dtm42's Anime

Some titles here are in limbo; I'll never finish them, but I will probably never put them in "Will Not Finish" either.

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Daimidaler the Sound Robot (TV) Worst ever
One episode.

I would actually categorise this as "Beyond Awful".

Magimoji Rurumo (TV) Awful
Date A Live II (TV) Bad
(The) irregular at magic high school (TV) Bad
Six episodes.

This show has several problems. There's the sister's incestuous feelings and the brother's ridiculous skills and his holier-than-thou attitude. And of course I can't forget about the extremely slow pacing and the dearth of world-building. But the one that annoys me the most is that the themes and aesops rely on really intellectually dishonest circumstances. And the biggest theme of all so far is discrimination.

For example, it is impossible for Course 2 students and normal people to actually feel real discrimination and be affected by it in a legitimate way. The people behind blanche are just using discrimination as an excuse to usurp Japan's power rather than because they are actually feel aggrieved. And the kendo girl had this misunderstanding about what Watanabe(?) said to her which is completely unrealistic (as in it defies belief how someone could mistake "you're too strong for me" as "you're too weak for me"). So her feelings of discrimination was all in her head. And the student council is run by enlightened people which completely contradicts what would really happen in real life if only one group of people are allowed to join.

Despite this we know that real tangible discrimination absolutely exists in the school between the blooms and the weeds, and it is natural for the non-magical to be afraid and resentful of those who have magic. The president offers some empty platitudes and a promise of eventual change many months down the line to remove the apartheid system, while Watanabe happily lets into her group a psycho with a hatred of weaker people, a guy who uses banned words in public and almost used lethal force in full view of everyone at the school gates. Even her second-in-command is a prick who belittles people. In fact, discrimination and the stigma against Course 2 students is so strong that even regular Course 1 students don't hesitate to use lethal spells against Course 2 students in a supposed kendo practice match. That sort of behaviour and arrogance doesn't happen unless the students are in an environment where it is not only tolerated but encouraged. "But he claims he liked her and just lost his temper", you say, as if the BS excuse given at the end of episode six explains why he acted like a bully and tried to kill her. Dishonestly abounds in this show.

Basically, there are four main aesops.

1): if you're weaker than someone else then accept it because the people in charge are benevolent, have earned their position and know what's best.

2): the student council has rules against bullying and discrimination therefore it doesn't exist and everything is dandy, and even apparent cases were just misunderstandings or the like.

3): rising up against the elites is bad, and only misguided fools and bad people with ulterior motives would even try.

4): don't feel at all bad if you suck at magic even when the elites, their system and your prospects of future employment all judge you by your magical ability and proficiency.

That is what the show is telling us, and like I pointed out it uses dishonest means to try and sell those aesops to us. There was absolutely no intention of dealing with the issues it raises in a sincere way and instead just whitewashes everything. Because of that - and the other problems too - I can't stand Mahouka any longer and it's getting dropped.

M3 the dark metal (TV) Bad
Three episodes.

Oh dear, whoever wrote this dreck needs to go back to screenwriting class. It's nonsensical, boring, stupid, lame, and tries to cover its flaws with a pointless grimdark atmosphere and sucks what little life there is out of the show. Wait a minute, this was written by Mari Okada??? Holy moly that explains a lot. Why and how does that woman continue to get work?

Momo Kyun Sword (TV) Bad
One episode.

Putting it as mildly and calmly as is possible when one feels despair akin to learning that he has just contracted a terminal disease: I found the fan- so-called "service" surrounding Momoko in Momo Kyun Sword to be a complete turn-off on a par not seen since Eiken introduced me to the soothing taste of bleach.

The disfigured mummified skulls Momoko had glued to her chest were so hideously ugly and so atrociously animated that I shrieked with anguish every time they haunted my screen. If I was forced by some malicious entity to make the choice of whether to watch episode two or have my eyesight robbed from me, I would choose to perform the surgery myself by sticking bamboo skewers in my eyes and plucking them out like they were finger food at a Christmas party.

When the primary fanservicey drawcard trait of your off-model main character in your shoestring budget bottom-of-the-barrel-and-then-started-digging fanservice show is so utterly ghastly that it makes a guy's loins want to desperately retreat up inside his torso to safety, then there's only one word to describe it; ouch. The so-called "creators" whose only original idea was digging a trench to set the bar lower than ground level have completely failed at what was presumably their life's work ever since their high school careers adviser told them their grades weren't good enough to get into college but that the anime industry takes any sap with a pulse.

