Spring 2017 – Week 2

Courtesy tells me that I should not write anything about Persona 5 in this post because that game already consumed majority of my free time I could’ve otherwise spent watching anime… oh, wait. I just did. Screw it.

Alice to Zouroku – Episode 2

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A pleasant episode. Is Alice to Zouroku going to be this season’s Maid Dragon? Feels like it. Whoever was in charge of the sound design is winning me over with how relaxing and laid-back the atmosphere is, making it only difficult to believe that Alice to Zouroku has something dark to tell.

Oh, and Sanae’s looking to be a great character. I love how her airheadedness compliments that of Zouroku’s strict treatment with Sana. Looking forward to watching more of these guys together.

Also, pancakes. Flying Witch loves pancakes too.

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Boku no Hero Academia Season 2 – Episode 3

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Literally from zero to hero. I didn’t get much reaction from this part in the manga, but man, seeing an underdog stand tall just gave me the goosebumps.

Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 – Episode 3

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Christa is cute, and Shingeki no Kyojin S2 is doing good. That’s it. Sure, pacing is moving slowly again, but I don’t really mind it so long as containing all these mystery pays back lateron with a bang.

Tsuki ga Kirei – Episode 2

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D’awwwww~ That’s cute.

Ahh, love. Tsuki ga Kirei is able to capture those moments we first fell head over heels, as well as those childish things we did like doing shadow boxing when your crush replied to your text. Also, remember when you had a crush at school, and this cooler dude talked to her? God, that pissed me off as much as that pimple faced kid was talking to Akane.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul – Episode 2

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Whoa. Virgin Soul just shat on Tales of Zestiria‘s lame attempt at the ‘you should not kill’ morality. Episode 2 was more or less a set-up for Virgin Soul‘s gruesome play, and I’m now pretty much sold with its initial display of this theme. It’s yet another one of those aspect in the long of list of things Tales of Zestiria the X failed to do. The latter posed a predicament, yet never really did provide an idea of how much it impacted its world and characters, whereas the former was precise and firm with what it wanted to present.

Of course, best part of this episode is that OP… simply because it’s visually similar to Persona 5‘s.

Edit: Just found out that it was Sayo Yamamoto who storyboarded and directed the OP. I guess that explains the figure-skating routines.

Little Witch Academia (TV) – Episodes 13 & 14

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I guess… true magic lies not in incantations nor flying brooms and mushrooms, but rather in friendship, passion, and hard work. Seeing Akko finally achieve something after all these rather frustrating episodes was very satisfying to say the least. What better way to celebrate that success than to be treated with Trigger’s penchant for concluding a climax in a spectacular display?

Episode 14, on the other hand, is a new step for LWA. As what another blogger pointed out, LWA does lack a ‘big bad’ or an antagonist hitherto, yet reading further into it, Professor Croix’s addition can be seen as broadening LWA‘s perspective in the matter of generations instead. Following Uchuu Patrol Luluco‘s “love letter” to anime, it’s difficult not to think of LWA as a footnote in this regard. Akko can be interpreted as an animator (as per what that interview suggests) finding her grips in the industry of animation (witchcraft), and now she finds herself sandwiched between the ideas of traditional animation, and with that of the advent of 3D/CGI (Professor Croix’s SSS). But of course, it’s passion (magic) that drives these young animators to create something marvelous, and this truly shows in LWA‘s recent episodes.

Eromanga Sensei – Episodes 1 & 2

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“I love dicks.”

That’s a line coming from a middle-schooler, by the way.

You know, Eromanga Sensei is pretty good. Despite it having a constant boner for imouto and middle-schoolers, I find the non-ecchi jokes actually funny. Other than that… I’m rather lukewarm about this. I have to admit, there’s somewhat of a disconnect for me when it comes to its candy-colored aesthetics and with the down to earth themes it has like friendship, family, passion, art, etc. Eh, I don’t know. I guess put simply I’m just not a fan of this style of character design when mixed with the heartwarming shizz. I mean, the primary reason why you’ll design the characters this way is because you want them to be cute and attractive, yet they have these low-key and emotional situations wherein it would have had made more connection if the visuals weren’t depicted in such a way. Haifuri was one of the recent bubbly girls stuff I’ve watched, and its cute character designs coupled with high-octane battleship actions mixed together so well that for once I never had a problem with moe designs. Ugh, well, whatever — to each his own, I guess.

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukette Moratte Ii desu ka? – Episode 1

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If it’s a good anime, then it’s a good anime. It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s an LN adaptation, game adaptation or whatever. I’m tired seeing this stigma wherein people are easy to diss something just because they see the letters “LN” in an anime’s description. SukaSuka‘s first episode is a testament that not all LN adaptations can be bad; it’s just up to the animation staff whether or not they’d actually make something good.

Anyways. Episode 1 was great. Right off the bat, its world, main characters, and atmosphere was introduced in one confident stroke through an entertaining montage backed with brilliant soundtrack. From this alone, one can easily surmise that SukaSuka has put forth effort in making its premier captivating, and the following character interactions and reactions didn’t lack in attention either. I guess all there’s left is for me to see what the plot is about. Kinda reminds me a more optimistic rendition of Gunslinger Girl, to be honest.

Weekly Weekly-chan

Persona 5

44 hours and counting with Persona 5. I’m surprised I can still find the time to watch and blog anime.

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