Strike WitchesWIXOSSPretty SeriesWelcome to Demon School Iruma-kun
Anime 1st episodes 2021: W
Including: Waccha PriMagi!, The Way of the Househusband, Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (season 2), With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, With All Our Hearts, WIXOSS Diva(A)Live, Wonder Egg Priority, World, Before You End, The World Ends with You the Animation, World's End Harem, The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat, World Trigger, World Witches Take Off!
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2021
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2021 >>
Keywords: Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun, WIXOSS, Strike Witches, Pretty Series, anime, SF, fantasy, harem, boobs, yakuza, World War II, magical girl
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 13 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2021
Review date: 12 November 2023
It's really a 2020 series: Wave!!: Surfing Yappe!!
I reviewed all three OVAs in 2019: Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii OVA (3 episodes, 23 minutes) Tarou Kabakura, a third-year high school student and captain of the boys' volleyball team, is constantly being harassed by his underclassman Hanako Koyanagi, who is in charge of the girls' team. Koyanagi insists that since the girls have a match coming up, Kabakura should give up the courts to let them practice. When he refuses, she pulls out photographic evidence exposing his secret hobby.
It's Chinese: Wangu Jian Shen, aka. Everlasting God Of Sword (22 episodes, 11 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wan Jie Du Zun, aka. Ten Thousand Worlds
It's Chinese: Wan Jie Qi Yuan, aka. Incomparable Demon King (40 episodes, 7 minutes) Lin Feng was an orphan outside Liuxian City. There's a forest of crying ghosts in Wu Village. According to legend, there was a ghost and a forbidden place in W Village. One day Lin Feng accidentally broke in and found an ice coffin in the cave, which contained a beautiful woman. Lin Feng accidentally opened the ice chest to wake Ying Taiyue. After Ying Taiyue awoke, she accidentally discovered that Lin Feng could actually deposit the Sacred Goods of the Hongmeng Demon Race which caused Lin Feng to swallow the Hongmeng Demon Type, and then leave. From then on, Lin Feng's body began to change. Hongmeng's demons sprout on Lin Feng's body and cultivate cute spiritual shoots. Strange things also happen in Wu Village. Lin Feng who has great power will do something in the face of that strangeness. What kind of decision will Lin Feng make?
It's Chinese: Wan Jie Shen Zhu 3rd Season (208 episodes, 9 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wan Jie Xian Zong 5th Season
It's Chinese: Wanmei Shijie, aka. Perfect World
It's Chinese: Wan Yu Feng Shen, aka. Lord of Planet (60 episodes, 10 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wei Wo Du Shen, aka. I Am The Only God (50 episodes, 9 minutes)
It's Chinese: White Snake 2: The Tribulation of the Green Snake, aka. Bai She II: Qing She Jie Qi (132 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wo Jiao MT: Guilai (10 episodes, 22 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wo Qi Ku Le Baiwan Xiulian Zhe (160 episodes, 10 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wo Shi Da Shenxian 2nd Season, aka. Da Shen Xian (16 episodes, 20 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wo Zhen de Meiyong Mie?, aka. Call Star
It's Chinese: Wu Geng Ji 4th Season (42 episodes, 17 minutes)
It's Chinese: Wu Liuqi Zhi Xuanwu Guo Pian, aka. Scissor Seven (10 episodes, 16 minutes) In order to protect the residents of Xiaoji Island and the peaceful life here, Wu Liuqi and his partners Dabao and Xiaofei embark on a journey to the Xuanwu Kingdom to find out the truth about his identity and a way to save the island. Waiting for them is more unknowns and adventures.
It's Chinese: Wu Shang Shen Di 2nd Season
It's a movie: Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, aka. Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru (87 minutes) Yui "Cherry" Sakura expresses himself better through the haiku he writes and posts on the internet, even though no one gives it attention. While preparing for him and his family to relocate in August, he spends the summer working part-time at a welfare facility. Meanwhile, Yuki "Smile" Hoshino is a budding influencer who wants everyone to smile. However, she feels uneasy about the braces on her protruding front teeth and conceals her own smile using a disposable mask.
Waccha PriMagi
Waccha PriMagi!
4th or 5th entry in Takara Tomy's Pretty Series
Episode 1: "Let's Compete in the PriMagi!"
