Once again another anime season is upon us! Sadly, there is no Flip Flappers in the lineup this fall, but things are still looking pretty fun!
Konohana Kitan (2 Episodes)
I am shocked that the show about gay fox girls whose manga started in Comic Yuri Hime is exactly the kind of show I love. Really. What a surprise.
Anyway, Konohana Kitan is very sweet, cute and pretty. The Konohanatei and the town outside it effortlessly capture a magical, fairy tale feeling. The populace being a mix of humans and anthropomorphic animals, with no major commentary on it, helps sell the setting. Its a lot like plenty of other shows that lean on this particular aesthetic, but that helps make it feel real. It feels like Meirouchou might be just over the mountains at the edge of the town.
The budding relationship between Yuzu and Satsuki is already entrancing. They are so different, but also exactly what each other needs. Satsuki in particular is already breaking out of the tsundere archetype so easily applied to her. Really excited to see where these two go with each other.
Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou (2 Episodes)
Two girls traveling at the end of the world. There really isn’t much more to this. The setting is vague, the events that left the world desolate obscure, and the reason for the girls to continue traveling obtuse. But its fascinating to watch. Two girls, a kettenkrad and the vastness of a dying world.
Chito, the driver. Quiet, observant. Yuuri, the gunner. Loud, excitable. They are friends and companions, but view the world in very different ways. They rely on each other to survive, but also struggle to understand each other. They find comfort in each others arms, but also hurt each other, even if unintentionally.
There is no destination at the end of the Girl’s Last Tour, only an unending journey.
Love Live Sunshine 2 (2 Episodes)
Its more Sunshine! And its a lot. Just, everything. What more can really be said? Love Live Sunshine 2 is exactly what Love Live Sunshine 2 needed to be, and its excelling at it.
Like the second season of the Original Love Live, its building on the characterization it set up in the first season and using it as a springboard for character interaction, comedy and a dash of drama.
Lets see if they can turn 0 into 1, 1 into 10 and 10 into 100!
Houseki no Kuni (2 Episodes)
Genderless Gemstone People who fight against Aliens from the Moon who want to turn them into jewelry is certainly a concept for a show. It turns out, its a pretty good concept. The first thing to discuss though is how its animated. Its fully CG.
I’m not a huge fan of full CG anime. I watched Arpeggio of Blue Steel, and it was fine, but would have been better in 2d. And I didn’t mind the CG parts of Black Rock Shooter too much, but again, it would have been nice if they were 2d like the rest. However Land of the Lustrous is the first full CG show where I can say that the CG is absolutely critical to the aesthetic. While this show could be done in 2d, the CG allows for effects that would be much more difficult in 2d, and overall contributes to the slightly-off non-humanness of the cast.
Also the show is fantastic. Please watch it. Its just. Really, really good.
Kino no Tabi (2 Episodes)
Kino no Tabi is a story about traveling, but unlike the other traveling show this season, the destination is absolutely important. Each episode is its own destination, and what Kino experiences and does reveals more about Kino and about ourselves. You may not agree with the choices made in the episodes. By Kino or by the residents of the country they are visiting. But that’s the point.
Kino and Hermes stay for three days. No more. The next destination lies ahead. The next country filled with people with their own philosophy and ideals. No matter what happened before, or what happens in the next country, Kino will continue their journey.
URAHARA (2 Episodes)
Urahara is a very strange show. Its direction is scattershot, its animation is very charitably limited and its plot is virtually nonexistent…but its pretty fun. Its hard to say what is appealing about it, and its easy to see why a lot of people wouldn’t like it.
The three main girls, Rito, Mari and Kotoko are a lot of fun and they have good rapport with each other. Rito and Mari in particular are really great. Mari being the oldest and the “successful” one undercut by her lack of self-confidence in the situation they’ve gotten in to. While Rito, who is a bit of a slacker, has taken to the events with aplomb, and is especially supportive of Mari.
Its impossible to predict where Urahara is going to go, just that it will probably involve a lot of candy.
Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shou (1 Episode)
Just what everyone wanted, more WUG! Its fine.
I like the new designs more than the old ones, at least I won’t constantly be confusing two of the main characters all the way to the end. The show does assume you are aware, generally, of who the Wake Up, Girls! are, and doesn’t spend any time in episode 1 reintroducing people. It should be pretty easy to grasp, and all the leads have their names in the OP sequence, which is nice.
Two Car (2 Episodes)
Two Car is almost completely ruined by the absolute worst possible choice for the main conflict. The two lead girls both being in love with a faceless male coach is the opposite of interesting writing. Its actively terrible and its shocking that this got approved. Putting aside the heterosexuality aspect, who the hell is going to get invested in a love triangle where one point isn’t even an actual person. Just a faceless name with no personality other than “adult male”.
The rest of the cast is pretty fun, and the basic concept, Kneeling Sidecar Racing, is pretty interesting to watch. But right now the show is entirely being carried by the secondary characters, and if they don’t keep it up, its gonna get dropped fast.