Consider this post both as a “Fresh Start” for the blog and a sign of things to come from now on. As mentioned in this reflective post I decided to tone down the number of shows I cover weekly. In exchange I’ll try to periodically summarize my ongoing thoughts on most of the anime I’m watching on the side. Basically instead of 6-7 shows per season I’ll cut it down to 4.
The idea is to go over the shows I’m watching, pick three anime (plus Star Twinkle PreCure), that I’ll do my best to talk about weekly for the rest of the Winter season. Then if this does help me feel better I’ll follow this style of coverage from then onward.
Let’s go over most of the anime I’m watching this season with the super shorts.
First of all is Mini Toji. It features characters introduced in the mobile game and our lead heroines are as gay as they were in the main anime. A fun little chibi comedy so far akin to BanG Dream PICO! and the Cinderella Girls shorts.
Hulaing (or Flying) Babies is a short Girls Club show about hula dancing. The animation can be best described as “simple, too bright but creative”. A lot happens on screen and it goes by pretty fast. not Teekyuu! fast but it’s quick. The brightness can be disorientating at times but it’s a decent way to kill a few minutes so it’s fine.
Ame Iro Cocoa is an ongoing short series that has stories to tell each entry…in episodes that (excluding the OP) are less than 2 minutes. This is the first entry centered around a female cast. What’s the story here? Redhead got into an argument with her neglectful dad (Seriously. If you still want to live a free life, WHY DIDN’T YOU WEAR A CONDOM!?), broke a valuable vase, now has to work part-time at a cafe during Summer Break and she dragged her friends into joining her. Also there’s a blonde loli.
I talked about the pre-airing of the first episode and greatly enjoyed it. I saw then the official premiere with the post ED scene and enjoyed it too. For those wondering, Owen’s character is the super serious bodyguard who does a terrible job of being inconspicuous while protecting Anne. All he did was tell viewers more about who she is. He is no “M” from Gun Gale Online so no worries. Anyway this is my favorite show of the season so far and only one episode came out so far. I’m THAT confident in it.
Now on to the regular 20+ minute shows.
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Like I said. I would only talk about Wataten when I felt like it. I need a break from covering lolicon yuri shows after Uzamaid! I don’t care how much professional lolicons praise these, I am not one myself. That being said Wataten is safer to watch than Uzamaid! Miyako is dangerous but unlike her mentor Tsubame she’s not a threat to society. She’s an introvert after all. Also while she isn’t a Mistress of Muscle she too is sexy. Not as sexy as her mom but very attractive nevertheless. Like I said this is another lolicon yuri show but easier to digest than the previous two. It’s like Ichigo Mashimaro but slightly lewder without going overboard.
While my favorite adult so far is Miyako and Hinata’s mom Hinata is my favorite kid. I personally am not good with children but watching Hinata’s purity, innocence and love of combat sports fills my heart with joy. For now I ship her with Noa. I also ship the Class Rep and the Vice Rep.
Based on the first three episodes my guess is the two main bands will be Poppin’ Party (naturally) and Roselia. The other bands may get their own episodes here and there but for now it looks like the aforementioned two will be the main focus along with newcomer Rokka. So far PoPiPa’s story arc is about proving themselves worthy of standing alongside other established bands like Roselia. The first step is making sure their upcoming Live Show is successful.
Back to Rokka, aka “Da Rock”. Da Rock got to share her backstory with everyone in well done montage. Long story short she too wants to start her own band but due to her timidity has had a hard time doing so. Thanks to a special performance from PoPiPa she gained the motivation to try again. Her resolve also motivated PoPiPa to go through with the live show.
The reason PoPiPa needed reassurance was due to Yukina, leader of Roselia, telling them they weren’t ready to put on a live show themselves. She came off as cold and harsh but episode 3 quickly showed Yukina was just super serious about music. Otherwise she seems to be a big ol’ softy on the inside despite her sexy and intimidating exterior. Besides Rokka there’s another newcomer in CH2, a Producer who was so impressed by Roselia’s performance she wanted to offer her services to them. Yukina refused. CHU2 took it well. No garbage cans were harmed in the making of this anime. Looking forward to more.
Moving on to Bermuda Triangle – Colorful Pastrale, we have what I initially thought was a mermaid idol show but so far is an iyashikei about cute mermaids living in an underwater countryside going on tranquil adventures. Cool with me. The main story follows Sonata who at first couldn’t think of anything she really wanted in life. That all changed when a cute young mermaid from the big city named Cocona was delivered via package (It makes more sense watching the first episode). Sonata was the first mermaid she saw when she awoke and thus the ship sailed. After hiding from a dark ocean current our heroines discovered an abandoned movie theatre. Sonata became entranced by it. For the first time in her life she found something she cared adamantly about. And so she and her friends had a set goal, restore the theatre to its former glory. The show has a very relaxed pace as is expected from iyashikei series so don’t go into this show expecting anything grandiose…yet.
Of course I also ship these sexy adult mermaids.
