Should be with a tag “Russians in anime” probably =) Although for me it looked and sounded (yeah, she actually said it) a bit too rough. Seems I’m becoming a prude

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RobiHachi

RobiHachi is pretty much a clone of Space Dandy. A company of 3 (and one of those 3, of course, is a robot) travels the galaxy, meets various people and has as much fun as they can. Unlike Space Dandy though, this anime doesn’t have a burden of Shinichiro Watanabe’s name. My main problem with Watanabe’s show was that it simply didn’t live to my expectations. Cowboy Bebop and even Sakamichi No Apollon had their charm, they were memorable. Space Dandy, on the other hand, was just another anime about a dude who likes women and gets into trouble all the time.

RobiHachi didn’t have to live up to anything, even though the list of the shows made by the same director has “Grand Blue”, “School Rumble” and “Danshi Koukousei No Nichijou” on it, and that’s why it didn’t disappoint. Much =) This is just another cute and totally forgettable anime. If someone asked me to say anything I liked or disliked about it — I only would be able to shrug. Is it fun? Sometimes it made us smile. Is it educational? Are the characters likeable? Is there anything I’d change about it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And, honestly, I’d give the same answer to the question if there’s a reason to watch it at all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

One Punch Man season 2

I’m a bitter dude who likes complaining but, honestly, it’s hard to justify the existence of such shows. The second season of the anime about the strongest man on Earth (sometimes I think that there are way too many “the strongest men”) is one huge filler and could’ve been fit into a single 20 minutes episode without losing anything meaningful. There’s a copy of the Heroes’ Association founded by the monsters. There’s a guy who was calls himself a monster and whose only desire is to kill all the heroes. And if you eat something called “a monster cell” your physical abilities will improve significantly. That’s about it. 240 minutes of this anime can be very unequally split into 20 minutes spent on this very dramatic and unpredictable plot, 10 minutes when we can enjoy various Saitama jokes and 210 minutes showing countless heroes and monsters fighting each other.

It’s very easy to blame the change of the production studio (the first season was made by Madhouse, J.C. Stuff is responsible for the second one) but, frankly, a lot of shows go downhill after a decent start, because, you know, a successful product has to last as long as possible, whether it’s a manga or an anime. Whereas it’s okay by itself, the way shounen shows typically work drives me nuts. MHA is a perfect example — the first season is introducing the characters and building up the relationships between them and the second one is about a damn 12-episodes long tournament. It’s even kind of funny, but One Punch Man also has a tournament.

I dropped MHA somewhere in the middle of the tournament and now it seems that One Punch Man will go in the same direction after a couple of episodes of the third season.

Sarazanmai

Despite being a maho-shounen anime under the hood, which uses a familiar formula “we get rid of one bad guy per episode”, Sarazanmai is one of the most unique TV shows I’ve seen recently. First off, the characters don’t transform into a more handsome version of themselves, they don’t transform into a cute representative of the opposite gender (hello, Maho Shoujo Ore). They become kappas. And by “get rid” we imply that they need to obtain a shirokodama. And when we’re saying “shirokodama” it means that we’re doomed to enjoy something related to butts. All right! There we go, Sergei approves. But why should the characters stop on just resolving every problem using someone’s anus? They should sing! Fight otters! Make selfies! Maybe even kill people sometimes.

Sarazanmai is a weird mix of absurd things that works perfectly. Yeah, the first episode was odd and it was a part of its charm but later on you realize how consistent it actually is. Consistent doesn’t equal “boring” here by the way. Nerima Daikon Brothers was a perfect example of such a show and I swear I wouldn’t be able to forgive a person who said that it was boring.

Kappas, cucumbers (of course), evil Otters and Asakusa on the background. 11 episodes. From the guys who worked on Utena, Sailor Moon and various Shaft anime. And another proof that studios can come up with something more intriguing than another season of My Hero Academia and or dudes finding themselves in another world =)

The Helpful Fox Senko-san

If your job is taking over your life and it seems that there’s no escape and the situation will never change for the better — there’s still a hope. A hope that one day a cute 800-years old kitsune-demigod will show up in your apartment and begin pampering you, doing everything (almost everything) your heart desires.

A cozy and fluffy anime about a guy whose miserable life is slowly becoming not so miserable, thanks to the presence of Senko-san in it. Maybe the idea of the anime is that you need to find a way to enjoy every day even when it seems that it’s impossible? Get some sleep on your only weekend, have a good meal and maybe even a drink in the evening and go outside at least once in a while. Yeah, that’s much easier to say than do, when you don’t have a Senko-san around and have to cook yourself and stroll around the neighborhood alone — but everything starts with a first step, right, hehe? (yeah, we all know that the real idea is that all hopes are a huge lie and they will be mercilessly shattered but I wanted to sweeten the pill).

Midnight Occult Civil Servants

This show is one of those I usually have nothing to say about. It’s not terrible, it looks okay, it’s just… boring. I can’t remember a single new or relatively new idea Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin offered, can’t recall any moment when I’d say “oh, that was pretty good!”… really, it’s an ideal 5/10 show — because they didn’t do anything wrong either.

We have yokai (here they are called Anothers), have a reincarnation of Abe no Seimei, the only person in the world who can understand them and we have a city department responsible for interactions with Anothers. While everyone is saying that Anothers are incomprehensible and should not be treated as your fellow human, 21st century Seimei steps in in order to build at least some more or less friendly relationships between the Japanese and various gods, demigods, monsters — you name it. All stories are independent, so give up immediately if you have a hope that eventually there will be something even remotely resembling a plot.

A good question, actually, is why we watched it. And I don’t have an answer =) Maybe because it was on Crunchyroll? Or because I hadn’t tried anything like that for a while and was curious? Anyway, we’re done with it and it’s time to move on and finish tons of others spring season anime.

Senryu Girl

All right, the spring season is about to end and we have plenty of shows we’re finishing. Madness, some time ago I would never have guessed it’s going to be more that 4 or 5. The first one we’re done with is Senryuu Shoujo.

Which is amazingly stereotypical and, at the same time, cute, innocent and funny. Every Saturday morning for the last 3 months began for me with Nanako and Eiji and it certainly was a perfect way to start a day. I wish all 5-7-5 poems had used some sort of rhythm in English translation but probably I should take what I can.

I must add that Senryu Girl’s ED was also super cute, as was their preview of the next episode, when every time Eiji couldn’t fit the name into 17 syllables but Nanako always helped him out. It was a nice little touch and I’m a sucker for such things.