Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas – This show needs to be an actual video game asap! The potential is so strong in this one. The show had its entertaining value but it had some fundamental flaws. First off, it’s 12 eps total. A show with a huge cast of named characters, how can 12 eps cover all that? 2nd, it starts in the MIDDLE of the story. What we end up is a rushed product. Good animation though. The world setting is quite ambitious but too little to fully digest. I guess my final criticism is Phoena. She’s the most useless female character ever presented. If you take her out of the story, literally nothing would change. I’m a sucker for fantasy genre anime so it’s such a shame this show didn’t get the treatment it deserves.
GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation – Another fantasy anime I have high hopes for but I should expect less just so that I won’t end be being disappointed. The high notes on this show is without a doubt, the visuals. The art has this unique hand drawn style that’s got the 90s feel to it. The story though is as generic as it gets. A peaceful village gets involved in an evil empire’s conflict where someone (most likely a female character) within defects and runs away only to encounter someone from that village (your main hero). This is literally in the most basic J-RPG stories in terms of setup. Other than that, I can’t wait for the actual show to start airing in April.
Scum’s Wish – A mature take on high school romance that took me by surprise when the anime adaptation was announced. It’s nice when anime can be this daring such as this. It starts off pretty interesting, then it kinda goes downhill for me as you learn more about the characters. Most of them are unlikeable. Hopefully that’ll soon change.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd Season – Where the show is currently at, I don’t know who to root for. Seeing Mcgillis’ past in its full form was quite a reveal. With him rising against Gallahorn, Tekkadan is kinda the third wheel of things. I honestly don’t know whether they’ll stay with Mcgillis or go on their own. One thing that annoyed me in the most recent ep is Mcgillis’ character writing. He went from smart and cunning to a fool. I guess that lust for power went over his head.
Seiren – This is a very safe type of innocent romance, ecchi anime. I’m not sure why I’m watching it, but it does reek of Amagami SS. Every 4 eps is a different girl route. It has its moments. Nothing amazing or bad, just simply entertaining to lighten your day.
Tales of Zestiria The Cross Second Season – Okay, I’m at a loss with this one. It seems that this adaptation is taking on original material contrary to the game. The game however explores certain parts of the story the anime completely glosses over. The two adaptations can’t live on its own. That animation though. Wow!
Holy how did I forget this show?
Konosuba S2 – Anime of the season. One of the best fantasy comedies anime I’ve seen in nearly a year or two. Highly recommended!
Only two I’m keeping up with aside from Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans S2.
Girlish Number – This show is amusing and quite depressing in some ways. The one thing that really attracted me to this anime is that it shits on the corrupt anime industry that’s going on today. More specifically, I enjoyed the knock down on light novel writers by stereotyping them as super shy, unsociable otakus. Burn. But the main focus is on voice actors. Your main character, Chitose, is a girl who’s a rookie in voice acting career. Although arrogant, she’s quite entertaining and it’s fun seeing her facial expressions whenever tables get flipped against her. If you liked Shirobako, definitely pick this up.
Drifters – I love the concept of taking historical figures and putting them in a world where they team up and fight against each other. The humor though is kinda hit or miss at times. Same thing happened with Hellsing Ultimate considering it was by the same author. It’s balls to the wall bloody gory fun. I wish the antagonist side had more compelling characters. So far, we only got emphasis on Joan of Arc. With 10 eps in, I’m guessing it’ll most likely have a season 2 since the story is nowhere near finished.
This has been the weakest season as far as shows I’ve kept up with.
