Summer 2018 – Midseason Thoughts, Weeks 6-7

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Catching up on the last two weeks and giving the thumbs up (or down) on shows as we cruise through the mid point of the season!  Hit the jump, and let’s dive right in shall we?
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.

Attack on Titan 3 / Shingeki no Kyojin Ep 5 (Ep 42)

With a variety of motivations on the part of the various participants, the existing government is overthrown.  They seem to have seized the moment rather than really thinking things through…  If the linchpin of their plan is restoring the “true” monarchy (Historia) – shouldn’t they have the new monarch ready to hand rather than someone else’s prisoner?

And it looks like we’re about to have Eren back on-screen.  This is not something I look forward to.

Midseason thoughts: Keeper, mostly out of habit as this season really hasn’t wowed me.

Cells at Work / Hataraku Saibou Ep 7

Scott at Mech Anime Reviews posted an interesting tweet…

I can’t say he’s wrong – how many stories have we all seen/read where the protagonist is the rebel against enforced societal order?

For my part… in the middle of the show, thinking of cancer cells as our own cells running amuck and attacking their fellows I could help but think of Monsters from the Id.  And now that I think about it, I’d love to see an anime adaptation of Forbidden Planet.  It’s message of mankind meddling with things it doesn’t understand is still a relevant one.

The ending portrayal of the Cancer Cell as something of a rebel, lashing out against cruel fate…  I don’t quite know what to think of that.

  • Xenodude takes a different tack and ponders on how this episode fits in with idea of Cells at Work as a shounen style anime.

On a related matter, Luminous Mongoose at Otaku Essays and Analyses posts a review of Cells at Work BLACK – a spinoff that takes place in an unhealthy and abused body.

Cells at Work - Red Blood Cell and Platelet
Midseason thoughts:  Cells continues to display a disturbing lack of Platelets…  But other than that flaw still an interesting watch.  Keeper.

Chio’s School Road / Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro Ep 7

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Yes Chio, for researchNudge, nudge, wink, wink.  This sketch was funny as hell.  Chio at it’s very finest.  The sketch with the obasan was unexpectedly poignant then funny as hell as it completely upended expectations.  Should have been expecting that.

Midseason thoughts:  Chio‘s has hit a bit of a rough patch here in the middle, but it’s still worth watching.  Keeper.

Encouragement of Climb 3 / Yama no Susume 3

Ep 7 – A typical day with Aoi at her part time job…  On one hand, a fairly straightforward CGDCT episode.  On the other, an interesting bookend with S2E18 showing how far she’s come.  Aoi may still be shy with her schoolmates, but she’s grown and become calm and confident at work.

I especially love the cameo by Aoba-san (Kokona’s mom).  But doesn’t Kokona know Aoi works at that particular pâtisserie?  A minor point, but it bugs me.

Ep 8 – Once again, a misunderstanding between Aoi and Hinata is snowballing…  Some of this due to mutual misunderstanding, some due to Hinata being a bit of a so-and-so.  (Which itself is something of a repeating theme.  I never really realized that before.)

But they’re also playing with something they’ve never played with before…  Hinata and Kokona are unquestionably on the wrong trail and headed for trouble.  Not the same thing as Aoi’s situation on Fuji-san where all she had to do was stop climbing.  They’re on a mountain in Fall, and I bet it gets cold at night.  How serious will they get?  Likely not very.

Midseason thoughts:  Do you really have to ask?  Have you even been reading this blog?  The solidest keeper of all keepers.

Grand Blue Dreaming Ep 6

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What people who hadn’t read the manga thought Grand Blue Dreaming was about from the promotional material…

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What Grand Blue Dreaming is actually about….

Though Ep 6 actually did have some diving scenes, it didn’t stray far from it’s core (in)competency.

Midseason thoughts: Solid keeper…  Like the manga, it keeps me grinning and laughing.

Hanebado!

Ep 7 – OK, I’ll be honest upfront, I wasn’t all bothered by seeing the twin-tailed ojou-sama get her self centered butt kicked.  Wasn’t much happy with the rest of the episode though.  Once again, Hanebado has its focus on and crawls inside the head of the wrong characters.  “Using a side character to compare and contrast the main character” only works when the main character in question isn’t a cardboard cutout.

Nagisa return a shot and continues the rally.

Ep 8This is what I thought I was getting when I saw the first episode.  Solid character based drama centered around competitive sport.  On top of that, it actually spent it’s time inside the head of the main character rather than a side character.

Also a huge shout-out for the OST.  It’s been good all season, but it was particularly effective this ep.

Midseason thoughts:  On the fence, I really should drop it…  But when it’s good, it’s so very good.  I think if the show had been structured more around Nagisa I’d like it even better.

Harukana Receive
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Ep 6 – Haruka and Kanata were so adorkable with how happy and proud they were with their prizes.  Who cares that they’d been knocked out in the second round? They’d won a game!  Together!

