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The Aquatope on White Sand

The Aquatope on White Sand

The Aquatope on White Sand anime series cover art
The Aquatope on White Sand

Series Overview

The Aquatope on White Sand (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope / 白い砂のアクアトープ) is an original slice of life drama anime by the animation studio P.A. Works. P.A. Works is known for its slice of life drama series, so you’d think it’d be a safe pick if you’re looking for a good anime.

However, whether or not a P.A. Works anime will stick the landing or not is more like a 50/50 chance. And that’s the reason I chose to watch The Aquatope on White Sand. I wanted to see if it would nail the ending or if it would crash and burn like the last P.A. Works original, The Day I Became a God.

Spoiler: It didn’t crash and burn. But, as I’ll get into later, that doesn’t mean that it was a particularly great anime.

Alright, so this series is all about aquariums, as you may have suspected from the title and cover art. However, I have no idea what an aquatope is. When I tried to look up the definition, all the results were just about this anime.

Based on context from the series itself, my best guess is that an aquatope is a made-up word for an aquarium tank that completely surrounds a room. With that guessed definition in mind, the title of the series makes sense. But, what exactly an aquatope is doesn’t actually matter at all. I just thought it was interesting that they seem to have made up a word.

Oh, and beyond just being about aquariums, the series is about two girls who work at a small aquarium and how that experience shapes their lives. It’s not a yuri or shoujo ai anime, though. So don’t go into it expecting that to be the case.

Main Characters

Kukuru Misakino is one of the two protagonists of the series. Her grandfather runs the small aquarium previously mentioned, called Gama Gama Aquarium. Because of this, she’s grown up around the aquarium all her life and can’t imagine doing anything not related to the aquarium with her life.

Fuuka Miyazawa is the other protagonist. She’s a former idol who ran away after determining that her career wasn’t going anywhere. She ends up at Gama Gama and begins working there while staying with Kukuru and her grandparents. Fuuka doesn’t initially care much about aquariums, but she develops an appreciation for them and the animals over time.

There’s a fairly large cast of supporting characters who are worth mentioning. But since I don’t want to go on for too long about the characters, I’m going to group them based on where they work.

Fuuka looking at an aquarium tank from the anime series The Aquatope on White Sand
Fuuka looking at an aquarium tank

First up we have those who work outside aquariums. These are Tsukimi “Udon-chan” Teruya and Karin Kudaka. Tsukimi is one of Kukuru’s friends and works at a restaurant owned by her mother. Karin works for the local tourism board but hopes to one day work as an attendant at an aquarium.

Next are the other Gama Gama employees aside from Kukuru and Fuuka. These are Kai Nakamura, Kuuya Yakamashi, and Guden “Umi-yan” Gousuke. Kai is one of Kukuru’s friends. Kuuya has a fear of women. And Umi-yan is an older employee with a bad back.

Lastly, there are the employees of the new Tingarla Aquarium. These are Kaoru Shimabukuru, Chiyu Haebaru, Maria Yonekura, Eiji Higa, and the intern Akari Maeda. Akari works in sales while the others are all attendants who work with the animals.

After the first cour of the series, Gama Gama shuts down and its employees are hired to work at Tingarla (along with Karin).

P.A. Works Twist

A lot of P.A. Works anime, most notably those written by Jun Maeda, have some sort of supernatural twist at the end. That’s usually what makes or breaks the series. Up until that point, a lot of the P.A. Works anime I’ve watched are fairly mundane and my score all comes down to the end.

Of course, there are notable series for which this doesn’t apply, like Shirobako, which is very good, and Sakura Quest, which I think is very boring. But Angel Beats!, Another, and the aforementioned The Day I Became a God all feature defining, supernatural twists toward the end.

The first cour of The Aquatope on White Sand has some supernatural stuff in it. Gama Gama Aquarium has a mystical power that sometimes shows people their deceased loved ones. And there’s a young boy who runs around the town who appears to be a deity of some sort.

