A little later than I intended… All because Steam had The Sims 4 on sale and I spent waaay too much time over the last couple of days playing it. Anyhow, I did watch a raft load of premiers and it’s time to chat about them. Hit the jump, 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.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Episodes 1-2
Not much to say on Episode 1. It was the the (by now) pretty much standard for this series OVA/recap/setup episode.
Episode 2… Quite a few moving parts.
(Sick burn there Todoroki, pun entirely intentional.)
– Kudos to the mangaka and the series for handling Endeavor’s arc with a great deal of reality and sensitivity. It’s not over just because he regrets his past and vows to do better. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him! And did you notice he’s not always enflame and in his hero outfit? Indicative of his injuries or of his new leaf?
– What’s up with Hawks? And Dabi?
– It looks like this arc will also delve into the mystery that is One For All. We got our first peek at it’s origins. And how they’re tied up with All For One.
Fruits Basket: The Final Episode 1
I will not be sympathetic to Akito… I will not be sympathetic to Akito… I will not be sympathetic to Akito…
But, damm, it’s so tempting to be. Raised as (Sohma) royalty and abused? Like so many other Sohma children they’ve suffered badly at the hands of their parents. And top of that, Ren (like so many Sohma’s) is a monster in her own right.
Over on the other side of the house, it was nice to see Tohru get some quality time with her friends. And Kyo, will you just admit your feelings already?
Mashiro no Oto Episode 1
Those Snow White Notes
Probably the strongest opening episode I’ve seen so far. (Though Super Cub comes close.) And they packed a ton into it – almost enough to have been half a cour.
What comes next? Got me. Setsu thinks he’s lost his sound, but it’s there. It comes out. But it’s not clear why, and why he still thinks he’s lost it.
Sadly, Yuna, the best character so far, has been put on a
bus train and appears to be gone from the show. I’m hoping that’s not a harbinger of things to come. You need change and growth, personally and as a series, but you need a certain amount of consistency among the chaos too.
Koikimo Episodes 1-2
Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui
The first episode wasn’t too awful… But it wasn’t all that good either. With the second episode, it was pretty clear that the show was going to be a one trick pony. And we weren’t enjoying that trick.
Dropped at 2 episodes.
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song Episodes 1-2
OK, that wasn’t half bad… It would have been pretty good if it weren’t for some serious drawbacks. First, that d_mm talking bear. He’s a jerk and I’m already weary of his nonsense. I also fear that he’s a walking deus ex machina what with all his “probability calculating” and knowledge of future events. The second, oh lord, all the exposition. Hopefully now that the show is underway, we’re done with that.
I’m also concerned about the whole “fixing the future” plotline… They’ve already changed the future. If they depend on that d_mm bear to constantly recalculate, that’s going to get real old, real fast.
Vivy tells that d_mm bear how she’s going to live. Dum vivimus vivamus! (While we live, let us LIVE!)
Vivy herself, she’s the show’s bright spot. Though she has a pre-programmed mission (“make everyone happy though singing”), she has sufficient self awareness and latitude to re-interpret the routes to accomplishing her mission. And she’s no lackey to that d_mm bear. She’s willful, and boneheaded, and does things her own way. If the show loses that, there goes it’s heart.
So, in summary… Vivy could be Really Good. All the parts are there for it to do so. But there’s a lot of slippery patches and bad spots already visible too. It won’t take many missteps to go horribly wrong.
But let’s wait a few weeks and see what happens – for the moment, keeper.
Dragon, Ie wo Kau
Dragon Goes House-Hunting
It’s heart was in the right place… But it just couldn’t make it work. Too many trips to the same well, wooden acting, and quite often minimal animation. I really think it might have worked better as a short, that way the repetition might not have sucked so badly.
Dropped – the first this season.
Sayonara Watashi no Cramer Episode 1
Farewell, My Dear Cramer
Honestly, I want to like this show… But it’s not an easy road as the first episode was so awfully paced. (And the animation quality/character design isn’t so great to make up for it.)
That being said, the general plot isn’t awful even if there are too many moving parts. Maybe the whole “stars at a new school with a crap team” thing is a bit on the generic side… But first impressions of the characters aren’t that bad, and we’ve got a new coach coming.
Yeah, this sort of is damming with faint praise. My wife has dropped the show, and I’m ambivalent about it at best.
Keeper with reservations.
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikosei wo Hirou. Episode 1
I don’t think I can judge Higehiro on the basis of one episode. The characters are strong, the plot possibilities interesting… And so far they’ve avoided the problematic elements that plagued Koikimo. But we’re really just at the tipping point from setup to plot.
There’s a lot of ugly in Sayu’s past… Not just whatever drove her to run away, but the experiences she’s had over the past six months. Hopefully the show will dive into those.
Let’s Make a Mug Too Episode 1
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo
So far, generic CGDCT/school club. There’s hints and shadows of some possible deeper plot elements, but they may or may not follow up on them. I’m not expecting much here as the anime is basically an advertisement to attract tourists to Tajimi city. (Which, in real life, is actually known for pottery.)
Super Cub Episode 1
Fairly simple and straightforward setup episode… But very well executed. As our character’s world expands, there’s inevitably going to be a tonal shift. But so long as they can maintain the quality established so far, I’m all in.
I told my wife about this after I’d watched it, and she reminded me she’s wanted to watch it too… So I sat down and rewatched it alongside her. That says a lot I think.
Well, there you have it – what I’ve watched so far and what I thought of it.
My schedule page is up-to-date, and I’m caught up watching through Thursday. What have you seen so far? Anything noteable? Anything you dropped?
Hit the comment section and let me know your thoughts!