It is my routine that leave a brief report about animes of the cour (cour – usually pronounced as ‘cool’ in Japan – is a word used to describe a span/unit of TV anime episodes. It usually consists of 12 or 13 episodes and runs for 3 months.) on my Facebook. It was usually very short description of one or two lines per each anime but this time I want to make it a little longer version and put in this blog.
Izetta: The Last Witch (終末のイゼッタ)
This is an alternate history of WW2. The name of every country is changed into the other fictional name: the main stage ‘Eylstadt’ is the changed name of Austria and the capital city ‘Landsbruck’ is Innsbruck, ‘Germania’ is Nazi Germany, ‘Britania’ is UK, ‘Atlanta’ is USA and so on. Wilhelm Donko wrote a great article FEATURE: Anime vs. Real Life – “Izetta: The Last Witch” about the real places of this show.
To tell the truth, this is not my personal best of this cour; It is my runner up. But I want to mention it first because I felt the theme of this anime was very similar to mine – Sid Story animation: the friendship and will of two girls – and I really loved it. I’m always impressed with girls who move forward at their own will.
I couldn’t watch it in a row; I paused once around episode 8 because the story line went too gloomy. But I think the ending was very good although the presentation of the final battle could be better. It would be my great pleasure if I can see Izetta and Fine’s peaceful daily life more in other supplement episodes (please OVA!).
My favorite character: Izetta
Scorching Ping Pong Girls (灼熱の卓球娘)
It is my personal best of this cour although many might not agree with. But I really pleased with this anime so much in this cour. It is a ‘netgetsu(hot-blooded)’ sports themed anime but has an ill-assorted character designs; they are very cute. However, I was really happy to watch these girls who filled with pure passion for the table tennis.
In 1986 Seoul Asian Games, the Korean men’s team won gold medals and the table tennis came in fads. I (in my 5th grade) learnt the table tennis for a while and this anime brought back my memories of those days. The ping pong skills in this anime are a little exaggerated in its presentation but they are not a total bluff. No, I think it is very well accorded.
I love the OP which gradually goes up-tempo. It always makes me high. You can watch the opening here:
My favorite character: Hokuto
Gi(a)rlish Number (ガーリッシュ ナンバー)
When I watched the first episode, I thought it could be the grand best over ‘SHIROBAKO’. However, soon I really disappointed (more fed up with).
It is an anime about the nowadays anime industry itself. But unlike SHIROBAKO, it is about the dark side of it. Some friend of mine in the industry said that it was too painful to watch these gloomy facts in this way, but the reason why I was really disappointed was different (it might be because I’m not totally in the industry yet); in subsequent episodes, almost all the absurdities came from just one heroine. Chitose Karasuma, the heroine of this show, was the source of all evil. Although it is painful to face the facts we don’t want to confront, it is too cruel to make it a problem of an individual. Chitose almost got to become my worst character ever (worse than Kirino) but she was well grown up and turned into a really better (yes… better.. ) character in the last three episodes. However, I think the problem remains; the personal development concealed the industry problems.
Anyway, Chitose has been reborn as a better character (sorry Kirino, you are still my worst;;; ) and I really want to see the next stories. I’m going to check the original novel… but I don’t expect Wataru-sensei provides usual bright and pleasant stories.
My favorite character: Momoka
Sound! Euphonium 2 (響け! ユーフォニアム 2)
I expected the title would be ‘Sound!! Euphonium” but it just used simple numbering of 2. I think there would be no need of explanations for whom loved the first season. I’m always happy when I see these well crafted and beautiful animes from Kyoto Animations.
The whole story of this season can be summarized simply: The yorozuya (よろず屋/knows everthing) Kumiko-san and her colleagues. Kumiko settled all conflicts in the circle. The theme was about the various human relationships and all stories were very touching; the final competition – the outward theme – seemed to be trivial. I really love the acting of Kurosawa-san (acting as Kumiko). Listening her voice (always-crying-like but) carrying various emotions makes me always happy.
My best scene of this cour was the performance at the Kyoto station. Haruka’s sax solo was really great. You can watch that here (Haruka’s solo starts from around 2:10):
And you can also watch the real-world performance which was performed by Heian high school here:
I think the second season will also make other sacred places. Although I went to Uji once before, I want to go there again; this time would be for The dam. My friend Yun visited there recently and took a lot of great photos; Yes, it is really great!!! You can check them out here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/seoul-music/albums/72157673352724383
My favorite character: Kumiko
Long Riders! (ろんぐらいだぁす! )
It is very relaxing and fun anime show and the theme is about the road cycling. In this cour, there were many sports-themed animes and I think this one was the most ‘nichijoukei (日常系/everyday life)’ one. Although sometimes it seemed like a huge PPL (product placement advertisement), it was more an character focused anime like the studio’s big success of last year: Girls und Panzer.
It could be really better but seemed like suffering from the delay of Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars which was the studio’s work of previous cour. I wish I can watch more stories of these girls someday.
My favorite character: Alpaca-san
I cannot complete this show yet but I cannot help mentioning about this show before I close this post. It was the weirdest and really out-of-mind anime show of this cour in my point of view. What the hell are those 8 exclamation marks at the title? I couldn’t hear almost any mention of this and I think it is because people don’t want to let others know they watched this show.
However, I have to say that I could feel creators’ great passion about this show. I could sense thier great pleasure and enjoyment from this work and it was relatively very rare experience in these days; feeling emotions of creators in the anime show so strongly. I will complete this show someday although it is very hard to watch this in public palces…
My favorite character: None yet. Sorry I cannot remember anyone…