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Merc StoriA: Apathetic Boy, Girl in a Bottle first impression

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Did his dad trap the fairy in the jar, or is she the jar?

This an anime about a young monster soul healer and his fairy in a jar.

The show is simplistically pretty and is has consistent animation.

Now to the wired stuff, Why are the structures of these stories so muddled? I don’t mean this in the sense of, “The story is hard to follow” I mean it in the sense of “There ignoring the basics of how to construct a story.”

 

In the first episode it’s established that the hero lives in  a world  filled with human and monsters. Healers tame the monsters hearts allowing everyone to live in peace.

Can someone explain why he has a fear of monsters????  He doesn’t seem to be scared of evil monsters, just the nice ones….why?

Why is the dad telling his son what a healer is while he sleeps? How can these town exist peacefully with monsters if they don’t have a resident healers?

Why are the animal people and fairies (human sized) when the first episode established that it was a world of monsters and humans?

*The human fairies are stranger then you think. They shrink the main cast down but, they keep the water fairy small….then what is the point. Why didn’t you just make the normal human sized fairies just living around big tress. If they go though the portal there just normal sized humans (this is what happens when you add unexplained magical portal door in your story).*

 

You can’t just ignore your set up, by doing this the viewers has no idea what is strange and what is normal.

Did I mention that the stories in this show are infantile.

“I have a problem”

“let me help you”

“yay”

Things just sort of happen, don’t question it.

E.g

  • princess doesn’t what to get married.
  • runs away.
  • goes home.

There tried to throw in some commentary about sexism, but the story never established that she was forcible feminine around the guys, she just came off as a normal 5-7 year old. Which is a little creepy when you think about it (there forcing a child to be married).

 

Episode 3:

  • Dagger removed
  • Beast unleashed

This is a two-parter episode…..WHY! There isn’t enough content here for one episode. Let me describe this episode for you: two people fight over who is better and a small princess whines.

It’s harmless in the sense it does nothing, but boring in the sense that it does nothing.

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DOUBLE DECKER! first impression

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This is a cool image….but why is he sitting on the road?

So what is this anime about? I have no clue. It could be about a magical mutation that can only be solved using magical bullets???

The best way I can describe this anime is tonally outdated, it feels like it wants to be an 90’s anime with the sensibilities of  modern times.

In sort: It’s confused.

The character designs rage from ‘lets start a reverse harem’ too ‘let’s pilot a mecha’.  It wasn’t until I started reading other peoples review did I even realise this was related to ‘Tiger and Bunny’.

I have one big question for this show: Did you base this shows setting on the Uk? If so, why would you name you show after a chocolate bar??? when you put the shows name into google it’s the first thing to come up.

I think this might have just been really bad first episode.

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As you can see Aquafresh is all 3, Aquafresh is for your family!

 

Chio’s school road first impression

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I couldn’t find an interesting screen shot. 

Boring!  This really boring!

This show is about a girl who likes games, LAUGH!

Did the writer of this episode play assassins creed? I ask this because so many jokes that could have been funny were missed.  When she was standing on the building looking at her school it would have been funny if she said “synchronise”.   It would have been a lot funnier if instead of talking about how assassins kill with blades you made a death from above joke (it would have fit in with the sense of her jumping on the guys head).

The show missed one of the easiest jokes: “I feel like an assassin” looks down at a pile of leaves “I don’t trust you.”  She gives the leaves an evil glare.

The only joke that legitimately made me giggle was when she ran into the bathroom to avoid the girl she was walking with (funny set up, funny pay off).

when assassins creed 1 came out she would have been 4-7, Has it really been that long since she has seen/played an assassins creed? I think that is the game she is referencing in her daydream.

Y_Y oh there is one more thing, THERE ARE FEMALE ASSASSINS! Why would she be imagining herself as a man.

Island first impression

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I have seen it all now.

I don’t think I have laughed at an anime for quite some time. This show is not a comedy, in fact I’m not really sure what this anime wants to be. At times its giving you themes of mystery, at others it’s trying to drama and in random intervals it’s trying to be ‘ecchi’.

