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April 2015 Roundup

_HorribleSubs__Punch_Line_-_02__480p_.mkv_snapshot_20.42_[2015.04.18_23.52.54]Before we jump into a monthly roundup, I was in a book! Lauren Orsini of Otaku Journalist wrote a book Build Your Own Anime Blog with a load of interviews from prominent anime bloggers and me (doh ho ho self deprecating wit). It’s a pretty sizable old read there with tons of interesting stuff from what I’ve read so far. Like really quite large with some really quite fascinating people interviewed. If you read that and don’t instantly start a successful anime blog then I would be shocked. Or at the very least read if for my part and learn all about The Cart Driver Dot Com and the people behind it. It’s available on Amazon Kindle if you are interested.

Anyway, on with the monthly roundup.

What’s Hot

Scamp: Code Geass

suzaku runs on wallsI have been really impressed by this latest Sunrise mecha offering. It’s so refreshing to have a character as distinct as Lelouch leading a show like this as his pompous attitude and grandstanding feats give this show an added highly entertaining edge. Suzaku wouldn’t have been quite as interesting a character in his own right if not for being able to contrast him with Lelouch. The holier than thou, ‘correct’ method of combating injustice is the kind of thing your usual shounen mecha protagonist would do but to see the flaws compared to how Lelouch does things makes them interesting. The show might indeed be completely nuts, obsessed with plot twists to the point that it’s almost funny how every episode must, by law, end on a giant cliffhanger. However behind all that is a truly well written anime that leans into its more grandiose tone with dialogue to match.

…what do you mean Code Geass isn’t airing this season?

Shinmaru: Sound! Euphonium

Hibike! Euphonium - 03 - Large 01I write about Blood Blockade Battlefront and JoJo every week, so let’s go with an anime from this season that I didn’t expect to be enjoying as much as I am. I’m not musically inclined in the least, nor was I really part of a crowd that was way into concert band when I was in high school, so this is a foreign world to me. Euphonium makes it feel familiar, however, because the characters are so well realized in their own ways. You’ve got the people who want to screw around with their friends, the people who are serious, those who aren’t sure what they want, those who are going with the flow, etc. (Kumiko, who wants a fresh start but ends up getting dragged into the same old scene, is particularly relatable.) I feel like Euphonium captures the warmth and energy of this particular group of people even when it seems like everything is screwed up and nobody is on the same page (getting teenagers on the same page has to be a horrifying job). It also helps that Euphonium is a super gorgeous show. Even if I liked nothing else, I’d watch this series simply for the framing of every shot.

Inushinde: Sound! Euphonium

Hibike! Euphonium - 02 - Large 06Well shit, KyoAni has really been on it the past few shows. The second season of Free turned out to be a mature exploration of ambition and limitation, Amagi Brilliant Park was a decent enough comedy that hit the right notes more often than not, and Sound Euphonium is looking to follow in their footsteps as more than an unhealthy fixation on high school life, while still capturing the essence of the variety of high schoolers that can take part in a particular activity, and how the sheer mind-boggling array of different personalities can clash when trying to organize them into one cohesive unit. It isn’t my favorite show of the season, but it continues KyoAni’s trend of being more generally alright than usual. And in that context, it’s more than notable enough.

What’s not so Hot

Scamp: Ninja Slayer From Animation

ninja_slayer_from_animation-01-ninja_slayer-offender-fight-blood-still_characters-animation_styleI had a number of candidates for Not So Hot, but they were all basically even and I couldn’t pick one that stood out, so in the end I went for the weird Trigger thing. In a world where Inferno Cop didn’t exist, maybe Ninja Slayer would have been funnier, but even so I feel they’ve done it poorly. It’s neither hilariously shitty enough to be funny nor garish enough to capture the dumb aesthetic properly. The shitty animation doesn’t lean on hilariously bad side enough to be funny on that side. I feel it would have been funnier if it jumped from genuinely amazing to absolute garbage. I get that it’s supposed to be a parody of what westerners thought anime was in the 90s but I don’t feel it’s working. Not only that but the latest episode seems to imply they’re turning into more of an anime anime, which is the worst direction it could have gone in. I thought perhaps I had exaggerated how good Inferno Cop was so I went back and watched the first episode. Then rewatched the whole thing. Inferno Cop is still amazing.

