First Impression #2: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru and Ketsuekigata-kun!

It’s been a while but me haz returned! Sorry for not posting anything the past weeks, I didn’t really feel like it and had some things to take care of. Anyways, let’s get down to business.

Over the past few weeks many animes have started and I picked up eight of them. Tbh, I did not expect this to happen because I did not think really highly of this season at first. Well, I’ve been proven wrong. On todays First Impression we have: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru and Ketsuekigata-kun!

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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (The titles are getting longer and longer, don’t they?) or “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU” seems like your typical high school romantic comedy involving three main protagonists. We have our antisocial high school student who has no friends, Hachiman Hikigaya, our hyperactive girl who tries to fit in and one more Yui to add to our collection (srsly, they are so many) Yui Yuigahama – Double Yui – and the slient yet very beautiful heroin Yukino Yukinoshita. Yui and Yukino must have so creative parents! Anyways, this is our set up. Typical, like I said.

Yui, Yukino and Hikigaya

If it’s so typical why should one watch it? Well, it has Hikigaya. He might fall into the usual “loner without friends, bored with life, can’t talk to girls” archetype but he’s totally fine with it. He doesn’t want friends, is fine with himself and wants all the others to kill themselves. This is why he ends up in a club that only has one member and, surprise surprise, this member is the most beautiful girl in the whole school, Yukino Yukinoshita. But what is that club? Simple, it’s the glorious volunteers club. “What?”, you may ask. “There are those who, out of the goodness of their hearts, provide for those who are in need. Society calls them volunteers. We extend a helping hand to those in need. That is why the club exists.” That!

Exactly!

Hikigaya ends up to be Yukinos newest ‘client’ even though he has no problems what so ever when it comes to him. Naturally they both don’t like each other right away because she’s beautiful and she knows it while he hates everybody especially the popular kids. Soon he finds out that Yukino isn’t all so popular because people have to tendencies to dislike those that are better than them, resulting in Yukino being bullied very often and her avoiding people as well. Similarities found! Time to give them both their real first ‘client’ thus introducing Yui Yuigahama. She has a problem, Hikigaya and Yukino help her out and she has so much fun with both of them that she decides to join the club afterwards. This is the beginning of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru and their story of how they help people. In the following episodes they do that in their own ways, they are confronted with the popular kids and have to work on their teamwork. All in all I enjoyed all three episodes so far and would recommend to watch it if you like simple high school settings, Yuis or romances because it doesn’t go the usual romance comedy route and sticks more to the actual plot of helping others so far. Don’t know how that will change in future episodes but we’ll get there.

The anime is produced by Brains Base who also did animes like Baccano! and Durarara!!, and is directed by Yi Yoshimura who directed several episodes of Gintama, Kuroshitsuji and Ore no Imou(moar long titles…).

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The second anime of today is called Ketsuekigata-kun! which translates to “Blood type-kun” and that is what the show is about: blood types. Literally. The blood types are the main characters. And I don’t mean this show has four characters, each one with a different blood type, no! The blood types themselves are the main characters.

Ketsuekigata-kun!

All the episodes are about two minutes long and show how the individual blood types react in a very comical and funny way. The episodes start with questions like “Which blood type might say something that shows their lack understanding the situation”. Then we see the different views of the blood types to said situation. We have blood type A who is serious and kind but indecisive, B who’s liberal and unique but thick headed. Blood type O who is hard-working and a romanticist but gets angry easily and AB who has the positive sides of A and B but plays hard to get. I like this anime for its simplicity and hey, each episode is two well invested minutes. You even learn something. Ketsuekigata-kun! is produced by Earth Star Entertainment.

AB reigns supreme?

And that’s it for today. Next time I’ll probably write about Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S and Suisei no Gargantia. Both are pretty enjoyable shows that deserve to be written about. So long… sayonara!

First Impression #1: Aku no Hana & Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

Here I am again. This time not with a review but the First Impression thing I wrote about last time. So far I’ve watched two of the animes coming out this season and created my first impression based on many various criteria that include the basic code of the universe and lots of cereal. Since I’ve only seen the first episode of each anime there is not too much to talk about so don’t expect me to go deep into the meaning of the animes or what they might or might not want to express to the viewer. Like I said and I called it, it’s only a first impression.

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Let’s dive right in with an anime called Aku no Hana or “The Flowers of Evil“. After reading the synopsis I was a bit curious because it doesn’t seem like your normal high school romance. It’s a bit darker and I like the dark stuff.

