Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 5 Worst Anime That I Watched in 2016

Top 5 Worst Anime That I Watched in 2016

Warning: The following list may contain spoilers of the shows on this list. If you wish not to know some plot details in the stories, or simply don't wish to find out what happens in the series that are mentioned, please exit the tab, and come join me once you've watched the first few episodes. But than again, if you don't mind spoilers, feel free to stay put.

Also, the pictures for my special posts are chosen at random. Emma Stone's showing one of my reactions to shows I end up disliking, since I can get quite vocal at points.

Also, keep in mind that these shows that I talk about aren't all terrible. Some of them have good points, but the bad outshine the good unfortunately. Any show that I rate a 7 or below could show up on this list, so keep watch.

With that said:

I think everyone's already fed up with the "2016 is crap" jokes, but in terms of anime I've watched this year, it hasn't been that. There have been another bunch of great shows that have made up this year, along with good ones. Of course, there's the ones in-between, and then we have the anime that didn't impress me. Ones that were composed of many elements that fell flat, annoyed the hell out of me, simply made my brain turn to mush for the time being, and also just tumbled in a never-ending cycle of "MAKE IT STOP!"

This grand mix has once again been pondered over for a few months with less organization, considering that there actually weren't too many horrid shows this year. There will still be a Dishonorable Mentions (because it's still at least a bigger amount than the shows I didn't like 2 years ago), but let's just say that 6.5's and 6's didn't actually make the list.

We also have another load of shows that I finished, and shows I stopped caring for halfway through their run or after the first episode. So let's start rolling them out, shall we?


B-Project: Kodo Ambitious (again, the joke will be saved until the actual review).

I didn't start this show expecting it to be as mediocre as it was, as I was expecting B-Project to have its sour parts. I was, however, looking for a fun cheesy show for the summer, and this one managed to fit the bill.

Unfortunately, despite some promise in the beginning that seemed to take a closer look on some of the darker sides of the idol industry, the story completely falls flat in the second half, picking up icky melodrama that doesn't really make this idol series stand out from the pack, which in turn produces one of the worst endings of any anime that I have ever finished. The writing isn't the best either, with a couple of the characters being portrayed slightly different as script writers were changed throughout its run. Their interactions are humorous, sure, but sometimes, it takes more than that to establish a strong character.

The animation really isn't the best either, getting incredibly inconsistent in the second half (with some slip-ups here and there) with the manservice that I typically enjoy becoming more of a gimmick than any actual titillation. 

Well, I wouldn't say that about the endcards, because those are actually sexy. Exhibits A-J:

See, don't they look hot (and yes, I made that collage myself)?

Regardless, B-Project still had some good parts to it that made me want to finish it, but the faults in the storytelling and the characters took the major downfall. For reverse harem (there's a main girl protagonist in this; don't worry, though, she isn't that relevant) and idol show fans, you're not missing much if you end up skipping this.

Score will be revealed in the review for this anime.


Divine Gate.

Much like with B-Project, this show also had major faults with its story and characters. But while B-Project was too simple and over-dramatic, this anime was overly complex and confusing. Not only does it fail at developing the main characters (out of a very large cast, mind you), but having a narrator didn't really help matters. In fact, it made the show even worse, with melodramatic narration that smelt of pretentiousness so badly, I felt that I needed to build an army of Febreeze cans just so it could go away.

But it didn't. I only really finished this anime due to my undying love for Loki and PV hype, but that didn't escape it from being meh. It didn't even have a full ending, which is honestly dumb, because I can't see this getting a second season. It was just that meh and overall frustrating, which sucks considering the amount of potential this series had going into it.

In the end though, despite having a few good parts to it, Divine Gate was just one hot mess that no one really cares to clean up. It built itself a pedestal to stand on in my eyes, which it only ended up destroying once things actually started moving.


Now it's time to go straight to the DNF shows that made this list. One made that halfway rule, while the other two got one episode each before being tossed into the wastebasket. No interruptions this time either, which is pretty nice.


Uta no Prince Sama's 4th season (Episodes 1-6).

To most people, this season is seen as an overall step in the right direction following a good/average third season. To me, the first half seemed to be an even worse version of the last 3 episodes of Season 3. For a show that had a really great Season 1, then slightly weaker each season onward, it almost entirely wiped out this time, and it's not giving me any motivation to move beyond the first 6 episodes aside from looking at bits of episodes on Twitter, Tumblr, or watching the actual material, okay?

The HEAVENS duet project plot feels like a complete retread of Season 3's storyline with the Cross Units without the use of Haruka Nanami: The Plot Device, Haruka may not be a plot device anymore, but she's become completely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things (and with the slight return of her special medicine in some cases. No, I'm not talking about anything sexual). Characters either don't get developed further or do but it's not as elaborated as I'd like it to be, or still act the exact same (excluding Cecil in Episode 5, Satsuki's return in the episode after the one I dropped, Otoya's breakdown later on in the season, and all of QUARTET NIGHT), and the QUARTET NIGHT subplot of them going on tour is SO poorly incorporated into the show that it makes it seem like the writers needed an excuse to get them out.

Also, the animation is garbage in the first half. It's incredibly inconsistent, lazy, just plain ugly, and pretty much like A-1's work with Qualidea Code in the previous anime season before this aired (yup, you heard me). I thought it couldn't get worse with Season 3's broadcast material, but lo and behold, I was wrong (though I was expecting the animation to not be as pretty).