Shinmaru: Seraph of the End

Owari no Seraph - 04 - Large 36I have weird feelings about this show. Most of my enjoyment of it right now is coming from how earnestly unsubtle it is about plowing through the usual growth processes in a series like this. After getting scooped up by a group of humans following a few years in Vampire Central, the MC wants to contribute to the effort to kill all those dirty vamps. But before he’s allowed to join the team, he’s gotta go to school to learn how to make friends and engage in wacky high school hijinks (so he can work better in a group, presumably) and learn empathy (so that a demon he may make a contract with doesn’t consume him due to all the RAGE he harbors). It … sort of makes sense, but I just can’t get over that a whole school was constructed for this purpose (and other things, too, I guess). In a way, it’s actually kind of cute.

It’s just too bad I don’t really care about the vampires (BBB’s vamps are already way more interesting) or any of the other drama to come (shock of shocks, the best friend who got killed in the first episode is still alive and is a ~VAMPIRE~), so I’ll probably get bored and drop the show if/when it becomes a more straightforward series. I just needed to write about that darn school.

Inushinde: Denpa Kyoushi

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I remember reading the first few chapters of the Denpa Kyoushi manga a few years back and feeling put off for reasons that I couldn’t quite articulate. But now I realize that Denpa Kyoushi is what happens when you take Great Teacher Onizuka, and sap the charm and humanity from all of the characters. It would almost come across as spiteful toward itself and the world at large, were it to display any sort of self awareness, and greater comedic sensibilities than a lump of clay with clinical depression.  The lack of character is also a sort of mixed blessing, in that nobody is remotely fleshed out enough to be treated like shit by the show, even if, again, the comedy couldn’t fall flatter. And I mean look at that image, that’s fucking horrible, even for a throwaway shot. Nobody ever associated with this property gave a shit, and you shouldn’t either.

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66 Comments

  1. D1360EX
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Some quick thoughts: (Note the ratings go from 0 to 4)

    Arslan – Pretty good so far, the anti-Denpa Kyoshi since they both have bad animation, but isn’t a complete showstopper. 3/4

    DanMachi – It didn’t give me AIDS unlike SAO and its pal, but nothing special so far. 2/4

    Denpa Kyoshi – First show where the intro has shitty animation and where I’ve noticed bad voice acting (from the sister). 0/4

    Pleiades – Best show Gainax has done in years, which is not a compliment. The beach episode was implemented so stupidly it was genius. 1/4

    JoJo – Birds are dumb and Dark Souls stream troll Joseph is great. 4/4

    Kekkai Sensen – Pretty varied, yet consistent. Possibly the funniest show in the season. 3/4

    Nanoha – Guilty pleasure, still one of the few anime where I’m relaxed watching it. 2/4

    Ninja Slayer – I think the good animation should’ve been used to contrast the bad animation better. Still has one funny line or situation per episode although the 3rd one could be worrying. 2/4

    Ore Monogatari!! – So far so good, but I worry the jokes might be repeated too much, still has plenty of visual gags and makes me laugh consistently. 3/4

    Plastic Memories – It exists. The characters are too typical to care right now. Have a soft spot for the setting though. Could’ve been better if it tried ripping off Planetes. 2/4

    Punch Line – It’s interesting, weird things happen, the characters have distinct traits, but it’s impossible to care about it or take any of the recent drama seriously. 1/4

    Saint Seiya – I’m Mexican so I have to watch this. Meh, it’s Saint Seiya. 2/4

    Seraph of the End – It’s a good show to riff and pretty homoerotic, just like Pleiades. Better setting than Titan but the vampires, lack of mystery, and high school drag it down. 2/4

    Sound Euphonium – The slow pacing is turning me down, but it has been the most subtle and realistic series KyoAni has done. Needed more of not!Mio. 2/4

    • Kiseki
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      I adore Pleiades too much to think of it negatively, but that mandatory beach episode was fucking hilarious. Assbutting.

      • D1360EX
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

        Oh, it was the best part of the show so far, that and the bad guy descending to the sea floor with the girls. My negative rating stems more from the boring garden scenes with the guy (who’s obviously the bad guy), the flat characters, and I fully expect Gainax to screw this up.

