Watched But Not Reviewed (Winter 2019 Week 4)

A Rundown of the anime I watched but didn’t review in Week 4 of Winter 2019

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Just like I did last season, I’ll be briefly covering the Winter 2019 seasonal anime that I watched but that didn’t get a full review on the site. This is not indicative of a show’s quality (for the most part) but rather a that I didn’t have enough to say about a show to write a full review. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum but will warn if it’s unavoidable. So without further delay here’s the episodes I watched but didn’t review this week.

The Quintessential Quintuplets (Episode 4)

There’s some shows I can easily talk about, and then there’s some shows that just baffle me as a reviewer. I talked about (in my Episode 3 review) just how hard it is to talk about show’s that are just “good” and once again I struggled to come up with anything other to say then it was a “good episode” hence why it’s found itself out of the episodic review cycle and in the depths of ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’! The girls continue to be the most interesting thing about the show, while our protagonist–and the show itself–remain adequate but uninspired.

Best Imouto and Best Girl.

Mysteria Friends (Episode 2)

While the art quality slipped from “visually sumptuous” to just “damn gorgeous” this week, the emotion and character development more than made up for it. Anne’s epic journey to find a ‘cure’ for Grea’s illness was imaginative and impressive but the low-key reveal that all the pain Grea was going through were literally just ‘growing pains’ as she shed her tail skin and grew in size was kind of adorable–as was Grea’s self-consciousness about getting “bigger”. This show remains a treat in every conceivable way.

Speaking of treats…

Circlet Princess (Episode 3)

Mostly more of the same just with an added focus on the fundamentals of ‘Circlet Bout’ as a sport and our protagonist Yuka deciding what she wants to do going forward. The matches were fun to watch and the characters likewise. I don’t have a lot to say on the show but don’t let that fool you into thinking this show isn’t worthy–it is and it’s a shame it continues to be unlicensed by Western streaming services.

When the show reviews itself.

How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno (Episode 4)

*awkwardness intensifies* but likewise so does the comedy. Of the two segments the second one, dealing with a pair of Ueno’s tights becoming sentient due to one of her inventions, wins for laughs and for ingenuity.

I’m at 120% too.

Girly Air Force (Episode 4)

This show continues to impress with not only its commitment to being compelling on a character level but also being a big-budget spectacle without showing off. Gripen is endearing as all heck and we’re finally introduced to the busty blonde pilot who’s been teasing us from the OP since the start and she lives up to her promise by being entertaining and charming in equal measure. Better than ‘Strike Witches’–there I said it!

I like new girl, Eagle, for reasons…

Date A Live III (Episode 4)

The first half of the episode which had the majority of our female cast revert back to elementary school aged was as silly as it was endearing–as were many of the subsequent shenanigans Natsumi inflicted upon Shido. The second half, dealing with a makeover for the now captured Natsumi to boost her self esteem however fell most flat. Also I don’t like how easily Origami went over to DEM Industries and I’m hoping this is just her making a chance for infiltrating the enemy.

It’s tough being a sudden father.

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (On Hold After Episode 3)

The Rising Of The Shield Hero (On Hold After Episode 3)

I’ve put these two shows on hold until after I’m back from Japan. I needed to thin out my watch-list for the vacation and these were the two weakest links.

Dimension High School (Dropped At Episode 2)

And that’s all for this week! Let me know what you thought in the comments below!


Previous ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ Posts:

Winter 2019 Week 1
Winter 2019 Week 2
Winter 2019 Week 3


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Watched But Not Reviewed (Winter 2019 Week 3)

A Rundown of the anime I watched but didn’t review in Week 3 of Winter 2019

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Just like I did last season, I’ll be briefly covering the Winter 2019 seasonal anime that I watched but that didn’t get a full review on the site. This is not indicative of a show’s quality (for the most part) but rather a that I didn’t have enough to say about a show to write a full review. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum but will warn if it’s unavoidable. So without further delay here’s the episodes I watched but didn’t review this week.

The Rising Of The Shield Hero (Episode 3)

I’d actually written a full 1000+ word review for Episode 3 and fully intended to post it–until I re-read it while sober and realised the abject futility in my words. People will overlook the glaring flaws and problematic elements in this show regardless of whatever reasoned discourse I throw up against it, so there’s really no point in wasting mine or anyone else’s time with full length reviews on this show anymore. This episode was mostly average and continued to showcase this series’ shortcomings, but at this point I’m more or less committed to the show just to make sure Raphtalia makes it through the series in one piece. Besides, I’ve watched worse shows all the way through for weaker reasons…

Levelling up will do that to you, apparently.

Circlet Princess (Episode 2)

After a delay in the fan-sub appearing online I finally got to watch Episode 2 and it more or less lived up to the previous episode. We’re getting a trickle of story amongst some school-based shenanigans and a bit of sport, a slower episode than the first but I’m still more than happy with the direction this series appears to be going in. Also main girl is absolutely a-dork-able and I love that (I should probably try and remember her name though…).

What a dork, I love her.

How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno (Episode 3)

A much needed new character was introduced (albeit just for one of the segments) and while it’s still a funny show I think this series is in need of some character development or just a change of scenery from the classroom if it’s going to compare to go the distance and remain interesting.

I think I need an attorney, naked 13 year old.

Girly Air Force (Episode 3)

I thought for sure this episode would be entirely focused on one of the other girls in the opening credits but rather we get even more character development for Gripen and it ends up working a treat as she continues to shoot up the seasonal ‘best waifu’ ladder with ease. But aside from that it’s an entertaining, well-written and occasionally intense and emotional episode that shows the potential of this series and teases at greater things to come. I’m sold!

Whatever way you slice it, “muffler” being what Japanese people call scarves is adorable.