Kukuru and Fuuka from the anime series The Aquatope on White Sand
Kukuru and Fuuka

Because of those supernatural phenomena, I was anticipating a classic P.A. Works twist to come at the end of the series. However, it never happened. The big twist this time around was that there was no twist despite it appearing that there would be one.

There’s never really an explanation for the deity boy who makes a few appearances throughout the series. I guess he’s just supposed to be a representation that something is watching over Kukuru. But maybe that’s completely wrong. I don’t know.

As for the mystical power of Gama Gama, I think that’s just a way to represent the “magic” of aquariums in general. Originally, it’s implied this phenomenon is unique to Gama Gama. But once Tingarla develops a character of its own, the same thing happens there too.

Now, I don’t think it’s inherently good or bad that The Aquatope on White Sand didn’t have a supernatural twist at the end. But, those twists are often what make the series emotional. And The Aquatope on White Sand was missing that emotional element.

Conclusion

Overall, I think The Aquatope on White Sand is a 6/10. It looks really pretty. And I think the characters and plot are pretty decent. But it’s also very bland in a lot of ways. It didn’t have the emotional appeal of something like Angel Beats! and it wasn’t a lot of fun to watch like Shirobako.

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My Senpai is Annoying

My Senpai is Annoying

My Senpai is Annoying anime series cover art
My Senpai is Annoying

Series Overview

My Senpai is Annoying (Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi / 先輩がうざい後輩の話) is a slice of life, romantic-comedy anime about a child-sized office worker and her annoying, oversized senpai.

If that description is giving you Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! flashbacks, don’t worry. Takeda(-senpai) isn’t actually annoying in the way Uzaki was. Igarashi just calls him annoying because he treats her more like a child than a coworker. Takeda is only annoying to Igarashi, not the viewer.

Aside from that, very important, distinction, My Senpai is Annoying does play out very similarly to Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! The roles may be reversed this time, but it still follows the same general monogamous rom-com pattern that Uzaki did. One character is annoyed by the other, but then develops feelings for them over time that they’re afraid to confess.

And, that brings us to my main complaint with the series. It’s very generic and doesn’t do anything that would set it apart from similar series. The primary “gimmick” of this anime is simply that the female lead is really short while the male lead is really large.

Do you know what other, better rom-com had that same gimmick? Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. It’s made by the same studio (Doga Kobo), and although it’s from 2014, I don’t think it “looks any older” than My Senpai is Annoying. If you liked this series, that’s my recommendation for you.

This is definitely a better anime than The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!, which also aired this season and seemed to be somewhat highly anticipated. But at the same time, I think that, as with Jahy, what made the manga good may have been partially lost when it was adapted into an anime.

Main Characters

Futaba Igarashi is the protagonist of the series. Despite her size, she is, in fact, a “grown” adult of at least 20 years old. We know that much because she can legally drink and that’s the drinking age in Japan. As you might expect, Igarashi is extremely self-conscious about her height — and other proportions.

Harumi Takeda is Igarashi’s titular “annoying” senpai in the sales division of their workplace. I think they work at a print advertising company or something like that. Anyway, he’s large, loud, and likes to take Igarashi out to eat during and/or after their client meetings.

Igarashi and Takeda from the anime series My Senpai is Annoying
Igarashi and Takeda

Touko Sakurai is another one of Igarashi’s coworkers and my personal favorite character of the series. Sakurai is the girl in whom all the men in the office (except for Takeda) are interested. She’s also the envy of Igarashi because, you know, Igarashi is completely flat while Sakurai isn’t.

If Sakurai is the best female character, then Souta Kazama is the best male character. His character trope is that of the constantly-bored-looking, loner gamer. You know, kind of like Ishigami from Kaguya-sama: Love is War. Unfortunately, a lot of the content of the series that would be good because it involves Kazama is brought down by supporting characters I like less.

One of those characters I like less is Natsume Kurobe, Igarashi’s friend from her days in school (I forget if it was high school or university). She has dark skin, which is always nice to see in anime. But she’s also just your typical sporty girl who’s not very interesting as a character.