        Still it’s great to poke fun at with a friend and could’ve served as my Nanoha Guilty Pleasure substitute if Nanoha wasn’t airing.

    • Traintop
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      I find Seraph kind of endearing in how utterly inept it is at storytelling. Orphans at an orphanage introduce themselves to each other as orphans and immediately launch into their Traumatic Past. The series begins with a premise (everyone over thirteen dies) that it dropped even before the first episode ends. A prophesy is mentioned, only to be completely forgotten. Characters explain other characters’ backstories to them. Characters announce their own flashbacks, which contain “memories” they, by all rights, should not be able to remember at all. The series constantly chastises Yu for his revenge boner, only to constantly reward him for his reckless, revenge-driven actions. It’s just mesmerizing how bad this series is at telling such a simple story that I can’t help but watch it.

      Ironically, for all the hubub about the Yu/Mika subtext, my filthy fujoshi heart could not ship them any less. Not only are the two characters cardboard cutouts, but the “subtext” between them is just the vampire villain reminding Mika that his motivation is to save his “beloved” (and the other half happened when they were twelve, so ew). There’s more actual chemistry in BBB ep 5’s cold open alone than there is in the entirety of this show.

      Shinoa’s legitimately a great character, though. Someone needs to save her from this series before the narrative demands that she fall in love with Yu and turn into a generic tsundere.

      I’m surprised that no one put Plastic Memories on their “What’s Not” list – imagine how much you could explore with a society where a good chunk of its citizens could count their woefully short lifespan down to the hour and robot euthanasia is an accepted institution. So much potential wasted in favor of Moe Blade Runner with stupid anime romcom hijinks.

      • Night Knight
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        Shinoa seems more the type to turn into a heneric kuudere, a la the worst Rei clones. But she definitely needs to find a better story to be in.

      • D1360EX
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

        Shinoa’s great and guess what she gets a crush on Yu, and don’t worry the blond twiltails girl in the intro is the Tsundere. I don’t understand why shitty Roy Mustang takes care of him at first and says the prophecy stuff then trolls him.

        Yu is seriously the worst traits of Naruto and Sasuke combined, and gets rewarded and forgiven for being a reckless idiot constantly like a Nasu protagonist. Would like to see more guys who didn’t join the army because vampires killed their family, what about a Hanji analogue or someone whose doing it for pleasure?

        I’m not sure what the Black market guys do? Do they sell the memories? The bodies? Again would prefer more world building and politics. Or Planetes with robot disposal instead of Tsunderes, Kuuderes and drama.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

        Plastic Memories was a strong No. 2 (lol) in my What’s Not tier. I just could not care about anything going on in that series and dropped it after the second episode.

      • Outcast
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

        People are going on about Plastic Memories that, it’s not regular RomCom garbage because all the common tropes of the genre they’re displaying have a dark twist behind them; but I say it’s still pointless because I know what the twist is and I’m just sitting here frustrated, waiting for Tsukasa and Michiru to fucking figure it out already. I dropped it at episode 3.

      • Ken
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

        OMG! You hit the nail on the head. Plastic Memories is Moe Blade Runner.

      • Kiseki
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

        Pretty much everyone I know who reads OwaSera thinks it’s shit and is only into it for the MikaYuu (or YuuMika?) fujobaiting (especially blatant in a certain scene later on). And for the art. And because Shinoa is best girl among best girls but maybe that’s just me.

        It gets better later on and you can see the author has good ideas…that he executes in the sloppiest manner.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

        I kept meaning to get to Plastic Memories but haven’t yet. By this stage all the negative stuff written about the latest episodes, plus that I’m not sure I’d like it anyway, have me thinking I’ll never watch it

  2. Ramiel
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Two Ups for Hibike? Maybe you guys can get Scamp to start watching KyoAni again…

    • D1360EX
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      I’d think Scamp would rather watch all J.C. Staff’s Rie Kugimiya Tsundere series, Mahouka, SAO, Log Horizon, No Game No Life, OreImo, High School DxD, All of Avdol’s dialogue and Psycho-Pass Second season 3 times plus all of Precure and Princess Tutu
      rather than watch a second of a KyoAni series.

