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Short series – those with a runtime length of only a few minutes per episode – can be a bit of a mixed bag, so it’s always nice when one comes along and turns out to be rather enjoyable.

Super Seisyun Brothers is a slice-of-life series about 2 pairs of siblings, the Saitous and the Shinmotos. Each pair is comprised of a younger brother who’s in high school (Mao and Chika respectively) and an elder, 20 year old sister (Mako and Chiko respectively), with the two brothers and two sisters being each other’s best friends. The Saitous are rather quiet, laid back, relatively sensible and occasionally with their heads in the clouds, while the Shinmotos are loud, energetic, passionate and lovably narcissistic. There’s a really nice duality there, and it adds a really cool dynamic to the relationships. But each of them is very much their own character, and the bulk of the comedy of this series comes from their distinct personality quirks.

And there are a decent number of really good jokes in this series! Things like Chiko being an aspiring manga author while currently being a BL doujin artist, Mako’s surprising harshness with her employer and the two boys never being approached by girls at school by virtue of being too close friends with each other all get a decent amount of mileage over the course of this series, amongst many other jokes and gags. Even though most of the jokes are largely defined by their quirks, it fortunately doesn’t become repetitive or tedious thanks to being too short to milk them to death.

Pretty friends doing pretty things

Pretty friends doing pretty things

The short runtime also means that the pace is kept fairly high, giving the jokes a certain punchiness as a result. But even though it progresses pretty quickly, it still manages to keep a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. It’s peaceful, upbeat and just really pleasant, qualities reflected in the light, gentle, pastel hues of the art.

There’s also a certain amount of classiness to this series, partially thanks to the aesthetics, partially due to the music and presentation (those cat-based scene transitions in particular). It comes across as a light-hearted, goofy series by someone who’s relatively mature, and that’s quite refreshing.

Sure, it’s nothing particularly exceptional, and its jokes are about as hit-and-miss as you might expect, but Super Seisyun Brothers is really quite pleasant and satisfying, and well worth checking out if you have a bit of time to spare.


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Kyoukai no Kanata


KyoAni have had a bit of a busy year, releasing 3 whole series over the course of it! What’s pretty interesting about it is that they all represent a departure from their standard fare: Tamako Market was their first original series since Munto; Free! is about a bunch of cute boys doing cute things (well swimming things); and finally this, Kyoukai no Kanata, a series which billed itself as a “dark fantasy”. Dark fantasy! Not a cute high school slice-of-life! Not a cute high school gag comedy! Not a cute high school rom-com! No, a freaking dark fantasy! …that is admittedly set in high school and is (spoilers) kinda cute.

Kyoukai no Kanata’s premise is that there exist spirits – or dreamshades or however you’d prefer your translation to read – in the world, invisible and largely intangible to the average human but very much visible to special individuals, typically so-called ‘spirit hunters’. These dreamshades can cause harm in the real world, however, hence why they’re hunted. The story chiefly follows two high school students: Kanbara Akihito, a curious individual who is half-human, half-dreamshade, and as a result technically immortal; and Kuriyama Mirai, the last descendent of a cursed bloodline of spirit hunters, who as result has the unique ability to manipulate her blood. Together, they fight crime hunt dreamshades hang out with some friends (also spirit hunters) at school. And occasionally hunt dreamshades.


The meeting point between blood and glasses


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Fall 2013 Plans

HOW GOOD HAS THE SUMMER SEASON BEEN?!? Seriously! There have been so many above-average to excellent series, at a much higher proportion than usual! No solstice season has any right to be this good.

But it has to come to an end, and with its end comes the new Fall (or Autumn, if you’re British like me) season. It’s… it’s looking alright. A lot of sequels to stuff I have watched, a lot of sequels to stuff I haven’t, a bunch of shitty light novel adaptations, but some stuff to be genuinely super excited for.

Oh, and if you haven’t watched airing anime before, but want to, you should check out my guide for getting into it! It’s mostly just common sense but I think there’s some useful stuff in there regardless.

Anyway, here’s my list of pickups for the season:

Green = definitely, orange = sure, why not, red = lolnope

Green = definitely, orange = sure, why not, red = lolnope. Chart courtesy of atxpieces

  • Super Seisyun Brothers
  • Kyoukai no Kanata
  • Kyousogiga TV
  • Nagi no Asukara
  • Phi Brain S3
  • Yowamushi Pedal
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Galileo Donna
  • Samurai Flamenco
  • Magi S2
  • Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
  • Golden Time
  • Little Busters! ~Refrain~
  • White Album 2
  • Coppelion
  • Kill la Kill
  • pupa

Some thoughts and discussion:


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