Mini-Reviews of a Bunch of Anime

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been watching a lot of anime.  Some of it I have mentioned like Fairy TailNaruto, and My Hero Academia.  I’ve been watching these series with my son.  They’re fairly big ones too.  By myself, I have tried out a few obscure and smaller ones.  At least, I’d never heard of them before except for one that I don’t think I’ll review.  That one is fairly adult and I went looking out of curiosity because I’d seen so many people say that there was a good story beneath the nudity and sexual innuendos . . . It was okay, but the adult stuff really overshadowed what could have been a fun story.  Oh well.

By the way, I did run into a strange pattern of most of these shows being labeled MA because there was adult themes.  I read the descriptions, which were more adventure and fantasy.  Next thing I know, there’s nudity and harems turning up.  That or nearly every female character was endowed to ridiculous proportions.  Always was that one girl with a small bust too.  Thankfully, most of these spent more time with the story, which overshadowed the adult part.  Still, I know many will have an opinion there, so much of what I’m going to talk about isn’t for them.

Blood Lad

I grabbed this one because it was only 10 episodes long and it mentioned vampires.  The main character ended up have the first name of Charlie, but whatever.  Basically, he is a vampire who runs one of the areas of the Demon World.  A human girl turns up in his territory and he’s attracted to her . . . blood.  Unfortunately, she gets eaten and turned into a ghost before he can do it.  So, he swears that he will bring her back to life . . . in order to have her as a snack.  I liked this series because it had colorful characters that you got a feel for even within the short run time.  Don’t think there will be a second season considering it’s from 2013 though.  Oh, and Charlie is obsessed with manga, especially Dragonball Z.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

Another one that I grabbed randomly on Hulu.  After getting really bored with Overlord, I was avoiding this one.  It’s another story where a person from Earth gets pulled into a video game to become their avatar.  Diablo is summoned to the world by two girls who try to enslave him as one does with summons.  The spell backfires and they get bound to him through collars, but he doesn’t order them around at all.  Only to be nice to each other because he doesn’t see them as property.  He still publicly claims they are because the guy is playing into his character of Diablo the Demon Lord who is the strongest character around.  This is similar to Overlord where very few things are a threat, but Diablo has two big differences that hooked.  One is that he seems to have genuine trouble with some of the fights.  The other is that his true personality is that of a severe introvert, so his inner voice is constantly freaking out when in public.  He says the wrong things at time and gets visibly awkward.  There was a lot of sex-based stuff (no actual acts or full nudity shown) that I didn’t expect.  It got really silly at times, but the story and main character were enough to get me through the 12 episodes.

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

It’s a world where some people are able to summon weapons and they become warriors known as Blazers.  He is considered the ‘Worst One’ because he has no magic and only a simple strength enhancing ability.  She is a princess with incredible power.  They are made roommates, he walks in on her changing, they duel, and he shows that he is stronger the rating system would lead you to believe.  Big warning here is that he has a little sister that wants to sleep with him, which nearly made me quit.  Her transgender best friend kept me going because it was really nicely done in my opinion.  They make mention of Alice’s identity and then she’s treated like every other character.  Now, the story is divided into a few sections through the 12 episodes.  The romance between the two leads is fairly fast-paced and took more screen time than I expected.  Thought it would be all about the battles, but most of those were really fast.  I can only think of 5 fights that took up most of an episode.  The rest were a minute or two.  The payoff for sticking with this series was also the dark twist near the end.  The male lead’s past comes back with a vengeance and it was fairly brutal.  Not a bad one that I would like to see a sequel to.

Arifureta

 

This is one that I just finished and it’s another ‘people from Earth being taken to another world’.  This time, a class of kids is summoned to be holy warriors.  Don’t worry.  We don’t really follow that path.  The main character is weak, but tries to help in the big dungeon, but they’re attacked.  During the escape, he is betrayed by a teammate and sent falling to the bottom of the monster-infested labyrinth.  He finds holy water to keep himself alive and eats the monsters to become stronger.  Always makes friends with a vampire girl who he falls in love with . . . I think.  The main character was nice and kind at first, but then he snaps when struggling to survive.  Not crazy, but he goes cold.  All he wants is to return to Earth and doesn’t care about fighting for the gods.  Anyone in his way is an enemy and he’s able to use his original transmutation abilities to create guns, a jeep, a motorcycle, and a vast array of magi-tech items too.  There were times I thought he was too cruel and callous, but that’s because of my own nature.  The writing of a hero who doesn’t give two shits about anyone outside of his circle and being cold-hearted was really good.  Yes, there is the harem side of things and sexual stuff.  I will say that I was happy to see the female lead was the fairly normal proportioned one this time.  Supposed to be a second season of this at some point and I am looking forward to it.  The monster CGI was a little weird and off-putting at times.

