Outbreak Company Series Review

I know that I’ve been making episodic reviews of anime up until now, but, truth be told, that takes a lot of time (20 mins per episode+around 2 hours for reviewing) and, right now, time is a luxury commodity for me ^^’ (as you could have noticed from my prolonged absence). As such, I plan to make episodic reviews of only one or two series and then put up a review for the other series as a whole, which is kinder to my schedule.

So, Outbreak Company was one of he series in the past season’s to-watch list. I started watching it knowing that it would be your typical moe-filled anime, and, although I do enjoy moe, there is so much I can take in a single season until I’m fed up. However, never once did Outbreak Company felt like it was exaggerating the moe-factor, and it made for a very decent watch :).

fc7246f92aa1c8da716ac9702582450f

REVIEW

Plot: (6/10)
As expected of a moe-anime, the plot was fairly nonexistent, being mainly an episodic series without much of a “main-arc”. Still, it was a fairly decent watch, not even a single time did it felt boring. The idea of Japan exporting Otaku Culture to an undeveloped land is interesting and something new in the recent outbreak of Highschool-Slice-of-Life-Moeshit that spammed the industry in the past few years. Even more, they made it more interesting by adding an otaku (even more, a hikikomori) as the cornerstone of the endeavor.

I agree!

I agree!

Also, this series managed to approach some unusual themes, like equality, racism and class differentiation in society to a certain extent. All in all, the story was pretty much interesting, even if the main plotline was close to null.

Characters: (7/10)
In general the characters where very likeable (mainly Miusel (>.<))

Shinichi is your typical male MC, devoid of any social skills and very awkward at first (and a hikikomori to boot), a unexpected “Harem-King” (because, let’s face it, every MC like that ends up becoming a “Harem-King”), yet quick of mind and hero-ish when it is needed (perhaps due to reading too much manga and watching too much anime). However, he is fairly powerless, so he ends up being saved by the girls all the time. Not really that much of a memorable character, but he’s likeable.

Miusel is the main moe-source of the series. A half-elf who has lived her entire life bearing the stigma of being a mixed breed, she developed feelings for Shinichi due to him treating her like an equal and not just as a maid/”lesser being”. She is very capable in all house-keeping tasks, proficient in attack magic and cares about the MC a lot. Also, her moe-level is high, I must say :P. Although not an outstanding character (you probably won’t remember her in a year or so), she is, by far, the most appealing character in the whole series.

A2CcZGr

Miusel…

outbreak-1-2-Foaran-Myuseru

Miusel!

Outbreak Company - 09

MIUSEL!

Outbreak-Company-09-S1

MIUSEL!!! MIUSEL!!! MIUSEL!!!

Petrarca fills both the tsundere and loli roles in this series. She is a petite girl (ok, she’s as flat as a plank) that rules over the kingdom of Eldant. She starts developing feelings for Shinichi due to his over-openness and lack of restraint with her. Sincerely, I really disliked her. She was pretty much there just for the loli-moe (although she had her moments), not really adding much to the series overall.

The onli pic of Petrarca I can stand, 'cause Mahou Shoujo FTW!

The onli pic of Petrarca I can stand, ’cause Mahou Shoujo FTW!

As for supporting characters, we had Minori, the female JSDF officer responsible for Shinichi’s safety and a BL lover. She was a very amusing character throughout the series, and portrayed well the struggle between doing your job and doing what is right. Out of all the support characters, she was the best one. As for the the others, no one stood out much (not even the inumimi-girl whose name I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to look it up).

Them maids... :3

Them maids… :3

Visuals: (6/10)
As for the illustrations and animation, the art style is clearly not my favourite, although one cannot call it bad. it is well done overall, although some more attention to details would have been a good improvement. The animation was pretty normal, nothing out of this world, although some scenes could have benefited from more attention and care (and a few more frames) in the animation.

Overall, it was an interesting and enjoyable series. I give it a 6,5/10 (you can round it up to 7)

Yours truly
Hikigaya Haru

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter

Non Non Biyori Episode 2

Time for some more Non Non Biyori!

