Hey, Kaushik here, ready to give my impressions on the anime shows from the winter 2014 that I’ve seen so far. As you’ll see as I go down the list, there’s quite a few of them. Without any further ado, let’s get this show on the road!
Robot Girls Z
I already made an impressions post on this show, as you can see here. After seeing the first few episodes of this show, I can’t say my opinion has changed much. It looks like a really fun show, with a lot of great mecha humor. Definitely a show I’ll continue watching in the future!
Seitokai Yakuindomo *
A sequel to Seitokai Yakuindomo, which aired in 2010. The new series is more of the same, the same being wacky adventures in a newly coed-ified high school. The show’s about the Student Council of the school, 3 ladies and one guy. The premise doesn’t sound very exciting or different, but the hook that’s used to draw you in is how perverted the ladies in the Student Council are. Some of the things said in the show are, for lack of better term, pretty dirty and sometimes funny. I’ll be honest, it’s not always my kind of humor but it’s an okay show. I’ll watch it when I have some time, but I don’t know if I’ll finish it.
One of the few ever simulcast shows, this show airs in both America and Japan, in both dub and the original Japanese. I’ve been watching the dub only, so my opinion will be based on that. A highly anticipated show by the venerated Shinichiro Watanabe, Space Dandy is a fun show about a guy in space who hunts down new alien species. Well, that’s the description but there isn’t much of that going on. Mostly it’s about his wacky adventures in space, and I have to say I’m quite enjoying them. Definitely a high-quality show and one I’ll continue to enjoy in the future. Highly recommend!
One of the few mecha shows this season, and a Sunrise mecha show to boot. I can’t say it’s very good. It’s about a boy, Watase Aoba, sent to the future. In a world at war, he has to find his own way back to his own time. He gets roped into piloting the mecha of the world, called Valiancers, and couples with the 1 contact he was supposed to have in the future, a boy named Dio. Honestly the show does not seem very interesting so far, and I can’t see it getting much better later. Moreover, I really dislike the mecha designs in this show. With all that going against it, I’m surprised I’m still watching it, but I can’t see myself dropping it for some reason.
Tonari no Seki-kun
A 5 minute short anime, about a girl named Yokoi who sits in the back of the classroom. Her classmate neighbor is a boy named Seki, and he spends his class days doing really wacky things in the back of the room. It’s a delightfully funny show; the characters and voices make it enjoyable to watch. One of my top picks for this season, for sure.
Nobunaga the Fool
A weird show. I can’t quite tell what it’s trying to be. It seems to comprise a lot of historical figures, but in a unique and bizarre setting involving two planets, some mecha, and a war. The main characters are Nobunaga, and Jeanne d’Arc, which should give you some idea of how weird it is. It seems that Nobunaga is some destined savior, and some people from the other planet are out to get him? I still can’t tell what’s going on, or what the end goal of the plot is after a few episodes, which either means something really good or something really bad. Probably bad. Still, it’s somewhat interesting and I’ll watch it until it gets less interesting, at least.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai Ren
Another sequel, and the obligatory KyoAni show this season. I’ve done impressions on the first season of this show, which you can find here. The sequel so far is more of the same, just some wacky adventures with Rikka and Yuuta. There was a strong drama element in the first series that I have not seen any hint of in this season, so it might be that this season is more comedy-based. We will see. Still, it’s not one of KyoAni’s stronger shows in my opinion. That being said, it IS still KyoAni, so… Here I am, watching it.
Onee-chan ga Kita
Another 5 minute short show, this is just a cute little set of humorous shorts about a girl and her new little brother. New in the sense that her mother just married his father. She’s 17, he’s 13, and she finds him absolutely adorable. There isn’t much else to say about the subject, but it’s cutely funny at times and I enjoy it. It’s not much of a time investment either, so I’ll keep watching this.
