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Anime 1st episodes 2018: T
Including: Tada Never Falls in Love, Takunomi., Teasing Master Takagi-san, Tell Me, Magical Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Fairilu, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, eps.1-14, The Thousand Noble Musketeers, Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Seekers 2, Time Bokan 24, To Be Heroine, Today's Menu for the Emiya Family, Tokyo Ghoul:re, Tsurune
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2018 >>
Keywords: Tokyo Ghoul, Fate/stay night, anime, puppets, SF, fantasy, historical, superhero, horror
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 16 October 2020
Listed under "C": Toaru Majutsu no Index III, aka. A Certain Magical Index
Listed under "D": Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu, aka. Drive Head + movie
Listed under "K": Toji no Miko, aka. Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko
Listed under "L": Tachibanakan to Lie Angle, aka. Love To-LIE-Angle
Listed under "M": Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san, aka. Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood
Listed under "M": Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues, aka. Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa
Listed under "S": Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger, aka. Sirius the Jaeger
Listed under "W": Tsukumogami Kashimasu, aka. We Rent Tsukumogami
Couldn't find: Tenka Touitsu Koi no Ran: Shutsujin! Saika 4-nin Shuu
It's a movie: TIME DRIVER: Bokura ga Kaita Mirai
It's a movie: Tokimeki Restaurant Miracle6
It's a four-minute OVA: Taishou Mebius Line: Chicchai-san
It's a one-minute OVA: Tokino Kousa
Tada kun Koi Shinai
Tada Never Falls in Love
Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: gentle romantic comedy
It looks like the kind of nice, good-natured thing I'd enjoy. I could easily have continued, but I'm only luke-warm about the cast.
The Tada family are fine. Mitsuyoshi is the eponymous boy who never falls in love (but this is only ep.1) and his sister Yui seems pleasant.
The main girl, though, is a nice-but-dim foreigner who speaks eccentric Japanese because she's a massive fan of a Japanese TV show called Rainbow Samurai. She's managed to get separated from her companions, with no idea of where she's staying and no contact details. She's not even slightly worried about this.
Mitsuyoshi also has a narcissistic friend called Kaoru. He's annoying, although fortunately so far his main purpose is to get beaten up. Even cats dislike him.
I quite liked Nice-But-Dim's red-haired companion, who seems sensible. I also enjoyed the show's fondness for really ugly cats. Even so, though... naah.
Taku nomi
Takunomi.
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 13 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: girls drink and eat
I'd have probably watched the whole show had its episodes been three minutes long, but 13 minutes is too many. It's about a girl called Michiru who moves to Tokyo to live in a women's shared house. (She gets her bag snatched at the station, although it's recovered, then she falls asleep on the train and ends up goodness knows where. She might be a bit dozy.)
What the episode's really about, though, is alcohol and food. The house drunkard shows us how to pour a beer, then everyone sits around drinking and eating. That's most of the episode. There's a bit of character business, but it's mostly just "this food is delicious" and "more beer".
Naaah.
Karakai Jouzu Takagi san
Teasing Master Takagi-san
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 23 minutes + a 13th OVA
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: schoolgirl teases schoolboy
The English title's ambiguous. It means that Takagi is brilliant at teasing, not that someone's teasing Master Takagi.
I hadn't liked the sound of that title, but the show's better than it might be. Takagi is a girl and her victim, Nishikata, is a would-be prankster himself. He keeps hatching plots to tease Takagi, only to get the tables turned on him. What's more, the pair are likeable. He clearly fancies her, but he's being a twelve-year-old boy about it.
That said, though, I'm dropping the show anyway. They're in class. The teacher's talking. Shut up, pay attention and stop being idiots, you two.
Oshiete Mahou no Pendulum Rilu Rilu Fairilu
Tell Me, Magical Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Fairilu
Oshiete Mahou no Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Fairilu
Season 3
Episodes: 26 x 13 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: show for small children about fairies
They've slashed the length! Seasons 1 and 2 had full-length episodes, but this was only 13 minutes and they've halved the episode count too. Well, no problem. The show's also rebooted itself in other ways, ditching all the human regulars and introducing a new heroine, Arisu Hanazono. The show's pastel fluff for little girls, but I was able to amuse myself with this particular episode by noting that it's nearly a horror movie scenario.
