- Listed under "H": How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, aka. Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (13 episodes, 24 minutes) After the death of his grandfather, 19-year-old Kazuya Souma—an aspiring civil servant—is left all alone with no one to call family. Out of the blue, he is transported to the Elfrieden Kingdom, a small ailing country in another world, to be a "hero." An ongoing war with the demon army has put the entire world in peril, and Kazuya was summoned to aid in the conflict as an offering from Elfrieden to its allies.
- Listed under "R": Rumble Garanndoll, aka. Gyakuten Sekai no Denchi Shoujo (12 episodes, 23 minutes) Japan, 2019, just before the dawn of a new era. Suddenly, a rift to another dimension appears in the sky, revealing an alternative world "Shinkoku Nippon," with the sky and the earth upside down. This parallel world keeps their former militarism, with its era being Eternal Showa. The military invades the real Japan with giant humanoid robots called "Garann" and their gas weapons "Genmu", rendering our modern weapons ineffective. "Shinkoku Nippon" instantly seizes the government and achieves de facto conquest of Japan. The new era, "Reiwa," has not arrived for Japan.
- Listed under "S": SD Gundam World Heroes (24 episodes, 24 minutes) The balance of the worlds is maintained by heroes. Suddenly, a red-hot meteor falls upon one of these worlds, called Neo World. An amnesiac youth named Wukong Impulse Gundam appears at the point where it landed. The chaos that starts with this incident spreads through the other worlds, one after another. At the same time, Zhuge Liang Freedom Gundam learns via astrology of an impending disaster. He and his sworn friend Liu Bei Unicorn Gundam take action to save the worlds from this crisis, and begin a journey along with Wukong.
- Listed under "T": Tawawa on Monday, aka. Getsuyoubi no Tawawa 2 (12 episodes, 5 minutes) The anime follows a salaryman who has a chance meeting with a girl named Ai on the train. They begin to meet every Monday on the train, with the man serving as her bodyguard on the crowded commute while they chat.
- Listed under "W": The Way of the Househusband, aka. Gokushufudou (10 episodes, 17 minutes) Who would have ever thought that the most feared gangster of his time now spends his days as a modest househusband? Seemingly giving up the way of the yakuza, the legendary "Immortal Dragon" Tatsu, best known for his prolific skirmishes against rival gangs, has abruptly vanished. Unbeknownst to most, however, Tatsu is currently staying at an apartment with his wife, doing his best to live a peaceful life.
- It's Korean: Geu Yeoreum (7 episodes, 10 minutes) In a small Korean town, two 18-year-old girls, Suyi and Yi-gyeong, fall in love, dreaming of moving to Seoul together after graduation.
- It's a movie: Gundam: G no Reconguista Movie III - Uchuu kara no Isan (104 min) The third film in the five-part Gundam: G no Reconguista Movie series set to be released in 2021.
- It's an OVA: Gundam UC x Nike SB (45 seconds) A special PV advertising Gundam Unicorn themed Nike Sneakers with original animation by Sunrise.
- It's a movie: Gekijou Tanpen Macross Frontier: Toki no Meikyuu (14 minutes) Short screened with Macross Movie 2: Zettai Live!!!.
- It's a movie: Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 3, aka. Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 3 (47 min) The third film in the six-part Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou film series.
- It's an OVA: Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 3 Specials (2 episodes, 10 minutes) Specials included with Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 3 Blu-ray and DVD.
- It's a movie: Gintama: The Final (104 minutes) Two years have passed following the Tendoshuu's invasion of the O-Edo Central Terminal. Since then, the Yorozuya have gone their separate ways. Foreseeing Utsuro's return, Gintoki Sakata begins surveying Earth's ley lines for traces of the other man's Altana. After an encounter with the remnants of the Tendoshuu (who continue to press on in search of immortality) Gintoki returns to Edo.
