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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by houreki » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:34 pm

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An ok first episode, I guess.
The mystery was original, but I didn't like the way they solved it.
I don't really mind Haruta being gay, but why the teacher??? Also I think the VA for the teacher is not the most indicated for that role.
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Another ok episode, the limbo part made me laught though
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by blaZofgold » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:35 am

Not dropping Divine Gate literally because Itou Kanae-chan.
It's been ages since I've seen an anime with her as a main character.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by Tokei Shikake Tenshi » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:09 am

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The story's pretty cool, the art design is unique, and the characters are by far likable. I mean, I love Sachiko and Airi more than I expected to. Satoru's ability is interesting. I really like this series so far.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by Reverend » Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:22 am

Divine Gate First ImpressionShow
To be honest: it's an interesting story with good composition technically but poor composition entertainment-wise. But the dialogues are nice.
Art is good to the eyes. OST is good to the ears. Voice acting is mostly superb except on few parts.

But here's two problem:
- It is so shaded and lots of the not-looking-important-but-so-important details aren't there.
It's good having the story fully hidden from the watchers but to do it to an extend that made people not understand to what happened in the episode is overdoing it. In my language: the entertainment value of this episode is almost nil because they are too afraid of showing what this story is all about too early.

- The piece of entertainment that was supposed to be in the episode is that lame maniac power-bearer. The failure of bringing out the charm of "idealist went maniac" is what makes this lost its last bit charm.
He was supposed to be a idealist maniac instead of just-a-normal-weakling-maniac from the start instead of showing progression. I knew that from the script: his words and his explanation about himself. Yet the script feels so short, overdoing the showcase of Aoto's standoffish trait without showing his way of thinking (which in turn returns to problem 1: overshading.) Why not give Aoto a bit of a smart charm, that would do well with his OP and standoffish trait? Or if you want to go with the standoffish, then don't bother making him talk.
The art also fails hard on playing it out, making him more of the usual crazy dude instead of the supposed charming maniac at first like, example: Accelerator.
This is what happens when a director took mob chara too lightly. Aoto introduction relies much on this mob chara and the failure to pay attention (plus time-constraint cutting, maybe) kills the episode, and possibly the show.

*sees name Abe Noriyuki*
Ah, no wonder. This guy is a well-experienced and good director, famous for shows like Yuu Yuu Hakusho, Onizuka, & Bleach (though he's also responsible for ruining Bleach.) See MAL for full detail. ;)
This kind of shading at early episodes is his style. Love some, hate some. Divine Gate episode 1 certainly falls to the 'hate' category.
I shall follow blaZ and stay for Itou Kanae. She's just so good at playing this kind of role, and I don't feel like missing out.
But for now, I want to sleep. This thing is just so boring watching it again makes me feel sleepy again. :arrowed:
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by RailWarrior » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:48 am

Please. Itou Kanae? Midori herself is love~
Divine Gate Episode 1Show
So we have a closet pedophile who hallucinates little boys. His love of children extends to a hatred of adults, as seen with his parricide.

And then we have a girl who is always running, presumably from that red hair boy with his obvious crush.

What a lovely cast of characters.
Active Raid Episode 1Show
Egotistic protagonist who makes pretentious use of Engrish. Fuck this girl.
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 1Show
There's usually one anime that, when watching the trailer, I "know" I'll be indifferent towards. Yet when the first episode comes around, I end up loving it.
I already know I'm going to like Grimgar despite the inevitable shit it's going to pull...so GG A-1 Pictures. I (possibly) won't be hating on you this season. I lied. There's also Gate, huh? Guess it'll depend on how much Lelei I get~
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by Reverend » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:35 pm

Finally there's a sub, though it doesn't mean much, to be honest
Dagashi Kashi First ImpressionShow
I want to eat Hotaru
Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation First impressionShow
Whoa this thing is surprisingly interesting at the start.
It's your usual end game spoiler + animation selling trick, but it's just interesting.

Lovely OP. Not special but just lovely.

Decent animation, rather unattractive character design and art, rather lacklustre background (to be honest,) nice use of CG though not special (but good enough for an online game.) Hmm...

Seitokaichou is rather cute.

