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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club anime series cover art
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

Series Overview

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai / ラブライブ! 虹ヶ咲学園スクールアイドル同好会) is the fifth season of the Love Live! series. However, despite it being the fifth season, you could very well watch it first due to how the series is constructed.

The first two seasons are Love Live! School Idol Project. The third and fourth seasons are Love Live! Sunshine!! And the fifth season is Nijigasaki. You can start with any one of the three because they’re all independent despite being set within the same universe.

Of the current three sub-series within the Love Live! series, Nijigasaki is probably my least favorite. That’s probably in part because I had already seen four prior seasons of effectively the same thing — Love Live! always seems to follow the same formula.

**Spoilers start here**

To be fair, Nijigasaki does make some drastic changes compared to the other two sub-series. But the same Love Live! tropes are still there. For example, there’s the student council president who wants to shut down the club but then ends up joining it. This happens in every Love Live! and is something you just come to expect.

I’ll discuss the major differences between Nijigasaki and the previous seasons of Love Live! later on. But one thing I want to point out here is that this season focuses much more on the differences between all of the girls. Previous seasons were about working together as a cohesive unit. This season is about the individuality of the girls.

If that sounds like something that interests you more than the typical Love Live! group structure, it might be worth giving Nijigasaki a try.

Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

While the previous two Love Live! idol clubs each have 9 members, the Nijigasaki idol club has 10. The 10th member is Yuu Takasaki, who serves as the manager for the club and isn’t one of the idols. I believe she’s also an anime-original character.

Ayumu Uehara is Nijigasaki’s protagonist. She’s the Nijigasaki equivalent of Honoka and Chika from the previous two seasons, which is to say that she’s pretty generic. However, Ayumu is my least favorite of these three because she’s also just a terrible person.

Setsuna Yuuki is the student council president who’s secretly also a school idol. Considering she has the same name as the extremely popular idol from the school, I’m not really sure how nobody ever realized they were one and the same until now.

9 of the 10 members of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club from the anime series Love Live!
9 of the 10 members of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

Kasumi Nakasu is this season’s hyperactive underclassman. She’s obsessed with people thinking that she’s cute. But she tends to drive people away because of how overbearing her personality is. The original idol club was disbanded because she and Setsuna couldn’t agree on the direction it should go in.

Rina Tennoji is a shy girl who’s also technologically gifted. She covers her face when performing with an LED screen that displays emoticons. Ai Miyashita is Rina’s best friend and doesn’t have much of a personality aside from dressing fashionably.

Kanata Konoe is the sleepy girl of the group. Her personality trait is that she’s always tired and can sleep anywhere. Emma Verde is a similarly shallow character, with her defining trait being that she’s European.

Karin Asaka doubles as a school idol and popular teen model. She’s seen as the cool and mature member of the club. And finally, there’s Shizuku Ousaka, whom I literally don’t remember. I guess her defining trait is that she’s the forgettable character because I honestly couldn’t tell you anything else about her.

Differences from Previous Seasons

The biggest difference between this season and the previous seasons has to do with the fact that it focuses on the individuality of the idol club members. In fact, it leans so heavily into this individualistic aspect that they aren’t even an idol group. The Nijigasaki idol club is made up of 9 solo idols (and Yuu).

This also means that despite being the name of the series, there’s actually no Love Live! this time around. If there was, it would have meant that all 9 girls would have had to be invited individually, which just isn’t feasible. Instead, they decide to put on their own school idol festival with other idols from nearby schools.

At first, this school idol festival idea seems like a good one. But as the series progresses in the later episodes, it becomes clear just how terrible of an idea it really is. Because all of the girls are solo idols, they all have different ideas about where the festival should be held and what it should look like. Oh, and the idols from other schools all get a say as well.

Setsuna Yuuki from the anime series Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club
Setsuna Yuuki

In the end, the festival is spread out over a large area, with each idol or idol group having their own venue. Effectively, they’ve just split up the festival so their fans have to travel in order to see multiple performances and simply can’t see them all because some are happening at the same time.