- It's an OVA: Gintama: The Semi-Final (2 episodes, 24 minutes) As the war temporarily calms down and Edo rebuilds, Gintoki finds Shinpachi (who is still unaware of his return) on a bridge. However, as a fight quickly breaks out between the Yorozuya and the Tenshouin Naraku, suspicion grows, forcing Gintoki to use what is nearest (a loincloth) to mask his identity. Saved for the time being, Gintoki enters the Yorozuya office, but unbeknownst to him, someone else is already waiting there...
- It's an OVA: Given: Uragawa no Sonzai (22 minutes) The OVA, bundled with the special edition version of the seventh manga volume, will tell an "other side" story centered on Mafuyu Satou and Ritsuka Uenoyama that wasn't featured in the Given movie.
- Ganbare Douki-chan
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 5 minutes
- Keep watching: yes
- One-line summary: silly naughty show about office co-workers
- I've since finished it and... it's quite nice.
Two colleagues have to stay at a hotel... and due to a mix-up, they end up having to share a room. The insert-your-fantasy-here bloke is literally faceless, having no eyes. The lady displays a bit of token attitude, but she's also waiting for him to try something. (She stops him from going off and finding another hotel, for instance.)
It's harmless. No nudity, incidentally. The episode has a punchline. They're only 5-minute episodes, so what the hell.
- Garugaku.: Sei Girls Square Gakuin
- GaruGaku: Saint Girls Square Academy
- Season 1
- Episodes: 50 x 3 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: girls at idol academy
Idols sing and dance. A girl goes to an idol academy and there's lots of exposition about the school and its students. They then sing and dance again. This episode is worthless and manages to feel interminable even in 2 minutes 45 seconds.
Incidentally, the protagonist's voice actress sounds as if she thinks she's supposed to be playing a boy. The series follows a group of girls who are based on and played by the members of a real idol unit, who clearly didn't get the job due to voice acting ability.
- Gekidol: Actidol Project
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 23 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: idols with some genre tweaks
This is two episodes, really.
There's a theatre school called Alice in Theater and a schoolgirl who'd like to go there. That's the important thing. There's also some mysterious background with a mysterious phenomenon five years ago called the Global Synchronic Urban Disappearance, etc. which will probably turn out to have some significance or other... but naaah.
It's schoolgirls. Who want to act, or sometimes sing. I wasn't really tempted to keep watching.
The protagonist has an aggressive negative tsundere lesbian friend with a crush, but our heroine rightly ignores the friend's attempts to tell her that she's useless and can't do anything. One of the Alice girls might also be a robot. Their most successful production was a schoolgirl zombie story called Alice in Deadly School, which oddly has its own episode.
There's no reference to Gekidol. It's a straightforward schoolgirl zombie story, fairly gentle and slightly dreamlike. (The zombies drift like sleepwalkers and aren't particularly scary, despite being lethal.) Our heroines are a pair of wannabe manzai stand-up comedians who want to save the world by making it laugh. They're not on the same planet as "funny", but they're likeable, engaging and admirable. I liked this one a fair bit, actually, thanks to its delicate tone and character work.
- Getter Robo Arc
- Latest adaptation in a manga/anime franchise that started in 1974
- Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: piloted giant robots
Apparently, it's the fifth Getter Robot series. It's set on a post-apocalypse Earth and stars the children of the previous generation of heroes... and, of course, GIANT ROBOTS!!! "Its power is the only hope that Earth has left now."
The inevitable fight's actually quite good. Getter gets skewered by the baddie monster's giant spiked tentacles before another Getter appears to save his arse. I also like the retro art style, which I presume is faithful to Ken Ishikawa's manga. If you think giant robots are cool, this is admirably old-fashioned and passionate.
- Girlfriend, Girlfriend
- Kanojo mo Kanojo
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 s 24 minutes
- Keep watching: NO NO NO NO NO
- One-line summary: very strange love cheat
I'd heard about this unusual harem anime. But bloody hell.
"Even though I have a girlfriend, another girl's just asked me out! What should I do?"
