MMORPGPretty SeriesSherlock HolmesJoJo
Anime 1st episodes 2020: K
Including: Kabukicho Sherlock, Kaeru no Pickles: Kimochi no Iro, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Kakushigoto, Kamiusagi Rope: Warau Asa ni wa Fukuraitaru tte Maji ssuka!?, Katarina Nounai Kaigi, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Kingdom, KING'S RAID: Successors of the Will, Kiratto Pri Chan, Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai, Knyacki!, Komatta Jiisan, Konigiri-kun, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes, Pretty Series, JoJo, anime, SF, fantasy, favourite, historical, detective, MMORPG
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 15 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 16 September 2023
Listed under "A": Asteroid in Love, aka. Koisuru Asteroid
Listed under "B": By the Grace of the Gods: Season 1, aka. Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko
Listed under "D": The Day I Became a God, aka. Kamisama ni Natta Hi
Listed under "D": Dino Girl Gauko, aka. Kyouryuu Shoujo Gauko
Listed under "D": Drifting Dragons, aka. Kuutei Dragons
Listed under "D": Don't Call Us A JUNK GAME!, aka. Kusoge tte Iuna! Animation
Listed under "G": Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2045, aka. Koukaku Kidoutai: SAC_2045
Listed under "I": In/Spectre: Season 1, aka. Kyokou Suiri
Listed under "M": Mr Love: Queen's Choice, aka. Koi to Producer: EVOLxLOVE
Listed under "O": Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World, aka. Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjou, Aruiwa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen
Listed under "R": Rent-A-Girlfriend (main series), aka. Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Listed under "R": Rent-A-Girlfriend Petit, aka. Kanojo, Okarishimasu Petit
Listed under "S": Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, aka. Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
Listed under "S": Shiro, the Giant and the Castle of Ice, aka. Kyoshin to Hyouka no Shiro
Listed under "T": Tower of God, aka. Kami no Tou
Listed under "W": Woodpecker Detective's Office, aka. Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro
It's a compliation movie: Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Kanzenban
It's a movie and hell no: King of Prism All Stars: Prism Show Best Ten
It's a movie and it's rubbish: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen
It's a movie: Kimi wa Kanata, aka. Over the Sky
It's a movie: Kyochuu Rettou Movie
It's a movie: Kono Sekai no Tanoshimikata: Secret Story Film
It's an OVA and I've seen it: Kandagawa Jet Girls OVA
It's a three-minute OVA: Kesshouban: Eigakan e Iku
It's a three-minute ONA: Kore ga Masakano Are Deshita: Wakamono no Shoushisha Higai
It's an OVA: Keishichou Tokumubu Tokushu Kyouakuhan Taisakushitsu Dainanaka: Tokunana OVA
It's an OVA sequel to Little Busters, which I tried to watch because it's by Key but ditched during ep.1: Kud Wafter
Sod it: Kyokou Uranai
Couldn't find: Kirin the Noop
Couldn't find: Kyou mo Tsuno ga Aru
Couldn't find: Kaijuu Step Wandabada 2nd Season
Couldn't find: Kamen Rider Zero-One: Short Anime - Everyone's Daily Life
Couldn't find: Kedama no Gonjirou
Couldn't find: Keito no Yousei: Knit to Wool
Couldn't find and it's only one-minute episodes anyway: Kaoru no Taisetsu na Mono
Case File no 221 Kabukichou
Kabukicho Sherlock
Case File no 221: Kabukicho
Season 2
Episodes 13-24
Keep watching: I suppose so
One-line summary: Sherlock Holmes reinvented in modern Japan
I've since finished it and... it's pretty bad. If it weren't claiming to be Sherlock Holmes, though, I'd have upgraded my verdict to "uninteresting".
I don't really like this show. I'll keep going, because it's harmless and moderately watchable on its own terms... but it's not Sherlock Holmes. If they'd just changed the names in the script (and nothing else), no one would have never guessed that there was meant to be a connection and I'd have liked the show a lot more.
This week, astonishingly, Sherlock Holmes is recognisably Conan Doyle's Sherlock in a couple of scenes, in that he produces throwaway logical deductions... but this is just a sweetener for lots of odd backstory. He's only a detective so that it can make him a better rakugo comedian. We knew this, but for the first time we see it. Hurm.
These Baker Street Irregulars are a bunch of little shits, incidentally, but this week it occurred to me that I think I'm supposed to hate them.
It's not a bad episode if you can forget that it's claiming to be Sherlock Holmes. There's important material for Holmes and Moriarty. We see flashbacks to a murdered sister. The prison scenes are pretty good. I still love the cabaret-style opening theme music, especially the singer. But... naaah. I'm only still watching the show because I started and I'm stubborn.
kaeru no pickles
Kaeru no Pickles: Kimochi no Iro
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: no, but it looks nice
One-line summary: anthology series, with this week's episode being about separated friends
Two friends play baseball, but one of them's moved to the USA. She sends encouraging words to the other.
