This season has had its share of surprises… both good and bad. Either way, it’s mid-season and that means it’s time for the mid-season gut check! What’s worth keeping, what’s being dropped?
Hit the jump and find out!
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.
Blue Period seems stuck in a bit of a rut… Yatora encounters an artistic wall, and (mostly) with Oooba-sensei‘s help powers through it. But I’m not convinced in this case it’s a flaw. Two-steps-forward-one-step-back is actually working quite well here as it illustrates just how hard the path he’s chosen is. He is making progress and discovering a great deal about art and himself in the process. Each week is still compelling as hell and I end up so deep in the show the end credits come as a bit of a surprise.
The other plot thread is Yatora and Yotasuke… The latter is a bit of an enigma, and I’m not sure where or what he is. And I don’t think he’s too certain either. But there’s certainly an interesting if somewhat prickly friendship brewing between these two outsiders.
Midseason status: Strong keeper.
(*) Let’s Make a Mug Too 2
Yakunara Mug Cup Mo: Niban Kama (Let’s Make a Mug too: Second Kiln)
Midseason status: Keeper.
Lupin III: Part VI
So now… Lupin is a time traveler. Interesting… Let’s wait for the second half of this two (?) -parter to see where it goes.
Midseason status: Is Lupin serial or episodic or some hybrid of both. Individual episodes are fun, but critically speaking I don’t know how to approach it. But it is fun, so let’s run with that. Not everything has to be analyzed to death. Keeper.
(*) My Senpai is Annoying
Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi
Episode 6 – That certainly was annoying… The conflict between Takeda and Grandpa was just taken too far.
Midseason status: Definitely falling off from a half-decent start. Keeper.
The issues with Suzune’s health come to head… And like so many other shows, the earlier lack of consequences come back to haunt them. Their attempts at pathos and drama completely fail.
Also, Suzune writes a letter to the family of the individual that donated their heart. And a post credits scene implies very strongly that it was delivered to Rena – that it was her deceased older sister’s heart. If that’s true, I’m dropping this show like a hot potato. Idoly Pride did that, and did it better, just a few months ago.
Midseason status: All it’s going to take is one small push, and it’s gone. Keeping for the moment.
(*)Taisho Otome Fairy Tale
Taisho Otome Otogibanashi
Midseason status: Decently watchable at best, may yet be thrown overboard. Weak keeper.
The aquatope on white sand
Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
Probably the closest we’re going to get to a Fuuka centered episode… And honestly, from that point of view it was a complete waste of the viewers time. As a character, there’s a lot about her that hasn’t been addressed and we’re running out of time.
Unlike Kukuru, Fuuka has largely been running in place since very early in the show’s run. That’s… decidedly odd since she’s a main character. Or at least they’ve mostly treated her as one.
Midseason status: *frustrated sigh* Because of Fuuka’s [lack of an] arc or real character development, it’s like watching half a show. There’s side characters getting more development! But it’s still so good… Keeper.
Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Great Mankai Chapter
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Dai Mankai no Shou
So, basically in the span of two and half episodes… We meet Chikage (and a handful of other colorless one-note girls), she goes batshit crazy, and sorta-kinda half-ass redeems herself before dying. (Oh, and two of the other girls are dead too. Half the team is dead in the span of ninety minutes.) The show doesn’t really support the reason(s) she went off the rails, but it is understandable given the Taisha’s general incompetence and callous indifference to the lives and well being of their charges. But we’re not really given enough time and character development to care.
And that’s a problem.
It’s a feeling that’s been growing ever since we entered this new arc, but really it runs right back to the start of this season.
Over on my Facebook page, Lee Vermeers (a regular commenter there), hits the nail squarely on the head. We’re getting a clip show, not a proper adaptation. They’re stuffing a lot in and assuming the viewer will fill in the gaps.
And that sucks if you’re an anime-only.
Midseason status: Greatly disappointed, but keeping.
Here we are midseason, and no drops this time around. I don’t really keep track, so I can’t really tell if it’s unusual or not. A couple of them are kinda weak and may yet go overboard though…
But here we are, another week in the can!
What are your midseason thoughts? If you’re American – are you looking forward to Thanksgiving next week? (I am! As soon as I post this, it’s time to find my clipboard and start working on my lists.)
Drop a comment and let’s chat!