[In Which I Review] New anime, Summer 2015

Wolfwood2

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Classroom☆Crisis
(12ish episodes ?)

What's it about ?

Er... A weird science-fiction/work-com/school thing ?

Characters

The punchline is that there were never any terrorists ; Nagisa merely wanted to prove a point. Namely, that A-TEC spent about a billion on a rescue mission (to say nothing of wrecking a 15-billion prototype), despite the ransom being several orders of magnitude lower. In other words, the Kirishima Corporation is wasting billions on a money sink that's far from delivering anything in proportion. So, as a member of the board and a relative to the CEO, he's here to downsize A-TEC, or maybe even shut it down entirely.
No, there definitely were terrorists. We saw Nagisa negotiating with them at the beginning of the show. Apparently he worked out some sort of deal on his own and they agreed to flee and let him go. Only instead of radioing anyone about that, he just sat alone in the dark asteroid while the deadline ticked down.

And it wasn't a rescue mission. They spent all that money as the only possible way to deliver the ransom in time due to the absurdly short deadline, but the job was definitely to deliver the ransom using the necessary resources. So really, it's Nagisa's fault they lost all that money and destroyed the prototype, because he neglected to tell anyone he was all right.

So basically, the show makes no goddamn sense and everyone still wears neck ties in the future for some reason. Dropped.
 

dshaffer

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i've wondered about that. I meant I've been deluged by US military jingoism my whole life in media so its hard for me to get that upset overvthe rare pieces of such things from other countries. Would people feel the same if Gate was about US marines instead?
It would depend on who wrote it and what they did with it. This first episode actually toned it down quite a bit. If said theoretical American made novel spent a good chunk of change turning all the other world leaders into cardboard cutouts who just wanted to Leech off the US's discovery, and tossed in an extra helping of 'And our government really isn't that much better, we should let the Military handle it all?' Then yes, I'm sure plenty of people would have an issue with it, too.
 
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yeah, Stargate (Especially SG-1) was smart in taht while yes, almost everyone in the Stargate program was US military, as often as not teh Military and Government were antagonists, almost as much as the evil parasitic race of worms that claimed to be gods.

I haven't seen Gate yet. that's on my list for later tonight.
 

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A very different approach from the manga, which I've read. In the manga, the attack on Tokyo is about one page and then we immediately go to the JSDF setting up camp on the other side of the Gate.
Baka-tsuki has only a small portion of the novel's prologue translated, but it seems to take the same approach: the attack and declaration of war from the fantasy kingdom is described in a few paragraphs, then immediately cut to the Diet members talking about their new foothold on the other side of the gate and referring to the army as "arrested criminals."
 

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Well, his deafness is at front and center of the episode, and the implication may be it gives him quasi-superpowers, anti-Daredevil style. Well, that or his mysterious special ops background, if that's what all the fuss about "dog tags" is about.

But the show certainly makes a point of showing him behaving (and speaking, eventually) like an actual deaf person, and that's what makes it work. There's great attention to detail at play here.
Dammit, now the Netflix show and this one are part of the same universe in my headcanon.

I'm so very sold on this one. Very atmospheric, surprisingly quiet show. When the violence actually happens the action is good but there's surprisingly little of it. It feels more, like, I dunno, "slice of life"? After an episode you really get a feel of who are these people and what their world feels like.
 

Jhiday

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So GATE was massively sanitized and expanded from its source material ? I'm not surprised, but that certainly won't entice me to watch it any more.

So basically, the show makes no goddamn sense and everyone still wears neck ties in the future for some reason. Dropped.
Ah. You can tell I zoned out during the middle part and missed half the plot, eh ? And these days, I'm way less willing to rewatch the parts I missed ; if a show lost my attention, that's on it. The only reasons I'm willing to give it a second episode is that the baddie chews scenery with such gusto, and there's a chance they'll develop the other A-TEC members and I might like some of them.



And now, three new shows I actually enjoyed. (I'm running behind, so Rokka and Ushio & Tora will have wait tomorrow. Heck, I haven't yet watched any of the sequels I was massively looking forward.)




Blue Spring x Machine Gun (Aoharu x Kikanjuu)
(12 episodes)

What's it about ?

Adaptation of a manga series about survival games (although it takes some detours before getting to that point)... wait, it was published in a shonen magazine ? Odd, as this is clearly targetting a female audience.

Characters

Hotaru Tachibana, our highschool protagonist. The student council president, and a flamboyant Hero of Justice ! The kind who jumps down three stories to beat up a bunch of bullies. Now, Tachibana is quite short an unimposing at first sight, but more than makes up for it with ridiculous athletic and fighting skills. As well as getting into the face of anyone that remotely looks like an Ennemy of Justice !

