Anime 1st episodes 2018: U
Including: Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!, Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Uma Musume Pretty Derby, Uncharted Walker
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2018 >>
Keywords: anime, fantasy, historical
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 4 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 20 October 2020
Listed under "S": Space Battleship Tiramisu, aka. Uchuu Senkan Tiramisu
Couldn't find: Usagi no Matthew (1 minute)
Couldn't find: Uchi no Oochopus (5 minutes)
It's a movie: Uchuu no Hou: Reimei-hen, aka. The Laws of the Universe: Part 1
It's a movie: Usuzumizakura: GARO
It's an OVA: Utawarerumono: Tusukuru-koujo no Karei Naru Hibi [1 eps x 13 mins] Included with the premium collection release of the PS4 remake of Utawarerumono: Chiriyukumono e no Komoriuta. The anime will tell the story of Kuon's childhood days.
Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 23 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: bad taste comedy about a maid who's into small girls
I've since finished it and... it's great. I loved it.
Everyone's appalling. This show is very funny, but deriving its humour from wrongness.
TSUBAME = female, a bit crazy, ex-military, adores small girls. It's unclear exactly how far and in what way, although so far the evidence appears to be mostly that she wants to play dress-up. "Is there a job where I get to have a tiny, young, Caucasian girl wear a bunch of clothes that I made?" That said, though, this is still someone who'll happily say the following line, apparently without realising that it makes her sound like a scary freak. "Don't tell me you don't like girls who've begun to menstruate either?"
So far, I'm on Tsubame's side, because of:
MISHA = Tsubame's current victim, although "victim" is pushing it a bit. After getting hired, Tsubame does a very good job of being a maid, e.g. cooking (very well), doing the laundry, etc. There's the freaky stalker thing, yes, but on the other hand Misha's a grouchy brat who takes pride in having made all her previous maids quit. She'll google things like "easy ways of killing someone without getting caught." (That won't work. Tsubame's got muscles like Schwarzenegger and is scarily clever in all things that don't require common sense.)
MISHA'S DAD = arguably the creepiest of them all, actually, although he does nothing worse than order expensive food because he's happy.
This looks funny. Dunno how near the line this show's planning to go (or indeed over it), but Tsubame vs. Misha looks to be good for a laugh. Tsubame is a lunatic who made me laugh out loud (e.g. the elementary school uniform), but I don't think she's a molester. Questionable, though... yeah, that she is.
Ulysses Jeanne dArc to Renkin no Kishi
Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight
Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: 15th century historical, a bit silly
I'd heard spectacularly bad things about this show. I was expecting to drop it, but I watched one episode as usual anyway and... it was actually okay. I didn't hate it. It's got some weird worldbuilding and tonal clashes, but so far it's a watchable kind of mediocre.
It's got history. It's the year 1415 and we're in France during the Hundred Years' War. Our hero, Montmorency, has one of his friends go off to Agincourt and we even see the corpse-strewn battlefield afterwards. Montmorency's also studying alchemy with the help of Nicolas Flamel.
However it's also got wacky anti-history. Alchemy is real and you can use the philosopher's stone to summon Astaroth, Queen of the Fairies. Flamel keeps a host of cute fairy-things in his house. The 15th century was a time of gender near-equality, when women studied and fought on equal terms with men. (The royal family still runs on primogeniture, admittedly.) The English won at Agincourt partly because Henry V made a black magic pentagram. When the Knights Templar fought in the Crusades, "their true goal was not to reclaim the holy land of Jerusalem, but to find the philosopher's stone that lay there."
"King Solomon, Clovis I, Otto the Great and Jesus Christ... they all achieved great works through the power of the stone, earning them the name 'Ulysses'."
That I don't mind too much. The real problem is the bland anime cliches. Montmorency has a harem of female friends whose main trait is an inability to stop talking or thinking about him. (An arrogant boy even challenges Montmorency to a duel because of one of them.) Our heroes wander into the woods and run into a band of English soldiers, who even together can't defeat one schoolgirl. (Technically there are four school students, but only one of them does any fighting.)
I didn't mind the episode. I've watched worse. I could have kept going, but it didn't look like anything special and I'd been warned that the show goes downhill anyway. The end credits contain: (a) historical battles, and (b) huge-breasted girls in impractical costumes. I'd have kept watching if I thought this juxtaposition might be subversive, interesting or funny, but to be honest it just looks like a blob of anime cliches.
Not recommended.
Umamusume Pretty Derby
Uma Musume Pretty Derby
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 23 minutes + 3 OVAs
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: girls who are also racehorses
It seems endearing. I'm fond of the main character, Special Week, who's hugely excited, nice and not at all bothered by her name. She's prone to doing stupid things, but still charming anyway. Meanwhile the other girls at Horse Racing School also seem likeable, even the one who speaks Japanese with an annoying American accent. (I'm not bashing Americans. I'm bashing that way of saying "desu".)
Even the Flank-Fondling Trainer is likeable, despite his habit of freaking out Special Week by feeling her legs without warning or permission. He's good-natured about it when this schoolgirl responds by kicking him in the face and sending him flying thirty feet through the air.
All the horse girls here are named after famous Japanese racehorses, by the way. They can sprint a kilometre in under a minute and outrun cars.
All that's fine. However this is a sports anime about running (albeit in a very, very silly form) and after each race, the winner is expected to sing an idol concert.
Mi Yu Xing Zhe
Uncharted Walker
Mi Yu Xing Zhe
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: kidnapped people dumped on an island
It looks okay. Nothing special, but I'd have no objection to watching the rest.
Two people are in adjacent cells. There's a moving spiked wall that'll probably kill them in ten minutes. The woman has an axe in her cell (which she doesn't mention), a bed with iron bars (ditto) and a rotting wooden ceiling (which she makes no attempt to attack). She also wastes precious seconds forcing the man to promise to save her before handing over what he needs to save them both. He does, but I wouldn't have objected if he hadn't.
There's a flashback to a thematically similar incident in the mountains. The woman had some selfish friends. This is quite good and has one line that made me laugh. After the abandoned, injured man asks our heroine to be his girlfriend, she declines by saying she prefers men with brains.
After that, it's back to the present day. Our heroes get out and learn that they're in a lighthouse. They explore and have incidents that test the heroine's ability to trust the hero. It looks as if there isn't anyone else here... until they run into a violent bloke with a knife who wants answers.
I have no real objection to the episode. It's fine. A bit contrived, but I presume that'll be explained in time.