Here is part two of the halfway seasonal review which concludes all the anime that we have watched this season (at least up until now.) If there are any shows that we didn’t see and are worth watching, please let us know!
Edy: SAO is back – but instead of an edgy guy with death consequences we have cute girls playing for fun. And it’s darn cute. Maple is such a lovable dork in this show and that is all the reason you need to watch this show. She cluelessly puts all of her points into vitality that she becomes basically invincible. At first I thought this concept was just hilariously funny one time joke that can’t be sustained for a long time. But watching her interact with other players like Sally to involve strategy in her already broken play style was rather fun to watch. My only problems I have in the show are the side characters and the game itself. First, the side characters in the show are extremely bland. I don’t think any of the characters to me, other than Maple, really stood out to me in the guild (other than Sally but only because she gets a lot of screen time). Other character’s skills are all not really memorable enough and they don’t seem important enough since Sally and Maple can literally just wipe everyone easily. Second, the game itself is kind of annoying to think about if I actually start thinking about them. I mean Maple is way too broken, and if I start thinking about how this is possible in a game, I get stuck in this annoyed tangent of thoughts trying to give an explanation myself. Another annoying aspect is the skills. This might just be me, but watching Sally yell “double slash!!” or Maple yell “Hydra!!” every 5 seconds in a fight gets really annoying. The skills have no variety and seeing basically the same strategy every time tends to get really boring. But even if that is a problem, the characters are so cute that it overrides all the technical problems that I have with the show.
Edy: Darwin’s game is great. I know a lot of people really dislike this show but I personally love it for the same reason as I love Arifureta. The main character is like a scared guy that later becomes the most edge filled badass in the world, the main female character is blonde, sexually aggressive and totally obsessed with the main guy, and best of all the show is absolutely trash in pacing, directing, and visuals. It’s not a good sign when you aren’t thrilled in a thriller, but Darwin’s game manages to do so. The way that he runs away in the first scene is so hilarious because it’s so ridiculous. Like the pace at which he runs at, the amount of time it takes, the shots that are focused on him and the crazy bear (to make it seem like it’s some manic) are all so loosely done that it’s funny. I mean look at the picture above, isn’t it absolutely hilarious?
Runway De Warrette
Jun: Not necessarily a terrible show on its own, it would have had potential to be a solid 7/10, but personally, considering how terrible of an adaptation it is compared to the anime, I can’t help but bear some hatred towards the show. First of all, the soundtrack is totally off. I understand that they’re trying to add in the electronic, hype music that is shown on actual runways, but it is so out of place in the kind of story this is. The show could have simply left the music on the scenes featuring the runway, and never touched on it. I don’t know how anyone was okay with the god awful music in this show. And probably most importantly, the clothes. Now, fashion sense is definitely subjective, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who like and dislike the mangaka’s fashion sense. But at the same time, I’m sure everyone who has read the manga, even people who don’t understand fashion and/or are not interested in it, can agree that the designs and their popularity are fleasable. But in this show…. Man, they really fucked it up. The first design that Ikuto makes for Chiyuki looks like fucking paper. The visuals, especially for the clothes, are so damn terrible. There are more things I could say about this show, but overall it’s a disappointment and a disgrace to the manga.
Edy: Hanako-Kun is probably the most aesthetically pleasing show this season. I don’t think anyone will disagree when I say all of the shots in this show are beautiful to watch. You can probably pause at any moment to get yourself a new wallpaper. The characters in Hanako-kun are all really cute too. Not just because of their designs but because of their personalities as well. So in a show like this, where it is very character centered (to drive all the legends that take place) it’s definitely a huge plus to have good background along with fun character. My only problem with this show is that the show is literally a moving manga. The way that the episodes are paneled and the shows that they use are exactly identical to the manga and flows exactly like a manga. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but in this show, I saw the show drag a little when it relied on such paneled for visual explanation. It felt a little bit lazy when the art they do normally in the show is mindblowing. But overall I’m really enjoying this show.
