The Royal Tutor Episode 4

Review:

While the first three episodes of this were fine in their own way, and probably quite enjoyable if the style of comedy is more your thing, I honestly felt I could stop watching this show at any time and be perfectly fine with that. At the end of episode 4, I had a smile on my face and kind of wished the next episode was available which left me wondering why it had more of an impact.

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I think it mostly came down to the fact that this episode didn’t feel like yet more character introductions and the interactions between the Princes, the Tutor, and the people in town all felt a little bit more natural than some of the stilted interactions we’d seen as they clamoured to give us the necessary information about each player in this story. Whichever way, I quite enjoyed following the Princes on their trip into town and the end of this episode is just sweet.

The Royal Tutor is available on Crunchyroll.


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Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor Episode 4

Review:

And Glenn is back to being a bit scummy as he essentially places bets on his classes performance in the magical competition. This underlying idea kind of smashes any of his kindness or reasoned decision making in setting up the students and preparing them, and he does do some good work building the students up and getting them to acknowledge their own strengths. But knowing underneath that he’s just trying to get some extra cash kind of kills it for him as a character moment.

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The episode was still kind of fun because we’re moving through events at a very good pace. Rumia gets a bit more development with the royal mother who abandoned her dropping by for the competition and there’s some set up for something happening next episode though fairly ambiguous as to what that something might be. All and all, since episode 1, this show has definitely improved and continues to build on that, if only they didn’t keep giving me reasons to hate Glenn.

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Sword Oratoria Episode 2

Review:

While I had my reservations during episode 1, episode 2 of Sword Oratoria confirmed 3 things:

  1. Ais is an incredibly boring protagonist and even with every other character falling over themselves to talk about her or to her, it doesn’t make her any more interesting.
  2. While DanMachi was a fun adventure story with its occasionally over the top fan service/comedy moments interrupting the flow, Sword Oratoria seems to be a fan service driven comedy with occasional moments of adventure.
  3. Bell’s cameos are still the most interesting thing about this spin off.
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Pure genius.

All and all, that’s kind of depressing because I was kind of excited to see this show come out on AnimeLab even though it wasn’t the sequel I wanted but a spin-off I didn’t ask for. I still wanted to give it a go and enjoy it. But between breast groping, bathroom scenes, and a shopping trip that includes all the usual fetish outfits this episode gives us nothing to hold onto in terms of hope that this show might manage to be a fun adventure.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 3

Review:

While this episode certainly works well enough and has a few moments of genuine pleasure, we’d already see Heine face off with Leonhard and convince him to take the test. Having the Prince run off after getting the result before having a touchy pep talk including the line “Has you heart ever felt lighter after running away” (or similar) doesn’t really add much to the storyline or character development.

Admittedly, in terms of visual humour, Heine on a horse works well enough.

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I’m not really sold on this series at all but it isn’t really doing anything to make me want to drop it either. It’s kind of just there and doing enough to not be dull but not really appealing either.

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Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor Episode 2

Review:

This episode was trying really hard to try to give Glenn some redeeming characteristics though given episode 1 and given the title it is kind of hard to take it seriously. Plus, regardless of any dark back story, personal trauma, or occasional moment of caring, Glenn is still a jerk. However…

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What episode 2 did do well that episode 1 failed to do at all was get me intrigued about the magic of this world and how it works. As well as that, it gave me some reason to believe that there might be a plot buried underneath the bad jokes and obvious exploitation of teenage girls. I still might have made the decision to drop this except for this scene:

Manipulating the spell through manipulation of grammar… loved everything about this moment. I’d love to know more about how this works in practice and hopefully this wasn’t a one off explanation that they are going to rely on for Glenn seemingly breaking rules later on.

So, Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor, I guess I don’t get to drop you just yet because now I want to know more. Oh yeah, Rumia got kidnapped and it turns out Glenn can prevent spells activating in a limited range. Minor point compared to learning about magic grammar.

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Friday’s Feature: Betraying My Own Expectations as a Viewer

Admittedly, this is not so much a feature as a ramble.

If you were to ask me directly what kind of anime I liked and didn’t like most of my regular readers already know that I would put comedy, slice of life, and cute girls doing anything pretty much on the side of generally not liked and horror and darker anime on the side of anime I quite enjoy. Shounen titles and drama tend to fall somewhere in the middle depending on their focus.

So imagine my surprise as I began the process of finalising my picks for reviewing this Spring and realised quite an odd trend. With the exception of Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia (both of which are only medium priority because while I’ll enjoy them well enough neither one had a first season that I would add to my list of favourite anime ever – with these I watch, I enjoy, I move on) the majority of the titles I’ve picked are pretty low key and there’s a lot of cute going on. Though I will admit I’m not even going to try to classify Kado at this point because I have no idea what that is going to become.

Starting with the sequels: I’ve got Natsume Yuujinchou which can only be described as a slice of life with a supernatural paint job just to give me enough justification to say that I’m watching a fantasy rather than a slice of life (it’s a slice of life, I’ve more or less accepted that) and then The Eccentric Family which is much the same. Slice of life with a supernatural paint job. Just for an added weirdness, The Eccentric Family relies heavily on comedy and for some reason I still didn’t run for the hills but actually loved the first season.

