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Spring 2018 Anime Premieres (Part 2)

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Back again! Here’s the second half of what I reviewed this season. Some unexpected gems and also the worst the season has to offer.

As always, one line summaries are also linked to my longer reviews.

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Cutie Honey Universe

I’ve wanted to try out Cutie Honey for a while but this just isn’t the installment for it, making Honey a teenager despite several franchise installments where she’s an adult and amping up all the stale, homophobic jokes from the original 70s incarnation. Gimme Re: Cutie Honey instead.

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Golden Kamuy

I’m late to the party but this is damned fun and striking, with a dedication to showcasing Ainu culture in a respectful way and a solid main dynamic. The CG is hilarious but so far it hasn’t shot things in the foot.

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Last Period: the journey to the end of despair

This came right the fuck out of nowhere and surprised me by being a 90s-style “broke losers in an absurd universe” comedy spinning off of mobile game logic the way Slayers prods at D&D. It’s got charm.

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Butlers x Battlers

It’s smug, ugly, dull, and really hates women despite ostensibly marketing to them. I want to punch its stupid face.

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Doreiku the Animation

I expected it to be sleazy, it’s right there in the “tech that enslaves people” premise. I’m insulted by the fact that it seems to think it has Deep Thoughts. I have more respect for outright porn than these masturbatory troglodytes.

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Spring 2018 Premiere Digest

Here’s all the premieres with content warnings in one place, both my reviews and the rest of the team’s.

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  1. I honestly wasn’t all that bothered by the CG bear in Golden Kamuy. Sure, it wasn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, but a lot of people seemed to think the CG was enough for them to drop the show completely. Which I could understand if the bear was going to become a recurring character or something, but otherwise, I’m mystified. (Plus, I found the CG in Piano no Mori way more irksome, just for a comparison point.)

    • Well, hunting is a big component of the series, so if ALL the CG animals look that awkward and bad (the wolf didn’t look stellar either) then it could risk becoming a notable issue.
      Plus, if the goal was to have the Wenkamuy look unearthly, it’s not so good that it looked exactly the same as the regular bear.

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