24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: magical girl idol show
It's quite good, actually. The cast are likeable and it made me laugh twice. I still won't be watching it, though, because I'm familiar with this franchise and I've got better things to do than watch schoolgirl idols be nice-but-vapid. Perform in the Prism Stone Concert Hall! Turn into a 3D CGi version of yourself! Unlock new outfits!
The franchise's earlier instalments, incidentally, are Pretty Rhythm, PriPara, Idol Time PriPara and Kiratto Pri Chan.
A cat girl called Myamu steals a magical book, but then gets outwitted by her grandfather waving a piece of grass in front of her face. She's not very intelligent, but she has impossible hair. Her friend is a talking blue wolf. Meanwhile, in the real world, a muggle schoolgirl called Matsuri Hibino loves idols. She particularly hero-worships last year's champion, Jennifer, whose hair is even more outrageously styled but doesn't have exotic colours.
It's quite fun. It has a 3D CGI idol performance through which you'll fast-forward, obviously, but I laughed at Myamu's face on eating a cat lollipop and Matsuri's "let's go to the police".
Way of the Househusband
The Way of the Househusband
Season 1
Episodes: 10 x approximately 17-ish minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: yakuza house-husband comedy
My main problem with the show is that I don't care. Tatsu is a glowering, snarling badass ex-yakuza who's covered in tattoos and... no, wait. Stop. Tatsu, please talk like a human being. The show's joke is that he's given up crime and is now effectively his wife's housewife, so he goes shopping and does domestic chores like the terrifying crime lord he used to be.
Personally, though, I'm just not particularly interested in spending time with him. He's voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda (which is a huge plus), but nope.
The show's other problem is that it's the equivalent of those cheapazoid "motion comic" adaptations where someone's just pointing a camera at the original comic's pages, then adding a voice-over. That's not even exaggeration. This was a deliberate choice. The anime's director, Chiaki Kon, said about this: "The producer said, 'Make an animation that looks like a manga! Never move the characters! It was a lot of work. [...] There were scenes where I thought, "It would be easier to just draw the scene! It was not an easy work at all (laughs)."
It's undeniably something different from Netflix, mind you. The property's also had a live-action TV drama and a live-action film. But I'll be skipping it.
Mairimashita Iruma kun
Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (season 2)
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
Episodes: 24-44
Keep watching: obviously
One-line summary: boy at demon school
I've since finished it and... I'll probably keep watching it for as long as they keep making it.
This show is great. I've heard that there's going to be a plotline this year about Iruma turning evil, but it won't be through choice and I'm sure his friends will help him fix that. This episode would have had to crash and burn to put me off this show.
Iruma is a nice chap who also happens to be the only human in the demons' school of evil in Hell. They don't know he's a walking dinner. Everyone's got used to the situation (including Iruma) and life in the abyss looks pretty good, all told. Iruma's friends are lovely. Clara remains mad and adorable (and I'll be upset if anyone else becomes Iruma's girlfriend), while Alice "Azz" Asmodeus is the most devotedly faithful swooning maiden you ever saw. (Not all boys could pull that off, but it suits him.)
This week, Iruma's magic ring grows a personality and a voice. It made me laugh. Yes, the show's still cartoonish fun.
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun
Inu to Neko Docchimo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 85 seconds
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: mangaka observes her pets
I've since finished it and... it's very good.
I started watching this in 2020 and we're halfway through the series now. It's funny, charming and well observed. What's not to like?
This week, we learn about the time when Matsumoto used to do volunteer work at a dog shelter. There's also comedy pseudo-horror when she's cooing over her (evil, disdainful, domineering) cat. "I thought I took a cute video of my cat, but why is there a creepy old woman's voice in it when I watch it?"
This show is great. I genuinely think it's one of the better anime of the year.
With  All Our Hearts
With All Our Hearts
Episodes: 1 x 4 minutes
One-line summary: quite a nice dialogue-free short film
This animation was made to publicise the new campus of Kanazawa College of Art. An artist is drawing in a monochrome world, to the sound of gentle violins and guitars. Her studio is big, but contains a mountain of miscellaneous bric-a-brac.
Colour turns into a goblin, which the artist throws away. A demon comes alive, but instead of eating her, a heart shines in its mouth. This is a semi-abstract piece about magical fantasy creatures, use of colour and the artist's creativity. I rather liked it. It's on YouTube, if you fancy taking a look.
WIXOSS Diva A Live
WIXOSS Diva(A)Live
Season 5 of the WIXOSS franchise
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: magical card battle anime
I've since finished it and... it's mostly worthless and it weaned me off WIXOSS.
