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Fall Anime Season 2014 – Review December 30, 2014

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The Fall Anime Season of 2014 has wrapped up and so it’s that time again for me to review the ones I’ve watched. There are a couple of still running animes, so I’ll put in my two cents of what I think of them so far. In between the last Anime Season Review and this one (most will be like this), there will always be some other animes I watch that I don’t cover here, such as short OVAs and Non-airing/older animes. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here’s a quick list of what animes you’ll find I watched that will be reviewed in this post:

Amagi Brilliant Park

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken

Denki-gai no Honya-san

Girlfriend (Kari)

Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girls

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

Log Horizon 2nd Season

Magic Kaito 1412

Orenchi no Furo Jijou

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.

Psycho-Pass 2

Sword Art Online II

As usual, SPOILERS will be avoided as much as possible, but sometimes may pop up through my writing if I think it’s not too much of a SPOILER.


Amagi Brilliant Park

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Another Kyoto Animation anime that has charm, Amagi Brilliant Park is an anime about building up an amusement park to the top of it’s pride to prevent its closure. I really did enjoy this anime, mainly because of the diversity of characters and how the story progressed. It never did seem to me that there was too much or too little attention to the main characters/side characters. While the park in itself was almost literally a realm of fantasy, the show still did have itself rooted in a bit of realism of running a company, making hard decisions in order to make the goal of saving the park, which worked well with our perfectionist protagonist. Loved the comedy, characters, and the park itself. Definitely recommended to watch.

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Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken

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An anime short, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken/I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is simply about a office lady married to an otaku husband. At first I thought it would just be straight up him all otaku all the time, ignoring his wife for his own hobbies and stuff. That’s what I was initially expecting at first, and the first episode showed just that. However, as the season went on, I found that the anime was more about their unique relationship that, while looks strange to other people around them, works well because of each others’ personalities. They truly do love and care for one another, even if they each have their own quirks which can be awkward and weird. It was a nice casual watch for me.

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Denki-gai no Honya-san

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A bit similar to the anime Working!, but in a manga store instead. Denki-gai no Honya-san is all about a group of manga store employees and their lives surrounding it. I feel that this anime has two parts to it; the working in the store part, and a personal life/hobby/relationships part (pretty much outside the store). It always seemed that things as always hectic at the store, whether its restocking popular manga, preparing eye candy product set ups, etc. There never seems to be a slow time for them when they’re open, which I can relate to as I work at a bookstore too (a college university one, so no manga unfortunately). The “outside of work” parts were ok but wern’t as good as the in work scenes. The second half of the series focused more so on relationships between the male and female characters, which I think now felt forced so that almost everyone had someone in the end. Overall it was an enjoyable watch but not as good as I felt it could’ve been. I guess if the randomness wasn’t as much as it was, I would of liked it a bit better.

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Girlfriend (Kari)

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Girl Friend BETA is based on a real mobile game where players can have girlfriends through playing the game. This was an anime that I did not watch seriously, and what I mean by that is that I initially decided to check out a few episodes before thinking I was going to drop it and not even report it on my MyAnimeList (which I’ve done so with a few other anime series in the past). Usually I would watch it just to kill time or to fall asleep from, not even kidding. In the end though, I actually finished the anime and thus decided to put it up on my list of finished animes without even a start date as I usually add when I watch a series.

The anime itself is quite boring, as it is a slice-of-school-life show that focuses on different characters every episode. The original mobile game features many characters, over 100 of them to choose from, featuring some notable seiyuus (voice actresses) such as Rina Satou, Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, etc. to name a few. Some of them even look like their known voiced characters, like how there’s a Asuna look alike voiced by Haruka Tomatsu. I also like how there’s a cameo appearance by Miss Monochrome, though I don’t know to say if she’s cameoing or actually in it. I thought it would be more like the anime Photokano where there would of been a main guy character being with a different girl every episode to indicate different routes, but that was not the case. Anyways, if you like animes where cute girls do cute things then maybe you should check this anime out. Nothing much happens, but its a bit nice to try and guess who’s the seiyuu with such a large cast.

