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Fall 2013 Anime Season First Episode Impressions, Part 1 of 5

Posted on October 23, 2013 AT 12:00am

A new season of anime has sneaked up behind us again, sucker punching us with new shows! As always, I will only be reviewing new shows, so if it was out in the summer, you’ll have to look back at my previous  reviews. The good stuff is red. So-so stuff is blue. The crap is brown. You can catch most of this anime on Crunchyroll, while others can be found on Hulu.

Kill La Kill – “If only I had Thorns Like a Thistle…”

Honouji Academy is under hard control by a ruthless student council. A big brute named Ira Gamagoori enforces the laws put down by Satsuki Kiryuin. The power comes from special uniforms, the Goku. The more starts on a uniform, the more powerful it is. So into the equation walks Ryuko Matoi, a transfer student who has no idea what challenges she is about to face. All Ryuko wants is revenge, and she’s going to use weapons from her tragic past to get it. This is definitely in my top three shows of the season. Its energy is boundless, the action is great, and it’s so silly. Only studio Trigger could mix such a concoction, and I’ll be drinking every drop. If you enjoy the pace of shows like FLCL or Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill is just your speed.


Golden Time – “Springtime”

This one’s going out to all the lovers. Aww yeah! Tada Banri a new student at Fukurai  university. As he bumbles through his first day of law school, he happens to meet Mitsuo Yanagisawa, someone as clueless as he is. Everything seems to be going well until Mitsuo’s past comes to slap him in the face. Her name is Koko Kaga, and she does seem to be loco. Even though the relationship between Koko and Mitsuo is bizarre, I felt like there’s enough to like about Golden Time to maybe watch more. We get introduced to many characters, and there are some secrets to learn about Tada’s past. Maybe it’ll be worth it to know who that missed call is on his phone, or why a motorbike looked like it was about to hit him. In his present, who is Tada going to fall in love with? Will he actually fall in love with Koko? Hey, if I was writing this show, that would make for an interesting turn. Golden Time feels like a dating sim, but not like a lazy translation from game to anime.


Megane Bu

If you think Japan has run out of weird ideas for student clubs, you are a damned fool! Megane Bu isn’t like most school club shows. The club is entirely made up of male students, and they actually have a clear goal: to build x-ray glasses that can see through anything. Too bad this show is completely worthless and a comedic failure. So this show is going to be  a series? Megane Bu is a triumph of wasted effort. It’s beautifully designed, but all it does it put a chrome shine over dull foolishness. I only expected a silly, mediocre show, but Megane Bu is so much worse.


Diabolik Lovers- “Episode I”

Vampires have a history of being creepy and unfriendly, but the vampire boys of Diabolik Lovers are terrible.  Yui Kamori is just a girl sent by her father to live in a strange mansion. Not one minute in, and one of guys, Ayato, is ready to suck from the neck of his new guest. A second vampire, Reji, interrupts him. They are not the only ones who live there. All of Ayato and Reji’s brothers live in the mansion, and they can’t wait to drink Yui’s blood.

I came away from this episode feeling really weird. This show is really gross, and I’m amazed that through all the “mature” anime I’ve watched, not many of them turned me off in the way that Diabolik Lovers has. I don’t get what the turn-on is to watch a girl be overpowered by several men, totally against her wishes. Are we supposed to then learn to love these handsome vampires as they continue to paw all over Yui and call her names? Is this show for female masochists?


Ace of the Diamond- “The One Pitch”

Eijun Sawamura is a really impassioned guy. He dreams of taking his team to the nationals, but his team isn’t of the caliber to make it there. His passion and his failure as a pitcher lead to him making a mistake that scars his reputation. He’s going to high school, but he might not be let onto any team because of his junior high antics. Even though his team had a horrible win-loss record, he gets scouted for a team. The problem is that Eijun wants to continue playing with his friends from junior high.

I don’t follow sports, and I don’t watch sports anime, so the likelihood of me watching an entire sports anime (does Shootfighter Tekken count?) was almost nil. Ace of the Diamond has a great spirit, though. It’s a funny show, and I think that even a sports-averse guy like me can root for a team to rise to the top.


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