Category: Series/Seasonal Reviews

Azur Lane

Azur Lane

Azur Lane anime series cover art
Azur Lane

Overview

Azur Lane ( アズールレーン ) is first and foremost a mobile game. But this review is about the anime series based on that mobile game which began in in 2019 and concluded in 2020 despite only being a single cour in length.

The final two episodes of the series were delayed, I believe because the studio behind it, Bibury Animation Studios, wasn’t satisfied with their quality.

And I get that it’s easy to point to that and say this studio is bad because they had to delay episodes. But I actually view it the other way around. This was the studio’s first full-length anime series, and they cared about it enough to delay those episodes so they could present something they were proud of.

I don’t think you can fault them for that.

But that’s enough about the studio and their development schedule — we’re here to discuss whether or not the Azur Lane anime is good. And before I do that, I need to point out that I have never played the Azur Lane mobile game.

I went into this series blind, only knowing that it was about boat girls. So with that in mind, I’m probably going to have some opinions which differ from those of people who have played the game. Also, any criticism or praise I have for this anime does not directly translate to the game.

Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, allow me to set the stage.

Azur Lane is a series based around the idea of anthropomorphic battleships (and other military ships) which fight against aliens known as Sirens, and also each other, I guess. I don’t know if they actually fight against each other in the game, but they do in the anime.

Countries and Characters

The world of Azur Lane is broken up into four major countries (and I think some other countries as well, but I’m going to stick with the main four). These are Eagle Union (United States), Royal Navy (United Kingdom), Sakura Empire (Japan), and Iron Blood (Germany).

It’s pretty easy to identify ships from Sakura Empire, because they’re either all kitsune (fox) girls, or just have obviously Japanese names — like Ayanami. The same goes for the ships of Iron Blood, which all feature the iron cross on their outfits and have pretty German sounding names — like Bismarck.

Ayanami, Laffey, Javelin, and Unicorn from the anime series Azur Lane
Ayanami, Laffey, Javelin, and Unicorn

Eagle Union and Royal Navy are a bit more complicated. Half the time I didn’t know which of these two countries ships were a part of, but in the end it didn’t really matter because they’re allied with each other.

Obviously I knew Enterprise is Eagle Union and Belfast is Royal Navy. But Laffey and Javelin could be either. I have no idea.

I actually just looked it up, and I got them both wrong. My guess was that Laffey was Royal Navy and Javelin was Eagle Union, but apparently Laffey is Eagle Union and Javelin is Royal Navy.

Also, because this is an anime based on a mobile gacha game, there are a lot of characters. Most of them aren’t important in any way to the story at hand, but I found it funny just how many characters they crammed into 12 episodes. I think every single character from the game may have had a cameo.

And if you’re wondering who my favorite boat girl is, it’s obviously Ayanami. The Little Beavers were pretty cool too, but unfortunately they just had a cameo. I’d definitely watch another Azur Lane anime that focused on the Little Beavers though.

Final Takeaways

So here’s where I think I’m going to lose a lot of people. I actually found Azur Lane to be extremely entertaining to watch. That’s not to say I knew what was going on, because most of the time I didn’t, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

This is sort of like the reason I liked Fate/Apocrypha even though everyone else hates it. I thought that was an enjoyable watch too even though the story and main character were bad.

The first episode of Azur Lane in particular made very little sense. There was even a giant fox spirit fighting against the ships at one point, and apparently that’s anime-original. I don’t know what that was all about, but considering there’s also a character who flies on a stuffed animal unicorn, I don’t think the fox spirit detracted from the show.

Enterprise and Kaga from the anime series Azur Lane
Enterprise and Kaga

Basically, my main point is that you shouldn’t go into Azur Lane expecting there to be some great story, or even great characters. It’s a mess.

But I’m also not really one of those people who say “just turn your brain off and enjoy it.” Yes, it’s a mess. But it does have good qualities at the same time, such as the obvious fan service for the mobile game players — they get to see their favorite characters animated.

