What Looks Review-Worthy This Season (Spring 2016 Edition)? — Part III

Let’s clean this up.

Think this going to be the last one of these. Big Order isn’t for another week or so, I refuse to watch either Super Lovers or Bakuon, and I doubt I’ll have much to say about Tonkatsu DJ tomorrow. I will watch Big Order when it airs, but I doubt I’ll write about it until it comes time for an actual review.

My Name Is Sakamoto

Apparently, the original manga has won multiple awards and is well-loved by many of my colleagues. And after reading the thing and watching the first episode, all I can say is “why?”. Not only did I not laugh once, but the concept is utterly retarded and inherently unfunny to begin with. One look at my favorite comedies list would cause people to realize that I only enjoy humor when the lead characters suffer and/or cause suffering to people who deserve it. Even if it’s good-natured in the end (Great Teacher Onizuka anyone?), the characters still have to go through hell. Sakamoto, by contrast, is about a guy who’s perfect at everything and causes his fans/enemies to see his way through his constant perfection! How is it possible to wring any sort of humor out of that, let alone not get old after the first eleven minutes to the point that I kept pausing the video to do other stuff?! Especially when the only suffering these characters ultimately go through is mild humiliation that nobody really gives two shits about?

Review-worthy? I’ll probably stick with this due to its popularity at the very least.

flying witch.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Review-worthy?  I’m pretty sure me doing so would be the equivalent of setting kittens on fire.

Kiznaiver

There wasn’t actually much plot in this first episode, but story-wise, Kiznaiver is off to a decent start. Whilst the Okada angst is definitely there and her shows have a tendency to train wreck regardless if it’s the angst’s fault or not, Kiznaiver definitely has a lot of potential if it doesn’t end up sucking. The visual style is cool, the characters have baggage without being obnoxious about it (well, the flighty girl who talks like a little kid is a bit annoying), and the Sense 8-like connection these six share has a lot of potential in regards to giving an insight on teenage issues. Could have done without the bullies, but if Kiznaiver can follow up on this start in a mature enough way, I’ll be quite impressed.

Review-worthy? This one’s a keeper for better or worse

Kuromukuro

I’m not actually going to keep up with this since I hate using illegal subs. Instead, I’ll wait for Netflix to release their version sometime in the future (incidentally, Ajin will be out in two days) and watch that. Having said that, this was really boring. The director’s visual talent is certainly there, but as is also usual for his shows, the writing ultimately lets him down. Kurumukuro feels like PA Works is trying to combine their cute girl slice-of-life with this little thing we humans call the mecha genre, and neither side has any inspiration to begin with, so combining them pretty much resulted in a big ball of indifference from me. The only recommendation I can give is that there’s a certain absurd humor to the show going to great lengths to cover up the male lead’s privates when he shows up, but that’s it.

Yeah, how long is this show going to be exactly? Because I’m not sure if I’m up for marathoning it if it goes on for two cours.

Review-worthy? We’ll check back in a few months.

Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song

While pretty much anything can happen in the future, this episode gave me full confidence that Concrete Revolutio’s second half will build up on everything the first one gave in an outstanding manner and I fully expect this show to be in my top 10 – maybe 5 – anime of all-time when it finishes. I’ve heard complaints about the style being changed, but I honestly don’t see anything all that different here, and the writing is still great, so who cares? The first episode alone follows up on a few story lines from the last season whilst injecting in a powerful dose of political themes, multi-faceted characters, and an interesting take on robots with respect to Raito. What do you do when your programming prevents you from taking the morally ambiguous side? Do you just try to fight everyone like Earth-chan? Or do you shoot the motherfucker and take his programming so that you’re allowed to be morally ambiguous?

The only problem (well, it’s a positive in my eyes, but most of you guys will probably disagree) I really have with this show is that it’s raising the bar so high in terms of what you can do with anime cliches (mecha, moe, magical girls, etc.) as well as what you can accomplish in terms of character studies and animated storytelling that it’s causing me to raise my standards regarding what I expect from anime from now on. Now don’t get me wrong, I still like Ping Pong, Terror in Resonance, Kill la Kill, Kaiba, what Rakugo represents, and all that. And Ushio to Tora/Space Patrol Luluco are fun. But let’s just say there’s a reason Bantorra, Kino’s Journey, Samurai Champloo, and a few others I’m forgetting at the moment aren’t on my favorites list anymore. Yeah, I love this show that much.

Review-worthy?

Minor Quips

  • Just to be sure, I rewatched a little of Sakamoto’s first episode before finishing this post and…yeah once you get past the initial shock of the premise and direction, what little humor there was stops working.
  • I also rewatched the first episode of Last Song and it was just as awesome as it was the first time.
  • Whilst the comedic direction is generally decent, I have it on good authority that those Jojo-like captions whenever somebody does something “cool” has never added anything worthwhile to a scene, let alone humor.