I'm going to cut off any more elaboration here, because I'm pretty sure I can write a 4 page paper on how this season fell flat for me. Even with watching the entire finale and that actually being pretty good, it doesn't excuse the fact that the first half wasn't fun to watch, and parts of this season (even later on) made me want to vomit. Like Ariana Grande sang in Knew Better, I can do better. That is, I can find better than this season of Uta Pri.

Well, I probably won't find a guy as good as Ranmaru Kurosaki.

Score will be revealed in the Incomplete review for this anime (because I still need to let my thoughts out more than I already have).


First Love Monster (Episode 1).

I still wish this went better than it ended up being. But in the end, First Love Monster's premiere episode didn't sit well with me. It's not due to the fact that the majority of the male cast is all in fifth grade (I'm still not sure if I should take that seriously or not), but it's because of this show being a comedy and not being funny. 

Sure, there were some times I laughed, but it was either unintentionally produced or happened at the dumbest moments. The majority of the jokes in the first episode are just sex humor I've heard a million times before, and better elsewhere then in here. The score did help with the comedic nature of the show, but it didn't really wow me, plus the animation was just average.

I am still thinking of giving the manga a try in the future (there are less poop and pee jokes from what I've heard), but in the end, this was one of the roughest introductions to an anime that I've seen this year, along with ever. If you're one of those viewers that was turned off by the premise, you're probably still going to want to sit this one out.


Not planning to review this since it's a DNF.

Now it's time to go through the Dishonorable Mentions list, which probably won't be as big as last year's list, considering I dropped less shows this year. The OVAs from my Yaoi Corner post won't be counted for, since they aren't full length series.

Dishonorable Mentions

Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation (Not horrible, but the story took a while to get going, and most of the characters didn't get proper development)


Qualidea Code's animation budget (Do I even need to explain it? It was a complete mess all around and just turned to be the butt of everyone's jokes for this series)

7/10 for the actual series, 1/10 for the TV animation

Servamp (The pacing easily dampened on what was a really good show, with some characters not getting any development. The ending was absolutely terrible)

Score to be revealed.

Sukisho (The story's supernatural elements aren't incorporated well; most of the show, while good, does become a bit too simplistic)


Taboo Tattoo (Sloppy story pacing and character development; some animation not up to rest of show's standards)

Score to be revealed.

Togainu no Chi (Episodes 1-6) (Bad TV animation, plus the story isn't executed to its fullest potential as it should have been)


Now it's time to jump over to my worst anime of the year. Are you ready? Give a drum roll to:


Magical Warfare (Episode 1).

No joke; this first episode almost gave me a migraine. I've been curious to check out Magical Warfare for a while, mostly because people have said that it sucks and the ending is terrible. Sometimes you can't help but get intrigued when someone says an anime is horrid, so I was interested to see where it would end up going. Also, the seiyuu cast looked pretty promising. After all, who wouldn't want Mamoru Miyano as a lead character?

In the end though, this show only proved that it's one of the many babies born from the same tired and true tropes that we've seen countless times with LN adaptations. It's not one of those entity series where it's a dime or dozen to see if they're actually good; it just has several cliches that make my eyes roll so hard that I feel like a pair of new sockets wouldn't be too bad. Neither the story or the characters looked promising beyond the first episode, and the animation was more of a sub-par effort from Madhouse.

When the chibi hosting the previews announced "Did you like the first episode?" I responded with no, closed the tab, and promptly updated MyAnimeList because there was no way I was going to finish this in the end. So if you haven't watched it yet, and you think it looks bad, just don't bother.


And that's going to wrap everything up. Did any of the shows I mentioned have opposite opinions from any of you, or are you in the same boat as me? Do you have any other shows that you didn't like watching this year?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fall 2016 Anime Season Wrap-up

Fall 2016 Anime Season Wrap-up

Warning: The following post may contain spoilers from the shows I watched from the Fall 2016 anime season. If you wish not to know some plot details in the stories, or simply don't wish to find out what happens in the series that are mentioned, please exit the tab, and come join me once you've watched the first few episodes. But than again, if you don't mind spoilers, feel free to stay put.

Also, the pictures for my special posts are chosen at random. The first half of the American adaptation of Smile PreCure (Glitter Force) has been out for a year now, plus this picture is super adorable by itself, so why not?

So with that said, let's get started:

School is now back in session for mwah, as I'm currently in my junior year, and it's definitely more of a challenge like people said it was. Aside from a later start time in my school district, I'm having more homework, my first job, and the time to do absolutely nothing else. I may be exaggerating a bit there, but I'm pretty behind on both my reviews and episodes for my Top Model shows on my Youtube channel that it's probably going to be a while until my inspiration fully decides to make a comeback.

In the meantime, I have had enough time to dig into some anime (plus read), and while I didn't follow as many shows this season, there are plenty more that I'm interested to check out later along, considering that next season doesn't look really promising or interesting, which is a total bummer.

But hey, yay for more fall shows!

Aside from watching one series from my last wrap-up, I followed 3 series as they were coming out, and had to say goodbye to one after getting halfway through (though I'm planning an incomplete review for that one. and unlike my other ones, it's kind of a must to routinely check Twitter, and watch bits and pieces here and there because of curiosity/masochism). Other than that, I pretty much really liked or loved the anime I watched during this season, so we're pretty good on that count.

