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Five More New Shows from My "Hopeless" List [message #335872] Sun, 15 January 2017 22:14 Go to next message
Dave Baranyi is currently offline  Dave Baranyi
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My surprise pleasure at the first episode of Youjo Senki lead me to try out another handful of new anime from my “hopeless” list. Granted, my expectations weren't very high, but I did find some more watchable shows.

BTW – My initial rating for “Youjo Senki” is B.

“Spirit Pact” is a Chinese/Japanese co-production that is based upon a Chinese web manga. A 20-something fortune teller is killed in an odd accident and because of his spiritual powers he is offered the chance to be a ghost partner to a spirit hunter. The first episode has a lot of very loud yelling by the protagonist, and some so-so humour, but it wasn't as bad as it could be, so I'm going to try out a second episode just in case it finds a way to be consistently entertaining. Initial rating: C.

“Hand Shakers” is a psychic powers fighting story about a teen who is good at repairing things who gets paired up with a mysterious girl and must fight psychic battles without knowing why. The concept is well worn but the implementation and visuals in the first episode make up for that. I'll stick around a bit to see if it can go any new directions. Initial rating: C+.

“elDLIVE” is a shounen science fantasy about a middle schooler who gets recruited by the Space Police and finds out that he has an ancient and rare alien living on him. There wasn't anything special going on here so I won't bother with more. Final rating: C-.

“Chain Chronicle” is a game adaptation that looks and feels like an MMORG. The first episode starts right out with a massive attack by an allied force on an evil king's fortress. Unfortunately, the Evil King is too strong, the Allies and their Heroic Leader are defeated, and they then have to ignominiously retreat across an increasingly hostile countryside. The first episode was competently done but I'm not sure if the writers can do anything unique with this setup. Never-the-less, I'll stick around a bit to see where it goes. Initial rating: C+.

“Akiba's Trip” is an old fashioned low-brow comedy about an otaku who becomes involved with fighting an alien invasion of Akihabara in which various people in Akihabara, mainly pretty girls, are taken over by evil aliens. The only way to defeat the aliens and drive them out of their victims is to strip the victims in the open air, preferably outside in the sunlight. Yes, this is a show with absolutely no pretensions of being anything but dumb fun, and it does that quite well in the first episode. I'm definitely sticking around to see more Evil Aliens be “defeated”. Initial rating: B+

Dave Baranyi
Re: Five More New Shows from My "Hopeless" List [message #335879 is a reply to message #335872] Mon, 16 January 2017 00:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
David Johnston is currently offline  David Johnston
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On 1/15/2017 8:14 PM, Dave Baranyi wrote:

> “Akiba's Trip” is an old fashioned low-brow comedy about an otaku who
> becomes involved with fighting an alien invasion of Akihabara in
> which various people in Akihabara, mainly pretty girls, are taken
> over by evil aliens. The only way to defeat the aliens and drive them
> out of their victims is to strip the victims in the open air,
> preferably outside in the sunlight. Yes, this is a show with
> absolutely no pretensions of being anything but dumb fun, and it does
> that quite well in the first episode. I'm definitely sticking around
> to see more Evil Aliens be “defeated”. Initial rating: B+
>
> Dave Baranyi
>

I think that was a game first.
Re: Five More New Shows from My "Hopeless" List [message #335886 is a reply to message #335879] Mon, 16 January 2017 06:45 Go to previous message
Dave Baranyi is currently offline  Dave Baranyi
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On Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:50:20 AM UTC-5, David Johnston wrote:
> On 1/15/2017 8:14 PM, Dave Baranyi wrote:
>
>> “Akiba's Trip” is an old fashioned low-brow comedy about an otaku who
>> becomes involved with fighting an alien invasion of Akihabara in
>> which various people in Akihabara, mainly pretty girls, are taken
>> over by evil aliens. The only way to defeat the aliens and drive them
>> out of their victims is to strip the victims in the open air,
>> preferably outside in the sunlight. Yes, this is a show with
>> absolutely no pretensions of being anything but dumb fun, and it does
>> that quite well in the first episode. I'm definitely sticking around
>> to see more Evil Aliens be “defeated”. Initial rating: B+
>>
>> Dave Baranyi
>>
>
> I think that was a game first.

I think so too. If that's the case this is one of the more entertaining game adaptations.

Dave Baranyi
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