One PieceYokai Ningen BemOne RoomOverlord
Anime 1st episodes 2018: O
Including: Ojarumaru, Okko's Inn (TV series), Okoshiyasu: Chitose-chan, You Don't Know Gunma Yet, One Piece, One Room: Season 2, Onmyouji Heian Monogatari, Oretacha Youkai Ningen, Oretacha Youkai Ningen G, Oshiri Tantei, Osomatsu-san, Otona no Bouguya-san + Rimen, Overlord II, Overlord III
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2018 >>
Keywords: Yokai Ningen Bem, Overlord, One Piece, One Room, Abe no Seimei, anime, yokai, ghost, fantasy, historical, detective
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 6 September 2020
Listed under "M": Ongaku Shoujo, aka. Music Girls, which I quite enjoyed
Listed under "M": Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai, aka. My Sister, My Writer
Listed under "T": Oshiete Mahou no Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Fairilu, aka. Tell Me, Magical Pendulum: Rilu Rilu Fairilu
It's a movie: Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko
It's a movie-length special: One Piece: Episode of Sorajima
Ojaru maru
Episode 1600-ish (every week since it started in 1998)
Minutes: ...I think about ten?
Keep watching: if I saw it on TV, I probably would
One-line summary: quite a funny children's comedy show
It's the second longest running anime on NHK E-Tele, after Nintama Rantarou. If you're trying to watch all of it... well, no. Forget it. It's a freaking monster. It is, though, directed by Akitarou Daichi, which is a reason to watch anything.
Ojarumaru (aka. Prince Mackaroo in English dubs) is a five-year-old prince from the Heian era (794-1185) who's time-travelled to the modern era. This week, though, he's not important. The comedy character is Komachi, a slightly older girl who's trying to impress two men who've come to the house. She's proud and fashion-conscious... but she's got a hole in her sock. Komachi gives us some comedy faces (especially given the simplified art style), daft attempts at hiding her (innocuous) wardrobe malfunction and of course eventually a defiant trumpeting of her own failure.
The episode made me laugh. Next time I go to Japan, I'll probably watch more of this.
Wakaokami Shougakusei
Okko's Inn
Wakaokami wa Shougakusei!
Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 12 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: twelve-year-old can see ghosts and inherits a traditional inn
I've since finished it and... it's nice.
It's based on a twenty-volume children's novel series (2003-13) that also got an 2018 anime movie. (The movie and TV series are unrelated, but come from the same studios.)
Our heroine is Oriko Seki, who takes a long train journey on her own to see her grandmother. There are clear but subtle indications that she's lost her parents. (This is confirmed later.) She's going to be living with granny from now on and there's some talk about her possibly running the inn. (What about school?)
What's more, the inn is haunted. Fortunately the ghost's good-natured, although he's quite good at winding up Oriko. He's the same apparent age as her and can fly and stick his head through doors and floors. At one point she falls in a pond because she'd been trying to hit him.
I liked it. It's serious about Oriko and her situation, but also fun. I'll be watching the movie too.
Okoshiyasu Chitose chan
Okoshiyasu: Chitose-chan
Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's show about a penguin
Chitose is an Emperor Penguin who lives in Kyoto. She can't talk (although she can mew), but everyone loves her. They lift her on to bridges, let her ride in their rickshaws and give her ice cream (which she likes even though real penguins can't detect sweet tastes).
It's fine. It's harmless. It's made for children the size of Chitose.
Omae ha Mada Gunma o Shiranai
Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai
You Don't Know Gunma Yet
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: comedy with jokes about Gunma
I've since finished it and... sometimes it's excellent, but more often it's a bit dull
You wouldn't expect a three-minute anime to matter. This one, though, has a live-action TV series and film. It's based on a comedy web manga about an unfashionable prefecture called Gunma. (I'm reminded of Fly me to Saitama.)
"No one who comes to Gunma makes it back alive!"
"The passengers going to Gunma all have dead, vacant stares!"
There's a horror movie train, whose conductor has fangs. The doors don't open... which is apparently true. This line's train doors don't open automatically in Gunma prefecture, for whatever reason.
To stop people from taking offence, there's even a live-action bit after the end credits with the mayor of Takasaki city (in Gunma), talking about Gunma Love. This comes "straight from the farm!" Awesome.
One Piece
Episode 820
Adapted from manga chapters: 852-853
"To Reach Sanji - Luffy's Vengeful Hell-Bent Dash!"
