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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Episode 1 Reaction

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If there is one thing I like to avoid in talking about a show, it’s using other shows to describe them because it seems unfair to categorize the interesting parts of one show as just a reskin of a different show. I see this happen with a lot of different shonen series that inevitably get compared to Dragon Ball Z, even though many of those shows have a lot more to offer than just being a different Dragon ball. With that being said, I could not watch this show without immediately getting reminded of one of my favorite shows, Oregairu.


Bunny Girl Senpai is about Sakuta, a high school kid who happens to see one of his senpais walking around in a bunny costume. However, as he comes to find, there is a lot more to it than that. Sakuta starts to take an interest in his senpai due to, as it is revealed later in the episode, most of his high school class wants nothing to do with him. When he talks to his senpai Mai, he finds out that she suffers from adolescence syndrome, and now that she has gone on hiatus from being a movie and tv star, people are starting to ignore her existence.

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The immediate parallels should be obvious. Both main characters had events happen outside of their control that made it so their high school class ostracized them, and both immediately met a female character who is in a similar situation for a much different reason. Kaede also seems to be playing a somewhat similar role to Yui from Oregairu, although their personalities are much different. One thing that seems to be different between Hikigaya and Sakuta is their willingness to embrace their outsider status. At the beginning of Oregairu, it seemed as though Hikigaya did not care much at all about the social caste he has found himself in, whereas Sakuto seems to be in a much different situation.

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A more subtle and buy much less obvious comparison to make would be with Kokoro Connect. The main premise of Bunny Girl Senpai centers around the idea of Adolescence Syndrome, which are the strange occurrences that happen due to the sensitivity and stress of being a teenager. Kokoro Connect, while never directly linking its premise to this idea, seems to be largely based off of it.

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Even on its own merits, however, Bunny Girl Senpai seems to be just as interesting, and maybe even more so than those shows. While not exactly having the greatest production, it is good enough so that it does not matter much. The story so far has been incredibly engaging, despite only being one episode in. I would be lying if I said that I knew exactly where the show was going, but I think it will be good nonetheless.

Also, random last minute shoutout to the music, cause it was low key really good.

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Made in Abyss Episode One Reaction

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I think if there was one show that truly defined anime in 2017, other than My Hero Academia, it would be Made in Abyss. Definitely one of the most talked about anime of the year, Made in Abyss captured people’s hearts in a way that made them feel good about anime again. Even to this day, I see people talking about how it should have one anime of the year at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards. Generally speaking, I try not to let other people’s opinions influence how I look at a show before watching it, but with just how much praise this show has gotten, it has been hard not to. So, did I think Made in Abyss was everything people have said it was?

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Well, in short mostly. One of the downsides to this format is that it is hard to make solid conclusions about a show just based off of one episode. But, if there was ever a show to praise for just its first episode, Made in Abyss would be it.

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One of the things people have consistently praised the show for is its Ghibli-esk art style and character designs, and I tend to agree. Not only are the art and character designs good on their own, it seems like they also work in tandem with the show’s overall narrative. Seeing as how the main characters are kids, it makes sense to have an art style that is initially very vibrant and bright, similar to a how a kid would see the world. But, based on the screenshots I have seen from later on in the story, that art style shifts to reflect a much darker narrative surrounding what the “Abyss” contains. Because kids tend to see the world in black and white due to their lack of knowledge about the world, this dichotomy would make sense.

The other great part about this show is one that I’m sure fans are very familiar with: The Soundtrack. Now, let me just say that I’ve already listened to the show’s soundtrack in full, but even if I were to judge Made in Abyss’ soundtrack just based off of the first episode, it would probably still end up in my top ten anime soundtracks of all time. Major shoutout to Kevin Penkin to making what is potentially one of the greatest soundtracks, like, ever.

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Overall, Made in Abyss’ first episode is phenomenal. I did not think that Riko and were particularly compelling yet, but it was the first episode, and everything else about the show was just so interesting that it more than makes up for it.

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Re:Creators Episode 1 Reaction

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After talking about shows that I was really anticipating watching, I decided to finally get around to watching said shows. I’ve already finished The Great Passage, so the next show on my list is Re:Creators, and after watching the first episode, I have to say I am very intrigued.

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For those who don’t know, the show’s premise revolves around a modern-day Japan in which one day, characters from different works of fiction including manga and anime start to come to life. At the center of this ordeal is Sota, a young boy who wishes to become an artist himself. But one day, after trying to watch an episode of “Elemental Symphony of VogelChavalier,” he finds that the show’s main character has been transported to his world.

The show’s premise is already super interesting, but so far its execution has been even more stellar. The show’s main villain, who so far has yet to be introduced, is probably the most interesting out of everything. It is established that while Selesia, the main character of Elemental Symphony, has no idea why she is in another world, to begin with, the main villain seems to have all the answers.

