First Impressions – Winter 2016 Anime

While I said I probably wouldn’t post anything for this season, I ended up trying out a few extra shows (and one I forgot was airing). So let’s see how everything goes!

At least I’ve only dropped two shows so far.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season / Assassination Classroom Season 2nd Season

[HorribleSubs] Assassination Classroom S2 - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.19_[2016.01.09_07.49.13]

Fortunately, this is picking up exactly where the first season left off. Of course, that also means that there isn’t really anything to add. So… hopefully everything goes well.

At least the opening theme is tolerable this time around.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

[HorribleSubs] Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_27.30_[2016.01.15_19.45.04]

When I heard there was a show about rakugo, I was quite confused. Rakugo is a sort of solo performance that can range from something akin to stand-up comedy (or rather, sit-down) to dramatic storytelling. Two years ago, I watched a rakugo performance during my study abroad, which was very enjoyable, but a show about it? Well, as it turns out, the first episode was pretty good. Not amazing, but definitely enough to get me looking forward to the next episode. It’s an unusual focus, but the characters seem like they’ll carry the show well as it goes on, and while a lot of the humor seemed to miss (based on when the crowd laughed at least), it definitely threw out some excellent curveballs.

The first episode is about 45 minutes long, but I don’t know if they’ll all be that length. I wouldn’t mind – the only other show I’ve watched that did that was Katanagatari, and that’s one of my favorites. It didn’t feel like it dragged, so I don’t expect them to waste time to fill the timeslot. *cough* Kizumonogatari *cough*

Dagashi Kashi

[Mori] Dagashi Kashi - 01 [7CD8C64B].mkv_snapshot_16.51_[2016.01.09_07.25.58]
The only good thing about the show is that magazine.

This is a show that I picked up because a lot of people were praising it. Well, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. The concept is dull, the main character feels like your generic self-insert, what’s-her-name is annoying, the generic tsundere is annoying, etc. I’m not remotely interested after the first episode, so I’m not going to waste my time.


Musaigen no Phantom World / Myriad Colors Phantom World

[HorribleSubs] Musaigen no Phantom World - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.31_[2016.01.07_06.51.37]

My only motivation for watching this show was KyoAni pretty young anime girls. I think that’s the only reason I’m going to continue watching past the first episode. The humor didn’t really connect, the entire “limbo” situation was just bizarre, the main concept is strange, but not much more. It feels like the kind of show I’ve seen too many times before, but without adding much unique. If it doesn’t improve soon, I’ll probably drop it.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season / Snow White with the Red Hair 2nd Season

[HorribleSubs] Akagami no Shirayukihime - 13 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.28_[2016.01.13_18.59.52]

I marathoned the first season of this show a few months ago, and it turned out alright. Shirayuki and co. were enjoyable to watch most of the time, but the story just revolves around “Shirayuki is targeted for her red hair, yada yada, repeat.” And the first episode seems to be leading into that same type of situation, so I’m really hoping they change stuff up. And did the animation quality drop a lot compared to the first season, or does it just seem like that because I finished re-watching Hibike! Euphonium yesterday?

Also, long-haired Shirayuki >> short-haired ponytail Shirayuki >>>>>> short-haired Shirayuki. (My heart almost gave out when she cut off her ponytail in the first season)

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar / Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Unless that black strap is actually part of the hoodie, that is one of the most questionable outfits I have ever seen. Well, it's stupid the other way too.
Unless that black strap is actually part of the hoodie, that is one of the most questionable outfits I have ever seen. Well, it’s stupid the other way too.

This is another one I might drop. The setup is a “game world” type deal a la Sword Art Online or Log Horizon, but the characters don’t remember anything that happened before they ended up there. So maybe it’s not actually a game, but that’s what the setup seems to be leaning towards. Alongside boring fanservice. Big-boobed party member, with that explicitly pointed out during the first episode? Yeah, that’s covered. Character with a ridiculously stupid outfit that’s obviously designed to show as much skin as possible? Yeah, we have that too. Anything otherwise appealing? Not really.

I’m also not a fan of the background art. Apparently those responsible were never taught to draw between the lines.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi / ERASED

[HorribleSubs] Boku Dake ga Inai Machi - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.32_[2016.01.09_13.13.16]

Based on the first episode, this is the best offer of the season. The protagonist experiences brief time rewinds as life-threatening events happen to people around him, and he needs to find the cause and solve the issue as soon as possible. Of course, with how the episode ends, I’m not sure exactly if this will keep happening. Basically, a situation is set up where the only way to prevent something is to go back pretty far. Like really far. I’m hoping the mystery that they’ve started off turns out pretty interesting, so we’ll see how things pan out down the line.

Divine Gate



I’ve been posting too often, so I’m afraid the site will self-destruct.

Since I’m probably going to mini-marathon stuff as I feel like it during the season, don’t count on a “Thoughts So Far” post. I’ll try to be fully caught up for the finales though.

I’ve also been complaining about stuff a lot recently (Kizumonogatari, P4: Dancing All Night, etc.), so you can look forward to a positive review, hopefully within a week. Spoiler alert: it’s a show about pretty young anime girls and a lot of blowing.

5 thoughts on “First Impressions – Winter 2016 Anime

  1. I’ve seen a lot of people drop Divine Gate for the same reason – disliking the poetic tone and exposition. But I think this is being judgemental for the sake of being a judgemental blogger. Divine Gate is a silly sci-fi action romp – cringy or cliche elements might wear down the show’s potential, but they shouldn’t be super-imposed as a reason to drop the show. It makes a mockery of what actually holds potential if you hold back on your criticism.

    For instance, I actually loved the scene you screencapped. It gives of a kind of theatricality that doesn’t seem wholly secure. Indeed, the revelations about Aoto we get through both cinematic and dialogue exposition fill up that pseudo-poetic line with a lot of instantly accessible depth.

    1. I watched about the first minute, saw that line, and decided against watching any more. That’s one of the corniest lines I’ve ever heard, and most comments on the show don’t imply that it gets any better. The only reason I posted the screencap and nothing else is because in my opinion it speaks for itself as a justification.

      If I ever watch a bad show to its conclusion, it’s rarely for the sake of critique – it’s either to watch a trainwreck for a weird sense of enjoyment or in the hope that something makes the time worthwhile. With Divine Gate, only the latter would be a reason to possibly continue with it, but I honestly have better things to do. And based on the first episode alone, I’m never going to write out a whole lot. Just like the title says, these are first impressions, just scratching the surface for each of the shows. Without the full show behind me, I’ll rarely have much to say since anything can add or detract down the line.

      I’ve certainly never given anything but my actual thoughts on things – even if it’s hidden beneath a layer of sarcasm. If that makes me out to be a judgmental blogger, then so be it, but it’s not some persona I’m forcing by dropping shows or giving mixed reviews.

      1. The argument that you believe have ‘better things to do’ because of one debatably-cringy line is simply impatience. Do you give the people you meet the same treatment – they say one off-putting thing and you condemn them forever to the garbage pile of having no potential to please you?

        Dropping shows based on their first minute and other people’s thoughts is going to get you less entertainment from what you watch. But it’s your choice, and loss.

        1. Sure, call it impatience, but I’m not going to watch a show if it doesn’t interest me. I’m not going to force myself to pay attention to something that isn’t entertaining. If the first episode alone starts setting off warnings for things I will actively dislike, I’m not going to watch it.

          And no, I don’t treat anime and real people the same. That would be silly.

        2. It’s never silly to offer the same respect to an art form that you would give to a human being. There’s a lot of overlap between how you interact with the two.

          You take too much stock in your own opinion.

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