They might as well quit all anime-related work and go get a job as part-timers at a convenience store, because even that would be more productive to society than continuing with the abhorrent abomination that is Momo Kyun Sword.

Rail Wars! (TV) Bad
One episode.

Nevermind the pro-rail propaganda - which was (almost) kind of cute in a dorky way - its stupidity was painfully bad. Ugh.

Dragonar Academy (TV) Weak
Two episodes.

I decry the "let's punch the male lead three or four times an episode because of some stupid misunderstandings" BS, and I also hate the "sassy sexualised loli who shamelessly cavorts around naked and does embarrassing things". The rest of the show ain't too good either.

Higurashi no Naku Koroni Kai (TV) Weak
Mobile Suit Gundam UC (OAV) Weak
"Hey, remember those ridiculous super saiyan gundams? You know, the ones from earlier UC installments such as Zeta and CCA?"

"I sure do! Stupidest shit ever. What kind of real robot machine is powered by the souls of your fallen comrades anyway? Tomino should hang his head in shame for that."

"Yeah, well, he isn't the only one. There's this recent seven-part OVA series called Gundam Unicorn, based on a light novel series written by some dude named Harutoshi Fukui."

"I see. I take it that it isn't very good?"

"Well, in order to make it bigger and better than everything else, its gundams literally transform."

"Um, so? A lot of mobile suits can transform, especially in the UC universe."

"Huh? Oh, I don't mean transform into mobile armours, heck no. I mean these ones can actually transform into super saiyans, just minus the saiyan part. Emotional activation, glowing auras, telekinesis, invulnerability, super beams, powered by the spirit of your friends . . . think of the end of CCA but like that all of the time instead of just one scene."

"Wow. That does sound bad! I'll stay away from it."

"Plus the main gundam has a second more and powerful transformation, just like super saiyan 2."

"What?! That's appalling! Kill it with fire!!"

Riddle Story of Devil (TV) Weak
A rather strange show, it didn't feel awful when I was in the middle of watching it, but when each episode ended I thought to myself, "What the eff?" It doesn't feel or look like trash but make no mistake, it absolutely is.
SoniAni -Super Sonico the Animation- (TV) Weak
One episode.

Completely vapid, there isn't anything that so much as resembles a plot, and even the humour was scarce. Only good for diehard Sonico fans or those who like ogling girls.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (movie) Not really good
It's never promising when a movie starts off with a boring-as infodump. It's also never good when the rest of the plot is told by further exposition and crappy flashbacks, and there's no pressing reason to care about the characters. "But hey," you say, "this is an action movie. Who cares if the plot is bad and the characters are difficult to empathise with, so long as the visuals are sharp and the fight scenes are cool?" Yes, well, the best fight scenes are those which are relevant and important to the plot, and where we are actually invested in the characters who are fighting. When the action is random, superfluous or inconsequent, it becomes tedious, monotonous and dull, no matter how smoothly-animated, energetic, well-choreographed and shiny it may be. I could further abuse my thesaurus but I suspect you get the point; fight scenes are meant to enhance strong plot and meaningful characterisation, not exist in place of them.
Blade & Soul (TV) Not really good
Four episodes.

The outfits are ridiculous and anachronistic, but as the show does not otherwise wallow in fanservice they can be tolerated. What cannot be forgiven is the moronic moralising and the absurd pretence that a clan of ruthless and amoral assassins are somehow the good guys. All this "what is the sword to you, and what do you use it for?" being asked by a master who has trained a girl up to be a cold-blooded killer is extremely rich. Also, the main character has no emotion or personality. If she was replaced by a cardboard cutout she would be improved, since at least cardboard is supposed to be goddamn boring. Yet this is the lead character we're talking about, and she's completely empty. One might claim that that's the point, how after her training she only knows killing, but it is wrong that the writing forces it so far. A withdrawn character isn't supposed to make the show tedious, but every scene of her not fighting is skull-numbingly boring. This is a woman who has so little agency that she doesn't even try and hide a distinctive mark on her body, as if she doesn't understand that her pursuers will recognise her from it. She's less a character and more a pile of flesh who occasionally mumbles something. She might have been okay as a secondary character but she absolutely cannot carry the show as she is. And the silly spirit dreams with the ill-conceived moralising isn't going to change that.

