Fall Anime 2016: First Impressions

It’s that time of year again, and this time I am on it! The fall season of 2016 has brought us a series of new anime, some promising and some trash, as per usual. I found that the overall quality is low, but there are a couple of gems between the masses. So here’s a rundown of the shows I’ve seen so far and what I think of them.

All Out!!

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Episodes seen: 1

The two main characters are obnoxious and the art style is an eyesore. I thought I could look past the visuals at least, since I’ve felt this way about every sports anime in the past, but man, I don’t know. The voice acting is a bit off as well. In my experience, sports anime need a lot of warming up to, so I’ll try to stick with it, but I’m honestly not sure this one is going to be that great.

Prediction: 5/10 

Cheating Craft

Episodes seen: 1

I don’t. what?

This is the stupidest premise I’ve seen in a long time.

Prediction: 4/10 

Dream Festival! 

Episodes seen: 1
I can’t decide if I love or hate the CG musical numbers. This anime is one lifeless work of fiction though. The characters have little to zero personality and the plot is a poor excuse for storytelling.

Prediction: 4/10 (dropped)

Haikyuu! S3

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Episodes seen: 1

Is it true this season is only 10 episodes?

I am so hyped for Haikyuu!, but when I realised that 10 episodes are meant to cover 5 sets, I got disappointed. But also more excited! Unless they power through the first few sets to make more room for the climax, it means on average two episodes per set, which allows for a relatively fast-paced season.

This season is going to be highly concentrated though, and I hope we get to see some character development in it. Would be great if Tsukishima had a moment to realise his potential, as well as more connectivity between Hinata and Kageyama. The first episode had a slow start, which is to be expected by Haikyuu!! but I’m sure it’ll pick up the pace right away. There were some cute and funny moments to ease into the arc, a sort of calm before the storm. Shiratorizawa wasted no time scoring the first point, and it’s looking to be an intense ride!

tl;dr excited mess 

Prediction: 8-9/10 

Magic-kyun! Renaissance 

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Ichijouji Teika: tsundere of the year.

Episodes seen: 1

“In this world, people who can inspire passion with their Magic Arts are called Artistas.” (MAL)

As if this anime wasn’t trying too hard already, inventing a new name for artists by adding an a at the end of the word, it gets ten times stupider when you realise the characters are actually producing physical sparkles by practising their arts. This anime screams generic fujoshi trash for miles on end, but there’s something about it. The heroine, Kohana, is just another plain, good-for-nothing high school girl, but at least she tries her best. And while I have yet to meet any of the supporting characters, I adore Teika for what he is.

It’s so full of clichés it’s embarrassing to watch, but that’s also the reason why I can’t stop laughing.

tl;dr it’s so bad but I love it

Prediction: 5/10

Occultic;Nine

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Episodes seen: 1

If history is anything to go by, I don’t understand why so many people expected this to be the next Steins;Gate. Yes, that one was a masterpiece, but if you’ve seen any of the other five or six Nitroplus shows you would know that their track record isn’t great. Also, there’s a completely different studio handling it this time! So no, just because there’s a semi-colon in the title doesn’t mean you should all skyrocket your expectations and jizz in your pants prematurely.

Anyway, on to the actual first impression.

The complaints I hear about this show are the same two issues: boobs and pacing. I’ll admit I was appalled by the size of whats-her-name’s breasts at first, but once I had accepted that that was going to be a part of the anime and moved on, I was in fact able to focus on the story. Yes, it is incredibly fast-paced, but I found this experimental take on an opening episode quite refreshing. Although it was hard to keep up, I honestly don’t think anyone would put any crucial information in an episode like that. The things you need to know are repeated several times, and as long as you get the gist of it, you’re good. And I loved Kaji Yuki’s performance (as always), and I get the feeling this one will really showcast his talent.

tl;dr calm your tits everyone

Prediction: 7/10 

Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (Scorching Ping Pong Girls) 

Episodes seen: 1

I get that someone thought this was a good idea (and it probably was), but I’m just not feeling it. I might give it another episode if I have the time, but I don’t watch sports anime for the fanservice, I watch it for the sports (said no one ever). I’m happy to give girl sports a go, but it would have to be made with some effort put into it. Similar to Dream Festival, although Ping Pong is easily the superior out of the two, the anime feels like a quick attempt at making money by doing what’s popular at the moment, rather than making a fleshed out series.

tl;dr it’s a bit distracting

Prediction: 6/10 (dropped)

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

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Episodes seen: 1

This would be the only anime in history that I’ve actually read the manga for. And while it’s far from my favourite shoujo, I wanted to check it out. Turns out this premise translates extremely well into anime. I loved it. Although embarrassing at times, it’s exactly the silliness of it that gives it its charm. The voice acting here is on point, and the anime looks so beautiful.

tl;dr better than expected

Prediction: 6/10

Yuri!! On ICE

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Episodes seen: 1

I love figure skating, and I am expecting some gorgeous animation coming out of this show. So far it’s been fast-paced, but that might be for expositional reasons. The main character feels relatable, and is easy to cheer for. I’m tentative about the sense of humour, and the story seems a bit random, but I’m on board with it for now.

tl;dr eyeporn of the season

Prediction: 7/10

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