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January 18th, 2015

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015 07:14 pm

 Title: Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru! / 結城友奈は勇者である
 Year: 2014 |
 Episodes: 12
 Production: Dentsu

 Official Summary: The story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yuuna Yuuki lives an ordinary life as a second year middle school student, but she's also a member of the "Hero Club," where club activities involve dealing with a mysterious being called "Vertex." (via MAL)

 Catie's Thoughts: There are two types of magical girl shows: ones where everything is as cute and up-front as it seems, and ones where everything is FUCKED and everyone is going to SUFFER. We seem to be suffering from an excess of the latter, and I firmly blame Madoka for that, but that's neither here nor there. Guess which side of the fence Yuuki Yuuna falls?

There are a lot of things to like about this show. While there is an excess of MAGICAL GIRL = SUFFERING, it does a lot of interesting things. Firstly is Togou, who is wheel-chair bound after an accident had her lose the use of her legs. Even while as a magical girl her legs are not restored, and her costume takes this into account and it's really cool. Yuuki Yuuna herself is an awesome, bubbly protagonist, pretty standard but I liked her. There was also the way the cell phones and smart phone apps tied in to their ability to transform, and the fact that they could force the transformations (which was pretty freaking awesome).

Overall I enjoyed it, even if I'm getting tired of the whole "something bad's going on under the surface" genre in my magical girl shenanigans. I don't really have any desire to see it again though.

Watch it: On Crunchyroll, of course.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015 07:34 pm
 Title: Akame ga Kill! / アカメが斬る!
 Year: 2014 | Summer
 Episodes: 24
 Production: Square Enix

 Official Summary: In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor's ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible. (via MAL)

 Catie's Thoughts: I went back and forth on this show a lot. It feels familiar while still keeping it fresh - it reminds me a great deal of how I felt when I first got into anime, and this brand new fantasy world opened up, full of characters with a quest to follow. The difference here is that the quest is assassination, and when Tatsumi got all starry-eyed about doing it FOR JUSTICE, he got smacked down immediately with "no, we're murderers."

And while this again feels like a late 90's, early 00's series, there are a lot of earmarks that it is not. The casual violence, for once - and the fact that characters die, and stay dead, and there's often not a lot of warning at all. In fact, if you embark on this show, I wouldn't get too attached to anyone, it'll save you some heartbreak later.

I really, really enjoyed the series and the character dynamics a lot more than I thought I would. I don't know if I would want to watch it again (see: heartbreak) but I would buy a release and keep it on my shelf. 

Watch it: Crunchyroll, of course.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015 07:46 pm
 Title: Amagi Brilliant Park / 甘城ブリリアントパーク
Year: 2014 | Fall
 Episodes: 13
 Production: KyoAni

 Official Summary: Seiya was forced to accept an invitation to an amusement park by the mysterious and beautiful girl Isuzu. What he didn't know was that she would bring him to the decrepit Amagi Brilliant Park, Japan's most disappointing amusement park. Seiya is introduced to the leader of the Park, the "real princess" Latifah, who suddenly entrusts him with saving the park, which is in danger of shutting down. Amagi Brilliant Park, it turns out, is not just any amusement park, but rather one populated by fairies. (via MAL)

 Catie's Thoughts: Brilliant, light-hearted piece of fluff that makes good use of KyoAni's gorgeous visuals. It's silly and absurd in the best ways, from mascots who are really real (and lecherous dicks) to elemental fairies who sit on social media and pretty much everything in between. One mascot in particular might look a little familiar to anyone who's seen Full Metal Panic!, and yes, they make an aside (walking copyright violation, lol). 

The characters are all likable even when they're dicks, the only thing I had issues with was that Sento pulled her magic rifle from under her skirt, but you never actually got flashed her panties so okay. Also there are so many characters who deserved more time and exploration, but. Enjoyable fluff and a great way to spend a weekend, although I did spend an inordinate amount of time chuckling that Seiya looks pretty much exactly like Haru with brown eyes and actual emotions, but that's KyoAni for you.

Watch It: Not available for streaming that I could find, Funimation has the rights.