Arisu is a human, going to human school. (No sign of any flying rat-sized Fairilu yet.) She has trouble making friends and she's unhappy, but then while walking home she passes a house that clearly doesn't belong there. It's a bit fairy-tale, with perhaps a hint of Hansel and Gretel. It doesn't have any windows, for a start. "I don't remember a shop being here," thinks Arisu, even though I couldn't see any sign of commercial activity beyond the negative inference that this clearly isn't an ordinary residential dwelling. Nothing's written anywhere. No signs, no boards, no goods on sale.
Arisu goes into this Gingerbread House. I still think that seems unwise. The place is empty of living souls, but something talks to her anyway.
"Do you have any worries?"
She does.
"Come to the Fairilu World! Use this magical pendulum and say the magic words!"
The pendulum is GLOWING. Arisu doesn't run for her life, but instead obeys. "Candyman, Candyman, Candyman"... no, just joking, it's "Rilu Rilu Fairilu". Little fairies appear, which in fairness isn't sinister at all. They're cute. They then drag Arisu into the magical book and strip away her humanity.
Or, as the series wants us to see it, they take her to Little Fairilu and turn her into a fairy like them.
Most of the rest of the episode is happy chit-chat as fairies invite each other to tea parties. Arisu starts tackling her nervousness of strangers by flying into the sky to talk to a passing mermaid. We even discover a partial cause of her problems, which is that she's just moved to the area and hasn't been able to make any friends yet. What's more, though, she's never been very good at talking to others. "Let's practise conversation now!" It's all thoroughly nice. If you had a Japanese-speaking four-year-old daughter, she'd love this. Personally, though, I was wondering what would happen next if this were a horror film. Presumably Arisu would find the remains of the Fairilus' earlier "guests", or perhaps even learn that the picnic's main course is to be her real body. Might the Fairilu start burrowing into it, with the plan of moving it from the inside as a vehicle to take them to the human world?
"I should be heading back soon," says Arisu.
YOU ASSUME YOU CAN RETURN... no, she can. It's fine. She just has to say the magic words. She does and soon she's waking up at home in her bed.
COUNT YOUR LIMBS AND SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS. MAKE SURE YOU STILL HAVE YOUR OWN FACE. (Disappointingly, she doesn't do any of that.) Oh, and the bit after the end credits tries to sell the audience Fairilu cards that allegedly have Tarot powers. There's fortune-telling.
Frivolity aside, I do think you could impose a sinister reading on this episode. You'd be forcing it, but it wouldn't be completely out of nowhere. Such frivolity aside, though, the show seems gentle and nice. You'd have no worries at all about letting your daughter see it, unless of course she's thirty years old and has no time for children's TV.
Reincarnated as Slime
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken
Season 1
Episodes: 26 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: uh, um, okay
One-line summary: another overpowered isekai hero, except that this one's a slime
I kept watching and it does have its charms, but I ended up dropping it halfway through.
To be honest, I'm reluctant. I watched ep.1 and it didn't contain enough for me to be able to judge. (Our hero never leaves a cave.) I watched ep.2 and the signs weren't great, but I thought I'd try one more episode and... hang on. That means I'm watching it now, doesn't it?
"Isekai" means "another world". Ordinary Japanese person gets sucked into a sword-and-sorcery fantasy world, often explicitly based on role-playing games. The genre's everywhere these days and it's usually "look, aren't I awesome and all the girls love me" fantasy. This one's looking as if it's conforming hard to that template, but from an unusual starting point.
Our hero, literally, becomes slime. He's a blob. He can't taste, feel, walk or talk. Instead he eats things by slithering over them. However for some reason (currently unclear), he has a voice in his brain that does superpower analysis of his food and gives him power-up abilities. Eating a snake will let him mimic snakes and generate poison, etc. Unsurprisingly he keeps eating and keeps gaining powers, until by the end of ep.2 he can insta-kill anything and is casually promising a goblin village that he'll save them from 100 dire wolves. (The village has only 60 goblins left and you need ten goblins to have a chance against one dire wolf.)
This is ep.2 out of 26, with another season promised in 2020. Oh, and apparently a football-sized blob can envelop a dragon. On reflection I can get my head around that, if we assume that the blob stretched itself into a sheet, but it's yet another symptom of "Everything's Easy For Our Unstoppable Hero" syndrome.
That said, though, the show's also quite likeable. I was alarmed by this line in ep.1, while our hero was still a Japanese 37-year-old man:
"I never thought I'd die a virgin. If I'm reborn, I'll be a lot more aggressive. I'll screw every girl I see."
Everything after the slime metamorphosis is kinda fun, though. The tsundere dragon made me laugh, as did our hero's response to seeing adventurers who can turn invisible. "He called that skill 'Stealth'? You could peep all you wanted with that. What a disgraceful creep! I'll have to make friends with him later!"
