S.W.A.T. Reviews: Fall 2016

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The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful.

Sentence: Free to Go

First impressions of Tiger Mask W from Toei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Yuri!!! on Ice from MAPPA. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Ninja Girl and Samurai Master from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Gakuen Handsome from Team YokkyuFuman. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of March Comes in Like a Lion from SHAFT. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Poco’s Udon World from LIDEN FILMS. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Izetta: The Last Witch from Ajiado. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Drifters from Hoods Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Cheating Craft from Blade. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of ClassicaLoid from Sunrise. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Nyanbo! from Shirogumi Inc. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru from Doga Kobo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Time Bokan 24 from Tatsunoko Productions. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Trickster from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Nanbaka from Satelight. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of All Out!! from MADHOUSE. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Flip Flappers from Studio 3Hz. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

A Chapter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Bonanza: Pimp My PC

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hisui_icon_4040 A Chapter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away is my little video series were I look at a chapter of manga everyday and give a few thoughts on what I read. This is a roundup of what I have recorded this week on the blog so you can just pick what you want to listen to from a convenient list.

A Chapter a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Introduction

This week’s selections:

87 Clockers Ch.001
Claymore Ch.146
Hayate the Combat Butler Ch.435
March Comes in Like a Lion Ch.001
Zettai Karen Children Ch.369

Anime & Manga of the Month: November

Anime of the Month
Magic User’s Club OVA by Triangle Staff & Bandai Visual

When aliens invade the Earth and vaporize all of the advanced technology that could beat them, who would you rely on? If you said a weird group of high schoolers that belong to a club that practices magic you get a gold star. Magic Users Club is wacky and youthful through and through. It is simply there to be enjoyed. Sae is our main character and she is eager to learn magic but has a klutzy nature that tends to get in her way. However, she has a lot of power if she could only harness it. With a little help from the club president (also her intense crush) and her faithful, but cynical, friend Nanka she may just save the world. While Sae is at the forefront, everyone in the cast adds to the pot which keeps the humor high. The prez is a lecherous pervert; Aburatsubo is the handsome good at everything guy; Nanaka doesn’t even believe in magic; and Akane just about never shows up. Like with most shows like this, some real romance is sprinkled in. The president doesn’t just have Sae after him but also Aburatsubo who by the way Nanaka is completely crazy about. Can we say this club is dysfunctional? Magic Users Club is a simple treat with a lot of humor and a little romance. And with just six episodes it continually delivers fun every step of the way.

Manga of the Month
March Comes in Like a Lion by Chika Umino

Often just by hearing a plot you can take a good guess at who has written a manga. Sometimes an author goes in an unexpected direction when they release a new work and you would never guess that the same manga-ka had written both works. March Comes in Like a Lion is somewhere in between these styles. It is a distinctly different work but not a totally unfamiliar one for Umino.

I first became a fan of Chika Umino through her major debt work Honey and Clover. A popular josei drama set around the lives of students at an art college. March Comes in Like a Lion is the story of an orphaned, professional Shogi player in a seinen magazine. While in a different magazine with a different setting Chika Umino’s josei style is still unmistakable especially considering that Young Animal is the magazine that runs Berserk. It has a seinen story structure while still having the humor and character depth that you would expect from Chika Umino.

Rei Kiriyama supports himself by playing shogi professionally. He is a quiet isolated young man whose only human contact outside of shogi is a young woman named Akari. She and her two sisters, Momo and Hinata lost their parents and live with their grandfather. We slowly see Rei’s world expand as he interacts with these three sisters. The only group working on this manga have only scanlated up to chapter 6 so I am hoping that they can start up again soon.

On an amusing note Chika Umino recently did a limited edition cover for the 33rd volume of Berserk and Kentarou Miura is doing an alternative cover for March Comes in Like a Lion in return. So far it has been Chika Umino’s cover has been very tongue in cheek so I expect nothing less in return.