I know I didn’t write much about it the first episode, and I believe I will never write much about it because, let’s face it, it doesn’t have anything of interest asides being filed with moe and cuteness (which is always good :D)

This episode is, again, cute girls being cute. It begins with a popular blackboard eraser-trap backfiring and hitting Komari in the head, only to be “cleaned” by Hotaru, who, instead of cleaning the chalk dust off her head, ends up “molesting” (as in patting the hell out of her head) Komari in a scene that reeks of yuri.

Afterwards, Komari goes to Hotaru’s house to play, and Hotaru, that has a huge “crush” on Komari, gets all dressed up to meet her, to the point that Komari can’t even recognise her and mistakes her for an older person. And yeah, that sums it up. More moe, more light-hearted comedy. Always fun 😀

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_00.53_[2013.12.28_04.46.12]

To be honest, their teacher is amazing… How did she managed to not be fired is just awesome!

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_02.49_[2013.12.28_04.47.39] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_02.57_[2013.12.28_04.47.49] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_03.05_[2013.12.28_04.47.59]

Is it just me, or does she seem similar to Aisaka Taiga?

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_05.47_[2013.12.28_04.50.43]

I smell yuri! 😀

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_05.52_[2013.12.28_04.50.52] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_06.38_[2013.12.28_04.51.49] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_07.13_[2013.12.28_04.52.30] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_07.18_[2013.12.28_04.52.38]

There, there… Hotaru, pat my head too *.*

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_08.49_[2013.12.28_04.54.11] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_09.01_[2013.12.28_04.54.26] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_10.21_[2013.12.28_04.56.05]

Wow, I’ve never seen anyone react like that over a simple candy…

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_11.17_[2013.12.28_04.57.09]

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_13.53_[2013.12.28_05.00.51] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_15.28_[2013.12.28_05.04.50]

Really, Komari doesn’t want to be called little, but she dresses like a little girl! (Still, she’s cute as hell! ALL HAIL THE LOLIS!)

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 02 [356A6A2A].mkv_snapshot_15.40_[2013.12.28_05.05.16]

And that’s pretty much it. I’ve already finished writing my Outbreak Company review, just gonna add some pics to it and will upload it one or two days from now! 😀

Yours truly

Hikigaya Haru

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter

Non Non Biyori Episode 1 Review

So, I just started watching Non Non Biyori because I felt like having a change of pace and watch some moe anime… And Non Non Biyori doesn’t disappoint in that regard.

The serie's main loli

The series’ main loli

While the first episode is completely devoid of any plot whatsoever, we get to see cute girls being cute just for the sake of it, and that’s always nice.

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_06.55_[2013.12.27_04.20.27]

The series takes place in a very small rural town, with only 4 students, each of a different grade. Every student is placed in the same classroom, due to insufficient number of students to have a class of each grade. And then a transfer student comes from Tokyo, a breath of fresh air in town. The girls all become interested in this new student, who is a very shy and cute girl. And then the girls do more cute stuff, a guy gets stuck inside the school’s foundations, more cute stuff, a sakura tree scene, and Renge realizes that they “live in the sticks”. And that pretty much sums the episode.

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_11.16_[2013.12.27_04.25.31]

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_12.16_[2013.12.27_04.26.39]

All characters are cute, although none of them has, as of the first episode, that memorable feeling of some characters. Also, the directing/animation is nothing extraordinary, it is your typical low-risk high-gain moe anime.

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_13.54_[2013.12.27_04.28.20]

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_14.30_[2013.12.27_04.28.58]

Probably the first episode’s most interesting thing was the appearance of this racoon dog ^^’

Well, twintails and a loli are a sure-fire recipe for moe

Well, twintails and a loli are a sure-fire recipe for moe

[FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_17.42_[2013.12.27_04.32.52] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_19.23_[2013.12.27_04.34.41] [FFF] Non Non Biyori - 01 [578B3C97].mkv_snapshot_22.01_[2013.12.27_04.37.45]

And that’s pretty much it. Cute girls doing cute stuff. Always nice once in a while, but I’m getting tired of all this moe-shit anime that fills the season roosters… Japanese Authors/Animators/Directors/Franchise owners, PLEASE be a bit more risk friendly! You are drowning the entire anime industry in moe-shit due to being scared of introducing something new and different!
Yours truly

Hikigaya Haru

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter

Coppelion Episode 2 Review

I know this episode aired a long time ago, but I haven’t had time to review it, so please forgive me ^^’.