What's with this straightforward advertisement to the game? :lol:

Seiga Academy once-in-a-decade stand out student...
What a poor school. Must be the expensive, full of problem kids with rich parents or grantee student type.
Especially since this is a dorm. Just the perfect way to get rid problem kids for lazy parents, isn't it?

Heh the Seitokaichou throwing clear "codes" from the first episode ._.
Heh ._.

Wait... what? The academy orders its Seitokai and its better grade student to play online games and report it back?
WTF with this academy? Why not just ask the ones that already plays and already stopped playing?
You want to test it yourself? Huh...
(If only high-school is like that here. Maybe I would have been a much popular person ._.. But then again fame sucks.)

Heuh now a tutorial of the game.
oh so... frank? of an advertisement.

But Mr. Friend's self-made tutorial paper is surprisingly good. Informative, clear, colourful and attractive to the eyes.

Imagining the robot saying that in her real form.
Whoa signal signal everywhere.

NOW THIS IS WHAT WE CALL OP!
He's noob at online game and at level 1 and he kills a (probably around) level 20 emergency quest monsters with one head-shot. Just how easy this game supposed to be? ._.
What a shitty game!

Seitokaichou saying: "Don't let online games let your grades slide."
Whoa the social message. ._.

Next Episode: Charlotte Dunois is going to jump dimension!

ps.: BGM is great, btw. One of the better I heard this season, at least for me. It's the only good point of this thing.
Luck & Logic - Episode 001Show
Hmm nice background story.

Shut up lil sis
Every big brother has the right to have a peaceful morning after an overnight.

And you don't have to point out twice that Mommy died.

Oh so he' not a what's the term again? logicalist? again?
Interesting.

And he just got his logic card back. ._.
Well, if he doesn't we won't have a story. ^^;

"Don't talk like you're stereotypical lead hero!" - imouto
Nice quote, even though still cliche.
But Papa knows best! Sasuga , Papa!

Well, they are a good couple, I guess. MC and Athena (main heroine.)
Plus, the pact sealing is romantic!

So, in overall:
At the least this is better than PSO2.
It manages to keep my interest up for 23 minutes or so, which means it's a good episode.
It also successfully sets the mood for future episodes.

Tsurugi looks the same as and gives this same vibe as Lenka (God Eater) which is pretty generic but fortunately Athena isn't the same as Alisa (yet, maybe...)
Alisa x Lenka pair will never work because Lenka lacked the romantic feel to drive the story towards the pair while Alisa had her own issue which made her unreliable in making the first step towards romance.
but these two (Athena x Yoshichika) might work. Athena looks like a pretty good heroine for driving romance.

It's also informative enough of the setting of the show, the base of logic we will be using for the whole show.

Basically, episode 1 does what an episode 1 should have done. Good job.
This show might be that one that surprisingly will turn good in the future.
Episode 1 is generic, but it's tidy. It can pull twist when it wants. Let's hope it does pull it.

OP is also great, btw. I love it.
Dimension W First ImpressionShow
Hohoh it's not the most original, but I'm loving the story and the OST and almost everything from this anime so far.
But I don't love the animation. It's good, to be honest. It's pretty good and I'm close to loving it except: dear director would it kill the series if you actually give us more real-time motion-filled action? After all you're looking to establish yourself...
I know you can do it: the OP and the ED and all the motion already there during the short moments you gave us, but will it kill if you lengthen those short moments?
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar First ImpressionShow
So... a realistic SAO & LH?
SAO has Kirito OP. LH starts from the main character already OP.
Love the amnesia trope. It was overused that's why it was left in the more recent anime, but now finally something used it again.

Oh Archer also jumped dimension this season.

Heuh stupid ero joke.
It's not funny and not erotic and no fan-service either._.

So, in short, nothing happened this episode. LITERALLY. Hoammm...
Don't worry, 3 episode rule.

Next episode: oh is Manato going to die and his sacrifice is going to give us some story? Hmm...

ps.: Love the camera movement and also the transition and also the coloring and also the song in the end and also Shihoru <3
Schwarzer- I don't speak German so I'm going to call it The Late…Show
I'm here for fripSide and Elements Garden, originally.
I don't know a single thing about Muv-Luv, before, and has no intention to know more.
Let's see if I can get more.

