Welcome to week 6 where we start getting serious about whether or not I made wise choices earlier in the season with what to watch and what to drop. The answer, as it is most seasons, is a little bit of both. Some shows have far exceeded expectations while others are just kind of plodding along. I am happy that this is the first season since I made the category that nothing has ended up in the ‘They Made This?’ category, though Death March is starting to tempt me. So nothing to rival the worst anime I’ve ever watched in my line up this season.
On that note, we are at the half-way point of the season (depending on when the show started and how many episodes it has) and so I’ll ask for predictions about what the anime of the season is going to be. What is your pick?
March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 38)
No new episode.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 5)
Yes, this show has managed a nice transition from its first arc and now I’m pretty hopeful that it will manage to maintain its standing on the list for the season. I’m really enjoying this show. It is funny and energetic and a little bit dark without getting too depressing and while a narrative about hitmen won’t suit everyone, I’m being highly entertained by this show this season.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 18)
Okay, after asking for more progress, we kind of got it. This episode just kind of packed so many different points in. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come or whether it will calm back down to its usual slow pace next week. Still, it was nice to see some of these developments and I am looking forward to how some of these plot points play out.
DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 5)
A very nice follow up in this show and the story gets more interesting as do the character interactions. A reminder that the reviews for this one are password protected for patrons.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 6)
Another fairly flat episode with Sakura really just going about her daily routine with a capture thrown in at the episode’s end for good measure. While there are some character moments in this episode that might become important later, another episode like this one and I will have to move this show down to the just okay. As pretty as it is and as strong as the nostalgia for these characters is, this show really is just kind of going through the motions.
Okay, I Guess
Kokkoku (Episode 6)
Okay, while the character situation didn’t improve this week, the plot kind of tried kicking it up a notch and it managed it quite well. The mystery here is interesting, even if the players aren’t. Hopefully it all comes together. I would really like it to because there’s definitely some good ideas on display even if the execution has been a little rocky so far.
School Babysitters (Episode 6)
Back to business as usual and once again the relationship between the brothers shines in the overly sweet story. While I do feel there were certain elements in this episode that needed a bit more depth, overall, it was a pretty good recovery for the show after episode 5.
DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 6)
And again, this show continues to be consistently watchable enough with just enough ridiculous antics to keep being entertaining but still not much in the way of a plot. The Princes’ and their personalities remain the make or break point of this show as they all border on annoying and yet somehow they balance each other out.
How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 5)
The cute dragon added into the cast kind of compels me to say this was a better episode. And yet, this show has definitely shown that in the absence of cute there’s really nothing else going on. Cute is enough to keep me watching, but not enough for a recommendation.
Record of Grancrest War (Episode 6)
This story is just determined to shoot itself in the foot. After the sharp turn in the story last week with the introduction of werewolves, this week we essentially don’t care about that and go back to fighting other lords, after a dance party of course. It is so frustrating because I really just want a decent fantasy story and this show is determined to withhold any possibility of getting to one.
Junji Ito Collection (Episode 6)
No change at all. First story was okay but unresolved and the second story was pretty ordinary. Art and style remain much the same. Watchable but nothing more.
Sanrio Boys (Episode 6)
This and Death March just keep competing to see which show I am feeling most indifferent towards. Sanrio comes out on top of the two this week because it did resolve the current conflict between the boys. Basically, this show just kind of exists.
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 5)
And nothing happened. He bought the new slaves, they went back to the inn and they shopped. That’s it for an episode minus some exposition. Really not enough to justify twenty minutes of time though.
They Made This?
Tried and Dropped (or on hold)
- Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
- Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
- 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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