The other two titles I’ve pretty much decided on are both fantasy. I’ll insist that forever but both of them also feature healthy doses of cute girls and other suspiciously cute characters and objects. Granblue Fantasy and WorldEnd have both given me enough reason to smile while watching that I’m going to continue. I don’t know if I’ll end up regretting those choices but for now it seems like a reasonable call.

Admittedly, I still have a whole bunch of other titles to decide on before I have a final list, but there’s an interesting number of comedy, slice of life and cute coming through this season. Meanwhile, some of the more action focussed shows have been pretty bland (through to awful) in their first episodes and in terms of horror there’s pretty much nothing going on (The World Yamizukan did not appeal).

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Of course, this is why I don’t make a watch list before the season starts. Just because something ticks a genre box doesn’t mean I’m going to like it and if I didn’t at least try some of these other shows I really would miss out on things that I end up loving.

I watched the first episode of Natsume after seeing a random screen cap of one of the yokai in the show. I remember the feeling of being disappointed as the soft music played and the pastel colours filled the screen. Then I remember getting to the end of the first episode and immediately skipping to episode 2. And then binge watching the whole first season in a single afternoon.

Add to this the fact that I kind of enjoyed the first episode of Eromanga Sensei and either my taste has completely warped recently or some of these first episodes managed to execute ideas I would normally find repellent in an interesting manner (of course that doesn’t bode well for me finishing the season).

Spring 2017 is going to be a weird season for me in terms of reviewing and I’m still not sure what my final list looks like but hopefully it will be fun discussing all of the shows with everyone.


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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 1

Overview:

The Eccentric Family followed Yasaburo in his daily life as a Tanuki trying to live an entertaining life (even while dealing with Tanuki and Tengu politics and trying not to get eaten). Season 2 picks up with Yasaburo still doing much the same though he seems to be finding all new troubles to stick his nose into.

Review:

With this you either watched the first season and loved it so a second season was really appealing or you’ve never heard of it and season 2 is offering you no reason to jump on board. It’s a risky move all things considered that they don’t bother providing any kind of real lead in for new viewers considering that the first season was fairly obscure (despite being great fun to watch).

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Despite that, these characters have all continued on after the events of season 1. The older brother is still determined to become a leader, the second brother is still being a frog in the well (though I guess technically he isn’t stuck that way and is now choosing that lifestyle), Yasaburo still talks himself in and out of trouble as he interacts with everyone and sticks his nose into trouble unnecessarily, and the youngest brother is still a bit of a wimp. Benten seems to be absent for the time, which is a shame given I loved her in season 1, but the introduction of Nidaime could be fun because so far he’s proving to be fairly entertaining to watch interact with Yasaburo.

No central story has really emerged yet, but that isn’t really a surprise. Though season 1 had a basic plot with the Tanuki election upcoming, a lot of what happened really had very little to do with that. Hopefully this season can be as fun as the first.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 2

Review:

We meet the three remaining princes in their one-on-one interviews during this episode and we also get a brief encounter with the princess. Each prince has their own quirk and Heine as the tutor continues to deliver some fairly solid commentary in the face of the various personality defects he encounters even as he definitely inflicts some trauma onto the supposedly brilliant prince (yeah, the names are definitely not sticking yet).

While there is nothing particularly wrong with this episode or the show as a whole, I’m not loving this. It just doesn’t click for me and a lot of the comedy is more tolerable than actually funny (at least for me). I’m going to give this to episode 3 because I don’t dislike it, but to be honest I’d be surprised if this stays on my final watch list.

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Eromanga Sensei Episode 1

Overview:

Izumi writes novels and takes care of his shut in sister (as well as apparently attending school though that seems like a minor point at the moment). His sister turns out to be the illustrator for his novels which he uncovers while watching a live stream.

Review:

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Okay, this one should not be appealing to me at all. So far the characters are pretty stock standard (with the younger sister even insulting her brother by calling him a light novel protagonist) and the plot is pretty basic. That said, as generic as a lot of this is, it was kind of charming in a strange way. I want to know what happened to their parents, why she was brought into the family, how they work together now that they know each other’s pen names, etc. So for a first episode it got me interested enough to continue. Whether I last a season will really depend on whether the charm wears thin.

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Armed Girls Machiavellism Episode 1

Overview:

An all girls school has gone co-ed but has armed all the girls and so male delinquents are sent there for correction. Enter Nomura, male delinquent not interested in being corrected.

Review:

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I’d blame Prison School for this but know that Prison School wasn’t the first to use this premise either. Early on we get the guy looking at the girl’s underwear but I thought we might make it to the end of the episode without an accidental kiss, but no, we had to unnecessarily throw in that trope as well. The shame is that there are actually a couple of very small good moments in this episode where you can see that buried somewhere under all that cliché are actual characters and even a possible story, but the question is do I want to wade through predictable comedy and poor execution to get to it assuming that they don’t just throw what little character and story moments there are out. So, not sure on this one and I’ll see what episode 2 looks like before I try to decide.

Armed Girls Machiavellism is available on AnimeLab.


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