Author Archives: Jan-Michael

About Jan-Michael

I love movies, video games, and anime. Don't mistake my love for weakness. I am very much a critic, and if something does not impress, I will tell you so.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: “The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Dragons are some of the most powerful mythological beasts ever imagined; they are gigantic creatures that breathe fire and have strong scales. Whether depicted in movies or video games, they are massive beings that are not to be trifled with. In today’s anime, things are slightly different. The dragon in this anime is still powerful and can bring destruction down on people, but she can also transform into a human maid with horns and a tail. Instead of an expressionless demeanor and urge to attack anyone that comes close, she instead has fallen in love with a human girl. And, of course, she has a ginormous rack. All in all, it could be worse.

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KonoSuba: “Give Me Deliverance from this Judicial Injustice!” (Season 2, Episode 1)

It is difficult to talk about a second season of anime to people who have never watched the first. The preview might end up having spoilers, it could seem confusing, or worse, they might not bother with the series even if the first season was great. Pretty much everyone falls into one of these pitfalls when approaching a second season blindly. I, for instance, am only writing about this sequel this season even though there are quite a few continuations. Maybe those shows are amazing, but since I have not seen the first seasons of these shows, I am not going to write a preview on them.

Still, let’s talk about KonoSuba.

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Onihei: “Tanbei of Chigashira” (Season 1, Episode 1)

I have always been interested in samurai. There is something about being able to wield a sword that is so satisfying to see. Of course, in today’s world carrying a sword looks more foolish than anything, but in feudal Japan, not only were swords a part of everyday life but they were taken seriously and a skillful sword-wielder was highly valued and for a time was looked up to.

Series like Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai Champloo show us the fascinating tales that samurai could have. Sure, it is not realistic, but it was fascinating to see the world and people interacting with each other in that era. A good samurai show has not come along in a while, so when I started watching Onihei, I thought about the possibilities of a series on the level of Rurouni Kenshin making a comeback. So is Onihei that show?

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Scum’s Wish (Season 1, Episode 1)

Happy Valentine’s Day, people! … or it would be if you were reading this on Valentine’s Day and not whenever it is you are reading this. As of this writing, it is Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than by talking about an anime that has unrequited love as its theme? Not only that, but it has moody teens, awkward scenarios, and hiding from reality by dating someone who they are not even attracted to.

“Romantic,” you say? Well, get ready then.

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Saga of Tanya the Evil: “The Devil of the Rhine” (Season 1, Episode 1)

I absolutely love tales of characters that are unapologetically bad. It is refreshing to see the story being told from the perspective of someone who is just not a good person. The material is tough to do because if the person is not likable, no one is going to watch; however, if they are too soft, it lessens the impact of the character. Dark comedies in particular do a good job of presenting tough moments that you just cannot help but smile or laugh at.

Saga of Tanya the Evil (Youjo Senki) sounds like a title that is trying too hard, but it was a show that I had my eye on from the beginning of the season. Anime can do a good job of gut punching you when it presents something well. After watching the first episode, I feel that Tanya is definitely capable of doing that and more.

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Fuuka: “Fuuka!” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Kōji Seo has created some very interesting manga series. A majority of the ones that I have read have been about growing up and the difficulties that one faces in life, especially when it comes to love. His characters can be frustrating to watch at points, and it would not be a Kōji series if you did not want to try and punch one or more of the characters at some point in the story. It is not because they are bad people. It is because they are people. They make mistakes, they act out when hurt, they do not always know what they want. That is the beauty of Kōji’s stories. Even when everything is said and done, you can look back fondly on seeing these characters live their life because they feel realistic.

I have not seen any anime adaptations of Kōji’s works, but I have been following Fuuka for a while, so I was looking forward to seeing how it translated into an anime series. Would it capture the same feelings that the manga does so well? Would it be able to convey the emotions that the characters go through?  Would it make their personalities shine? Well…

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Masamune-kun’s Revenge (Season 1, Episode 1)

Ever been fat? Made fun of for being fat? Maybe want to get some revenge by getting jacked and showing those people how good looking and awesome you are? Or maybe a crush dissed you when you were fat and you want to show them how hot you can truly be? Well, have I got the anime for you.

Lets face it, we have all at one point thought about bettering ourselves in order to get revenge on those that ridiculed us and made us feel terrible. The problem with these scenarios is that our emotions tend to change after a while. Maybe we are motivated for a time, but we either lose interest or the situation changes. In the world of anime, however, we can see someone take that sweet revenge that we all yearned for at one point. This is Masamune-kun’s Revenge.

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