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Anime 1st episodes 2016: O
Including: Occultic;Nine, Ojisan to Marshmallow, Onara Gorou, One Piece, Onigiri, Ooya-san wa Shishunki!, Orange, Ozmafia!!
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2016
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2016 >>
Keywords: One Piece, anime, SF, fantasy, ghost, boobs
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 8 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2016
Review date: 22 December 2017
Listed under "M": Okusama ga Seitokaichou! +! (season two), as My Wife is the Student Council President+!
Listed under "P": Oshiete! Galko-chan, as Please tell me! Galko-chan
It's a film: One Piece Film: Gold
It's a film: Orange: Mirai
Occultic Nine
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: fortean investigation/discussion anime
I've since finished it and... I don't think it's a competent work of storytelling.
Yes, Ryouka has enormous boobs. That's far from being the most important thing about this episode, but it's the elephant in the room, so let's get it out of the way first. The girl's almost deformed. They're the biggest anime boobs you'll see outside hentai and she's only sixteen years old. The animators have even run with the gag and made her top-heavy, so she's liable to nearly lose her balance when jumping around energetically (which is often).
Putting that aside...
It's from the creator of Steins;Gate. Hence the semi-colon. They're different because this one's about paranormal research, but they're similar in having a somewhat despicable main character who orders his friends around. This one's called Yuuta and his life goal is to get rich from his website, which is all about bashing claims of the paranormal. To do this, he sort of researches the paranormal, i.e. goes in search of potential clickbait. He's the kind of person who can enter a dark, apparently deserted house at the end of the episode, see a knife covered in blood and respond by picking it up with his bare hands, saying "cool!" (Is he about to see a corpse lying on the floor? Well, even if he doesn't, that wasn't his best choice.)
The episode also introduces various other people, though. There's a middle-aged professor who thinks souls exist and goes on daytime TV shows to say so. There's a girl who'll curse people for money and might, maybe have an actual live ghost at her command. I'm not sure what's going on there. There's a fortune-telling idol over whom Yuuta openly drools. There's a flamboyantly camp cafe owner. And, yes, there's Ultra-Boobs Girl, who may or may not be able to shoot Yuuta with ray guns. I'm not sure what's going on there either.
It's all a bit odd, but I approve of the subject matter. It's basically Fortean Times: The Anime. You don't often see an anime like this, seriously asking this kind of question instead of just blithely assuming the existence of whatever would be cool/funny. It's slightly worrying that I can't tell what the show's going to be like, who all these characters are or what's supposed to be going on... but what the hell. Steins;Gate was good. I'll watch this.
Ojisan to Marshmallow
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes plus a special
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: lovable fat lump and his colleage who fancies him
I've since finished it and... it's very good.
There's a marshmallow-shaped man called Hige, who loves marshmallows. He's nice. Completely harmless. However he's also a bit dim, not having realised that his colleage Wakabayashi is trying to start a romance with him. She largely does this with marshmallows, but he can be quite an exasperating person in his good-natured, empty-headed way and so this generally turns into comedy.
That's it, really, but it's sweet and it made me laugh. Pretty good for three minutes.
onara goro
Onara Gorou
Onara Goro
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: adventures of an intelligent fart
"The everyday life of Gorou, the 'most admirable of farts,' as he solves problems in ways that only a fart can."
That's a real quote, by the way. "Onara" means "fart". We start with three delinquents being rude to their teachers in stylised and barely animated art. Their mouths move. That's about all. Then, though, an old man farts out Gorou! He explains the workings of the human fart and the delinquents repent of their sinful ways, with tears rolling down their cheeks.
The live-action end credits have five perky idols singing a pop song about farting.
Recommended for anyone who thinks they've seen everything.
One Piece
Episode 725
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Japan's biggest shounen comedy/action franchise
Okay, yes, Naruto has a similar episode count (although it started slightly later). Bleach is nowhere near either of them and finished several years ago anyway. However One Piece is on another level when it comes to sheer omnipresence. If you're in Japan, it's everywhere.
Obviously we're talking about a super-long-running franchise. It loves introducing new characters, so these days it's generally agreed that there are way too many. Gawping at the cast might be the main reason to watch this episode, actually, unless you can't bear not to watch Luffy having a gomu-gomu fist fight with yet another enemy. (Luffy has a rubber body that can stretch like Mr Fantastic, blow up like a balloon, deliver elastic-powered punches that can go through walls, etc.) This episode's cast includes:
(a) various core regulars, including Nami in an off-the-everything chainmail bikini and Nico Robin in a micro-dress. Both are being drawn with extreme proportions. This franchise has got worse and worse in that regard over the years, although admittedly Eiichiro Oda's art style makes everyone (male and female) look like a caricature of themselves. That's both physiques and facial expressions.
