end of that series, the 'Foreigner' (extra-dimensional beings) invasion is finally repelled. Since then, there weren't any problems, so the 'Logicalists' are kind of unnecessary. But you never know, so there's a school set up to train them. An all-girl's school, it seems. With the traditional mix of characters.
It's not bad, but it's not very inspiring. I mean, there is the super-natural element of the contracts, but as far as we can see, there's very little to set it above so many other series -- it's like a collection of clichéd characters, and not much more. And there's not a boy in sight either...

Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu: Apparently a spin-off of Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, but this one has a much better focussed plot. Historical Revisionists (those out to change the history of the world -- and more specifically, the Meiji Restoration) are on the loose, and duos of agents are sent back in time to counter them. Information is fuzzy though, so the teams have to do some legwork to find out where (and when!) exactly the Revisionists are going to strike.
It is immediately apparent that there's been a big budget for this series: the special effects are really good, the animation is fluid and dynamic. And, in contrast with that earlier series, this one is actually interesting. It should be a good action series -- but there's also enough quiet scenes to catch your breath and do some character building.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun: Aoyama is a germophobe, so he spends most of his school time cleaning (with a choir of girls cheering him on). But he also plays soccer -- which is a bit of a problem, since soccer tends to get you dirty. But Aoyama's talent for avoiding dirty things has given him the skills to avoid contact with defenders, and he hates losing too.
It's a bit like Sakamoto desu ga? that there is a boy who is incredibly good at what he does, but without the weird semi-supernaturalness. Here, too, there are boys angry/jealous of Aoyama, but they turn around in the end when he is able to convince them with his skill. And while his germophobia is the most important feature of Aoyama, it's not depicted as something to laugh at, but with some compassion. It was fun to watch, but one episode is enough for us.
Tags: anime, first episode review

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