It’s that time again! A new season is upon us, and that means a whole raftload of new shows to talk about. Hit the jump and let’s run ’em down.
The shows that I’m 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. Assault Lily BOUQUET
First episode of the new season… and it was awful. Painfully generic, right down to the squeaky voiced, pink haired, spunky MC-chan with a predictable backstory.
By the eyecatch, I was bored. By the ED, I was painfully bored and badly in need of a drink.
First episode verdict: Dropped without a backwards glance or a shred of regret.
Rail Romanesque (Crunchy, Funi)
Um, wait… What? What did I just watch? It’s a short, and first episode introduced a ton of
waifu bait characters, but didn’t tell us much about the series. So, I guess I’ll keep it for a bit?
First episode verdict: Sure, why not. But on a trial basis only.
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You (Crunchy)
Tonikaku Kawaii: Fly me to the Moon
So… They end up married, and basically just starting to date? That does have all kinds of possibilities for rom-com shenanigans. That’s without considering Tsukasa’s mysterious nature. (She has a habit of walking off into the full moon – given the Princess Kaguya references, that’s in no way accidental.)
But if Nasa says “but she’s totally cute” too many more times, I’m going to be tempted to throw something. (And do you know how hard it is for a space fan like myself to not type NASA?)
My wife has read the manga and says it gets a lot better once it gets rolling.
With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun (Crunchy)
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
An insanely fast paced short-short (the episode was only 1:30!). But I loved it, and the cat is a complete *sshole – but so far the star of the show. Probably going to be a one-line-and-a-screenshot review, but how can I not?
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (Funi)
Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai
If I was impressed by one thing in this episode, it was this: They didn’t mention μ’s or Aquors. Not even once. Not even by reference. Is the franchise finally confident enough to let a series stand on it’s own? <Crossing fingers>
Other than that, it’s way too early to say much more than I’m at least a little bit interested. The production is a little clunky, and we already know there’s going to be an ensemble cast… But we haven’t seen enough to really tell how it’s going to flow.
One thing I did find interesting is how both performances has a strong fantasy component about them… The first from the POV of the spectator, the second from the POV of the performer (and also the spectator?). It’s a refreshing change from Sunshine!!‘s unfortunate directorial choice to air-drop music videos into the episode rather than in-world performances.
Status: Too early to tell really, could go either way. Tentative keeper.
Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls (Crunchy)
Pretty much the first episode of every sports anime in the history of ever… Enthusiastic newbie prodigy faces off against the hard bitten hard ass experienced player. Completely and totally paint-by-numbers in plot and characterization.
Worse yet, in terms of competency of execution, I’m getting Hanebado vibes when I was hoping for Harukana Receive.
Sport Climbing would improve immensely if it turned itself down a notch or two and took itself much less seriously.
Status: Against my better judgement, very tentative keeper.
The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc (Funi)
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen
Of course the American character is blond and busty… and a bit of an incompetent airhead considering what she’s supposed to be.
Mahouka is a show I don’t think I’ll have much to say about other than the occasional snark. It’s not deep, it’s not complex, but it does take itself way too seriously.
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina (Funi)
Majo no Tabitabi
Artistically, hands down the most beautiful anime of the season… This is the kind of stuff I’d expect from P.A. Works or to find in a big budget movie. I hope they can keep it up…
But I was somehow kinda unsatisfied with the episode being a prologue. Probably not Elaina‘s actual fault, it just had the bad luck to come on the heels of a long stretch of fairly standard first episodes. So, I’m going to take a mulligan and give it an episode or two to settle in… For some reason I badly want to be in love and I’m going to indulge that.
Because otherwise, there’s just not much to say here.
I do want to put into the record that there’s a fan theory that the mother is Nike… settled down and raising a family. That theory makes a lot of sense given how the town witches responded, and that a famous witch could be summoned from another country. Who else could do that but a famous and influential witch herself?
Status: Waiting to see the first real episode.
*Whew* Eight shows… and there’s more yet to come. That’s a lot of shows, even if there’s only one real standout so far. Even if it turns out to not be a great season, it could still be a busy season.
My schedule page has been updated with what I’ve watched, and most of what I’m anticipating. (And yay, pretty much everything I had any interest in got a legal stream!) It’s woefully incomplete because I haven’t put in any shows below the “interested” level. That would be a pain considering how many shows I’ll be checking out “just because”.
Off on a tangent… It’s a cruddy video, but I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and have been playing Genshin Impact. I’m not so good at these kinds of games, but I’m having fun so I’ll be sticking with it for the moment.
Anyhow, there you have it – the first batch of Fall 2020 premieres. I’m caught up through Saturday (PST), so feel free to comment on these or any other shows that have aired so far. Drop a comment and let’s chat.