I'm far from sold on this show. I'm continuing with it mostly because I've forgotten to stop watching and I'm about to hit my third episode, so hey. I'm also concerned about Nice Dragon In Stomach. (Has Rimiru digested him? That would be disturbing.) However I'll be reporting back.
Thousand Noble Musketeers
The Thousand Noble Musketeers
The Thousand Musketeers
Senjuushi
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
It's based on a smartphone game where everyone's an anthropomorphised historical gun. They're cute boys and handsome men. (One or two of them look female, but I think that's just cross-dressing. The voice actors sound male.)
The first thing we see is lots of people firing muskets. This is apparently "supreme nobility". I'm sure all the people who got killed by those things in history thought so too.
The worldbuilding's fine. A nuclear war destroyed the world's environment and economy, so now we're under the rule of a tyrannical World Empire. Unfortunately our gun-heroes are a bunch of airheads who don't reflect this. No drama, no weight. They have comedy introduction scenes with far too many named characters and no one who matters.
Eventually they have some action. There's a rescue operation. All these guns, no fatalities.
Nope.
nope not watching this
Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Seekers 2
Thunderbolt Fantasy: Touriken Yuuki 2
Thunderbolt Fantasy
Season 2
Episodes: 14-26 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: I'd sooner chew off my own leg
One-line summary: puppet show about samurai
This show gets a lot of love. It's drawn international attention to an entire genre. It's a Taiwanese puppet show, written by the only famous writer in modern anime, Gen Urobuchi. (I'd been going to say "the most", but how many anime writers do you know?)
It bored the arse off me and I was begging for it to end.
A samurai arrives at a fortress with some weapons. They are very powerful weapons. Ooooh, weapons. He needs someone to protect these weapons. He spends way too long in conversation with people who talk in Pompous Historical-Speak, although in fairness our samurai has more relaxed speech patterns and actually resembles a human being. (We'll later meet a talking musical instrument that's even more down-to-earth, which is quite good.)
Then... oh, hell. Look, I don't care. They're samurai. They pose with their swords, fight each other and unfortunately survive. I don't care about those weapons. There's a female assassin who doesn't do a sufficiently thorough job.
I'm fine with the fact that it's done with puppets, though. Sometimes it's unintentionally amusing, but what the hell. The show even seems less manic with the crash-zooming than I remember it being in 2016, although you might still get motion sickness during the fight scenes. You might disagree with me and like this show. Lots of people do. It's built up a worldwide following. Do you think samurai are cool?
Time Bokan Gyakushuu no San Okunin
Time Bokan 24
Time Bokan: The Villains Strike Back
Time Bokan: Gyakushuu no San-Okunin
Season 2
Episode 13 of 24
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's show about goofy time-travellers
The show's improved in one way. It's no longer talking comedy rubbish about history, e.g. Columbus was an exercise maniac, not an explorer. I'll admit that that can be amusing, but I prefer this new version where they visit someone famous and tell us lots of bizarre true facts about them. This time they're visiting Hokusai, the Japanese painter (1760-1849) who drew all those famous woodblock prints.
This episode tells us that Hokusai moved house 93 times in his life because he couldn't be bothered tidying up. When his rooms got too dirty, he just moved house instead. This is so mental that I've just googled it to check that the episode wasn't pulling my leg. It wasn't. Hokusai really did that. I learned something today.
That said, though, the show's still Time Bokan. It's about silly villains and silly heroes time-travelling in search of pointless McGuffins. After a while, they also remember to make it a silly mecha show. O-3 the perverted robot is still punchable, but the show's aware of this and seems to be treating him as its chew toy. Watch too many episodes of this show in a row and I'm pretty sure you'll decide it's secretly called "Let's Abuse The Irritating Robot: The Anime". Well, assuming your brain hasn't melted. This show's fun and light-hearted, but nothing in it really matters and there's little point in watching every episode of it once you're past primary school. It's likeable, though. I'm sure it entertains children. I have no objection to it.
Tu Bian Ying Xiong Leaf
To Be Heroine
Tu Bian Ying Xiong Leaf
Season 2
Episodes: 7 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: schoolgirl fights superbabies in fantasy world
It's a follow-on to To Be Hero, which I skipped. However I'd heard positive things about this new version, so...
It's multi-language, with Chinese in Futaba's real life and Japanese in her fantasy world heroics. Her Chinese life isn't much fun, with questionable friends, rain and parents who talk at her about college and jobs. At one point, complaining grown-ups turn into a montage of scary morph faces.
