Spontaneous Saturday 8/16: Thoughts on Summer 2014 anime (5-6 episodes in)

Jinsei – Even though it’s ranked close to 5000 on MAL (which is below average), I like this anime. Not just because of the fanservice, mind you; the characters have quirky traits and the comedy is good. The three lead females, in my opinion, are rather similar to the Minami family in Minami-ke (Rino = Chiaki, Fumi = Haruka, Ikumi = Kana). Also, the opening and ending themes are pretty catchy.

Majimoji Rurumo – Although Witch Craft Works is the first thing that came to mind when I noticed this anime, it seems more like a stand-alone than I expected (although the lead male seems to me like a cross between Yokodera from Henneko and Kenji from D-Frag). It’s something of a “meh” anime to me, but it has some entertaining bits (and episode 6 really hit me in the feels).

Persona 4 the Golden Animation – I don’t claim to be a die-hard Persona fan by any means, but I have watched the original Persona 4 animation and I definitely enjoyed it. The golden animation, however, is quite an oddity compared to the original. It started off with Yu slaying monsters like a boss, then it developed into a slice of life featuring Marie (who was not in the original animation), but then, the episode after Marie sensed the bad vibes of Adachi (that is, episode 6), things just got…inexplicable.

Re:_Hamatora – I watched the original Hamatora during the winter 2014 season and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, it left me with questions (and did it right, unlike Mahou Sensou, no offense)—questions that could only be answered by being taken through the second season of the anime. The plot of Hamatora is centered around people with special powers called Minimums and a particular detective group of “Minimum Holders” (known as Hamatora) that seeks to fight crime. I’m generally not interested in mystery anime, but I can say that the Hamatora series is certainly entertaining (and tends to bring me to the edge of my seat).

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance – What can I say about this…it’s ecchi, it involves fantasy combat, and it creates a fairly obvious harem. Zero no Tsukaima? Hmm…not really. What I know of the anime is that there is a contracted spirit of a contracted spirit (Est is contracted to Kamito, who is contracted to Claire), Kamito (the male lead) has a plot-relevant female alter ego known as Ren Ashbell, and Restia is some evil chick whom Kamito used to know. My impressions about this anime are up in the air for now, but hopefully I’ll have a clear-cut impression of it by the finale.

In addition, I’ve been watching Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (which is still as epic as ever), Pokémon XY, and the OVAs and specials (of anime I’ve already watched) that come out from time to time. What else can I say? It’s been a good season so far. If I had to give a rating…8/10.

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