ninjaYotsubaNarutoNobunaga no Shinobi
Anime 1st episodes 2017: N
Including: Nana Maru San Batsu, Nananin no Ayakashi: Chimi Chimi Mouryou!! Gendai Monogatari, Nanbaka, Naruto Shippuden, Natsume's Book of Friends Six, Neko Neko Nihonshi, New Game!! Season 2, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master, Nora, Princess and Stray Cat, NTR: Netsuzou Trap, Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyoudai, Nyanbo!, Nyanko Days
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2017
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2017 >>, << Yotsuba
Keywords: Nobunaga no Shinobi, Naruto, anime, yokai, ninja, historical
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 13 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2017
Review date: 18 November 2018
Listed under "R": Net-juu no Susume, aka. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
It's a movie: Nekopara
It's a movie: No Game No Life Zero (although I liked the TV series, so I'm interested)
Nana Maru San Batsu
Fastest Finger First
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 23 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: quiz show school club
I lost interest pretty much right from the beginning, unfortunately. I made it through and could even acknowledge that it was quite a good anime episode, but the subject matter wasn't for me.
It's about a quiz show school club. They do "quiz bowl", which means playing against each other in quiz games as if they were on TV, with a question master, buzzers, etc. I don't mind the odd game show. They're watchable. I have no objection to them whatsoever. These people, though, are clearly going to get REALLY SERIOUS about the things. The episode begins with one such manic-intense quizzer (Gakuto Sasajima) and I'm afraid I found him a bit dull. He seems like a cheerful, likeable chap, but... really. Calm down, old chap. They're just quizzes. Let your personality stretch in other directions too.
He's not the hero, though. That would be Shiki Koshiyama, an introverted bookworm who panics slightly on meeting people's eyes (especially if they're female) and would sooner die than be the focus of attention. However he's also overflowing with general knowledge and can do things like recognise quotes from mildly obscure novels. He'll be running up against Mari Fukami, a classmate whose special talent is successfully answering questions before the questionmaster's finished saying them.
The episode's fine. The characterisation's perfectly good. Its examination of quiz show tactics is quite interesting and raised subtleties I'd never considered. However I presume it's going to be a sports anime where the "sport" is quiz shows, which lost me within the first sixty seconds. In fairness, though, many of the people who watched this show think it's very good.
Nananin no Ayakashi
Nananin no Ayakashi: Chimi Chimi Mouryou!! Gendai Monogatari
Season 1
Episodes: 8 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: comedy with magical boys
It's mildly amusing, but not enough to make it worth seeking out.
Two magical boys do a TV-format game show, with a third boy as the host. There are questions about farts in history. That's about it, really.
nan baka
Nanbaka: The Numbers
Season 2
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes + a thirteenth OVA
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: annoying boys in prison
This is ep.14. I disliked it less than ep.1 in 2016, but that doesn't mean I liked it. It's only made it up to zero, not any kind of positive score.
The title is a play on the words "number" and "idiot". Our heroes are four idiots in prison. Good. Stay there, please. I only find them annoying when they're running away from prison guards. They comprise Juugo (loud and silly), Uno (loud and silly), Rock (loud and silly) and Nico (loud and silly).
This episode is all about being a gag anime. It says so. We meet various other characters, some of whom are sort of amusing. The lovestruck warden provides a modest amount of fun, as is the Chinese hopping vampire (although so far that just seems to be cosplay). The latter has a cactus. Other prison guards include one with orc tusks and another who gets called a monkey.
The colours and hairstyles are as wild as always. Do a google image search, but make sure you have some sunglasses handy. One character has forked devil tails growing from his head. The episode has some gags about Random Hair Colour Syndrome.
Personally I found Ep.1 annoying. Ep.14 improves on that by being silly in a way I'm neutral about, but it's just sort of there. Nothing happened. 25 minutes passed. It's got lots of jokes that I'd only occasionally find funny, but then again I feel no desire to watch the show's heroes/idiots. It has a few female characters, which is good but also surprising for the staff of a men's prison. Apparently the show does have a story, despite my impressions here, but unfortunately verifying this would mean spending more time with these protagonists. It's not for me.
shippuden naruto
Naruto Shippuden
Naruto Shippuuden
Episode 488 (or episode 708 if you include the parent series)
"The Last One"
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: action shounen
Naruto ran for 220 episodes, then Naruto Shippuden for another 500. After this, there will only be another twelve before the end. Admittedly after that we'll have Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, but that's got nothing to do with Masashi Kishimoto. Naruto's one of the big international blockbuster anime/manga franchises, you see, and Shounen Jump and TV Tokyo like money! (That's fine, though, and it's not as if I had any sentimental attachment to the franchise to begin with.)
This is a strong episode, though. It's a finale. Sasuke goes up against some supervillain who's been making Exploding Humans and doing other bad stuff. They talk, then they have a fight... which, surprisingly, is quite brief. She's just a little girl, after all, and the episode's thinking of more important things than battle scenes.
It explores her motivations and her jealousy of Sasuke for always having people who loved him. In contrast, she's always been alone. "Hurry up and kill me."
