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First Impressions: Winter 2016 – Part 3

January 16, 2016

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Yeah…..weekdays just don’t happen for me – long live the weekends!  So I’m a bit late with these first impressions since 2nd episodes are coming out, but whatever – here’s my thoughts on:

  • Luck & Logic
  • Durarara!! x2 Ketsu
  • Bubuki Buranki
  • Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R
  • Nijiiro Days (Rainbow Days)
  • Ooya-san wa Shishunki!
  • Dimension W
  • Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Luck & Logic - 01

Luck & Logic

I actually didn’t mind this too much – think it was all the pretty colours and the fact absolutely no brain power was required.  It isn’t good (it really isn’t good) but made for an enjoyable watch……well aside from the scenes with the imouto, could have done without those.  The concept is all sorts of slapdash and filled with hilarious lines about logic and goddesses – which is to be expected since Luck & Logic only really exists to sell the card game tie-in and they certainly have gone all out with the character designs.

I kind of like the chill main character since he’s fully embraced his overpowered MC status and doesn’t get all flustered by the presence of all the scantily-clad girls he ends up working with.  Well, until he’s told to share a room with one that is.  Still for most of the episode he wasn’t irritating to watch – a rare bonus in this type of show.

I think I’ll watch another episode just to see how the show devolves into generic magic highschool hijinks after this introductory episode.


 Durarara!! X2 - 25

Durarara!! x2 Ketsu

It’s only in episodes like this where the show attempts to showcase all its characters that you really appreciate how sprawling the Durarara!! cast is – it’s impossible to remember them all!  The thing is that all of them are bonkers and interesting in their own right, and most of the entertainment value gained from watching Durarara!! is seeing them all bounce off each other, but it’s gotten to the point where the cast is just too massive to really function well.

There’s so many individual agendas that it is incredibly difficult to keep it all straight, and that is a shame since it seems things are finally coming to a head in the story.  Still, I’ve come this far, I’m certainly not going to quit now!


Bubuki Buranki - 01

Bubuki Buranki

So I liked the prologue stuff with the MC as a kid and living with his parents, I was a bit less fond of the rest of the episode with all the superpowered kids running about, but it was still a pretty interesting opening episode – there’s some interesting stuff in here.  As a purely CG animated show Bubuki Buranki actually looks rather impressive – the facial expressions are a bit flat, but the show still looks pretty damn nice on the whole (hilariously over-designed characters aside).

I’m going to give the show a second episode to see how it plans to progress and if the animation quality can hold up.  I’m not massively optimistic that this will be anything other than a generic shounen action series though.


Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R - 01

Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R

I really struggled to finish this episode.  Terrifying opening filled with CG dancing aside, the whole episode was just so boring and lacking in character that I can’t imagine even existing fans of Nurse Witch Komugi finding anything interesting here.  Dropped.


Nijiiro Days - 01

Nijiiro Days (Rainbow Days)

So the half episode length works pretty well for this show – it’s pure fluff and trying to stretch it out to full length would have been too much.  I’ve actually been reading the manga for this, so I’m pleased it’s gotten an anime – it’s cute, fun and requires absolutely no thought to watch/read  It’s basically the male equivalent of “cute girls do cute things”, and despite my general impatience with that genre I’m shallow enough to enjoy the same thing with cute boys instead.

This introductory episode follows the manga to the letter, although it has to be said that there clearly isn’t much money being fired at this adaptation – it’s pretty simply animated, and the OP & ED just scream cost-cutting.  Still there is a solid cast and there isn’t anything wrong with just following the manga when your subject material is this light on content.  Will be watching more.


Ooyasan wa Shishunki! - 01

Ooya-san wa Shishunki!

Another short – only a couple of minutes long, but definitely an instant drop for me.  Basically it’s just a little girl managing an apartment complex for some reason, and the older fella having delusions about her.  Creepy. Dropped.


Dimension W - 01

Dimension W

Well this certainly had the cool factor!  From the dancing in the OP to the edgy futuristic world and slick action scenes, everything about Dimension W is geared for maximum cool points……so I should really like it, right?  Unfortunately the show left me a bit cold and I really can’t fully figure out why.  Everything ticks the right boxes – great designs, animation, music and seiyuu – but there isn’t really much to get invested in in this opening episode beyond the polished presentation of the show.  I think it has something to do with the fact I’m not really loving the characters at the moment – the MC is too stoic to be entertaining and the design of the moe robot and pervy angles she’s shown from is preventing me from really engaging with her struggle.

I am of course going to give the show a few more episodes – there is plenty of potential in this series, and it does look great.  Hopefully I find something to get properly engaged with in the second episode.


Hai to Gensou no Grimgar - 01

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash)

The set-up for Grimgar is actually pretty interesting.  I really like the idea of a group of amnesiacs struggling to survive in an RPG world – there’s loads of scope for interesting group dynamics and the daily grind to just get by makes a change from most “dropped into a video game” shows that have their characters be super talented right from the start.  However any potential for Grimgar to be interesting more or less flew out the window once it became clear that this was just going to be populated by the same LN archetypes as every other similar show.

