Summer 2018 Week 1

We’re starting the taste test for the season and so far I am extremely excited to be getting into some new shows. While I have no idea yet what I’m going to keep on my watch list or not, new seasons always come with new potential and just the thrill of knowing that something great might happen. That said, Summer so far is a little light on things I’m interested in trying. We’ll see how it goes once all the shows are out.

As always, I’d love to know what you have tried and what you’ve liked so far so be sure to leave me a comment below.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 1)

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The heroine is called to a fantasy world (the Kingdom of Dreams) to awaken the princes and fight the evil dream eaters. It’s all very fairy tale like and the logic only works provided you just kind of nod and go with it, but if you happen to like that kind of thing it is decent. I guess I’ll see how it develops as there are some potentially interesting points.

Angels of Death (Episode 1)

Angel1eWaking up in a basement of a hospital without a memory is creepy enough without pleasant announcements telling you that the girl on the bottom floor is now going to be a sacrifice. This one has potential but outside of the setting has yet to really impress. It will be interesting to see how it develops over the next couple of episodes.

Banana Fish (Episode 1 – Not Reviewed)

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While there is plenty of room for this to go wrong, the first episode introduced us to a fairly intriguing world and some interesting characters. While the overall plot is still a little unclear, I’m actually pretty excited about this one. Unfortunately, due to where it is streaming, I won’t be reviewing.

Cells at Work (Episode 1)

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Okay, this first episode is flat out adorable. There’s no other way to explain it. The characters are cute and so earnest in their work, and at no point does it ever feel to slow paced or too silly. I did not know that watching blood cells could be this fun, and hopefully this anime know how to keep going like this because more would definitely be appreciated.

GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 15)

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GeGeGe No Kitaro is pretty consistent at what it delivers and while it isn’t amazing, it isn’t bad, particularly if you happen to like episodic yokai stories. Admittedly, the last couple of episodes have been pretty ordinary, but there’s still some fun to be had here. Hopefully they continue to find ways to make this set up interesting.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 1)

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Holmes of Kyoto has had a pretty unspectacular start but if you are after something low-key and you happen to be into antiques, this might suit you. Then again, I’m still kind of hoping the promised mystery aspect of the show actually appears given episode 1 was kind of devoid of anything even vaguely mysterious.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 1)

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I can’t help it. I like isekai stories. Even ones that start with a summoning gone wrong and two girls being enslaved by a fake demon lord. We’ll see if this one manages to do anything to distinguish it from the mass of other sub-par to average isekai stories out there, though so far it has managed to be at least average and there’s some potential for entertaining developments.

Island (Episode 2)

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Island might turn out be amazing or terrible and it will more or less be impossible to know until more is revealed. There’s all the usual ideas to set up a bit of a mystery but so far the execution has been relatively average. Also, the more cliche moments are very cringey. That said, it is intriguing and I’m kind of hopeful.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 15 – Reviewed for Patrons)

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Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi remains pretty average though episode 14 was half-consumed by recap and episode 15 gave us a scene change in order to repeat a story-line so these last two episodes weren’t great. Still, average is a pretty good description of this anime and it remains pleasant and watchable while not great.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 1)

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I’m definitely on the fence with this one. I really quite enjoy stories with a supernatural focus, but I’m not entirely sure either the protagonist or the premise is really going to work out here. I could be wrong as there is definitely potential in the concept here but I’m very much going to wait and see.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 13)

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Steins;Gate 0 continues to not exactly be what I would like and to be honest it is playing out much like I would expect of a prequel/spin-off series. I’m just not that invested in what is happening. That isn’t aided by the fairly flat dialogue and what seems to be an ongoing lack of a clear focus. It isn’t bad, but a lot of what I like about it is sheer nostalgia.

Episode of the Week

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I’m pretty sure the first episode of Cells at Work is not the best episode that aired last week, but it was definitely the most surprisingly fun. I really enjoyed watching these two characters at work and I am looking forward to what they do next.

Character of the Week

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So far Rachel from Angels of Death hasn’t seemed to be quite so clueless as other protagonists might be. She hasn’t denied reality or stubbornly insisted things will be fine. We’ll see if she manages to maintain this as things go on.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)

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13 thoughts on “Summer 2018 Week 1

  1. After thinking over what to do for the straggler shows (since my most anticipated show is Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation in August), I’ve decided to put out impressions for everything else in the first week of August and then, if it’s available, I’ll put out a separate impression post for that last show.

    Currently Angolmois is at the top of my list (!!!), but everything else is a secret until that post comes out…

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  2. The new shows that are really standing out for me at the moment are

    Grand Blue
    Cells At Work
    Asobi Asobase
    Banana Fish
    Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro

    It’s good to see Free! back whilst AOT season 3 can’t come soon enough! 😛

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  3. Tomorrow morning I would have spent some time watching new anime, but now I am going to spend it catching up to some more posts (Really…curse my luck for now having had an Ipad issue instead of a WordPress issue), but I am hopeful to watch some new shows in the afternoon: Island is certainly one of them…the others I am still debatig about. Agree with you on Cells at Work though: that one was just so much fun. For me the most fun that I have had in quite a while 😊😊

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        1. I’m a bit behind with work due to my absences over the last few weeks. Of course, I got to work and the internet was down and the printers were down and the IT guy wasn’t around so after knocking off a few of the minor jobs on my to do list I called it a day and now I’m really not looking forward to the work week ahead. I’m seeing some very long work days.

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          1. Wow..I really am sorry to hear this. But please, don’t go overboard and work too hard. You just came back from a week of rest and relaxation. It’s annoying though: when things don’t work right. Sorry if I am sounding like I am a bit too concernced (sometimes can’t help myself 😅).

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  4. As it happens I just updated my schedule page… which has pretty much everything I’m watching/intend to watch except for Titan. I don’t rule out late pickups if the buzz is good, it’s just where I stand at the moment.

    https://apprenticemages.com/schedule/

    Nothing is really in the danger zone ATM, though there’s a couple that could slide over the line in a heartbeat.

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