And for those of us who haven’t played the game, there’s also some exceptional animation and a pretty good soundtrack. The animation in particular was way higher quality than I expected from this series.

I don’t know what episode it was, but whichever one included the scene of Ayanami being rescued as she fell into a wormhole was potentially the best animated episode of the season — across everything I watched. If not the best animated, at least the most memorable.

Conclusion

Overall, I gave Azur Lane a 7/10, which is higher than most people have rated it. The highest rating I’ve seen another review give it is a 4. But also keep in mind that the other reviews I’ve seen aren’t exactly all that fair.

One was by someone who didn’t like it because it didn’t follow the plot of the game, which I’ll accept as a valid argument (sort of). But the other three I’ve seen complain about things that don’t really matter.

The first complains that the anime wasn’t a realistic depiction of naval storytelling — which it obviously was never going to be. The second claims the series has bad animation, which is demonstrably false. And the third says it’s automatically bad because it’s based on a gacha game.

Anyway, as for the OP and ED, I really liked the OP. It had some nice visuals and a really good song. The ED wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t necessarily bad.

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Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen’s Gravestone

Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen’s Gravestone

Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen's Gravestone anime movie cover art
Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen’s Gravestone

Overview

Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen’s Gravestone (Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou / LUPIN THE IIIRD 次元大介の墓標) is the second in a trilogy of Lupin the IIIrd movies (chronologically, that is). The first movie is Fujiko’s Lie, and the third is Goemon’s Blood Spray.

After watching The Castle of Cagliostro, Jigen was my favorite of Lupin’s group, but that could have just been because he was the most prominent in that movie. However, Jigen’s Gravestone reaffirmed that I do like Jigen more than Fujiko, who’s currently my #2.

Jigen’s just a cool guy. I don’t really see how anyone couldn’t like him.

In my review of Fujiko’s Lie I mentioned that the movie had more mature content than I expected; the same is true for Jigen’s Gravestone. This time around, I was expecting the same amount of violence, but less sexual content.

Instead, what I got was more of both.

Arsene Lupin III and Daisuke Jigen from the anime movie Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen's Gravestone
Arsene Lupin III and Daisuke Jigen

I think the more violent tone of this movie, including the multiple assassinations, fit well into Jigen’s character. He’s gritty, and the movie dedicated to him depicted that much better than I think Fujiko’s Lie depicted Fujiko’s sexuality.

But then this movie also had that whole part with a naked, lubed up Fujiko in a glass box being attacked by a sexually suggestive death machine in a gimp suit. And despite how that sounds, I think Fujiko’s nudity in this movie felt less out of place than it did in her movie.

It still didn’t do her character any favors though. It basically just reaffirmed that Fujiko is only there for fan service even though she’s actually an interesting character in her own right.

Yael Okuzaki

One of the biggest differences between Fujiko’s Lie and Jigen’s Gravestone is the antagonist. The antagonists from both movies are genetically altered assassins created by some unknown organization. However, they’re both very different, and those differences have huge effects on the movies.

Binkam had a few supernatural powers which didn’t make much sense even after they were explained. Yael Okuzaki doesn’t have any supernatural powers, although that’s not necessarily clear from the start.

Instead, he uses some sci-fi technology, but I think that’s a better choice than using the supernatural to explain things. Yael’s right eye is connected to a device which allows him to tap into all of the security cameras around the city so he can follow his prey’s every move.

Yael Okuzaki from the anime movie Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen's Gravestone
Yael Okuzaki

Yael also uses actual weapons to perform his assassinations rather than a magical power, which is good. While he typically uses a sniper rifle, he also carries a small handgun just in case.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean he does things the normal way — there’s still some excitement and unpredictability built in. Yael is an expert in the robotic and various other engineering fields, so he has a whole host of other weapons at his disposal, including death machines and a car with a built in Gatling gun.

Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like he actually uses his robot monstrosities in his line of work — those are more of a hobby for him. But he does manufacture his other weapons, ammunition, and technology on his own.

