I’m late! I’m late! For a Very Important Date! Or at least compared to where I wanted to be at this point. Either way, we’ve got a bunch of words and a bunch of shows… Let’s hit the jump and 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.
Dropout Idol Fruit Tart Episode 1
Ochikobore Fruit Tart
Hmm… Comic Girls meet the Wake Up Girls!? That’s kinda the vibe I’m getting. But I’m also getting a whiff of Love Live! School Idol Project.
The plotline is interesting enough… A bunch of unknowns fighting for survival. And the show even starts out with them having to deal with some off the stuff unknowns have to deal with. The problem is the characters, which are all pretty generic tropes straight out of a catalog. There’s room to grow, but the show really needs to find a groove. (And the boob jokes need to stop.)
I appreciated that the music performance was heartfelt and in-world… Though I do question how they synched so fast since they only became idols and a unit the day before. (I know, I know. Never question anime logic and don’t think about these things too deeply.
Status: Tentative Keeper
Iwakakeru! Sport Climbing Girls Episode 2
And now – the first tournament. A couple of meddling girls from other schools put Konomi off her game, but she manages to pull through anyhow. Once again her senpais are basically all but useless when it comes to supporting her. For the most part, she’s on her own. They may be a rock climbing team, but they’re acting like they’re each competing on their own…
If the show is smart, that’s an issue they’ll address.
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Episode 2
Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai
More school club shenanigans… Not quite the direction I’d expect Love Live to go, but they’re making it work.
Know what they’re not making work though? The music scenes. Once again, they’re music videos rather than in world performances… And the CGI is awful. I mean, barely better than Wake Up Girls! New Chapter – and that was a low budget, low rent show! (Y’know I love WUG-chan, but I do have to be honest.) This style of CGI still isn’t ready for prime time, but it has been done better.
The reveal of Setsuna’s identity wasn’t really a surprise for all the attention it was given. When it isn’t the childhood friend, isn’t it always the nerdy girl or the hardass with braids and glasses? Still, it’s big cliffhanger/turning point the show has badly needed.
Maesetsu! Opening Act
Girls who want to be stand up comedians … Seemed like an interesting premise. And having them be not so good at it is a logical place to start, that way the viewer could journey with them.
But, damm. Did they really have to keep repeating themselves? I mean I got it the third or fourth time they beat me over the head with that routine.
When I checked my watch because I was certain this interminable episode had to be over… It had ten minutes to go.
The Gymnastics Samurai
Pretty firmly in the “WTF did I just watch?” category. But not in a good way. The basic idea was sound, but there were too many weird/dissonant elements. That “ninja” was just too much.
That is the Bottleneck
Sore dake ga Neck
That was… awful. The animation, writing, and overall production were at about the level I’d expect of a sophomore college effort.
Dropped. As quickly as I could manage. And if it wasn’t the middle of the day, I’d be pouring myself a stiff drink.
The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc Episode2
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Raihousha-hen
And now… we’re to the meat of the matter. Turns out the Americans are in Japan hunting one of their own, a deserter who’s gone rogue and seems to be in league with some kind of evil power. Which kinda surprises me, because Mahouka was one of the few shows that introduced magic without an occult component.
And of course, this being anime, the high school students are setting off to investigate. Has to be that way, or our main characters won’t have much to do for the next however many episodes.
Rail Romanesque Episode 2
The first episode left me confused, and the second didn’t really un-confuse me. Seems this one is squarely aimed at players of the VN, which I’m not.
TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Episode 2
Tonikaku Kawaii: Fly me to the Moon
If any other show tried to drag out a small number of gags to fill out an episode, I’d be throwing things. Somehow, Tonikawa is making it work. Doesn’t hurt that the VA’s (especially Kitou Akari as Tsukasa) are really bringing their “A” game.
While I doubt it’s going to reach Tsuki ga Kirei heights… It’s looking to be same kind of show, one where it’s hard to say much each week. I’ll do my best though.
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Episode 2
Maou-jou de Oyasumi
That poor Demon King… He’s got some awful boneheaded subordinates on top of a Princess who simply won’t stay imprisoned.
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2
Majo no Tabitabi
Is it just me or was this episode just a little disappointing compared to the first? It was friendly enough, and that seems to be the main theme of the show… But somehow it didn’t sit well with me. Maybe it’s just because Elaina was just too nice to be believable.
This is also the second episode where the main magical activity of the witches seems to be combat. That’s an odd way to rank witches given that combat doesn’t seem to be their only skillset.
(*) With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun Episode 2
Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshii
Is it just me or am I grumpier than usual this week? Eh, whatever. It’s been a busy week with this and that, and internet outages and power outages have been a pain over the last two days.
I’m hoping to get my weekly post out on Tuesday this season, but I’ll be happy if I can regularly hit Wednesday. Let’s see what happens when I hit my stride.
Anyhow, my watch list is now (more-or-less) set, and there’s no premieres left unwatched. Everything is fair game.
So, hit that comment box and let’s chat!