Wotaku Ni Koi Wa Muzukashii Episode 2- They Are Dating?

Even though the episode was about a bunch of Otaku doing Otaku things, as the show reminded us constantly, it was pretty hilarious. That said, it would be good if they adjusted the pace between Narumi and Hirotaka’s relationship a little better or give us at least a time frame because the way these characters talk, it either feels like it’s been forever or it was yesterday. 

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Narumi starts avoiding Hirotaka right after they began dating. In order to sort things out, they accidentally end up dragging others into their problems and Hirotaka ends up confessing to Narumi properly, though accidentally. I like how the show went into gamer mode because it was supposed to be a bit from Hirotaka’s perspective, though we never actually got any insight onto him. This was just the first half, after that they hanged out at the bookstore or specifically, a manga bookstore. It’s at this point that Narumi and Hirotaka suddenly start getting lovey-dovey which made me really confused, because they were sorting their relationship moments ago. Well, the supposed relationship progress or the illusion of it could be attributed to Narumi’s frivolous nature too. 

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I did enjoy this show a lot. If it’s nothing else, it’s hilarious and I think we anime/ manga/gamer/ passionate media consumer are just a little bit self obsessed an just like watching characters who appear to be on the same boat as us when it comes to these things.

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Tada Never Falls In Love Episode 3- Cat Day

I liked this episode so much. The world is always so much more interesting from the perspective of a cat. It helped that we got a feel of exactly what they were going for here. This episode again had the old school vibe that I liked so much in the first episode. 

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I love how they gave Nyanko Big a deep inner voice but when they he speaks(cat talks) it’s just a soft cranky cat. Seeing an outsider perceptive on both Tada and Teresa sort of made me like them more. I didn’t think Tada’s completely bored attitude would help the story in anyway but if you combine that with Teresa’s overtly cheerful nature, it becomes great. Tada and Teresa have developed this friendship and while they still don’t interact much, Teresa seems to be harbouring a slight crush. Nyanko Big’s take on all the coffee shop visitors was of course the highlight for me. There’s something about settings like those that appeals to me. Just people you would know small pieces of but never truly. Seeing Nyanko Big’s theory and watching him develop a crush of his own by the end was hilarious too. Also, those small antidotes about Teresa and Tada’s childhood, especially Tada’s one because it’s the first time I found Ijuuin cute in anyway. 

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I actually love the visuals a lot too. While the character design isn’t anything special, the overall atmosphere is very good. It’s a small town with lot of greenery and I’m not certain but the they have this slight light tone over it. It’s just beautiful to me. Overall, I really did like this episode a whole lot and it just made me more receptive towards this anime. It’s easy to watch people have fun even if the story doesn’t have a proper plot if it’s done right. 

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Hisone To Maso-tan Episode 1- First Impression 

Straightforward and innocent Hisone Amakasu is a rookie self-defense official. She was struggling with the fact that she sometimes hurts people unintentionally by her innocent words and decided to join in Air Self-Defence, hoping to maintain a certain distance from people. This decision led her to a fateful encounter which profoundly changes her life. It was the dragon hidden in the base and it chose Hisone as his pilot. When it soared into the sky with Hisone, her fate as a dragon pilot was decided. It is said that dragons have a key to the future of the world.

This turned out so different from the impression I got from the poster and synopsis. I think I was anticipating what Bones is primarily good at, action based, sharp and focused shows. What we get is a delightfully blabbermouth protagonist, surprisingly hilarious moments, and a Dragon who doesn’t speak but has more personality than rest of the cast right now. Like the protagonist herself said in the midst of a rant, all the other characters are acting out some sort of self decided trope.

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You sort get really interested from the first scene because of the visuals and then you see Hisone, who’s struggling to find a place for herself in the world and you feel just a bit more invested. Honeslty, it’s Hisone, her eventual outburst and her interaction with the Dragon which made the first episode work. There were times where I was a bit bored, especially when they began explaining the mechanics of OTF. Narration of a concept like that doesn’t really work until there is visual evidence to support it, which they did at the end of the episode. I also realised how much immune anime has made me to bizarre happening that I didn’t think there was anything wrong with a Dragon needing to swallow a person in order to pilot them until my sister pointed it out. I definitely don’t understand what’s the point of having a Dragon is the air force if you’re just going to make them look like everyday Airplanes. 

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It was certainly enjoyable and I would like to see what happens next. It’s hard to tell where exactly the show s going to go with this set up but this mainly looks like a coming of age story. 

