Tenacious Three

Saturday was the big opener for most of this season’s content, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a pretty good haul. Starting off this first look is my unabashed favorite, Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX, followed by Working!!!, Clasroom Crisis, Charlotte, Shimoneta, and Okusama ga Seitokaichou.

This expression says I am better than you.

This expression says I am better than you.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX
“We don’t need parachutes.”
The third iteration of the Symphogear series opens quite literally with a bang, as a shuttle containing the body of MOM is coming barreling into the atmosphere on a collision course. Well we can’t have that shit on Genjuro’s watch, so who does he send up into space to assist?

To really drive home just how crazy OP Hibiki really is, she next suplexes a shuttle to keep it from crashing into a building.

/m/ has always been my home board on 4chan, so of course I spent some time last night checking out the reaction threads to the new season, and it’s been mostly favorable. I still don’t quite understand how the denizens of /m/ can accept Symphogear but so violently rejected Nanoha back in the day. I actually got hit with a three-day board ban for posting Nanoha then. Actually, I couldn’t post at all last night as it told me I was banned from all boards for a VPN exit node, but I haven’t posted on 4chan in probably six months or more. Guessing something is up with Comcast ranges. Weird thing is I can view anything just fine. Nothing of value was lost.

As for the villains of this season? Well one refers to herself as an Autoscorer, so that seems legit. The other seems to be an actual witch with witch powers, or alchemy, or whatever. Considering we have our six five relic users, the newer two apparently having to be LINKED to use theirs (probably a restriction), I imagine we’ll have some full fighting in store for the season, and probably some dark twists and turns. Remember, Gungnir isn’t trying to kill Hibiki this season, but she always seems to come under the dark plot gun. Actually, I think the focus might end up on Tsubasa or Chris again, or, maybe Maria won’t be so goddamn useless?

First Rating: 10
Sub Group: Commie

EXT. WAGNARIA - SUNNY SPRING DAY

EXT. WAGNARIA – SUNNY SPRING DAY

Working!!!
“The smaller the better.”
Another third season premiere comes everyone favorite occupational slice-of-life, starring the eccentric staff of Wagnaria, the family restaurant of dreams. Not much to squawk about in the opening episode, it nonchalantly sort of steps along like it knew you saw the first two and reintroduces all of the characters and affiliations. The first few minutes actually went in Popura’s POV, which would have been awesome for the entire episode, but alas it switched out to remind us why we watch this show.

I don’t expect much from this season other than more Popura faces, more Ceiling Cat Yamada, and more Inami PAUNCH. Loyal patrons, raise your dongers.

First Rating: 8
Sub Group: Horrible

But your not a man, you're a Chicken Boo.

But your not a man, you’re a Chicken Boo.

Charlotte
“Not the spider, or the British princess.”
I wasn’t sure what I’d be greeted with when I started this show. One learns to be careful with Key shows, because they can appear to be delightful, then turn into monotony. But with Aniplex and PA Works on this docket, and Maeda fucking Jun, well, I suppose this might be good–

–hoo boy.

I’ll say, unlike our angry Britania prince, Yuu at least knows how to properly test his powers, although that whole body sleeping for the duration thing makes it seem like maybe you should, oh, I don’t know, be a little more strategic where you use it? Amateurs.

There have been a lot of student superpower shows over the seasons. This one will have a long list of things to prove its worth. I’m also waiting for the Little Busters surprise of THIS IS GOING TO DRAG ON FOREVER AND PUT YOU TO SLEEP HA HA NARCOLEPSY FUCKER. So there’s that.

So how about cameras then?

I do enjoy shitstarting on Twitter. 🙂

First Rating: 7
Sub Group: Horrible

Well, there is always Kickstarter.

Well, there is always Kickstarter.

Classroom Crisis
“USE THE BOOST TO GET THROUGH”
So what we have here is Mars, and other planets being occupied by humans, and they travel around space? Fuuuuuuuuuu I really wish I was born a few hundred years later. The first episode wasn’t anything in the grandstands, but a pretty good indication that we’ll hopefully get a solid show about space engineering on a budget. You know, like actual space engineering under the Obama administration. You have the teacher and development head who might as well be Curtis Lawson from Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohiko, and a handful of boys and girls out of any school-days show made. But hey, female engineers are worth the price of admission. Let the sparks and grease fly.

First Rating: 7
Sub Group: Horrible

TASTE HER RAINBOW

TASTE HER RAINBOW

Okusama ga Seitokaichou
“Safety First”
The episode is only eight minutes long, but when I saw the label “Uncensored” I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting. Turns out I got quite an eyeful in the final thirty seconds. So fair warning, if you are TRIGGERED by anime tits, and various acts done upon them, abandon all hope ye who enters. I have little else to forward about currently.

First Rating: 6
Sub Group: Horrible

That's lewd? This is one universe I don't want to live in.

That’s lewd? This is one universe I don’t want to live in.

Shimoneta
“This show will get me in trouble.”

I don’t even know what this is, Social Justice Warriors: The Anime? I think I might stick with JCSTAFF’s other show.

To be fair, it’s not quite social justice, as it is more maybe an alternate universe if Big Religion were allowed to impose their sense of puritanical wisdom on the populace. In actuality, this show is probably lampooning many of the real-life politics surrounding Japan’s government ordinances on excessive fanservice and other unsavory elements in anime. But they actually go so far as to jump radically forward into a universe where you have chokers and devices monitoring your language and what you’re reading, and coming after you if you so much as brush against a woman. Every SanFran female in tech must be wishing they were living in this universe.

But, the surface level is about as good as it gets. JC STAFF unfortunately didn’t get the memo that bleeped out semi-raunchy humor only worked for Seitokai Yakuindomo because it aired much like its original 4koma, and thus had plenty of breaks and set-ups for the punchline. The idea of a “lewd terrorist” is probably only funny to anitwitter kids and 4chan /a/. Everyone else is just going to shake their head and maybe wonder if one person in Japan is aware of Gamergate and threw in some tongue-in-cheek commentary for good measure. You’ll probably have better luck with Kangoku Gakuen

First Rating: 6
Sub Group: Horrible

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