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Fall Anime Season 2015 – Review December 31, 2015

Posted by coolmikeol in Anime, Otaku, Seasonal Anime Reviews.
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This anime season was more reserved, going with the theme of the year. Nothing stands out too much, but still are some interesting animes to watch all the time. Some of the ones I’ve watched this season are continuing ones, some are anime short series, and some are brand new animes. If you want to see a full list of what animes I’ve watched, you can always check out My Anime List. Here is a list of animes that I watched from this season:

Heavy Object

Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!

Miss Monochrome: The Animation 3

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

One Punch Man

Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen

Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!

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.


Heavy Object

Heavy Object

Heavy Object is an anime about a world where wars are fought using giant mechs called Objects with absurd firepower instead of a conventional army. Piloted by a single person, these Objects are supported by a large amount of people who assist but don’t really fight the fight directly. Enter Qwenthur and Havia, a foreign student studying Objects and a aristocrat soldier, both of who support the Baby Magnum, an Object piloted by Milinda aka “Princess”. The duo of brains and brawns seemingly take down Objects on their own sometimes with tactics and precision, or they are just lucky. Usually assisting the Baby Magnum, Heavy Object follows the adventures and feats of team Baby Magnum and their fights around the world in order to protect peace and the ones they care for, in a world where Objects rule the battlefield.

This is an ongoing anime series I was a bit hesitant to watch, as the trailer made it look like a typical anime with action and fan service, and for the record it does have it at unnecessary times. However it does feature the type of characters who uses smarts in order to win their fights with their odds greatly against them, as unrealistic as it may be. Qwenthur Barbotage is the character who reminds me a bit of Inaho Kaizuka from Aldnoah Zero, minus the pevertedness and emotions he expresses. As a student studying Objects, he is able to apply his knowledge in battle in order to find a way to beat an enemy, as crazy as those ways are. His ability to think on a large scale and visualize helps his side to always come out on top in the end, even if they take a few hits. Also helping just as well is Havia, a soldier who helps execute these plans, Milinda, who pilots the Object Baby Magnum, and Frolaytia, the commander of the Baby Magnum Object force. Teamwork in a battlefield is key, illustrated by these main characters of Heavy Object. As this is an ongoing series, I will be giving my final review of this anime in a few months, so please look forward to it.

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Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!

Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!

An anime short series I decided to watch because I was bored, which is about a character who is too nice to decline requests. Each episode is about her helping others without fail, with her friends by her side to help or rather ask for help as well from her. Nothing really spectacular about this title.

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Miss Monochrome: The Animation 3

Miss Monochrome 3

Right after I finished the second season of Miss Monochrome, the third season started off right away, as if the second never ended. In this third and presumably final season of Yui Horie’s take on trying to make herself into a Vocaloid-like character, Miss Monochrome is growing in popularity through her live concerts and promotional shows. In the end, she proves herself to be a true rival to fellow idol Kikuko (whose seiyuu also has the same name), with her also proclaiming the same.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Mobile_Suit_Gundam_IRON-BLOODED_ORPHANS

This is my first Gundam series to watch, and so far with half of its season over, it has been pretty good. The main thing I like so far about the series is the pacing of the story. Nothing feels rushed or too slow. The action is pretty solid too, though I had to make a bit of an adjustment of watching mechs fully drawn versus computer generated ones like Aldnoah.Zero. Talking about Aldnoah.Zero, Gundam Orphans reminds me a bit of said anime: We have a Martian “Princess” who becomes a representative for her planet to become independent from Earth rule, and wishes to do so in a peaceful manner, but ends up having to witness battles from foes that wish to stop her quest.

The main cast of characters are all orphans from Mars who was treated as trash from others like the adults, but within thought of themselves as family, which is a reoccurring theme in the series. An example of this, besides Tekkadan (name of main group cast, the orphans), the Turbines aboard the Hammerhead is also one big happy harem family, and proud of it too.

As a person new to the series, it’s nice to dip my feet in more mecha anime which I’ve been a fan of from the few that I’ve watched already. I tend to like more ones that use strategy over sheer force, but I’m not complaining with this one. I look forward to what’s to come, and hopefully to watch more mecha anime too.

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One Punch Man

One Punch Man

One Punch Man is definitely one of the better shows of the year, though before and during it’s airing, it was hyped up quite a lot. If you asked me if I decided to watch it because of the hype, then I would say your’re right about 50%. I didn’t really get into the hype, as I didn’t know much about One Punch Man. I have friends who read the manga, so of course they were excited to see its anime adaptation, but for me who just had a synopsis to go on, I didn’t really create expectations for myself. From the first few episodes, it reminded me a bit of Dragonball due to the art style of the monsters that would surface, but later on it became it’s own unique art from the animators at Madhouse.

While action and comedy rule supreme in One Punch Man, the main theme of the series is all about the Hero and what it means to be one. Being a hero is not just simply being someone who can beat enemies to a pulp, rather it’s one who is willing to do what’s right regardless of what others think, even through the mistrust of the public. Saitama is a perfect example of an unsung hero, a nobody who at first claimed to be hero for fun. Stemming from an encounter of a monster threatening to kill a little boy, Saitama worked hard to achieve his current strength in order to protect people who couldn’t fight. His perseverance may be what makes him so powerful. His determination to workout everyday on a strict regime to become the titular One Punch Man is what made him what he is today. With his strength, he fights the good fight from the shadows, though when he tries to come out from said shadows, others look down on him because of his looks, or rather what is noticeable to the public. When other heroes or people try to claim that Saitama is a fruad, he doesn’t defend himself, he takes it full on, even playing the part at one point, because he knows that a hero is not defined by numbers or rank, but rather by his unyielding human spirit. Saitama is a hero not only for his physical strength, but also for his mental strength as well.