The twist being that Tachibana is a girl, and identifies as such, despite coming to school in a male uniform. Very few people are aware of this, and you get the sense there's an intriguing story behind her attitude. But we're not getting into that yet.

Kanae is, for the lack of a better word, her best friend, and one of the few people in the know. She's a bit too eager to try and get Tachibana to put on a skirt for my tastes. Anyway, she kickstarts the plot by telling her friend she's broke after that humiliating time at this male hostel club... and Tachibana is already off to avenge her before she can add that it was because they turned her away (for being a minor, obviously), and she spent all her money on comfort food. But hey, Tachibana never misses an opportunity to go half-cocked to fight imaginary villains.

Masamune is the MVP of this host club : not only one of the most popular hosts, but also having a good eye to please the customers and avoid faux-pas from his colleagues. He was the one who turned Kanae away, and as such the object of Tachibana's misguided wrath. It helps that he's also her new neighbour, and they got off to a very bad start earlier in the day.

If you're wondering what any of this has to do with survival games... Well, that's Masamune's hobby, and he insists on his duel with Tachibana being with toy guns. Yes, in the middle of the host club. (Cue all the hosts & customers cheerfully putting on safety glasses. Clearly this isn't the first time.) While he takes on a handicap and Tachibana shows off some nice althletic and tactical skills, she makes the rookie mistake of not counting her ammo. Oops. Now she's his.

So of course he wants her to join his Survival Game team, as a way to repay for all the needless damage she caused while jumping around in the club. He still hasn't picked up on her being a girl, by the way.

(The third member of this team makes a cameo at the end.)

Production Values

Very good indeed. The action sequences are entertainingly over the top and get ridiculously fluid animation. There's also a lot to like in the soundtrack.

Overall Impression

You know what they say : you can make any premise more interesting by dropping in a crossdressing girl as a protagonist. (Okay, I have no clue if anyone ever said that, but it's true.) It helps that the show turns out to be way more entertaining than it has any right to. The sense of fun is pervasive, and Tachibana's dumb antics are more amusing than irritating once you get to know her better.

Sure, there's a bit of the characteristic rapey subtext of shojo romances (seriously, how is this manga shonen ?), but that stays as a low enough level to avoid being more than slightly annoying.

Besides this, the show turns out to be quite fun, so I'm strongly considering keeping with it.

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Charlotte
(13 episodes)

What's it about ?

Oh, it's our old pal Jun Maeda of Key, once again collaborating with studio PA Works to produce something that's not an adaptation of his visual novels ! And we're clearly closer to Angel Beats territory than the likes of Clannad, as it's all about the madcap comedy and looks very unlikely to go too much into melodramatic tragedy.

Characters

Yuu, our protagonist, has got a limited but surprisingly useful superpower : he can possess the body of anyone in his line of sight (with his own body slunking down in the meantime) for a maximum of 5 minutes seconds. He takes advantage of it to cheat at exams, get into the best high school of the country, and woo the prettiest girl there. He barely has the self-control to avoid mwahahah-ing all over the place. He's a despicable sleazeball, but quite an entertaining one.

Nao is the student council president from another school altogether who gathers enough evidence to blackmail him into transfering there. (Her own "invisible to one person" power makes it rather easy.) She's made a personal mission to gather all the super-powered teenagers causing mischief, and enrols Yuu into her crusade. His power should make it quite useful indeed.

Takajou, the stern vice-president, has harnessed his own limited teleportation powers to become quite good in a fight, so it's not like Yuu can escape.

To complete the humiliation, Yumi, the pretty girl he had wooed, makes it pretty clear she has no wish to pursue him halfway through the country if he can't give an explanation, and dumps him.

The one person who is happy about the sudden transfer is Ayu, Yuu's younger sister, who's excited about getting into a new school too. To his great displeasure, she hits it off immediately with Nao.

Production Values

Very nice indeed ; you can always rely on studio PA Works to provide scenery porn and an impressive attention to detail with body language. Given Yuu's power, the latter is key to selling the jokes.

Overall Impression

I always approach Maeda's works with trepidation, as his penchant towards contrived melodrama can be a bit tiring. So I was quite glad to see this seems to be nearly entirely drama-free, instead focusing on his other strength : very well-timed absurdist comedy. This is filled with laugh-out-loud moments, and I've enjoyed it from start to finish.

If it can sustain this level of energy for the whole season, then this could be one of the funniest shows of Summer.