In the Japanese isekai, though, she's being worshipped by a skirt-flipping baby and being told to "believe in yourself!" as she fights a ninja.
I'm neutral. It looks okay, but I wasn't grabbed. It is, though, worth mentioning the bad localisation. The original version of this show is a Chinese web series, with episodes of variable length. The international version I watched got broadcast in a rigid Japanese TV timeslot, though. It's been edited. What's more, this was done so badly that the original studio and animators complained. Over eleven minutes got deleted from the first three episodes, generally in little trims to every single scene that hurt the comic timing and meant that the original soundtrack couldn't be used.
Frankenstein Family had a much better solution for the same problem, for what it's worth. Anyway, I'm skipping this.
Emiya san Chi Kyou Gohan
Today's Menu for the Emiya Family
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 13 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Fate/stay night does a domestic cooking anime
It's a cooking show. It stars lots of characters from Fate/stay night, living together and being nice, but it's a cooking show.
I'm fine with Fate/stay night. Sometimes it's powerful and sometimes it's boring, but I'll always have a certain level of interest since I'm a huge fan of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. This is some variety of the regular Fate universe, but Illya's here. All that's fine...
...but it's still cooking. Shirou Emiya tells Saber about Japanese New Year traditions like osechi, then they go home and he cooks food. I'm sure it's fine if you like that sort of thing.
Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul:re
Season 3
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: man-eating undead and the investigators that hunt them
Tokyo Ghoul was highly regarded. I found Season 1 excellent and Season 2 barely watchable, being about self-destructive idiots spending an entire season being depressed and self-absorbed until all their friends were dead. Admittedly this seems to have been an unpopular opinion and there were lots of Tokyo Ghoul fans back in 2014-2015, but it sounds as if even people who liked the show have been fairly negative about this third series.
I'd thus been expecting to drop this series. I watched this episode, though. I gave it a chance. What I saw was... well, pretty good in most respects, actually. It's pretty cool. You've got some investigators called "quinx" who have ghoul-like superpowers and sometimes even pointy teeth, but technically they aren't ghouls. They eat ordinary food, like you and me. Unfortunately the monsters they're hunting have quite a range of powers, with the most powerful ones being capable of turning a city into a battlefield. It's exciting, it's dangerous and it's pretty nasty.
The show clearly hasn't lost what made it appealing to a lot of people. My brother's watching it, for instance. However I noticed the following:
(a) I'm not wild about the introduction of quinx. I think having heroes with the cool powers but no cannibalistic downsides is a bit of a let-down after the more morally complicated ghoul protagonists of Seasons 1-2.
(b) the cops have a superintelligent Hannibal Lecter ghoul in their cells, who can correctly deduce a suspect's job just from being told that he feeds in a wide variety of locations around the city (which, being Tokyo, has such amazing public transport that I'd never choose to drive there). He's a taxi driver, apparently. Sounds like bullshit to me. Presumably if they'd found a book near one of the victims, he'd have been a bookseller?
(c) theoretically the squad's working together to hunt down a ghoul called Torso, but they're not. Two characters suppress important leads and try to do everything themselves, because they think sharing information will mean their boss takes all the credit. "Thank goodness you're a moron who's easy to manipulate."
I'm not interested. (Apparently there's going to be a lazy trash daughter showing up in later episodes, which tempts me... but no. This episode is overwhelmingly male, by the way.) The episode's basically good and doing all the usual Tokyo Ghoul things, though, so by all means watch it if you're a fan of the series.
Tsuru ne
Tsurune
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: school archery club
I enjoyed it. The cast is good-natured, calm and likeable. (Well, except for Kaito.) It's a civilised, soft-spoken show by Kyoto Animation, so obviously it's worth checking out. Even the music's fun. I'd recommend it.
However it's also a sports anime about kyuudou (traditional Japanese archery).
So far, the plot seems fairly standard for its genre. Our heroes are starting high school and deciding what school club to join. Minato secretly loves archery and carries around his old sports gear in his bag, but he refuses to join the archery club and reacts badly when his well-meaning friends push him into an archery demonstration. His claimed excuse is that he doesn't have time for school clubs, since he does all the cooking and housework at home. His mother's dead. That'll be significant. Presumably he'll overcome his reluctance and become the show's main character, but for now we only know that he's got some kind of problem.
Good news: the club also has female members even though it's basically a show about good-looking boys. The show looks quite classy and I'm happy that sports anime and kyuudou exist in the world, but personally I won't be continuing with this.