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Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

Shiraishi. Shiraishi. Shiraishi. That’s all I kept watching it for. Otherwise an okay school romance harem with light drama in the end. That and a lot of kissing and with seven witch powers to spice things up. Also it really doesn’t hurt Yamada is a pretty likable MC.

Rating: 7/10

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

The hype is real. After binge watching through the show in two days, I finally understand the well deserving praise Madoka gets. As someone whose watched all 200 episodes of Sailor Moon I totally connected with how everyone keeps mentioning this is a deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre. If this was Madoka’s main goal as a show, then it exceeds with flying colors. The darkness, despair, and pure evil that oozes from the latter episodes was truly something else, all the while sticking to the core values of the Magical Girl genre.

Rating: 9/10

Owari no Seraph

Owari no Seraph

How do you a ruin a promising show after such a great first episode? Easy, stick all the characters in high school. My heart sank after the second episode, I could not imagine in such a world where humans are farmed by vampires that Seraph of the End has the gall to place our generic anime youngsters in a school setting. Sadly the story never gets any better nor intriguing despite the effort they make with the first episode. Typical shounen storylines and typical anime characters unfold. Seraph is average at best and downright terrible in the latter episodes. Worse yet, the action sequences never get any better than Shinoa’s roof top battle with Yu as she shows him her Cursed Gear. I felt that sequence was super slick, but sadly nothing of that caliber ever happens again. I hope the second cour fares better.

Rating: 7/10

Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito is a simple and straightforward story of Balsa protecting a young prince bestowed of the water spirit from a kingdom and father out to kill him in fear of the water spirit being born. Seirei no Moribito was not afraid of making you sit down in front of your screen and making you read 24 minutes of extremely well written dialogue. On the other end, Seirei no Moribito was not holding back when it came to its action sequences either. These were some of the most intense battle choreography I have seen in a long time. The early chase/fight scene between Balsa and the King’s hunters come to mind immediately. Coupled with an excellent, I do mean excellent soundtrack, these scenes were keeping those eyeballs glued to the screen.

The animation on a weekly basis did not falter; on the contrary you were always asking yourself how the hell the show looked so good on a consistent level every week! I cannot forget the single lone reason that made Seirei no Moribito as good as it is. Balsa, the main heroin lead is such an amazing character. From bad-ass spear master to a motherly figure to a child (not her own) destined for doom she was the perfect character for this show. I find no fault with her. She wasn’t a typical stock-character, that and she looked god damn sexy all the time and had a very sexy voice actor, in a matured woman kind of way. The supporting characters were just as good. Chagum, carrier of the water spirit is a kid. If I hate anything in anime shows it’s when kids are the main characters. Most of the time they are whiny, follow no logic, and flat-out show killers. But you know what? Chagum grew on me. He had a lot of smarts in that noggin of his. He was smart, didn’t whine like a little bitch, and stood up for himself and showed those lowly scamming peasants their place in life in one episode. Tanda was cool also, but you just have to feel sorry for the guy, he never got any action with Balsa, which just makes you wish every time the show had even a small hint of romance.

A complaint to some, enjoyed by me personally, the slice of life / filler episodes did slow down the story considerably during most of the shows run. Coming to a close, Seirei no Moribito was a show I will not forget for some time. It had a gripping start, slowed downed in the middle for a bit, and finished absolutely perfectly. Very little flaws with the show on a whole, great characters, visually stunning animations, well choreographed fight sequences, suspenseful music, well written dialogue and well-developed characters, Seirei no Moribito simply had it all.

Rating: 10/10

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Seitokai Yakuindomo’s humor is definitely an acquired taste. What appears at first as another slice of life high school harem / comedy hybrid quickly and subtly begins delivering sexually charged jokes one after the other. The sex centered humor is either going to make or break your opinion of the show, that or if you thought this type of humor was childish to begin with. If you begin to start picking up on the sexual innuendo setups before the punch line hits then you my dirty-dirty friend will probably like the show.

The entire cast is a sexual riot, well except for our male hero lead Tsuda who is caught in the middle of it all, forced to join the student council the moment he stepped on school grounds. Suzu also joins Tsuda in the normal group; though she’s used to taking the brunt of all the short jokes. I always did love the random arrows that showed she’s actually in the scene because of her height, just a part of her pigtails barely visible at the corner of the screen. Shino and Aria round out the rest of the student council members and everything from masturbation, sex toys, and all that jazz do not escape these two. I also can’t forget their sex hungry teacher and student council supervisor Yokoshima who at any moment will jump on the opportunity to hit on any of her male students.

By no means is the show explicit in its jokes, as it’s all supposed to be taken light-heartedly at the end of the day. The show does not even have any fanservice scenes to speak of, shocking right? I think it’s the fact girls are doing the jokes that help to lighten the mood, if it were the other way around with three guys, this would be viewed as creepy.

Jokes aside, there’s generally a tangible story to keep the episodes moving and each character is adequately developed to make sure they aren’t just joke dispensing machines. If you’re not even smiling in the first episode, forget it, this is not for you as the general format of the show and topic of the jokes stay consistent all the way to the end.

Rating: 8/10

Ace of the Diamond

Ace of the Diamond

I have a love and hate relationship with Ace of Diamond. The main lead Sawamura comes off half the time as an immature brat that I have a hard time possibly cheering for. It’s not like I expect perfect characters, but Sawamura is just a punk at times and his repeated childish actions make it hard to turn his character around. Yeah yeah, he’s growing up and all, but no thanks. Luckily the rest of team fair better with Chris and Miyuki bringing some maturity into Ace of Diamond. If you’re looking for a baseball anime, go watch Cross Game. Less technical, but the characters more than make up for it.

Rating: 7/10

Nanatsu no Taizai

Nanatsu no Taizai

I can only describe Nanatsu no Taizai as an above-average shounen power fantasy in the realm of One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto, which is a good thing at the moment because One Piece and Naruto are in a very very bad place. Nanatsu no Taizai brings with it a refreshing new adventure with a great group of characters. The overall story arch is okay, but managed to keep me engaged throughout the weeks as the world and character backgrounds were explored.

The action sequences are a visual feast, but for the most part feel inconsequential. Nanatsu no Taizai suffers from typical power up syndrome despite what’s shown on-screen because you know soon enough all injuries are brushed away miraculously due to a “this is not my final form” trope. Regardless, it does not take away from the fun fight scenes, which there are many of during this adventure.

A second season seems likely with an ongoing manga and blatant set up for another season. So for now, I’ll wait it out until new material can be covered.

Rating: 8/10

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu

I really don’t know what the point of the bait and switch that happened here is. Cash cow? Maybe. However, when I recall back there are three episodes (Hint: it’s about the title of the show if you’re wondering what I’m referring to) that make me think otherwise because they were so good I could no longer hold a grudge against the show. Otherwise Nagato Yuki-channo Shoushitsu poorly caters to core fans and to romance fans alike, sitting happily thinking holding hands is the pinnacle of all romance anime that it needs to strive for, just very old and cliché story telling. Take out the sci-fi and you’re left with a weakly done romance anime that only hardcore fans of the original should bother trying.

Rating: 6/10

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

This show … this show panders to my anime fanboyism on every level. I think it’s parody was on point and general self-awareness done well. That and the abundance of beautiful fanservice … subtle or not.

Rating: 8/10

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