Summer 2016 Anime Preview: Part 1 – The Old Romantics

Anime Opinions, Anime Preview, Summer 2016 — By on July 8, 2016 11:41 pm

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I waited too long for the standard, so here’s this season’s preview formula: I recap my 01 thoughts, throw in some info you could find on MAL, then tell ya whether it’ll be worth watching or not. Simple, yeah? Maybe even good, if not as.


Ranking System


Bad – Meh – Okay – Good – Great

If this ranking system is still too complicated for some of you out there, I’m afraid you’re piss outta luck, cuz I can’t dumb it down any further.



The Rankings – Part 1

Berserk – Good

[HorribleSubs] Berserk - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.58_[2016.07.08_17.47.45]


Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: GEMBA | Millepensee

Cheap CG and low-effort… everything makes this non-recommendable for fresh blood. But if you have more than a passing understanding of the source material, you’ll find yourself properly engaged while watching, as you can supplement what the show leaves unsaid with your knowledge of its lore.

I mean for all the cost-cutting, it’s still Berserk, and there’s enough murder, torture, and rape to make this a thematically faithful adaptation. And really, isn’t that all we ever wanted?



Love Live! Sunshine!! – Okay

[FFF] Love Live! Sunshine!! - 01 [F3997B41].mkv_snapshot_06.43_[2016.07.08_14.17.48]

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: Sunrise

The cheap Love Live spin-off has landed, and… well good luck making lightning strike twice when you’re following a formula so bland and lifeless. I watched it a few hours ago and even now I can’t remember a single character’s name. Off to a great start here.



Tales of Zestiria the X – Good (so far)

[HorribleSubs] Tales of Zestiria the X - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.39_[2016.07.08_23.03.37]

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: ufotable

The prologue is insane and absolutely ranks alongside the Tales of Zestiria movie. Creating new, meaningful characters, then killing them off… filling in plot holes… developing notable character motivations that serve to retrospectively improve the quality of the source material… Kudos to the team in charge. While not that difficult a target to hit, the show is already better than the game.

My issue with this series is going to be that there’s only so much Zestiria they can fix before they run into the problem of having to remain even somewhat faithful to the video game. From having thrown 50 hours away on it, I am more aware than most the problems inherent in adapting the basic plot of Zestiria. So however the good the prologue was, I’m going to have to warn everyone we’re about to deal with Native American Mr. Rogers’s attempts to rid the world of all evil because only he has the power to do so. And the supporting cast is gonna be even more lifeless than even King fucking Friday.



Orange – Good

[GJM] Orange - 01 [49A339C6].mkv_snapshot_10.16_[2016.07.08_19.25.25]


Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: Telecom Animation Film | TMS Entertainment

>MC-kun is a 26-year-old girl


>…in the future, but this story takes place 10 years in the past, when she’s a high schooler


Orange is good in spite of itself. Pretty standard shoujo, though, and I don’t really expect it to do anything particularly of note. Should end up a solid 8-9/10, but nothing to particularly remember when all is said and done.



Regalia – The Three Sacred Stars – Bad

[HorribleSubs] Regalia - The Three Sacred Stars - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.01_[2016.07.08_23.00.09]

Manga: N/A

Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: Actas

“What is this?”

“Why are these characters so awful?”

“Why am I even reviewing anime right now?”

“This isn’t what I fucking signed up for, but my apathy has me straight backed into a corner and now I’m reviewing a show that has prissy lesbians buying expensive coffee and summoning giant caped robots?”

“Is it Japan’s fault they can’t live up to that premise, or is it mine for my inability to write poorly?”

Credit due to Regalia for making me have a Kotaku-style existential crisis. Well, except mine can’t be simply solved by getting a real job, since I already have one. Life is suffering for people who don’t suck at it. ;_;



Ozmafia!! – Meh



Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: Creators in Pack

This is a short only notable for having an old Christian rock song as its ED. I don’t know why either.



