On to Hina Loji ~from Luck & Logic~, where we follow some cute girls around a fancy high school where they train their magical powers. They are all “logicalists,” and they form contracts with otherworldly people named “foreigners.” A girl named Lion seems to be the main character, or maybe she’s just this week’s focus, and we watch her conjure up her foreigner (Rosa), though the contract was actually settled years ago. We also watch a mock battle, meet the supertalented Nina, who desperately needs friends, and various other people via some long speeches. Oh, a bathing scene and hanami.
This is supposed to be a sequel or spinoff, but I don’t remember the original or never saw it. It doesn’t matter as the show takes care to explain everything to you in dull infodumps. While these are magical girls, apart from the mock battle there’s no fighting or even a threat this episode. Instead we’re told more than once how peaceful things are now. So maybe this is more of a cute girls doing cute things show more than an action one, which is okay, but some of the scenes dragged on even when the comic bit had been exhausted, and so far I don’t see a character I particularly like. Nina looks interesting, but she’s going from tsun to dere too quickly. I don’t know about this one.
… Skipping a few sequels and spinoffs …
Next is Knight’s and Magic, not a typo, and an genius programmer named Kurata who is a mecha nut, gets killed by a car and awakens in the body of a prince boy in a medieval world with monsters in it. Knights piloting giant suits of armor protect the land, and young Ernesti (Kurata) becomes obsessed with them, somehow remembering his past life, it seems. He studies, meets buddies, enters a Knight Runner school with the worst uniforms in the world, impresses everyone, and the flashback finally catches up with him and his training camp getting overrun by monsters.
First, I appreciate how the series zips through the arduous training, and that how the prodigy Ernesti doesn’t act like a brat, probably because inside he’s the mature adult he was before. But the show goes the other extreme. He never has any problems with anything, at least until the cliffhanger at the end, but even there he’s not daunted, and there’s little doubt that he’ll save the day. But apart from that one mecha pilot’s cleavage it IS a show for younger viewers, with simple, cartoonish characters and storytelling, and it’s not bad in that respect. Not sure I’m interested in watching, though.
Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun is about a gifted and dedicated high school soccer player named Aoyama, and his cleanliness fetish. In the first half we watch and hear about him in dialogues between jealous teammate Kaoru and Miwa, the coach, meanwhile Aoyama cleans things and avoids contact with anything that will make him dirty, yet he still plays soccer. In the second half a team from another school come to play a match and pry Aoyama away from this school and into theirs, and there are plenty more cleanliness gags and soccer exploits to show us.
This show was pretty much dead to me after the first ten minutes or so. I hung around hoping for a good punchline or two and getting stale ones about cleanliness instead. It’s also not thought-through very well. Surely his teammates would know by now not to try to hug Aoyama after a goal. Now, I understand that shows with a limited gag setup will live by its supporting characters, like listless Tanaka-Kun’s show did, but that show had two core characters who could carry at least part of an episode, while with Aoyama-kun, I don’t seen any characters I want to follow, apart from the girl with the stuffed animal. Maybe I’ll hang on and she what she can contribute. Oh, and bonus points for the throwback ED.
Now, Battle Girl High School. With a title like that, how can it possibly be bad?
Well, it’s not bad, but it’s pretty close. We meet Miki, awakening from an unpleasant dream in class, then off to see an idol show with her two friends, except some monsters are spotted and the girls have to go to work destroying them. They’re joined by maybe ten more girls, each saying a cute line before or during their attack. The two idol girls are also fighters but they’re busy performing. Priorities, you know. While they dispatch the monsters, there’s talk at HQ about how the girls are losing their touch. So after some cute school scenes between countless girls, they train, and are then introduced to a transfer student, who looks intense.
Nothing much here. Similar to Luck and Logic in that its scenes go on far too long an aren’t funny enough for a payoff. Also, they fling so many girls at us that it’s hard to keep track of them, and the show’s desire to showcase every one of them slows things down even more. However, I will give the show credit for delivering the funniest line of the season so far, at least for me.
Youkai Apato no Yuuga na Nichijou stars Inaba, whose parents died three years ago, forcing him to live with other relatives, who weren’t really unkind, but… Trouble is, his new High School’s dorm burns down and he has nowhere to stay for six months, until he meets a kid in the park who tells him about a realtor, who shows him a good, cheap place–with free food! As you can probably figure out, the apartment building is actually full of ghosts, a couple of humans, and other things. Inaba is freaked out, of course, but it’s pretty clear that he’s going to stay. Where else can he go?
Once you got the gist of the story, episode one is entirely predictable, especially Imada’s first night there. He sees spooky things, take bath in a cave where he meets the scary ooya-san, and naturally has nightmares. But there’s plenty to like. It’s made clear from the start that the building is a friendly hangout for the living and the dead. Truly evil spirits are exorcised by Akine, one of the humans. Inaba, who has no prior knowledge or prejudice concerning spirits, is made to feel welcome if he can just get used to the weirdness. It looks like it’s going to be a slice-of-life series but with ghosts and things. So far, a surprisingly happy show.