Oh the setting is surprisingly profound.
They successfully explain how will the state of the communist state of USSR be in 1980s if it was attacked by aliens in 2 minutes and clear enough to let people understand.
Well done well done.

Elements Garden at their better quality! YES! (And no! now I have to stay and watch this ._.)

Beautiful CG effects, No overstatement. Same level as Gakusen, if not more.
but it could use a bit more movement, the CG.

Heh war syndrome at first episode. ^^;
And insane pilot got one good blonde death because of that. What piece of s*** is this?


Ah, the "you-look-like-my-loved-one" troupe ^^;
Btw, Mr. MC, keep your sanity under control or you'll end up on the same tier as that traumatic b****.

And... that's not a good enough reason to slap. But, then again, this is East Germany we're talking about.

Ah she's shouting that so loud on her first day in such a society. ._.
Fortunately MC is sane :lol:

WHERE'S MY FRIPSIDE!!!! :evil:

Hmm...
In Overall:
- No fripSide, yet, so Episode 1 is s***.
- Elements Garden at their better days. OST is guaranteed good, if not better.
- Animation effect is gorgeous! More active shade and this thing will be in the top level.
- CG is good but it could use much more movement. It doesn't have to be fluid because nobody is expecting it, but it needs more motion. (Not just the motion like in those alien beast.)
- Also could use more camera play. You know: its position and movement and stuff.
- Story has a profound setting and nicely-established background for MC (despite they only spare like 35 seconds for it) even if it's not the most creative you will find out there in an anime.
- But I think I would enjoy it if they actually make the MC go with his ideal and join the rebels/do something that makes him the enemy of the state sometime in the series.
(They could use Katia background as a reason. People (and me) would probably call it shit but well, I understand the theme they want to bring.)
- PTSD pilot should go die or the rest of the squad should go die because of her trauma every time they go to battle. Else it'll be "I'm OP Mr. Alien. Now you lot go home" but with no motion (which automatically equals to s***.)

ps.: Oh, Miss Captain only sold her brother to get that high? Mr Commander must be such a fool to only take that much from her as prize. I mean: there's a bigger "booty" you could have taken, instead.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by tehyc » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:15 am

Gate Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri - Enryuu-henShow
Nothing much to say, graphic is the same with last season, so okay.
Just continue watching and hope something nice come up. Looking forward to what will happen after that earthquake.
Koukaku no PandoraShow
Cyborg? Pandora? Huh? Explaination please.
Nene is such an easy going girl.
Art not so good, story kinda fast and messy. I not sure how will it turn out, but a few more episode to decide.
Dagashi KashiShow
More on like 2 short series per episode for me. Kinda funny, and enjoy to watch.
Everything decent (story, graphic), consider an okay series.
Worth another few episode try.
Divide GateShow
Still some question marks, but overall the story is pretty easy to understand.
Graphic is a not-so-good in those not-so-important part, otherwise it's okay.
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Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo MezasuShow
Another version of Saekano perhaps? Kuroda personality somehow catch me.
Decent art, not bad for story, maybe next episode onward will be better.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by akumaxx » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:03 pm

Slow.
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I hear that there is a triangle, but I didn't expect this leg!
Now question: Why do we call this "HaruChika"?
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by blaZofgold » Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:50 am

Heads up: Ooyasan wa Shishunki is this season's amazing short.
The pacing of the comedy is great and the characters already strike a lovable feel.
Please watch it its great.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by kanohistorm » Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:15 am

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gameplay was meh, collabs were pretty much the same- but you get plenty of chances to collect waifus from different series within a game...
their story is beyond ordinary that you expect from a mobage though! Probably what you would look forward to the most in all honesty.

Their story/lore is more Magic;the Gathering depth wise then League of Legends.

