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Anime 1st episodes 2020: O
Including: Obake Zukan, Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga, Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God, Oidon to, Ojarumaru, O Maidens in Your Savage Season (live-action), One Piece: Wano Country Arc, One Room: Season 3, Onegai Patron-sama!, Ooya-san to Boku, Origami Ninja Koyankinte, Oshiri Tantei, Osomatsu-san, Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: One Piece, One Room, anime, SF, fantasy, yokai, detective, historical, rubbish
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 14 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 24 September 2023
Listed under "D": Dropout Idol Fruit Tart, aka. Ochikobore Fruit Tart
Listed under "I": If My Favourite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die, aka. Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu
Listed under "M": My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Seasons 1-2, aka. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag [etc.]
They're OVAs: Ookami to Koushinryou VR 2, aka. Spice and Wolf II
Couldn't find it: Otoppe
Never mind, it's another kiddie show: Onigiri ni Naritai Cogimyun
It's a nine-minute OVA: Ogaki Matsuri ni Ikou yo!
It's a movie: Oshiri Tantei Movie 2: Tentou Mushi Iseki no Nazo
It's a movie: Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
It's a movie: Ongaku, aka. Our Sound
It's an OVA: Ometeotl Hero
Obake Zukan
Season 1
Episodes: 29 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: spooky things in a kiddie anime
This show has two title sequences. This episode had the animated one, rather than the live-action one with dancing female jesters.
Our hero is a small boy with a Mokumokuren youkai in his bedroom. He thinks it's scary, but it's just lots of eyes appearing in the walls and looking at you. Also, you can get rid of them by chopping up onions. (Makes sense.) He's less worried about the talking ghost cat hat that attaches itself to his head and from now on can never be removed.
Oda Cinnamon  Nobunaga
Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: historical warlords reincarnated as dogs
The idea's funny. Historical warlords (e.g. Oda Nobunaga) have been reincarnated as cute dogs!
Unfortunately, the actual episode bored me. They're super-macho warlords. They're in dogs' bodies, yes, but they're super-macho warlords. They never do or say anything interesting, because they're still rammed hard up their own backsides. I can see the unrealised comedy potential in the juxtaposition between that and their doggy instincts, but notice the words "potential" and "unrealised".
Toutotsu ni Egypt Shin
Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God
Toutotsu ni Egypt Shin
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x 6-ish minutes
Keep watching: I was on the borderline, but no
One-line summary: daily lives of cute Egyptian gods
Imagine Hello Kitty versions of the Egyptian gods, but with stylish black, white and gold designs. They do cute things like sentencing souls to go "up" or "down" while playing on a see-saw, or alternatively they bring down a sun to disintegrate everything. Anubis's hobby is making mummies and he accidentally wraps up his friend Thoth.
It looks okay. Potentially amusing. I considered watching the rest of it.
Oidon to
5 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: stop-motion for small children
Daddy Lump and Baby Lump are sumo wrestlers. Baby gets thrown around like a rag doll when he fights dad, but he's not going to give up! He trains. He pulls heavy rollers, does press-ups, dodges tree trunks, etc. (Dad has a snooze in the garden.) Eventually, Baby returns for a rematch... against the sentient snot-bubble that's grown from his sleeping father's nose.
This episode made Misaki laugh when she was three. Job done. It's a success. I've noticed before that very small children seem to love sumo. Mind you, the characters' mouths sometimes look like blood splashes, which is alarming when Dad's beating up his baby son.
Prince Mackaroo
Prince Mackaroo
Running non-stop since 1998
9 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's comedy
I like this show, but this was one of its less remarkable episodes. Ojarumaru and his friends are approached by three oni. They're monsters, but no problem. Then his fiancee arrives. Yikes, everyone run!
A moment later, they're all sitting on Tsukki. (I presume this is a variant on Issie, a Japanese Nessie-a-like monster said to live in Lake Ikeda.) Effectively, they're marooned on a living island. Tsukki's asleep. They have silly conversations.
