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For my frESHlook column this week, I'm focused on anime. Some are old, some are new, but each one of them has some pretty interesting art and visuals associated with it, so let's dive right in.
Remember that my ratings are only my initial impressions. They are subject to change once I've seen the finished product.
Oof! The spring anime season was a rough one. There's a lot to like from the Spring, but few shows have held my attention. Big example: out of the handful of anime Exclusively streamed on Funimation, I have not continued to watch a single one of them. Luckily, their biggest show this season is available on Hulu, so I wont have to worry about going to Funimation.com to watch anime I like. Like I said, this is rough. Luckily, I know which shows are worth watching.
Kuromukuro is the latest anime to be kidnapped by Netflix and held hostage until they have an English dub for it. That's Netflix' scheme, and they're sticking to it. I hope it's worth the time spent waiting for it. Probably not. It's about an angry samurai mecha pilot or something. It's hard to do a mecha show that's novel, when everything's been done already.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one of the most hyped, buzzed about, and beloved anime of this season. It's also behind Amazon's paywall, their Prime membership. Prime's not a big hurdle; they give out free trials like water. I just don't want to feel rushed to see an anime, and I have other things to catch up to. Plus, I'm already paying for Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll. Is Amazon going to request my attention as well?
Kabaneri was created by team members from the Attack on Titan anime, and that is where the jokes about it being Attack on Titan on a train started. Yes, there are connections you can make between this show's plot and Titan, but I hear that it's so incredible I will not care. When I totally gorge on this anime, I'll tell you if it is really that good.
The Ushio and Tora train rolls on, but I haven't been keeping up with it! I loved Ushio and Tora for the first season, but now there's so much to watch that I don't know when I'll get time to watch it.
We're up to the fourth season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and our Fourth JoJo. Our new protagonist is Josuke Hishigikata (How he's called JoJo- don't ask) and he's just as eccentric as the people in his bloodline. He lives in what used to be a quiet little town, but has now become a haven for...the bizarre. It's great, so if you STILL haven't watched a single episode of this series, please correct that mistake.
I feel that JoJo's Bizarre adventure is an easy recommend. Concrete Revolutio is almost entirely the opposite. Concrete Revolutio is a weird, weird anime about a world filled with superhumans, and the group tasked with keeping them in check. I almost missed this show, because it's exclusively on Funimation,
It has Lost in the title. It's about a remote area where strange things happen. It has a very large cast. Hey, is this just a Japanese interpretation of Lost? I wish it was, or at least I wish it was more of what made Lost interesting. The Lost Village is a waiting game. You're waiting to learn what the secret of this village is, and why these people were drawn to it. In the meantime, the plot and characters are just...whatever. I will watch The Lost Village straight through, but I don't have much faith that I will be satisfied by its ending. At least the OP song is great.
Flying Witch, although it takes place in a world where the supernatural and normal coexist, is a very normal anime. Makoto Kowata, our flying witch, comes to live with normal relatives in a little village. She's inexperienced, so crazy stuff is bound to happen. I haven't watched much of Flying Witch, but I thought it was funny. It's worth watching, but the show is so quaint that I don't feel in a rush to finish it.
Some comedy anime are built on a single joke. The problem with that is you might bore your audience with that same joke week after week. Sakamoto succeeds in going with a single gag, but using the gag in such refreshing ways that it doesn't get stale. The show revolves around its namesake, a high school student who is so incredibly perfect that nothing can make him look bad or tarnish his reputation. If you pull out his chair, he'll simply sit in mid-air. If you try to throw an eraser at him, he'll catch it.
As long as they can write funny jokes, you can entertain an audience with a one-note joke. The problem for me is that Sakamoto is like a sketch comedy character. He has no growth, so it has been easy to forget to watch the show, in favors with shows that have a plot.