Of course before we dig in, it's time to say that any opinion regarding any of these shows is my own, and if you happen to disagree with me plus plan to comment, please don't be rude about said opinion. It's fine if you like a show I didn't or vice versa, but there's a way to discuss it without being incredibly aggressive. That also goes to discussions going on in the comments if they happen.

So with that said, let's first start off with the show I went back and looked at from my last season wrap-up:

Taboo Tattoo.

The surprise from some of you should start here. Out of all the shows from last season that promised to be better, why did I decide to go for this one?

Well, aside from the reasons I stated in my wrap-up, the main reason was that I was just insanely curious to see how this show was going to end up for me. It's going to be regarded as a dud from this year (if it hasn't already), and why not see what it has to offer before it's gone?

I finished this show in almost 2 weeks thanks to a four-day weekend in which I watched 8 episodes of this series, so I technically would call that binging (I'll probably pull marathons later in my life though because I'm anime trash). The position I landed up in was the middle. Taboo Tattoo wasn't necessarily a horrid show, as it had some good parts to it (plus I actually liked the episode everyone hated), but as a whole, this wasn't a great show, or even a good one. It's just plainly average, and could have been better had it not had a handful of faults.

Those positives and negatives will be discussed in detail in my upcoming review for this show, which should be out in the next few months. I'll leave off here though by saying that my favorite character happened to be the main villain, who's a princess, and, honestly, quite crafty. Compared to some of the other character development in this anime, she had the better side of the hammock.

Time to discuss the dropped show now, which ended up being:

Uta no Prince Sama's 4th season.

I really hate feeling like this you guys. Uta no Prince Sama basically launched the revolution of reverse harem shows into this decade (oh, the puns I make), and the first two seasons were actually pretty good. The 3rd season was a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, it still had the great elements that make me like Uta Pri in the first place, but at the same time, there were so many things that managed to get on my nerves. The year and two month wait was spent wondering if this season was going to turn things around or if it would have the show get even more aggravating.

For starters, STARISH were now hollow maple trees, basically acting like the same person with no distinguishing traits (aside from their main one, but that lasted a good 2 episodes in Season 3), QUARTET NIGHT suddenly became dark, tortured souls only thanks to the writers and Nanamiprofen (that joke hasn't died yet BTW), and HEAVENS was just HEAVENS. I wanted to see the character development that had benefited the first two idol groups back in action, and for some members of HEAVENS to get some development that I thought the writers wouldn't care about (but that was proven wrong when finding out about the duet projects between the "rivals," so go me).

But I was honestly most looking forward to see the lovely Ranmaru Kurosaki again aside from other problems with Haruka and the show's dipping animation budget. Ranmaru's always going to have a special place in my heart what with fanart, his voice, his looks, and just overall, HIM.

*begins to froth uncontrollably*

Luke was also on board to watch it due to our shared love of the male mentioned above, and to see if our small hopes and dreams would actually come true.

Say to say, they didn't. Luke left the party after Episode 1, and I stuck on until Episode 6, when I decided that this season wasn't worth my time anymore. Not only was this season worse overall than all of the past 3 seasons, some of my problems got fixed (kind of), and some just were laced with the anime equivalent of a laxative (which means they got s**ttier). I'm not going to go into detail now since I am, again, planning a DNF review for this, but there are NUMEROUS things wrong with this season, and it's a shame since there were parts that I feel like I should've liked.

So yeah, let's give this a 4/10 and call it good.

Now that we've gotten over that hurdle, let's move on to the anime I followed all the way to the end:

Haikyuu's 3rd season, Nanbaka, and Yuri on Ice.

Unlike last season, which had 2 great shows, 2 good shows, and 1 average show, these anime easily earn a little piece of my heart (putting it simply for one of these series here), each impressing me with qualities that were special to their own show or universal all around.

I'd of course be insane if I didn't tune into the 3rd season of Haikyuu, mostly because I adored the first two and wouldn't miss it for the world. And of course it slayed my entire life, and pretty much did every description of "I loved this show so much it ________." Everything pretty much impressed me again, lovely character development was seen, the score had some new pieces that blew my mind, plus I now can pinpoint my favorite character from this show.

Yup, the lovable asshole. :P

Nanbaka presented itself as a prison comedy, but it has actually had moments where it gets more serious and doesn't rely on laughs to draw me in. It's also get some great characters, nice animation, and a pretty good score from one of Yasuharu Takanashi's right-hand men (I figured it was either Takanashi or someone from Team-MAX based on the opening credits upon seeing the aforementioned group name). Plus, the dub for this show is just as good as the Japanese, and I honestly don't think it's preferred in one language over the other, since both are pretty sweet.

Plus, we're getting another season (much like with the first 2 arcs of Sailor Moon Crystal, it will be streamed online in Japan), and I'm curious to see what will happen next to my lovable prison dorks.

Meanwhile, Yuri on Ice pretty much exploded everywhere once it started. Becoming this year's One Punch Man, it has a huge fan-base (including me), and while I may not adore this show to pieces, I still really like it. I wouldn't have expected a show about figure skating to surprise me as much as it has, but it's still proving me wrong.

Great story, nice characters, stable animation in the parts that matter most, and above all else, a sweet, tender, awesome, and hella gay main romance. This is the kind of relationship that I'm not used to seeing in anime, and I want more of it.

Reviews for all of these shows will be posted in the upcoming months (Haikyuu's of course taking top priority), and I think I'm planning something different for Yuri on Ice. In the meantime, stay tuned!

