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A lot of interesting stuff came out this winter as I was back somewhere looking for official trailers to post alongside my buddy Takashichea. I did say some things on an article for that site, but while I was checking out some of them, a few left me surprised while one that I was excited about blew more wind than my electric fan at level 3. Here are the first five series that I checked out:
Tamako Market (One episode in)
This slice-of-life series about a gal and her family working in a mochi shop was the first to tackle due to curiosity. The first episode was an big introduction to the family and friends as she goes about her day until a talking bird with a last name that made him look like a hypocrite later on stole the damn show, which actually made things more entertaining. Even though the major plot hasn't kicked in yet, I ended up having a lot of fun with it all. More fun than I thought.
Rating: 5/5 Hearts
Maoyu (One episode in)
This one also heightened my curiosity after I read about it. This episode reveals that there's been a long war between humans and demons and one hero from a quartet left to charge after the Demon King and kill him, but gets in a shock when he discovers that the Demon King is really a Demon Queen who states that she wants to end the war a different way since since killing either her or the main Human(s) leading said war would only make things a lot worse than they already are. Of course the hero thought she was also Queen of Bullshit Island, but the convincing and a lamp that reveals the thoughts and past of a person makes an thought to chew over for him. The fact that this wasn't like the other fantasy series I ran into (in terms of plot) made up for a good experience and makes me want to see if she was really on Bullshit Island or if she's far away from it.
Rating: 3.5/5 Hearts
Senran Kagura (Two episodes in)
Well, here we have another fanservice show and I tried it for the hell of it. Here's the gist on the plot (per se): A group of trainee shinobi, including the daughter of a grandmaster ninja (whom I presume to be the very main character) are training to hone their skills, but a dire time might commence when a number of rival ninjas show up. I like how this seems to have more plot than most fanservice shows I've seen, but sadly, it's totally bland aside of the rival ninjas themselves. I'll look into it a bit more, but if it starts to become boring once more, then my time with this is done for.
Rating: 2/5 Hearts
Ai Mai Mi (Two episodes in)
Back on an news article that me and my buddy Takashichea did back in the Void of No Return, I picked this as a show that I got excited about from my intuition and thought it would be good. Instead, it became the exact opposite. The first episode had the most ineffective material in all my life as an anime viewer ever and the second only had one good decent joke. It also tries to be funny from its drug-like weirdness, but it ends up critically hindering the experience. My verdict: Stay the actual fuck away from Ai Mai Mi. FAR away.
Rating: 0/5 Hearts
Mangirl (Three episodes in)
First of all, the title is intended as the fusion of the words “Manga” and “Girl” and does not involve cross-dressing or gender bending (like what I thought at first). It's actually about a group of amateur mangaka who are starting a magazine on their own, despite their constantly over-zealous leader. If the comedic material for this show and the last one were a street fight, the previous would've been killed in seconds. Actually, Mangirl's material works very well, and even adds a tiny bit of depth to some of the characters. I'm looking forward to continuing with the series after a few days of hard work.
Rating: 3/5 Hearts
That's all I got for reviewing so far. Stay tuned for Part Two, everyone! Until then, here are my other highlights.