And the last character I’ll mention is Sakurai’s younger brother, Yuuto Sakurai. He’s the one who frequently appears in Kazama’s scenes and makes them worse, though Natsume does this to an extent as well.

Best Couple

The best thing about My Senpai is Annoying is that the two best characters form the best couple of the series. That’s right, Sakurai x Kazama is better than Igarashi x Takeda. Apparently, this isn’t a universal opinion and I’m legitimately not sure why. Sakurai x Kazama is better in literally every way.

Individually, Sakurai and Kazama are better characters than Igarashi and Takeda. So, naturally, they’re a better couple, as well. And, they’re actually a couple (eventually), unlike Igarashi and Takeda. I’d much rather watch an actual couple than whatever Igarashi and Takeda are.

Sakurai also reminds me a lot of Takagi-san, which is getting a new season this year, by the way. Considering how much I love the relationship Takagi has with Nishikata, it’s no wonder I like Sakurai’s relationship with Kazama.

Sakurai and Kazama from the anime series My Senpai is Annoying
Sakurai and Kazama

If this series was actually about Sakurai and Kazama with Igarashi and Takeda being the supporting characters, I think it would be better. However, I do recognize that part of my Sakurai and Kazama bias may come from the fact that they’re supporting characters and not the main focus of the series.

If Igarashi and Takeda were the supporting characters, I’d probably be writing about how I want the series to focus more on them right now. But, maybe that’s not necessarily true. Most people I know prefer Yuki and Tooru over Hori and Miyamura in Horimiya. But I didn’t.

To be fair, those people were all manga readers as far as I know, and the Horimiya anime didn’t exactly explore Yuki and Tooru all that much. So, maybe that’s a bad comparison. But I brought it up just to show that I’m not automatically biased against the main couple in rom-coms.

Anyway, I just want to see a cute anime couple doing cute anime couple things and Sakurai and Kazama gave me that (sort of).

Conclusion

My Senpai is Annoying is a 6/10. It’s fine. It’s acceptable. It’s above average. But that’s all it really is. And that sentiment extends to the OP and ED of the series as well. I think I watched them both once before determining they were skippable.

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Mieruko-chan

Mieruko-chan

Mieruko-chan anime series cover art
Mieruko-chan

Series Overview

Mieruko-chan (見える子ちゃん) is a supernatural horror/comedy series about a girl who one day can suddenly see ghosts. It also features a decent amount of ecchi, which is weird, but I’ll save that for later in the review.

I want to explain the title of this series here at the start of the review because I don’t want the title to go over the heads of anyone with no Japanese knowledge. Mieruko-chan isn’t the name of the protagonist of the series. It’s a play on her name, which is Miko.

Miko’s name is spelled as みこ. Mieruko is spelled 見える子. Mieru (見える) means to be seen and ko (子) means child. So Mieruko translates to something along the lines of “child with sight,” which is a reference to the fact that Miko can see ghosts and other spirits.

With today’s Japanese lesson out of the way, what’s the series actually about other than a girl who sees dead people? Well, that’s basically it. Miko can see all these terrifying ghosts that most people can’t, and that changes how she interacts with the world around her.

Something many of these ghosts ask those they cross paths with is “Can you see me?” Miko doesn’t know what would happen to her if a ghost learns she can see it, and she doesn’t want to find out. For this reason, she has to act like she doesn’t see them no matter what they’re doing or how scary they are.

Obviously, she’d love nothing more than to have nothing to do with these ghosts. But unfortunately for her, they’re everywhere. And on top of that, she frequently has to steer her best friend Hana, who can’t see ghosts, away from them without alerting her to their existence.

Main Characters

Miko Yotsuya was your typical high school girl until she awoke one day to find that she could see all sorts of scary things. There’s not really all that much else to say about her that I haven’t already said. But, I will mention that she can see good spirits too. So it’s not all bad.

Kyousuke Yotsuya is Miko’s younger brother. He’s not really that important in the grand scheme of things. But since there aren’t many characters of note, I felt like adding him. He enjoys watching horror shows on TV, particularly with his sister.