Oh, and Yael rolls a die to determine how many bullets to use when killing his target.

Jigen’s Quickdraw

Where Fujiko had to use her sexuality, and hand to hand combat skills, to overcome the main antagonist in her respective movie, Jigen uses his gun-slinging skills.

If there was one thing that made this movie stand out compared to Fujiko’s Lie, it was the gun-slinging animation. Fujiko’s Lie also had some good animation, but it didn’t stand out nearly as much as it did in Jigen’s Gravestone. The duels between Jigen and Yael were definitely the highlights of the movie, as they should be.

Jigen’s final duel also felt like it actually had a purpose, unlike Fujiko’s final fight. Fujiko didn’t really need to kill Binkam — she had already poisoned his mind and made him question his loyalty to his employer. But for Jigen, the fight against Yael wasn’t about defeating a bad guy, it was about proving his own skills against a powerful rival.

Also, watching Jigen’s duels against Yael made me realize something about Lupin’s crew — they’re definitely the inspiration for Luffy’s crew in One Piece. Oda may have said as much in the past, but if he hasn’t, that’s definitely the case.

Lupin was created by Monkey Punch, and Luffy’s first name is Monkey. Also the two characters are fairly similar in that they just do whatever they want. Then we have Fujiko and Nami who are basically the same person even in appearance. And while Jigen wants to be the greatest gun-slinger, Zoro wants to be the greatest swordsman.

Am I going to find out in the next movie that Goemon is a chef who wants to find the All-Blue?

It’s interesting to see how the characters from this series have influenced those from more recent series over the decades.

Conclusion

Despite the fact that I liked Jigen’s Gravestone more overall than Fujiko’s Lie, I think it’s also an 8/10. The story wasn’t quite as strong, but I think basically every thing else was slightly better.

I’m interested to see what the final movie in the trilogy is like. Jigen played a pretty large role in both The Castle of Cagliostro and Fujiko’s Lie. Fujiko played a decently-sized role in Cagliostro and Jigen’s Gravestone. But what about Goemon?

He wasn’t present in either Fujiko’s Lie or Jigen’s Gravestone, and he was barely in Cagliostro at all. All I know about him is that he’s a samurai.

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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It anime series cover art
Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Overview

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It (Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita. / 理系が恋に落ちたので証明してみた。) is our first review of a 2020 anime. That is, an anime which began in 2020.

It’s a romantic comedy about “science-type” university students who attempt to use science to explain the concept of love. If you think that sounds pretty decent, you’re not alone, I did too. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Something I’ve discussed in the past somewhere on this site (good luck finding it, because I’m not going to) is the idea that anime ratings are somewhat relative. When I watch and rate an anime, I’m not doing so in a vacuum; previous anime I’ve watched will influence what I think.

This is what causes the main issue I have with Science Fell in Love.

If you’ve watched Kaguya-sama: Love is War, then you’ve already seen a better version of this same series. Seriously, Kaguya-sama is better in literally every way. I can’t think of one thing Science Fell in Love did better, or even at the same level.

However, it’s not as though these two series are mirror images of each other.

For example, Kaguya-sama is generally made up of individual sketches which don’t really have plot continuity between them. Science Fell in Love is a plot driven series with a definitive start, finish, and path in between. And rather than focusing on mini sketches, the series is structured around larger experiments the characters are performing.

Characters

There are five main characters in this series, as well as a number of side characters who aren’t really important enough for me to discuss. The side characters do effect the plot at times, but generally speaking they’re just background characters who occasionally step forward.

Ayame Himuro is one of our two scientists attempting to prove (or disprove) the existence of love. Specifically, she’s attempting to determine if she actually loves her fellow scientist, Shinya Yukimura, or not. And although she can be fairly extreme where science is concerned, she also allows her emotions to come into play frequently.