I'm not sure who is leading the story, but if the guys from DG get their input, you guys would be in for a treat
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by 10ZHAbin » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:50 am

Boku dake ga Inai Machi Ep.1Show
Decided to chase some winter in the end.
Seems like the original work is already famous. Liked the time-traveling theme, I'm keen to see Kayo.
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Post by akumaxx » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:58 pm

Some stupid network eats my comments. Make them *even* shorter.
HaruChika:somethingShow
Haruta = failed Souta.
Prince of Stride Ep. 1Show
What can be worse than having a single girl? The girl sounds same as Kosaki, Nadeko and so on.
Drop this.
Dagashi Kashi Ep. 1Show
Two slices of life? Hotaru is playable.
Divine Gate Ep. 1Show
We lack the info, seems to be different from the game.
PSO2 Ep. 1Show
Oddly, it's not fully in game world.
Bokumachi Ep. 1Show
Finally something interesting from noitaminA.
Shokomeza Ep. 1Show
Saekano, with different starter.
Active Raid Ep. 1Show
Cops in future armor. Cool.
Pandora Ep. 1Show
Am I watching Valkyrie Drive with less les?
Ajin the movie 1stShow
Sidonia-styled artwork and dark story.
HO Ep. 13Show
Be smart against Mirinda, boy!
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by RailWarrior » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:15 pm

Hai to Gensou to Grimgar Episode 1Show
...Fuckin' bullshit. I knew A-1 was bad, but this is just...beyond all expectations bad. Who the hell decided it was a good idea to skip all the characterization in favor of setting exposition?

Yume...it's funny because I was neutral toward Yume when reading the LN, but even then I knew that once the anime aired, I'd love her. The reason? Kansai-ben in written form just doesn't pack as much punch as it does in voice-acted form.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by blaZofgold » Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:54 pm

RailWarrior wrote:
Hai to Gensou to Grimgar Episode 1Show
...Fuckin' bullshit. I knew A-1 was bad, but this is just...beyond all expectations bad. Who the hell decided it was a good idea to skip all the characterization in favor of setting exposition?

Yume...it's funny because I was neutral toward Yume when reading the LN, but even then I knew that once the anime aired, I'd love her. The reason? Kansai-ben in written form just doesn't pack as much punch as it does in voice-acted form.
Railwarrior stop liking characters that I like for the exact same reason.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by Reverend » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:54 pm

I'm going to leave the shipping of two users above me for another day
Saijaku Bahamut somethingShow
Shit show of the season turns out to be hilarious from the first scene even if it's just your normal fanservice "day 1: I got to see some naked girls" scene.
Character design and stuffs related to drawing is at mediocre-to-good level.
But the CG movement is good. One of the better CG use.
OST is nice. Charming BGM, nice OP (OP animation is also nice, btw.)

Story: Harem academy, one with thicker, darker, politic setting type.
And pacing is so fast it doesn't explain almost a single bit of important information but still manages to tell us the setting and allows watchers to settle into the story.
But, if only this is aired on fall, maybe Rakudai would have a competition in terms of hype.
Rakudai would still win in terms of romance, but... the battle here, I have to admit, is exciting. (Most praise goes to the BGM, though. Seriously, it's good.)

Yeah, this should have been aired on fall.

Airi moe <3

Whoa the Seitokai is called the "Triad"? :lol:

ps.: ah no wonder I ended up supporting Airi. It's Ozawa Ari <3 ._.
"Unhateable Girl" voice wins again in her domain ._.
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Art looks fine.
CG looks fine.
Pacing etc. looks fine.
OST sounds fine.

In overall: an okay episode.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by RailWarrior » Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:04 am

blaZofgold wrote:
RailWarrior wrote:
Hai to Gensou to Grimgar Episode 1Show
...Fuckin' bullshit. I knew A-1 was bad, but this is just...beyond all expectations bad. Who the hell decided it was a good idea to skip all the characterization in favor of setting exposition?

