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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One Day at a Time : “This Is It” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Reboots are in fashion. It’s quite possible the machine that consumes existing novels and plays for the small screen has run out of fodder and is beginning to cannibalize its most successful excrement. Okay, it’s more than possible. It’s likely.

This isn’t meant to disparage the art of adaptation, though. Television tends to mirror society, and society tends to repeat itself in cycles; in short, television has its own cycles. One Day at a Time addressed the issues of its time by exploring the challenges a single mother faces in the only tone that would be palatable to middle America: comedy. One Day at a  Time—currently—throws race into the mix of issues to address by writing the family as Cuban. As far as television goes, this counts as progress. Progress, at any rate, is a good thing even if it is only coming One Day at a Time.

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Little Witch Academia: “A New Beginning” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Little Witch Academia has had a bit of a history. It originally was an animated short that was shown in Japanese theaters in 2013 before finding its way to YouTube. It was popular enough to get a Kickstarter to release a sequel in 2015, this time titled Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. The series also saw two manga releases in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Now here we are at long last with its most anticipated anime debut. How does it fare?

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Ransom: “The Return” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Sometimes a police procedural does not highlight law enforcement. Elementary focuses on Sherlock Holmes, a private detective; Monk centers on the titular Adrian Monk, another private detective; and Lucifer stars Satan himself as a consultant to the LAPD.  Ransom follows a similar formula by bringing a consulting negotiation task force to the table.

Let’s see if CBS is worth paying for Ransom.

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The Mick: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Outside of Charlie Day and Danny DeVito, the gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has pretty much kept to their own show. Sure, Rob McElhenney found his way onto Lost for a moment and Glenn Howerton had a handful of episodes on The Mindy Project, but for the most part—the gang has always seemed content just being the gang.

That was true, anyway, until Kaitlin Olson decided to branch out from Philly with The Mick.

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Interviews with Monster Girls: “Takahashi Tetsuo Wants an Interview” (Season 1, Episode 1)

There was an anime in 2015 called Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, about a young man who lived with a bunch of different monster girls and their daily lives together. The show was a straight up ecchi anime that concentrated on pure erotic situations. The one good thing that the show had going for it were the different monster designs. Even though the show had one thing on its mind, it was still interesting to see the different creatures that would pop up.

Almost in the same vain—minus the ecchi—Interview with Monster Girls takes the premise of a world filled with these types of beings and how society would interact with them. It is an interesting idea that hopefully gets fully fleshed out as the show continues. As of the first episode, it has me intrigued, even if it does fall short on a few aspects.

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