Posts Tagged ‘preview’

Anime Preview: Summer 2017

June 3, 2017

Unlike some others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art, and maybe a bit of the blurb. Consider yourself warned. If you want a real preview, pop on over to AniChart.

First, let’s say what’s normally not in here. Kids stuff, shorts, sequels to originals I didn’t like, anything with Isekai in the title; movies and OVA’s.

WILL WATCH: The the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

Also includes second seasons.

Owarimonogatari

Hey, it’s ~monogatari! Of course I’m watching it.

Centaur no Nayami

Slice of life in a world where centaurs are real and hair stylists are imaginary beings

Youkai Apartment

Invaders of the Rokujyoma meets The Kawai Complex Guide to Hostel Behavior

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

Princess Principal

A band of busty girls spy in London

Tenshi no 3P

A typical hikki boy and his all girl vocaloid church band

Vatican kiseki Chousakan

A beautiful girl and her all boy cryptographic church band

 

 

WON’T WATCH. The cover art / title / blurb tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic.

Battle Girl Highschool
Like Ikki Tousen except their clothes stay on

Hitorijime My Hero

A history of Japanese transport

Koi to Uso

Fish and Otters

18if

A group of refugee animators from Hand Shakers ends up at Studio Gonzo

Netsuzou Trap

Remember how well Yuri on Ice did, with no girls? Why don’t we try a Trap with no boys?

…and 35 more that didn’t even make the “I won’t watch” cut.

Anime Postview: Winter 2017

April 5, 2017

This is not a real review of the anime season just ending. Instead, it’s a look at how well I did in my Winter 2017 Preview, which you might want to look at first.

It was a fun season, but not because of any of the shows I picked back in December.

Ones I said I WILL WATCH:

Chaos;Child didn’t last even one episode. Confirmed my suspicion that anime with a semicolon in the title are not worth watching.

Fuuka lasted two and a half episodes. All the characters are self-centered snots, and I never did like “let’s form a band” anime anyway.

Little Witch wasn’t available. It’s streaming on Netflix and we don’t subscribe.

Ones I said I MIGHT WATCH:

Kuzu no Honkai wasn’t available. It’s behind the Amazon double paywall.

Seiren lasted four episodes. It’s a pale reflection of its predecessor.

Dragon Maid Finally, a show worth watching. Among the top two for the season.

Ones I said I WON’T WATCH:

ACCA. I tried it. It was actually pretty good but couldn’t hold my interest for some reason. Maybe later.

Minami K. Quick peek confirms — worse than I thought. Given their demonstrated levels of intelligence, I’m surprised they can balance on a tricycle.

Marginal. No idea. I didn’t even try it. Idols.

So, there we are. Of the six that I checked out, one was worth watching. Of course, there were four other shows that didn’t appear in the preview, for some reason, that turned out to be pretty good: Monster Girls, Tanya the Evil, Gabriel Dropout, and Konosuba 2. So the season wasn’t a complete loss.

Anime Preview: Spring 2017

March 15, 2017

Unlike some others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art, and maybe a bit of the blurb. Consider yourself warned. If you want a real preview, pop on over to AniChart.

First, let’s say what’s normally not in here. Sequels to stuff I didn’t like before (Berserk 2), most kids stuff (Snack World), anything with idol in the description or Re: in the title; movies and OVA’s.

WILL WATCH: The the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

Also includes second seasons.

Saekano 2

Doing for gal-games what Shirobako did for anime

Uchouten Kazoku 2

Benten disturbs the peace of Kyoto’s shadow world of tanuki and tengu

Shuumatsu Nani

After 500 years, the fashion industry still hasn’t solved the problem of hats.

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

Nanatsu no Taizai

Lucifer tempts people with his bosom

Sekaisuru

Cosplayer attends college. Note: Sekai means world, and suru turns any word into a verb, so Worlding?