"So I want you in my life. I don't want to turn you down. But I can't betray my girlfriend! So, if it isn't too outrageous to ask, can I date both of you? Could you come with me to ask my girlfriend?"
Those are two quotes from this episode's protagonist. They broke my brain. Naoya Mukai needs to burn to death while Satan pisses acid on him.
- Girls Rush The Animation
- Episodes: 2 x 16 minutes
- One-line summary: hentai
The first story has the hero going to meet a "sugar sister" after school. Their text conversation sounds as if she's been hired to babysit him or something. He certainly doesn't seem to know what a "sugar sister" might be. She's nice, though, and he's an innocent lad without the slightest vestige of a clue. She makes him dinner. They play video games. She talks a lot about "win-win", which he doesn't understand.
She then fellates him and he's flabbergasted. Things continue.
That episode was nice, if you try not to worry about how old anyone is, but the second episode's downright sweet. (The two stories are unrelated, incidentally. Different casts, different plots. Think "anthology", not "sequel".)
A boy (Doi Takanori) in his second year at university is driving along one day when he finds a girl (Kurahashi Tokiko) lying in the road. They know each other from high school. He offers to call an ambulance, but she doesn't need one. A bit of food is enough to get her up and about again, but the real problem is that she's a gormless loon. She came here to try to experience a school trip she missed two years ago, but: (a) she missed her bus, (b) the inn she planned to visit is closed, (c) she hadn't booked another one. She's clearly too hopeless to be allowed out on her own, so Takanori gives her a lift to the inn where he'd been planning to stay.
They don't have any spare rooms. I'm sure you can see where this is going, but actually Takanori's got no intention of exploiting the situation. He's a nice chap. It's Tokiko who wanders around practically topless after a bath, gets blind drink and makes the first move. In the end, it's a romantic story.
- GLOOMY The Naughty Grizzly
- Itazuraguma no Gloomy
- Season 1
- Episodes: 12 x 1 minute
- Keep watching: I tried, but ewww
- One-line summary: comedy about violent, bloody abuse of a child
"Twelve one-minute episodes," I thought. "I might as well just watch them all at once."
I couldn't make it past the third one.
Gloomy is a big grumpy pink bear who lives with a good-natured child called Pitty. The art style is cute, like a Hello Kitty variant. The joke, though, is that Pitty thinks Gloomy is his pet/friend, even though he keeps being beaten, bitten, savaged or eaten in a massive blood spray.
- Godzilla Singular Point
- Godzilla: S.P
- Season 1
- Episodes: 13 x 23 minutes
- Keep watching: yes
- One-line summary: I'm not entirely sure yet. Clever people are investigating stuff.
- I've since finished it and... after a while, it gets Godzilla-formula and boring.
That was surprisingly interesting. I wasn't expecting much from a show with "Godzilla" in the title, but I'm not sure if Godzilla will even appear, or if they're just taking his name in an abstract philosophical way.
There's a very clever man who talks about seeing the future and a very clever girl who's studying science at university, but has been asked to do a favour for her professor. Clever Bloke has won awards, although unfortunately he's built an annoying AI that I'd immediately delete if it infected my computer. (It's not okay in its default personality-free state, though.)
It's set in the real world (albeit the near future, at least 2028), but a weird old bloke is building a mecha. There's an investigation involving a factory and something underground. A kaijuu pterodactyl flies past at one point. I also like the animation, which has lively expressions and face acting. Happy to keep watching.
- Go! Saitama
- 1 minute
- One-line summary: ...music video?
Saitama (the hero of One Punch Man) discovers a 1-yen sale for high-grade hot-pot meat... but the sale ends at 5pm that day. So he starts running.
This one's too short to have a plot, or indeed anything really. It's neither good or bad. It just is. It's just Saitama running, superhero style, to the accompaniment of Michael Jackson's Beat It. This comes across more as a music video than anything else. If you want to watch it, it's on YouTube.
- The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
- Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!
- Season 1
- Episodes: 20 x 23 minutes
- Keep watching: ep.1 = "I suppose so." ep.2 = "actually, no."
