Friday, January 19, 2018

Review Mary and witch's flower

Note: unlike with most reviews I and reviewing this movie from watching it in my local theater. So I don't have normal screencaps of this movie,

Mary Smith is a girl who has just moved to the countryside and is bored out of her mind. The only other child in the village is a boy named Peter and the two are at loggerheads. She looks around the countryside she find a strange luminous flower. She find that this flower contains magical power including allowing her to fly on a broom that she finds. She flies to the magic school, Endor college but are the people that run the place as forthright as they first appear?

Mary and the witch's flower is a movie based on a book. It is also the first major outing by studio Ponoc, a studio which is formed from the ashes of the famous studio Ghibli. This movie is a family movie and thus there is nothing objectionable in this movie.

I found this movie to be a solid movie and there is little to complain about in this movie. I found the main character to be a solid protagonist and the rest of the cast to be decent as well. Even though this is a movie for kids I found the plot to be not insulting to my intelligence. Also the animation to this show to be wonderful.

Overall I found this to be a solid fantasy show

Rating the silver broomstick (Kiki's delivery service) for a very nice film staring a girl riding a broom

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

winter 2018 season preview part eight wrapping up

Like all good things and most bad things the winter season preview has to come to an end. There simply isn't any more new shows to review (since I have hidive at the moment and netflix likes to throw in binge seasons for shows) for the next two and a half months. This is not to say these late comers are neccesarily least as there is at least one good show in this bunch.

Hakyu Hoshin Engi
Taikobo is a orphan who has been training as a celestial warrior. One day he is tasked with the Hoshin project (namely taking on 365 celestial criminals). He soon finds out that this task may be harder than he may first think.

This show is a reboot of a long running manga (it even had an adaptation in the 90s). This show has the feeling of being made mostly for those already familiar with the manga. If you aren't that familiar (like me) the show may be a bit hard to follow.

Hakata Tonkatsu raman
The Hakata ward of Fukuoka city is known for being a city of assassins. There are many pro killers as well as the urban legend of the killer of professional killers.

The first episode of the show is slightly hard to follow since they introduce a whole lot of characters, but I have the feeling that it will get easier in later episode, especially that given the nature of the show some of the characters will get cut out.

Darling in the Franxx
In the future humanity is relegated to living on special plantations and even those are under attack by giant monsters. They are defended by robots piloted by a pair of teenagers one male and one female. The main male character meets a strange woman with horns.

This show is the lone mecha show of the season, and I have to say that it has a nice look to it, being that it is partially made by Studio Trigger. I have a feeling the first episode was mostly set up but I am interested in seeing how future episodes will pan out.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter 2018 season preview part seven supernatural girlfriends of the amazon

Last year there was an anime service on Amazon.com called Anime strike. It was expensive but it had some of the best shows of every season. However the premium service is gone (you still need amazon prime to watch some of the shows though) and there are still some new shows on the site. However unlike when strike was around none of the shows in this batch will probably be as good as say Made in Abyss.

Killing Bites

Super powerful corporations have had secret fighting tournaments for a long time and now has genetically engineered hybrids to make for even more exciting fights. Yuuya is a normal college student who ends caught up in the tournament.

This show looks like it will be the sex and violence show of the season. The action and fan service is pretty good and the characters are okay. You probably already know if this is the show for you.

After the rain

Akira Tachibana who is a high school girl who also works as a waitress at a local diner. She is also secretly in love with the manager despite the fact that he is a much older man who was already married once.

I found this show to be the best one of the bunch. It had decent characters but I want to see how they evolve.

Beatless
In the future human-like robots called Hies are common. One night five powerful hies escape from their lab and one of them ends up with a normal high school boy Ayato.

From the looks of the first episode this is a very generic boy meets robot girlfriend show. I am not saying it couldn't be decent but it just looks quite generic to me.

Friday, January 12, 2018

winter 2018 season preview part six magic magic everywhere

As my winter season preview grinds on I sometimes have to cover some shows that aren't that great. Maybe it's just a spate of bad luck but maybe that is part of why I do these previews, since not everyone is dedicated enough to watch over twenty new shows every season and you need to know what to weed out, even some of the shows on the trash pile aren't really awful to watch.


Marchen Madchen


Hazuki is a shy girl who reads books to deal with her social awkwardness. One day she meets a magical girl and finds a strange book in her backpack. She follows the stranger and it leads to a magical school.

This show looks like a fairly average magical girl show. There might be some more interesting stuff in the future but the first episode didn't set up anything more than there is a magical school and the main character has magic. There is also a fair amount of nudity in the first episode so there is also that to watch out for.

