Autumn 2016 Week 5

Okay, week 5 and I’m finding that this season is a little bit strange in that other than the handful of must watch shows, the others are all a bit hit and miss from episode to episode. There are some great ideas out there this season but some of the delivery has just been a little hard to get into. That said, there is still plenty of fun things to watch so let’s look at where they are sitting on the list.

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

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I Must Keep Watching

  • Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Ep 5)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep 17)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep 4)
  • Yuri on Ice (Ep 5)

Natsume was superb this week exhibiting everything I love about the series. Overall season 5 is definitely delivering (though as it maintains much the same tone every single episode, there is a chance that if the other shows managed a rally they would knock this off the number 1 spot).

Bungo Stray Dogs actually managed a reasonable transition back to the present day and while I can see this dropping down the list over the next couple of episodes, this second season on balance is still pretty strong.

March Comes in Like a Lion has moved down this week as this episode kind of gave hints that this series, while visually impressive, may end up just kind of following characters doing very little. There is still some hints at the darker issues underlying things but this week was definitely an unimpressive episode from a story point of view.

Yuri on Ice may be my next one to drop down to the still on my radar. It’s beautiful, the theme song steals my heart from the first beat, the characters are fun to watch, and there’s a lot of positives about this show. However, from a story point of view we aren’t going anywhere quickly and where we are going isn’t anywhere new. And while the characters are fun to watch, other than Yuri himself, the others are either undeveloped or at times inconsistent (except Victor who probably also needs to grow up a bit). While I’m loving this and am definitely watching through to the end, as a series I don’t know that it is a must watch.

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Still On My Radar

  • Izetta: the Last Witch (Ep 5)
  • Lostorage Incited WIXOSS (Ep 4)
  • Days (Ep 17)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Ep 29)
  • Flip Flappers (Ep 5)

Izetta worked hard to redeem itself this week after the last episode and honestly I was hooked again but the issues with the show in terms of knowing whether this is serious or just a piece of friendship fluff set in a tragic background remain. Hopefully episode 4 was the low point and with episode 5 we are returning onward and upward, but  I worry about whether this show can remain consistently interesting for the duration. That said, so far it has been pretty good despite some quibbles.

Lostorage Incited WIXOSS finds new ways to emotionally cripple its characters while still giving us a fairly interesting story. If only the end goal of the entire system had ever made sense in this series, WIXOSS remains an odd entertainment. I’ve moved it up in this category mostly because this is close to being a must watch for me. After each episode I’m left wanting to see more and wanting to know what happens next.

Days also bounced back a bit this week but the inconsistencies in this series mean that it just isn’t going to move back up to a must watch. Certainly I’ve enjoyed the journey so far and I look forward to the final leg of this series but I somehow doubt I’ll be returning to this series for another watch.

Iron Blooded Orphans isn’t grabbing me this season the way season 1 did. Maybe it was the break inbetween but more likely it is just that we’ve watched the orphans fight to run their own company and now we’re playing politics and I know which story was more interesting. I still want to know what will happen to these characters but it is becoming increasingly clear that this story is going to get messy.

Flip Flappers may well go back to the not sold on category if it persists in this way. I don’t think anything meaningful was gained from episode 5 and to be honest, just being cute and weird isn’t enough to fascinate me if the story isn’t going to progress. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I just missed what was meant to be plot progression this week and I’ll realise that next time. That said, I was pretty unimpressed this week.

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Not Dropped But Not Sold On These

  • Trickster (Ep 5)
  • Bloodivores (Ep 5)
  • Kiss Him, Not Me (Ep 4)
  • Nazotokine (Ep 5)

Trickster is remaining functional but not exceptional or even particularly interesting. It hasn’t got worse but it isn’t making me care anymore about most of the cast even though it seems desperately trying to make me care about someone in the show. Oh well. Hopefully they can bring some more excitement in soon.

Bloodivores continues to be pretty ordinary. That said, now that we’ve spent the last 4 episodes running away from monsters I’m kind of at least wanting to find out why the monsters exist and what is going on. Lack of explanation may actually work in this show’s favour.

I would hesitate to say that Kiss Him, Not Me is actually a worse show than Trickster or Bloodivores but the other two have fairly interesting premises even if they aren’t doing much with them, and they both seem to be developing. Kiss Him seems content to roll out the same tired material each week with a few gimmicks thrown over the top in the hope that you won’t notice that this episode plays out exactly the same way as the last.

