Anime 1st episodes 2019: L
Including: Lalala Lala-chan: Lala to Mainichi, Larva Island, Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery-Solving Files, The Leader, Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran, Levius, Ling Jian Zun, Ling Long: Incarnation
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2019
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2019 >>
Keywords: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, anime, fantasy, SF, detective
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 8 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2019
Review date: 16 August 2022
Listed under "C": The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II, aka. Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files
Couldn't find: Liv & Bell, Adventure Kids stop-motion animation about Liv, a curious little girl and Bell, a gluttonous hedgehog.
It's two adverts for an online novel-publishing service: Line Novel
It's a film: LAIDBACKERS
It's a film: Love Live! Sunshine!! Photo Session
It's a film: Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow, which I couldn't stomach
It's a film: Luo Xiao Hei Zhan Ji (Movie)
It's Lupin III: The First
It's Lupin III: Goodbye Partner
It's Lupin III: Mine Fujiko no Uso
It's Lupin III: Prison of the Past
It's publicising a cleaning product: Look Plus One Piece Special Movie
It's a music video by the fictional band Irodorimidori: Light Speed Days
Lalala Lala chan Lala to Mainichi
Lalala Lala-chan: Lala to Mainichi
Season 4
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's anime
Everyone's a talking animal, but the art style's too cute and simple for it to be clear what they're meant to be. Io could be anything and has a telescope. Panbitto looks like a big fat panda, but is actually a rabbit. Pyuutan is like a caterpillar with a snail's shell, but more importantly he makes robots.
I don't mind it, but I feel no need to watch it. It wasn't made for me.
Larva  Island
Larva Island
4th series of Larva
2nd season of Larva Island
Episodes: 14-26
Keep watching: no, but it's a laugh
One-line summary: CGI insects
It's a South Korean CGI series for Netflix and it feels international, i.e. American. The CGI looks plastic and all the creatures talk in noises (although there's also an English-speaking human with a Jesus beard).
That said, though, it's also fun. I enjoyed the non-verbal storytelling, extreme facial expressions and energy levels. Children would love this.
Layton Mystery Tanteisha
Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery-Solving Files
Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katri no Nazotoki
Episode 38 of 50: "Odoru Scotland Yard Dai Sousa-sen"
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: girl detective in London
It's an adaptation of a video game (Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy) in the Professor Layton series. Katrielle runs a detective agency in London, which has Big Ben, double-decker buses and natural, everyday English names like a policeman called Darjeeling Aspoirot.
Katrielle also reads the London Times. There's no such newspaper. (In fairness, though, The Times is a common newspaper name and so the original is sometimes called the London Times abroad.)
This week, a giant robot is making trouble on Ye New Rainbow Thamesbridge. No, really. (The Thames does actually have a bridge that's locally called Rainbow Bridge, but it's not in London.) Katrielle eats puddings at Puri Puri Purin and talks to a girl who's seen a moving mop.
It's a children's show and nothing's wrong with it beyond the hilarious localisation. It's fine.
Ling Feng Zhe
The Leader
Ling Feng Zhe
Episodes: 7 x 23 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Chinese anime biography of Karl Marx
It's utterly different from any other Chinese anime I've seen. The Chinese government's Marxism office commissioned it for their celebration of the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth. Its script was written by the deputy director of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Party Committee Propaganda Department. Its episodes are called "Different youth", "Defending the rights of the people", "New world view", "Scientific socialism shines brightly", "Great work Das Kapital", "First International" and "Marx forever".
I quite liked it. The historical setting's well realised and it's immediately more interesting and mature than the sword-waving adventures of most Chinese anime. The script's little more than government propaganda, but never mind. Marx's story role is to enlighten us with Marxist lectures.
I didn't even mind the Extremely CGI cast. Young Marx has become an anime pretty boy. He was actually good-looking in his youth (and a hair monster in his later years), but he didn't look like that. Also, Jenny von Westphalen in the childhood flashbacks appears to be the same age as him (and so he's educating her in righteous Marxist thinking based on Timon of Athens), whereas in fact she was four years older.
It's a curiosity. It's not bad... but watch the rest? Ahahaha, no.
Gin Ei Den
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These Seiran
Season 2 of the remake
Episodes: twelve, but technically it's three movies
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: SF political/war epic
The LotGH remake is back! Great-looking CGI space battles, interplanetary politics, Wen-Li vs. Reinhard, strategy, tactics, etc. It looks very similar to the version I know. It's also very LotGH, i.e. I'm expecting it to be huge, intelligent and dry.
I spent five years trying to slog my way through the famous 1988-97 original. I got halfway through, gave up and threw away my discs. Obviously, I won't be watching this new version.
Levi us
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: a Polygon Pictures CGI anime for Netflix, about boxing
Oh, come off it.
I'm capable of forgiving the presence of Netflix, but Polygon Pictures? Yet more dead-eyed CGI?
Furthermore, it's about boxers. They box. They get in a ring and hit each other. I gave it sixty seconds, then fast-forwarded through the rest of the episode.
Ling Jian Zun
Spirit Sword Sovereign
Hundreds of 10-minute episodes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: CGI adventure
I honestly thought I was looking at a computer game. I don't mean a cut scene, either. Or indeed a good game.
It's set in historical China, but with magic. People run and jump on rooftops. There's a competition of five martial arts clubs. You'd only need a quarter of your attention to watch this, e.g. while you're doing the ironing.
Ling Long Incarnation
Ling Long: Incarnation
Ling Cage
Season 1
Episodes: 6 x 28-38 minutes, plus a 46-minute special
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Chinese CGI rip-off of James Cameron's Aliens
It's trying really, really hard to be Aliens... but it's doing it quite well and adding some new bits. I like the Warhammer 40,000 future, with a red-robed religious order that has a cool, epic spaceship and sinister attitudes. There's strict social division between "superiors" and "inferiors", with the latter being genetically different and given all the dogsbody jobs. They have numbers, not names. They don't get guns. Their deaths don't matter. You're not even allowed to get affectionate with them.
"They say that in the old world, people were free to get close if they wanted."
"And that was a bad habit of old times."
There's even a bit of life and characterisation for the gun-toting heroes, which I hadn't expected. (Not much, but some.)
It's pretty good. The CGI's effective at creating atmosphere, alien worlds and multi-legged face-jumpers. (They're called spinal centipedes.) The frozen people are creepy and made me wonder if someone had been watching Steven Moffat's Weeping Angels. The series continued until 2021 and to my knowledge had nineteen episodes. You could do worse.