Time to explore the land of the shows I'm interested in also looking into:


Well here we have it, folks. This is the s**t show of the season by far and wide! I have literally heard nothing about this show other than that it sucks. Again, this is the primary reason why I want to watch it, because I'm actually curious to see how much it stinks like dog poop. But from what I've heard, it sounds like something I'd watch, and the main character has a cool design, so we're just going to roll with it eventually (maybe I should watch this next?).

Bungo Stray Dogs' second cour.

No, I haven't watched this season yet. I was planning on focusing on the follow-up seasons for this anime season, but this happened to be the one that I never found time to watch with Luke. This is on my top priorities though, since this upcoming arc looks epic, and I'm very excited to see how it plays out.

My main concern going into this is the pacing though, as the first 4 episodes are of Dazai's time in the Port Mafia, then the exciting grand action will come crashing down. It seems like 8 episodes will be fine, but I guess further looking into it will be better aside from screenshots and GIF's.

Izetta: The Last Witch.

Historical fiction anime, along with books, never stick the landing with me in terms of interest. But this series happens to have a retelling of World War II, along with a potential lesbian romance, so things are definitely going to be exciting. I'm expecting some intense battles and interesting events going down with this one, even with some unnecessary fanservice.

Kiss Him, Not Me.

I've seen the manga a couple of times at Barnes & Noble for this, and the premise sounds half funny, half offensive. But I think I may actually end up liking this one. There's a nice batch of really cute boys, and I hope I'll be able to relate to Kae on a spiritual level in terms of her fangirling.

But the main thing that got me hooked into watching this is that Yu Kobayashi is playing Kae, which basically means that Kobayashi's signature craziness will be coming out in droves. That really only makes me more excited, that and the fact that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka's playing another sweet guy.

Magic-kyun Renaissance.

And here we have another reverse harem with bishes all around! This one actually looks pretty promising, with a lead heroine who actually has more of a personality, a great group of gorgeous men (the first years are my favorites), lovely animation (from the folks who brought us Code Geass. At least the animation studio), and music, there's probably going to be a lot to enjoy here.

Plus, if the OVA that previewed all the guys told me anything, it showed that this show will probably cause me to be reborn several times in the span of five minutes. Count me in! Don't let me down, show!

Show by Rock's 2nd season.

I'm a very bad person, because I haven't been able to catch up with Show by Rock. The shorts aired last anime season, and I have yet to find enough time to watch those. So until that gets done, this will be waiting for me with baited breath, which does make me sad. After all, we're getting new groups this season, plus a brand new villain who's voiced by the one and only Miyuki Sawashiro. Who couldn't resist that?

Soul Buster.

Much like with Bloodivores, I've heard nothing but negativity for this series. The art style, from what I've seen, looks half interesting and half trying too hard to be edgier than most action shows. But it may work. It's much like Diabolik Lovers in the sense that the episodes are not full-length, so let's see if that's yet another hurdle in this show's path.

But the main reason why I'm interested in looking at this is that Rui Tanabe plays the female lead, and I honestly think she needs to be in more stuff, since I personally like her voice. Who knows? She might get the recognition that Yuto Uemura (MY BABY!) got and receive more roles. Time will only tell.

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru.

Quick question: How many boys are there in the Touken Ranbu world? Based on what I've seen, it seems to keep on expanding. Eventually, we're probably going to end up in the thousands with so many pretty characters we're all going to suffer from fanning-induced strokes.

I've heard about Touken Ranbu a bit through a friend of mine online, plus looked at it myself (my favorites are already Tsurumaru, Kogitsunemaru, Nakigitsune, and Iwatooshi), and I think this might be a good introduction to it aside from looking at gameplay videos. This is a more comedy focused series though, with a more action packed series to come next year from ufotable (which means it's going to look incredible), so hopefully this isn't the wrong place to start.

Onto the topic of FUNimation's Broadcast Dubs, since FUNimation and Crunchyroll have established a new partnership (which sounds incredibly cool), FUNimation has taken the dub side of things with their simulcasts for this season (and probably will do the same from now on). Out of this season's current titles that Crunchyroll is streaming in Japanese, FUNimation is currently working on 12 series, and 5 other series from earlier this year. I'm quite interested in checking out the dubs for Yuri on Ice and all of the others in my Interested List that FUNimation is streaming dubbed (Izetta: The Last Witch, Show by Rock Season 2, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, and Kiss Him, Not Me).

I have watched 4 episodes of Nanbaka's dub so far, and knowing me, I'm probably going to finish the first season dubbed, because why not, right? Like I mentioned earlier when discussing Nanbaka, the English dub surprised me with how great it is, with a mix of older and newer VAs, and it being directed by none other then Aaron Dismuke. I'm watching the dub in increments, so it'll always make for a fun binging period.

And that just about wraps up my fall wrap-up (haha, get it?). What shows did you watch this season that you managed to end up liking, and which ones didn't go so well for you? Any shows on here that I talked about that you agree with me on opinion wise?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Qualidea Code Review

Qualidea Code Review

Warning: The following review may contain spoilers of the show Qualidea Code. If you wish not to know some plot details, or simply don't wish to find out what happens in the series, please exit the tab, and join me once you've watched the show. Or you know, you can continue to read, since you don't care about spoilers.

Anyways, with that said, thank you, and onto the review:

I'm not exactly sure what first intrigued me to watch Qualidea Code. I do know for sure that the fact this was created partly by a group of 3 light novel writers under the group name Speakeasy (Koushi Tachibana of Date A Live glory, Sou Sagara from The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, and Wataru Watari, writer of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), and by a game company named Marvelous was a given. I also was curious to see how it was going to be handled, especially with three writers who were responsible for writing one set of two from the respective light novels (I'll explain how the set of two works in a bit when I talk about the show's story).