Lastly, Nazotokine remains mostly pointless and pretty bland. I just don’t see who the intended audience actually would be because none of it is interesting enough. Whether you like characters, story, fan service, puzzles, etc, there just isn’t enough of anything to salvage enjoyment from the seven minutes a week of mundane.

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Watching and Will Review Occasionally

  • Girlish Number (Ep 1 – still on hold, may need to just drop)
  • Cheating Craft (Ep 4)

Cheating Craft has kind of settled into a pattern and it isn’t a particularly good one. The jokes aren’t landing now that the initial wow factor for how over the top the cheating was going to get has passed and what we are left with is a cast of idiot boys chasing after manipulative girls and very little plot to speak of.

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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)

Another week and once again looking over the list and wondering what I should have dropped and what I will need to go back and do a catch up viewing of after the season is done.

What’s been your favourite so far?

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8 thoughts on “Autumn 2016 Week 5

  1. Haven’t had a chance to check out The Last Witch yet, but I’m curious if it is in any connected to Maria The Virgin Witch. There seem to be some strong thematic connections between the two from what I’ve read of it here.

    Of course, from what I’ve read of it here, it would be a terribly wasted connection if there was one.

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    1. Doesn’t really feel similar other than girls with power in a vaguely historical like setting. Maria was more fun at times but Izetta’s been better at world building.

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  2. I’m not actually watching any of these (yet) but for the first time, I actually have a clue what all the seasonal shows are thanks to your posts. Just wanted to say I appreciate these impressions of yours.
    (My to-watch list is bloated though. At this rate, I’ll be dead and buried with about a 100 shows left to catch up on)

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    1. It’s good that you’re always going to have something to watch though. My to watch list is much the same but I just keep chipping away at it a little bit at a time (and then add about twenty new shows to it every other month as various people recommend things).

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  3. At least Nazotokine has the courtesy to only waste eight minutes of your life. Bloodivores on the other hand feels like it should go to jail the way it robs the viewer’s time. The series has been mediocre even in its best weeks and that’s being polite.

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    1. After this week’s episode of Bloodivores I’m going to agree. The series was passable (barely) but this week every aspect of the show took a turn for the worse and it really couldn’t afford to do that.

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  4. I was pretty worried going into Stray Dogs this week, haha. Jokes aside, I genuinely did not think it would be able to get through an episode without bringing up the orphanage or the kill count and it ended up pulling through. That being said, these characters are so crazy and unhinged compared to the first 4 episodes and rely on chemistry I wasn’t altogether sold on on the first season. It’s definitely not out of the woods for me but this episode was alright and had decent setup.

    I’ll play devils advocate for Flip Flappers because I enjoy it too much – I’d agree that we haven’t forwarded the plot much with these recent episodes but I don’t think there’s much of a plot to speak of currently. We know hardly anything about the two organizations save for their most vague goals but what these ends actually mean and what any of it has to do with the two girls is still completely unknown. There’s no real premise to the show outside of ‘Cocona and Papika go on crazy adventures’ and that leaves room for the show to either be super interesting or frustrating. For now, I think Flip Flappers is first and foremost about its presentation, its influences, and its subtext but I’d agree that before long, I hope we see a little more narrative manifest to better contextualize everything. Fanciful and interpretative material are great but to survive on it alone seems pretty daring. Then again, that might be a fitting word for Flip Flappers in some regards. Perhaps it’s kind of Penguindrum-esque and you don’t truly understand everything until the end – but even that had far more narrative development than Flip Flappers has now. I wrote too muchhh.

    I like these weekly updates – makes me wonder if I should be more frequent with my impressions next season.

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    1. I’m going to agree with you on Flip Flappers. There’s a very good chance that when the season ends and I just watch it from start to finish the lack of forward plot progression won’t be an issue because that isn’t the focus of the show. That said, from an episodic point of view it’s really frustrating for me at the moment. It’s seeing all these potential ideas wrapped up in a visually impressive package that seems content to go nowhere fast. Definitely the kind of show I’d prefer to watch in one hit and I still don’t know if the end is going to be satisfying or not and a lot of my final opinion will come down to that.

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