Fragglepuss Anime Review 233: Military!

Military!

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Slice of Life, Ecchi, Comedy, Military

First Aired: Winter 2015, 12 short-form episodes

Summary: The story takes place during a fight between the Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic. Yano Souhei, a seemingly normal high school student, appears to save the Krakozhia Dukedom. Colonel Aira is a voluptuous commissioned officer in the Krakozhia military who is the commanding officer of the trigger-happy Lieutenant Lutgalnikov and the clumsy Second Lieutenant Haruka. On the other end is Sergeant Shakirov, an assassin sent by Grania to eliminate Sohhei.

At least you know what you’re getting into with Military. It’s ridiculous, full of fan-service, and is not shy about it. There is a decent amount of tanks and weaponry as well as an excessive amount of chibi. It’s not to be taken seriously, which is obvious through the over-the-top violence combined with sexual innuendo.

You might enjoy this if: You’re not wary of cartoonish violence and sexual innuendo. You will know if this is the show for you by the end of the first 3-minute episode.

You might not like it if: You want a series with substance and a fulfilling story.

Similar Series: Survival Game Club, Hetalia Axis Powers, Full Metal Panic, Plastic Nee San, Brave Witches, Ben-To

Note to the Viewer: Military is adapted by the animation studio Creators in Pack and is their first release.

Military! Opening

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 232: Donyatsu

Donyatsu

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Short-Form, Cats, Food?

First Aired: Summer 2013, 12 short-form episodes

Summary: It’s sometime in the 21st century. Tokyo is a wasteland that’s inhabited by cat-donut hybrids. The cats are somehow able to maintain a positive attitude in the post-apocalyptic future devoid of human life. Whether the cats are playing video games or dealing with a tummy ache, they always find amusing ways to pass the time.

I know you’re probably thinking, “What is this? Another cat/food hybrid anime?”. Let me tell you, Donyatsu shares some similarities with other short-form animal anime, but it definitely has a feel of its own. The episodes are short and sweet, the animation is as simple as it comes, and the soundtrack is basically the same riff over and over, but you can finish the entire series in 20 minutes so what do you have to lose?

You might enjoy this if: You have a few minutes to spare for a lighthearted and strange show.

You might not like it if: You don’t want to waste your time with a simple series that will be over by the time you figure out what’s going on.

Similar Series: Bananya, Mitchiri Neko, Sekko Boys, The Master of Killing Time, Aggretsuko, Lovely Muuuuuuuco, Bonobono, How to Keep a Mummy, Neko Ramen

Note to the Viewer: If you care enough to pay attention, each of the cats is a hybrid with a different type of bread, from a donut to a bagel to a croquette.

Donyatsu Episode 10

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Salt Lake Gaming Con 2018

Salt Lake Gaming Con 2018

Mountain America Expo Center

Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday July 6th – Saturday July 7th, 2018

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Another year another Salt Lake Gaming Con (SLGC)! Guests at this year’s convention included: Charles Martinet (the voice of Mario), Christopher Judge, Danielle Bisutti, Jeremy Davies, Robert Craighead, Patricia Summersett, Elizabeth Maxwell, Andi Gibson, Bill Rogers, Jamie Mortellaro, Joe Hernandez, Chloe Hollings, Victoria Atkin, Grant Thompson, Jason Charles Miller, Jason Hayes, Missy Mayhem, and Zabracus.

The gaming features are always a convention highlight, which included: cosplay, tournaments, panels, the board game library, free-to-play consoles, card games, tabletop gaming, handheld lounge, ICE tournaments, Artist Alley, vendor floor, Kart Racing, pinball arcade, LEGO area, and “The Zone” Youth Area. It’s fun to watch the tournaments, from Super Smash Bros to League of Legends. The ICE tournament that took place at the con is a collegiate invitational tournament that included teams from the intermountain area. Some of the other tournaments included: Fortnite, Street Fighter, Rocket League, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Mario Kart, and Pinball.

I have enjoyed Salt Lake Gaming Con since its inaugural year in 2015. It is always an entertaining experience. It is apparent they strive to constantly improve the con. If you are ready to immerse yourself in gaming and be a part of the gaming community, this is the convention for you.

