Winter 2015 Anime Season First Impressions

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Kyonko Hizara
Tokyo Ghoul √A: I knew Kaneki wasn't gonna be a fucking puss anymore, but damn he sure became one evil fucker really fast. I'm not disappointed with the start of the second season at all. The dark scenes and bloodshed were still up to par, and still some of them were fucked up. Considering how the episode ended, it's making me really curious how the rest of the season will play out.

Coming soon: Kyonko has a Jojogasm
Kantai Collection/Kancolle - First impression is that this is basically Strike Witches without pantsu everywhere. Unknown supernatural enemy can only be defeated by cute girls with military superpowers and the main character is new and inexperienced. I wager the anime will detract heavily from the main plot to focus on slice of life moe stuff.

The Testament of Sister New Devil/Shinmai Maou no Testament- the girl looks like Claire from Blade Dance with oppai lol. Totally in on this one cuz it's actually pretty entertaining and cute and I'm a sucker for twintails and lolis. The demon/gods plot thing was cool but I doubt anything significant will come of it.

Junketsu no Maria - boring
Super low budget show about fanservice and loli bodyguards.... no. It might be okay if this was in manga form, but the screen was terrible to look at, and the animation budget doesn't make me any happier.

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata:
This must be the season of bad ln adaptations when even A-1's ln adaptation is a disappointment. While having far better animation than the previous ones, the changing animation and bad attempt at both jokes and fanservice (yes, bad attempts at fanservice) make this a fairly boring show to watch.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend - the meta jokes were hilarious and the character designs were quite attractive, though their personalities are a bit generic. don't know what the main series is gonna be like but if it's anything like this I'm picking it up.
Junketsu no Maria:
This was a strange manga to pick for an adaptation. I personally liked the series, and while there are points that are boring at times, I don't think they did anything too wrong with the adaptation. Going to stay around for a while.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend - Very, very shitty and problematic title aside (if you don't see why I have a lot of questions for you), there's stuff I liked in this episode and stuff I really didn't like. I liked the meta commentary in the cold opening, disliked it in the clumsily-handled-exposition joke. I liked a lot of the animation and neat stylistic cuts (they reminded me positively of Oreshura), disliked a lot of the out-of-place fanservice shots in non-fanservice scenes. I really disliked the sexual harassment at the end of the episode since it comes off as skeevy on all ends...there's potential for something here, but this episode doesn't really capitalize on it.
Kantai Collection:

A more grounded version of Strikes Witches.

I think it serviced the fans in various ways, especially how the studio animated the girls' battle order & deployment.
Would've liked Akagi to retain that slightly relaxed facial look from the original artist work though, but this little pick aside I was pretty comfortable with the rest of the overall design.

I did think that going first-episode into a battle (that is supposedly pretty important) was kinda hasty, rather than giving some time to cash in on the anticipation while exploring the current cast on a basic level.

Finally, the CGI usage is slightly distracting at times, especially when the girls are maneuvering in formation on the water surface/some firing scenes.
It goes from fluid hand-drawn to stiff 3D model movements in the in-betweens, so that might take one out of the immersion.

Looking forward to more of this.
Koufuku Graffiti - i like it for some reason. And it's by Shaft :v
Death Parade - I never watched the Anime Mirai short Death Billiards but understood this perfectly well, so don't let that deter you from watching this. It's really dark and heavy, and promises to be a Twilight Zone-esque episodic story centered around relationships between individuals and their moral centres. Death Parade is well-shot and well-animated and is all-around a gripping watch, so that definitely earns a green from me. Though, you might want to stay away if all you like in anime is cute girls. But then again you probably would disapprove of most of my picks anyway.

Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) (AssClass) - That was certainly entertaining. It's definitely a standard set-up episode but doesn't bog itself down in too much exposition. There's some hit-or-miss comedy bits and the show's art is more attractive than its actual animation. I really hope there's more variety down the line (and that the show has an actual ending), but here's to a solid start, even if it's not fantastic. I want to rate it higher, but I'm hesitant about this show still for whatever reason.
I'm going to be straigh here:

Tokyo Ghoul √A: How to explain this without spilling some spoilers? Just watch it. Obviously you'll need to watch last season.

Kamisama Hajimemashita◎: If you enjoyed the first season, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. Nothing really new (it's a romantic comedy, what would you expect to happen?), I can't remember how the first season looked like, but I can see some improvement. Not the best jokes, but characters got a place in my heart last season, so I'll be watching this.

Kantai Collection: KanColle: Note that I know nothing about KanColle. First thoughts about this was how would battle ship girls battle in the sea? Oh surprise! Animation looked a bit inconsistent, but not like I care about how the animation is. I somehow dislike clumsy MC, but hey, I have some hope on character development here, will keep watching.

