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OP AS HECK!

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Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha: Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e
The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Genres: Action, Demons, Magic, Fantasy, School

It is no doubt that light novel writer tend to like putting power fantasy into their main characters. It even more worst when it is OP as heck to point of a world destroyer or saviour level. It is fine they write down the origin of the character or maybe make fun of it (like one punch man). But what the point of it when most of the problem in the series are solved easily with just 1 spell.

This anime started with an OP main protagonist who was Demon King that imprisoned for two thousand years. After a small changes to the demon world history, he came back to claim the throne and reclaim title of the real demon king. And what is the best method to do that? BY ENTERING FREAKING HIGH SCHOOL. You might think im negative about this anime, but i think the problem probably depend if you can enjoy mindless popcorn action flick without plots pretty much. Even competition that happened in this series have zero stake, you will know exactly how it will turn out.

Aside from our main protagonist, all other characters are super boring and merely overshadowed by him. In many other power fantasy anime, usually they have colourful helper characters that can assist or at least being an entertaining character. As for the story wise, yes it got a world building in a world where we have heroes vs demons, to point that it became pointless throughout the series. As for anime production wise, it was one of my favourite studio so i think most OP spell are very flashy & pretty.

Should you watch this anime? Yes only if you dont mind mindless OP power fantasy character who being cocky and bully other lesser being, then you will enjoy this anime. I think it is enjoyable, but it felt shallow.

Alternative : 4 characters I feel very similar to this character design in other anime are : Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Hataraku Maou Sama, Overlord & my trashy favourite anime titled How Not to Summon a Demon Lord




Why this was overhyped as hell?

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Title : The God of High School
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Fantasy

I noticed lately that there are more korean webtoons & crunchyroll anime adaptation on the market. It is not that i personally dont like it, but sometimes studio tried to bring it to the market without understand why the source material works.

The way to describe this anime is that it is a over-the-top battle anime that focus on tournaments around high school students. But before i go deep into the story, I will start with saying that animation of this anime are top notch. The animation feel fluid & dynamic, especially certain combat fights that quite intense and have camera angles. But that pretty much all good things i can say about this anime. Mainly because this anime missing a lot proper setup that made it is just spectacle popcorn action flick, with nothing else.

The story start pretty strong by showing our 3 characters strength. Then immediately the series started with a tournament where everyone participated and showing their true power. Aside from some foreshadow story about our main characters, there arent many moments that show on how each characters get freaking strong. Because this isnt purely martial arts anime, the element of super natural pretty much killed this anime for me. How each super powers works? No time to explain, just do flashy stuffs on the screen.

As usual, if you want to watch over the top action anime, pretty go watch this, but because there arent depth in characters, motivation, plots everything feels like super shallow just flashy. Animation production is pretty good though.

Alternative : Random battle anime with tournament that i can remember (as i dont watch many of them). Hunter X Hunter, Tower of God, Megalo Box & maybe super old anime The Law of Ueki
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A boring anime that lead to nowhere.

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Title : Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem

First of all, I know this anime would be bad, so i can set my expectation pretty low. BUT IT STILL went much lower to a point i dunno who is target animation of this series.

This anime start with crazy messed up plots that bring students to another world. Apparently each of the students granted an ability with variety of power from spell damage or support. To make it as a story, our protagonist got a super weak support spell and deem useless by others. He got betrayed in the beginning thus the edgy part of our protagonist to seek revenge and return back home. Sadly, this main plot arent touched much any more and it went to typical cliche isekai anime with OP characters.

I think the main issue about this anime is the quality of anime production. It feel like too low quality especially all the fights with 3D CGI, especially the weak scene direction with bad timing of unclear goal of wanted to create comedy sketch or serious tones. Our protagonist is accompanied by female character that seem useless and boring. Feel like there are no reason for them to tag together throughout the journey (sound like harem protagonist eh?). Lastly, i can just say this series IS FREAKINB BORING.

I wouldnt be harsh to a point of giving 1/10 like many MAL user did, but i think this anime is below average. While other C tier anime tend to have some redeeming feature, this one didnt have any and just a waste of time.

Alternative : For similar isekai feeling, i guess Rising of Shield Hero & Reincarnated as Slime is much better quality. As for edgy feeling i guess tokyo ghoul and maybe parasyte (especially 2nd half)
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Re:Despair, AGAIN AND AGAIN!

