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Anime 1st episodes 2020: G
Including: Garugaku.: Sei Girls Square Gakuin, GeGeGe no Kitarou (2018 series), Gekidan Nanatsu no Taizai, The Genie Family, Get Up! Get Live! #Geragera, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, Gibiate, Gleipnir, Go Astro Boy Go!, The God of High School, Gohan Kaijuu Pap, Golden Kamuy: season 3, Great Pretender, Gudetama, Gundam Build Divers Re-RISE, Guraburu!, The Gymnastics Samurai
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: GeGeGe no Kitaro, Ghost in the Shell, Gundam, Astro Boy, anime, SF, fantasy, rubbish, yokai, samurai, ninja, historical
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 17 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 8 September 2023
Listed under "I": Is the Order a Rabbit, aka. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Bloom
Listed under "M": My Roomie Is a Dino, aka. Gal & Dino, aka. Gal to Kyouryuu
It's a movie (and I've reviewed it): Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown
It's a movie (and I've reviewed it): Grisaia: Phantom Trigger The Animation: Stargazer
It's a movie: Given Movie
It's a movie: Gon Movie: Gon the Little Fox
It's a movie: Gundam: G no Reconguista Movie II - Bellri Gekishin
It's Chinese: Gonfu Tu Yu Cai Bao Gou 2nd Season, aka. Kung Fu Bunny
It's Chinese: Guan Hai Ce Zhi Tie Qi Xiong Guan
I watched it in 2019: The Girl and the Monster
It's an OVA: Gundam Build Divers Battlogue
It's an OVA: Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 Extras
It's an OVA but I will get to it eventually: Girls & Panzer: Taiyaki War!
Oh, sod it: Gebaude Baude
Garugaku Sei Girls Square Gakuin
Garugaku.: Sei Girls Square Gakuin
Season 1
Episodes: 50 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no no no no
One-line summary: idol garbage
I nearly started this review with "civilisation is doomed", but that would have been an overreaction. It is, though, pointless and brain-destroying. Idols go to idol school. They sing and dance. That's everything noteworthy in the animated segment, bar the fact that the main character sounds retarded. (I'll be generous and assume that she's being played by a terrible actress.)
All that was practically Mastermind, though, compared with the live-action signing and dancing. The anime's just one segment in a TV show where those voice actresses sing and dance. I was slightly shocked by the number of dancers (both main and background) who looked simpleminded on camera.
It's not even a good song. You'll barely remember afterwards that there was a song.
Gegege originals
GeGeGe no Kitarou (2018 series)
Episode 87 of the 7th series
Keep watching: d'oh
One-line summary: iconic youkai manga
I've since finished it and... it's fantastic. Don't expect the earlier GeGeGe no Kitarou series to be this good, unfortunately.
I've nearly finished the 2018 series. After this, I'll return to the original 1968 series and watch them all in order. (Roughly speaking, another 100-odd GeGeGe episodes get made every decade.)
So, yeah, the chance of me dropping this was zero.
This one's a slightly uncomfortable episode, though. There's a bimbougami (a god of poverty who hangs around invisibly for years) and a zashiki-warashi (the opposite). One of Mana's friends manages to eject one of the former and replace it with the latter, but you'll almost wish she hadn't.
This 2018 version of the show can be great fun, but it can also get political or shocking. This is one of the episodes with a darker view of human nature.
Gekidan Nanatsu Taizai
Gekidan Nanatsu no Taizai
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: I wouldn't mind
One-line summary: comedy version of The Seven Deadly Sins
I don't watch The Seven Deadly Sins regularly, but I've always enjoyed what I've seen of it. (There's a blatant fanservice anime of the same name, but I'm talking about the shounen adventure series based on a Nakaba Suzuki manga.) This particular mini-show does fairy tale parodies, this time doing The Little Match Girl.
I was amused and I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes the parent show. There's a street seller of pork and Hawk the talking pig is helping her. "Delicious pig meat! Oi, skinflints! If you don't buy it, it's your loss!"
Genie Family
The Genie Family
Hakushon Daimaou 2020
Series 2
Episodes: 20 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's show
It's a 50th anniversary revival of a show from 1969-70. The original starred troublemaking genies who granted every wish of a boy called Kan.
Here, we have the original genie and Kan's layabout grandson, Kantarou. It's a kiddie show set-up, but that I don't mind. No, what irritated me is that the episode has only one thought in its head, i.e. showing how the original's miracles are a bit rubbish these days. Manga? You can read it on your phone. No, I don't need your help with my homework. Kantarou has no ambitions or dreams and he's basically uninterested in anything. "If I want excitement, I have VR. It's a lot safer than that stupid flying carpet, too."
