Week 2 and what am I still watching? Tragically, most things because I’m still sitting on the fence on a lot of them. I am however ready to start being a bit more decisive going into week 3 so pretty much anything below number 12 is on notice. Iron Blooded Orphans will have episode 1 and 2 reviewed together next week as will March Comes in Like a Lion. Still just a basic list from top to bottom but after you can get a brief outline of my thoughts on these. If you are looking for any of my reviews from this season they are all going in the category Autumn 2016.
Right, so next week is my official list of what I’m watching for the season and I still don’t actually have any ideas for a new format so I’m pretty much going to keep doing what I was doing last season and hope that something inspires me between now and the Winter season.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the anime this season in the comments.
- Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Ep 2)
- March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep 1)
- Yuri on Ice (Ep 2)
- Izetta: The Last Witch (Ep 2)
- Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep 14)
- Days (Ep 14)
- Iron Blooded Orphans (Ep 26)
- Lostorage incited WIXOSS (Ep 2)
- Flip Flappers (Ep 2)
- Trickster (Ep 2)
- Girlish Number (Ep 1 – Not going to be reviewed weekly, I’ll update every couple of weeks)
- Kiss Him, Not Me (Ep 2)
- Nazotokine (Ep 2)
- Bloodivores (Ep 2 – Not dropped but unlikely that it is going to get better)
- Cheating Craft (Ep 2 – Not dropped but not going to be reviewed weekly, I’ll update every couple of weeks)
- Nanbaka (Ep 2 – Dropped)
- Magical Girl Raising Project (Ep 2 – Dropped)
- Matoi the Sacred Slayer (Ep 2 – Dropped)
- Touken Ranbu – Hanmaru (Ep 1 – Dropped)
- To Be Hero (Ep 1 – Dropped)
- Occult;Nine (Ep 1 – Dropped)
- Dream Festival (Ep 1 – Dropped)
Natsume this week is perfectly charming and sweet and delivers what Natsume does best, however while this works when you are binge watching as an individual episode this week wasn’t the strongest ever. Still completely in love with the show though and these first two episodes of season 5 have convinced me that this show hasn’t lost any of its charm.
For a show I had no intention of checking out during the season, March Comes in Like a Lion kind of amazed me. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the nostalgia I have around Natsume, this one would have easily taken out the top spot after the first episode.
So part of my love for Yuri on Ice is probably opening theme related so this may slide down the list sooner rather than later if there isn’t any more depth added to the story (not that there’s anything wrong with the story, it’s just pretty basic). That said, these first two episodes have been a joy.
The second episode of Izetta built on the strengths of the first and is shaping up to be a nice entry this season. Hopefully it doesn’t lose this momentum but this was a thoroughly enjoyable second episode.
Bungo Stray Dogs continued the story of the Port Mafia from last week and to be honest I loved it. Whether that means I’m going to continue loving this series I guess will be determined by what happens next, but these first 2 episodes in season 2 have been great fun.
Days continues to just do it’s thing. If you enjoyed it last season you’ll still be enjoying it. If you haven’t started it and want something fairly even and mostly upbeat to watch, Days might work for you.
The return of Iron Blooded Orphans was welcome and as usual time has passed between the first and second seasons. What I do like is that winning last time did reap the team some benefits but also brought all new problems and thrust some of the key members into new positions of authority that they are still finding their way around. This one is going to be fun to get back into.
Lostorage Incited WIXOSS was added to the line up and the first episode wasn’t bad and the second episode delivered a solid bit of emotional turbulence so I’m picking this one up for now.
Flip Flappers continues to puzzle but in the way that makes you want to watch more rather than making you want to scream. Will continue this one for the time.
Trickster didn’t get better or worse but it kind of set a very ho-hum tone for its season now. The mystery of the week was kind of dull and no real progress was made on the parts of the show that interested me week 1. All and all, still watching but I don’t have high hopes.
Girlish Number is kind of a mixed bag at the moment. I’m not planning on adding it to my weekly reviews but I am going to continue to check it out. I’ll post updates from time to time and if I drop one of the other shows for sure I’ll probably add this one in.
Nanbaka was crazy and zany again but what it didn’t do was appeal to me so I’ve let it go. Admittedly, for a comedy, it at least didn’t offend me and wasn’t painful to watch, I just found it all a bit dull. I’ve officially dropped this (even as I’ve held on to shows that are worse) because of the genre.
Kiss Him, Not Me is probably one I am watching only out of curiosity to see what they actually do with the premise. Other than sparkle attacks from the heroine there hasn’t been a whole lot in this that has made me go yay. I could just drop it but it’s also been surprisingly fun so for now at least it’s staying on the list.
Nazotokine is admittedly not as good as Nanbaka which I dropped, but I like riddles and locked door mysteries so I’m still kind of hoping this one makes the riddles harder and maybe there can be fun to be found. That said, this one is definitely sitting at the close to dropped.
Bloodivores did not substantially improve upon its week 1 effort. I haven’t dropped it because apparently I don’t learn my lesson from past experiences. I really want it to get better. So I’m holding out just a little bit longer.
Cheating Craft was okay but kind of more of the same with less narration. I did enjoy it but I just can’t see me keeping up with it weekly so I’ll probably just watch a few episodes every couple of weeks and review them together. Or I might watch one more and drop it. Who knows?
Magical Girl Raising Project is just kind of blah. If killing off magical girls was enough to make a story interesting it would be right, alas we’ve seen it all before and this show has no identity of its own.
Matoi the Sacred Slayer went from an episode that couldn’t decide on a tone to picking the lesser of the two possibilities (at least in my opinion). I didn’t like the second episode and I’m dropping this.
I know I said I’d be picking up Occult;Nine but the first episode just did nothing for me. I haven’t even written an episode review on it at this time. So for now this series is dropped.