(b) some narcissist who's determined to be inconveniently macho until he talks himself into doing the right thing by getting excited at the thought of Luffy being a fan. (He's deluding himself.) This is amusing.
(c) silly samurai, including one in a shogun's traditional clothes but coloured like a merry-go-round.
(d) tiny child-like elves.
(e) others.
The episode's sort of okay, in a way that probably pleases its fans. It's built around a big fight (i.e. there's not much meaningful content), although I did jump into the middle of a story arc. Besides, it's a shounen action series. It's doing its job. It has nearly three minutes of opening credits (eh?) and a fair amount of "story so far" space filler, but partially makes up for this with no closing credits. As it happens I think One Piece is well written and I have thirty-odd volumes of the manga at home, but this anime episode didn't tempt me to continue.
oni giri
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: fantasy adventure RPG computer game comedy
I've since finished it and... it's sort of watchable, but empty and forgettable.
Monsters have broken free of Amaterasu's seal and are threatening all life on Earth. However we have saviours! Hurrah for singing, dancing idols!
How many are there? Five? Six? No, seven. One's male, but the soundtrack isn't letting him say anything intelligible. "Onigiri has only female voices." Our underdressed heroines start with an argument about who's going to destroy the monsters and gain experience points. Have role-playing games completely taken over the fantasy genre? (I'm not complaining, but I do notice that gaming tropes seem so omnipresent in modern anime that it's as if the default assumption is that fantasy worlds don't exist in their own right, instead just being a setting for real-world gamers.)
There's also a gag about "falling damage", as if this were Minecraft, while later on the disembodied game administrator tells our heroines that "your account will be suspended for a week for inspection". Yes, it's another MMORPG.
It's fine. I quite enjoyed it. It didn't change my world or anything, but it packed a lot into under four minutes and it looks like a laugh.
Ooyasan wa Shishunki
Ooya-san wa Shishunki!
The Landlord is in Puberty
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: schoolgirl landlady
I've since finished it and... I thought it was lovely.
Slightly worrying title, but I don't think the show's planning to go anywhere scary. Well, at least I really hope not.
A normal-looking bloke moves into an apartment and finds a young schoolgirl bowing behind him on the mat. She's his landlady. She's also in middle school, so it sounds as if she's got her work cut out. We also meet our hero's pretty neighbour... and that's it. Well, it's only a two-minute short.
It seems nice. Happy to keep watching.
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: schoolgirl gets letter from herself ten years in the future
I've since finished it and... it's both delicate and dark in the emotions it's tackling. Mature and very well done.
Looks great so far. Our heroine is a 16-year-old schoolgirl called Naho, but also ten years later the same woman when she's got a husband and a toddler. (We meet both of them, although the younger one is the main focus.) One day, 16-Naho gets a letter from herself. It's in her own handwriting, it makes some predictions and it tells her not to make certain mistakes she'd regret.
Prediction #1: she'll oversleep and get to school late. (Already true.)
Prediction #2: a transfer student called Kakeru will join their class and sit next to her. (Comes to pass within the next sixty seconds.)
Request #1: don't invite Kakeru to walk home with you and your friends. Any other time would be okay, but just not today. (This request isn't granted. A five-strong gang of friends, including Naho, jovially coerces Kakeru into walking home with them. He tries to refuse at first, but then agrees. On one level, this works out great. They're a charming bunch and it's a lot of fun being with them, both for us and for Kakeru. Five friends become six. It's all lovely. After that, though, Kakeru then doesn't come to school for a fortnight.)
...and I'll stop there, for spoilers. It feels real, despite the time travel concept. (How did 26-Naho send a letter into her own past? Dunno yet.) Everyone seems like real people and the tone isn't fantastical. Naho finds it hard to do anything she thinks might make trouble for others, which more than once lead her into bad or questionable decisions. Kakeru may or may not have a similar problem. I don't know what happened with that missing fortnight and Kakeru laughs it off afterwards, but it can't have been good.
And then there's the episode's punchline. Yow. I'm definitely watching this.
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: pretty schoolboys
Trying to find information about this show was confusing. There's the Otome Visual Novel (i.e. romantic computer game for a female audience) and the anime.
GAME: you play an amnesiac heroine in a mafia-run version of The Wizard of Oz that has murder, torture and brothels. Obviously the cast's full of pretty boys and you get to choose which career criminal you want to fall in love with.
ANIME: a boy gets lost walking to his new school. He gets accosted by an idiot with a sword who accuses him of being a spy. On eventually reaching the school, he meets some pretty boys who don't look significantly older than him, but are apparently his teachers.
Apparently the anime takes the game characters and puts them in a featherweight comedy. I don't know any of these people, but so far they seem stupid and implausible. Maybe it would have been funnier if I'd ever played the game, but I haven't.