New Shows Winter 2016 #5

Oh god, Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R begins with an idol song.

The first moment of Koumgi-chan.
The first moment of Komugi-chan.

After that, we actually meet Komugi, your typical air-headed clumsy genki middle-school of the doctor’s daughter variety, meaning no one minds if she slaps heating pads on elderly patients. She also works as a small-time idol for pharmacutecials. The story is routine. Odd event in the sky, rescues a bizarre bunny who tells her to be a magical girl and wear an embarrassing outfit. She gets blackmailed into it, and rescues the world from monster #1, in convenient card-form, collect them all!

Komugi has some interesting battle slogans.
Komugi has some interesting battle slogans.

Fortunately for everyone the show knows what it’s about. We will watch (if we do, and I haven’t decided) because the show finds entertaining variants on the magical girl genre, or if we think the girls are cute. As for the latter, yeah, they’re cute enough. For the former, well, the first half was the usual, the best part being Komugi’s concert before a bunch of geezers. It gets better when, er, I’ll call him Pyon for now, starts his sales pitch. Komugi, who had been using a normal girl voice before, starts using suspicious, lower-pitched “huh?” moments. I also liked how the voice-over gives us a full, scientific explanation of what happens when Komugi transforms. I had always wondered about that. The monster this week was a bore, but I suppose first monsters usually are. All in all, not bad for what it is. I might keep watching it for cheap laughs.

Yep, this is Monogatari all right.
Yep, this is Monogatari all right.

It hardly feels like I should introduce Koyomimonogatari since Owarimonogatari just ended. But episode one starts earlier, when Oshino was still in town and Shinobu was still skulking in corners. I don’t know what this new series will cover but episode one, unless it’s actually a preview episode I got (it’s only 15 minutes), is sort of a throwaway, about an ordinary rock which was stuck in a shrine box and now people worship it. Hanekawa is curious about it so Araragi asks Oshino, who says something cryptic, which leads Hanekawa to the discovery.

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It took me a moment to figure out why Araragi didn’t tell us from the start, but I realized this was Hanekawa’s mystery, not his. The usual wordplay: “Is the stone an oddity because it’s being worshipped, or is it worshipped because it’s an oddity?” The usual witty visual bits.

Ooya-san begins with a forearm.
Ooya-san begins with a forearm.

Can’t find Rainbow Days yet, so skipping to Ooya-san wa Shishunki!, about a lad entering an apartment building only to discover that the landlord is a middle school girl. If that wasn’t enough for his lusts, the girl next door is pretty hot, and an adult. But why a middle-school landlord?

I figured as much.
I figured as much.

It’s about three minutes or so, but unlike other shorties it feels cut off, like an episode could be longer if it wanted to be. As it was they barely got started before time ran out. Hard to give an opinion because I couldn’t get a grip on it.

This being an anime, I pegged this building to be either a corporate HQ or a high shool.
This being an anime, I pegged this building to be either a corporate HQ or a high shool.

Dimension W stars Kyouma in a future world where they’ve discovered a new dimension and are siphoning power from it. Unlimited energy! It’s stored in things called “coils,” though “bolts” might be a better word. Some people use illegal coils, and Kyouma tracks them down and takes them away in the film noir part of the city. On one mission he meets Mira, an android, who needs the coils for her dad, sorry, creator, who invented the damn things in the first place. Then it gets confusing.

Smack!
Smack!

Let me see, are these illegal coils simply regular coils that people have hacked for their own use? Or were they created using illegal energy extractors? Either way, and despite the fact that people use them for criminal acts, I think I’m on the side of the illegal coil people. This Tesla company seems to have a complete monopoly on the technology and monopolies or complete power of any kind isn’t good for any society. Mira’s dad was apparently screwed over by Tesla so I hope the show will explore this idea farther. Meanwhile, Kyouma is fun to watch, and he wears his hard-boiled image without making it look stale. Mira is a lot of fun too, and it looks good. So political and social issues aside, this show could be fun to watch anyway.

Grimgar begins in a forest.
Grimgar begins in a forest.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar starts with a fantasy RPG team of newbies showing their lack of talent for beating one goblin, and we learn that it’s not a game and they could die. After that is a flashback to them waking up in Grimgar and being told how things work, basically join a guild, kill monsters for money, or die. A week’s training and they’re off to really suck at what they’re doing, meaning they’re hungry and bickering a lot. That’s it for this week.

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So I guess we’ll watch them get better? I don’t know how many weeks I want to spend on them not being very good before they improve. Maybe the goal is to have them learn why they were sent here? I don’t really care. The general tone makes me feel like we’re probably going to watch more than one of them die before this is over, and unfortunately it won’t be the loudmouth character. Also, the episode wasn’t much fun to watch anyway. Along with their failures they spend a mealtime listening to the loudmouth sexually harrass one of the girls while the others just roll their eyes. I don’t really like these people, so maybe watching them die won’t be so bad after all. Doubt I’ll get back to this one.

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