Conception – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

What’s happened since last time? Itsuki continues to seduce the Star Maidens and produce Star Children to help him defeat the evil entities that inhabit the dungeons so that he and Mahira can return to Earth. Sadly, that about covers it. There is nothing more to the story…

Have your feelings changed? So, I started watching this with little to no expectations. It was going to be stupid and a bit trashy, but I hoped it would still be enjoyable. There were a couple of noteworthy moments in the first eight episodes, but not much else.

With all the different Star Maidens that Itsuki must seduce, there really isn’t any time to get to know them or see a connection between them that isn’t superficial or forced.

It would have been better if the Star Maidens didn’t know and if they found out what was going on it would ruin the chance so of a Star Child. Everything is just too easy and they’re all expecting his advances. It’s utterly boring!

Favourite character so far? I went with Mana after the first four episodes because even though it was annoying, it did have some funny lines. That has either dried up or just stopped being funny. So, I don’t actually care about any of the characters. Even the Star Maidens are barely distinguishable from one another.

Who do you want to see more of? Something else…

Are you going to continue watching? This series has dropped to the bottom of the pile for me. It had the potential to be a raunchy comedy, but it’s just bland and boring. What’s even worse is that I went in with very low expectations, almost none existent, and it’s still managed to fail. There are four episodes left. I will force myself to watch them, once I’ve seen everything else, mostly because I’m not sure I can believe it’ll get any worse.

Radiant – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

What’s happened since last time? Seth has arrived at the floating refuge of the sorcerers. He was tricked into becoming a citizen which has a hefty fee attached, however as he said that Doc was his guardian, Doc gets the bill, further binding their fates together.

Along with Melie, Seth runs around causing trouble and increasing his debt. He’s also searching for a sorcerer who can prepare him to find Radiant, the home of the Nemesis.

Have your feelings changed? I said that I would have dumped this after two if I wasn’t giving it a proper chance to grab me and that feeling stands. In actual fact, I think it’s got worse. Seth is an unbearable protagonist. Sure, he does things for honourable reasons but he’s just such an idiot.

I can’t stand the screaming hero who thinks they’re the greatest thing in the world, but can’t even get the most basic stuff sorted. It gets very tired, very quickly. There also doesn’t seem to be any real direction to the story and staying in the safe city has done nothing to move any conflict forwards.

Favourite character so far? It’s still Melie. She’s cute, but when she flips and allows her dark personality to take over she gets so damn hot! Other than that, there really isn’t much reason to keep watching.

Who do you want to see more of? I’d like to see something happen that moves the story along. Not more stupid adventures in the sewers fighting octosquids or sitting around drinking coffee and working out Doc’s love life.

Are you going to continue watching? I feel like I really shouldn’t. It doesn’t seem like there’s going to be any real conclusion to the season, especially as nothing is really happening. Ultimately, however, I have watched eight episodes, so if I have time I will probably finish the season, but only if I have time.

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?

Radiant – First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

What’s it about? It’s about a boy who wants to become King of the Pirates… no, wait. It’s about a boy who wants to become the World’s Greatest Hero. Hang on, that’s not it either. It’s about a boy who wants to become the world’s greatest sorcerer. He’s cocky and unprepared, yet has a powerful gift that makes him different to other sorcerers. He’s also on an adventure to find the Radiant, the home of the mysterious monsters that constantly attack his world.

What are your first impressions? Honestly, if I wasn’t giving every show four episodes to grab me, I wouldn’t have made it to episode two. It did slightly pick up, but none of that was due to the protagonist, Seth. Alma’s story which was revealed in episode three, at least from the moment she lost her memory, was a touching scene, but, all in, it’s not looking good.

Favourite character so far? She’s only been in it for one episode so far, but Melie has stolen the show, especially with her curse that flips her personality whenever she’s under stress. Light and ditzy Melie focuses on defensive magic, whereas dark Melie is all about attacks and explosions, plus, she’s got an attitude.

Who do you want to see more of? More Melie would be a good start. There was, however, another semi-interesting group and that was the head Inquisitors. They seem to be a pretty powerful bunch who will no doubt cause Seth and his friends no end of problems.

Are you going to continue watching? I feel like it just about did enough for me to keep watching although it is at the absolute bottom of the pile in terms of priority. If I’m struggling for time, this will be the first one to make way. As long as the character design doesn’t get any worse than this, we might be all right!

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.