      • Outcast
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

        But Toradora is good though D:

      • D1360EX
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

        Scamp said it was OK in his Golden Time review. You’re still watching the 3 seasons of Shana, and Zero no Tsukaima 3 times. Plus 2 seasons of Aria the scarlet ammo (apparently a 2nd season is coming out).

        Seriously fuck J.C. Staff for those shows… and lowering animation standards among otakus when making those shows popular. Well, even their good/decent shows have shitty animation.

  3. El Goopo
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Well I’m glad SOMEONE is enjoying Euphonium, but I just don’t feel any real emotion from it. I think it’d have been better off being a j-drama so the KyoAni-isms wouldn’t drag it down.

    As for Geass… are we watching the same anime? Well-written? It’s just another Valvrave! I’m only watching it to see how stupid and over-the-top it gets.

    • Outcast
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Pfft, except it’s opening isn’t quite as kickass as Valvrave’s. Fail anime is fail.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      What specifically are you referring to when you write “KyoAni-isms”?

      • El Goopo
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

        KyoAni has their characters act, interact, and react in specifically twee and cutesy-poo ways, which undermines any drama and makes characters feel less like real people and more like actors hamming it up… somethings which clashes with more muted drama.

        They also often seem to have trouble portraying emotional subtlety or introspection without dipping into a “playful” attitude, especially for characters who aren’t playful by nature and don’t have easy-to-visually-exploit idiosyncrasies.

        That’s not to say they can’t do it, but KyoAni anime feel more like KyoAni anime first and foremost to me, rather than “stories which just so happen to have been animated by KyoAni”. Much like Shaft anime, they just feel stale to me after all this time.

      • Traintop
        Posted May 5, 2015 at 2:19 am | Permalink

        Things like how the girls are always dewey cheeked and often use infantile body language – seriously, can anyone at that studio draw a woman that *isn’t* pigeon-toed?

        I agree that the girls in Euphonium are much better-realized than in the studio’s other shows (probably owing to the fact that it’s adapted from an honest-to-god book instead of a light novel), but KyoAni’s obsessive dedication to the moe aesthetic really drags the series down.

    • Someone Else
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      Free had the same problem with Euphonium. It feels like a J-Drama, like the whole thing it’s not even funny but hey nice visuals so it’s ok

      And yes I watched Free until the end

    • Someone Else
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Pfft. Cross Ange is WAY better than Valvrave in entertainment levels

      Ask anyone who finished the show and they will agree

      Edit: Oops meant to reply to Outcast

      • Outcast
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        @SomeoneElse: But does it have berserk vampire rape? That is what sealed Valvrave for me…

      • Someone Else
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

        If being raped by God literally or Bi-sexual harem or offscreen unexpected blowjob or prepare for sex but SURPRISE! DRAGONS COCK BLOCK! doesn’t make you want to watch it then I don’t know what else will

        That thing makes any ecchi anime a child’s play and that’s only the surface because it doesn’t have just a plot twist…IT HAS PLOT TORNADO

      • Outcast
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

        @SomeoneElse: OH MY GOD! I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TISSUES TO GET THROUGH THIS SERIES!

      • Mormegil
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        I still can’t believe Cross Ange didn’t go for the yuri or threesome END. Poor Hilda…

      • Nagisa33
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

        Cross Ange’s entertainment levels were off the charts. That sports montage was gold.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      Code Geass is amazing you all suck

  4. Outcast
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Owari no Seraph is my first hate watch ever, and boy it doesn’t disappoint. Every time I see something and think it’s not just hollow excuse to move the plot along/act as filler, lo and behold the show proves me wrong. Oh, the military actually has consequences for disobeying orders and isn’t just cashing in on AOT popularity? Nope, no discipline in sight post episode 2, and with total lack of repercussions. Oh, there is a whole class of students who are in the training program for the Moon Demon Company and we might get to see other competent soldiers? Nope, everyone except the MCs are worthless.

