Mekaku City Actors: First Impressions (3 episodes)

This Post is going to be SPOILER FREE! There won’t be any plot points, that go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! It is not necessary to have watched the episodes I am talking about, however it might give you a better understanding of what exactly I am saying if you did!

To start off the first Impressions that are to be uploaded, we have the Anime, that got the most attention before the season started! Mekaku City Actors is Shaft’s and Akiyuki Shinbou’s newest show! It is about a group of teenagers calling themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” or the “Blindfold Organization” in English, that each have a special power involving their eyes.
Mekaku City Actors, for those who didn’t know, is adapted from a Manga, that was adapted from a series of Vocaloid songs called the Kagerou Project. It received a lot of hype due to the Manga’s popularity and the fact that it is done by Shaft! Has it lived up to that hype so far? Well let’s find out!

Mekaku city actors without a doubt is one of the most popular Anime for the current anime season! It caught a lot of people’s interest by using a cool concept and throwing an even cooler Animation style on it without even having to think whether it fits or not. And that is exactly where it’s problem lies! The director for the Series is noone less than good old Akiyuki Shinbou, well known for his work on the Monogatari Franchise, Nisekoi and basically any other Shaft show that has ever existed! I have to be honest here and admit, that I actually really like Shinbou’s style and the way he does the shows he does, however when it comes to this particular show, I just can’t defend him! The show doesn’t work with his style at all and has to be modified at several points to actually work somewhat well! The dialogues are being dragged out way too long and the situation sometimes even play completely different then it’s Source Material and while I usually wouldn’t mind that, Mekaku is different! Akiyuki Shinbou completely changes the feeling of the show and makes it seem like a simple Monogatari Clone, which is disappointing as I was one of the people that were really hyped for it! It doesn’t seem like it’s own show anymore, but rather like just ANOTHER Shinbou Anime. That alone doesn’t make it a bad show though, as Monogatari itself is one of my absolute favorites and if Mekaku feels that way it must be similarly good right? Not really! The best thing about Bakemonogatari and it’s followers, are the amazingly well written and interesting characters, as well as the incredibly intelligently written dialogues! In Mekaku none of that is really there! While the characters are likeable and the dialogues certainly aren’t bad, they aren’t groundbreaking either and they are not even close to where Monogatari is. That makes it feel like the show is trying really hard to be Monogatari, but just fails horribly at it! That at least is for the first two episodes! Episode three of Mekaku city Actors is a lot more focused on moving forward it’s plot while still developing their characters, than it is on showing off Shinbou’s style! The episode was a lot more fun than the ones before and while I did end up enjoying episode 1 and 2 to a certain extent (Shaft fanboy ftw), episode 3 was on a whole new level and I really hope they continue the way episode 3 left off!
In total Mekaku City Actors has been rather disappointing and while it still managed to entertain me, it really didn’t live up to the expectation I had for it. Episode 3 did look a lot better than the previous ones though, so hope is not dead yet and I really do hope that this show will pick up within the next few episodes, as I personally do really love the Manga! I would recommend giving this one the three episode rule and see for yourself if you are able to enjoy Mekaku City Actors, even though Akiyuki shinbou is way too present. Also if you did drop it after one episode I would recommend trying out episode 3 as it certainly is a huge change in style! Feel free to redrop it after that, but what is coming from now on, might be completely different from what the first two episodes showed us!

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First Impression: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

Not quite sure what to think of this relationship yet to be honest...

Not quite sure what to think of this relationship yet to be honest…

So after the ending of ImoCho a few weeks ago, the Anime industry decided it needed a new Incest Anime and here we go…However other than certain other shows, this show isn’t all about the Relationship between the two siblings which even only got hinted and is not even canon, but as it seems it will deal with different subjects such as bullying and discrimination as well! I am quite interested in how it is going to turn out, considering how popular the Light Novels for this are and so far it doesn’t look half bad! I was really concerned about this one, as it is by Studio Madhouse, the Studio that also did last Seasons Mahou Sensou and completely failed at doing so! The studio recently really hasn’t been all that good and most of the stuff they released have been rather flawed…However having heard rather bad things about this show as well, I am pleasently surprised about how this turned out! The first episode looks rather interesting, as it builds up the world and introduces the characters. I do like the setting and I hope they will use it the right way, even though I kind of see the Main character syndrome coming already! My current problem with the show is that even though they already got some of the characters into rather bad positions I kind of feel like they rushed that and did it at a point, where I couldn’t care for any of the characters yet. Speaking of the characters, they all seem to be quite boring and so far I am not too fond of the main protagonist as he seems quite blant to me, which is never a good thing. Another thing that does kind of bother me is the incest. Now I don’t have a problem with incest in Anime per say, even though I don’t necessarily like it either, but I feel like the romantic-ish relationship between the siblings does feel very forced and seems to be simply existing for the sake of it being incest! The Animation is on usual Madhouse level, meaning it does look beautiful and is very fluent! The Soundtrack does sounds nice when it needs to as well, but rather generic in the Slice of Life Moments. In total I feel like this show could go either direction! If the characters actually get developed and depth added to it, this show might turn out to actually be good, but if not it will probably just end up being another Madhouse Trainwreck!

First Impression: Captain Earth

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

Fucking love this Mech Design!

Fucking love this Mech Design!

