First Impressions: Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro

This anime was not originally on my watchlist, but in the end I decided to give it a chance.

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The “dramatic extreme going to school comedy” manga follows the titular female high school student Chio Miyamo, and her adventures to commute to school every day. Chio runs in to problems both big and small, such as construction, a biker gang, a sudden urge to use the bathroom, and more.

The premise is very simple: Chio is a student who always has many obstacles when trying to get to school in time. It’s not much, really, but I guess for a comedy anime might be enough, or not.

At the first episode, we see two different occasions where Chio is having trouble trying to get to class in time, and how she reacts and what she does to try and arrive in time. So far both the situations and her reactions and plans were funny and made up for a good episode, although not comedy gold.

The animation, art style and voice are also good and fit the style of the anime very well.

While I had fun during the first episode, I’m still not sure if the title will be able to step up its comedy, and I fear that the novelty might wear off halfway through the season. But only time will tell. I had fun, but this title is not going to be a priority on my watchlist, and I suspect it’ll end up on my on hold list after a couple more episodes.

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First Impressions: Harukana Receive

Ok, you know why I’m watching this. You know why you are watching this. Beautiful girls playing beach volleyball and having fun.

The first that I can say about this title is that it looks damn beautiful. The art and animation are awesome and the character designs great, but it’s only fair as it’s an ecchi anime of cute girls playing beach volleyball, right?

But yes, there’s a story going on, rivalry, new friendships possibly, and plenty of character development that may happen. With the MCs cousin not playing anymore and the MC getting involved with a way better duo that seems to have story with her cousin, I think there’ll be enough to keep us interested and to have good episodes where development actually happens.

I didn’t watch Haikyu, mainly for two reasons: it’s already too long to start now, and it’s about boys. But Harukana Receive comes to fill this space with a cute girls version of it.

There’s no hiding in what made me want to watch this anime, but after watching the first episode, I’m happy to think that it’ll be more that an ecchi cute-girls-doing-cute-things anime.

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First Impressions: Netflix’s The Hollow

Today, The Hollow premiered on Netflix. This is a supenatural mystery animation, and I was curious about it, but unfortunately it didn’t delivered, at least on episode one.

The premise is interesting enough: three kids don’t remember who they are, and are confronted with many dangerous mysteries. The story and script are nice. It’s on the animation, dubbing and pacing that it doesn’t do a good job.

The animation feels a little bit strange, unnatural, and reminds me of some older point and click games I’ve used to play on my computer. And also does the dubbing. It may be the animation fault, and not the dubbers, but sometimes it feels like it’s just someone patiently practicing the script. And with this, the pacing gets way too slow, of course.

With the first episode feeling like a pilot, I won’t be continuing the series, unless I read some great reviews praising the series from episode 2 onwards.

First Impressions: Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

I have to admit: I never watched the original Sword Art Online, even after it was available on Netflix. I think it was the same thing that happened with Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan. Everyone kept talking about it all the time, so I got tired of it before even watching.

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