Howdy! Back from hiatus and trying to get back into the swing of weekly coverage.
I’m caught up on most this season’s offerings, so let’s his the jump and run ’em down!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics,
strikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed. (?) marks shows I plan to watch, but which I haven’t watched yet.
I did get some premiere ep material written pre-hiatus, it’s include here in blockquotes.
Amazing Stranger Episodes 1-3
Episode 1 – First Impressions
An otaku somehow gets a hold of a figure that’s both a character in an anime – and real person who’s gone through the adventures in the anime.
Nothing in particular to praise, nothing in particular to complain about. Mostly… it’s just there. Maybe once we get past the introductory episode it’ll go somewhere. The large number of additional characters in the OP does give me pause. It’s a short, so there’s not a lot of room for additional characters.
Status: I’m thinking it’s going to go south and I’ll end up dropping it.
Episodes 2-3 were kinda… meh at best. The scene of the two otaku arguing in a fancy restaurant was just crap. Then there’s the hint of Something More Going On at the end of Ep 2… But I’m not sure the plot structure can bear the weight of Something More.
Status: On Notice for potential drop.
Watched first ep, will be caught up by next week.
Watched the first ep, will be caught up by next week.
Fruits Basket 2019 Episode 1 – First Impressions
Possibly the most anticipated premiere this season…
The basic, reverse harem, setup is nothing we haven’t seen a million times before. Tohru is but one more driven genki girl with a tragic back story among of a crowd of them.
But I must admit there was a certain amount of charm to the characters. (Though the rather dated designs will take some getting used to.) The voice actors were really bringing their “A” game, and the animation was well done too. So, I find myself liking it.
Which leaves me in a dilemma given my well-known dislike of reverse harems… Am I giving room because of its status, or is it really a reverse harem I can like? Time alone will tell I suspect.
Fruits Basket 2019 Episodes 2-3
Honestly, I find myself conflicted here… As long time readers will know, reverse harems are SO not my thing. But so far, Fruits Basket doesn’t feel like a reverse harem even though it shows every sign of being one.
(Caveat: I know nothing about the series that hasn’t appeared onscreen this season.)
There are some interesting mysteries, and some definite hints of romance in the air… so…
(?) Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu
Joshi Kausei Episode 1 – First Impressions
Disappointed that it looks like they’re going for the fanservice angle and downplaying the comedy/SOL angles. Sure, there’s fanservice in the manga, but it’s only one part of the package.
The animation was kinda clunky, and the comedic timing way off too.
A fairly disappointing start to an anime I was looking forward to because I enjoy the heck out of the manga.
Status: Concerned about the future but sticking with it for now.
Episode 2 is much more in keeping with the basic charm of the series. Just more-or-less an ordinary day with some comedic occurrences. Episode 3… More of a mess that goes nowhere.
So far, well… The adaptation is rough overall and they’ve done a poor job communicating the basic charm that permeates the manga. I’m not saying every chapter of the manga was a winner… Just that they’ve made some very poor choices.
Status: Reluctant keeper.
Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Episodes 1-3
I am… conflicted here. Chika’s arc so far is interesting. Satowa zooms from one extreme to another. It’s hard as heck to pin her down. Takezou…. Seems to be pinned as an innocent bystander more buffeted by the events around him than in control of the club he’s nominally the President of.
Satowa is the one to keep an eye on. I suspect her mysteries and hangups will be a significant plot driver.
The there’s the “impress me in a month or be disbanded” plot line, which has been done absolutely to death. I’m not seeing (so far) any way to resolve this conflict that hasn’t been done before or brings anything new to the table.
Status: Tentative keeper. It’s not like I’m not enjoying the show, it’s that… it just seems a muddle so far but there’s enough there to give it chance. Too early too call.
Mix: Meisei Story Episodes 1-3
Three episodes in, and the story is slowly ambling towards… what? I’m not at all sure, but I am enjoying the stroll. Despite being notionally a sports anime, so far it leans more towards being SOL’ish‘. And the characters are in middle school, and it’s supposedly about the Koshien – a high school baseball tournament. Time skip incoming?
Or it’s possible the anime adaptation ends before they get out of middle school…
Mix started as an ‘us’ anime, but my wife dropped it after episode 2.
One Punch Man Episodes 1-2
I hate to say I was kinda bored with these two eps, especially the first… But off-hand, I can’t think of another way to put it. By no measure did these two episodes live up to anything in the first season. The animation wasn’t nearly so dynamic (and they snuck in plenty of still or still-ish frames), and the color palette is much flatter. The writing is kinda there, but the delivery is all but phoned in.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with a series being workmanlike… It’s just a vast disappointment compared to the bar set by the first season. I can live with the animation and colors, but only if the plot and voice acting up their game.
One Punch Man Episode 3
Episode 3 showed a modest uptick in plot progression… But the series still has quite a way to go to really catch me.
Status: I never thought I’d say this… but I am considering a drop. If it weren’t for the show’s status, I’d have already put it on notice.
Senryu Girl Episodes 1-3
Somewhere, someone’s Twitter feed? I remarked that I thought the first episode was absolutely a-dork-able. After the 2nd and 3rd episodes, I stand by that first impression. It’s no Tsuki ga Kirei, but Nanako and Eiji and their bumbling romance is just downright cute. (Even though it’s kinda one-sided at present because Eiji is something of a typically dense anime protagonist.) I didn’t expect this to be a romantic comedy, but it’s becoming one and I’m enjoying it.
I think the only thing I don’t like are the whiffs of ‘harem’ that Amane and Koto are giving off… a feeling reinforced by the two girls we haven’t seen yet who feature in both the OP and ED.
Status: Firm keeper.
Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off!
Really awful animation, stilted writing, and VA’s were phoning it in. I enjoy the franchise, but I just couldn’t put up with more than five minutes of this crap.
Strike Witches earns the dubious distinction of being the first drop of Spring 2019.
(?) We Never Learn: BOKUBEN
And there you have it! A quick overview of what I’ve seen so far and what I thought of it. I apologize for the brevity, but between a very odd sleep schedule (jet lag sucks) and the sheer number of episodes to cover… Something had to give if I was going to get anything out in a reasonable time frame.
We have a BUSY weekend, so next week’s schedule is up in air too. On Friday, we’re going to see Avengers: Endgame, then the Cherry Blossom Festival is on Saturday. Half the shows I’m watching are one Fri/Sat, so that puts me in a bind… Ah well, I’ll work with what I have.
I’ve updated my schedule page, you can take a gander and see what I’m watching.
Speaking of the Avengers… I have been working off-and-on on the post of Queen AMV’s I promised a few weeks back, and came across this cool Avengers AMV.
Enough random stuff! Time to hit publish! What are you thoughts on these or other shows? Drop a comment and let’s chat!