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Episode Review: Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos W Episode 1 and 2

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  ****

art/animation:  ****

Voice Acting:  *****

Overall:  *****

Since I am behind, 2 episodes for the price of 1.  Nyarko-san season 1 is one of my favorite anime of all time.  The concept is simple yet awesome:  the gods of the Cthulu mythos, brought to life moe style.  Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos becomes Nyaruko, she who crawls up to you with a smile.  Cthuga becomes Kuko, but becomes a flat chested red haired girl with a major crush on Nyaruko.  Hastur becomes Hasuta, a young boy who embodies all things BL(boys love), and is voiced by the wonderful Rie Kugimiya(voice of Shana, Taiga, Nagi, Louise among others) in a cross dressing roll.  The show is absurdest comedy at it’s best, and season 1 often had my doubled up laughing.  Nyaruko is voiced by Kana Asumi, and is one of my two favorite voice acting jobs ever.  She brings the hyperactive, not too bright, and downright weird title character to life.  Speaking of voice actors, the lead of the series, Mahiro Yasaka is voiced by Eri Kitamura, possibly best known in the US as the voice of Yui from Angel Beats.  She does a good enough job that I did not realize it was a female doing a male voice until I looked up the voice actors.  He is Nyaruko’s love interest(though he is not really interested), and perpetual straight man.

This second season of the show starts off wonderfully, with episode 1 opening with a tribute to the TV show Bewitched, and throwing about 100 more shout outs and references to other shows and pop culture references.  It never slows down, and I never stopped laughing.  Everything that made season 1 great was present, and more.  Episode 2 is a little slower, not as over the top funny, but has an actual bit of a plot.  This series is easily top 3 for the spring season, and my personal favorite so far.  I simply cannot recommend it enough.

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Episode Review: AIURA Episode 1

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  **

art/animation:  **

Voice Acting:  **

Overall:  **

 

I should not be able to recommend AIURA.  It is so bland I had to go back and rewatch the first episode to remember what happened to write this review.  It is however only 4 minutes long, so that was not such a chore.  It is a show that will remain in my Crunchyroll queue simply because it is only 4 minutes, and it might get better.  There is nothing wrong with it, except it is bland.  Typical cutsey slice of life high school show where nothing really happens.  But only 4 minutes, and one of the character designs I really like.  And seriously, trying to find something to say about these short shows is tough.

 

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Episode Review: Valvrave the Liberator

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  ****

art/animation:  ****

Voice Acting:  ***

Overall:  ****

Valvrave the Liberator looks like it has the potential to be a very good mecha anime.  Most of humanity lives in space now on Dyson spheres.  The sphere that serves as the setting for the show is one that is apparently trying to maintain neutrality in some conflict.  Needless to say, others do not want to allow that nuetrality.  The series protagonist is Haruto Tokishima, who is the living embodiment of that nuetrality concept.  He is a high school student who wants t avoid conflict with his other students.  Eventually pushed too far, he does fight back.  Being just the first episode it is almost impossible to say too much concerning the plot without spoiling it, so pardon the briefness.

 

This is a show which does a bunch of things right.  Art/animation looks good.  Voice acting is solid.  The story is where the show really stands out, with multiple surprising moments, a story that hooks you in and keeps your attention, and characters with alot of promise.  I strongly recommend watching this series, it looks as if it could be one of the better ones of the spring season.

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Episode Review: Sparrow’s Hotel

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  **

art/animation:  **

Voice Acting:  ***

Overall:  **

 

Sparrow’s Hotel is a gag series, 3 minute episodes, featuring the story of Satou Sayuri, a women who works at a hotel and handles the difficult guests.  One episode in, at 3 minutes, very hard to tell much about the series itself.  The art is kinda bland, but serviceable.  The little bit of introduction was nothing special, but I did get a couple chuckles.  Voices where decent but nothing special.  Worth the 3 minutes time invested each week, but not something that seems likely to stand out.

 

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A Certain Scientific Railgun S Simulcast Announced

A Certain Scientific Railgun S Premieres This Sunday

FUNimation Entertainment announced today that it has acquired the streaming rights to A Certain Scientific Railgun S. This is the second season of A Certain Scientific Railgun, which FUNimation will release on DVD on April 16, 2013.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S will premiere Sunday, April 14th at 11:30am ET/ 10:30am CT on http://funimation.com/a-certain-scientific-railgun. The series will simulcast Sundays at 11:30am ET/ 10:30am CT.

I am a big fan of both A Certain Scientific Railgun and A Certain Magical Index.  I have been waiting for a simulcast announcement.  This was the one I expected but did not hope for.  Funimation’s streaming service is subpar.  While I will, without a doubt, watch the show, I would have much preferred it on Crunchyroll.  If you have not seen the first season of Railgun, Funi has the entire season on youtube, and it is available to buy from Amazon(among other sources).  Please, whatever you do, do not watch the dubbed version.  Not only is it terrible, but the Japanese voice of Kuroko Sharia, Satomi Arai, is pure awesomeness, for which she won a much deserved award as best supporting voice actress in Japan.

 

 

 

Familiar of Zero(Zero no Tsukaima) Author Dies at 41

Zero no Tsukaima Author Noboru Yamaguchi Passes Away

Yamaguchi had planned to end the Zero no Tsukaima light novels last year before his cancer diagnosis and subsequent operation. Media Factory published the 20th of 22 planned volumes in February of 2011. Zero no Tsukaima F, the fourth and final anime series, premiered in 2012.

Yamaguchi had just returned to work last year, and he wanted to resume his Zero no Tsukaima novels at the beginning of this year. However, he reported in November that this is unfeasible due to his most recent hospital stay for surgery, and apologized to his readers for the wait. He vowed to continue writing when his health returns “no matter what,” and thanked everyone for the words of encouragement — in Japanese and in English.

Yamaguchi’s family held a service on Tuesday.

 

Zero no Tsukaima is a series of light novels, 20 published, that to me define what a light novel series could be.  Fun, east to read stories, fun characters, fun art, and fun to read.  An anime was adapted from the series and ran 4 seasons.

You can find the light novels for free translated to english and available in various ebook formats for download here. Alternately. you can get them from Baka-Tsuki’s ePub generator in .epub format.

Episode Review: Majestic Prince Episode 1

Ratings(out of 5 *s):

Story:  ***

art/animation:  ***

Voice Acting:  **

Overall:  ***

 

Majestic Prince is a classic example of a show that is not great, not bad.  It just kinda sits there, entertaining for what it is, but nothing special.  There is however some evidence that it could improve as the story gets moving.  While I am not excited about this show, I am somewhat looking forward to the next episode.

 

The premise of the show is pretty simple.  In the future, teenagers are piloting giant fighting mecha, fighting to save Earth from the evil alien Urgal.  Sound familiar?  It should.  Team Rabbit is a group of trainees who are dead last in their class.  When an outpost is in danger of being overrun, they are called upon to delay the evil enemy so the people there can be evacuated.   The premise is old and worn, but at the same time comfortable and fun.  The characters are copied almost directly from every other anime, archetypes we have seen dozens of times before…but those archetypes are popular because they do work.  Fight scenes are nicely done, the artwork is overall decent but not great.

 

As should be obvious from the above, this show has average written all over it so far.  Not bad, not good, not original.  But, the reason I watch anime is that I do enjoy the format, the storytelling conventions, the cliches.  Because of that, I would have to call the show, moreso than anything else, enjoyable.  It is not going to be a show I am likely to consider one of the best of the spring season, but so far it is staying in my queue as worth the 25 minute investment each week.

 

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