The Drop Zone – Battery

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Zero-G

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 Battery.

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This show had me extremely interested at the start.  I love baseball and I haven’t had a good baseball anime to watch in quite a bit of time.  To my surprise though, this show features one of the most arrogant main characters known to anime.  Takumi is arrogant and nothing about his character is endearing enough to make the audience care about him.  He’s the main freaking character of the show and I wanted to see him fail.

Adding on to this is the plethora of adult characters that manage to be just as awful.  So many adults want the kids to stop playing baseball to the point where I didn’t even make it past the halfway point of the season.  From the second episode, I was already getting annoyed with every adult on this show except for Takumi’s grandpa.  Even the baseball coaches are awful and engage in some conduct that is absolutely deplorable.  Nothing about this show’s plot is great.  Almost every character is frustrating to deal with and that’s why I dropped it.  Thanks for checking this piece out and I’ll be back next week for another review.

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Summer 2016 – Anime Recommendations Part 1

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Shuka, Zero-G, and Silver Link

It has been a few weeks since the summer season has started, so now it’s time to check out my list of recommendations for this season.  This piece will be split into three separate parts because I am watching a ridiculous amount of shows this season.  Like always, I may have missed a show, so be sure to leave your own recommendation in the comments.  I’ll most likely give it a watch.  Anyways, I am Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth anime feature.

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91 Days

Set in the United States during Prohibition, this series looks to be the period piece that I wanted Joker Game to be.  First and foremost, the story harkens back to the multitude of stories that involve a sort of organized crime.  A man going by the name of Avilio seeks to join the mafia, in order to seek revenge for the murder of his family.  So far, this series has been great.  Avilio is a very intelligent, but sympathetic main character.  There is something inherently interesting about a mob story and this series manages to hit all of the right places with the characters and setting.  Of course, the Prohibition-era setting brings up stylistic choices that remind the audience of Baccano!  Everything about the animation so far has been solid as well.  The cinematography, animation, and backgrounds all form an excellent presentation.  If this series continues like it has so far, it will be one of the best of the season.

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Battery

Baseball is my favorite sport, so it makes sense that I would be attracted to a baseball anime.  The story starts off with a simple family move.  Takumi, a very talented pitcher, recently moved to a new town to live with his grandfather.  I rather enjoy his character because he is one of the most arrogant protagonists that I have seen.  He’s very aware of his level of talent, but it’s obvious that it is the result of an intense level of dedication.  Takumi immediately meets Go, a local boy who happens to be a decent catcher.  From there, I can only assume that these two characters join a baseball team and drama ensues.  Based on the first episode, this series will likely be carried by the excellent interactions between Takumi and Go.  With the way these two characters interacted with each other in a simple game of catch, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.  The animation also brings about a rather unique look.  Everything is rather soft, except for when they actually get the baseball moving.  Overall, the characters all have personality and I’m excited to see more.

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For those like me, the best parts of the previous Fate/Kaleid seasons were the action scenes.  So far, this new season has been entirely comprised of rather serious scenes, with a significant amount of action.  It’s a real tonal shift from the more light-hearted previous seasons.  The fan service has been replaced with actual plot.  Given how this season has progressed so far, it looks like it will continue in this direction.  Like always, the animation quality for this series is superb and given the larger number of action scenes, the animators get to show off this aspect much more.  I don’t have too much to say about this new season because it is a continuation.  All the other aspects maintain their excellent quality, but there is a serious tonal change.  This change in tone is the perfect direction for this series and it looks like it will be another excellent season for Fate/Kaleid.

You can check out 91 Days and Fate/Kaleid on Crunchyroll.  Sadly, Battery is only available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  Thanks for checking this piece out and be sure to stop by next week for the next three recommendations.

Summer 2016 – Anime Preview

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Zero-G, Silver Link, Studio Bones, and Telecom Animation Film

With the new anime season comes another list of anime that I am excited to check out.  Like always, I will actually make some recommendations a few weeks into the season, but for now, here is my planned watch list.

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Battery

I am a huge baseball fan and am always looking for another baseball anime to check out.  Battery looks like it will satiate this desire.  The series stars a highly talented pitcher that is unable to play to his potential because he lacks an equally talented catcher.  He’s a bit of a loner and a hothead until he manages to make a friend.  Based on the PVs, it appears that this series will carry a relatively soft style of animation.  It has potential and I can’t wait to check it out.

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This is a continuation of the highly popular Fate series spinoff.  I’ll admit the last two seasons have been focused too much on fan service.  The manga readers have reassured me though stating that this is the season where the story takes a rather drastic turn.  Those unfamiliar with the series should note that this is a solid magical girl spinoff, with surprisingly high quality animation.  Some of the previous action scenes have been astounding to look at it.  This season seems to be continuing with the trend of the previous seasons albeit with a darker story.

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Mob Psycho 100

Created by the same mind behind One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 looks to be just as crazy and interesting.  The main character is a powerful psychic that actively suppresses his emotions in order to keep his powers in control, but trouble seems to always find him.  Admittedly, I do not know too much about this series, but the animation looks gorgeous with a similar visual style as One Punch Man and also is likely to be a good watch.

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Orange

This anime looks like it will be in contention for the show of the season.  It’s too early to tell, but the manga readers continue to express just how good the story is.  A high school girl receives a letter from her future self, asking her to prevent a variety of regretful things from happening to a new transfer student.  It’s a romance show that seems like it will have a ton of emotional moments.  The animation seems to have a very clean look with very nice backgrounds.  Everything seems to be going for it and I hope it can live up to its potential.

That wraps up this relatively short feature for this week.  I’ll be back next week with another review.  I have a huge list of shows that I finished and I’m going to try to write a review for each one.  These are not in order, but here is the list:

  • My Little Monster
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
  • Joker Game
  • And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online?
  • Kiznaiver
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu Too
  • Space Patrol Luluco
  • Little Witch Academia