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A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist (Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai)
(12 episodes)

What's it about ?

Adaptation of a light novel series going for political satire.

Characters

This is set in an impossibly sanitized Japan where have been outlawed dirty words and any public display of obscenity ; every citizen wears a collar detecting forbidden words and calling the Public Morals shock-troops on them. It goes without saying that it's a very oppressive dystopia.

Okuma, our protagonist, is mostly trying to lay low (what with his father being an indecent terrorist), wishing to lead a normal life and attend the purest high-school in the country. Okay, his motives may not be entirely pure ; he's very admirative of...

Anna, the student council president of said school, who makes big speeches about upholding morals and stuff. She's a charismatic figurehead, I'll give her that. And she does invite him to help out ; since he comes from a low-morals background, he could be better at identifying terrorist acts. Because yeah, she's so sheltered that she has little clue what obscenity actually looks like. Which makes it hard to fight the likes of...

Blue Snow, a major indecent woman, who wanders around half-naked while giving out tons of naughty pictures and spouting out dirty jokes. Also, she's obviously Ayame, the quiet vice-president, avenging her falsely-accused father with the help of a device jamming the cuss-word-detectors for three minutes a day that he gave her.

She outs herself to Okuma, thinking he infiltrated the student council like her. When he refuses to help, she just blackmails him to do it anyway. (And hey, it'd be a massive scandal that could damage Anna's reputation if the truth became known, eh ?)

Blue Rose's point, beside the free speech argument, is that education (and entertainment) has become so sanitized that the current generation of teenagers (who've lived their whole life under the law) have no clue how sex and reproduction even work anymore. They still think and gossip madly about it ; they've just lost the vocabulary and practical knowledge. And that's how she wants to help them, despite lacking actual picture references herself.

Other characters include Fuwa, a very obsessed biology student who searches madly for any clue of how reproduction works (even Ayame finds her creepy), and Gouriki, the treasurer, whom Okuma saves from being falsely accused as a train molester (and is heavily hinted to be gay).

Production Values

Decent enough. And given the subject matter, the fanservice level is quite moderate.

Overall Impression

Wow, someone has a bone to pick with the Tokyo Youth Ordinance. And, well, there are less deserving targets of ridicule, so why not.

The big question if whether the writer has managed to channel his outrage and contempt into satire that's actually funny. And, er, I'm not sure it works. It's got some interesting ideas and clearly something to say, but the hit-or-miss ratio of the jokes is lower than I'd like. (It doesn't help that most of the dirty jokes don't carry well from Japanese, however valiantly the translators are trying to convey them.)

Still, it's not often you see actual political satire in anime, so I'm willing to give it some rope to find its legs.
 
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Rabbit

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Charlotte


Yuu, our protagonist, has got a limited but surprisingly useful superpower : he can possess the body of anyone in his line of sight (with his own body slunking down in the meantime) for a maximum of 5 minutes.
Small nitpick but he can only steal someone else's body for 5 seconds -- just enough time to get even with someone by using their body to pick a fight. It's a pretty useful superpower in combat where 5 seconds can make a lot of difference.
 

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Jhiday;19160815 [b said:
Classroom☆Crisis[/b]
(12ish episodes ?)

What's it about ?

Er... A weird science-fiction/work-com/school thing ?

Characters

So, the future. Like many other countries, Japan has set up a colony on Mars where they focus on building awesome stuff. "Tokyo-4" seems to be mainly administrated by the Kirishina Corporation.
What's interesting is the list of country flags that show up as having martian colonies. There is Argentina, New Zealand, Greece, Jamaica but no US, no UK, no Germany or Russia and no Australia. At least with regards to their standings in the modern world Japan is the big dog in that pack.
 
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Oh, it's our old pal Jun Maeda of Key, once again collaborating with studio PA Works to produce something that's not an adaptation of his visual novels ! And we're clearly closer to Angel Beats territory than the likes of Clannad, as it's all about the madcap comedy and looks very unlikely to go too much into melodramatic tragedy.
I'm trusting you! the last two times I tried watching something from these guys (Kanon, Clannad), I spent several days curled in a ball of misery and tears. So its on your head if this does that to me!!!

;)

(If I should stay the frag away, please say so now. :))
 

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I'm trusting you! the last two times I tried watching something from these guys (Kanon, Clannad), I spent several days curled in a ball of misery and tears. So its on your head if this does that to me!!!

;)

(If I should stay the frag away, please say so now. :))
Angel Beats is a bit of a tear jerker in places too.
 
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