And so… another season begins! Eight premieres so far, mostly decent or better. Hit the jump and let’s get the new season underway!
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.
Luminous Witches – Ep 1
Over at ANN, a reviewer called this a “roll call” episode… Which is an apt description and one I’ll remember. It basically introduced all the girls and demonstrated their defining personal
trope characteristic… Most of which I’ve forgotten because there were so many.
Another reviewer likened the coming idol group to a USO tour… Works for me and actually makes sense.
Status: Meh, I’ll probably watch. Don’t know how much I’ll have to say.
Lycoris Recoil – Ep 1
Japan is a nation at peace – a peace ruthlessly enforced by a government agency that employs squads of schoolgirl assassins and SWAT/SpecOps troops. *Sigh* Only in anime, right?
But once you get past the premise, it’s actually not that bad. Chisato is billed as the most capable of the Lycoris – but she’s a loose cannon. So she’s isolated from the others, and has her own control and support staff. Takina is also extremely capable, but she’s more on the out-of-control side of being a loose cannon. So she’s been (in her view) exiled to Chisato’s unit.
Basically a “buddy cop” show? But who is supposed to learn from who?
And there’s an overarching plot I haven’t got a handle on yet… Something about a hacker and billionaire with his own agenda. And a nice “soft cliffhanger” tying both to Chisato… Or maybe it’s just a coincidence. (Yeah, right.)
Strongest premiere this season that isn’t Abyss. And I’m going out on a limb – if it doesn’t lose its way, we already have a contender for AOTS-that-isn’t-Abyss.
Status: Overall a strong premiere with a nice balance of action and character building. A little weak on the world building, but I think they’re slow walking it. Definitely watching.
Phantom of the Idol
Man, that was freakin’ tedious. I mean how often did the MC friggin’ repeat himself? And how in the heck was he even still employed in the first place?
Nope, I’m outta here.
Status: Dropped at the eycatch. I simply couldn’t bear any more.
MADE IN ABYSS: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun – Ep 01
MADE IN ABYSS: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyo
Abyss comes roaring out of the gate and punches the viewer in the gut – again. (Still? Has it ever stopped?)
As I said on Twitter:
There’s a ton to talk about, but I’ll confine myself to the high points…
– Half the show is dedicated to the voyage of the Ganja, who seek the City of Gold in the Abyss. They’re last seen boarding the bubble elevator that Riko, Reg, and Nanachi ride to the Sixth Level. The narration implies they reached the same place the episode ends. Is there a civilization in the Abyss?
– If the Ganja all entered the Abyss, and failed to return, who founded the city on it’s rim? What happened to the indigenous peoples? There’s a thread tying all these together, and all we’ve seen are it’s ends.
– The compass that Vueko carries. Is it the same compass that Riko has back in the first season?
Yes, Abyss is brutal, and sometimes has questionable taste. We need not dwell on that.
Anyhow, a classic set-up episode masterfully done.
Status: KEEPER. (As if there was any doubt.)
My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex – Ep 01
Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta
OK, let’s get what everyone is thinking out on the table first – yes, this show is horny, trashy, and stupid. And, at least for the moment, I’m OK with that.
I enjoyed Mizuto and Yume’s relationship… It’s pretty obvious that even though they’re broken up and regard their past as past – they still retain some degree of feelings for each other. And they’re smart enough to hide their past and the simmering anger/dislike from their parents. (Though it’s a sucker bet – that comes back to haunt them.)
And Yume, her comment about being a brocon… That was directed at Mizotu as much, if not more, as the losers who were trying to chat her up. I’m not sure how much he reciprocates though. He’s mostly in for the game of one-upmanship, at least for the moment.
And I think that both of them are somewhat socially awkward. Their only experience with more ‘normal’ relationships being their now over middle school romance.
Status: It did make me chuckle in spots, and at least so far it’s not as bad as it could be… So, guarded keeper.
Currently… Schrödinger’s anime. It shows as aired on various sites, but it actually hasn’t. It’ll air and be available on HiDive on Friday (June 8).
Mentioned here mostly to ask that if you have seen it, please don’t spoil it.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2 – Ep 1
Kanojo, Okarishimasu 2nd Season
Unexpectedly, my wife wanted to watch this. I’m not sure why I am… Chizuru is about the show’s only redeeming factor. Kazuya, he’s still pretty much a garbage human being with a heart of iron pyrite. (AKA Fool’s Gold.)
Tokyo Mew Mew New~♡
TOKYO MEW MEW NEW
Not yet watched, so I’ll cover the 1st and 2nd episodes next week. (Sorry Lee!)
Uncle from Another World
Won’t be available on Netflix until July 20th. If you’ve seen it, please don’t spoil it.
Not actually a bad start overall. Only one drop and a couple on the precipice, plus several decent starts.
Speaking of summer, we’ve finally turned the corner here and it’s warming up and drying up. Hopefully we’ll be able to get out and enjoy some of these precious few weekends of good weather and long days.
Anyhow, I’m caught up through Thursday with everything I’m planning on watching except for Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting. That’s an “us” show, so I can’t watch it until this evening. Or maybe tommorrow since Thursday is Anime Music Quiz night.
So how is your season opened? Anything Really, Really Good? Really, Really Bad?
Drop a comment and let’s chat!