First Impressions: Scum’s Wish/Kuzu no Honkai

The first episode of Scum’s Wish makes a case as a contender among the top series of the season. With that said, my initial run through the episode was marked with dissatisfaction at the character and the explicit nature of the piece.  The art style itself was great, with some neat manga-esque panel framing to show a wide range of character expressions during specific moments. There’s an irregular, pencil like quality to the aesthetic that’s overall pleasing to look at, perhaps hinting at an unfiltered experience of the character’s reality. The show utilizes the split window well, highlighting the conflicting nature between mind and body. This is a nice touch in a series whose major draw is the exploration of unrequited love. The part that’s problematic with Scum’s Wish is that its theme is forcefully shoved down our throats, making it a point to narrate what exactly the protagonist is feeling during every single moment. Sometimes the narration works, but for the most part it’s heavy handed and distracting. Those moments don’t really allow room for input or introspection. It’s dictating exactly what you should be thinking at all times.

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First Impressions: Little Witch Academia

Bold, energetic, and bright with a sparkle, Little Witch Academia makes a reappearance this season in unapologetically lustrous fashion. Its world of magic is absolutely entrancing, imbuing the environment with adventure, bewilderment, and wonder. For a young wide-eyed Kagari Atsuko, she peers onward at an event that’s much like a magic show. At center stage, the renowned witch Shiny Chariot delivers a heartwarming speech in front of a roaring crowd, making a show of casting spells and blowing up monsters. Kagari marvels at the spectacle before her eyes, completely enchanted by the magical feats of the great witch. Shiny Chariot summons a powerful bow to destroy a magical creature which combusts into a glittering array of stars. As the stars rained down like fireworks, we could see young Kagari’s idolization of Shiny Chariot being cemented.  Continue reading “First Impressions: Little Witch Academia”

March Comes in like a Lion: Episode 12 Review

In the solitude of Rei’s apartment, the ambient noise of his daily life sets in, becoming unbearable to his senses. This is when a creeping realization sets in: now that he knows what it’s like to belong, he can’t tolerate being alone. The Kawamoto sister have added color and flavor to a life that would otherwise be filled with white walls and cheap ramen. He has experienced the vibrance of their home and tasted their homecooked meals. Stagnation threatens these strong bonds he has established with them. He can’t afford to linger in the depths of his own despair anymore. This week was the first time we’ve seen him press forward with resounding conviction. You could practically see the determination in the gleam of his eyes. Who cares if the themes of the series are painted in bold broad strokes for everyone to see? The show revels in it, allowing the audience to get a firm grasp on the weight of the moment. We don’t just see Rei’s drama unfold, we get to experience it in all its vivid detail. Continue reading “March Comes in like a Lion: Episode 12 Review”

First Impressions: ēlDLIVE — Episode 1

It looks like this anime season will be continuing its trend of lackluster series. Nothing really stands out in ElDlive apart from the fact that the protagonist talks to himself. It would be amusing if it weren’t for one problem: The series, rather than letting the audience think about its unique qualities, points to it in a way that might as well have a big sign that reads, “Look at me, I’m special.” Much like other shows this season, ElDive could be improved upon if it used subtlety to convey its themes. Well, that and if you overlooked its overall lack of direction in subplots. Studio Pierrot really dropped the ball with this series. Continue reading “First Impressions: ēlDLIVE — Episode 1”

First Impressions: Akiba’s Trip — Episode 1

There’s not much to be said here other than the first episode of Akiba’s Trip was certainly a wild ride. Every new turn in sequences served to disorient me, violently shaking my brain into submission. By the time I finished watching the episode, I was in disbelief at how bad it was; a complete and utter mess from start to finish. Fights erupt with no prior context with girls being undressed at a whim. It isn’t until the latter half of the episode that we find out why exactly one of the characters insists on undressing all of their opponents to beat them. Continue reading “First Impressions: Akiba’s Trip — Episode 1”

First Impressions: Masamune-Kun no Revenge – Episode 1

Going into Masamune-Kun no Revenge, I’d be lying if I said I expected anything more than an average series. Before I divulge my thoughts any further, I should mention I’m not completely unbiased: I knew just exactly what I was getting myself into as I’ve already read the manga. While I wasn’t impressed with it, the series does contain enough entertainment value to warrant giving the anime a try. The story doesn’t have much to offer besides that as its message, layered in a multitude of inconsistencies and convenient plot devices, comes off as radical nonsense. Continue reading “First Impressions: Masamune-Kun no Revenge – Episode 1”