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: Akuma no Riddle

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!)

 

That Opening was love at first sight :3

That Opening was love at first sight :3

Akuma no Riddle was one of the Anime I was the most hyped for this season! With it having amazing artwork and a pretty intriguing Synopsis, I was really hoping for this to be a really good show and this first episode certainly didn’t let me down! I really enjoyed the different characters that got introduced and their interactions were I lot of fun to watch! Especially Haru is a lot of fun to watch and even though she seems to be quite cliched, I really enjoy her character! There was a good amount of foreshadowing already, though I would even go as far as saying that it was a little to much, since I do have my own little conspiracy already after episode 1 (which I am not going to tell you because Spoilers!) but to be honest that doesn’t bother me too much! The main focus of the show seems to be on the characters and that is something I really like! The character cast may be huge but to be honest I did enjoy basically everyone introduced, though I do hope it doesn’t fall into the same trap as Danganronpa of not taking a closer look at them due to their probably inevitable death! I did enjoy watching the Direction as well, while it was nothing too out of the ordinary, everything looked in place and even though I didn’t expect it, the Animation done by Diomedia, a studio that really isn’t popular, is rather good and fluent! After seeing the studio attached to it, I originally didn’t think it would look good at all but it ended up being pretty eye-catching though that is probably due to the character designs for the most part! About the OST I am rather conflicted! It did fit the show really well, but they seem to be falling back on some rather generic tracks. Not that I mind that, but it sometimes is really noticable! The only other problem I have with the Soundtrack is that they seemed to be reusing one of the Songs for the entire episode, which after some time did get a little annoying! However the Opening and Ending made up for that as they both sound AND look bloody amazing! In total I thought the first episode of Akuma no Riddle was really good and I certainly did enjoy it a lot! I am really hyped to see more!

8.5/10

First Impression: Selector Infected WIXOSS

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This may become a little darker I feel like…

Let’s kick this Season of with one of the Anime I was most hyped for to get released! Being based on a card game, Selector Infected WIXOSS wouldn’t have caught my interest if it wasn’t for a few things about that make it stand out! While I do not have the best experiences with Cardgame Adaptations and they usually end up bekng kids shows, this show caught me off guard with a Seinen Tag! Seinen is a Genre I really wouldn’t have expected to exist as a Tag to a show that originally was only a Card Game. With the Directing also being done by the same person that did Steins;Gate, which is one of my favorite Anime overall, this show turned out to be more and more interesting! Having now seen the first episode, I have to say, I am not blown away, but I certainly thought it was quite nicely executed! It did a quite good job at introducing us to the characters and the World. The character interactions were really interesting to see and the characters so far are really likeable. There already is some slight foreshadowing and I am wondering what this is going to turn into! My personal favorite of the episode must have been the first minute, which I thought to be really well executed! If WIXOSS stays as well written as episode 1 was, I think this might end up being a pretty decent show and I might really enjoy it! I just hope it doesn’t fall flat on it’s face and become a trainwreck!

8/10

Hamatora the Animation: Episode 7

This reaction contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the show I am talking about! If you haven’t seen the episode yet, or plan to watch the Anime, I advice you to NOT READ THIS!

Hamatora Episode 7

You called at the wrong time Nice…

Hamatora so far was a rather decent show, that might not have had the best writing, but a really interesting premise and some quite fun to watch characters. Even though it occassionally got quite serious, the show itself mostly remained rather light hearted and even though I did suspect, that it was going for a serious story in the long run, I DID NOT EXPECT THIS! Hamatora Episode 7 makes a 180-turn and changes the atmosphere completely. Art’s death is something I did not expect in the least and as he was my favorite character of the series, it would probably have left me almost crying…If I didn’t get spoiled…But yeah… The execution for the scene itself was amazing. The ending worked perfectly with the depressing atmosphere of the scene and even the music before that was perfect at getting a suspenseful atmosphere. The Direction was really good as well and made the scene even more impactful than it should have been. The rest of the episode, while having a completely different episode was really well done as well, and serves as amazing build up to the scene itself. The character development for Art was really well paced and really cool to see. Him screaming at Nice was as painful as it was supposed to be and him getting up again felt just as good! I do really like the usage of the theme of equality as well, as it is something that goes really well with the Setting. In total it was a really good episode and if I wouldn’t have been spoiled, I probably would’ve been just as emotional as everyone else was!
In total this week’s episode of Hamatora the animation was really well executed. From direction, to pacing, to build up to the twist, everything was handled splendid! I hope the show goes on to be just as great as it was this, since if it does, it might develope to be one of my absolute favorites for this season!

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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