The Drop Zone – Ace Attorney

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of A-1 Pictures

I’m Bananaowns and this is the Drop Zone, a series where I take a look at shows that I stopped watching.  It’s time to talk about Ace Attorney.


I don’t exactly know who this show was made for.  Fans of the video game series were disappointed in the adaptation of the many cases and characters and those who were unfamiliar with the series had no idea what the hell was happening.  I am in the latter camp as I have never played an Ace Attorney game before.  I am a current law student which made a show about lawyers really stand out to me.

When I started watching, I was surprised in what I saw.  The show was relatively nonsensical to me.  I was impressed with the content of the initial cases.  Watching Phoenix Wright solve cases was enthralling at the start.  However, the craziness of the court scenes just began to wear this initial enthusiasm down very quickly.  This was not helped by the animation quality.  The animation was wooden and the backgrounds were bland.  I could have probably stuck around a bit longer if the presentation was better.

I just didn’t get the appeal of this series.  I feel like the intrinsic charm of the games was lost in translation to an animated series.  I made it six episodes before I decided that I did not want to watch this any further.  Thanks for checking this piece out and I’ll be back next week for another review.


Spring 2016 – Anime Preview

Written by Bananaowns

By now the winter season is almost over.  To me, this winter season marked my first season of watching more than two shows that were currently airing.  It was kind of ridiculous.  Over the course of the season, I managed to watch Myriad Colors Phantom World, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, ERASED, Grimgar of Fantasy & Ash, Bubuki/Buranki, Koyomimonogatari, GATE, KONOSUBA, Four Rhythm Across the Blue, and Dimension W.  To be honest, I enjoyed all of these shows immensely.  The spring season is almost here and with that comes a bounty of new shows.  This week’s piece will highlight some of the shows that I am looking forward to.  Of course, I’ll probably have some additions and may even have some drops.  Anyways, I am Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth Anime feature.


Gyakuten Saiban also known as Ace Attorney

Brought to you by A-1 Pictures, Ace Attorney is an animated adaptation of the video game series of the same name.  The anime focuses on the defense attorney, Phoenix Wright, as he tries to prove the innocence of his defendants in a variety of unusual cases.  I love any media that deals with the legal system and Ace Attorney looks like it will be the anime that scratches that itch.  The show carries a promise of an investigative atmosphere, with the cases being a sort of puzzle for Phoenix Wright to figure out.  On top of that, it appears that there will be some comedy caused by the actions of the attorneys and the prosecutors.  People have plenty of great things to say about the source material, so I hope that the anime lives up to the game series.


Boku no Hero Academia also known as My Hero Academia

Studio Bones is tasked with animating the smash Shonen Jump Manga, My Hero Academia.  The story focuses on a world filled with superheroes, each one born with a different power.  The series stars, Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without powers who has an intense desire to be a hero.  One day he manages to encounter the legendary hero, All Might, who may prove that Midoriya’s dreams can be a reality.  I am a reader of the manga and cannot wait to see how certain scenes are animated.  From the PV’s shown, the animation and voice acting appear to be pristine.  Given the pedigree of Studio Bones and the success of the source material, it looks like this show will be great.


Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?

I can’t wait for that to get an easier name from the English translation.  This show represents my first foray into the unabashed fan service of an ecchi romance.  The story follows a gamer traumatized by his realization that he fell for a female player online, who was actually a guy.  He decides to never trust a girl online after this incident.  Two years later, a female player proposes to him, and it turns out that she’s real.  I really enjoy this concept and am hopeful that it will provide a lot of comedy.  This show looks like it will be a guilty pleasure, but one that I will enjoy immensely.  The animation and voice acting appear decent enough.  It’s animated by Project No.9.  I’m not too familiar with this studio, but hopefully the show will be at least entertaining.


Koutetsujou no Kabaneri also known as Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Here’s something to think about: is something a ripoff if it was made by the same studio that produced the original work?  To put it mildly, this show appears to be heavily inspired by Attack on Titan.  However, it is animated by Studio Wit, the studio that animated Attack on Titan.  It basically combines steampunk and zombies.  There are walled cities to protect people from monsters that can only be destroyed by attacking a specific location, but these monsters can also turn people into undead creatures as well.  A series of trains runs between these cities to transport supplies and people.  The main protagonist builds a weapon to pierce the monsters’ weak point and finally gets the opportunity to test his weapon when the train is attacked.  The internet community has lovingly called this show, Attack on Trains.  Despite looking like Attack on Titan, this show appears to be good.  The animation has looked amazing from what we have seen so far.  As long as this series manages a certain level of entertainment, I will certainly be satisfied with it.


Magi: Sinbad no Bouken also known as Magi: Adventure of Sinbad

Brought to you by Lay-Duce, the studio that animated Classroom Crisis, Magi: Adventure of Sinbad is sure to be an entertaining watch.  The story tells the origins of Sinbad, a prominent character from the Magi series.  It also goes into the backgrounds of a variety of other characters from the series as well.  This show will be a welcome return to this series as we wait for a third proper season of Magi.  The manga version of this spinoff has been entertaining, but it still remains to see how this adaptation will be animated.

These five shows are the ones that I am looking forward to.  Now I can already see myself adding on a ridiculous amount of shows once the larger audience reactions are known.  Typically, this will occur after the first three or so episodes.  Like with this past season, I will make a recommendation video or two, it just depends on how many shows I watch.  Expect a recommendation around the fifth week or so of the spring season.  Come back next week for another anime feature.