Tsuki ga Kirei

Boy stalks girl beneath the cherry blossoms

 

 

WON’T WATCH. The cover art / title / blurb tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic.

Dungeon ni Deai

Warrior babes invade dungeons wearing bikinis

 

Love Kome

Five bishies who really love their rice

Tsugumomo

Boy falls in love with his mother’s scarf

Sakura Quest

80 years after Sakura Taisen, the demons are reduced to rural mascots, and the Teikoku Kagekidan is now a locodol group

Warau Salesman New

Them teeth

…and 41 more that didn’t even make the “I won’t watch” cut.

Anime Preview: Winter 2017

December 6, 2016

Unlike some others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art, and maybe a bit of the blurb. Consider yourself warned. If you want a real preview, pop on over to AniChart.

First, let’s say what’s normally not in here. Sequels, particularly to stuff I didn’t like before (Super Lovers), most kids stuff (Kemono Friends), anything with idol in the description, movies and OVA’s.

 

WILL WATCH: The title or the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

Chaos;Child

The semicolon series discovers alliteration

The semicolon series discovers alliteration

Fuuka

The cast of Mekakucity Actors is reunited and goes on tour.

The cast of Mekakucity Actors is reunited and goes on tour.

Little Witch Academica

Cute girls doing cute things on broomsticks

Cute girls doing cute things. On broomsticks

 

 

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

Kuzu no Honkai

The title seems to translate as

The title seems to translate as “a formal meeting about hanging chad”

Seiren

If Kimikiss and Amagami had six cute daughters...

If Kimikiss and Amagami had six cute daughters…

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon

Cute girl has cute dragon as her cute maid. Cute.

Cute girl has cute dragon as her cute maid. Cute.

 

WON’T WATCH. The cover art / title / blurb tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic. Marginal #4

Brought to you by the Crayola Company

Brought to you by the Crayola Company

ACCA: 13-ku

Any anime where the summary is three paragraphs of org chart should not be allowed

Any anime where the summary is three paragraphs of org chart should not be allowed


Minami Kamakura

Girls und Bicycles

Girls und Bicycles

…and 30 more that didn’t even make the “I won’t watch” cut.

Anime Preview: Fall 2016

September 3, 2016

Unlike some others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art, and maybe a bit of the blurb. Consider yourself warned. If you want a real preview, pop on over to AniChart.

First, let’s say what’s normally not in here. Sequels to stuff I didn’t like before (Bubuki Buranki), most kids stuff (Nyanbo), anything with idol in the description, movies and OVA’s.

 

WILL WATCH: The title or the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

Occultic;Nine

Cast of Lost Village ends up in a library. Adds semicolons to their list of personal phobias

Cast of Lost Village ends up in a library. Adds semicolons to their list of personal phobias

Touken Ranbu

Extended family moves down from the trees, takes up living on rooftops. Plans to evolve into garden-shed-dwellers next.

Extended family moves down from the trees, takes up living on rooftops. Plans to evolve into garden-shed-dwellers next.

Shuumatsu no Izetta

Don't worry. Love will break our fall.

Witches und Panzers. Don’t worry. Love will break our fall.

 

 

 

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

Flip Flappers

Girls who are too poor to own stockings, and have to dress in tea towels find happiness in floral displays

Girls who are too poor to own stockings, and have to dress in tea towels find happiness in floral displays

Brave Witches

Girls who are too poor to own underwear bravely fly combat missions at 25,000ft. Huddle together to keep warm

Girls who are too poor to own underwear bravely fly combat missions at 25,000ft. Huddle together to keep warm

Keijo

World-class gymnast who is too poor to go to college enters swim suit competitions

World-class gymnasts who are too poor to go to college enter swim suit competitions

 

 

WON’T WATCH. The cover art / title / blurb tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic.

Long Riders

Girls und Bicycles. Not the David Carradine version.

Girls und Bicycles. Not the David Carradine version.

