So much anime! (Arguably a good problem to have)
Apparently I decided to become all legit and get a foundation account.
But first let’s start with Erased
, because I watched it first:
It was good. I felt like I was watching an anime film. In fact, it reminded me of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It set up the suspense/mystery and I’m already puzzling over it. Kind of happy I haven't read the manga because most of pacing problems go over my head.
A bunch of unorganized thoughts:
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Why have Airi be a high schooler? The author set up a character specifically so that she can’t be around in 1988, despite her having such a high focus in the first chapter/episode. And why make a point about Satoru leaving the book behind? I thought we’ve be in 1988 from here on out, but now I’m wondering if this ends up being the anime version of the butterfly effect. Airi may find herself erased from existence a few times. Funny thing, I haven’t even thought about what the title (English or Japanese) means until right now.
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: The episode showed two revivals, both of which resulted in something bad happening to him (first he get’s head by car in exchange for saving a boy from getting hit; second, his mother dies in exchange of a girl getting kidnapped.) Satoru mentions that it never results in any positive for him. (The anime makes it seem like he helps people anyway ‘just because.’) If we look at this from a karma point of view, this might bode well (eventually he’ll have helped so many people by taking their bad karma, that good karma will come his way at the end). Or, things will just keeping going bad for him.
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Didn’t the killer stab the mother from behind? Yet when Satoru finds her, the knife is in the front. Also, he picked up the note, though never appeared to read it.
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: In the past he initially defended Yuuki. But now that he knows that Yuuki was arrested, Yuuki will likely be his number one suspect.
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Final thought:
“My adorable son’s head hit a moving vehicle. The least I can do is watch over him.”
Less than five seconds later…
“…I’d get bored having to look at your face everyday.”
This sounds extraordinarily like something my own mother would say.
not the police somehow instantly teleporting there
Aren’t you aware? Japanese authorities are on the cutting edge of technology.
On to the funimation shows:Grimgar
I want to take back my ‘rip-off’ comment. In reality, while I do think this show is attempting to ride the waves of SAO’s popularity, that doesn’t mean the writers aren't trying to create something unique.
And of unique, this show has a set up I haven’t seen before: Going off of episode one, it seems like a slice of life in a MMORPG setting. Which sounds awesome, right? It does to me.
The problem is, (going from the first episode) it’s a unoriginal slice of life in a generic MMORPG setting. This is the closest show to my chopping block.
I love how I call it a rip off, take it back, and then criticize it some more…Dimension W
The bad: It didn’t do anything I haven’t seen before.
The good: Everything it wants to be it does really well
. There’s still a ton of potential for this series.Divine Gate
This was the show I was least certain of, but now am the most intrigued by.
First of all:
Kana Asumi. I didn’t expect to hear that voice, but when I hear it, it’s hard to miss. I don’t think it’s possible for her to portray a character I don’t find hilarious. In fact, this character didn’t even do anything funny, but I was still laughing.
Divine Gate has a lot going on, and I love its art style, and this is enough for me to forgive any awkward execution. The shows I love the most tend to have developed mythologies, which this has. And it seems like it hasn’t even delved that deep yet. Assassination Classroom
This episode gave the feeling of, ‘Things are going to get awesome, so let’s just have fun right now now.’ It worked for me.
My secondary list:Snow White of the Red Hair
I’m leaning towards watching it, but till after it’s done airing.Myriad Colors Phantom World
From what I’ve heard, the first episode was filled with garbage (read: fan service galore). But I’m still paying attention to see if it will pull off a turn around.Ajin
It’s hard to judge something that hasn’t aired yet.
There’s no way I’m going to be able to do this for each episode… I wrote so much for Erased, I lost any will to write more for the others.