How to raise a mummy

Sora is a normal high school boy who has a strange father who one day sends him a small mummy one day. As to be expected Sora has no idea of how to take care of the little mummy. 

This is a nice and cute slice of life show and the mummy, Mi-kun is adorable. From the promo art and closing animation it looks like the main character's friends will pick up small supernatural pets of their own.

Death march to a parallel world 
Suzuki is a programmer who works very hard. One night he goes to sleep in the office and wakes up one of the video games he works on. By chance he wipes out an army of high level monsters and gets all of the loot and experience from beating the army.

This is this season's entry to the isekai genre. I don't have a feeling that it is great but it might be a decent show. Even though there isn't really any girls in the first episode the ending and the promo art tell me that this will be a harem show. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

winter 2018 season preview part 5 unexpected visitors

It is said that there are only two stories, either someone starts a journey or a stranger comes to town. Maybe that only can be said of some of the anime shows here but then again there wasn't too many slice of life stories back then (I blame a lack of paper).



A Ryouo's work is never done

Yaichi is a young shogi prodigy being the holder of the Ryouo title at age sixteen. One day a nine year old girl named Ai shows up at his apartment and wants to become his disciple.

This show is a pretty cute show with some nice characters. There is one fan service scene in the first episode so I wonder how prevalent that will be in future episodes.

Karakai Jozu no Takagi

Nishikata is a high school age boy who wants to do nothing more than to prank his female classmate Takagi. However she is a bit more clever than him so she ends up pulling pranks on Nishikata instead.

This show feels a bit like a bunch of short shows strung together into a full length episode. I found the show to be funny and cute but I wonder how long it will last.


Basalisk

There was a huge ninja war ten years ago and now a new group of children train to become ninjas. That includes Hachirou and Hibiki who come from different ninja clans but are fated to marry.

I didn't watch the first season of the show so I don't know how much I missed. I have the feeling that there will be some strange and cool ninja combat but I have no idea on how the plot will turn out.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Season preview part four Cute boys doing cute things

One thing that I have noticed over the years about anime is that Japan has a different take in what equality means; namely instead of protesting sexualization anime takes the approach of having fan service for everyone. In this group of shows there are two shows about attractive boys doing non action things and at least one of them looks pretty good.

Gakuen Babysitters

After losing his parents Ryuichi is taken in by a school's chairwoman, however with one proviso, Ryuichi is to take care of the children of the teachers. Can he both do this and take care of his younger brother Kotaro?

I found this show to be simply adorable. I like the main character and the children of this show are really cute. This show is cute and I think that even people who might not be in the show's demographic might enjoy this.

Sanrio Boys

Kouta Hasegawa is a normal high school boy who secretly loves the Sanrio mascot Pompompurin. He meets some other boys at school who also like Sanrio.

I found this show to decent show. I know that this isn't my kind of show and it isn't bad, however I can't really say that it is anything that looks exceptional.

Kokkoku
Juri is a woman who strives to a productive member of society, unlike much of her family. One day her brother and nephew are kidnapped and her brother. Her grandfather shows her a specials stone that allows people to stop time and they use it to save their family. However they aren't the only ones who can stop time.

Even though Anime strike is dead Amazon still has some new shows on it's site. This show likes like a serious science fiction mystery show. I don't know where this show is going exactly but it has me interested in it.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter 2018 season preview part three various fruits

I know I wanted to post this a day earlier but crunchy roll outages and a surprise shift at work conspired against my blog. However I post today and I am glad I watched the shows that I saw being that usually around this time of the season the better shows start coming out.


Citrus


Yuzu is a fashionable girl who is changing schools due to her mother remarrying. Not only is she is unused to a strict all girls school she has a new sister in law, Mei will have to sort out her feeling with her.

This is show is a fairly dramatic yuri show and those are kind of rare. I really liked Yuzu as a main character and feel that she has the strength of character to carry this show.

Card captor Sakura Clear card arc
It has been a few years since Sakura had her adventures collecting the clow card. She is now in middle school and Syaoran has has returned to Tomaeda town. One day the clow cards turn clear and a new adventure begins.

The first episode is mostly set up for the new plot. However it is still nice to see all the characters from a show I liked so much in the past. It looks like it will be a good show this time as well though.

Pop team epic
Popuko and Pipimi do stuff. It is hard to explain it in clearer terms than that.

What the H E double hockey sticks did I just watch? This show is a crazy comedy with heavy emphasis on the crazy. This show might not be for you but it is worth giving it a try.

Slow start
Hana Ichinose is a shy girl who is just starting at a new school. She wonders if she will find any friends but luckily she does.

I found slow start to a be a very average cute girls type of slice of life show. The characters are decent enough but nothing really makes this show stand out in the genre.