BONES IS BACK! BONES IS BACK GUYS AND ITS F*CKING GLORIOUS! I was really hyped for Captain Earth after seeing the Trailers and I have to say, that this has not disappointed! The First Episode of Captain Earth did an amazing job at introducing us to the world and the characters we’ll be following for the next 26 weeks! The story seems rather generic for a Mecha Anime, but to be honest I don’t really care about that! Even though only the Main Character has really gotten a lot of screen time so far, his screen time was really well used and I really enjoyed the atmosphere that was built up throughout the entire episode, even though I felt like some of the scenes and faces did kind of destroy it! I do think that I will be able to identify with Daichi rather well and I do really like him as a character so far! Also…Kamiya Hiroshi is gonna be one of the main characters…FUCKING HYPED…Sorry couldn’t stop my fanboying right there…Another factor that made me really enjoy this show is for once the Animation, which looks bloody brilliant as it has been done by Studio Bones who have really talented animators and the OST so far sounds really good as well, especially one Track that stood out to me as one of the best I have heard in a long time! So far this Anime does look really interesting and I am very hyped to see more of this! THANK YOU BONES!

8.5/10

First Impression: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

To be honest I was kinda looking forward to this show as it was something that might make for a really good romantic Comedy…but now that the first episode is out I am pretty disappointed! Mikakunin de Shinkoukei really does not look too good after the first episode and even though it had some parts where it might actually get a lot better, for the most part I was just plain bored. The characters themselves actually are not that uninteresting as they are rather unique making it even worse that the show completely fails at another point. As I see this, I would say it is a romantic Comedy and the ones of that kind are basically built around one thing that the author has to be good at and that is writing the interactions. For this show though, the interactions are written horribly. I got bored within the first minutes and was already able to tell, that this was most likely going to be painful to watch just by judging the character interactions. Good Comedy must have good character interactions or it won’t work. Another problem I have is one that might seem minor at first sight, but irritated me a lot during the show: Hakuya’s voice. The main male protagonist is the same age as the girl he is supposed to marry and yet he sounds as if he was a 50 year old smoker…The Voice Actor for this one seems terribly miscast and as long as they don’t reveal that he actually played a prank and is really old, I probably won’t get used to it, considering he is the main love interest so far. He does not speak a lot though and as such, it is even harder to get used to. In total, if Mikakunin de Shinkoukei doesn’t get a lot better within the next episodes, I am definitely going to drop it.

4/10

First Impression: Noragami

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

Noragami First Impression Coloring

The colours :3

Noragami was something I only heard about from others. While never even having touched the Manga due to fear of it being really mediocre, I heard that it was quite good and now that the Anime is coming out, I was sure to give it a shot. It really didn’t get too much attention overall, but now that the first episode has aired, it quickly became one of the most popular shows of the season next to Chuuniboyu and Space Dandy. I came a little late to the party as I only just now finished the episode and I have to say, hell this does look intriguing! The story might get really good at some point with a concept that looks like a mixture of Blood Lad and Monogatari and works amazingly well! The characters are interesting enough for me to really like them and the music does sound good! As expected from Studio Bones, the Animation looks fantastic and I actually do really enjoy the directing that was used during this episode! Especially the way the creatures from the Far World are colored to make them stand out from everything else! In total Noragami looks like the most promising show for the entire season and I really am quite hyped for more of this!

First Impression: To Aru Hikuushi e no Koiuta

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

To Aru Hikuushi e no Koiuta First Impression

What’s up with that ‘subtle’ foreshadowing??

I was pretty worried for this show as from the Synopsis it looked like a really generic show in itself but I decided to try it out anyway and even though I heard of some people not liking it as much, I did quite enjoy this first episode overall! There are a few things about the show that worry me but first off the good things. Even though the show has pretty stereotypical characters overall, the interactions seem to be fun and at least I did get a lot more than I was expecting (not that I was expecting a lot…) but as I said there are things that worry me. First off is the main character that looks a bit like every other Light Novel character ever and seems to go for the “I WILL PROTECT EVERYTHING!” type of character which I absolutely hate. He has one moment in the show though when he suddenly seems to be going berserk, which confused the hell out of me…Foreshadowing? Most likely I guess. Also I would love this show to stay at the point where it is now and go for a nice Slice of Life story as it certainly would be nice to see a setting of this sort in a Slice of Life show. I am a little worried about it going full action since for one, the show’s animation doesn’t look all to good and second that the character might as I mentioned already go full retard mode and start screaming “I’LL NEVER LET ANYONE DIE” like a second Touma…oh wait…he did that already. The last thing that annoyed me about the show was the romance and OH MY GOD…this must be the most forced Romance that I have seen so far…Yes it actually is worse than SAO!  All in all this first episode definitely was a nice one and I certainly enjoyed it but to be honest I still don’t have too much hope for the show in total and even though it might turn out to be really good, I won’t be expecting any of that!

7.5/10

First Impression: Nobunagun

This first impression is still SPOILER FREE! It doesn’t go beyond the things said in the Synopsis! However I still would recommend to watch the episode before reading this since it will make things a bit clearer (I am not gonna give a summary!)

Nobunagun First Impression madness

I’m actually wondering if anyone in this show is sane…

Going from one Nobunaga Anime to the next one! Nobunagun is another Anime that goes back and references some historical happenings and heroes and uses them as a reference but this time…in a little different setting! While most people (including me) were expecting Nobunaga the Fool to be superior to Nobunagun, the first episodes of both convinced of exactly the opposite! While Nobunaga the Fool seems to be a little more focused on the story, Nobunagun just goes “Fuck all, we wanna have fun!” and that’s what I like about it so far. The show doesn’t really tell itself serious and while there are some moments in there that are rather dark, I probably wouldn’t have been able to enjoy this as much if I wouldn’t have received warning to shut off my brain while watching it. The first episode really was nothing too exceptional in itself, but it did a good job at introducing us to the world that is presented and basically was mindless fun!

8.5/10