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Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Review

76493lCompleted 10/2016

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 2015 to Dec 2015
Producers: flying DOG
Studios: Silver Link, Nexus

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is a light novel adaption originally by Riku Misora.

Bronze

So while this is part of my weekly challenge, it was made in conjunction with Nexus. This would have had a higher grading if the little sister, Shizuku, didn’t have a brother complex. Those annoy me. Plus that ending.

This story started strong for me. It’s fairly typical in plot type and the characters are also nothing special. A guy, Ikki, who technically classified as ‘weak’ is actually quite strong and a girl, Stella, who is known for being powerful is defeated by him and falls in love because of it. Both of the MCs are likeable and entertaining to watch. Love or not, they make good friends and cheer each other on against the various hurdles they face.

Plus there is a trans girl who is called Alice. The characters barely register this to be fair, though there is some misgendering at first. It was interesting to have such a character who wasn’t introduced as a cross dresser. If anything Alice is still very much seen as a boy by most people. This was something I was interested in watching develop to see how the author/studio treated this character.

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(Ok, I said I rated down because of the older brother complex but it was actually kind of amusing at times.)

The basic story is they are at a school for magicians and there is a competition to decides who is to represent the school in some kind of tournament. Ikki has a low level of magic but is good at fighting with swords and as such can keep up. In order to graduate because of his low magic, he needs to win and be selected as a representative. Skill can beat power is the message here and not necessarily a bad one. The fight scenes are extremely well done, as are the effects.

The budget on this one feel considerably higher than other silver link productions and the quality is higher as a result. That being said the character designs are still pretty standards, but the weapons that appear when they are fighting were pretty cool.

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What made this anime pretty special was despite the harem theme (it’s not officially harem but with Alice identifying as a girl, Ikki is the only real male character which makes it harem to me), really there was only one real love pairing. The others had crushes on him, but Ikki starts going out with Stella with like ep 4? Part of the troubles they face include normal relationship issues which is nice compared to the normal ‘how can I get his attention?’ issues which normally appear in this genre.

Then the ending. The last episode was good. I like it, it suited the show. I didn’t like the episode before it. It basically came out of nowhere and then rushed to the finale in a way which personally ruined the series for me. The amount the forced into it was ridiculous. I can only assume they thought they were getting a second season and when that didn’t appear, rushed to make an finale. It was so bad! The rest of the story was easily a silver or possible a gold but this! This knocked it way down for me. Which was a shame really because I had really enjoyed it up until then.

Shomin Sample Review

76542lCompleted 10/2016

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Oct 2015 to Dec 2015
Producers: Sotsu, Contents Seed
Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment
Studios: Silver Link.

Shomin Sample is a light novel adaptation by Takafumi Nanatsuki.

Bronze.

This harem anime is very entertaining and has a slightly different plot to most which I come across. Plus the main character isn’t a complete pervert. He likes girl’s thighs but most of the time it’s not obvious. Even when the other parts are on show, they don’t really evoke more than embarrassment from the Mc during the inevitable ecchi moments.

The basic plot of the anime is, there is an extremely rich school for just girls where no males are allowed. Except people have realised that it doesn’t exactly prepare the girls for after school, so they decide to kidnap a normal foreigner  to help ‘prepare’ them. Only to protect their purity, they pick a ‘raging homosexual who has a muscleman fetish’. Don’t we all love our best friends? XD So Kimito has a suffer through pretending to be gay or be castrated.

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Something which is kind of hard when he is surrounded by beautiful girls who are very naive and innocent. Half the situations which happen are through no fault of his own. But he is well prepared with a collection of muscle-bound videos and other things to show the head maid when she suspects he is not as gay as he ‘claims’.

There are 4 main ‘interests’. Though the loli type in this one, Haruo, is barely acknowledged as more than pretty. Kimito generally treats her the age she acts and looks, like a child. My main issue with her is the face she strips when she’s doing maths, which is pretty often. The anime does a good job of censoring but it’s still a little uncomfortable.

shomin-3The other three are a well-refined blonde, Reiko, a shy but brash and honest red head, Aika, and a slightly violent but cute sword girl, Karin. They all have their own personalities and are pretty oblivious to the world around.

The plot is pretty good. The girls learn about the outside world and antics ensure. The school does have a slightly darker side, however. It is basically a finishing school where parents of boys can find ‘appropriate’ wives for their sons. The finale looked to be built up to be really good and then it happened and it left me feeling a little disappointed.

We went from a mostly normal story (antics of people with too much money aside) to magic powers and super tech within seconds. Then the confrontation was just a disappointment. After Kimito makes his point, the ‘enemy’ just backs down so easily it’s a little embarrassing. Unfortunately, this was enough to knock it down from a silver to a bronze.

