Turns out summarizing an entire season’s worth of anime in one post is a silly idea. So instead I’m splitting it up into parts. On today’s menu: Kotoura-san, Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman, Minami-ke Tadaima, and Senran Kagura.
The “four episodes” bit just means I watched at least 4 episodes of a show before judging it with my superior anime opinions. You’re welcome.
Plot summary: an esper girl can read people’s minds, and it causes trouble for her because she’s too fucking stupid to keep her mouth shut about it. Also, it’s a comedy-slash-romance show set in a high school. Hooray.
In essence, this is a mind-numbingly bad romantic comedy that’s been done a thousand times before, but better.
Episode 1 starts off with a ten-minute train of DRAMA by which we’re supposed to feel sorry for the protagonist because it’s just so tough being an esper. And that’s fine for what it is — it’s certainly an attention-grabbing opener for the show.
But by episode 2, the shock of the poorly paced, forced drama in the first episode has worn off, leaving only a hollow attempt at a “comedic” guess how awkward romance can get plot combined with an and it can get even more awkward when one person’s a psychic! gimmick. Realizing this, they try to force the drama again. And then again in episode 3. Oh, and in episode 4 too.
Aha! Fool me once, anime!
You know that kid in your class who always tried too hard, only to make an ass of themselves everytime? That’s Kotoura-san, and the show’s just as pathetic.
Here’s an easy way to tell if a show’s bad: take away the gimmick. If the show still stands on its own, then it deserves further consideration.
Kotoura-san does not.
Watch if: you’ve never seen a romantic comedy before and want to set the bar low.
General recommendation: Avoid
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
It’s like Lupin III, but worse. I’d really like to give it more credit than that, but rather than matching the highs of that series, it can only match its lows.
In place of Lupin, we have… honestly, I can’t remember this fucker’s name. Let’s call him Helper.
Rather than being a charismatic thief who uses his brain to get out of trouble, Helper is an uncharismatic gambling addict who’s dumber than a doorknob and only manages to survive with the aid of plot armor.
Supporting him is a cast of mediocrity and a caper-based episodic plot that never fails to underwhelm.
It’s not like it’s a terrible series, though. (It’s hard to be bad when it’s so painfully generic.) But in all honesty, you’d be better off with a couple Lupin episodes than this shit. It’s never as enjoyable as its inspiration and only serves to disappoint by comparison.
Watch if: You’ve seen everything Lupin there is and want more no matter the price you have to pay.
General recommendation: Avoid
Japan can’t into humor, and if you think they can, you’re probably not a fun person to be around. Minami-ke Tadaima desperately tries to reinforce this fact.
Rather than focusing on what made the first season so good, the production company figured they’d take everything from the series, throw it into a blender, and then just hope it works.
So what made the first season so good, then? Bear with me on this one — it was the character development. Or rather than development, I guess it’s more accurate to say reveal…ment?
We were introduced to the characters and got to see how zany they were and how they managed to interact with the other zany characters. In essence, it was novel.
But for series like Minami-ke, sequels can only work if they massively expand the cast or do something different. Since this is technically the fourth season of the show, expanding the cast isn’t exactly feasible, and they’ve already proven “different” isn’t the goal.
So the animation company is left with only the option to microwave the relationships from prior seasons and hope it’ll work out well enough.
Watch if: You’ve already seen the first season and want to see an acceptable attempt at a sequel.
General recommendation: Sure, but watch the first season first.
If you were expecting anything deep, you came to the wrong place.
Sure, the show touches upon themes such as the conflict between the individual and the group as well as the effects of counter-culture on society as whole. That’s a fucking given, though.
While Senran Kagura is a technically capable pastiche of modern Japanese society, it doesn’t go nearly far enough as to say anything worth listening to when it comes to the philosophical arguments that are a hallmark of the genre.
If you want a deconstruction of governmental bodies and societal structure, you should watch Queen’s Blade instead. And if you want an intelligent critique of interpersonal relationships that really gets to the meat of the issues, you should just stick to Sekirei.
For all its attempts to live up to the trendsetting works in this genre, Senran Kagura doesn’t even come close.
Watch if: you can’t even into consequentialism.
General recommendation: Avoid
I threw in like 10 pictures per fucking anime. If you’re too ADD for even that, you don’t deserve to absorb the wisdom of my thoughts.
57 thoughts on “Anime Opinions: Four Anime, Four Episodes, For You [Part 1]”
>NO MORE FANSUB REVIEWS – THIS IS JUST AN ANIME BLOG NOW
Wow fuck you too then. Rude as hell.
Hey man, I wrote that in lowercase to be polite about it. Blame the blog for automatically putting tags in caps.
And so begins Crymore’s descent into aniblogging.
Well we had a good run.
Minami-Ke Tadaima has been incredible. But maybe it just seems that way because Japan’s track record with comedy anime has been terrible lately.
I’d say that it is easily the best comedy anime since Daily Lives of High School Boys.
It’s been terrible always, let’s not fool ourselves.
Fuck you! Binbougami ga was great!
