My first thoughts on the Winter 2022 season!
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.
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense. 2
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. 2
Disclaimer first: Spending more time in Maple’s word is absolutely always a good thing. Nothing so far gives me cause to reconsider that.
However, I don’t know that I fully enjoyed the intro episode. Vignette driven, and mostly a check-in with practically every main and secondary character… it felt more like a previously unreleased OVA than a fully realized episode. OTOH, it did get our heads “back in the game”, so that’s a positive.
And I do not like Best Girl Kasumi’s loli form. C’mon guys, that’s just cheap ass fanservice and not of any good kind.
I think we’re hanging out on the edge of the drop zone here. It’s pretty formulaic, and Miri is definitely a bundle of tropes. Needs to up it’s game fast to stay on my list…
The post-credits in Ep 2 give some hope this may happen.
Honestly, Ippon grabbed me right out the gate. It started not with a competition, but with the main cast hanging out in their dojo, doing Judo, and having the time of their lives. (Run on sentence, sorry.) I peeked and I know there’s more competition coming – but I hope it doesn’t lose that. There’s indications that they won’t… <crossing fingers>
My Hero Academia 6
Boku no Hero Academia 6
Not much to say… All For One (not Shigaraki) is definitely keeping the pressure on. And Deku is down for the count… Pretty much all of class 1A is broken to some degree (physically as well as psychologically).
Play It Cool, Guys
Cool Doji Danshi
A new character arrives, like the previous ones – and connected to the main cast. It’ll be interesting to see how the show’s dynamic changes.
Tsurune – The Linking Shot –
Tsurune – Tsunagari no Issha –
The first ep seemed to left many people out in the cold… But I wasn’t bothered, after three years almost to the week, a refresher course was nice. And now, we’re quickly into the next tournament. And after winning the tournament in the first season, our boys are different – self confident and straightforward.
The girls did get some lines in the first ep, mostly throwing well deserved shade on the lads.
Also, check out the animation of the shooting in the 2nd ep. An absolute master class in How To Do It Right. KyoAni is definitely back on its’s game.
The MC and his bandmates are interesting enough without fully being tropes, and there’s some conflict built in… (Usually is, makes for some nice plot hooks.) But going from episode 2 and the OP, we’re not done introducing characters. That’s a tough row to hoe in a single cour. And it’s why I’m gun shy about new multimedia franchise anime – so many potential waifus and husbandos. They’re frequently aimed at existing fans and leave the anime onlies out in the cold.
Surprisingly for such an unpromising season… No first ep drops. There’s a couple of potential 3rd ep or mid-season drops, but that’s all.
And that’s it, the entirety of my watchlist this season… I’ve got some big (non anime stuff) on my plate running now through July or so, so I don’t have much room to add anything either.
As far as comments go, caught up on everything up through Sun. So everything important except for Tsurune and Bofuri. Otherwise, pretty much everything is fair game in the comments.
As always, over to you! Drop a comment and let’s chat a bit about whatever catches your fancy.