Chio’s School Road – Season One

What did you watch and why? I was looking for an anime that I could watch while the kids were still up, so I stumbled upon Chio’s School Road. At first glance, it seemed fairly innocent… it was not!

One line pitch! Nothing interesting ever happens on the way to school… nothing…

What’s it really about? The show follows avid gamer, Chio as she gets into all sorts of weird and wonderful adventures on her way to school.

What hooked you? I really enjoyed the absurdity of the series. In the first episode, Chio’s normal route to school is blocked, so like her gaming persona, she takes to the rooftops. It was hilarious and I never looked back.

What was your favourite scene? I really enjoyed all of the Bloody Butterfly episodes, but my favourite scene was the first Kabaddi episode, where Chio and Manana are challenged to a match by Madoka. I think I actually snorted out loud. So funny, and so ridiculous.

What was your least favourite scene? Ironically, I think this was the second encounter with Madoka, the Kabaddi enthusiast who was training in the park with a homeless man as she tried to suppress her desire to touch girls. It had a couple of funny moments but was mostly creepy.

Who was your favourite character? Has to be Chio. She embraces every situation and turns it into a game, which admittedly leads to some outrageous situations, but that’s awesome all the same.

Who was your least favourite character? This is a tough one because I think they all contributed to my enjoyment of the show. It’s probably the creepy homeless guy who lost his fancy job and life when he got a little too close to a girl on the bus. Yeah, now that’s I’ve said it out loud, it’s definitely him.

Which character that needs more screen time? I think I’m going with Madoka, but just because I want to see more Kabaddi matches. That could have been an interesting one at the end of episode twelve. Glad I’d stopped watching with the kids around at that point.

What was your favourite quote? Not my favourite quote, but possibly one of the most ridiculous ones in the whole series from the most ridiculous arc Public Enema Number One!

Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? Honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like this. The closest I can think of would be Project A-ko, but that might just be because they both have schoolgirls and both are insanely brilliant.

Would you like another season? Hell, yes. I found the mini-arcs to be an interesting approach. It meant you got two or three stories within each episode, which kept it moving at a nice pace.

What elements of the story will you use as inspiration for a short story? I love the idea of taking a mundane repetitive task like walking to school and making it interesting and fun. There’s a lot of potential there.

My Hero Academia – Season Three

At the end of season two, the members of Class 1A were desperately trying to pass their exams so that they could attend the summer training camp. It was another logical deception from Aizawa Sensei, as they all get to go. Not long after settling in, they are attacked by a group of villains.

They survived the attack, but not everything went well. Bakugo was kidnapped by the League of Villains with the aim to turn him to their side. Midoriya leads a small group of classmates to attempt to save him. Meanwhile, the pro-heroes have organised a massive offensive against the League. Everything seems to be going well until All Might’s nemesis shows up.

After a public backlash, U.A. implements dorms for the students. With the new term beginning, they start to work on their ultimate moves in preparation for the provisional hero licensing exams. There, they will be up against the brightest hero students from across the country. Continue reading “My Hero Academia – Season Three”

Harukana Receive – Season One

Haruka moves from the big city to live with her cousin, Kanata and their Grandmother in Okinawa. Upon arriving she goes to the beach and stumbles across a pair of girls practising beach volleyball. One offers to show her how to play, but when Kanata catches up with Haruka, they are challenged to a match and they only have to score a single point to win.

They lose, but Haruka has caught the beach volleyball bug and challenges them to a rematch. She is determined to improve so that the next time they play they will win. Kanata, however, has long since fallen out of love with the sport and is hesitant.

At school, they meet Clare and Emily Thomas, twins and the only members of the beach volleyball club. They convince Haruka and Kanata to join and help them train. Nationals is on the horizon and all four girls are determined to qualify. Continue reading “Harukana Receive – Season One”

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

When former CIA agent Cammy White assassinates a Justice Minister, Interpol sends Chun Li to find out why. She teams up with Captain Guile of the United States Military as they hunt down Shadowlaw and its mysterious leader M. Bison.

Bison is currently recruiting and he’s handpicking the finest street fighters and martial artists the world has to offer, but his ultimate prize remains elusive. A fighter known only as Ryu continues to evade him.

Settling on Ryu’s former sparring partner Ken, Bison manages to lure him out and now seeks to test himself against what he believes is the highest rated fighter in the world. Expect to see all of your favourite characters from the classic video game. Continue reading “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie”

Island – Season One

Setsuna wakes on a beach with no memory or clothes. Before he can react, a local girl, Karen discovers him and alerts the authorities. With no identity or any reason to hold him, they give him some clothes and let him go, although the island elders want him off the island.

Believing he has travelled through time, Setsuna returns to the beach and falls asleep. He is woken by a familiar song and remembers that he must save a girl, and he believes that girl is Rinne. Curious about the local legends attached to their names, Rinne hires Setsuna as a house cleaner.

The next day he meets Sara, a local holy girl who believes a time traveller will appear and that she is destined to kill him. What’s more, there is a strange illness affecting the population, making exposure to the sun potentially life-threatening. Continue reading “Island – Season One”