They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Ulysses: Jehanne Darc to Renkin no Kishi, Wagamama High Spec, Maesetsu!, and more!
7: Ulysses: Jehanne Darc to Renkin no Kishi
English: Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
Japanese: ユリシーズ ジャンヌ ダルクと錬金の騎士
MAL Score: 5.33
The story is set in the 15th century, during the Hundred Years’ War between France and England over the succession to the French throne. Montmorency, the son of a noble, immerses himself in the studies of magic and alchemy at a royal knight training school. However, following France’s crushing defeat at Agincourt, the school is dissolved. Having lost everything and now a wanted man, Montmorency, who had just become an alchemist, encounters a mysterious village girl named Jehanne.
(Source: MAL News)
Jokes aside, I may be a bit too harsh on the show in this review, but it reflects my personal opinion and what I saw in the show. Some spoilers ahead, not that you should really care.
Plot: what plot? The plot, as the premise makes you think, is on a level of some pseudo-historical smut fanfiction written by a 12 year old edgelord, except I’ve seen better pseudo-historical smut fanfiction than this. The main idea is that Jeanne D’arc can go Super Saiyan after receiving a kiss from the MC (who is Gilles de Rais, just saying). Those kisses are called “baisers” in the show, which is unneeded and cringeworthy use of French and could make my score lower by a point itself, if only it had somewhere lower to go. Then, apparently, it’s supposed to follow Hundred Years’ War, which it doesn’t really do, only showing fragments of real history in the beginning of the first half of the show. In reality, the show is about people who want to have philosopher’s stone, which is split between MC and Jeanne. At some point the show literally pulls a Franxx on us, with random aliens on spaceships trying to destroy the Earth and everything, though I wonder which came first because apparently the original novel is a few years old. Overall, the story is an incomprehensible mess and doesn’t know what it wants to be at any point of the show, which results in it being either mindbogglingly boring or unbelievably dumb, and I honestly don’t know which is worse. There’s no ending, either, so it ends up being a LN promotion, though I can’t see anyone saying “Yes, I’m going to read this”.
Characters: okay, let me say this straight: this is a show where plot drives the characters, not vice versa. While I don’t think there’s something inherently wrong with it, this anime definitely doesn’t understand what to do with those characters. This ends up in them being randomly in and out in the plot, being pushed on the sides and forgotten as quickly as they made their appearance. Most are based on some historical personalities, but almost none of their original documented traits remain, and in some cases, not even their original gender. Sadly, that’s all there is to them, because the show doesn’t even try to do any characterization, and any kind of development that may happen fails miserably because there’s no character to develop, just a carton cutout. Also, it has an Astolfo from Fate/Apocrypha. I mean, he looks, dresses and behaves like him, but he isn’t Astolfo. Amazing, isn’t it?
Art: is horrendous. While the first episodes were decently animated, the quality rapidly declined in the second half, to the point where anime almost fully consisted of panning stills and ugly CGI soldiers in the end. The worst part that stills weren’t even drawn properly. Montmorency’s character design gave me cancer. Cute lolis were the only thing that kept me going, guess what, one got in-universe sudden boobs and ass expansion. Apparently that’s a thing.
Sound: voice acting was average, the opening song was fine, the ending song (well, 10 of them, it has a new version in almost every episode) was good, and the background music wasn’t really noticeable. I can’t really say much about it, but it’s definitely the strongest part about the show.
Enjoyment: trainwreck but it was fun to make fun of it on Discord. It’s not the good kind of fun, though, as you feel your brain is slowly dying. Some scenes were rage-inducing, for example, MC saying “I want to save the girl I love so go fight for me” and army of peasants going berserk easily slaughtering professional full armored soldiers after that. Thoroughly unenjoyable even ironically.
Overall: no/10, almost the worst TV anime with normal length episodes I’ve ever seen (Lord of Vermilion from last season still exists). Go watch literally anything else and it probably would be better. Or try this – I don’t even want to call it a trainwreck because there was no train to begin with – and maybe you’ll like it, although I certainly didn’t.
That may be a harsh thing to say and it pains me to actually mention it. But as someone who enjoyed the author’s previous work (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna), this was nothing short than a damnation. You’ll probably want to know the who, what, how, and why. And make no mistake, prepare for disappointment.
For starters, you should discard any historical facts about the show altogether. This is more of a mixture of fantasy, history, action, and drama thrown together. While many people may have heard of Jeanne, few probably know of the name, “Montmorency”. As the main male protagonist, I question his motives as an alchemist. In the beginning, he tries to discover the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone. The man has potential to create a world without pain and suffering after what he’s been through. The actual result ends up with him summoning a Fairy Queen. Her name is Astaroth and she promises to teach Montmorency on how to become a Ulysses. What is a Ulysses? In their world, it’s a supreme being with unimaginable powers. To be honest, having a set up like this already sets off a lot of red flags.
As for the story’s plot, we don’t meet Jeanne until after going through a background story about Montmorency and his childhood friends. The most prominent is Arthur de Richemont, who happens to be his secret love. The first episode spells doom for these kids when Richemont is seemingly killed while Montmorency experiences the reality of war. While I dare say the author made a memorable impression of the tragedy event, it didn’t make me care much about the main characters altogether. There wasn’t much chemistry between the protagonists and Montmorency hasn’t been established as a character. Why should I also care about Richemont besides her name and social status? However, I don’t want to sound too off base since that’s the early portions of the show. In the preceding episodes, we finally get to know Jeanne d’Arc, the titular main character. And oh boy, that red flag sailed high in the air.