Jun and Edy: Very funny it got that high on MAL, though you can get much higher with meth
With the winter 2020 season halfway, here is a list of the shows we’re watching (or dropped), and how we feel about each of them!
Edy: Best anime of the season without a doubt. There’s a scene in episode one where Asakusa is talking about what goes into making an anime and what makes it so good and special. The funny thing is, Eizouken does all of this. It’s creatively directed, the scenes flow perfectly and the characters are animated with so much flare. Yuasa Masaaki is literally just flexing his directing skills with this show.
It’s so amazing the little bits of things the character do that just show their enthusiasm. My favorite part in episode one was when they started sketching what the characters had in their imagination then putting them together on the window. It really feels like the character – or the show itself – loves anime. This show is honestly too good and impossible to fit into a small paragraph. I think I will review this show episodically starting from episode one. I really regret not watching immediately when it came out to do so.
Edy: This show is looking like it’s going to be a show I really enjoy just because of the character. From what I’ve seen from the episodes that are out right now, the show had the flashes of a really entertaining show. The character, Kotoko, might be like one of the cutest characters I have seen in anime, and she is absolutely delightful to watch. Her facial expressions are amazing, her personality just pops everywhere, and the way she talks reminds me so much of witty lines from the Monogatari series. The show, however, seems way too heavily reliant on the dialogue and depending on the character, the location, and the event it really makes or breaks the whole scene or even that episode. But regardless Kotoko is fun to watch and since she is usually at the center of all the conversations it’s not really a problem most of the time. From what I’ve seen, the cases that they deal with are also all interesting enough for me to really enjoy watching this show. I hope that this show continues being as good as it is right now.
Jun: Unexpectedly great show from the first episode, despite what many people said about it. It’s intriguing, fun and the main character is likable with a somewhat interesting backstory. The gimmick of IDOs is really interesting and enjoyable to watch, and if we ever get to see the blue haired side character enter one properly and join the investigating team I’d be thrilled. There’s many plot points of which we know quite little of, such as the character John Walker, who randomly appears in some murderers’ IDOs, as well as Kaede-chan, who is always dead whenever someone enters an IDO, regardless of who the pilot is. The gimmick I probably like the most about the IDO is that the pilot doesn’t retain their memory when they enter, and so there’s always this “I”m a master detective” sequence and it’s so exciting and gets me really thrilled to watch the rest of the episode.
For the most part, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of this show, but there’s one…. Just one problem that I have with it. And that’s the small girl.
Putting aside her character design which I’m simply not a fan of, I think the reason behind why I dislike her the amount I do is because the scenes that involve her, investigations outside the IDO, tend to be really boring. Although they do give us some exposition to explain how the IDOs work, I generally found most of the dialogue to be boring, and the detectives to be uninteresting characters. Newest arc though, that hot killer girl is voiced by Ayaneru. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Jun: Magia Record was as disappointing as expected. The art is gorgeous, and lives up to Madoka Magica’s reputation. The story, on the other hand, is mediocre at best. Because the original Madoka already happened, and pretty much anyone watching this show is going to be aware that this is a dark mahou shoujo anime, the show immediately begins without trying to surprise you, but taking the dark tone as something obvious and expected. Which is fine on its own, but the characters and story are unbelievably boring and uninspired, and the character designs have such an obvious parallel to Madoka. I know some people would like that, but I’d rather watch new characters in this fucked up magic world. Magia Record is an anime that is carried solely by its visuals. And to me, it’s not enough to continue watching.
Jun: nekopara was okay. i thought it would be about a guy fucking his cats, but unforunately this show ended up showing some like normie shit about a guy grooming his cats. from what i could tell, this is some like slice of life shit….. i think like the cats are doing work and running a shop, and then they find a shota cat? something like that… honestly i think that shows like this are not good because they don’t develop their characters, and it’s just overall the characters are nothing but typical anime character archetypes like the tsundere or the genki girl. the main problem that i find with shows like these are that they confuse iyashikei(psychologically “healing” shows) to boring garbage nothingness. It’s not enough to just have characters with no personality acting out the same, tired out jokes that a million other anime have done. Of course, maybe I’d have a different opinion on this show if i actually watched it, but i’m a busy man with better priorities.
