Week #1 – Winter Anime 2017

Week #1 has arrived with this Winter anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!


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ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

I have to say it immediately, the art style of this show really does bug me. But the intro reminds me of Persona music, so there’s that. The main character Jean, is a member of a police unit that monitors all the various branches of the country. However their branch is to be shutdown as they’re no longer needed. Those up top believe they’re not needing as they find unrest and they don’t see there being any. Jean meets up with a partner, Eider and they drive off. At another station, he finds something wrong with the time of a particular day of data transferring, so they go to that corresponding station and he uncovers a little black market dealing with a few constables. Afterwards, the two talk about their branch being shut down. He returns the next day to find out they’re now not getting shut down because of Jean’s findings, proving how useful their organization is. We then see a higher-up ordering for Jean to be monitored. He feels that he’s being watched and returns home. There’s this rookie cop who seems to not like him and shows up often during Jean’s travels, thinking he’s a rich spoiled overpaid cop and Jean eventually lets him know that he and his kind are paid less than one would expect. Jean hits his first branch for an audit when the director-general is also there for an audit, which confuses Jean a little bit. He meets a few more higher-ups later on, giving Jean a little background on how the branch managed to stick around a little longer. They also note how there seem to be a lot of fires going on in the city as of late. The jerk takes his lighter and sounds like he’s thinking about framing Jean for a fire. We end the episode though hearing one of the higher-ups talking with an unknown person about a coup d’etat.

THE GOOD

  • The mystique is certainly there
  • The quirky girls in his unit help balance out the calm and mysterious nature of the show

THE BAD

  • I have no clue what’s going on
  • The animation style bugs the hell out of me

Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***


Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Yes, this is an anime based off a game where the main mechanic was stripping characters down to their underwear so they’d burn in the sun, being synthetically engineered vampires. The lead character Tamotsu is of course a NEET, but his background really helps him in scaring off a solicitor, which was an entertaining moment. He meets up with his younger sister Niwaka afterwards and out of nowhere a girl crashes nearby from the sky, with a baseball bat in hand. And then she starts fighting off a bunch of mascot looking monsters and one younger girl. She strips her to her underwear and she explodes in a cloud of purple smoke. Some vigilantes arrive to take this girl in, but she leaps onto a building and escapes. Niwaka afterwards talks about what they saw and recalls the rumours of the “Bugged Ones” people that gain superhuman abilities and go berserk, attacking other humans. Then Tamotsu gets an important e-mail (likely a friend finding a figure he wants) and he runs off. Sure enough he finds a super rare figure, but another girl shows up and tries to take it. In the end, boobs win and she gets it. So he at least wants to have her as a friend so they can gush about the same things they like. Her name’s Arisa, her last name sounding Finnish, much like the blonde big-breasted girl Kati Raikkonen, they’re both designed very similar, both in hair and costume design and colours. Suddenly, the store is attacked by that bat girl and she attacks Arisa, believing she’s a Bugged One. Arisa actually puts up a fight, but only attacking after the girl wrecks some figurines. Then Tamotsu overhears an explosion at the cafe Niwaka was going to visit and rushes over there. Reaching the cafe, the people there all look like zombies and start attacking him. They’re all stripped and the pink-haired girl shows up again. She saves him one more time, but takes a fork in the shoulder in doing so. She tells him to take Niwaka and run. Then in another cosplay costume, Arisa shows up again. The girl goes through costume changes all the time, it seems. Or as she explains, the girl ripped off her original outfit. He asks Arisa to take care of Niwaka as he intends to find this girl and figure out just what the hell is going on. The girl is completely outnumbered now and her bat has broken. She is half-stripped now when Tamotsu arrives with a fire extinguisher. And then he takes a stab wound for her, except this one is in the chest and far more fatal. He dies without finishing his final words, which she notes first before the fact he died. So she kisses him to convert him into the same superhuman she is. So he stars undressing the enemies when they show up again, except for the main girl, who apparently doesn’t wear underwear. The girl’s name is Matome. Unlike the game though, it appears that those under the power of the Bugged Ones don’t vanish, they just revert to normal. 