I know this show is far from historical accurate but Jeanne’s debut is also just dreadful. It’s far from paying a homage to the historical figure when she has blonde hair and also a childish personality. As a 12 year old, it’s hard to care about her beyond what she brings into the show. It doesn’t also help that the majority of the cast are also much younger than their historical counterparts. But when she becomes a Ulysses, her child persona disappears and becomes a completely different being. It’s like an inner demon awakens inside of her and makes Jeanne into a killer. Only in this show, they seem to portray her Ulysses persona to be some sort of heroine. The way I see it, Jeanne feels like a weapon of war rather than a person. While she does have a personality, her character lacks morality when “saving” people by resorting to killing. She sees Montmorency as someone to trust in after they establish a bond with each other. But to me, there’s little more character bond than an alchemist and his partner. Sadly, the show’s character relationships are poorly written with little creative thought. The childhood friendships between Montmorency, Richemont, Charlotte, and Philip gives off a pseudo-harem stench that hardly develops anywhere. Then, there’s Astaroth (who isn’t even human) so her lack of common logic at times is thrown out the window. Weak character bonds and chemistry made the cast look like poor actors on a stage. If we talk about other characters with status, there’s guys like La Tremoille. As a sadistic human being, it doesn’t take long for the man to reveal his true colors and his intentions against Jeanne. And by this point, I knew pretty much every antagonist in this show is more like disposable waste.
Luckly, there’s something in it for fans who are interested in seeing a well-polished war story, right? After all, the show does take place during the 15th century when France and England were engaged in warfare. Unfortunately, I’ll have to be the bearer of bad news. Challenging myself to watch this series with a focused mind was tough when it’s just bloodbath slaughter on the battlefield. In later episodes, I find less and less devoted to see who would take the French throne. Even some of the more noticeable characters like La Hire feels out of place. Seriously, who wears that sort of shaggy outfit with twin barrel guns? I think the author went over their head to make the characters look fashionable but it came out as nearly unbelievable. Oh and be prepared for a host load of fan service in the form of kissing. It’s not just a soft gentle kiss either as many scenes show French kissing with tongue and saliva. Don’t mistake that as romance though as it’s more of a process necessary for the plot device of the show. Studio AXsiz has a mixed reception of their projects and to be honest, this anime can join that list too.
I get it now. I think what the show wanted me to experience is some sort of war story with emotions and character struggles. What I got instead is a show with poorly adapted historical figures that almost feels like an insult to the real Joan of Arc. I’d advice from committing to this show unless you’re absolutely curious about Mikage Kasuga’s work. Avoid this like the plague and don’t look back.
So what did the show gave us?
The story : Kind of messy maybe they tried to put a lot in 12 épisodes but could not so the story didn’t make sense if you don’t know history or geography of France.
The magic aspect was really bad, the magic stones were not really exploited; they were just magic weapon but 3 min of an angry girl beating up soldier from time to time not worth it espacially in the end the god felt like a pile of shit falling from the sky on an anime that could have been at least decent.
Charaters: Just basic nothing really amazing; jeanne is disapointing, Montmorency is like any other anime character that want to save the world and the other are just like any other female character that like the hero because he is a nice guy who want to save people. The main enemy doesn’t exist well they are like 2 or 3 depending on the situation.
Quality: The quality of the animation and music overall is decent.
General opinion: They could have done a incredible anime but they wanted to change it to make it more like any other fantasy anime and they fucked up so bad.
If their is a lesson for that show; it’s don’t try to change something big and incredible into a normal thing because you will most likely fucked up.
6: Wagamama High Spec
English: Wagamama High Spec
MAL Score: 5.39
The adorable girls of Ousui Academy’s student council love to spend time with their crush, Kouki Narumi. But what happens when he isn’t around?
For the student council, consisting of otaku president Kaoruko Rokuonji; headstrong Ashe Rufflette Sakuragi; quiet computer programmer Toa Narumi; and Toa’s best friend, the impish Mihiro Miyase, it means they will have to keep themselves entertained. Wagamama High Spec offers a glimpse into the girls’ lives as they get into amusing—and sometimes risqué—hijinks at their school and around town.
….Why? Just why? Why would you do something like this? I mean, adapting a visual novel and not getting the protagonist to appear even once? Why would you do that? All questions aside, the only reason I watched Wagamama High Spec was because it was adapted from a visual novel that, at the time of its announcement, had not yet been released, and I was curious to see how they would pull something like this off. However, when it was announced that each episode would be 3 minutes long, I became concerned, as another short visual novel adaptation that I’ve seen, Final Examination Kujira, tried to cram the entire visual novel into it and, for the most part, failed. However, Wagamama High Spec was even worse; it didn’t even follow the plotline it was supposed to follow!
Before we begin, I should explain what Wagamama High Spec is SUPPOSED to be about. Kouki Narumi is a high school boy who is the writer of a weekly manga; since this manga is an ecchi romantic comedy, he keeps this fact a secret to everyone except his sister, Toa, and her best friend, Mihiro Miyase. One day, the Student Council President, Kaoruko Rokuonji, reveals that she knows his secret (and that she is the manga’s illustrator). Despite the objections of the Vice President, Ashe R. Sakuragi, Kouki joins the Student Council in an effort to keep the secret. It’s kind of a cliche scenario, but something at least a bit charming could be born from this, right?
I must start by saying that the animation isn’t too bad. It could be better, but with AXsiZ not having worked on a lot of anime yet and this being a short anime, I won’t put too much heat on it. This anime goes without an opening theme, and the ending theme, “High Spec Days”, is at least decent. The voice acting isn’t too bad, either; there isn’t much I can say beyond that, but at least they did well with their respective roles.
Now, time to get to the REAL issues with this anime. First of all, you know how I mentioned “Kouki Narumi” when I was describing this anime? Well, it’s possible that he appears in the visual novel, but in the anime, he’s not there at all! It’s bad enough that Masaya, the protagonist of “Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm”, was barely there in the anime adaptation of that visual novel, but Kouki, a.k.a. Unappearing Protagonist-kun, isn’t in his anime at all, and every excuse in the book is given to keep him away! He appears to have an appearance in the very last episode, but since he doesn’t have a design or voice, that doesn’t count as an actual appearance in my book. There is also the issue with this anime not sticking to the plot; instead, we see the girls, who, while somewhat interesting, barely get any character development, doing their own thing. Normally, I don’t have a problem with this, but come on! Stick to the script at least a little bit, people!
