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First Impressions: Spring 2016 – Part 2

April 5, 2016

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Well here’s the next part of the past few days new releases!

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE 0096
  • My Hero Academia
  • Pan de Peace!
  • Kumomiko: Girl Meets Bear
  • Re: Zero -Starting Life in a New World-
  • Macross Delta
  • Bakuon!
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3

[HorribleSubs] Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE 0096 - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.28_[2016.04.03_15.39.24]Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE 0096

I’ve already watched the Gundam Unicorn OVA’s, but it has been 6 years since the first episode aired, so my memory is a touch hazy at this stage.  I don’t think this episode was markedly different though – they moved a few scenes about but that’s about it.  The pacing was a bit off, but that is to be expected when you start chopping up hour long OVA episodes into 25 minute episodes.

Unicorn is set in the Universal Century Gundam timeline – the main timeline in the franchise – so there are loads of references to older shows peppered throughout and you’ll only really have a full understanding of the political climate if you’ve watched some of the earlier UC series.  Still, even if you haven’t seen much Gundam there is plenty to appreciate in Unicorn since it looks & sounds great…..although I’m not really fussed on that OP.

I’m not sure if I’ll keep this on since I’ve already watched Unicorn – may just catch the odd episode to rewatch some of the better action set-pieces.

 

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My Hero Academia

As predicted I loved this – it was a lot of fun to watch.  It’s not the most original of series, but it has a lot of heart, some great characters (Midoriya is absolutely adorable, All Might is cheesy as hell and Bakugou is an utter dick) and BONES managed to turn out a pretty decent looking adaptation.

My Hero Academia is a fairly straightforward superhero series which clearly takes a lot of inspiration from Western comics.  That influence is clear in the stylised backgrounds and some of the character designs, but even though superhero shows have flooded the scene recently, My Hero Academia still feels fresh and entertaining.  I’m definitely looking forward to watching more of this!

 

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Pan de Peace!

There isn’t much harm in the show, but it is really too stupid for me to bother with.  Also I can’t trust a character who thinks putting strawberry jam on an egg sandwich is okay – that’s just wrong on so many levels.

 

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Kumomiko: Girl Meets Bear

There are only two things that make Kumomiko’s opening episode stand out from similar shows like Gugure! Kokkuri-san – the insanely catchy ED and the weird bestiality segment in the middle that came out of nowhere.  Other than that it was a pretty standard comedy about a young girl wanting to escape a backwoods village and her guardian (who happens to be a bear).  I was quite amused over all, so I’m giving Kumomiko another episode out of curiosity.

 

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Re: Zero -Starting Life in a New World-

So the premiere episode of Re:Zero ended up being double length for some mystifying reason.  To be honest I very nearly bailed midway though because this is just another Shitty LN Adaptation.  I found the characters really irritating, particularly the lead male, who is not only completely unphased by his suddenly being transported to another world populated by CGI beast-men, but starts harping on about all the usual “transported to another world” tropes.  Having a self-aware protagonist can be amusing, but Subaru is just obnoxious and grating to listen to….I quickly developed the urge to punch him in the face.

Now the later half of the episode was marginally better since that’s when the time-travel plot kicked in, but again the main character kind of ruined any potential interest I may have had.  Subaru spends the first half of the episode being super self-aware, but fails to cop-on to what’s happening to him even after running through the same day twice.  You can’t have a protagonist be trope savvy one minute and genre-blind the next!  Meh, you’d think I’d know not to expect anything from this kind of LN adaptation by now.

 

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Macross Delta

I had already seen the majority of this episode in January when the special pre-air came out, but it was still fun to watch it again.  I have to say I’m still not entirely sold on the idol unit idea – it feels more like AKB0048 than Macross – but if they keep this level of dumb fun going I’m sure I’ll get over my aversion to idol groups.  I mean it’s hard not to love a show where a mecha battle turns into a full on concert scene with mahou-shoujo-esq idols healing people with pop-music!  This is the kind of crazy I watch anime for.

 

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Bakuon!

Cute girls geek out over motorbikes – that about sums up Bakuon, and it ended up being pretty fun!  It’s refreshing that the show is allowed to use real brand names and bikes – it actually ended up being pretty educational, which I didn’t really expect.  I’m not sure how many episodes I’ll last since I have no real interest in motorbikes, but I’m definitely willing to give Bakuon another chance – I enjoyed the energy of the first episode.

 

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Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3

So I took the plunge and tried the latest season of Sailor Moon Crystal, and thank all that is good in the world, this is actually looking to be good!  Toei finally looks like they’re putting effort into the reboot – the character designs have been overhauled and move much better, the horrible CG transformation sequences are gone, replaced by traditional 2D versions reminiscent of the original anime’s, and the whole feel of the show is just more like what I remember and loved about Sailor Moon in the first place.

I really hope that the show continues to maintain this level of quality – it would kill me all over again to endure the crushing disappointment of the first two Crystal seasons, and I think it would be worse this time since I love the Death Busters arc and it’s characters so much.

Please don’t fuck this up Toei!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2016 11:03 pm

    Macross Delta is probably my favourite of the first episodes out so far, though I also really enjoyed Re: Zero and Bakuon!! Gundam Unicorn was ridiculously pretty, but that’s all that really stood out about it for me.

    I was never really into superheroes to begin with, so while Boku no Hero Academia’s first episode didn’t really do anything wrong, I don’t find myself looking forward to the next episode anywhere near as much as anything else, so I probably won’t bother keeping it on.

    • April 9, 2016 7:13 pm

      So far My Hero Academia is probably the premiere I had the most fun watching. I enjoyed Macross Delta too, but since I had already seen the majority of the episode a few months ago it wasn’t as enthralling.

      Really didn’t like Re:Zero though, did not make good use of its double length episode.

  2. April 5, 2016 11:12 pm

    Re: Zero is a big fuckball of boring! When the main character immediately became self-aware of his situation, I knew right away it was going to be garbage and unfortunately there was still 47 minutes of the episode to go. If it’s not video games, it’s the meta train these LN adaptations are riding isn’t it?

    • April 9, 2016 7:14 pm

      I wouldn’t have minded the MC being trope savvy if it was consistent and he wasn’t utterly obnoxious – I’m asking for a lot here aren’t I?

  3. higgsbosoff permalink
    April 6, 2016 3:29 pm

    I’d be okay with a self-aware protagonist in itself, but this?

    “Subaru spends the first half of the episode being super self-aware, but fails to cop-on to what’s happening to him even after running through the same day twice.”

    That right there destroyed my interest in giving this premiere a chance. Cluelessness used as a plot device to stretch out the story is already a very annoying trope; when it actively creates a plot hole by contradicting the established traits of the character it’s just obnoxious.

    • April 9, 2016 7:15 pm

      Yeah pretty much – that was more or less the moment I decided there was very little point to trying to watch much more of Re:Zero.

  4. April 9, 2016 3:20 am

    I breathed such a huge sigh of relief with that Sailor Moon episode! I mean, there’s absolutely no guarantee that this third season of Crystal will be good… but at least it looks like it won’t be terribad, and at this point, that’s all I’m really asking for. Thank god for the staff changeover.

    • April 9, 2016 7:16 pm

      Oh god I was so anxious going into the episode – Crystal S1-2 really burned me and I was so nervous S3 wouldn’t be any better. Fingers-crossed the new staff continue to turn out good things!

  5. April 11, 2016 5:21 am

    Kuma Miko also made me lolled with the bestiality jokes in the middle of its first episode. Well, the first part is kind of boring but the latter half made up for it. It’s a very fluffy show if I am asked.

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