 

 

Tiger Mask W

Fursuit guy gets a job at The Tiger's Hole, has problems with his love life

Fursuit guy gets a job at The Tiger’s Hole, has problems with his love life

Yuri on Ice

Lesbians trapped in male bodies enter skating contests

Lesbians trapped in male bodies enter skating contests

…and 59 more that didn’t even make the “I won’t watch” cut.

Anime Postview: Spring 2016

July 3, 2016

This is not a real review of the Spring anime season. Instead, it’s a look at how well I did in my Anime Preview.

Of the ones that I said WILL WATCH, I’m two for four.

Screenwriter Okada Mari said that “It’s a show that should give rise to the reaction What the hell is this!?”, and it does. Lots of folks didn’t like it (and some do), but lots of folks don’t have the patience for a show where half the fun is in the way this totally incompatible group starts off discussing a plan, and then spin off half a dozen conversations with no relevance to the plan, or anything else. If you’ve ever been in a business meeting, you know what I mean. BTW, mayoi is the same word that Monogatari uses for Hachkuji Mayoi — the lost snail.

2. Mayoiga The Boys on the Bus, headed for the Hotel California Directed by Mizushima

2. Mayoiga
The Boys on the Bus
 Headed for the Hotel California
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima

My candidate for best show of the season, and possibly the year, is a feel-good, slice of life anime. No conflict. No drama. No plot. You just find yourself smiling at the end of each episode. It’s based on a slow-output manga, and they used up perhaps two-thirds of the existing source, so it will be a couple of years before a sequel. That’s OK. I’ll wait.  

4. Flying Witch But it’s so much more comfortable to take the bus (Have you ever tried sitting on a broomstick for four hours?)

4. Flying Witch
Have you ever tried sitting on a broomstick for four hours? I’ll take the bus

The other two in this category were on feeds that I don’t get, so they don’t really count, right?

In the MIGHT WATCH category, I’m one for four.

Bakuon was not strong enough to maintain my interest, Kumo Miko died even earlier, and Kiznaiver was just bad. The only one I finished was the non-harem (he’s already got the girl) gamers in highschool. He should have known they were females from the beginning, when they all stood around gossiping while he was being pounded into thin paste by a monster.

4. Negote no Yome... Magical girl goes to high school, decides to start her own SOS club

4. Negote no Yome…
Highschool boy finds that all the guys in his MMORPG are girls, and they go to his school!

Of the shows that I said that I WON’T WATCH, I didn’t, and I’m glad. So I’m four for four there.

Meanwhile, there was one show that that I didn’t list that I DID WATCH and I’m happy I did.

Steampunk. Zombies. On a train. With old fashioned samurai. What’s not to like? This one turned up on my Amazon Prime list. Good thing it was subtitled, or I wouldn’t have watched it.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

So, I guess you could be conservative and say I’m three for seven. Interestingly, all of them except Kabaneri are on Crunchyroll.

Anime Preview Summer 2016

June 15, 2016

The Summer of 2016 looks to be a dull one, anime-wise. Fortunately, I’ll be travelling a lot and won’t get to see much of it.

Unlike others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the AniChart cover art and maybe a bit of the description.

CUTE GIRLS: Most of the shows fall into the cute girls category, and the only thing that differentiates them is how many girls there are.

Magus One girl meets horny skeleton

Magus
One girl meets a skeleton

Mari Waka Two girls do time travel

Mari Waka
Two girls steal a star-gate

Amanchu Three girls do flamenco

Amanchu
Three girls learn flamenco

Kono Bijutsu-bu Four girls do art

Kono Bijutsu-bu
Four girls do art

Ange Vierge Five girls play cards

Ange Vierge
Five girls play cards

Rewrite Six girls live in a tree

Rewrite
Six girls live in a tree

Love Live Sunshine Nine girls do music

Love Live Sunshine
Nine girls chase pigeons

Tsuki-uta Twelve guys present all those girls

Tsuki-uta
Twelve guys present all those girls

BUT THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN GIRLS: Four non-cute anime that I probably won’t watch, either