A fun little yuri show. It’s got a lot of girl on girl kissing, so if that’s not your thing, well, be warned. I’ve seen both YuruYuri and Aoi Hana, and I’d consider this show something of a mix between those two. Definitely much more yuri content than YuruYuri, but far less drama than Aoi Hana. Really, it’s a slice of life show with strong yuri content and a lot of romance. Still, a cute and fun show with no less than 3 main couples, so you can probably find someone you like. Oh, and there’s a lot of fanservice. Yay~
Gin no Saji S2
Another season of Silver Spoon, a show I enjoyed the first season quite a lot. It’s about a young city boy, in agriculture school. After spending season 1 getting over a lot of the initial culture shock as he was exposed to a really new way of life and living, season 2 seems to showcase Hachiken’s (the main character) random trials and tribulations, and his relationships, as he goes through his school life in agriculture school. It’s a fun show, a funny show, with a little bit of drama. Definitely an enjoyable watch!
Wake up, Girls!
Wake up, Girls! is another show popularizing on the idol trend going on nowadays. It’s the only one I’m watching this season, so I can’t offer any comparisons to the other shows, but it’s somewhat interesting. It deals with a small idol group called Wake up, Girls! as they struggle to become a successful group. One thing that kind of strikes me about this show is that the color palette used is kind of drab, so I have a more somber impression of this show than I think it’s trying to convey. Still, it’s an enjoyable watch and I’ll continue watching in the coming weeks.
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
Another slice of life series, this one’s premise is that the main character suddenly finds herself engaged to a young man. Of course, the young man proceeds to live in her house, with his little sister. Throw in her older sister and mother into the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a comedy slice of life show. I like the characters in this show, and it’s an interesting premise with a bit stronger romance premise than I had initially assumed, so that’s always a plus in my book. A fun show and one I’ll be watching.
Inari, konkon, koi iroha
One of my most anticipated shows for the season, and one that definitely did not disappoint. This is a shoujo series, of which anime is pretty scarce for. And the ones that are out there, usually aren’t that great. Still, this one has received a good adaptation so far, and while it doesn’t perfectly recreate the great art from the manga, it does an adequate job. In fact, I reviewed the manga here. The series is about a young girl, with a young love, and she’s given goddess powers to transform into anyone else she wants. That is the main premise of the show going forward, and I can only expect it to adapt the manga faithfully. One thing that really got me was that everyone spoke in country accents, which I find incredibly endearing for some reason. Anyway, one of my favorite shows this season so far, and I’ll definitely look forward to more!
Wizard Barristers ~Benmashi Cecil
A somewhat weird show. In a world with magic and magic-users, this is a show about the lawyers in such a world. Particularly, the wizard lawyers. There are very strict laws governing use of magic, so these lawyers work to ensure that justice is dealt insofar as magical misuse is concerned. One thing that really bugs me about this show is the character designs. Everyone’s face looks really… Odd and angular? It’s hard to describe, but I don’t really like it. Still, the premise is interesting enough, and I think on that alone I’ll watch, at least for a little while.
Sekai Seifuku ~Bouryaku no Zvezda~
A comedy series about a secret world-conquering organization, Zvezda. In a world that’s ravaged by something of a war, Zvezda is a secret organization bent on conquering the world. But of course there’s something of a catch. The leader of the organization? A little girl. The main character? A young boy who honestly does not want anything to do with the organization. It’s been comedy so far, but I can see it adopting a slightly more serious tone in future episodes. A few of my friends are really into this show, but I can’t really see the whole fuss about it. I’ll continue watching it, but I don’t find it all that interesting so far.
SHAFT’s offering this season, Nisekoi. It’s a romance/comedy show, adapted from a popular manga. I can’t say I understand why SHAFT chose to animate this particular show, as the source material is fairly generic and I’m almost surprised that it’s getting the SHAFT treatment. Generally they seem to stick to the more unique or wacky shows, so it’s odd seeing their take on a show that’s as generic as this. I don’t find their adaptation particularly bad, but it strikes me as somewhat of a waste of talent. Still, I enjoy Nisekoi so I’ll keep watching of course.
There are several shows this season I haven’t watched yet, and I’ll definitely be watching them in the days to come. If any of them strike my fancy, I’ll throw up singular impressions in the future.
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