Weekly anime roundup – Winter 2015 week 1

It’s the start of a new season, and thus a relatively large post, with my first impressions of most series.

There’s unusually large gaps in terms of enjoyment between the series at the moment, in part because there’s fewer series, but also because there’s only a handful that really caught me so far. Of course, I haven’t watched more than the first episode of anything yet, so there’s still plenty of chance for the others to improve.

Episodes watched this week:
Military! 1
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata episode 0
Kantai Collection: KanColle 1
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 1
Log Horizon 2nd Series 14
Doamaiger D 1
Absolute Duo 1
Rolling Girls 1
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 1
Koufuku Graffiti 1
Akatsuki no Yona 14
Shinmai Maou no Testament 1
Yuri Kuma Arashi 1
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 1
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 1
Death Parade 1
Dog Days” 1
Shirobako 14
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 1
Sengoku Musou 1

Winter 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
2. Dog Days”
3. Koufuku Graffiti
4. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
5. Absolute Duo
6. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
7. Kantai Collection
8. Seiken Tsukai no World Break
9. Yuri Kuma Arashi
10. Sengoku Musou
11. Rolling Girls
12. Military!
13. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
14. Death Parade

Doamaiger D
Shinmai Maou no Testament

not yet started:
Junketsu no Maria
Yoru no Yatterman

not yet aired:

– Military!’s first episode was kind of lacking, even for a gag comedy short. It could get better later, though.
– Kantai Collection was kind of a strange feeling. In some sense I was already familiar with the characters, but only from fanart and fanfiction (which this franchise has an absurd amount of), and not from anything official. So I was at once both going into something familiar and something completely new. The first episode itself showed potential, but nothing more.
– Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! was everything I hoped for and more. Several people comparing it to OreTwi, and I guess I like this for similar reasons to why I loved that. It’s not as good, though. Or at least not yet. It could be great fun, though, and was my personal favourite of the first episodes that I have watched so far.
– Doamaiger D was another series that I was thinking might be able to fill in that sort of thing. It seemed to be trying to as well. But failed. Dropped.
– Absolute Duo was kind of odd. I was just getting settled down to have Imari as one of the main heroines and trying to decide how much I liked her, when they get rid of her. Halfway through the first episode. Nonetheless it was a good start, Julie seems a decent character and the concept is certainly the sort that interests me.
– If Absolute Duo was kind of odd, then Rolling Girls was really odd. I don’t know what to make of it, and I don’t know what’s going on. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know that either.
– If two people are reincarnations of a brother and sister, are basically clones of their past selves and have memories of their past lives, is them having a relationship incest? Personally I would lean towards “no”. But it’s an odd scenario which doesn’t really have a definite answer. Anyway, Seiken Tsukai no World Break had a decent start, although it feels like a series that could have a rather slow introduction, to the point that the anime may not get to where it gets good. That said, it definitely feels like it will get good. This could be one to watch out for to potentially add to my import pile later. There aren’t many things I would say that about this season.
– Koufuku Graffiti, despite the weird food-porn moments, was a very pleasant watch. I’m not quite sure at what point in that episode I started smiling, but by the time the episode finished my mouth muscles were starting to ache from the experience. Then again it’s not something I have all that much practice at. Oh, and if only cooking for other people was a surefire way to make food taste good… In my experience, having other people cook for you is far more effective.
I wasn’t expecting to like Shinmai Maou no Testament. It was worse than my expectations. Dropped series.
– Yuri Kuma Arashi was, in a word, weird. In two words, very weird. Weird isn’t bad, though.
– Juuou Mujin no Fafnir has yet to start. I don’t really like Iris at present, though. And, given that pretty much everything at the start of the series seems to revolve around her, that doesn’t exactly leave me liking the series. Here’s hoping the other girls get more attention in the future – there are enough of them in this series, so surely some of them have to be good?
– Ansatsu Kyoushitsu was considerably better than expected – pretty much the only bad thing I could say about the first episode was that the OP was godawful (and that it is’t available in the UK, but then that’s the case for most things). Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time a shounen jump series has had a good start and then proceded to jump of a cliff in slow motion. I’m not expecting anything yet.
– Death Parade was… meh. A great concept, but with one of the clumsiest executions I’ve come across in a while. I’ve no idea where it’s going now either. It depends on episode 2 – if that doesn’t provide a noticeable improvement then I’ll be dropping this series with no regrets, other than a slight feeling of disappointment in knowing that this could have been good.
– Enough negativity. Dog Days is back! And as great as ever. Indeed, this start was rather better than the majority of season 2, so perhaps the wait was worth it. Here’s hoping it keeps it up.
– Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata’s episode 0 doesn’t count. It’s nothing like the actual series. Some of the character designs are rather different from the Light Novels, and the voices aren’t what I had imagined, but I’m gradually getting used to the latter. And this is a series that I enjoy (one of those rare examples of a series where I like all the main heroines) so I feel confident that I will like the anime too.
– As for Sengoku Musou… What is this? An almost possible (if still completely unbelievable) Sengoku era anime? Isn’t that illegal or something?

I said it would be a long post.

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