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Title : Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, Thriller

Some fans of anime wait a pretty long time for 2nd season adaptation to varied different degree of quality. Luckily this series doesnt have to wait long until the continuation of the series being adapted. Based on the score, seem like most of the fans are happy with it. However, Im abit half entertained with it.

This season started with immediate conclusion from first season. In order to resolved some problem happened with one of the dearest character to the protagonist. Using the power of reverting to previous couple of days whenever he died, he found that he reached a checkpoint where it is no longer possible to save the girl, thus the beginning of this season. Scope wise, this anime felt smaller where our protagonist need to go to a single location & facing several trials, and yet it was so complexed that it took whole season (13 episodes) for it.

As for why i couldnt find this season entertaining, the first one focused more on world building, character introduction and a much faster plot progression for the whole 26 episodes. This season felt very slow & it repeat the same several days over and over again. Worse part is that because our protagonist took a different action, it lead to vastly different result, to a point I feel like doesnt make sense. Anime production however still pretty good quality & the mysterious thriller part is the best part of this season.

If you a fan of first season & mystery / thriller, perhaps this 2nd season is good. I still think it is great season, but only some personal moment that i think pretty good while most of other are depressing despairs.

Alternative : Not many anime have similar setup as this, so i just list several anime that i think similar (some are olds). Higurashi series, Steins Gate series, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi & Puella Magi Madoka




Promising start that went nowhere.
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Title : Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Rent-a-Girlfriend

Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Blah2 I dont hate romcom or harem anime in general as long as it have anything interesting to keep me watching the whole season. This anime is nothing new, and I mostly just heard how the main girls is kinda one of perfect girl you can have in the anime.

This anime have simple premise where our protagonist was dumped by his 1 month girlfriend. Feeling frustrated, he went for a service where he can rent a girlfriend hourly. After troublesome encounter in the beginning revolving their "fake" relationship, it went bloated to a point that he have to kept lying about his girlfriend status. Thus the beginning of this series, full of misunderstanding & requirement to keep their fake relationship a secret. Being a college students, it is much harder to hide among their friends.

If i wanted to say the focus of the anime, probably the waifus & comedy are the strong points about this anime. Each girls feel like a perfect characters that you wanted to see as a girlfriend. But because this is a romcom, you know for sure know there will be moment when more female characters enter our protagonist life. Anime production is pretty good and i kinda like the artstyle here. I think the worse part is inability of our protagonist to be consistent with his feeling (typical wussy harem romcom anime male).

I will be honest to say that I liked most of the episodes, but because the story going nowhere, it is just a bit letdown with merely some heartful moments while others are just normal typical comedic scenes with some slice of life thrown in. Just dont expect any romance story out of this.

Alternative : Nisekoi is the another one very similar. Next is seto no hanayome. Lastly, if you want more dirty / drama anime then Kuzu no Honkai & Domestic Girlfriend.
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Death march to freaking boring isekai!

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Title : Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Harem

I feel like i shouldnt watch another isekai within short period of times. It remind me of trauma during VN harem adaptation during mid 2000s. I mean, i dont mind as long it is service-able, but when it bring boring part isekai and harem, it scream MEDIOCRE quality.

This anime no doubt started pretty average. The term death march term itself seem like referring to "crunch", a time where game developer overworked in order to deliver product on time. Being an adult with intellectual programming skill, he definitely should have enough skill set in order to master any type of MMORPG as he have experience being a gamer at younger age. And yet, first thing he did in another world is acting like a teenager who figuring the game mechanic one by one.

One of the aspect of isekai I dont like is not the heavy emphasize of using video game UI or video game mechanic, but CRAZY OP of power up that NEVER happen in any video game you played. The main characters immediately became the most powerful player in just 1st episodes, and unlocking a lot of new skill that doesnt make sense. Additionally, he also trying to be kind to all female and automatically creating he own harem even without effort. I could accept if at least the story is interesting or maybe the combat animation are nice, but there arent.

This anime is probably i considered slightly below average (not that bad). I kinda like the video game system + slice of life feel of it, but it just get boring and heavy emphasize on harem remind me too much of other mediocre harem anime.

Alternative : How not to summon demon lord (i know it is bad, but i love it). Reincarnated as Slime, Rising of Shield Hero & Bofuri for all similar video game level up thingy.




Can I be annoying, senpai?

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Title : Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!

Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, Ecchi

This anime character became hot topic because of her character design and the usage of her picture for blood donation drive. Tbh, I dont care about all of that and will just review the anime based solely on what i felt.

The premise of this anime is about an annoying girl who keep pestering her senpai (senior) who have been her friend since high school. Seeing this guy being loner throughout first year college, she decided that she will stick to him and hang out like how people with friend should be. Pretty much that all since this anime is just a simple slice of life. There are several aspect while this felt close at heart. Firstly because I was such a loner during college, so our male protagonist feel like at home.

Second, despite being annoying, I think our female character is kinda understandable realistic. Her character design might be hard get used to in beginning, but I think it is fine as the series is well animated. Despite having romcom tag in the genre, I dont feel any amount of romance aside from several ecchi (accidentally touching boobs) joke. Comedy also pretty scarce, so I solely treat this anime as slice of life in college life. Because of that, there arent any plot progression aside from meeting new people (even then, there are only like 5 main casts).

I think the enjoyment while watching this is depend if you handle the annoying character and how do you enjoy the mundane slice of life in general. I think it is fun anime as it resonate with me personally, but YMMV.

Alternative : For anime with annoying character, i guess both Aho-Girl & Uza-Maid fit both nicely. But for anime that handling annoying female character probably Takagi-san & Umaru-chan (google for both full name)
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SEVEN FREAKING YEARS for the wait!

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Title : Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T
A Certain Scientific Railgun T

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Super Power

Toaru series (index, railgun, accelerator) is a pretty great novel series that have awesome world building. So it is kinda expected you will get very good anime as long as the studio doesnt butchered the adaptation (like they did with Index s3).

The series continue with our protagonist with her school, joining a great sports festival that being held in the Academy City. As the event came close, there are hidden hand who are moving stuff around in order to disrupt the society. Hence the beginning of this series. I would be honest and say that the biggest arc in this current season ended in the middle which we will able to see several supporting characters with their battle scenes. Other than that, other are pretty nice world building arc with side characters.

If you havent realized, this season focused mostly on the side characters. Some even added necessary backstory for characters that appear in other series (index n accelerator). Despite that, it is still pretty awesome story and crazy battle (mostly mindgames) that made you kinda intriguing with both aspects. As for studio that producing this series, JC staff managed to retain the same quality from previous 2 season with all same voice actor / actress. Although it doesnt retain AWESOME feeling in every episodes, this is pretty good season.

Should you watch railgun (or toaru series) in the general? Absolutely. This is one of my earliest anime that i got hooked especially with its awesome OP / ED song. Just take note that series are mostly combine slice of life stuff with serious plot for big arc.

Alternative : Hard to mention any similar anime feeling with this great world building. So for my suggestion I would just randomly suggest female centered battle anime that felt similar with this like : Madoka, Kill la Kill, Yuuki Yuuna, Nanoha (movies especially).
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Title : Yesterday wo Utatte
Sing "Yesterday" for Me

Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Seinen

One of reason why people watch anime is to escape reality by projecting themselves in the character shoes. This is why genre like power fantasy, isekai, shounen, shoujo are so popular category. Seinen (adult / mature) generally a bit slow & realistic than other 2 counterpart, making it suitable for specific genre. This anime is probably a group genre that might bored people out.

Anime is about several peoples who seem cant make out about their relationship & feeling. It almost to point you can call it... Friendzoned the anime. Since love is feeling that sometimes unrealistic, this is kinda made anime a bit washy about their characters. Most of they seem cant think the straight out to sort out their feeling. Get used to feeling depress in whole season as our characters kept thinking about themselves to a point they need random characters introduced to give them a proper push.

While I liked the studio (especially when they animated cute girls anime) and the artstyle are ok, it feel like the anime is lacked in focus. Despite being aimed to be realistic with characters, the way they act, to me it just a bit feel too childish and kinda irritating to watch as a viewer. While it is kinda understandable for slice of life anime to be slow and monotone, but without excitement or something new to learn about japanese way of life, it fall flat to me. There is a drama tag in this anime, but I dont feel any tension build up.

This anime is perfect example that lack of exaggeration can lead to boring & slow pacing anime. Combined with characters who seem cant decide themselves about their feeling, it just left me with empty feeling. It is not a bad anime though.

Alternative : Random anime suggestion about serious relationship drama : Beastars, Domestic no Girlfriend, Re:life, Kuzu no Honkai.