Next up is the Moepocalypse show of the season, Magical Girl SPEC-OPS Asuka. Opting for more of a military themed dark magical girl feel this time around we join Asuka, aka Magical Girl Rapture who was part of a Human and Fairy World Alliance to combat the forces of Killer Alien Plushies. They’re more terrifying than Killer Clowns From Outer Space. Anyhoo Asuka led a force of nine but only five survived and were able to defeat the leader of the plushies. Years later little had changed in the human world as criminals and terrorists were still at large in spite of the Earth nearly being destroyed at one point. That’s humanity for ya. Anyway, as expected from a war scarred veteran like Asuka she suffered from PTSD no thanks to not only the countless deaths but especially one traumatic evening in particular. Asuka tried living a peaceful high school life but alas human stupidity forced her back into action twice already and she’s accepted her inevitable fate of returning to the battlefield.
Second ship of the show of the show is Asuka X Kurumi.
Second ship are Asuka’s friends Hato X Sayoko, the latter of which was traumatized by a near death experience in episode 1.
Of course we can’t have a magical girl show, light or dark, without evil magical girls. Her right hand girl carries around scissors. Nuff said.
On a more lighthearted noted thank goodness Bermuda Triangle and this show, ENDRO~!, air the day after SPEC-OPS Asuka to help ease the darkness from the latter show. Two episodes in and ENDRO~! remains an enjoyable “Yuru Yuri Meets JRPG” show with tons of cuteness, some cool action and lots of JRPG jokes. Mao’s attempts to change history by stopping Yusha and friends from becoming great heroes and stopping her from taking over the world continue to fail in spectacular fashion. We also learned a bit more about what happened in the final battle from the prologue. Lots of great stuff and definitely one of the best shows of the season.
Besides the sexy dark skinned adventurer with dem glorious abs I found another favorite side-character. The hot teacher above. Her shtick is being attracted to Mao but whenever she fantasizes about her her lewd thoughts come out in the open instead of a simple remark. For example:
-Lewd thought: “Didn’t sleep well?”
-Serious remark: “Your cheeks are cute. May we rub our cheeks together?”
Let’s go with the “Older than she looks” description for Mao. Makes things less cumbersome, yes.
Pastel Memories’ premiere episode served as an introduction to the current state of the world it’s set in. That being an Akihabara where “otaku-ness” is on a major decline. This means anime, manga, video games etc are all incredibly rare. It is revealed near the end of the episode that it’s due to viruses entering the story worlds and altering them till they’re eventually erased from people’s memories. It’s up to our 12 heroines, who are split into 4 groups of 3, to visit the worlds, find the viruses and destroy them. There is of course an evil organization that created the viruses.
The fun of the show, besides seeing cute and sexy girls (most of whom have wonderful figures) do their thing, is figuring out which series the worlds they visit are referencing. The first world is one I’m sure frequent visitors of this blog will recognize while the 2nd is surely another easy one to identify. Also the show’s ED is my favorite of the season for one obvious reason.
Admittedly I owe readers a better description on my thoughts about Kakegurui 2 but really it’s more of the same that made the first season glorious: Stocking fetish babes who become horny psychopaths (wonderfully insane facial expression included) during life threatening gambling games and as of S2 enjoy “bleeping” each other in the forest. Simple as that.
Now on to the two Japanese CG shows I’m watching. First is Kemono Friends 2. So far it feels similar to the first season with Serval and newcomer Caracal joining the new human character Kyururu on her quest to find her way home with the help of her sketchbook to identify locations. The 1st and 2nd episodes have a similar narrative as the 1st season with our heroines meeting other Friends and helping each other out in some way. There’s even a new Friend duo chasing after Kyururu for a reason to be revealed later on. Speaking of revelations, the mystery aspect of the show returns as well with how Kyuru ended up where she did, why did Serval get a sudden case of amnesia and most importantly “What happened to Kaban?” There are hints that her disappearance plays an important role in the story so we’ll have to wait and see.
I also have a feeling the controversy with the director and fanboy bias will guarantee this being the last anime season this show gets. Which is a shame in all honesty. I was planning on watching this show regardless of the controversy and so far it’s going well. Besides, having seen the premiere episode of Kemurikusa I have no issue with the director no longer being involved. It may end up being a pretty good show but currently I’m not interested.
There are two airplane girl themed anime this season. Girly Air Force is a het harem so I automatically don’t care. That left me with The Magnifcent Kotobuki. Long story short it’s a show about a group of cute and sexy ladies bantering/rambling about stuff on their off time and then accepting missions to take on air pirates in kick ass dogfights. The first dogfight, while cool, was hard to distinguish between our heroines and the air pirates. Fortunately that wasn’t an issue in the 2nd one.
Another one of their hobbies is getting into fights with wannabe tough guys and make them look like chumps.
My current ships are:
Currently the first two might have a shot of becoming canon while the third one is iffy.
Haven’t watched Circlet Princess yet but I’m sure it’s a decent show about sexy babes fighting each other in a combat tournament for whatever reason. I’ll check it out later.
As for “Egao no Daika” I’m doing the same thing I did with SSSS.Gridman, wait until it’s over and if my closest confidants tell me it’s worth my time binge watch it.
Lastly I’ll announce the four shows I’ll be covering weekly for the rest of the Winter season:
- Magical Girl SPEC-OPS Asuka
- Manaria/Mysteria Friends
- Star Twinkle PreCure
If anything amazing happens on the other shows I may make an exception and talk about that episode.