Hana Yurikawa is a more important character. In a lot of ways, she’s the opposite of Miko. For example, there’s no way she’d be able to stay calm if she saw a ghost as Miko does. And Hana appears to have an ability that converts the calories she eats into a holy aura that eradicates ghosts.

Miko and a ghost from the anime series Mieruko-chan
Miko and a ghost

Yuria Niguredou is a loner girl who Miko and Hana befriend. Like Miko, Yuria has “the sight.” But unlike Miko, Yuria’s sight is relatively weak. She can only see small, fairly harmless ghosts, not the massive, terrifying, and potentially deadly ones that Miko can.

Mitsue Takeda is an old fortune-teller who Yuria looks up to and wants to be like. Yuria learns of Miko’s sight after the latter visits Mitsue in search of prayer beads that will keep the ghosts at bay. Mitsue retires to her son’s house out in the country after witnessing Miko’s power.

Zen Toono is a man who’s haunted multiple spirits, including a bunch of cats and an extremely possessive woman. Why’s this random guy worthy of mentioning? Because he’s a recurring character who has a whole arc dedicated to him.

Horror x Ecchi

Here’s the part of the review in which I start to get a bit critical of Mieruko-chan. I don’t think it’s a particularly good anime. And the biggest reason for that is simply that it’s part horror and part ecchi. The comedy portion of the series doesn’t really matter to me.

Horror anime generally aren’t good. I’m sorry, horror fans, but it’s true. Parasyte -the maxim- and School-Live! might be the only horror anime I’ve seen that I would actually consider being good. But Parasyte is also a thriller and School-Live! has some mystery elements, which make them better than your standard horror.

Alright, so Mieruko-chan isn’t a great horror anime. I expected that when I started watching the series, so it’s not a huge deal. But Mieruko-chan also features ecchi, particularly in the first half of the season, and it’s an odd choice to mix with horror.

Miko in the bath from the anime series Mieruko-chan
Miko in the bath

Obviously, the ecchi was a bad thing for the series because it detracted from the horror. All I want is for a horror anime to actually be scary. And I can assure you that it’s not going to be scary if it’s showing me a cute anime girl naked in the bath, no matter what ghosts may appear.

But don’t get me wrong, the ecchi was probably the best part of the whole anime. There was a lot of great content from the episode when Miko took a bath. But, the fact that the ecchi was so good is actually a bad thing, as well.

All the ecchi scenes really did was show me that this series would have been better if it just went all-in on both the horror or the ecchi. If you’re going to make a horror anime, make it a horror anime. And if you’re going to make great ecchi content, just make that the focus of the series.

Conclusion

Mieruko-chan is a 5/10. It does things well, like the ecchi. But it doesn’t commit to any one thing and I think that’s what hurts the series. It doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be, and so it will never truly be good.

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! anime series cover art
The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

Series Overview

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! (Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai! / ジャヒー様はくじけない!) is a comedy series about a demon girl named Jahy attempting to restore the Dark Realm after it was destroyed by a magical girl. And since it takes place in our world, it’s technically a reverse isekai.

At the beginning of the series, a magical girl infiltrates the Dark Realm and destroys the source of its power, the mana crystal. This causes the Dark Realm to implode and send its non-mob inhabitants and the millions of shards of the mana crystal into our world.

Jahy, the former second in command of the Dark Realm only behind the Dark Lord, finds herself in this unfamiliar world. And without the power of the mana crystal, Jahy has regressed from her typically regal appearance to a chibi state.

The rest of the series follows Jahy as she battles the magical girl and collects shards of the mana crystal to both restore the Dark Realm and her own power. Or, at least, that’s what Jahy probably believed the rest of the series is going to be like at the start of her ordeal.

In reality, Jahy often gets distracted from her ultimate goal. She gets a job at a pub, becomes friends with a local elementary schooler, and spends more time thinking of plans to gather mana crystal shards than she does actually gathering them.