That's it, really, but it's nice. The animation style is unusual, looking a bit like Flash animation made to look like rather lovely coloured pencils. I have no objection to the series at all.
Kaguya sama Love Is War
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai
Season 2
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: still no
One-line summary: romantic comedy starring idiots
This is a much-loved show that gets lots of critical praise, but it's not for me.
Kaguya and Miyuki would like to date each other, but are determined not to be the person who cracks and asks the other out first. They're also the super-rich super-elite of a school for the mega-important. Cue mind games and silly battles.
No. Ugh. No no no no. Makes me itch. I can't watch it.
Incidentally, there's a live-action film... but it's from the director of the Nisekoi live-action abomination and uses a similar style, so avoid it if you value your eyeballs. That will undoubtedly be true even if you like this anime.
Kaku shi goto
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: single dad hides the fact that he draws dirty manga
Kakushi Gotou has a lovely ten-year-old daughter, Hime, but he doesn't want her to know how he earns a living. I was expecting to enjoy this show. I'm sure it's heartwarming. Everyone seems nice, the humour's warm, etc.
Unfortunately, I soon found that I couldn't stomach the premise. I'd have been okay had Dad just quietly not talked about it, but no. He starts ranting and being a twat about his secret-keeping. Stop it. Just tell her.
kami usagi rope
Kamiusagi Rope: Warau Asa ni wa Fukuraitaru tte Maji ssuka!?
Season: dunno
2 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: chipmunk and rabbit have ordinary Japanese lives
I watched a random episode on YouTube. The chipmunk has a problem with the little flag he got from a capsule machine. He's a bit rude. I don't like him, although admittedly the shop owner is a bit of a rambling old fart.
Katarina Nou nai Kaigi
Katarina Nounai Kaigi
Katarina Nounai Kaigi X
Katarina to Manabou
Season 1
Episodes: lots x 44 seconds
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: micro-specials to publicise the TV series
They're short spin-offs of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, originally released as twitter posts. The episode I watched starred the five imaginary versions of Katrina who live in her head and occasionally wonder what she should do next. (Or talk about food.) It was mildly interesting to see which was which and learn about each one's personality traits, but they're still basically a committee.
I like the parent show, which is charming and funny. I'm well-disposed towards this and I could imagine watching it. I might one day, but not for now.
Eizouken ni Te wo Dasu Na
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: hell yeah
One-line summary: schoolgirls who love anime
I've since finished it and... it's great fun and one of the best anime of the year.
INITIAL REACTION: holy shit. I love the art style. I also love the dancing at the start of the title sequence.
AFTER WATCHING THE EPISODE: the style makes sense. It's a show about animation nerds who love, discuss and bring alive their favourite topic. They can dissect what makes a particular moment of animation great. Obviously, the show needed to look special. Oh, and the girls themselves are fun too, with two out-and-out maniacs and one tall, lanky Frankenstein-a-like with a piranha's mouth and a mercenary attitude.
ON GOOGLING THE SHOW AFTERWARDS: oh, it's directed by Masaaki Yuasa. I should have guessed. No one else in the industry plays with animation style like him. I'm definitely going to watch this.
king dom
Season 3
Episodes: 79-82
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: historical about China's Warring States period
It's based on a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize-winning manga, which was also 2020's second-best-selling manga series even though this season got put on ice after only four episodes due to COVID-19. (It resumed exactly a year later.)
That said, though, I have absolutely no interest in watching it. Battlefield, big army, war, heroes, fighting, castle, macho, etc. Everyone's very serious and doing their war job. No one has a personality. Enemy forces have appeared in the mountain! What could the Teng Army be doing here? "You do not understand the true terror of war."
KINGS RAID Successors of the Will
KING'S RAID: Successors of the Will
King's Raid: Ishi o Tsugu Mono-tachi
Season 1
Episodes: 26 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: mildly epic-ish fantasy
It's based on a South Korean mobile phone game, but with an original plot. This episode was sort of okay, but relatively uninterested in characters. It has kings, politics, mercenaries, battles, etc. The main character is Kaasel, but he has no sense of humour whatsoever and came across as a bit of a dick in his training battle with his teacher. Unfortunately, this was his introductory scene.
The people of Orvelia traditionally don't like Dark Elves. The latter are indeed planning something, but they think this will be revenge for 100 years of oppression.
There's a fight in the forest. On the upside, this show is willing to kill people, but it would be a stretch to call them "characters".