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata: So I decided to watch this with no knowledge of the source material (heck, didn't even know about it), just by reading the summary/plot/whatever is called. Premise is okay, animation pleasant to the eye, there was certain character (presumably the heroine) that caught my attention; but the fanservice ammount in this show is not really my cup of tea. If the show wasn't going to continue like this, they scared a lot of people. If you like fanservice being thrown indisciminately at your face, this show is for you.
Tokyo Ghoul √A : when i see the frist episode for this anime i was very exited for this frist episode and kaneki san when he in white hair
Assassination Classroom - This show is...really weird. I don't even know what I'm watching. Everything about it: the teacher, the premise, the trap MC is different from anything I've ever seen before. I have no idea how this will turn out. Also the dance in the OP was kinda funny.
Death Parade:
Without needing to think about it, this is probably my favorite anime of the new season so far. I already thought that Death Billiards would make a good anime back when it was shown for the first time, so I'm very happy with how this turned out. Since the really interesting parts of JoJo will come during the Spring season, Death Parade looks like AoTS so far. Speaking about JoJo...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders -Egypt Arc-:
Come on, it's JoJo. How can you not approve of this one? This is definitely the better half compared to the first two cours of Stardust Crusaders, and it's nice to finally see Iggy animated. Actually lots of foreshadowing in the OP, and dem feels during the ED once things are starting to go down later on. Oh boy. This is definitely going to a fun ride.

Assassination Classroom:
Pretty indifferent towards it for the time being. I'll give it a few more episodes to decide whether or not I'm going to bother with it on a weekly base, or just marathon it once it's over.

Kamisama Hajimemashita◎:
It's pretty okay so far. Nothing groundbreaking, but this season does have far worse animes, I suppose.

Tokyo Ghoul √A:
Sorry, but no. I already considered season 1 to be rather... bad, and now that it's airing at the same time as Kiseijuu, it just gets showcased more and more how inferior this one here is. Not worth it.
Tokyo Ghoul √A - Pretty much what Jindujun said. Kaneki's change turned out to be somewhat like Shu's from Guilty Crown which is terrible. Sigh. Thought it would get better but no.

Military! - Not even funny. Not attracted to lolis. No thanks.

Death Parade - I'm glad that my expectations were met. It's still the Death Billiards that I love. That being said, the opening looked random and not fit for the show that is dark. I love it as a song though. Meanwhile, the ending song is perfect. The only thing I worry is the rules might get repetitive knowing this is an episodic series. Still, it's a great show overall.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2 - Finally, it's back. I miss my Walk Like an Egyptian. I still love everything about JoJo. I'm biased.
Koufuku Graffiti - I must've missed the point of the show. It's boring.

Unlimited Fafnir - There are sure a lot of magic school ecchi harem LN adaptations this season. I lost track of how many, but this one didn't stand out and wasn't quite as entertaining or high quality as the other two I've seen so far, Absolute Duo and The Testament of Sister New Devil.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend - Yeah, I'll pass. Too much fanservice and a lackluster plot in a prologue are signs that I must avoid this show as soon as I can. Who's the boring girlfriend anyway? Are the girls boring at all? I don't think so but the story sure is.

Assassination Classroom - I don't even know what's going on. It's a weird show but the weird kept me interested. I just hope it can surprise me with something more interesting than what I've seen so far because it might go on an unlikable path.
Death Parade:
I sort of like the premise, but to be honest, watching the episode got annoying/cliche. I felt like I was watching the amazingly typical domestic violence case. While their show of pain was well animated, it really felt like I was watching some reenactment of the news, which is not what I watch anime for. I wanted someone to either go completely crazy, or do something unpredictable. Oh well, adding on the weird use of CG, blurring in the husband's charge, and an op that I didn't like at all, made this a difficult watch for me. I'll give it 1 more chance because it seems so popular, but this is a probable drop.
Topic Starter
Kyonko Hizara
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders -Egypt Arc-: Is the opening the same people that did Sono Chi no Sadame? I really sounds like it. Iggy is one of my favorite characters, so it was really exciting for me to finally get to see him animated. The 2nd half with the manga is more exciting than the first so I hope the anime holds up to it.
Assassination Classroom:
Besides the opening scene, they tried to find every possible way to cheap out on the animation, creating way too many stills, or effectively stills. There are parts in this things you can call a slideshow. While I do enjoy the manga, the adaptation doesn't really add much of anything (maybe some decent sound effects), but you are probably better off just reading the manga since a comic book and a slideshow aren't that different.

The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls:
Not the greatest im@s showing, but it was amusing, decently animated, and with my expectations so shot this season, I really want something to watch xD. I guess the thing I didn't like to much was the stalkerish part being really slow, but all in all this is the best thing I have seen so far this season.

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
How did you manage to steal Shinmai Maou's title for worse ln adaptation this season is beyond me, but this has to be the worse CG/blurring/??? I have seen in a while. Everything else is the typical shonen male appears in an all girl school to fight a super natural threat... I sometimes wonder how the ln is, since there is no translation, but watching the anime is definitely not the right way to find out.
Kantai Collection Cute girls with guns. Nice stuff.
Shinmai Maou no Testament Highschool DxD v2 a.k.a less shittier version of Highschool DxD. Fan service confirmed next episode. Nice "plot".
Death Parade Alice in Borderland wannabe. Have a potential for instant green, but preview turns it blue. OP sounds like classic rock n' roll.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Thick lines. The seiyuu for Karasuma doesn't sound right. I want a spinning Koro-sensei .gif.
Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Harem. Long titles are cool. Protagonist feels like a fail clone of Katsuragi Keima. Fanservice overdose, but I'll watch it.
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir Harem. Your seasonal harem with somehow blurry art. I got sleepy watching it.
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