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Heine Wittgenstein becomes the royal tutor of 4 princes.

At first I thought it's a kind of reverse Mahou Sensei Negima! where a girl is teaching 4 handsome boys... but Haine, though small, is a grown up guy. The first episode was really entertaining, and showed some nice teaching skills. The only problem I might have is that this wants to indicate the country to be German, and shows writings where you can get a few German words. Not sure I like that part... but can get over it.

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As the title says, a story about a Kabuki club. As always we have a maniac, Kurusu Kurogo who tries to create the club from start.

After the opening I would say, he will be successful.

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I-Machines are general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. Mikuri Maya is an Alliance Academy student on a mission when she gets involved with a group of people, who work as a type of space pirates.

It is an interesting idea to load a persons consciousness into a robot, though the "backup done" made me seriously laugh. Also good idea that while the robot can be damaged it's an easy process to cut that part from the consciousness, so it doesn't hurt the person. The battles were also not bad.
I do see some potential, and would watch it even with the CG graphic if not for 2 things: the pirates target Maya - this is seriously creepy and manipulative - and her naive reaction to all what's happening around her.

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Hinako arrives in Tokyo. Coming from the countryside she is shy and doesn't like to be at the center of attention, but as part of her dream wants to go to school there, so she tries her best.

True, it is funny when she turns into a scarecrow whenever she feels pressured, but watching this for just 20 minutes was enough.

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Nino, a girl who loves singing, made a childhood promise with her first crush Momo and song-composing Yuzu to someday find her voice. The three went their separate ways, but Nino kept her promise and continued to sing. Years later, the three are now high school students, and Nino is drawn into the world of band clubs.

All 3 have their secrets and hurts, and while I know that in real life this can be serious stuff, I don't really want to see good characters hurt... not to say, knowing they will be hurt from just the first episode is quite a turn down. Still, I might check this series out... after it ends.

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Gennai Ao receives a package with a small doll. She is called Gourai and is a Frame Arms Girl, a robot with an evolving personality. Taking care of Gourai is harder then expected, because next to model-maintenance she needs to handle fights with other Frame Arms Girls.

There was an OVA in Spring 2015, and I seem to remember commenting about it. If I want to see a story about a weaponized girl, I would re-watch Saishuuheiki Kanojo.

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Izumi Masamune loves to write light novels, and asks an anonymous partner, Eromanga Sensei as illustrator. By watching a live stream of this partner he realieses that this person is his younger sister, the hikikomori Sagiri.

I don't really understand the family part after one episode... and to tell the truth this is not cachy enough that I would want to find out. If anyone thinks this resembles Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai it is because the story is by the same mangaka.

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Earth died 1000 years ago. A mysterious clockmaker called Y has re-build it, using only clockwork. Naoto Miura, encounters RyuZU, an automaton that Y left behind, and the genius clockmaker Marie. As there is no clockwork that functions for thousand years without repair the three of them work to repair the endangered "Clockwork Planet".

There was that anime from last season, Hand Shakers. Though the SM part is missing here, some hinted erotic is included here as well.

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Berserk 2017
I was a bit impressed with the opening, it is cut well together, but that's about it. The animation is horrible/laughable however you want to call it.

True, I'm not for conspiracy and betrayal altogether, so with a character like Griffith, I'll probably not like this series, no matter how they remake it.

Boku no Hero Akademia 2017
The story continues where it left off. A big potion of the first episode is just a "what happened till now", so even if someone hasn't seen the first season, I would guess this one is viewable. For me, with reading the manga, as far as I have, I'm not interested in the anime much. Neither graphic, nor music or action is interesting enough.


Boruto - Naruto Next Generations
Start is 10 years in the future, a post-apocalyptic ninja-world where a guy named Kawaki and Boruto - Naruto's son - are fighting about the end of the time of shinobi (...?) if I understood right.

After seeing this tragic end we see a rainbow-opening, and a really positive first episode in the life of Boruto, who just meets a new friend and starts at the academia. It can be that some people want to know how this becomes the post-apocalyptic version we see at the start... but all I can think about is that I already know this future - with spoiled character deaths. We should simply continue from there.

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria
A child story of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka: Familia Myth with Aiz Wallenstein in focus.