Ep 7 – I’ve seen a lot of fuss the last couple of days about Akari’s introduction to the show…  And though I haven’t read the manga, I bet it can be chalked up to adaptation.  If she’s introduced at this point in the manga, they have to do so in the anime or face the prospect of re-writing the story.  (And ending up in a really bad place if there is a second season.)  Can’t please everyone, and sticking to the story (if that’s what they did) is the best option.

That being said, I actually like Akari, she’s got spunk.  Plus I feel a little sorry for her having mixed up friendship and popularity so badly.

Midseason thoughts:  Strong keeper, practically the only one aside from Encouragement of Climb (which was a shoo-in anyhow).

My Hero Academia 3 /  Boku no Hero Academia 3

Ep 18 (Ep 56) – It should come as no surprise that through some last-minute plot magic, everyone from Class 1-A manages to pass the first phase of the Provisional Licensing Exam.  (Though I was hoping that Mineta would have his perverted little butt kicked to the curb.)  Are these kids going to ever face any significant disappointment or consequences for their actions and choices?

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Ep 17 (Ep 57) – A very slow start…  But then we’ve been seeing a lot of that of late.  It was played a little for laughs, but the HUC actually were dispensing good advice.  Most of this is probably things that Class 1-A would have learned in class had they taken the test in their 2nd year rather than being pushed through early.  Seeing the older students act in a more organized fashion reinforces this point.

Speaking of training…  At lot of the advice and the actions the senior students were taking rings true from my training in combating casualties in the Navy.  We even did the same kind of scenario – fighting casualties in battle.  Those were tough at the ship level as we had fewer people available to fight the casualty.  They were also tough at the individual level if you had to don a breathing mask (which sharply limits your field of vision and ability to communicate).

It’s sad though that in the last few episodes Uraraka is being reduced to a cartoon love interest.  And why are we getting an anime-original next week?  Bon was last week…

A wandering thought that occurred to me…  I wonder if there are hero agencies that only hire from certain schools?  Or that will not hire from certain schools?

Music Girls / Ongaku Shoujo

Ep 6 – Not that there’s anything at all wrong with it, Music Girls remains a mostly harmless piece of fluff.  The next ep previews hint that Uori may be losing her voice…  I hope they stick to their guns and keep Hanako off the stage.  If they don’t, they’ll lose what little makes this show stand out from the pack of run-of-the-mill idol shows.

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Ep 7 – Three (four) idol show tropes neatly wrapped up in a single package…  We had a (partial) beach ep, an idol ready to get off the bus (fixed by the Power Of The Group), and “idols can’t have love”.  From the preview it looks like they’re actually going to play out the consequences of the last…

Midseason thoughts:  Mostly harmless, keeper.

Revue Starlight
/ Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight

As they saying goes, “it’s not you, it’s me”.  Except it is partly you…  Despite the interesting first episode, the second didn’t really grab me.  I didn’t feel motivated in the slightest to go through the hassle it takes to watch the third ep on my desktop PC.  Now, three eps behind, I might as well call it and drop it.

Dammit HiDive,  get a Roku app already!

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18 thoughts on “Summer 2018 – Midseason Thoughts, Weeks 6-7”

  1. ahh, patience my friend! I know, in BNHA you’d hope to see some characters fail, but keep on watching! You won’t be disappointed…well maybe….maybe not…..not sure how you feel about other characters. :)

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    1. No spoilers for those of us who haven’t read the manga! :) :)

      Pervert-kun is the only character I actually dislike. The rest range from “OK, so they’re there” upwards.

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  2. Not sure what to say at this point. I find myself looking forward to next season already.

    Planet With remains strong.

    Hanebado has pretty much lost me, too. Well, that’s too harsh; I still enjoy it when it’s good, but they really don’t have very good narrative control. Mostly a waste of potential, but still pretty entertaining.

    Chio Chan is great when it’s great, but it can get rather uncomfortable in a not-so-fun way. I prectally never like the Kabbadi sempai jokes… The voice acting in the show is great.

    Oh and since I mentioned it early on: Subaru is… servicable. Takes more after .hack than SAO, plot-wise, in more ways than one, but even though I quite like .hack it doesn’t work out here, much. If you want to watch it, it’s there. Could be worse.

    Cells at Work – BLACK in a not-so-well body? What is this? A post-apocalyptic spin-off? Goes to click the link.

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    1. Not sure what to say at this point. I find myself looking forward to next season already.

      I hear you! There’s some bright spots, but overall… Not the best of seasons.

      I’ve heard Subara described as a cross between SAO and Anohana, didn’t strike me as interesting… Glad to hear it’s not actually bad.

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  3. Hopefully my comment shows up, WordPress is NOT having it today T.T

    Any way, for what you’re watching and what I’m watching we seem to be on similar wave length. Cells has been decent, Chio still fun, and MHA great!

