Just a few quick impressions of the shows I’ve seen so far… And I swear it’s completely happenstance that Part 2 is basically sequels…
It’s not many shows, but they’re all good, so hit the jump and let’s chat!
The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Alt title: Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season
Nothing unexpected here. The last season ended with a scene break, and this season starts five minutes later. The kids, led by Emma and Ray are now trying to find their way in the forest…. And there’s a number of basic survival challenges. Food, water, giant monsters, and of course the hunters from the demon civilization out to recapture them. (Not kill them, they’re valuable merchandise after all.)
The only question I was left with is who, or what, is William Minerva? They played an awfully big role in the kid’s escape, and Emma seems to be depending on them…
But then, the end of the episode. And a Really Big Question…
I… can’t even. There’s too many possibilities and I refuse to speculate. Next week can’t come soon enough.
The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬
Go-Toubun no Hanayome ∬ Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2
If this episode was quintessentially anything, it was a quintessential setup episode… It gave the audience a reminder of What Has Gone Before, and spent an awful lot of time on what happened in Kyoto. Previously, I kinda felt the show was fingering Nico as the mysterious girl. Now, I’m not quite so sure.
From the previews, I was a bit concerned about the changes to the character designs… and while they still bother me a bit, by the end of the show I wasn’t really noticing.
Anyhow, Quints is back, still in it’s usual mode, and Best Girl Yotsuba didn’t get near enough screen time in this episode.
Cells at Work!!
Cells took the easy way out and lead with it’s trump card… Otherwise, the episode was pretty much what we’ve come to expect. Well, mostly. It really felt like they were padding to fill out the episode.
Cells at Work! Code Black
Hataraku Saibou BLACK
I am… not too sure what to feel about this episode. On one hand, it was a classic first episode. Introducing the main character, the scenario, and the bare minimum of plot/action.
But brother, was it dark. And there’s the problem. It didn’t (quite) go so far as actually being preachy, but it also couldn’t go five minutes without telling us what a grimdark hell world this body was. The show is hard enough to get used to (compared to it’s sibling) without narratively shooting itself in the foot. Of all the shows in this post, it’s really the only one I’m tentative about keeping.
Before I forget, one nice touch… The Showa era feel to the training video that Red Bood Cell AA-2153 watched.
Laid-Back Camp 2nd Season
Yuru Camp 2nd Season
“A perfect episode”My wife
I don’t know that I’d go so far as that, but it was dammed good. Everything I expected, practically everything I wanted. I’d have loved if it had picked up after the end scene of the first season… But in this series, Nadeshiko hasn’t bought that lantern yet. (Makes sense as this episode takes place within a few days of the last episode of the first season.) So either that’s off in the future, or it’s going to be retconned away. Neither particularly bothers me.
The flashback to Rin’s first time camping was charming… (And brought back some painful but humorous-in-retrospect memories!) And I loved the heck out of the end. That was “just perfect”.
But something interesting that caught my eye. Rin’s upcoming camping trip. 144 kilometers (90 miles), an awfully long way on a scooter. And…
She’s only going to be a short distance away (20km, 13mi) from Nadeshiko’s hometown… (As shown in the promo art.) Interesting. Though it’s probably silly to try and predict plot points in this particular show.
Anyhow, that catches up through Thursday (PST, GMT+8)… There’s a couple of shows yet to come on Friday/Saturday, so no spoilers!
Looking ahead, maybe one more First Impression post or maybe I pick up with week two next week. It’s going to be a bitch to figure when to post… What shows am I going to be way late to party on(or worse have the post overlap with the next episode)? Which shows to be shortchanged? Looking at my viewing schedule there’s no easy options. And that’s not even thinking about how I’m going to cover everything. Something is going to have to give.
So, your thoughts on these shows? I know at least a couple of them of hotly anticipated. Drop a comment and let’s chat!