Well, here we are again… A new season, filled with hopes and dreams! Let’s open the door and take a look!
The Price of Smiles / Egao no Daika
Watching the episode proper… something just seemed off, for lack of a better word. What’s really going on with this Princess? She kinda gets bullied around, but she also bullies and interferes with stuff and doesn’t get called on it. She’s kinda slow and incompetent at some stuff, but inexplicably really competent at other stuff. None of this makes sense.
Now, I admit the post-credit stinger does put a different spin on things… But it doesn’t explain all the dichotomies. I’m curious to see how/if they resolve them. Maybe the second ep will flesh out things a bit.
Also of concern, there were several spots where the character animation went all wonky for a cut or two. Seems to me that the Princess, the star of the show, would get a little more attention and care.
Status: Holding short of the drop line.
Just like Price of Smiles, the whole episode was something less than a proper introduction and more like a massive troll. Making things worse, it wasn’t even good trolling – just boring. No significant drama, almost no real world building, and a huge cast mostly tropish and primarily differentiated by hair styles and bust size.
The character animation was just odd. It looked kinda 3d-ish without actually being 3-d.
And then there’s the last moment cliffhanger… Which made no damn sense and was largely disconnected from the events of the episode.
Status: Unless there’s a sharp uptick in narrative quality, it’s going to be gone after the second episode.
Real Girl / 3D Kanojo S2
The first season started with some strong potential… But ended up squandering it by trading those ideas in on a succession of romantic drama staples. I couldn’t even finish the first episode of the 2nd season. It strongly reminded me of everything I didn’t like about the 1st… Only with lower animation quality, bad storyboarding, and phoned in voice acting.
Seriously, that’s three anime in a row with questionable design or execution of its animation… What’s up with that?
Status: Couldn’t even make it through the full ep – dropped.
Wasn’t on my radar, but some of the reviews have been… interesting.
Status: Watching the buzz with interest.
My Roommate is a Cat / Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue
Stop me if you’ve seen this one before: A misanthropic introvert finds an unlikely friend and his life starts to change… Yeah, we’ve all seen that one before. And it’s workmanlike execution doesn’t make it much more attractive. The only mildly interesting part was when we were rewatching the events of the episode through the eyes of the as-yet unnamed cat.
Status: If my wife likes it, probably will continue watching… If she doesn’t, and it doesn’t show at least a spark of originality, probably not.
The Promised Neverland / Yakusoku no Neverland
Hoo…. boy. I had guessed from the tone of the promotional material that this wasn’t going to be all sweetness-and-light… But I didn’t really expect that. I didn’t expect it to go so relentlessly dark right in the first episode.
Seriously, I don’t even know what to say.
Status: On hold? Horror is not normally my bag, but the execution was darned slick and the bastards made me care. I can’t watch. I can’t not watch.
There you have it! The batch of premiers is in the can… Not a promising lot so far, but the season is young.
What have you seen so far and what did you think?