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Anime 1st episodes 2017: O
Including: Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji., One Piece, One Room: Season 1, Onihei, Onyankopon, Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart., Owarimonogatari II
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2017
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2017 >>
Keywords: One Piece, One Room, pirates, anime, boobs, historical, samurai
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 7 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2017
Review date: 24 November 2018
Listed under "L": Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara, aka. Love is Like a Cocktail
Listed under "M": Osomatsu-san 2, aka. Mr. Osomatsu
Listed under "R": The Royal Tutor, aka. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
It's a live-action movie: One Week Friends (but it's excellent and based on a manga/anime that are excellent too)
It's a compilation movie: Overlord: The Undead King
It's a compilation movie: Overlord: The Dark Warrior
Couldn't find it: Oretacha Youkai Ningen
Omiai Aite wa Oshiego Tsuyoki na Mondaiji
Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji.
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x variable (4-5 minutes)
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: porn with a plot
I've since finished it and... it's good.
Was this really broadcast on TV? Wow.
Our heroine is a high school teacher. She seems nice. We see her trying to talk to a problem student who's not interested in being helped. However she's also pretty and single, so one day a friend of the family suggests that she meet his son, as a possible husband.
She does. The chap seems nice. They... hang on, they're at a hotel already? That was quick. She's going to claim to be a virgin, but she's certainly not messing around here. She's a bit hesitant and timid in the fairly explicit sex scene that follows, but not to the extent of actually saying "no". (This is censored, by the way, but not with effete nipple-hiding light beams. No, we're talking about the digital mosaics that are mandatory in Japan for hardcore porn. Yup, we're watching that kind of anime, although the only insertion here is a finger.)
There's a reasonably cool twist just before the end credits, although it's the kind of non-surprise you'll have been half-expecting. Still looks good, though. It's filth, obviously, but so far it doesn't look creepy or misogynistic.
One Piece
Episode 771
Adapted from manga chapter: 819
"A Vow Between Two Men - Luffy and Kozuki Momonosuke"
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: heroic pirate comedy-adventure
That was better than I'd expected, actually.
Firstly, the Straw Hats' numbers were under control. Last time I'd watched One Piece, there must have been a couple of dozen heroes. Here, there are nine people in Luffy's group. That's still sizeable, but not "help help I'm lost in the crowd" levels. (I also learned what Franky looks like. Good grief, he's big.)
Secondly, it's not a filler episode. It's based on Eiichiro Oda's original manga, although I notice that they've managed to eke a full episode out of a single chapter. (One of their tricks for achieving this is to spend the first five-and-a-half minutes on the opening credits and recaps.) Well, that's life on a year-round weekly anime. There's not much action in this episode, but on the upside it's building up something of genuine interest in the World Government and the Void Century. Looking for the historical truth will get you killed. The World Government have banned investigation of what happened during those hundred years and, despite what you might assume from Eiichiro Oda's cartoonish art style, this is a show where baddies kill people.
What actually happens is that Luffy and the gang have met some flamboyantly silly-looking people. (As usual.) Who need help. (As usual.) This lot are a comedy exaggeration of ancient Japan and in particular traditional theatrical costumes (Kin'emon's samurai), although there are also some dog people (the Mink). Luffy gets a good bit. It's a build-up episode, but I quite enjoyed it.
1 Room
One Room
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: camera talks silently to a girl
I've since finished it and... I liked it a good deal.
You've just moved into somewhere. (The camera is you. It's a first-person perspective anime, except when it's not.) A schoolgirl comes to your door to say hello, then later you bump into her outside and help carry her shopping home. You discuss your university with her and it turns out that she's hoping to go there, but unfortunately she's worried about her school grades. After much hesitation, she asks you to help her study.
I'd guess that the episode thinks it's warm, soothing and relaxing. It's just friendly conversation. However it's not, because the camera is you and so the amount of male gaze is enough to make the protagonist seem a little creepy. You meet a girl. You leer at her. She doesn't seem to notice and indeed is happy to invite herself into your home unaccompanied, with no one knowing who you are or where she is. The audience shudders a bit. (The show's occasional violations of first-person perspective are for the sake of male gaze, by the way.)
Is the first-person protagonist a predator? Is the show self-aware or not? I'm guessing it isn't, but there's always the possibility that it's setting up a slow-burn horror freakout. Let's find out!
oni hei
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: samurai police
It's based on a Japanese historical novel series called Onihei Hankachou, which has also had multiple live-action adaptations, stage plays and a movie. This is its first anime series, though. It's about samurai police in 18th century Edo and some thieves who kill everyone in any household they rob. There's a plot point about whether or not it's okay to rape all the women first. It's all very macho and dull.