DRAMAtical Murder (TV) Not really good
One episode.

There's not much to say about this first episode other than it was confusing, boring and lame.

(The) Glass Rabbit (movie) Not really good
Haikyu!! (TV) Not really good
Two episodes.

Hey, volleyball hasn't been done before in anime, so that's new. But I can't stand the two lead characters, they are both obnoxious in their own ways. And the whole nickname/title thing was also stupid; does anyone actually do that? No they don't. There are much better sports shows on offer, so I'm dropping this.

Kuroko's Basketball (TV 2) Not really good
Eighteen episodes.
Nanana's Buried Treasure (TV) Not really good
Three episodes.
Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen (TV) Not really good
One episode.

Uh, not my cup of tea. Had I been a newbie to anime then I might have found this interesting, but it offers nothing I haven't seen done better in other series. Generic, boring, cliched, uninspiring, its tone is all wrong and it sports a hot-headed moronic protagonist who always sounds and acts like he has a rod up his arse.

Everything was too clean, like how the ground was perfect and not stirred up, and there was no grime anywhere. All the uniforms were too crisp (the enemy's uniforms looked like parade outfits). And the soldiers were messing about in the forest cracking jokes despite their country's supposedly-impregnable main defensive line being breached just moments before. You'd think they'd be in shock or something. And the young woman just saw her commander being killed in front of her eyes and yet a minute later she's being ditzy and making fun of the MC's piloting ability.

How are you supposed to show how horrible and dangerous war is when it looks like a video game and no-one takes it seriously? I'm not saying that everything has to look like Saving Private Ryan but for goodness sakes, I want some gravitas. I want people to actually act like it all matters and that what they've seen and done affects them in some meaningful way.

Those Who Hunt Elves (TV) Not really good
Six episodes.
Unbreakable Machine-Doll (TV) Not really good
Seven episodes.
Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil (TV) Not really good
Bakumatsu Rock (TV) So-so
One episode.

After cringing my way through the first episode it is obvious that this show is far too corny for my tastes. I'll have to pass on the rest of it.

Captain Earth (TV) So-so
Two episodes.

Just another silly super robot show from BONES. Indeed, Captain Earth very much comes across as the bastard child of Star Driver and Eureka Seven: AO. No thanks.

(The) File of Young Kindaichi Returns (TV) So-so
Four episodes.

In a mystery whodunnit series the plot and writing had better hold up; if not watertight then close to it. And while these four episodes were engrossing once the story got moving, the arc as a whole was thoroughly let down by several enormous plot holes that undermined the foundation of the mystery. And a mystery which doesn't make sense is not one that I want to watch.

(The) Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior (TV) So-so
Two episodes.

These "cast of quirky and outrageous characters interacting with one another in slapstick ways" sort of stories are so tired I can barely stand them. I want to watch people, not wacko stereotypes Now, to be fair, there were some really fantastic scenes in this show, like the part with the bubbles. But inevitably they'd always be followed up - almost immediately - with something that made me want to take the production staff by their throats and throttle them. One or two good scenes an episode is not enough to make up for the rest of it or the crazy characters.

Nerawareta Gakuen (movie) So-so
Noragami (TV) So-so
Silver Spoon (TV 2) So-so
Nine episodes.

The moral lessons were screwed up, and no-one fricking talks like that.

Space Dandy (TV) So-so
Zettai Shonen (TV) So-so
Good Morning Althea (OAV) Decent
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san (TV) Decent
Is the order a rabbit? (TV) Decent
Largely forgettable, but a cute and sweet ride while it lasted. Yes, it is a typical Cute-Girls-Do-Cute-Things type of show, but it's also funny and charming. A nice diversion when you're in the mood to watch something light and agreeable.
Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~ (movie) Decent
Tibetan Dog (movie) Decent
Aria the Animation (TV) Good
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (TV) Good
Chaika - The Coffin Princess (TV) Good
Overall it was a good watch but it was terribly uneven. Very solid for the first nine episodes, quite weak for the final three (to the point where the show almost fell apart), which did put a dampener on the enjoyment levels. Still, it had an interesting world, strong premise, sympathetic characters and some exciting battles. The tone was also handled well and the show was adept at using goofy humour to lighten the mood when things got too dark. Hopefully with that final dreadful arc over the story will return to being high quality in the already-announced second season.
GJ Club@ (special) Good
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (TV) Good
Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu (movie) Good
anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (movie) Very good
Kill la Kill (TV) Very good
Log Horizon (TV) Very good
Noein - to your other self (TV) Very good
Ping Pong (TV) Very good
Great finish, but unsatisfactory in a big way. But first, the good. China got a good end, and I really like the transformations by Smile and Dragon. Even Akuma got a happy ending. There was some fantastic character development in these eleven episodes.

