Metanorn Round Up – The First Impressions

Our staff has picked the best, but we can’t leave out the rest!

Left to right top to bottom: Renai Boukun, Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭, Frame Arm Girls, Fukumenkei Noise, Berserk 2017, Kabukibu, Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (The Royal Tutor)

Sometimes we just don’t have enough for a full post. Either no one wants to get to a show, can get to a show, or we don’t really know if there is going to be interest in one. So here is where we round all of those up, and present them under one headline, many bylines. This is the first in what we want to be a timely series of releases, featuring a few brief bits on a collection of shows. If there’s one you like but don’t see, tell us in comments, and we might be able to get to it!

Berserk (2017 Series)

Oh, these two have sooooooooo much to catch up on since last time

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Fukumenkei Noise

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Hinako Note

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Moe

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Frame Arms Girl

Yes. Yes she is.

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Busou Shoujo Machiavellism

Meet your opponents

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Reani Boukun

Akane can be a nice girl, when she puts the knives away

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Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭


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Granblue Fantasy The Animation

When you hear this girls voice you know its mission time!

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45 Responses to “Metanorn Round Up – The First Impressions”

  1. zztop says:

    Fun facts on the animes of this post!

    Busou Shoujo: The martial art moves used by the main girls are all real, like Onigawara Rin’s Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage-ryū:
    Mangaka’s a practising martial artist, and researched the moves in detail.
    Readers also say Busou’s a loose sequel to the mangaka’s previous work, Shinakoi, which was also martial-arts themed (but got cancelled).
    Major Shinakoi characters have been reintroduced in the latest chapters, and some Busou characters and events (like the girl’s school founding) tie back to Shinakoi. Later events become more serious, also in line with Shinakoi’s tone.

    • zztop says:

      Saenai Heroine: Author Fumiaki Maruto says Vol 13 will end the series, although he’s open to making independent spinoffs. The announcement was made in Vol 12; no release date for Vol 13 has been set.

      Granblue Fantasy: Because the game lets you play as a female avatar, Djeeta, the anime producer initially wanted Gran & Djeeta to be co-MCs for the anime. However, the corporate overlords at Cygames rejected this, wanting to maintain the “boy meets girl” aspect of Gran meeting Lyria.
      There’s rumours Cygames wants to fund 4 cours of Granblue, although only 1 season of 14 eps is confirmed for now.

      Can you also do impressions posts for The Royal Tutor, Danmachi Sword Oratoria and Kabukibu?

      • skylion says:

        I guess corporate bigwigs go for tried and true rather than something different, so we get the well worn “boy meets girl” introduction. Which is kinda ironic for me, as it didn’t warm me to the series immediately. As it stands Granblue feels lukewarm to begin with. It’s a standard JRPG Trope Machine from top to bottom, innit? For the most part, I watch it for the design. I loves me some fantasy airships.

        So in thirteen volumes, how many series would that take? will Saenai get a third season?

        I think there is a proper post for Sword coming up soonish? I’m not sure. But for Tutor and Kabukibu? I couldn’t get a nibble from anyone…these things happen. I gave both a one episode try and they just didn’t engage my tastes that much.

        • zztop says:

          Granblue’s the epitome of classic JRPG – I heard a number of ex-Square Enix staff who used to work on the Final Fantasy titles are now doing Granblue, like FF composer Uematsu Nobuo.

          Some folks say Saenai would need 4 seasons to fully adapt everything.

          I think Tutor’s chibi moments are pretty cute, especially when the already short tutor becomes a chibi. With a deep adult voice to boot (unlike Ed Elric’s woman voice in Japanese – I still prefer English Ed for this).

          Kabukibu’s original designs are by the ladies of CLAMP, which got me to look at it. Plus its one of the few regular titles by an author who’s more famous for her yaoi/BL works, Eda Yuuri.

          • Foshizzel says:

            Kabukibu’s original designs are by the ladies of CLAMP, which got me to look at it.

            That was the original selling point for me because I like their design work, but the characters in the anime don’t look remotely like anything Clamp to me or are they adapting and altering the original designs? Seems dumb to bring in that known designer and not use them…

          • Foshizzel says:

            Grandblue is my 2nd favorite fantasy next to the new season of Bahamut <3 both are so goooood and have AAA animation.

    • skylion says:

      Busou does look like it’s very much shown it’s work. That it does it in a story-driven and not distracting GARRRRRRish sort of manner is to it’s credit. I generally dislike some of the more hoary tropes in martial arts stories. Those are still here, but it looks like a fresh coat of paint has been applied.