This was an Amazon Prime series, though, and it's not just throwaway rubbish. It's based on famous source material and it's taking itself very seriously. You might think it's good if you like samurai.
Onyan kopon
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: CGI nonsense
Onyankopon is a West African sky god and the creator of all things. Apparently that's real. Japan didn't make that up, but instead just turned him into this very cheap CGI anime. Characters wobble at each other, looking like escapees from a 1990s video game. They're talking animals, looking through a reality window at equally cheap CGI Japanese schoolgirls who want to talk about cute things.
There's a dance. "You took care of the humans' problems again!" Yes, because he gave them stupid costumes. After that, live-action girls dance in the end credits. (I liked the one in glasses.)
I liked the bit where the girls worked themselves up into such a frenzy of "it's cute!" that they started getting enthusiastic about drill arms and zombies. That was amusing, but it's not enough to save this show. It's another of those mysterious shows that makes you wonder what the point was, beyond filling TV air time with things that someone thought were cute.
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita
Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart.
Itsu Datte Bokura no Koi wa 10 Centi Datta.
Season 1
Episodes: 6 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: high school romance
I enjoyed it. It's a good anime episode. It's warm and likeable.
However I'm still not watching the rest of the show.
The problem is that this is the same franchise as I've Always Liked You (2016 anime film). I've watched that. It drove me nuts. The cast were nice, but almost paralysed by their genius for shooting themselves in the foot when it came to love. Can they say what they need to say? Hell, no. Can they make daft decisions that you'd expect to wreck their own chances? Yeah, sure! What's more, this episode is clearly pushing the same message:
"The days that inadvertently pass by are irreplacable and will never come again."
"He won't confess his love. Explaining things with dialogue is so uncool."
"But the most important feelings won't come across unless you put them into words!"
That probably wouldn't have been such a sledgehammer if I hadn't just watched "Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita", but... yeah. It's on the nose.
After that, we settle into a pleasant episode. Movie Club Bloke is making his movie, while Self-Effacing Mouse is doing her art club. The weather's nice. Mouse is the more intelligent and practical of the two, whereas Bloke has confidence and charisma. We get see flashbacks showing how they met. They're a likeable couple... except that they're not a couple. They both wish they were, I think, but they've fallen into this pattern of behaving like best friends, going home together, etc. without ever crossing the line into a romantic relationship. The show's title is what they both think at the end of the episode.
Looking just at this episode, the only negative might be Aki Toyosaki's voice as Mouse... well, okay, her name's Miou. She's high-pitched and breathy enough to distract even me and I'm desensitised to anime voices. That could be reflecting her tentative, overly self-deprecating personality, though.
Knowing this franchise and its not very subtle message, it's going to take them six freaking episodes to do what they should have done immediately here. The episode's good, though. I imagine the series will be good. I don't think you need to have watched the two 2016 films to enjoy this... and, in hindsight, I'd have been better off if I hadn't either. Ah well. It's good, but I'm still skipping it.
Owarimonogatari II
Season 14-ish
Episodes 91-97
21 minutes each
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: astonishing animation, deadly writing
I know and dislike the Monogatari series of old, although be warned that "monogatari" just means story and so not all shows with "monogatari" in their name are part of this series, e.g. Ore Monogatari. It's a franchise about vampires, ghosts, angry snake gods, monkey paws and all kinds of weird stuff. This should have been cool. In fairness, actually, "cool" is something this franchise is superlative at.
GOOD THINGS ABOUT MONOGATARI - it always looks incredible. It's by Studio Shaft, dialling up their Studio Shaftness to "OH MY GOD" levels. I dislike the Monogatari series quite strongly, but I still found this episode fascinating to watch.
BAD THINGS ABOUT MONOGATARI - every episode I've seen is just one big conversation, usually languid and philosophical. You may or may not think it's an interminable trail of drivel. I couldn't comment. However it might have cool things happening and/or being mentioned en passant (e.g. this conversation taking place in hell and involving a hypothetical re-examination of what might have happened if the show's hero hadn't saved a bunch of girls), or else sometimes there's some sleaze.
MEMORABLE THINGS IN THIS EPISODE: (a) our hero being told that he got murdered and is in hell, (b) panty shots of an underage (dead) girl, (c) "when children die before their parents, they apparently go straight to hell, no matter what". Opinions may differ on whether or not these are good things, but I think it's fair to call them memorable.
My personal reaction to this show: "good grief, no". It's been a big hit and it has lots of fans who appreciate its unconventional approach to everything, but I find it almost unwatchable. I managed to stick it out for twenty minutes here, but that's my limit.