High School Star Musical 2
I... don't want to get into this. Just like how I'm not for girl idol group stories, the same goes for boy idol groups. If it would be neoromance, maybe, but neither the characters, nor the music has caught my eye/taste.


Idol Time PriPara
Sequel to PriPara. As mentioned that time, this really looks like the fantasy of a drug addict. Seriously, how that little girl looks when she thinks about PriPara, and then she "grows up" on stage and has a star lit dress, with a rainbow running on her skirt to the beat of the music... Just no.


Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Gekijou
Sequel to The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls. These are just 3 minute episodes with SD characters.


Kyoukai no Rinne 2017
In the past I really liked the stories of Takahashi Rumiko, like Fire Tripper, Maison Ikkoku, Ningyo no Mori, Ranma 1/2, etc. However I just don't like Kyoukai no Rinne. I can't see one original idea in it. Such a shame. T_T The basic idea could have become great.


Natsume Yuujinchou Roku
I always say, I plan to see this series from the start, and now it's already by the 6th season. Not will really-really take it to the front to view. Cause it's a touching, great story.


Nobunaga no Shinobi: Ise Kanegasaki Hen
Again a short 3 minute anime that got a sequel.

It wants to be a funny remake of Nobunaga, and a girl who tries to support him as her ninja.

Rilu Rilu Fairilu: Mahou no Kagami

This... I think I'm to old to not see this in a perverted way. The relationship between the human Nozomi and fairy Lip... and then the human Karen with the fairy Rin, having a ceremony to be one body.... I just can't.

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat
Aki Tomoya continues to work on his own gal-game.

There was a zero episode were we see all characters trying to jump the guy... No, thank you.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul

Not sure how it's related to the original series Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis.Nina Drango turns into a red dragon when she gets stimulated by handsome guys...?

The Snack World

Though not a series, it had a few movies with the same title, the graphic and the childlike story made me want to put it here. Def. not worth it's own post.

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Nomura Fudou was sent to he Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy after beating 40 people. This place was originally a high school for high-class girls, who out of fear when the Academy became co-ed got permission to bring weapons to school. Out of the girls a five-member organization formed. Their job is now to correct the way of delinquent male students: make them leave or dress and behave as girls. Nomura who has fighting skills on his own and loves free will the most gets right away into a fight with the groups leader, Onigawara Rin.

There is a lot of kanji flying around on the screen with every new technique showed. I almost see the spirit of Kenshin shouting "Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu, Flying Umbrella Smash!"... but then again can already guess that this will turn into a harem anime, where Nomura wins against the 5 girls turning them on his side, to help him fight something from his past.
Next to this turning to harem, I'm also not that much of a fan of the action scenes.

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This wants to be a prequel to Tezuka Osamu's Tetsuwan Atom (aka Atomboy).

I could never really get into the hype of Atomboy. The basic story brings up so many questionable moral topics. If I just see it as a superhero it's okay, but the core of Atomboy is something like Pinocchio, just using science and not magic. Maybe my views are too traditional to really accept that. Not into robotic or programming either, so I'll sit this one out.

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A group of young girls possesses a mysterious power which gives them the ability to materialize their thoughts. Detained and experimented upon, these youths are locked away in secret until one of them manages to escape. Her name is Sana — a girl with the power to ignore the very laws of physics. When this wilful powerhouse crosses paths with a stubborn old man named Zouroku.

This one has serious potential. A mix of Elfen Lied and Rozen Maiden with a hint of Code-E. For those who don't know the mentioned stories, in Elfen Lied and Code-E we have a bunch of girls with mysterious powers, separated from the outside world, under testing by a group / gouvernment. One tries to break out and finds help by an outside source. From there on she finds support in loyal friends and needs to fight brain-washed ones sent by the tester group. Rozen Maiden is just a hint, with the gothic clothing, talk about Alice and Red Queen.
The reason why this still shows so much potential is because the outside help is an old guy. He knows what is right and how to formulate it so that a kid can understand it too. There is no romantic interest, and so the goth-loli stuff doesn't turn into any kind of ecchi like unfortunately Elfen Lied did.
I wondered if there is a manga from this, and yes, Imai Tetsuya is the mangaka. If I can find it, will def. check it out.

