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Hello and welcome to Project Nitsuj. The AI arc continues with this week’s guest host the wolf with the most Yin-Yang. *Yin-Yang appears* (Yin-Yang): Welcome to Project Nitsuj. You honor me with your presence. (Nitsuj): Well Mira likes deep and story driven anime and Shizuku likes crazy and action-packed so I’m quite curious to see what kind of anime you like Yin-Yang. (Yin-Yang): Comedy. Any anime that sounds interesting and has a lot of comedy in it is something I’ll always like. I’m also a fan of animes that take place in a fantasy world. (Nitsuj): Huh. So you’re a girl who prefers to laugh that’s kinda unexpected from you. (Yin-Yang): Never judge a book by it’s cover that’s why this week we’ll be reviewing “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?”. “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?” or Mondaji for short in Japan when translated says “Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?” (Nitsuj): Geez, that’s a mouth full. (Yin-Yang): Indeed, and just like the title suggest the anime centers around three high-schoolers who are problem children each with their own extraordinary power who get transported to another world causing trouble and having fun in the process. It’s based off a light novel written by Tarō Tatsunoko under the say name in 2011 quickly earning popularity in Japan. In 2013 the small studio Diomedea decided to turn the series into an anime and air it at the beginning of the year. So, up for diving into an unordinary world? (Nitsuj): Well I’m under threat to stay here so go ahead. (Yin-Yang): Great. Let’s take a look at “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?” wow that is a mouth full.

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Uhg... boring, boring, boring, boring. Can we please get the next episode of No Game No Life?

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By JulzChan aka Julius Cantara

Episode 2 ,"Beautiful Shackles", fits the format and feel or an Otome game, adds an elements that provides speculation and is a good first step for the Gods` long journey.

In an Otome Game, the player is introduced to one character at a time and the stage of the game is focused on that specific God in order to get to know them.

This most likely the format that the anime is trying to implement by having each episode center around one character the most in order to flesh them out. And in this episode it focused on Apollon, but without pushing everyone to the side completely.

 However still because of that not much is known about the supporting cast aside from their archetypes. Furthermore, the show adds a few more side characters and most of them don`t get that many lines. Hopefully along the way the series will flesh out all the characters as it progresses.

The inclusion of Zeus binding their the powers of the other deities to teach them about humanity may seem cliche - especially for those who have watched the Thor movies or read Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello- however if it isn`t broken don`t fix it.

But by taking away their powers it means the audience will not be seeing them in their divine forms, made worse by the fact their true forms are in the opening credits.

Episode one established the characters and the status quo, with this episode it shows things getting started for our characters.

This new element in the story does bring up speculation as seen in the preview in episode 1, they have their powers. So if that future is correct, Yui will succeed in helping them understand humanity but some kind of  terrible event will still occur. It spoils it to a degree that Yui will get through to them however this series does appear optimistic so there is no reason to expect it.

The young deities have their funny moments as they acclimate to the school, demonstrating how new it is for them to even be in a school and be human. Their humanization comes further as it is seen they can relate to Yui, how helpless and unsure they are of the situation, but they are willing to meet the challenge and they know they are not alone.

The fact that not all the students agree on the situation foreshadows that it will not be easy for Yui to teach them. That just because Zeus drops in a nice, well rounded, likable human that does not mean Yui can magically solve everything and get everyone to get along. that it is going to take time.

The opening takes a few listens in order to get a feel for it, but it is indeed upbeat and energetic. Coupled along with a techno beat sells reminds viewers that this was based on a video game and gives a carefree feel. The sequences really sell how , despite these characters not being human, they are going to school like mortals and it captures the sense of fun this series is going to have. Weird how they didn`t put it into the first episode as it excels higher than the ending credits which has very limited animation.

Despite the teasers, the lack of knowing the characters beyond their character stereotypes, and even being a little slow, the series still shows promise as a charming, fun diversion.

 Kamigami No Asobi episode 2 receives a 3.8 out of 5.

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Best anime of the season. Hands down.

