Catching up on the premieres to date… This will be the final standalone update since the first of the 2nd episodes drop tomorrow. So, hit the jump and let’s run ’em down!
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Maou-jou de Oyasumi
This is the show I didn’t know I needed this season… At first I thought the premise was kinda thin, but as the show progressed I started to grin and then laugh. Poor Demon King – locked in his castle with a Sleepy Demon Princess!
After watching, I knew my wife had to watch it… and as soon as she did, it got promoted from a ‘me’ show to a ‘we’ show.
Moriarty the Patriot
Yukoku no Moriarty
I found the concept interesting, the execution less so. It didn’t take much to see the endgame coming either. The only thing I missed was how Earl what’s-his-face was going to get his comeuppance. That part was a bit of a surprise, but it’s a plot device that’s going to wear thin before too long. I’m in my 50’s, and I’ve seen way too many “anti-hero brings justice where the authorities can’t or won’t”. It’s not a particularly original conceit and not one that interests me.
First episode status: Dropped.
Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Frankly, kind of, well… dull. Not that there was anything particularly wrong per se, it was just there. No particular energy. Nothing really to catch or engage me. The reveal at the end that she had a nickname and was actually kinda expected to do something crazy was particularly lame. Wouldn’t it have been better to set up the audience’s expectation at the start?
In a world where Bofuri exists, you have to do much better than that.
I know one of my regular readers is planning on watching, if they do I’ll keep my eye on it. Otherwise…
First Episode Status: In a less crowded season, I might have kept it. Given everything else, dropped.
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin
Dai-501 Tougou Sentou Koukuu Dan Strike Witches: Road to Berlin
By the franchise’s standards, this was a pretty slow opening episode. No real combat, and a little shy on the fanservice. Given the cliffhanger, the former won’t last. Given the OP, I’m guessing the latter will pick up the pace when the 501st re-assembles.
First Episode Status: Keeper.
Adachi and Shimamura
Adachi to Shimamura
With it’s non linear narrative format, it took a bit to pick up and follow what’s happening… And I didn’t expect it to be strictly from one character’s POV. Bold choices both, but they’re working so far. I hope they’ll be swapping between the leads as the story develops…
I’m hoping there’s a little more backstory. I can’t get a read on Adachi yet, but there’s certainly more than we know about Shimamura. She’s gotten into casual delinquency, but there’s more to the story.
First Episode Status: Strong Keeper.
In terms of shows I’m watching, and possibly in terms of the season overall… Man, it sure seems that Funi has Crunchy on the mat. Which is going to suck, because getting screenshots from Funi is a massive PITA.
Anyhow, as I said this will be the last stand-alone preview post. I should be back on Tuesday with the Week 2 post. (Crossing fingers.) I’m shooting for Tuesday because there’s a number of shows I don’t want to be too late in posting about.
But… Assuming no further pickups or drops, I’m watching thirteen shows this season. Something has to give. So, some shows may get one-liners or no comments strictly to maintain my sanity.
So, that’s it for now. I’m caught up through Thursday (PST) with anything I’m planning to watch, so everything up to now is free game. Over to you, drop a comment and let’s chat!