The characters are obnoxious and/or boring.  The camera is absolutely obsessed with the boobs/butts of the girls.  There’s no flair to the presentation of the show beyond the exceptionally pretty backgrounds.  Basically this just ended up being a waste of time to watch – dropped.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2016 8:41 am

    Definitely agree with you on Durarara – the cast has grown so big now that keeping track of them all and what they’re up to is nigh on impossible. Sadly, I also don’t care much about at least half of them, so while I still dearly love the franchise and have absolutely no intention of quitting at this point, the whole thing is just becoming a big hot mess. I don’t like the new OP at all either. On the other hand, that Dimension W OP is probably my favourite of the season. Loving the fast-paced track and cool dance moves!

    • January 18, 2016 6:35 pm

      Oh yes the new Drrrr!! OP is terrible – they’ve gradually been getting worse each season unfortunately. I agree that the Dimension W OP is probably the best of the season – loads of style & a catchy tune.

  2. January 17, 2016 10:35 am

    Dimension W is cool. Substantial? No. I quite like Mabuchi’s design. I mean, I would like to have some clothes similar to his. For weird reasons, I favor this one over Active Raid because it knows when to slow down.

    Bubuki Buranki’s first half was epic. The second half? Not so much. Whoever made the storyboard should at least patch up this disjointed episode.

    Nijiro Days was cute. I mean, in a non BL way. I can see myself in this episode, although I one of the bullies.

    My love affair with Durarara!! waned after Shou and I didn’t even bother watching Ketsu so I guess I didn’t miss anything that substantial after I decided to think that a second season of Durarara!! does not exist. :p

    • January 17, 2016 7:16 pm

      Honestly think Dimension W became kinda substantial in the latest episode, although since its post-war stuff is not based on any real-life event (that I know of), it’s hard for me to get excited about it the same way I did with Concrete Revolutio or Darker than Black.

      • January 18, 2016 6:40 pm

        Yeah if Dimension W was clearly pulling inspiration from some real world event I’d be much more interested. It’s still pretty decent, but nothing I’m massively excited for at the moment.

    • January 18, 2016 6:39 pm

      I’m still undecided on Dimension W at the moment. The second episode was completely different in terms of tone, but more interesting for it. Will have to see what episode 3 brings.

      Judging from the 2nd ep of Bubuki Buranki, the jumpy narrative structure is here to stay – probably going to drop it next week unless something unexpected happens.

  3. January 18, 2016 2:14 am

    Yeah I have to somewhat agree that Luck & Logic isn’t the best thing around and the visuals are decent, but I’m interested in the whole gods and humans working together and finding out who is attacking the world and why. I will say it’s a bit annoying that the end of the first episode basically made this another harem with the MC living at the school with a bunch of other girls? Yeah harem antics will be inc soon…

    Dimension W on the other hand is easily my most anticipated series of Winter 2016 due to it looking so much like Darker Than Black which I loved! Yeah I could have done without season two, but anyway I’m interested in seeing more about Kyouma’s past and learning why he hates the coils so much and Mira herself might just exist for the sole purpose of fanservice which is lame even though I want to learn more about her origins; however the studio behind Dimension W only has one completed series with Sora no Method which super kid friendly and a bit drama filled with no fanservice what so ever so I have faith W won’t have it all the time well maybe.

    Bubuki Buranki: Great CG! Yeah it’s not ever going to be Disney/Pixar level of CG, but realistically no anime studio can come close to that level of quality, but I guess everyone has different views when it comes to good CG vs piss poor CG! Story wise wow Attack on Titan much at the start then it jumps to digimon-ish monsters that turn into weapons then back to angsty mc revenge boy! I can tell a lot of people will either love BB or drop it soon! I for one am enjoying it.

    • January 18, 2016 6:44 pm

      Luck & Logic kind of lost me in ep 2 when it dived into bog standard harem antics & the MC started criticising one of the girls clothing choices. Not good. Pity, because I do like the the style of the show and the goddess angle is interesting.

      I’m definitely not as sold on Dimension W as I was at the same point in Darker than BLACK, but it’s certainly one of the better shows this season.

      Bubuki Buranki will have to pull something interesting in its 3rd episode to keep my interest – it’s a bit too shounen by numbers at the moment, but at least the standard of the CG animation is holding up.

  4. January 18, 2016 11:26 pm

    I only picked up three of these – the amazing Durarara!! of course (aside from blowing all newcomers out of the water for me, I also quite like the OP), Dimension W (agree that it’s more style than substance so far, keep feeling I should like it more than I actually do) and Bubuki Buranki (the weakest series in my lineup, but still fun so far). Komugi was a disappointment, I have no regrets for dropping that despite loving the OVAs.

  5. January 21, 2016 7:10 am

    Durarara is great as always, and it is in the fast lane to active-ville. Dimension W was solid, but I wasn’t really blown away. Luck and Logic is pretty meh. Ooya-san is creepy as hell. Nijiiro Days is super cute and harmless. It may just become my guilty pleasure of the season-you never know.

    I actually loved Grimgar. The graphics are beautiful and the sound track is also pretty good. It offers a really unique alternative to the flashy SAO and mechanical Log Horizon. I will admit that it is pretty slow, the second episode convinced me that this series is fantastic at developing relationships and letting you get to know the characters through a personal lense.

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