Summer 2017 Week 6

Technically this would be halfway through the season and I really feel like I’m scrambling to keep up. There’s a number of shows that I was watching to not review but I’m so far behind at this point there’s almost no chance I’ll finish them with the end of the season. Anyway, while there’s not a lot making me dance with joy this season, there’s some fairly reasonable shows just to relax and watch without a lot of stress. I may end up with quite a few titles on my buy list at the end of the season for when they get a DVD release because there’s a lot of the kinds of shows that I just kind of enjoy binge watching on the weekend.

As always, I’d love to know your thoughts on the shows of the season so please leave me a comment below.

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Must Watch

My Hero Academia (Episode 30)

Loving this. No other way to put it. This show continues to demonstrate control over pacing and characters and knows when to kick the action into high gear. It just works. While it may not be the most inventive story ever, I’m really caught up with Midoriya and his classmates as they work toward becoming heroes.

Princess Principal (Episode 4)

I’m not sure if Princess Principal is going to stay a must watch, but the first four episodes have impressed. Sure, there’s a bit playing on the cute girls as spies, but there’s also some really interesting writing and some unexpected character depth. Plus the whole steampunk, alternative history thing is actually working quite well for it. All and all, I’m just really enjoying the story so far.

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Usually Entertaining

Gamers (Episode 4)

I can’t help it, this show is just a bundle of fun to watch. It plays on clichΓ©s and stereotypes but so far hasn’t managed to just be insulting and lazy in its delivery. The music has remained top-notch and the characters are definitely pulling their weight. While not a must watch show (at least not yet) there’s a great deal to like about this show so far.

In Another World With My Smartphone (Episode 4)

This is actually becoming genuine fun to watch. I’m not watching it and tolerating the comedy, I’m actually enjoying the jokes even if they are a little tired and overused in places. The characters are strictly filling their assigned tropes, the story has almost zero depth, and while it looks good enough there’s nothing exceptional about the visuals here. Yet, this show is good fun. It isn’t asking you to take it seriously and it knows very well that it shouldn’t be taken seriously.

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Okay, I Guess

18if (Episode 5)

I was a little optimistic on this one. It isn’t bad but it is becoming repetitive and without further revelations, the story is pretty pointless as Haruto saves the witch of the week. There’s certainly potential for this show to pick up toward the end, but at the moment, okay is the best descriptor for it and what it is delivering. It is interesting in its own way but without any kind of clear direction or any kind of answer, there isn’t much more to say about it. Visually it remains one of the more interesting anime of the season.

Knight’s & Magic (Episode 5)

This show continues to remain entertaining in places, fairly relaxing to watch, but it isn’t really asking me to care too much about what is going on or really seeming to build on its foundations. It’s still fun enough and I’m interested enough, but it isn’t particularly amazing.

Fastest Finger First (Episode 5)

This seems to finally be trying to push the characters rather than the quizzes, and it worked fairly well. Admittedly, the characters still aren’t the most interesting thing in the show, but at least they seem to have something resembling a personality. Hopefully this show can maintain some consistency over the season. The quizzes however remain the highlight for me.

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu (Episode 5)

Right, so the story and characters are going nowhere, but the fight sequences remain impressive. Watch for cool sword play and some awesome music, ignore everything else and this is pretty tolerable so far. It is attempting to elicit some kind of emotional response from its audience, but so far it is missing the mark.

Hell Girl: Fourth Twilight (Episode 4)

And this continues its episodic trudge along so if you’ve watched so far, there’s nothing either particularly good or bad about this week (unless watching old people be mistreated upsets you in which case, pass).

Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (Episode 5)

This show would be better if you kept the set up the same but changed the protagonist out for someone with a personality and then switched the writers out for ones that had some sense of how to build drama or any kind of emotion. It remains a very pretty show and one full of characters I want to like, but is pretty bland all around.

Clean Freak Aoyama Kun (Episode 5)

I’m still sticking with this one, which for me and a comedy show is pretty unusual. I must admit, I’m still actually having some fun with it. Though, at 5 episodes in its beginning to tire me as jokes that were kind of tolerable are being reused just that little bit too often and I still don’t really have any concern for any of the characters.