Now for the bad. I noticed the comments that said it was inevitable that Smile would give up so Peco could continue his career, but that was a red herring. The real lead was Smile's late comment that a hero has no weakness. I don't agree with that, and think it cheapened the ending. It's a little rich to have Peco be able to continue on with ping pong and be unaffected by his injury, especially after all the hype around it. See, like the hero he believes himself to be, Peco thinks nothing of sacrificing his knee to get Smile to smile again. Yet long-term he suffers no ill effects from it. He even goes on to becoming Japan's leading ace. I would have preferred there to be more pathos and consequences, like if Peco sacrificed his career for the sake of his friendship. What we got was having your cake and eating it too. I realise this show wasn't intended as a tragedy, but nevertheless it feels quite hollow, and very, very safe.

But as part of my compliment sandwich, now for some more praise. This show is known for being an unusual take on sports anime, but while that's kinda true it actually has little to do with the visuals (which is what everyone focuses on). Instead, the story is about how sport can change people. It can take hold of us and rule our lives, bearing down with incredible pressure and expectation and trapping its victims in a vicious cycle of pain and wasted effort. But sport can also free people, offering fun and fulfilment, allowing athletes to find themselves and also express themselves in ways most people cannot. Sport can damn you, but it can also save you. It's all up to what you are seeking to get out of it, and what you let it take from you.

Apart from that theme (and of course the visual style), the show was fairly by-the-book in terms of the elements it had. The basic story is pretty standard for a sports shounen. It's the intelligence and maturity way the story was told that's impressive. I just wish the ending wasn't a cop-out.

Sakura Trick (TV) Very good
Seitokai Yakuindomo* (TV) Very good
Space Brothers (TV) Very good
Toshokan Sensō: Kakumei no Tsubasa (movie) Very good
Hikaru no Go (TV) Excellent
Fifty-nine episodes.
Monogatari Series Second Season (TV) Excellent
No Game, No Life (TV) Masterpiece
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal Masterpiece
WATAMOTE (TV) Masterpiece
Wolf Children (movie) Masterpiece
Akame ga KILL! (TV)
Aldnoah.Zero (TV)
Arjuna (TV)
Armored Trooper Votoms (TV)
Fourteen episodes.
Azumanga Daioh (TV)
One episode.
Barakamon (TV)
Black Bullet (TV)
Blue Spring Ride (TV)
Bokura ga Ita (TV)
Brynhildr in the Darkness (TV)
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (OAV)
Excel Saga (TV)
One episode.
Eyeshield 21 (TV)
Five episodes.
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! (TV)
Free! Eternal Summer (TV)
Full Moon o Sagashite (TV)
One episode.
Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita (TV)
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun (TV)
Glasslip (TV)
Gunbuster (OAV)
Hanayamata (TV)
Hellsing Ultimate (OAV)
Three OVAs.
His and Her Circumstances (TV)
One episode.
Kaiba (TV)
Karas (OAV)
Three episodes.
Knights of Sidonia (TV)
Kodomo no Jikan (TV)
Love Live! School idol project (TV 2/2014)
Love Stage!! (TV)
Mekakucity Actors (TV)
Mind Game (movie)
Mobile Suit Gundam (TV)
Two episodes.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E.73: Stargazer (ONA)
Two episodes.
Monster (TV)
Eight episodes.
Mushishi: The Next Chapter (TV)
One Week Friends (TV)
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (TV 2014)
Rurouni Kenshin (TV)
Three episodes.
Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc (OAV)
Selector Infected Wixoss (TV)
Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 (TV)
Skip Beat! (TV)
One episode.
Space Dandy Season 2 (TV)
Survival Game Club! (TV)
Tokyo Ghoul (TV)
Turn A Gundam (TV)
Two episodes.
When They Cry - Higurashi (TV)
(The) World Is Still Beautiful (TV)
Yama no Susume Second Season (TV)
Zankyō no Terror (TV)