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: heroic pirate comedy-adventure
That was a decent episode, actually. Importantly it avoids the infamous One Piece problem, i.e. too many heroes. You'd never guess that Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, Franky or Jinbe were among the Straw Hat pirates. Instead the episode just stars Luffy, Brook and a jaguar man called Pedro, plus an unusual plot role for Sanji. The title sequence made me wonder if he'd turned into a villain, but then the opening narration corrected me.
"To take back Sanji who was being pressed into a marriage and had left his friends behind, Luffy and the others infiltrated the Whole Cake Island where Emperor Big Mom is."
He's not being a hero in this story arc, it seems. All he does this week is sit and talk with his sister, Reiju, who's in a hospital bed with a drip. Sounds as if he's got some scary family issues going on, including genetic engineering and being one of a clan of assassins. They also discuss whether or not he should let Reiju die the next day with all their brothers.
Everyone else has a fight. There's lots of fighting in this episode, which isn't unusual for One Piece. Pedro's enemy is a fast-evolving chicken and our other two heroes are fighting hugely fat giants. It didn't make me feel the need to watch ep.821, but I wasn't fast-forwarding the fight scenes or anything. It was okay. This was the first time I'd seen an episode where Brook got an important solo role, so that was interesting. I think I could say that I enjoyed the episode.
1 Room
One Room
Season 2
Episodes 0-12, each 4 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: silent camera-perspective protagonist and a girl
I've since finished it and... I liked it a good deal.
I quite liked Season 1. The fact that this show exists is mildly horrifying, since it's otaku relationship substitute with some unintentionally creepy quirks. However it does exist, so I watched it and quite liked the girls. They're actually quite interesting and had been allowed characterisation dimensions that had nothing to do with the protagonist.
This is mostly just a recap episode, edited together from Season 1 footage, but the narration makes it feel like a new episode anyway. I quite liked it, but why only Hanasaki Yui? She's okay, but what's wrong with Natsuki and Moka? Let me google... oooooh, I see. Those two aren't not returning. Drat. Well, we'll see how it goes. This season will star Yui (again), Nanahashi Minori (new) and Amatsuki Mashiro (new).
Not much here for a judgement, but it's nice enough and I'd been planning to continue anyway.
Onmyoji Heian Monogatari
Onmyouji Heian Monogatari
Yin Yang Shi: Ping An Wu Yu
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching:, but I liked it and I'd have had no objection to continuing
One-line summary: youkai in Japanese history
It looks beautiful. It's a 10th century historical with Abe no Seimei in the Heian era, but with youkai. This episode has Seimei and his friends discussing daruma. How do they eat? (With spoons.) How do they sleep? (Normally, but you can't tell whether they're awake or not.)
The episode has charm and beautiful, elegant colours. However it's not really saying anything or going anywhere. I liked it, but I don't know if I really need twelve episodes of it. (That said, though, it's getting a sequel season in 2020, so I might change my mind and go back to watch it after all.)
Oretacha Yokai Ningen G
Oretacha Youkai Ningen (first series)
Oretacha Youkai Ningen G
Series 1-2
Episodes: 25 x 2 minutes per season
Keep watching: no (on first viewing)... but I did eventually. First series ugh. Second series mediocre.
One-line summary: semi-parody with monsters
FIRST ATTEMPT (before watching any Youkai Ningen Bem)
It's okay, but it didn't particularly grab me. However it's a homage/parody of a fifty-year-old show called Youkai Ningan Bem, which sounds kinda cool and I'm planning to go looking for it. If I watch all the old episodes, I'll probably come back to this.
Anyway, it's not what you'd expect from something with "youkai" in the title. It's evil, skanky and urban. It stars three monsters: Bem (black man who's dressed like a 19th century gentleman), Bero (boy with elf ears who looks as if his clothes were chosen by a paedophile) and Bera (sexy witch).
Bero starts working in a host club. The episode's also extremely Flash Animated, i.e. it looks like garbage. I'd have no objection to watching more, but I'll go looking for the 1968 show first.
SECOND ATTEMPT (after watching lots of Youkai Ningen Bem)
That was a completely different show! Google, google... ah, that was Season 1. I'm watching Season 2. In this one, CGI slime blobs in a glass jar have conversations. I'll watch it, but I wouldn't have if I hadn't triggered my completist gene by watching all of Youkai Ningen Bem to date.
