Spring 2019 First Ep. Impressions: Urban Fantasy Overdose (with a Hint of Sci-fi)

It seems like this season is full of some good stuff…to me, at least, and only for as far as I’ve looked into this season’s shows.


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Sarazanmai

Sarazanmai is Boueibu crossed with Kiznaiver – I’m calling it now!

This show was as weird as I expected it to be, to the point where I closed my eyes for shirikodama extraction scenes (which could end up being detrimental in the future, for obvious reasons). However, the comparison I’ve given tells you exactly what you need to know. I was enthralled by this show, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m 100% keeping it.

Other notes:

  • If I see this through to its end, this’ll be the first Ikuhara anime I finish. I’ve seen 1 ep of Utena and one of Penguindrum (both through the anime club)…and that’s it. Licensing and my priorities are to blame for that, unfortunately.
  • Enta doesn’t seem to have anything to lose at the moment, but there’s enough episodes that he’ll get his secret exposed sooner or later.
  • Random musical number? Like Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, I loved it. However, I dismissed Dance with Devils for the same reason…so now I feel like a hypocrite (thanks a lot, show!). On that note, Stand By Me ain’t bad either, plus I’d be up for a listen to the soundtrack once it’s out.

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Carole and Tuesday

I didn’t make the connection btween names and days, but it does make sense. The show sems to hold all the hallmarks of an anime that appeals to Netflix’s international audience – “strong female leads”, the music’s in English and there’s references to Cyndi Lauper (you don’t know how popular English-language pop music is in the world until you go to a place that doesn’t speak English as a main language and then hear it over someone’s speakers!). There seems to be some critique (with Angela) and embrace (with the Instagram) of media with this too…

Other notes:

  • Having English singing and Japanese subs is a…bit jarring (understatement).
  • I like how the producer guy (Mr Tao) looks. He does seem to be an obstacle for the title duo though.

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Fairy Gone

This is pretty dang impressive. Already Midnight Occult Civil Servants is looking like it’s going to lose this game against Fairy Gone due to the visual effects (the parchment style which is used in some places is better used than Angolmois, at least in my opinion). The CGI’s a bit janky and a bit obvious, but even then it’s quite a good integration in comparison to some of the other options…it’s only beaten out by Kimetsu no Yaiba this season in this field, I think.

The fact this looks like a better Spec-Ops Asuka and it seems to be the sort of show you’d watch during your teenage edgy phase gives it an edge against its competition, no pun intended.

Other notes:

  • What is that green (?) creature anyway…? Dog? Fox? Fairy dog/fox hybrid?
  • The symbols you see under the opening credits seem to be stylised English, but I was looking at a credit for a guy called Yamamoto and it didn’t quite match in the way that I was thinking. Then again, I don’t know what the guy’s first name was meant to read…it was the character 輝, if I remember right.
  • For some reason, I thought the protag was Veronica, even after she’d been introduced as Marlya. Must’ve been because Marth’s post for ep 1 had “Bring back Veronica”.
  • “Fanatica” is a very silly name.

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Midnight Occult Civil Servants

I’m somewhat of two minds on this show. It’s a bit cliched and hard to vouch for since it looks absolutely butt-ugly (and uses CGI more conspicuously than Kimetsu no Yaiba), but…I like it. It’s kinda average, slightly more mundane than I expected, slightly cliched and doing way too much telling for the amount of showing that it does, but with this, you’re appealing to my love of urban fantasy, so I’m willing to tolerate its ugliness. 

Other notes:

  • Somehow it never occurred to me that “Seo” was a gender-neutral name until Arata went “oh, you’re a dude?”. Seo has a man’s voice (at least from the small snippet I bothered to listen to) and a male voice actor (Miyu Irino), so I think the sheer gender-neutrality of his appearance is what makes women think Seo is a woman.
  • What is Kyoichi’s specialty if Arata speaks to Anothers and Seo’s the not-so-mad scientist? (I still think Seo’s grenades are the greatest part of the show, by the way.)


Rankings

It seems like I’m having trouble figuring out what to stick with, so I’ve had to define these tiers a bit more. Just taking the top 6 isn’t going to solve everything, especially with my attachment to Bungou Stray Dogs meaning I’m trying to keep a slot open for it until the very end…

Watching:

  • Fruits Basket (watched 1 ep)
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba (watched 1 ep)
  • – [ from here downwards, we’re out of “definite keeper” territory ] –
  • Sarazanmai (watched ep 1)
  • Fairy Gone (watched 1 ep)
  • Kono Oto Tomare! (watched 1 ep)
  • – [ I wouldn’t mind pausing the shows from here downwards ] –
  • Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin (watched 1 ep)
  • We Never Learn (watched 1 ep, could still be dropped or paused depending on future eps)

Paused:

  • Carole and Tuesday (watched 1 ep, relegated to this category because it’s on Netflix)

Dropped:

  • Hitoribocchi (watched 1 ep)
  • Yu-No (watched 1 ep)

Feel free to answer as many or as little of these questions as you’d like:

  • What’s your experience with Funimation like, if it’s available for your region? I’d especially like to hear from those who pay for it and/or those who’ve used the trial.
  • What are your thoughts about the first episodes of the shows I gave impressions on in this post?
  • Are there any shows that I’ve missed out on for this season? (if you need a refresher, see anticipated shows list here)
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