There's quite a lot in this episode. Sasuke undoes the crimes this villain did, but he does it the hard way. He fights in a coliseum. He redeems his foe, which is particularly ironic since Sasuke himself went through a period when he was branded an international criminal and Naruto was the only person defending him. The episode explores that too. There's a flashback.
I thought it was really good, actually. Admittedly you'd expect a finale like this to be a dramatic and/or emotional highpoint, but the episode worked for me even though I'd seen none of the earlier stuff and was relatively unfamiliar with the characters. It's not just a big fight. It's about redemption and discovering that you're human too, even if you thought you weren't.
"Your friend saved me. I'm very grateful."
Natsume Yuujin-chou
Natsume's Book of Friends Six
Natsume Yuujin-chou Roku
Season 6
Episodes 64-74
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: mildly downbeat slice-of-life with youkai
It was fairly good. I wouldn't mind watching occasional episodes of this show for years, but no more. I watched Season 5. It was reasonably well done, but didn't have much story and wasn't really going anywhere. This felt like more of that.
Natsume can see youkai and he goes around with a cynical, greedy, rude, lazy, selfish lump called Nyanko. Nyanko helps him, sort of. Today Natsume sees a youkai with a pot on his head, so he helps get the pot off. This was against Nyanko's advice and it has to be said that for once Nyanko was right. The youkai is a Day Eater and he expresses his gratitude to Natsume by promising to restore his youth.
Natsume is only a teenager. He loses ten years and most of his memories.
It's another quiet episode. That's usually true in this series. Natsume meets some friends and some creepy shadow-things that want to eat him. We glimpse his fear of remembering his not-entirely-happy life and returning to his normal self. It's quite a nice episode, in its mildly melancholy way, but I don't know if I'd go so far as to recommend it.
Neko Neko Nihonsi
Neko Neko Nihonshi
Season 2
Episodes: 33-64
9 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Japanese history, but everyone's a crudely drawn cat
I found it fairly dull, but then again I'm not too familiar with the original history that's being parodied.
We start with pot-making, farming and irrigation techniques. The cats sleep in the pots and remember too late that they hate water. We're clearly going way back in history here, as is underlined when we meet Queen Himiko (2nd or 3rd century AD). She's another cat, obviously, so she gets bored with hitting a ball and instead just climbs into it.
Other cat behaviour includes playing with fluffy things, sharpening claws and realising that they don't eat rice (although they do eat the rice-eating rats). There's an interesting bit about raising the storehouses on legs, each of which has a circular mouse-guard.
That's it, really. I made it through nine minutes of it, but I'd have struggled with any more.
New Game
New Game!!
Season 2
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: of course
One-line summary: workplace comedy at a computer game company
I've since finished it and... it's as adorable as Season 1
I like New Game!. It's nice. This is New Game!!, i.e. the second season. (Working!! did a similar thing with its subsequent seasons, adding another exclamation mark or an apostrophe each time. Is this an anime workplace comedy thing? Anyway...)
It's basically the same as ever, with the same girls doing the same things. There aren't even any of the new cast members I'd heard would be turning up in Season 2. The company hasn't recruited any new employees this year, to the chagrin of Aoba and Hajime but the relief of Hifumi. (She's still not good with people.) However there are a few slight differences.
1. more fanservice. This isn't a fanservice show (except in the OVA episode), but here the camera positively leers at Yagami's bottom when she wakes up in her knickers as usual. That's normal Yagami behaviour, though. She likes staying overnight in the office to work late and skirtless, eventually sleeping under her desk.
2. promotions. Rin and Yagami are both being promoted, so there's going to be a vacancy for character designer.
3. work's less hectic than usual, because Hazuki hasn't yet decided what their next game's going to be.
4. Aoba actually asks why everyone in the company is female! The answer does indeed seem to be Hazuki's personal tastes.
We're reintroduced to everyone. We even see what's happening with Aoba's old friend Nene, even though she's not an Eagle Jump employee. She's going on a date with Yamato, because she wants some programming tips on the home-made game she's writing for fun. (They were becoming a platonic couple even in Season 1, although this is the first time the show's teased us with the possibility of more than that.) I enjoyed it. It made me laugh. I never even considered not watching the rest of the series.
Nobunaga no Shinobi
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master
Nobunaga no Shinobi
Season 1
Episode: 14 of 52
3.5 minutes
Keep watching: yes, but it's a borderline case
One-line summary: cute ninja and samurai in the 16th century
I've since finished it and... it's good for a laugh.
I was already watching this show, so I'll keep going. However I only stuck with it because it's a three-minute series, so it's not as if I'd go recommending it or anything. It's sort of cute. It's only three minutes long. That's about the level of it. It works better for me than Neko Neko Nihonshi, though.
Chidori is an adorable little girl who also happens to be a lethal ninja. We have some new opening credits for 2017 and she's still killing a bunch of people in them, but interestingly this time it's being made to look like harder work for her. In the old title sequence, she wasn't needing to put in much effort.