Overall, Wagamama High Spec isn’t a good anime at all, not to mention an unfaithful adaptation (as far as even someone who hasn’t played the visual novel yet can tell). If you want to see how an adaptation can go so terribly wrong, watch this. Well, here’s to hoping I don’t see anymore Unappearing Protagonist-kuns!
For me, as an avid visual novel gamer, I’ve already heard about WagaHai getting an English translation from Sekai Project before the anime short was even announced. I watched this show just to check out the girls and the premise before the English patch is released for the game and expected nothing more.
And guess what? I got what I came for. Just from these short skits, I got a clear idea of which girl will be my favorite girl in the game (Toa-chan, of course). I got a feel for their personalities, their quirks, and what to expect when going through their routes in the game. I’m not even surprised when the main male character never showed up throughout the series. It costs more to hire a voice actor for a character that was voiceless in the game, and it’s simply not worth investing in one for a simple commercial. Therefore, I can understand them teasing you about the main character in the show and never actually revealing him. In fact, never getting to see the main male character actually made me want to play the game even more! This is what you call good advertising.
I repeat. Wagamama High Spec is NOT an adaptation. This show is an ADVERTISEMENT. This show is for a very narrow audience, and if you’re not within that group, then you will not find much value in investing your time in WagaHai.
Honestly, this show was nothing but mislead hope. The story sounded like it could be something interesting but wasn’t covered in the slightest. There wasn’t manga written by any of the characters. There are only 4 characters in the whole show with little to no character development. Instead of getting to know them or their world, the show was a series of poorly pieced together sketches that had no correlation to each other. You could watch the show in any order and it would change nothing.
English: Maesetsu! Opening Act
MAL Score: 5.78
The anime centers on four girls at the full bloom of their youth, working hard to achieve their dreams as they struggle valiantly. In Japanese entertainment, Maesetsu! refers to an introductory talk or explanation addressed to the audience before the broadcast of television programs, usually performed by assistant directors and particularly comedians in variety or comedy shows.
(Source: MAL News)
Have you ever heard of the Japanese word “Owarai”? Before I came into contact with this anime, this term didn’t mean anything to me either. Owarai is a traditional Japanese comedy duo who perform in front of a live audience. It’s quite similar to stand-up comedy but they always appear as a duo. Their goal is clear: With various gags making people laugh. But this path is also hard and requires a lot of work. Our four main character (2 duos) are trying their best to make a breakthrough in this entertainment industry. Their ambitions are high, they aim to perform at the Nanba Grand Kagetsu Hall in Osaka which is very famous for comedy acts. But every beginning is difficult, our girls have to be content with small gigs in addition to their part-time work. We experience how they slowly become better and better despite ups and downs. It’s a typical slice of life anime where we experience their everyday lives.
Our first comedy duo “Tokonatsu” consists of Fubuki and Mafuyu. Fubuki is known for being insightful and level-headed, she tends to be slow on some comedic uptakes like doing a proper pause. Mafuyu on the other hand is cheerful and high-spirited, she has high aspirations of being a proclaimed comedian. However, she easily gets distraught when her acts fail which happened at the beginning quite a few times. Nonetheless, they didn’t give up and you can feel how much they enjoy it.
Natuya and Rin are the other duo that goes by the name “RDeco”. Natuya is soft-spoken and carefree, she presents herself as a calm and pleasant person, always looking for the positives of the most negative situations. Her partner Rin is taking the logical part. She thinks rationally and is never afraid to opine her thoughts to others.
In addition to our two main duos, we can see a few other comedy duos like “JK Cool”, “Freak!” or the duo around Mafuyu’s sister Manatsu “Tsundora”. The anime also explains well why all the groups chose that explicit name.
My first thought after seeing “Maesetsu!” was like: This is “Lucky☆Star”, just a little bit different in term of the plot. It is not exactly the same style but if gives you that vibe. The girls are portrayed in a similar cute form. The animation is not something that would catch your eye, but it is still fun to watch.
In addition to the many comedy appearances, we also hear OP and ED singing by our four main characters. It’s not music that gives you a catchy tune, but you can hear the comedy part from it somehow.
After the first few of episodes I was a little bit skeptical to be honest. The jokes, what is the most important thing of the anime, were not convincing and also not that funny. But you could clearly feel the increase from episode to episode. Our girls worked really hard to get better and better. It is good to see that their efforts have not been in vain. Another interesting aspect is getting to know this comedy scene.
Believe in your dream and work hard on it, one day it may come true!
Finally, I would like to say that “Maesetsu!” is certainly not a masterpiece and there are surely parts that could be designed better. Nevertheless, for every CGDCT fan this anime is worth a try, it contains all the typical elements from this genre.
May we one day see our girls at the top of a big comedy stage!
What does stand-up comedy mean? According to Britannica: It is comedy that generally is delivered by a solo performer speaking directly to the audience in some semblance of a spontaneous manner.
However, this business practice is very different in Japan. Owarai geinin, or two-man comedians as they are referred to, is a very lucrative business, and by no doubt very popular in its own homeland. I remember having used to watch Owarai geinin in many variety shows through Japanese-imported programs over the years, and the insanity of referencing as much content as they can really helps add to the hilarity vibe, not to mention the already magnificent calibre of prolific Japanese comedians that never ceases to amaze me growing up with them in the past.
To no one’s surprise that such a show was conceived to teach newcomers about Owarai geinin, I’d think that: “Hey, this unknown show can be somewhat niche, but at least unique.” And to no one’s dismay, this anime quickly bombed by the 3-episode rule for being very tedious and boring, not to mention the flat comedy that almost can be akin to a sound producer having to edit the “audience laughing SFX” track to repeat multiple times from start to finish.
