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Including: Wangu Xian Qiong III: Eren Gu Pian, Wan Guo Zhi, Wan Jie Xian Zong, Waresho! Warera! Shodobutsu Aigo Iinkai, Washimo, Wasteful Days of High School Girls (anime), Watanuki-san Chi no, Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me, Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (season 1), We Never Learn, Wei Kanjian Erduo La, Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?, Wise Man's Grandchild, Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, Wu Geng Ji Zhi San Jie, W'z
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2019
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2019 >>
Keywords: Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun, anime, fantasy, SF, boobs, harem, historical
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 16 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2019
Review date: 20 August 2022
Listed under "D": Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, aka. Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!
Listed under "S": Scissor Seven, aka. Wu Liuqi Zhi Zui Qiang Fa Xing Shi
Couldn't find it: Wu Dong Qian Kun (12 episodes)
Don't care: Wanjie Shenzhu (60 episodes)
It's a music video by a fictional band: World Reminiscences-Divertment
Wangu Xian Qiong III
Wangu Xian Qiong III: Eren Gu Pian
Season 3
Episodes: 13 x 15 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Chinese fantasy
The YouTube episode I watched only had Indonesian subtitles, but the title sequence made the show look pretty good. It's certainly trying hard to be anime. It has actual drawings with lines, not just CGI. People ride dragons. One of the first things we see is a naked girl. There's a bloke who jumps down into an arena and makes flames explode from his feet. It all looks bonkers and exciting.
The episode is about a challenge between someone in golden armour and some other bloke. Despite the apparently historical/fantasy setting, they end up playing fruit machines, then a card game.
Wan Guo Zhi
Wings of the World
Season 1
Episodes: 16 x 21 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Chinese CGI fantasy historical
"This story is a creation of art, not real history." No kidding.
It's all-CGI, but gorgeous and expensive-looking. There's some arty stuff in here. The snowscape is beautiful.
"The Foreigner" is a woman who smokes tobacco. (Ew, but that's highly unusual in this setting.) Some big super-armoured knights turn up with swords, only to learn the hard way about multi-barrelled flintlocks. More knights show up. There will be magic snakes and exploding corpses. "I will capture you, maybe torture you, to find the location of the book."
It looks perfectly good. The pacing and tone suggest something that's worth watching, rather than yet another load of action-based nothing.
Wan Jie Xian Zong
2nd and 3rd Seasons
88 episodes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Chinese CGI fantasy
There's also a Chinese CGI anime called Wanjie Shenzhu and I think they're different shows, but it's hard to tell. They seem indistinguishable. Boy hero, pretty girl, swords, textbook fantasy, all-CGI, no interest from me.
Waresho Warera Shodobutsu Aigo Iinkai
Waresho! Warera! Shodobutsu Aigo Iinkai
5 episodes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: amateurish
Three alien girls want to save the mistreated animals of planet Earth. Black cat Amiru, squirrel Rumi, and rabbit Rie come to visit, but Rie crashes their UFO. Amiru and Rumi run into a human girl, Minami, and together set out to conquer the world.
That's the synopsis... but the footage I saw was garbage. You'd think schoolgirls made it for laughs and uploaded it, but no. This was broadcast on TV. The animation is non-existent. The promotional video has three girls saying empty things that don't correspond to what's on-screen, then running out of "inspiration" and falling silent.
Season 7
40 episodes
Keep watching: no
One-line description: children's anime
I tried to watch this on YouTube, but all the episodes there were dubbed into Italian or Spanish or something. The show's quite fun, though. It's about a childishly drawn family of daughter, son, mum, dad and television-headed robot granny.
Joshikousei no Mudazukai
Wasteful Days of High School Girls (anime)
Joshikousei no Mudazukai
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: weird schoolgirls
I've since finished it and... it's funny and I liked it a good deal. Ditto with the 2020 live-action TV version.
Schoolgirls hang out and talk about nothing, which for Nozomu "Baka" Tanaka means explaining that she wants to be popular and get a boyfriend. The following made me laugh:
"I've made a mistake I can't fix. I'm in a girl's school."
"And you've realised this now?"
This show has a good line in deadpan non-reactions, e.g. the "what the hell?" teacher. Baka's friends' harsh judgements are funny. This is a Baka-centric episode, which works since she's a hyperactive idiot, but I'm sure the rest of the cast will appear more in later episodes. I have no objection to the show. I'll keep going.
Watanuki san Chi no
Watanuki-san Chi no
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 23 minutes
Keep watching: you must be joking
One-line summary: YouTubers talk to each other
It's a sitcom, complete with a laugh track as if they had a studio audience. Three characters played by YouTubers via CGI motion capture have conversations in their living room. It's horrible to look at and worse to listen to. Kill me now.