Shinya Yukimura is likewise attempting to prove (or disprove) his love for Himuro by using science. However, contrary to Himuro, Yukimura rarely ever allows his emotions to cloud his data. If Himuro were to confess her feelings to him, he would tell her to write a thesis on it to ensure it’s accurate.

Himuro and Yukimura from the anime series Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
Himuro and Yukimura

Kotonoha Kanade is the first of what I’ll call the “lesser-scientists.” They’re still science graduate students (I don’t believe any of these characters are undergrads), but they aren’t as crazy when it comes to science. Basically Kanade is just your typical student — she’s the character the audience can project themselves onto.

The final two characters are Ena Ibarada and Kosuke Inukai. These two are much more into games than they’re into science. Ibarada is constantly playing some game on her Nintendo DS, and Kosuke is obsessed with a certain dating simulation game.

What I like about these two final characters is that they’re actually childhood friends, and this plays into some of their gags. For example, Kosuke’s girl of choice in his dating sim games looks exactly like Ibarada, though he would never admit that’s the case.

Science

Potentially the best, or worst, part of this series is its use of science. It is a science-based anime after all, so of course there’s going to be some science involved. And the science that’s used is actually a lot better than in other anime, such as Dr. Stone which generally dumbs things down and bends the rules.

But while it’s nice to see that actual scientific ideas are being used, the way in which they’re explained could use some serious work.

As a general rule, a type of experiment or other scientific idea is first introduced by a character. Then, we get a scene of a stuffed animal bear named Rikekuma explain this idea to us. And finally, we see the idea put into practice by the characters.

It’s that middle step which causes the problem.

A Nintendo GameCube with Kanade in the foreground from the anime series Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
A Nintendo GameCube with Kanade in the foreground

I could say that the fact the series tells us how these scientific ideas work rather than showing us is bad, and that would be true to an extent. But I don’t think that explaining these ideas is the issue if the intent is to actually teach people about them. The issue is that they use this bear to explain the ideas in simplified terms.

It’s a series about graduate students studying science, so you’d probably expect the audience to be at least in college themselves. If you didn’t know this, the main characters for anime and manga series are generally the same age as their intended audience.

So rather than having a bear explain these ideas so middle schoolers can understand them, why not have the characters explain how they’re using these ideas in real time? Sometimes this happens, but generally only after we’ve already gotten the first explanation.

Conclusion

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It is a 5/10 from me. I wouldn’t call it bad, but there was also never a time when I actually wanted to watch it. And like I said towards the beginning of this review, there are other series, namely Kaguya-sama, which do basically the exact same thing, but better.

As for the OP and ED, they were pretty decent, but nothing special. The songs are alright. The visuals are alright. That’s basically all there is to say about that.

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Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope anime series cover art
Kids on the Slope

Overview

Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon / 坂道のアポロン) is a jazz-based drama series set in Japan in the latter half of the 1960s. And when I started watching this series, I didn’t know any of that. I went in completely blind, so if you’re reading this before watching it for yourself, you’re already going to have a different experience than I did.

The point when it became apparent that this anime was about music is late into the first episode. Up until then there’s some pretty normal high school-centered slice of life stuff going on, and then we’re taken into the basement under a record shop and the true nature of the series is revealed.

The fact that this basement is attached to a record shop, or even that Sentarou is down there playing the drums, isn’t what made it click for me that this is what the series was about, though. Instead, it was the attention to detail and quality of animation which was displayed during Sentarou’s initial performance.

Sentarou Kawabuchi playing the drums from the anime series Kids on the Slope
Sentarou Kawabuchi playing the drums

I’m a huge fan of series that can subvert my expectations and take the story in a direction I wasn’t expecting. But there’s something even more impressive about series that can seamlessly achieve this same level of subversion within the very first episode.

School-Live! is another great example of this in action, though it’s about as far as you can get from Kids on the Slope. But what makes the “twist” in Kids on the Slope so good is that not only does it not fundamentally change the series, but it makes you question what you thought the series was going to be to begin with.

I couldn’t tell you what I was thinking for the first 15 minutes.