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I'm a bit late with the new spring season anime, however hope to finish quick, even if there is lots of stuff this time to cover.
As recently done with the new seasons I will have a post for short, one for sequels, and then separate post for every new series. This post for shorts (between 3-12 minutes long series).

100% Pascal-sensei
A not-human teacher, Pascal-sensei takes over a grade school class. He doesn't even know how to write his own name and does whatever he wants in class...

A really bad child-version of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu.

Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!
Everyday life of siblings...

As I always say, sibling war exists. Knowing that, I don't find this specially entertaining.

Gin no Guardian
The first episode of this 13 minutes series didn't give much to go by. We see the main guy Riku Suigin in two situations: a fantasy world where he is fighting against evil creatures, and a normal world where he works part-time by a pool.

What I could get is that somehow he got stuck, and needs to fight every day to win, so that maybe a day he can get out into the real world again. But he is fighting mostly to see Riku Rei, who involved him in these fights.

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys
Made after a neoromance game with the same title. Also has a manga with the same storyline where the orphan Nakayama Hinako suddenly reunites with her - till then unknown - twin brother Hikaru who asks her to take his place at Shishiku Academy, a private boys school infamous for its rough-and-tumble student body. Hikaru being the child of a powerful Yakuza family, the Onigashima, he is obligated to become the leader of Shishiku Academy. Hinako will have to hide her identity and fight to control the school. How will Hinako deal with a school full of handsome boys.

As you can already guess, I'll watch this one. Both the graphic and story give me flashes of POWER!, a shame that the episodes are just 8 minutes long.

Love Kome: We Love Rice
Even in Japan yeast took over rice as now everyone is having pan or bread related products. The Harvest Show is a concert where all of the different grains show off their beauty to everyone watching, and HarveStars is the name given to the grains who put on the best performances. Now five new rice students have enrolled at Kokuritsu Inaho Academy, a school on the verge of shutting down, and they form a new group called Love Rice that's practising to beat Yeast King at the Harvest Show and win back the popularity rice once had.

While I get the message, the only good thing from this 4 minute episode is the recipe at the end.

Puripuri Chii-chan!!
Okay, so if I understood this one right, just as there are creatures from outside of Earth, the main creature Chii-chan is a creature from inside Earth. Chii-chan even though afraid that humans will experiment on him/her (?) if found, still goes up to eat sweets. While wanting to go back he is stuck in a hole, and meets Yuuka, who gladly helps anyone.

Watching a yellow ball being grateful was really entertaining. And the joke at the end with the inside Earth creature meeting an alien was a nice surprise. If you want to relax and just laugh, I recommend this one.

Room Mate
A first-person anime from the perspective of a female protagonist, living together with 3 guys.

If it would be really first-person the camera view wouldn't change that often. This way it feels more like a game. But even though I love neoromance, I didn't like this one. T_T

Sekai no Yami Zukan
Short stories of the strange and bizarre in our world, including UFOs, curses, ancient civilizations, supernatural powers, etc.

There is not much animation, more like a powerpoint presentation, with a drama cd running in the background. Not bad, but the first episode was so unfinished... if every one is like that, I know I would only get annoyed. Must say though, the voices are great.

Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni...
On a class reunion a woman meets her high school love, who became a monk. They begin a relationship.

This wants to be a remake of a shoujo manga... well seems like it's more erotic in nature.

The Snack World

Though this one is not short, the graphic and the childlike story made me want to put it here.

Twin Angel Break
Amatsuki Meguru and Kisaragi Sumire turn into Twin Angels with the orders from the hedgehog Miruku-chan.

The prequel was with other characters, that's all I know. Maybe this wants to be like the Pretty Cure series.

Uchouten Kazoku 2
A tanuki's life in Kyoto continues.

If you know the view in Kyoto, this can be quite enjoyable.

Warau Salesman New
Fukuzou Moguro is a travelling salesman, who deals in things that give his customers their heart's desire. Once his deals are made and their unhealthy desires are satisfied, Moguro's customers are often left with terrible repercussions, especially if they break the rules of his deals.

The original story aired in 1989... at that time I wouldn't have valued this story.