- One-line summary: queen of evil stuck on Earth without her powers
Jahy is the Queen Bitch of Hell. Literally. Well, she's second in command, but that's good enough. She's also devoted to the cause of villainy and opposes respectable behaviour.
...or, at least, that's how she was until heroes destroyed the magic crystal that powered her empire. Now, she's a grumpy little girl in a Tokyo apartment. (She'd go ballistic if someone called child services on her.) She has rent to pay (which she refuses to do on principle) and a part-time job (so that she doesn't starve). She can switch between her child and adult bodies, but she's lost all the rest of her magic.
This is okay. Jahy isn't particularly likeable, but she's being clobbered non-stop by real life and hopefully she'll grow a bit. Her boss at work is nice, though, and surprisingly open-minded. I'm not expecting to like this show as much as, say, The Devil Is a Part-Timer! or Demon Girl Next Door, but I'll give it a go.
Mind you, that landlady should make her sister deduct Jahy's rent directly from her waitress pay cheques.
Awooga, awooga, abandon anime. My Jahy tolerance levels have hit critical. This week, she meets a masochistic former underling (Druj) who's also stuck in our world, but is filthy rich and living in luxury. Jahy can't bring herself to tell the truth about anything, but instead brags, bullshits and implies that she's about to conquer our earthly realm. Druj never realises that Jahy's on the poverty line. They part. As do I, from this anime.
Mind you, I've seen a lot of love for this anime from other reviewers. I'm sure it gets better, or else perhaps I dislike Jahy more than most viewers. By all means, try it.
- Gundam Breaker Battlogue
- Episodes: 6 x 8 minutes (approx), except that the last episode is 13 minutes long
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: Gundam virtual game battles
"It's Kentaro Mahara's Gundam Barbaric against Takuma Nagitsuji's Gundam OO Command Qan T. The 13th GUNPLA Battle U.S. Championship has reached the finals at last! Who's going to take the glory!"
I find it odd that the ancient, massive Gundam franchise has been taken over in recent years by this kiddie gamer version. I avoid both of them, personally, but at least it's possible to imagine adults watching proper Gundam. The last full non-kiddie TV series were Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015-17) and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (2022), although there were admittedly some movies and some short internet series in that quite large gap.
Anyway, this episode has boys fighting in those U.S. championships... and then switches to some random game arcade in a shopping district. A grumpy girl has a robot friend. She has a Gundam battle with another girl. The episode looks fine if you enjoy watching anime characters play computer games.
- Episodes: 24 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: kiddie show about Gunma prefecture's mascot character
This is so obviously the art for a children's show about talking animals that I was surprised to find that its episodes were full-length. Answer: they're not. This episode is actually three mini-episodes glued together. (Also, Gunma-chan
is more often sighted as a man in a furry costume, waving at children and releasing novelty singles with idols.)
1. "Hello there, Gunma-chan
!" Two friends are arguing about their preferences in food. (The narrator explains that it's all okay and none of it matters. The narrator is doing quite a lot of work here.) Gunma-chan
has the superpower of calming people down and making them reasonable, so his friends stop fighting... for a moment. Then they start again. They're not very intelligent.
2. "Let's go on an adventure!" Didn't bother watching this.
3. "Princess Yayoihime!" Or this either. There's nothing wrong with the show, but it's strictly for viewers with a single-digit age. Probably the low end of that, too.
- Gudetama Freestyle
- Gudetama: Muhоu Chitai de Jiyuu mo Fujiyuu
- 2-minute episodes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: lazy egg
Gudetama's quite funny. He's an egg who can't be bothered with anything and will lie on your rice telling you to give him a break. In this episode, Gudetama has to do publicity. He gets a sidekick in a body suit and a bazooka is involved. (There are also live-action bits at the beginning.)
This kind of strenuous activity is uncharacteristic for him, although the episode ends with, "Sell, don't sell, it's all just in the lap of the gods, isn't it? But don't ask me."