Didn’t mean for my little vacation to stretch on so long… But I’m baaaack! It’s week 3, and y’all know what that means! What shows are keepers, and which got the gong? Hit the jump and let’s find out!
Love Live! Superstar!!
I’m enjoying LL-Superstar. It’s got some great OG energy and it’s gone two episodes without referring to μ’s or Aquors even once.
Downside of the OG energy – it’s borrowing a lot of “time honored” plot beats, including the obstructive student body president (who we already know will be joining the group). One the other hand, the genki characteristics that defined Honoka and Chika have been transferred to Keke. She’s annoying, but much less so because she’s not the true focus character.
The true focus, the center, would be Kanon. And she’s easily made the transition from doubter (in herself and school idols) to fireball – the emotional center of the show. There’s three more girls coming to the group, but so far she’s the only candidate for Best Girl. (Though I admit to being intrigued by what little we’ve seen to date of Sumire.)
2nd ep status: Solid keeper, so far. After the last two outings, I’m suspicious.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S
The central duo is still fun to watch – when we get to watch them. Maid Dragon‘s cast continues to expand, and thus we’re spending more time on “side quests”.
I have mixed feelings about that. “Side quests” can, and do, shine a light back on the central plot. They can also end up pulling attention and screen time so far away from the show’s central cast that it’s no longer really about them. Ensemble shows can work, but it takes effort to keep everything moving along and properly connected.
Other than that, the series is perfectly fine. KyoAni’s first full outing since the disastrous fire is (mostly) as good as anything they’ve ever done. And the (mostly) is, I suspect, mostly down to the source material. An anime’s staff can only work with what they’re given… And the fans of a franchise such as Maid Dragon aren’t going to sit still for anything that monkeys too much with the source.
3rd episode status: Solid keeper. As much as I complain about the weaknesses of the 2nd season, I’m solidly enjoying it.
My Hero Academia 5
Boku no Hero Academia 5
We’ve got three plots going on, so a quick look at reach.
First up, there’s the Meta Liberation Front – the latest incarnation of the League Of Villains. Only, without Shiguraki (so far). We don’t know much about what’s going on, so I can’t say much.
Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki’s apprenticeship. This has been kind of interesting, despite being a Grade A asswipe – Endeavor does know his stuff. He’s not the new Number One for nothing. (Though why is Hawks number two? Is it all a popularity poll?) A lot of what he’s saying resonates from my Navy days – keep doing stuff until it’s instinct. That’s how we did things too.
Lastly, there’s Endeavor’s family issues… He’s a changed man (notice he’s not always on fire now?), but he’s not getting off lightly. The series isn’t making the mistake of wiping out years of abuse with a simple apology. He’s not going to get off that easily. He’s not letting himself off that easy.
And it’s haunting him… And the teaser at the end, wow. I don’t think what he did to his wife and Todoroki are his greatest sins. And he knows it.
3rd episode status: Keeper.
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shiteshimatta… X
Slooow burn start. And at least so far, I’m uncertain where it’s heading. Political gamesmanship? I dunno…
But Bakarina remains ever Bakarina, and isn’t that
why we’re all adoring members of her ever growing harem what we watch the show for?
3rd episode status: Keeper. Though of all the shows this season, it’s maybe the weakest.
The Aquatope on White Sand
Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
After three episodes, the first question that comes to my keyboard is what exactly is this show about anyhow?
Elsewhere on the ‘net, I saw someone trying to fit it in with P.A. Works’ previous “girls at work” shows – Hanasaku Iroha, Shirobako, and Sakura Quest. I can see why that’s tempting… But it doesn’t work for me. All of those have a sense of “running towards”, while Aquatope seems to me to more “running away”. Fuuka is running from her past. Kukuru is simply running from desperation and loneliness. She’s a directionless ball of energy, lashing out because she simply doesn’t know what else to do. (Her grandfather seems to be opposite – resigned and maybe a little tired of life.)
Now that I’ve written that out, it doesn’t make nearly as much sense as it did in my head. But I’m going to let it stand… It’s kind of symbolic of my confusion over the show…
There’s also the magical/mystical/dream state that seems to keep recurring. And the little sprite who keeps popping up in the background. That’s too is nothing like previous outings in the genre. Aoi’s puppets aren’t even close.
Don’t me wrong, I am enjoying the series. Just trying to express the many questions it raises.
3rd episode status: It keeps me coming back, so I guess that means keeper? Even if I don’t know exactly what I’m keeping.
I only watched one other series so far, Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Kanojo mo Kanojo). And it was so awfully done I noped out of there at the end of the first episode.
The only remaining premiere of interest is The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! (Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!). Maybe a low-rent The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, but with cute girls?
A couple folks left their comments/thoughts on the early weeks of the season in the comment section of my preview post. Scroll down to the bottom to see them.
Honest, I only meant to take a couple of weeks between seasons as a break… But it kind of got to be a habit. Anyhow, should be back in the saddle and back to normal now. Look forwards to next week’s post!
Anyhow, what the season like for you so far? Any greats? Any stinkers? Drop a comment and let’s chat!