Date A Live III (Episode 3)

This was a roller coaster of an episode, and thankfully not in the quality department. The tension ebbed and flowed throughout with the evil spirit Natsumi’s “game” of hiding reaching its conclusion (I won’t spoil the reveal but I was at least pleasantly surprised) only for another twist to be laid atop at the final minute. It was a fun and even–at times–emotional episode that reminded me that this show is just as good at doing low-key stuff as it is the high-stakes action.

Origami with her next level seduction techniques, why drink a soda when you can drink her. Man, I forgot how much I love Origami (the girl, not the paper craft).

Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale (Episode 3)

The more this series goes along the less I’m interested in it. That’s not to say it was completely without merit, there was some nice character development and backstory to do with best-girl Kanon but mostly this felt like swimming in circles. I doubt I’ll drop this show, even if it gets worse but I’m just hoping it gets better–and more musical. I want my mermaid idols, dammit!

She’s just precious.

Dimension High School (Dropped At Episode 2)

And that’s all for this week! Let me know what you thought in the comments below!


Previous ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ Posts:

Winter 2019 Week 1
Winter 2019 Week 2


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It’s Virtually A Sport – ‘Circlet Princess’ Episode 1 Review

It’s Virtually A Sport – An Anime QandA Review for ‘Circlet Princess’ Episode 1

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What’s the show? Circlet Princess, Episode 1.

So how’s this episode? First of all, let me just say I’m a little worried with this seemingly consistent trend of certain anime titles not being licensed by Western streaming services, first in Summer 2018 it was ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’, then in Fall 2018 it was ‘Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur’ and now in Winter 2019 it’s ‘Circlet Princess’ and it’s not like these are small budget short anime, these a proper full releases. And, at least in the case of ‘Circlet Princess’ can’t speak for the others, apparently it’s a Chinese company called ‘Bilibili’ to blame–they are blocking international distribution for these shows because they have the leeway to do so by putting money in to making them. This is not something that should be overlooked, China has the money and power to block more and more anime from reaching the West and that’s worrying. I feel like I needed to bring this to everyone’s attention before continuing with this review.

Right, so in other words? Yes, this is a review of a fansubbed anime–thankfully there’s still people out there doing remarkably quick and high quality fansubs.

Fair enough, just thought I needed to make that clear for anyone wanting to pick up the show themselves. Indeed, but with that out of the way we’ll get back to the fun of reviewing.

Fight!

True, so how is the show? I was going to say “surprisingly great” but that would have assumed I had any preconceptions going in–I didn’t. All I knew is this was going to be girls playing future sports slash also a school anime. And that’s exactly what the first episode delivered!

You say “future sport” what is it exactly? It’s called a ‘Circlet Bout’ and its basically a bit like kendo (maybe, I don’t know much about that sport either) where two opponents face off with swords attempting to block one another from scoring a hit. But other than that the show doesn’t give us much information, we know first knock out wins but are there any other rules? Also, for some reason it takes place in a ‘virtual arena’ with even the participants clothes being projected onto them and for some reason the backdrop of the arena is meant to look like surface of the moon looking down at Earth.

No honey, its a simulation.

That’s a lot of unanswered questions! Yep, but it’s the first episode so I’ll cut them some slack.

And who are our characters? First there’s Chikage Fuijimura, a 50 wins in a row undefeated pro who we briefly learn is having all her wins bought by her “sponsor”–which she is none too happy about it. Then there’s our protagonist, a plucky country girl named Yuuka Sasaki who’s visiting the big city for the first time and through a series of misunderstandings gets mistaken for Chikage’s new opponent. The two end up having a fight, Chikage going all out because she’s sick of sticking to a scripted fights and Yuuka managing to pick up the sport remarkably easy to the point where she even pulls off a ‘legendary block’ against the reigning champ. It’s pretty contrived but it’s also entertaining and I’m sure they’ll have some reason to explain why Yuuka was so good at a sport she didn’t even know existed 10 minutes before.

Oh ~intrigue~!

Right, anything else happen? Mate, that was just the first half. We cut to ~two years later~ and Yuuka has convinced her parents to let her enrol in a college that’s famous for Circlet Bout. Apparently in all this time no one has seen Chikage who disappeared after her match with Yuuka. And as a result (probably) the college no longer has a ‘Circlet Bout’ club much to Yuuka’s dismay. She moves into a dorm (along with a programming girl named Ayumu who helped her out earlier in the episode) and that’s about it. Except it’s not just about it as this show has ~so~ much going on in and around the peripheral that I could talk for ages about it!

She can be surprisingly assertive, even to complete strangers!

Condense it down and give us the basics. Okay, well first there’s a superpowered attack that Chikage gives that her ‘coach(?)’ advises her against using. Also there’s talk that the reason the super attack didn’t work properly is that the computer couldn’t handle it, meaning that these attacks are being rendered by a computer which makes sense because they’re in a virtual world but that brings up some interesting possibilities for matches–and of course for creative plays and sabotage considering we’ve got a ‘programmer’ character on the show too. Also the world is really cool, it’s basically just Japan in the future which doesn’t look that much different except everyone has really high-tech personal devices that overlay information in the real world like holograms. I like this grounded and not-so-distant future tech, it was very believable.

Just overclock it, it’ll be fine.

And what about the characters themselves? They’re all pretty great too. The protagonist’s performance is very quirky and cute but different enough to not seem too tropey, like a couple of her line readings were a lot of fun to hear. Everyone else seems pretty standard, but I don’t mean that in a bad way.

Okay then, so overall thoughts for the first episode and a recommendation? If you like club/sports anime with cute girls you’ll probably find something to like here. Overall its an intriguing beginning to a series that could have a lot of potential and it seems like there’s a lot more going on then is presented on the surface. I think this show will be a lot of fun!

Sparks will fly!

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