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Hello and welcome to Project Nitsuj. Welcome to second edition of the AI arc, please welcome this week’s guest host the violent but lovely Shizuku. God help me. *Shizuku appears* (Shizuku): Yo, what’s up, welcome to Project Nitsuj? (Nitsuj): Hey, Shizuku, dare I ask what anime you enjoy watching? (Shizuku): Action and insanity. Anything with action or insanity in it is bound to make me happy. (Nitsuj): Do you know an anime that has either of these qualities? (Shizuku): I know an anime that has both. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Based off a manga written by Omara under the same name, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is what I can best describe as a combination between Ren and Stimpy, HiHi Puffy AmiYumi, and the Powerpuff Girls. The anime focuses on these two angels who got kicked out of Heaven because of their unholy behavior and are sent to Earth to eliminate demons in the hopes that they’ll become more angelic and act like proper angels. In 2010 the anime studio Gainax (Evangelion and Gurren Lagann) decided to take the series and turn it into an anime even getting Hiroyuki Imaishi the director of Gurren Lagann to direct it. Since its debut the series has garnered quite the fanbase. (Nitsuj): Why do people like it so much? (Shizuku): Some say it’s for the story, others for the characters, I think it’s for the complete nonsensical insanity, action, and sexual references. So ready to dive into a world of insanity, action, and sex? (Nitsuj): Do I have a choice? (Shizuku): Nope. (Nitsuj): Than let’s not waste any time and take a look at Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. (Shizuku): And to add more fun we’re looking at the English dub of the series.

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Captain Earth. Here's a hero. Gonna take aliens down to zero!

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In which a British Man with a funny accent talks about a Chinese cartoon he didn't like.

Embed doesn't seem to be working, I am not a technologically inclined man. For now here's a link.

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An anime with loli dragons. You have my attention. Please continue.

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By JulzChan aka Julius Cantara 

An academy filled with beautiful  Gods and a young maiden tasked to teach them about humanity to avert a terrible future. Not the best first episodes but does show promise with a unique premise and with loads of potential. 

The opening sequence gives foreshadowing, which is both good and bad. On the upside it presents a mystery as to how this story escalates to that future, what form the build up will take. Much like how Power Rangers Legend War was supposed to be, but hopefully it won`t be as much of a let down. 

While not as flashy or engaging as Diabolik Lovers in terms of art or music, but Kamigami no Asobi has something that DL should have had. Not only does Kamigami No Asobi throw in a very unique,interesting premise and good ideas, but has a competent female lead. If you wanna teach the Gods about humanity, it makes sense to have a well rounded, genuinely nice human like Yui. 

In most cases, it is the unlikely hero, or the worst in which humanity has to offer that would be chose- on purpose or by mistake- to help solve this problem at hand. 

However in this case, Yui is not an unlikely hero, while unsure of herself she is seen to be well rounded, friendly, knows when to keep her composure, and is not in the slightest bit annoying or helpless female character. Yui is not just another blank slate with no personality  for female viewers to live vicariously through as she is surrounded by handsome deities, which is common in otome anime.

Now just because Yui is a genuinely good person with hardly issues that does not mean there are no story telling opportunities when considering characters like Superman or Captain America. Even considered more so that Yui is in another world of supernatural beings with powers beyond her comprehension. 

Story wise, this first episode does set up out protagonist but does not introduce the other supporting characters as effectively. While the personality quirks of the supporting cast are made noticed, their names are not even introduced until the near end of the episode. 

Exposition is given as to the premise of this story, Yui`s purpose, the realm she is in, the why she was called forth. While it is a good idea and is promising as it can go in many directions, it would helps as to know what exactly are the Gods trying to avert. But perhaps that will be revealed in time and it does introduce the status quo. 

The animation is decent and does have moments to impress especially with the opening fight scenes. However the flower effect used to introduce each of the Gods gets old fast and is a bit cliche. However again only the first episode so the animation may yet improve. 

The designs of each other characters are distance and very attractive. And the true forms of the deities are befitting to their titles and powers. However the background leave a lot more to be desires. The background are bright and vibrant but nothing really stands out. The realm in which the academy exists in shows flouting island and plants in the sky but yet that is the slandered for otherworldly places. Adding more energy to the background would have fixed that. But adding in supernatural creatures does earn points. 

Overall the first look into this series dosen`t leave a big impression outside of its premise and iconic, legendary characters. But at least provided information of what Yui has to do and judging from the characters she has to deal with, this adventure is going to fun. 

Episode 1 of Kamigami no Asobi gets a 31/2 out of 5.
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