O-shiri Tantei
Oshiri Tantei
Butt Detective
5 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: detective with arse for head
Butt, bum, arse, buttocks. Call it what you will. I was mesmerised. Natsuki was watching children's TV in Japan when this came on and I couldn't stop watching. It's a perfectly normal detective show, based on a wildly popular set of children's picture books. The hero's a detective who solves crimes. He finds clues, identifies suspects, etc. Nothing abnormal about it... but his head's an arse and he has a secret attack he can use against the baddie at the end. (You don't need me to spell it out.) You might at first think he was a talking peach or something, but no. Those are buttocks.
The rest of the cast are mostly talking animals. It's a perfectly good, innocuous show, once you've accepted that it's about a talking, crime-solving arse.
Season 2, episode 14
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: random comedy
It's a sequel to a famous 1962 manga, which starred six sextuplet boys. Here they've grown up... well, no, they haven't done that. They've got older. Let's be accurate. They're all petty, worthless bums. Our adult heroes are Osomatsu (unemployed loser), Karamatsu (narcissist who wants to look cool), Choromatsu (nerd), Ichimatsu (the laziest of the six), Jyushimatsu (energetic goofball) and Todomatsu (effemininate, tries to act cute and innocent). However I didn't get any of that from the episode itself, because they all basically look the same (being sextuplets) and I had to look it up on the internet.
The episode has three parts:
1. "Weekly Drama Serial - Sanematsu-san: Episode 9" - we meet a sad man with a depressing life and a job where his boss calls him useless and his colleagues think he's a paedophile. He travels into another reality and meets the Osomatsu brothers, who make his life happier and more fulfilling. However then he goes back to his own reality and discovers that he's had a traffic accident. He dies.
2. "UMA Expedition Team" - Jyushimatsu, Iyami and Hatabou go on an expedition to find a Super Mongolian Death Worm. It kills them. I'm starting to see a pattern here, but at least this time there's no requirement to care about the loud idiot victims.
3. "The Choromatsu Incident" - Choromatsu dyes his hair toffee-coloured. To my delight, his brothers think he looks like a complete twat and express some opinions I've held for a long time. That was cool. I had less sympathy with their inability to tell him how bad he looks, but that's setting up a pyrotechnic explosion of unintended abuse when some less tactful siblings show up. This segment was pretty funny and I can see why this show has fans now.
I'm still not continuing with the show, though. This isn't my first exposure to Osomatsu-san and I hadn't been particularly impressed before. However this episode did make me laugh and it's clearly capable of being pretty good.
Otona no Bouguya san
Otona no Bouguya-san
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes + three slightly longer 2019 OVAs
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: shop that sells revealing armour for female adventurers
I've since finished it and... it's disposable. Not worth a recommendation.
Our hero is rescued by a girl who drops a bag of money. He returns it to her, which is lucky because she works at a shop that's teetering on the brink of profitability. (It's also run by idiots. The sales ledger has item/price entries like "what was it? = extra", "hmm = can't remember" and "something cute = I wonder").
It's also selling to a niche customer base. The owner has a dream. "I became an armour shopkeeper because it's my dream to make every female adventurer wear sleazy equipment!"
Our hero volunteers to become their clerk. Someone's got to do their accounts for them.
over lord
Overlord II + Overlord III
Seasons 2-3
Episodes: 2 x 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: obviously
One-line summary: the adventures of an evil Overlord
I've since finished it and... the show grows a plot! I'm hoping they make Season 4.
Tomoko and I had been waiting until the DVDs came out. Most shows never get an English-language physical release, to be honest, especially these days. However this is Overlord. It was a good-sized hit back in 2015 and it got two sequels in 2018. This is the first of those.
To be honest, this first episode is a slow start. I wasn't that impressed. If I hadn't seen Season 1, I don't know if I'd have continued. There's lots of worldbuilding, factions and countries. At one point, Ainz Ooal Gown gets a map of the world and talks Albedo (and us) through it.
I have faith, though. It's an entertaining show and here they're just getting the info-dumps out of the way. The premise is that Ainz Ooal Gown is a nice guy in the body of an evil undead overlord who rules an army of even more evil vampires, demons, dark elves, etc. This show isn't "good vs. evil", but instead "flamboyant fantasy evil vs. even more evil". I've bought the original Japanese light novels and manga too. (Season 1 of the anime adapted light novels 1-3, Season 2 did vols.4-6 and Season 3 did vols.7-9.) This show is a lot of fun.