Visitors of Varms.net and listeners of the Spoony Bard podcast know by now that there is one thing around here we love as much as video games- anime. Unfortunately, we have not made very many endeavors to cover it, until now. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are many services that will allow viewers to watch anime shortly after it airs in Japan, and I have found myself glued to my television every week to watch these goodies as fast as I can get them. Each week I’m going to cover the shows I am watching, with a brief description of what’s going on (spoiler free, of course), and if I’m enjoying the show. Keep in mind I won’t hesitate to drop a show if I lose interest, but I will mention if I do and the reasons I dropped it.
This show takes place in the year 2040, in a world where everyone uses “neuro-synchronization” technology. This technology merges man and computer, allowing it’s users to be connected to the internet and even dive into virtual worlds and play virtual reality MMOs. The story surrounds a boy named Haruyuki Arita who is picked on for being short and overweight, and plays VRMMO games to escape from his miserable reality.
One day Haruyuki is approached by a classmate he has a crush on to meet her during lunch. When he does, she asks him to download and run a program called “Brain Burst.” This program allows the user to enter the “accelerated world”, where the time seems to almost be at a standstill. This week’s episode ended right when things got very interesting, but that is to be expected for the first episode of a show like this. This show has some very cool concepts and has lots of potential, and I’m looking forward to more.
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? OF THE DEAD
(Is This a Zombie? 2nd season)
That’s right folks- Korean Zombie Desk Car is back! Season one offered a crazy mix of comedy, action, and drama, and this episode kicked off with that signature zaniness that kept me watching the first season. The wacky cast is joined by a new character, this time it’s a cute girl with a severe drinking problem that barfs rainbows. It also seems that the megalo monsters are back, meaning poor Ayumu must continue to cross-dress as a magical girl to fight them. I’m excited to see what crazy antics are to come from this show for the rest of the season, especially since this episode was better than I expected it to be.
Medaka Box is one of the most highly-anticipated shows of this season, since it’s an adaptation of a popular manga and it comes out of studio Gainax. Never having read the Manga, I have no idea what I’m getting into, but Gainax seldom disappoints. The show is about a super-popular girl named Medaka, and girl that became the class president with 98% of the vote. Her main policy as president is having a suggestion box where students can submit whatever problems they are having, and the student council will solve them. The show has a vibe to it similar to Gurren Lagann, probably because Medaka seems to be like a female version of Kamina. Medaka has a determined, positive to the point of madness attitude and may turn out to be a very interesting character. The show still seems to be establishing itself, so I’m not quite sure how I feel about this show after the first episode, but I’m still interested to see more.
(A Summer-Colored Miracle)
This kind of show tends to be something I would normally pass on, but I decided to give it a shot after hearing some buzz around it after it aired. It’s about four girls that gather around a rock that is said to grant the wishes of close friends, and one day they find out it seems to be true. The show starts off like a typical “slice of life” drama, seemingly grounded in reality, but the first episode ends with flying girls. I am not quite sold on this show at the moment, but there is some potential here.
Nazo no Kanojo X
(Mysterious Girlfriend X)
I picked this show up because of it has a rather strange premise, and I just had to see it with my own eyes. This is a love story about Akira and his unusual girlfriend, Mikoto. The two begin to date shortly after, get ready for this; Akira develops a physical addiction to Mikoto’s drool. Yes, you read that right, the main character has to taste drool from his girlfriend once a day or he becomes ill. How did he become hooked on her drool in the first place? Well, he tasted some of her drool from a desk she was napping on; because that is the first thing you should do when you see the bodily fluids of another person. I am watching this show only because I am curious to see where on earth they are going to go with such an insane story.
This one is about a guy named Chihiro that is obsessed with all things zombie: movies, games, toys, you name it. His love of zombies reaches an extreme when he begins to develop a fetish for zombies. One day, his cat is struck by a vehicle, and he attempts to revive his dead cat with a resurrection potion he makes with instructions from writings from an old temple. In this episode he bumps into a wealthy and popular girl from a nearby school while trying to revive his dead cat and not much else happened. I’m not sure if I will dig this show, but things could get interesting.
Upotte!! is the only show with a stranger premise than Mysterious Girlfriend X. This show is about girls that are anthropomorphized assault rifles, and proof that Japan will turn anything into cute girls. Each of the girls personalities are derived from the features of the rifles they represent, as well as their country of origin. This show offers a strange brand of humor wrapped around a concept that seems too crazy to be real. So far the show has been pretty funny, and the weird idea behind it has captivated my interest.