91 Days – 12 years ago (wow so much time has passed), I declared Gungrave as my all time favorite anime and nothing could ever stand on par with it since. This time, a show competent enough has stepped into the same level of Gungrave quality. Every episode has been stellar. Like Gungrave, it’s a mafia revenge story minus the sci-fi twists. This show is anime storytelling at its finest, a Shakespearean, how to write a good plot 101. Only spanning at 12 episodes total, you have no excuse to not watch this. It’s a must. Rating: 10/10
Mob Psycho 100 – Very entertaining and humorous throughout. By the same creator as One Punch Man. The sketchy animation style is quite unique leaving no animated shortcuts making it feel refreshing. If the studio decided to not continue with a 2nd season or sequel, I’d be completely fine with that. Rating: 9/10
Macross Delta – I really enjoyed the show and wanted to love it, but that last episode was basically a big FU from Shoji Kawamori. It was rushed, half assed, mostly unresolved, and just an unsatisfying conclusion. The finale doesn’t need to be Macross Frontier levels of action packed, but just give us a proper closure. After all that tease, we still don’t know who Lady M is. Although the love triangle was resolved, it was done so predictably because only one of the girls got enough emphasis in the relationship. I have no issues with Freyja being picked but Mirage was shafted so hard that it was hardly a love triangle to begin with. The villain’s motive was essentially the same as Grace from Macross Frontier trying to connect with everyone’s mind. So what’s gonna happen to Windemere now after they retreated? Just call it quits after that temporary alliance? The series needs an extra 10 eps or a sequel. IF they decide to do multi-part movies by alternate retelling the story, they better tell us who Lady M is at least. Rating: 8/10
Berserk – Not the adaptation we deserve, but the one we need. I thought the reception was so bad it wouldn’t merit a season 2 but apparently it did. Despite of the ugly visuals, I didn’t hate this show. It was about time to see Berserk that’s not the Golden Age arc. Overall, above average at best. I’ll watch season 2 but not excited for it. Rating: 6/10
Tales of Zestiria the X – Why can’t ufotable adapt Berserk instead of this trash? It’s funny how this show really pushes Alisha to be part of the main cast even though she plays small roles in the game. Also, what the hell were they thinking shoving Tales of Berseria in the middle? Sure I get they want to promote the game but not like this. I had absolutely no idea what Berseria had anything to do with Zestiria until I had to google it. Having two plots in a single show will only result in a mess. That Berseria insert should’ve been DVD only eps. The animation was godly but undeserved. Rating: 5/10
Now that Macross Delta is over, time to update this list. 🙂
To my surprise, the music in Delta ended up pretty good. Mikumo, Kaname, and Freyja being the standouts. Disappointingly though, Walkure is severely underutilized if this is all there is. Just imagine the merchandising potential this group has. 5 members, 5 times the music. They could easily release solo albums from each members singing all the songs individually. For example, if you don’t like Mikumo’s inclusion of the song, listen to the other versions. Anyways, let’s get this over with.
- Sheryl Nome starring May’n – Yousei (Macross Frontier)
- CMJK, Sharon Apple – INFORMATION HIGH (Macross PLUS)
- Walküre – Hametsu no Junjou (Macross Delta)
- Walküre – Kaze wa Yokoku Naku Fuku (Macross Delta)
- Walküre – Walküre Attack! (Macross Delta)
- Lynn Minmay – An Angel’s Paint (Macross: Do You Remember Love?)
- Fire Bomber – Remember 16 (Macross 7)
- May’n & Megumi Nakajima – Sayonara no Tsubasa ~ the end of triangle (Macross Frontier)
- Fire Bomber – Diamond Calling (Macross 7)
- Akino Arai – Idol Talk (Macross PLUS)
It’s been nearly 2 years since I done video bumpers for Shinjuku Station. I enjoyed my time editing these and relearning some techniques and gaining few new skills. With that said, this is my final bumper. Reason for that is, well, I wanted to reach the 10th mark of my bumper line and it’s time for me to step aside to let others shine.
I will continue video editing as I still have an unfinished AMV sitting on my hard drive for several years now and some new projects planned in the near future. I hope you enjoy this video. A lot of thought was put onto this when I first heard this amazing progressive house song. Shinkai’s gorgeous anime visuals matched the dreamy euphoric state of the music.
Here’s the bumperless version.
Lately, I’ve been listening to this nonstop. It’s catchy and well composed. Loving the guitar solo parts. The legit drumming also sounds nice! In case if anyone’s wondering, the song is from Macross Delta.
Finally I got around to compile this. The video is about all the con stuff I recorded during my stay. I wasn’t able to record as much as I wanted to due to some restrictions and the weight of my camera equipment causing some inconveniences around certain circumstances. Otherwise, enjoy! 🙂