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Anime 1st episodes 2018: K
Including: Kaijuu Girls: Season 2, Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits, Karakuri Circus, Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko, Killing Bites, Kira Kira Happy Hirake! Cocotama, Kiratto Pri Chan, Kokkoku, Ku Pao Ying Xiong
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2018 >>
Keywords: Kaiju Girls, Pretty Series, anime, SF, fantasy, yokai
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 9 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 14 June 2020
Listed under "A": Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, aka. After the Rain
Listed under "B": Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet, aka. Boarding School Juliet
Listed under "H": Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes, aka. Holmes of Kyoto
Listed under "R": Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru, aka. Run with the Wind
Listed under "T": Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, aka. Teasing Master Takagi-san + OVA
Listed under "V": Kitsune no Koe, aka. Hu Li Zhi Sheng, aka. Voice of Fox
Listed under "X": Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki, aka. Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary
Can't find (one-minute episodes): Kiss made Ato 1 Byou
Can't find (one-minute episodes): Kuroneko Monroe
Can't find but I've seen it before: Koneko no Chi: Ponponra Dairyokou
Three OVAs: The King's Avatar, aka. Quanzhi Gaoshou
It's a movie series: K SEVEN STORIES
It's a movie series: Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution
It's a movie: Kaiju Girls Black, which is actually funny
It's a movie: Kemushi no Boro (only 15 minutes long and you've got to visit the Ghibli Museum to see it, but it's also Hayao Miyazaki's first CGI film)
It's a movie: Kidou Senshi Gundam NT - U.C. 0097. i.e. more Gundam
It's a movie: Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai, aka. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
It's a bonus OVA: Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND, aka. Blood Blockade Battlefront & BEYOND
kaiju musume
Kaijuu Girls
Season 2
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: I suppose so. It's short.
One-line summary: gag show about girls who are monsters
I've since finished it and... unsurprisingly, it's more of the same. No better, no worse.
I watched Season One in 2016, but wouldn't recommend it. I didn't keep the episodes. It's Flash-animated mini-nonsense about kaijuu monsters reincarnated as girls. It's mildly amusing, but forgettable.
That said, though, the episodes are so short that I might as well continue. Apparently there's a movie, which boggles the mind. Here, a Kaijuu Girl at a fan-greeting celebrity event meets a fan who turns (harmlessly) evil with a Black Smoky Aura.
Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits
Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
Season 1
Episodes: 26 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: human girl cooks for monsters
I've since finished it and... it's gentle, thoughtful and nice. A bit slow.
It's far better than I'd expected. I liked it. I'm still nervous of it becoming a food show, but this episode wasn't like that at all. It's quite compelling.
"You can eat me." When Aoi was a child, an ayakashi saved her life. They sometimes eat humans, but this one fed her.
Aoi was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandfather, but now he's dead too. She can see spirits. Sometimes they're dangerous, but her grandfather has told her what to do if she meets them. If something looks likely to eat you, offer it some food instead.
As it turns out, though, grandad had some secrets. Aoi's about to visit another world and get told she has to marry the Ogre Master, which is a shock. She's rude to him. (That might not have been best. Her reactions are understandable, but one could still have worded things more gently.) Will she marry him? Absolutely not. What's she going to do? Work! Are there any jobs she can do in this otherworldly realm? Well, perhaps, if you look everywhere and don't mind lots of rejection. Many ayakashi think humans are trashy, skinny, prohibited and/or insultingly unsuitable brides for their Ogre Master.
This is good. I liked it. Food's part of the story, yes, but it's not a foodie show. (So far.) I'll take the risk and continue.
Karakuri Saakasu
Karakuri Circus
Season 1
Episodes: 36 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: shounen action with puppet baddies
I'd heard good things about this. It's from the creator of Ushio and Tora. It's also well animated, according to connoisseurs of action anime. However, it's still a shounen action show. A bit more mature than some, but it's still got action, fights and not overly sophisticated characterisation.
1. A big bloke works for a circus and has a medical condition. He'll die or something if he doesn't make people laugh, but he's loud and grumpy. "Laugh or I'll knock your brains out!"
2. A small boy is on the run from creepy puppet people. These can derail trains by getting their shattered bodies caught in the wheels.
3. A circus woman wears a skintight body stocking.
It didn't grab me. The puppet people are weird, but it's like watching an action movie with no deeper level of interaction. Big Grumpy Bloke's quirk should be funny, but it felt humourless. He always seemed to be either shouting or trying not to. Little Boy is nice, but that's all his personality. Body Stocking Woman is emotionless.
I'll watch the first 2019 episode, though. That's ep.13. Maybe I'll change my mind? (Update: I didn't.)
Katana Maidens
Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko
Toji no Miko
Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: schoolgirls with swords
Girls and swordfights! That's it. The girls seem nice, but the sword fights mean nothing and are boring.
We begin with riot cops and a hellfire armoured lava centipede as big as a train. Five schoolgirls appear and kill it. None of this manages to be interesting.
We then go to Swordfighting Miko school. Some of the girls will be entering a swordfighting contest. They get on a train and eat cookies. I'd have happily watched this show had they had a less pointless goal, e.g. collecting dead beetles or making the world's tallest tower of paper clips... but no.
