January 11, 2016

New anime?

 Checked my Crunchyroll last night and found that a whole bunch of new series had been posted.  Lots of interesting Sci-fi/alternate world stuff. Here's my quick notes:

Divine Gate: Could be interesting, though it might be an episode or two for it to get interesting.

Myriad Colors Phantom World: Looks like an interesting ghost hunting show, but the fanservice is a bit over the top.  I used to not mind fanservice, but I've changed over time.  Still gonna give it a couple of episodes.

Schwarzes Marken: Giant mecha anime against an implacable alien foe.  Twist: This is cold war East Germany where there are informants around every corner.  Could be interesting, could be too dark for my frame of mind lately.  Looks very good animation wise.

BBK/BRNK: I think this was the most intriguing starter with a very otherworldly opener to a more typical second half.  Very beautiful and high quality animation.  Kept thinking of Chrome Shelled Regios for some reason during the second half.

Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation - Should be labelled PSO2 the commercial.  Seiga Academy?  Once the initial cold open ended, I was shaking my head at every improbability this one threw at us.  While I'll give them credit for not using the 'can't wake up from MMO' that had been used so much recently (SAO, .hack).  Being a big fan of the early Phantasy Star and Phantasy Star Online games, I was hoping for more. Sadly this episode let me down.  I'll watch one more but it's got to pack a punch for me to not drop it.

Just discovered on Hulu:  Assassination Classroom S2 (yay!), Pandora in the Crimson Shell (Shirow?  interesting), Luck & Logic, Haruta & Chika, Girls beyond the Wasteland.  

Lots of promise this session.  Even more so, lots of really beautiful animation.  Makes me wonder if there is a larger investment in simulcast shows this season, or if tech and skill have caught up with what people wanted to output.
A brief update:

Pandora in the Crimson Shell...  oh god, Shirow has had a part in a cybernetic magical girl anime?  I'm still trying to process what I just watched.

Oh, and Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi) stands out as the most interesting of the less upbeat anime series.  This is the show that really made me think about the change in production quality this season.  This looks as good as many of the feature length movies that have appeared in the last ten years.  Clean, crisp, and just so good to watch.  It is the most likely watch of the darker shows that I may watch, out of Divine Gate, Erased, and Schwarzed Marken.

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