Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Quick Anime Review

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace (2015) | Rating: 3/5

In my last Quick Anime Review, I mentioned that I indulged in a bunch of new series, thanks to anime YouTuber Gigguk, and 4 out of 5 of the series in this review were influenced by him. While Aoharu x Kikanjuu's Hotaru dressed as a boy, vocally her character could fit either gender, but Kobayashi, the main character of this show, could almost be classified the same, except the voice is clearly a girl for a male character. I don't want to discriminate or pin stereotypes, but it kinda bothered me. If he was like Nagisa of Assassination Classroom, it wouldn't bother me as much, but the biggest draw from Gigguk's video aside from the gender thing was that it was a mystery. I love mystery anime and after watching this series, I can almost agree with him on it being kinda boring. Although, I wouldn't really say that it is boring, because it genuinely did keep my interest. The components that kept me watching was prodigy detective Akechi and his relationship with Namikoshi and "Twenty Faces". The downfall of this series is its execution from case to case. They have an interesting premise to them, but often times it feels like parts are missing and that ultimately makes the resolution of the show a bit on the underwhelming side. The animation is darkly unique, the characters are interesting, and there are plenty of intriguing elements in the show; I just feel like I shouldn't have to be familiar with the source material to understand what's going, if that's the case.

Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (2015) | Rating: 3.5/5

I suppose in this era of anime that some fans believe that a lot of newer series are just fanboys animating their own private fantasy scenarios or something. Hayao Miyazaki worded it a lot better than I just did, but the point is that I guess a few of those people believe that this series is one of them. In my opinion, I don't think it does, but I could say maybe 1-2 other series in this post may straddle the fence or even fall in that category. This series' premise is about a world without perversion; keeping Japan pure and innocent, even if it compromises proper sexual education. While this series is absolutely hilarious with its dirty talk and provocative imagery, it got me thinking about the whole sexual education aspect we have in America, which is inadequate a lot of the time. Adults are so afraid that teenagers will have this spontaneous urge to sex everyone they see after learning about their bodies and diseases, when that really isn't the case. Not only was this series hilarious and entertaining, I found it a great satire and commentary about sex education, fetishes, and just perverts in general. It might have some questionable moments when it starts leaning a little in the rape territory, but I surprisingly enjoyed it a lot.

Prison School (2015) | Rating: 3.5/5

If you've heard of this series and the one below, then you know that I mean these two perverted pandering series. Both of them gave me a feeling of uncertainty due to the content and how much fanservice there is, but somehow I found it genuinely enjoyable. Focusing on just this series, I was unsure for a few episodes, but Kiyoshi was such a lovely main character that it was hard not to see what would happen with him and his friends. Aside from the exaggerated features of the Vice President, Andre's character design, and just the art style overall was slightly off putting, the characters and insane situations kept me powering through, especially watching these guys figure out how to break out of prison. It is quite enjoyable and I don't think an uncensored version was aired like Shimoneta, but sometimes that was for the best. The way the series ends suggests that there will be a second season in the works and I'm kinda tempted to read the manga in the meantime. I will warn potential viewers that this is mature series, like borderline hentai territory, so be mindful when and where you view this one, but it is hilarious and the characters are quite enjoyable no matter how ridiculous they are.

Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (2015) | Rating: 3/5

In contrast to Prison School, this series has a brighter color palette and a less aggressive delivery on its perversion. I also felt uncertain about this series as I had prior knowledge that monster boys and girls are a thing and I usually avoid those sorts of things, but this was more ecchi than hentai and some of the characters and situations are rather cute. I often times felt sorry for Kimihito (Darling-chan) throughout the series, always having to deal with all these various cute monster girls in his life and Smith-san taking advantage of him. I'm kinda hoping that this series will spawn some awesome cosplays. Anyway, it is an amusing series that I can see as an alternative to the more assertive execution of Prison School.

Shokugeki no Souma (2015) | Rating: 4/5

Before I buried myself in various new summer season series, I started with this one for a while. Upon the first episode, I was caught off guard by all the foodgasms and you'll be seeing a lot of those throughout the season. After a while, I did get used to them and it became decreasingly distracting from the food porn and character development. Similar to YouTuber Arkada's first impression, I was a little worried that the show's main character Yukihira was always going to accomplish his goals and lacked any sort of growth and connection with its viewers. Often times, I found myself wanting to watch Megumi's confidence grow with each challenge she faced with him and alone. Fortunately, Yukihira's winning streak does get cut short and he has to pick himself up from his failure. In the end, the supporting characters end up being more interesting than Yukihira and somehow that doesn't ruin my enjoyment of the show. In fact, I'm looking forward to a possible second season and trying out the manga to follow these characters further. For the most part, it brought back the same excitement I had when I watched Delicious Gakuin, which is an excellent food competition J-drama that I think fans of the anime should check out.

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