It is the year 2067, we are in a part of the galaxy known as the Brisingr Globular Cluster. In this world that we think is peaceful and cool we meet Freyja Wion, a Windermere from the planet of the same name. We also meet the earthling Hayate Immelmann. If your watching this series its dated years after the past series Macross Frontier, which I haven’t watched sorry lol. I was coming into the series pretty much cold. I just new it was big robots and that the description stated that a conflict with a certain disease is involved. Well the disease is known as VARS. The VARS syndrome causes people to become aggressive and normally multiple people at once. VARS in the beginning just seemed like a series of events that was random. Well we eventually learn that it may not be. In the series a war has now begun between the Windermere’s and the rest of the Cluster. Apparently something happened in the past, Windermere was scared, and they now want to free themselves from what they say is oppression. The series in that way seems like some of the Gundam series like Gundam 00.
The big reason why this series hit me, was due to another huge factor. The VARS syndrome can be controlled by waves in the series called “Fold Waves”. The waves can be generated by certain individuals. In the series there is a child of Windermere origin. This child has fold waves to not only bring about the VARS virus but also control it. Yet the main attraction of the series is the idol group Walker. The group is comprised of five girls, was four but Freyja joins in the beginning of the series, who have fold waves that when they come together quell the VARS syndrome. The main thing that had me writing about the series is that it gave the idol genre a different spin. When beginning the series I assumed it would just be weekly concerts and idol drama. Its why i never get into idol series. There are many tropes I just can’t understand. But Macross Delta is different. The series has a huge political background, with the Windermere planet feeling that they were treated unjustly. Walker also fights their own battle on the frontline. The Delta Squadron, which Hayate joins, act as part of the show doing aerials but also as members of the Galaxies army. Growing up as a military brat, I loved the air shows when i was younger so seeing them was pretty cool. Another thing thats something about this series is the production value. The series is produced by Satelight(Noein, Fairy Tail, other Macross Series, and Log Horizon), also directed by Kenji Yasuda(Noein and Arata:The Legend) written by Toshiba Nemoto(Log Horizon and Tokyo Majin). The care they took has been amazing. Currently i’m into both the stories, which have a hint of mystery like why did Freyja leave Windermere when she clearly loves it and they have started to hint something about Hayate’s father. The songs are also infectious. I plan on continuing watching. This maybe one of my fav anime of this current season. I am curious if the series will run more than 13 episodes due to spring season ending soon and summer season coming. If it runs more then 13 eps i’ll be excited. If it only runs the minimum then i’ll be looking forward to a second season, i’m sure it’ll have one. Its a series that doesn’t stick to the mech genre or idol genre. Here’s hoping it sticks thru what it looks like its promising.
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Space Dandy- OK, so I know the top spot is a day late (stop there cause I ain’t going that far). But i thought you at least need to be 3 episodes in. I loved the premier,which in itself was history making. This show has everything that we need to kick the year off right. Since it started so strong lets hope it continues that way. The reason it was history making, is that the show kicked off simultaneously world wide at the same time in English and Japanese.This has never happened before. The show debuted Saturday January 4th, 2014 at 11:30pm in the US on Adult Swim’s Toonami. The show is brought to us in the US by Funimation. The show is produced by Bones, the same studio that brought us Darker than Black, Soul Eaterm and countless others.. Now the series had major hype coming into it mainly because the creators created shows like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Fullmetal Alchemist. The director of the series is famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame.
So that tells you about the creation of the series, how about we tell you ABOUT the series. The show follows the main character of Dandy. Dandy is a space explorer looking to make fame or rich finding unknown species in space (we never really know cause things get out of hand on a regular). Dandy does have a partner, QT. QT is a robot partner that at the beginning of the series has been traveling with for some time. There’s a huge amount of fan service and meta commentary in this show. From QT saying his operating system is a few releases behind to the teleporter literally taking a full commercial break to be used(it was a full 5 minute running gang). The first episode throws us for a huge loop but that loop makes the show worth it. I will say many people are making comparisons to Cowboy Bebop, which I think are slightly unfair. The series is hilarious and Dandy is slightly moronic, but very cool. I’ve posted the first 2 episodes here and as of the posting of this article episode 3 should be on Funimation’s website soon. Check it out and let me know exactly what you think. This joins my Ones to Watch List. Is it on yours?