If you want to know what’s noteworthy of this show, it’s Lucky Star’s author Kagami Yoshimizu character designs, and mind you, that source material is more than 10+ years old (and currently on hiatus). Oh, and director Yuu Nobuta, having to direct 2 shows this season: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, and this (I’d presume he didn’t really care about this the entire time).
At this point, I really feel sorry for the various female Seiyuus that did the VA jobs for the entire character cast, because you can’t match “success is the mother of all failures” with inconsistencies. Yes, the point of this whole show is to see the main quad-duo Owarai geinin of Mafuyu-Fubuki (Tokonatsu) and Nayuta-Rin (RDeco) to “struggle valiantly” and pick up on their own paces of succeeding step-by-step with help from some real-life Owarai geinin (e.g. Freak!’s Junki Tomita and Ubu no Hatsuna), that’s really good to have mentors following up their learning journeys.
But this is 2020, not 2007. What works in the past doesn’t translate well into the current times, and to be honest, Lucky Star back then was kinda the same thing (as told by Joey The Anime Man): “It was batshit full of references that anyone outside of Japan won’t understand.” and that rhythm applies to this show as well. So unless you live in Japan, you’re probably very lost to answer what is going on, and even as an Asian myself, little jokes I can get, and many others I don’t.
No surprise yet again of the Studio Gokumi X AXsiZ collab, that’s always a thing for the bright coloured, child-like shows. Just fine. Same with the OST, nothing really special to say about it.
Again, I don’t blame you if you entered into this show thinking that you’d have a relaxing comedic time. Nope, it’s as entertaining as the worst performances you’ve ever heard in your life. Nice try, but you’re better off watching Lucky Star instead, that I can recommend as a classic.
MAL Score: 6.29
For high school students like Shouichi Kamita, university entrance exams and the future are common concerns. It is also during this time in life that a mysterious emotion that vexes people of all ages may begin to weigh upon one’s mind—love.
At this point in his teenage years, Shouichi finds three girls he could see himself having a future with: the ever-cheerful Hikari Tsuneki, who teases Shouichi without mercy, but actually has a softer side; the competitive gamer, Tooru Miyamae, who has difficulty communicating with others; and Shouichi’s childhood friend, Kyouko Touno, the sometimes immature shoujo manga enthusiast. Seiren follows Shouichi’s relationships with these three girls across three separate arcs, as their feelings grow from mutual interest and blossom into something more beautiful.
Seiren offers an insurance policy against the inherent risk of harem anime. You don’t have to worry about best girl getting her heart torn to shreds by some milktoast dude choosing the worst possible option. Instead, the milktoast dude chooses every single option in different timelines. Everybody wins!….or do they?
What Seiren gains in having multiple routes it loses in meaningful character progression. You won’t feel the ultimate satisfaction from watching two lovers grow together over a dozen episodes nor is there any conflict to set up an emotional payoff. This problem is further compounded by boring character designs barely distinguishing each heroine from the other and the bizarre decision to not have the most interesting girl, Hikari, end up in a relationship with Shouichi. She decides it’s more important to focus on her career and never talks to him again until a random five year timeskip where they run into each other in a shop, The End.
Shouichi is your standard harem protagonist with zero motivations, zero backbone and zero backstory explaining his personality. There’s absolutely nothing going on in his life aside from these random hot girls who want his dick. There’s no reason to give a fuck about him and his relationships. Why should anyone root for his success?
In Seiren’s spiritual predecessor Amagami SS, lead character Junichi got stood up by a date on Christmas. The pain from that night gave him a complex about being rejected. We as viewers were given a reason to cheer for his success, bringing a level of catharsis to each arc where he got over his mental hurdle. Amagami SS had better arc resolutions, better designs, 26 more episodes to explore it’s concept and most importantly – better girls. There is more personality in the hair of Kaoru than anyone in Seiren altogether.
There is still merit in watching Seiren if you desire a basic eroge game styled rom com. The girls are cute. The OP/ED themes are catchy. There are certainly some beautiful moments, most notably the underwater kiss in episode 4. Seiren has good qualities, they’re just interspersed in an overwhelming dredge of crap that only the most tolerant of romance fans can hope to shift through. If you aren’t in that crowd – avoid this like the plague and go re-watch Amagami & Kimi Kiss Pure Rouge for your fix of a satisfy all romance anime.
As a married man in my late twenties, I am clearly not this show’s intended audience
Being a teenager is awkward, and it doesn’t translate to quality entertainment
“Seiren”, meaning honest in Japanese, is just that. It tells three girl-centered anecdotes from highschooler Shouichi Kamita’s life, a life in which there are plenty of perverted inner monologues and awkward exchanges with females. The writing is actually pretty accurate given the subject matter, but it doesn’t make the anime any better. Kamita gets nervous around basically every girl he meets (surprise!), with a relatively introverted attitude and a love for gaming. He’s also not that great of a student, or good at pretty much anything he does.. So he’s essentially the anti-Gary Stu character. Each story gradually develops a teenage romance, one scene at a time. Although the result of each relationship is often disappointing or lackluster, the buildup is the real focus of the writing.
As boring or predictable as Seiren is, the writing is quite accurate. Whether it’s the slow burn of the romance itself or the fickle nature of Kamita’s female counterparts, the writers nail teens in a nutshell. Awkward, irrational and hormonal. That’s not to say that Seiren has a “good” story, because there’s only so much enjoyment one can have in watching two people fumble over themselves for 20 minutes at a time. There’s lots of eye-rolling to be had here. Not to mention the melodrama is thicker than Chun-Li’s thighs. Oh, and the constant blushes emblazoned on the face of Kamita and his peers is mind numbing.
