Summer 2016 Week 8

Here’s week 8. Wow, I can’t believe how fast this season is flashing by. It really feels like it was just yesterday when I was trying out the first episode of so many anime and having to decide what to drop and what to follow. I can’t say I made the best choice in holding on to either Taboo Tattoo or Hitorinoshita this long, but that’s hindsight for you. What are you still watching that you should have dropped?

Apologies for earlier this week when I lost internet access. If I haven’t dropped by your blog, let me know and I’ll catch up.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the season below.

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I Must Keep Watching

  • D.Gray-Man Hallow (Ep 8)
  • Alderamin on the Sky (Ep 7)
  • Days (Ep 8)
  • Tales of Zestiria (Ep 7)
  • The Morose Mononokean (Ep 8)

D Gray Man Hallow is telling a compelling story and packing an emotional punch (at least for fans of the show who are already in love with the characters – hard to tell how anyone else would take the last three episodes). I’m loving it and while I don’t feel the wait was worth it (that was a long break), I am so happy this is back.

Alderamin is just a good anime. That’s really all there is to it. It isn’t flash and it isn’t trying to do anything particularly amazing but it is telling its story about its characters and it is doing it really well. For a military/fantasy anime it is one of the better ones in terms of not going for spectacle and just getting the fundamentals right. While I understand some people are finding it a bit slow, I’m genuinely loving watching this anime.

Days continues to charm and I just found out it’s hanging around for the Autumn season so I’ll get to see whether an anime about soccer (football) can actually keep me hooked that long. Seems like it so far.

Tales of Zestiria took us back to Sorey and friends and actually did a pretty good job of picking up where we left off. Honestly, as an anime there are a lot of issues here, and as I’m not a fan of the game when I do my overall review I will probably be pretty critical of some aspects, however, it is a lot of fun to watch.

Lastly, The Morose Mononokean delivered a so-so episode. Another one like this and I may drop this to the On My Radar group.

 

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Still On My Radar

  • Orange (Ep 8)
  • Food Wars (Ep 8)
  • 91 Days (Ep 7)
  • Cheer Boys (Ep 7)
  • Momokuri (Ep 16)

Yep, I dropped Orange down here. Sorry to the fans, but Naho is driving me crazy and the overly contrived plot this week was the final straw. While I am not tempted to drop this, I’m also not mad keen on waiting for the next episode any more.

Food Wars delivered a really strong episode but I’m still not moving this up to the Must Watch because too much of this season has been the Autumn Election with very little else happening. I loved this week though, as it gave us more interactions with other characters as we were preparing for the next match rather than straight into it.

91 Days continues to be watchable but not particularly impressive. I feel that without a substantial drive toward a climax this show will ultimately be very forgettable for me. That isn’t to say it isn’t good. The storyline is fine and so are the characters. But it just feels that after a very solid and impressive opening the anime has been content to go through the usual family conflicts and hasn’t really delivered anything particularly noteworthy. Should I discount a show because it didn’t live up to its first episode? Probably not, and I am still watching and enjoying 91 Days. However, it just isn’t going to move up on my list without something changing soon.

Cheer Boys went for some actual conflict this week and it didn’t really spoil the overall feel good atmosphere the show has gone for up until now. It kind of felt like the right time in the series for a serious break down in the team so as long as next week does something about it, this will be fine.

Momokuri ran into a small problem this week when I genuinely found myself criticising the animation rather than watching the show. This is not an anime built on a foundation of impressive animation and the animation didn’t get any worse. That indicates to me that I’m finally getting tired of cute couple getting awkwardly together. It’s kind of what happened with Rinne. The anime didn’t actually get worse, but I’d kind of found that my interest in it was done.

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Not Dropped But Close

  • Hitorinoshita (Ep 7)
  • Taboo Tattoo (Ep 8)

Hitorinoshita managed to surprise me with a not terrible 7th episode. Does that mean the anime is going to improve as we come to the end of the season? I actually kind of hope so because there are still some fascinating ideas hidden underneath the poor characterisation and storytelling we’ve had so far. Definite improvement during episode 7.

Lastly, Taboo Tattoo manages to be definitively the worst anime I am still watching this season. I’m actually looking forward to it ending so I can review the entire series and then never think about it ever again.

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Dropped

  • Cute High Earth Defence Club Love (Dropped at Ep 4)
  • The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi (Dropped at Ep 4)
  • Sweetness and Lightning (Dropped at Ep 4)
  • Danganronpa 3 (Dropped at Ep 1)
  • Mob Psycho 100 (Dropped at Ep 1 – Revisited to Ep 3)
  • Servamp (Dropped at Ep 2 – Revisited to Ep 3)
  • Rewrite (Dropped at Ep 2)
  • The Disasterous Life of Saiki K (Dropped at Ep 1)
  • Ozmafia (Dropped at Ep 1)
  • Scar-red Riders XechS (Dropped at Ep 1)
  • Qualidea Code (Dropped at Ep 1)
  • First Love Monster (Dropped at Ep 1)

What’s your pick for best show this season? What about the worst?

 

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6 thoughts on “Summer 2016 Week 8

  1. I’m both surprised and not so to see orange go down the list. It seems to be a hit and mix for this anime. Good thing I dropped it on episode one. I really enjoy Sorey and Mikelo, but Lailah seems to be stealing the spotlight from them. Her love for puns is pretty good.

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    1. I actually did try the first episode but really decided it wasn’t my thing. I honestly found the characters a little creepy to watch so wasn’t really getting invested in the story.

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      1. That’s fine. Admittedly the show is still a little uncanny for me. Though now I’m imagining an alternate universe where all anime is actually puppets and then Thunderbolt Fantasy comes out and people are like, “What’s this computer-drawn, low framerate, bug-eyed people monstrosity? Super creepy!”

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    1. I felt that the trend over the last couple of episodes warranted a move. Reading other reviews, I think a few people feel this way. Strong start but not really maintaining.

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