March 06, 2016

Spring 2016 season

Well, it's about that time again. Let's see what horrors await us. As usual there are a bunch of shows that don't even merit mention. Of the others:

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? -- another competitor for "absurdly long title". This one is about a hikkikomori who happens to be a gorgeous, stacked girl who confesses online to Our Hero. He and his friends decide to help socialize her and get her out into the world. She thinks she's a magical girl, and Our Hero's friends who are helping out are all cute girls too. So it's another high school harem show. Pass.

Usakame -- is a spinoff of Teekyuu, a show I've been meaning to check out but haven't gotten around to. Teekyuu is a 3-minute gag show, and I assume this will be, too.

There's a new Gundam show and a new Macross show. The Macross show is about 5 girls in an idol unit battling alien invaders and snore... Oh, sorry about that.

Kyoukai no Rinne gets a sequel. I haven't watched it (and won't) but I gather it's about the wacky hijinks of a death god trying to get by in the world. Yeah, those death gods are just loads of fun, aren't they?

Bakuon!! is about a group of shapely high school girls who love motorcycles. It seems to be based on a game of some kind, likely played on smart phones, so it's another extended advertisement. I predict it features a lot of fan service. (Though it might be motorcycle fan service rather than girl fan service. What kind of high school girl can afford to buy a Ducati?)

Shounen Maid is about a cross-dressing grade school boy and... blech.

Joker Game is nostalgia for the good old days of 1937 in Japan when men were men and the Army ran everything. Good times!

We need more idol shows! Gekidol is here to fill that need.

Anyone up for an anime about Phoenix Wright, defense attorney? Objection!

We need more cute-girls-doing-cute-things shows: Pan de Peace

We need more shows about girls with big boobs! Onigiri There's probably something Freudian about that name for this show and I don't want to know what it is! Quote:

Anime adaptation of CyberStep's MMORPG. Onigiri thrusts its players into mystical Japan, a land filled with mythical creatures of Japanese legend. Starting as a lone Oni, players fight against the malevolent influence of the Kamikui as their miasma spreads over the land. 8 NPCs, each with their own distinct personality and skills {and impressive figures -- SCDB} ally themselves with the player to help build a legend, and quell the evil that has arisen. As you grow stronger together, so do the bonds binding you to each other.

How in hell do you do an MMORPG like that, with every player wandering around with their own harem? Sounds like a setup for a single player game. Anyway, it's the latest anime fantasy-harem adaptation.

Hai-Furimight be good but probably won't be. Two high school girls join a military training academy. The girls aren't stacked or at least their school uniforms don't emphasize their figures, so it likely isn't a source of cheap thrills.

Nothing here reaches out and grabs me. I'll give some of them one ep: Onigiri, Netoge no Yome etc., Pan de Peace, Bakuon, Hai-Furi. It's barely possible that Hai-Furi will be worth watching for characters and story. The others? The search for cheap thrills continues because Christ knows there's nothing else there.

UPDATE: Knowing me, I'll probably end up watching the entire season of Bakuon. I looked it up and "bakuon" is the sound of an engine revving. I also looked up all the makes of motorcycles, and aside from the Ducati they're all Japanese. So my guess is that the meganekko, who rides the Ducati, is probably a rich girl.

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1 The Phoenix Wright thing caused me to realize that I'm not aware of any anime that are murder mystery series. An anime take on Columbo could be awesome.

Posted by: Boviate at March 06, 2016 09:26 PM (XRvFv)

2 ...You know what, I totally forgot about Detective Conan. I worked too much this weekend, my brain is fried.

Posted by: Boviate at March 06, 2016 09:42 PM (XRvFv)

3

How about Gosick? I didn't watch it all but I'm pretty sure at least one of the mysteries was a murder.

Aria the Scarlet Ammo also included murder mysteries.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 06, 2016 10:28 PM (+rSRq)

4 Tantei Opera Milky Holmes was about mysteries. I didn't watch it but I'm virtually certain none of them were murders.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 06, 2016 10:30 PM (+rSRq)

5 Anime being anime, most of the detective/cop shows wind up being comedies, supernatural series, or sci-fi.  Dirty Pair, Patlabor, You're Under Arrest, Burn Up!, Ghost in the Shell:SAC, Rin - Daughters of Mnemosyne... Not much in the Columbo vein.

When They Cry (Higurashi no naku koro ni) is a serial about murders.  And probably as far away from Columbo as you can get and still be that... (Umineko etc... probably is, too, but I haven't seen it.)

This might help.  (TVTropes warning!)

Posted by: Mikeski at March 07, 2016 12:09 AM (LIUK5)

6 Bakuon!! is actually a manga. (The game on the website is probably a flash promotion.) The meganekko is Hijiri Minowa, daughter of the CEO of the Minowa group. She wants to be a renegade and quotes James Dean. Since she's too young to have a motorcycle license, she rides in a sidecar on the motorcycle her butler rides. First it was an Augusta F4 750 series Oro, then she switched to the Ducati 750SS (it's on the website at her profile). Her butler reassures them that the Ducati's frequent breakdowns are a myth, then has a replacement helicoptered in when it does break down. The manga goes beyond fan service into motorcycle porn. The character profiles for the anime even have the engine sounds.

Posted by: muon at March 07, 2016 04:47 AM (IUHrD)

7 Well, I don't know if this counts as "girl fan service" but it does seem to be "yuri fan service". Yikes!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 07, 2016 07:17 AM (+rSRq)

8 I just read the first three chapters and I've changed my mind. I think I won't watch it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 07, 2016 07:51 AM (+rSRq)

9 Was it the talking motorcycle? At least you might be able to skip through and get some screengrabs.

As for anime murder mysteries, Hyouka had a kind of one, where they tried to figure out the author's intended end to a student film murder mystery.

Posted by: muon at March 08, 2016 11:36 PM (IUHrD)

10 It was 8 mufflers and 12 rear view mirrors, for one thing. But the characterizations overall just didn't work for me.

Also, entirely too much brand religion going on.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 09, 2016 12:11 AM (+rSRq)

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