While not a slice of life anime, this series really is just about the daily life of Jahy and the various situations she gets herself in. And, as I’ll discuss in more detail later on in this review, that’s the glaring problem with The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

Main Characters

Jahy is the titular protagonist and former #2 of the Dark Realm. The majority of her personality at the start of the series revolves around her former standing in Dark Realm society. However, as the series progresses, she’s influenced more by humans and develops into a slightly less one-dimensional character.

Druj is a demon who served under Jahy within the Dark Realm and is completely committed to serving her in our world as well. But, unlike Jahy, Druj is extremely competent and succeeds at everything she does. This often leads Jahy to feel like a failure by comparison — which she is.

Kyouko Jinguu is the magical girl who destroyed the mana crystal and the entirety of the dark realm. When she’s not attending high school, she’s collecting shards of the mana crystal to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands and causing misfortune. However, she also seems to enjoy the misfortune these shards bring upon her.

Jahy from the anime series The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
Jahy

Store Manager is the manager of the pub Jahy is employed at. I actually didn’t realize that she didn’t have a name until I began writing this review. She’s the wholesome “ara ara ” type of character, which makes her one of the best characters in the series.

Landlady, who I’m also just now learning doesn’t have a name, is the younger sister of Store Manager and is Jahy’s landlord. The only reason she gave Jahy an apartment is because her older sister talked her into it — something she regrets every time she has to track Jahy down to collect rent.

And the last character I want to mention is Kokoro because she’s probably the best character in the whole series. Kokoro is an elementary schooler whom Jahy befriends while searching for mana crystal shards on a local playground. She reminds me a lot of Shiori from Non Non Biyori Nonstop.

Long, Slow, and Boring

Earlier in this review, I mentioned that the worst thing about the series is that it simply follows the daily life of Jahy. That may work fine in manga format. But when adapted into an anime, it ends up being painfully boring.

Most slice of life anime have something that makes them interesting. Usually, it’s the characters, but other times it’s the situations the characters find themselves in. The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! doesn’t have good characters or many entertaining situations for those characters to interact within.

The aforementioned Non Non Biyori is infinitely more entertaining than Jahy, despite literally being about girls doing nothing in the middle of nowhere. Jahy has so much more to work with considering supernatural abilities are a part of the series. And yet, it somehow manages to do less.

Su from the anime series The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!
Su

On top of being boring, the episodes all feel extremely slow. Since nothing entertaining happens for 22 minutes, it’s not much different from doing nothing for that time. Most of the time, I did something else, such as play a game, while watching the episodes. But when I didn’t, they felt like they were an hour long.

And, to make matters worse, this isn’t a single cour (12-episode) series, either. It has 20 episodes for you to slog through. I think making this a 20-episode anime is probably what made this series as bad as it is.

Think about it, if the series was condensed down to 12 episodes, each episode would have faster pacing and more would get accomplished in each one. Because the director had 20 episodes to work with, they spread all that content out even though it would have worked fine within a single cour.

Some episodes probably could have even been cut entirely, if I’m being honest.

Conclusion

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! is a 4/10 from me. It’s definitely a bad anime and I really wouldn’t recommend it. But it’s not as if it’s absolutely terrible. And I do think it probably works fine as a manga. The concept itself isn’t flawed, unlike plenty of other anime I’ve reviewed.

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Deep Insanity: The Lost Child

Deep Insanity: The Lost Child

Deep Insanity: The Lost Child anime series cover art
Deep Insanity: The Lost Child

Series Overview

Deep Insanity: The Lost Child (ディープインサニティ) is a very bad anime. I don’t want anyone reading this to get any misunderstandings about that. It’s bad and I don’t recommend it in any way. In fact, I’m mad that I watched it. But, I’ll get to why that is later on.

The general plot of this series is that there’s a giant abyss in Antarctica known as the Asylum. Within this pit live monsters known as Scarred and mysterious people known as Exiles. However, the Asylum also holds rare earth elements that countries and corporations alike seek.

Due to the potential for riches that the Asylum provides, private military contractors have set up shop around the Asylum. The agents who work for these contractors are known as Sleepers and specialize in missions within the dangerous environment of the Asylum.