That’s not so bad for a real music festival. But when you have school idols who only have about 100 fans each at most, it kind of defeats the purpose of the festival in the first place. What they ended up doing was putting on competing concerts that divide their fanbases, not bring them together.

And the final thing I’ll mention is that because all of the girls are solo idols, they have to divide the series’ screen time between them. Following a group of 9 idols is very different from following 9 individual idols. That’s a major contributor to why these girls felt so superficial compared to those in the previous seasons.

Conclusion

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club is a 5/10 from me. Originally I had it rated as a 4, but after thinking about it more, I don’t think it was bad. It just wasn’t good. It followed many of the same tropes that the previous seasons did. And the few new concepts it attempted just didn’t seem to work out and only harmed the series.

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Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst

Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst

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Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst

Series Overview

Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst (禍つヴァールハイト -ZUERST-), or simply Magatsu Wahrheit, is an action, fantasy series based on a mobile MMORPG. Usually, when anime are based on games they’re either based on gacha games or visual novels. So seeing one based on an MMORPG is pretty unique.

The plot of the series doesn’t too much sense, but I think that could also be because it seems to only be the prologue of the story. By the end of the 12 episodes, although a lot has happened, it feels like the story is just beginning. And because of this, there are still a lot of unknowns even at the end.

Simplified, the plot is basically about a group of “terrorists” who are fighting the government of a kingdom from the shadows. However, along the way, they learn of a cataclysmic prophecy that’s been hidden from the citizens, along with some good old human experimentation.

There are also quite a few magic elements to the story, many of which seem to be analogs for radiation. For example, there’s a lava-like substance called coldfire that can infect and slowly kill anyone who’s exposed to it. And [spoiler] the cataclysmic event is effectively a magic version of a nuclear blast.

Because this anime is based on an MMORPG, and the fact that it seems to cover the prologue, I don’t think it will get a second season. It ends just as the action is ramping up, which is frustrating. But at the same time, it’s the perfect conclusion for getting people to download the game because they want to know what happens next.

I’m not going to go play the game. But I could see how the ending of this series could make other people want to.

Headkeeper Members

The “terrorist” or rebel group fighting against the kingdom is known as Headkeeper. There’s probably some reason for it being called this beyond it just being a random name. But if that’s the case, it wasn’t explained in the anime. The main Headkeeper group in the anime work as weapon smugglers.

Innumael Grauer technically isn’t a Headkeeper member (but he basically becomes one). He’s the protagonist of the series who gets mixed up with the rebel group in the first episode and then tags along with them from then on. As he learns more about the conspiracies within the kingdom, he becomes more involved in Headkeeper’s activities.

Schaake Gutheil is one of the core Headkeeper members and specializes in magic. In fact, I think she might actually be the only member of Headkeeper who we see use magic throughout the series. Magic use seems to be pretty rare, but there was no indication that it’s limited to special people.

Members of Headkeeper from the anime series Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst
Members of Headkeeper

Arnolt appears to be one of the more senior members of the Headkeeper group in the anime. He’s still just a smuggler, so he’s not a true leader of the rebellion. But he’s the leader of the smuggling operation and is able to remain level-headed and direct his men even in the face of danger.

Benjamin is the final Headkeeper member I’ll mention. Like Arnolt and Schaake, he seems to have been part of the group for at least a few years before the start of the anime. He’s devoted to the cause, but he’s also the most cautious of the group. Benjamin prioritizes safety over quick action.

One last character I do want to touch on is Leocadio Wöhler. He’s not a member of Headkeeper but is instead a soldier in the Imperial Army. Throughout the story, he’s basically a mirror of Innumael.

It Doesn’t Feel Like a Game

One of the things that I liked about Magatsu Wahrheit is that it didn’t feel like an anime based on a game. Well, except for the fact that it ended right where the main portion of the game probably starts. As I mentioned earlier, most game-based anime are either based on gacha or visual novels — and you can often tell.