Characters

While the side characters are certainly important in how they affect the relationships of the main trio, I’m going to stick to the main characters for the purposes of this review. There’s enough to say about Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko as it is.

Kaoru Nishimi is the protagonist. He comes from a wealthy family, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his life is ideal. He lives with his aunt and female cousin, both of whom treat him as though he’s an outsider. And because of this, his only way he can find solace is through his music — he enjoys classical by the way.

But Kaoru’s difficulties don’t stop there. He’s also kind of a nerd, suffers from panic attacks, and has just started attending classes at a new school where he has no friends. So basically normal high school-based protagonist stuff.

Although Kaoru is the main character, the series really revolves around his eventual friend, Sentarou Kawabuchi. Sentarou’s family situation is basically the opposite of Kaoru’s, he has opposite interests (still music, but Jazz, not classical), how he carries himself is different, and even his physique is different from Kaoru’s.

However, there’s just something about the way Sentarou loves his Jazz that’s infectious.

Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko from the anime series Kids on the Slope
Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko

Ritsuko Mukae is the least interesting of the three, as the female characters unfortunately are most of the time. Honestly, try to think of a male-male-female trio in anime in which the female character isn’t considered the weak link. But, she’s still (sort of) the glue that holds them together.

Really, it’s Ritsuko’s basement that holds them together because that’s where Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko’s dad play Jazz together, but we’ll give that one to Ritsuko. The only thing she really adds to the trio is the possibility for a love triangle, but what are the chances that would happen?

Life After the Slope

The titular slope that the titular kids are on in the title refers to the long hill the students have to walk up every day to get to school. However, although we hear some complaints about the slope throughout the series, it’s significance seemed to be tied with leaving school.

Sure, walking up the slope in the mornings probably sucked, but after school was out, we would always see some combination of Kaoru, Sentarou, and Ritsuko walking down the slope together as they headed for the record shop basement.

Spoilers for the end of the series are starting now.

After having seen the main characters descend the slope towards their underground jazz sanctuary so many times, I found the epilogue to be a lot more impactful. Sentarou disappears, Kaoru goes off to college in Tokyo, and Ritsuko is left alone back in the town they once shared.

There’s no more walking down the slope from the school and hanging out together. Once they go their separate was, the slope no longer plays a role and it becomes clear that it represented their friendship in some fashion.

But eight years after graduation, the three of them are finally reunited. Kaoru finds Sentarou living as a minister in training at a church on top of a slope, and the two share their first jazz session in almost a decade. Then they descend the slope just as they used to after school and run into Ritsuko at the bottom.

There’s no definitive conclusion to the series, but there doesn’t need to be. The fact that all three of them are together again at the bottom of a long, winding slope tells us everything we need to know.

Conclusion

If it weren’t for the epilogue, I probably would have given the series an 8. But the epilogue did such a good job of wrapping up the story that I have to give Kids on the Slope a 9/10. I’m not going to say that it’s broken into my top 10 anime, because it probably hasn’t, but it’s definitely one you should watch.

Normally this would be where I mention the OP/ED, but I actually haven’t seen them. For some reason I didn’t watch this series on Crunchyroll, and where I watched it had the OP/ED cut off the episodes. I’d go back and watch them, but at this point I don’t really see the purpose.

I’ll just say they’re probably good, and the song used at the end of the epilogue is probably either the OP or ED.

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Babylon

Babylon

Babylon anime series cover art
Babylon

Overview

Babylon (バビロン) could have been one of the best anime of 2019 if not for the final episode. But, I’ll save the spoilers for later on, so if you’re interested in finding out what went wrong, keep reading.

Honestly, this series had one of the most interesting plot concepts I’ve seen recently. It focuses on the idea of whether or not suicide should be legal, and discusses the pros and cons of each side. But it’s more than just a discussion of ideologies, it’s also a psychological crime thriller.