The main problem I have with Seiren is that the subject matter is just, dull. There’s quite a bit less comedic dialogue than a normal slice of life, and the relationship building and love scenes aren’t nearly as strong as a romance anime. It’s essentially having the worst of both worlds, which for entertainment’s sake, is never a good thing. Would you want to watch a show about your awkward teenage years with lots of missed connections, social inebriation and awkward conversations? I think not. It’s why we get older and grow up (at least some of us do), and I can’t imagine many of us would care to relive that profound age of existence. It’d be one thing if the relationships “went” anywhere, but again they are stifled by abrupt changes in the way someone “feels” about moving forward. That or the writers play out “what-if” scenarios in which Kamita succeeds in his apparent life goal of becoming a school bus driver. I can’t make this stuff up.
Character wise, Seiren makes an attempt at creating diverse and complex characters. Unfortunately the anime falters in this respect as well. Although Kamita represents an awkward high school teenager decently, this is the same old character trope we’ve seen time and time again. He’s virtually indistinguishable from some other SoL protagonist I’ve seen in the past, and the repetition is really starting to get tiresome. Tsuneki is quite easily the most dynamic character in the entire series. She’s popular, pretty and wants everyone to know it, most notably Kamita… who for some outlandish reason she acts like a tsundere to. Apparently all it takes for her to fall for him is a few gauche interactions at a summer study camp and him accidentally popping a boner in the men’s washroom. But this sizzling romance is quickly extinguished when Tsuneki makes the abrupt announcement that she wants to pursue life as a chef… which evidently can’t involve boys whatsoever.
Next up Tooru Miyame, or as I like to refer to her: every teenage pizza-faced nerd’s unicorn. A hot girl that plays videogames, and is actually good at it? Not to mention that she’s single and ready to mingle with our main protagonist? Ok, this one is straight up in fantasyland. Through my time in YouTube I’ve actually met some decent looking girls who are into gaming, so that part’s not entirely out of the question. The most implausible factor is how easily she is drawn to the charismatic Ken doll himself. The writers attempted to use the two character’s common interest of video games to create a relationship between them. The result? Unbelievable at best. They even go as far as to paint a future with a child involved at the conclusion of the arc. This is just bad writing.
Lastly, we have the obligatory “young crush”. Every guy that’s ever become a senior in high school can admit to having an interest in a younger girl. That’s just how testosterone works. In effect, the storyline is probably the most believable of all three. A cute underclassmen shows up, is extremely impressionable and wants to experience the elusive romance she’s read about in teenage manga. The result is a morally questionable relationship that is never meant to go anywhere and spawns a “what if?” scenario of its own. The least entertaining of the three arcs, but probably the most believable. It’s a shame they saved it for last.
The animation and art style in Seiren is attractive in some scenes and dull in others. The inconsistent nature of this plagues the side characters because their models are virtually carbon copies of each other. This could make for some confusing moments in the series where you’re not entirely sure who’s talking at a given moment. Luckily the girls are pretty cute, which is what I think initially brought me to the show. It’s okay, but we should be a bit more detailed in 2017.
The sound is pretty atrocious. Neither the opening or the endings were really that convincing in making me want to watch the show, in the background music is virtually absent. The voice acting is mediocre, and really could’ve benefited from having a big-name actor accompanied to the anime. It was like listening to the lite version of your standard slice of life series.
Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, or really enjoy watching teenagers stumble over there words professing their love for each other, I would say avoid Seiren at all costs. It can be quite boring at times, and there isn’t anything in service to take your mind off of things. Combine this with blend art in nonexistent music and you have a recipe for a snoozer. this is not a show I can recommend to anyone, and is possibly the worst series I watched this season. As always, thanks for checking out the review and be sure to look out for my other winter 2017 reviews this is not a show I can recommend to anyone, and is possibly the worst series I watched this season. As always, thanks for checking out the review and be sure to look out for my other winter 2017 reviews!
3: Koukaku no Pandora
English: Pandora in the Crimson Shell
MAL Score: 6.52
Onboard a cruise ship heading to the scenic Cenancle Island, the full-body cyborg Nene Nanakorobi, a bubbly young girl who dreams of world peace, meets inventor Uzal Delilah. The two become fast friends along with Uzal’s pet cyborg Clarion, a cat-like combat android. Soon after parting ways, a terrorist attack on the island threatens to shatter the pair’s new friendship. In a bid to save her new friend, Uzal gives Nene the ability to use the Pandora Device found in Clarion’s body before seemingly dying. With this power, Nene can temporarily master abilities and skills never seen before in the advancing world.
Working together, the two unlikely companions go on various missions—from saving children in shopping mall fires to fighting reckless thieves—all in the name of world peace. But to achieve this goal is not easy. B.U.E.R, a sentient laser in the form of a misshapen teddy bear, threatens to wreck their happy lives with his perverted nature and uncontrollable power. And to make matters worse, Nene’s guardian, as well as genius inventor, Takumi Korobase has an undying interest in B.U.E.R.
Burdened with saving the world and keeping B.U.E.R from the hands of evil, Nene and Clarion’s desire for world peace seems like a pipe dream. With this monumental goal, could the weight of it all destroy the pair’s friendship completely?
The story wasn’t doing much for me. I could not find any joy or pleasure in watching for the story or plot… I did not feel like anything could’ve stood out. Like, for me, there was no real “wow factor.”
To a certain extent, I did like the character designs. I love cyborgs, androids, etc so seeing characters with mechanical parts is always pretty rad. I mentioned earlier that my biggest dislike was the reaction faces. I felt like they overdid the reaction faces. I strongly felt like it wasn’t necessary at all to have reaction faces after every 2 sentences or so. The biggest thing that I disliked, about the whole damn series (In art department) was B.U.E.R. Single most annoy-ingest character in the show.
I hate it’s design that stupid third leg (penis pun, I’m assuming.) B.U.E.R was a huge pain to look at.
Yet another series where I didn’t pay much attention to the soundtrack or BGM. I sort of hate shows like these. There are shows where the soundtracks really stand out and some shows where it’s so dull or generic sounding that I don’t really pay it much mind. This is one of those. Moving on to the actual voice actors, I don’t think that this show would count as one of their best roles. Except for Junpei, he’s hardly in anything anymore. Overall, not too impressed.