Taboo Tattoo – Okay

[HorribleSubs] Taboo Tattoo - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.04_[2016.07.08_22.45.17]


Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: J.C. Staff

This show’s retarded as trigger warnings, but it opens with a dude getting iced, and it’s high middle school edgy, so fuck it, I’m in.

MC-kun looks like Waver, so I ain't inclined to drop this anytime soon.

Plus, MC-kun looks like Waver, so I ain’t inclined to drop this anytime soon. Waver <3



Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu – Okay

[HorribleSubs] Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.16_[2016.07.08_22.49.40]


Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: EMT Squared

Another short, this show’s about a straight guy who buys BL because… fuck you, he does what he wants. And his friend gets sexually assaulted a lot, I guess. Whatever, I was sold at “straight faggot”.



ReLIFE – Meh

[HorribleSubs] ReLIFE - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.04_[2016.07.08_22.08.51]


Light Novel: N/A

Animation Production: TMS Entertainment

>MC-kun is a 27-year-old guy


>who finds himself back in high school thanks to a crazy youth-enabling drug


I guess the main interesting thing about the show is it’s already been released as a batch. So you can finish it in a few hours instead of dropping it straight up if you’re so inclined.

And honestly, I ain’t got much else going on tonight, so I’m thinking of just drinking more Jerry’s & Coke and marathoning this show, with frequent breaks to masturbate to weird hentai, of course. If I don’t pass out due to boredom, maybe you’ll have a review in the morning~ (Note: I will 100% pass out due to boredom.)



Next up:


I dunno, I just downloaded a bunch of shows and have been sort of arbitrarily jumping between them. If you want something previewed first, lemme know. Otherwise it’s gonna be whatever I happen to double-click first. …I wouldn’t trust my luck either.

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flipr says:

You should tell me if I should watch 91 days. It sounds like it has the potential to be good, but I’m worried that it’ll just be incomprehensible garbage. I could just watch it to find out, but Disgaea ain’t gonna grind itself.

SlayerFox says:

From ep. 1; I’d say it’s worth giving it a shot, but as it stands, the show has some explaining to do, and some gaps to fill.

Neibs says:

It’s a Christian rock song ’cause that was the OP/theme song for the game. And it was the song for the game just because the producers liked it.

Dark_Sage says:

Honestly, if they wanted to go Christian rock, why not some goddamn Relient K? ;_;

Neibs says:

Because they aren’t Canadian enough, eh?

Solaristics says:

If you want more entertainment from Berserk, visit your local forums (MAL) and see everyone cry whitewashing.

Dark_Sage says:

Oh, cuz of the Casca palette swap? It did sorta piss me off too, cuz Casca’s always been a dark-skinned warrior girl. I mean, that’s what she is. And this doesn’t appear to be AU Berserk, so why would they change it up?

Can’t say I’d immediately jump to the conclusion of white-washing though. Wouldn’t the logical step be to think they’re just trying to make her more Japanese?

moozooh says:

Why would they try making her more Japanese if she’s clearly not? Silly Moonlanders. :(

Also why is every recent attempt at animating Berserk so unambitious? I swear, even Monogatari series is animated (not to mention directed) better, and that’s just a few people talking to themselves or each other 95% of the time. One would think the production committee would throw heaps of cash at the adaptation of what is one of the most well-received manga of the last three decades.

moron says:

when did your rating system go from “bad to good” to “bad to bad”

Dark_Sage says:


Kuroiryuu says:

Everybody knows Thunderbolt Fantasy is best anime.

Underscore says:

New Game!

KamiNoWar says:

Oh, somebody’s reading “A World That I Rule” there.

Lotusgg says:

Check 91 days, nejimaki, qualidea code and rewrite. Wanted to check these out but this season is so dull that the only two shows standing out are rezero and kuromukuro (which you should undrop), so i am kinda afraid of losing my time lol.

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