Shinobi no Ittoki dares to make shinobi and ninja boring by plodding along until a murder attempt happens.Shinobi no Ittoki – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Beast Tamer tries to convince you that communing with animals is totally uncool, but don’t be convinced: what’s totally uncool is this very bland premiere.Beast Tamer – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
A stunning, action packed three-episode premiere that welcomes fans int he know with welcome arms, but risks isolating newcomers with no prior knowledge of the series.RWBY: Ice Queendom – Episodes 1-3 — Anime Feminist
Blade Runner: Black Lotus offers up a gorgeous premiere that has a somewhat go-nowhere premiere filled with tidbits that built the world, but don’t feel compelling.Blade Runner: Black Lotus – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Ultimately, Tales of Symphonia is a rarity: a solid video game adaptation anime that feels satisfying. It’s the kind of adaptation that both newcomers and existing fans of the series can get something out of. If you’ve played the video games at least once, you’ll get enjoyment out of seeing how everything gets compressed into eleven episodes, for better or worse.
TWEWY the Animation has been one hell of a ride, going from one of the season’s weakest premieres to a strong, emotional finale. And as I sniffled my way to the end of the ED, I found myself really happy I got to cover this series, both as a critic and as a fan of TWEWY as well. Realistically, this adaptation won’t be for everyone. I’m 100% sure there’s fans who dropped off hard in episode 3. Yet I think that this is one of the most solid video game adaptations in recent years: certainly in the past decade, though… don’t get too mad at me for saying that.
The World Ends With You anime drops viewers into a funky-fresh Shibuya that fairly faithfully adapts the video game, with a few missteps along the way.REVIEW: The World Ends With You Anime is a Satisfying Adaptation — But Why Tho? A Geek Community
In many ways, I lament how weak the series’ opening arc with Neku and Shiki was in comparison to its incredibly sEpisode 11 slaps. It’s the perfect second-to-last episode before next week’s finale. This is what I dreamed of the show being: plotty, impactful, emotional, and engaging. Even though it had to compress a sizable JRPG into twelve-episodes, TWEWY the Animation is easily one of my favorite adaptations in a long time, doubly so since I already adore the video game (though the Tales of Symphonia anime will forever hold a special place in my heart).
In many ways, I lament how weak the series’ opening arc with Neku and Shiki was in comparison to its incredibly strong back half. And I’m not only saying that because I know how powerful this story can be; at this point of my wEpisode 10 is chockablock with plotty tidbits in its back half. Like a good stew, all these ingredients come together to make a feast that’s both moreish and utterly satisfying. (and I’m not just saying that because we get to see my hot, messy boyfriend Sho again!) I want another taste, another sample of what TWEWY the Animation has in store next week, and the week after. My gut feeling I had early on definitely played out, but that was just part of the plethora of feelings coursing through me.
In many ways, I lament how weak the series’ opening arc with Neku and Shiki was in comparison to its incredibly strong back half. And I’m not only saying that because I know how powerful this story can be; at this point of my watch, my positive impressions are less about nostalgia, and more about the merits of this adaptation. It’s still not perfect – there are some hiccups even in this episode – but TWEWY the Animation is really, really good. I just wish it had been this good from the start.