This week, Oda Nobunaga wants to conquer some castles! He sends Chidori to spread some bad rumours, then eventually decides to build a new one in enemy territory. There's some unfunny comedy with Monkey (real name: Toyotomi Hideyoshi), but all the gags are so brief and throwaway that it's hard to object to them too much. That's it, really. There's a punchline which sets up some trouble for Chidori next week. I'm watching this series because Chidori's nice, basically, despite her professional tendency to think nothing of killing lots of people.
Nora to Ojou no Noraneko Heart
Nora, Princess and Stray Cat
Nora to Ojou no Noraneko Heart
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: uh
One-line summary: boy who's been turned into a cat, plus girls
I've since finished it and... amazingly, it's quite good.
This looks pretty terrible, but I'm thinking of watching it all anyway. There's a boy who's a cat. It's magic. Some girls don't know how to turn him back, so they go to ask Patricia, the witch who originally did it to him.
Apparently the way to do this is a kiss. There's a fight about disinfecting the cat's mouth, which burns down the house.
This is absolute nonsense. One might even say drivel. It's also based on a pornographic adult visual novel, for what it's worth, although there's been nothing dodgy so far. I wouldn't expect it. These are just publicity throwaways, basically, the equivalent of DVD extras that happened to get broadcast on TV. You'd never watch this if it weren't a short-form series, but... well, I'm tempted.
NTR: Netsuzou Trap
Netsuzou Trap -NTR-
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 9 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: predatory lesbian sleaze
We start with a girl (Hotaru) feeling up her friend (Yuma) for laughs. She then follows her victim into the toilet, locks them in together and starts assaulting her. "I'll help you practise for boys," she says. "The first time hurts." The victim does nothing that would put a stop to this (because that would give the audience nothing to leer at), but it's also pretty clear that none of this is consensual.
We then get a title sequence that leads up to our busty heroines getting very naked and cuddly.
After that, our two heroines go on a double date with their boyfriends. Yuma's boyfriend kisses her, but later Yuma is perplexed by the fact that she visualises Hotaru on saying "we kissed". Hotaru then shows up and gives Yuma a much more aggressive kiss, among other things. "Did he put his tongue in?"
For what it's worth, NTR is short for "netorare", an infamous hentai/ecchi subgenre about sexual infidelity that often includes charming features like the cheater deliberately rubbing their cuckolded partner's face in it, a husband pimping out his wife for money, etc. In short, if you like trash, this show's your goldmine. It hasn't even heard of shame. It's about disturbing people doing the nasty for maximum audience arousal, but only if you've got a kink about non-consensual activity. Yuma's straddling the borderline between rape and responding positively to it. Technically the show's not yet gone beyond kissing and fondling, but I'm confident it'll be galloping towards your taste limits at top speed.
"Why can't I fight her?"
Nui Nui Hinobori 3 Kyoudai
Nui Nui Hinobori San Kyoudai
Season 1
Episodes: 5 x variable (up to 5 minutes)
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: three brothers run a shop
Kaede is quiet and airheaded. Aoi is cool, but can also be a tsundere. Akane is energetic and a bit childish. Together they're drawn in chibi style (i.e. the head is the same height as the rest of the body) and they run a soft toy shop!
This week, Kaede takes off Akane's trousers so that he can fix a hole by sewing on a cute patch.
Season 1
Episode 15 of 26
5 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: CGI anime spin-off of "Yotsuba&!" about tiny Danbo-like cat aliens
I watched ep.1 last year and it wasn't for me. It's a CGI series about thumbnail-sized aliens who do nothing much for five minutes at a time. It's for children. That's not necessarily a problem in itself, but ep.15 tested my patience even at this running time.
The Nyanbos' UFO spits out a microphone, so they decide to do karaoke.
SONG #1: two Nyanbos in miniskirts sing about how it's okay to have bad personalities if you're pretty.
NOISE #2: three Nyanbos in sunglasses and jewellery go rapping. Yo yo yo.
SONG #3: robot Nyanbos sing about being robots. What is our goal? It's a secret!
SONG #4: the littlest Nyanbo sings a diabetic-killing number that unites everyone in happy clapping. "Pretty flowers and cute kitties, yummy snacks and fluttering ribbons," etc.
Best bit in the episode: the glimpse of Yotsuba in the fifteen-second end credits. When I say "best", I mean "the only bit that's watchable".
Nyanko Days
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: why not?
One-line summary: schoolgirl owns pet cat girls
I've since finished it and... it's a "depends if you're in the mood for it" show.
Yuuko spends a day in school, then returns home to see her cats. That's the whole episode.
At school, she's sort of down and thinking about not having any friends. Why are there so many anime protagonists like that? Answer: to resemble the target audience! (If only that was a joke.) At home, though, she's happier because she has three knee-high cat girls who love her! Since the cat girls can talk and appear to be sentient, in what sense does she own them? Is this technically slavery? Alternatively, are we seeing an unreliable observer's otaku delusion and in fact they're just ordinary cats?
The answer to these questions, though, is not to think about them! This anime's purpose is to be cute and adorable. It's possible that it's also going be more specific in its cat observations than usual, since each cat girl is said to be a real cat breed, but if so then that's just an added extra.
Would I have watched this series had it had 25-minute episodes? Not on your life. At two minutes, though... yeah, sure. It seems nice. I can go for twenty minutes of niceness.