The show is about a guy who land on a remote island with no memory outside of him being a time-traveller (Which everyone is way too excepting of).

The show has an editing problem; there is no sense of flow.   I don’t know why the girl in the beginning ran to the beach? I don’t know how she landed on his penis….or why the show felt like it had to show me that?

Interactions between characters feel forced and unnatural.

When got halfway into the episode I had to pause. There is a moment in this show when they try to be really serious. They convey this by playing dramatic music, over a moment that isn’t dramatic enough to for it to play.  You could have played that track during any part of this anime and you would have still achieved the same effect.

The show does this trick trice! Near the end of the episode our main lead asks white hair girl to sing, simple request. Why are there instruments playing? It’s not touching moment, it’s not impactful, and in fact it feels out of place. LIKE MANY THINGS IN THE SHOW!

On the second viewing (looking for a screen shot) I spotted this:

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She say at the end of the episode that sunlight will kill her.

Caligula first impression

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I like his coat.

You have my interest anime, how long can you hold onto that.

The show is about a boy who thinks way too deep about what is real, what is truth and what is the unseen.  Perfectly reasonable questions to ask yourself in the bathroom, but it’s not ok to ask your friend this question (There self-reflected answers, how can you expect someone to have a respond ready in seconds).

Think I kind of get what the show is talking about.

When a person can’t cope with reality they can trick their mind into thinking their saturation is a lot happier than is.

The first introduction to the main lead was him sitting in front of 3 monitors surrounded with rubbish yet, his room later has no computer, in fact his room is bare. How can a boy have so many books and yet no books?

I have a feeling the guy who shot the gun is in reality the doctor who is treating him.

T_o The entire show reminds me of the song “hotel California”.

Umamusume: Pretty Derby first impression

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Do you think there related?

This is an anime about girls who are horses…. look like horses…. spirts? I’m not really sure.

There are two kinds of personification in anime:

  1. Girls who are horses (centaur)and are treated as so.
  2. Girls who embody horses and are treated like real horses.

It’s like: I have the equipment to be a boat vs I AM THE BOAT! *She was a very nice boat. *

The problem with type 2 is that you start asking questions, some you don’t really want the answer too.

I have two theories to how purple eyes was conceived:

  1. A mare and stallion were forced to have sex due their good genes. once the foal is born they sold it off to the highest bidder (which is why her mum isn’t a horse).
  2. The mum was cursed.

*I like theory 1. *

 

Can someone explain why the winner circle is concert? What happens if the horse has a bad whinny, does that mean they lose the race after they win??? O_O Is this how they trick the girls into attraction the stallions?

I’m going to be 100% honest, I hate the character designs! I found myself struggling to differentiate them.

 

Do you know what really bothered me in this anime, the girls are WAY too lanky.  How can you make a joke about her having good racing legs when she has no muscles?

You also have to love how the girls’ tails come out of there backs, which perplexes me. You want to see girl horse hybrids presumably because it arouses you; lord forbid that tail sits close to that anus (we are too civilized to think such dirty thoughts).

 

The episode was a boring paint by numbers fan-service show.

A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd midway impression

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Do something new you bland harem!

I’m at episode 6 now, and everyone is extremely horny! There hormones erupted when the writers realised the plot is too thin to carry the show.

  I can easily sum up the plot to a MANY harem anime within this one line: Boy need to pick one girl. Why can’t he just have sex with them all? You unlocked the ‘the orgy ending’.

The main plot about the magical library was interesting, until it turned into you generic ‘pick a girl’ story (I couldn’t give a magical toss about it anymore).

The show looks pretty and has clearly had a lot of effort put into it…but, you just can’t get away from that bland as hell formula.


^-o I’m hoping it picks up in the second half .

18if first impression

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Only ‘IF’ I knew what the title meant!

This is one of those anime you look at in the crunchyroll back catalogue and just say: “Not for me.”  