WIXOSS (pronounced "wicross") is a real trading card game by Takara Tomy, but as far as I'm concerned it's an anime. I'm a fan of the "selector" series in 2014-16, written by Mari Okada. I'm less enthusiastic about the "lostorage" series in 2016-18, written by Michihiro Tsuchiya. Now we have a third iteration, written by Tsuyoshi Tamai (who doesn't seem like a star name, but what the hell).
This new one has idol groups and a tournament battle system that depends on Selector Points, aka. "the treasured feelings of everyone in the audience!!!" There's a battle between three heroines, three cynical smug sadists and quite a lot of large bosoms. Frankly, I wouldn't have made it through the episode if I hadn't already been attached to WIXOSS. A trading card game battle, presented front-and-centre and unironically. I'm a bit worried about what I'm letting myself in for here.
That said, though, we have an optimistic idealistic heroine who makes speeches and says things like, "To make our dreams come true!" In WIXOSS. Has the franchise genre-hopped, or is it getting ready to crush her? (The rules of the WIXOSS universe are not nice.)
I'll keep going. If nothing else, our heroines' victory as a team called "NO NAME" put me in mind of No Game No Life. (Which also got a 2014 anime adaptation that I enjoyed and would like to see more of.)
wonder egg  priority
Wonder Egg Priority
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes plus a double-length special 13th episode
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: it's weird
I've since finished it and... it's really interesting and I like it a lot, although the ending is controversial. (I also greatly prefer it to Black Rock Shooter.)
That was pretty wild. Apparently it's a bit like Black Rock Shooter, so clearly I need to pull that off my shelf and get watching it fast. (I bought the DVDs years ago, but didn't get around to watching them.)
There's a girl called Ai. She buries a dead cicada, but it starts talking to her. Now, she has an egg. At school, girls are writing "die" on someone's locker. "What should you do if someone in your class is being bullied? Answer: pretend you didn't see anything! Ahahahaha!"
A talking toilet roll tells Ai to break the egg. Inside is... okay, that's enough spoilers.
Like I said, it's weird. There will also be axe-throwing, red-faced jumping critters and some backstory that appears to involve suicide.
Some of this ostensibly appears to be happening in a dream, but I'm wouldn't expect dream people to talk about the fact that they're inside one. So we're back to the weirdness. The episode's a wild and often beautiful explosion of mad stuff, but it's also digging into heavy emotional content in a way that reminds me of Kunihiko Ikuhara (Mawaru Penguindrum, Yurikuma Arashi, Sarazanmai, Revolutionary Girl Utena).
Apparently the last episode goes off a cliff and people hate it. Well, never mind. I'm forewarned.
World Before You End
World, Before You End
Sekai ga Horobiru Mae ni Kimi ni Aitai
One-off episode
31 minutes
One-line summary: a boy, a girl and the end of the world
The first half is memorable and sometimes shocking. The world's not actually going to end, or even all of Japan. Mount Fuji's going to have a really bad eruption... but unfortunately so many people live there that it's impossible to evacuate them all. Schools are organising places for everyone to gather at the end.
A boy and a girl meet online. They've never met in real life. This is haunting, strong stuff...
...until, halfway through, the episode introduces parallel universes. Oh dear. It's worth watching until then, though.
World Ends with You
The World Ends with You the Animation
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: yes
One-line summary: death game
I've since finished it and... it's okay.
Not sure about this one. It's another death game. I've sat through my fair share of those, enough to discover that I tend to lose patience with the more pointless, arbitrary ones.
Also, I don't like the main character (Neku), although admittedly he makes a small amount of progress in this episode in the direction of not being a knob. He's unnecessarily rude, e.g. "oshiero", and uncooperative to the point of self-endangerment. He needs to be told not to try to fight all the baddies at once single-handedly. "I don't want strangers I've just met telling me what to do."
Also, the art looks a bit odd. I got used to it though. It's striking, in its way.
That said, though, it's based on a famous and still highly respected game from 2007. Crumbs. Some of Neku's twattish behaviour was due to the influence of something or other and he's awkward about it afterwards, so there's hope for him. Besides, his friends are nice. The death game has straightforward rules (so far), includes monsters like Vomiting Disintegration Frogs and is being run by shinigami who can improve their promotion prospects by killing as many players as possible.
