WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? Review

worldendStory:
William is a human in a world that pretty much hates him. Luckily he manages to land a job watching over a “weapons” warehouse for the military. But the weapons are nothing like he expected…

Violence:
The blood doesn’t kick in until the mid to last part of this series, so be well warned on it being rather high. I got more than a few instances of Trinity Blood levels with this show. If blood freaks you out, go ahead and skip this. Because once the action starts, it’s not something you can skip through…

Language:
Nothing super bad. Mostly d-mns and sh-ts here and there.

Nudity:
As seems to be a requirement for most shows with an unholy large (haha) female cast, we get some bath scenes and uncomfortable innuendo between the male lead and tons of very underage girls because anime. The worst are the “massage” scenes. Yeah, they’re just as despicable as you can imagine. No actual details shown, mind you. But, let’s face it, such technicalities don’t really make these scenes any less creepy.

Theology/mythology:
Ok, we got fairy things, which are called “leprechauns” because THAT makes sense, the idea that souls are reborn as other things, that people magically became evil beasts over time and are destroying the earth… yeah. It’s very convoluted and as usual nothing is really explained in detail. Although in this case I wish it had been…

Personal impression:
Ok, Japan, we get it. You like titles longer than Rapunzel’s hair. But would it kill you to at least have them match the tone of the show? Please?
Usually when I run into anime with titles like this, it ends up at the bottom of my watch list. And for good reason. These shows are often birthed from light novels. Boring light novels counting on their horridly long titles to draw people in because the plots are about as deep as female pant pockets (spoiler alert! We often don’t GET pant pockets and when we do they hold maybe one penny. Tightly). But once I got around to actually giving this show a go, I was shocked to hear traditional Irish music pop out of my speakers only a few minutes in. Fast forward to now and, well, this was a pretty shocking show for me. I honestly expected the absolute worst and this anime… wasn’t.
Now the next line of business: was it good? Well, yes and no. The tone and end messages of this show were surprisingly mature and well done. Even the direction and visuals were decent throughout. To be honest, only the Irish music on the soundtrack was memorable, but it was VERY memorable and quite impactful in how it was used. That said, there was a huge issue that bugged me the entire show which makes me hesitate to recommend this title.
The creepy harem vibes.
Yep, they couldn’t just keep a good story and decent characters going they just HAD to have the not-super-remarkable-but-can-do -everything-and-has-all-the-world-experience-hero-that-ALL-the-ladies-want cliche. And in the case of this show, I found this aspect particularly cringey as the lead is an adult (and actually far older than that, we find later) and the love interest? Yeah, she’s about 16 or so. Yeah. It’s creepy. Now, granted this has unfortunately become a standard in anime. The whole innocent girl falls for guy simply because he gives her so many “firsts” is a huge cliche not just in Japan, come to think of it, but also here in the US and… wait… does the heroine actually SAY she loves him because he is her “first” or… Oh. Oh she does. Oh lord the show even admits it….
Yeah. That was painful. Really, really painful. And I found that aspect to distract badly from the tragedy that was the ending. Which is a huge loss of potential as they didn’t HAVE to go the shallow “I love senpai!” route for me to care about a character’s potential death. Her being a “big sister” to the other fairies, the story of her watching as her own older sisters left and never returned, the reveal of another sister losing her identity, but pretending she’s ok for the mental health of those around her, ALL of those things are heartbreaking and would have painted enough of a sad picture for me to root for the heroine. She doesn’t HAVE to be waifu to matter. And the more she was forced into that role, the more disconnected with the show I became.
So… was it good? No. It was ok for fantasy. Decent, even. But I can’t call this good. I just can’t. Not when entire episodes were dedicated to her becoming the perfect housewife. It was just too much cringe for me.
But, hey, if you can overlook that? This is a great fantasy show. The world building alone is pretty solid. Just don’t look too close at the romance stuff. Like, at all. It’s not pretty.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, drama, action
Company: Kadokawa pictures
Production: Satelight / C2C
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Gabriel Dropout Review

dropoutStory:
Gabriel is a perfect straight A student in heaven. Until she goes to earth for her studies on humans and discovers gaming.

Violence:
Slapstick stuff only in here. Some comedic nosebleeds is as graphic as it gets.

Language:
Pretty tame for TV14. Sh-t is the most common, often said by the lead or her “rival.” Can’t recall it getting much worse.