What other shows have you guys been watching this season? Tell us what you thought of these shows and give us some recommendations for this season as well!
Edy: The trailer’s visuals doesn’t look too appealing. Although many may not mind these types of art style, the character designs with more rigid corners have always been something that bothered me. The colors, although are fine, do not seem very special and rather boring. However, the director of this show, Oomori Takahiro, did quite a bit of notable shows such as Durarara! or Baccano! which also had similar visuals. So hopefully, the show can compare to the directors former works. I’ll try out but this show will most likely not be mind blowing or anything. I’m usually not a fan of these types of thrillers because they never really end up being that good most of the time by being just a serious show that I can’t really take seriously.
Jun: I will be your pet if you reblog this post
Edy: Nekopara was originally an eroge visual novel. And just like its original, this show looks like its nothing more than a fanservice show. But admittedly the show, based on the PV only, doesn’t look bad in terms of the animation and visuals. The colors and character design completely fit with what the show should be and the staff seems to have a good grasp on the concept. I will watch this show since it looks fine (but definitely not because it looks like a cute fanservice show)
Jun: Hopefully this is an adaptation of the original and not the steam version.
Edy: This show looks like another example of a some-what ambitious show that will most likely not be good due to the lack of budget, time and effort. The genre that its listed as is “Shounen, Ecchi, Action” and those types of shows are usually very low effort aimed at an obvious target audience. The character designs also has that modern isekai anime like art-style that looks fine but is nothing very special.
Edy: Looks like a fun mystery/supernatural show. I might start reading the manga just because of the manga character designs that look really nice looking at illustrations. The art seems as though it translated very well. Hopefully this comes out fun and becomes something like a slightly darker Noragami.
Somali to Mori no Kamisama:
Edy: Reading the summary, I had almost no expectations for this show. I’ve seen this type of plot too many times and never have they been executed properly to be enjoyed. But once I watched the trailer I actually ended up being interested in the aesthetics of the anime. The color palette and the background felt very calming and supportive of the plot. Of course I don’t know if this show will be entertaining but the shows aesthetics alone is enough for me to try the show out.
Jun: Sorry, I need to prepare for my next review
Edy: Darwin’s game looks as though it can be fun in concept. A survival game with a phone app with some crazy girl and a retarded looking guy. It’s probably going to have the same appeal as Mirai Nikki. The thing is, however, I did not enjoy Mirai Nikki a single bit. It was too edgy for me and I was not very entertained by the whole psycho feeling that they went with. Moreover, although I did read a few chapters of the manga, the way that the manga told the story was a little bit too hectic for me. Seeing that the animation on the trailer doesn’t look very good either, I have a feeling I still find the anime to be very hectic just like the manga.
Jun: Did you know Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science (Wikipedia)
Jun: CG Anime that has animation that looks way too choppy and the character designs look hella rough and pointy. When a show looks this bad, I don’t care how good the story is, I’d rather read the original adaptation, or just skip it entirely. There’s no way I’m going to subject myself to torture by looking at these visuals for longer than 10 seconds.
Edy: I have and always will hate CG anime.
Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita:
Edy: Having read the manga, I can say that a lot of people will find this show funny and enjoyable. The concept and the interesting aspect of it is very similar to Kaguya-sama. However, here, the two main characters, who are scientists, try to explain their love through science and math. Things like, the reaction after events and and reasons why they get embarrassed are analysed in such an over the top way that its becomes really funny. The anime’s art style is a little bit disappointing but if it can deliver the manga’s jokes well I’ll be satisfied. The voice actor is Amamiya Sora and I’ll be interested to see her first main role in a while since Aqua.