So far, that probably sounds pretty good. But, the writing is bad, the characters are bland tropes, for the most part, and the animation is sub-par. Honestly, the only redeeming quality of this series is the OP song, Inochi no Tomoshibi by Konomi Suzuki.

Speaking of the sub-par animation, absolutely awful 3D GCI animation is used for the monsters in the asylum. And I think the same may have been used for some of the futuristic weapons used by the Sleepers, though I remember those looking better.

So if you’re hoping for a series that looks good, you won’t find it here. And if you’re someone who can look past bad animation as long as the story is good, you won’t find that either. There are a ton of holes in the plot and it felt like every other episode was a random slice of life episode.

Vera Platoon

Vera Platoon is the platoon the main characters of the series are assigned to. It’s named after its commander, Vera Rustamova. Normally, I’d try not to include major spoilers just yet. But because this series is so bad, I will. Commander Vera is eventually revealed to have the ability to turn back time, which she uses in an attempt to assassinate herself.

No, she doesn’t go back in time. She turns back time. If you’re wondering how that helps her assassinate herself, welcome to the club. This is never actually explained and instead contradicts what we see in the anime itself.

Shigure Daniel Kai is the protagonist of the series and is your generic, bland, self-insert character. He’s a “good guy” who would never do anything bad and dreams to be a superhero. Oh, and later in the series, his backstory is retconned to turn him into some elite special forces sniper.

Shigure Daniel Kai from the anime series Deep Insanity: The Lost Child
Shigure Daniel Kai

Leslie Blanc is the 2nd in command of the platoon and is trans(?). Despite being biologically male, they often refer to themself in a feminine way, and the other members of the platoon use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to them (in the translations). Leslie was probably the best character, but then got killed off.

The other two Sleepers in the platoon are Lawrence Larry Jackson (Larry is part of his name, not a nickname) and Reika Kobato. Larry has a brain injury that prevents him from feeling fear and Kobato is a fujoshi who’s self-conscious about her prosthesis.

Lastly, there’s Sumire Mochinoki, whose official title is “Sanity Anchor.” Originally, the Asylum was described as being a place that caused people to go mad, and so the Sanity Anchor was meant to monitor the vitals of the Sleepers in the field.

However, that whole “the Asylum causes insanity” thing was dropped about 2 episodes in, and Sumire is revealed to be a former idol.

False Advertisement

The biggest problem I have with Deep Insanity is actually that the series advertised itself as something very different than what it actually is. It advertised itself as practically a sci-fi version of Made in Abyss.

It’s supposed to be about a giant abyss that draws people from around the world to it, is full of dangerous creatures, and causes those who spend too long in it to develop “Randolph Syndrome” and go insane.

However, none of this is really true. People go to work as Sleepers in the Asylum when they have no other prospects in life, there are whole communities living within the Asylum just fine, and the Randolph Syndrom/insanity angle was dropped almost immediately, as I mentioned.

Basically, everything that made the series sound good turned out to be too good to be true.

Sumire Mochinoki from the anime series Deep Insanity: The Lost Child
Sumire Mochinoki

On top of that, the trailer for the series makes sure to show as little as possible. This gave it a mysterious and almost adventurous feeling. But it turns out they did that so they wouldn’t have to show how terrible the animation actually was.

And, in all the key visuals for the series, as well as the original cover art which I didn’t include in this review, the series looks different too. Out of the three characters featured in this art, only one of them exists in the anime, Shigure.

The art prominently featured a female character wearing a tight bodysuit and sunglasses and holding a large rifle. Her design is really cool. But she’s not in the anime.

Ultimately, the synopsis used for the series only describes the first episode, the trailer hid what the series actually looked like, and the key visuals advertised something we never got. It’s Rail Romanesque all over again.

Conclusion

As much as I want to give it a lower score, I’m going to give Deep Insanity: The Lost Child a 3/10. It had potential. There were interesting things that could have been done with Leslie and Larry (but weren’t). And there were a few plot developments that could have been cool if they were actually explored.

The anime should be renamed Deep Insanity: What Could Have Been.

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