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Catching up With Anime: Summer Anime First Impressions

I was really unaware that the summer anime season started; until yesterday when I saw the influx of new first episodes. Spring never left me with too many disappointments – and the few that did I can overlook because they were still good – and even though I’m not too into much of what’s happening for Summer, there are still some I’m looking forward to.

So far, I’ve watched the first episode for Free! and Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi; my work schedule doesn’t allow me much time to squeeze in anymore than just two anime episodes – if I’m lucky and get home early enough. Which is why my anime entries haven’t been much since recently.

First Impressions of Free! and Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi:

Free!:

Haru

Fangirl mode was instant the minute I saw Haru in the bathtub. Must you tease my lust KyoAni. The first episode was really good. Haru’s passion for swimming isn’t lost on me, what with him stripping every time he gets near some place with a pool.

Have mercy... *fans self*

Have mercy… *fans self*

As I’d said in my previous post about Free, the art looks promising and it really is beautiful. These guys are sculpted to perfection and they know it – especially Haru and Rin (Do you notice how boastful their stances are? I couldn’t get the angle to get a perfect screenshot). Rin seems cold and haughty since he went his separate way and got better at swimming but I like him. And I really like the relationship between him and Haru.

The bromance is so real

The bromance is so real

Nagisa is just precious; had his voice been a little softer – a little cuter – I’d have found myself another Honey.

Honey

I really loved the first episode and the atmosphere of it. The OP/ED theme songs are as I expected it to be and I love both ; especially the ED. The funnies were great. And these guys were just precious as children; especially Haru (do you see this favoritism springing up already? I have got to stop v_v). Anyway, I feel like it’s safe to say Free will officially be my first sports anime and favorite in that genre.

Kamisami no Inai Nichiyoubi: 

Ai

I really love Ai’s little face, and as much as she’s cheerful and optimistic, I can’t help but feel sorry for her. It was hard to laugh at the humor that popped up in this – excepting the part where she was convinced Humpnie was her dad and called him that. It must be hard; being a Grave Keeper since the age of seven – waiting for people to die to fill those spots. It is just depressing. I like the references to Christianity and the atmosphere is pretty dark.

Humpnie

Humpnie is beautiful, mysterious and some kind of killer – also he has no qualms about beating the crap out of Ai. If I say I understand exactly what went on in this episode, I’d be lying. I’m confused and apart from understanding the whole concept of “Grave keepers” everything else is blank to me. What exactly happened to the villagers? What is Humpnie’s purpose? Is he really her dad but just doesn’t know it? Was Ai’s childhood built on lies? Are grave keepers supposed to be soulless, happy beings and not human? Because Humpnie specifically said that Ai couldn’t be a Grave keeper because she’s human and had feelings of anger.

All these questions and more.  But the first episode was really nice, my eyes burned from the perfection that was the art and Humpnie. I’m looking forward to next week’s episode and Kamisami is actually one of the Summer anime I’ve been looking forward to.

Both first episodes were really good – lovely first impressions, lovely introductions into what both series will be about. Just lovely.

Tomorrow I’ll try watching some more. So that’s all.

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How are you guys liking things so far, if you’ve started?

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