Photos courtesy of Breanne Evans. Feel free to share photos, but please give credit to Fragglepuss.com.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 231: Mitchiri Neko

Mitchiri Neko

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Kids, Cat

First Aired: Winter 2018, 13 short-form episodes

Summary: Mitchiri Neko are laid-back cats that are always up to some sort of adventure. Every one of the cute and mysterious felines are unique with their own personality and characteristics. One of them is super stretchy while another is a cowboy who is insecure about his ability to whistle. Whether the neko are playing volleyball or avoiding being caught in a crane game, they are always up to something.

Mitchiri Neko is as adorable as it comes. A different neko is the focus of each 30-60 second sketch, followed by a personality sheet of their traits. The series is perfect to watch with the kids or for a quick pick-me-up after a tough day.

You might enjoy this if: You are an Otaku looking to introduce your child to anime and have been searching for the perfect show. Maybe your kid is interested in cats so you watch Mitchiri Neko with them and they love it. The two of you bond while you watch the show and after finishing the series you are closer than ever to your child. It’s a miracle, and all because of this simple anime.

You might not like it if: You are not into shows that are short and sweet.

Similar Series: Bananya, Bonobono, BAR Kiraware Yasai, Lovely Muco, Nyanko Days, Neko Ramen

Note to the Viewer: If you want more Mitchiri Neko in your life, you can download the games. Six games have been released for iPhone and Android.

 

Mitchiri Neko March

(Even if you’re not going to watch the series, you must watch the cat march. It’s fantastic!)

 

Mitchiri Neko – Official Ending

(If the cat march left you wanting more, here’s the Mitchiri Neko ending)

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 230: Pikotaro’s Lullaby La La By

Pikotaro’s Lullaby La La By

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Parody, Short-Form

First Aired: Summer 2017, 12 short-form episodes

Summary: You may remember Pikotaro from his hit song “PPAP” (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen). Now he’s branched out to the world of children’s stories. Each episode of Lullaby covers a different classic children’s tale from Pikotaro’s perspective. The stories include:

  • The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • The Golden Axe
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The King has Donkey Ears
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • The North Wind and the Sun
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Town Musicians of Bremen
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Cinderella
  • The Ugly Duckling

The series is absurd in every way. Classis tales like Little Red Riding Hood have Pikotaro inserted into them and silliness ensues. It’s not “haha” funny as much as it is dry humor. The animation is unique, the stories are simple, and it’s not to be taken too serious.

You might enjoy this if: You are tired of the same unoriginal versions of everyday fairy tales.

You might not like it if: Uncomfortable dry humor is your idea of cringeworthy entertainment.

Similar Series: Aggretsuko, Bananya, Bonobono, Comical Psychosomatic Medicine, BAR Kiraware Yasai

Note to the Viewer: Pikotaro’s Lullaby is directed by Takashi Taniguchi, who has a completely unique style. You’ll be able to tell by the animation alone.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 229: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? / Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? / Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, Time, Groundhog Day

First Released: August 2017, 90-minute film

Summary: Norimichi Shimada and his friends, Yusuke, Miura and Jun-ichi live in a small town. They’re hanging out in the summer, chatting about all the usual topics: The beauty of their classmate Nazuna Oikawa and whether fireworks are flat or round when seen from the side. The Moshimo Festival’s fireworks are happening that night, so that will answer one of their discussions. As for the other, Norimichi is going to confess his love for Nazuna. Several problems are going to occur along the way with everything hinged on a mysterious ball found by Norimichi early in the day. The ball turns back time, but only to a set point.

Fireworks has a great soundtrack. The theme, Uchiage Hanabi, is a beautiful and fitting song for the film. I have the official music video posted below. Along with the soundtrack, the voice acting is a positive. All around good sound if you ask me. The animation is beautiful, from the backgrounds to the spectacular fireworks. The story is simple with not a lot happening, the focus being time travel and romance.

You might enjoy this if: You have ever wanted to redo a day because it went poorly and you know what you could have done to improve. Imagine the 1990s film Groundhog Day.

