Summer 2016 Week 11

Week 11 and it is the home stretch. After last week’s rather ho-hum performance from so many shows, it seems like some of them were just saving up for this week. Other shows are taking the interesting approach (though one that is common in the anime world) of continuing to derail as the end draws near.

Just as a heads up, I’ll be travelling over the next week or so and while I’m mostly going to have internet access so mostly should continue posting without disruption, there may be some gaps or it may take me a little longer than normal to respond both here and on twitter.

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 11)
  • Alderamin on the Sky (Ep 10)
  • Tales of Zestiria (Ep 1)
  • Days (Ep 11)

D Gray Man, I know I should gush about you every week but I just love watching this show so much. Great to see Lenalee back this week and some great plot reveals just make me want to watch it all the more.

Alderamin on the Sky is an anime that you need to check out if you have not started watching it yet this season. I normally do not recommend things prior to their completion but this one is worth getting on board with. It isn’t the most energetic action spectacle of all time but it is a nice bit of storytelling with some interesting characters and it just manages to balance all its elements in a way that makes it a very satisfying watch.

Tales of Zestiria the X continues to be an enjoyable fantasy. There are issues with plotting and the like but they aren’t distracting from the overall enjoyment I get from watching these characters go about their business so this one continues to be a great watch.

Days continues to surprise me. It’s spent three episodes on one soccer game and I still haven’t quit watching or wanted to drop it down. Logically I know there are a lot of issues with the show but I really want to see Tsukamoto continue to grow as a player.

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Still On My Radar

  • The Morose Mononokean (Ep 11)
  • Momokuri (Ep 22)
  • 91 Days (Ep 9)
  • Food Wars (Ep 11)
  • Cheer Boys (Ep 10)
  • Orange (Ep 11)

The Morose Mononokean delivered a fairly good episode this week. Overall this series hasn’t been as good as I would have liked it to be but it is certainly a pleasant and enjoyable series to watch. I’m thinking it would be good to marathon on a rainy afternoon once it is done.

Momokuri is kind of my surprise for the second half of the season. It’s still a generic romance (with some creepy aspects thrown in hidden by overtly cute character designs and pastel colour schemes) but it has been consistent in delivering its story and characters. I find as the end of the Summer season get’s closer, I’m enjoying this more each week because I know what I’m going to get and it delivers.

It seems like 91 Days has finally come back to Avilio’s revenge and the episode felt a lot stronger because of it. If this can stay a focus for the next few episodes this might actually have a really interesting ending.

Food Wars picked up after leaving the election behind but with the focus on two characters I don’t much like (in addition to Soma) I still wasn’t really drawn in this week. Plot wise, I definitely preferred this.

Cheer Boys should be congratulated on it’s narrative choices this week. The show is still fairly average but continues to entertain.

Kakeru and Naho continue to annoy in Orange but this episode did do something right in the focus on Suwa and having the characters actually begin to question the logic of messing with the past. It’s the first time the show has really taken the time travel aspect seriously and it makes you wonder where they will go next with that (or will be back to high school drama).

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Not Dropped But Close

  • Hitorinoshita (Ep 10)
  • Taboo Tattoo (Ep 11)

These two are still competing for the bottom. Hitorinoshita is kind of holding on to its ‘not the worst thing I’m watching’ status but episode 10 was pretty appalling. That said, Taboo Tattoo continues to show us that it can become even more flat even while it seems like the events should be dramatic and interesting. This is a great lesson in what happens when you skip over character and plot development and opt for ‘isn’t this fight cool’ story development.

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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)

The question becomes which show will have the best ending? Which shows won’t resolve? And which shows will just splutter quietly into the night?

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3 thoughts on “Summer 2016 Week 11

  1. Your top first 3 are ones that have been on my radar to start watching. Days is something I continually tune into each week. It’s definitely entertaining! The only things I kept up with for this season: Days, 91 Days, Shokugeki no Soma, Sweetness & Lightning, Mob Psycho and Berserk.. Everything else has been left on-hold. I want to finish Orange when all the episodes are out; same goes for Morose Monokean and Cheer Boys.

    I wanted to watch D. Gray Man, but I think there was another seaons before this one that I would have to catch up on? Correct me if I’m wrong. Otherwise, I held off watching it for no good reason.

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