Space Dandy: Toonami Page
Space Dandy:Funimation Page
D-Fragments or D-Frag- So finally we get to the runner up position. I chose today to mark the top 2 for certain reasons, each one being a different reason. This anime because I think today on Selfie Sunday a laugh is needed. This anime is hilarious. When I watch anime I normally watch my favorites last. I line them all up and decide in which order do I like them and the ones that I enjoy beginning to end are the last to watch (in case I need a pick me up after some bad anime). This is one of the few comedies I treat that way. Its about a delinquent who transfers into a new school. He brings with him his two best friends since childhood. First thing that was funny, his gang is called Kazama’s Party (that’s not the funny part), the funny part is everyone knows his best friends and all the trouble they’ve caused in detail but can’t place him, Kenji Kazama, the leader. Most delinquents in anime at least can be placed by reputation, not him. While getting an idea about him we meet the “Game Creation Club”, who are having a dilemma about adding an other member or the club is over. Yup, I’m sure you can see where this is headed. Hilarity ensues with the club dragging him in and every meta moment you can think of. These girls actually pull down the shades in a room and say I’m a “dark type”. I literally burst out laughing. I’ve posted the first episode here. ts something you have to see. With a class president whose as bad as he is, a club who pretty much manipulate the situations, and a best friend who is apart of his gang and is Vice President of the school yet we don’t know why he took the job. I find this show one of my Ones to Watch. Check out episode one. Its simulcast each Monday on Funimation’s website
D-Fragments:Funimation Home Page
3.Z/X Ignition- One day a great calamity has come to the world. “Black Points” have appeared and out of them creatures from other “points” and worlds have appeared. They have devastated the world. This is the information we are given at the beginning of the series. I was on the fence about trying this particular show because in its description it blatantly mentions cards. Which can be good or bad. The first episode literally drops you into the action. Fighting begins, armies, and fights. This series doesn’t pull punches with the action either. Also, the animation is well done. The series is based off of a game and the animation stays pretty close to the game animation. We are alluded to various characters that haven’t been introduced yet and also of other worlds that we have not seen. The cards hat are mentioned are to house and contain the “Zillions of Enemy X” aka Z/X. They fight along with the humans for supremacy. I’m curious why,if they had devastated this earth when they appeared, are they working with humans. I’m sure the story will state this at some point. But I am enjoying the first two episodes and I anticipate liking the rest of the series.
4. Future Card BuddyFight- Ok, so i know what your gonna say, your gonna talk about how this is a big kid anime and that it shouldn’t even be looked at. But I’m looking at its overall appeal. Right now series like Attack on Titan are on break and others like Strike the Blood started last year, so they are ineligible. This series is about monsters from another world partnering with humans in “our: world. Mostly i see kids battling with monsters in a pretty close to violent game, but hey we are good with that nowadays at this point thanks to YuGiOh and Pokemon. The thing i like about this series is it has humor, also the lead character is of course kinda dim but he likes to avoid fights. His creature would rather force his way thru the world. Drum Bunker Dragon is his creature, he’s a prince in the dragon world whose father doesn’t think he’s suited to rule. So he has to show he knows how to be an honorable ruler. So he partners with Gao. Its only in its 3rd episode and has a great quality for kids. This is the only one on the list that has an overall good for everyone in the family feel. You can stream the english dub on YouTube and Hulu. So check it out. Sometimes you just need that no nonsense anime to watch when your just hanging out. And yes the voice acting is over the top!!!
5. Witch Craft Works- So your just going by day to day living your life. No one notices you, bothers you, and sometimes your slapped or pushed to make sure you stay away from the most popular girl in school. This is your life. This is what you’ve gotten use to. Then one day something out of the ordinary happens. A piece of the school,large piece i might add, comes falling your way. You blink and BAM, your in the arms of the most popular girl in school and she has just saved your life. This is how the anime Witch Craft Works begins. Its the story of average everyday male Takamiya Honoka. The girl in question is Kagari Ayaka. She explains that she is a Craft Witch fighting against the Witches of the Tower. She also explains that she has always been with him and always protected him. Now she can protect him with his knowing. The show is full of comedy. His mouth always seem to get him in trouble, she takes his orders literally, and she always helps in getting them out of messes, be it causing alot of collateral damage. The Witches of the Tower seems to be after him relentlessly. Stating they after his “white stuff”, yes that is exactly how she said it. He seems to be the only guy in the series so far. There are alot of comical things to laugh at in the series. I’m sure like most action/supernatural/magic/comedy animes there will be a serious section of the show. I’m still trying to place which anime shows this series reminds me of, but i’m laughing at its lightheartedness. Let me know what you think in the comments. Curious how this show will do…..
6. Mahou Sensou:Magic Warfare- Takeshi Nanase seems to be your average freshman in HS. He has a home life where he’s kinda kept to himself, he has a seemingly over attached girlfriend, and a friend who gives off the bully vibe. But soon we learn this is a facade. The family is fake, which we haven’t learned why he is with them, and the girlfriend is just pretend(she’s just his childhood friend)—why would you need to fake that, but i digress. All of that is blown away when a girl passes out in his arms on the way into summer classes. The girl, Mui Aiba, after waking up shoots and misses him with her gun and that’s where the craziness begins. She apologizes and informs him that he has become a magician and that there is a war going on that is taking place in an alternate plane from his own. The story seems to be action packed. Currently it has just released its second episode. His friends have also gained magic powers(of course they have, we all know anime isn’t anime without the lead guy dragging his friends into the madness). We learn of the bad guys, Ghost Trailers, and the good guys. They now attend Subaru Magic Academy and enter into the fray. I like the animation and the humor. I can tell there is an underlying story with Takeshi getting one of the major good magicians old weapons and ominous characters appearing throughout the second episode without introductions. So i’ll keep watching and see if it lives up to what it seems to be trying to do. What about you? Would you try it? What do you think of Mahou Sensou:Magic Warfare