Summer 2016 Week 10

Are you excited for the end of the season? So I know Days is continuing on, haven’t heard about the others but most things should start wrapping up soon. Let’s see what they can deliver in their final episodes.

Meanwhile, most of the shows I’ve been enjoying throughout this season delivered okay but not awesome episodes which meant viewing this week was a bit of a downer. Hoping they all pull up again next week and don’t crash and burn in the final.

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 10)
  • Alderamin on the Sky (Ep 9)
  • Tales of Zestiria (Ep 9)
  • Days (Ep 10)

D Gray Man Hallow has continued to work really well for me. I know that some fans of the original have been disappointed and while there are changes (particularly in appearance) this show has consistently delivered a story that hits the right notes and reminds me why I loved this series in the first place. This week was no exception.

Alderamin actually wasn’t that great this week. Overall, the sereis is still quite strong but this last episode left me fairly indifferent. Hoping it picks up again next episode or I may need to start re-evaluating where it is sitting in the list.

Tales of Zestiria the X was okay but I just kept feeling like they wanted me to be more excited about the battles this week than I was. This wasn’t a bad episode by any means, but it just wasn’t amazing.

Days also delivered a ho-hum kind of episode as we continue the final game between Seiseki and Saku. Not enough to drop categories but enough that I’m putting it on notice. I don’t much like sports anime in the first place so I’m really not going to leave this in the must keep watching category if we are going to watch a single game over multiple episodes.

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Still On My Radar

  • The Morose Mononokean (Ep 10)
  • Momokuri (Ep 20)
  • Cheer Boys (Ep 9)
  • Orange (Ep 10)
  • Food Wars (Ep 10)
  • 91 Days (Ep 8)

While the Morose Mononokean was a bit stronger this week, the plot is definitely not in a hurry to go anywhere. Which is fine and all but it means it is becoming one of those shows I can watch or not. This would definitely probably go better as a binge watch on a rainy afternoon than in week to week increments.

Momokuri seems to be getting serious about the main relationship and managed to pull of a fairly decent episode. While the series as a whole has a lot of padding, it’s those touching moments, or the moments when the characters respond genuinely to a situation, that keep drawing me back into this show.

Cheer Boys got around to Kazu’s inner pain, only we saw that one coming a mile away so it didn’t quite have the impact they might have wanted. It was a very ordinary kind of episode really.

At last Orange got to the relay but now it really feels like they are setting up the happiness before the disaster. I think I really disengaged from caring about the characters about four episodes ago and since then it’s been hard to really care about where they are going.

Food Wars finally completed the Autumn Election and it is about time. Now I’m hoping we can get some more screen time with some of the less talented but more interesting cast members.

91 Days wasn’t bad this week, and the end of the episode was kind of awesome, but I just can’t help thinking that the show is lacking something.

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Not Dropped But Close

  • Hitorinoshita (Ep 9)
  • Taboo Tattoo (Ep 10)

Hitorinoshita delivered another fairly ordinary episode this week. Mostly because we spent the entire time still trying to rescue Soran who was more or less on his way out the door anyway. Oh well.

And Taboo Tattoo has officially become the train wreck I just haven’t stopped watching for this season. There is always one show I hold onto for too long, hoping it get’s better.

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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)

Wow, so close now. I still haven’t tried some of the shows this season. Your opinion: New Game or Amanchu? I get the feeling neither is right for me but I should probably give one or the other a shot.

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4 thoughts on “Summer 2016 Week 10

  1. I really appreciate these features, Karandi. It’s interesting to see what you have started watching and what didn’t make the cut from week to week (and why). Keep it up!

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  2. I’ve been musing on whether to recommend New Game! or Amanchu to you these last few days. However, since I’ve been putting off Amanchu, I feel like I am not qualified to choose between the two. I might binge watch the show this week in order to figure out where I stand.

    This season has been flying by. Maybe it’s because I started working my first job a few weeks into summer 2016.

    I’m a little excited for fall 2016, but the selection of shows seem like slim pickings overall. I guess it’s about time people start making posts about shows they’re looking forward to in the next season.

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    1. Seen a few of those posts the last few days and there will probably be more.
      I’m thinking I might just wait till New Game and Amanchu are done and marathon them when I’ve got some time. Or at least start and drop them once they are done. They both look just a little too sweet for my usual liking but I might be surprised.

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