Anime 1st episodes 2018: Y
Including: Yakiniku-ten Sengoku, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories: Season 6, Yokai Watch: Shadow Side, Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2018
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2018 >>
Keywords: Yamishibai, Yokai Watch, anime, horror, fantasy, SF, ghost, yokai, harem
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 6 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2018
Review date: 28 October 2020
Listed under "A": Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ouji-sama, aka. 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams
Listed under "B": Yagate Kimi ni Naru, aka. Bloom Into You
Listed under "E": Yama no Susume season 3, aka. Encouragement of Climb
Listed under "L": Laid-Back Camp, aka. Yuru Camp
Listed under "O": Yin Yang Shi: Ping An Wu Yu, aka. Onmyouji: Heian Monogatari
Couldn't find: Yao Shen Ji 2nd Season, aka. Demon Gods, Tales of Demons and Gods
Last episode of a 2017 series: Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru: Yusha no Shou
It's a film: Youkai Watch: FOREVER FRIENDS
It's a film: Yakusoku no Nanaya Matsuri, aka. Starlight Promises, which I liked
It's an OVA: Yarichin Bitch-bu
It's an OVA: Yu-Yu-Hakusho Special, in the 25th anniversary Blu-ray box set
Yakinikuten Sengoku
Yakiniku-ten Sengoku
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: I would, but I was lucky just to be able to find ep.1
One-line summary: boy works at eccentric restaurant
It's a familiar formula. Our protagonist becomes the One Sane Man working at a family restaurant. I enjoyed this show when it was called Wagnaria!! and I enjoyed this too. The cast are fun and likeable, while the script fits a good amount into this four-minute episode.
If it were easier to track down, I'd watch the rest.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Season 6
Episodes: 13 x 4 minutes
Episode title: "Thunderous Visitor"
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: anthology horror
I've since finished it and... it's the same as usual, in a good way.
I've been watching Yamishibai from the beginning. No reason to stop now. It's barely even animated, of course, but that's because the title is a play on paper theatre (kamishibai).
This week's episode stars a man who's afraid of thunder. That was true even when he was a boy. His mother comforted him, but then she disappeared when he was five.
Now, she's come back.
It's a simple story, arguably all the stronger for stopping before the expected gruesome relevation and leaving you to guess the details. I'm happy so far.
Youkai Watch Shadow Side
Yokai Watch: Shadow Side
Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside
Series 2
Episodes: 49 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's show with yokai, but a bit darker this time
I'm fond of Yokai Watch. I never watched it regularly, but it looked like fun and I'd have definitely followed the show had it been on TV forty years ago. Unfortunately the game's sales and the anime's ratings had fallen (after 214 episodes and the mega-success of rival Pokemon Go), so this is a revamp.
It's darker and edgier, albeit still a kiddie show. The returning characters look older and different, especially Whisper. (He used to be a comedy ghost-blob, but now he looks like a vampire butler in a bow tie and a suit. While still being a ghost.) They've even ditched the original theme music, although I don't mind that either. Geragerapo no Uta is one of the greats, but sometimes you just need to accept that you need to move on and do something different instead. (Compare with the Attack on Titan theme tunes. Season 2's theme music is trying to be the Season 1 music again, whereas Season 3 just says "sod it" and does its own thing.)
The show's set in the 2040s and has three child heroes: a girl and two boys. The girl's younger brother follows her to the gang's hideout and sees them doing yokai detective stuff. I liked the goofy yokai bike. It looks fine. I won't follow the show, but I'd happily watch if it came on TV.
Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line
Season 4
Episodes: not sure yet x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: cycling sports anime
I liked it more than Season 3 ep.1, but I've heard bad things about this season of Yowamushi Pedal. It's cycling. How exactly do you wring 100-odd episodes out of "I WILL CYCLE FASTER!!!!"? There's got to be a limit, especially since they're not even underdogs any more.
This episode was okay, though. They're having a race. It's the Inter-High or something. There's a bit of excitement on the side as the support crew (including a girl!) get stuck in traffic and might not get the cyclists' food and water in time to the agreed race point. Solution: MORE BICYCLES!!!
As for the race itself, it's impressively hot-blooded. The loudest and most empty-headed is Crimson Hair, but he's amusing. There's macho dialogue and cyclists having conversations with each other as they zoom along. Is that possible? Wouldn't you be inaudible, given the speed of the air going past you? Would you have the breath or inclination for chit-chat anyway? Well, it's anime. I might be a bad person for thinking about that.
Anyway, I won't be watching any more of this. The episode was entertaining enough, but I don't care who wins and I'm not compelled by bicycles. That's just me, mind you.
Yu-Gi-Oh! fifth spin-off series
Episode 33
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: trading card battles
The entire episode's just a single fight. There are a few cutaway scenes to show us what other characters are doing, but it's basically one long trading card duel between Spectre and Blue Angel. Lots of fast-forwarding! That saved some eyeball time. What's more, this is merely the middle of the fight, which started in ep.32 and will be continuing in ep.34. The episode's plot synopsis on the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS wiki is just a turn by turn gameplay breakdown, with the name, rules and effects of every card played. Admittedly that's just fan analysis... but that's also half the episode's dialogue. The characters tell each other their cards' rules as they play them.
In between all that, though, Spectre psychoanalyses Blue Angel with a child's picture book, while one of the cutaway scenes has two Playmakers.
I struggle with this entire genre, to be honest. Okay, I liked WIXOSS, but this episode felt like another shounen battle anime (already a problem for me) except that the battles involve trading cards. That's just... um. It doesn't work for me. Yu-Gi-Oh!'s an international hit franchise, though, so feel free to ignore me. It has a fanbase. It's perfectly good at what it does.
Yuragi sou no Yuuna san
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san
Season 1
Episodes: 15 x 24 minutes (including three OVAs)
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: harem anime
It's the kind of show that adds nipples on the Blu-rays. Its title sequence includes an underage girl nearly showing her knickers, although there's only one of her and most of the cast is buxom. The advert break picture shows all the girls naked. This is a harem show, which I'm capable of enjoying, but as it happens this one didn't appeal to me.
Kogarashi Fuyuzora is the hero. He's a psychic who defeats ghosts by punching them. (Ummm...)
Yuuna is the ghost girl in the haunted hot springs where Kogorashi is going to live. He'd been expecting to vanquish her in the usual way, but unfortunately he can't bring himself to hit a girl. Gosh and darn it, he's just going to have to share a bedroom with a hot girl with big boobs! COMPLICATION: the boarding house has other residents. They're all female, astonishingly.
I don't mind the fanservice, trashiness, etc. What put me off was the characterisation. Yuuna is a nice girl and delighted to have found someone who can see her, but to me she seemed a bit one-dimensional. She struck me as a trope, not a person. Similarly, the other boarding house residents include an annoying ninja cliche, a huge-boobed drunkard who nonetheless manages not to have much personality and just feels wrong somehow and... um, two other girls who didn't leave much impression.
I've seen this called the spiritual successor of To Love-Ru. I never got into that show. The strength of the harem genre (when it works) tends to be comedy and charming character interactions, but that depends on the cast. The downside of the harem genre is that its default state is dramatic stasis in which no one's stories budge a millimetre and the whole thing's just a big, unhealthy male fantasy. Stereotypical result: "starts well, but goes downhill". This one hasn't even started well.