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Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 3- Weird Date

In the previous episode, Aoi didn’t fit in anywhere in this new world and now she’s shouting at demons, getting called the Ogre bride and protecting herself with a leaf and flick of her wrist- even though barely any time has passed. In fact, it’s the next day. 

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The Ogre basically takes Aoi out on a date and introduces her to a geisha because she has an important role in the next half. Then the popular people separating in a perfectly evenly crowded marketplace happens, which annoys me. Mostly because it never looks crowded enough for people to actually lose sight of each other. Also, in a place like that, if an ornaments falls of your person, you make sure to inform the person with you first and then look for it but when has anime characters been blessed with common sense.  Also, why would you run after someone who’s clearly trying to hurt you all alone? I don’t understand this and I never will. Anyway, more things happen and in the end Aoi saves the day. 

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I can say I wasn’t bored for one moment the entire episode, but at the same time, there were so many glaring faults. The voice acting keeps getting worse, Aoi and Orge both behaved in the way there characters were introduced as and yet, it all seemed out of character with the events taking place. Not to mention there was a thread at the start of the episode that the show almost returned to at the end but never got the chance because the young hostess got sick and had to barge in at the right time.

Which is the established theme right now. The side characters will probably get in trouble and Aoi will save them one way or another. Which is fine if they would actually get started with the restaurant business. The entire episode consisted of nothing but weirdly strewn together events that barely made sense. 

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Tada Never Falls In Love Episode 2- More Characters And Photography Competition

The second episode feels absolutely different than the first one. The first one, had an old school romantic film vibe to it, while this one is your school drama come to life. Like I said in the previous post, if it’s school, things  get naturally hectic. Yet, I didn’t mind as much as I thought I would. It could be because new characters were introduced and the episode was spent figuring out the characters and dynamics between them. 

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Teresa joining the photography club is as generic as it could get. This show isn’t even trying to pretend it’s not aiming for the conventional route. The photography competition was a great idea though and something I would love to do with my friends. What baffled me is the significant lack of interaction between Teresa and Tada. They’re close enough to use more friendlier honorific by the end of the episode, and they’re constantly together but you don’t see how they got to that point beyond light chatter here and there. There also the lack of absolute romantic interested in each other in both of them and I don’t see how this show is going to go anywhere if they don’t start now because this show is only twelve episodes. 

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In the end, I’m sort of curious on what direction it’s going to take but I’m not expecting this to turn into something really good. It’s the type of show you can mindlessly watch and enjoy without any commitment right now. 

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It’s Difficult to Love an Otaku Episode 1- First Impression

After discovering that they work at the same company, a gaming crazed otaku and a fujoshi reunite for the first time since middle school. After some post-work drinking sessions they begin dating, but will it be a perfect relationship for the two?

This is one of the series I was looking forward to this spring. A workplace romance is pretty rare in anime. Some part of me was also prepared for it to be a typical romance and over the top. It’s exactly that and at the same time not. 

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Narumi, our heroine, is a flawed person through and through.  She’s hypocritical, doesn’t seem to take her work seriously, and can be rude. I like that she isn’t a blushing mess. I like characters like this provided they get character development and their flaws are acknowledged as such. Hirotaka, our hero,  just comes across as a competent jerk right now who has had a crush on Narumi for a while. They fall into this easy friendship even though they haven’t seen each other in a long while and their attempt at dating begins as some sort of business transaction proposed by Hirotaka.  The side characters aren’t exactly what I would call interesting but it feels like we would see them a lot. 

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It’s all good, it’a not overtly funny but it works. There are a few things that are glossed over too quickly and there is this general disconnect. Also, this is a personal peeve, but I really don’t like introductory monologues and it feels even weirder on a grown woman. Regardless, I’m looking forward to finding out how this works out. 

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Gegege No Kitarou Episode 1- First Impression

I vaguely remember watching the 2007 version as a kid and sometime ago I was looking for the series but couldn’t get the name right at all. The only thing I knew was that the protagonist was one eyed and it was on the comedic side. Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw not only it had a new version, I finally know the name and can watch the previous one properly. 

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This is clearly a more modern take on a story that was originally published in the 60’s. There are smartphone and Youtube and all kind of things that indicate the modern lifestyle. Seeing Kitarou and his eye of a father in between that can be jarring but interesting. My memory of the show must be really hazy because I don’t remember Kitarou being this brooding. This was just an episode meant to reintroduce Kitarou and the concept of it so people who’re watching it for the first time don’t miss out on anything. People turning into a tree is a good enough concept but I wish everything wasn’t just restored. If  consequences don’t exist, there isn’t really anything at stake. 

