Even though it’s cool and grey outside, it’s Spring 2020 by the anime calendar. That means it’s time to dive in and check out the first batch of new shows. Hit the jump and let’s see what survives my first encounter.
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.
Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A pair of childhood friends reunite and bond over a shared interest… Yeah, I’m just going to stop myself right there. We’ve all heard that one before.
And with the exception of mentioning the sometimes dodgy animation, that sums up Tamayomi in a nutshell – painfully generic. I don’t know if it’s going the CGDCT route, or aspires to be a serious sports drama, but it’s off to a very shaky start.
Status: Tentative keeper, I’m going to give it a few episodes to see how it shakes out.
After being hit over the head with same jokes for the umpteenth time and not even being to the eyecatch yet…
Status: Dropped ten minutes in without a backwards glance or the faintest shred of regret.
Not a show that was on my anticipation list, so other than a quick skim of the premise I knew nothing about it going in. Which meant I was not expecting a show with an unpromising (and thin) premise to feature mecha! Unfortunately, that startling reveal was about the only surprise to be found here… Most of the rest of the story beats were long familiar to anyone who has ever watched anime, cartoons, movies, basically any media.
On the other hand, the characters are a little quirky and just a little off the well trodden path. Echo is the reluctant hero, skilled but doubtful of himself. Myu is a genki girl, unrestrained and as certain of herself as her all-too-convenient amnesia allows. I think my favorite is the world weary Mayor. He’s seen some shit, and his desire to protect the people of the town from further shit has lead him to some very dark places.
Status: Tentative keeper. Much will depend on the growing relationship between the two mains, who the predictably mysterious characters at the end turn out to be, and if the overall characterization can continue to rise above the norm.
Nami yo Kiite Kure (Wave, Listen to Me!)
Every so often there comes a premiere episode that me go “WTF did I just watch?” Wave is just such an anime. Is that a positive or a negative? Too early to tell.
The main interest is Minare, the protagonist. She’s pissed. Pissed at herself, pissed at boss(es), pissed at the world – and at the same time, weary and lethargic inside. It’s an odd mix, and I’m curious to see more.
Most of the episode was a stage setting flashback establishing where Minare came from and where she is now… Without giving us much of a peek at what’s coming down the pike. So far, a one trick pony, but the manga wouldn’t be up to sixty chapters if there wasn’t wasn’t something to the story.
Status: Curious as to where this going. Somewhere above tentative keeper yet below solid keeper.
So, that’s the start of a new season… Not entirely promising so far, but there’s a raft more coming.
I’m caught up with all I intend to watch through Friday (PST, GMT-7). Anything that’s already aired is thus fair game. What are your thought so far? What’s caught your interest or caused you to fling the remote at your TV? Drop a comment and let’s chat!