H.o.t.D.D. – Introduction

Is Highschool of the Dead the greatest anime ever? Possibly not, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise. Join me as I devour everything Highschool of the Dead.

What are you doing and why? If you followed my 30 Day Anime Challenge, you’ll be well aware that I love Highschool of the Dead and there are many reasons why, but I’ll get into those later. Earlier this year I came across a review, which I shall not be linking to, that slammed Highschool of the Dead as one of the worst anime series ever.

Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion, I have no problem with someone not liking the greatest anime ever, even if they’re wrong.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 25: What is your comfort anime?

What is your comfort anime? Ha, another one I’ve already answered. Maybe I’m too predictable? Interestingly, with the exception of the classics that I have been rewatching as a part of the Otaku on Writing podcast, I have only watched new shows in the last two years. Not a single repeat… I’m guessing by comfort it’s something that I can watch whenever to cheer myself up. If that’s the case then it is the good old harem anime.

Why is that? I really enjoy the more serious anime, the dark anime, and the more serene anime, but when I just want to sit back and relax, I know I can’t go wrong with a harem anime. Generally, you know what you’re getting. It’s going to be fun and easy viewing with some laughs, raunchy hijinks, and characters getting alarming severe nosebleeds.

Sure, sometimes they aren’t that good, but it’s also like watching crappy horror movies. Even the bad ones can be good, sometimes they’re better for it. So sit back, grab a drink, and turn off your brain because it’s time to have some fun.

Oh, and I would be remiss for not mentioning all the good looking ladies and the absurd costumes they seem to find themselves in. It all comes back to growing up in Europe where sex isn’t a taboo and is often a focus of comedy. If I said ‘Ooo, Matron!’ and you know what I’m talking about then you probably understand.

Anything else you’d like to say? They make me happy and that’s all that really counts. Does anyone have any good recommendations for harem anime? I’m always on the lookout for more. At some point, I will go back and rewatch some of my favourites and I’m already planning on rewatching Highschool of the Dead in December.

Conception – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Mahiru asks Itsuki to meet her on the roof of their high school. She has some big news to confide in him. After revealing that she’s pregnant and still a virgin, they are magically transported to a parallel world. There, they learn that the only way to get back home is for Itsuki to defeat a dungeon boss with the help of Star Children that he will have to make with twelve Star Maidens and Mahiru is one of them…

What are your first impressions? This has to be the stupidest anime I’ve ever seen, and I watch a lot of trash. That said, I thought the start of the second episode was pretty funny where they revealed to Itsuki and Mahiru that you don’t actually have to have sex with the maiden to create a Star Child. Massive cock block for Itsuki there and it made me laugh. The thing is it keeps getting worse and worse, which ironically is making it funnier, in a this is so bad it’s good, but it’s not good!

Favourite character so far? For sheer comedy value, it has to be Mana, the horny flying red panda that is guiding Itsuki. And rereading that sentence is further proof of just how ridiculously stupid this series is. I have absolutely no hope that this will get any better, which is probably for the best. I’m just going to focus on laughing at how insane it is.

Who do you want to see more of? Just go for broke already and give us more Mana than we could possibly cope with. I’m sure Mana will be preparing something suitably distasteful for the finale, such as a Star Maiden orgy in an attempt to birth an army of Star Children. Seriously, I can’t stress just how utterly bonkers this series is.

Are you going to continue watching? At the moment this series is just above Radiant on my order of priorities, but only because it’s good to laugh at. Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I will probably force myself to watch the end, because something is going to happen. Something so stupidly brilliant that I will forgive… no, forgive is the wrong word… tolerate the series. That’s better. It’s a low ceiling I know, but it can’t get much worse… can it?

Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? Montmorency trained at a knight school, but his true love is alchemy. When the English invaded France his secret love is set to fight at the Battle of Azincourt. In his attempts to save her he summons a fairy queen to help him become immortal. Seven years later, he still hasn’t figured out how to do it, but maybe he could successfully transform another to stop the Hundred Years War.

What are your first impressions? I was actually a little disappointed. I’m not a huge fan of time jumps so ending the first episode with a seven-year jump wasn’t the best start for me. There were some fun characters, but I’m finding Montmorency to be a bit annoying. So far it’s been very disjointed, jumping forwards in time and location. Hopefully, it’ll come together as it progresses.

Favourite character so far? So far, it’s the mercenary La Hire, but only because she kicks ass and doesn’t back away from a fight. I’m not sure how realistic a pistol would have been in the Hundred Years War, but then there are fairies and whatnot.

Who do you want to see more of? Richemont needs to some more screen time. Her whole ordeal at the Battle of Azincourt, subsequent capture by the English, and then escaping only to be captured by the French deserved more than five minutes. Although, I’d be happy with more time for anyone if it means less Montmorency.

Are you going to continue watching? I probably will, but it’s bottom of my priorities as of right now. There have been a couple of good moments, but I’m not overly optamistic. I am hoping to be surprised.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – Season One

What did you watch and why? I’m a sucker for Norse mythology so the title grabbed my attention, as long as it is! Then I saw the image and there was no turning back.

One line pitch! Teenage time traveller rules ancient lands with the help of smartphone…

What’s it really about? That actually pretty much sums it up. Thanks to his smartphone and access to all of the internet, Yuuto Suoh now controls the Wolf Clan and leads their army against invaders. He’s also surrounded by a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens… tough break!

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