Tsukigakirei Review

tuk0i4k1ir4eStory:
Kataro is trying to become a serious novelist when he falls in love with a girl on the track team in his last year of middle school. Their romance is a story of many firsts…

Violence:
None besides some characters falling while running and thus needing bandages and such. Nothing graphic.

Language:
Also pretty non-existent. Some very rare cases of sh-ts or d-mns, but they are quite uncommon.

Nudity:
Besides some bath scenes where no details are shown, nothing here either.

Theology/mythology:
Our male lead plays a role of a traditional mythical creature from Japanese folklore. It is never explained on screen, however, and thus you would only know the story being acted out on screen if you knew said folklore. There are also a few scenes of praying at the shrines. Again, no talks about religion itself, as per usual.

Personal impression:
This is probably the most realistic teen romance I’ve ever seen. It’s also probably the most boring. And, yes, those two things are pretty much inseparable. Realistic romance isn’t exciting unless, ya know, you are the one IN the romance. Holding hands with someone you have a huge crush on is exhilarating for YOU, but to anyone else it’s pretty boring. That’s this show in a nutshell.
Our male lead is very idealistic and romantic, our female lead is dreamy and anxiety bound and every bit of drama that comes up reflects those elements. Even the parents and siblings of the leads follow logical arcs fitting their characters such as the mother pushing for her son to take up “normal” work goals and an older sister telling her sibling that long distance “never works.” I never felt like a scene was unrealistic. Everything made perfect sense. Even the clear fact that LINE (a texting app) was likely a huge financial backer for this anime made sense. Probably the most gentle and believable product placement in anime ever.
The downside was, of course, that everything was incredibly boring. Sweet, but boring. Even the art and music was like that. Nice, but largely unmemorable (aside from the creepy CGI background characters…).
If you’ve been craving a break from over-the-top romance drama, this is what you want. It’s sweet, sometimes very much so, but it never crosses into the unbelievable. It’s a very grounded show. Just don’t complain to me that you started to fall asleep a few times…

Personal rating: All ages

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: PG
Genre: Romance, drama
Production: feel
Company: Flying Dog
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Eccentric Family 2 Review

[This is the continuation of Eccentric Family]

ecceb]ntricStory:
Yoshiro is a tanuki and his fool’s story continues amidst a mysterious new tengu’s arrival and a new plot against his family. If he doesn’t take more care, he just might end up in a hot pot!

Violence:
Overall, this show doesn’t have much violence, however, there are quite a few fights that result in scratches and such and one case of being shot. Blood isn’t avoided, but it’s quite rare. If you are sensitive to violence, I don’t think this show will scare you too badly. It’s rather tame.

Language:
Another light section. Sh-t tends to be the only curse used and even then it isn’t used often.

Nudity:
Bath scenes are the most common occurrence for nudity and while one scene shows a woman getting into the men’s bath, it doesn’t show details and it is a short clip.

Theology/mythology:
Tanuki, tengu, and oni (demons) are real in this show. Also, hell plays a big role and different variations of them are discussed (one is even seen). Even Buddha is mentioned here and there. Religion isn’t explained, but rather simply exists. If anything along those lines bother you, however, I’d steer clear. This isn’t a sector that one can ignore in this series…

Personal impression:
This show is not only a direct sequel to it’s predecessor in terms of story, but also in terms of tone. Just like the first season, Eccentric Family has an extremely laid back feeling throughout. This is due to the lead’s personal attitude about life: come what may. While the amount of drama and action seems to be greater in this season, the light mood keeps it from being too much.
That said, the plot isn’t lazy at all (unlike our lead). There were quite a few twists and turns in the story I didn’t expect and that made this sequel very amusing indeed.
As was the case before, the art and music is fine, though a bit dated by today’s standards, but they do reflect the mood of the anime perfectly.
All in all, this was probably one of the best shows of this past streaming season. Even if dramas aren’t usually your thing, I’d recommend giving this series a shot. Due to the laid back nature of the lead, the drama never feels too heavy to bare, despite the fact that some topics are indeed quite dark. It’s a solid show with well written dialog, characters and a genuinely interesting plot. Just be sure you start with the first season or you might get a bit lost.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, drama
Production: P. A. Works
Company: NIS America
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

The Royal Tutor Review

Oushitsu_Kyoushi_Haine.jpgStory:
Professor Heine is sent to the palace to tutor the king’s four good-for-nothing sons and make them ready for the throne in the event that their eldest brother can not take it himself. Gaining their respect and trust might prove a bit difficult…

Violence:
There are a few episodes where someone is threatened or injured, but only one instance where a serious injury (a gunshot wound) is featured. The blood is visual but not for too long and it’s the only instance of it so this section shouldn’t prove too much for a slightly younger audience. Even so, I wouldn’t rate it a straight PG either…

Language:
This sector wasn’t an issue at all really. A few sh-ts, but that’s it and it’s not common.

Nudity:
Besides a few leading comments from a playboy character, nothing here to report.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing here to note.

Personal impression:
This was an enjoyable, relaxed show for me this season. The drama always got resolved and the characters are pretty consistent. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the lack of outside relationships the princes had. They have interactions with their tutor and father and some of the palace staff and that’s it. Would have been nice to see them branch out more, but that never occurs. Even when one of the princes is in the “outside world” a lot with his part time job…
The art and music are fine, though nothing spectacular. Just like the show. Not bad, kinda nice, actually, but nothing groundbreaking. No fist pumping or “heck yeah” scenes here, but I did thoroughly enjoy watching it as it was airing. Overall this was a solid watch (especially as no creepy teacher-student relationship undertones ever show up). Definitely one of the better shows of the Winter/Spring 2017 lineup.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Comedy, drama
Production: Bridge
Company: TV Tokyo
Official streaming: Crunchyroll