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Spring 2014 Impressions: Part 1

Being two weeks close to exams, habit would have it that I check out more anime titles at a time than I do on an average basis. I watched nothing from the previous season – and in some way, I’m using this season to make up for that (nothing interested me last season due to burnout). And so far there are some titles – minus a couple – that I think I’ll be keeping up with from what I’ve seen so far.

I’m doing this in order of what I’ve watched recently:

Black Bullet:

Elements of this show’s premise reminds me of the series I worshipped last summer, and I won’t be petty and say the writer copied anything from it because of the similarities – coincidences like that do happen. There is some originality in the plot and I like the main antagonist in particular for a reason I can’t quite name.

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His mask reminds me of Hei's

The basis is practically like a zombie apocalypse story…just with giant bugs and spiders, known as Gastrea. Because of this, humans have been pushed back into living in a much tighter formation – freedom is restricted – protected by walls of Varanium – a metal which the Gastrea hate and is also the only metal that can stop their regenerative power. So Varanium is to Gastrea as silver is to vampires.
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Rentarou, the male main protagonist of the show, is a member of Civil Security and is the Promoter for his Initiator, Aiharu Enju. At first, I thought this show was carrying her in for the moe factor – since anime seems to be lacking if that isn’t present these days – but she’s actually useful – a Cursed Child. This means that the virus lives inside her, but the corrosion is slow. If the Gastrea infects a pregnant mother through the mouth, the virus is passed to the baby and rewrites their DNA, giving superhuman characteristics. Also once the mother is infected, the baby is born a girl (what’s up with that?).

I do like her character and her maturity, though the humor strays into the usual sexual gags, it works to an extent and doesn’t really take away from the likability of her character – to me. Rentarou’s job is to watch over her and give her her shots (which keeps her under control).

I find the main cast averagely likable, including the quirky mortician, who was eating some strange stuff I’m not sure about (that’s the only thing that stuck with me from that scene). This is one of the titles I’ll be keeping up with this season.

 

Mangaka-san to Assistant-san:
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The premise made me find this slightly interesting…but I was grossly disappointed with the execution of the first episode, and my first impression of this will be my last. If I check out the second episode, it’ll just be for the cheap humor (I do laugh very easily at times)- and maybe for guilty pleasure purposess, I’m not sure.

The plot is basically this: The comic artist, Aito Yuuki, needs his assistant Ashisu Sahoto, to let him experience pleasures he isn’t privileged to – with some ulterior motives on the side – so he can detail intimate moments between his manga characters. She obliges him, with some level of hesitance whenever he requests things of this sort from her. That is it, vapid content and trite sexual humor. The only great thing about this is its run time; eleven minutes and then some seconds. The characters are predictable and just fall into their character tropes without any individual flair that makes them memorable or remotely likable…to me.

The only other element of humor that I do like in this, is Aito’s overacting and the over dramatization of some scenes.

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That saliva though

And those are two of the titles I have checked out recently.

In the next post, Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou and Majin Bone.

 

 

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2 comments on “Spring 2014 Impressions: Part 1

  1. Shinashi
    April 9, 2014

    Black Bullet I’m interested in, but I never thought twice over Mangaka-san to Assistant-san 😄 Didn’t even read the synopsis, and look, nothing to see here. 😄

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