    It doesn’t help that unlike Eren’s rage, which even manages to give me goosegumps, Yu’s “rage” is just annoying stupidity. And why the fuck is Shinoa sitting in the Moon Demon Company training class if she already has her demon weapon (outside of comic relief and exposition)? And what the hell was the point of having Yu come from a broken family and then have him accept the orphans as his new family, only to have them die in the first episode? Goddamn, I hate this show…

    • Someone Else
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      Shinoa’s there to keep an Eye on Yu I think since she seems to be the closest with Guren. But whatever she’s the only reason why everyone still watches the show

    • D1360EX
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      I like that the setting makes more sense than AoT. AoT should be more like North Korea IMO but people act like the Titans were discovered 3 days ago. Still the Attack on Vampire society should also be more militarized. It feels like the Star Trek reboot universe where everyone disobeys orders and doesn’t get punished.

      Still that scene of Mika walking for 30 seconds was completely pointless and what’s with him? Do they still have memories of their past life? So did the girl pick the biggest pricks in the universe to be her Vampires?

      I also noticed that Shinoa stuff… what do they even learn in those classes? Eren like I mentioned is awful because he is the worst traits of Naruto combined with the worst traits of Sasuke.

    • Outcast
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      @SomeoneElse: “But whatever she’s the only reason why everyone still watches the show.”

      Which speaks volumes about the show. Someone in the tv tropes forum was tossing around the idea that maybe Seraph is some kind of training project for their animators, and I’m inclined to believe them.

      @D1360EX: “I like that the setting makes more sense than AoT. AoT should be more like North Korea IMO but people act like the Titans were discovered 3 days ago.”

      To be fair, most people actually have never seen a titan in their entire life. Only the Recon corps have ever seen a titan up close, and most of them are too busy dying to get any useful information about the titans. I can look past that.

      “Still that scene of Mika walking for 30 seconds was completely pointless…”

      This episode particularly wasted a lot of time on transportation details, most probably to pad out the length (I believe I remember reading here that the manga hasn’t really progressed that far yet).

      “what do they even learn in those classes?”

      What learning? All they do there is take tests.

      “Eren like I mentioned is awful because he is the worst traits of Naruto combined with the worst traits of Sasuke.”

      Eh, I don’t particularly care for Eren himself, it’s just so amazingly satisfying when Eren!Titan unleashes his rage on something (with some epic soundtrack playing) that I just want to yell “FUCK YEAH!” at the screen. And even Eren could make friends; Yu, in the meanwhile, is Eren turned up to eleven with nothing to justify me putting up with his shit.

    • Outcast
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      @D1360EX: “Eren like I mentioned is awful because he is the worst traits of Naruto combined with the worst traits of Sasuke.”

      Wait, did you type Eren by accident? Because I just noticed you said Yu in your comment above.

      • D1360EX
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I meant Yu. Another factor is that he doesn’t get knocked down when he’s being a stupid asshole unlike Eren who at least goes to military court.

  5. Shikamaru
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear that people are enjoying Hibike! Euphonium.

    I’m really loving Oregairu. Oregairu can be pretty painful to watch sometimes. You really start to feel bad for poor Hachiman. It sill manages to be funny and heartwarming too.

    I’m also really enjoying Ore Monogatari. Huge bonus points for having a confession scene as early as episode 3. Finally an anime where we actually see main characters dating. Usually the confession happens at the very end or it doesn’t happen at all.

    Code Geass has great writing? That show is fucking stupid. That’s the exact reason why I dropped it years ago. I have tried many times to watch that series because of how popular it is and I have never made it past the 6 first episodes. Psycho Pass 2 was better that Code Geass. That’s how stupid that show is. Why am I the “only” one who doesn’t get that show? I want to like it. I really do. I just can’t.

    Inferno Cop on the other hand is fucking awesome. I can agree with that.

    • Outcast
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      “Huge bonus points for having a confession scene as early as episode 3.”

      Bakemonogatari did it before it was cool :P (Well, it was episode 4 but whatever).

      “Why am I the “only” one who doesn’t get that show?”

      Even after Scamp’s current series of reviews?

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Code Geass is the SAO of its time. It’s a terrible show but the fanboys are blind to it.