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The last few days the weather became silly. Temperature dropped 10-15°C so that now we are almost by 0°C, and next to continuous rain had some snow too. Crazy weather that I haven't seen in over a decade. See young ones all around wondering, while older are worrying about the harvest. Makes me nostalgic... and a bit hopeful that we may get our 4 seasons back.

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The 6th season started, yeeey! ^^ I still love to see Matsushige Yukata eat. And the first episode was from Osaka. I now really want to eat at the same place he did! >.

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Since the manga ended a while ago - and I had time due to Easter holiday - I read though the whole thing. After this, the anime has quite a few filler episodes, and sometimes jumps huge timelines for just one scene. For a 12 episode story it's understandable, and I don't mind. Makes the story a bit different, but that's okay.
The plot behind the whole story in the manga is a bit hurried, doesn't show it's face until quite late, and then confuses the reader with a different time-line - which I don't think fits much into the story. Still, I liked how it ended. Though still don't like the rabbit-guy, he's just too shady for my taste.
The main pairing is one of my favourites, and can just recommend it. The secondary pairing is also charming & cute... and unexpectedly there is a 3rd pairing hidden, which you wouldn't guess.
But the best part are the forms of the main 2. I love the nine-tailed fox guys looks. *.* And don't know what the girl wants to be, but also has a cool design (also girl-power rlz ^^).

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Though originally I just went with a colleague to laugh a bit, but in the end found this film surprisingly good. I was entertained, the cinematography was awesome, the fight scenes graphic and full of action. Also liked the jokes - even if they were not meant to be funny at all times. LOL for the flying palm tree. X3
And even though I would probably be annoyed now If they would have made a pair of the tracker and reporter, without it I missed it. Maybe cause there was so much hinting on it - mostly touching - it just felt like the relationship was cut out.

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The phrase "Schinkenklopfer" I learned from a Bavarian friend - used when one laughs while hitting their thighs. Today I saw a comment by a German film, that sad: "I must ruin the film a bit. Horses on beach sand give no Hoof sounds"... Just LOL.

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Yes, I do like pc games - when they are not a first person shooter that is. ^^ However something by my current pc is not able to handle most that I have on steam. Something that one thinks doesn't need much memory, graphic card, etc. actually does need quite a lot. How I know that? Something as simple as Papers, please doesn't run at all, or similar to Reigns, Kitty Power's Matchmaker the graphic is uninterpretable. Just see this cap:

Believe it or not, there are 3 characters on this cap. The one on the left is how I see every new "client" that needs a date. In the middle below the bubble is a chef, or waiter - from which I should know by some game how they look, which I can't tell - and on the right is the date - from which I also can't tell how they look and what they changed on their appearance.
I planned for a while now to get a new pc, which I ordered as a birthday present for myself, and will probably get next Friday. Will still need to have a few days to install everything, but then I'll be able to at last play all that I want.

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Last year was the animated movie Sing, where the koala Buster Moon starts a singing competition, and animals from all around the city gather for auditions. He selects the most talented ones and begins to plan the show. Doesn't expect that next to his own money problems the members will bring their issues onto stage too. Like the young gorilla Johnny whose father makes him the driver of the getaway car, Rosita the pig, a housewife and mother of 25 children, Ash dumped teenage porcupine, etc.
The songs are nice, and if not for anything else you will feel entertained as nostalgia fills you. My problem was that it ended so abrupt. If it would have a real ending, this could have been a great movie. As it is, around average. Just got to know that there is a sequel planned, so it still has some hope.

Then there was a Hungarian short film created, which you might have heard about as it won an Oscar. Not sure why it's translated as "Sing", the original title is "Everybody", but it doesn't really matter.
The story takes place in Budapest in 1991. Zsófi transfers to a new elementary school and becomes friends with Liza. Zsófi joins the award-winning school choir but she is told not to sing out loud by the music teacher, because she doesn't consider her good enough and the choir is preparing for a big competition. Seeing Zsófi visibly hurt Liza digs, till she gets to know the truth. Together they realize that there are many in the group who were asked by the teacher the same thing.
To tell the truth I didn't know about the story till the Oscars came along, but then watched it, and it's quite good. I liked both the atmosphere, the songs, acting and the message. If you find it anywhere with subs, it's worth a shot.

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