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They Made This

Sagrada Reset (Episode 18)

Sagrada Reset is definitely attempting a late in the season come back. Nothing is going to make this an anime I would recommend to someone given it is incredibly awkward to watch at times with some very stilted characters, and yet, it would be fantastic if those of us who did watch it got to feel some sense of satisfaction as we close in on the end.

Vatican Miracle Examiner (Episode 5)

I wonder if the whole mystery was written out before they started making this. I guess it would have to be. So that means, someone read that script and that resolution and thought it seemed like a good idea and still decided to make this into an anime. It isn’t a total train wreck, but neither is it particularly good or worth watching. Episode 5 fills in some details about Lauren and is a little bit better to watch, but that’s probably because they aren’t on a case.

Chronos Ruler (Episode 5)

Looks like I was right in moving this one down into this category. The writing of this show is appalling as is the characterisation and pacing. Basically it has a kind of decent concept underneath all that and it might get to a point but I’m pretty much expecting this to just meander about and squander any potential it has before sputtering to a fairly flat conclusion.

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Tried and Dropped

Restaurant to Another World (Episode 1)

Centaur’s Life (Episode 1)

Convenience Store Boyfriends (Episode 1)

Saiyuki Reload Blast (Episode 1)

Battle Girl High School (Episode 1)

Hina Logic (Episode 1)

Tsuredure Children (Episode 1)

Fox Spirit Matchmaker (Episode 1)

Aho Girl (Episode 1)

The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor (Episode 1)

Halfway point of the season: which shows do you think are going to be the stand out of the season?


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16 thoughts on “Summer 2017 Week 6

  1. My best ones are still Kakegurui and Fate/Apocrypha… that aren’t officially streamed anywhere until november or 2018 at worst. *Sigh*

    I’m slowly enjoying Classroom of the Elite more and more, even though we don’t really know much about the MC.

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    1. Classroom of the Elite I technically didn’t drop and was supposed to be watching but not reviewing. However, I have fallen hopelessly behind. I found the first episode uncomfortable but intriguing so hopefully I’ll get some time to catch up on it.

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          1. Hmm, why not think of it as a huge tournament arc , maybe it will feel better that way. The important thing in Classroom of the Elites is not the concept of schools, but rather, competition etc, rules, etc, and being able to see how our MC is a literally tatsuya.
            It’s pretty good!

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      1. Oh, I see. Whelp, for some reason, I feel quite behind too, as I wanted to start Made in Abyss yet haven’t even looked it up.

        I quite enjoy Classroom of the Elite mainly because I love that school system, so it might be just personal taste. It somehow reminds me of Danganronpa’s atmosphere.

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          1. Ahahahahaaa…. if only I was that strong willed, my blog wouldn’t be the synonym of inconsistency. Then again, I’ve been just busy as of lately, but I will start watching it as soon as I can. Thanks for the tip.

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  2. I do have to say that I really agree with the things you mention about this season. Having looked through Crunchyrolls offerings, there are no shows that really appeal to me like last season did. But this coming from the guy who is so far behind with pretty much every Animeseries, that isn’t saying much πŸ˜‚

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    1. I think the biggest issue is most of the titles i was really kind of interested in ended up being Amazon or Netflix titles. Amazon being unavailable here and Netflix not releasing until after the current season. What was left is okay, but other than My Hero Academia which carried over, there just wasn’t a lot left that I was looking out for.

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      1. Yeah, I have the same problem here in my country. The Netflix content is usually very different here anyway, and I don’t even have access to Amazon. But that’s okay really. It’s not that I don’t have anything to watch anyway πŸ˜‚

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        1. That’s true. Yeah, Amazon doesn’t stream their anime in Australia so no access even if I wanted it. I wouldn’t mind if the titles they had picked up last year had been DVD released here, but even that hasn’t happened so you have to wonder when and how access to that content will exist (for those who didn’t just download it already).
          But, as you said, it isn’t as though there isn’t plenty to watch otherwise so complaining over a few titles is kind of silly.

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          1. Haha, well I don’t think it’s silly at all. Especially not since there are so many good titles that are just mot yet available. But I am pretty glad that I have a decent amount of things lying in stock that I haven’t yet watched so I am never bored, that’s for sure 😊

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