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Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girls

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Another anime short series, Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girls is all about the personification of three of Sega’s video game consoles: The Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, and Sega Dreamcast, going to school and learning about the games that were made for them in order to eventually graduate. The characters themselves are fairly typical; Megadrive is the smart type, Saturn is strong/tsundere type (I guess), and Dreamcast is an airhead; but they are still likeable none the less. What I thought was cool about this anime was that the video game scenes for the most part was taken directly from the games that they represented. While I only recognized a handful of the games shown in the anime, it was nice to learn a bit about the others I didn’t know about. Another thing I should mention is that Dreamcast is a character in another game that I may do LP videos on in the future, so look forward to that. I didn’t know that she was in that game at all, taking the form she takes in this anime.

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Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

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From studio Trigger that brought us Little Witch Academia and Kill La Kill, Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de aka When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is a slice-of-life anime about a group who gains superpowers without a real need for them… The first half of the series was so-so, where the episodes were just about their daily lives and learning about their powers without the viewer knowing anything beyond what the main characters knew too. However, around halfway through, the reason for their acquired powers becomes known to the viewers only, leaving us to wonder how the main characters would eventually learn this info too. While the season ended without them really knowing what’s truly going on, that very well may lead to a second season if they wanted to progress the anime. When that halfway point in the anime occurred, it reminded me of when Kill La Kill revealed the true purpose of life fibers. Basically changing the whole background plotline from the basic story that was presented in the beginning. Also, loved the few Kill La Kill cameos that were shown in Inou-Battle wa. Not going to spoil what they are, but it was nice to see them when they did appear, and it was also good that Trigger didn’t overuse them too to try and siphon off the other series.

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Log Horizon 2nd Season

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An ongoing airing anime, Log Horion 2 is the second season of Log Horizon (if you didn’t know already), about players trapped in their favorite MMO Elder Tale. Unlike a similar sounding anime (SAO), this anime is much more in depth with its MMO terms and style. What bugs me about people who try and compare LH and SAO is that they don’t try and realize that both are unique in their own regard; SAO is all about the implications of VRMMOs and how they affect their perceptions of the real world and vice versa, while LH is more about a traditional MMORPG and what happens when players live in it for real under those conditions. Alright enough of that rant, about Log Horizon 2 so far: It has been quite slow so far. Only a couple of major things has happened so far as far as I can remember, which were the raids in Akiba and in that dungeon with Shiroe and guild company. The first season of Log Horizon had more going on, but of course it had to set the foundation for the series so naturally more happened then. I’m hoping that we’ll finally learn why all these players are trapped in Elder Tale by the end of the season, which the series has been good about hiding.

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Magic Kaito 1412

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While I’ve been interested in the Detective Conan series a bit, it’s always hard for me to know where to start watching if a series has been going on for a long time. I remember the first time I watch a full thing of Conan was one of the movies, Detective Conan Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky. It was quite entertaining, but with so many episodes and movies already out, I never really tried to watch more of the series. Enter Magic Kaito 1412, an anime based around Kaito Kid who appears in Detective Conan every so often due to the fact that the creator for both series is the one and same person. This anime had a previous version in the form of specials that ran from 2010 to 2012 before returning as a full fledged anime as Magic Kaito 1412, thus why I’ve seen some people comparing the two. This anime has allowed me to finally enter the Conan universe somewhat, and while this anime primarily focuses on Kaito Kid (which I find really clever and cool), it also has Conan appearing every so often, just finishing up a couple of episodes where Conan is Kid’s main opponent. As repetitive as the episodes can get, I’m always interested in how he gets away in the various situations he gets into, even if his opponents are dumb or geniuses. Im glad that this season has 24 episodes so I’ll be watching until the end.

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou

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An anime short about a merman living with the guy he saved from drowning. At first I thought that it was about a mermaid, not a merman, so I felt I was tricked, but rather I tricked myself by not looking into it a bit further. Going past that, its a slice-of-life comedy which has yaoi undertones. I didn’t mind it, as I came for the slice-of-life comedy. There isn’t much to say about this one, other than its a casual watch that is fine if you have a little free time.

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Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.

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Right off the bat, if you’ve seen Kamen Rider/Power Rangers, then you should be familiar with the plot of this anime. Basically it’s all about transforming heroes who defend the Earth from invading forces, with a twist. The main male character can transform into a female character, making this a gender-bender anime. Also there is a heavy emphasis on “twintails” among other “attributes” mentioned in the series that gives power to the characters. Think of attributes as features of a person, and strong feeling towards those features turns into power which can be used to fight with. While the synopsis is quite silly, for some reason I like this anime more than I thought I should. I already admitted that I like gender-bender animes, but I think there’s more to it than that. I do like the characters and their interactions with each other, as cliche as some of them can be. I don’t really know how to explain it, but maybe cute girls trying the save the world interests me. (Both my hands are up in the air now.)