I couldn’t like them, as mentioned earlier, they had too many faults for me. Not appealing in personality nor appearance. Characters in the show came off to me as more annoying than cute or anything else.
Overall, I seriously wanted to like this show. I thought at first that it had a really cute vibe to it so I figured “why not watch it.” In the end I just do not think it was worth watching… Go figure huh?
Final thoughts, Unfortunately Koukaku no Pandora just didn’t live up to my standards or exceptions. I was very disappointed with this series in the long run. My overall rating is 5/10 it could perhaps be a lot better if certain events were taken seriously.
Story: 8 The main plot isn’t as important to the show as the interaction of Nene and Clarion with the other characters. Also I didn’t really pay that close attention to the plot. In the simplest terms possible, the scientist Uzal builds a doomsday device, it goes crazy, city is almost destroyed, cyborg Nene and android Clarion save it, Uzal disappears, bad guys try to steal the device…It’s whatever. HOWEVER, I thought the actual setting and atmosphere of the story were really cool, mainly because I love the idea of humans attaining robotic bodies or enhancements, connecting to the web with brain implants, and in Nene’s case, even temporarily acquiring new skills (and magical girl transformations) by downloading them. Plus there are subplots with Nene and Clarion stopping various disasters with the powers of advanced technology and friendship.
Art: 7 The animation quality is kind of…lazy/budget-saving actually BUT the aesthetics are Quite cool at times (watch the OP).
Sound: 7 The ED is good, everything else is fine.
CHARACTER: 10. THIS is where the series shines brightest. The cast is very sweet and caring, most apparent with MC Nene, but even the minor characters are very kind. Especially the minor characters. Robert, Amy and Anna are impossible not to love. And the characters who are more self-centered, with the exception of the main villain, are hilarious so it’s okay. Shout-out to BUER, Takumi, and Vri especially.
Enjoyment: 10, especially for the shoujo ai factor.
It’s not as good. The whole pace seems ridiculously retarded, even though the art is actually pleasing
You know how MonMusu seems to have that “monster girl” fetish catering for the fanboys? This *should* be at least cater the android girls fetish. I’m not getting that. You end up with a weird over-sexual henshin that seems to be out of a 14 year old weeaboo who keeps fapping on loli images. annoying reporter who should have died midway but kept alive ’cause “look guys, funny failing reporter x3”. An edgy yet mysterious antagonist, and finally, 2 of the most bland yet happy-go-lucky character to date. The only good thing is that mysterious doctor that seems to leave a cliffhanger, with the mysterious antagonist group.
If you really like loli and don’t mind with the weird story, yeah sure just watch it. But it’s still torture, just plain torture.
3/10, gonna get bleach for my eyes
2: Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
English: Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles
MAL Score: 6.53
From standing in the sun for hours to traveling miles away from home, gorgeous high school student Koizumi stops at nothing to fulfill her desire for ramen. But these previously solo trips soon change when Koizumi’s classmate Yuu Oosawa develops an infatuation with her, and begins to join Koizumi uninvitedly on her adventures. As Yuu continues to be shocked by Koizumi’s enormous appetite, she learns about the endless variety of ramen from, arguably, its greatest connoisseur ever!
I state this for a reason. Sometimes in reviews you get people who don’t like the genre coming in and trashing a show that was never made to appeal to their interests. That isn’t the case here. I really enjoy CGDCT, and even a bad one can have moments worth watching.
Or so I thought. Because Ramen Daisuki is completely lacking in anything that makes it worth watching.
It’s terrible from top to bottom. To the point that now whenever I watch a lackluster CGDCT I think to myself: “Well at least it’s not as bad as Ramen Daisuki.”
In my eyes the life blood of a CGDCT show is the characters and their interactions. And here we run into the first major problem of Ramen Daisuki. The chararacters are all extremely one-note. The main girl likes ramen, and that’s all there is to her character. Yuu loves the main girl who likes ramen, and that’s all there is to her character. Then there’s the tsundere, and the bookworm, and.. that’s it. There’s nothing more to any of these characters. They never act outside of their formula. They never get development. They never even get notable moments with each other.
Ramen Daisuki isn’t the only CGDCT to have one-note characters. And while I Don’t like those one-note characters usually most CGDCT are able to recover with the execution of the character interactions. Sure the genki girl and reserved quiet girl pair may be cliche at this point but it works. It’s always nice to see someone will a friend out of their shell with pure love and support. Usually there’s an element of fun and folly that are present in their interactions, which makes them fun to watch even if there isn’t anything that breaks the mold, or develops the characters.
But Ramen Daisuki can’t even manage to do that right. The characters go together like ramen and chocolate: they don’t. While most CGDCT focus on fun or heartwarming interactions Ramen Daisuki doesn’t do either of those. Rather it decides to let ramen be the fore focus. The only thing that they talk about is ramen. And sure I get the show is about ramen but that doens’t mean it should be the only thing that the characters talk about, or experience. Life is not made up of just ramen no matter how much one of the characters may like it. Even their ramen based interactions are lackluster. The stalker girl basically tries to case after the main character over and over again and is constantly rebuked only to be “let in” when the main character has to correct her about some stupid thing she said about ramen. While it’s not the only show that has a push and pull between its main characters, usually there are large signs that the more reserved character is either a tsundere, or shy. They want that love, whether they know it or not and slowly warm up to the other party. This isn’t true in Ramen Daisuki. The only time Ramen lover shows any sort of like towards the stalker is when she makes her ramen. The only characters also have just as lackluster and uninteresting interactions. It’s hard to imagine any of them being friends due to the deficent of friendship bonding that appears in the show.
While character interactions are a huge thing in CGDCT, there is the other option which is winning via worldbuilding and atmosphere. Of which there is none. The only world that exists here is the next ramen shop that they need to get to.
