Spring 2017 Week 11

This is my final Spring List though I will be posting the results of my polls when I get back at the end of July. If you haven’t voted yet for what you think the best and worst of the season have been, the links are at the bottom of this post. The vote for best is pretty close so far though worst seems to already have a clear winner. As always, I’d love to know your thoughts on the season so please feel free to comment below on any of the currently airing shows.

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Must Watch

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 25)

Okay, this one doesn’t make me think and wonder about the nature of the universe but it has certainly made me sit up and take notice (and eat my words – not literally – about a tournament arc being boring). That was completely amazing as a finishing touch to that story arc and we are already moving into the next one so no down time or filler (or at least it doesn’t look like we’re setting up for that). My review for this episode once again went well over the 100 words and I do not regret even one word I spent gushing over this episode or this series at this point.

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 10)

My review of this week’s episode is going to be far longer than my usual 100 words (hoping to cut down my initial rant a bit). It isn’t that anything that happened this episode was particularly bad. This show is still an absolute must watch. However, for the first time, even while watching the episode there were parts where the shiny coating seemed to be flaking off just a little bit. Just hoping this show can hold out until the end of the season and not fall apart too soon.

Natsume Yuujinchou 6 (Episode 10)

I’d love to be able to put this and My Hero Academia on an even level I think after this week. My Hero Academia is exciting, but Natsume always plays to its strengths and season 6 has been exceptional at spinning a good story and drawing the audience into Natsume’s world. The conclusion to this season looks like its going to be pretty solid too so really looking forward to the next episode.

The Eccentric Family Season 2 (Episode 10)

Benten backed down from a confrontation with Nidaime and the only other appearance of Benten this episode turned out to be a dream sequence but she still manages to have massive presence even when she isn’t on screen. This episode really kicks things into high gear and suddenly the stakes are much higher than before. You would think Yasaburo would learn to stop stirring trouble but I guess the show wouldn’t be half as interesting without him sticking his nose into things without thinking it through.

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Usually Entertaining

Attack on Titan Season 2 (Finished)

Full season review coming shortly. The last episode was actually kind of decent and did reveal something so at least it gave us that and didn’t just have a smack down for the whole episode. There are still so many questions but it did feel like it made some progress.

The Royal Tutor (Episode 10)

This week we finally get to the episode we’ve been waiting for and the reveal about Heine’s past. While nothing revealed here is mind blowing or changes your whole perception of the show, it is a nice reward after the build up and it fits in with the audience’s knowledge of the world. Also, some really great character moments fill this episode so it is kind of a delight to watch. Overall, this show is probably my biggest surprise from this season given how much I’ve been enjoying it.

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Okay, I Guess

The Laughing Salesman (Episode 11)

Business as usual here. Two people introduced and both get their five minutes of tragedy. I’d really like there to be just one story that went a different way just for the novelty factor but I’m still enjoying this easy going and formulaic show. The no surprises means it is fairly restful viewing.

Granblue Fantasy (Episode 12)

Despite this show having another episode, the preview has made it pretty clear next week is just an extra and that was the feeling I got the whole way through this episode. It felt like a finale. It didn’t answer a lot of questions, but we had all these characters come back, random new characters running into the fray, and a big boss fight. Pretty much a season end.

Grimoire of Zero (Episode 10)

Grimoire and Granblue are kind of battling it out to see which one is going to be the most mediocre fantasy show this season. Both have good ingredients and ho-hum execution. Granblue is losing at being more mediocre than Grimoire though because I actually kind of like the characters in Granblue. Then again, the magic in Grimoire is kind of cool, if only they spent more time on that.

WorldEnd (Episode 10)

Yep, this show has officially made me accept that it just isn’t going to be very good. The first episode is interesting enough and makes excellent use of music and visuals to draw you in to what should be a very interesting world and narrative. However, the rest of the series just hasn’t been able to match the emotional feel of that or actually make use of the interesting setting and plot that has been dropped on it. It all feels like we are going through the motions at this point and while this show remains pretty that’s about all I can say it has going for it at this point.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 11)

The show worked hard this week to pack some sort of punch but it just isn’t working on me given I’m really in a state of indifference toward the entire cast at this point. Possibly this episode will play out a bit better for those who have formed some sort of connection with the main characters but for me this was mostly just watching them build up to a series end and wondering if they’d be nice enough to actually kill off the main character.