I do not stand for bad endings. If you have made me watch 12 episodes, make the ending a good one!shomin-2

Yuri Kuma Arashi Review

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completed 2015

Type: TV
Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2015 to Mar, 2015
Producers: Frontier Works, FUNimation Entertainment, Media Factory, Mainichi Broadcasting, Movic, Gentosha Comics
Studios: Silver Link

Yuri Kuma Arashi was an original anime project written by  Kunihiko Ikuhara, though the manga written for it was published before the anime was released.

In the beginning we hated you so

In the beginning we must have loved you to

And so we wanted to become true friends with you. To cross the wall

I’m not really sure how I am meant to feel about this anime. I guess a silver? I’m not likely to forget the plot and I think I enjoyed it. It’s very surreal. Like a strange cross between xxxholic and utena. With added Yuri, cannibalism and less guys.  This is a story is about the love and bonds we share and how the world likes to destroy those bounds. I called it cannibalism however its bears eating humans, admittedly disguised as humans but still the same.kuma 3

We don’t really see any blood, but this anime is definitely NSFW. Containing a lot of suggestive scenes. Even in the opening there are a few moments of ummmm. Toe biting? Yuri in genre is not a genre I enjoy, and it was only because of my weekly challenge that I watched this. That and the artwork is not moe and has decent proportions. Unlike most things Silver link makes – thank god! I do have a limit with ecchi stuff and the appearance of the characters. Not to stay the artwork is pretty. Its very shoujo, almost CLAMP like. Big round eyes and long legs and bodies. kuma 2The story is one with twists and deep symbolic meanings. This story is laced with symbolism and if you think this anime is as simple of bears wanting to eat humans, you would be wrong. If anything the idea of an ‘invisible storm’ is proof of this. Those who don’t fit in and conform to society’s ideas are excluded from the herd and left to be eaten by the bears. Not literally from the school, but rather from the herd’s events etc. Sound familiar? Just think of your own friends who are LGBT or simply not the standard model, how much they have to face from people. Society is not forgiving to those who stick out.

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Love is more times than not in anime over sexualised. It’s refreshing to see any anime about love being more true and honest. Kureha is in love with Sumika. Even after she dies, she is determined to not spoilt that love, or friendship. Declaring for a while afterwards that she doesn’t want to make any more friends. Sumika is her only friend. Not that it doesn’t stop the others from trying. The storm taking more than one form once someone has been removed.

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The bears, for reason of their own, wish to protect Kureha. Because one loves her due to the kindness showed to her once she was young. Refusing to give up on love. Eating girls who become a threat to Kureha, Jealousy. Love. Determination. Also lost chances. This anime covers the complexness which is love while keeping it sweet and innocent. For the most. But not only love itself but the fight people have to face against society’s view of their love. How people choose to get in the way of love. Because they don’t agree with it, or because they want it themselves.

Basically, this anime is deep. Very deep. With hidden means and a fantastic story line. Don’t be put off my the fact it is yuri or the fact it is surreal. It is a gem in the dust which likely deserved more attention that it got.

‘Is your love true?”

“Will you eat humans, or will you become invisible?”

So many deep references I’m not going to even begin because you could write papers on this anime!

For people who enjoyed this, I would recommend Utena. I did some researching and it turns out they are both directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara which explains the similar feelings between the two.

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2015 to Mar, 2015
Producers: Diomedea, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon
This anime is a parody of the magical girl genre and not meant to be taken seriously.
This is an original anime written by Michiko Yokote.

As stated, this anime is a massive parody of the magical girl anime and not really meant to be taken seriously. As a parody it is very good and makes fun of a lot of the tropes we are so used to in the genre.

But as an anime itself it failed to be much more than average. The jokes, while there and plenty off, all seemed to just miss being good enough to laugh. The themes parodied were good enough to prove a point but not enough to actually hit home with anything brilliant or note worthy. For this reason I give this anime a bronze. Don’t get me wrong its fine. But I didn’t enjoy it as much the majority of the animes I have placed in silver and so I don’t feel I can put it up there.

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That being said, it is still worth a watch. If only because of… well. The parody? The art’s pretty enough, plenty of beautiful boys all causing problems. In fact I don’t think we see a single girl in the entirety of the anime. Even the ‘womaniser’ character is only ever seen texting his girlfriends but never actually with them. They go to the beach and discover its a all male beach, etc. There are no girls, just boys.