Aku no Hana

Takao Kasuga is an ordinary student who reads a lot and one day forgets his book in the classroom. He goes there to get it to not only finding said book but also what seems to be the gym uniform of classmate Nanako Saeki. Takao likes Nanako but only admires her from a distance in the form of daydreaming. He can’t figure out a way of talking to her because he’s just your ordinary student with average grades while Nanako is good student and on top of her class. But now he’s alone in the classroom with her gym uniform… all the possibilities! And this is where the first episode ends. Yes, what a cliffhanger! In the synopsis it says that he steals her bag out of mad impuls and feels ashamed afterwards. The next day all the mean girls in the class wonder what perverted asshole would steal her bag which makes the situation even worse. As if that wouldn’t be bad enough already, Takao finds out that the creepy girl in the class, Sawa Nakamura, saw him stealing it but doesn’t tell anyone instead she uses this secret to take control over his life. And this is where the story continues. Can Takao escape Sawa and get close to Nanako? Will the secret ever be reveiled and what have evil flowers to do with it?

While the story might be interesting and could develop well it’s the animation that put me off. I don’t know if it was the idea of the producers, Starchild Records and Zexcs, since I haven’t seen much by both of them or the idea of director Hiroshi Nagahama, who directed Detroit Metal City and two episodes of Fruits Basket, but something about the animation seemed so odd. The characters moved strangely and unsettled and have no faces when they are not close enough. When they get closer faces suddenly appear.

Seriously where are they?

On the other hand the backgrounds are beautifully done and they know it. Seriously, most of the episode was just background. Not for too long but again and again. Background images! Sometimes characters moved in those backgrounds sometimes even they stood still… in the backgrounds. Is this what the show is about? Beautiful background images? I don’t know… and I don’t want to know either because I won’t continue to watch it. This style of animation is probably just not for me but I felt uneasy watching it and spaced out pretty often. The general reaction to this anime wasn’t so great either. If you can look past that and only want to concentrate on the story it might even be good. But then I’d read the manga because there is no reason to watch the anime in my opionion if you can read the manga. Besides from the background images of course. Just look at it.

Oh, all the backgrounds!
The second anime I watched is called Devil Survivor 2: The Animation. There is no Devil Survivor 1 by the way when it comes to anime because this one is an adaption of the game of the same name. Both Devil Survivor 1 and 2 are stand alone games so you don’t need to play 1 to understand 2. It’s just a bit confusing when you decide to watch it or not because of the 2 in the name.

Devil Survivor 2

Anyways, protagonists Hibiki Kuze and Daichi Shijima are friends and go to the same high school. One day Daichi tells Hibiki about a new app on his smartphone that let’s you take pictures of people and if they happen to die you get a short video of their “dead face”. Creepy an funny the same time? Seems so because this app is popular and the guys try it out. On their way home they suddenly get a notification from this app and see the dead face of the other one buried under a crashing train. Incidentily they are on the train station. Someone puts way too much work in photoshop… or not? Just a few minutes later a train crashes and buries them underneath! Story over, protagonists dead. Happens.

Yes, he looks dead

Not here. They are asked if they still want to live. After their STRONG will to live is confirmed the app downloads a Digimon, I mean, demon summoning app and they come back to life. The same thing happened to Io Nitta, a girl who goes to school with them. She survived the train accident as well but is attacked by a demon. Before she gets killed she somehow summons her own demon from the app which defends her. Battle ensues and the flee. What were those demons? They don’t know and they can’t delete the app either. They just want to go home. Shortly after that they are being attacked again. Io summons her demon to fight the thing. Other than Daichi, who steals a truck and tries to run the demon over only to die again. Next thing, Hibiki, who saw Daichis dead coming, sees a new demon unlocking on his phone. He summons the powerful thing which fights the evil demon in a badass battle.

Tigermon?

Victory! Oh, and Daichi is also back from the dead. Happy end? No, the three are being taken into custody by some government organisation called JP’s and this is where the episode ends.

Not bad for a first episode and it reminded me of Digimon when they first summoned the demons. It looks like they are able to get more than one demon which would then be more like Pokémon than Digimon. Anyways Devil Survivor 2 seems on first view like a more mature and darker version of Digimon and Pokémon which is not a bad thing. I loved both shows and always wanted something more mature by both franchises. It’s not clear as to where the storyline of Devil Survivor 2 will go but I liked what I saw and will continue to watch.
That’s it for today. In the coming days I’ll probably do another First Impression entry with two more shows I’ve watched over the days. I don’t know what I’ll watch next because I don’t know what is still coming but I’m looking forward to more anime! Thank you for reading and as always, feel free to leave a comment, like or whatever. It really helps me a lot.