Killing Bites
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: lycanthrope death matches
Japan is ruled by international conglomerates that organise lycanthrope gladiator deathmatches! They're called Therianthropes, but let's call them "beast people". Or, more precisely, "girls with big boobs and minimal clothing".
Men in a van abduct a girl for gang rape. Our, um, hero is the van driver. We're meant to think he's a nice guy because he complains a bit to his friends in the back, but he does nothing to stop them. Fortunately, though, their victim isn't what they think she is and the wannabe rapists all die.
We meet a wolfman called Brute Leo, King of Kings. (Or something like that. It's hard to care when he's on-screen.) His dialogue is all bragging and swaggering machismo. He has a boring fight, which I fast-forwarded.
Nope. Alternatively, no. Also, hell no. Avoid, unless it's your kind of trash. Do you like testosterone-poisoned fights and the kind of useless male protagonist who accidentally grabs a girl's boob twice in the same episode?
Kira Kira Cocotama
Kira Kira Happy Hirake! Cocotama
Season 1
Episodes: 55 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: probably not, but I was tempted
One-line summary: merchandise-plugging anime for little girls
It's a 24-minute commercial in fictional form. It's about a line of toys. Haruka Hoshinogawa's favourite treasure in her grandad's antique shop is this expensive-but-tacky plastic doll's house-palace, available in all good toy stores! Wasn't this meant to be an antique shop?
Haruka has to put a Merchandise Key inside the Merchandise Castle. This could hardly be more blatant. There's also a fat squawking fairy-thing (called Ribbon) that can fit inside eggs and makes Disney look gritty.
That said, though, it's charming. It reminds me of PreCure, although the genre's different. (No hero transformations or fight scenes.) They're both indefatiguably warm-hearted and nice, with humour and a likeable heroine. Ribbon's funny. (She also doesn't add tag phrases to her sentences, thank goodness.) I considered continuing, despite the episode count, the merchandise-shilling and the closing credits promising six more Cocotama rodents.
Kiratto PriChan
Kiratto Pri Chan
Series 3 in the Pretty Series, after Pretty Rhythm and PriPara
Season 1
Episode 1: "We Tried Kiratto Pri Chan!"
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: YouTube-a-like idols
It comes across as kind of desperate, but in a funny way. In its world, no one talks about anything except the Pri Chan streaming channel. Akagi Anna is the Pre Chan idol whose name's on everyone's lips! Anna-chan's channel has over ten thousand followers and her channel rank's on the rise! Remember, after watching something, press "like".
There's the obligatory merchandise-plugging. Please buy the shoddy-looking items that everyone's fawning over in this anime!
Our two schoolgirl heroines will become streaming stars, because that's all that exists in the world. (Well, unless you're their cool classmate who's reading Stephen Queen's "Ti", with a killer clown on the cover. What could that possibly be referring to?) The episode teaches you about being a YouTuber and promises you that nerves are normal. Everyone's timid at first! Don't worry, the world will watch you on their mobile phones!
So far, so goofy. What's mildly surprising is the cast of two-faced crocodiles. Akagi Anna is a self-obsessed bitch who calls herself "the super celebrity idol Akagi Anna". The nice lady at Pri Chan will sometimes grow pointy fangs and yell at her subordinates. A scout gets dragged away by minders.
Anyway, no. But I laughed.
Moment by Moment
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: family of losers and genre-breaking
I've since finished it and... it's earnest hard SF, but also dry and cold.
That wasn't comfortable. However it surprised me and I'll watch the rest.
Juri is a 22-year-old girl who's just failed nineteen job interviews. They asked what her father and brother did, which I disapprove of. Why's that an interviewer's business? However the brother's a 31-year-old NEET who spends all day playing computer games, while the father's a fat, chain-smoking bloke who's lived similarly since he was made redundant. Grandad sits around and drinks. Meanwhile, Juri's sister is a single mother who doesn't know who the father is.
The story then gets nastier. Thugs kidnap the nephew and demand five million yen. Surprisingly, it looks as if Juri's family can just about afford that. Incidentally, this is the kind of grimy, nasty show where children don't have plot immunity. That nephew could easily have got knifed and dumped.
The episode then does a massive genre flip. This doesn't make it nicer, but I'll be interested in anything that can turn my world upside down three times in 24 minutes.
Running Heroes
Ku Pao Ying Xiong
The Running Heroes
Season 1 (continued)
Episode: 20 of 26 x 14 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: fun fantasy adventure
I liked ep.1 in 2017. This episode is merely okay.
It's a children's show that's now accumulated five heroes. They enter a land of sweets, called Candy World. They run, jump, get through chocolate bogs and dodge candy quakes. Then, at the end, a pumpkin-headed character tries to charge money. All this is standard children's cartoon stuff, with chibi-style characters and a light tone. Someone gets trapped in jelly, for instance.
The good bit is a fight. Two heroes go at each other. One's an arrogant cock who sneers at your weakness and thinks it's impossible when he loses. The other's a girl who's trying to retrieve her brother's swords.
It's a reasonably good episode. It does the job. If I'd been a child who'd watched this show from the beginning, I'd have thought it was great. As an adult, though, it didn't tempt me.