91 Days A whole academic quarter under the Classics mafia

91 Days
A whole academic quarter with the Classics Mafia

Fukigen na Mononokean The road to Fuji-San is beset with demons

Fukigen na Mononokean
The road to Fuji-San is beset with demons

Cheer Danshi Anime's first big Hollywood musical

Cheer Danshi
Anime’s first big Bollywood musical

Handa Kun God has an ahoge

Handa Kun
God has an ahoge

So that’s it. 91 days of nothing to see here, move along.

Anime Postview, Winter 2016

April 17, 2016

This is not a review of the Winter anime season, quite. Instead, it’s a look at how well my preview of the Winter season worked out. TL:DR is that I scored 3 out of 4 on all three areas, sortof. Here they are, under their original headings:

WILL WATCH: Shows I planned to watch, based on the cover art alone. I got three out of four right. Gate, Dagashi Kashi, and Phantom World were all good, or at least watchable. Haruchika, not so much.

MIGHT WATCH: Shows I thought might be worth watching. Three out of four again, except that I dropped the ball on two of them. The ten-episode Wonderful World was watchable, in much the same way that Phantom World was — they were both well executed examples of standard anime fare. Erased and Rakugo were widely praised, and I really liked the first episode of each, but I just never was in the mood for watching the rest.

WON’T WATCH: Shows with off-putting cover art or storylines. Yet another three out of four. Of course, it’s hard to say that I made the right choice in not watching something if I didn’t watch it and so can’t tell if I shouldn’t have watched it or not. Number four was Oshiete, Galko-chan, and I did watch it and it was funnier than it had any right to be, given the fact that it was built around girls talking about stuff that embarrasses guys.

ALSO WATCHED: There were a few shows that didn’t fit on my Winter preview that I ended up watching anyway. I guess I’m also three for four on these.

Aokana, the high school flying circus, I will discuss elsewhere. Good, solid anime, with some fun flying scenes. Recommended.

Tabimachi Late Show was a four-episode, seven-minute, minimalist series. As one commenter said, he’d seen manga that had better animation. To me, it looked like they just used the key frames, with no in-betweening, but that’s because I’ve been watching too much Shirobako. In any event, they were four unrelated stories that were by turns some combination of sweet, spooky, and enigmatic. Recommended. Episode 3 highly so.

She and Her Cat, as told by the cat. Another four episode, seven-minute series, but with much better animation and an actual story line. Bittersweet ending (watch through the end credits). Recommended.

Ojisan and Marshmallow was yet another short, about a fat, middle-aged guy who likes marshmallows, and a cute girl who likes him. As bad as it sounds. Why did I watch it? I don’t know. The harder question is, why did I admit to watching it? I don’t know. Stop asking questions. Go away. Go make some s’mores.

Anime Preview: Spring 2016

March 18, 2016

Unlike some others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art (thanks, Zana), and maybe a bit of the blurb. Consider yourself warned.

First, let’s say what’s normally not in here. Sequels to stuff I didn’t like before (Asterisk, Kyoukai no Rinne), most kids stuff (Futurecard Buddyfight), anything with Macross in the title, movies and OVA’s.

WILL WATCH: The title or the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

1. Kuromukuro Haruhi Suzumia and a buffed up Itsuki Koizumifight the ghosts of ancient mechas

1. Kuromukuro
A slimmed down Haruhi Suzumia, a buffed up Itsuki Koizumi, and some new girl fight the ghosts of ancient mechas

2. Mayoiga The Boys on the Bus, headed for the Hotel California Directed by Mizushima

2. Mayoiga
The Boys on the Bus
 Headed for the Hotel California
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima

3. Shingeki no Bahamut Hentai anime girl brings her own tentacle

3. Shingeki no Bahamut
Demon girl brings her own tentacle

 

4. Flying Witch But it’s so much more comfortable to take the bus (Have you ever tried sitting on a broomstick for four hours?)

