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March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 Episode 1 Reaction: It’s Back!

If the title makes it sound like I’m excited, it’s because I am. March Comes in Like a Lion is arguably one of the best shows to come out in the last few years, for a multitude of reasons – good characters, fun episodic storylines that still culminate in a powerful overarching story – and now its second season is finally out.

I’ll admit, the first episode isn’t what I thought it was going to be, but looking back at the first season it makes a lot of sense. The first episode picks off where the first season ended, with Rei now being a member of the newly formed Shogi Science club and teaching the former science club members how to play.

Throughout the episode, Rei comes to terms with his current situation and looks back on the progress he’s made towards coming out of his shell as a person. While in the lab at school the former science club members and Rei watch an important Shogi match between Souya and another famous player. During Souya’s match, Rei realizes that his newfound clubmates and his teacher Takashi are not only having a good time with Shogi but are also interested in his well being.

In the second half of the episode, Rei finds himself making Ramune in the science Lab after they see Souya and his opponent eating snacks during their match. Rei, being a recluse who doesn’t know how to do much for himself, needs help from Noguchi in making the snack. The episode ends with a much appreciated happy note for Rei: that he has friends.


So much of the story of the first season was Rei battling with his tendency towards loneliness and not relying on others for help, but now it seems that has changed for the better. Rei has found a lot of people who he loves and considers family. His days of being lonely are, for the most part, over.

Even though I’m going to say it here, it goes without saying that this was a strong start. The first episode was everything fans of the show expect for a show of its quality.

The animation from Shaft and Akiyuki Shinbo were exceptionally expressive, and on the same level of quality as the first season. The colorful art style combined with Shaft’s unique storytelling style is present for this first episode and will likely continue to be here.

The opening and ending theme were both phenomenal, as was the case with the first season, being performed by YUKI and Brian the Sun respectively.

 

Inuyashiki Episode 1 Reaction

If there was one show that I was giddily excited to learn was airing this season, it was this one. Well, aside from the second season of March Comes in like a Lion season two. I had heard about it after watching Gigguk’s video about underappreciated  manga, and then I saw that Studio Mappa was handling the production and there was much to be excited for.

I went into this one also mostly blind, aside from the explanation of the manga, and I feel a lot better that I did. 

As far as episode one goes, there wasn’t to much going on. We are introduced to the main character Ichirou, a 58-year-old man with a family that seems to walk all over him. His wife yells at him, and his kids don’t seem to care at all. He finds out from a terrifying doctor visit that he has developed cancer and has just three months to live.

With this news, Ichirou is all but ready to give up on life, when out of no where he is crushed by alien spaceship, and he wakes up to find his body is now made of a machine.

This episode mainly focuses on Ichirou and his immediate reaction to his newfound powers which, as you might suspect, isn’t exactly a calm one. Ichirou also remembers seeing a young man in the crash, and decides that it would be worth it to find him.

It’s important to note that this is just a setup episode, and the real action will come afterwards, but I am already excited. There was a lot of potential in this show, especially with the studio behind it. The animation is a good mix of 2D and 3D that works extremely well, with Ichirou’s robot body being a clear highlight.

The Music was also a treat. The opening song “My Hero” is really good for getting hyped, but that’s not surprising given that the band behind the song, Man on a Mission, also did the opening for Log Horizon.

With an opening episode like this, there looks to be a lot worth looking forward to. Hopefully the show doesn’t waste its potential, but for now it is worth being hopefully. Check it out if you haven’t.

Garo Vanishing Line Episode 1 Reaction

I actually wasn’t sure what to expect with this show. I didn’t think much of the plot description when I read it, so I sort of just dived in. Even during the first few minutes it seemed like this was going to be interesting, but wow I am excited for this show.

Sword, the main character

Vanishing line seems to be letting it’s animation and music speak much louder than its story, as so far it seems a bit generic. In this world their are Horrors, creatures born of humanities worst vices:


It is up to Sword, a Makai Knight, to stop these creatures before they hurt innocent people. We also get a hint at something, or someone, much more important, something called Eldorado. It seems as though this is going to be the main antagonist for the series. 

I can’t say this is going to be a bad story. In fact, depending on where it goes from here it could be very interesting, but I won’t keep my expectations to high.

The two high points so far are the music and the animation. The Action in this show is already phenomenal. Aside from a bit of excess camera shaking, they are well coreagraphed and the animation looks beautiful.

The music so far has been a mix of dark and very intense, which is what the show as a whole could be described as. Even in the opening scene I was pumped up and ready to watch Sword kick some butt. 


Overall, I approve. I definitely don’t see this being very deep, especially with Sword’s personality so far. But, it will be highly entertaining. If your looking for something fun, then this is your show.

First Impressions: Sound! Euphonium: My Favorite Character is Tuba-Kun

If nothing else, a show like sound euphonium is good for the inclusion of classical music in the soundtrack. Of course, that’s not the only good thing about the first three episodes, but its musical basis is certainly the most prominent feature of the show.

Sound! Euphonium focuses on a first year in high school named Kumiko. Kumiko chooses to go to her new high school to start fresh and to escape her old life, including her having played in concert band. She quickly changes her mind; however, when her newfound friends Hazuki and Kawashima decide that they are going to play in Kitauji High’s Concert Band, and she goes along with them. Kumiko is also reminded of her past when Kousaka, a girl that went to her middle school and played with her in band, also join the high school band.

After finishing a couple episodes of this show, I immediately drew comparisons with Your Lie in April, which aired a few seasons before this show. Certainly, Your Lie in April overshadowed this show a lot, as there really wasn’t a whole lot of discussion around Sound! Euphonium after it finished airing, but that isn’t because this is a bad show. Far from it.

Whereas Your Lie in April focused much more heavily on romance, so far, aside from the hinting at a possible relationship between Kumiko and Kousaka, the show mostly seems to be focusing on the band and its newfound drive to win the national competition, something that the two were never able to achieve in middle school.

And it seems like the show definitely wants to keep the focus on music. Much of what we know about the main and supporting characters so far is directly tied to their affiliation with band. Hazuki said that she was doing tennis before and that she wanted to try something different, and Kawashima was playing the contrabass at an all-girls academy. Kumiko has been playing the Euphonium ever since the 4th grade because of her sister, who seems somewhat distant towards Kumiko based on the first few episodes. I suspect something will happen with that later on.

It is, of course, important for a show focusing on music to have a good soundtrack, and in that regard the show does ok. The opening and ending are both j-pop infused with brass instruments and are pretty catchy, and the soundtrack so far has a calm, but determined atmosphere, much like the show.

I don’t have to say much about the animation and art style because this Kyoto animation and anything they touch looks like it was blessed by the gods and given to mortal men as a reward for their admiration.

I am very excited to watch this show because there are already a lot of good places it could go. I honestly wouldn’t mind if Kumiko x Kousaka became a thing, and it would be very interesting to explore the relationship Kumiko has with her sister. I’m already excited that it got a season two.