Spring 2017 Week 3

The Spring season continues to be entertaining, which is great afer the relatively slow Winter season. My list is pretty much consolidated now though there are still a handful of shows that I’m not convinced I’ll watch through to the end. That said, I have 15 shows at the moment that I’m going to be reviewing episodically this season. Looking forward to what everyone else has decided to follow.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

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Must Watch

Natsume Yuujincho 6 (Episode 2)

So sweet. Okay, I loved this episode as it kind of touched on everything I love about the Natsume series and following on from such a great first episode, this season is really starting well. Absolutely love this series.

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 3)

This show is definitely in no rush to move the plot along. It is taking its time with each scene and the waiting in between. Rather than finding this dull or boring, I’m actually finding that it is adding to the tension of watching. There’s so many answers you are waiting for and hoping the next conversation will reveal. While not everyone is going to love the pace of this, there’s a fairly compelling story being set up here.

The Eccentric Family Season 2 (Episode 2)

Episode 2 introduces yet more characters and plot threads into the mix and this really feels like it is going to go the same path as season 1 where lots of ideas slowly develop before coming together at the end (or at least lets hope they do). Pretty much is you enjoyed the humour and tone of season 1, season 2 is much the same (which means I’m having a lot of fun with it so far).

Attack on Titan Season 2 (Episode 4)

Okay, it took 4 episodes but Attack on Titan is getting better each week. The slow start to this season is paying off as more and more pieces are coming together and the show is finding its pacing and tone. I really enjoyed episode 3 and episode 4 was better. Hoping this can maintain for the remainder of the season. Plus, the opening song is finally growing on me.

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Usually Entertaining

Sagrada Reset (Episode 3)

Given my episode review on this took me clear over 500 words and I still wasn’t sure I’d said everything I wanted to and given right now I’m desperately awaiting the next episode, I had to move this up the list. It isn’t highly recommendable given the incredibly slow pace and unrelatable characters, but I’m really enjoying picking at the mysteries being presented and still trying to piece together where this story is going. Part of me kind of wishes they’d started with episode 3 and just filled in some of the blanks rather than having us sit through the first two episode before jumping two years.  This episode really got the story moving and while the characters still have as much personality as your standard talking toaster, when they are surrounded by intrigue you can kind of get behind the pair.

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 17)

I’m feeling that while I’m going to mostly enjoy watching this season, a common complaint is going to be whether or not we actually needed to watch something. There are so many scenes and conversations where I just have to wonder what they are adding to overall character development or plot and mostly they aren’t. They are just there getting us from A to B but we could have easily skipped straight over it and just figured out that a conversation or a scene had happened without watching it. Still, it is good fun even if it isn’t the most compelling viewing.

WorldEnd (Episode 2)

This second episode wasn’t bad, but it definitely had a lot more work to do filling in story than episode 1, and as a result, it wasn’t as interesting. That said, there is still quite a bit of promise in this show and I’m hoping now that its gotten through some of its explanations we can move forward.

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Okay, I Guess

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 3)

So this went from the bottom of this category to the to and if it keeps going I may have to move it to usually entertaining. The various fights around the school were well done with enough variety that it didn’t feel like Glenn was just pulling the same trick on each villain. Admittedly, that final win was a bit convenient, but it is only episode 3 so I guess you can’t go killing off your title character.

Sword Oratoria (Episode 2)

And down it goes. To be honest, I enjoyed this episode less than the episodes of Alice & Zoroku and Granblue Fantasy, however Sword Oratoria still gets a few points for being a spin-off of a show I loved. Still, once we get past episode 3 if the series hasn’t managed to find its own feet (or anything of interest to present) I can see this show diving well to the bottom of my watch list. This second episode was almost painfully dull to watch as it contained everything I didn’t like about DanMachi and none of things I did enjoy.

Alice & Zoroku (Episode 3)

Right, so this is staying on my watch list but it is pretty ordinary. The ideas are good (or at least interesting) but the narrative and tone aren’t settling as we jump around and it makes the viewing experience less than thrilling. I get some people will be enjoying this more but I’m finding myself bored during the comedic stretches and less than impressed with the attempts at drama.

Granblue Fantasy (Episode 4)

Last week I said, “There’s no reason for me to drop this but little reason to recommend it”. I’m just going to leave that as my description of the show at this point. It is working well enough but it isn’t exactly great.

