Ben and I watched anime over the summer, and now that it's fall we decided to put our thoughts about the previous season in print. So without further adieu, here are our impressions of Summer 2016's anime, starting with my own.
Alderamin on the Sky:
Where to begin? my original impression was that this was going to be another warring era drama. It is far from that. The character introductions were spot on and their development continued to the last episode. Speaking of the ending, the conversation between the male lead and the princess is a good finale; but I'm hoping this is the prelude to at least a second season. Overall this was a well done series that held my interest from beginning to end.
I give it a FIVE and recommend it.
Started slowly, almost annoyingly so. However, after the introduction of the main characters, I began to warm up to this show. Pikari--Miss Extremely Outgoing, almost to the point of turning one off--meets Teko, a slightly introverted girl who just moved to the area. This is more than you typical slice of life. The premise of scuba diving along with the quality of the supporting cast makes this an interesting series if you can get past some of the Pikari and Teko's antics.
Overall a very strong FOUR.
Arslan continues to be an exceptional story. These eight episodes open up a new chapter where the story continues to test the main characters' mettle, and so far their testing is going well. We end with a cliffhanger placing Arslan in a delicate position: to become king, he must decide how many established rules of the kingdom he must break. And on top of that, which one of his allies will become an enemy? We'll have to wait and see.
Kidou Senshi Gundam RE: 0096:
Remembering this is a Gundam show, I didn't expect this to end well. It actually ended better than I expected. However, I thought the "secret" of the box was pretty lame.
Surprise! This was actually good! It ended (maybe) very well. I do believe a second season could be in the works (and it should be). Characters were very good, the story was coherent, and even the animation looked good.
Mob Psycho 100:
To quote Ben: "This show really brings it." While not one punch man, it scores just as well for many different reasons.
Since I'm a RPG player, I wondered how this series would explore the gaming business from the creative standpoint. If this is a typical representation of the gaming industry (my tongue planted firmly in cheek), then it's a miracle anything gets done. Entertaining but, like I said, not representative of the industry. I hope...
Story = Three
Background music = Three
Idol group = Four point Five
Overall = Three. I guess Frontier spoiled me.
Ben's thoughts continue after the break:
So much murder.
Ben and Larry return with me to catch up with the shows airing this summer. Having weeded out some of the stuff we weren't interested in, we largely focus on 91, Arslan, Mob Psycho 100, and JoJo.
This time it's actually brief.
Yeah, that's right, I'm bringing the "Bakacast Briefs" branding back after its long hiatus. Even though our main show for this season is the JoJo Rewatch, I figured it'd be nice to get Larry and Ben on every few weeks to talk about the current shows. Since the structure if freeform and editing is dead-simple, it doesn't take much time from my schedule anyway. I was a little late with uploading this one, though (due to vacation), so expect the second part to show up next week.
"What if Vin Diesel was a moeblob?" is one of the questions that keeps me up at night.
On this episode of Bakacast, we bid farewell to Bakuon. You were an okay show. Gundam Unicorn and Flying Witch didn't air the week we recorded, so JoJo's, Hero Academy, and (unfortunately) Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress are the only shows we reviewed. Thankfully, we had the Girls Und Panzer movie around to fill the gap, and boy did it do a good job of that.
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- 02:37 - Bakuon 12
- 11:28 - Hero Academy 12
- 19:13 - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 12
- 23:10 - Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 10
- 31:13 - Girls Und Panzer: The Movie
- 45:54 - Enter Enter MISSION! (Fuchigami Mai & Iguchi Yuka & Kayano Ai & Nakagami Ikumi & Ozaki Mami | Girls Und Panzer)