Not sure if I’m going to be doing this every week but I thought it’d be a good way to condense all my thoughts on various anime I managed to binge-watch throughout the week. (At the same time, I get to keep writing a little bit day by day even if I don’t post anything!)
Putting all that aside, let’s get started!
First up, there is Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy.
This anime was a hell of a fun watch. Honestly, I don’t have much to say other than that. It’s about a hero club that is something like the service club from Oregairu. They help out students who are in trouble and in need of help. Much unlike Oregairu though, the club members are hyper active, over-imaginative and bound to create some trouble while helping others out. By trouble I mean, simply getting complaints sent to the school because they are “making a fool of themselves and ruining the school image”.
Honestly though, they are just a bunch of hyper-active kids doing whatever they can to help others out. It’s a pretty wholesome show with lots of random things and fantasy/supernatural like animation from time to time.
Definitely worth a watch if you want to laugh at a bunch of Chuunibyous messing around and helping others at the same time.
The ending was pretty satisfactory too!
Next, there is Houkago Saikoro Club.
An anime about analog games, from board games to card games. If you want to discover new board games and card games to play, this might be the show for you! Honestly though, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this anime.
The interactions between the characters can be a little too cliche at times. Not that it’s unbearable, but I just feel the interactions are a bit awkward every now and then. Might just be me though. Personally, I would have preferred it if they didn’t try to force in some “sad” backstories and focused more on just cute girls have fun playing board games. (perhaps it was just because I wanted more fluff at the time of watching it)
Also, I must say that the character designs aren’t the best I’ve seen for this type of genre. Although, it is just be my personal bias kicking in. We’re talking about appearance after all.
Overall though, it was a fun anime to watch with a couple of relatively serious moments in it. There was a mix of pure fluff but a tinge of ambition you always find in shounen anime. (I mean, it does have a shounen tag on both MAL and AniList) Even though I can’t say they focused on that ambition all that much, they didn’t exactly neglect it either.
Anyways, there are a ton of games in this anime that I’d never seen or heard of. From what I’ve heard, most of the games are legit. So far, I’ve only spotted one game that I know that’s called “Saboteur”. Unfortunately though, they didn’t play it…
Back to the topic though, it’s worth a watch if you like board games and anime girls. You could probably get away with just liking anime girls though. For me, I found most enjoyment when they were explaining the rules of board games I’ve never heard of and played them.
Take note though, if you’re not a fan of anime with a timid female lead for your slice of life anime, this might not be for you. The main character is quick to cry and very reserved as she’s rather fearful and wary of those around her. She is shown to be rather observant of those around her though. A typical stereotype of introverted people.
*Saboteur is a really fun card game you should play if you have a lot of friends though! There’s even an expansion pack “Saboteur 2”. (Get ready to burn some bridges if you’re not all that close though!)
Another okay comedy slice of life comes Rifle is Beautiful.
Honestly, this is full of fluff and the main female lead is a cheerful airhead who is way too energetic yet lazy at the same time. It’s a fun anime to watch to kill time and although there are competitions and stuff like aiming to go to the nationals… you can’t help but feel relaxed as you watch this show.
This is more of a cute girls doing cute things anime as compared to an intense sports anime although they have ambitions to go to nationals and stuff. So only watch this anime if a cast full of cute anime girls is enough reason for you to start an anime. (Although I can’t say there aren’t any relatively serious moments.)
Also, the main character Hikari pretty much carries the show in terms of fluff and the other supporting characters adds a little bit more seriousness. Although like most comedy, it works because of the interactions between characters. My favourites are probably Hikari and Yukio. Occasionally, one of them can be casually self-deprecating but they don’t give it all that much focus (not for long at least – not more than half an episode) like many of us joke about our incompetence compared to others every now and then. (wait am I the only one who does that?)
Aside from that, I think the sport itself is pretty interesting but high-budget if you really have to get the equipment yourself. Seems rather interesting and completely safe with little movement needed. Honestly, if there was such a sport in my school I might have tried it out.
Although the suit seems like a pain to put on and really uncomfortable…
Note: There’s a recap episode (7.5) and is mainly only worth watching if you like to hear Hikari’s voice and get lots of fun facts about the various characters in the show (including some that have yet to appear at that point)
With art much more unique than the three anime above, there is
The Tatami Galaxy.
Honestly, I’d say the plot is as unique as it’s art. The story is focused on a single individual hoping to lead a “rose-coloured” school life yet fails on so many levels. You’ll get what I mean if you watch it. While it seems to start afresh with each new episode, as you progress you are bound to see that they are all inter-linked and everything comes together in the end!
If you start this, you should most likely see it through till the end!
Last and least importantly, Val x Love
I only watched one episode and it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I guess that’s what I get for watching it because I liked the cover art and not reading the synopsis. This is the first time I kind of regretted not reading the synopsis of anime I’m planning to watch though.
Well, who knows though? My mood can affect my taste in anime so I may come back to it in the future. Maybe I didn’t like it because I was expecting something different based on the cover art.
Anyways, for those interested, I’m going to explain what it’s about based on what happened in the first episode.
Basically, one guy needs to love 9 girls to the best of his ability and get intimate (especially physically) with them to draw out their powers to defeat demons.
Yup, that’s it.
Honestly, based on anime I finished watching this week you can probably tell I was mainly after cute fluff. So in terms of enjoyment, they’d be ranked like this…
1. Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy
2. Rifle is Beautiful
3. Houkago Saikoro Club
Tatami Galaxy was definitely a really interesting watch though!