First Impressions: Little Witch Academia

little-witch-academiaI’ve been a fan of Studio Trigger ever since Inferno Cop and I’ve watched everything they have made since then. Kill La Kill was super cool, but I was even more excited about Little Witch Academia ever since the first OVA came out some time ago. Now the show has finally begun airing and I am really impressed with the first episode right out the gate!

While it is certainly different from their previous shows, it still retains the Studio Trigger style so to speak with simple yet recognizable characters and a very playful and sometimes goofy animation style. The whole show is just overflowing with style and confidence!

The story follows Kagari Atsuko who has wanted to be a witch ever since she was six years old when she watched a show by the renowned Shiny Chariot. Years later she has enrolled into Luna Nova Magical Academy, hoping to one day be as mesmerizing as her idol. But let’s just say that the first day of school does not go quite as planned when adventure and funny hijinks ensues.

I would definitely say that the first episode of Little Witch Academia started out on the right foot and really made me want to watch more right now. Sadly I needed to wait a week since the show has just begun airing. But that is totally worth it when the show seems to be this good. Go watch it right now!

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First Impressions: Urara Meirochou

urara-animeSo at what level does cuteness become dangerous for your physical and mental health? Can you die from too much cuteness? These are two of the questions I kept asking myself after watching the first episode of Urara Meirochou. Because I would follow this show on cuteness alone, but it is actually really funny as well.

We get to follow Chiya, who was raised in the mountains and comes to the town of Meiro-Machi with a purpose. But with her being from out of town, she soon runs into trouble with the local authorities in a huge misunderstanding. But she escapes and literally runs into a girl named Kon, Koume who loves all things western and the very shy Nono. It turns out that they are all there to become apprentices under the same fortune-teller.

This show is made by J.C.Staff who you might know from such anime as Toradora, Shakugan No Shana or Golden Time to name a few. So what do these three shows have in common? They are all very colorful, well animated and enjoyable to look at, which is a really good way of convincing me to watch something and Urara Meirochou does not disappoint in this department at all.

Oh yeah, there are also yuri vibes all over this show. There is even a declaration of love already in a scene with the captain of the city guard and her two subordinates. All of this makes me very happy and excited! The same scene also had the strangest words of affection I have heard in a long time, those being: “Please let me take your cold”.

If you haven’t figured out it by now, I am very excited and happy to watch this show! Hopefully it will be able to keep up with the high bar that it has set with it first episode. Not that I am that worried about that to be honest!

First Impressions: Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu

minakamaMeet Maiharu Hiromi, a girl who has recently moved to Kamakura Nagasaki and she loves biking to school, except that there is one small problem. She has for some reason forgotten how to ride a bike. No that’s actually wrong, she has forgotten how a bike works. But she tries her best and she almost runs over a girl from the same school named Akizuki Tomoe, who takes pity on Hiromi and decides to spend the morning before school teaching her the basics of riding a bike and it doesn’t go that well to be honest. But at the end of the episode Hiromi seems to have taken an interest in biking and she is willing to learn more.

If I could only say one thing about this first episode, it would be that the backgrounds are just gorgeous. It almost looks hand-painted. The show is also very well animated and vibrant. One thing though that might put some people off is that the show is really slow. Personally I don’t really have a problem with it, because I found that the slowness worked really well in a soothing kind of way. Now that I think of it, the show feels like Aria The Animation in that way.

Oh did I mention that Hiromi is really cute, even if she is probably the biggest airhead in the universe. So is her friend Tomoe by the way. At the end of the they all of the characters are pretty cute so far, even the teacher! I am going to keep up with this one for sure.

 

First Impressions: Schoolgirl Strikers

schoolgirl-strikersApparently this anime is based on a Japanese phone game with the same name that I had not heard about before watching this. But that does not really matter to me, since I actually found this really fun to watch. Sure, it’s no Vivid Strike from last season when it comes to battle choreography and animation. But it still managed to keep my attention all the way through with cute and funny characters and a really fast pace for a first episode.

The story takes place at a newly established all girls private school Goryoukan Academy. This school has a special unit called the Fifth Force who are tasked with hunting down and disposing of creatures called Oburi that come from the fifth dimension. We get to follow a team of five girls called Altair Torte as they fight the Oburi and also during their fun schoolday hijinks.

But what I was most surprised by was as I mentioned above the high pace of the first episode. First we get introduced to our main characters, they introduce the school with some fun jokes about their school not having any mysteries and then we quickly move on to another fights against the Oburi, where we are introduced to some other of the teams and characters.

I am definitely going to stick with this show. Schoolgirl Strikers is honestly the first anime this season who has been able to make me seriously interested in watching the rest of it and that is a good thing during this very lukewarm winter season.

 

First Impressions: Youji Senki

youji-senkiThe idea of a dark and gritty anime covering the horrors during World War II is a really interesting idea in my opinion and you can even through in some awesome magic to spice things up. This is what Youji Senki tries and fails so hard to do. We get to follow Second Lieutenant and Platoon Commander Tanya Degurechaff, who is apparently a top Japanese salaryman reborn into this very young girls body during a alternate history version of World War II where Germany are the underdogs that you are supposed to root for. Yes, they are basically expecting us to root for the Third Reich!

I have not even said anything about the art and character designs of this show yet and there is really only one thing to say: it is ugly and all over the place! Many of the characters does not even look like they belong in the same show. The two people who are supposed to be the main characters even have totally different designs, which is really confusing to me. The main character Tanya is also a really despicable and unlikable person, which isn’t making things any better.

So yeah, I’m not going to waste any more time watching this series. While I like some of the ideas on paper, the exectution really sours the whole experience for me. This anime season has not been good to me so far.

First Impressions: Masamune-Kun No Revenge

masamune-kun-no-revengeThere is honestly not much to say about this first episode to be honest. I just found it generic (Even more generic than Akiba’s Trip), mean-spirited and just plain bad. The story follows Makabe Masamune who used to be overweight as a child and because of that he got turned down by his childhood love Adagaki Aki. Flash forward many years and Makabe has improved himself and is now a good looking high school student and when he encounters Adagaki Aki again, he is prepared to exact his revenge by making her fall in love with her and then finally dumping her.

This is one really petty premise if you ask me and the views on body image are not any better. The first thing they state is that if you are not fit and good looking you are a nobody in this world. Sure, the main character will probably learn some kind of lesson which makes him change his views and ways, but I am not planning to stick around to see that happen.

I was not expecting much going in and it seems that I was right in doing so. At the end of the day most harem anime go along the same story track anyway, so there is not much to be surprised by. So I am going to give this one a pass!

First Impressions: Akiba’s Trip The Animation

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Akiba’s Strip is a anime based on the game with the same name. The premise is pretty simple, Denkigai Tamotsu is visiting Akihabara with his sister when a mysterious girl falls from the sky and starts to fight what seems to be vampires by undressing them, exposing them to the air which they are weak to. One thing leads to another and Tamotsu is also dragged into fighting these vampires. Simple right?

To be honest, I found the first episode to be really dull and generic. Sure, it’s colorful and well animated in some  parts. But I found the characters so unmemorable that I had to google their names right after watching the episode when writing this post. Oh and then there is the character called Arisa Ahokainen who was just annoying to me. Specially the fact that every time a character looked at her boobs they decided to play this sound of a cow mooing. That’s really classy might I say!

But I have to give praise where it is due. One thing the show has going for it is that it is really colorful and well animated when it wants to be. It was really enjoyable to look at, even if the story and the characters really didn’t do it for me. On that fact alone, I am probably going to give this show two more episodes to see if it goes anywhere interesting, even if I am not expecting it to.