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Also thought her referring to the real world as “the land of the gods” was interesting as well, because, for Selesia and the other characters, it is true. Because they are fictionally being with stories being told purely for human entertainment, they are just people’s creations, and so in a fairly literal sense, the people who create the stories they appear in are gods.

The show’s music is also a selling point that I have previously mentioned a lot, and it did not disappoint. Not only was the music itself phenomenal, but its timing in relation to the story was impeccable, and created an atmosphere that fit the narrative theme of the show fairly well.

Overall, I am extremely excited to continue watching the series, which I will still probably be doing by the time you read this post.

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Attack on Titan Season Three Episode 1 Reaction: Breathing New Life into Attack on Titan

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I’ll just come out and say it: I think Attack on Titan is going to be the show to watch this season. Now, that might sound like a bit of a copout considering the popularity the show has had in the past, but it really is not. Back in 2017, during the second season’s run, the show felt like it had a lot fewer eyes on it than say, My Hero Academia. But even despite My Hero Academia also running through this season, Attack on Titan’s first episode display’s a lot of what made the show so interesting, to begin with.

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For those who have somehow been isolated from the phenomenon that is Attack on Titan, the show follows Eren Jaeger, a boy who lost his mother in an attack from creatures known as Titans. Relatively little is known about the Titans, other than that they kill humans only for fun. Together, Eren, his adopted stepsister Mikasa and his best friend Armin decide to join Army in order to help fend off Titans.

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The first episode of season three is already bringing back a lot of what made the opening episodes of the first season so good. There is already a lot of fast-paced action, mostly surrounding Eren and Historia, as they are being targeted by outside forces that Levi and those in his new squad have yet to find out and a lot of mystery. One of the new characters that were introduced was Kenny the Reaper. From what has been revealed both through episode 1 and through various trailers and pieces of promotional art, Levi has a past relationship with the leader of the opposition who was thought to be an urban legend, Kenny the Reaper.

Eren, despite still appearing to be his same bland self, does show a lot of potential to finally come into his own this season. His struggle to use his Titan abilities again after the end of the second season is already an intriguing plot thread that further adds to the mystery and suspense of their situation.

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The animation in season three has also come back in a big way. Of course, the series has been known for its incredibly animated action scenes courtesy of Studio Wit, but even just what we’ve seen from the first episode has me convinced that Season 3 will be a high point. The best example of this would be the last few minutes where Levi and Kenny meet on the top of the roof, using the same sort of animation from the opening to show Kenny and his group attacking Levi.

Overall, I am definitely excited to watch Attack on Titan again. It has gotten off to a great start, and it definitely feels safe to have confidence in the show again.

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Angels of Death Episode 1 Reaction

While I have yet to look at most of the Summer 2018 seasonal lineup, Angels of Death is a show that caught my eye almost immediately. Its premise was strange, and its characters stranger. Now I have had a chance to watch the first episode of Angels of Death, based on an indie horror/RPG that came out in 2016. So, how is Angels of Death?

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Well, interesting is definitely a good, if not overused, word describe it. The story so far follows Rachel Gardner, a girl who has awoken in a small room underneath a blue moon. After finding her way out and into an elevator, she hears a message about everyone in the building needing to prepare. She soon starts running into some creepy characters.

One of those creepy characters is Isaac, a serial killer who greets Rachel on the first floor she explores. Isaac, in this episode, definitely came off as more of a generic character at first, but as the episode went on and he killed Danny, it seemed he was even more nonchalant.

Danny the Doctor, however, did feel a bit undercooked. Granted, he was really only in half of the episode, but it will be interesting to see how his backstory is revealed, or even if it is revealed, moving forward. Rachel, the show’s main protagonist is, so far, still very much a mystery. Danny hints at the fact that both of her parents are dead, but since we do not know that for sure, it will also be interesting to see how Rachel’s motivations change.

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Right now, her only goal is to get out of the building alive, but she might have a much better chance with the help of Isaac.

At this point, saying the animation was alright feels a bit repetitive for this blog, so how about saying it was exceptionally average. The music was pretty good too, and I honestly would not mind listening to it in the background while I am doing other stuff. Overall, the show’s first episode was pleasantly surprising.

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FLCL Progressive Reaction: An Interesting Return to Form

Rarely does a show so old get a chance at sequels, but the insane popularity of the original six episode OVA series manage to bring not one, but two new seasons back on the air, and premeiring in English first no less. Last Saturday, the first episode of the FLCL Progressive aired on Toonami, and after getting a chance to watch it on the Adult Swim website, which you can do for free if you have not, I have some thoughts.

