Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring 2016 Anime First Impressions Lightning Round 2: Haven't You Heard, I'm Sakamoto?, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Flying Witch, Kisnaiver, Haifuri

Another round of first impressions for this season of anime. If you haven't checked out my previous Spring 2016 reviews, here's the first lightning round and here's my choice for stand-out show: Lightning Round 1 and Best Show (Re:Zero).

Haven't You Heard, I'm Sakamoto? 坂本ですが? (Sakamoto desu ga?)

What a show. Sakamoto is the impossibly cool guy; i.e., the guy that all the girls love and all the guys hate . . . at least at first.

The show apparently consists entirely of a series of people being jealous/envious over Sakamoto's sheer awesomeness, plotting against him, having their plot backfire, being saved by Sakamoto, and then his former enemies fall in love with him as well.

There doesn't seem to be any real plot and so far not a single motivation for the titular character.The best part of the first episode was the damn bird/umbrella sequence, but it was ultimately just a way for Sakamoto to be even cooler. Again, the lack of any feelings or emotions from the titular character is enough to turn me off of the show. I may give it a single extra episode just to see if there ends up being anything to it, but I have a feeling that this will just be a series of events without any real plot.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

This should be called, Tanaka-kun is Listless AF. If I had to do a one-sentence review, it's sleepy pretty boy porn:
Pretty boy.
Always sleepy/sleeping.
Variety of situations where he is sleepy/pretty.
The end.
There is some humor in how serious he takes being listless AF, even going so far as to not be listless in order to be more listless in the future. If you're a fan of sleep pretty boys, then this anime is for you.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Good art in general, but with those cheap extra-2D faces you see sometimes that are frustratingly generic.

Not much of anything going on and, at least so far, this is not the fill-the-hole-in-your-heart-left-by-Kiki's Delivery Service that we may have thought it was going to be.

Seeing Chinatsu-chan's reaction to magic was a standout of the first episode and brought a smile to my face, but overall this series was sold as being more than it is. My expectations, especially after watching Nerdist's the Dan Cave on this season's anime, were that I was going to be filled with awe and wonder. What it actually is so far is cute with OK art. Not a bad show, but definitely not anywhere approaching a home run or a Studio Ghibli film.

I'll be continuing on in hopes of a plot developing.

Kisnaiver キズナイーバー

The art, music, and direction of Kisnaiver are all super-high quality. There's an immediate hook, some time on the line, and a harpoon at the end. Really well put together. Still no clue as to the overall plot, but it seems somewhat inspired by Eva (specifically, the concepts behind Human Instrumentality).

The budget alone will get me tuned in for more. Gorgeous. And I hope more anime will realize that we don't need to front-load exposition as long as we get hooked and learn as we go.

Haifuri ハイスクール・フリー

First, let's address the naming in two respects: the Japanese title is High School Fleet (ハイスクール・フリーHai sukuuru furiito), which gives you a great idea of what the show's about. Second, the Blue Mermaid's are not mermaids, but rather an all-female navy in the show. From the description and thumbnail on Crunchyroll, I thought this was going to be a show about mermaids. It's a lot closer to Girls und Panzer than it is My Bride is a Mermaid.

So yeah, this show is apparently an all-girl naval combat show. And I have to say, although it was a little slow at first, the twist and first combat was interesting enough that I'll be continuing the series.

I'm also interested if the relationships will develop naturally or if they will be restricted from going full-on yuri. There seems to be something between the two main leads and not sure if it will stay at the friendship level or not. The fact that no men seem to exist in the universe makes me think that it's probably a yuri show, but YuruYuri is a yuri and they've yet to move past just friends in THREE SEASONS of the show.

Anyway, the rest of the season could go either way, but the twist and combat are good enough to give it the three episode treatment at least.

Thus ends our second round. One or two more to go! Have you seen these or read their manga? What do you think of the shows so far? Should I give Sakamoto and Tanaka a second chance? 

Check out First Round of Spring 2016 Anime
Check out Third Round of Spring 2016 Anime