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I’m not sure if I’m going to continue this one. It just seems too straightforward with Kitarou being an already smart and competent character. Still, I’m going to watch another episode to get a proper feel of it. 

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Kakuriyo No Yadomeshi Episode 2- More Food And Reminiscing!

Aoi gets unnecessarily scolded by the Ogre and later helps the Tengu master, Mastuba who knows her grandfather and loves her food and and is used making Aoi’s reputation at little better among the people of Tenjin. 

Firstly, I’m relived that Aoi isn’t a crybaby. She was clearly hurt by the Ogre’s words and she’s still dealing with the loss of her grandfather, but she held back. The Ogre was bit of a jerk at the start, and from Matsuba’s conversation, it’s clear he’s holding some sort of grudge because of Aoi’s grandfather. Something he snapped out of at the end because of both Aoi’s helpfulness and maybe realizing his own mistake. Matsuba is an old man with a little arrogance problem(as seems to be the case with all household heads) and a general good disposition. The large part of the episode is spent between Mastuba and Aoi conversing about her grandfather, and it was kind of nice to see them expand a little more on Aoi’s grief but the conversations still feel stilted and staged. 

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The animation quality wasn’t all that great the previous episode, but deteriorated even more. The characters look weirdly ballooned up at some scenes and sometimes the transition between frames were missing. The expressions are a little stiff too. 

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It’s still pretty nice but I’m more interested than before. I kind of want to know how Aoi goes about getting customers to her new eatery when most of the people are the prejudiced against her. 

Hinamatsuri Episode 1- Good Characters, Psychokinesis And Comedy!

Synopsis: A strange object falls on Nitta’s head, who is a member of Yakuza and instead of reacting like a normal person, he pretends to ignore it. Later, he finds a  girl inside the object, with psychokinetic powers who becomes a member in his home without his consent and things only get weirder from there. 

This was definitely the best first episode for me this season. I think I fell in love from the opening sequence. The events starts off so abruptly that you have no other choice but to pay attention. Also, the show has impeccable comic timing(not laugh out loud comedy but you’ll chuckle) but they never clash and undermine the growth of the characters. More importantly, it has two solid main characters. 

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Hina is a girl who sports a flat expression and equally flat tone, hasn’t seen a stuff toy in real life but knows sushi, loves high quality food or the idea of it, and is a little brat in general who appears to have been used all her life for her powers before she met Nitta. Nitta is a Yakuza, who isn’t all that right in the head either, is kind(Yakuza characters are always kind) and perceptive and cares about his vase collection with his life. Together, they fall into this unconventional parent child relationship and the first episode is spent exploring how they reach a level of mutual understanding and trust. 

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There is nothing that makes you feel like you know a character than knowing their quirks, their likes and dislikes, details that makes them endearing in your eye. The characters value and morals are important of course, but it’s the little details that gets to you, especially in slice of life stories and just like Nitta started to find thing about Hina that made her, she became likable to me too.  I know I’m going to stick with this show for the time being, because of the characters alone and because I have a huge soft spot for familial relationships. 

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Tada Never Falls In Love Episode 1- First Impression

Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never fallen in love, encounters a lost transfer student Teresa Wagner. Everything Mitsuyoshi knows about love completely changes as he helps Teresa reunite with her travel companion.

This show is as cliched as it can get. We have all the pieces, the extremely calm and exasparated male protagonist, the overtly enthusiastic and airhead female protagonist who is also a foreigner and insanely beautiful according to the characters, the flashy charming friend and the scary redhead. For all that, none of the characters are inherently annoying, and all the characters have some little quirks to them, except the protagonist, of whom, the only thing we know is that he’s into photography. 

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I liked the meeting between the two leads, and the first episode had a calm, laid back charm to it. The characters play well of each other. Nothing much happened beside all the characters meeting each other and I couldn’t mind it. There are certain things that are a bit annoying, like how Teresa is Tada’s new neighbor and the new transferred student in class. I actually wasn’t paying attention to the fact if this was a school drama and that’s the only cliche I would like to avoid here. School means the atmosphere of the show would naturally become more hectic. Oh and Teresa is most definitely a princess of some kind because characters in shoujo just have to be rich to give any kind of complexity to their life. 

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There were things that were really likable, like the cat and the blog dedicated to him, Rainbow Shogun- which I would totally watch and the short clip was more exciting than the whole show, and Alexendra, the friend, because all for her temper and quick to jumping into conclusion ways, she isn’t unnecessarily angry at people. I liked the first episode quite a bit but it’s one of the shows I don’t think would do well. I will watch the second episode to decide if it’s going to get a permanent slot in spring shows. 

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