Also, the worldbuilding and rules are of interest. Our heroes are in a version of Shibuya, Tokyo, where no one can see you or touch you unless they're also involved in the game. It's possible to read the minds of these intangible passers-by, but at the moment it's unclear what benefit that would give you.
I'll keep going. There's enough good stuff here that I'm interested in seeing what happens next.
Worlds End Harem
World's End Harem
Shuumatsu no Harem
Season 1
Episodes: 11 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: well, I'll see what happens in ep.2
One-line summary: men have been wiped out and our anime hero must have lots of anonymous sex to save the human race
I've since finished it and... it's practically hentai. It's more interesting than you'd think, underneath, but it's also formula garbage.
It's done with a straight face and lots of medicobabble, but we know what it boils down to. A Noble But Bland Anime Protagonist is one of only five men on Earth who hasn't been cryogenically frozen to protect them from a virus that's lethal to almost all men. He's immune. His duty is to have anonymous sex with a different woman every night, but he's on strike because he loves his missing girlfriend!
What about artificial insemination, though? Answer: that wouldn't work, because cough choke anime scriptwriter looks shifty. (Translation: that would spoil the porn premise.)
The TV version's visual censorship sounds horrendous, but I watched the uncensored version. The huge boobs (with nipples) clearly indicate the target audience, but the inking and colouring is flat and ugly.
Is this episode good? Actually, yes, sort of. It's watchable. The protagonist is a cliche and an idiot (e.g. running out of the car into a virus-infested environment before learning that he has immunity), but at least that's better than a horndog. There's a missing person and some pseudo-scientific and pseudo-medical mysteries. Yes, I like trash sometimes.
Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha
The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: isekai where the protagonist's an assassin
It's an episode of two halves, plus an epilogue.
PART ONE (isekai): EEEEEVIL evil evil people are auctioning 13-year-old girls... but, more importantly (thinks this anime), look at their boobs! And arses! And panty shots! That's what the camera's focusing on. Yes, even kidnapped thirteen-year-olds will have boobs like watermelons. The purpose of this sequence is to persuade us that even though this show's protagonists are assassins, that's okay because the people they're killing are even worse. Ahem.
I had to double-check that this was episode 1, because we're thrown in with so little context. The main cast appears to be a boy who's surrounded by hot girls. Because this is anime.
PART TWO (flashback to the real world): our anti-hero is an old, cold bloke of about seventy who's about to retire after a lifetime of murder for money. Instead, he's going to become an teacher of assassins, i.e. encouraging other people to murder for money.
His employers arrange his death. Gee, what a shame.
PART THREE (epilogue): an annoying goddess who uses too much gratuitous English wants to send our hero to a fantasy world to assassinate its Hero.
I've seen reviews calling this show surprisingly good... but the same reviewer said of ep.1 that "this series has a fun hook". Personally, I'd say this show has an anti-hook. I don't care about these people. Also, it's adapted from a light novel series by Rui Tsukiyo, who also wrote a rape revenge series called Redo of Healer that should be avoided even more vigorously than this.
world  trigger
World Trigger
Season 2
Episode 74: "The Attack"
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: military SF shounen adventure
Season 1 ran for 73 episodes from 2014-16, but then the manga went on indefinite hiatus due to the author's health problems. It returned in late 2018, so now the anime's returned too. Apparently, these days it's best known for its large cast and battles full of tactics.
This episode starts with military people planning an assault. They discuss whether or not they should target their enemy's Triggers. Also, they're agents of a small country that can't afford to make unnecessary enemies. After a while, a black energy ball destroys a city area and the fighting begins! The episode's second half is all action.
It looks okay, if you like that kind of thing, but I wasn't grabbed. The only moment that suggested that the show had a personality was the tiny boy with a pet capybara.
strike witches
World Witches Take Off!
World Witches Hasshin Shimasu!
Sixth season in the Strike Witches franchise
Episodes: 12 x 13-ish minutes
Keep watching: yes, but only because I'm on a Strike Witches marathon
One-line summary: comedy spin-off
The previous Take Off! series only used the Strike Witches cast, but this one also uses the Brave Witches... allegedly. In fact, it's just Miyafuji (doing chores for everyone), Hartmann (still a slob) and Barkhorn (still inflicting comedy ultra-violence on Hartmann). The post-credits sequence explains that the Brave Witches will appear next week, though.
Barkhorn decides to make a promotional video. It's okay, but nothing you need to rush out and watch today. Unusually, this time we don't even meet Shirley or Lucchini.