Yume...it's funny because I was neutral toward Yume when reading the LN, but even then I knew that once the anime aired, I'd love her. The reason? Kansai-ben in written form just doesn't pack as much punch as it does in voice-acted form.
Railwarrior stop liking characters that I like for the exact same reason.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by avery-kun » Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:54 am

Okay, I'll just quickly go through the first episodes of the shows that I have watched up till now with a brief idea of whether or not it gets a second episode.
Musaigen no Phantom World Episode 1Show
This one is threading a fairly thin line. The MC is generic, his senpai is generic, the new girl is generic, and the fourth girl in the poster that we saw for 2 seconds is generic. Although I do like the mini-phantom. Anyways, if this shows continues with senpai-chan's boob jokes, I'm dropping it. Introduce some real plot dammit! You can do it.
Boku dake ga Inai Machi Episode 1Show
This looks like a nice runner up to AOTS, behind Gate obviously. A nice story driven show. I don't expect any villain of the weak shit. Just some nice beginning, middle, end story telling that lasts the entire season.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 1Show
This one was boring, but if the story picks up within the next few episodes, I think I may eventually come around to finishing it.
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season Episode 13Show
AOTS. It meant my expectations, meaning it picked up where it left off with no attempts at trying to throw in a major twist to distinguish itself from season 1. Just cour 2 to a show I already liked.
Divine Gate Episode 1Show
I don't know about this one. MC has the neglected child backstory going on, but he still seems a pit too soft for my liking. Where is the emotion-less, sociopath, anti-hero that I was shown in the first 30 seconds of the show? You killed him half way into the episode?! And the child MC soldier/police aren't helping you make me think that this show will be good!
Prince of Stride: Alternative Episode 1Show
I don't normally watch sports anime. But I gave this a try. It still seems cliche, but so far, I like it.
Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu Episode 1Show
God. Don't disappoint me. If you fail me here, I will never trust you again.
HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru Episode 1Show
God dammit God! What did I just say!? "Don't disappoint me." I wanted SHANA! But all I got was a bad Kumiko!
Schwarzesmarken Epsisode 1Show
Well I don't know anything about this one... lets see what... is that a mecha versus aliens battle in the 1980? And are the mechas some super weapon that outclasses conventional weapons for no reason. And is that a solider going berserk in a battle for no reason?

Dropped...
Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari Episode 1Show
No... Just no.
Luck & Logic Epsisode 1Show
The moment the word "harem" appears in my mind, I'm dropping you.
Bubuki Buranki Episode 1Show
Anime original... I guess you get one more episode. But if I don't see MC's superior in every way twin sister by the end of episode 3, I'm done.
Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation Episode 1Show
OMG! You had a damn formula. Trap the damn characters in the damn game. Don't give me a stupid MC with a perfect student council president love interest in the first god damn episode, THEN give me a stupid-ass premise to start off the plot. I'm not dealing with this!
Will Selector Destructed WIXOSS get released and subbed already! Damn... at least the preview was good.

At least this season's first episodes were better than the last.

Part 2
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Episode 1Show
Stupid ginki girl with pink hair... check
Generic MC ... check
Friend with long black hair... check


This is a high school romance isn't it....

Yes... yes it is...

Man, and I had my hopes all up for a nice magical girl show. I had a whole rant asking how could a magical girl show screw up the first episode, too...

Oh wells.

Dropped.
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut Episode 1Show
WHY IS THERE A MECHA IN THE OP?!

Lets see, MAL says, "action, ecchi, fantasy, harem, romance, school, supernatural". Damn, they pulled out all the cliches for this one didn't they. Don't worry, unlike the last show, I'll stick through this episode. Who knows, maybe its another High School DxD.

Less than 30 seconds after the OP
... I hate the world and everyone in it.

Nope... can't finish the show.

Dropped.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by RailWarrior » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:02 am

Bubuki Buranki Episode 1Show
I've tried to come up with different ways to express how I feel about this show, but I guess the simplest way would be...

From now on, if you aren't SANZIGEN, stay away from CGI. You'll just embarrass yourself.
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by Chibasa » Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:39 am

Dagashi Kashi Episode 1Show
Quite good for now. I hope Hotaru will perform during winter seasonal :3
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Re: Winter 2015/16 Anime - Reviews & Recommendations

Post by RailWarrior » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:13 am

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut Episode 1Show
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Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Episode 1Show
Well, that wasn't half bad...I guess?

There was one problem I had, though. How the hell does this game work? If all pink girl needed was to score a point, go for the damn pole instead, not Blondie's back. Cuz, you know, the former is stationary.

Oh, yeah. That last-second bullshit at the end? Yeah. It's bullshit. But I'm used to protagonist-must-win-at-all-costs. So whatever.
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