Just look at the cover art for this.

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2017…looks a lot older then that???

The plot: Boy solves peoples problems in there sleep. 

Let’s get this out of the way, this anime looks cheap. The sad truth about making an artsy anime is that you need the budget in order to bring life into the world. This is not to say its not possible to do it on the cheap, it’s just really unlikely.

Another problem I found with this anime was that it had a lot going on, yet at the same time it had nothing going on. The conflict the show presents doesn’t really become relevant until the second half (The first half is just him running from stuff).


THE CONFLICT IS DUMB! 

According this anime a young lady got ‘sleeping beauty syndrome’ because a guy called her ‘boring’.

This young lady was tricked by 6 students into thinking a boy wanted to take her out on a date, which she said yes too. The 6 mocked her for it saying it was prank/game and that she was boring for not playing hard to get.

Y-Y The anime treats it as if those 6 students didn’t do anything wrong!

The moral of the story (according the animation) should be about how one shouldn’t mistreat others just because you were mistreated.

The witch played around with her victims until she broke/got bored of them.

How is telling the victim “You just need to relax more” meant to solve the core problem.   


My final thoughts:

I have very little faith in this anime getting any better.

A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd first impression

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great concept, strange setting.

Plot: A boy wants to enter a magical library he was told about as a child.

I have 2 questions:

  1. Why dose he still believe the words of a man he met randomly in field as a child?
  2. Why can he see into the future?

  It’s not even good future-vision! He predicts a girl would be hit by a derailed train…how? The train barely came off the rails and she was nowhere near the tracks. In order for her to be hit she would have to be standing 20cm away from the rails.

Plus you have to love how this guy knew the train was going to derail and only thought to save this one girl. Let’s have a moment of silence for all them poor souls that died on that platform.

XD I also couldn’t stop laughing when he tackles her. I understand the show is trying to make it look like he was attempting to brake her fall…however, you tend to try and make the character look like they are pivoting when they fall (If you don’t do that one action you end up changing the context).     

 

I also have a very hard time believing how many students attend this school.

The student population is 50,000!  Your school would have to be a mini city. O_O How can a school have that many students yet have so little walking around! What was the point in making that number so huge.

They have classes of 650 students.

Hire more staff!


I’m a little worried about the mental heath of the two main leads (they are both way too easily amazed).

The example of this is when they each get an email:

 student “Must be from the school”

Other: “Wow, we all got the same message!”

. . . I understand they show is trying to make this a magical moment, but it just comes off dumb. You 4 students are in the room alone, you don’t know if anyone ells outside got the message.

If these students suddenly received a coupon ‘email’ for 50% off cake would they be like: “We must be the most magical people in the world.”


 

Was the first episode any good?
To be brutally honest, it was just bland.
The anime plays it way too safe and struggles to get basic cliches right.

original name: Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai

originally aired: 2014

studio: Hoods Entertainment

streamed though: crunchyroll

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Best image you will find in this anime.

First impression Anime-Gataris

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Not a lot to choose from this season.

This anime is about references…and that is it.

I have a question for you:  If a show lists off the names of other shows are they referencing them or just stating their existence?

Here is another question: When dose referencing turn into stealing?


In episode 2 the girls go outside and handout flyers while dressed like bunny girls (Haruhi Suzumiya reference). Here is the problem- they don’t do anything with it! In the original show they are referring the gag goes like this:

  1. Setup – Get Mikuru into a sexy bunny outfit to sell flyers
  2. Reinforcement – The girls get ready to give out the handouts when a teacher shows up.
  3. Payoff – they got in trouble for dressing inappropriately at the school gates.

Here is another example:

At the end of episode 2 the school council came crashing in saying their club won’t be excepted…even though they had not sent a form in yet??? I don’t think even power-hungry councils in anime can discuss and reject a club that doesn’t exist.


I was also left wondering if the show was sponsored by the studio behind ‘Re:Zero’, how many times can you name drop one show.


The show need to find a stable story structure, the novelty of referencing can only get you so far.