Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku o Ketsui Shimashita, better and more reasonably known as Yuushibu, probably wouldn’t have been made had it not for the success of Maou-Sama. And, if they were going for the fantasy heroes forced to work crappy jobs, I can see why they chose Maou-Sama first. Yuushibu does nothing to inspire confidence. I was hoping they might get some laughs out of the demon lord’s daughter treating customers like a demon lord would, but we get only a little of that (what little we got wasn’t bad, since Fino is a cute little demon-daughter trying to imitate her dad), and only in practice. Since the jokes are of the “fish out of water” variety, they’re not very funny, and there are a lot more boob, panty, and crotch-shots than I expected or like. I’m a little curious about how that society works, magic replacing electricity (unless they’re the same thing here), and the mix of fantasy clichés with mundane everyday, but I doubt the show will go on too much about that. I’ll give it another episode or two.
Log Horizon is another series where people can’t log out of a MMRPG. The big difference between this and SAO is that Log Horizon goes for the laughs more often, sometimes at the expense of, er, reality. We see a lot of desperate, unhappy people in the game, afraid of what will happen to them, but we don’t meet any of them. Shiro takes it all in stride, and others, like his good buddy Naotsugu, seem more annoyed than upset. The other difference is that this game isn’t new, the situation was probably triggered by an expansion pack, so they’re all experienced in playing it. They have problems with controlling their new bodies, and our heroes learn quickly to stop depending on their controls and just react. Akatsugi, a girl playing as a boy, has a decision to make. Episode one is straightforward with few surprises, just setting up the scene. Nothing sticks out as being particularly good or bad yet. Maybe.
I happy to say that White Album 2 doesn’t look as aimless and unpleasant as the first season, which I dropped fairly early on, having had enough of the hapless lead not being able to make a decision for himself, idols bullied by other idols, and her manager, well, enough said. This new series follows a high school kid named Haruki, and we start with a flash-forward where he’s performing with two girls at the school festival, talk about it being the last time they’d be happy together (probably a love triangle), then moves to the beginning to see how the three met, well, two of them for now, in an overly sweet and cute way. Haruki seems like an okay guy but he had a tendency to lecture people which got on my nerves (and other students, too). He meets and lectures one of the triangle girls, Ogiso, then meets her later and gives a bunch of insights into her character that come across as badly as the lecturing did. Ogiso is nice, but very dull. The mysterious piano playing girl hasn’t shown up yet, but from what little we’ve seen of her she appears to be more interesting. Unlike the first season, nothing here made me throw up my hands and say “Why the hell am I watching this?” so I’ll keep an eye on it.
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Narita!! (ahem) Sport anime really isn’t my thing, apart from Cross Game, and that show’s on another level, but this one has lots of women wearing next to nothing beating each other up while grunting and screaming, so I thought it my duty as a profound and erudite blogger to watch at least episode one. It’s actually worse than expected: the main character, Sakura, starts out as an idol singer. When they show up for some idol-wrestling tie-in promotion thingy (it’s never explained), Sakura’s friend and rival Elena gets hurt by pro-wrestler Rio, so Sakura challenges her to a match. So basically the first episode is Sakura getting beaten up and humiliated by Rio (nicely set up a our heel) while put in a variety of holds, each more embarrassing than the last, while she screams a lot. You can imagine what the camera focuses on. They spend so much time with this, especially the screaming, that any hope I had about the show’s motives fizzled away. Well, they did set up the story, and it’s a typical for sports anime, but I wonder how many different wrestling holds and how many angles can they use to make this all fresh week after week. Also, how can anyone possibly find this sexy?
Finally, after a week off, the most important show in anime is back! And I’m delighted to say the first episode of Teekyuu Season 3 had an impressive ratio of one gag every 4.1 seconds, and that’s even with the last ten seconds being used to sell the DVD. But they threw in a gag there, too. Keep it up, girls!