Araburu Kisetsu no Otome domo yo
O Maidens in Your Savage Season
Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo
Live-action TV series
Episodes: 8 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: I couldn't even get past the first five minutes
One-line summary: live-action adaptation of a breezy, shocking and funny manga
The anime's one of the best shows of 2019. It's about five clueless schoolgirls and sex.
This, on the other hand... well, the good news is that the cast has relatively few idols and J-pop singers. Instead, we have lots of fashion models. Mayuu Yokota gave me a bad feeling immediately as Sonezaki, while sometimes you can tell the director ordered the girls to be cartoonish.
I cringed at the info-dump. Schoolteachers use a whiteboard to talk the audience through pictures and character summaries of the literature club's members. I realise that Mari Okada wrote these scripts, after also writing the 2019 anime and the original manga, but that just proves that scriptwriters are at the mercy of their directors and producers.
I lasted five minutes. Nope. Cute dance in the opening credits, though.
One Piece
One Piece: Wano Country Arc
31st story arc
Episode 916
23 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: outrageous pirate action heroes
It's a lot better than the last One Piece episode I saw. The anime's problem is that it's trying not to overtake the manga despite a production schedule of an episode a week since the dawn of time, so it's liable to goooo verrrry sloowwwly. This episode, though, works. The pacing's fine. It feels like a normal show, but with Eiichiro Oda's ludicrous character designs and (here) the country of Wano. He's doing the Far East. The creatures, costumes, weapons, buildings and even hairstyles are all Oda going apeshit with traditional Japan, which I understand he's never done before in One Piece.
If you're interested, among others, I believe in the past he's done Spain (as Dressrosa), the Vatican (as Marijoie), London (as Rommel Kingdom), ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia (as Alabasta), Cameroon (as Impel Down), Vikings (as Elbaf) and also specific buildings, islands, ships, etc.
Anyway, the episode starts with Luffy losing a fight against a giant called Kaido and eventually getting dragged along the ground in chains behind horses. He's going to get enslaved. We learn more about Wano's isolationism. "I don't want the foolish citizens of this country becoming curious about the world outside, even a bit." Nami's still not dead (tch). There's something in a cell that doesn't mind eating poison fish and will kill you if you haven't taken the bones out.
The episode didn't crawl. It was fine. It even, wonderfully, has a theme song called "Over The Top". (If you know Eiichiro Oda's art style, you'll agree.) It looks pretty good... but I won't be continuing, because it's ep.916. (If anyone's interested, the Wano Country Arc started in anime ep.890 and/or manga vol.909.)
one room
One Room: Season 3
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: girl talks to silent camera protagonist
I've since finished it and... I like it a lot. I rewatched all the episodes since Season 1.
I like this show and was delighted to see that it had got a third season. It's like a one-woman stage show. Each girl gets a few episodes, adding up to a reasonable amount of material for the voice actress to carry.
This time, our heroine's one of the two members of a school gardening club. She doesn't say anything particularly deep, but we learn that she's interested in the 1st person protagonist, that she's embarrassed about her accent (which she tries to hide) and that the summer holidays are coming up. The art's also capable of being beautiful, with gorgeous light in one evening scene.
It's a nice episode of a nice series.
Onegai Patron sama
Onegai Patron-sama!
I don't have much information about this one
Keep watching: hell no
One-line summary: CGI anime pretty boys
I tried watching two separate episodes of this, but fled screaming from both within a few seconds. So I won't be watching it. I don't even really know what this show is, but it looks as if they got some voice actors to ad-lib and then overlaid it over CGI motion-capture animation of the actors or something.
Ooyasan to Boku
Ooya-san to Boku
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x 5 minutes
Keep watching: no, but it's nice
One-line summary: slice-of-life with a bloke and his landlady
It looks as if it was drawn by an eight-year-old, but that's part of its charm. Our hero is a comedian of very mild celebrity. He appears on TV quiz shows, but as the third panelist from the left on the back row. One day, he moves to a flat that's run by a little old lady whose hair is probably a third of her body weight. She's like his mum. She takes in his washing when it rains, which is a bit creepy when you walk into your flat and see it folded and waiting for you.
