And so a new season begins and so does my journey to watch them. As usual I will get a first impression on the first episode of the show and will only watch series that are newly adoptions and not sequels of a show. Keep in mind that this isn’t a full judgment of the series as a whole and only me writing my thoughts down on whether or not the show has potential. So let get started.
A prequel to Fate/Stay Night takes us back to the 4th Holy Grail war and the possible events that are set up for the 5th war. The first episode showcases the world of wizards, the motivations that are driving our Master characters, and the conflicts that will come. Even the servants, who are said to be only tools for the masters, are also conflicted with problems of their own. The whole 1 hour long episode is pretty much a huge set up to what to come since not a single moment had action in it. Despite being a prequel, some information may not be understood by new comers but it is a better introduction to the Fate series than Fate/Stay Night. Visuals are pretty incredible with lots of dynamic lightning, bright colors, and designs. So far animation is pretty well done but conceding that most of the episode did not have any real action scenes it little had to judge the whole quality of it. Fate/Zero is shaping up to be an interesting show, both for fans and new comers.
You can find Fate/Zero on NicoNico
An adult visual novels adaption, sounds great. Yeah, after hearing and watching the show I can confirm that it isn’t anything to write home about. The interesting part that I can find is the female cast are descendants of warriors. In fact the whole school of Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication of warriors and hold fights to test ones warrior's spirit. This factors in with a group of friends sticking together to fight a new challenger. Sadly it’s hard to watch these fights since the quality of the animation is below average. Visuals are also kinda bland with lot of flat designs and poor coloring. Characters are pretty genetic with the usual archetype of these adult visual novels. I would like to note that this first episode had hardly any fan-service but I don’t expect it to back away from that in the near future. Overall, nothing special and may not hold as the season goes on.
A “Cursed tools” known as “Worse” contain huge amounts of negative emotions that can manifest into a human consciousness. If allowed to amass more negative feelings, the Worse can become a demon and curse its owner and everyone around him. Sounds interesting but it kinda dismissed when these evil objects turn in to cute young girls. With a few panty shots in the first episode I question if this show was set up for anything besides Fear Kubrick (Tamura Yukari) fooling around with a vacuum cleaner. The first episode only look like an usual comady with a few breast jokes and some silly moments. However, the show promises a lot more conflict with fallen “Worse” that fail to be in control and a organizations that are against these cursed objects. Also the visuals are just stunning with interesting use of abstract coloring and shading. It expected since it is from SILVER LINK, who done BakaTest. I can’t speak too much if this show will go anywhere but I will say that this wasn’t a good first impression.
A light novel-based anime that’s been said to be “impossible” to adapt. Sound like when they said the the Watchmen could be a movie. Unlike the Watchmen movie, which I found to be a good adapt, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon does look too good which I question if the novel was any good at all? The idea is that in the future people left earth and lived in a place called “Tenjo”. However, war broke out and many return to earth where most places are inhabitable except Shinshu area. Since it can’t hold too many people, they form "Juso Sekai", a parallel world and start to rebuild Tenjo using reproduction of the history from B.C. 10,000. When the reproduction proceeds to A.D. 1413, a war breaks out in Shinshu and Juso Sekai falls onto the original world. From there the People in Shinshu surrender and the land is divided by the invaders from Juso Sekai. However, when they tried to reproduction of history again, a rumor of apocalypse begins to spread the world. Interesting concept but the first episode doesn't really go in to any of this and instead what we got is poor fight scenes, girls in skintight clothing, very bad humor, and characters lacking any intelligences. Visuals are pretty bland and while animation is actually pretty good, even in the fight scenes, the designs look really off. A very bad first impression of something that may lead in to something deep but I just can’t see that happening.
Watching HUNTER x HUNTER reminds me of my Saturday morning animes of simple story-lines, lots of high flying action, and funny characters. It also something I’m too old for and in a way makes it little hard to enjoy since it is targeted to people younger than me. Despite that it is a well made show with a briskly paced, a nice coming of age story, nice visuals, and a colorful cast of characters. While it isn’t for me anymore, it is a perfect show for a more younger audience.
You can find HUNTER x HUNTER on CrunchyRoll