In the end, the plot and how the show looked with PVs had me thinking I should give this series a go, since some people were immediately dismissing it as too stereotypical. Though there were a few cliches that have been seen time and time again in LN adaptations (sci-fi/fantasy setting involving characters with magical powers), there was no school setting, and get this: NO HAREM TO BE SEEN (even if there's 4 females in the main cast)! So, as the months passed, I was definitely setting my eyes on the prize, being ready to see exactly what Qualidea Code would offer.

What was offered managed to be a mix of what I did and did not expect. On the one hand, you have a interesting story coupled with a well-executed twist that didn't dawn on me until it was revealed (even though I sensed there was something off), some great character development and a couple sprinklings of growth that had a few of my opinions shifting a bit when it came to the leads, an amazing OST that easily gives the show more life, plus my overall enthusiasm as episodes were coming out, and the fact  I did eventually find out more information as the anime progressed.

On the other, this show wasn't nearly perfect. The story isn't the most consistent, being incredibly shaky in the beginning when it comes to character development and balancing exactly what's going on, then providing a bit too much information towards the end. There's also the iconic TV animation that immediately goes down in history as one of the worst efforts I have ever seen for an anime series (and this is from a good studio too), with that being the series's main downfall. It probably would have been a bit better had the animation actually had some quality.

How bad is it? Well, let's not get to that now. I don't want any of you to immediately start cringing at the beginning of the review, right? I thought as much.

Let's start off with what exactly happens in this show:


In a future Japan, humans are at war with mysterious beings known as the Unknown. When Japan was attacked by these creatures one day, the adults decided to put their children into cold sleep (a term that'd probably work as well would be elongated hibernation) so they would remain unharmed from the attacks and survive. A few decades later, some of these children developed supernatural powers that are known as World that can assist in the battle against the Unknown, and are primary defense in the cities of Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba.

The story basically follows our six leads, Ichiya Suzaku and Canaria Utara, the representatives from Tokyo, Mahime Tenkawa and Hotaru Rindo, the heads of Kanagawa, and the Chigusa siblings, the older brother Kasumi, and the younger sister Asuha, the defense leaders of Chiba, and their fight against the increasingly powerful Unknown emerging from the Tokyo bay gate. As their opponents become stronger to the point where some of the cast goes MIA, a new truth is revealed about the world the teens live in, and the extent of it could change their perception on who they trust/care about to those they consider enemies. The stakes couldn't be higher as the last four episodes begin, with the main question being, "Which world is the one we perceive as real?"

Though it does take Qualidea Code a bit of time to finally get its story gears cranking, it still is a very interesting watch to see some hidden truths become uncovered and opinions of characters changing a bit or a lot. The last four episodes are probably the most engaging and interesting episodes out of the twelve, since almost everything has now been revealed to the ones left standing, and it goes in a direction I didn't even expect when I first started this show. Information I was also curious about since the beginning of QC/hints I was curious for follow up on were also revealed towards the end, so patience in that regard was also rewarded for me.

That still doesn't mean Qualidea Code has its struggles though. Its story in the beginning definitely reminded me of Divine Gate's handbook, since some more interesting things were skipped over/not even glanced upon in favor for things I didn't consider to be as important. For example, in Episode 2, when the main six have to fight an Unknown in Umihotaru Bay, the writers decide to bring out the swimsuits for an underwater fight for no other reason other than to say, "Gorgeous characters, I choose you!"

(I think I'm the only one who found this kind of hilarious considering the hot spring scene in the 3rd episode of B-Project (which aired the same day as this episode did, but I digress))

Granted, it's not entirely bad, considering we got some battle action out of it (though not as strong as Episode 1's was), but when you decide to bring out your characters in their bathing suits in the beginning of the series, you're going to make viewers believe you've run out of ideas this soon into the show. I honestly didn't mind it as much, because hey, this is the first time I've seen swimming briefs in an anime. What fun!

Towards the end, like I've mentioned before, everything does become clearer, but there are a few info-dumps here and there, and characters are randomly plucked into the situation without having a real purpose of being there other than convenience. But other than that, Qualidea Code still has a very interesting story, coupled with a few reveals that, again, I didn't expect from this show at all, and ones that were hinted at, but didn't dawn on me until the grand openings of them. The finale was probably the best episode of the series, since it wrapped everything up incredibly well, and was also entertaining to boot. It wasn't perfect (for reasons I'll explain later), but I still ended up really liking it.

Hell, re-watching some of the show before doing this review was incredibly weird, considering most of it was pre-plot twist reveal, and I saw parts of it in a different light. I wonder if that's going to be the same once I re-watch the masterpiece that I consider to be Death Parade? Time will tell for that.

Regardless, I say it's time to move to the character section now:


Each character in Qualidea Code has a different aspect to their personality all of the writers manage to pull off well (each writer wrote for four episodes. Specifically for the arcs of their LN characters, but also episodes outside of that). Some of them have some great development, while others stand on more shaky ground. Regardless, each of them is memorable in their own unique way, and whether that's good or bad is purely up to you.