I'd have watched this had the title's last two words been swapped, to mean "bloodbath of the Watanuki sisters". You could sell tickets for that.
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita
Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes + a 13th OVA
Keep watching: yeaaaaaargh no no no... oh, what the hell, yes.
One-line summary: DEEPLY inappropriate attraction
I've since finished it and... it's charming. But not for everyone.
This episode freaked me the hell out and I was going to flee and never come back... but it's not actually that bad. Theoretically, it's light and fluffy. It has self-awareness, the ending is funny and it's also by the studio who made Uzamaid, which had similar content and was great.
It starts out happy and nice. Miyako is a cheerful, forgiving university student. Her ten-year-old sister Hinata wakes her up by jumping on her bed, while mum steals Miyako's food. No problem. Miyako's unfazed. Then, though, Hinata brings home a classmate (Hana) and Miyako falls in love. With this friend. Who's ten years old. Your skin will shrivel and eat your brain.
This is far harder to swallow than Uzamaid, which played it all for stalker comedy.
The episode settles into a status quo. Miyaki is a fluffy, harmless creepazoid and Hana decides almost immediately that she's sinister and/or a disaster area. "I have to keep playing along with her creepy hobbies?" We glimpse a more entertaining show after the end credits. This anime might actually be good, but it might also end up requiring brain bleach.
Mairimashita Iruma-kun
Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (season 1)
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
Episodes: 23 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: innocent boy at demon school
I've since finished it and... it's bright, fun and likeable. Season 3's due in October and I'm looking forward to it.
Iruma is a lovely fourteen-year-old pushover. His parents are scumbags who send him out to work so that they can live in unemployed comfort, until the day when they sell his soul to a demon in hell. (Can you do that? Sell someone else's soul? That would be terrifying, but let's try to forget about that.)
Iruma's goofball owner asks Iruma to become his legal adopted grandchild. Iruma says "yes", because Iruma's incapable of saying "no" to anything. (Had Iruma said "no", though, grandad would have had to eat him.) Next is to go to demon school. Nothing to worry about! No one will realise that Iruma's a delicious little human, so he definitely won't get eaten!
It's great fun, with charming cartoonish art. It might sound dark, but it's being played for comedy.
Bokutachi Benkyou Dekinai
We Never Learn
Bokutachi wa Benkyou Dekinai
2 seasons + 2 OVAs
Episodes: 28 x 24 minutes
One-line summary: school harem comedy about tutoring
Keep watching: yes, I decided... and then quit less than a quarter of the way through Season 1. It has four good episodes, then it falls off a cliff.
The title sequence promises three girls, but we've only met two so far. They're both geniuses. Furuhashi Fumino writes literature for her school essays, while Ogata Rizu can destroy any problem in maths or physics. Unfortunately, they have puzzling life goals. Fumino wants to study astronomy, even though mathematics kills her brain. Similarly, Rizu wants to study psychology, despite only understanding numbers.
Our hero, Yuiga Nariyuki, is their tutor. He's a dirt poor schoolboy with no special talents and has always had to work hard. His sister has a brother complex (oh dear), but his home life's fun. "We found lots of edible plants today!"
I enjoyed this. I like the episode's defence of Fumino and Rizu for wanting to transcend their pigeon-holes. They're geniuses, yes, but they're also human. Fumino (tall, ladylike, blue hair) keeps apologising for being some variety of invertebrate and wants to connect with her late mother. Rizu (short, ginger, buxom, scary eyes) does deliveries for her family's udon restaurant and loves card and board games.
I also like Nariyuki's approach to teaching, which looked straightforward and effective to me.
I'm happy to continue with this. I dare say it'll drift downhill in time, as often with harem shows, but I enjoyed this first episode.
Hora Mimi ga Mieteru yo
Wei Kanjian Erduo La
Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo!
Season 2
Episodes: 13 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Boys' Love silliness
Last year, I thought Season 1 ep.1 was okay, but I rewatched that episode this morning and was less favourable towards it. Miao is a cute cat boy with ears and a tail. Yes, and? So what? I don't see why Daisu forces Miao to hide his ears under a painful hat when they go outside. It's unusual, yes, but people will think it's cosplay or something. It'll attract less attention than having over-the-top flirty romantic gay tease together because Daisu's unnecessarily trying to hide it and making all the women in the store photograph them on their phones.