      LOL. That’s interesting that he could get a fresh start with new characters, then subtling working his previous work back in. That reminds me of how the mangaka for Love Hina tricked his publisher with Negima. They only really wanted another harem book from him, so he made Negima look that way, then just went along making his own magic school martial arts extravaganza that it became. By the time they realize it, it was very popular, so they didn’t cancel it.

      • zztop says:

        True, but Akamatsu still prematurely ended Negima because of a then-proposed law that could’ve allowed publishers to wrest control of a manga’s IP from its creators. So he chose to end it to protect his creation from potential theft by corporate vultures (he’s very pro-artistic freedom, and anti-censorship).

        He did another martial arts series, UQ Holder, to tie up Negima’s loose ends – I think that’s getting animated this Fall.

        • skylion says:

          He did. But he’s still bringing in previous characters. I didn’t get past maybe five chapters of UQ, thinking to myself “this would make a better anime”…so I don’t know the exact connection to it other than the promo material of “many years after, and here is the boring version of Evangeline”. But I’ll still look forward to the adaptation.

          • Foshizzel says:

            I feel UQ Holder will benefit a ton by the anime because the manga is kinda hard to get into especially if you’re not that into shounen? Those series tend to take a while to get going or hook you! Also seeing animated scenes with music and acting vs static manga panels makes things a bit more fun! I know there are certain One Piece scenes in the manga that didn’t impact me as much as their anime counterparts.

  2. HannoX says:

    Frame Arms Girl (FAG–uh no, probably not the best abbreviation)FA Girl sure is heavy on the panty shots and the yuri. Then there’s the yuri sadistic Materia sisters. It’s even more blatantly a commercial than most anime, but there’s something refreshing about its honesty in that regard. No one will ever mistake it for a quality show, but it is one that can be called a guilty pleasure.

    It was probably a good idea making their “owner” a high school girl rather than a boy. A boy would probably have gotten into the weird, even creepy harem antics. Sure, Ao liked the kiss between Gourai and Sty, but she’s more interested in the money she can get due to their battles.

    • HannoX says:

      Seeing most of my post accidently ended up being italicized sure makes me wish we had an edit feature here.

      • Highway says:

        Some of us have an edit function. 🙂

        I like the dynamic that a girl like Ao has with the toys, because it lets the toys be toys, not slaves or fetishes. You really get the feeling that not only is Ao more interested in the money from their battles, but she’s more interested in the rest of her life, which I think is great.

        I think if a show’s going to be a commercial, then that’s ok. You can make it be a commercial for fans already, and still interesting to draw others in. And they do work their frequent discussion of nippers to remove pieces from sprues into the show in a way that makes sense in the world (and I think it’s funny that the FA Girls are all interested in best practices for model assembly).

    • skylion says:

      …if it must be abbr. then I think FRAG is pretty on the nose…and yes it is a guilty pleasure in some fashions…

      I dunno, I can see a girl getting just as perverse, if not moreso…Hentai should know no gender…

    • Foshizzel says:

      Hey maybe some girls don’t mind seeing panty shots 😛

  3. skylion says:

    So I did give Noise a try and it just didn’t stick with me. Maybe after BanG Dream kinda petered out for me, and the other band shows lately, it’s just a sub-genre that can lose it’s appeal easier. Or maybe it’s because shoujo feels like it could be something I could slip into, but somehow can’t? Regardless, Brain’s Base has done a pretty good job with it, as the material is right in their wheelhouse.

    I think Renai is perhaps one of my favorites, and I agree with pretty much everything Highway has said. Any more ridiculous and it would go to far away from my humor zone and into self-flagellation…

    • Foshizzel says:

      Renai is my dumb LOL anime of the season similar to the likes of Gabriel Dropout from winter? It’s got a really silly idea with angels/demons living with humans and runs with it. Even though Gabriel is leaps and bounds better in the gags and characters for me personally than Renai but hey ill take what I can.

      • skylion says:

        Renai is mining a different style of comedy, by episode three of GabDrop we pretty much had some (as fully as could be given that it’s light comedy) realized characters. But not in Renai, or at least not so much yet. They’re all still kinda sketchy enough to get away with more outrageous gags.

        • Foshizzel says:

          Meant more towards a series I won’t take serious cause GabDrop was pure comedy with no real plot besides Gab’s sister appearing, but that was all setup for a silly gag which is what Renai is going to become? Just a series I watch for fun.

  4. Highway says:

    I’m just not as into SaeKano because it feels so, so calculated. Perhaps the most calculated harem show there’s ever been (taking the title from IS, which just brought in too many characters). Like they measure to precise amounts just how many lines each character should get, and how much attitude they should have and how much time with Tomoya everyone should have.