However, one of the reasons why the suicide question asked in this anime is so difficult to answer is because it groups all forms of suicide together as one. There’s no difference between jumping off a building, running into traffic, shooting yourself, or doctor assisted suicide.

And the reason that makes it a difficult question to answer is because there’s really two distinct groups that don’t go together here. On one hand you have something like a doctor assisted suicide where everything is done “by the book,” and on the other you have the more “impulsive” versions of suicide.

And when I call things like jumping off a building “impulsive” suicides, I don’t mean that those people thought about their actions any less than someone who chose the medical route. It’s simply that there isn’t a specific process they need to go through first.

So when the characters who need to decide whether or not suicide is “good” or “evil” are weighing the options, the fact that all forms of suicide are grouped together presents the biggest issue. It would probably have been easy for them to declare some versions legal while others not, but that’s not the question at hand.

Characters

Zen Seizaki is a police detective living in a special section of Japan which has been designated as a test city for new laws. Basically, the city is independently governed, and any law can be put on the books as long as it wins a popular vote. Other regions of Japan and the rest of the world can then see if the laws work out or not before implementing them as well.

Now, a suicide law being introduced for a vote wouldn’t normally concern a police officer in this city, except for the fact that this law was introduced during and immediately after a mass suicide. Clearly these suicides weren’t a natural occurrence, and so Zen is tasked with determining if these suicides were actually homicides.

Zen Seizaki at his desk from the anime series Babylon
Zen Seizaki at his desk

Hiasa Sekuro is a prosecutor who begins working as Zen’s partner for some reason. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure prosecutor’s don’t go out and solve crimes with detectives. Maybe she’s actually not a prosecutor, but an investigator from the prosecutor’s office? That would make more sense.

What I liked about Hiasa is that even though she’s supposed to be the “legal” side of the detective pair, she doesn’t really act like it. She’s supposed to be keeping Zen in check and making sure he does everything by the book, but she’s typically the first person to look the other way when questionable tactics are required.

Ai Magase is the main villain of the series, which in itself may be a spoiler I guess. I can’t really talk about her without including spoilers though, so let me just say that she’s definitely not the best antagonist of the year, or even of the season — that’s Askeladd from Vinland Saga. However, she’s still interesting in her own right.

The End of Babylon

Obviously I can’t discuss the end of Babylon without spoiling the series, so this section is going to be extremely spoiler heavy. You’ve been warned.

First of all, this may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually liked the shift the second half of this series took towards America and the president. It was a great way to keep the story fresh and introduce new perspectives on the ideology of the suicide law.

However, the very end of the series left a lot to be desired. Zen shooting the president before he has a chance to take his own life was about as good of an ending to the president’s arc as we were going to get, but we were rushed to that point.

There wasn’t really enough setup to make that scene as impactful as it should have been.

Ai Magase from the anime series Babylon
Ai Magase

And then there’s the ending, where Zen comes face to face with Ai on the rooftop, the screen goes black, and we hear a gunshot. My first thought was that Ai dying like that was a bad ending. Then I thought maybe there’s going to be a sequel since we didn’t see her die. But then we got the post-credits ending.

It turns out that Ai is still alive, and it’s implied that Zen shot himself.

Why would Zen do that? He had talked to Ai many times before and never felt the urge to kill himself. Also, with this ending we never actually learned how Ai got people to kill themselves. All we know is that it’s just something people feel when they talk to her.

Basically, the major mystery of the series which we’ve been trying to solve over the past 13 episodes is left without a conclusion. And not only is there no conclusion, but we’re no closer to an answer than when we started.

Conclusion

I won’t rule out the fact that there might be a second season of Babylon at some point. It is based on a novel after all. But I don’t think there will ever be one. It really seems like where the anime left off is where it’s going to stay, regardless of whether or not that was the end of the source material.

And, although I think the ending was done extremely poorly, overall this series is still a 7/10 from me. It would have been an 8 if the final episode wasn’t what it was, but I still enjoyed the ride. And if you’re into psychological series, I think you’ll probably enjoy it as well.

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