Progressive as a Second Season

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Almost everyone who has seen the original FLCL can tell you that the show does not have the most straightforward plot. On the surface, the show’s first season tells the story of Naota, a elementary school kid who lives in a town where nothing happens. His brother’s Ex is always hanging out with him, clinging to him for emotional support, and the rest of his family, his dad and grandpa, are not exactly super helpful either. One day, a women proclaiming to be an alien from another world comes in on a vespa and hits Naota on the head with her blue guitar. Before he knows it, things start poping out of his head, and his life changes forever.

But, of course, there is a lot more going on in the original show than you might think. The show is for sure about puberty and growing up, but it is a lot more than that. It focused specifically on Naota’s strange affinity for Haruko, and how, as a kid, Naoto not only did not have the ability to be honest with himself about his feelings for Haruko, but also how he did not know how to repsond to Mamiya, and eventually drove her away. Of course, and the end of the show it gets revealed that Haruko was very much manipulating Naoto for her own personal gain, but that love for Haruko is still very much real.

Progressive had a lot to live up to, in this regard, and in a lot of ways it did. The original FLCL was a product of its time, and spoke to the specific conditions of Japanese youth in the 2000’s. Progressive needed to and definitely manages to hit that same mark for the mid to late 2010’s.

Characters and their Reflection of a New Era

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Hidomi certainly comes across as a female Naota of the 2010’s. This is not to say she is unoriginal, but that she does well in her role of portraying the problems in today’s youth culture. Hidomi is a junior high student living in a somewhat smaller city, presumably the same one as Naota based on the context clues givin in the first episode. She seems insular and very unfocused. Hidomi says herself that she feels like she does not even have an idea of what she wants to be.

This seems like a pretty accurate reflection of what younger people, and especially Japanese younger people are feeling. Now, I am no expert on Japan, but based on what I do know about Japanese culture, her character makes a lot of sense. During the 90’s, Japan experienced what modern historians have called “The Lost Decade.” Economic stagnation caused many to see a decline in there standard of living, and instead of in other countries where economic decline usually leads to scapegoating and racial and economic resentment, most of the youth during that decade just sort of carried on, wondering whether or not the situation can get better. Nearly two decades later, with a shrinking population and workforce, increasingly long hours in overly coporate offices has left many with the same sense of destitution and hopelessness that prevailed over many in the 90’s.

Now, this is not me saying that Fooly Cooly is about economics, although you could certainly argue that is the case indirectly. However, a lot of that background certainly plays into Hidomi’s own disullusionment. The lack of a sense of identity is very much a problem of young Japanese people, and having that background knowledge makes Hidomi’s identity crisis all the more relatable.

There is also one other important character, and that would be… well, this girl:

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I don’t actually know her name, but it appears as though she was sent by Fraternity to protect Hidomi from Haruko, or at least that what I could gather from the context of the first episode. Similar to Haruko, she rocks a guitar and is trying to unlock the secrets that supposedly lay dorment in Hidomi. Unlike Haruko, though, she seems to be very out of tune with the rest of the world, not exactly knowing what to do in a given social situation. Not that it is much of a prediction considerign how obvious it looks already, but I think this girl will end up being a foil Haruko in a lot of ways, both in the literary and literal sense.

Other Random Thoughts

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FLCL Progressive’s first episode, while not being as outright deranged as its first season parallel, it definitely brought back the show in a pretty bold way. It also looks the like the season that might answer some major questions about the plot, like what exactly are the details of this war between Medical Mechanica and Fraternity? and what do these weird robots coming out of people’s heads actually mean?

It would also be cool to see these newer themes explored from a female perspective, and how some of the themes of the first season tie into this one. I can tell that the writers have a lot planned for Hidomi in this season.

Also, where did the hand go?

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Golden Kamuy Episode 1 Reaction

With My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul:re, and Megalobox all airing this season, there is a lot of quality to enjoy in the spring 2018 season. One show that has already stood out in a big way is Golden Kamuy, the story of a Russo-Japanese War veteran bent on discovering a large stash of gold in order to save his friend’s wife from blindness.

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There is a lot to like about this show so far. One thing that stands out immediately is the show’s main character, Saichi Sugimoto. As a war veteran of a bloody conflict with Russian soldiers, Sugimoto has been mostly looking just to complete his mission and help his fallen friend. Overall, while he comes across as a little bit crazy, I get the feeling that despite the amount of killing that will likely take place over the course of the series, it will be pretty hard to hold any of it against him.

The show’s other main character, Asirpa, also seems pretty awesome. It really is nice to have what looks to be a strong female character in a lead role, and not have to compromise her strength for Sugimoto, who, so far at least, see’s her as an equal partner, and literally offered to give her most of the gold, so long as he has enough to help his friends wife.

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If there is really one bad thing I could say about the show so far, it would be the C.G. on those bears because my god do they not look good. It was honestly really jarring having to watch the fight with both of them because every minute it was on screen I just wanted to look away. Hopefully, there will not be a lot more of that though.