      • Shikamaru
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Okay now that is going way too far in my opinion. Code Geass is really bad in my opinion, but saying that it’s as bad as SAO? OUCH! SAO is still way worse than Code Geass. I don’t hate Code Geass. I just don’t like or get it. I fucking hate SAO.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        That really is too harsh. Code Geass is endearing in that it sets up interesting themes. Yes, it goes about solving them with the subtlety of a Scooby Doo episode written while on drugs, but still. SAO literally is about nothing except “here have some more Kirito being awesome for no reason”. Without even being clever/funny about it or providing some tension in the meanwhile (which instead for example a similar LN game-based show, No Game No Life, managed to do).

      • Someone Else
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

        Short answer
        SAO = Edgy, 2deep4you
        Code Geass = “Coolest thing evar” It’s pretty much shonen

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

        I guess I didn’t express myself carefully enough. I didn’t mean to say that Code Geass is as bad as SAO (it at least manages to get some things right, like having an interesting protagonist-antagonist dynamic), I’m just saying it’s similarly gobbled up by everyone despite its massive glaring flaws.

  6. Posted May 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Just bought the book, and charged my Kindle by the way, so I will have something to never read :) I already have a moderately successful animu blog (for Polish standards) and doubt I will learn anything useful, but eh, why not.
    Code Geass sucked back then and still sucks, your taste is awful, Scamp. Fortunately you adopted those two guys that like Euphonium, which makes your taste bearable in comparison. Good job.
    But I agree on Ninja Slayer, especially the latest episode, because it didn’t have any Ninja Slayer in it and I watch it only to fap to his voice. It would probably be a better idea to just get some BL CD dramas, I have heard he was in many of them. In the meantime I downloaded his debut series, Tekkaman Blade.
    And yes, Inferno Cop was amazing, and I still like Kill la Kill and while the famous fourth episode looked completely intentional in its style, I feel like Imaishi and friends noticed that people like this kamishibai-like style and decided to turn it into their trademark. So they can be both unique and lazy.

    • Ibri
      Posted May 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Scamps taste is great, because it’s mostly my taste!^^ (Which honestly is a big reason why I read this blog. When Scamp likes something I will probably like it too (except Kill la KIll) and his dislikes are a reliable indicator too. Though I sometimes watch things because while they aren’t good they don’t require much attention and aren’t bad in a way getting on my nerves.)

  7. Mormegil
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Denpa Kyoushi was one of my first drops of the season, along with Gunslinger Stratos.

    Urobuchi’s name was tied to Gunslinger Stratos(I think he’s the writer for the game or something), so that tricked me into watching it. I need to stop doing this because clearly Urobuchi does not care anymore. His name is tied to some anime(or adaptation) and he doesn’t even work on it. And then it’s usually terrible, like Gunslinger Stratos is. What a confusing mess of a show.

    I could not stand the sister’s voice in Denpa Kyoushi, so I dropped it for that reason alone. Yes, it’s that bad. Oh, and everything else about Denpa Kyoushi is pretty bad, too.

    • D1360EX
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      I want to see if Denpa Kyoushi reaches Dai Shogun levels. The sister is seriously the first character who I’ve noticed has bad voice acting. Gunslinger Stratos just has designs that are too stupid compared to how seriously it takes itself. Watched one episode of that.

      Is A-1 Pictures the secret twin of J.C. Staff?

      • Inushinde
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

        Have you had the misfortune of watching Saikano? Everybody has atrocious voice acting, and it gets very distracting when they’re trying to emote about the end of the world.

  8. Ken
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to like Ninja Slayer so much. I said to myself, Oh boy another Trigger animation, I bet it’s going to be so cool. When it finally aired I started watching it and saying to myself, okay come on now stop sucking please stop sucking. I know Trigger is so much better than this.

    Now I’m mad. How could a studio that started out of the gate so good sink so low? I hope Studio Trigger demotes this director to tea maker or toilet cleaner or any other job that can’t be ruined by his incompetence.

    • D1360EX
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      You do know they began with Inferno Cop, which has animation that makes Ninja Slayer look like EVA Rebuild, right?

      • Ken
        Posted May 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

        I take it back, make him assistant toilet cleaner.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

        Inferno Cop is fantastic though

      • D1360EX
        Posted May 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

        Sure, but people saying Trigger is based on good looking animation has been always silly. Only have Little Witch Academia and KLK fit that mold.

