ghostyokaiYokai Ningen BemInuyasha
Anime 1st episodes 2020: Y
Including: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (season 2), Youkai Ningen Bela: Episode.0 (Zero), Youkai Watch Jam: Youkai Gakuen Y - N to no Souguu, Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: Yokai Ningen Bem, Yokai Watch, Inuyasha, anime, SF, fantasy, yokai, ghost
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 5 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 14 October 2023
Listed under "M": My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax, i.e. Season 3 (and it's fantastic), aka. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan
Listed under "M": Moriarty the Patriot, aka. Yuukoku no Moriarty
Listed under "S": Sing "Yesterday" for Me, aka. Yesterday wo Utatte
Couldn't find it: Yowamushi Monsters
It's a movie: Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka, aka. Yes, No, or Maybe?
It's Chinese: Yao Jing Zhong Zhi Shou Ce, aka. Demon Spirit Seed Manual
It's Chinese: Yao Shen Ji: Hei Yu Pian, aka. Tales of Demons and Gods 4th Season
It's Chinese: Yi Guan Xing Shen
It's Chinese: Yingxiong Zai Lin, aka. Hero Return
It's Chinese: Yinian Yongheng, aka. A Will Eternal
It's Chinese: Yi Shijie Zhongyao Pu, aka. The Pharmacy of the Other World
It's Chinese: Yuan Long, aka. Carp Reborn
It's Chinese: You Yao, aka. Are You OK
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi
Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Inuyasha sequel
I'm a fan of both Inuyasha and Rumiko Takahashi, but this episode did nothing for me. It's ostensibly a next-generation sequel, starring three daughters of original series characters. I watched this opening episode and what I got from it was basically a show that's slavishly imitating its predecessor and doing nothing else.
There's a framing story with the three girls, but the episode's mostly just another Inuyasha episode, but with maximum fan-pleasing. All the old faces appear, so dutifully that it feels like box-ticking. All of them. Yes, even Kaede. The old lady. She was already an old lady in the original show's historical era (more or less the Middle Ages)... and that was before everyone had had children and watched them grow up. Furthermore, even if we accept that, everyone looks the same. Kaede's no older. Kagome's no older. Inuyasha you wouldn't expect to change, though, since he's already centuries old and a half-demon.
There's a pointless monster-of-the-week. It collects heads, but otherwise has no purpose except to get beaten up by our heroes. There's some Kagome-Inuyasha character business that's okay, but neither great nor enough to justify this episode's existence.
It's just another bad Inuyasha episode. If that's your itch, they made heaps of them twenty years ago. (I like Inuyasha, but it had a lot of filler. But even that was generally better than this.)
Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (season 2)
Episodes: 12 x 3 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: short-form comedy about Nagoya regional dialect
I've since finished it and... they've done four seasons so far. I've watched them all.
Nagoya was my home in Japan, so this series is like my personal study session. I even knew one of this week's words! Mind you, occasionally I've not realised that a word is Nagoya-ben rather than general Japanese.
This particular episode isn't actually that funny, but it's fine and I enjoyed Season 1. I'm sure I'll keep watching it as long as they keep making it.
Youkai Ningen Bela Episode Zero
Youkai Ningen Bela: Episode.0 (Zero)
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: live-action Youkai Ningen Bem spin-off
I've since finished it and... it's unflinching and quite good.
Wikipedia thinks there was a Youkai Ningen Bela movie in 2020, but I think they're wrong. All I could find is this TV series... but it's good. It's a bit scary and the actors aren't taking the piss. The tone's dark, there's blood in the title sequence and one of the girls in Bela's new school recently fell off the roof and died.
They've cast someone memorable as Bela herself. She's scary and I was wondering if she was a monster-of-the-week until we learned her name and went "oh, the title character". She also hardly ever talks. That just adds to her screen presence, e.g. as she walks dismissively away from the school's alpha bitches. "We need to teach her the rules of this school," is the Queen Bitch's response to that.
The episode's main character is a frightened girl whose best friend was the dead girl, so she's getting counselling from a slightly sinister man. She's on pills. The teacher orders her to show Bela around the school. I loved the bit where Bela sings the Youkai Ningen Bem theme song on the school roof, in the dark. I'm looking forward to this.
Youkai Watch Jam
Youkai Watch Jam: Youkai Gakuen Y - N to no Souguu
Episode 16
24 minutes
Keep watching: no, although I am mildly curious about whether that really is Kumako at the end
One-line summary: children vs. aliens
I like Youkai Watch... and this show isn't it. It's got aliens. There's a UFO hovering over the Earth and our kiddie heroes are manning ("childing"?) a high-tech UFO monitoring centre, full of keyboards and screens. Our child heroes are apparently going to Youkai School or something, though, so maybe they're monsters in human form? They also have transformation sequences into fairly goofy-looking battle armour forms.
That said, though, it's also quite good. It's funny. (Someone manages to skid to a stop in mid-air, in the middle of a flying kick. Someone else realises things when farting.) There's a fat, bespectacled heroine (Kumako) who does the clever stuff and and an older, tougher boy (Ranto) with a stoic personality (i.e. he's boring) who wants to protect Kumako from fighting. There's an understandable but funny misunderstanding when Ranto's fighting an albino alien who'd just been threatening to drop Kumako off a cliff.
Maybe, one day, I'll watch a full series of Youkai Watch. I'm at least forty years older than the target audience, but I suspect I might enjoy it anyway.
Yu Gi Oh Sevens
Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens
Episode 25
The sixth spin-off anime series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: trading card battles
This was just a random episode. It's not bad, but it's pretty much what I'd expected. Our elementary school heroes (three boys, one girl) visit a Duel Museum, then have a Duel Battle! (In other words, they play their trading card game. That's ten minutes I fast-forwarded through.) After that, our hero wants a Maximum Monster Card, but getting it is impossible... OR IS IT??? His three friends give him their cards and an intelligent bar stool gives him its computer processing power.
It's a competent, efficient example of what it is. However, its target audience is eight years old.