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Anime 1st episodes 2017: E
Including: The Eccentric Family season 2, elDLIVE, Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Eromanga-Sensei, Evil or Live
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2017
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2017 >>
Keywords: anime, SF, fantasy, yokai, rubbish
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 5 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2017
Review date: 23 September 2018
Listed under "F": Enmusubi no Youko-chan, aka. Fox Spirit Matchmaker
It's an OVA: Eiga kantoku to burari! Machi aruki. A six-minute promotional short for Fussa City, focusing on its status as a filming location for live action shows and movies.
uchouten kazuku
The Eccentric Family
Uchouten Kazoku
Season 2
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: tanuki and tengu in modern-day Kyoto
I've since finished it and... I want to watch more from this author now.
Season 1 was very good, eventually. I'm quite interested in seeing what happens in Season 2. No hesitation in continuing with this.
Tanuki are shape-shifting raccoon dogs. (That's a real animal.) Tengu are magical demon bird people. (Ahahaha, no.) Our heroes are the Shimogamo tanuki family, comprising one mother and four sons. Dad got eaten in a hot pot. These days, Yasaburou is doing his usual thing, i.e. goofing around and proudly indulging his "idiot blood", which this week means tsuchinoko-hunting. That's another legendary Japanese animal, looking a bit like a snake that's been run over by a truck. "Does it exist?" asks Yashirou, the youngest brother. "Not knowing the answer that is the good part!" replies Yasaburou.
I like Yasaburou. He's relaxed, good-natured and so polite that he sounds like a butler. He can get on with everyone and he doesn't panic if he gets in trouble. This week he's chatting up lots of tengu, somehow managing to respect their arrogant jerk tendencies because that's his understanding of what tengu are like. (You could draw parallels with his rationalisations of tanuki behaviour, especially his own.) Anyway, Yasaburou meets a flock of enemy tengu in black suits, a tall, polite one in a top hat and an obnoxious old fart who's beyond normal tolerance. The latter's his friend, Professor Akadama.
We also learn that the Twat Twins have a sensible elder brother! (They have names, but "Twat Twins" will do nicely.) On the downside, though, Benten's gone off to travel the world.
It looks good. It's an interesting, relaxing reunion with old friends. Happy to keep watching.
el DLIVE
elDLIVE
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: fairly silly "schoolboy in space police" series
I've since finished it and... it's fun.
Chuuta Kokonose talks to himself. At one point I wondered if his teacher was telling him off for breaking the fourth wall, but it's not that. Chuuta has a voice in his head. He'll have conversations with it and miss things that real people are telling him. I should also mention that he's fourteen years old.
The episode also has a plot. This involves a teacher with ridiculous boobs and the galactic space police teleporting Chuuta up to their spaceship to become their latest recruit. It's never explained why they're recruiting fourteen-year-olds who don't want the job, have never heard of aliens and didn't know that spaceships existed. Apparently the Mother Computer chose him. Well, that explains everything. It will turn out that Chuuta's "voice" is actually a symbiotic alien and so he's a brilliant choice, but I'm pretty sure the Mother Computer wouldn't have known about that when it picked him.
Anyway, Chuuta is given a task! He's sent back to Earth to catch an alien, but they don't give him any back-up or tell him any information about this alien, e.g. its name, size, powers or physical appearance. Chuuta's looking for something, but he doesn't know where to look or what it looks like. Um.
This is not a show with much realism. Frankly, it's a bit childish. I might even call it stupid. However it's also quite fun and I'm planning to keep watching, although I definitely wouldn't have had it been a 52-episode series. I like the variety of aliens. It looks like a laugh, in a cheerful Saturday morning way. Describing ep.1 like this has made it sound terrible and I might end up regretting my decision to continue, but for now I'll give it a whirl.
Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Youkai Apartment Yuuga no Nichijou
Season 1
Episodes: 26 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: schoolboy moves in with monsters
CURRENTLY WATCHING
Two boys celebrate their graduation from junior high school by having a fight. There's no rancour in it. They just thought it would be fun. They both have big plans for where they're going next, with our hero having a specific school in mind and a future career path.
Our hero's school dorm then burns down. It'll take six months to rebuild and he's got nowhere to live. (His parents died three years ago and he's not entirely welcome in the house where he's been living since then. His uncle and aunt are nice, but his cousin... well, she's not his biggest fan.) Our hero thus goes trawling all the local estate agents. Hurrah, there's a place he can afford! It's mysteriously cheap! What's more, the estate agent even knows the reason why and is happy to say when asked about it. No, it's not the fact that the building looks like an abandoned plague ruin. It's the ghosts and ghoulies who live there!
