Plot Synopsis: “Summer, 1966. Kaoru Nishimi has moved to live with relatives in Kyushu. He’s been an aloof honor student his whole life, but that starts changing when he meets Sentarou Kawabuchi, the school’s notorious bad boy. Through him, he learns the appeal of jazz and forms his first real friendships. “
I no little about jazz music so let me start with that. However you do not have to be an expert in jazz or even now jazz to enjoy the first episode of this new series. The cards are not all laid here and most of the episode is basically character introductions and some background information on Kaoru and what he has been through in life and what he has to go through as a new student at a school. The animation is good and the voice acting is nicely done and does not feel like it has to through moe voices to the females.
So the question that is on everyone’s mind is this going to be the best show of the season? Still way too early to tell but if things go the way they did with the first episode it is a strong change that it can be.
Kids on the Slope is streaming on Crunchyroll
PS: For those who are wondering the title of the episode is the name of iconic jazz song
I was busy last week studying for a final I wrote today and watching 50 episodes of Gintama so I didn’t have much time to check out any new shows. So here I am to bang out a few quick first impressions.
Plot Synopsis: Chicks=guns and for some reason this one chick wears a thong because she has a skeleton stock which doesn’t make sense why does that mean she has to wear a thong I don’t get it.
Thoughts: Weird and boring.
Upotte!! is available streaming at Crunchyroll
Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos
Plot Synopsis: Some weird shit about moe Cthulhu things and aliens and stuff.
Thoughts: It’s like Squid Girl but with Cthulhu.
Nyarko-san is available streaming at Crunchyroll
Plot Synopsis: Female Oda Nobunaga gets transported to present day Japan.
Thoughts: I liked this better when it was called Beastmaster 2.
Sengoku Collection is available streaming at Crunchyroll
Plot Synopsis: “A military comedy anime of guns personified as soft, cute, gun-girls!
The rookie teacher posted to Seishou Academy is suddenly sent to the hospital… And that’s natural because his students are assault rifles!? This is a gun-comedy about beautiful, unique gun-girls running wild in school!”
Thoughts: At this point in time nothing surprises me with what Japan can put the moe spin on. This time now they have turned to firearms to give the moe treatment and well to say that it is an odd show is a bit of an understatement. The girls themselves are moe versions of real life assault rifles so those who know their guns will know what they are talking about. The girls personalities are some what based on their guns themselves (for example the M16A4 girl likes the cool floor because she is not fully automatic like the other girls).
If you are looking for a deep show this is not going to be it. It is a show about guns being made moe just that. It is funny to an extent but the humor is going to be hit or miss for most. Being a shot created by Xebec if you have seem some of their shows that hit more on the moe look to the girls (Ladies Vs. Butlers, Kanokon) then you have a good idea of what to expect. Surprising there is little in terms of fanservice with a Xebec show.
Upotte!! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll
Plot Synopsis: “The legends of the Pegasus Seiya, a Saint who saved Athena many times, have been told for generations. Many years have passed, and the God of war, Mars, who was sealed by Seiya, is about to revive. Meanwhile, a boy whose life was saved by Seiya years ago, is being raised by Athena and Saori to become a Saint and fight in the coming battle. When the power within him awakens, a new legend of the Saints begins!”
Thoughts: Being a fan of the Saint Seiya franchise I was excited to watch this first episode and truth be told I was pretty at the end of it. This is a revival of the series but not a complete do over, instead this is a sequel to the original series that aired many years ago.
Could you watch this first episode not having watched the original series or read the original manga? I think you could but to full enjoy what is airing you have to at least some knowledge about what happened within the original TV series. There is some throwback here with the character designs which is going to be YMMV (your mileage may vary) for some people and may turn off potential fans because of the character designs.
Is the show cliched? Hell yes it is, but who cares people are getting their ass kicked so that should be motivation enough here to watch it.
Saint Seiya Omega is available streaming on Crunchyroll
When they were young, the brothers Mutta and Hibito promised each other they would become astronauts. Now, in 2025, Hibito has followed his dream to become the first Japanese on the moon, but Mutta has just been fired from his job. His brother reminds him of their childhood promise, and Mutta decides once again to aim for space.
Space Bros has a good bit going for it in the first episode. Let us start with what is not present here. We see no moe what so ever, no young girl fanservice or really any fanservice for that matter unless you consider sporting events your fanservice then they have you covered a bit here. What do have here is a story that is not quite pointed at the otaku crowd but more of the general audience. For being more of a broad aimed first episode the show does it job well.
The two brothers who were amazed by the UFO sight when they were younger does give them a good motivation for wanting to get the moon. Of course like in life not everyone can get their wise. Mutta gets terminated from his job for a really stupid but amusing reason and because of his actions cannot find a job. His younger brother looks to be fulling this dream of going to the moon.
The character designs are alright but nothing outright fancy or terrible about them. There is not a whole lot that goes on in this episode just normal character intros and the motivation for what these two brothers do.
Space Bros first episode does a good job at setting up the world that the show is based and sets out to be that show that is different from the re of the shows that are airing this season.
Space Bros is currently streaming on Crunchyroll