First Impressions: Spring Season 2015 Anime

It’s the new season and it’s time for the 3-episode test on a selection of anime I’ve decided to watch this season. Let’s go!

DanMachi

Save damsel from serial ape-ist.
Save damsel from serial ape-ist.

Or it should be called Fucking Hestia Hype. Light novel adaptations tend to suck and I was expecting that from DanMachi. After SAO, I lost fate in all LN adaptations, but DanMachi sorta restored my fate in adaptations. It adopts a typical “zero-to-hero” plot, telling us about the adventures of Bell and his patron goddess Hestia. They’re poor as fuck, Bell is also weak as fuck, Hestia is powerless as fuck, and they have to survive in a world where the primary source of cash is killing monsters in a dungeon.

He's totally checking out Hestia's tits.
He’s totally checking out Hestia’s tits.
*cue porno music*
*cue porno music*

Now, I don’t hate the anime in general; I like the RPG-ish setting and the plot in general, but perhaps what irks me is the goddamn Hestia hype. Yeah, Hestia’s a cutie, I’ll give you that. But that’s just it. She’s just a cutie with big tits. While her determination and playfulness is praiseworthy and funny at times, she doesn’t have any noticeable traits aside from her body and her signature ribbon. Yet people all around the world are drooling over her. I just don’t get it. Has moe stooped down to such levels?

Anyway, DanMachi passed the 3-episode test and I’ll be keeping a close eye on the goddess Freyja, who seems to be a much more interesting character than Hestia.

Mikagura Gakuen Suite

Whoa that escalated quickly.
Whoa that escalated quickly.

Okay, I’ve been a fan of Houkago Stride by Last Note for a couple of months now (thanks to MaiMai) and I was surprised to find that it was getting an anime of its own.

Mikagura is about Eruna, a lazy-ass motherfucker whose only good trait is her imagination. She enrolls into school just to pursue the school beauty, Seisa. Good luck getting into college! Anyway, the school has a system of “club battles”, reminiscent to the Baka to Test system, only instead of grades and a complicated battle system, the students just fight until one is defeated.

[HorribleSubs] Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.58_[2015.04.25_13.34.35]

I still don’t have any specific thoughts on the anime yet, considering that I’m still trying to figure how the plot will advance. But it looks like Eruna’s the typical “you’re the fucking chosen one, now I give you this power and do whatever the fuck you need to” protagonist. The first three episodes still feel like a prologue, so I guess I’ll have to wait for more story.

The anime’s funny and the visuals are nice, though they suddenly degrade when Eruna engages in combat. If you liked Mekaku or Vocaloid adaptations, give Mikagura a try.

Ore Monogatari

All they do is eat cake at the park.
All they do is eat cake at the park.

Or should be called “The Love Story of a Clueless Big-ass Gorilla Motherfucker”. It is the most hilarious (second only to Gintama) anime of the season, and might be the best love story of the season.

Ore Monogatari tells us the story of Takeo and Sunakawa, two childhood friends. Sunakawa is a bishonen who makes every girl he passes, be it grown or loli, wet themselves to kingdom come. Takeo, on the other hand, is a scary yet kindhearted, big-ass gorilla-man. On a train, Takeo saves a girl, Yamato, from being molested. They fall in love with each other instantly, but being the dupe he is, Takeo senses that Yamato might have fallen for Sunakawa instead. So, he decides to support the two and stay on the sidelines because he’s a clueless motherfucker. Ah, how I like yelling “YOU FUCKING IDIOT” at my monitor whenever he makes a false assumption.

Totally not gay.
Totally not gay.

Seriously, it’s nice to have a normal love story once in a while. You know, where the protagonists DON’T TAKE A FUCKING SEASON TO FINALLY CONFESS TO ONE ANOTHER. Ore Monogatari gets it done in 3 episodes flat, so fuck you romance comedy genre.

Anyway, I like Ore Monogatari because of it’s simplicity. Guy likes girl, girl likes guy, they date, no weird ass shit involved, and especially no fans service. Done, normal. I also like the characters. I’d totally date Yamato. She’s cute, the ideal waifu material. But the honor goes to Takeo. It’s about time we had an ugly protagonist in a romance comedy. I’ve had enough of the “I’m lazy as fuck and emo, pls give me pussy” or the “I’m weak, so protect me” types. It’s time we had a romance comedy male protagonist that is a fucking gorilla and can actually lift steel girders!

3 episodes. Record.
3 episodes. Record.

Plastic Memories

Casually jumping off buildings.
Casually jumping off buildings.

In the future, androids called Giftia are mass-produced and available almost everywhere. These androids have artificial souls (that’s whack) that function on levels above AI. But they can only live for around 10 years. Tsukasa is in charge of terminating these Giftia when they are near death. He works with Isla, also a Giftia, who knows nothing other than how to make tea.

I have yet to be reach the 3rd episode, but Plastic Memories feels kinda bland. The process of Giftia death is touching and all, but other than that, I don’t feel that “pull” yet. Maybe I’ll give it some time and see where it goes.

I came.
I came.

Gintama

It’s fucking Gintama. If you need a reason to watch it, you’re a helpless piece of shit and should just go live a normal life.

So that concludes the anime of this season! I have yet to illegally torrent Houkago no Pleiades and some other anime due to shitty internet speeds, but I’ll get to them eventually.

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