Even on a foodie level this show fails. Sure the ramen looks good but when you spend 12 episodes doing nothing but showing uninteresting flat characters eating ramen it’s bound to fall flat. There’s no variation, it’s only ramen. Most food shows are able to cover an array of food and really bring out the food porn fo the yummy food they’re eating, but ramen daisuki is only focusing on ramen ever. And while they try to spice it up with all sorts of different types when these different types necessitate long spheals explaining what they are, it quickly devolves into uninteresting territory. I’m not sure who thought lectures would be funner to watch than characters interacting with each other but whoever did needs to be questioned.
The OST is also awful. They repeat the same songs over and over again when they already weren’t that good to begin with. On their own they’re already lackluster ut when they appear for the thousandth time it’s noticeably annoying, which is obviously not what a show should be going for. The songs are very simple and are lacking in flavor. So it makes it worse to hear it every single time.
There’s nothing to this show. The characters are flat and uninteresting. It’s as if ramen is the only thing that exists in this world, and on top of that the interactions are straight up bad. With bad characters, interactions, and world this show has nothing to offer unless you really want to see ramen. And then you have to put up with the rest just to get that. I’d say save it and go to a nearby store and by some ramen. It’ll be much tastier and you won’t have to deal with this failure of a show.
Story is Fair (6). There’s nothing fancy about the story. It’s about a girl obsessed with ramen being stalked by her classmate who is obsessed with her. And a ton of useful? facts about ramen, its history and how to enjoy them best.
Art is Very Good (8). I say very good not in the character department but on how they animate ramen in the story. Each ramen dish is distinct from one another from the color and texture of the soup and noodles, to the side dishes that goes along with them.
Sound is Very Good (8). It is due to how it induces the feeling that you are in whatever restaurant Koizumi and here classmates dine for a bowl or two of ramen. Additionally, the sound they make while and after finishing a bowl of ramen is hunger inducing. Moreover, the parts wherein things get a bit emotional, has a very nice melody in it that I love to listen to.
Characters are Good (7). I like the cold and nonchalant character of Koizumi, she was made to really standout in the story as she is the main character who devours those bowls after bowls of ramen. The other characters are just fairly there to decorate and make Koizumi stand out in the show. They are very straightforward.
I enjoyed watching all 12 episodes of Ramen Daisuki Koizumi san, and I always look for anything ramen like to eat while or after watching each episode. So please take this as a warning if you decide to binge watch this anime.
In connection to the statement above, I believe that it has done its purpose well which is to make us crave, learn and love one of the dishes Japan is popular for; Ramen!
7 bowls of shoyo ramen out 10.
I first heard of this anime from watching a short YouTube video called “Cutest German Loli You’ll Ever See Kawaii Overload”. Don’t ask. But it mentioned the anime it came from in the beginning and I was intrigued. I mean, who wouldn’t love an anime about cute girls eating ramen? AND BOY WAS THIS ANIME SOMETHING ELSE.
Story 10: Hojou-chan: “Guys, what if we make an anime with a cute protagonist”. Takade-san: “Sounds SUPER ORIGINAL, what’s the plot?”. Hojou-chan: “…”. The story in RDK is basically RAMEN IS DELICIOUS AF. I don’t think I’ve ever had such an urge to eat ramen from watching only two minutes of an anime. I almost cried in the finale were Koizumi-san returns to her beloved ramen for the first time in two weeks, it is a very emotional moment and I was holding back tears.
Art 10: WHAT IS THIS FACE ANIMATION? THIS IS LIKE RAMEN HENTAI. The faces people make (namely Koizumi-san) when eating ramen are some of the most priceless images I have ever witnessed in any anime to-date. Also, as I mentioned earlier, the food looks super tasty.
Sound 10: The OP and ED are good but the crown jewel here is THE SLURPING SOUNDS. Why does ramen eating sound so sexual in this anime? NOBODY KNOWS. But this is music to my ears and I’m slightly tempted to listen to ramen eating ASMR after writing this review. That jingle is ridiculously catchy as well.
Character 10: You got the stalker, the diva, the ramen yandere, AND ONE NORMAL PERSON. What more could you ask for? The diva and the ramen yandere are super cute and I can barely restrain myself from adding them to favorite characters.
Enjoyment 1: I didn’t anticipate how much ramen I would need to make it through this so I was starving almost the whole way through. Pray for Kallocarina-san
So in conclusion RAMEN IS TASTY. THIS IS A PROFOUND LIFE STATEMENT MADE BY THIS ANIME AND I AM IN LOVE WITH EVERY MOMENT THESE THREE MAGICAL WORDS ARE REINFORCED. Go eat ramen NOW or you will get diabetes.
1: Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san
English: Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood.
MAL Score: 7.09
Rumors tell about an ageless girl who only comes out at night, living in a mansion in the middle of the forest. Some say that she is a living doll with a soul. Upon hearing these rumors, Akari Amano seeks out this girl, only to find herself lost as she treks through the woods amidst the darkness.
A vampire named Sophie Twilight saves her, turning out to be the rumored girl. However, unlike the vampires told in myths, Sophie does not attack humans and instead orders her blood online. Akari instantly becomes charmed with her doll-like appearance and proceeds to abruptly move in with her, thus starting their life together.
Based on a 4-koma, this anime is easy to recommend but not may not be so easy to appreciate. It’s essentially a slice of life series that focuses more on making fun of the otaku and vampire culture rather than a complex story. I’d say the plot is forgivable at best with each episode tying the overall themes together. But really, don’t try to look for any sort of real story development. The storytelling is more about the misadventures of the character cast than anything else.
