And we’re back for a new season! Something of a minimalist look while I get my feet under me again… But crawl, walk, run, FLY! Right? Anyhow, hit the jump and let’s dive right 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.
Deca-Dence Episodes 1-2
Episode one was interesting, lots of info-dump, but you do need a certain amount to get the ball rolling. Except for the school scene they did a fairly decent job. Nothing else I have to say about Ep 1 survives episode 2…
And then there’s episode 2, where everything we thought we knew got tossed into a blender and then poured down the drain. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel. The setup is interesting as hell… But the cartoonish character designs are off-putting as hell to put it mildly.
Fruits Basket 2nd Season
(No comment this week.)
Lapis Re:LiGHTs TV Episodes 2-3
I am… no longer certain just where they’re going here. The whole “we’re on the verge of being expelled” mic drop at the end of episode 1 seems to have been mostly forgotten. Instead, more/mostly SOL(ish) as the girls become friends. Still enjoying, as it’s competently executed and no worse than most… But all of the world building and plot setting out in the first episode is going to waste.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Episode 1-2
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan)
No comment beyond damm, damm, damm… SNAFU still knows how to break hearts. Currently the viewer’s, and no doubt the main character’s by the end of the season.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Episodes 1-2 (ANN)
This series should be subtitled “Main characters make increasingly bad decisions”. It’s amusing as hell to watch, but so far not outstanding. (Especially because the plot is so predictable.)
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld: Part II Episode 13-14
And… we’re back. And wasting no time before diving right into the action. Episode 13 is largely forgettable, lots of action of still set up. Episode 14… Ep 14 blew my socks off.
The gang arrives (including the Sleeping Knights!) and Asuna wastes no time in getting her troops arranged and heads into battle… “I will fight from the front!”. Sure, sure, she’s going to defend the Underworld, but Kirito’s literal soul is on the line. No doubt in my mind who and what she’s really fighting for. They scored this part of the episode to the OG SAO soundtrack which was really nice touch.
Back on the Ocean Turtle – they think they know how to awaken (“fix”) Kirito. I’m taking no bets it’s going to be that easy.
But the big scene… Bercoulli’s fight with Vecta. That was, as they say, freaking awesome. SAO has had more than it’s share of fights to death, but none since Kirito vs. Suguo way back in the first season have been this brutally emotional.
Between the first and the last parts of this ep, as good and emotional an episode as SAO has ever delivered with the exception of the Mother’s Rosario finale.
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Episodes 1-2 (ANN)
(Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai!)
I am… Not entirely certain how I feel about this series quite yet. It’s moderately amusing taken as a whole… But Uzaki-chan herself is annoying as hell, and the jokes about her boobs clumsily handled at best. And for an ecchi, there’s just not much there so far.
Though I’ve picked up hints that it does get better as the story progresses, at the moment it’s kinda painful to sit through. On pace for a 3rd episode drop?
Anyhow, that’s my thoughts on the past two weeks. I apologize for the minimal format, but starting again from the basics seems like the best plan. Once I can maintain a schedule, then I can slowly up my game. Seems the best way to get back to what I was rather than keep running into the same wall.
Drop a comment, and let’s chat about this season or anything else on your mind!