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Fall 2016 Anime First Impressions: Izetta the Last Witch, Magical Girl Raising Project, Yuri on Ice

yi-48zykzrrn5kplcbkyta_rThe bug has bit me. I want to blog about anime again! As in on this site and not as some corporate whore! We’ll see how long this lasts as I’ve only been picking up the anime I had some interest in pre-season. It’s nice that none of them have let me down though. In fact in all 3 cases I’d say they had exceeded my expectations. Which rather gives my hand away on what I was going to say about them but read on anyway, it has been a while after all.

Izetta the Last Witch

shuumatsu-no-izetta-01-large-36The final 5 minutes of this episode were fantastic. A princess delivers a corny speech about being strong, which causes her lesbian witch admirer to wake up from a steampunk coffin and blow up a WW2 plane with the power of sparkles and rainbows. She then proceeds to jump on an anti-tank sniper and fly it like a witches broom as she chases after her love. It was an excellently animated, wonderfully ridiculous scene that made me much more excited for what other ideas they have for combining world war 2 era weaponry with modern magic.

The rest? Eh, it was fine I guess. We got that the main princess was very patriotic and strong for her country. Problem is that doesn’t make for a very human character. More of an idealistic version of what a noble leader should act like. It’s why even in the very brief moment we got to see the redheaded witch she seemed instantly more relatable because she had a more human reaction. Namely homosexual desire. At least that’s how I’m interpreting it and none of you can say I’m wrong. You saw the pictures in those ending credits too.\

Magical Girl Raising Project

mahou-shoujo-ikusei-keikaku-01-large-44It’s tough to talk about Magical Girl Raising Project (have we come up with a cute portmanteau for this yet? MagiPRO or something?) without discussing where it will inevitably go in the future. They basically said right at the start “yo they’re all gonna murder each other”, which puts everything else as various forms of death flag-esque moments. Which I’m a little ashamed to admit totally works on me. Similar to something like Gakkou Gurashi, a lot of the fun for me came from reading subtext than the pure surface level because the surface level early on is your fairly generic, uninspired magical girl stuff.

Well, that’s not entirely fair. I did enjoy the revelation with her new mentor into the magical girl world. It gave their relationship an extra twist. It gave them dreams that don’t conform with reality and made them more interesting as a result. Also when I say it’s interesting to watch for the subtext, that’s not a knock either. That’s the entire intent. It’s not painfully dumb and stupid like the opening parts of Higurashi were, but it’s not independently entertaining right off the bat like Madoka was, but neither can it survive on subtext alone the way Gakkou Gurashi did. Basically it’s hard to tell if this is good until it reaches later episodes and does something interesting with what it’s building up. It could just end up being misery porn for its own sake, which right now would be the worst case scenario. But it has done a reasonably good job of building up these characters and their dreams early on, so I’m at least somewhat hopeful they have something interesting to say.

Yuri on Ice

yuri-on-iceI was not expecting how goofy and cartoony this ended up being, and I mean that in a good way. A combination of Sayo Yamamoto’s previous directorial works and the vibe the trailers gave off made me think this was going to be a rather dry affair. Which I wasn’t entirely keen on since I hadn’t really liked Sayo’s previous anime, but after this first episode I was reminded that the parts of Michiko to Hatchin and Fujitits I did like were the goofier parts. The cartoony humour works because it builds off a solid base of strong characterisation which means the emotions still feel real even when filtered through a goofy lens.

The story is different from your usual shounen sports show in that it stars a 23 year old failing to make the grade and wondering if at his age he should just quit, instead of some dumb teenagers trying to get to koshien. It makes for a very different tone from what you’re usually used to seeing from anime. Also it’s suuuuuper gay. As in the amount of beautiful men is astounding and obviously leaning a bit into the fanservice part a bit. Which is fine and the naked butt jokes are at least funny. I did legitimately laugh out loud at the audacity at the end of the episode. Looks like this will be a good season for toned anime sportsman butts.

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  1. weed
    Posted October 5, 2016 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    smoke weed every day

    • Ken
      Posted October 6, 2016 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      Why? Did Yuri on Ice make you want to smoke?

  2. Ken
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    It seems that this season has wakened you and Inushinde out of your blogging slumber. It’s a good thing.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      All we needed was lots of gay butts

  3. Ze Toshiest
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I get enough of the retrowave shitposting on Twitter, soooooo http://imgur.com/kGNTP2s

    Jokes aside, I’m on the same page as you. Loving the yuribait that is Izetta and hopeful that Magical Girl Raising Project (MahouMon was the best I could come up with) won’t solely function as fuel for my despair-boner. Haven’t watched Yuri yet, but from what I hear it’s pretty GGGG (Gorgeous, Goofy, Gay, and Good), so maaaybe I’ll give it a try.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Yep, Yuri on Ice is definitely all 4 of those things. It’s definitely the strongest premiere of the season so far. Unless Drifters somehow blows it out the water I don’t see it being beaten either

  4. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted October 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    It’s pretty funny how all considered the one thing these three very different shows have in common is… they’re all pretty gay. Like, Izetta isn’t explicitly so, but there’s a strong lesbian vibe emanating by the Fine/Izetta couple. MagiPro already has a genderbending boy who may be the protagonist’s love interest and hey, it’s magical girls, so that always has some lesbian elements in it (in fact I know from source material readers there is at least ONE certified lesbian couple amongst the other girls). And then we have Yaoi on Ice, which is like Free except that unfortunately the cold environment really doesn’t allow people to strip naked during their exhibition so they need to go to the hot springs afterwards.

    Well, not that I’m complaining. I’m planning to keep all three these shows for now. They were good.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been noticing more heavy lesbian hints in anime lately and I don’t think it’s just me. I gotta say it’s a trend I’m fairly happy with. In the late 00s there was a trend of many anime trying to court the ladies by having men in skintight mech suits get very angry and have complicated relationships with each other, which I liked because it meant they have more depth to their relationships. That trend has died a bit because it seems like more anime are just having a bunch of pretty vapid idol boys instead, but now more anime are doing it with female relationships so the effect stays the same.

      Maybe I’m talking out of my ass though

    • Ibri
      Posted October 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      I wondered what was gay about yuri on ice until I saw that last scene.^^

  5. SiberDude
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Yuri on Ice is the one show where I’m sure they would’ve played the “let’s try to speak some foreign language” card. That would’ve been great. Some miss-conjugated Russian text is the consolation prize I guess.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted October 9, 2016 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Izetta is pretty good. Yuri vibes increase in episode 2.

  7. Posted October 12, 2016 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Good to see you posting here.

    It’s strange but I couldn’t get myself into Izetta, so I stopped watching wayyyy before reaching the last 5 minutes. Honestly I think it was because of the names assigned to the countries. Anyway I’ll likely give it a shot again if it keeps going strong though.

    Even weirder is that I actually enjoyed Keijo’s first episode enough to watch the next one too. Also, Yuri on Ice is great so far. I’m expecting great things.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Yuri on Ice is far and away my favourite anime so far, even with everything else finally airing

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