Jun: I want a girlfriend
Edy: This looks like a bootleg combination of literally every single isekai show. The art style is extremely generic and the story is going to extremely generic. Although there is not a single reason why one would watch this show over any other isekai show (which in-fact are everywhere now) I will watch this for the memes. Hopefully it’s as good as Arifureta or Goblin Slayer.
Jun: Instead of infinite dendrogram i want SAO 9 $$$$ 😘😘😘😘
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun:
Jun: The Original character designs actually don’t look that bad, and Lerche is probably the perfect studio to adapt the art style, since the shows they always produce have thick lines, like Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Lerche has for the most part produced boring garbage though, and looking at the director’s mediocre past, I wouldn’t get my hopes too high for this.
Edy: The manga is pretty cute. The character design looks good too. Looking at just the trailer, I’m really in to the art style and just the aesthetics themselves. As a person who read the manga I am happy that the art of the manga translated really well. High hopes.
Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi:
Edy: STUDIO DEEN IS BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL FORM. THIS LOOKS LIKE FATE/STAY NIGHT
Jun: Studio Deen makes shit shows dude
Edy: Looks like boring youjo senki. The show’s trailer also has a bunch of CG shot even though its a short trailer. Being a plane anime, it’s probably going to have a bunch of janky CG shots, and horrible animation. I have almost no hopes in this being any pleasant to watch – both animation and plot wise.
Jun: A long time ago, I wanted to be a pilot.
Edy: This looks like it won’t be too special. There have been so many different cute girls show every season, many never really straying too far from the original formula. Because of this, many of these shows are never mind blowingly good. But a pro is that they are never usually too bad. Hopefully this show can be as good as Yuru Yuri or Yuru Camp, in that case I will be overjoyed.
Jun: Probably will be another run of the mill slice of life show. Probably along the lines of Comic Girls and Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!(The latter of which looks exactly the same as this show).
Edy: It looks like a some-what interesting show that will get literally no attention because it is an original show. The trailer looks really cool and has really interesting visual. The whole sci-fi feeling of it along with the jumbled town looks really cool. But I have no idea what its about or what it will be about. Looks cool though.
Jun: PVs so far have shown absolutely nothing, but considering the director being Masaaki Yuasa, and the original work’s popularity, I’m pretty sure this show is going to be good and most definitely popular. If you like any of Masaaki’s previous works, then this is the show to look out for next season.
Edy: It’s about an anime about making anime. My favourite show is also an anime about making anime. This one is also by Masaaki Yuasa. So I am very excited for this show.
Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu:
Edy: This show looks really bad. The characters look ugly, the animation are janky (in fact there are almost no animation,) and the plot doesn’t look any interesting to cover the lacking bits of the show. Of course, the plot doesn’t tell us how good a show is going to be, but shows like this depend a lot of the likability of the characters and the likability of the characters depend a lot on the art and visuals, which this show clearly does not have.
Jun: looks like fuckin garbage
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.
Edy: This anime is a cute girl fighting with shield show with an SAO plot. Just by looking at it it’s obvious that Sliver Link made this show to make merch of the main girl. But to me, her outfit looks really ugly and doesn’t match her character at all. The show also looks really generic too… The only way that the show can be any good is if I find the girl cute, but she looks and seems like any shy, clumsy character from any cute girls show. Jun: looks like fuckin garbage + its silver link
Edy: The trailer literally shows a repeat of the characters standing with their names and voice actors. Animation wise and plot wise I have absolutely no idea what it’s going to be about. But based on the title, characters and the very little information given in the trailer, this show is probably going to be able some magician! Frankly this looks like a generic, randomly, episodic slice of life show that I wouldn’t care about at all.
Jun: looks like fuckin garbage
Runway de Waratte
Edy: One of my favorite mangas that will probably will end as one of my least favorite anime. The characters look nothing like I expected. The voices don’t match the characters at all. The most interesting thing about the show, the clothes, look like they aren’t fabric because of the weird lighting in the cloth. It looks exactly like Go-Toubun no Hanayome, and I hated that shows design and colors. I hope the PV was some mistake. I am in complete denial.