Anyway, Season 2 ep.1 is more of the same. More cat boys. More boy-on-boy romantic action for the fangirl audience. More of sodding Daisu freaking out about trying to hide Miao's ears, even when the witness was napping in another cat boy's apartment and will say things to him like "I'll take a shower now" and "where's the toothpaste I bought?"
It's a Chinese anime, but it has a Japanese dub. The show's harmless, but Daisu annoys me.
Nande Koko ni Sensei ga
Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?
Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!?
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 12 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: sexy comedy
I've since finished it and... it's great! Romantic, funny and, yes, sleazy. I hope they make another season.
You can watch the TV version or the one with a title sequence full of naked breasts with nipples.
Our hero, Ichiro Sato, is a schoolboy who wanted to use the gents' toilets. (Possibly for wanking. Depends what he meant in his voice over.) Unfortunately, his hot, big-boobed teacher is using his cubicle, with lots of cleavage.
Sato just about survives that, only to have an even more extreme encounter with the same teacher in the school infirmary. It's a complete coincidence. She's not chasing him, but is merely the victim of an anime sex comedy. She's got a cold, the nurse is absent and the only medicine in the cupboard is a suppository. I guess that "cold" also included a spot of brain fever.
It's pretty silly, but I laughed.
Kenja no Mago
Wise Man's Grandchild
The Wise Grandson
Kenja no Mago
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: isekai pap
I've seen backhanded praise of this show. It might be meaningless generic isekai nothing, but apparently it's not total garbage and there are points of mild... oh, sod it. Forget all that. I'd already lost interest after seven minutes.
1. The standard premise of isekai is that a mundane bloke from our world dies and becomes a fantasy hero in another one. This is the same, but with the twist that he's an idiot. He walks dozily out into the road in front of a speeding car. Wham. We have a Darwin Award winner!
2. He then grows up as an ordinary child in Fantasy World. Hang on. What's the point of him having started in the real world, then? He can remember his past life memories, but that makes no difference to anything beyond the voice-over info-dumps.
3. Even when he's only eight years old, the show's already creaming its jeans about how awesome and wonderful he is. No drama is even being attempted. "The speed at which he masters magic is extraordinary. He even keeps up with Michel's fighting skills."
Sigh, zzzzz, ditch.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Three OVAs bundled as bonus extras with limited edition manga releases in 2019-21
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: romantic-ish twenty-something nerds in the office
The parent show's a romantic workplace comedy about otaku. I'm a fan of it (although I'd suggest avoiding the live-action movie). Obviously, I was going to watch these three OVAs.
OVA #1: "It Appeared Suddenly=Love" (March 2019) = it's fine. Nothing wrong with it. It's telling the story of how Koyanagi and Kabakura originally met, when they were running basketball clubs in high school.
OVA #2: "Friend's Distance" (February 2021) = my favourite of these three episodes. Nifuji's sunny non-otaku brother Naoya gets a romantic episode, which is unsurprising since he has social skills. The person he meets, though, is practically a clone of Nifuji, except worse because she's also terminally shy, insecure and clueless. The technical term is "hopeless case". The episode's sweet and funny, e.g. the anti-confession.
OVA #3: "Company Outing" (October 2021) = it's a company trip. Nifuji's going to have to interact with normal people and leave his computer games at home. Yes, he will. He tries to object, but Narumi's having none of it.
Recommended. I believe the manga's finished, alas, but this is still fun.
Wu Geng Ji Zhi San Jie
Wu Geng Ji III
Season 3
Episodes: 42 x 16 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Chinese CGI fantasy
The visuals are great... if you like CGI and risibly bad lip-synching, since the show's priorities don't include character and dialogue. It's exciting and epic, with fire angels, dark elves, massed archers that suggest battles, buxom mermaids and close-ups of tough guys. Every shot is trying to look like a blockbuster.
Nothing for me here. I fast-forwarded through.
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: schoolboy does music
It's a sequel to Hand Shakers, which I thought was okay, but the world hated. I was actually looking forward to this... but then I watched it.
Random stuff happens, including a sword fight between two anonymous people I don't care about. A punchable pink-haired man goes into a shop and boogies to some wallpaper music of the kind you'd have to hear twice to realise is actually playing at all. There's a teenage internet DJ. "He's still just a boy, but I guess I'd have to say this has some vibes and groove to it!"
Touching someone's hand activates magical powers. Someone's memory gets wiped. "Thank goodness she doesn't seem to remember!"
The episode's mostly about music and DJ-ing. Someone uses superpowers to make music. There's discussion of a school music club. Baddies show up for a fight at the end, but I didn't care about that either.