Running behind… again! Got to get my groove this season and get out of this habit.
Anyhow, hit the jump and see my thoughts this season.
Akebi’s Sailor Uniform Eps 1-2
Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Seems to be pretty much a classic SOL, maybe with a touch of CGDCT. I’m loving the heck out of the lush backgrounds in the outdoor scenes. Not so much the malleable character animation, particularly in the faces… Can’t decide if it’s a design/stylistic choice or the animation is just going off-model.
The scenes with her father in the second episode, that’s a cultural thing I just can’t grasp. Why don’t families move when the working spouse gets transferred? I know it’s bad to keep relocating kids (though it worked out for me), but isn’t it also bad to force the family into a weird semi-single-parent situation?
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2
And we’re dropped right back into the heart of the action… With a massive battle still in progress.
But who is fighting for what? The Marleyans are extracting revenge for the attacks on their city… The Eldians, whatever their political leanings, are in a defensive mode. Eren’s friends are fighting in support of Eren, not believing he actually means to commit genocide.
And Gabi, poor brainwashed Gabi. She finally sees the truth – the Free Eldians aren’t demons. They’re people too. With all the confusion and terror and “but he started it”, she’s the only one who sees with any clarity. And she has no power or ability to influence events. Everyone is in too deep and the avalanche is breaking loose.
The only people who can effectively divert it are Eren and Zeke – the guys most determined to see it happen in the first place.
So many characters… So. Freaking. Many. Generic. Characters.
Had I realized beforehand this was adapted from a mobile gatcha, I might not have watched it in the first place.
Dropped after the first episode without a shred of regret.
In the Land of Leadale Eps 1-2
Leadale no Daichi nite
After two episodes… I still have no clear idea WTF is going on, and I’m not sure I much care for Canya. She slaps back and forth between seemingly being pretty self centered, and then bang she’s as caring and sympathetic a character as you could want.
They’re really dragging the setup out too… Not that much maybe, but noticeably. I just don’t feel enough has happened to have consumed two episodes. And it’s not really a SOL, so they can’t lean on that crutch.
Waiting to see what happens in the third episode.
Lupin III: Part 6
Is still good, still enjoying.
My Dress-Up Darling Eps 1-2
Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru
I have to say, I’m conflicted here. On one hand, it seems pretty sweet as far as romances go. But it’s also pretty danged horny. Gojo verges on being a caricature, and the fanservice… (And the trope of the girl not seeing the guy as a guy.)
But couldn’t you also argue that Kitagawa is simply oblivious due to her obsession? Which I might add is a nice thing to see. She’s not the basement dwelling recluse pervert stereotype we so often see in otaku characters.
Police in a Pod Eps 1-2
Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu
I wasn’t so sure after the first episode… It was something of a whirligig mess, lacking in focus and not really giving us too much of a handle on the characters. The second episode left me feeling a whole bunch better as the series rapidly settled into something resembling a groove.
Third episode is really the charm here, so we’ll see next week if they can maintain the momentum. Between it’s agenda, character growth, and remaining reasonably active… It’s got a lot of balls in the air.
Slow Loop Eps 1-2
As predicted, very, very much a Derek show. Koharu grated on me a bit, but they turned down her genki a touch in the second episode and that helped. Now if she wasn’t just such ditz…
So, yeah, it’s not a great show by any stretch but it’s a keeper.
A slim season, but only one first episode drop and a couple on the edge… Also, I’m going out on a limb and nominating Dress Up Darling as the most obvious AOTS candidate that’s not Titan. Mostly because it’s pretty much the only candidate so far. Police in a Pod has a hell of a lot of potential, but also so many ways to fail. So I’m not comfortable with nominating it.
So, what are your thoughts on these first two weeks? Any front runners? What stinkers have you banished unto the utter darkeness?
Drop a comment and let’s chat!