Starting the review, one of the good things I found in this episode is the OP song. I really like it! The music’s rythm and melody (as in the music itself, not the lyrics ’cause I was finishing a paper when I heard it and didn’t read them ^^’) really go along with the show’s theme.

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_00.37_[2013.11.23_01.37.21]

Man, a highschooler with a badge and a gun… badass XD

Man, Ibara's so cute!

Man, Ibara’s so cute!

Taeko's an animal lover huh?

Taeko’s an animal lover huh?

In this episode, things finally get interesting, with a few survivors appearing. Apparently, they were locked in a prison nearby when the meltdown occured, and took advantage of it to escape allong with other prisioners. They managed to find a radiation-free room inside an old hospital, and took refuge there. They even managed to rig a few solar panels to provide electricity to their refuge. BTW, is it just me or this series reminds me of the Fallout games? XD

WTF? What are those antennas?

WTF? What are those antennas?

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_04.40_[2013.11.23_02.53.13]

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_08.21_[2013.11.23_02.53.29]

You gotta love the background artist!

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_10.01_[2013.11.23_02.53.48]

Anyway, in this episode we get more insight regarding the truth behind Ibara’s, Aoi’s and Taeko’s past. We learnt in the first episode that they were genetically engineered to be radiation resistant, and in this episode the name Coppelion is explained. It is a bit of a wordplay on Coppelia, a French ballet comedy about a dancing doll, hence the name Coppelion, an analogy to the “dolls” that are our three heroines. It is also stated, at least for Ibara, that all of her life was passed training for this rescue mission.

So, a wolf can be so obedient as to wait for someone he just met and search for someone just by her smell without training?

So, a wolf can be so obedient as to wait for someone he just met and search for someone just by her smell without training?

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_15.02_[2013.11.23_02.06.21]

I don’t know if it’s just me, but this series really brings out the theme of humanity, what means to be human in the form of 3 cute highschoolers; They are faced with a constant doubt about their humanity, if they really are just a bunch of puppets. Also, they are faced with though decisions, like choosing to save a young girl instead of it’s mother, and that might bring about a great growth of the characters. I really have high hopes for what this series will be able to pull off in these philosophical questions.

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_12.17_[2013.11.23_02.00.43]

 

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_17.00_[2013.11.23_02.17.58]

Tough choice…

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_19.02_[2013.11.23_02.59.53]

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_19.36_[2013.11.23_02.23.45]

Also, one of the things I noticed the most was that the producers gave much more screen time to Aoi and Taeko, something which you migh recall didn’t happened much in the first episode. We finally see more of their personality, mainly Aoi’s gentle and caring side; to be honest, I find them to be really are good characters, but Ibara is still the best XD.

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_19.45_[2013.11.23_02.24.15]

Regarding the more technical aspects, I can’t stop praising the director… He did a wonderfull job with this series, nothing was left out: crumbling floors, hair fluttering, light flare effects and glare, everything was just perfect, I really can’t say anything bad about it. Also, I really like they’re choice of colour palette. It is mainly brownish tones, wich intensify the idea of lonelyness and desolation of the city, while also choosing very bright and vivid greens and blues for the grass and the sky respectivelly, in a way showing that nature has thrived in the past 20 years.

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_13.34_[2013.11.23_02.55.15]

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_21.40_[2013.11.23_03.00.25]

[Anime-Koi] Coppelion - 02 [h264-720p][08A06DCC].mkv_snapshot_21.48_[2013.11.23_03.00.37]

 

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the review! Stay tuned for more 😉

Yours truly
Hikigaya Haru

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter

 

Coppelion Episode 1 – First impressions

Ah, schoolgirls with guns… Not enough of these shows nowadays :D.

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.30_[2013.10.17_23.08.02]

One of the most striking aspects of this episode (and I hope of it’s series’) is it’s art. The backgrounds are just simply beautiful! Vibrant with colour, warm… It makes me want to go there to bask in the sun while I doze off :P. You can clearly see how much time and effort went to designing these, in my opinion, award-winning sceneries, which contrast with the use of 3D or “stock-like” images used in most recent anime.

