Week 6, here we are. Halfway for 12 episode shows. My honest opinion of Autumn so far is that I’m actually really enjoying this season. There’s a number of dropped shows (or unwatched shows) that I’m interested in and am enjoying reading the reviews of others and the shows I’m watching have been highly entertaining (while some are not actually good). Of course there’s also a group of shows that make me wonder what I’m basing my original judgements on because they’ve just never lifted their game. Oh well, my thoughts on week 6 are below.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the season below.
I Must Keep Watching
- Natsume Yuujinchou Go (Ep 6)
- March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep 5)
- Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep 18)
- Yuri on Ice (Ep 6)
I’m kind of torn this week about Natsume having the top spot. On the one hand it is consistently entertaining and the quality of the story and presentation isn’t up, down and all over the place. On the other hand, March Comes in Like a Lion had a much stronger episode this week and overall is leaving a bigger impression this season. That said, consistency is winning at the moment and we’ll see how things go next week.
March Comes in Like a Lion felt a bit better this week with a return to Rei at the centre however there is still the issue of where this story will go or whether it will just become a slice of life style show. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but I kind of need a bit more direction in the story to stay interested over a longer period.
Bungo Stray Dogs is still feeling a bit stronger than last season and I’m quite enjoying season 2 but I’m still struggling with why I should care about any of the conflicts that have cropped up. Definitely keeping an eye on this one.
Yuri on Ice moved down a little this week. Not because of lack of personal enjoyment (I’m really loving it) but because looking at the last two episodes realistically we have no story going on here other than the competition. Character focus is fine and all but could we have something in the plot other than skate good?
Still On My Radar
- Days (Ep 18)
- Iron Blooded Orphans (Ep 30)
- Lostorage Incited WIXOSS (Ep 5)
- Izetta: the Last Witch (Ep 6)
- Flip Flappers (Ep 6)
Days continued to give us a solid reminder about what it has done best for its run time and that is deal with the characters’ emotions. The soccer is okay, the pacing questionable, the animation all over the place, but the characters continue to grow and when they are allowed to take centre stage something quite wonderful happens. That said, there are too many issues with this show to make it a must watch again even though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last two weeks.
Iron Blooded Orpahns didn’t noticably improve from the rest of this season but it has maintained consistency which is more than some of the other shows. This second season is definitely different from season 1 and yet feels like a very logical progression on the events so it is hard to be annoyed about the change in tone, though it looks like things are about to get very messy again.
Lostorage Incited WIXOSS kind of flattened out this episode and that’s because we’ve got our characters into this horrible situation but this episode doesn’t progress the situation or their development as characters. The show instead ops to have them go through the motions as if they are uncertain that the audience are ready to move on and that kind of killed the tension this week. Of course, that’s just my opinion.
Izetta is continuing it’s downward plunge as it just can’t seem to decide if it is going to be serious or just have cute girls prance around a war setting. If it could figure that out it might be able to make a decent story but so far it hasn’t so after initially being quite interesting I am finding myself more and more distracted during episodes to the point where I miss actual bits of story and then have to go back and watch the last few minutes.
From a visual point of view, Flip Flappers is better than most of the other shows in this section. The problem is from an episode to episode point of view, the story is a complete mystery that may or may not play out. This is definitely one of those shows that will either have a great ending and force a total rewatch to pick up all the missed pieces or it will end as incoherently as it began and disappear as a cute but odd viewing experience. Guess we’ll find out in a few weeks.
Not Dropped But Not Sold On These
- Trickster (Ep 6)
- Kiss Him, Not Me (Ep 5)
- Bloodivores (Ep 6)
- Nazotokine (Ep 6)
Trickster remains the most consistent of this group of shows but hasn’t done anything that would make me consider moving it up to the next category. It remains not good but not terrible and they might eventually get around to actually making it more than just a colourful piece of fluff with a few darker overtones at some point.
Kiss Him, Not Me continues to drag us through the bottom of the highschool dating cliches but with its own bit of a twist and just enough charm that I haven’t flung this one off my watch list. I’d be lying if I said I got no enjoyment from the episodes but I’d also be lying if I said that this suited my tastes or that it is particularly good or compelling. Points though to whats-her-name for calling the boys out on being completely shallow.
I didn’t think Bloodivores would fall back below Kiss Him given that I’m a lot more interested in vampire/prison survival stories than in teen romance and yet this episode proves that Bloodivores is just not very good. It isn’t a matter of personal preference for topic anymore. Objectively, Bloodivores got worse and it was already pretty bad.
Nazotokine is actually a piece of fairly forgettable anime. The short episodes make it bearable but it would be difficult to argue that any aspect of the show is particularly good. Of course it is equally hard to complain about anything other than it being boring which is more than enough of a complaint when discussing a piece of entertainment.
Watching and Will Review Occasionally
- Cheating Craft (Ep 4)
So far I’ve put off the next episodes of this but I may still pick it up. My review of episode 4 will come up in the next couple of days.
- Girlish Number (Ep 1 – Yeah, I dropped this, I just never got back to another episode so clearly wasn’t that interested.)
- 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)
This was the halfway point so the question is which shows are you most looking forward to seeing end (either because you want to know what happens or because you are over them but haven’t dropped them)?