Man… Abyss. I suspect that just like last time, I’ll be saying that a lot. But Lycoris Recoil was also pretty good! Other shows, not so much. Anyhow, 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.
Not watched this week.
Lycoris Recoil – Ep 2
Is Chisato actually the airhead she plays? Or was she shining Takina on?
And what is up with Chisato, bullets, and other things shot in her direction? Man, I’ll be disappointed if there’s something supernatural going on, but I don’t see any other plausible explanation except superscience… which hasn’t really been in evidence so far.
Otherwise, I don’t think I have too much to say about this episode. I do wish I had a GIF of the two kicking each other at the end of the ep. Almost despite themselves (or at least despite Takina), they’re becoming buddies.
Crow has some interesting things to say in their review of this episode – check it out!
MADE IN ABYSS: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun – Ep 2
MADE IN ABYSS: Retsujitsu no Ougonkyo
Abyss doing what it does best… building a growing sense of dread in the audience, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Only it doesn’t, more of a subtle cliffhanger…
There’s a freakin’ civilization in the depth of the Abyss. And it’s speech pattern/language seems to be awfully close to the indigenous population we saw in the first episode.
My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex – Ep 2
Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta
Introducing Kogere and Minami… They’re in the OP, so the obviously play a large part in the plot. (OP’s are usually pretty reliable that way.) Kogere, we don’t see enough of to learn much. And Mizuto’s abrasiveness doesn’t help. OTOH, Yume and Minami seem to hit it off pretty quickly. Which either blows my theory about social awkwardness out of the water, or Yume is pushing herself… which would be consistent with the rest of her changes (in dress and behavior).
The back half of the episode reinforces something they hinted at in the first episode… Mizuto and Yume definitely have feelings for each other. Strong ones, not lingering ones.
Still waiting on more details of their past relationship. Something just feels fishy there, like we haven’t really been told the real story.
Prima Doll – Ep 1
That was… disappointing, not to put too fine a point on it. Largely predictable and drab. I could see what they were trying to do, but it was all paint-by-numbers.
Status: Against my better judgement, on probation.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2 – Ep 2
Kanojo, Okarishimasu 2nd Season
Is it just me, or are we seeing a tonal shift this season? The focus appears to be more on Chizuru as an independent character in her own right… and less on Kazuya being complete scum. I hold out faint hope that trend continuing, this series doesn’t strike me as one that will stray far from it’s roots.
Episode also re-introduced Ruka and one of the grandmothers.
Shinepost – Ep 1
I am conflicted about Shinepost. The character design and animation are top notch. The creative staff has an above average resume. But…
The characters themselves are a fast food mix of tropes. The scenario is a well worn groove. The “gimmick” is, well, gimmicky. It’s a supernatural power, and it’s a poor fit with the rest of the series.
Typically of a multi-media franchise, it’s designed to appeal to no one without offending anyone. (Other than picky semi-purists like your humble correspondent.)
Status: Teetering on the edge.
Tokyo Mew Mew New~♡ – Ep 1
TOKYO MEW MEW NEW
Overall, a pretty standard first episode for a mahou shoujo series… Our Heroine (to be) is a slightly ditzy schoolgirl, and she’s being dragged into the middle of a war without being given much choice in the matter. Beyond that, we have no real clue what’s going on.
It’s very much a period piece in all respects. The character designs are a bit bothersome in that respect. They’re not quite period, but they’re also not quite modern… Unlike Fruits Basket (2019) they’re not doing a good job of selling the designs, instead they’re stuck in a weird time warp.
Status: Not yet rated. Mahou shoujo team series live or die by the main character and the characters of the balance of the team. Ichigo is still something of a cipher, and we haven’t met the rest of the team yet.
Ep 2 – Not watched yet.
Uncle from Another World
Won’t be available on Netflix until July 20th. If you’ve seen it, please don’t spoil it.
The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting – Ep 1
Kumichou Musume to Sewagakari
I won’t say this first episode was bad – only that it failed to be good. By the middle of the episode Kirishima had already settled into his role as surrogate father as though he was born to it. Isn’t the whole point that he’s a yakuza and thus uncomfortable in the role? And Yaeka is simply a bland caricature.
Without some kind of conflict, we’re really just left with treacly sentimentality. And without much stronger characters, that just doesn’t appeal to me very much.
Status: On probation.
Note: As this series airs on Thursday nights, I’ll steadily be a week behind.
Almost to the end of the premieres! Just Devil is a Part Timer and Love Live Superstar!! this upcoming week, and then the maid show the week after. Even if I end up dropping the shows that are questionable, could still end up with a pretty packed list.
Anything I’m missing so far?
Speaking of a packed list… Going to be a couple of interruptions this season. In August, we’ve got the Geocaching 20th Anniversary Celebration (delayed two years due to COVID) and that’ll be a full Saturday. So might not get all my Saturday/Sunday shows that weekend.
And the big one, if you were watching my Twitter – I’m flying home to NC for my brother’s wedding for two weeks in Sept!
Seriously looking forward to spending time with family not at a funeral and eating my way across the Triad/Piedmont. There’s at least two BBQ restaurants, plus Winkler Bakery, plus Waffle House…
But the downside, I’ll entirely miss the last two weeks of the season. Ah well, nothing to be done. I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it.
Well, that’s it for me this week! Over to you! Let’s chat about anime, the weather, or whatever else strikes your fancy. Drop a comment!