The new season of Fireball is out and it is the best anime of the season.Instead it’s the laziest adaptation around with its boobs that operate under zero gravity rules and the least effort put into the whole thing.It seems to want us to feel comfortable in its embrace of warmness of this magic countryside home, but I’m not feeling it myself.Â I hate to say it, but I think it’s because it feels a rather too much like someone’s highly specific ram’s skull daddy fetish fantasy story where this ancient powerful being does technically have total control over you and bought you to fuck you, but instead is your wonderful dad instead.You get the story of some girl who only knows what girlfriends are supposed to do via the medium of hardcore pornography but is paired with a gormless male lead.All while pulling silly faces with their elastic oval heads.That one episode with the crazy lady injecting the blood of the guy she liked into a guy she thought was pretty – this first episode was that tone and style throughout and it was fucking wonderful.It’s tough for me to really make a statement on way or another after one episode.The team who adapted Sankarea didn’t think they’d be stuck with some shitty weird zombie fetish gag manga, but they made something so much more interesting than the source material they were eventually picked up to adapt Shouwa Era Rakugo Shinjuu.UQ Holder looks like a poorly animated early 2000s anime and it’s fucking depressing.Land of the Lustrous
Another strange little show that I’m very much into.In the meantime there were a bunch of other, lesser anime that I suppose I could talk about as well.[Photos New]Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond
The first episode was incredible! Any fear of Blood Blockade losing the wonderful pacing and tone the more crazy and fun episodes of the first season had were instantly dashed by the first episode.The new director has taken Rie Matsumoto’s directorial style and just fucking run with it.Even the guys who made Shimoneta went and found the pool used in many old erotic photoshoots and made their own fake vagina there in an instructional video for an ending credits sequence.Inuyashiki
Just finished this about an hour ago and it’s neat.It’s like a moeblob who exclaims in random verbal tics the whole time, except his verbal tics are moany whines of exertion and he fights to be the best ever.Osomatsu-san’s irreverent sense of humour and March’s fluffy blanket made of thorns remain largely unchanged as they just continue like there was no break at all.We spent most of it following some fucked up lady mentally torture someone into becoming a sadistic murderer, as meanwhile we have a bloke in a black speedo, bunny ears and massively oversized tail wanting to murder people.It’s such a strange world and I’m enamoured by it.[Promised Tutorial Wig Ray Neverland The]
It’s Kino.I like them both a lot and am happy to see them back.It works better in anime than it would in the west because it’s a field largely untapped by anime and only very rarely covered in manga, while an awful lot of Hollywood seems to be dad fantasies ever since Taken.I still find the pacing too plodding and it doesn’t make up for that with its atmosphere enough to be worth stewing in.I hope Osomatsu-san doesn’t run out of ideas and I hope March focuses on the more interesting characters.[Podcast You Subscribe Again Update Must]Juuni Taisen
For something that seems like it should be wonderful campy fun, boy did that first episode feel completely joyless and miserable.It hasn’t presented a good reason to care about these characters or this game they’re playing or why they are playing it as of yet.Even the running animation depresses me.
I remember reading the manga and thinking the main character seemed like a shouty, highly annoying twat who was going to be so much worse in anime form because they give a voice to his whiny mug.I’m calling animators and directors talentless lazy fucks when I have no real insight into what’s actually happening in the studio, what pressures they’re under, and why something turns out to look like the staff scribbled it out in the afternoon then fucked off to a hostess bar.Yeah the first episode was more of a reintroduction to all of the characters, but if the style of directing and tone remains largely similar, this could be the greatness the first season only ever so briefly hit.I don’t care if this isn’t how you saw yourself when you entered the world of animation.More expressive people than in the last season, although weirdly I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.When he has an attractive younger lady lusting after him is when I’ll start to call bullshit.[Transmutation Legend Circle Episode Of GLORIO The Galaxy Wide The 14 Heroes]Osomatsu-san 2Â & March Comes in Like a Lion 2
Bunging these together as there’s little to say about them.As it is, I like some of the incidental humour it brings in, and also enjoy how they use the strange CG.Like holy shit it doesn’t even need to be that inventive to make some funny jokes with that premise.It’s like an even better version of Baccano when on form.Welp, now you’re a robot and you’re going to show those mean kids beating up the homeless guy who’s boss.It’s a unique little show and I’m very glad it exists.The Ancient Magus’ Bride
I’m starting to wonder if maybe I just don’t like The Ancient Magus’ Bride.Two moe blobs putter through the industrial wasteland of snow and guns, blabbing to each other about life, death, war and other high-concept philosophical themes.Safe to say they haven’t RUINED EVERYTHING but still, ask me again in a month and I’ll make a more definitive statement on how good this actually is.[Alita Johns Oddities Teasers]My Girlfriend is a Faithful Virgin Bitch
Give me this show to adapt because holy shit I would do such a better job argh I’m so mad.It also works though because it hasn’t gone full wish-fulfill-y as his new form isn’t exactly fun times.One can only dream it keeps it up.UQ Holder
Maybe I’m being too harsh on some of these shows.A island of androgynous crystal creatures with fantastic butts and their one mysterious Buddha sensei fight against hindu-inspired archers made of cream that appear in the sky having travelled from the moon via the transportation method of ink blots, while also having angsty teenage fits.The show isn’t poorly made per se, it’s just not particularly notable outside of the horrible protagonist who is more than enough on his lonesome to keep me away from the series altogether.[Female Anime Thirstiest Thursday Thirsty Characters]Girls’ Last Tour
This has been a very strange, neat little anime.These crystal creatures and their melting and cracking and rebuilding.It also works because it makes you feel truly sympathetic to the old man and his struggles of loneliness, hopelessness and general helplessness at the sad sack of shit he is and his life has become.Kino was often best when people were left saying things with strangely blank expressions because it left it up to you to interpret what they really thought.More than anything though I’m just fascinated by the whole construction of the world.It wouldn’t even need to be that good because it’s just so out-there and different I’d be into it anyway.Maybe they animated a legitimately great OP and had this super ambitious storyboard until some suit ran in and yelled that it must look more like the dreadful early 2000’s Negima anime because we’ve decided fuck trying to bring in a new audience, we only want fans of an anime from 15 years ago even the fans of the manga hated, oh and in the meantime make it look like it was animated in the early 2000s.Here you are, an utter loser with a family indifferent to you and a failing body.It almost feels like a parody of shounen protagonists who go so far to prove they’re the best that their actions are construed as basically sexual harassment to the girl they like.Having watched this I’m less convinced.Feels a lot like a dad fantasy though, or more specifically an older man fantasy.How nothing he does will ever impress anyone he wants to impress.It’s the story-related episodes and the terrible plot that dragged down the first season in the end, so how this new season goes from here on will be very interesting to see.I thought the OVAs moved too slowly for my liking, but figured that was more of a directing problem.It really feels like it should be the plot of something far more ridiculous but goes in with completely the wrong tone which makes it so staid and unpleasant to watch.