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They Made This

Sagrada Reset (Episode 11)

I had to drop this show here. This show is on absolute notice given I spent almost all of this episode thinking I was done and that I was finally dropping it. I had no reason to want to continue. If not for the preview I would be finished with it. It is a sad state of affairs where I’m only continuing to watch because of thirty seconds of preview.

The Silver Guardian (Finished)

Apparently a second season of this is coming out next year (according to MAL at least) but to be perfectly honest I won’t be watching. This is an unresolved meander and a mess of ideas. It still could have been okay if it had managed to tie up any of its plot elements but it steadfastly ignored the actual plot right until the end and its final episode focussed on poor comedy instead of story. Oh well.

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Tried and Dropped

Alice & Zoroku (Episode 6)

Sword Oratoria (Episode 5)

Tsukigakirei (Episode 2)

Eromanga Sensei (Episode 2)

Armed Girls Machiavellism (Episode 2)

Sakura Quest (Episode 1)

Love Tyrant (Episode 1)

Clockwork Planet (Episode 1)

Time to start choosing the best and worst shows of the season. If you haven’t voted in my poll yet, please click the links above and have your say.


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14 thoughts on “Spring 2017 Week 11

  1. I haven’t watched anything new this season, except Natusme (which I can’t resist). I’ve been waiting for some reviews before trying some of the new titles, so thanks for this post! I’ll definitely have to catch up on the second seasons of AoT and MHA and probably give KADO a go as well.

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    1. I can’t resist Natsume either.
      I’d strongly suggest giving KADO ago. Two weeks ago I would have insisted it was going to be the best of the season and it still might be, but it really depends what they do next.

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  2. I am so sad that Attack on Titan only has too few eps, but I guess it makes sense since there might not be enough material from the manga if it runs like s1.

    And Natsume Yuujinchou! Always awesome.

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    1. Natsume is Natsume. It really just is always fantastic to watch and while you know what you are getting into, they still manage to surprise us sometimes. That was fairly incoherent but okay.

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  3. Kado is definitely scaring me with its slow change of mood. Not that I dislike it, it’s just losing its “unique-ness” that made me say during first episode “this will be great”. The first part’s visuals and Osts were amazing, Saraka’s past was cute and adorable, and focusing more on romance is nice too, but I just hope that the last two episodes will make a good ending (if a sudden season 2 is announced, like it’s happening for some shows already, I’ll scream from joy… if they don’t screw up the finale, that is).

    New season of Shingeki no Kyojin will be vastly different if I remember correctly, so I hope the studio takes all the time they need to make another great work: I really enjoyed even though I’m a manga reader, and I think that this was mostly to how the studio portrayed everything (visuals, Osts, voice acting, animations).

    Granblue Animation had 14 episodes on MAL some time ago, yet now it’s 14. Oh, well. Not that I was too invested into it, but this episode was better than the other, mostly because of all the new random characters, that was probably a fanservice to the players, and the really good animations of the fight.

    Gin no Guardina was utterly a disappointement. I’ll probably keep watching second season though. I have hope.

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      1. Yeah, that’s the case for short Anime especially. Even if it’s really bad, I start to say, “oh well, just x minutes and only for x episodes” while slowly losing the original reason I wanted to watch it: “enjoyment”. That aside, I hope it gets better, as I’ve already encountered a Chinese Anime in which first season was “meh” but second was simply amazing.

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        1. It’s a good trick isn’t it. Watch this, it’s only 3 minutes, only ten minutes, only x minutes. Oh well. It wasn’t as though this was actually unwatchable, it just became fairly pointless by the end.

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  4. I’m glad I passed over Sagrada Reset – it had a really interesting premise but from the first episode I’ve heard nothing but negatives about it.

    Attack on Titans final episode wasn’t bad, but like the final episode of season one, it feels like we’ve got more questions than answers in order to make sure we stay invested for season 3.

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    1. Yep, still a lot of unanswered questions in Attack on Titan.
      As for Sagrada, it wasn’t bad at first and the interesting premise was pretty interesting. But between random time skips and characters who seem increasingly strange (and not in an a good way), plus a plot that feels like it already got to its end point, it really just needs to end and yet we’re only half-way.

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  5. Attack on titan definitely ended on at least a good episode. I am very glad that it did, as well,as the fact that we don’t actually have to wait for a couple of years in order for it to continue 😊 As for Kado…I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it holds out as well. It would be such a shame to have this series end on a bad note 😦

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    1. Titan managed a surprisingly decent end – though I’ll believe season 3 is coming out next year once it actually comes out. I remember how many times we were told season 2 was coming.

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