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Psycho-Pass 2

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In this second season of Psycho Pass, we find a much more capable Inspector Tsunemori in charge of Unit 1 of the MWPSB (Police Force). A new crime and investigation occurs which brings Tsunemori, new enemies, and Sibyl System to a whole new judging level. Psycho Pass 2 felt slower to me than the first season did, though the first had many small cases which built up to the ending of that season, whereas Psycho Pass 2 had one main case with clues being discovered throughout the second season to bring the conclusion home at the end. I still did enjoy seeing the action and Inspector Tsunemori being a total badass at her job, never letting her Psycho Pass get clouded by anything which almost makes her invincible to any attack by Sibyl System or similar means. There was times where I started to get confused from all the information coming at me from the clues being worked on for the case, but I figured it out in the end. Psycho Pass 2 is actually a segway into the Psycho Pass Movie, which I did not know about until recently. It will be coming out within a couple of weeks in Japan, so I’ll look forward to watching it when it’s available here in the States.

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Sword Art Online II

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Sword Art Online II has finally concluded and I got to say that it ended on a strong note. As much flak as SAO does get for various reasons, I’ve never thought of SAO as total trash, though I do admit its flaws that is the ALO arc from the first season. SAO II had three main arcs: The Phantom Bullet arc which took place primarily in Gun Gale Online, the Calibur arc which felt more like filler episodes, and the Mother’s Rosario arc which was full of “feels” that brought the second season to a close, both of which took place in ALO/New Aincrad. I’ll be talking more about the two later arcs, as they aired during the Fall Anime Season. 

Calibur was mainly about beating a dungeon in order to obtain the Holy sword Excalibur, but also to prevent a major change to the ALO world brought about by the game’s automatic quest generator program. While it showed the main cast’s ability to fight and coordinate boss battles, it felt like a typical plotline for the series, making it appealing just for the action which was only exciting at certain moments. It was a short arc, so it was ok for what it was, but I’m glad that we were able to move on to the next and final arc of the season, Mother’s Rosario. As I don’t read the manga/LN, I avoid knowing the future story to make the experience of watching it for the first time exciting and/or surprising. As Mother’s Rosario started up, it was hard to avoid people’s comments on how this arc will bring sadness. I mainly ignored this info as much as possible to avoid spoilers, but I ended up speculating before watching the arc to the end that someone is going to die in real life. I know that there were a couple of hints to this, such as Kirito’s words about how he felt she lived in the virtual world, and Yukki’s Guild’s name. I didn’t put the pieces together until only a few episodes before the finale. Yukki was a strong character who lived in the virtual world to the fullest in order to do the things she could not achieve in the real world due to her declining medical condition, which I do feel bad about as it was not something she was born with, but rather a mistake that was not her’s that eventually costed her life. Thinking about it now kind of reminds me of Yui from Angel Beats! who became paralyzed in the real world but moved as much as she could in the boundary between Heaven and Earth. At the last episode, when Yukki was already on her last breaths of life, I felt chills (in a good way) when the players of ALO came to honor her by watching her last moments. It’s just like how in recent news many people gathered in the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV to remember a fallen player who was sick in real life and passed away. These events I can relate to as I’ve had a very close relative who has been going back and forth to the hospital, with much drama, confusion, stress, anger, sadness, etc. coming from it. Overall I felt that SAO II ended on a high note, and that it performed better than SAO, at least the second part anyways. I don’t know if we’ll see a SAO III, but if we do it won’t be for a while as I think we’re fairly close to where the story is now. Like I said I don’t read the series so I’m just speculating at this point, but if there is indeed another season, you know I’ll be watching it. After all, the Sword Art Online series is my first entry into the VR game anime genre. I enjoy it for what it is, and not for its flaws which some people judge it entirely by.

P.S.: If you like the OP/ED musics from the Sword Art Online series and want to learn to play the basics of them, I make Basic Piano Melody videos that are easy to watch and learn from. I have done most of SAO OP/ED themes, so please check them out here if you want.


This year has been quite amazing with animes, and I’m definitely looking forward to more in the new year. Now only if we had hoverboards available to buy next year….

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