AnimeLog: Kekkai Sensen 2, Girls’ Last Tour, Just Because

Kekkai Sensen and Beyond

Probably the main disappointment of the fall season. The first Kekkai Sensen was meaningless but fun. Not because of its characters but more because of the city the anime was taking place in. It looked relatively fresh — former New York City, now full of aliens, vampires and other suspicious creatures. The second season was virtually on the same level in terms of plot (plot? haha) but fun mostly evaporated — all tricks were familiar, all characters had been seen and Kekkai Sensen’s great ending was replaced with something totally generic.

Girls’ Last Tour

I’m really glad we didn’t drop this anime. The very first episode made me feel as if it was one hour long — our two girls were moving (touring?) from one indistinguishable point to another, talking about typical things girls in a post-apocalyptic world would talk. Usually, in such series the world plays a very important role but the world Chito and Yuuri live in is pretty empty and bland (buildings, weapons, old tanks, robots, two fish, gods). But two or three episodes later the main duo managed to grab my attention and then didn’t release it until the final titles. Fearless and slightly aho Yuu is the main star here (in my opinion, of course, as Asuka is the main star… hold on, there can’t be two opinions who the main star of Evangelion is!) but unlikely she would shine so brightly if she was without Chi, who is shy, likes reading and regularly tries to stop Yuu’s attempts to eat all edible and inedible objects around her. What happened with this world? How many people have survived? Probably I should’ve asked these questions and demanded answers but, frankly, I didn’t care about such things as long as I had the next portion of Yuu’s legendary “Let’s eat this fish!”

Just Because

What I can say about this one… Tsuki Ga Kirei handed over the baton of good romance anime accompanied by awful animation (this anime is almost ready to receive the Jiggly Jiggly Heaven award) to this show. I liked Just Because, honestly. I don’t even want to start complaining about characters — yeah, the main hero is a typical Ordinary Japanese School Student (but with parents), therefore it’s obvious that there should be at least two girls who are in love with him (and Komiya is kind of cute). I sincerely rooted for Morikawa and Souma and I’m really happy that they figured out at least some solution that might allow them to be together. Souma, trying to overcome his fear of dogs or Morikawa, hoping that someone would say something about her new hair style — it was super-cute. There were weird moments, I mean, c’mon — am I the only one who thinks that swinging an imaginary bat and then running around the field during an imaginary match (while Morikawa were playing her trumpet) looked slightly insane?

Talking about insanity… unfortunately a romance anime implies that characters will be running. After they’ve been rejected; because they don’t want to see the one whom they’re not ready to confess to yet; to cram school… And animation of run in Just Because is insanely horrible. It were the worst runs I’ve seen. And trust me — all those high school students run a lot here.

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All of a sudden remembered today that many years ago I had a livejournal blog. Decided to look at it, at least to find out whether it’s still up. Turned out that yes, it’s a beast that’s not ready to be killed so easily. It’s not that my, uhm, previous blog had any value at all but while staring at my posts from 5-6 years ago and wiping tears I realized that LJ had (and has) a great feature — it allows to set a userpic for every single post and comment. It’s kinda funny to scroll the posts down and look at avatars I used. Unfortunately, the chance that I’ll remember what image was dug up for what occasion is roughly 0, but in addition to the traditional Chew photo I used to use this:

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Aah! Shame-shame-shame (that Kamina image, omfg). Nabeshin is looking great though, need to put it in use again ^_^

When was the last time someone tried to crash NGE and climb to its empty throne? Welcome the new contender, Darling in the FranXX, from studios Gainax Trigger and A1 (super curious what studio is in charge for what). To make sure that all viewers understand that its Eva they’re fighting against Darling in the Franxx has:

A scene basically copied from the first episode of NGE:

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Rei:

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Asuka (not so cool as the original one, not so brilliant and cute and charming and innocent and wonderful and and and…)2018-01-13 17_15_54-Crunchyroll - Watch DARLING in the FRANXX Episode 1 - Alone and Lonesome

Some more familiar frames:

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But we also need something unique, don’t we? There you go buddies, what about pilots wearing shorts?2018-01-13 17_18_39-Crunchyroll - Watch DARLING in the FRANXX Episode 1 - Alone and Lonesome

P.S. The visual of this anime is gorgeous though

Winter 2018, Dropped

Oh that satisfying feeling when you drop an anime after the first episode! Seems there’s going to be a lot of such shows this winter.

Hataraku Onii-san!

A 5-minutes-per-episode show about working cats. Not entirely sure what’s the point of this anime, so dropped it without any doubts.

Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san

Typically I like anime about food (and, frankly, I like ramen) — and I’d give this anime a chance if it was an OVA. And if it didn’t have that annoying girl who wants to befriend Koizumi-san. I can easily believe that there are enough types of ramen in Japan to fill 12 or 13 episodes, however, I’m not so confident that just showing food is enough.

Sanrio Danshi

If I got an opportunity to repeat my last weekend I wouldn’t have repeated one thing — I wouldn’t have checked out this anime about boys, who love cute mascots.

Yuri Camp

Visually appealing but, apparently, dull anime about camping. Too much moe, too few jokes. I’m ready to put up with moe in K-On (even though I’d been against that anime for a long time and the scene where Yui and Ui are wearing a scarf still scares the hell out of me) because there were a lot of funny moments. Doesn’t look like Yuri Camp is going to become a comedy show all of a sudden.

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku

This anime hadn’t been in my “Plan to watch” list and I should’ve trusted my intuition and skipped it without even trying. Another character who finds himself in an MMO game. The first episode didn’t provide us with a single reason why we should watch this anime, so — to drop it goes.

Those who survived (will be interesting to compare how many of them I’ll finish, I think quite a few will be moved to the “Dropped” category next week already, and yes — I’m looking at you, Citrus and Kokkoku):

    • Violet Evergarden
    • Citrus (2-3 episodes)
    • Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

    • Kokkoku (2-3 episodes. this anime might surprise though)
    • Mitsuboshi Colors (have some hopes, but we’ll see)
    • Pop Team Epic (have no idea what to expect, the first episode was okay)
    • Grancrest Senki
    • Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

    • Takunomi

    • Darling in the FranXX