Navigating through any social media outlets during this anime season, you’d be hard-pressed to not find any gifs or screen-caps of anime girls in swimsuits strutting their stuff. No, everyone didn’t suddenly become obsessed with ecchi overnight. It turns out, girls clashing their booties and boobies makes for an explosively exciting sport. And this is exactly what Keijo!!!!!!!! is all about.
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So, think Prison School meets Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory except remove all of the funny, add a full cast of indiscernible androgynous men with attitude problems, some forced humor here and there, and a plot that makes absolutely no sense. The result? A heap of garbage known as Nanbaka; quite possibly the worst series I’ve watched in a long time. I wouldn’t even subject my worst enemy to a minute of this series.
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With episode 9 of March Comes in like a Lion, the previously explored topic of shogi as a lifeline is pushed to the forefront of the anime. This time, however, the topic divulges into overwhelmingly tedious repetition as we’re introduced to a new, boring character whose flatness rivals that of a sheet of paper. This character is none other than Shouichi Matsunaga, a 65 year-old 7th dan professional shogi player facing demotion if he is to lose his match with Rei. He is quite possibly the most unappealing character to date. Continue reading “The Anchor that is Shogi: March Comes in like a Lion, Episode 9”
Alright, I’ll admit it. I’ve been living under a rock for taking this long to watch Yuri!!! on Ice. I had a hard time believing I’d even remotely care about a show whose main focus is ice skating, but evidently I was wrong. And for that, I deserve to have that same rock beaten against my head for how foolish I’ve been to have even started this series so late into the season. To put it simply, Yuri!!! on Ice’s first episode was amazing. Continue reading “Yuri!!! on Ice — Initial Impressions”
March Comes in like a Lion has been taking a nosedive as of late. For as much praise as I’ve given the show for its candor, I’m growing rather tired of its tendency to meander into pointless drivel. It isn’t all terrible. It’s mainly the fact that the bulk of the series, as of late, has occurred in either the Kawamoto household or Rei’s home. Never mind the redundant use of over-the-top humor. It wasn’t so bad at first. A few scenes filled with chibi-isms and high-pitched voices here and there. But now? It’s expected that any scene delving deep into the unfiltered thoughts of characters will at some point pull back, killing any emotion previously established with forced humor. It’s almost as if the series wants to prevent any scene from getting too dramatic. This severely hinders some of the emotional investment we can have with these characters. It’s this very reason that I believe holds the show back from being a masterpiece. Continue reading “Fall 2016 Catchup: March Comes in like a Lion — Episodes 5 – 8”
This chapter of March Comes in like a Lion is yet another endearing episode on Hinata and Nikaido. While Rei visits the Kawamoto sister’s house, he learns about Takahashi, the baseball player Hina has been madly in love with for quite some time now. Seeing Hina visually flustered over trying to decide what bento to make for Takahashi’s game is adorable.
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After the last bit of Nikaido in Episode 2, I had almost completely dismissed him as a potentially likable character. Episode 3 was a bit slow, taking its time to delve into the relationship between Nikaido and Rei. And I must admit, I was completely wrong about Nikaido. There are far more layers to him than I gave him credit for. Continue reading “Nikaido is a Fighter — March Comes in like a Lion — Episode 3”
The next episode of March comes in like a Lion is a particularly powerful one, exceeding my expectations in just about every category. From a bunch of new, interesting characters being introduced, insightful small moments, backstories being further explored, to Rei’s Shogi world — this episode has it all. We’re even treated to some of the trademark eye close-ups Shaft loves to use ever so much.
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Alternative names: 3-gatsu no lion // 3月のライオン
I’ll be honest, as a fan of Shaft’s prior works (Bakemonogatari and Arakawa Under the Bridge, to name a few) I’m going into this series with high expectations. It also helps that the art style is reminiscent of Your Lie in April — another series that to say I enjoyed would be an understatement. I wept like a baby after finishing that series. I’m expecting a narrative that is equally as moving from March Comes in like a Lion.
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Kei Serinuma is a seemingly simple girl who knows what she wants, and boy does this show make it a point to drive this across — She loves boys. I mean, sure, that in itself is normal… right? No, what I’m saying is — she REALLY, REALLY loves boys. Continue reading “Kiss Him, Not Me — Initial Impressions”