Apr 10, 2015

Posted by in Spring Anime 2015

Diamond no Ace 2

I remember writing a post about the first season many months ago. I remember being pretty positive about it. Well, I’ve seen at least half the episodes of season one before I finally stopped watching. The problem with this show is that the pace is extremely slow and that there’s always too much of the same thing. They just try to drag things out way too much.

Diamond no Ace 2The artwork has always been one of those things that stood out. The characters look nice, the backgrounds look nice and the level of detail is good. No argument there.

Still, the story is a huge problem for me. Things just move too slowly and become too boring. A single match can easily take up half a dozen episodes even though a lot of times nothing exciting happens.

This is one of those shows that you have to see for yourself. I won’t be watching it because I just can’t get interested enough anymore.

Plot Summary: Eijun Sawamura is a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan’s storied Koushien championships through hard work and determination.

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Apr 9, 2015

Posted by in Spring Anime 2015

Baby Steps 2

I never really understood this show. The pace is insanely slow, the level of excitement is low and the artwork never really did anything for me, yet the number of people watching this keeps increasing. It’s insane.

Baby Steps 2The artwork is truly so-so. I wouldn’t go on a rant about how great it is because it simply isn’t. The level of detail is actually lower them some of the other shows this season. So yeah, not really that impressed to be very honest.

And the story; yeah, it’s slow. I don’t want to see a guy work his way up from scratch. It’s probably the main reason as to why the pace is so damn slow. Also, I think the story is just a bit too childish.

I really, really cannot recommend this. I’m sure a lot of you will try this or already have tried this, but I simply cannot seem to enjoy it. It’s definitely not in the league of Prince of Tennis. No way. It’s not even a good substitute.

Plot Summary: The second season’s story picks up at a Florida academy where rival players practice and clash in order to promote their rankings. For Eiichirō this is not only his first time being abroad but a first chance to face competitors from around the world.

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Jan 14, 2015

Posted by in Winter Anime 2015

Kuroko no Basuke 3

Amazing! The third season arrived and nobody got killed because of it! I am getting really tired of those news items about (fat) fans and their pathetic death threats in order to ruin Kuroko no Basuke events and content.

Kuroko no Basuke 3The artwork is still the same. The characters look great, the level of detail is great and there is still nothing that I would change about that. Well done, Japan.

The story is also still the same. It’s continuing. A lot more matches have to be won by Seirin if they want to be able to call themselves the best.

I hate how they shoved so many recaps in the first episode. I absolutely hate it. Quite frankly, the first episode contributed very little. Only a nice little fighting scene at the end, but nothing more than that. And yet I still recommend it. It is fun to watch even though it can be pretty predictable sometimes.

Plot Summary: Kuroko and Kagami enter the Winter Cup together with the rest of the Seirin Basketball team where they will face off against the rest of the Generation of Miracles.

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Oct 11, 2014

Posted by in Fall Anime 2014

Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road

So the second season of one of the most predictable shows is here, huh? I’ll point out right away that I won’t be writing about this one. The first season was horribly predictable, which had a negative impact on my reviews. I don’t want to write demotivating posts if I can prevent it.

Yowamushi Pedal Grande RoadThe artwork has never been the problem with Yowamushi Pedal. I praised the artwork several times and I am not about to change all that. It looks good, that’s all there is to it.

The story has always been the problem for me. I know what is going to happen next. I have seen the first episode of this season and I already know how their second day is going to end. It would’ve been a great story if it wasn’t so predictable.

Those that have seen the first season, like me, will watch the second season either way. I will watch it, I just won’t write about it. But if you, someone that hasn’t seen the first season yet, like sports anime even though the storyline is rather predictable; go for it.

Plot Summary: Sakamichi Onada is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to compete in races, and discovers his own hidden talent in cycling.

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Jul 4, 2014

Posted by in Summer Anime 2014

Free!: Eternal Summer

Why is it that stuff like this gets more than one season when other good shows don’t? I shall never fully understand the way the average Japanese mind works. All I know for sure about Free! is that it’s dangerous stuff.

Free Eternal SummerYes, it’s definitely dangerous. The artwork that is. You never really knew when and if these boys suddenly get their gay on. It’s truly borderline stuff. It makes it even worse when the artwork looks as good as this. Damn them!

It’s an interesting story. It always has been. That’s probably why it got a second season. I don’t like the image of boys in speedos as they frolic around in the water, but the story makes it bearable. Hell, it makes it quite amusing to watch.

Do I recommend it? Why not? I enjoyed the first season even though I was uncomfortable at first. I certainly didn’t want to watch this stuff in front of other people. In the end it turned out to be quite enjoyable.

Plot Summary: Four boys named Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin all participated in a swimming tournament shortly before graduating elementary school and later parted ways. Years later, they reunite when Rin challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Not wanting to be defeated so easily, Haruka gathers Makoto and Nagisa and a new recruit named Rei to form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.

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