[In which I review] New anime, Winter 2013

Ikselam

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Vividred: The shit I put up with to see magical drum majorettes attacking in formation with F-22s...
 

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Vividred: The shit I put up with to see magical drum majorettes attacking in formation with F-22s...
I tried to see the good in this, I really did, but after the third episode I just couldn't take any more of those bizarre reverse-crotch shots. It may have some worthwhile stuff in there, but it's just too deeply buried.
 

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I tried to see the good in this, I really did, but after the third episode I just couldn't take any more of those bizarre reverse-crotch shots. It may have some worthwhile stuff in there, but it's just too deeply buried.
If it wasn't for the overwhelming obsession with lolicrotch, it would be a well animated, amusing leztease magical girls series but nothing special.

Instead, it's just... no.
 

Ikselam

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I tried to see the good in this, I really did, but after the third episode I just couldn't take any more of those bizarre reverse-crotch shots. It may have some worthwhile stuff in there, but it's just too deeply buried.
For me it was the exact opposite. The third episode crossed some mysterious line that caused me to toggle from, "ehhh... okay..." to, "OH SURE WHY NOT."

It's energetic, colorful, and seems aware of its own goofiness. The fanservice is so laser-focused, and so thoroughly not my fetish, that my brain processes it purely as a sight gag. I am pretty sure a fair amount of it is meant as a sight gag. Not something I'd sit down and watch with my parents, but as stupid Friday-night fun, it delivers.

edit: Nearly dropped it because of the mayo, though. That shit's disgusting
 
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Hey, did you know that there's still new Winter shows being debuted ?


Doki Doki! Precure
(50ish episodes)

What's it about ?

The latest iteration of the now decade-old magical girl franchise. As usual, it's a complete reboot, introducing new characters and a new conflict but fitting the now traditional formula.

Characters

Cure Sword, last line of defense of the Trump Kingdom... and, er, it's clear from the action prologue that she failed. She went into hiding on Earth under the cover identity of idol Makoto Kenzaki, because obviously that's the best choice of occupation to lie low.

Mana, our actual protagonist, is the kind of person who goes out of her way to help anyone who looks vaguely in trouble within her line of sight. She's also her middle school's Student Council President, as she clearly sees that as the best position for her to help everyone. Anyway, she randomly gets a power jewel from a kinda creepy dude (seriously, calling a middle school student "my sweetheart" isn't appropriate...), and eventually use it to transform into "Cure Heart" and jump in so as to help Cure Sword.

Rikka, Mana's best friend, who tries her best to keep her on track somewhat. It's obvious from the paratext that she's gonna become a Precure soon.

Alice is a super-rich girl who owns (among other things) the gigantic "Clover Tower" this episode takes place around. She doesn't let it get to her head, though, and seems to be good friends with Mana. Again, she's clearly our 4th Precure-to-be.

The plot here is that a couple of mid-boss-level villains are wreaking havoc on the Tower in an effort to draw Cure Sword out and get some macguffin from her. This actually sounds like quite a decent plan, and they may have gotten away with it if (1) wild card Cure Heart hadn't shown up and (2) Cure Sword actually has the macguffin... and I suspect she doesn't.

Production Values

Contrasted. There's a gap between the "normal" designs, which are a bit on the busier side of the Precure scale of character designs, and someone like Cure Sword, who looks like she's on loan from Heartcatch Precure given the fluidity and gracefulness of the way she is animated. It's especially jarring when next to the Monster of the Week, whose shoddy animation is just appaling.

What did I think of it ?

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I was all ready to drop it like a stone, as I'm kinda tapped out on the Precure franchise at the moment and I need to recharge my magical girl batteries in preparation for the Sailor Moon revival (this Summer, maybe ?). Especially as the advance promotion made it look somewhat like Suite Precure.

But this is actually quite a good first episode. It packs in quite a lot of plot, introduces all the main characters with remarkable economy, and sets up mysteries for further down the way. Moreover, it manages to instill a sense of history, like we're picking the story in the middle of a long conflict and this is just the latest stage of it. That's not particularly a new thing for the Precure franchise (Heartcatch did it quite well too), but it's always welcome. And the character dynamics and artstyle are different enough for this not to feel like a retread of Heartcatch.

Damn it, I think I'm going to keep an eye on this one.
 

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funnily enough, I've just finished re-watching Heartcatch so I might have to check this one out. Suite never really worked for me, and Smile seems to have passed me by.
 

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Smile seems to have passed me by.
For what it's worth, my two cents about Smile Precure! now that it's done : It's perfectly okay on an episodic basis (some episodes are a lot of fun indeed), but the overarching plot leaves a lot to be desired. As in, there's barely any of it, and it kinda falls flat.

It's kinda like the diametrical opposite of Suite, really.
 

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She went into hiding on Earth under the cover identity of idol Makoto Kenzaki, because obviously that's the best choice of occupation to lie low.
Hey, it worked for the Sailor Starlights! Although their disguises were a bit more, ahem, thorough...
 

PTiKachu

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For what it's worth, my two cents about Smile Precure! now that it's done : It's perfectly okay on an episodic basis (some episodes are a lot of fun indeed), but the overarching plot leaves a lot to be desired. As in, there's barely any of it, and it kinda falls flat.

It's kinda like the diametrical opposite of Suite, really.
Did Smile ever top the Candy-Miyuki bodyswap episode for sheer awesome? I got as far as the first defeat of Emperor Pierrot in ep.23 and never continued...
 

Foodbunny

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Amnesia has the potential to take a School Days-like turn in tone depending on which route of the game they decide to take as their main inspiration, so I am intrigued to see what they do with it.
 
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