Cells at Work

This one isn’t sexual at all.  I watched it all two weeks ago to see if it would work for my son because it’s oddly educational.  Yes, there is a lot of blood when the neutrophils (white blood cells) kill germs and bacteria.  It’s cartoonish levels at times and it doesn’t take away from the story.  Every episode involves a new threat to the body like influenza (episode 3), abrasions (episode 2), and a cancer one.  Here’s the real catch.  None of the characters are named beyond their role.  Red Blood Cell, White Blood Cell, Killer T Cell, Macrophage, and the rest only use their roles as identities.  The narrator and their actions explain their purpose in the body.  Every disease, injury, and effect that is used gets a narrative that tells the audience what is going on.  I read that it’s so good that some colleges put the series on the syllabus for Pre-Med.  My son is enjoying it so far.  A lot isn’t sticking in his head, but he’s getting some of it.

And that’s what I’ve got so far.  Don’t know how many anime fans I have following this blog.  Many aren’t into the stuff that I’m describing too.  Now to figure out what I should watch next.  I only have Netflix and Hulu to work with.  Guess we’ll see what’s on the list.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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23 Responses to Mini-Reviews of a Bunch of Anime

  1. ospreyshire says:

    I haven’t seen any of these series, but I do want to see Cells at Work though. I’m not too familiar with some of the newer anime since I just got back into watching it just a few years ago. Interestingly enough, I reviewed an anime series called Hikaru no Go earlier this month as part of a reviewing goal on one of my blogs.

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    • I remember reading Hikaru no Go. It was interesting for a time, but I couldn’t get that into it. These series I just found randomly on Hulu. Thought they sounded worthwhile. Finished another yesterday called Cautious Hero. Surprisingly similar to some of the others.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        You’ve read Hikaru no Go before? Nice! That’s a bummer because the whole series does get fascinating and I liked how original of a concept it was and it deconstructs shonen cliches. Isekai fantasy series have been popular over the past few years from what I can see.

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      • It was part of Shōnen Jump, which I had a subscription to for awhile. I was fairly new to manga at the time, so it was a hard sell with action.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Definitely. I do remember it getting serialization in the American version of that magazine. Since it’s not an action work and uses a real game that isn’t fighting oriented as opposed to let’s say Yu-Gi-Oh! for example, I can see why it didn’t get much exposure compared to other SJ works.

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      • It actually got a lot of praise and exposure back in the day. I saw a lot of merch alongside DBZ, bleach, and naruto. The sports/game based manga had a tougher road though. One has to be interested in the subject matter first.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Sorry for missing your comment. It must have not been in my feed. I must have missed the merch about HNG, but then again it didn’t come off as some commercial-oriented series.

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      • Maybe it wasn’t. Honestly, I spent a lot of time in NY Chinatown and finding anime/manga shops when I moved to Florida. So, my perspective was probably skewed.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Gotcha. I’m sure I would’ve liked to pick up some HNG merch then. That does make sense now that you put it that way.

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  2. My son tried to get me into it, but I had to read the subtitles to follow the story. Decided it wasn’t something I wanted to dedicate time to.

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  3. jomz says:

    The only one I have watched from your list is Cells at Work. It’s fun, and educational. I can’t believe how well researched those “cells” are. I am looking forward to the season 2.

    Before watching Cells at Work, I have finished Carole and Tuesday. I started watching Kabaneri, but got distracted by Sherlock.

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    • I enjoyed Cells at Work and I’m surprised how much my son is remembering from it. Helps that he’s watching it with me at my place and also with his mom at her place. Never heard of the other anime you mentioned. I’m rewatching Blue Exorcist season 1 since I just found season 2.

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  4. V.M.Sang says:

    This was interesting, Charles. I’ve never watched any, but they do sound worth a watch.

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    • Thanks. They probably won’t appeal to everyone. Anime gets a lot of criticism for being cartoons. We see such a medium as a kids thing while these are designed for older audiences. So, it can be a challenge for people to get into. Been mocked many times for enjoying it.

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  5. We’ve been enjoying Little Witch Academia the past few weeks.

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  6. Graymand says:

    I want to try Cell at Work!

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  7. SilverCrowv1 says:

    There was a time when I was put off by these lewd “fanservice” scenes but you know, after watching a lot of anime you just get used to it. I’m not sure if I’m happy to say that though lol.

    And yes, Arifureta was a really great isekai anime. Even though most people disliked it for various reasons, I loved it! I just don’t understand why people were treating it like trash when it was first aired.

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    • I started with the milder anime like Sailor Moon and DBZ, so I didn’t see the nudity parts until later. I was in college, so it wasn’t a big deal since it was still rather censored. I think you’re right about getting used to it. Think I just accept it as part of the medium and the ratings tend to be fair. I stay away from hentai and the really dark stuff though. Got tricked into watching some of those in the past and they’re not my thing.

      Why did people dislike Arifureta? I just started Highschool DxD, which I didn’t expect to be so mature.

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