Flip Flappers Review

6f23cba5886611b854a147890757cdfa1475754586_largeStory:
Cocona is a straight laced student, dedicated and always on time. Until she bumps into a strange girl named Papika who drags her down into a strange alternate world called Pure Illusion where they must find magical crystals that supposedly have wish granting abilities. So much for perfect attendance.

Violence:
At first it seemed blood violence would be low in this, but around midway it jolts up and by the end it’s decently high. Bullet wounds, monsters cut in half and spewing blood… Think between Black Cat and FMA levels.

Language:
The isn’t too bad. A rare b-word in a few spots, but mostly just sh-ts and d-mns.

Nudity:
Ok, here’s where it gets strange. This series is obviously trying to address some queer questions, but unfortunately they stumble into sexulizing it here and there. Like both characters suddenly in lingerie with one implying they should “have some fun together.” Nothing actually happens, but it’s awkward to say the least. We also have a villain early on who has a bunch of other female “creatures” (?) in bondage poses. It’s really brief, but undeniably inappropriate.

Theology/mythology:
Super powers that create other dimensions, a cult that surrounds these special people, if any of that bugs you, this isn’t for you.

Personal impression:
My thoughts on this one are… complex. On one hand I liked a few of the questions that were brought up for the lead. I felt her musings on her emotions were actually realistic and came about pretty naturally despite the strange chaotic set up. But that was one of my main issues with this title. The choatic nature of it all. The first few episodes are kinda all over the map, as if the creators had some characters and a vague story idea, but no clue how to execute it. Eventually they got into a better rhythm, but it was still rough enough to leave me lost here and there, wondering if I missed a scene and backing up to make sure. And the decent fight scenes about midway through were lost pretty fast as well, the animation getting shotty at the drop of a hat. While we’re spared the horrid fate of still scenes with dialog only (a sure sign that production fell WAY behind), the separate realities don’t really keep in line symbolically with what the characters are going through at the end and more than a few cliches kept the climax from feeling all that, well, climatic. In the end I simply found myself relieved it was over. A shame as a few scenes here and there showed promise. If they had a tighter vision and team, this might have been a better show.
Of course, staying away from sexulizing scenes that contained queer exploration would have been nice. In fact, staying away from the sleazy scenes period would have been nice, but whatever.
In the end, if you’re cool with trippy visuals and moe and conveluted plotlines, you might like this one. It’s not horrid. It just… could have been better.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 13
Language: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genres: Fantasy, adventure
Production: Studio 3Hz
Company: Showgate
Official streaming: Crunchyroll and Yahoo View

Shirobako Review

ShirobakoStory:
Five girls in a high school animation club make a promise at graduation to get into the anime business and make their high school project a full blown show. Fast forward and all five are steadily working to realize their dream despite all the trials to come with the industry.

Violence:
The only time violence is an issue is when we are shown clips of the show the characters are working on. In one instance a character is very badly injured in a cockpit and blood is shown all over her. Honestly, that’s the only clear example besides the run-of-the-mill slap stick.

Language:
Another common one, a few d-mns and sh-ts.

Nudity:
Aside from getting an occasional glimpse of a failed animation from yesteryear called “Jiggly Jiggly Heaven” where girls are in bikinis for… well, look at that title… Yeah, besides that, nothing much to say here. Pretty clean.

Theology/mythology:
Nothing to report on this one…

Personal impression:
I was afraid this season would be a bust for me, but I actually heavily enjoyed this series. At first I was worried I wouldn’t as episode one begins with a stereotypical high school setting. But five minutes or so in and they graduate, jumping the story months into the future as the girls are trying to get into their chosen industry. In other words, FINALLY we have a realistic (for anime, anyway) show about young adults entering the workforce.
To say this change in pace is refreshing would be an understatement. No one becomes instantly proficient at their art or gets where they wanna go right after graduation. And many graduates are still finding out what they want to do with their lives too. The fact that this show focuses on all those points was amazing.
In addition, we also get to see smooth character development alongside steady art and music.
Overall, although I found the comedy didn’t pull as strongly as the drama, it was a very well crafted show and rather educational to boot (I’m glad to now know what all the departments do in animation. I was fuzzy on just what each does prior to this show). I cared not only for the characters but also for the projects they were working on. So far this show has definitely been my top pick this season and if you want to learn more about the making-of process of anime, this is a fun way to go about learning the basics.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 24
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Slice of life, comedy, drama
Company: Showgate
Official streaming: Crunchyroll

Glasslip Review

glasslipStory:
Toko Fukami’s family owns and runs a glass shop in their town. Having lived in her town all her life, Toko’s friends have known her for years and they always hang out in the same cafe to chat and plan outings. But when a new boy, Kakeru Okikura, moves nearby, Toko and the relationships she has with her friends alter forever.

Violence:
Almost nothing here. A few scrapes, and one character has an old injury he is recovering from. Nothing that would even give the faint of heart a flutter.

Language:
Pretty tame here. A few sh-ts and such. With, at most, a b-word in a heated moment. But nothing to worry about and very rare indeed.

Nudity:
Oh, Japan. Is it normal to walk around the house after a shower naked? Ok, so maybe if you lived alone with the door locked or had a super chill roomie. But when you live with a FAMILY? Yeeeeah, no. So, that happens. We don’t see detail, just backsides and such, but really. It’s a recipe for trouble and was just beyond unnecessary. That said, there’s not much else to comment on. Oh. There is also a scene where the main heroine is kissed against her will. I have very strong opinions on trash like that and the situation was tense enough on screen for me to mention it. I really hate how stuff like this is glazed over in media because if it had happened in real life, ain’t no way I would trust said offender so easily again. Yet quite often the victim does. So much BS.
Sorry, rant over. For now.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from the ever present cultural tradition of clapping and praying at a temple for the New Year and such, not much to report. As a slice-of-life show, there’s not too much theology being passed around. That said, there are very open-ended story lines concerning being able to see the future and alternate-reality futures. I say “open-ended” as it is never quite clear if this power is legitimate or not, what the rules of it are and so on. Everything about it is vague.

Personal impression:
This show is more than a little weird and also really slow to get going. If you’re not one for drama, it’s definitely a skip as it runs heavy at times. That said, it wasn’t quite as dull as I feared it might be at the start. A few episodes in, the concept of future seeing is introduced and, I must say, it was interesting how they managed it. Although there is indeed a lot to critique concerning how much wasn’t said on the power’s boundaries and rules, the fact that the show remained focused on the characters, and not just their abilities, was rather refreshing. A show with a supernatural element that focuses just on characters? Not a common occurrence. I also liked how the male lead’s family was bit non-traditional, what with the mother often gone away to professionally play piano and such.
Even so, the show was, sadly, boring overall. Too little, too late, as well as being painfully slow, killed the interesting elements in the story. It also didn’t help that most of the characters were lack-luster and easily forgotten. Hard to swing a character driven show when the characters are so bland.
If you’re interested in a show with drama and a bit of the fantastic, but also quicker paced and interesting, I’d suggest Golden Time. As for this one… perhaps if you’re killing time?

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 13
Language: Sub
Official rating: TVPG
Genre(s): Slice-of-life, fantasy, romance, drama
Company: Showgate
Official streaming: Crunchyroll
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