Obviously, Kantarou's about to spend 20 episodes being proved wrong... but, even so, he can piss off.
Get Up Get Live Geragera
Get Up! Get Live! #Geragera
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x 90 seconds
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: stand-up comedy act
Two anime pretty boys do stand-up comedy. I didn't laugh, but there's nothing wrong with the idea for the show.
Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045
Fourth TV series based on Ghost in the Shell, not counting the famous movies
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: CGI cyberpunk
I'm not a huge fan of Ghost in the Shell. I've seen one of the TV series and four of the movies, but I ditched the boring Stand Alone Complex. This is a sequel to that.
It's a Netflix Exclusive. Run away!
It's a CGI series. I don't mean cel-shaded, either, but full 3D rendering. Unfortunately it's a bit... oh dear, those faces. Bwahahaha, no.
I should summarise the episode's plot. Vehicles going fast, shooting guns, cyberpunk, boring people. I think that sums it up. The political and economic background is interesting, though.
Gibi ate
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: time travelling post-apocalypse infectious disease turns you into monsters
It's the year 2030 and civilisation has collapsed, thanks to a "disease" that turns people into a gigantic slavering monster called a Gibie. You can only catch this disease by being stabbed with a Gibie's poison claws. Is this really a disease?
It's the year 1600 and a samurai and a ninja are going into exile after the Battle of Sekigahara. The ninja has a personality, unlike the samurai. Then, suddenly, they find themselves in 2030. Almost everyone is remarkably accepting of this and no one thinks to investigate how this time travel happened.
A scientist explains the situation to these two primitives. His "explanation" is full of talk about DNA and chromosomes. No one comments on this.
To be honest, though, the episode's not that bad. Silly monsters, okay. Collapse of civilisation, okay. Weird acceptance of time travel, okay. The main thing that puts me off is that monosyllabic plank-of-wood samurai and everyone thinking samurai are cool.
Glei pnir
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: people who turn into silly-but-dangerous monsters
I've since finished it and... the first 11 episodes are strong, but ep.12 falls down with an idiot backstory
Kagaya's teacher wants to recommend him to a good university, but he refuses and then lies about this to his classmates. He wants to be boring. "Normal is best. I don't need to be myself."
This is because he turns into a monster. I presume this increases his strength, since it also comes with a bunch of drawbacks. He can't see very well as a monster. He's embarrassed by his non-human form, is frightened of being noticed and just wants to be a zero. His monster form, you see, is a giant stuffed toy. I love this. I didn't need any more than that to know I needed to keep watching. Fortunately, though, we also have a somewhat villainous girl who knows about other monsters and kicks Kagaya off a roof.
The episode's fanservicey. Why was Claire lying in a burning building with her shirt open? (This becomes even less plausible when we learn how she got there.) We see quite a lot of underwear and for unclear reasons Kagaya even starts removing an unconscious Claire's knickers at one point. (This freaks him out and he immediately stops, but that was worrying.)
Nonetheless, this show looks like a lot of fun. Violence, sinister people and giant stuffed toy monsters.
astro boy
Go Astro Boy Go!
Go! Go! Atom
Season 1
Episodes: 52 x 11 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's cartoon about Astro Boy
It's a French co-production with a very non-anime art style. They're not trying to hide the Flash animation. The famous Osamu Tezuka robot hero Astro Boy has adventures with his friends, which this week involves banana-squeezing monkeys in a hot spring.
I watched a random episode. It's for pre-schoolers, but there's nothing wrong with it.
God of High School
The God of High School
Season 1
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: martial arts tournament
The first half has some fun character set-up. Corrupt politicians hatch schemes and gloat about who really runs the country until their island gets god-slapped. A boy has a motorbike chase to retrieve an old lady's bag. There's a cute girl who's less harmless than she looks and will turn homicidal if you break her glasses.
There's a lot to like here... but unfortunately it's about a martial arts tournament. The title sequence promises BATTLE FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT WEAPON.
My brother watched this series, though.
Gohan Kaiju Pap
Gohan Kaijuu Pap
Started running in 2011
Episodes: 30 seconds
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: monsters dance to a song
Crudely drawn cartoon monsters since and dance. The mini-sodes always end with food being eaten. Eh?
On closer examination, the show's star is meant to be rice and the guest star kaijuu are all some kind of food that accompanies it. "Gohan" means "rice", so the Gohan Kaijuu is a sort of white fluffy Godzilla. He dances with a pink blob that's actually an umeboshi (pickled plum) and with some Japanese curry.
