One Week Friends Anime Review


Yuuki has always wanted to befriend a particular girl in his class, but she doesn’t seem to make friends with anybody. Little does he know that it’s the result of great misfortune on her part, and that if he tries it will open up both of their worlds.
Kaori forgets her friends at the conclusion of each school week, so she has been afraid to make friends for a long time. When Yuuki asks to be her friend however, she can’t seem to turn him down like the others, after some persistence on his part.
This is quite a sweet and cute show, however it doesn’t contain many themes besides the everyday life and romance themes. I am glad there wasn’t too much drama, the whole plot seemed like a drama magnet (and I’m personally not much of a drama fan).

Image courtesy of Right Stuf Anime

The characters were fairly stereotypical and a little bland for my liking, a large quantity of their personalities also seemed to hinge on their relation to other main cast members.
The storyline and base idea are, once again, pretty stereotypical. It isn’t too much of a bother in this kind of series, though.
This isn’t a show that will really make you think, but it is still a fairly nice little feel good show and in my opinion a well done romance series.
If you want a simple romance, this is the anime to watch.

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An analysis of poor humour. RE: Response to SuperButterBuns – Aigis is best girl

Within a previous post I identified a joke so bad it could barely be classified as a joke, by sidestepping the issue and focusing on the merits of the original text. Perhaps I lacked clarity in my argument. However today I will justify my case for this. I simply think that to publish this piece is an homage to lazy writing. I’m not always perfect by these standards either, but that is no reason to be quiet.
I often enjoy shows with crass humour, or cheap jokes, such as Family Guy or South Park. However the difference between this and the aforementioned case is that Family Guy and South Park throw a multitude of different jokes against a wall in each and every episode to see what sticks. This was a single, rather long video based on a single lazy joke. Often these also shows include some sort of wit or commentary within some of their jokes, along a number of easy one-liners for entertainment value, creating an all-rounded experience. None of this was included within the aforementioned piece.

Here is my original piece on the matter:

Response to SuperButterBuns – Aigis is Best Girl

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Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Anime Review

This show is really just fan service galore. Fan service of every kind. If that’s your thing I’d recommend Dragon Maid because at least it does it well. Dragon Maid is a comedic series with elements of fantasy and romance, but mainly just serves as a really kooky slice of life. It is bringing fantasy creatures down to a human level in a similar way to Restaurant to Another World. I think that Restaurant to Another World did this better, but had a very different types of atmosphere and fan service.

Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was fun to watch. There is nothing remotely intellectual or intriguing about it, but it doesn’t need to be that. It’s very upfront with what it gives the audience, which is laughs and eye candy. So I would recommend it to those who want a light watch with little to overthink.

Rather than a concise story the show seems to take various snippets from the everyday lives of each of the characters to give a more general view of the characters and world. This worked rather well and fit pleasantly with the casual atmosphere. It also has many surprising references to the life of an otaku, as a fun self-referential element thrown into the mix.

Image courtesy of Steam

The characters aren’t particularly special, but they stand out because they are taken to the extremes of their own respective tropes. It fits surprisingly well with the crazy world that’s been set up around them.  Despite this each viewer will likely find a character that they particularly enjoy watching or that resonates with them in some way.

I can see why this series has been so popular, despite having little depth. It is because it goes out of its way to connect with viewers by showcasing a wide variety of extreme personalities and ludicrous events in order to create a story that is still in the end quite charming and down to earth.

I would highly recommend watching this series with subtitles, because the dubbing for this show happens to be rather unfaithful to the source material. Although on its own not the worst dub out there, the changes made from the source material sours the experience tremendously.

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Recovery of an MMO Junkie First Impressions

These are my first impressions after watching the first episode of Recovery of an MMO Junkie.

I expected something generic and overdone from this show, but I never would have expected it to be so boring! There was no excitement in this show for me. At least sword art online in all its poorly written mush had some exciting fight scenes and energetic music. I just found nothing appealing about this show. As a slice of life it fails to capture my attention and as an exploration of an MMO world it’s just as dull. Most of the time the characters were just sitting around looking at scenery! Do people really do that in MMO’s? They may as well be browsing google images while on a webchat!

The characters are also far too idiotic. The protagonist can’t even grasp the basic logic of the tutorial! She just runs straight to the boss and dies over and over until she gets help. It’s like the Cuphead video all over again*.

So far we are given no reason at all to feel anything for any of the characters, making them bland and boring to watch.

The only reason I would consider continuing to watch would be to see more of Yuuta Sakurai/Lily. This is because I thought that he was the only interesting part of the show and I want to learn more about his motives, backstory and life.

I most likely will not continue watching this show unless I hear news about anything interesting happening in it. I was honestly a little shocked that this show was produced by a large studio with a decent budget. This is because apart from clean, crisp, standard level art the show feels amateurish and thrown together.

 

*when I refer to the Cuphead video I’m talking about a humourous incident where a video game journalist can’t even get past an obvious tutorial stage in the game Cuphead. Links below. (I did not create and do not own these videos.)


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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime Review

The Saga of Tanya the Evil is an anime that I wasn’t expecting to be anything special. It seemed fairly generic at first glance, however by the time the premise reveals itself I can promise that it most certainly has one of the most intriguing stories of any anime I have seen. This story is most unique, and something that I’m glad and amazed to see explored in this manner.

The character development is not amazing, the fight scenes are nothing special, however the story is something you will not forget for a long time and I urge all my readers to give it a try.

Thematically the show is very deep, with meaning and symbolism strewn throughout every scene. Generally it’s an exciting ride, albeit with some predictability.

Technically this may be an “in another world” story, however I would not class this in the same category as others. This is more of a simulation in which to test out an interesting philosophical concept. Once again, this is not your average light novel.

The militaristic elements were a little dry, however I became invested enough in the story and Tanya’s character to see it through to the end.

The other characters were not very memorable or interesting, even the most important characters felt very much like cannon fodder. However this may have been an intentional effect.

Image courtesy of Funimation.

The fantasy world contained within this anime is bizarre and hard to get a proper feel of, this is perhaps the greatest flaw within the show.

I must on this occasion particularly commend the art for fitting the atmosphere of the show uniquely and brilliantly, capturing some of the more twisted elements of the show with ease.

To sum it up, I hope more people give this show a shot and I can’t wait for season 2.

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Response to SuperButterBuns – Aigis is Best Girl

This video makes fun of Aigis fans. Comparing a Humanoid robot containing and advanced AI that thinks and feels to a toaster.
This proves to me that SuperButterBuns is either making a really bad joke, or never really understood the character of Aigis in the first place. If it is the former ignore everything I’m about to say.
Aigis is a focus of Persona 3, a game about accepting death, as an ironic juxtaposition. She was never really alive but at the same time is attempting to embrace life the way that humans do. She thinks and feels and yearns to simulate that human experience.
And how could a robot possibly understand humanity enough to protect it, if it didn’t possess the qualities of a human as well.
I don’t know if Aigis is best girl, having not played Persona 3 FES yet and not having experienced her full character growth. However I can say for certain that Aigis is not simply a toaster.

 

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