Here is the second part of my mid-season review. Looking at what’s written below, the general mood seems to be one of criticism, except for Kiznaiver, anyway. With that note, let’s get into my thoughts on Mayoiga, Kiznaiver, Haifuri, and Flying Witch.
5) Mayoiga (aka The Lost Village)
At this point, I’m sticking around merely to see the end of the show. I had hopes of these characters overcoming their fears and behaving rationally, but no dice. At last, we have discovered that a village adjoins Nanaki village beyond the tunnel and that the monsters are both produced by our characters fears and truly are able to interact with the real world. Our heroes must overcome their fears lest their phobias cause them more than mental harm, but can they?
Every time I watch Haifuri, I can’t but recall my time in the Sea Cadets. This group can be compared to the Civil Air Patrol, but with a naval orientation. The cadets are divided into two groups: Sea Cadets proper (made up of teenagers from 13-17) and the Navy League Cadets (ages 11-14). I started at the age of eleven in the latter, and that section kept me until well into my fourteenth year due to my position as Company Commander of the Navy League Cadets. Usually, they wished to keep experienced cadets in that leadership role for as long as possible. The primary goal of the Sea Cadets was to give people a taste of Navy life so that they might join the Navy or an ROTC program after high school. In my case, it rather had the opposite effect, and the rest of this article will show why.
As to how I found myself in this program, the story begins with my father having entered the program for a time as a teenager. Like the heroines of Haifuri, he sailed in real navy destroyers or other ships for stretches of time. How glorious being a Sea Cadet in those days! Hobnobbing with sailors and observing the operations of a navy ship underway! He even claims to have been on it while a storm struck–a storm with waves taller than his ship!
The past couple of years have introduced us to one solid season after another. (It reminds me of the days where I despaired of the anime industry, which lead to posts like “Anime Spring Season 2012: Only Two Worthy Shows?“. Click on that if you want to read a really old post!) This season was no exception. So, I limited myself to seven regular length shows lest I become overburdened. (I’m not concerned about shorts taking up too much time.) See below for the shows which made the cut. The shows are in no particular order.
1) Space Patrol Luluco
The first two episodes greatly amused me, and I found myself surprised by the serious turn taken in the third episode. Trigger is nothing if not creative, and I can’t wait to see how they meld the insane antics of this show with the more serious elements. Fans of Kill la Kill will no doubt see similarities between Luluco and Mako Mankanshoku. Having a Mako-ish character as the heroine ought to make for a very memorable short.