Week 2 and I am getting closer to a finalised watch list. There were a number of shows that I thought I’d give them a second episode and then I didn’t really want to watch a second episode. While these might get another look later in the season, for now they are on hold and that includes A Place Further Than The Universe. I’m just not in the mood for it at this point and don’t really want to push myself to watch it because I’ll just end up resenting it.
That said, I’ve found quite a few shows that while technically not so great are kind of fun and I’m hopeful that I will enjoy this season. I do think my list is going to be a bit more fluid this season with shows rising and falling and I also think I may change shows out mid-season if some of my picks don’t end up working out. Still, it should be a fun season and as always, I’d love to know your thoughts on the shows so far.
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March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 35)
This show just keeps getting better and better at what it does. This isn’t a show that deals with an emotional situation and then moves on and deals with the next one. We are continuously dealing with issues and while particular events are moved on from, the emotional impact ripples on and continues to shape the characters as they live their lives. Very good episode this week and really looking forward to what comes next.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 14)
And another cliffhanger ending. This show is really starting to grow some cracks in amongst the pretty shiny. As magical an experience as it might be, I’m very tempted to move this down to just usually entertaining because the narrative and the execution of the story just haven’t been strong enough even if visually and thematically it works really well.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 2)
I hate to say it, but I may have gotten too old for this. As much as there were moments of adorable nostalgia, and the magic was as fun as ever, there was just too much down time in this episode and I found the nostalgia wearing thin. While I’m not dropping this down a category yet, I may end up moving this down to just usually entertaining unless the next episode or two manage to convince me there is something more than just the standard formula at play here.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 1)
It is always kind of fun when a show I had heard absolutely nothing about turns out to be pleasantly enjoyable. And that is a really weird descriptor for a show about hitmen but it was probably the best way to explain the feeling while watching the large cast of characters go through their introductions and set ups. This could be quite a nice show once it gets going or it could fall apart but this was a fun first episode.
DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 1)
Don’t ask me why ‘darling’ is in all capitals, this is another anime title punctuation mystery that will just never be solved. Outside of that, this looks to be a pretty standard mecha anime and the first episode was decent enough so it should be a reasonable ride. Time will tell though so I’m tentatively placing it here for now.
Record of Grancrest War (Episode 2)
Well, episode 2 leaves me to believe I was right in hoping for some entertainment from this show. It isn’t blowing me away amazing or doing anything we haven’t seen before, but if you like a standard sword and sorcery kind of story you’ll probably get some fun out of this show.
Kokkoku (Episode 2)
While this is probably a bit better than Record of Grancrest War my concerns that this may not give me a reasonable explanation are kind of making me keep it at arm’s length at the moment. As much as I’d like to just get on board with the mystery and wait for a solution, already this has the trappings of an incomplete or inconclusive mystery.
Okay, I Guess
Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 1)
Fairly standard and generic action/fantasy set up but the first episode did have some promise in the second half. However, I may change my opinion if the show focuses on the lighter side rather than what could be a fairly serious and decent plot. This is definitely a wait and see but I’m interested.
How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 1)
Unexpectedly adorable is about the only way to describe this first episode. While I’m not sure about the ongoing longevity of this in my watch list, if it keeps to the enjoyment level of this first episode, this show should sit in the Usually Entertaining category. I’ll give it another couple of episodes and see what it decides to do.
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 1)
If I’m honest, the only reason this wasn’t a one episode drop is because I am curious about how watching an anime I’ve read the source material for goes. It is a first for me having read the source before the anime so it was a different experience. Too bad this first episode was lackluster at best.
Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 1)
Okay, the naked chase sequence we probably could have lived without, but there was actually a lot to like in the first episode. Unfortunately, where the episode ended and the plot description makes it sound like this story is heading to a very generic place, but the first episode made me want to watch more so I can’t really complain about that.
DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 2)
Yep. This one is confirmed as ridiculous. No doubt about it. However, it is so far managing to be more entertaining than eye-roll worthy (okay, there is a lot of eye-roll worthy moments but there are also genuinely funny moments) and the characters have been interesting enough in their own weird ways. I think I’ll stick with this one for something I don’t have to think too hard about.
Junji Ito Collection (Episode 2)
This one seems determined to be fairly average at best for the season but that might work well enough. Both tales this week were enjoyable in their own way even if they were mostly unremarkable. True horror it isn’t but interesting enough.
Sanrio Boys (Episode 2)
I still don’t know if I am making it through the whole series of this given it clearly is twenty minutes of thinly disguised advertising. Still, they are at least working hard on making the disguise entertaining even if it does look like it will become fairly formulaic. This one is still a wait and see if the guys actually get some development as characters or if what we’ve seen is what we are getting for the season.
School Babysitters (Episode 2)
Alright, so this one stayed on the list but I’m still not sure about it long term. It is really cute and I kind of like the relationship between the brother’s and the chairwoman, but I’m still not sure I’ll make it through a season of it. Fairly relaxed viewing if nothing else.
They Made This?
Tried and Dropped (or on hold)
- A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
- Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
- Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
- Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
- Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
- Citrus (Episode 1)
- Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
- Slow Start (Episode 1)
- The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
- Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
- Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
- Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
- Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)
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