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.09_[2013.10.17_23.07.03]The character design is somewhat weird… Sometimes I really like the design, while in the next scene it seems that the characters are just a rough sketch… I really hope that it becomes more linear in the future. However, no matter what you might say, Ibara’s design is just beautiful…

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.51_[2013.10.17_23.09.12]

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.06_[2013.10.17_23.09.48]

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.17_[2013.10.17_23.31.55]

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.33_[2013.10.17_23.35.13]

The story has a pretty weird feel to it… I find it dark, mainly due to the series’s setting and lack of background info, but there’s this warm vibe that it gives off. I really can’t describe it better. To put the feeling into words, imagine someone is telling you a creepy story while you’re basking under a tree, in the middle of a plain in mid-summer. Yes, the feeling is that weird. It also touches some interesting subjects, like the humanity of lab-bred humans, and what makes us human. That’s really evident when Ibara injects herself with some nutrient-serum instead of eating, and one of the girls freaks out, because she wants to believe she’s still human, not just a lab rat.

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.16_[2013.10.17_23.34.41]

Regarding the characters, Ibara is just amazing! She’s sure of herself, while also being kind hearted. She disobeyed her orders just to give a rad-poisoned man a slight chance at survival, only to later point a gun at her boss claiming that she would save every single person she would find. From the entire cast, she’s the one who stood out most, and I believe she’ll be responsible for most of the series’ success.

[HorribleSubs] Coppelion - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.54_[2013.10.17_23.38.38]

The other two “main” characters are so unmemorable that I can’t even recall their names… There’s the moe-girl and the other one. Really, I hope that in latter episodes they give those two more depth and/or screen-time, because they are in risk of staying forever in Ibara’s shadow.

Overall, this episode was pretty interesting, and really hooked me up to the series! I hope that it won’t let me down 😉

Now, something not Coppelion-related, it is the first time I’ve decided to give such a big and incisive review. Do you like it? Do you prefer reviews lighter and/or with more pics? Leave your opinions in the comments please ;). Also, I’ve been neglecting my blog lately because my midterms are starting, and my workload is getting bigger and bigger with studying and coordinating a student research program at my uni. Sorry!

Yours truly

Hikigaya Haru

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter

Infinite Stratos 2 – Episode 1 review

One of the titles I waited for the most this season! I Just love Yumizuru Izuru’s work!. So, without further ado, let us proceed to the episode!

[FFF] Infinite Stratos 2 - 01 [3DBFD33B].mkv_snapshot_03.08_[2013.10.07_22.30.00]

The IS design is truly awesome!

The IS design is truly awesome!

Although the series’ illustrator changed due to problems between the author and MF Bunko J (the publisher), it wasn’t that noticeable in the first episode. I honestly am not bothered the least by the change (the same can’t be said about the light novel).

[HorribleSubs] Infinite Stratos 2 - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.28_[2013.10.04_00.17.32]

As usual, Cecilia is a perv…

[FFF] Infinite Stratos 2 - 01 [3DBFD33B].mkv_snapshot_07.08_[2013.10.07_22.02.22]

[FFF] Infinite Stratos 2 - 01 [3DBFD33B].mkv_snapshot_07.31_[2013.10.07_22.03.00]

Although I’m a Charlotte fan, I can’t deny that Rin has a unique appeal… Just look at that belly… Man, she’s hot! Also, it’s impossible to resist that teary-eyed face… Rin, you’re unfair XD.

Yandere Charl... Scary :O

Yandere Charl… Scary :O

Since when is that a problem? XD

Since when is that a problem? XD

Badass duo!

Badass duo!

Charl, you look WAY better

Charl, you look WAY better

Ichika, densest guy ever!

Ichika, densest guy ever!

Bastard! Hands off my Charl!

Bastard! Hands off my Charl!

All things considered, it wasn’t a bad episode, too much fan-service though. Although I feel that they shouldn’t have rushed the summer festival scene. I actually liked that part in the novel, and that makes me feel that the anime is lacking in regard to the novel.

Since this is the first episode of the new season, I understand why they didn’t add much drama to it, IS being a Slice of Life and Harem series after all; However, I hope they focus more on the drama parts of the novels, those chapters always kept me on the edge when I was reading them.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my first ever episode review. Don’t forget to leave a comment or a critic 😉

 

Yours truly

Hikigaya Haru

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter