2015 Summer of Anime – Week 2

Still just gonna talk about what I finished last week instead of what I’m caught up on.  For now, at least.  I haven’t fully decided what I want to do about those.  A’ight, here we go.

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace or Innou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

This is almost the entire show.

I really hate the trend of overly long titles.

Andou Jurai is a junior in high school who suffers from chuunibyou–an occurrence in young otaku where they create a fictional world around them with themselves as an anime-like protagonist.  I honestly have no idea if that’s real or if it’s something anime came up with.  Think of it as 24/7 LARP-ing.  Despite his…condition, Andou is in his school’s Literature Club which is mostly comprised of attractive girls who fancy him.  Well, one day while living out one of his fantasies (being cursed by his forbidden power), a light actually emits from his hand.  The story then jumps six months ahead with all the Literature Club members having superpowers…some more useful than others.

First off, don’t be fooled by the title.  This is a romcom slice-of-life anime.  Very, very little battling goes on in this one.  And it’s usually done by characters outside of the main cast.  Still, though, I really enjoyed this anime.  It looks good, it’s quite humorous, and the characters are fun.  Then again, this is from Studio Trigger, so I guess that’s to be expected.  There are also a few moments when things get real.  A particular instance comes to mind when one of the Lit Club members calls out Andou on his lifestyle, and it might be the best scene in the whole series.

I don’t really want to say more since that would spoil most of the jokes, but if you’re a fan of romcoms that look damn good, then give it a shot.  I’d probably give it a 7.5.

Chaika: The Coffin Princess – Avenging Battle or Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle

Yes, that's a magic sniper rifle.

Yes, that’s a magic sniper rifle.

This is season two of Hitsugi no Chaika, but I’ll give a little synopsis for those of you who aren’t familiar with it.  Five years prior to the story, the 300 year war against Emperor Gaz finally came to an end when a group of heroes bested him in battle and hacked him to pieces.  Everyone’s happy now!…well, most everyone.  Saboteur Tooru Acura is restless without anyone to fight.  He can’t find work, so he and his adopted sister and fellow saboteur, Akari Acura, just live their boring lives.  Things change when he meets a coffin-toting white-haired girl called Chaika.  She tells him she’s the daughter of Gaz and wants to find his body parts so she can give him a proper funeral.  Tooru–knowing Gaz’s remains are powerful magic fuel–realizes her quest will be fraught with danger, so he decides to work for her to escape the dullness of his days.  He was right.  More than he thought, though, as mysterious figures such as the phantom-like Guy and other Chaikas are also tied to the hunt for the emperor’s remains.

Season two picks up pretty much right where season one left off.  Gillette has gone missing, Viivi resembles Chaika now, both the white and red Chaikas continue hunting for their father’s body parts, and the government is scared crapless by what exactly will happen when all the remains come together.  It does a nice job of continuing and finishing the story started in season one.  All questions are answered and most every character gets a decent resolution.  Plus, Red Chaika shows up more than she did in season one, and Red Chaika is best Chaika.  All that being said, though, I just didn’t like season two as much as one.

It’s kinda hard to put my finger on why, though.  Maybe I was hoping for more from the mystery payoffs, or maybe it just didn’t gel with me like season one did.  Or, maybe it’s because even though Red Chaika was around more, she wasn’t around enough.  I dunno.  What I do know is I felt like a lot of the battles didn’t live up to the hype they were building.  That’s entirely possible since it reminded me of Tokyo Majin, and that anime’s inability to deliver on the big throwdowns was simply astounding.  Here, so many great antagonists were presented, but damn, the endings with each and every one of them were just disappointing.

So, I guess we’ll go with a 7 or 7.5.  I still enjoyed it, but it didn’t live up to season one.

That’s it for week two.  I actually watched a butt-ton of other anime, but they’re all ongoing.  Oh well.  Next week’s will probably be sadder than this one.  It ani-may, or it ani-may not.

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