So anyhow, I have managed to catch up on a few anime… Some I’m watching and some we’re watching. Since we’re coming up on mid-season, I decided to go with a few quick season reviews rather than try to review a ton of individual episodes.
So hit the jump, let’s chat about what I’m caught up on, look at what the next few weeks are going to look like, and talk about the featured image.
A Certain Scientific Accelerator / Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator
The latest outing in the Raildex franchise puts me more in mind of Railgun rather than Index. Frankly, that’s a good thing as it means there’s more emphasis on action and much less on weird philosophy and weirder politics. (I don’t think that even the author can keep track of the ever shifting factions and alliances in Academy City!) “Plus it has the Sisters, which for some odd reason are one of the things I like best about the franchise” says Misika.
How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? / Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?
Continues to be an odd over-the-top mix of comedy, edutainment, and fanservice… Mostly mindless fun, but I can’t help but wonder who the target audience actually is.
The latest ep varied from the formula, and was much the weaker for it. If you’ve got something that works, why not stick with it? Formula isn’t always bad.
Mix / Mix: Meisei Story
Mix continues to be a slow amble through the character’s lives… I almost want to call it a not-quite-a-sports-anime, but that would be as wrong as calling it a sports anime. I don’t think that expresses things very well, does it? Or I could just say character beats, daily life, and relationships are just as important as the swing of a bat. I’m enjoying it a great deal.
O Maidens in Your Savage Season / Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo
At midseason, I have to admit to mixed feelings… The story and the characters remain amazing – but I can’t escape the feeling they’re trying to cramp eleven pounds into a ten pound sack. In some ways, it’s become something of an anthology series, and the result are episodes that just a hair too busy and full.
Wasteful Days of High School Girls / Joshikousei no Mudazukai
How to sum up Joshikousei? Madness I say, madness! But in a good way, it’s the total randomness of the character’s daily lives. Every time Baka says “Want to hear something amazing?” I lean forward in anticipation of seeing how her friends roll their eyes this time… She’s my favorite character next to the chuunibyou girl whose name I never can remember.
About the featured image… My mom lived on the Atlantic coast practically her entire life, and loved the beach and especially seeing dawn over the ocean. So, one morning, all us kids got up and went to the beach to watch the dawn. Seems odd to say all us kids though, since the youngest is nearing forty… Afterwards we walked up the street to the Metro (her favorite local diner) for breakfast.
The Metro has become a local chain, and we never did get to eat at the original. We didn’t even try very hard. It’s in an inconvenient location for the part of town where everyone lives now, and the food and service are every bit as good at the other locations… so it didn’t seem worth the trouble.
We hadn’t all been in the same place since my niece’s wedding a decade ago… And despite the mournful reason, it was great to hang out together and reconnect with all my siblings.
So, will I ever catch up this season? That’s up in the air to be honest. There’s at least six more shows that I’m at least two episodes behind on, and many of those I’ll be three behind on by the end of today. (Almost all of the “we’re watching” shows drop on Friday.) We’re watching 2-3 episodes a night, so in theory it shouldn’t take that long – except the County Fair ate last weekend and will eat much of next week and the weekend after. So, I make no promises. Odds are that Summer 2019 season is complete toast so far as any kind of regular reviewing goes. (Which makes two seasons in a row, RIP my base of followers.)
Not going anywhere though! Going to keep plugging away and hopefully get some non seasonal writing done. I’ve already outlined my Looking Back feature for Summer 2015, and that will be high priority over the next few days. You can take a look my Anime Planet profile and see what I was watching that season or look at the Summer 2015 season chart if you want to get a head start.
(Jeez, went to add tags to this post, and what with everything going on I’ve never created tags for this season’s shows. Ah well, another thing on the to-do list.)
So, drop a comment and let’s chat about whatever! What do you think about the shows I talk about above? (No spoilers on others please. You can check my schedule and see what else I’m watching.) What’s your favorite local place to eat?