380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

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380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby Andrew » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:44 am

Wrapping up the Winter 2018 Anime Season, the hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast are back once again to knock out the final 10 shows they have slated to review. From the much anticipated title from Kyoto Animation, to some surprisingly artistic and joy filled titles, listen to find out how they turned out.

Anime Reviewed in this Episode: Citrus, Hakumei and Mikochi, School Babysitters, How To Keep A Mummy, The Ryuo’s Work Is Never Done, Violet Evergarden, Marchen Maedchen, Slow Start, Dagashi Kashi 2, and March Comes In Like A Lion 2.

The opening song for this episode is the OP for Violet Evergarden called “Sincerely” by TRUE. The closing song for this episode is the ED for Violet Evergarden called “Michishirube” by Minori Chihara.

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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby BlueSpark » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:37 am

Even though I know you're playing it safe in regards to spoilers, this time I completely skipped the section about Violet Evergarden since I started watching that one yesterday and wanted to go into it completely blind.

Looking forward to Citrus and March Comes in Like a Lion (when the latter eventually gets its disc release). Slow Start also sounds cool, but regrettably there's no dub in sight.

Sorry to be a stickler, but you have a typo in your *Marchen Maedchen. You either need the "ae" in both words or neither of them (depending on which convention you want to go by) ;). By the way, not sure whether or not you mentioned it on the podcast, but Märchen Mädchen means "fairy-tale girl" in German.
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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby Mys145 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:33 am

I haven't seen any of the manga for Cirtus but I think I wouldn't care if the anime didn't do a godly job in reproducing the original artwork. I get that people want the best for the anime but it isn't going to happen (I'm talking to you Berserk and One Punch Man anime haters).

I'm fine with A Ryou's Work is Never Done not focusing on the loli harem. Bring on more stories like Keiko not Char.

So unlike most of the community, I have no expectation for Violet Evergarden especially after it sounded like another Plastic Memories which I hate. At first, the show was okay but by the end of the third episode, it improved greatly for me and stayed there for me. I think the anime community overhypes any show by Kyo-Ani and probably lead to why they felt disappointed by Violet Evergarden. Sure it might have been the episodic nature of the show which could be how the novel was structured as well. It also shows how people tend to view episodic shows as something worth much less as a show with a serialized story from beginning to end.

I actually have a friend who stopped watching Dagashi Kashi 2 after Hotaru left. Also something about the ending I need to ask:

Did you guys noticed that the 7-11 manager had the same eye design as Hotaru before the reveal that he was her brother? I didn't after the fact and felt dumb for not catching it sooner.

I swear you guys need to watch Honey and Clover since you like March so much. Same author as March.

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Re: 380) Winter 2018 Anime Season Review Part 3

Postby MojaveRena » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:20 am

I'm really happy you liked Hakumei and Mikochi, that was a show I wasn't too sure on until about 5 episodes through.
I get the feeling the creators were trying to breathe new life into the slice-of-life genre.

I think with Ryuuou de Oshigoto the author wanted Ai Hinatsuru to be like a little sister figure in the anime and not for loli fanservice. But I do agree with both of you, it's an anime I too have to be careful recommending due to some 'scenes'...
Another anime in the same boat is Ro-Kyu-Bu, it's meant to be a basketball anime but there are some innocent ecchi scenes involving the girls. The only character I didn't like in Ryuuou de Oshigoto was Ginkou (the girl with light-blue hair), at first she was tolerable but she got on my nerves with her incessant tsundere attitude. Keiko was the best character, thankfully the story also focused on her shogi tournament as well.
There was a blog I found about it on ANN where they interview the creator of Ryuuou de Oshigoto about this but I lost the link.. ah well....

Oh yes, Maerchen Maedchen.... I am gutted about that anime since I was enjoying that show from the start. Apparently most of the work on episode 9 was outsourced to other companies who didn't do a good job and most of the staff were also underpayed.
And yet I really enjoyed the concept behind this anime. Maybe in the future we will see the last 2 episodes as I feel sorry for the original creator who passed away.

Violet Evergarden.... what can I say? A visually stunning anime with a great soundtrack. I'm glad you were both able to watch it since it was only just released for American audiences only a few weeks ago. And yes, there will be an OVA coming out some time in July, I believe?