4. Flying Witch
Have you ever tried sitting on a broomstick for four hours? I’ll take the bus

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

Girls und Motorcycles

1. Bakuon
Girls und Motorcycles

2. Kiznaiver Our bond lets us share wounds to promote world peace.Did I mention it's my period this week?

2. Kiznaiver
Our bond lets us share wounds to promote world peace. Did I mention it’s my period this week?

3. Kumo Miko Didn't we do this one with a big fox last year?

3. Kumo Miko
Didn’t we do this one with a big fox last year?

4. Negote no Yome... Magical girl goes to high school, decides to start her own SOS club

4. Negote no Yome…
Magical girl goes to high school, decides to start her own SOS club

WON’T WATCH. The cover art / title / blurb tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic.

1. Pan de Peace Girls und Pan

1. Girls und Pan
Not all loan words are English

2. Gyakuten Saiban Phoenix Wright struggles to exist in a world without competent barbers

2. Gyakuten Saiban
Phoenix Wright struggles to exist in a world without competent barbers

3. Super Lovers If the FBI finds this in your cache you are so going to jail

3. Super Lovers
If the FBI finds this in your cache you are so going to jail

4. Kamiwaza Wanda Small boy learns to urinate action figures

4. Kamiwaza Wanda
Small boy learns to urinate action figures

…and 44 more that didn’t even make the “I won’t watch” cut.

Twelve Days of Anime 1: Anime Preview Winter 2016

December 14, 2015

Since last season’s Anime Preview went so well — eight views in ten weeks!! — and since the Twelve Days of Anime aniblogging Project is on again, I thought I’d try it again. Unlike other reviewers, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the studio previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art (with maybe a little bit of the blurb). Clickable details can be found here.

First, let’s say what’s not in here. Sequels to stuff I didn’t like before, kids stuff, movies and OVA’s, and anything I can’t tell if it’s a series, an OVA, or a short.

WILL WATCH: The title or the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

1. Gate Season 2 JSDF Invades Fairyland

1. Gate Season Two
JSDF Invades Fairyland.
Again.
.

2015FallHaruChika

2. Haruchika
Hibiki! The mystery

2015Fall-DagashiKashi

3. Dagashi Kashi (but however)
Aloof intellectual girl finds herself stranded at a candy store in decaying rural Japan

2. Musaigen (Colors of a Phantom World) Aggressive blond, thoughtful redhead, and witless brunette exploit male hero during adventures in DigitalLand

4. Musaigen
(Colors of a Phantom World)
Aggressive blond, thoughtful redhead, and witless brunette exploit male hero during adventures in DigitalLand

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

1. Kono Subarashii (Blessings of a wonderful world) Aggressive blond, loli redhead, and genkii blue-hair exploit male hero during adventures in an alternate world.

1. Kono Subarashii
(Blessings of a wonderful world)

Aggressive blond, loli redhead, and genkii blue-hair exploit male hero during adventures in FantasyLand.

2. Ajin: Clueless hero is stalked by insect collective fashion dummy

2. Ajin
Clueless male hero is stalked by insect collective fashion dummy

3. Boku Dake: Sad girl in snow forces mangaka to invent time travel

3. Boku Dake
Sad girl in snow forces mangaka to invent time travel

4. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo: Ex-con becomes a standup comic. Tragedy ensues.

4. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo
Ex-con becomes a standup comic. Tragedy ensues.

WON’T WATCH. The cover art and/or the title tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic.

