Autumn 2018 Week 0

And the new anime season is starting! It is a time of great excitement because everything has so much potential and there’s so much to try. Admittedly, we still have a lot of shows to air their first episodes so this is really just a run down of what has been tried so far but next week will be the official first post of the season. I’d love to know what you are watching so please share your experience with the first episodes of the season in the comments below.

For those who missed it you can see my favourite and least favourite shows of the summer season as well as the results of the reader poll in my best of and worst of the season posts. And just a reminder to patrons that you only have until next Saturday to vote for the show that will be covered this season for patrons only. In the event of a tie I’ll pick the show that interests me the most. After the vote closes all future posts regarding the chosen show will be password protected for patrons.

What I watched

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 10 – No Episode this week)

Banana Fish (Episode 13 – Not Reviewed)

Banana Fish Episode 13 - Eiji

The conclusion between Ash and Arthur is as dramatic and fantastic to watch as I could have asked for. Still, Eiji steals a lot of the second half of the episode as he fights against being sent away again, and we also see Ash remembering a conversation he had with Eiji about death (though when that conversation could have taken place is a bit dubious).

Dakaichi (Episode 1 – To Be Reviewed with Arthifis)

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Okay, I’m saving most of my thoughts on this one until Arthifis and I do our first impressions post but I’m just going to gush for a little bit and smile idiotically before pointing out that this was so much better than I expected. I was totally caught up in this episode and on second watch took way too many screen caps.

Frankenstein Family (Episodes 7 + 8)

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This one remains an odd little story but there’s enough going on and enough to think about even while the episodes themselves are quite relaxed in their pace and tone. The family dynamic works well and there are enough curiosities to keep things interesting even when not a lot is going on. Kind of having fun with this.

Jingai-San no Yome (Episode 1 – Not Reviewed)

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With only three minutes, and only half of that episode with the other half being theme song, this didn’t do much which is why I am not going to even attempt to write a whole post on one episode. I’m curious though about the story of the student marrying some creature that I’ll keep watching for a bit, but I won’t be reviewing episodes of this one.

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (Episode 1)

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This is probably the first new title of the season where I had an instant ‘yes’ kind of moment. It isn’t amazing or going to blow you away with this first episode, but I just really got drawn in to the characters and the potential mystery here and basically it just clicked. So while I get other viewers may not be as thrilled, I really was happy to see this first episode.

Run With The Wind (Episode 1)

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There’s definitely some reservations with this one as it really isn’t the kind of show I like, one of the main characters is seriously annoying me after one episode, and really I’m just not convinced that the plot is going to grab me. That said, there were enough positives in this first episode that I kind of want to give it a little more time before I decide.

Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Episode 1)

Space Battleship Tiramisu

I thought I was done with season one of this short form anime but apparently my curiosity is going to get the better of me and here I go plunging into a second season. I don’t know if this will stay on my watch list as I will happily pass on this one if there are better shows to watch and my list is full, but for now I’m pencilling it into the line up.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episode 1)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 1

If generic isekai is your thing than this first episode will be a go for you. For me, I’m going to wait until we get a bit more into the story to decide if I’m sticking with this one. The first episode was not overly impressive but it also wasn’t terrible so it at least earned a bit more time on my watch list before I call it one way or the other.

The Girl in Twilight (Episode 1)

The Girl in Twilight Episode 1

The Girl in Twilight seems to have a lot of cliches in its set up but still seems to be a little bit different at least in the direction it might take some of these. It could fall back on the old standards but I’m kind of hopeful for something a little bit different from it. Definitely giving this one another week or so before I decide.

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Episode 1)

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This one isn’t exactly amazing but the first episode certainly didn’t make me run and hide and I’m kind of keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that episode 2 is a passable follow up. This is the kind of story I’d like to enjoy but so many of them become really terrible and there were enough issues in episode 1 to have me a little concerned even while I’d like to be hopeful.

Zombieland Saga (Episode 1)

Zombieland Saga Episode 1 - Zakura and Tatsumi

This is a weird start to an anime but one that certainly entertained. Girl who wants to be an idol is unfortunately killed. Ten years later she awakens as a zombie and is now going to be part of an idol group who are apparently going to save Saga, though how is still a question unanswered. Still there’s a lot of fun to be had with this first episode.

Episode of the Week

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This one probably isn’t as strong as some other first episodes, but for me it was the one that made me sit up and take notice. I really loved the first episode of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. The only problem with enjoying a set up this much is it does leave plenty of room for future disappointment.

Character of the Week

Banana Fish Episode 13 - Arthur
I’ll give Arthur this much credit, he’s never been dull. While he never moved away from a cheap villain who hated Ash because he did, his final showing was suitable and a great start to the second cour of Banana Fish.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Bakumatsu
  • Between the Sky and Sea

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8 thoughts on “Autumn 2018 Week 0

  1. I’m also hoping something happens in “Slime” as the first episode didn’t hook me so much. “Bloom” has promise but might be too soppy for my tastes if carries on being this anodyne, and you already know I’m onboard with “Bunny Senpai”, “Girl In Twilight” and Zombieland Saga”. πŸ˜‰

    Other titles I’ve tried are Double Decker (real hoot), Boarding School Juliet and Release The Spyce. Haven’t watched Hinomaru Sumo yet and still waiting for Golden Kamuy S2 to arrive! πŸ™‚

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    1. I guess I expected more from Slime episode 1 given a lot of the pre-season hype. I’m still hopeful but it wasn’t really a first episode that really grabbed me. And yeah, Bloom Into You has so far been a just a little bit too sweet for my tastes. Very nicely done first episode, just doesn’t seem like the kind of show I’m going to end up enjoying. I guess I’ll see what both of those do for their second episodes.

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  2. Wow, I really like the image you made above this post: that looks seriously cool 😊😊 Well, you already know two of my choices. With Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online that brings me to a total fo four shows. I might add one more, if anything else captures my interest (tempted to watch Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary). But as always that’s pretty much my limit (especially since I unfortunately have to get back to work again on monday…ugh…😒😒).

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    1. I’d suggest waiting for Goblin Slayer before deciding. It might suck, but if it does the source justice it should be amazing.
      And yeah, I decided to actually take some tutorials on how to create images online and the first one I found was on how to create a film strip. I’ll be experimenting this season as I learn more. Some image probably won’t work, but hopefully I’ll be able to use the software I have better once I’m done.

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