It’s pretty bad. The negative points include 70′s era animation and sexism, and some weak stories. Also, basically any time it tried to be funny. Each episode is only 30 min (well, more like 22), which is also a negative, when compared with the pacing of TOS episodes. Contains a number of the weakest Trek elements in action, notably the first stuck-in-the-holodeck and transporters fixing everything but only for the end-of-episode reset. There is a time travel episode, too, but that one was pretty good. The positive points are the benefits of animation: the two new bridge officers are non-human (tailed furry, 3 limbed orange guy), every new alien race is not humanoid (birds, slugs, Satan (really)). The Klingons are still the non-head-bump variety, though. Some of the effects are better. The ship designs are more varied, and more of them.
Probably of interest only to a serious Star Trek fan. TAS is officially canon material, so despite a number of issues, like Federation ships easily crossing the galaxy and a lot of basic science issues, the hard-core nerd will need to see it. Or SpockxChapel shippers.
I hope the automatic doors picked up on M’Ress’ tail.
Admittedly, the first part of the first episode of YuruYuri2 (Y22, I suppose.) would seem normal and boring, as a popular girl is surrounded by her friends. However, it is Akarin, legendary No-Presence Girl, dreaming that she has the spotlight. The ping pong ball scene, on the other hand, is funny without any previous knowledge.
Humanity Has Declined combines environmental preaching with extreme oddness. In a post-singularity future, all the “real” people are 4 inch tall garden-gnome-like people with a weak grasp on reality, and the actual humans are those left behind by the transition, coping with a crumbling infrastructure. A must for fans of the sort of weirdness only anime can bring.
The fundamental premise, and thus much of the first episode, of Sword Art Online, is rather silly: you can be trapped in an MMORPG that will kill you if your character dies. As an avid Warcraft player/addict (Not during work hours!), I could think of a lot of technical problems with this. I think the author just wanted to put people with modern sensibilities in a sword fighting story, and didn’t let reality get in the way. Which is OK.
Relationship dramas Kokoro Connect and Natsuyuki Rendezvous had better kick it up a notch after an underwhelming first episode. Both have supernatural premises that need explaining, neither actually explain the supernatural during their exposition heavy intros.
Joshiraku, possibly continuing Kumeta-san’s attempt to live in the Showa era, is about Japan’s traditional pun based stand-up comedy. After Polar Bear Cafe, I’m not sure the world needed this.
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