10/11/15

Fall 2015 Anime Impressions

[AOW] Young Black Jack

[Facebook][MyAnimeList][GoodReads][MyFigureCollection]

Let's be really honest for a second or so, this season of anime (Fall 2015) is off to a pretty lame start. I feel as if last season was really good so I honestly went into this one expecting at least one or two stand out anime but so far all of them are pretty average at best. [here's a post I'll be updating as I watch the first few episodes of each anime this season I deem worth my time. I'm skipping a lot this season such as Attack on Titan High School because the manga is so laaaame] The only two I was truly excited for this season was today's feature and One Punch Man. So far, Young Black Jack is well animated but the stories so far (i've watched both episodes that are out so far) are pretty typical. Nothing too exciting, though I have to give this one credit. A lot of surgeries that can be done today without having to be too concerned (in episode 2 there's a focus on heart transplants which now a days organ transplants from one live donor to another are far simpler and no one bats an eye as much as they did in the days YBJ takes place) are being showcased as pretty risky. I have hopes this anime will excite me more as it gets into later episodes but even if not, the young Black Jack (which he's not known by this name yet) happens to be some nice eye candy!

[previous AOW's

 Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Drama, Shounen, Surgery, Doctor Drama
# of Episode(s): 12
Synopsis:
 The year is 1968, and the world is swept up in the Vietnam War and student protests. In this time of turmoil, a mysterious young man with white and black hair and a scar on his face is enrolled in medical school. His genius skills with a surgical knife achieve many a medical miracle and are getting noticed. This hero origin story reveals how this young man earned his medical degree and the name of Black Jack.

9/20/15

[AOW] [throwback] Dennou Coil

[Facebook][MyAnimeList][GoodReads][MyFigureCollection]

Sunday may be a few days away from Thursday but there haven't been any stand out anime on my list lately so I've decided to do a throw back post to an AOW I did way back in the day when I started up this little blog of mine- Dennou Coil. When I first started publishing this AOW series I simply gave some basic details about the anime but not my quick thoughts on it so I'll remedy that for Dennou Coil now. It's a great sci-fi series from back in 2007 when more anime were 20+ episodes rather than a quick 13. I think this can tell you a lot about the state of anime now. Most series are at most 13 episodes per season, except those that are ones such as a Shounen Jump adaptation or an ongoing series such as Detective Conan. This means a lot of anime ends on a cliff hanger where you are lucky to get another season because anime is released in such high numbers now to an audience that has a much smaller attention span that 8 years ago. Anyways, this anime is great which is partially due to it being made with one of the animations behind some Studio Ghibli films.

Check out my old post for this anime here.

9/2/15

[AOW] Silver Spoon

[Facebook][MyAnimeList][GoodReads][MyFigureCollection]

Rarely does an anime catch my attention these days to where I have to marathon it. Silver Spoon is the first anime in a long time that is just feel good and makes me want to do what has been done in the anime- learn various agriculture business' such as dairy farming and how to raise pigs to make them into bacon. I may be too late to learn such things, but one can dream can't they? Anywhosildoodles, this one is by the same manga-ka as Fullmetal Alchemist buuuut it's very different from that.

[previous AOW's

 Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, School
# of Episode(s):22
Synopsis:
Yugo Hachiken dreams of life separated from his family, so he takes the initiative by enrolling in an agriculture school. He thinks, with his talent in studying, no problems will arise no matter what kind of school he attends. He is proven wrong very quickly. Raised as a city boy, he is forced to uncover the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Enjoy the story of Hachiken, as he tries to keep up with his new friends, farmers' heirs, who are already accustomed to the harsh world of farming. With no clear goals or understanding of farming life, how will Hachiken survive this new, cruel reality? The story of a sweat, tear, and mud-stained youth begins!

8/27/15

[AOW] Prison School

[Facebook][MyAnimeList][GoodReads][MyFigureCollection]

I really wanted to be disgusted and turned off by this anime just based on the trailers and media hype around it... but after watching the first 4 episodes I was hooked. Luckily for me the manga is getting an English release thanks to the folks over at Yen Press. I might have to order it online because despite volume 1 having released in July, $20 is a hefty sum for some manga. I'm actually really loving this anime. Maybe because I've been on a mature trip lately with what I've been reading and I'm not really into the teenagery romance anime lately, nor the overly ecchi that seems to be so saturated in the market these days (probably why I haven't watched any of Monster Girls yet). Anyways, if you also seem to be turned off from this anime without having watched any of it, I encourage you to give it a chance. (note: there is an uncensored version coming out but I've been watching the censored version as episodes come out. There are also some English language releases)

[previous AOW's]
  

Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen, Ecchi
# of Episode(s): 12
Synopsis:
On the outskirts of Tokyo stands Hachimitsu Private Academy, a storied all-girls boarding school for elite young women full of potential and good breeding. But as the new school year rolls around, one tradition is going out the window: For the first time in the school's long history, boys are being allowed to enroll. But on the first day of school, only five boys make the cut. Kiyoshi Fujino, one of the lucky few, is thrilled by this discovery, his heart leaping with joy at the thought of being surrounded by all those girls, day in and day out. But little does he know of the shocking fate that awaits him.

7/21/15

[AOW] K

[Facebook][MyAnimeList][GoodReads][MyFigureCollection]

Lately I've been tuned in an out of the anime scene more than normal, so instead of watching current series as they come out I've been holding off on them until all the episodes are out or I'll forget about the series long enough until a dub or sub version has been released on Netflix. K is one of these anime... it came out long enough ago I just completely forgot to go back and watch it until a few days ago while building a gundam kit. Since it's a nice short series it proved to be the perfect length for a mini marathon. Best part is a second season is getting ready to premier!

[previous AOW's]

Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Supernatural, Super Power
# of Episode(s): 13
Synopsis:
Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings. Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.

6/15/15

[AOW] Oh! My Goddess (TV)

  [Facebook][MyAnimeList][GoodReads][MyFigureCollection]


This anime goes by several other titles such as Aa! Megami-sama, Ah! My Goddess... but I chose Oh! My Goddess because that is the version of the English title I have always known this franchise by. I have never had the chance to watch all of the TV version; though I am currently working my way through it now. The dub is fantastic. Usually if I am watching a series through for the first time I'll watch it it's native tongue (unless the series was released both in English and Japanese I'll typically try out the English first). With Oh! My Goddess I've heard nothing but good things about the dub so I thought why not watch it in English so if I need to I can blog and do other things while watching ^_^ This anime has a very iconic opening them so I've decided to feature that as the video this week. Let me know if you too love this series as so many do. It's a "harem" done right.

[previous AOW's]

Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Magic, Supernatural
# of Episode(s): 46 +special eps
Synopsis:
When Keiichi found his grandpa's diary and saw a treasure map inside, Skuld and Urd started to feel a great urge to search it. With the company of his friends, Keiichi arrives to Honda Inn, the place indicated on the map. Once the party is inside, they meet Honda Chieko, who seems to share a certain promise with Keiichi. Apart from all that confusion, it's time for Keiichi to have enough courage to say the words "I love you" to Belldandy.