Autumn 2015 – First Impressions (Part 2)

one_punch_man-01-saitama-punch-pose-glove-fist-cape-victoryThis post reviews: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Concrete Revolutio, Comet Lucifer, and One Punch Man.

Uh… yeah… I’m already very, very behind on everything this season. At least there aren’t too many new anime for me to watch and review after this post. And yes, I’ve only watched the first episode for all of these anime, so I’ll get around to the more recent episodes once I recover from the last three weeks.

 

Watching:

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

gundam_iron_blooded_orphans-01-eugene-mikazuki-argument-feudGundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is probably the best example of a ‘solid’ anime this season. Everything about the anime is good to great to outstanding, from its story to its setting to its characters to the art to the animation to the sounds to the directing and to every bit and detail in-between. I can go on and on about the positives with this anime because there are really no negatives with Gundam: Iron-Blooded Oprhans… well, no real negatives that aren’t just me nitpicking about the elements. I will admit that I don’t love it as much as some of the other anime this season, given with all the sequels airing this month, but this is my favorite of the new anime that has aired so far. This is a keeper, for sure.

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Concrete Revolutio

concrete_revolutio-01-jirou-kikkoWhile I’m not too fond of the haphazard storytelling, constantly shifting through time and space to unknown characters in unfamiliar locations doing undetermined things, Concrete Revolutio really caught my attention and interest with its splash of stunning colors, its impressive artistic motifs, its outrageous setting, and its ridiculous characters. The first episode of Concrete Revolutio was incredibly inspired, screaming in your face, and it captured my imagination with its world and its superpowers. After the first episode, I felt unsatisfied – in a good way. I wanted to learn more about the characters, their organizations, who was who, and what was what. It’s uncommonly that I’m this involved after just one episode, but Concrete Revolutio really hooked me with this first episode. That said, there are some negatives, especially with the storytelling jumping around, but that is a minor detail compared to everything else this anime had to offer. I’m excited to continue watching this anime, especially if every episode can pack an extraordinary visual punch with those colors, motifs, and exclamations.

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One Punch Man

one_punch_man-01-saitama-cape-dramatic-baldOh… …now I think I understand why everyone is so positive about One Punch Man. After hearing so much about it the last few years and viewing its artwork numerous times, I often wondered how well I’d enjoy an anime of this variety given my history with popular shounen franchises. Well, it actually fits quite nicely, given its over-the-top style, its reckless abandon, its flair for personality that’s skillfully embedded within the storytelling. The first episode was a wild ride, and I’m excited to see where it goes, but I am curious to see where it goes from here and how it’ll integrate its characters into the story. Nevertheless, I am curious to see where this goes and will be keeping this for sure.

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Undecided:

Comet Lucifer

comet_lucifer-01-sougo-kaonIt’s difficult to say whether I’ll enjoy Comet Lucifer or not given that the lead female appeared at the end of the first episode, but it has enough qualities to be a keeper. Comet Lucifer certainly has an appealing art style, with its character designs and mecha designs. The animation was solid throughout, and quite phenomenal during the mecha battle at the end. The anime certainly has robust visuals, but it feels somewhat weak in terms of its characters and the story. While it usually takes me a few episodes to warm up to the cast, before I really start liking them, I feel nothing from the cast of Comet Lucifer. Every character thus far, especially Sougo, Kaon, and Roman feel shallow and uninspired. The whole triangle between those three is such a tired and awful storyline that I almost just stopped right then and there during the car chase scene. Comet Lucifer never recovered and the rest of the episode felt lackluster and unoriginal. I’ll give it another episode to see if the new girl can add some spice and variety to this anime, but it’s starting to seem doubtful given how the characters and story failed to deliver in the first episode.

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Dropped:

We’ll see how Comet Lucifer does with its second episode, but everything in this cohort was good, if not great.

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  1. #1 by Joojoobees on October 24, 2015 - 6:11 PM

    I *loved* One-Punch Man, but Concrete Revolutio was just too much all over the place for me.

    I never got into any Gundam series in the past, so I don’t feel like starting at this point.

    • #2 by avvesione on October 24, 2015 - 6:31 PM

      OPM really impressed me with its comedy and its parody of shounen-style franchises. It’s like they took a super long shounen fighting manga and skipped 500 chapters worth of training and whatnot. It’s great.

      Concrete Revolutio was all over the place, but that’s probably the only complain I’d have with it. The style and personality was very unique, and that’s something I always enjoy with an anime. I’d recommend the second episode if you enjoyed the style or the characters since it’s much more direct and straightforward.

      If you were to get into a Gundam series, I’d recommend Gundam the Origin, the OVA/movie series that’s being released over the next year or two.

  2. #3 by Detetiv on October 25, 2015 - 5:22 AM

    One punch is weird, saw the 1st episode they streamed at NY Comic con. Really not my cup of tea.

    • #4 by avvesione on October 28, 2015 - 6:48 PM

      That’s too bad, but I guess I can see why it isn’t for everyone. OPM matches my tastes well for a shounen parody and the comedy and animation were more than enough for me. Hope you’re able to find enough good anime to watch this season.

      • #5 by Detetiv on October 28, 2015 - 6:51 PM

        Think didn’t help they weren’t smart yo put the subs at the top of the screen… most of us at that panel/screening was watching it raw. Sad time for K as that was right after and good amount of people left right after Opm ended

        • #6 by avvesione on October 28, 2015 - 6:55 PM

          Yeah, subs at the bottom of the screen were an issue for me at Sakuracon this year since the theater was flat and people’s heads got in the way.

          It’s a shame that K isn’t getting as much respect as I thought it would. It’s still one of the better anime I’ve seen this season, but I guess people just don’t like the color blue.

        • #7 by Detetiv on October 28, 2015 - 6:58 PM

          Yeah, it was at like 11pm k started think that was also the night before crazy people lined up to see Baruto at Hammerstein ballroom that was at 10:30am the next day

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