The episode isn't entirely without female characters, but they're mostly memorable for their "boob window" jacket design.
The show doesn't look dreadful. I might have watched the whole thing had there only been six episodes. At twelve, probably not. At 26, no way. I don't hate this heroic fantasy genre, but this first episode was bland.
Kiratto Prichan
Kiratto Pri Chan
Sixth show in the "Pretty Series" franchise
Episodes: 153 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: nonsense for small girls
To be honest, I'm not sure what this random episode I watched is trying to do. It's warm, good-natured, endearing, etc. but that's all I got from it. A bunch of schoolgirls are friends and they make pointless videos together to stream online. It's like empty daytime TV, this week being a visit to a theme park. ("Miracle Kiratts Channel! Miracle Kiratts speaking! We will try to find a way to warm ourselves during the winter in Kirajuku! Today, we came to Akagi An-Na-Land! To help us, we invited two elementary school students.")
There's a biker grandad who says "wild" in every sentence and so becomes more annoying every time he speaks. For no reason, there's also an idol dance sequence in a shiny gold dress that could probably blind anyone who looked at it too closely without sunglasses.
Kishibe Rohan Ugokanai
Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai
OVA season
Episodes: 4 x 25 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: spin-off of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
I've tried to watch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure several times. I wish I could get into it, but I can't. I didn't even bother with this one, though. I just went "whoops, JoJo" and bailed.
It's been going since 1995
Random episode on YouTube
It's about blue stop-motion worms with yellow heads and busy little voices that make them endearing. (I think they're meant to be caterpillars, but these bald, unhealthy-looking things are definitely more worm-like.) They wriggle around the real world. Discarded cardboard, busy overhead bypasses, etc.
Some ants pick up a worm and carry it off, enthusiastically saying "yoisho yoisho". (In English, they'd be saying "heave ho!") This is cute until it becomes sinister in the ants' nest, with a hungry queen and a big saw. The worm wakes up and very sensibly does a runner.
There's also a worm that wakes up in a corn-on-the-cob and eats its way around, only to discover that another worm's head might be as easily camouflaged in the yellow as its own. It gets chased by an angry female sibling.
This show is fun.
Komatta Jiisan
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 1 minute
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: annoying old bloke
An elderly couple are eating breakfast.
MAN: "Dear, how much longer until the food arrives?"
WOMAN: "You're eating it right now." (She's right. They're sitting at the table with fish, rice, tea and miso soup laid out, with the lady having eaten half her fish already.)
MAN: "Oh, okay. Which hand am I supposed to eat food with?"
WOMAN: "Your right."
MAN: "Which is my right hand?"
WOMAN: "You don't even remember that? It's this one."
MAN: "Okay, okay."
WOMAN: "You really are getting senile, aren't you?"
MAN: "I was doing it deliberately."
The woman's heart flutters. Apparently, the show's a comedy about an old man who keeps doing cliched "hot guy" chat-up actions on women of his own age. He's annoying and I hate him already.
Konigiri kun
It's been running since 2015
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: stop-motion kiddie short anime where the cast are all bentou ingredients
This seems aimed at three-year-olds. Food items wander around, burble to each other in Teletubby-speak (with at most the odd word distinguishable) and have pleasant, inconsequential non-adventures. Today, an onigiri goes looking for some furikake to sprinkle on himself, but gets distracted for a while by all the other goodies being sold by the bacon-wrapped-asparagus, aubergine, tempura, takoyaki, etc.
Kuma Kuma Kuma bugger off
Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: VRMMO game adventures
It's indistinguishable from an isekai, except that the heroine (Yuna) is actually playing a VR video game and can log out whenever she likes. (In real life, she supports herself by playing the stock market, sends money to her parents and doesn't go to school.) The main things I took away from the show are:
(a) it's visually unimpressive. Either they had very little money or someone's deliberately aping the vintage kiddie anime look of KonoSuba.
(b) the people Yuna helps are annoying idiots.
A small boy visits the Adventurers' Guild saying that everyone in his village is going to be eaten by a black viper. (It's over 50m long and could probably beat up dragons.) No one's willing to fight it except Yuna... but she's wearing a cute bear costume, so the boy tells her she's weak and not to waste his time. Uh... what? She goes anyway, so the boy's dad tells her the same thing. These people have attitude problems, although they do admittedly apologise afterwards.
Yuna wanders off and pulverises the black viper. Obviously. She's an isekai-ish protagonist. Of course she'll have stupid power levels that destroy drama. Nonetheless, even now the villagers find it hard to believe that an adventurer could be strong and yet also wear a bear costume.
"Did you really defeat the black viper?" asks the village elder, standing a few metres away from its train-sized corpse.
Morons. Not interested.