THE GOOD

  • I thought this would be bad, but it’s a lot like Keijo, it knows it’s dumb and relishes in it
  • The battle sequences are actually really fucking good!
  • Niwaka and Arisa especially are very entertaining characters

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Ep.1)

Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

War. Death. It feels like we’re starting off at the final battle of a JRPG, maybe an MMORPG. The hero appears to fall and the villain demands who appears to be his daughter to give him a book and a fairy with her. 

Okay side note here, I nearly shut the show down right at this point cause I watched the villain get a moment away from literally squishing the fairy into mush in his hands. Wow that was a bit much, now I’m on edge with this show already, as you know most shows with violence are hard for me to get past.

So after hitting the hero once more, the girl’s screams suddenly activate the book, it splits in half, the fairy vanishes and the darkness begins to form. The good guys lost. There is now a massive violet shield around the castle as everyone retreats. The hero, Yuri is still recovering, the alliances formed to defeat the Black King have disbanded and are returning to their respective countries. The general feeling is very depressing and somber, admittedly making it hard for me to really get interested right at the start here and at the halfway mark, I’m currently considering a drop. Waking up, the girl with the book is in tears at his bedside and Yuri intends to just return home as well, the fight over. Another character plays the cliche thief helping the poor role and we revert back to Yuri. We see the land is dying and the people are pissed off at them for failing and leaving now. This is 18 minutes in and it’s literally been nothing but sadness. The darkness attacks the citizens and the other try to help, but the fog is weakening them. Yuri continues to hear the words “All shall be stained black.” in his head and watches as his friends continue to be in trouble. The thief however manages to keep fighting and eventually Yuri joins the battle. They naturally overcome the darkness. The thief introduces himself as Aram and the episode ends.

Okay this might be unpopular, given the current MAL rating for the show, but here’s how I am with anime. If your first episode doesn’t wow me and in this case, is extremely depressing pretty much the entire way through, it’s not staying with me. On top of that, nothing made any sense, there’s no establishment of who the characters are, the world or why all this happened at the start. Why did all these factions join up to fight one enemy? There’s literally no explanation for the opening, this felt like Episode 9 being done Week 1. I’m sorry, but this is just bad.

THE GOOD

  • That brief first-person fight sequence was neat
  • The character designs are really good

THE BAD

  • Nothing made sense, no motivations or backgrounds were given
  • Nothing but depression and you should not be having that in the first episode

Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***


Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with Tetsuo, a professor who is studying demi-humans, who are indeed known to be in the world but are in small numbers and he has yet to meet one in person. It doesn’t take long for that to change when a new teacher arrives, a young (maybe) woman named Sakie, who is a succubus. We see that in the present day, there’s even welfare available to demi-humans who are struggling, so it appears literal racism isn’t as prevalent. He approaches her for the first time and it’s clear she’s trying to hold back her powers, dressing very unattractive (yet she’s still beautiful) and avoiding any action that could result in evoking sexual thoughts. However, he clearly met a demi-human before Sakie, a young blonde student with very suspicious hair. They meet again as she needs help carrying a student to the nurse’s office, the blonde revealing her name to be Hikari. Oh that student that needs help? It’s a dullahan without her head. Then another demi-human appears, a snow woman who apparently got too hot. Tetsuo is so confused that he knows three demi-humans now and then learns Hikari is a fourth, a vampire. Not long after, he meets her sister, Himari, but isn’t a demi-human. Forever he’s wanting to interview demi-humans and Hikari offers to do it easily so long as she’s allowed to hang out in his biology prep room, as we find she likes because it’s shaded and cooler. When he asks her about the normal stereotypes we link with vampires, she laughs at them, as she loves garlic, crosses are just fashion items and doesn’t need to drink blood, in fact she replaces that with tomato juice, though the government apparently does provide them with blood if need be. She equates those who can get by without ever drinking blood as humans do with vegetarians (except they think they’re amazing, I think they’re crazy). She admits she’s thought about drinking the snow woman’s blood, since she likes how cold she is. Even more interesting, she only wants to drink girls’ blood, potentially implying she might be gay, since she talks about drinking her blood in a semi-erotic manner, though she admits she’s just more nervous about drinking boys’ blood, since she’s yet to fall in love. She then gets a good chance to talk with Kyouka, the dullahan and they bond a bit through the troubles they have as demi-humans. So she gets the idea to bring her into Tetsuo’s office too. Kyouka’s definitely a far more shy girl and is relieved that he’s willing to talk to her as well. 