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Overall, though, this is a show I am really excited for. It is not often that we get a piece of historical fiction played out in anime, and especially not a premise this exciting. Honestly, my first instinct was to compare this show to One Piece, except this actually seems like its going to be good, and will also end at some point.

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 1 Reaction

Another popular series which is now back on the air, Tokyo Ghoul:re has been extremely anticipated by fans, even six months ago when all we had was a PV. Many did not like the show’s second season for a variety of reasons, including a few divergences from the manga. So, how does this new series stack up?

Well first, let’s talk about the story. Two years after the incident with Aogiri Tree, things have returned to a relative calm. Relative being the key word here. In that time, the CCG, a group of dedicated Ghoul Hunters, have now started a new squadron called the “Quinx,” a group of half-ghouls lead by none other than Kaneki himself, now called Haise Sasaki.

Considering I never read the manga and that I have not bothered to spoil much of the storyline for myself, I went into :re only knowing that there was a two-year time skip. Other than that, I was just wondering exactly what this new season of Tokyo Ghoul had to offer. So, what did it have to offer?

Well, certainly a lot more than My Hero Academia’s first episode. Right away the show begins introducing the cast that is presumably going to have the lion share of the screentime for the season. The first two that we meet are Uri and Shirazu, two members of the Quinx squad and ones that do not seem particularly intelligent. The episode opens with them fighting a Ghoul, who they easily kill, but instead of making sure it is dead, they immediately have to get rescued by Sasaki.

I will say that the sub-plot with Urie that seems to be forming right at the beginning about his wanting to ascend further in the ranks of the CCG should keep the show interesting. Although, his backstory seems a bit generic, to say the least.

Overall, the episode was a fantastic start, and I am curious to see where it goes from here.

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My Hero Academia Season 3 Episode 1 Reaction

The long-awaited return of My Hero Academia has now been brought to fans, and with it, a metric ton of hype. So, how does the first episode shape up?

Well, I think I can understand what they were going for and why they did the first episode the way they did. First, general plot. All of the heroes of class 1-A meet at the pool at the suggestion of Mineta and Kaminari. While at the pool, the members train both individually and against each other.

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Overall, it seems more like an episode designed to get fans hyped up about the action to come, as it is likely the story of the episode won’t have any story relevance moving forward. A lot of the episode is also filled with flashbacks and scenes from the first and second season that took up a lot of time. This was probably so they could save on animation for the first week.

But as for the actual episode, It was ok. The real reason Kaminari and Mineta wanted to go to the pool in the first place was to check out their female classroom, a plan that failed basically as soon as they got there. A pretty generic anime reason for the basis of an episode.

As cheesy as the flashbacks were, they did at least get me a little hype. For as much as the story has progressed so far, it was cool to see Midoriya still watching the video of All-Might saving a bunch of people from episode one. Not to mention that the way he reacts to it really shows how much he has grown as a character, as the look on his face is no longer eager anticipation but rather calm preparedness.

Overall, definitely not the best episode, but certainly not the worst. If you really wanted to, you could probably skip it.

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Darling in the FranXX Episode One Reaction: Two Worlds Collide

If Darling in the FranXX was not a joint production between two of the most influential anime Studios in recent years, this show might not have been on my radar, but since it was I decided to check it out. To my surprise, Darling in the FranXX may turn out to be a pretty decent show.

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The story is set in a far-off future, where pairs of male and female kids pilot robots called Fran. Hiro, one of these kids, is unable to pilot one of these robots with his partner, so he decided he should leave the place known as the birdcage and go home. On the day before the pairs of kids, also known as parasites, are supposed to test pilot the knew Fran, Hiro, the shows main character, meets a mysterious girl, the one who many call the partner killer. From their, Hiro’s life starts to change forever.

Right off of the bat, though, I do have a few complaints. First, the show has not clearly explained what about Hiro makes him incapable of piloting the Fran, and considering Screenshot 2018-01-15 14.13.02this is a key plot point for why him and Zero Two, the girl he meets, even begin piloting together, it would be nice to find out by next episode. Second, I am a little worried that a lot of the show’s main cast is not going to get much development. With a show like Eureka Seven, this was not a problem because it was over 50 episodes. Darling in the FranXX, however, only has 24, and considering that the Director has had little work in actual directing, I am not too confident overall.

That does not mean that the show cannot be good and in fact what the show has given in the first episode has been overall pretty good. Zero Two certainly seems likable enough to carry the show even without Hiro being interesting at all, and at the very least the Screenshot 2018-01-15 14.22.45character drama between her and the other pilots will likely create some intense moments. I’m not convinced this is going to be the next Eureka, and especially not the next Evangelion, but I do think that what is here so far could come together cohesively and make a pretty decent mecha.

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