Jun: haha i love when good manga get adapted into clearly garbage shows
Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei:
Edy: The show doesn’t actually sound too bad based on the trailer and the MAL summary itself. Two handsome guys solving jewelry related crime cases with psychological aspects in it. Sounds like a cool show that can either be really interesting or really boring. The animation of the other hand looks like something I would despise. It has the very old shoujo looks with long-faced-glitter-eyed-ikemen. I am not expecting myself to enjoy watching this show and will probably get frustrated by the visuals itself.
Jun : Looks like garbage
Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu:
Edy: I hate idol shows. I have never found any idol shows good. But a majority of this was because of the fact that idol shows have a bunch of janky CG dance sequences. If the show does not have CG dances, as seen on the PV, it may be nice. But looking at the preview, the show seems to have some… problems with its animations.
Jun : it’s not cg oh my god oh my oh my oh my !!!!!!!!!!
Oh wait it looks like garbage
Edy: The cover looks really pretty and the PV also looks really pretty. It’s an A-1 music show so I’m not expecting the show to be good at all, but since it looks pretty I’ll watch it.
Jun: damn the cover looks kinda hot, maybe i’ll look at it later
Edy: Rugby anime sounds kinda cool. But the problem is that this show is obviously aimed at a female audience and a female audience only. I’m calling it now, this will be bootleg free! but with rugby.
Jun: I am man
Edy: There is like no information about this show what so ever. No trailer, no staff information, no summary. But the cover looks cool and the type of art style looks really calming. This may be a short but it looks like something I’ll try because of the aesthetics.
A3! Season Spring & Summer
Edy: Theatre anime sounds kinda cool. But the problem is that this show is obviously aimed at a female audience and a female audience only. I’m calling it now, this will be bootleg free! but with acting.
Murenase! Seton Gakuen
Edy: Another episodic school comedy show. The art style looks normal, the plot looks normal. Basically everything about the show just looks like an okay show that’s nothing special that won’t get any attention from the larger crowd. The concept of it is like a school with animals with one human joining a wolf pack of something.
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Magia Record, a spin-off of the famous Madoka Magica is soon to air. But is it worth your time, or a simple cash grab? Read the two of our takes on this season’s most anticipated anime.
One of the main appeals of the original series was that a show that was originally advertised as a ‘somewhat strange but happy magical girl show’ ended up being a batshit crazy dark magical girl show. The twist was what captivated most people to watch the show, but in Magia Record, it will be near impossible to have a twist that’s even half as shocking as the original, with everyone’s expectation of a crazy sequel to Madoka. But of course, the twist wasn’t carrying this Magia’s predecessor, but it still means that this series will have to come up with a different appeal(unless it plans on piggybacking on Madoka as a quick cash grab, which is unlikely since it’s being produced by Shaft, a studio that in the bare minimum has produced shows with obvious care into them, plus this show is 2-cour).
This show is obviously going to sell; its predecessor is the 23rd most high grossing anime of all time, making $36 million in box office. It’s the most anticipated non-direct sequel of the upcoming season, and Shaft is pushing its release with countless TV advertisements. The show also looks exactly like Madoka, and although none of the characters from the previous show won’t have an appearance(at least as main characters), the character designs are obviously made to look similar enough to the previous show that you could confuse the main girl for Madoka. The character designer, Gekidan Inu Curry, is the same, the aesthetic is the same, and the show’s voice acting cast is totally stacked– the show looks extremely appealing upon first glance. However, when one takes a deeper look into the released details of the show, there are some differences between the original and this spin-off that are worth noting.
