Winter 2018 Preview III.

This is the last installment of this season’s previews. This time I will write about two anime I forgot about when I planned this miniseries. They are Violet Evergarden and Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン | Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is about Violet Evergarden, a girl…

[…]formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of the words, she has heard on the battlefield, uttered by someone dear to her.

This anime originates from a light novel, of which I have read just a little bit. A chapter, as always, to be exact.

It’s no screenplay – there is little speech and a lot of narrative. On the other hand, when there is speech, its impact is more powerful. (Read: I cried.) Bottom line the first chapter was lovely, telling a story of one lonely man, who was helped by Violet, the Auto Memories Doll. I wonder how the producers of the anime will spin the story, but the potential is enormous. It could be episodic, every episode telling a story of Violet’s one engagement. Or it could tell the story chronologically, like in the summary above… I’m excited for this anime.

YouTube playlist of PVs and CMs:

ラーメン大好き小泉さん | Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san

Koizumi is a mysterious and attractive high school student. But what most people don’t know about her is that she’s a ramen master who is always on the lookout for great ramen restaurants. Everyday, she goes hunting for real-life places serving the best ramen dishes and delightfully eats the delicious noodles. The way Koizumi downs a giant bowl of ramen–more adeptly than any large man–will amaze and delight you!

This anime already aired on Thursday night (Japanese time, of course), so I already have some first impressions. I read one chapter of the manga beforehand, so I thought I knew what to expect – something like Koufuku Graffiti with ramengasms and enormous portions and a cold protagonist. It had both the potential to be awful or amazing.

And so far it copies the manga to a T, not adding any value, but not ruining it… what a letdown. The story is the same, the art style is the same, the OP is awful (I’m a CG-hater, burn me) and the colors are beautiful. After one episode, I don’t expect too much from this anime.

Episode 1 review:

And with that, this miniseries is over!

One comment on “Winter 2018 Preview III.

  1. […] wrote about this anime in my last preview post. Since back then I had already watched the first episode, I included some first […]

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