Aaaand, the Spring 2018 season is underway and we’re off to the races!
OK, I couldn’t resist the pun… I promise I’ll behave myself (mostly). At least until the end of the post.
Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s chat about the first batch of new shows!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics, and
strikethrough marks dropped shows.
That was… Kinda predictable actually. More CGDCT than any kind of drama, and that really limits where the show can go. I’d hoped for something more realistic despite the moe character designs. And the smol loli main character with a high pitched voice will likely get old after a while. Still, the senpais aren’t bad characters…
So, I dunno. While there is some potential, probably not a keeper unless it ups it’s game in the next episode or two.
Status: On notice under the Three-Episode Rule.
Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits / Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
I’m on the fence here. Supernatural romance isn’t normally my gig, but I’m usually willing to give almost anything a shot. And there’s the food angle, which anyone who knows me will know I almost always check out.
But everything is so flat. The animation is nothing to write home about, and the voice acting and direction are workmanlike at best. Hopefully it will perk up some as the seiyuu settle into their roles and the director warms up… So even though the scenario seems to be a bit predictable at this point there’s a chance for my opinion to improve.
Status: Provisional keeper.
Magical Girl Ore
The basic problem is that Ore is too genre aware and too trope aware – and knows it. And it couldn’t go so much as a full minute without hammering the audience over the head and crowing about it’s self awareness. As far as the comedy angle goes… It pretty quickly became stale, repetitive, predictable – and it just wouldn’t stop.
There’s shows that pack a lot to think about in one episode. And there’s shows that just pack too much into one episode. Ore is firmly in the latter category.
Status: Dropped – 2 eps.
Real Girl / 3D Kanojo
I kept getting this odd feeling watching this episode. It felt strangely unpolished, almost like I was watching a first draft or a storyboard or something.
But I have to admit, I found Iroha’s character interesting. She takes no crap, and she knows what she wants… She’s certainly not an otaku fantasy character. Hikari and his buddy on the other hand, they’re about as stock as insecure otaku characters get. But the biggest thing the show has going for it is that they’ve already gotten then confession and the kinda first kiss out of the way. That gives the show a chance to be about the relationship rather than coy “will they or won’t they”, and we’ve all seen too much of that haven’t we?
I just hope the six months thing, and the hint of Iroha having a tragic backstory don’t weigh the show down too much.
Space Battleship Tiramisu
I can see where the high energy constant comedy might attract some. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it that I can put my finger on… I just didn’t find it funny.
On second thought, maybe it’s the narrator. For some reason, I’m starting to really dislike narrators. And this one was annoying because they kept violating the “show, don’t tell” rule.
Status: Dropped – 1 ep.
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
If you’ve been anywhere around anime media in the past week… You’ve probably seen this screenshot:
Now, I have to admit, it’s pretty creative – if ordinary schoolgirls running late for school run with toast, why wouldn’t a horsegirl run with a carrot in her mouth? But Uma Musume‘s creativity pretty much begins and ends right there. Special Week (yes, that’s actually her name) is pretty much just another country bumpkin come to the Big City to follow her dream. A dream promised by her adoptive mother to her deceased birth mother – an interesting angle to be sure… But not really her dream then, is it?
And speaking of names, yes, all the girls (of which there are way too many in the cast) have horse names because they’re the reborn souls of famous Japanese racehorses. Kind of an intersection of the “girls reborn as” and “monster girls” trends…
I think my main interest here will be in how well it carries itself as a sports anime… Something they hint at being a bigger part of the show, but never quite get around to in the episode.
And there’s the shows I’ve seen so far. I wanted to get this finished and posted because I have my 2199 post tomorrow and then the BIG premiers on Saturday. My season review post is in work, and hopefully will be out next week…. 3-gatsu, Yorimoi, and Yuru Camp have brought work on it to a screeching halt. I suppose, under the “it’s my blog I’ll do what I want theory”, I can just type “EFFING AWESOME” for ten lines…
Anyhow, let me know what you think of your premiers so far!