Anime for the Season: Spring 2018 Final Thoughts

This is the end of the season. Okay, some shows aren’t done but that’s okay. With the majority having wrapped up, it is time for thoughts on final episodes before tomorrow we reveal the best and worst of the season (my picks and the results of the reader’s poll).

What I watched

Caligula (Finished)

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This show stumbled across the finish line and while it did in fact bring closure to its story, I can’t say that this was at any point a satisfying watch. From confused mess, to pretty ordinary, it just never did anything with the ideas it presented early on and the cast were never used in a way that made me care about them. Ultimately, I didn’t hate this, but I’m really glad it has wrapped up.

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss (Episode 11)

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While this week brings us a real fight for a change, it certainly doesn’t step up the quality of its story and at this point the character motivations are too pathetic to even take seriously as parody. It is all just a mess from people who wanted to cash in on something but had nothing to say.

Darling in the Franxx (Episode 22 – Reviewed for patrons)

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The kids are coming to terms with abandonment but still struggling to live. Meanwhile, all Hiro cares about is Zero Two. Darling in the Franxx continues to introduce and abandon plot threads and with two episodes left it is unlikely that things will come together in any meaningful way.

Devils’ Line (Finished)Devil12a

Can I cheer that this one is over? It was never good, but what little this anime had going for it never developed into much of anything and the end result is an unremarkable anime that will swiftly be forgotten.

Doreiku The Animation (Finished)

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This one ended up being such a disappointment. It isn’t the worst ever but it is pretty pointless and half the characters serve no purpose at all. The continually building someone up to just throw them away as a threat and the characters constantly making stupid choices really hurts the enjoyment here.

Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory (Episode 9)

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Well, this one apparently still has three episodes to go, though I’m suspecting if they didn’t stop to recap every four episodes they might be further along. That said, this is one of the shows I’ve had the most fun watching this season. I forgot how much I loved this franchise until these characters returned and now I just want to rewatch the old seasons yet again.

GeGeGe No Kitaro (Episode 13)

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I was left a little disappointed that this anime didn’t decide to deal with the humans finding out about yokai aspect that could have easily been expanded on from the two prior episodes. That said, it delivered a decent enough episode with a stand alone villain of the week.

Kakuriyo No Yadomeshi (Episode 13 – Reviewed for Patrons)

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Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi has been fairly consistent and yet that doesn’t actually make it great. It has been consistently ordinary. There are the occasional bright moments in an otherwise dull series about characters who have very little to distinguish them from one another. Even the food shots aren’t quite worth the effort. That said, there’s very little wrong with the show either other than being unremarkable.

Libra of Nil Admirari (Finished)

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And that’s a wrap. While this anime never particularly amazed, it also didn’t really do anything overly wrong. All and all, a mostly harmless reverse harem story though one with a basic premise that could have been great and mostly squandered it. Still, I didn’t mind following this show this season, even if in a stronger season I might have let this one go.

Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS (Finished)

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Not sure if the final episode was all it could be, but fairly happy with this one as a season. And ultimately it did resolve its story which is a lot more than I can say for many of the shows I’ve followed this season.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 12)

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Definitely some down time after the intensity of episode 11, and yet I feel there were some fairly decent moments and potential foreshadowing going on. I’m a little worried about the direction the story seems to be taking with the whole moving kids into the dorm thing, but I guess we’ll see how that works out soon enough.

Record of Grancrest War (Finished)

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This is the face the audience makes when realising they’ve watched 24 episodes to get to this ending. I can’t say I haven’t had some fun; mostly through making fun of the show, but somehow I feel I really wanted a decent fantasy from this and not just something that was fun to mock.

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori (Finished)

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Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori isn’t exactly a hidden gem, but it a fairly low key anime that was pretty consistent in its delivery this season. I ultimately really enjoyed the relaxing nature of watching this one and am really glad I stuck with it.

Space Battleship Tiramisu (Finished)

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I feel this anime missed a lot of potentially great moments and that is a shame but it is how it is. This one doesn’t really attempt to end and even if it continues, I’m pretty sure I am done at this stage. My curiosity over the story has not been satisfied but my curiosity to annoyance ratio is starting to shift the wrong way as these last two episodes played out.

 Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 12)

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If you didn’t remember this was a time travel show, this episode will certainly remind you as Steins;Gate launches an all out assault on a common time travel paradox. It’s entertaining enough to watch the set up but it will really depend on how they deal with it now they’ve constructed it as to whether or not this will be worth the effort.

Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love (Finished)

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And this romance comes to an end in a fitting if illogical fashion. This anime was a joy this season and one that I am really glad I stuck with as it was pretty consistent from start to finish. Not to mention, Teresa’s smile is definitely something worth watching.

Tokyo Ghoul: Re (Finished)

Spiritpact: Bond of the Underworld (Finished)

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Finished)

3D Kanojo: Real Girl (Finished)

Episode of the Week

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It wasn’t exactly swamped with heavy competition this week, so Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love makes the cut because it actually got an emotional response and episodes 12 and 13 very effectively brought the story to a close.

Character of the Week

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Sui has been a solid and steady presence in Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori from the beginning and he’s a character I quite enjoyed watching despite his fairly ordinary existence. This final episode really made me appreciate his steady nature.

Dropped

  • Butlers X Battlers (Episode 1)
  • Comic Girls (Episode 1)
  • Crossing Time (Episode 1)
  • Dances with the Dragons (Episode 2)
  • Golden Kamuy (Episode 1)
  • Gurazeni: Money Pitch (Episode 1)
  • Hinamatsuri (Episode 1)
  • Love To Lie Angle (Episode 1)
  • Magical Girl Ore (Episode 1)
  • Magical Girl Site (Episode 2)
  • MEGALOBOX (Episode 1)
  • My Sweet Tyrant (Episode 1)
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (Episode 4)
  • You Don’t Know Gunma Yet (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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5 thoughts on “Anime for the Season: Spring 2018 Final Thoughts

  1. Looking through the list I had to smile at Comic Girls: dropped at episode 1. I struggled through 4 episodes at Animecon (mainly to pass some time) but wow, that show most definitely wasn’t for me.
    The shows that I have started (but not yet finished due to my Hiatus) are Darling in the Franxx and SOA. Both I will finish, but seeing all the negative buzz surrounding them from most blogs, I’m lowering me expectations to the lowest point possible 😂
    Well as I said before with the new season lurking on the horizon it will be interesting to see what is going to be a worthwhile watch and hopefully the shows are going to be better than this season 😊

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    1. Unfortunately Darling in the Franxx still has two episodes to go so I’ll have to finish that one when I come back. Full Metal Panic is also unfinished so hopefully I’ll finalise my thoughts on those before moving onto the new season.

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      1. Speaking of full metal panic, I unfortunately wasn’t able to find it at the con so my search continues.
        Well, two more episodes is not too bad I guess. It could have been worse lol😊 Looking forward to what you are going to watch in the upcoming season 😀

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