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Jan 12, 18 at 6:50pm

'Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens' Ep.01

One of the main characters seems to a 'trap' which totally ruins it for me, and the character scream yaoi. So ladies, this is probably more for you. Seems like there'll be plenty of murder and mystery seeing it's a show about hitmen.

In a city known as Fukuoka, crime exists in the underworld from a seemingly peaceful surface. In the Hakata ward of the city, there are various individuals with special talent that consists of professional killers, detectives, informants, and professional revenge seekers. Furthermore, according to an urban legend, an individual known as "killer of professional killers" has shown up in the city.

Jan 12, 18 at 6:58pm

'Märchen Mädchen' (Fairy Tale Girls) Ep. 01

I'm disappointed. That was some unbelievably shameless fan service, and poorly done at that. The first episode itself didn't really give any enticing plot or story. Nor did it draw me in with a particularly lovable character. Instead they resorted to cheap unnecessary fan service. Why that bothers me? I have young nieces, so the animators just turned this anime inappropriate for them to watch. And also, it screams that they aren't confident in the story or characters selling themselves. From the first episode I'd say it was a very poor rip off of the "Little Witch Academia". Maybe the second episode will get better.

When the two girls meet, magic begins. Hazuki Kagimura loves stories, an orthodox girl who is overly imaginative. Because her relationship with her new family does not go well, the environment sends her toward the stories in which she spends her days. One day after school, Hazuki gets lost among the bookcases of the library, leading her to a mysterious school where meets Shizuka Tsuchimikado. It is a magic school where girls (called "mädchen") are selected by the magical texts from which the world's stories are born. Hazuki herself is said to be chosen by the book of Cinderella. In order to become a true magician, Hazuki becomes friends with Shizuka and begins her new life at the school.

Jan 12, 18 at 10:46pm

Here is what I picked up so far:

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
Grancrest Senki
Hakyuu Houshin Engi
Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku 2nd Season
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san
Miira no Kaikata
Overlord II
Violet Evergarden

Death March and Miira I might drop though. I'm giving them a little more time since I feel like I haven't seen enough yet. Death March being the generic stuck in a game thing and Miira I just found the mummy really cute and amusing. Grandcrest hasn't been particularly amazing yet either but I wanted to give it a shot since it was by the Record of Lodoss War guy. Houshin Engi I had watch as one of my earlier anime series when I was first getting into anime so it's fun to watch again with the new version.

Jan 13, 18 at 1:38am

'Violet Evergarden' Ep.01

Wow, that was incredibly well done, both the characters and the animation. And what a sad first episode. Really tugs on your heart strings. I'll definitely have to watch the next episode.

There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.

A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as "the weapon," has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of "Auto Memories Dolls," who carry people's thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people's emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.

Jan 13, 18 at 1:39am

'Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku' Ep.01
(Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody)

One of the synopsis I read called this one a harem anime, and personally I'm not a fan of harem stories. But if you're a gamer and love anime about being pulled into a game, then this could be one to watch. His character is pretty insanely over powered though. But who wouldn't want to be if they were living a game? This one could be interesting.

29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he's a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he's dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satou decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people. However, developments in the game's story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satou's plans.

Jan 13, 18 at 1:40am

Sorry everybody, I'm falling behind on reviews.

Jan 13, 18 at 1:43am

'Killing Bites' Ep.01

This one will be interesting... and looks like it's going to be pretty violent and bloody... It definitely takes the idea of cat-girls to a whole other vicious level.

I nearly turned this one off in the first minute... not to give away spoilers, I'm just going to say serves them all right... And still, more shameless fan service... Well, at least this one was targeted at a mature audience to start with. And they at least did a good job of it... right up until the last 30 seconds... then they took it too far... *sigh* <_<

If you liked "Juuni Taisen" last season, you're probably going to like this.

People have been created that are human-animal hybrids, and powerful businesses bet on the outcome of their duels. College student Nomoto Yuuya's casual acquaintances ask him to drive them around to pick up girls one day, which he soon finds out means by force. The girl they kidnap is an animal-human hybrid named Hitomi, who slaughters all of them except Yuuya. Hitomi is a honey badger, which has been called the most fearless of all animals. Now Hitomi is assigned to stay with Yuuya, for his protection!

Jan 14, 18 at 6:55pm

'Darling in the FranXX' Ep.01

If giant robots are you thing, this might be the show for you.

And again more shameless first episode fan service. Yeah, he's definitely a pervert. He just walked right over to them, picked them up and walked off with them. There's no playing that off. I can only guess he intended to keep them.

Panty theif aside, this is one reminds me of Neo Genesis Evangelion' and more so of the movie 'Pacific Rim'. Giant robots needing 2 pilots, and fighting giant monsters. This one could turn out to be pretty interesting.

Side note: the plot so far was pretty vague and rushed in general, but I didn't get the feeling they were shortcutting the animation. They didn't really give a good explanation of what went wrong between that original pair, or who what was going on. Maybe the next episode will explain it better.

The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the "birdcage." Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyouryuu, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence.

A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a Franxx is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as "Zero Two" appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.

Jan 14, 18 at 8:50pm

"Beatless" Ep.01

Five androids go rouge fighting their way out of some kind of facility with some seriously crazy weapons. At least a few of them look pretty evil-ish. Especially the little cute one. Soooo evil.

The art and animation quality was pretty good. The protagonist's character was only so so, but the little sister was pretty funny and cute though. The overall plot feels like it's been done, but it still feels like it's got potential. It kind of has an 'I, Robot' feel. Good AI vs Evil AI. But I also get the feeling it may take a 'Chobits' route.

With the introduction of an ultra-advanced AI that surpasses human intelligence, beings that mankind is yet to fully comprehend made from materials far too advanced for human technology begin coming into being. Lacia, an hIE equipped with a black coffin-shaped device, is one of these. In boy-meets-girl fashion, 17-year-old Arato Endo has a fateful encounter with the artificial Lacia. For what purpose were these artificial beings created? Amid questions regarding the coexistence of these artificial beings and humans, a 17-year-old boy makes a decision...

Jan 15, 18 at 7:38pm

I'm way behind on second episode follow ups. There's just not enough time.

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