You should totally do episodic posts, man! That’s what the “scene” is all abut these days
Good idea. I could become the most popular aniblogger that ever lived!
and win this year’s tourney. good serious aniblog business.
“Next on Crymore.net, Whine-Sub subbing most, if not all, anime per season with episodic reviews, TL Party and whatnot.
In 2014, a live blog and an OST section”
Who knows? After all that, we might even get a decent comment system!
I’m beginning to think there aren’t any decent comment systems that exist.
I forgot to add that, *decent* comment system! Thanks for reminding!
We’re hosting our own tourney this year. Suck it, aniblogosphere.
This should be entertaining.
Will you ever tell us that an anime is actually good or will you just keep bashing everything?
I already recommended Mondaiji. I think it’s fair to assume I’ll recommend a few more.
My memory’s becoming shittier as days go by
Kotoura-san ended in episode 4, luckily.
(you’re much cuter as this, Sage)
So what do you think of the drama-less episode 5 of Kotoura-san?
Also, looks like episode 6 will be the swimsuit special.
Like drowning an ugly child, I’m cutting my losses with that shit. Dropped after episode 4.
Didn’t you say that you really liked this show in your Commie review?
Well, I actually take that back. You probably liked the first episode, but the rest didn’t cut it. My bad. I also started losing a little bit of interest after episode two. But I still like it to some degree.
Glad I decided not to pick up more than 3 shows this season…
Yeah, this reaffirms my initial decision to never watch any of these disasters. Thanks Sage; I love hearing how right I am.
Call me a benevolent dictator — I do it for the people.
I’d like to show the Kagura girls the meaning of deep.
I don’t watch any single episode of the mentioned shows (✿◠‿◠)
So, by the smiley face, are we to assume that you’re actively happy about your ignorance of the shows in question and inability to form opinions of your own?
lol there was some potential in Koutara-san, but loldamnitwhyanime
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I’m actually beginning to think you watch anime just to torture yourself.
Is there ANY other way to watch anime? ^o^
Wow, what trollsubs were you watching for Senran? I’m not even sure you could classify those as a “liberal” translation…
My own. Check the filenames next time.
Oh ha, you ‘edited’ Hiryuu’s release then? Okay, that makes more sense. They looked too out there to be real.
What the fuck are you doing?
I grab a lot of Deadfish so I can watch anime on my phone at work.
Why the fuck did you use 5 images for the first review, 4 images for the next one, 5 images for the third, and 3 images for the last, when you had such great consistency with the title?
Well, I’d like to say I had a reason…
Kotoura-san is 6/10 material. It’s an enjoyable way to waste 23 minutes every week.
Mondaiji is given way too much credit. It’s generic shounen and nothing more. What has been shown up until this point has been pretty good though. Rating: 6.5/10
Minami-Ke Tadaima: Reaches awesomeness levels on par with the first season. Rating: 7/10
Sasami-san: Best non-sequel of the season. Rating: 7/10
Love Live: Underrated show of the season? Probably. Nothing ground-breaking though. Rating: 6/10
AKB0048 S2: An idol anime with a good story? What is the world coming to?! Rating: 6.5 or 7/10
Chihayafuru S2: Best show of the season. You have shitty taste if you think otherwise. Rating: 8/10
Everything else is 6/10 or lower. Mostly the “lower” part.
I want a repost or edit with the full ten pictures that are promised.
I hear that hating everything makes your opinions correct.
I already recommended Mondaiji, Inferno Cop, and Osaka Momma. What, did you want me to rubber stamp everything?
Inferno Cop, Sasami, and Chihaya 2 only shows I actually like this season. Nonetheless, don’t be hating on my cute little Kotoura so close to Valentine’s Day.
Sasami is ridiculously underrated.
This. Probably the best show of the season. First episode left me kind of wary, but it quickly proves itself in the following episodes and is a thoroughly enjoyable show.
[email protected] It’s not like AOT-GD-Y or anything but it hardly deserves its tragic rating online. Standard anime protocols: overhype-disappoint-prejudge-loathe.
6.88 MAL rating? Ouch.
When Dark_Sage called Sasami-san “underrated”, I thought he was going crazy. I can see now how he arrived at that conclusion.
I usually judge shows as “underrated” or “overrated” based upon the amount of forum discussion.
It’ll be interesting to check back here in two months to see if the show’s MAL rating improved at all.
Lulz, that’s weaksauce. AniDB has 5.71 unweighted, or 2.95 weighted. Catastrophic.
“What should a sage do to save his world?”
“Instead ask yourself – what should a blogger do?”
Seriously though, spare us the hate posts and just tell us which ones you liked :P There’s only so much hate we can read until it stops being funny. Most shows this season are pretty much garbage anyway, so why not get to the good stuff?
But hating stuff is so much more fun.
Fork you mang.
Stick with fansub reviews.
Forced drama is such forced buzzword, I hate seeing it even when its used correctly.
What word would you use instead? It’s forced, it’s drama, it’s forced drama.
You certainly weren’t wrong to use it here, but idiots label anything with even a hint of drama as forced anymore. I put it on the level of “DEEP” and just disregard whatever that person was saying.