- Listed under "K": Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, aka. Kiss Him, Not Me
- It's a film: Wake up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom
- Wagamama High Spec
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: schoolgirls
Wagamama High Spec
is an adult visual novel, i.e. computer game. There are four girls and four plot lines, all with sex scenes. One of the girls is your little sister, so, yes, you can choose brother/sister incest. However the game also has an all-ages edition, so presumably that means family-friendly incest.
This is a short-form anime based on that game. Four schoolgirls are at school and it's hot, so they take off their clothes! One of the four doesn't want to strip, so her friends strip her forcibly and afterwards she's okay with it! The bit after the end credits made me wonder if this was an Eromanga Sensei spin-off, but it's not. It's just got a vaguely similar premise.
It's pointless. I'd sooner play the visual novel, frankly, and there's no chance of that happening either.
- World Trigger
- Season 1
- Episode 61 of 73
- 23 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: alien-fighting intense action plot, but kiddie-friendly
I'd watched ep.1 (first episode of 2014) and ep.13 (first episode of 2015) and thought they were reasonably good. Made for a younger audience, but there's nothing wrong with that. This episode, on the other hand, is turbo-charged with enough plot for a grand finale and I'm now wondering if I should go back and watch the entire show. I'm only hesitating because:
(a) it's 73 episodes, and
(b) when the plot briefly slows down, the character interaction is a bit kiddified. The "horns on head" bit felt like children's TV comedy.
The plot, though... whoah. We begin with a recap sequence to make your brains bleed from your ears. That's a hell of a story so far. One of the cast is a goddess of destruction. Our heroes have picked up two Trion Warriors called Xeno and Lilith, who seem nice but are being targeted by an assassin from their home planet. His name's Gieve. He's only got a day left before his time runs out and he's furiously intent on finishing the job.
A lot happens, then the credits roll... and we're still only halfway through the episode, because this show apparently likes doing that. The plot just keeps going. There's a big fight, with our heroes using miniguns on big beige robots and a cheerful, deeply satisfying SPOILER. It was cool to see SPOILER's own callous opinions being used against him. (I say that having only known him for 25 minutes.) Oh, and our heroes' superiors at headquarters are sinister enough that everyone gets grim and debatey at the hypothetical prospect of having to hand Xeno and Lilith over to them.
I'm impressed. Seriously. What's the word on the original manga? Hmmm... apparently it was the 20th best-selling manga in the first half of 2016, according to an Oricon survey. I'm actually tempted. The main thing stopping me is (b) and that's just one brief moment in one episode, so I don't know how fair a representation it is.
UPDATE: a friend just told me the following: "I enjoy the World Trigger
manga and haven't got a kiddified impression from it, but I've not seen the anime to compare if what's done there is different."
- Season 1 of this spin-off
- Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
- Keep watching: yes
- One-line summary: restaurant workplace comedy
- I've since finished this and... it's startlingly mean-spirited in its humour, but still funny.
I think Working!! (aka. Wagnaria!!) is underrated. It's been dependably funny, light and engaging for three seasons of the parent show and now a fourth of this spin-off. The show's working to a formula, obviously, but it's a successful one that hasn't started feeling repetitive to me yet. Ingredients: one family restaurant, one straight man protagonist and lots of oddball colleagues.
The protagonist (Daisuke) is basically another Souta, but without the weird kink about tiny things. Both have weird families and didn't particularly want to be working at this restaurant, but unfortunately Daisuke needs the money. His father's company went bust. (Money is a much more prominent theme in this iteration of the franchise, with three characters for whom it's a defining feature.)
There's also another Mahiru. She's Miyakoshi and she has the same hairstyle and fondness for unprovoked violence. What's different is her personality, which is insensitive, callous and arguably two-faced. Oh, and her cooking will send you to the brink of heaven, and not in a good way.
This show's female characters are appalling people. Miyakoshi might even be above average compared with her colleagues. The only one you wouldn't run away from is Muranushi and she's unwittingly dragging the show into the horror genre. (She sees ghosts. They're unhappy when she's not around.) However there's also Kisaki (sneering layabout and intellectual snob) and Kamakura (rich bitch who enjoys throwing around her money and torturing Yuuta)
The male characters, on the other hand, are often hopeless. The kitchen staff seem fairly normal so far and there's nothing wrong with Daisuke, but the restaurant manager belongs in remedial school. Then there's Poverty Trap Yuuta.
It's great. That's "great" in the sense of "light and funny" rather than any attempt at serious drama, but there aren't many franchises out there that make comedy look this effortless. I hope they make three seasons of this too.