Autumn 2016 Week 4

Week 4 and hasn’t this been fun? And look, Bungo Stray Dogs gave us a series final 4 weeks in. Not really, but it felt that way while watching it. Anyway, some shows have delivered and others have simply spat out another episode, but here are my thoughts on what I’m watching.

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

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I Must Keep Watching

  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep 3)
  • Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Ep 4)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep 16)
  • Yuri on Ice (Ep 4)
  • Izetta: the Last Witch (Ep 4)

March Comes In continued to deliver an interesting experience though now that we’ve gotten used to the visuals and we’ve met the core group of characters there wasn’t really anything new presented this week. As I’m not the biggest slice of life fan, even though this still has excellent quality, there is a good chance of me getting bored with it if the next couple of episodes don’t deliver a bit more meat.

While Natsume Yuujinchou Go is every bit as amazing as I wanted it to be objectively the two part episode didn’t deliver quite enough meat and overall this season it is still feeling like it is setting things up. This means most of the individual stories (because it is usually pretty episodic in nature) have felt incomplete as they all seem to be laying groundwork for something else. That’s kind of a new feel for the show as previous seasons have made the individual stories more or less independent with only a few overall connections. This isn’t a bad thing by any means but it is an adjustment to make while watching.

Bungo Stray Dogs… I hope you are not peaking early and I hope that the time jump next week doesn’t mean everything we’ve been watching is just going to get swept away. First four episodes this season were amazing. Really worried about what comes next.

Yuri on Ice really impressed me with episode 4. From an event point of view not a lot happened because we were prepping for future events. We can compare this to Izetta’s episode 4 which was doing much the same thing only Yuri on Ice did it in a much more fluid and entertaining fashion while making us love the characters more.

Izetta: The Lasst Witch gave us a fairly ordinary episode but it did finally provide some much needed explanation about how magic is going to work or not in this story and a lot of this was set up for future events. That said, next week will need to do some serious work or this one is going to drop to just on my radar rather than a must watch.

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Still On My Radar

  • Days (Ep 16)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Ep 28)
  • Lostorage Incited WIXOSS (Ep 3)
  • Flip Flappers (Ep 4)

Days delivered a significantly more interesting episode this week with some real tension within the team and between teams. That and Tsukamoto has finally developed something resembling a style for playing soccer. Maybe this can recover from the mid-season low and return to a must watch.

Iron Blooded Orphans has not changed. It’s just doing what it does. This week was all fight sequence and that’s okay but it isn’t going to improve my opinion of the series and it was done well enough to not damage my opinion.

Lostorage Incited WIXOSS didn’t pack quite the punch this week but did reveal the end (or what it means to disappear) to Suzuko. Overall, this series has been entertaining but without knowing the end game or being particularly invested in the card matches themselves, it isn’t going to become a must watch.

I’ve moved Flip Flappers up this week. While the story is still a little lacking in cohesion and explanations, I’ve decided there’s enough substance and enough consistency thematically in this show to make it worth the gamble and besides it’s really pretty and kind of fun to watch. If it actually manages to nail an ending I may move this up to a must watch but from an episode point of view its still a bit lacking.

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Not Dropped But Not Sold On These

  • Trickster (Ep 4)
  • Kiss Him, Not Me (Ep 3)
  • Bloodivores (Ep 4)
  • Nazotokine (Ep 4)

Trickster isn’t getting any better. It isn’t getting worse either but it is giving me no reason to care about the events. Its kind of the pleasant diversion for when you aren’t really in the mood to do anything. It isn’t bad by any means but neither is it particularly interesting and even leaving us in a cliff hanger situation didn’t really make me overly excited for next week.

Kiss Him, Not Me is about at generic as it comes while putting a reverse harem front and centre with a female who isn’t interested in any of the guys but won’t just tell them to go away. That said, I doubt I’ll drop it but neither am I particularly entertained by it.

Bloodivores continues to make what seems like it would be exciting on paper feel like a drag to watch. That said, it isn’t getting any worse and it is actually developing some plot points.

Nazotokine continues to stumble along. It is kind of just doing exactly what it started doing so you can’t really complain but it isn’t exactly compelling viewing and even the 7 minute run time is beginning to feel like a drag.

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Watching and Will Review Occasionally

  • Girlish Number (Ep 1)
  • Cheating Craft (Ep 3)

Haven’t made any progress with Girlish Number this week but will catch up sooner or later. Or maybe not. We’ll see what happens.

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Dropped

  • 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)

Okay, for some shows we are a third of the way in and I’m not certain that any of them are really not showing us sufficient progress for that. That said, it looks like a number of shows this Autumn are running for 23 – 25 episodes, which will make deciding what to watch next season all the harder.

What grabbed you this week?

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