Getting restarted is hard folks… But I’ve managed to write a little about each of the shows I’m watching this season. Some great, some good, some… not so much of either. (I mean the shows, not my writing!)
Without further ado, let’s hit the jump and dive in!
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. Azure Lane Dropped, 1 episode.
After pondering on how awful the first episode was… Yeah, I don’t think it’s going to get any better. Didn’t go back for the 2nd ep.
After School Dice Club / Houkago Saikoro Club Ep 2
I would be really, really bad at Cockroach Poker. I’m bad at card games generally, and I have absolutely no poker face. That being said, they introduced a fourth character and did it well without really taking the focus away from the core trio.
I haven’t seen the 3rd ep, but will before I read the comments, so feel free.
Ascendance of a Bookworm / Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erande Iraremasen Ep 2 Dropped, 2 episodes.
Main (Myne) is just annoying. I could also write a rant about the accumulating errors in the show, but that would just annoy me again and annoy you too. Ascendance goes into the discard pile without further comment.
(*) Bananya and the Curious Bunch / Bananya: Fushigi na Nakama-tachi
I will say that it’s very different from the original… and I’m not sure I like it as much. But there’s not enough there to justify a weekly entry, so it’s going on the “watched but not commented” list.
Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious /
Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru Ep 2
Surprisingly, they made the one-trick work a second time… and it turns out Our Hero is a bit of a self-centered _sshole on top of being cautious. I’m not sure the two aren’t related though.
This is no episode 3 this week due to Typhoon Hagabis.
Chidori RSC / Rifle Is Beautiful Ep 1
I really want to like Chidori RSC… It should be right in the middle of my wheelhouse. But the actual execution of the show was just awful. Even if it hadn’t been paint-by-numbers, the hideous animation and worse combination of 2D and 3D would have been a serious turn off. That the back half of the show was a series of only tenuously connected short skits just sealed the deal.
Dropped after a single episode.
Dr. Stone EP 15
Closing out the first part of the village arc… Overall, I enjoyed the arc and Senkuu’s growth as a character. (Making the cola for Gen was an unexpected soft touch.)
Kandagawa Jet Girls Ep 1
I really only watched it to see if it really was as bad as many reviewers said… It wasn’t. It was worse.
Kemono Michi: Rise Up / Hataage! Kemono Michi Ep 2-3
After the second episode, my wife said she wants the giant guinea pig… Other than that, I really don’t have much to say about the episode. Unlike Cautious Hero, Kemono Michi didn’t really go much beyond the boundaries of it’s one trick. They did add one new trick (“Don’t call me that name!”), and by the end of the episode they’d driven it straight into the ground.
The third episode did change things up a bit, but didn’t really introduce anything to strongly catch my interest. One more ep, and then it’s likely Kemono Michi gets dropped.
Kono Oto Tomare! 2nd Season Ep 2
Mostly a bunch of stage setting, so I don’t have much to say. I will say that I wish the obvious couples would just get it over with already and start dating. OTOH, it could be argued that the ongoing tension is part of the plot… I’m sympathetic to that argument, but the amount of time dedicated (wasted?) on somewhat repetitive scenes is a little annoying.
My Hero Academia 4 / Boku no Hero Academia 4 EP 1
A clip show that actually wasn’t quite a clip show… I actually enjoyed the parts about dorm life, and the reporter talking to Deku. It was also interesting that they went out of their way to place My Hero Academia The Movie: Two Heroes firmly into the anime canon. No complaints from me in that respect! I’d love to see more of David and Melissa Shield, and to learn more about the young All Might. Bit by bit, we’re learning more about his past – and I really want to know more.
ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? /
Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo Ep 3
Not commenting on episode 2, because the real meat is in episode 3. And boy, did that go in all kinds of directions I didn’t expect it to. In the span of a single episode, we’ve gone from a one-note plot to something… well, with a lot more promise. I’d watched episodes 2-3 expecting a drop, and now it has a new lease on life. I’m curious to see where all the drama leads.
And why does Pansy hide her true nature? Heck, there’s a lot of duplicitous and not-very-nice characters here and that’s actually a refreshing change from the usual rom-com fair.
Outburst Dreamer Boys / Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy Ep 2
Though the “attacks” on Mizuki turned out to have a mundane cause, the boys go full chuuni to adress the matter. I loved it. If the whole series is nothing but the madcap intersection of the real world and their fantasy world, based on this episode we’re in for a fun ride.
Nanako now… How does she fit in? She certainly seemed accepting and willingly played along with Kazuhiro’s chuuni madness. Is there a romance in the offing? That could be fun.
Stars Align / Hoshiai no Sora Ep 1
A slow, quite generic, start… The the last ten minutes happened. From Maki asking to be paid, to those painful closing scenes I was enthralled.
I haven’t seen the 2nd ep, but will before I read the comments, so feel free. (This may be late Fri my time (PST, GMT-8) as we’re both watching it.)
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld EP 1
At first, I didn’t care for this episode… But over time, it’s grown on me. Between Kirito’s condition and Alice’s despair, the whole thing was more emotional than Alicization has managed so far. But, overall, this series still has long way to go before it wows me. The storyline is still moderately weak, and the episode and story pacing entirely too languid and lackluster for my tastes.
Except for Chihayafuru (which doesn’t premiere until next week), that’s the lot. If I don’t drop anything, that’s eleven shows this season… which likely means a lot of short reviews each week. Now that I’m (hopefully) getting out of catch-up mode, shows that rate it will get deeper/longer looks. I’ve gone the review-every-show-in-depth route, and down that road lies madness. Also, not every show really rates a deep weekly review… There’s nothing wrong with After School Dice Club (to pick one example) but there’s just no meat there.
As far as scheduling goes, still pretty much up in the air. Taking a look at my watch schedule for the season, there’s only one day without any shows… and I am not going to spend my Sundays head down over this keyboard. I might just stick with the “whenever I’ve got enough to post” method, even though if does lead to irregular postings.
So, your thoughts? Your thoughts on my thoughts? Any shows I’ve missed that I should be watching? Drop a line and let’s chat!