THE GOOD

  • This was super cute, I was hoping for a nice silly little slice of life kind of show, these always help me balance out my viewing when most shows are more story heavy and intensive
  • Hikari is a wonderfully fun and light-hearted girl
  • I’m glad that there’s a monster girl show where it’s not overly sexualized, it’s nice to have the balance

THE BAD

  • Absolutely nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 5/5

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Fuuka (Ep.1)

Fuuka (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

What a way to meet, a boy and a girl smacking into each other and she kicks his ass (and destroys his phone) for no reason. He goes home and his sisters tease him endlessly about his day, since he posts everything on Twitter, they knew everything that happened. He just lives with his sisters, but thankfully there’s no dead parents, they’re just overseas. It appears an old childhood friend of his is now a famous idol, her newest song hitting #1. The next day, he transfers to a new school and starts looking around. Naturally, the same girl who broke his phone is there and another misunderstanding occurs. The girl’s an old-school kind of girl, not owning a cell phone, listening to CDs. Back home, all of his sisters are parading around the house in their underwear or just a towel on, because that’s a thing. We also learn he never found his phone. The next day, he introduces himself to the class and naturally that girl is in his class as well. Later on, he finds a guy bullying her and despite what she’s done to him, he can’t help himself and intervenes. But as it turns out, he’s just trying to recruit her for the track team, so he runs off, embarrassed. She finds him and gives him the phone back and gives her name, Fuuka. He then stands on the rooftop, looking at two tickets to a romance flick his sister gave him. Fuuka sees them and is immediately interested, she’s also a big fan of his childhood friend’s music, which is featured in the movie. So they go see it together. They both don’t notice they’re at the meetup spot and go full stupid, not seeing each other. So she screams at the top of her lungs to finally get his attention and then she falls on him again. She then convinces him to play boyfriend/girlfriend with her just to get a charm. She gives him one of the charms before she leaves, claiming that it isn’t certain they won’t be a couple.  

THE GOOD

  • Very light-hearted, an easy watch, doesn’t require much of your attention, you just enjoy it
  • Fuuka minus her violent tendencies is a super fun character

THE BAD

  • I know it’s a normal anime thing, but the destruction of Yuu’s phone just cause he may have saw her panties…really?

Episode Score: 4/5

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Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

Gabriel Dropout (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

The plan was simple, a young angel who graduated with top marks is now taking school in the human world as they all do. She’s a real shining star of what to be as a perfect girl. But the moment she’s exposed to a video game, it all goes downhill from there. She’s convinced now her perfect self was a fake as an angel, so she intends to be a lazy gamer in the human world the rest of her life. She tries to cheat and teleport to school instead of walking, but she only sends her panties instead and now wants the world to burn and forget about what happened. She does eventually go to school and meets a girl intending on being an archdemon, who is shocked to discover how deplorable the angel is. Her name’s Satanichia and she’s amazing. The tiniest thing is the most evil to her. The teacher however, is pretty damn scary! Back with Gabriel, her friend Vigne is not happy that she didn’t show up for shopping with her, so she breaks in and forces her to clean her room finally instead. Gabriel comes to the realization they’re both like opposites, she’s really a demon and Vigne’s really an angel, based on how they act in the world. A cockroach interrupts and the room is destroyed in response. We’re then back with Satania, who’s fighting a dog for her melon bread and some new girl who’s probably an angel. It appears this girl however really likes to fuck with people. Gabriel knows her, Raphiel, that friend from the start of the episode when she was still in Heaven. She piques Vigne’s interest, at least until she offers melon bread to Satania, if she licks her foot like a dog.