Why don't we start off with Ichiya? I think that'll do just fine:

Ichiya is the head of Tokyo, and is most known for his incredibly arrogant personality. He looks down on several of the Tokyo students for not being as capable as he is, and casually insults the rest of the heads and subheads (mainly Kasumi). But he respects the adults who lead over them, as he thinks they're a big reason as to why they can fight on their own now with powers. He is able to control and manipulate gravity with his World, which takes the form of a black and gold plate on his left arm.

Known for being obsessive about where he's ranked (which doesn't really matter in the long term, but he's ranked 4th overall out of the three cities), Ichiya is a complete perfectionist, always charging into battle head-first and wanting to prove he's all the world needs to fight the Unknown threat. Canaria, his sub-head and childhood friend-ish, is the only one who seems to know him the most, but even he sometimes treats her coldly. Those feelings eventually start changing as the series goes on to something more (though it's most definitely more romantic on Canaria's side).

But when you actually get down to it, Ichiya might not be so bad. On occasion, he is able to suck up his impulsiveness, plus ask for help from the other city leaders when he needs it, especially when Canaria gets severely injured in Episode 3 and he feels like he can't fight on his own, considering how distressed he is. As the series goes on, he does become a little less important (whether on accident or purpose, it's not really clear), but he still has that drive inside him to become stronger, so one day he doesn't have to rely on Canaria as much and be able to fight on his own.

However, there's really only one way to put this: Ichiya is an asshole.

That may be pretty harsh, but it's honestly the truth. Not only is he incredibly rude, brash, and straight-up unbearable at points, he basically tells Canaria if her nickname of endearment, Icchan, goes past the leaders, she can go kill herself. That's in Episode 1. Nice guy, isn't he?

His motives in battle are also incredibly contradictory, He claims he's all the people need to face off against the Unknowns, yet he relies on Canaria too often. There's a point in time where Ichiya ponders this in Episode 3, but this doesn't really dawn on him as strongly until after Canaria gets hurt. He then does a complete 180 for the next episode, which was beyond strange, but at the same time, I thought he could become a better character from there.

But he really didn't. That character development gets snuffed out faster than any candle. Instead, he mopes for about an episode due to Canaria's disappearance, and then decides that since the one he fought for is gone, WHO NEEDS THIS WORLD? So he plans on destroying it, because, you know, that's logical.

Then, the writers basically forget about him for the next 2 episodes (even though he does pop up in one scene in Episode 8) before he becomes relevant again. Granted, his character does get slightly better, but it's nowhere near the actual sympathy I found for him in Episode 3 and the beginning of Episode 4. For a main character, having this flimsy development doesn't work in a show like this, and I honestly wished it was more consistent than it ended up being, because Ichiya could have been a good character.

But in the end, he really isn't. And that's a shame, considering he's the main male one.

Moving on now to Canaria:

Canaria is the sub-head of Tokyo, and is Ichiya's childhood friend. Though she is technically a year older than him, she woke up a year later from cold sleep, which makes them both the same age. She's a bit ditzy and spazy, referring to Ichiya as Icchan, and incredibly optimistic about everything. Compared to some of the other students at the schools, she doesn't have the ability to fly, so she has to be placed on a platform or on someone else's back so she can effectively travel.

Aside from her romantic feelings towards Ichiya, Canaria just wants everyone to get along and smile together, even though most of the characters just clash based on their personalities alone. Her World allows students currently in battle to either become stronger or recover from injuries, enabling them to kick more Unkonwn ass. It's probably the most iconic thing out of the series, and it's easy to see why. Time to Go is a pretty epic insert song.

At first, I wasn't really keen on Canaria. A few things about her personality kind of grated on me, and I didn't like that she was treated as the fanservice bait character in the first few episodes. But after she goes MIA and reappears, I managed to grow on her and her optimism. Canaria is just always positive, smiling, good-natured, and has a nice heart, and it's always refreshing to see a character in an anime have that much positive energy. Also, some of her interactions with Ichiya are kind of adorable.

I do wish I didn't learn to appreciate Canaria until after she up and left until Episode 9, but in the end, I did end up liking her mainly because of how sunny and bright she is. Granted, more character development would have been nice, but hey, she's not too bad in the end. The writers could have made her a fanservice character for forever, so I'm happy they didn't.

Kanagawa will be up next, first off with Maihime:

The head of Kanagawa, Maihime is also known as Hime by her childhood friend Hotaru. She is incredibly childish yet enthusiastic, typically charging head-on into battle with her huge sword and going overboard with her attacks (which typically don't end well, as she ends up destroying the Aqua Line, Japan's main source of defense, in Episode 1). Out of the group, Maihime's World powers are the strongest, granting her god-like ability she sometimes has no control over.

Maihime is typically wearing a giant trench coat which is from her grandfather's service in the military, and she wears it to honor him. Despite her bundles of enthusiasm, there are moments where it cracks, especially after Canaria disappears and Ichiya claims the others only view her as a number and nothing more, which deeply hurts her. Despite that, she is determined on the battlefield to showcase her true strength, and to protect the ones she hold most dear to her (mainly Hotaru).

Out of all of the characters in this series, Maihime is my favorite. I love her incredible bound of enthusiasm, and how much entertainment she brings to Qualidea Code. Aside from her antics in battle (both funny and serious), her dialogue is always either incredibly funny or sweet, and she brings so much life into this show that wasn't here already by this snarky bunch. 

Plus, I really liked the focus put on her in Episodes 5 and 6 that helped flesh her out. Seeing more of her range of emotions other than happy-go-lucky made her grow on me more, and seeing her crying broke me (not psychically, but internally) because of how shocking it was. A typically enthusiastic character bursting into tears? WHUT. THE. HELL?