Nudity: 
Considering episode one opened with a joke about our lead’s underwear transporting to class without her (and all the boys praying to it), I expected this show to be far more of a fanservice mess than it actually ended up being. Actually, the worse pantyshots and such occur in the first few episodes. After that it tappers off and… it stops. Which I’m grateful for, but just goes to show that they probably didn’t need it in the first place.
Ah, there is one episode in which one of the big breasted of the cast goes through her day terrified her bra will snap because she’s outgrown it (dear men: we usually know something is getting tight far before it reaches this point, just sayin’). Nothing is shown, but it makes her chest a focus for much of the episode.

Theology/mythology:
Considering the setup, religion is definitely an unavoidable aspect of this show. There are “angels” and “demons” and zero commentary on actual religion. The closest you get to any kind of discourse on such things in a Christmas episode where jokes are made towards the demons about celebrating the birth of Christ and it is countered with “Christmas is more of a commercial holiday in Japan.” Which is funny because it kinda is in the US at this point too. Anyway, that’s as “serious” as it ever gets. Don’t expect any religious realism here. This setup exists for the laughs and not for any other purpose.

Personal impression:
This is one of take it or leave it shows for me. It had a few chuckle-worthy moments, but not enough for me to say it was actually funny. But it was cute and upbeat and had the best coffee shop owner ever, so I’ll give it a pass for how dull it ended up being overall. In fact, some of this show’s run-on gags were the best gags (see coffee shop owner), unlike other comedies this last season *cough*DragonMaid*cough*.
The art and music match the overall result of the show: nothing insulting nor compelling to report. All in all, this show was more of a filler for me to watch between other things. Though, again, it was nice to get that break from hardcore fanservice, given the moe cast and all.
Clearly directed and made by men though, as evidenced by a big breasted girl going through gym in a normal bra versus a sports bra. Seriously guys, we don’t do that. Unless it’s laundry day/we completely forgot. But we typically don’t forget those things. We just don’t.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, comedy
Production: Doga Kobo
Company: Kadokawa Pictures
Official streaming: Crunchyroll 

Saga of Tanya the Evil Review

youjo-senki-saga-of-tanya-the-evilStory:
Tanya didn’t used to be a girl. She used to be a salaryman in modern day Japan in line for a promotion. Until he (she?) died and challenged God. Now she’s fighting for her life in a reborn body, in another world torn by war.

Violence:
High. This is another show with a lot of bullet wounds, knife gashes and blood everywhere. A near tip over into an M rating, but just barely avoiding it. If you are even a little squeamish about violence, this isn’t for you.

Language:
Quite a few b-words, sh-ts and such. Like the violence, this show isn’t shy about fully using its TV14 rating.

Nudity:
We’re pretty much spared this one entirely. Considering the set up, I was expecting some pervy stuff. Thankfully our lead is committed entirely to moving up the ranks and no time is given to fanservice in any normal sense of the word. There are one or two innuendo cracks by the other solders, but not much.

Theology/mythology:
Reincarnation, God and morals are constant topics in this show. The lead is an atheist to the extreme and even calls God “Being X” for much of the series. However, the conclusion of this show doesn’t really give a clear “this is truth, this is not” message, leaving such things up to the audience. While you could say that the show implies God is cruel and malicious, there’s plenty of evidence for humans being far worse. This is one of those shows that, while containing religious topics at its core, isn’t pushing any agendas towards its audience.

Personal impression:
This is suuuuch a strange show. When it was first announced as part of the winter/spring line up for this year, I was worried as it was being handled by a new studio. But if this show is any indication, we might have a decent production company here. The art and music are consistent, even good, and the story… ok, the story is odd. Very. As is the lead, who is neither a hero nor a villain, but some grey area in between. “Being X” is even more strange, especially as we only “see” that character through Tanya’s very bias eyes. So if the typical school girls fight monsters story lines are boring you, rejoice. Also, the action is pretty high and well choreographed, which keeps the episodes from getting too bogged down by all the war and strategy talk scenes with political leaders.
The biggest issue for this show is in not having a clearcut message by the end or even much of a conclusion. Tanya continues on as she was at the start, which makes everything that happens throughout the show seem…. pointless? My end thoughts were: interesting ride, but the destination looks pretty close to where we started.
Overall, this is a very unique title. We don’t get these much in anime these days. I’ll give this new studio props for that. But they need a clear destination for the story. All that action only works if we get somewhere by the end. Unless, of course, you just like watching fight scenes for the sake of the fighting alone, in which case you’ll probably enjoy this just fine.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action
Production: NUT
Company: Kadokawa Pictures
Official streaming: crunchyroll