With that out of the way, several things to also take note is humor and character connections the cast establishes with each other. From the first few episodes, it became obvious that schoolgirl Akari Amano takes a liking to a 360-year old vampire named Sophie Twilight. While this strikes as an oddball formula to set up for the series, it works with the fact that the creators wanted to establish an important relationship from the start. Not only does Akari and Sophie develop a close bond, they also begin to share similar interests. The most evident involves with otaku culture. But what evokes hilarity is a lack of common sense from Sophie considering her nature. She still has the mind of a child despite being over 300 years old. The creators made Sophie into an antithesis of a vampire. She’s not violent and has no desire for human blood. While she shares common traits of a generic vampire (like being weak to sunlight), Sophie also enjoys interests of an otaku. These include going to comic conventions and collecting otaku goods. It’s something you’d never expect a vampire would behave but the bottom line is that Sophie is nothing like the vampires you’d see in traditional horror flicks.
Oh and she’s not the only vampire. Later in the series, we meet Ellie, a vampire girl who has known Sophie for a long time. One thing noticeable about Ellie is her characteristics that relates more closely to how vampires would behave. The show also pokes fun of Ellie’s personality by making her behave like a brat on many occasions. Still, she’s not malevolent and often acts more like a child similiar to Sophie. Thanks to her new friends, Ellie does learn more about the human society. Beyond that, we also get to meet Akari’s best friend Hinata as she also gets involved with our lovely vampires.
There’s probably not many reasons to watch this show altogether but if you’re looking for a humorous slice of life anime, this is one to aim for. As I mentioned before, character chemistry is important that shows how close characters grow together. Akari and Sophie is the most prominent pair as the two become what seems to be more just friends. While this show isn’t truly a yuri, there are definitely moments that suggests a bit more than subtle romance. Akari’s attraction towards Sophie is obvious that even gets played for laughs when she gets nosebleeds. There are also many moments when Akari makes excuses to see her. For the more distinctive humor, the show plays around a lot with otaku context in particular with Sophie’s hobbies. She’s pretty much an indoor girl who spends her time watching anime, reading comic books, and buying otaku merchandise. As she is a vampire, the show also injects humor about her nature such as drinking blood (non-human), being weak to garlic, or sunlight. But as the title suggests, Sophie is pretty much a neighborhood vampire who really is harmless.
As the art style also suggests, this anime is decorated with fluffiness and charm. The main female character are made as cute as possible with Sophie being the primary example. At someone her age, she looks like a doll that even other characters comments on. Similarly, Ellie retains a youthful appearance that will be deceptive to the naked eye. However, do take notice that the show has some fan service. While it’s nothing explicit, it exists and some scenes can raise some eyebrows considering the appearances of these girls. As someone who has read portions of the manga, the anime does manage to capture the overall look of the show.
This series is probably one that people won’t be talking about for a long time. That’s okay though as I don’t see there’s much really to talk about beyond the character connections and comedy gags. The story really isn’t very impressive from the start and there’s little overall character development. Watching this anime is mostly aimed for those who want to experience a slice of life comedy and a dose of vampiric otaku culture.
Slice of life Check
Tonari no kyuuketski-san/ Ms.Vampire who lives in my neighborhood is a delightful slice of life series with yuri and a bit of supernatural element as one the mc being a Vampire Loli, yes indeed.
Story revolves around a Normal everyday girl called Akari who ls fond of cute things like especially dolls and dresses etc.One day she hears stories about a haunted mansion in her neighborhood and eventually meets up with our Vampire Loli Sophie. Well Sophie looks like any other cute looking loli with cute and beautiful features and precisely a bit like a doll, which immediately makes her take a liking to her and grows affectionate, and has desires of wanting to cuddle with her and dress up in cute dresses etc.
Sophie on the other hand surprised a human isn’t afraid after knowing of her true identity and being in a solitary life is quite not sure how to respond but still doesnt mind being with her and she accepts her friendship and as the story progresses Akari invites herself to live with sophie which was quite surprising as even her parents granted her permission. And Voila Begins the daily Life of a Vampire loli with her new friend who is obsessed over to the point she even drools thinking about all the cute stuff she can make sophie do.
The Daily life story of this anime also pans around how an ancient being sophie is able to adapt to the modern world for example buying Blood online for her daily use, being a small time otaku, surfing on the internet, reading manga’s , sleeping with body pillows which is really amazing , funny and enjoyable to watch.
Other characters such as Akari’s friend Hinata and Sophie’s friend Ellie are really interesting too both having a extra soft side for their respective friends and their parts in the story are really nicely involved and depicted.
Music is really Enjoyable as well as the animation is really well done by Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ.
Overall if you like a nice dose of slice of life, cute yuri, shoujo Ai series with a bit of supernatural element which you can sit back,relax watch and enjoy.
This is really is a Good watch as i personally like these kind of relaxing show which you can watch with a smile.
The interest point of Ms. Vampire is the different lifespans of humans and Vampires. This is a big point of the show and something that it explores in an interesting way. Rather than have heavy drama based off of it, it is true to its slice of life roots and shows the issues with it, and the issues the vampire’s have due to it, without belaboring the point or turning it into melodrama. And while I would have liked the show to focus more on this point, it ultimately did well.
However outside of that the characters aren’t really notable. They are cute, and I do enjoy the very strong yuri tones throughout the show, but they don’t have much depth to them, and they don’t come across as anything notable nor do they make me love them with the sheer power of their character. They’re fairly standard moeblobs. And while that plus the vampire angle is fine enough to make them decent characters it is a far cry from a great characters, which with some developing they could have been.
The show also likes to rest on its gimmicks to much. While at some point it does tone them down the times where it focuses on it can get very tiring. There were a couple of scenes where they went out of their way to make the gimmick come up and have a joke around it. Many times the gimmick implementation suffers from poor writing and it feels like the show is trying to shove it in.
Overall it results in a standard CGDCT with something extra. The art is nice, the sound is nice, and while they aren’t notable they are perfectly fine for the story the show is telling. It isn’t the most notable of CGDCT, and there are lots of things it could have done to be better, but ultimately it serves it’s role in the genre well and adds that little bit more that makes it unique. And personally that’s good enough for me to enjoy.
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1. Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san
2. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
3. Koukaku no Pandora
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