17 responses to “What Looks Review-Worthy This Season (Spring 2016 Edition)? — Part III

  1. You and your irrational hatred of Slice of Life shows.

    Also, there’s no such thing as inherently unfunny. Humor has no limitations, and anything can be considered funny for any reason.

  2. I found Sakamoto to be amusing, but not really because the character’s perfect. I found it funny for the sillier aspects like how Sakamoto saved the bird or him fighting a hornet. I do think it runs the risk of getting repetitive, but I enjoyed it enough. I can equally get why people wouldn’t like it, though.

    Concrete Revolutio indeed looks to be anime of the season so far (potentially anime of the year). Great themes, great characters, better visuals than season 1, great storyline, it’s just all so tightly put together. There’s a sense of nuance within the chaotic nature of the show that I can really get behind. Friday can’t come soon enough for me.

    • I found it funny for the sillier aspects like how Sakamoto saved the bird or him fighting a hornet.

      My problem with that sort of humor is that it’s not ironic and assuming you laugh at the weirdness of it all the first time, it’s never funny the second time once you get used to it. I did say I rewatched some of the episode to see if the more amusing parts would hold up and…they did not.

      Concrete Revolutio indeed looks to be anime of the season so far (potentially anime of the year).

      I don’t think anything this year is going to top either Concrete Revolutio (or Rakugo for a more mainstream audience) for a while. I like it better than most of my favorites, and that’s not something I can say for anime I do enjoy as of late.

  3. Seriously, I lolled with your Flying Witch overview.

    Out of that batch, yeah Kiznaiver looks the most promising – I think it’s the prettiest looking show this Spring and has the most interesting concept outside ConRevo (yet that one is a beast of its own so…)

      • I am also surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to Flying Witch. I get it. The concept of witchcraft is not we normally associate in anime but…. what do we get aside from that? I am fairly lukewarm to it though.

  4. Oh man Concrete Revolutio is off to a flying start alright…2nd episode is incredible as well, have you checked it out yet?

    I’m just curios -and a little frustrated- at why this show seems to be well, ‘unpopular’? It was such a surprise when it first aired and yet for some reason it never was really popular at all. A lot of people I know didn’t like it and many websites have given it low ratings and such. Any ideas why? I thought with superheroes + all the damn well-worn anime cliches used in a proper manner would have given it at least a modicum of attention (other than the fact we have a 2nd season).

    • Just got the second episode. Haven’t watched it yet though.

      And it didn’t get popular for the same reason One-Punch Man and those Avenger films are so popular. At least in the West. The East hates it because Japan doesn’t really like it when cartoons call them out on their crimes.

      • It’s great. I’m just sitting here crying that I have to wait a week for the next.

        I suppose? Well, OPM was just very straightforward and it got the Dragonball fans all excited that’s for sure. The most common criticism I hear for Concrete is ‘the story/plot is not that great and the pacing messed it up anyways’, which is odd because I don’t think it is that hard to follow? Japan I can understand, that territory is a no-no for them.

        I just find it strange that a show that has mecha, mahou shojous, traditional superheroes, supernatural beings, aliens, girl bands, kaijus, ultraman shootoff (I’m pretty sure I’m still missing a few) etc. isn’t more talked about.

    • It’s great. I’m just sitting here crying that I have to wait a week for the next.

      I’m the opposite. I love every episode I see, only to dread that next week’s installment will not live up to Concrete’s high standards (which happened occasionally during the first season).

      The most common criticism I hear for Concrete is ‘the story/plot is not that great and the pacing messed it up anyways’, which is odd because I don’t think it is that hard to follow?

      Are these the same people who like Baccano/Durarara/Rolling Girls/Kekkai Sensen? Because that’d be hilarious.

      • True, there is going to be a certain amount of expectation after every episode. This is going to sound a little odd but the previews for the next ep always kills the expectation for me. I dunno but ConRev always seem to show some ridiculous preview and I always think ‘the next ep looked terrible/unrelated to the story’ but it always somehow manages to pull it off, like the episode in S1 with the comedians and the immortal family.

        Some of them like Baccano/Durarara yeah, weird world we live in eh? I guess ConRev is too ambitious for the likes of them haha.

      • like the episode in S1 with the comedians and the immortal family.

        Those episodes are fine, but they don’t quite do it for me the way Concrete usually does.

        Some of them like Baccano/Durarara yeah, weird world we live in eh? I guess ConRev is too ambitious for the likes of them haha.

        None of the people who like Narita stuff have given me a good reason for why Concrete doesn’t pull off the time-jumping stuff well.

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