1. Mahou Shoujo: Grade-school-age magical girl has bikini for costume

1. Mahou Shoujo
Grade-schooler wears bikini-based magical girl costume

2. Ooya-san wa Shishunki (Landlord Puberty) I refuse to watch any anime with 'puberty' in the title

2. Ooya-san wa Shishunki
(Landlord Puberty)

I refuse to watch any anime with ‘puberty’ in the title

3. Kono Danshi (Men working magic): can two wizards see past their budding romance and stay productive?

3. Kono Danshi
(Men working magic)

Can two wizards see past the magic of their budding romance and continue to work in the Ministry of Counter-Magic Ops?

.

Can

4. Oshiete
(Tell me)

Can aggressive blond, frigid megane-girl, and idiot with money overcome their differences in bra size to bond in a high school with no boys in sight?

Anime Preview Fall 2015

September 26, 2015

Every body else is doing an anime Fall Preview, so why not I?

Unlike the others, who use knowledge of the source materials, close observation of the previews, and who actually read the press releases, I’m going to base mine on just the title and the cover art.

First, let’s say what’s not in here. Sequels to stuff I didn’t like before (Diabolik Lovers, Seraph of the End), kids stuff (Pokemon, Zodiac), movies and OVA’s (with one exception, AKA GaruPan), and anything I can’t tell if it’s a series, an OVA, or a short (Letters From Dead Dogs).

WILL WATCH: The title or the cover art is properly enticing, so I definitely will watch at least the first three eps.

1. The Corpse Buried Beneath Sakurako's Feet Interesting title, adult-looking person, no mechas

1. The Corpse Buried Beneath Sakurako’s Feet
Interesting title, adult-looking person, no mechas

2. Owarimonogatari Hey, it's Monogatari

2. Owarimonogatari

Hey, it’s Monogatari

3. Lupin III Hey, it's Lupin!

3. Lupin III

Hey, it’s Lupin!

4. GaruPan, the movie Hey, etc...

4. GaruPan, the movie

Hey, etc…

MIGHT WATCH: The cover art is not too off-putting, so I might watch it.

1. Young Black Jack White coat and pens, he's a doctor. Scar .... he's a zombie?

1. Young Black Jack
White coat and pens, he’s a doctor. Scar …. he’s a zombie?

Victorian Europe?

2. The Empire of Corpses
 Victorian Europe?

Hokusai's daughter paints waves, and Fujis. Her name appears to be 'Myrtle'.

3. Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
Hokusai’s daughter paints waves and Fujis. Her given name appears to be ‘Myrtle’.

4. Perfect Insider But what's the inside and what's the outside?

4. Perfect Insider

But what’s the inside and what’s the outside?

WON’T WATCH. The cover art and/or the title tells me more than I ever wanted to know on the topic.

The eyes have it

1. Kamisama Minarai
Those eyes. Just look at those eyes

Mecha piloted by young high school girls

2. Heavy Object
Mecha piloted by young high school girls

Mecha, magic horses, and lolis -- Sturiku three, outo!

3. Lance N Masks
Mecha, magic horses, and lolis — Sturiku three, outo!

Too many characters, goth lolis

4. K: Return of Kings
Too many characters, goth lolis

Obvious harem, and he looks like a butler

5. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Urban School Battle *)
Obvious harem, and he looks like a butler

Another harem. You can ride my sword any day.

6. Failed Cavalry Knight
Another harem. You can ride my sword any day.

Harem involving four girls and a big pigeon

7. Utawarerumono: False Mask
Harem involving four girls and a big pigeon

Guy riding a Nausicaä hoverboard, with a busty, obvious childhood friend and an alien, possibly a comet-person. Pursued by a pirate

8. Comet Lucifer
Guy riding a Nausicaä hoverboard, with a busty, obvious childhood friend and an alien, possibly a comet-person. Pursued by a pirate

Thousand-year-old pre-teen loli bath-house attendant

9. Onsen Fairy Hakone-chan
Thousand-year-old magical pre-teen loli bath-house attendant

10. One Punch Man That head. Just look at that head.

10. One Punch Man
That head. Just look at that head.

…and 33 more that didn’t even make the “I won’t watch” cut.