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    1. Yep, it showed up. I even read it. Replying to it even. ;P

      I’m enjoying Chio, just wish it had fewer cringey bits… But comedy is almost always hit-or-miss anyhow.

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  4. I love Cells at Work but feel they’ve written themselves into a corner by making the platelets so adorable… I can almost imagine the script meetings for the latest episode:

    Writer: “The cancer episode is really coming together… but our ratings have really been tanking the last few weeks and the most frequent hashtag is #NotEnoughPlatelets… we really need to work them into this episode and not just give them a cameo scene… so how plausible would it be for the platelets to save the day against the cancer cells?”

    Science Adviser: “…”

    I guess I’m a bit more wowed by this season of Shingeki no Kyojin than you are. The plot is moving much faster than season 2 and they’re actually peeling back the curtain on some of the central mysteries of the show. But I guess we’ll see next week…

    Agreed that Chio-chan sometimes crosses the line between lewd humor and creepiness. The first appearance of the Kabaddi senpai was hilarious but the second was… awkward. But the best moments of this series make up for it.

    Among the series you’re not following, I’m really digging Angolmois – Genkou Kassenki (Mongol invasion of Japan) and Lupin III Part V… but I’m a sucker for old school, so take that for what it’s worth.

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    1. It’s that I’m not enjoying Shingeki no Kyojin, just… It has a hard time living up to it’s own reputation if that makes sense. In some ways S3 is really a new show and that’s taking some adjustment.

      Nothing wrong with old school, nothing at all! I’m getting my dose from Star Blazers 2202.

      And unless I’m misremembering on my first cup of coffee, this is your first post – welcome to the Lounge!

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  5. I agree with AoT… the plan wasn’t all that well planned out. It was very much seize the moment but knowing them, it’ll come together somehow.
    Grand Blue has been real hit or miss for me but most of the times, I am enjoying the humour it dishes out each week.

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    1. With AoT, it’s mostly bothering me that the plotters don’t even seem worried… But I also get the feeling the Premier may be running his own game.

      Grand Blue has a… unique sense of humor. :)

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  6. Still no drops as I hit the midseason mark, though I am now an episode behind on Yuuna-san. Will I quickly catch up, or is this the beginning of the end?

    I guess YnS is moving into its first extended arc of the season, and it’s shaping up to be a good one. I can’t remember if Kokona knows Aoi works there or not (damn you, CR, not having S2 for us to go back and check!), but even if she does, why does that mean her Mom would know? Most teenagers in my experience don’t tell their parents a lot of specific details about their friends’ lives unless they ask, and Kokona’s Mom is barely ever home.

    I’m so, so happy with Harukana at the midpoint. I like all the characters (yes, even Akari), but I like it even more that the story seems to respect its audience. The Harukana team winning just their first round match felt just exactly right – at this stage, as a new team and with Haruka still a novice, taking advantage of Kanata’s beach experience to beat a pair of indoor specialists was a reasonable result for them; more than that would’ve been stretching things a bit much for plausibility. And I loved seeing how happy they were with that. For this stage of their development, winning a match is an accomplishment they should be proud of.

    Other stuff I’ve been watching lately besides the three seasonal shows.

    I’m almost done re-watching A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd, which has actually held up better for me than I might have expected it to. Still not a great show, but it doesn’t drag and has enough highlight moments to make up for some of its other flaws.

    I am done re-watching Flying Witch and Chivalry of a Failed Knight (after buying both on blu-ray), and I have no regrets about springing for either of those; watched the dub versions for both re-watches, and still enjoyed them just as much. Flying Witch’s whole dub was surprisingly good, and while Chivalry’s was a bit more uneven, Luci Christian was the perfect casting choice for Stella.

    Finally, guess what I started watching last week? My Hero Academia! Saw the season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray set on the shelf at my library branch, and said, “Why not?” Halfway through season 1 at this point, so way behind where you are, but so far it’s easy to see why it’s become a hit. I’ve enjoyed Deku’s “origin story,” and while it’s predictable that he’s going to overcome all these early obstacles (like even getting admitted to the school in the first place), it’s still been a lot of fun to see how he does it.

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  7. I guess YnS is moving into its first extended arc of the season, and it’s shaping up to be a good one.

    They’ve only got one cour to work with, so I’m glad we’re getting an arc rather than (still very good!) the episodic stuff so far. I just kinda thought Kokona would mention Aoi when she said to he mom that she was familiar with the pâtisserie. Maybe it’s just me.

    Harakuna is sooo much better than it has any right to be.

    I rewatched Flying Witch a couple of months back, fell in love all over again. S2 when?

    Finally, guess what I started watching last week? My Hero Academia!

    Oooh! You’re in for a fun ride. It is predictable in spots, yeah, but it’s a shonen, not going to vary too far from the formula. The last arc of the 1st season is very good.

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