First of all, Urobuchi Gen, aka “the Butcher”, the main writer of Madoka who came up with its crazy marketing scheme, the twists and wrote other famous shows such as Fate/Zero, is non existent within Magia Record’s staff. Furthermore, Madoka’s director Akiyuki Shinbo, a director who is well known even within the western community, only plays the role of animation check for Magia Record. And who’s taking up these vital positions, director and writer for Magia Record? Well, it’s the character designer, Gekidan Inu Curry. And as far as I can tell, it’s not only his first time directing anything, but his entire career seems to be art-focused. I’m not saying that Curry has no chance to make this show good. In fact, I think it’s within the realm of possibility. But when the role of both Director and Writer* is pushed onto the original’s character designer, it does make me question this anime’s promise.
If you didn’t know, Magia Record is an adaptation of a spin-off mobile game to Madoka. I’ve played a little bit of the game, and it’s clear that the writing is nowhere near as good as Urobuchi Gen’s. Maybe it’s my distaste for visual novels, but the writing felt slow and exhausting. On top of that, the limited 2.5D animation and limited facial expressions really made the whole read amateurish, but with this anime’s visuals, at least there will be something interesting to look at while consuming the story.
It’s already a well-known fact that mobile game anime adaptations end up being complete garbage most of the time, but maybe Shaft will outdo themselves again, and on top of the strange staff arrangement, they’ll create a genuinely good product. I mean, the visuals look pretty good, and the main dark appeal of Madoka seems to be there. But for now, it’s probably best to lower your expectations for this show.
*On top of director, writer and character design, Curry is also in charge of series composition. And looking at the things he worked on for Madoka Magica, he’s probably going to be working on special effects and background art as well. Maybe Curry was inspired by Birdman’s Riggan Thomson, because this is starting to look like a one-man product.
A spin off to the ever-popular “Madoka Series” is bound to keep people excited for next season. Just by looking at the trailer, you can easily see the reasons for why people are excited about this new 2-cour show. First, the visuals look stellar and is essentially a replica of the original show. Certainly the visuals don’t seem as though it will let its loyal fans down. Shaft’s signature animation and colors – the mixing in aspects of realism and animation along with the unique atmosphere that the distant, almost otherworldly colors create – is so noticeable within the trailer and seeing it here makes my heart race with excitement. The music in the show seems impeccable as well. The trailer features an orchestral composition in the trailer which reminds me of the BGM in the Monogatari Series or other Madoka shows. With ClariS in charge of what seems to be a good ED in the trailer and TrySail in charge of theOP, the music does not seem to be something to be worried about. Moreover, the show’s cast is stacked with big name voice actors such as Sakura Ayane, Ogura Yui, Amamiya Sora and Hanazawa Kana and more, the show may even draw viewers just because of fans who are interested in hearing their voices in Madoka. Of course, with such a successful prequel it’s understandable why they would go all in with the cast. After all, the name Madoka itself with draw viewers automatically.
However, what I worry about thought is none of these aspects; what may be lacking is the story and the inability to follow up with its prequel. First, none of the cast that made the original show good are still here. Second, it is a game adaptation. For example, director Shinbou Akiyuki, who directed the original Madoka is now there with the role of “Animation Check.” The writer or the original Madoka, Urobuchi Gen is also nowhere to be seen. What I’m afraid of in this situation is the possibility of this show also going through the tragedy which psycho-pass went through. Psycho-Pass was another show which had unbelievably high reviews with a very loyal fanbase. However, with Urobuchi Gen getting off the series in the second season, they ended up creating one of the worst sequels in animation history. But that’s not to say the show will be bad. The director of the show has worked on many other shaft shows with character designs, background art, art director, and more. Because he has worked on the original Madoka as the character designer and key animator, he most likely has a good grasp of the show and the direction it needs to head towards. So even though this is his first work as a director, I’m very excited to see how he does with the new show. Having never played the game, I can’t judge whether the game’s story is good or not, however, seeing FGO or Bang Dream’s adaptation, I’m doubtful a good game adaptation can even be created. Hopefully Shaft gets it done.