You’ll know an anime is based on a gacha game when there are a lot of characters who make random cameos. For example, the Azur Lane anime features basically every Azur Lane character from the game at one point or another — which is a lot.

For visual novel-based anime, there are probably going to be multiple timelines, or routes explored. Higurashi is a current example of this. And then there’s Fate, which combines both gacha and visual novel aspects to make one giant mess.

Innumael and Leocadio fighting from the anime series Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst
Innumael and Leocadio fighting

Magatsu Wahrheit sets itself apart from other game-based anime because it doesn’t do any of those things. There are quite a few characters, but they all play a role. It’s not like characters are being showcased in the anime just for the sake of it. And it has a single, centralized plot that feels more like a long-term commitment than various visual novel routes.

I don’t know if the Magatsu Wahrheit game actually follows this main story from the anime, though. I don’t know how a story really works in an MMORPG because I don’t play them. But I do think that the anime plot does a good job at setting up the world that the game takes place in even if the plot doesn’t continue.

If I didn’t know that this anime was based on a game, I would think that it was based on some long, complex series of novels. And, I think that’s the best part about it. Despite this probably being the case, it doesn’t feel like a series that you’re only going to watch for 12 episodes.

Conclusion

I know I’ve said a decent amount of good things about this series. But overall I think Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst is a 6/10. I enjoyed watching it, but it wasn’t particularly good. It’s definitely not something I would ever rewatch. However, if it ever gets a second season, I’ll check it out.

Also, the OP and ED for the series both have good songs. The OP visuals change over the course of the anime. I liked them when they were just abstract at the start. But once the visuals showcase scenes from the anime, I think it’s worse. The ED has no visuals and is just scrolling credits. Still, both are good songs.

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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear anime series cover art
Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

Series Overview

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (くま クマ 熊 ベアー) is a comedy, adventure, fantasy series about a girl who finds herself stuck in another world — how unique! But, as always, there has to be a twist to set this generic isekai apart from the rest. This time, the protagonist wears a bear kigurumi and all of her abilities are bear-based.

Now, before I get into this whole bear-based thing, I need to say something about the title. Kuma is just the Japanese word for bear. So you’d expect the English title to simply be the reverse: Bear Bear Bear Kuma. However, that’s actually the title of an anime short that pairs with this series.

Okay, so there’s no separate English title then, right? Wrong. The English title is actually The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma. And now you know why I’ve decided to go with the Japanese title for this review. The English title is so bad that I can’t stand writing it more than this one time.

Back to the bear-based abilities. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this means Yuna can “do everything a bear can do.” That’s not at all what it means. It means that Yuna has every overpowered ability that all generic isekai protagonists do, but hers are all bear-shaped.

For example, if she were to use earth magic to create a wall, it would either be bear-shaped or have a bear pattern imprinted into it. The rules aren’t well defined, so the bear nature can manifest in any number of ways. Well, until the end of the series when it just doesn’t anymore for some reason.

What all of this is really means is that yes, it’s just as generic as the rest. It only has the appearance of being different.

Main Characters

Yuna is the protagonist of the series. As is typical for isekai like this, she started off as a gamer and then one day realized that she was in the game for real. However, this doesn’t seem to bother Yuna all that much because she didn’t really have much going on in her old life other than gaming 24/7.

The one problem Yuna does have is that she’s effectively stuck in her bear kigurumi because it gives her insane stat boosts. She’s embarrassed to wear it in public. But at the same time, no other gear could possibly match its stat boosts — so she bears with it (I’m sorry).

Yuna from the anime series Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Yuna

Fina is the other truly main character. She’s a young girl — younger than Yuna, who’s 15 — and she works as Yuna’s personal monster butcher. Whenever Yuna defeats a monster, which is very frequently, she hands it over to Fina to cut into usable materials. That’s really the only thing Fina does. So she’s not all that important.

