A lot of this season's anime have really pretty characters...with pretty clothes...

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Katsugeki Touken Ranbu 2-10! New pretty boy characters are constantly being thrown into this story. And while consistently very pretty, it's moving sort of like an RPG now rather than a show with a plot. The mindless demons aren't really doing anything for the show. In episode 7, we get introduced to Unit 1 who have much stronger members than Unit 2 who are basically the main characters. It would be nice if there were 'bad guys', but we find in episode 10, that the anime is really about the character's internal struggles with being time travelers who try to prevent distortions in history based on their master's decisions whether they agree with them or not. The writers are terrible at conveying the plot.

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Ballroom e Youkoso 2-9! Generally speaking, the set-up of the show isn't unique. There's the hard-working, naive, main character; the strict, but knowledgeable teacher; overly-serious & talented rival(s), and possible love-interest. The above-average production with its exaggerated facial expressions comedic and otherwise along with the stylized dancing scenes probably make this show stand out. Unfortunately, none of the dances were animated in full. They relied mostly on still frames. In episode 3, Tatara stumbles into a competition. The set-up was a little too obvious, but the tension and portrayal of stage fright were pretty brilliant. Tatara's feelings are portrayed well; you feel indirect embarrassment with him. The show moves quickly as Tatara starts an amateur competition with Makoto against her brother and Shizuku.

Hitorijime My Hero 2-9! Episode 2-3 focuses on the dense idiot and moody, quiet guy. Of course, the moody one forces a kiss(and more off-screen) on the dense one. Episode 4 turns its focus back on the older brother turned teacher and main character who of course, is an excellent cook. The anime does a nice job of creating some semblance of a story out of the almost-PWP manga. Wish they had aged them up to college students, but it's a nice, fluffy BL love story with some really funny moments.

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou 2-9! The parallels to Natsume Yuujinchou are numerous, but this show has a more slapstick sort of humor. A lot more supporting characters/Inaba's neighbors are introduced in episode 2. Inaba also develops supernatural powers. I read some of the manga to see if this was supposed to be a shonen anime, but it's not. It is a supernatural slice-of-life story. Inaba's dorm is eventually fixed and he moves out of the yokai apartment...but naturally realizes he misses the place and returns. There's an odd BL aura around his best friend that I think is supposed to be humorous, but is cute...I guess. In episode 6, he acquires a tarot book a la Cardcaptor Sakura and is able to command the creatures inside. I think the show tries to be a parody of the magical book shows?...but doesn't try hard enough for the laughs.

Isekai Shokudou 1! is about a restaurant that serves beings from other worlds. In the first episode, the owner/chef finds a homeless demon girl sleeping in the kitchen and gives her a job. It should be a cute slice-of-life fantasy, but it's also boring.

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou 1! a young man graduates middle school. He looks forward to starting high school and moving out of his uncle's house (his parents died in a car accident). He is unable to find a cheap apartment until he finds one occupied by various youkai. The first episode was unoriginal and dull, but there might be some potential in the supporting characters.

Fate/Apocrypha 1! Not sure what the timeline is for this Fate story, but instead of one holy grail war, two factions are warring each other to be the group that will have a legitimate holy war. So eventually your comrades will be your enemies. The animation studio A-1 tries its best to live up to ufotable's quality, but it's apparent that they can't reproduce the smooth and sleek style. And accordingly, you don't have Saber, you get half-price Saber..Mordred. That being said, it was ok. I'll see if any of the characters stand out in the next episode...because the first episode is stuffed full of forgettable characters.

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu 1! is pure visual eye-candy due to ufotable passing on the show above. This show is based on a RPG game where you play pretty-boy, sword-wielding time cops to fight demons who threaten to disturb the past. The first episode introduces Kane, Kimihiro (his junior) and their mascot fox-like thing, and later in the episode, their boss and supporting pretty boy characters.

Random: This article's title basically sums up my thoughts on photobucket. They should not have implemented their policy retroactively...or on photos uploaded before their new policy took place. Oh well, there goes 9 years of screencaps.


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