Week 8 and things are heating up in some shows as we close in on the end of the season. I’m genuinely going to be sad to see March Comes in Like a Lion come to an end. I really enjoy waking up on Sunday to a new episode of it. ACCA I’m looking forward to the resolution of. I’ll miss this show but I’m happy they don’t seem to be unnecessarily stringing out the content and it feels like it is coming to a resolution. The other shows this season I’m reasonably indifferent to at this point in terms of whether they end or continue. It’s kind of sad but true.
Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. Remember also, I’m posting my responses to the genre challenge I made over the next week. For everyone else you can find my screen cap of the week and my reviews of season 2 Super Lovers over on patreon.
As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.
- ACCA (Episode 8)
- March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 19)
As ACCA starts pulling everything together it is moving from being interesting and compelling to being something really great. Even an episode that was pretty much entirely backstory felt meaningful and it felt like it appeared exactly when it needed to. I’m really loving watching this show. The reason I’ve moved it above March is because there’s more balance. March I’m really loving for the characters and visuals but there really isn’t much in the way of plot. ACCA has taken a bit longer to draw us into the characters but everything is coming together with this show now.
March Comes in Like a Lion really gave us a strong episode this week. In terms of story it was very quiet but the characters and visuals did everything they needed to. This show continues to be quietly impressive.
- Chain Chronicle (Episode 8)
- Spiritpact (Episode 8)
- Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 8)
- Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 44)
Chain Chronicle continues to be fairly standard but fairly entertaining fantasy. I could be super critical of a whole bunch of things but really it is accomplishing what it is setting out to do and it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is.
Spiritpact has jumped up this list again. Mostly because if you were to ask me which episode I was most looking forward to the next part of, it easily beats all the sequel series this season has rolled out. There’s definitely still issues with the show in terms of production but the characters and story get better each episode and I’m genuinely caught up in the events at the moment, unlike the other shows where I feel like I’m waiting for them to stop stuffing around and do something.
Tales of Zestiria finally gave us an actually fun episode and remembered there was supposed to actually be a villain somewhere to fight. Amazing how much better things get when there is a point to them. Anyway, let’s hope we can now end the season strongly but really there’s no saving the poor start to this season and the rewatch value up to this point is nil.
Iron Blooded Orphans gives us more foreshadowing of a very bad ending looming over most of the characters. Seriously, is anyone going to be alive at the end of this?
Okay, I Guess
- Blue Exorcist (Episode 34)
- elDLIVE (Episode 8)
- Super Lovers (Episode 7)
- Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 8)
Blue Exorcist has fallen to just being okay because this season has just not delivered. We finally get into a fight and it isn’t the fast paced fun adventure of season 1 but another talky choppy mess of scenes where nothing is given the attention it deserves and the enemy is all but forgotten in most of the exchanges.
elDLIVE remains… odd? Strange? Occasionally really good with moments of eye-rolling idiocy mixed in? It’s hard to know given from one section to the next of a single episode I can be having a great time to being annoyed with this show. The second half this week was excellent and then they all enrolled in school at the end. Seriously? We’re going there?
Super Lovers is being reviewed on my Patreon site (available to everyone).
Interviews with Monster Girls just continues to do its thing. I’m neither particularly interested or particularly annoyed with this at this point.
They Made This
- Hand Shakers (Episode 8)
There’s really nothing left to say about this anime at this point. It hasn’t got better or worse (though my tolerance for some of its nonsense is getting lower).
Tried and Dropped
- Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
- Fuuka (Episode 5)
- Trickster (Episode 13)
- Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
- Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
- Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
- Seiren (Episode 1)
- Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
- Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)
Week 8 has drawn to a close. Has you opinion changed about any of the shows so far this season?
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