Fall 2019 First Episode Impressions: Old Friends

Okay, my lineup is set!

The last post has impressions for Ahiru no Sora, Shinchou Yuusha, Honzuki no Gekokujou and Mairimashita! Iruma-kun. This post is for Africa Salaryman, Actors, Tokunana and Abilities Average. Next, there’s Assassin’s Pride, Stand My Heroes, No Guns Life and Stars Align. After that, it’s Kabukicho Sherlock, BnHA 4 and Shin Chuuka Ichiban.

I got so jealous of Karandi’s new visuals that I ended up making my own. (image sources: Ahiru no Sora = key visual, Iruma-kun = key visual, Honzuki = LN cover, Shinchou Yuusha = manga art)

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Kabukicho Sherlock

Hmm…this has some of the things I like (e.g. rakugo, the really cool rainbow scene where Sherlock “goes into his mind palace”, parallels to the Holmes canon), but also some weird and/or disturbing things (murder and bloody genital removal, obviously, but also Mrs Hudson and how the other LGBTIQ+ people are treated). 

I felt like hitting Sherlock with the car and framing it as dark comedy was a bit unnecessary…Also, why is this show known as Case File No 221: Kabukicho??? There was absolutely no indication this was case no. 221.

Notes:

  • The soundtrack is awesome! (Says a person who generally doesn’t pay attention to the OST.)
  • Did you spot the cat and fact about this show’s Shinjuku at the very end of the episode?
  • I have no idea what the strange bottle thing – the one Watson held when Holmes was screaming – was for.
  • Okay, so the next-ep preview’s “Why not join the staring-at-eye-moles squad?” (泣きぼくろ見つめ隊はいかが[?]) is a joke (and the next ep’s title). You see, the word nakibokuro refers to a mole under the eye (where hokuro = mole and naki = cry). Mitsumetai means “want to stare”, but then the hiragana tai (meaning “want to ______”) is substituted for the tai meaning “squad”. So that nonsense English line is just a very literal, confusing translation (although it doesn’t seem to capture the essence of ikaga – ikaga is a formal version of dou?, meaning “how about ______?”). I don’t get the “Cobra?/ Farewell” though…

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BnHA

Effectively, this is just another recap, but the fact it’s actually not a .5 episode is interesting. It was, maybe, about…one third new content? It’s probably right up there with the Kekkai Sensen recap ep. (which is my favourite recap ep. ever) for ways to handle recaps well – it’s probably no surprise they’re both big, bombastic Bones shonen properties…

Notes:

  • Viz made chs. 122 – 162 of the manga (this arc that’s going to be adapted properly starting next ep) free to hype s4 up, so I know where this is going, but only up until the end of the arc. That means the OP is hinting at big things to come, but the ED is heartbreaking.
  • Based on the kanji used, I believe Tokuda’s name is a pun on “It’s a special (episode)”. I did think “Taneo” (literally “seed boy”) was based on the fact he was seedy, but that pun probably doesn’t work in Japanese…

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Shin Chuuka Ichiban

Shin Chuuka Ichiban is a sequel to an anime I watched so many years ago (I think it might’ve been in the 2009 – 10ish period, which I don’t remember much of since as an anime fan, it’s mostly characterised by the start to what would become my rather fanatical love of Detective Conan), I barely remember it (I only remember oddly specific details about a character called Sanche…yes, that’s right – I don’t even remember the outcome of Mao’s Super Chef battle against Fei, which is referred to in this ep.) and it was in Cantonese to boot…I don’t know if that’s good or not…

…that said, watching the show, it had a certain feel to it – one that’s less exaggerated than Shokugeki no Soma or even Fighting Foodons (just another show no one remembers, even though it’s cooking x Pokemon) – and that’s perfectly presented here, but that’s not to its detriment at all. In fact, I find it nostalgic, but since so much food anime (alternatively, so much good anime…from my perspective, at least) has come out after my watching the OG Chuuka Ichiban, I could take it or leave it.

Notes:

  • That thing where Mao takes off the blue scarf on his arm to reveal he’s the Super Chef is a staple of the series.
  • To mentally prepare myself for this series, I had a quick google for OPs from the series and…welp, they had the same effect as the episode – I felt nostalgic, but couldn’t recall much more than what I remembered without them. OP 1 for any series is pretty notable so I remembered bits and pieces of it, but OP 3 in particular was so nostalgic I almost cried…(so much for having watched this series, huh?)

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Rankings

After checking out some of the 2nd episodes, I think I’m happy with the lineup I’ve got here. It’s very comedy and shonen-centric, but I think the shows have enough distinguishing factors that they each carve out their own distinct positions.

Watching:

  • Shinchou Yuusha (2 eps) – this one’s the runaway success of the season so far (no pun intended from ep 1)…now all I have to do is wait another week, due to the typhoon…
  • Stars Align (1 ep)
  • Boku no Hero Academia (64 eps) 
  • No Guns Life (1 ep)
  • Iruma-kun (2 eps) – I liked this ep a lot more than the last
  • [Dr Stone would rank here with its 14th ep, but its spot is looking extremely safe right now]

Paused:

  • Shin Chuuka Ichiban (1 ep, down 1 category)
  • Tokunana (2 eps, up 4 positions and down 1 category)
  • Kabukicho Sherlock (1 ep, down 1 position and down 1 category) 
  • Stand My Heroes (2 eps, down 1 category) – I guess I’ll keep it for when I have a specific hankering for bishies that I don’t need to think much about
  • Africa Salaryman (1 ep, down 1 category)
  • Actors (1 ep, down 1 category)
  • Honzuki no Gekokujou (1 ep)
  • Urashimasakatasen no Nichijou (2 eps, I would’ve dropped it if I didn’t think of Chibi Tamago)

Dropped:

  • Ahiru no Sora (2 eps, down 2 categories) – couldn’t stand Chiaki’s pervert tendencies
  • Abilities Average (1 ep, may pick back up if season is really dire)
  • Assassin’s Pride (1 ep)

So how’s your experience with these shows? Did I skip anything good? (For a refresher, see the anticipated anime list here.)

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