    And in personal taste, I just don’t like Eri. At all. A voice and an attitude like a reciprocating saw, it just wears on me.

    • skylion says:

      LOL, maybe that’s why I like this harem as much as I do. I find most of them pretty sloppy at best, with time spent with the protag dependent on who the fans find as popular, or flavor or the moment. This feels as ordered as the VN they’re working on.

      …and in personal taste, that’s the point isn’t it. I don’t think the show really engages in that Best Girl mentality, which is subjective at best, and a pretense towards objectivity as worse. But I admit that that’s not a bullet proof assumption I’m making on it’s behalf.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I think HWY prefers his harems of the DxD variety? As in not everyone is trying to get into the MC’s pants all the time? I mean sure Utaha reminds me of DxD’s Akeno! Both characters kinda like teasing the MC just to see how he reacts, but deep down they really love the MC.

      My issues with the series is I think it tries REALLY REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLY hard to be Bakemonogatari in the dialog department and some of the script too? I agree with HWY on the amount of time each girl has with Tomoya which is odd, but sorta works that way one girl isn’t out shined over another? I feel that way whenever Michiru appears she steals the thunder from the others due to her hyper personality and touchy feely side towards her cousin. Course i’m not complaining because shes my fav character LOL and yeah Eri can be annoying.

      • Highway says:

        More than that, my problem with SaeKano is that nobody is allowed to actually do anything overtly. Utaha actually halfway tries in that 00 episode, but instead of just telling Tomoya, they all play the “Notice how much I like you while I send mixed signals” game. And for me that’s just obvious writing to make sure that nothing advances, rather than anything authentic (where you’d think that someone would at least take a chance).

        • skylion says:

          I don’t think it’s supposed to advance. I thought the first series set the pace with how furtive teen relationships can be, using the VN they’re working on to frame how ridiculous story “advances” could be.

  5. BlackBriar says:

    In a season led by big name and aspiring big name series, these shows are more like what you find in a bargain bin at a Blu-ray/DVD store. Minimally alluring, cast in shadow but not devoid of all hope of at least being watchable.

    I’m going with Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism. Not all that yet the premise is crazy enough to warrant sticking around to see what happens next and there are certainly some extremes in play. I get it was previously an all-girls school and female students have taken up means to defend themselves but how far they’ve gone to do so is hilariously overkill. Plus the “conditions” they force on the guys to “co-exist” aren’t compromises but full blown demands of unconditional surrender and submission! So one maverick causing a stir in such a power structure should do well.

    The animation and color quality aren’t defendable, though. They really stick out if you’re not paying attention to the developments. Plus, there’s no other way for me to describe what I’ve seen. With the additional antics of Mary Kikakujou from the third episode, they’re sincerely trying to kill the main guy.

    Zztop already mentioned DanMachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria but I don’t see First Impressions for Atom: The Beginning, Clockwork Planet, Seikaisuru Kado or Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul. Does that mean they’ve already been assigned to someone or some are not getting one at all?

    • Foshizzel says:

      Yeah that’s with every season though it’s always a mix bag of the popular known series vs a brand new unknown series just trying their best to get out there. Which is why I tend to give everything a attempt or apply the silly three episode rule to give these unknown things a fair shot.

      Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism is alright I just hate the pattern of x girl challenges him and he wins and gains a stamp? Yeah its only been three episodes, but my god is that all were gonna get? That said i’m gonna stick with it because its got some nice action, funny characters and decent animation! I do hate the odd filter they have on it giving it a sorta 3D glasses mode? IDK how to describe it…

      I’m working on a Atom The Beginning post along with Twin Angel Break! Clockwork i’m watching but not really interested in writing anything about it sadly.

      • skylion says:

        Well, he beats them all, and there are like two left to fight? So then they got plenty of time for the girls to get revenge!

        • BlackBriar says:

          Correction: With Mary Kikakujo’s defeat, Fudo’s beaten two of the school’s five main swords in his objective. The two girls he beat in the second episode (the pink hair with the night stick and the blonde drills with the whip) were merely Rin and Mary’s subordinates. Those two were more like side quest achievements.

          • Foshizzel says:

            Even so it doesn’t change the fact he has to fight a random girl every week was the point I was getting at lol not all about the stamps.

            • BlackBriar says:

              It’s not like he has a choice in the matter. They’re imposing on him and he’s resisting. And I don’t blame him for resisting after knowing their ridiculous “conditions”.

