3 First Impressions

So many new animes, so little time.

絶園のテンペスト Project Kひだまりスケッチ×ハニカム

絶園のテンペスト

Zetsuen no Tempest Synopsis: The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose family was mysteriously murdered one year before and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakase Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown desert island by her followers, and agrees to help Hakase in exchange of her help to find out the culprit for the death of his family. Upon learning of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the Kusaribe clan who intends to awake the “Tree of Zetsuen” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.

First Impression: I have a feeling that they’re setting up Yoshino as the killer of Aika, but I’m hoping I’m wrong and that the show surprises me in this. Who knows, maybe Mahiro killed her and blocked that from his memory or something, or it could be someone entirely different. I’m intrigued though. I have a feeling like this will be a very crazy show. I just hope that Mahiro isn’t too one-note and that the director develops his personality a bit more.

This is a Bones production, so I am expecting great things from this anime. This is definitely one to watch.

Project K

K-Project Synopsis: Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we’re familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings.

Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.

First Impressions: The animation and colours are lovely. I love how everything has a saturated look with a blue hue to it. And the skateboarding animation reminded me of something you’d see in Skate. It was beautiful.

In terms of the actual story, I don’t really know what’s going on. There was a fight between some supernatural people and some people who spoke in horrible English. I don’t mind having English in animes, but I wish they used better voice actors who brought some life into their lines. The English sounded so dead, but it didn’t last too long so at least I’m thankful for that.

The story then switched to Isana at school, who gets chased by some supernatural guys only for it to be revealed that he may be the colourless king.

Overall, I’m not entirely sold on the show quite yet, but I do love looking at it…..I know one thing is for sure though, I’m definitely not looking forward to the fan service that is promised in the next episode. Hopefully that doesn’t last too long and she goes back to her kitten form or puts clothes on.

ひだまりスケッチ×ハニカム

Hidamari Sketch×Honeycomb Synopsis: Studying at the Yamabuki Arts High School has been a dream-come-true for Yuno, and she’s learned so much already! And not just from her instructors, but from her friends and neighbors who’ve become her second family and made the Hidemari Apartments such a safe and nurturing home. But as the day of her “big sisters” Sae and Hiro’s graduation draws slowly closer, it’s time for Yuno to start seriously taking on the same role for Nazuna, Nori and the other budding young artists who’ve entered Hidemari’s protective cocoon. And it’s also time to tackle some really challenging artistic assignments. That doesn’t mean there won’t still be time for fun with Miyako and all the others, but it’s definitely time to pencil in her plans for the future. And sometimes that means you have to put the art before the course!

First Impression: The moment you watch this you can easily tell that this is a Shaft production. That isn’t to say that it’s a bad thing. I kind of dig their artstyle and this anime has really love animation. It’s also very cute, so if you like moe and school girls then you’ll probably like this.

I, on the other hand, was bored after 5 minutes. So I don’t think I’ll be sticking with this anime. I guess it’s simply not for me.

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