Sloow start this season… as you might have guessed from my anticipation post, there’s just not much to choose from. But four shows is enough to get started with, and I don’t want to delay this post too long…
So hit the jump, and 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 and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.
Let’s Make a Mug Too 2
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo: Niban Kama (Let’s Make a Mug too: Second Kiln)
Is she searching for inspiration or promoting local tourism? :) :)
Second verse, same as the first… But I don’t think anyone expected much different, as this isn’t exactly an ambitious production. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, it’s a nice SOL(ish) and everyone knows I love watching girls derp around…
As far as idol shows go… Pretty bog standard in a lot of ways. You have the MC with a Big Dream. The idol who inspired her. A pretty standard assortment of stock character types she seems destined to be in a unit with…
And a great big
red button that must never be pushed, er, sorry… A great big flashing “PLOT TWIST INCOMING” sign in the final few minutes.
So… will the plot actually twist? If it does, I’ll be greatly disappointed. If it doesn’t, I really can’t predict where the show might go.
The aquatope on white sand
Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
This is actually a second cour rather than a second season… But there’s been a considerable timeskip and we have a new setting (of sorts), so I’m treating it as a second season and covering it here.
As I said, we’ve had a timeskip… At least six months, Tingaara Aquarium is (just now) opening and Kukuru has gotten a job there. (I don’t think we’ve gone so far as her graduating college.) But much to her dismay, she’s assigned an office position (though an important one) rather than working with the animals. She’s a fish out of water, a square peg, etc… Her time at Gama Gama hasn’t really prepared her for a “real” (corporate) job.
And just as she reaches her breaking point…
Next week, Fuuka’s focus catchup episode? Most likely. I’m just glad this wasn’t a split cour and we haven’t had to wait.
Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Great Mankai Chapter
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Dai Mankai no Shou
I am… conflicted on the first episode. Surely, no hero team in the history of ever deserves real lives more than the girls of the Hero Club. And Yuuki Yuuna‘s production staff has a deft touch when it comes to slice-of-life stories which really shines through here. (Never change Sonoko, never change!)
Best Girl Karin appears from the shadows…
But… Yuuki Yuuna also has a history of crisp starts, and this episode was anything but. No backstory, no exposition, nothing that would be useful to newcomers to the franchise either.
There’s also some confusion over when this episode takes place. Some evidence seems to place it between the original series and the Hero Chapter. Other opinions place it between the finale and epilogue of the Hero Chapter. And the final scene and name in the preview come from (canonical) side stories.
All-in-all, not a strong start. Keeper for sure, but it’s not comfortable to have my “WTF’ radar triggered so early.
I’m still planning on getting to Heike Monogatari / The Heike Story, so no spoilers please!
There you have it… The first batch of premieres. What are your thoughts? What shows have you watched so far (through Mon, October 4th.)? Drop a comment and let’s chat!