When she disappears for two episodes, her presence was greatly missed by me, and I was so happy when she returned. Let's be real here; there was NEVER going to be a more entertaining character in this show other than Maihime. I mean, who can forget this:

I'm going to jump over to Hotaru now:

Hotaru is the sub-head of Kanagawa, as well as Maihime's childhood friend before cold sleep. Reunited under rocky circumstances, their friendship is now stronger than ever, which leads to moments of Hotaru freaking out when she isn't near Maihime for a certain amount of time, making her out to be the big sister figure of her superior (or lover, if some lines are any indication).

Aside from making it her duty to protect Maihime, Hotaru is typically no nonsense and stoic, shutting down any argument that sprouts up between Ichiya and Kasumi, and fighting to the utmost of her ability. She typically wields a katana, and her World powers allow her to hit anything within her line of sight, such as a large abundance of Unknown.

Hotaru is actually a pretty good character. Her devotion to Maihime is pretty cute, their interactions for the most part are actually quite good (except for one line in Episode 3), and her skills in battle are something I wouldn't want to mess with. Who'd want to end up as bloody bits from a quick slice of a katana? Not me.

There are a couple of scenes in particular during Episode 2 when the six are split into groups of two, and Hotaru is paired up with the two boys, being away from Maihime for a good chunk of time as they help with the repair efforts with the Aqua Line Maihime accidentally destroyed. Seeing Hotaru in a state of near panic of not being near her leader was actually pretty funny, and their reunion was first established by Hotaru's fast walking to Maihime during a lunch break to tickle her. It's pretty funny and adorable.

I think the main reason why I like Hotaru is that her devotion to Maihime isn't her only character trait, despite it being her main one. There's a strong girl in there regardless, and while I do wish I could have seen more of that, I still liked what I got.

Last but not least for our city heads, we have Chiba and the Chigusa siblings, starting off with Asuha:

Asuha is Kasumi's younger sister, and the head of Chigusa due to the fact that she ranks above her brother in terms of overall power. Despite her typical lad-back attitude, she can get very excited in battle, especially if she has her twin pistols with her. Her World allows her to control how certain objects move in her line of sight.

Her relationship with her brother is pretty typical. Though she typically acts cold or stone dead to him, she still really cares for Kasumi (I'm pretty sure in the sibling sense unless others convince me otherwise), and wouldn't like to see him get hurt and all the stuff that knits brother and sister together like that.

Out of the main cast, Asuha doesn't get a lot of development. Aside from knowing she doesn't get along with some characters, her relationship with her brother is the most explored in terms of her character. While some people think it's pretty much built up to hint incest and it's pretty icky, I wouldn't go that far. While it depends on who writes for them, I do think Kasumi and Asuha's bond as brother and sister doesn't go too far in making it look like there's SO much more to them, other than saying how much they want to protect each other and Asuha's occasional blushing. I think that's pretty much the extent of how "romantic" their relationship goes. This isn't a Yosuga no Sora situation, all right (and I don't plan on watching that show, mind you)?

Plus, they're basically the same character with their cynicism and lax attitude, so watching them interact each other is hilarious.

Time to talk about the bro now:

Kasumi is the older sibling of the two by a couple of years, but is ranked lower due to the fact that he's lazy and doesn't really care about the ranking system in any way, being the sub-head of Chiba for that reason. Aside from being in constant IDGAF mode, Kasumi is incredibly cynical and typically gets into spats with Ichiya due to their similar attitudes, though Ichiya is a little more optimistic. But he's also pretty perceptive, as well as smart, considering when some of the other characters begin disappearing, he immediately notices signs that the leadership is completely off, and asks Asuha for assistance when he is asked to come to a meeting where one big announcement is waiting for him.

Outside of his personality, Kasumi's weapon of choice is a sniper rifle, which he is actually quite good at using, and his World power is very akin to a bat's, being echolocation, which allows him to hunt targets via sound. This is prominently on display in Episode 2, where he's able to hunt down an Unknown in the water that's near his sister.

At first, I wasn't exactly sure what to think of Kasumi. You can easily tell Wataru Watari had involvement with his character, considering how cynical he is much like Hachiman from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, but I was mainly curious to see how he has going to be developed. As the show goes on, he does become more interesting, especially when he puts effort into putting his thinking cap on and notices things are not what they seem. He's also at points an effective fighter in battle, and while he may not have the best teamwork skills, he does eventually make a decent effort when school troops can't show up.

Plus, his dialogue is incredibly hilarious with all the good qualities of our highly esteemed pessimist (again, Hachiman), and how Kasumi interacts with his sister can be pretty funny in itself despite wanting to protect her since she's still young and kind of innocent.

Other characters in this anime include Gutoku Asanagi, Airi Yunami, and Mahiru Ookuni, who are regional management officers of the South Kanto Bay Defense Organization, Aoi Yaegaki, a part of the student administration for all three schools and a student from Kanagawa, Zakuro Otonashi and Ginko Sajihara, who are also students at Kanagawa, Kosuke Hashibiro, a student from Tokyo who has an obvious crush on Canaria, and Yu Chigusa (also known as Johannes), Asuha and Kasumi's mother believed to be dead, who is actually alive and still kicking.


The animation for this series was produced by A-1 Pictures, who are also known for their work on Fairy Tail, Black Butler, and Uta no Prince Sama.