The show's pleasant, good-natured and low-octane. You couldn't call it unmissable, but I was mildly tempted to keep watching.
Origami Ninja Koyankimte
Origami Ninja Koyankinte
13 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: the "animation" is a hand playing with toys
I found this on YouTube, but I don't know if I watched the right thing. I can't have, can I? But it was there, under the right name. Well, I'll describe it.
It's not even a puppet show. That's too grand a word. It's hands playing with toys, exactly as your four-year-old daughter would. One lady says all the voices as she wiggles these dolls. Also, oddly, all these toys are from famous franchises (Anpanman, Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, I think also Toy Story, etc.) In the episode's first half, a blue cat keeps buying juice from a vending machine and being surprised when it's not apple juice. That's not how vending machines work. They're not random lotteries. Then, in the episode's second half, one of the cute aliens from Toy Story goes around eating everyone.
Oshiri Tantei
Season 4
Episodes: 13 x 19 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: detective whose head is a pair of buttocks
I love Oshiri Tantei, because its childish idea amuses me. Our hero is urbane, calm, intelligent and always polite when unleashing his ultimate weapon and knocking out his enemies with a fart. (Also, those arse cheeks wobble whenever his head moves.)
I watched a random episode on YouTube... but I'm not sure what I watched. Was that a computer game? A tiny sheep child wanders around a city of animal people, looking for arses. She photographs them. They're pink and painted on walls. Then, later, there's a level where sheep-girl has to defeat a baddie by collecting pies.
Season 3
Episodes: 25 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: gag comedy
I remember this as a comedy about scumbag lazy NEET identical sextuplets with lots of self-awareness and fourth wall breaking. I avoided its first two seasons, but it has its fans. (It's a sequel to a super-famous 1962 manga in which these characters were still children.)
This week, our heroes turn into handsome, kind, photogenic, super-popular TV stars with good personalities. They also get female counterparts! And foreign ones! Hurrah, the anime has now maximised its international viewer appeal (say the characters in the anime).
The real sextuplets decide to murder their better-behaved replacements. Later, they get turned into walking poos. A poo does a poo.
Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjou
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World
Kimi to Boku no Saigo no Senjou, Aruiwa Sekai ga Hajimaru Seisen
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: fantasy war: magic vs. technology
Two countries have been at war for a century. The Nebulis Sovereignty has witches and magic (ahem, "astral power"), while the Empire uses technology and will cruelly persecute, imprison, etc. any magic-user it finds. (Obviously the Empire are in the wrong, but let's pretend we haven't realised that.) Our hero (Isuka) is one of the Empire's elite warriors and will cheerfully accept a mission to attack some enemy witches. This is wartime. He won't just be giving them a stern talking-to, will he? Does that make him a villain, then? Well, let's look at the evidence:
1. A year ago, he freed an imprisoned witch and for this crime was imprisoned himself. Now, though, he's being released and is going to go off and fight other witches. Why? What's his rationale for this apparent contradiction? Does he even have one?
2. He's determined to end this pointless war! Yeah, right, that's nice, but does he have a plan for this and how does he reconcile this with being a special forces soldier in the meantime?
3. The Empire thinks magic is evil, but their super-warrior Isuka uses magic and has a magic sword. Hang on.
The episode's sort of okay, but but I'm not confident that the show's clear on what it's doing. We appear to be following the adventures of baddies, except that we're not, but we are, but we're oh sod it. The episode pays some attention to: (a) EXCITING FIGHTS!!! and (b) boob size. There's an attempt at a Romeo and Juliet thing, which of course is the beautiful witch falling one-sidedly in love with our stoic ill-defined male protagonist.
"Witch suppression. That's all our unit ever does." Sod off, then.