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Some plain, some muscular and some pretty. Not to say some of the characters can’t be replaced with girls but it is a fact of the anime. The main parody I guess is the ‘mascot’ character. Every magical girl team must have a cute animal mascot/sidekick who gives them their missions and grants them that power. Or is just there for comedic value. Even Bleach has Kon. The sidekick for this anime is a pink wombat whose name is impossible to say.
binan 2A pink wombat who is carried about by a half dead teacher who is also controlled by him too. A lot of the gags in the serious include Wombat being away from the teacher too long and rigour mortis settles in, or him rotting starting etc. The other gag with the wombat is the fact Yumoto Hakone, the youngest of the group and most excitable, loves to cuddle him. Much to the Wombats displeasure.
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The team themselves is a reluctant mix of stereotypes. From the over enthusiastic and childish Yumoto Hakone, to the calm and collected Io Naruko. Most of the boys wanted nothing to do with the pink wombat and saving the world though love but sort of get forced into it. In all the awkwardness to it is part of this animes charm but it just wasn’t quite enough to make me personally enjoy it. It was enjoyable to finish unlike the end but making fun of the cliques doesn’t stop the anime from becoming a clique itself. Nor does it give an excuse for the characters to be so 2D and underdeveloped despite the plot points they choose to give.

My personal opinion: If you are going to make a parody with 2D characters at least make the stories a bit wacky and diverse. Not standard and plastic that you could get off a generator.  Especially when the jokes don’t quite hit the target.

So Bronze

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Yoru no Yatterman Review

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Watched 2015

Type: TV
Completed Episodes: 12/12
Aired: Jan, 2015 to Mar, 2015
Producers: Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Starchild Records,FUNimation Entertainment, Tatsunoko Productions, Lantis,

Yatterman Night is another anime which is a spin off from a much earlier anime from the 80s. It was made to commentate the 40th anniversary of Tatsunoko’s Time Bokan series.

The Yatterman were heroes who thought against the  legendary thieves the Dorombo Gang, once lead by the beautiful Dokurobei. Once Dokurobei was defeated, the gang were exiled by the Yatterman who built a paradise which the descendants of the gang were forbidden to enter. Years later and things have become night. The Yatterman have become corrupt, spreading fear and sadness among its people.

After the death of her HorribleSubs-Yoru-no-Yatterman-02-720p.mkv_snapshot_08.18_2015.01.18_18.13.42mother, Leopard, the nine year old descendant of Dokurobei decides to bring down the Yatterman and give them a good finger flicking by reforming the Dorombo Gang. Leopard is a stubborn girl and very much a brat of the worse degree. She is also the light in the darkness, the one who refuses to give up no matter what. Her overwhelming optimism sometime the only thing which keeps her and the gang going. She also can’t stand to see people cry and tries to help everyone she and her partners, Voltkatze as ‘Boyacky’ and Elephantus as ‘Tonzra’ come across. Both men are very loyal to the young Leopard having promised her mother to take good care of her. Voltkatze is the brains of the group able to make robots out of seemingly nothing. Elephantus is the brawn and muscle of the group. Who spends which of his time feeding up the groups pet pig Odasama.

Along their travels they pick up to more members, Gatchan and Alouette. Both with heavy burdens because of the Yatterman as well. Alouette is blind and calls the Leopard her angel.Who will reunited her with her parents who were taken away to work in the labour camps. The truth is they are dead, but Ally refuses to believe it. Alouette lives in a state of denial. Refusing to see what is in future of her. Only living in deluded hope.

This anime is strange in that1421599177880 (1) I’m not sure they knew who they were pitching it too. Its got so many elements of being a child anime. Robots being built out of nothing. Team Rocket type gags of people getting blown away into the distance. Yet the story is dark. A dystopia where the heroes have gone bad and people live in misery. The episodes don’t always end on a happy note. Our heroes do not always win the day and at least once you see someone lose all hope they had. You watch someone break from the stain of surviving in such a hell which is this world.

Leopard gets annoying, constantly going on about giving the yatterman a finger flicking. Alouettes detachment from reality is frustrating and your heart goes out to her. But its only adds to the story and how desperate the world as become. The ‘lesson’ at the end of the story is a hard one to accept as something which should actually follow. The world needs the bad guys to stay the bad guys and the good guys to be the good guys. You can’t change peoples thoughts of others and you can only make it so they even if the bad guys are the good guys, they look bad while saving everyone’s ass. Its a hard lesson to learn and bitter one because the truth is, that is how the world really works. If A large group of people get taught that Team A are evil their entire life, it does not matter if that is a lie, they will always be evil to them. Indivuals can change. Groups are harder.

I give this anime a silver. It is a good anime. Its entertaining and the twist was not something I was expecting. But it was a very strange anime. Which very conflicting themes and not clear just who it was aimed for. The ending as well was slightly anti climatic, but it was sweet in its own way. I love the ending touch as well of having the orginal voice actor say the final line. Very moving.

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