I watched the first episode of this potential gem partially conscious. I think I might have been bored or bloated from watching a lot of random Crunchyroll anime offerings at the time. I admit that I wasn't sure what to make of it. Fortunately it was the first episode, so I wasn't overwhelmed with the idea of obligating myself to watch more than one a day.
It has an interesting premise. You have humans that have been mutated with other animal traits trained to fight off mutated cockroaches, that were sent to Mars 500 years ago. The show is always full of swings. Both sides (Humans and the mutant roaches) always seem to have something up there sleeves. In one episode, it appears the human visitors are going to survive their trip to Mars. Then in the next episodes, it appears the muscle bound humanoid roaches are going to make the humans regret sending them to mars in the first place. Is been a while since I watched an anime show with a truly compelling mystery. As you watch the show, you can't help but feel the conspiracy theorist in you, trying to fill in the gaps.
This is by far the best thing in my current rotation. I would actually go as far as to say that it is up there in my top 5 anime shows. If you've seen Fate/Stay Zero, you know that it was a pretty good show. But Fate/Stay Night is only into its 7th episode, and it has completely blown its predecessor away. The animation is crisp, smooth, detailed and mind boggling. Whatever budget the studio had for its animators, must have been offensively high.
The character designs are fantastic. The Archer character is well done. I have no doubt that he will be an iconic character for cosplay fiends. And saber always looks awesome in her armor. Oh my goodness!, I almost forgot about the berserker in this show. The berserker in Fate/Stay Night makes the berserker from Fate/Stay Zero look like a lost child in a mall. This new guy is awesome, scary, vicious and very powerful looking. Everything you would expect from a classic berserker. My kid brother's friends jokingly call the show Fate/Stay Night "Unlimited Budget Works" for good reason. The studio behind this gem did not pull any punches. The story line is solid, the animation is superb and the character designs are easily the best I've seen in a long time.
I highly recommend this gem to everyone. Is just too good to ignore.
We all have that one show we watch to provide ambiance while you're busy doing something else. This is it for me. Started off strong I guess. Then it just sorta went lukewarm on me. Could be the character design that did it for me. There was no spark. For all I know this show might redeem itself in the future. But right now, is a good show to have going on in the background, while I work on figuring out how to get our brand out there.
Obviously you might feel differently about it. So please don't let my premature judgement sway you.
While the premise of the show is fairly unique, it fails to properly build on that fact. The weak character design is a massive penalty against the show in my opinion. However I do like one character in the show. The kid Kuga from another dimension, is fun to watch. He is quite strong and rather silly at times. Is a good mix. His character and maybe Jin (the elite border agent) are the only reasons why I reluctantly watch each new episode.
But again, you be the judge. I tend to be quite harsh at times.
Parasyte -the maxim
I like this show. Though, I rarely eat while watching it. I especially try not to eat meat while I watch this show. I am just sensitive like that. So sue me :) . All jokes aside, this show is solid. Again, I love anything with a unique story line. I don't have much to say about the show, since it is taking its time to build up its characters. But from what I can surmise, this is basically an anime spin on the body snatchers movie.
So I recently picked up a bike from Walmart. Is a road bike. But in all seriousness a road bike from Walmart doesn't really make much of a statement.
I got the bike because I discovered a lovely 30+miles(I still haven't seen the end of this trail) trail near my house. Had to take advantage of that!
Anyway, seeing this show pop on Crunchyroll in such timely fashion, demanded that I commit to seeing the whole thing. After-all I could now relate to the characters because I just picked up a road bike! Right? LOL
This show in a way, is very typical of most anime sports shows. You have the protagonist, who is usually mild mannered and appears to have no business partaking in any kind of sports. But he just so happens to be a natural at one specific thing. In this case, the protagonist is really good at riding his bike up steep hills.
The only twists and turns in this show are literal. Lots of exciting bike races. Lots of over dramatization of what a bike rider can actually do. For instance the sudden vortex of wind when a certain rider picks up speed, is a bit of an exaggeration. The animators have a lot of fun with that stuff. Honestly I really enjoy seeing those exaggerated effects. The characters are all pretty interesting in their own way. Like almost all anime sports shows, there is no actual bad guy. You mainly have jerks with back stories that try to legitimize their douchey behaviors. I normally watch this show when I plan to go for a ride myself. What can I say, the show gets me in the mood for speed... haha. Who knew road races could be fun to watch? Is there anything anime can't make better?
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
Gotta have my slice of life. Might be a maturity thing, but I've started acknowledging "Slice of Life" anime. I call them the anti stereotypical anime. No over the top action. No energy beams, no ridiculous antagonist. In fact no antagonist at all. Slice of Life is basically a reflection of real life, I guess.
"I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying" is less than 6 minutes long. And it is actually quite funny.