Sengoku Choujuu Giga – 01
Japanese writers, damn – you be crazy.
If you thought you’d seen Sengoku warlords reimagined and anthropomorphized in every possible way, you were wrong. ILCA (a studio I’ve never heard of) has recast them as the animal characters from the “first manga”, the Choujuu Giga, in a minimally-animated version of the original scrolls. It’s actually pretty funny – very snarky and dark – and in fact it’s already been renewed for a second season this winter. Go figure. Obviously at three minutes with about 500 Yen worth of animation per episode it’d be wise to keep expectations modest, but for a brief distraction on a busy weekend Sengoku Choujuu Giga might prove a nice option.
Occultic:Nine – 01
Wow – try too hard much? If you’ve been looking for that Fall show to truly hate rather than just be bemused or annoyed by, Occultic;Nine may be just the ticket. And there are talented people involved here, too – I mean, as much as I ended up loathing Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it was the material that I loathed, not the direction. And it was created by the guy who created Steins;Gate, Shikura Chiyomaru. But this… It was like someone distilled everything I hated about Shaft series and their imitators and made a series out of it.
This isn’t a great season, and it really seems as if so many of the dismaying trends in anime over the past few years – incessant CGDCT shows, bad LN adaptations, Shaft and shows trying to be Shaft – have made a big comeback. And 2017, from a distance, looks even worse. But there’s some decent stuff out there – the problem with shows like Occultic;Nine is that they remind you of why the overall trend in anime is creative decline (and the fact that there are seemingly smart people behind it is that much more depressing). I hope it’s not the case but the increasing weight of evidence suggests that the pretty good Spring and Summer anime seasons were like a few unseasonably cool days against global warming – they don’t signify a change from the overall trend, only a brief aberration.