THE GOOD

  • Satania to me is the one who’s gonna steal this show
  • I like the character designs a lot with this one

THE BAD

  • The concept itself is not bad, they just need to push the lazy Gabriel a little further, she’s not interesting and funny enough at this point

Episode Score: 4/5

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Debuts next week

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Debuts next week

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A


Little Witch Academia (Ep.1)

Little Witch Academia (Ep.1)

I am absolutely shocked that this didn’t get picked up on Crunchyroll, this seemed like the biggest no-brainer on the list! So naturally, since I don’t have any other way of watching it, I guess I’m sadly taking this off the list…

Episode Score: N/A ***DROPPED***


Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

Masamune-kun no Revenge (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Masamune is being a little narcissistic in the mirror when his sister interrupts. Also, his mother is tiny, looks younger than the rest of them. He clearly is watching his weight, not willing to eat anything high in calories. He believes that if you’re not attractive, you’re not human. He’s transferred into a new school and after a week, he’s already the talk of the school, making girls’ panties wet just from the sight of him. We then see a public confession of love, where the girl in question completely ruins the life of the boy. The school calls her the Cruel Princess. Then he crosses paths with her not long after. He’s completely distracted the rest of the day, but being the pretty boy he is, he gets away with it and the girls around him in his class are happy to help him. The Cruel Princess shows up again, she grabs him by the tie, demanding to know if a certain person is there. When he reveals himself, she wrecks him the same way she did the other boy earlier. The classmates tell him her name and that brings flashbacks to him. He knows her. So he follows her until she’s alone and finally approaches her, though losing her along the way. He finds the girl who usually is with her and in doing so, finds Aki. He gets scared by a spider and reveals himself to the two girls. Apparently Aki has a massive appetite and gets really embarrassed about it. This only makes Masamune grin further. It appears from then on, he starts becoming friendly with her, or at least that’s what they think, according to him she’s been mean to him ever since. It’s clear she treats her friend Yoshino terribly as well, making her buy her food all the time. It’s to the point she’s weak, having trouble sleep. So when she sends her off for food, she’s suddenly attacked by the Pudding Prince she nicknamed in class earlier in the episode, pissed off that she accepted Masamune’s letter but not his. He’s about to cut her hair, when Masamune arrives just in time. He gets a wound on his hand for grabbing this scissors. As it turns out, he was fat as a child and fell in love with Aki, but she rejected him and called him Pig’s Foot. So his plan is to make her fall in love with him, so he can reject her and get his revenge. The next day, he gets a letter in his locker and it reads “Pig’s Foot”.

THE GOOD

  • The concept of a guy getting revenge on a girl for rejecting him is a really interesting one
  • The main cast thus far all are interesting, the dynamic between Aki and Masamune will surely grow over the season

THE BAD

  • I feel like the episode would’ve done better to explain the past when he first heard Aki’s name, we went a good ten minutes not knowing what was going on

Episode Score: 4/5

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Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

This show was added to the list in response of the sheer number of shows dropped because they’re not available on Crunchyroll where I do all my viewing. Hopefully it’s worth keeping aboard!

Hiromi reminds me a lot of Hane from Bakuon!! and as it turns out, it’s the same voice actress. She’s moved to a new place and is starting a new school, usual slice of life plot. She’s riding her old childhood bike for the first time in years and apparently forgot how to ride one completely. Naturally, her idiocy causes her to crash and meets another girl who goes to the same school, Tomoe. She tries to help teach Hiromi, but it seems this girl is beyond bad. But finally they manage to make some sort of progress before they’re too late for school. She shows her around the town for a bit along the way. We switch to another girl who’s clearly a racer but also appears to be trying to get to that school as well, though she looks older and could be a teacher. Finally at school, they discover they’re in the same class, of course, otherwise this first half would’ve been pointless. It appears to be an all-girls school as well. Of course too, the woman from earlier, Shiki is their homeroom teacher. She gives them a welcoming speech, the whole you can do anything kind of one. On the way home, they’re passed by several cyclists and Hiromi looks at them in awe. Naturally, this means Tomoe needs to train her more if she wants to get better. As it turns out as well, Hiromi had actually never been on a bike without training wheels before this episode.

THE GOOD

  • Having that familiarity with Reina Ueda as Hiromi makes this an easy show for me to give a shot
  • It’s a calm watch

THE BAD

  • I want to see a little more next week from this show, there just wasn’t enough to really sink my teeth into this first episode

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.14)

Nanbaka (Ep.14)

SYNOPSIS

Surprise! Nanbaka is still going on!

