And we’re off to the races (metaphorically speaking)! It’s a brand new season and we have a ton of new shows to talk about… Some good, some bad, some drops. So it goes. Hit the jump and lets 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. BIRDIE WING -Golf Girls’ Story-
*Shudder* We didn’t even make it ten minutes… I was already reaching for the remote when my wife pronounced that “she was done”. Some folks might appreciate the over-the-top writing and acting, the camp style, and the elements of a shonen battler… But it’s not for me.
Status: Dropped without a shred of regret.
Aharen-san Is Indecipherable – Episode 1
It took a bit for me to warm up, but once I caught on I enjoyed the heck out of this low-key romcom. The two leads are just cute as a button together. (And Inori Minase is nailing it as Reina.)
But… how far can they ride that one-trick pony? At the end, there’s a teaser with someone watching them and angry as hell… So what waits on the horizon? I’m looking forward to finding out.
My wife ended up sitting down and watching with me, and Aharen-San got immediately promoted to an ‘us’ show.
Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness
Hmm… Parts of the episode felt painfully rushed and box-ticky. But, there was a certain heart to it. I loved how Nagomu stepped right up when he was really needed. And I feel badly for Itsuka.
If they back off the sticky-sweet and campy moments *just* a touch, we may have something good here.
With it’s predictable plot beats and stock characters right out of TV Tropes article, I was not very impressed right from the start… When they broke out into spontaneous and pointless song, I noped out of there.
Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto
We’ve all seen this one before – our bright young heroine, who is quickly disabused of her dreams. And in that respect, Heroine is pretty conventional. But other than that, I think I like it. The setup is, odd to put it mildly… But they went out of their way to introduce her future friends as well as her burdens and “enemies”.
Balancing that, there’s a lot of otome and fairy tale imagery in the OP, so it’s hard to predict where it’s going. But I’m curious enough to stick around at least a little while.
Status: Tentative keeper.
This scene made me chuckle though… My high school was a 2 year school, and it was traditional on the first day for the seniors to give the juniors bad directions. (The teachers were in on the gag and were amusedly tolerant of late juniors for the first couple of days.) References to the non-existent elevators (the school was almost all one story) were practically mandatory.
The Executioner and Her Way of Life
Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road
I was nodding along at the start… Seemed partly generic, partly a bit different. Then… WHAM. Menou puts that Bowie upside MC-kun’s head and, as they say, Everything Changes.
Now they’ve got my attention. WTF? And more importantly, what next?
There’s some interesting world building going on, and it’s dead certain that dream sequence refers to MC-chan. How is Menou going to react to having to kill her Fated One? Let’s grab a seat and find out…
My wife noped out, but for me…
Ya Boy Kongming!
Paripi Koumei – Episode 1
That’s the OP… If it doesn’t give the sense the show is absolutely bugf*ck insane, let me tell you – the show is absolutely bugf*ck insane.
There’s absolutely no way the premise should work. Yet… it does. There’s absolutely no way the main couple should have such immediate chemistry. Yet… they do. There’s… yet it does.
OK, there’s downsides. The episode was absolutely stuffed full, stuffed, not fast paced. There was a lot of very obvious ticky-box checking off. But somehow it all worked out in the end. I’m actually looking forward to getting this post finished and watching the second episode.
Two fast drops, but otherwise not a bad slate so far… And there’s more yet to come. (Including Spy X Family, which we are eagerly awaiting.) Despite what it looked like when writing my anticipation post – there’s been some good stuff pop up.
Anyhow, I’ve seen all the premieres I’m going to so far… So feel free to talk about anything that’s aired through Thursday (PST – USA). Anything good? Any commercials for brain bleach? Leave a comment and lets chat!