Hyouka| 22 Episodes | DUB | VRV

Hyouka

Initial Impressions: This looks like it will be cute and fun to watch.

This anime follows the story of a boy whose motto is “If I don’t have to do it, I won’t and if I have to do it, I will in as little time as possible.” He likes to refer to himself as an “energy conservationist”. I like his character cause he comes off as the type of person who can’t be bothered to do anything, but he’s not judgmental of people who do like to do things. He just doesn’t. The story starts off with his sister asking/blackmailing him to join the Classical Lit club. He does so despite not wanting to.

When he gets to the club room, inside is a girl with violet eyes. She’s very pretty and we find out later that she comes from a well-known family and is very intelligent. She’s one of three initial members of the Classical Lit Club and she’s super into mysteries. We find this out when she learns that she was locked in the room before our main character arrives. He has to use a key to open the door, but she insists that the door was unlocked when she walked in. He suggests that maybe she locked it behind her by accident, but his best friend points out that from either side, the door needs a key to be locked. So, she couldn’t have locked herself in by accident.

This leads them on a journey to solve their first mystery together about what happened. The next day, another mystery comes up and they go out to solve it. This seems to be the theme of this anime. It seems somewhat like Scooby Doo in some aspects, but there’s no talking dog or a hippie van. It is really nicely drawn though, and the way the main characters experiences things is… unexpected but very cool. His thinking and analytical skills are very cool and I like the vibe of it so far. The animation is nice too and the attention to detail when the main character is having a “moment” as I call it, is really very good. I’m excited to keep watching!

Hyouka Group Pic

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Violet Evergarden| 13 Episodes | DUB | Netflix

Initial Impressions: I want to watch more. It’s pretty and the story looks like it will be interesting.

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Violet Evergarden.

Violet Evergarden is a solider. I mean this in both the literal and metaphorical sense. We learn a lot about her nature from the first episode and the most integral part of her core is that she is a tool for the Major. They fought in the war together and Violet is the only one we see come out of it, and she does so at the expense of both her arms.

I thought this was a really good first episode. We met the main character in such a way that we got to learn her personality. We saw the Major through her eyes and we saw glimpses of their interaction together so we could see how important he is to her. The short scenes of their interactions really built their characters to me and it was well done without being over the top.

I also liked Lt. Hodgins. He is very clearly a man trying to keep a promise he made to a dying soldier. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing and he’s walking around with a lot of guilt and uncertainties. He’s trying to do his best by Violet because of the Major, but he isn’t prepared or equipped to handle her. He’s nervous and a wreck and trying to keep a secret from her. He avoids her direct questions in what seems like an attempt to keep from crushing her, but she’s awkward and so used to war, she doesn’t know what to do if she’s not in a fight or given orders.

I liked that the first episode gave some personality and background to these characters. I’m glad that it was about them adjusting to each other and Violet adjusting to life after the war. I even kind of liked that, for her, the war isn’t over. There were certain elements of the story that were never explicitly stated, but it was implied, and I think that part was well done. I like that it leads you to reach a particular conclusion, but it leaves the door open for other things.

The only thing I didn’t like was the metaphorical burning conversation Hodgins and Violet had toward the end of the episode. I understand why it was placed there, it just felt a little forced where everything else in the storyline felt like it came naturally. It felt like forced foreshadowing or something. I could be wrong, but it just stood out to me as not the best part. However, that’s not to say it was bad though. It just struck me differently than the rest of the episode did.

Overall, the first episode was really good. I’m excited to watch the rest of it and see where this story takes Violet, Hodgins, and (hopefully) the Major.

The Major
The Major.

The darling in the FRANXX. It seems like no matter where we look this show keeps popping up and making its existence known. So, after seeing enough gifs to intrigue and confuse us, we decided to give it a try.

Initial impressions: It piques your curiosity and gives you just enough information to set a solid foundation for the characters.

This a mecha type anime, so we have people inside machines to fight monsters. That’s the basic gist of the first episode. The unique spin we get with this anime is that the pilots of these machines, known as FRANXX, are always male and female partners. They connect this to some unique bird in the anime that only has one wing. That part was a littleā€¦ overkill? I understand the “deeper” connection and foreshadowing was trying to be made, but I wasn’t feeling it.

In the FRANXX

The two people who reference this bird are Hiro and 002. Long story short — Hiro has no talent at all and basically got kicked out of (we’ll call it an academy for now because I’m not sure what it is yet) the academy, while 002 is super powerful and known as the partner killer (because whoever pilots with her dies). They meet under unsavory circumstances, 002 says she likes him, disaster strikes, they end up piloting together.

Pilot Together

The FRANXX turns into a fighting maiden when the people inside are really in sync and that’s what happens with Hiro and 002. It’s pretty cool to watch. The animation is good and the characters are introduced in such a way that we can see what type of role they will play in the future without it being an annoyance or detraction from the main story or main characters. I think 002’s character seems interesting, but I’m not really thrilled about Hiro as a character. After watching Ancient Magus’ Bride, I’m not too excited to watch another show with a self-deprecating main character.

FRANXX Face

The only thing I just didn’t like at all was how belabored the meaning behind the title was. After a while, it was kind of like, “okay, we get it!” He is her darling. They are inside the FRANXX. They are the birds with one wing who have to depend on each other. Symbolism received. Title understood. Let’s move on now.

Other than that though, the show seems like it will be pretty decent. We’ll probably watch some more of it, but a decision hasn’t been made yet. If you have an opinion on it and think it’s worth a watch (or not) let us know. We’d love to hear some of your thoughts about The Darling in the FRANXX.

Darling in the FRANXX


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I’ve come to deliver some bad luck.Bad Luck Social 2

This is the one-liner that is delivered perfectly by the main character, not once, but twice, throughout the episode. He’s dangerous and stealthy and badass and that line seals the deal. Hearing this line was probably the best part of this episode.

Black Cat Forget

From the first episode, we learn that the main character goes by the moniker: Black Cat. He is (predictably) dressed in all black and is extremely agile and efficient at what he does. We also learn that he is an assassin, the thirteenth to be exact, of an elite variety. We get introduced to the term eraser by an old man working at a pawn shop who (predictably) freaks out when he learns that the man standing in front of him ran into him. He then proceeds to deny him service and kick him out of his shop.

Black Cat XIII

The man in the shop is definitely the other main character in this story. Not only does he sport green hair, he is constantly broke, hungry, and smoking cigarettes, as well as a bounty hunter (maybe? This part was unclear) who has a mystical eye that can see into the future. He doesn’t give off the vibe that he’s someone who is going to be disappearing from the storyline any time soon.

Black Cat Other Guy Social

Overall the show wasn’t bad. I would just say that I wasn’t very intrigued or pulled in by it. While I could be wrong, the first episode gives off a very predictable vibe that just didn’t grab my attention. In addition to that, the anime originally aired in early 2000’s, so while the graphics aren’t bad, after having watched The Ancient Magus’ Bride, it’s hard to adjust.

This show may be really good, but I’m going to have to get over my Ancient Magus’ anime hangover before I can really see it as that. I might give it another try in the future, but as for right now, I’m done. My anime journey with Black Cat ends here.

Are we making a bad decision here? Should we keep watching? Or are we saving ourselves from anime disappointment? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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Afterthought: While creating this post, I realized that this show may be better than originally thought. The journey may not come to such a quick end, but tell us what you think.