Things haven’t changed a bit either, well except in this episode, someone different is singing the lyrics (assuming it’s one of the voice actors). But Jyugo is still constantly escaping, usually for a better place to sleep. Momoko hasn’t changed a bit either, schoolgirl-ing when she knows Hajime’s coming to visit and report about Jyugo’s recent escape. When Mitsuru messes with her though (a picture of Hajime on his face, she whips his ass all over the room. Naturally, Hajime comes in after this, sees the blood on her face and runs off. Mitsuru as the narrator keeps flipping to different buildings to find some action, but it’s either heartwarming stuff or information already revealed in the first season, much to his dismay. He moves onto the guards instead, the inmates giving him nothing, but it’s not much different, just the idiots arguing with each other. Finally we think someone’s about to attack Hajime, but it’s just Kuu, the cat. I don’t know if this was revealed last season, but Kuu is Hajime’s cat. More shenanigans ensue around Kuu and Momoko specifically, a flood of comedy. Then everyone suffers from Random Hair Colour Syndrome and everyone freaks out. Mitsuru sadly realizes the show is a comedy anime and gets frustrated about it as the show is coming to a close. 

THE GOOD

  • Kuu is amazing, I love him
  • The random hair colour debacle created some really stupid looking hairstyles, I loved it
  • All the best of Nanbaka’s comedy was on display this week

THE BAD

  • Not a thing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

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One Room (Ep.1)

One Room (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

To possibly debut next week, not picked up by Crunchyroll yet

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A


Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season (Ep.1)

Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season (Ep.1)

So I was hoping that with the Crunchyroll/Funimation merge of products, this would get carried over to Crunchyroll and it hasn’t. I no longer have a Funimation account now and since I don’t like illegally watching shows, unfortunately this show unless it suddenly shows up on Crunchyroll, will not be part of my weekly posts now. Which sucks, cause I miss Alisha.

Episode Score: N/A ***DROPPED***


Urara Meirochou (Ep.1)

Urara Meirochou (Ep.1)

Another show that didn’t get picked up by Crunchyroll. Really sucks to have so many shows off the board this season when last season that pretty much didn’t happen at all.

Episode Score: N/A ***DROPPED***


Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

Youjo Senki (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Now I know I didn’t review this one in the previews, but I heard a lot of interesting things about this show before the season started, so I’ve added it to the list. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about it, so let’s just watch and find out.

Reminiscent of I think World War I, we see the harsh realities of war. Except mages exist in this war. The leader of the mages, is a young blonde-haired girl and holy fuck does she look like an evil motherfucker! Her name is Tanya, the platoon leader. While renaming everything, the enemy is from Germany, we’re to assume Tanya and company are from Russia. The leaders talk about the fallout and the current situation at the Rhine Theater, where they estimate half their soldiers have been killed already. Back with Tanya, two corporals disobey her orders during the fight so after the battle, she sends them home. When they refuse her orders again, she’s about to kill them, but the other girl, Viktoriya manages to stop her before it’s too late. She finds out afterwards the two were instead sent to the rear. With an important mission coming up, Tanya wants Viktoriya to stay behind, clearly exhausted, but she manages to convince her to let her continue to fight. Tanya charges at the enemy mages alone, 10 to 1, yet she takes them out with ease. The Republic (Germany) learn of their failure and destruction at the hands of a single young girl. We also find out those two corporals even though they were sent to the rear, they were killed. And it turns out she sent them there on purpose, knowing they’d be killed. 

THE GOOD

  • Tanya is a horrific, yet interesting character
  • The realities of war were on full display

THE BAD

  • I want a lot more than just war battles from this anime, I don’t feel like there’s any story yet, it’s just “look how badass this little girl is!”

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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One comment

  1. I was kind of shocked that Little Witch Academia didn’t show up on Crunchyroll. Seemed like their sort of show really. Fortunately Zestiria did come out on AnimeLab but that only helps if you are in Australia or New Zealand.
    I also have to agree with you about the art style in ACCA. It was a little distracting as was some of the animation. By the end of the first episode I’d kind of got over it but that first half the episode was not great.
    Looking forward to reading your weekly updates.

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