Four weeks in and the watch list is getting shorter. Next week I will be starting a rewatch and re-review of Yuri on Ice (that will publish on Monday’s instead of Angels of Death). I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile so the lighter watch list this season is actually a great reason to finally stop putting it off.
That said, what I’m still watching, while not really brilliant on the whole, are mostly enjoyable. Probably the only other show super in danger of being cut is GeGeGe no Kitaro and that is because its had quite the slump for a number of weeks. Otherwise, I’m fairly sure I’m sticking with the current line up. Though Lord of Vermilion and Holmes of Kyoto may not last the whole season.
What I watched
100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 4)
This one continues to be more or less pleasant nothingness. There are some good parts to it, and some very average parts to it, and all and all it is just kind of popcorn viewing. It is there and then it is gone and you enjoyed it at the time but you don’t really miss it. That said, this episode seemed like it was setting a few things up so we’ll see how it develops.
Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 4)
So war is ugly. That seems to be the be all and end all of this show, and to be honest that’s more or less enough to carry it. This is not an elegant fight. The exiles are outnumbered and on the run and there have been deaths and injuries, traitors, and they are most definitely on the back foot. So far its been a pretty good watch so we’ll see what Angolmois does next week.
Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 2)
While I’m still not convinced I like the direction Attack on Titan has taken from a narrative point of view, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that episode 2 of season 3 was pretty amazing to watch. Everything about the first half of this was exciting to watch and the second half plunged us into just enough darkness to really grab my attention.
Banana Fish (Episode 4 – Not Reviewed)
Arthur is a deeply unpleasant human being and his confrontation with Eiji is a decidedly uncomfortable viewing experience, and yet this anime remains one of the most compelling watches of the season. The second half that shifts its focus back to Ash and Max in prison and the both of them dealing with the news of Griffin’s death is particularly affective.
Cells at Work (Episode 4)
Episode 4 has kind of cemented this anime’s pattern of Red Blood Cell visiting new location, something happening, the cells work together to do their jobs to fight off the problem, and then we get a happy smiling moment at the end. It is simple but it works really well and I’m thinking this is the most fun food poisoning will ever be.
GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 18)
Alright, that’s three episodes in a row where I’ve been more or less disinterested. This show gets one more shot and then I’m going to add it to the chopping block. On the bright side I did want a lighter season, though apparently my seasonal viewing is getting cut right back due to an absence of anything actually interesting being on.
Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 4)
Another fairly bland and uneventful episode. And I know that word ‘uneventful’ is inviting criticism given we had the long awaited (does 3 episodes count as long) confrontation between Aoi and her ex. It was pretty unspectacular to say the least and to be honest pretty much like everything else in this show. Forgettable.
How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 5)
For all the excessive amounts of boob grabbing, panty shots, and generally unsuitable attire for females that this show has going, it remains fairly interesting as each episode progresses the plot in a natural and kind of fun way. Admittedly, if you actively avoid fan-service this show won’t work for you, but if you either enjoy it or can ignore it, this one has so far been pretty entertaining.
Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 18 – Reviewed for Patrons)
The artificial drama is high and once again the healing power of food is explored as family conflicts are overturned in the course of a single meal. Such is the power of Aoi’s cooking, or at least her weak fainting spell which is what really brought them all back to the table. Okay, so this anime hasn’t really improved but it didn’t get worse either.
Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 3)
This would probably be more enjoyable if it wasn’t trying to take something so ludicrous in any way seriously. While it is watchable, between paper thin characterisation and exposition dumps filling in a nonsense plot, this one is probably the perfect anime to pass on. While there might be something good coming later, these first three episodes have been unimpressive.
Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 4)
This still isn’t particularly brilliant, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having quite a bit of fun with this series so far. Each week it seems a little better and while I still don’t much like the protagonist and the endless dragging out of the kidnapped friend has just become a little bit silly, overall there’s been some good moments in these first episodes.
Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 16)
Finally a powerful and moving episode, though once again there’s a heavy reliance on our attachment to these characters from the original in order to pull off the emotional landing this show was going for this week. That doesn’t detract from an overall well put together episode mind you, but it does make you wonder if this would ever have stood on its own without brand recognition.
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 4)
This continues to be watchable but not exactly compelling. A lot of this episode really just felt like filler while we waited for the next thing to happen. There was a bit of back story and exposition, but really it was like someone had hit the pause button until they finally got rolling again. All and all, watchable but not great viewing.
My Hero Academia (Episode 16)
Yeah, no. This episode did nothing to off-set my worries about the direction this arc was going and to be honest I would say that in a marathon of this show you would be able to more or less skip this episode entirely and miss nothing. While one or two points may later become important, it was just one stretched out scattered fight and not a particularly interesting one.
Episode of the Week
Character of the Week
Dropped or On Hold
- Angels of Death (Episode 4)
- Hanebado (Episode 1)
- Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
- Island (Episode 4)
- Planet With (Episode 1)
- The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
- Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)
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