More premieres under my belt, including two of the most anticipated and one dud. Also, a first look at my watching and blogging schedule after the jump.
Just as a reminder, shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics.
One of the most anticipated premieres of the season, PA Works Sakura Quest – back to the well again with a new story about girls at work. (And in a small town to boot, all right smack in their wheelhouse.) Sadly, it’s off to a very rough start.
We get a quick introduction to
Aoi-chan Yoshino, a country girl and recent college graduate who isn’t making it in the Big City… When she does get a job offer, it’s right back in the country she’s trying to escape from! Then we get a whirlwind introduction to the town’s dramatis personae, the back story, and setting. The back half of the show is dedicated to Yoshino’s attempts to escape her stifling prison and return to the city – closing with a reveal meant to be dramatic and to convey that This Is Meant To Be.
When Sakura is supposed to be dramatic, it falls flat. When it’s supposed to be funny, it falls flatter. It does succeed in invoking its older step sisters (Hanasaku Iroha and Shirobako), but mostly this serves to highlight how much it lacks compared to them. Overall, it tended to be a bit on the rote side and the characters are kinda one-dimensional. (And the country folk are pretty trope-ish.)
Don’t get me wrong, even though the execution was lacking, there’s some very good bones underneath and it wouldn’t take much to right the ship, While PA Works has earned more latitude than most, it also has enough recent disasters and near-misses to give me pause. So, color me cautiously optimistic…
Verdict: Keeper with reservations
It looks like Saekano is taking the same route it took the first season – a ‘special episode’ for the premiere and then the actual season begins the next week, which makes it kinda hard to actually review the premiere… That being said, they dive right in with the same formula, snappy writing, sharp animation, and lots and lots of fanservice. If they stay true to form, the latter will be toned way down (though it never goes entirely away) and they’ll concentrate more on plot and less on “plot” once the actual season begins.
Overall, it looks like they’re picking up right where they left off, and that’s a good thing. (And Yay! More Megumi!)
Decided to check this one out as I had some spare time yesterday, and already I’m regretting it. The characters are tropes (and their designs awful), the worldbuilding sparse, and the animation is… well, let’s just say not quite up to par. I’m not even sure why I’m supposed to care about what’s going on. (And of the ecchi bits, the less said the better.) Even though it airs on a slow day, I’m not even going to give it a tag because I suspect it won’t survive next week, if I even bother to watch it.
Verdict: Clinging to the cliff by its fingernails.
And there you have it… Even with a number of premieres to come, Spring 2017 is shaping up to not entirely suck. That being said, here’s the first cut at my schedule this season:
Shows my lovely wife and I are both watching are Bolded, my shows are in Italics. Question marks are shows that are yet to premiere or that I haven’t watched yet.
- Anonymous Noise? (premieres April 11th)
- Sagrada Reset?
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (For the next few weeks anyway.)
- Sakura Quest
- Clockwork Planet?
- Hinako Note?
- My Hero Academia
- Attack on Titan
- Eromanga Sensei? (Premieres April 8th)
- Atom The Beginning (Premieres April 11th)
- Alice & Zoroku
Assuming no drops and no other shiny catches my eye, eleven shows. On the low side of my average. But drops and shiny things are inevitable…
Given that it looks like Crunchy will be regularly keeling over on Saturday nights (AoT, MHA, plus Dragonball and bunch of other popular shows…) I think I’m going to shoot for Tuesday for my weekly posts because that gives us Sunday and Monday night to catch up. I’ll end up a week out of sync from some other bloggers because I have a regular meeting on Tuesday (pushing some of Tuesday’s show into Wednesday), but so it goes.