I'm expecting to enjoy this one. I like youkai shows.
eromanga sensei
Eromanga-Sensei
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: little sister anime from the writer of Oreimo
I've since finished it and... it's excellent. Really well done.
I'd been looking forward to this. I like Oreimo. Admittedly it has that pesky incest thing, but it's also funny and very good. This show makes a couple of changes, though:
(a) they're not blood relations, so calm down.
(b) the sister's twelve, so yikes.
The brother's fifteen, by the way. However Oreimo also started out with Kirino being mid-teens and then had them get some years older by the end of the story, so let's not go mental just yet. Besides, it's still only ep.1. So far, I'm enjoying it.
Masamune Izumi is a professional light novel author. This is impressive for a fifteen-year-old, but let's go with it. He also has a hikikomori stepsister, Sagiri, who hasn't shown her face in a year and communicates by pounding the floor. THUMP THUMP THUMP means "I'm hungry". Masamune will then cook dinner and leave it outside her bedroom door. (There's no one else in the house, since their parents died a year ago.)
I'm a bit surprised that Masamune's permitted this. For example, he could have started telling Sagiri that dinner was on the table downstairs. If you want to eat, come down! It's not obvious that perpetuating this arrangement was in Sagiri's best interests. However I have no personal experience of hikikomori and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't cure their problems just to drag them outside kicking and screaming. That's Masamune's home life, but there's also his professional one. Recently he did his first autograph session and he does things like searching for himself on google. He also has an illustrator that no one's never met, drawing erotic pictures under a dirty pen name (Eromanga-Sensei). If you can see where this is going... well, yeah. You've guessed. The characters themselves comment on how unlikely it is. Again, I went with it. (It's the show's whole premise and they're presenting it in ep.1, so it's not as if the finale's clobbering us with a massive coincidence or anything.)
It's a genuinely good episode. I like the story, the characters are well done and there's electricity in the scene where they eventually meet. Sagiri's far less aggressive and hostile than Kirino, but they're equally hard to handle and Sagiri seems genuinely screwed up. That girl has problems. Meanwhile Masamune is nice without being a milquetoast, as well as having a pretty awesome professional work rate.
I'm even a fan of the theme music, which I first heard months ago. It has a very cute music video on YouTube. In addition there's also another 2017 show with a similar premise, A Sister's All You Need, so there should be laughs to be had in comparing them. I'm very happy to watch this. (I wouldn't blame anyone who took a more judgemental view on it, though...)
rubbish but at least it has a cool poster
Evil or Live
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: prison-like school
It's another bafflingly bad Chinese anime! They keep trying! They keep failing! (In fairness, South Korea also couldn't crack it, although there's some pretty good South Korean manhwa out there.)
Youth today has a frightening disease: INTERNET ADDICTION! The cure for this is called Elite Re-education Academy and it's basically a concentration camp. High prison walls, spotlights, etc. It's the kind of institution where the guards beat you with nightsticks until you can't move, then beat you again as punishment for not walking. I'm not even exaggerating. That happens to someone.
Had we cared about the inmates, this could have been terrifying. Unfortunately we don't. They're the kind of brats who try to order you around because they lead an online guild of 100,000 members. This gets them battered to a pulp and we're cheering for the batterers.
In short, everyone on-screen (both abusers and victims) is an idiot and you don't care.
However there's a hero, Hibiki! On being told that his mother asked for him to be sent here for a year, he protests that some mistake must have been made. Is that so? Is my sympathy being stirred? No, wait. There's a flashback where he treats his downtrodden mother like dirt because she's getting in the way of his online gaming. Looks like he's in the right place, then.
So Hibiki's a jerk. However even a jerk can decide that enough is enough! Hibiki runs away and... (wait for it) gets ready to jump off a tall building. Good plan. Do it. In fairness, though, the anime now improves a bit by introducing a character who's not instantly forgettable. He's got purple hair and he gets a slightly startling speech in which he encourages Hibiki to kill himself, but only if he aims carefully and lands on a teacher. That was okay. Then there are some sexual jokes, including a homophobic one, followed by Purple Hair winning Hibki's loyalty by giving him a pair of binoculars, telling him to choose from all the institution's female "students" and effectively promising to provide their sexual services.
Can't say I'm tempted by this one.