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The four Young Animator Training Project Specials

Actually, there already exist similar projects like, it’s called the Animax Taisho competition where people are free to submit their own scripts and the best script will win the chance of getting their script animated. Stuffs like Shoka, Super Kuma San, Hotori, and Takane Bicycle are the products of this competition.

Sure, most of them may not be memorable but they are definitely unique and worth watching. For one, Super Kuma San is the story of this possessed teddy bear saving his town while fighting off its inner demon and learning how to coexist with humans.

Sure the writing may be a little weak sometimes and some of its themes aren’t explored thoroughly but hell was it entertaining and unexpected.

Anyway, let’s talk about the Young Animator Training Projects.

The YATP is different from the Animax Taisho because the YATP targets young animators who are already in the industry.

Bannou no Yasai Ninninman is definitely the weakest among the bunch. It does not have any core direction or themes. All we ended up with is a cliche ‘resuce a dog’ story.  In the end, our main characters remained the same and no lesson were learned. Well, that’s pointless. Still, it’s only 24 mins and the vegetable heroes are quite interesting so it’s worth watching.

Tansu Warashi was great, it may be too slow or mundane for others but I like this pathos shit. Its theme and message of being independent is explored well and the characters are interesting enough for you to care. I felt really emotional and heartening when all the little guys in the drawer disappeared after they are done their task. I was glad that it took this direction because this drives home the point they are making. Getting independent learning from others is definitely a good message that we should all learn. I ranked this second among the four shorts.

Kizuna Ichigeki is as purposeless as Bannou no Yasai Ninninman but unlike BnYN, Kizuna Ichigeki at least has likable main characters. Not to mention, it’s definitely the most exciting among the four considering the amount of sweet action scenes it has. Seriously, I have nothing much to say about this except that it was all silly cutesy fun about badass cats and kungfu fighting. Very high in entertainment value and may work very well as a children cartoon that runs forever.

Ojisan no Lamp is my favourite among the four. Getting all so serious and over the top about some silly lantern may seems stupid but I can relate to that. The advancement of technology obsoletes those who are left behind. I am fascinated by this because I have a unexplainable passion for all things old so I know how the characters felt when they have to make the decision to move on.

Sacrificing old, unworkable ideals for newer more progressive one is part and parcel of our life. That being said, we must also never forget about the past as we can learn from histories and keep our happy memories that make us what we are today. The last scene of this anime where people rediscover the history of their grandparent drives home this point and marks a satisfying end point to the message it wants to convey.

Finally, the last anime I watched this season is Tiger & Bunny episode 1.

Tiger & Bunny is one of my anticipated anime for this new season.

The concept of T&B is very novel. 30 years old man trying to do his job and kept on with time in a super hero industry is very interesting. It also takes on lots of superheroes conventions and injects some reality show logics such as product placement into it.

However, as much as I like the first episode, T&B still seems like it will be better off as a 3 episode ova than a whole full length TV series. Sure, the concept is interesting and he show is entertaining but how will the go from here? From the first episode I seen, I don’t get what T&B want to be? A serious drama? A comedy? Or an action series?

There are no foreshadowing for interesting events that would come and gave no reason for you to keep up with the show.

The only solid direction that I can see is to tackle the problem between the generation gap of both the main characters and add some solid back stories. That can definitely provide some dynamic and interesting interactions to keep the show going strong.

With that, I have nothing else to say about this season. I heard good things about Stein;Gate and Hanasaku but I can’t be sure. I will wait for further reviews and reactions from others to decide. In that case, every reviewer will be my dog and slave, working their ass off in order to please me, their king, by telling which shows are worth watching.



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