Due to anime expo completely destroying my simulcast schedule, I’m going to have to crank out end-of-season/episode 1 reviews like a mad man. Of course I could have waited to start my blog till after a season had ended, but I’m kind of an idiot. Today’s post will be the start of my episode 1 coverage of anime seasons. Let’s see how wrong I’m going to be come the end of this season!
Charlotte’s first episode was a bit of a curve ball for me. The main character (Yuu Otosaka) was something of a breath of fresh air. While most protagonists tend to be good to a fault or slightly bad with a good heart, Yuu is almost a complete douche bag. His power allow him to possess people for a short amount of time, and he uses it without any care for morality. This made his eventual fall in the episode that much funnier and unexpected. The show goes from minimal insanity with his power, to full on crazy in a few short minutes in the middle of the show. When others with powers find out about his indiscretions they track him down and force him to go their school.
I think most of us are going to seriously enjoy this show. The art is great, the story is engaging, and the characters are interesting. I especially love the limitations on the powers, and I’m sure those limitations will play a large role in the story. I noticed that there were two points in which a female character mentioned an idol, and I’m curious to see if that’s foreshadowing or not. This anime is one to watch on a weekly basis for sure though. It’s only one episode in and already tons of fun!
SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
Where to even begin? I have not laughed this hard in a long while! SHIMONETA’s episode one was perfect for an ecchi comedy. Starting with a “decency police” raid on a porn stash, and ending with an incredibly lewd scene featuring flies. Never in my life did I think I’d watch a story about a dirty joke terrorist in a country of prudes! If I had one complaint it’s that the art for the student council president (Anna) looks strange compared to the other characters. Still the amount of shear hilarity in this anime more than makes up for any small visual anomalies.
This is a show I’d call my guilty pleasure, if I had guilt about this kind of anime. It’s mostly mindless fun, however I did find an interesting undercurrent of a message in all the chaos. In one scene a group of boys in a bathroom are trying to talk about sex using words that are not “offensive”. Their ideas about men, women, and sex are WAY off and somewhat sad. This feels to me like the writers endorsement of sexual education in order to prevent ignorance, but that might be me just digging for meaning in an otherwise crazy show. In any case I will be following this show and it’s insane amounts of perversion very closely.
To end this I decided to watch a short. Wakaba Girl is a little under eight minutes long, so don’t expect a huge story here. It almost felt like a shorter version of Lucky Star, with characters that were not distinguishable from each other. Maybe they’ll be able to show each characters differences later, but for now all I know is that the main character (Wakaba Kohashi) is somewhat dim witted. The opening song for this show was adorably moe though… ahem if you like that sort of thing that is.
Well that’s it for my first batch of episode one reviews. Let me know what you think of our latest batch of shows by leaving me a comment below. You can also reach me through one of my various social media pages. Again look forward to about a week of daily content as I try to catch up with the last and current season reviews! Thanks to all who just liked me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well. Till tomorrow…
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!