You might not like it if: You want a storyline to progress rather than repeat itself.

Similar Series: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Glasslip, ERASED, Your Name

Note to the Viewer: Firework’s director, Akiyuki Shinbo, has worked on a variety of projects. Most notably he directed Puella Magi Madoka Magica, both the series and the films.

Music Video – Uchiage Hanabi by Daoko and Kenshi Yonezu

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 228: Recovery of an MMO Junkie / Net-juu no Susume

Recovery of an MMO Junkie / Net-juu no Susume

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Game, MMO, Reality vs. Fantasy

First Aired: Fall 2017, 10 episodes

Summary: Moriko Morioka has quit her long-time job and is looking for a change. As it currently stands she is a 30-year-old NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Morioka finds a new home in the online world as the male hero “Hayashi” in the MMO Fruits de Mer. She becomes obsessed with the game and her new friend, the female hero Lily. The two travel together as Lily helps her become accustomed to the game and assist with the learning curve that Hayashi is having a difficult time with. Morioka increasingly becomes a recluse until she bumps into Yuuta Sakurai at the convenience store. A chance meeting…or is it?

Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a highly character-driven series. Within single characters are multiple characters. Where some MMO series focus solely on the in-game character or real-life individual, Recovery shows both sides. You get acquainted with both Moriko and Hayashi, Lily and Yuuta. It was interesting to see the development of both the male and female side of Moriko and Hayashi.

You might enjoy this if: You have ever dreamed of taking a hard break on reality and sliding into the void of the virtual world, a magical fantasy realm with no responsibilities.

You might not like it if: You don’t want to see the aftermath of what might actually happen if you choose to take a hard break on reality.

Similar Series: Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, Re: Zero, Konosuba, Fuuka, Gabriel DropOut

Note to the Viewer: Recovery of an MMO Junkie began as a webtoon on the Comico app. As of now there are only two manga volumes.

AMV – I Do Adore by Burnt Waffle

 

Recovery of an MMO Junkie Opening

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 227: Aggretsuko (2018 On Netflix)

Aggretsuko (2018 On Netflix)

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Music, Comedy, Office Life, Death Metal

First Aired: Spring 2018, 10 episodes

Summary: Retsuko is a 25-year-old red panda working as a professional in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm. Work life is difficult for Retsuko as she has to manage the stress that accompanies her traditional office job. She’s one of the most diligent and hardworking at the office, but she is also one of the newest employees so she has to deal with senior co-workers giving her an unfair workload and talking down to her. Her boss is a real pig (literally and figuratively), so she has to deal with misogynistic remarks from him. Her accounting team sees her hardworking attitude and gives their work to her. All Retsuko’s frustrations build up until after work where she destresses by singing death metal karaoke about her co-workers and their idiocy.

Aggretsuko speaks to me on so many levels. I related in one way or another to the office situations in practically every episode, whether it’s people pawning off work or personal information traveling around the office way too fast. Even the opening scene was familiar. Retsuko is leaving her apartment and checks to make sure she has her phone, wallet, and train pass. While I personally don’t check for the train pass, I always consciously check for my wallet, phone, and car keys before I leave. It was also enjoyable to get an inside look on Japanese compared to American office life. For example, one day Retsuko shows up to work in her house slippers and she is mortified her co-workers will notice.

Despite Aggretsuko being filled with anthropomorphic characters and simple animation, the series relatable and enjoyable. Retsuko deals with her fair share of problems and is treated substandard a lot of the time. She keeps relatively quiet at work and releases her frustration through karaoke. It’s easy to judge her and think she should just speak up, but how many times have the rest of us been in a similar situation? Retsuko’s problems are not unique and can happen to any of us. It was refreshing to see Retsuko’s development throughout the series. Despite it being only ten episodes and each episode being 15 minutes, Retsuko grows a lot from beginning to end.

You might enjoy this if: You have ever worked in an office or had a pesky co-worker.

You might not like it if: You want an anime that’s traditionally animated.