One Punch Man is a series that was unique, but I don’t think it was worth all the hype it got. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic series that I think everyone should at least try to watch, but I feel that besides the main character and the theme I discussed, there doesn’t feel like there’s much other content. Sure there are the countless other heroes that are interesting on their own, but like the enemies that we’ve seen in the anime so far, to me each of them is just a variation who is stronger than the one before themselves, but in personality they feel the same. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the series lacks character development from my point of view. Things felt a bit repetitive, like with the fights: Monster shows up, destroys things, heroes try to stop the monster but fails, Saitama shows up and wins. Maybe this is to show why Saitama is looking for a true fight, because he seems to hate fights that end in a single punch, as he is looking for a challenge. The final fight with Boros is the only fight Saitama had that didn’t end right away, but one that he didn’t have much issues with either. In the end Saitama still walks alone unchallenged, but as a professional hero. Overall its a great show that stands on its own, and if a second season is made, I’d like to see how they would progress the story and the growth of the characters.

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Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen

Owari no Seraph S2

In this second season, or rather second half of the Owari no Seraph series, things are more or less the same. Humans versus Vampires, but with something brewing in the shadows from both sides. It was already hinted at the end of the first season that secret communication between humans and vampires was going on, presumably about the Seraph of the End, which is something that was never really explained in detail even when it was revealed at the end of this second cour. Throughout the series, I always felt that there was something obviously hidden, yet also expected that the audience was suppose to know what it was. For example, Guren was consistently put into a position where he was attacked and captured by the vampires, but they never did a finishing blow to him, as if they were keeping him alive for a reason. The obvious thing that would come to mind is that, as a commander of sorts, they wanted to get info from Guren about the Vampire Extermination Units. However I felt the vampires didn’t do enough of this if they really truly cared to get info out of Guren. This is what bugged me about the series, no one really felt serious about what was going on besides the main characters, everyone else was either super lax like the vampires or the higher ups of the Vampire Extermination Units. The only character I liked who was serious and knew what he wanted to do was Mikaela. Once he found out that Yuu was alive, his loyalty and determination proved to be his best weapon to surviving and eventually reuniting with Yuu.

Talking about the main characters, specifically about Shinoa’s squad and other company, they were ones who kept cautious and stuck together in this dangerous world, always emphasizing that they were family, and that teamwork would help them through whatever they faced. This is fine and all, but when this theme is repeated almost every episode in similar situations, you tend to get a bit tired of it. Even at times when teamwork and such should be understood without mention, sometimes they throw that out the window when their personal feelings get out of hand. This has resulted in some of the stupid situations that has befallen the main characters, but always seem to find a way to recover without much consequence.

The ending with the Seraph of the End was the climax of the series, but it wasn’t a true end of the series, as many questions are left unanswered. It’s quite obvious that the story will continue in some form, I’m thinking it will be a movie to tie everything together. The final battle was cool and all, but to me it was just super demon vs. super demon, and with Yuu’s one a higher rank, the outcome was predetermined from the start. What is interesting is the scenes that are shown right before the close of the final episode: A time skip a few months forward, we see that Kureto Hiiragi is proceeding with new plans, and our main group of characters is preparing to rescue Kimizuki’s sister Mirai and Guren. Doing so will be quite a task, as Mirai is the key to Kureto’s Owari no Seraph plan, and Guren we can presume may still be in his demon possessed form. As for whether Yuu can use his own Seraph for this mission, we’ll have to wait and see.

One thing I need to mention is that in the anime, I don’t think they ever explained what the Seraph of the End was, so I ended up having to look up information on it on a wiki. Generally speaking, Seraphs are angels that exist naturally within certain people who have the Seraph Gene. In order to control these powerful beings, the humans use drugs and other means to contain and power up the Seraphs when needed. So far only Mirai and Yuu have been shown to have released their Seraph, but there have been others around the world which were destroyed by the vampires which have been roaming around the Earth after the collapse from the virus.

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Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!

Yuru Yuri San Hai

This was the third season of the Yuru Yuri series, and at the start of this anime season, I didn’t know there was going to be another season of this series until I noticed it from anichart.net. As I’ve watched the seasons before it, it’s a given for me to watch this season too.

I found the opening of this season to be quite annoying, so I skipped it whenever possible. This is rare for me as I usually like most anime openings in some form, but this one was just unbearable. Yuru Yuri’s previous season’s openings were fine, but this one was bad because maybe there’s too much lyrics, or rather there’s so much going on that it sounds like a mess. Compare it to the first season, and I’d go with the old in a heartbeat, especially because of the Akarin scenes with Akari starting the episode off, I miss that.

This third season basically continues with the daily life of said characters, but there’s more focus on the Yuri aspect than in the previous seasons. There’s nothing that goes beyond getting close to once another, as the Yuri in this anime is light, but endearing. Also different is that some episodes focus on a few different characters instead of always on the main cast. In doing so we fade the boundary between the main and side characters a bit more, making the integration of main and side characters seamless. I think that this season made good progress on character progression and representation. Overall it was a nice casual watch to round off the lot of action based animes I was watching too.


 

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