Anime 1st episodes 2019: J
Including: Jimoto ga Japan, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Joshi Kausei, Jurassic!
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2019
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2019 >>
Keywords: anime, fantasy, SF, gangster, dinosaurs
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 4 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2019
Review date: 14 August 2022
Listed under "D": Deadly Response, aka. Jue Ming Xiang Ying
Listed under "W": Wasteful Days of High School Girls (anime), aka. Joshikousei no Mudazukai
Don't care: Jintian Kaishi Zuo Mingxing
Don't care: Ju Bing Chang Cheng Zhuan - The main character of "The Great Wall Warrior" is a wolf raised up by herbivores. The adventure starts with his pure mind of being the hero who can save the world from the Giant Warrior, but he has unconsciously got involved in some big scheme...
It's a 40-second short for a new Takara Tomy mascot character: Japanda
Jimoto ga  Japan
Jimoto ga Japan
Season 1
Episodes: 50 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: comedy shorts
A tough boy, Tokio Abiko (aged 13), has just moved to Tokyo. He's ready for anything... except for meeting a red-haired loon with a quiff who keeps wanting VERY LOUDLY to know which prefecture he's coming from.
It's quite funny. The art's deliberately crude, but that helps the absurd reaction shots.
JoJo Golden Wind
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
Season 4
Episode 14 of 39
Keep watching: no, because it's JoJo
One-line summary: flamboyant superpowered gangsters
This year's actual first episode was a recap, numbered 13.5, but I watched the first real episode instead.
JoJo's Golden Wind series is about Italian gangsters. Its heroes are, um, slightly less bad gangsters. When their enemies start murdering everyone on an entire train, for instance, our heroes:
(a) don't immediately realise,
(b) don't seem particularly shocked when they do eventually notice, but instead just draw their guns.
One of them just had his arm reattached thirty minutes ago. Crumbs. Their goal is to protect the boss's daughter, Trish. "Her life is being targeted because of a father she's never met. I wonder how that feels?"
Two of those enemies are trying to kill our heroes in retaliation for some other killings. I'll call them Utter Psycho and Walking Carrot. The latter isn't orange, but he has green carrot-top hair and no neck, so his head's part of his upper torso. This duo gruesomely kills the train driver in case seven people had impossibly been hiding in his small compartment.
Gangster superpowers get weirder and make your teeth fall out. Someone infers that this is related to body heat, which seemed like a logic leap to me.
To be honest, though, the episode's not too bad. I enjoyed it more than Golden Wind ep.1 in 2018. They're still gangsters and I still want them all to die, but their enemies are spectacularly evil and the mental superpowers are imaginative. Also, importantly, Golden Wind has avoided the usual JoJo problem of having a cast full of ridiculously over-muscled macho men who ham up all their dialogue. It's the first JoJo series from which I haven't run away screaming. I could even imagine watching more of it, although I won't.
Joshi Kausei
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: dialogue-free storytelling with schoolgirls
I've since finished it and... it's quite interesting. It's like lots of very short silent movies in anime form. (And it's not a fanservice show, by the way.)
I'd seen episode reviews that talked about the camera staring at a girl's thighs. That's sort of vaguely true (i.e. it's a lie), but I presume that's not the purpose of the entire show since this episode's title is "The High School Girl and Thighs". The other episode titles are about more normal things like "The Unlucky Day", "The Family Restaurant", "Hiding from the Rain", etc.
We start with a girl on a train and a man looking surprised. We don't know why.
Next we're in a classroom. A fully clothed schoolgirl is lying on a table in a vaguely post-coital way, I think because she finds it funny. Two friends of hers enter and they tease each other, which made me laugh. Eventually that man's surprise on the train is explained, which involves a mosquito.
I liked it. It appears to be a series of dialogue-free episodes where the storytelling is done through the characters' actions and facial expressions. Of course that's easier when they're only three-minute episodes, but I'm definitely watching this.
1 episode
1 minute 7 seconds
Keep watching: n/a
One-line summary: fun with dinosaurs.
No plot, but it looks cool. I enjoyed it. Toei Animation's younger animators are having a laugh. It drops dinosaurs and other extinct creatures into modern Japan, sometimes with wild luminous neon colours that are normally only seen on socks.