As I'm pretty sure I've mentioned in the last few reviews I've done where A-1 was in charge of animation, their overall quality took a nosedive last year. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk helped stabilize it, but I noticed the second cour had more misses compared to how smooth and polished the first cour looked, so I was a little bit worried to see how this was go. After all, the PV's looked fine, and the show looked like it would have a lot of care put into it.

In the beginning, there's only a few minor issues in terms of quality, but Qualidea Code still was a good production. It's Episode 4 where things take a significant dip, as the broadcast version's final attack was more bright white light transitions than an actual final blow. Then we had an actual good looking episode for 5, and then it plummets in Episode 6.

Hold on to your hats, folks, since we can only go downhill from here!

Even with decent episodes sprinkled into the mix, there's no denying the second half of Qualidea Code is an absolute hot mess in terms of animation quality. Off-modeling and still frames are frequent, along with incredibly lazy repeated frames, and shots where you can hear something going on but it's not shown. I'm not exactly sure what happened, whether it'd be that A-1 had time constraints, blew all of their money on the B-Project end cards, got their less experienced staff to work on this, or just simply didn't care. In the end, the production comes across as disgustingly cheap and honestly amateur, and it isn't something a well-known and respected studio should be producing in 2016.

Qualidea Code's animation easily reminds me of the six episodes I sat through for the Togainu no Chi anime adaptation, and that came out 6 years ago. But A-1 basically makes the same mistakes there as they do here, what with frequent off-modeling and just simply dry animation that doesn't stick the landing. But I think QC slightly edges out TnC mainly because the former has a more attractive art style. But it doesn't excuse the fact that both productions are horrid. I even decided to watch the final battle for the latter show, and that was a trip in itself with how bad it was. Let's not forget the horrid censoring (yes, QC has one instance of this)!

Yeah, should I mention A-1's best new project this year was the Shelter music video? And in terms of series, it was the mini series of Naantsu no Taizai?

Seriously A-1, you need to get your s**t together, because even the new Uta Pri season doesn't look that hot. 

Just saying.


The score for this series was composed by Taku Iwasaki, who is also known for his contributions towards Soul Eater, Jormungand, and Bungo Stray Dogs.

Hands down, I think this is one of my favorite anime scores of all time. It doesn't mainly have to do with the fact that there's a lot of electronic elements (although that's always appreciated), but rather the fact that this entire score just fits incredibly well with this series. Considering QC takes place in the future, having the majority of the pieces be electronic and more "modern" compared to Iwasaki's other works I've heard is a genius move. There's of course time for more emotional pieces that rely on strings and stripped back instrumentation, but the tracks that play during battles are easily more recognizable and about a thousand times more epic.

Easily the most known piece/insert song is Time to Go, Canaria's song she sings during battles (she also has two more that are each played once in the anime). It has some great production along with some lovely vocals from her seiyuu, Yui Ishikawa. The song is basically a pump-up anthem for everyone to keep on fighting and not give up. After all, it's time to "show their bravery" when facing an opponent.

He he. You gotta love the song references/puns.

Another good thing is that Taku Iwasaki does some experimentation here, and it manages to work out well for him in the end. Compared to some of his other work I've heard, with Jormungand's incredibly diverse setlist, along with Bungo Stray Dogs's fusion of both old and new styles for its tracks, this will definitely stay in my mind as my favorite work from him, along with being one of the most memorable scores I have heard in any series I have watched.

Also, I know I haven't mentioned this in any review for a while now, but all of the openings and endings of this show are epic and lovely. You all should definitely listen to them.

The voice acting isn't as lovely as the score, but it's still nice. Aoi Yuki's growth as a seiyuu is again noticeable as Maihime. as she has another strong emotional range, while Yuma Uchida does a complete 180 on his voice from Yabuki from Asterisk, instead opting for a more laid-back approach with a huskier voice that perfectly fits Kasumi's character. There are also other great performances, but a couple didn't really stand out for me or honestly kind of irritated me (Sora Amamiya at points as Aoi until her voice dropped). As a whole, it's good, but I've heard better elsewhere.

Highlights include Soma Saito, Yui Ishikawa, Aoi Yuki, Ayaka Fukuuhara, Chika Anzai, Yuma Uchida, Mamiko Noto, Sayaka Ohara, Shiori Izawa, and Mai Nakahara.


If the animation for this show wasn't as bad as it was, my enjoyment for this series would have been slightly higher albeit its problems. But I still did like the show and was looking forward to a new episode every week. I managed to become incredibly invested in this show way more than I thought I would, which was pretty surprising. I have to thank an interesting direction and awesome score for that! 

But beyond that, I still think this show was pretty good, although not one of my top favorites. Though I'm going to ask everyone to wait until this show gets licensed in the US so it can come out here with better animation, I still think this would be a good show for anyone interested in the sci-fi genre, people who need an epic OST to inspire their battle mode, need a watch for a cold or rainy day, or if you want to watch the bad TV animation, you can just see how bad it is.

Oh, and remember: when times get rough, just smile!

Why thank you Canaria for that unexpected announcement. Also, that advice could actually work for a lot of people. I'll consider it the next time I'm feeling down.

Score: 7/10


Interesting story; took a turn I didn't expect.

Most characters are good.

Maihime Tenkawa.

Wonderful score.

Good voice acting.

Actually quite enjoyable at parts.


Story takes a bit to get focused.

Character development is pretty wonky in some cases.

Awful animation for TV broadcast/simulcast.