Winter 2013 Anime Preview: Amnesia and Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Producer: Brains Base
Director: Ohashi Yoshimitsu
Series Composition: Machida Touko
On the morning of August 1, the heroine wakes up and discovers she has absolutely no memories of the past. A boy appears before her, and introduces himself as a "spirit" named Orion. The heroine struggles to regain her memories under the guidance of Orion. She then gets a phone call, but she does not recognize the name on her mobile phone screen. She meets her apparent "boyfriend," despite not knowing his face.
- Preview by Drmke: I didn't really know what to expect going into this anime based off of it's description, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by this series. While the initial amnesia/figuring out your lost memories concept already leaves a hint of interest in your mouth, there is clearly something larger going on that will be explained throughout the series. Bright colors everywhere, especially in the eyes which gives it a unique (at least to me) look to it. The voice acting and music are well done as well. The only drawback is the main character is shockingly timid. It's almost like she has no personality (could be the amnesia...), but luckily the rest of the cast carry the first episode quite well on their own. This is one I'll keep watching for now.
- Preview by Naomidee: Ok, so... The first and foremost thing that ran through my head while watching the first episode of Amnesia was "this is a show completely made of fangirl fanservice." So far, it seems like the entire plot of the show may be sacrificed to making girls want to squeal. The characters are comprised of pretty boys, a cute little spirit from another world, and a timid clueless girl.
I find it strange that amnesia occurs so often in novels, shows, movies, and other media considering it happens so rarely in reality. Although I must admit, it does make a good mystery. The main character (of course) suffers from an acute and potentially chronic case of amnesia, but this case is different since it has no medical cause or remedy. Even though the premise of the show is pretty common, it has enough of its own touch to make it different from other amnesia story lines that I've seen.
Having said that, I might continue a few more episodes in the show. I mentioned before that it seems like the plot is sacrificed to fanservice (the only way to get her memory back is to interact with friends, and I'm assuming that means fall in love/be swept off of her feet by every good-looking male character in the anime). I'm interested to see if the plot thickens, or if it only thinnens with a female-centered harem. Even if the plot doesn't prove to be something more, at least I'll have nice colors and a pack of pretty boys to stare at!
Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Producer: TMS Entertainment
Director: Ogura Hirofumi
Series Composition: Higuchi Tatsuto
Original Character Design: Monkey Punch
The stage is the close of the Edo period, an age when, not unlike our own time, both natural and man-made disasters left chaos in their wake. Manjiro makes a living helping the people of the troubled capital city, but behind the scenes, he also works in secret to take back precious belongings stolen from the people by unjust political powers and conspiratorial menaces. The people call him "Get-backer Roman."
Featuring Original Characters Designed by Monkey Punch, Creator of Lupin III
- Preview by Doraku: Bakumatsu Guinden Roman is basically another Monkey Punch’s work related to thievery, except this time it is happened in Shogunate era with a tad amount of modern touch. Roman, the main character of this series is some sort of Robin Hood imitatation. Bakumatsu Guinden starts with quite fast pacing, with decent amount of action and humors. The cast shown so far are pretty likeable, even though somehow I need to admit there is nothing unique from them. The opening arc was a generic one, but surprisingly enjoyable. There is nothing special technically speaking in regards to the animation quality.
Overall, I would say that Bakumatsu Guinden Roman is a fun series to watch. However, as someone who is getting tired watching a “straightforward” action Anime, I would not follow this series on per week basis. I would rather watch it as a whole, if this series could meet my expectation later.
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