Just a few quick impressions of the shows I’ve seen so far… Mostly because I need to get ready for the busy few days ahead. Both IRL (have to do housework sometime!) and airing anime.
It’s not many shows, but hit the jump and let’s chat!
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2
This is a classic case of “the contents of the tin exactly match the label”… Though it took a while to work out what was going on, there was nothing really unexpected.
This series is, I guess I’d call it a continuation more than sequel? Or maybe a side story? It takes place (apparently) the year following the original series, but it covers a different set of characters. Characters that were a side character and a minor character in the original.
I’m pretty certain that Tokia Teo is favoring an ankle injury… But in some ways, that’s just a detail. I don’t expect any major plot surprises.
I couldn’t resist posting a screen shot of Best [Horse] Girl desperately trying to stay awake while she watches a race in Japan from America.
Status: Likely keeper, probably won’t blog much about it.
I wish I could be more positive about Gekidol… But the episode didn’t really leave me much to work with.
Taken as an idol show, “paint-by-numbers” barely begins to describe how generic it was. There were pretty much no plot beats that I couldn’t have predicted. Taken as a science fiction show, it was worse. It committed the all to common sin of telling rather than showing… And it really shoved it in our face.
Status: Honestly, it had better get good fast. There just too much competition to survive this season by being merely barely ordinary.
Ura Sekai Picnic
So, right after lambasting Gekidol for introducing a SF background and getting it all wrong… Along comes Ura Sekai Picnic, which shows us how to do it right. I quibble about being dropped right in the middle of the action, but it works. More importantly, the background is left in the background, show rather than tell. Yeah, there was a teeny bit of telling, but to some extent that’s inescapable.
If I have a problem with the show… It’s our two main characters. So far, they’re pretty stock. Not quite generic, but pretty predictable. If we get some depth here, this could be a very good show. So far, it’s not quite to those heights. But then, it’s the first episode and I can’t fairly expect them to spring forth fully realized.
Other than the stuff we already know, I don’t think it’s going to pay to try and predict where this story is going to go. There’s some nice puzzle pieces floating around just out of reach and I’m content to leave it at that.
Status: It’s really caught my interest, so, strong keeper.
So, what else has aired so far and where do I stand with them?
I can’t watch Promised Neverland until my wife gets home from work, so no spoilers please!
Soukou Musume Senki (LBX Girls) and I★ CHU have both aired… But neither are particularly high on my priority list. It doesn’t help that the early reviews are far from positive. If I get to them at all, it’ll be when things slow down or I drop enough shows to make room for them.
Last Dungeon/Starter Town has also aired, but I’m just not sure about it. I think I’ll pay attention to the buzz and make my decision then. I have an open mind about it, but it’s also not particularly high on my priority list.
So, I’ll try and push out another First Impressions over the weekend, but the sheer number of shows means they’ll likely be short blurbs… so it goes.
What’s your thought’s on these shows? On anything else that’s aired so far? (Wednesday afternoon, PST, GMT+8) Drop a comment and let’s chat!