Similar Series: Neko Ramen, Detroit Metal City, Bananya, BAR Kiraware Yasai, Lovely Muuuuuuuco, WWW.Wagnaria

Note to the Viewer: Aggretsuko is directed and written by Rarecho. As if that wasn’t enough, Rarecho also voices Retsuko when she is singing death metal karaoke!

AMV – Work by Miraculous Ladybug

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 226: Sword Gai: The Animation

Sword Gai: The Animation

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Action, Supernatural, Sword Possession

First Aired: Winter 2018, 12 episodes

Summary: Throughout eternity humans have shared a bond with weapons, being drawn to them as long as history can remember. Within the span of eternity, some weapons have come to possess a life. Under certain circumstances the weapons are able to merge with their user, becoming one. With that in mind, a woman dies under mysterious circumstances in the forest, leaving behind a brand-new baby boy. The swordsmith Amon finds the boy and takes him in. Fast forward ten years and the boy named Gai has become Amon’s apprentice. Gai loses an arm in an unfortunate smelting accident and Amon decides to use the demonic sword “Shiryuu” to fashion an artificial arm for him. It’s obvious there are going to be consequences for such careless blacksmithing.

Sword Gai plays on the “powerful character” trope in a lot of ways by means of sword possession. The story is ambitious, perhaps too much so given the short 12-episode run. The characters are fine, the animation is fine, and the sound is fine. In the end I don’t have much to say about Sword Gai because it felt average in most ways. The ideas were promising but didn’t deliver like I hoped. I was six episodes in and felt like nothing had really happened in the series up to that point. I continued on, and it was fine, just not my favorite.

You might enjoy this if: You are into powerful characters going toe-to-toe with each other with sword possession being involved.

You might not like it if: You are a purist when it comes to swordplay, demanding it be set in a classic medieval or samurai setting.

Similar Series: Ajin, Akame ga Kill, Charlotte, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Parasyte, The Seven Deadly Sins

Note to the Viewer: I have good news if you can’t get enough Sword Gai. Netflix has picked the series up for another season, set to air this summer!

Sword Gai the Animation Trailer

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Fragglepuss Anime-esque Review 1: Lady Death

Lady Death

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror, Hell

First Released: October 2004, 76-minute film

*Disclaimer: I know Lady Death is not a Japanese-released anime film, it is an American animated release. However, it was produced by A.D. Vision, an anime distributor. It has anime-influenced animation. I watched it on Crunchyroll and wanted to write about it. That’s why I’ve titled this review “anime-esque”. *

Summary: We begin our story in 15th century Sweden. Hope is the innocent daughter of Matthias. Turns out Matthias is Lucifer. The townspeople are idiots and blame Hope of doing the devil’s work even though she’s innocent and it’s her father that’s committing all the evil deeds. The town priest orders Hope to be burned at the stake. Matthias, aka Lucifer, offers Hope a deal as she is burning on the stake in a graphic and horrific manner. Being that she is in excruciating pain, she agrees to Lucifer’s deal. Turns out the devil is in the details…

The film Lady Death is as graphic and sexualized as they come. Despite the character Lady Death being a ruthless bad ass with wicked combat skills and no remorse, she wears the absolute minimum during battle. It’s basically a bra and panties. I mean come on, do you really think you’re gonna overthrow Lucifer when a stray arrow could pierce your exposed tummy so easily? The animation and content remind me of shows like Heavy Metal, unapologetically sexualized. If you can get past that, the adventure is fairly solid. Lady Death trains and travels on a vengeance tour, having to accrue an army, a weapon, and a magnificent steed worthy of her. Once she has all the pieces in place, it’s time to challenge the king of Hell!

You might enjoy this if: You are looking for a quick adventure that will attempt to take down Lucifer, the Lord of Lies himself!

You might not like it if: Sexualized warriors mixed with scary demons and hellfire sounds too intense for your liking.

Similar Series: Basilisk, Berserk, Castlevania, Ninja Scroll, Fist of the North Star

Note to the Viewer: Lady Death was the animation project produced by A.D. Vision, which shut its doors in 2009.

Lady Death Trailer

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