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[In which I review] New anime, Winter 2014

Albertorius

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Actually, CR just announced Witch Craft Works as the latest addition to their winter line-up, "available to users in the following territories: U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Central and South America."
Oh, look, left out again. Ah well.
 

Dawgstar

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The oddest things draw one's attention sometimes - here it's the fact in Witch Craft Works, as I can tell, Kagari's way taller than what's-his-name.

Somebody in a fit of unbridled optimism has already given the show five stars on Crunchyroll.
 

Jhiday

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Okay, I tried watching Future Card Buddyfight, but there's only so much I can stand from a blatant cardgame advertisement. Everyone gushing about how awesome Buddyfight is ? Check. The whole world revolving around it, to the point that this cop offers a criminal a choice between surrender, and duelling him at a cardgame ? Check. School classes that include unpacking new cards at the start of the lesson ? Okay, that's a new one for me, but whatever. Blatant token introductions for a dozen of bit characters that are obviously going to be featured later on ? Par for the course.

Sigh, I'm just not in the market for this. It actually looks quite fine, and there are some decent jokes, but I just can't get any enthusiasm into watching this. The two annoying protagonists (good samaritan kid and his new dragon-buddypet that just can't stop complaining about everything) just get on my nerves way too much.

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Recently, my sister is unusual. (ImoCho - Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga.)
(12 episodes)

What's it about ?

It's a light novel adaptation with an absurdly long title with the word "imouto" in it : you know what to expect.

Actually, no, you don't. Brace yourselves.

Characters

Yuuya, the male lead. His father has just remarried, and new!Mom comes with a stepsister in tow. Oh, and both parents bugger off to India the next day for work reasons, so the two new siblings will be left alone together in the house. Yuuya's not thrilled about this, to put it mildly. But since he's a boring generic guy, he mostly takes it in stride. Forget about him, he's not really the protagonist anyway.

Mitsuki, said new stepsister, whose behaviour looks very erratic until you start seeing her perspective. No, she's not randomly assaulting her brother and then immediately backing the hell off due to regret or whatever : those incestuous "episodes" actually happen whenever she's possessed by a ghost fairy. No, seriously.

Hiyori, said fairy, is hugely attracted to Yuuya, whom she calls "big brother" for some unexplained reason. She comes in tow with a magical chastity belt which is now permanently affixed to Mitsuki, to her great displeasure. (And to her distress, as she wastes her "three-minute-open-per-hour" window just before having to go to the toilet. Cue five minutes of embarrassment "comedy" until the episode mercifully ends.)

There are various other side characters making appearances, presumably to be fleshed out later. You know a series commits to a theme when even the token teacher drones a lesson about the etymology of the world "imouto" and how it relates to incest.

Production Values

Considering how many shots focus on Mitsuki wearing the chastity belt, you won't be surprised for there to be some heavy (if playful) censorship. Still, there's no mistaking what happens in the scene where Hiyori sexually assaults Mitsuki (and masturbates while possessing her body), so this is definitely a NSFW softcore porn show.

Besides that, it doesn't look half bad. I'm not sure what's going on in the ED sequence, though, as it looks like a completely different show. (Hiyori fantasizing about Yuuya, maybe ?)

Overall Impression

Well, this is quite a rollercoaster. Whatever you may thing about it, this is certainly one of the most creative incest-bait show I've ever watched. Not only is the premise completely bonkers, but it tackles it headlong and runs with its lunacy. It's never boring, I'll grant it that.

I'm almost tempted to keep watching just for the trainwreck factor, but then I remember that I'm already watching too many shows, and there's plenty actually promising stuff upcoming in the next few days.
 

Stryke

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Actually, CR just announced Witch Craft Works as the latest addition to their winter line-up, "available to users in the following territories: U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Central and South America."
Is it actually on there yet as I'm in the UK and while it's listed under their lineup for this season it doesn't appear to have any episodes?
 

Jhiday

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Is it actually on there yet as I'm in the UK and while it's listed under their lineup for this season it doesn't appear to have any episodes?
It's a rare case where Crunchyroll will actually be broadcasting it three days late. So, from next Wednesday onwards. (Remember, what I reviewed was a one-week-early preview.)
 

Stryke

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It's a rare case where Crunchyroll will actually be broadcasting it three days late. So, from next Wednesday onwards. (Remember, what I reviewed was a one-week-early preview.)
Ah, fair enough. Still jumpy I guess after having to go elsewhere for Kill la Kill.
 

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No, she's not randomly assaulting her brother and then immediately backing the hell off due to regret or whatever : those incestuous "episodes" actually happen whenever she's possessed by a ghost fairy. No, seriously.
A rapist ghost. I unwisely watched this one blind, and then wished I had been.
 
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