It seems like I’ve picked up more new anime than I initially planned to. Here are my thoughts on the Winter 2014 and continuing Fall 2013 anime that I’m watching, based on the first episodes aired this year. For Noragami and Log Horizon, I’ve already posted my actual reviews so only a summary of my thoughts are shown here.
Episode 1: A Housecat, a Stray God, and a Tail
With the awesome animation, interesting plot and likable characters, Noragami has a very strong start. Hopefully the rest of the series will be as remarkable as the first episode.
Log Horizon (Fall 2013)
Episode 14: World Fraction
I like how this episode explains the connection between Elder Tale and the real world. The arrival of the adventurers have created a huge impact on the world of Elder Tale without them knowing. The tiny pieces of the huge puzzle of Elder Tale are starting to come together.
Nagi no Asukara (Fall 2013)
Episode 14: The Promised Day
In the beginning, I felt that it was strange how Chisaki looked different, especially her hairstyle. Then it got to the opening song and when I saw Miuna and Sayu, I was really surprised. They look so grownup now, plus they’re wearing middle school uniforms. The five-year time skip reminds me of what happened in Fairy Tail after the incident at Tenroujima, except that it was a seven-year time skip for them.
I never really thought about the shipping for Nagi no Asukara, but watching episode 14, I feel that Tsumugu x Chisaki is awesome. They understand each other very well. Even before the incident five years ago, Tsumugu was the one Chisaki chose to confide in. Chisaki might still like Hikari, but it seems like Tsumugu likes her now.
Tonari no Seki-kun
Episode 1: Dominoes
I feel that each episode will be quite similar, with only a difference in Seki’s antics. To be frank, I’m not fond of hearing Yokoi freaking out and screaming for around 5 minutes. (Okay, it might be less than that but it irritates me too much) I like the opening and ending songs though. The part about the manga is interesting and that pencil-drumming is awesome! (I should pick up drumming one day instead of merely drumming my fingers on the table everyday) Back to my point, Tonari no Seki-kun will be staying on my “Maybe” list for now.
Hamatora the Animation
Episode 1: Egg of Columbus
I was interested in why some people commented on how Hamatora was trying to be similar to Durarara and K, so I watched the first episode to see what it’s like for myself. Indeed, the pictures of an online chat messenger and talk about a serial killer are very Durarara-like. That part is okay for me and I don’t mind the Durarara similarity. What I mind is the animation. There’s an over-use of bright colours. Perhaps the animators wanted to make it look like K but couldn’t make it work. K strikes a good balance between the colours used and has the best animation I’ve seen so far. On the other hand, nearly everything in Hamatora is brightly coloured. It’s too striking. That aside, the plot itself is not bad.
Planning to watch:
The first episode of Nisekoi isn’t aired yet, but the synopsis looks interesting so I’m planning to watch it. A full review for Nisekoi episode 1 will be posted soon.
Synopsis (adapted from My Anime List)
Raku Ichijou is an average high school student who also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. Ten years ago, Raku made a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite”. Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him. One day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge Kirisaki transfers into Raku’s class. There was not a moment where they were not fighting. But by a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers.
So, these are my thoughts on the first episodes of the anime I’m watching this season.