Golden Kamu
Golden Kamuy: season 3
Episodes: 23-33
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: macho men in the north near the start of the 20th century
I've since finished it and... to my surprise, it was dull. Not enough Asirpa. Hopefully Season 4 is better.
I quite enjoyed this show's first two seasons, so I was assuming I'd watch this third season as well. I will, but it was a closer decision than I'd expected.
Asirpa's disappeared and Sugimoto's looking for her with his fellow soldiers, thugs, ex-prisoners or whatever. They're big. They're well-muscled. They fought in the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war. They're the kind of idiots who hit each other for lack of a more eloquent form of communication and the episode's climax is lots of macho wankers punching each other.
Asirpa isn't like that. Asirpa is a little girl, albeit also a tough Ainu hunter who's saved Sugimoto from bears and my favourite character in the show. There are other child characters here too, but they're not Asirpa and they can't win against the stench of man-idiocy.
There's good stuff in the episode too, though. I like the setting. I liked the historical material about the Ainu, the Russian boxing (up to a point) and the back-and-forth of territory. Our heroes meet a wolverine and think it's cute until they learn that wolverines' bad tempers are said to make them scarier than bears. I even quite like Sugimoto and his quest for Asirpa, even if he is being an idiot here.
I'll keep watching, but only because I'd previously seen Seasons 1-2.
Great  Pretender
Great Pretender
Season 1
Episodes: 23 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: con men
It's a cool, slick, well-produced show with fun music. It looks great. The character acting and facial expressions are endlessly watchable. It's definitely one of Netflix's stronger anime.
Unfortunately, it's about con men. The first thing they do is swindle an old lady out of some savings. Some people love con men stories. Personally, I saw these characters getting themselves into outrageous trouble and I was thinking, "Good, now get arrested."
Gude tama
Lots of one-minute episodes
Keep watching: no, but it makes me laugh
One-line summary: lazy egg
I like Gudetama. He's an egg that can't be bothered and just lies around. He might prefer not to be eaten, but he's not really interested enough even for that.
Gundam Build Divers
Gundam Build Divers Re-RISE
2nd season of Re-RISE
3rd series of Gundam Build
Impossible to count all of Gundam
Episode 14: "Encounters, and Then..."
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: living beings inside computer games
Gundam Build gets weird.
I don't understand all this properly, but I'll try to explain. Gundam is a boring but insanely huge (in Japan) franchise of very serious interplanetary wars and giant war robots. Gundam Build is a show about fans who make Gundam models (aka. Gunpla) and use them to fight virtual battles with each other.
In other words, they're triple nerds. Gundam nerds, modelmaking nerds and online gamer nerds.
This episode is set within a virtual game world. The Gundam riders are clearly playing a computer game. However they're also barely in it. Instead, we're following a community of beast people in what looks like some Middle Eastern ruins. It's a planet called Eldora and its people seem real. They have families, villages, etc. Their big sisters shout at them if they don't do their chores, like weeding in the fields.
They also live in fear of attack by cyclopean war robots.
They call the Gundam players "Creators". They revere them. One of them even manages to summon them... and then what looks like an entire season of action goes past in a narrated montage, after which the Creators lost and the world's worse than ever. The Build Divers went away.
Compared with what I'd been expecting, it's extraordinary. It's practically a different genre. I won't watch this show, because it's Gundam, but I respect it.
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: adaptation of 4-panel manga of Granblue Fantasy
It's surprisingly well drawn and animated for a 4-panel manga adaptation. I watched Granblue Fantasy season 1 and it was okay, but I can't remember much about it now. I'll certainly never rewatch it.
This, similarly, was okay. Nothing wrong with it, but...
Gymnastics Samurai
The Gymnastics Samurai
Taisou Zamurai
Season 1
Episodes: 11 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no, but it's quite good
One-line summary: professional gymnast
A gymnast called Joutarou (nicknamed "The Samurai") has reached old age (29). For a professional gymnast, that's prehistoric. His coach has been telling him to retire for years, but until now Joutarou never listened.
Joutarou is also a widower and single father, with a very cute daughter (Rei) who loves ninja and her father's gymnastics. He can't bring himself to break the news to her, so they go to a historical theme park (Edo Wonderland) so that she can enjoy ninja. To everyone's surprise, one follows them home and they can't persuade him to go away.
It's quite a fun episode, although I could have lived without the silly talking Big Bird in their living room. I also didn't have much patience for Joutarou's inability to spit it out when it comes to breaking the bad news to Rei, but it turns out that there's a reason for that. I'm sure the show's good. I've read good reviews of it. I'm dropping the show because it's a sports anime about gymnastics, but that's just me and by all means give it a whirl.