Final Thoughts – Fall 2015 Anime

Here we are at the end of the year’s airing anime! So, let’s take a look at what I followed for the fall season!

Actually, I still haven’t finished one show, and then there are three miscellaneous additions. Oh well.

Owarimonogatari

[HorribleSubs] Owarimonogatari - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.39_[2015.12.20_09.32.09]

I’m actually not going to talk about this much here – a bit more detail will be in an upcoming post (no, it’s not a full review).

While Tsukimonogatari felt like a bit of a low point for the series (while still not bad), Owarimonogatari brought things back into shape, even if it did take a bit to get rolling. The first half was an odd look at something the series hasn’t really addressed before – purely human problems. Instead of supernatural phenomena, Sodachi’s situations, and Ougi and Araragi’s look at them, feels exceedingly normal, even if the drama is played up a bit too much.

As for the second half, it’s back to form. And for where it fits chronologically, it’s far more important to the Second Season than you might think. Basically, I’m of the opinion that the entire series should be watched chronologically, not by release order. For many reasons. But that’s a discussion for another day.

Rating – 8/10

Recommendation – If you like the Monogatari Series, watch it.


Noragami Aragoto

For now, I haven’t finished it. I’ll update the post when I get to it, which should hopefully be soon.


One Punch Man

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I kind of expected that things would turn out this way, but let me say it anyways – the manga is better. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the show. It was good, and sometimes even great, but there were a few things holding it back.

While it certainly looks great – heck, look at the last episode or the Genos vs. Saitama bout – a lot of the time it was good animation in a stock directing sense. Obviously, the labor required to take the visual impact of the manga and effectively animate it would be ludicrous, but they at least did a good job relative to most other anime. And as far as the humor is concerned, it seemed to focus too much on “Saitama is so overpowered” rather than the treasure trove of other opportunities. At least the second half focused a bit more on the other heroes (and I know the later chapters do too), and even when focused on Saitama, most conflicts didn’t have an immediate and commonly anticlimactic conclusion like they did in the beginning.

So if there’s going to be a second season, I’ll certainly watch it. But I think my main priority is going to be to catch back up with the manga.

Rating – 7/10

Recommendation – If you like action shows, watch it.


Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!

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As far as comedy/slice-of-life shows go, Yuru Yuri has always been the kind to excel at comedy and then do a mediocre job with the other side of things. For whatever reason, this season seemed to shift the approach, emphasizing slice-of-life and letting the comedy fall into the gaps. And that’s where it fails to live up to the first two seasons.

While the show has always been about the daily lives of the characters both in school and out, it relied on the humor for success. Instead, what we get here is a generally boring attempt to create a relaxing environment in a show that’s probably never been watched for that purpose. Combined with the inconsistently timed attempts to deliver laughs – which fortunately tend to succeed (where it’s not just the same old boob jokes and what-not) – and this season leaves quite a lot to be desired.

To its credit, it does improve as it goes on. The first episode in particular was a substantial disappointment, but subsequent ones are progressively quite better, with only a few complete lapses.

Rating – 6/10

Recommendation – If you liked the first two seasons, watch it. If you were mixed/negative on the first two seasons, skip it.


Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru / A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet

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The mystery genre is something that I would theoretically like a lot, but actually ends up being a bit hit-or-miss. While Sakurako doesn’t suffer too much from the main issue – predictability – it lacks in general interest. The mysteries themselves are generally revolving around life-or-death drama, but it’s just boring. The mysteries aren’t intriguing, the solutions are rarely startling, and everything is presented very blandly.

If the last episode had even remotely approached the overarching conflict, my opinion on the show would inevitably be higher. But instead it was the kind of pre-finale character bond preparation thing that you typically see in the penultimate episode. So if there’s no season 2, that is one crappy ending. Either way, it’s a dumb cliffhanger to use for the last episode. I could also go into how I don’t think the future of the series will successfully deliver in what it looks like it’s aiming for. Long story short, the show plays up a character’s influence and exaggerates it to an extreme, but I highly doubt he’ll live up to the expectations the show is setting. They act like he’s going to be some type of charismatic antagonist, but based on the writing for this season, there’s no way they’ll pull that off well.

Rating – 5/10

Recommendation – Unless you like mystery shows, wait for an announcement of a second season before considering whether or not to watch it.


Digimon Adventure tri. 1: Saikai / Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 1: Reunion

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When I was a kid, I liked Digimon. As in when I was in first to third grade or so. So it has been quite a while since I saw or ever really thought about the first Digimon Adventure series. And yet, this movie did end up triggering quite a bit of nostalgia, making me look back into all the happenings of the original show, remind myself of who all the characters were, and try to remember what exactly the deal was with that lipstick-wearing vampire thing in Tokyo.

Unfortunately, that’s about where my interest in this movie ends. It looks good, way better than the show did back in the day, but the story is pretty dumb, Taichi’s internal conflict makes no sense when it’s completely internalized, and it always flashes back to the same things – the broken cell phone being the stupidest one of the bunch. “Hey, we need to illustrate how severely the Digimon are affecting the real world. I know, let’s throw in a broken cell phone and cut back to that frame at least five times because WHO COULD LIVE WITHOUT THEIR CELL PHONE?”

Rating – 3/10

Recommendation – Unless you really liked the original Digimon Adventure series and are looking for a nostalgia overload, don’t bother.


Working!!! Lord of the Takanashi

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The third, and most likely final, season of Working!! offered neat conclusions to many of the potential relationships among characters, weird subplots, and Otoo finding his wife (for now). Except for one. After a post-credits cliffhanger, the question of what would happen for Inami and Takanashi was left in the air.

Fortunately, this 50-minute special wrapped everything up nicely. The main “conflict” was a bit silly, but pulling everything that had happened together worked great as a final conclusion for the show. Or at least, I’d imagine that they won’t continue past this point. That wouldn’t really make any sense.

My only complaints are that plenty of things were far too corny, and a lot of the humor was more predictable than the rest of what the final season offered. The entire leadup, besides the root of the conflict, is easy to presume as things start falling into place. But rather than the plot, this undermines the humor, as it doesn’t allow running jokes to hit with their potential impact, and new jokes are spread thinner. So it certainly wasn’t bad, but far from perfect.

Rating – 7/10

Recommendation – If you’ve already watched the first three seasons of Working!!, finish it off with this.


Crunchyroll’s Christmas Special

They used a clip from Himouto! Umaru-chan, but didn't take the time to correct their subtitling error. Wao.

They used a clip from Himouto! Umaru-chan, but didn’t take the time to correct their subtitling error. Wao.

So. Yeah. This happened. I’m not going to try and explain it too much. Basically, it was a mix of live action stuff from Crunchyroll staff and holiday related clips from various shows. I’m just confused.

Christmas may be over, but you can still watch it if you want. Here you go.

Rating – ???

Recommendation – ???


At this point, I am not expecting to do posts for next season – at most, it will just be a “final thoughts” post. I’m only planning on watching one or two shows (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu and maybe Akagami no Shirayuki-hime), so there won’t be much of a point to it. Unless I decide to talk about Kizumonogatari there rather than a dedicated post. We’ll see.

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