The Laughing Salesman (Episode 3)

I don’t think this will ever come up on my list of must watch anime and even saying it is entertaining is a stretch. What it does is formulaic cautionary tales but there’s something satisfying about watching it. The visuals aren’t great (but they are consistent), and with the exception of the Salesman there aren’t any recurring characters so character development is non-existent. That said, this is twenty minutes of viewing where I can switch off and happily watch and let the story just kind of roll over me and sometimes that’s enough to get out of a show.

Grimoire of Zero (Episode 2)

This one is slowly moving downward. There’s still a possibility that after it gets through these early episodes it will pick up, but to be honest, I’m not very impressed so far. It really sounds like it should be more fun than it is.

The Royal Tutor (Episode 3)

The Royal Tutor isn’t badly done. It’s perfectly nice to look at, the jokes are there and only a few are actually cringe worthy, and the characters are slowly but surely taking shape. That said, I am watching this with about as much interest as I watch the sports section of the morning news at this point, which is I’ll sit through it because it is there but barely remember it once it leaves the screen. One more episode (I say this week and probably for the next three weeks after that).

The Silver Guardian (Episode 4)

This finally clawed its way out of the ‘They Made This’ category as it finally looks like they are actually going to tell the story they promised us at the start of episode 1. All and all, episode 4 was a pretty interesting episode (not great by any means but compared to episodes 2 and 3 it was pretty good). If the show actually builds from there it might even become passably entertaining.

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They Made This

Nothing at the moment that I’m watching.

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Tried and Dropped

Tsukigakirei (Episode 2)

Eromanga Sensei (Episode 2)

Armed Girls Machiavellism (Episode 2)

Sakura Quest (Episode 1)

Love Tyrant (Episode 1)

Clockwork Planet (Episode 1)

Week 3 over – what made it onto your watch list for the season?


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10 thoughts on “Spring 2017 Week 3

  1. I really like these kinds of posts. Seeing an overall review is nice.

    I can’t really say much about about what I’ve dropped or not, as I’m a masoch- *couch* I meant a member of the no-drop club.

    I can understand the dropped ones though. They are quite generic, if not boring, compared to others; but even so I would give Eromanga-sensei just one more try, as episode 3 is, in my opinion, better. While as for Sakura Quest, it seemed more that the first 3 episodes where some kinda of prequel, like the first 2 of Sakurada Reset (but it only shares this kind of feeling, everything else is completely different).

    By the way, don’t know if you dislike being corrected (if so well, just tell me so, for weird reason the classmate who sit next to me just hates it), but there is a typo: Alice & Zoroku (Epsidoe 3). Yeah, I’m the sort of person who would try to solve a math problem no matter how many times I try.

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    1. Thanks for that (pointing out the typo). I usually pick these up (after the post has gone out of course) and correct them, but I really appreciate it when someone just tells you there’s an issue.
      Sakura Quest is probably fine, but from the first episode I know it isn’t the kind of story I end up enjoying and I’ve got more than enough other shows so I’m just leaving it be, same with Tsuki ga Kirei. They both looked like they would be good and like they weren’t going to entertain me in the slightest.
      Eromanga-sensei on the otherhand I didn’t mind the first episode of but then I didn’t even finish episode 2.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the season.

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        1. I aslo am clueless about what the world the heard of titan animals is about, honestly episode 3 is the one that freaked me out the most when Connie Springer heard the titan that crushed his house said welcome home to him. I also can’t wait for Eren V.S. the Armored Titan!

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  2. I actually enjoyed Attack on Titan Episode 4 a lot. But for different reasons than you. Since knowing the bigger twist I can see more of the little hints here and there. This is a season you will have to watch again once you reach the end. You will be able to go and find all the breadcrumbs you never followed before.

    Ymir. Well without spoiling too much I’ll say it’s not as simple as you would think. However they did drop a major hint within the episode itself. If you rewatch it you can probably catch it. It’s a more complicated plot this season. It’s much more like dissecting mystery. All the clues are there and if you can find them you can pain the big picture.

    It’s really all I have for this season so far. I watch DB Super every once in awhile. Nothing else caught my eye yet. But I’ll probably just try stuff. It’s how I found the brilliant Tanya the Evil Last year.

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  3. I could not agree with you more on Kado. It is a series that I so far have not been able to compare with anything. As you say it is slow, but I have not been bored by it for even a second. Can’t wait to see where this is going, and when we are finally going to get some answers. As for Attack on Titan, episode 4 was truly terrific. Hopefully this level of entertainment, will be maintained by both shows 😊

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    1. I’m hopeful. So far I’ve really enjoyed this season (particularly compared to last season). I’m just hoping the shows continue to get better or at least maintain thier current quality. It would be a shame if they started slipping in the second half.

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