      • BlackBriar says:

        Then who’s helming the First Impression for Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul? I doubt any one of you guys would pass up on that. Not after how shockingly and defiantly well the first season did faring against the usual video game to anime adaptation curse.

        • Foshizzel says:

          Skylion and OC have Bahamut s2 for a first impression, but not sure when that will happen? We shall see! I’m sure it will get done heheh

          • BlackBriar says:

            Okay, for a First Impression, I can see that happening but possible ongoing posts are where the problems lie should that option be chosen. Skylion’s already got a number of shows on his list and Overcooled previously stated blogging at least one show this season and she’s already designated Uchouten Kazoku 2.

            • skylion says:

              Bahamut is myself, OC, and Irene as team leader, and she is very very busy with teaching ATM, so Bahamut will come when it does.

  6. Foshizzel says:

    Fukumenkei Noise: I was pleasantly surprised by the first two episodes and yeah I found it funny that everyone Alice knew as a kid that left her magically go to her school?! Gee what a small freakin world huh?! Also my god Alice’s singing voice is so bad, but I get the impression that it’s obviously intended to be that way? Episode two on the other hand really got me hooked for more! Now I’m curious to see who Alice will fall for? Momo or Yuzu? Then again maybe she wants to reunite with past friends? Last thing I swear the character designs were done by Clamp because they sure have that token Clamp style aka long arms and legs! If so bring Lelouch into this or Saya from Blood-C!

    Frame Arms Girl: Super out there but really fun! I love how AO is in it for the money, but who wouldn’t? Its an easy job! My favorite arms girls so far are the twins and Baselard who was so much fun in episode three! Gotta love that sneaky side of her character. that same episode had some great 3DCG during the battle scene vs the twins. It ain’t no Gundam Build Fighters but part of me really likes that Frame Arms Girl is doing its own thing without the need to mimic or copy another toy vs toy series.

    Aside from those two i’m still watching Busou Shoujo Machiavellism, Hinako Note, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭ and Reani Boukun.

    • Karakuri says:

      Yeah man, shoujo logic with everyone being childhood friends. I didn’t mind Alice’s singing voice and I thought it was pretty good at capturing the “wow there’s something emotionally wrong with her” aspect during that concert (I assume that’s the part you were talking about). I’m personally hoping Yuzu ends up “winning” this love triangle. Mostly because I have a thing for tsundere characters, but a little bit because Momo doesn’t really have a whole lot going for him right now aside from the childhood friend thing.

  7. ProtoSovereign says:

    For what its worth I’m watching Renai Bouken, Saekano and Busou Shoujo. I’m not sure what to think about Renai Bouken atm tbh. Saekano has been fairly good, not much to say about it atm. Busou Shoujo was a lot better than I expected. I did read 5 chapters of the manga of it but its always a different experience when animated. In this case the anime made it even more fun for me. (and yes the fights were quite entertaining) One thing that really makes me curious though is how Fudou (I think thats his name) would fare with a sword since he was originally a swordsman.

    • skylion says:

      All three are good shows, for what they are doing, and I agree that Busou is better than expected; not quite as throwaway as I thought just looking at it. Of the three, SaeKano is the strongest, as it has the first series to build from, and the 00 epiosde (even if you end up hating the rest of it) did very well for all types of fans…But seriously, it’s a good show, better than what most harem fans make it out to be.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism is entertaining! I’m enjoying the characters so far, but not that into the whole prison school aspect of the series with the guys being watched like hawks 24/7? Can they not just go to a different school or are all the local schools the same? Other than that it’s harem antics as per usual! Eventually all the top tier sword girls will be watching the main character…I do love the action/fighting moments those are cool <3

    • ProtoSovereign says:

      Yup so true guys XD, but yeah I actually binged the first season of saekano so waiting for S2 is killing me. This season is turning out pretty decent.

    • BlackBriar says:

      For Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, don’t you find it a bit totalitarian that the girls are basically trying to kill the main guy for going against their established order? 😉

  8. Highway says:

    I caught up with Fukumenkei Noise, and really like the way it has started. Yeah, it’s shoujo logic, but I’ll probably love any series that has Saori Hayami starring as a singer. I think characterizing what feelings Nino has for Momo as a ‘crush’ is probably compartmentalizing them a little too much. I think it’s a lot more raw nerve ends than that, from someone who seems to mostly be raw nerves. I really like Nino’s characterization, a girl kind of on the edge of her own self.

    And for someone who claims she is tired of being “replacement Alice”, Miou is certainly not running away from that role too quickly.

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