  9. Nagisa33
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been watching less and less each season and that’s fine with me. It gives me more time to check out some completed series and focus on the great stuff airing. Here’s what I’m watching that’s airing:

    -Blood Blockade Battlefront: It’s fun, funny, has characters with personality, has great character designs, and the city itself is one of the best parts. Easily my favorite of the season.

    -FSN: Unlimited Blade Works: It looks gorgeous and the action is great.

    -Arslan: I’m thinking of dropping this one. At the moment I’m not too engaged in the story or the characters. Also, the inquisitor in the latest episode was laughable. That tongue overflowing from his mouth was the cherry on top in not taking him seriously. I’ll give it a few more episodes.

    -Japan Animator Expo: These vary in quality but I’m interested to check out what the next short will be. POWER PLANT No. 33, YAMADELOID, and 20min Walk are my favorites of the bunch.

    The completed series that I’m immersed in are:
    -Mawaru Penguindrum: DESTINY!!!!!!!! I’m about halfway and it’s really getting wackier by the episode.

    -Eden: It’s an Endless World! – This is what I’m most immersed in. The characters and the story are simply top notch. Eden spans multiple generations and takes the reader to various locations to get a wider view. This allows for better understanding of the impact events have on characters half the world away. Characters try their best to adapt in this violent word, survive, and protect something close to them. They’re fleshed out so the reader can understand why the do what they do and how they became a certain way. I’m more than halfway through and I’m hooked on Eden: It’s an Endless World. Also, a word of warning: Eden has a lot of graphic material and a few sex scenes. I had to take a few breaks due to the violence.

    • Mormegil
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Eden is fantastic. Awesome cyberpunk/sci-fi series. I wish Dark Horse would get on with releasing more of the volumes. They’re only 4 or 5 volumes away from the end…

      I remember recommending Eden to Scamp way back when he started blogging some manga. Not sure if he ever got around to reading it, though.

      But it sure is a brutal manga. It took me some time to get past some of the events in the first couple of volumes.

  10. Nazaren
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Was not expecting so much hate for Code Geass in the comments. I get that it can be (gloriously) stupid, and has some “so bad it’s good” qualities (so much ham, Japanese VA’s especially, and in general), but I think it does a lot of things right as well. So yeah, I can overlook, or even embrace its flaws. Plus it’s just enjoyable as all hell.

    To see comparisons to Valvrave or SAO, which I don’t think have any redeeming qualities (aside from “so bad it’s good”), saddens me. That’s not even apples to oranges. More like apples to compost.

    I’ll admit my bias though. Gateway anime for me, and tons of nostalgia as a result, which refuses to fade.

    Anyway Scamp, you’ve inspired my 4th (?) rewatch, starting yesterday, so thanks for that.

    Surprised by the Sound! Euphonium endorsements. Might rescind my KyoAni ban.

    And yeah, pretty disappointed by Ninja Slayer. It just feels… wrong? It’s just morbid fascination at this point, which I’m pretty confident won’t be rewarded.

    That said, Sidonia easily tops my personal Hot List right now.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      I don’t get these Geass comments either. People are stupid and evidently not watching the show nor reading my posts.

  11. Johnny Joestar
    Posted May 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Sorry that I’m a moron, but are you rewatching Code Geass or is there a currently airing Code Geass show?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted May 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Akito the Exiled is technically current, I guess, but Scamp is rewatching Code Geass and writing posts every few episodes.

  12. Kioku from Laptop
    Posted May 5, 2015 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Denpa Kyoushi. The show I wanted to love this season, but it just lacks substance. Not-so-hot voice acting, derpy eyes staring off into the distance, and an overall lack of TLC from the studio. Safe to say if I were in Azuma Takeshi’s shoes currently, I’d be livid.

  13. DarkEnergy
    Posted May 5, 2015 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    I have no intention of Building an Anime Blog but, literally just this moment, bought the book and downloaded the Kindle app on my phone. I want to support this community, projects like this, and read what you said in the interview, Scamp.

  14. Lu
    Posted May 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Guess I’m the only person that likes Ninja Slayer. I actually enjoy the varying animation styles,plus all the over the top fights and “Yeaaart!!”-ing sold it for me. *shrugs*

  15. Posted May 11, 2015 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    …No comment whatsoever on one of the best Kuroko arcs of quite possibly all time?! Man…

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