While not a main character, Noire Foschurose is a character who shows up enough times to be mentioned. She’s the daughter of a local lord and quickly becomes Yuna’s number one fan. She even starts a fan club dedicated to Yuna, although it only has three members. Those are herself, Fina, and her friend Misaana.

The final character I want to mention is Atla. Atla only shows up at the end of the series (and in the OP) and she doesn’t play a large role. But she’s worth mentioning simply because she has the best character design of the series. Atla looks like a character out of DanMachi, but at the same time looks better than any DanMachi character.

A New Sub-Subgenre?

Isekai series with female protagonists aren’t new. They’ve existed for decades. However, they haven’t been the most popular over the past few years. I don’t really know the reason for this, but maybe it has something to do with the whole power fantasy thing being targeted more towards a male demographic who want to project.

But recently, there have been a few series that combine isekai with the moe-blob genre. A popular one of these anime from the beginning of 2020 is BOFURI. And even before that, I suppose you could count Endro~! That one’s not an isekai, but it’s a fantasy adventure, so it’s close enough.

I don’t know much about the series So I’m a Spider, So What? that’s going to be airing this season. But I do know that the protagonist is female, so maybe it’ll fit into this category as well.

Atla (as seen in the OP) from the anime series Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Atla (as seen in the OP)

Overall, I have to say that I’m not too big of a fan of this type of series. I think I’d rather either take a pure fantasy adventure or a pure moe-blob series. Combining the two just feels like it waters them both down. Rather than watching a good anime in either of those genres, you’re watching a mediocre anime that combines them.

As I’ve already said, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear doesn’t do anything unique. It’s a standard isekai, power fantasy and all, that just so happens to feature cute girls. The cute girls help it feel a bit more unique. But at the end of the day it’s just a facade.

Conclusion

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is a 5/10 from me. It didn’t do anything poorly exactly. But it didn’t do anything well either. It’s a middle-of-the-road anime that I’m probably going to forget about until the second season releases at some point. And yes, a second season has already been confirmed.

Normally I would have something good to say about either the OP or ED, but this time around I don’t. Just like the rest of the series, they’re both pretty average and don’t stand out. The only good part of the OP is the shot of Atla pictured above.

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Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls

Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls

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Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls

Series Overview

Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls (いわかける! -Sport Climbing Girls-) is apparently a comedy, sports anime. The sports part I understand considering the series is about competitive rock climbing. The comedy part, not so much. It doesn’t really have any more comedy than the average non-comedy anime.

I’ve never had much luck with sports anime. I know there are good ones out there, but I seem to always find ones that are okay at best. And Iwa Kakeru! is no exception. I think it’s a good premise, but the execution is lacking for a few reasons — namely the animation.

Rock Climbing isn’t really something you would expect to see an anime about, which is why I was first drawn to Iwa Kakeru! I’m much more interested in series about “adventure sports” like rock climbing than I am about traditional sports like baseball.

And I think that this series did a good job at showcasing all that competitive rock climbing has to offer. It features lead climbing, bouldering, speed climbing, and even natural rock climbing as well. Lead, bouldering, and speed are the three climbing types featured in competitions.

In lead climbing, competitors have a set time to complete a route in one go. In bouldering, there are multiple routes and competitors have to finish as many as they can in a set time. And in speed climbing, a standardized route is raced up.

The best part of the series by far were the episodes that focused on the actual competitions. I get that there has to be build up before we’re just thrown into a competition. But the series would have benefited from having more of a competitive focus. I enjoyed seeing how the different characters solved each problem in their own ways.

Main Characters

Konomi Kasahara is the protagonist of the series and the newest member of Hanamiya’s rock climbing team. At the start of the series, Konomi has no experience with rock climbing whatsoever. However, she’s an avid puzzle gamer. And thanks to that, she has an advantage in bouldering due to her problem-solving abilities.

It’s not as if playing puzzle games immediately makes Konomi good at rock climbing though. Even if she can see the route she needs to take, there’s a physical aspect to the sport as well as general knowledge of the sport that she lacks at the start.

Konomi Kasahara from the anime series Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls
Konomi Kasahara

Sayo Yotsuba is the captain of the rock climbing team and considered one of the best high school climbers in the region. Although she excels at all three climbing types, I believe her specialty is supposed to be lead climbing.

Nonoka Sugiura is the vice captain of the team and an all-around more interesting character than Sayo is. And I’m not just saying that because she’s the shortest of the group. Well, I am, but not for the reason you’re thinking. Nonoka has to compensate for her short stature with flexibility and a unique climbing style that make watching her solve problems interesting.

Many times, we’re shown various girls going about solving problems in the same ways. But when it comes to Nonoka, she often physically can’t solve the problems in those same ways.

And Jun Uehara is the final member of the team. She doesn’t really do so well when it comes to problem-solving, so bouldering isn’t her forte. Instead, she’s a master of speed climbing, where the route is always set and known beforehand. I don’t find her all that interesting, but she does bring a unique skill set to the team.

How to Improve Iwa Kakeru!

As I mentioned previously, one way to improve Iwa Kakeru! would be to put more of a focus on the competitions. I’d have much rather watched a series with a small amount of buildup and one, long competition than what we got. What we got was a lot of build-up and a few small competitions sprinkled throughout.

But what the series really needed to be good was some better animation to make the competition scenes more impactful. Think of it like One Punch Man. In that series, the crazy animation was often used to make otherwise mundane actions, like Saitama literally punching once, entertaining.

That same effect is needed to make Iwa Kakeru! work as well. The climbing animation is so plain, or simply static, that there’s not much for viewers to get hyped up about. Watching the girls figure out and scale the walls is definitely interesting, but the series is missing the wow-factor that I think sports anime need.

Jun Uehara from the anime series Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls
Jun Uehara

In a lot of ways, sports anime are just action anime. So would you watch an action anime that doesn’t move very much? I mean, I probably would still. But it would definitely be worse than an action anime that’s actually animated well.

The other improvement I would make is to focus more on the characters from other teams. There are a lot of unique climbers featured on these teams, and yet they barely got any screen time. Variety is important, and since the series mainly focused on the girls of Hanamiya, we didn’t get much of that.

Yes, there was a variety in how we got to see multiple kinds of sport climbing. But I would have liked it to go beyond that. Again, Nonoka was an interesting character because her climbing style was different from the other three main characters. Focusing more on these unique characters wouldn’t have hurt.

Conclusion

I think Iwa Kakeru!: Sport Climbing Girls is a 6/10. I definitely enjoyed it, but it also had a lot of flaws. If there’s ever a second season of it, which I doubt there will be, I’ll watch it. However, it’s not the kind of series I see myself ever rewatching. Maybe just the competition episodes if anything.

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Assault Lily: Bouquet

Assault Lily: Bouquet

Assault Lily: Bouquet anime series cover art
Assault Lily: Bouquet

Series Overview

Assault Lily: Bouquet (アサルトリリィ Bouquet) is a magical girl action series animated by Shaft. Based on that description, you might think it could actually be good. After all, Shaft is the studio behind what I consider to be the best magical girl anime, Madoka Magica.

However, there were also signs from the start that Assault Lily wouldn’t be quite as good as Madoka. For example, that pesky “action” genre tag. Shaft is my favorite animation studio, and they can definitely do action scenes. But action anime aren’t really what they’re known for.

Another sign was that Assault Lily isn’t an original series like Madoka was. And it’s not based on a light novel or manga either. It’s based on a line of action toys (action figures, basically). That’s kind of unconventional for an anime source material — and not something I would expect to do well.

The basic premise of this series is that there are magical girls (known as Lilies) who use magic weapons (known as CHARMs) to fight magic-powered mecha-monsters (known as HUGE). It’s kind of a mix between Madoka Magica and Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. Including the fact that I think it falls between both of those series on the rating scale.

Assault Lily, while not exactly a good anime, does do some things very well. Obviously, it has a lot of cute character designs. And these designs are used to great effect with the mid-roll cards that feature the girls. Those cards are honestly my favorite part of the anime.

But what’s probably more important than cute characters is that the world-building and lore are set up well. I don’t think the series follows through with the world-building and lore as it should. But at least there was a good attempt made.

Hitotsuyanagi Legion

In Assault Lily, Lilies form groups of nine that are referred to as Legions. The Legion that comprises the main group of girls is the Hitotsuyanagi Legion, named after Riri Hitotsuyanagi. Riri is the protagonist of the series and de facto leader of the Legion since she was the one who founded it.

Yuyu Shirai is Riri’s schutzengel, which is an older Lily who serves as a mentor. This in turn makes Riri Yuyu’s schild, or apprentice Lily. Before meeting Riri, Yuyu had been a loner ever since the death of her own schutzengel, Misuzu.

Riri Hitotsuyanagi from the anime series Assault Lily: Bouquet
Riri Hitotsuyanagi

Fumi Futagawa and Kaede Johan Nouvel were the first two to join the Hitotsuyanagi Legion after Riri and Yuyu. Fumi is a Lily fangirl who knows everything about the other Lilies. Kaede is the daughter of the president of one of the world’s leading CHARM manufacturers.

Next comes Miliam Hildegard von Guropius, who’s my personal favorite of the Lilies. I’m pretty sure she’s also the daughter of some CHARM manufacturer. But unlike Kaede who’s effectively just a rich girl, Miliam works in the CHARM research division at Yurigaoka Academy.

Shenlin Kuo and Yujia Wang are probably the two members of the Hitotsuyanagi Legion who get the least amount of character development. Shenlin specializes in buffing her allies while Yujia specializes in sniping enemies at long range.

Tazusa Andou and Thi Mai Yoshimura are the final two members to join the Legion. Tazusa’s defining character trait is that she likes cats. And Thi Mai’s defining character trait is that she’s cat-like. Thi Mai is also the same age as Yuyu (and possibly Miliam), making her one of the oldest in the Legion.

Good Idea, Poor Execution

A magical girl anime made by Shaft seems like a great idea considering the success of Madoka Magica. However, without the same people involved, the execution was never going to be done as well as it was with Madoka. But, I can forgive Assault Lily for that.

What I can’t forgive it for are the ways in which the series failed from a writing perspective. As far as I know, the story of this anime is original. It’s just that the series doesn’t originate from the anime if that makes sense. It’s an existing series, but an original story.

That should mean that the story could be hand-crafted to fit into the anime’s 12 episode run time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like this is actually what happened.

Yuri fighting a HUGE from the anime series Assault Lily: Bouquet
Yuri fighting a HUGE

I already covered this in my review of episode 12, but the end of the series felt rushed and didn’t wrap up all of the plot lines that were introduced. Remember how I said that the series did a great job at setting up the world-building and lore? Well, all that setup lead nowhere because there simply wasn’t enough time in the series.

The most interesting side plots and developments of the series were never concluded. Some of these include the origin of the Lilies, the connection between Riri and Yuri, Riri’s Rare Skill and backstory, everything involving Misuzu, and the government’s plan to create artificial Lilies.

Now, it’s possible that there could be a second season of Assault Lily that would actually conclude these developments. However, I don’t think that’s going to happen. The ending of this series felt like a good place to stop even with so much left open-ended. And I don’t get the feeling that this anime really boosted the sales of the toy line enough to justify a second season.

Conclusion

Assault Lily: Bouquet is a 5/10 from me. I was pleasantly surprised by how the series introduced unique plot points, as I originally thought it was going to be very predictable. But the fact that it didn’t follow up on most of those plot points definitely detracts from the series as a whole.

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