Autumn 2018 Week 3

Hello week 3 and I know I should have actually made a firm decision about my watch list but I have three titles to choose between for the last slot in my review schedule and to be honest I can’t figure out if I want to drop them or not. I’m torn between Zombieland Saga, The Girl in Twilight and Space Battleship Tiramisu. It is weird because these titles all have some good points about them, but I’m just not really feeling them either and I’ve got quite the long watch list this season. I think this week will determine which ones end up dropped (though I might continue to watch even if I don’t continue to cover them). The other option of course is just doing a compilation post with whichever ones I have watched that week…

Anyway, this is how my viewing week went and I’d love to know your thoughts on the shows so far. Also, which characters are you enjoying so far this season?

What I watched

A Certain Magical Index Season 3 (Episode 3)

A Certain Magical Index Season 3 Episode 3

Yeah, A Certain Magical Index hasn’t changed and I enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 enough to buy the DVD’s despite all the logical holes in the plot and the slightly repetitive nature of the set up and resolutions. It’s a fun show and so far season three is doing exactly the same. Lots of jargonistic talk before smack down fights. If you watched 1 and 2, this is more of the same.

Banana Fish (Episode 16 – Not Reviewed)

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Eiji is missing in action this week, but that’s okay because everyone else is trying to escape from the facility. This would be a more impressive feat if everyone working in said facility would actually do their jobs instead of hitting on Ash or just being completely stupid. Still, it was a fun enough sequence, and Ash losing his temper was hilarious.

Bloom Into You (Episode 3 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Bloom Into You Episode 3

I will admit, this anime is pretty well made and remains interesting enough despite being outside of my usual kind of story. It is all about the small details added into the scenes and the character interactions that keep me focused on the plot even while it moves fairly slowly. Patrons can access the post using the link, password on Patreon.

Conception (Episode 2)

Conception Episode 2

You know what really annoys is that underneath the incredibly trashy premise that isn’t even going to fully deliver on being trashy, there’s actually a half interesting story with the labyrinth and trying to defeat the impurities. I somehow doubt this story will actually ever end up satisfying anyone but it remains a curiosity.

Dakaichi (Episode 3 – To Be Reviewed with Arthifis)

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Junta continues to be a bit of a problem mostly because his actions just aren’t smart regardless of who his partner is. That said, Takato’s professionalism during the interviews and photo-shoot as well as his private cake eating freak out post credits were just kind of awesome. While there are some problems here, I’m still having a lot of fun with it.

Goblin Slayer (Episode 3 – To Be Reviewed With Arthifis)

Goblin Slayer Episode 3And we finally have the rest of the team in place. This is where weekly watching is going to hurt because not a lot goes on in this episode, but it is good solid set-up for what is to come. I will admit though, if I hadn’t read the source, this episode would certainly be a bit of a lull, and that’s an odd kind of choice for an anime in episode 3.

Jingai-San no Yome (Episode 4 – Not Reviewed)

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Another episode, another new character and still not enough time to do anything. I’m actually curious as to what they will do with this eventually but I will admit the short format is really stopping me from actually getting into this story so far because four weeks in and very little has been able to happen. Still, what is there is kind of interesting.

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (Episode 4)

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I wondered if the next arc of Bunny Girl Senpai could possibly hold up to the first three episodes. And while’s still okay, the problem here is that they are more upfront about the mystery rather than making you wonder if it is really happening and there’s a definite absence of Mai and Sakuta after the first half. Still, good fun.

Release the Spyce (Episode 3)

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The power of team work rah-rah messaging is in full force. That doesn’t make the episode not fun but it very much is establishing that this show is pretty happy to just go through the motions. Still, it is entertaining even if there isn’t really anything new about this and the characters are still working well enough.

Run With The Wind (Episode 4)

Run With The Wind Episode 4

This show continues to be a fairly excellent watch even if it has about as much emotional subtlety as a brick to the face. It is just visually good to watch, the characters – whether  I like them or not – are being slowly but surely developed, and the overall plot is coming along nicely. All and all, very little to complain about.

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San (Episode 3)

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda San Episode 3

A far more amusing episode this week and one that also gives a bit more insight into the book shops workings. It seems Honda-San is going to continue in small little vignettes about life working in a book shop so entertainment will vary from section to section depending on how amusing you find the delivery of a certain part. That said, episode 3 hit the mark for me.

Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Episode 4)

Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei Episode 4

And this continues in exactly the same way it always has. I will admit, episode 4 made me laugh a couple of times at the characters because it really did stick its jokes this week, but that doesn’t make the anime as a whole any better. I’m not going to continue writing episode reviews of this one but will keep watching.

Sword Art Online Alicization (Episode 3)

Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 3

Kirito continues to get used to his new environment and tries to figure out how things work. The one thing he doesn’t seemed to concerned about is leaving which seems a little odd but he is at least asking some sensible questions about how other things operate within the world. Still, by the end of this episode it looks like we’re going to start kicking things off again, so looking forward to it.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episode 4)

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And episode 4 is more of the same. There are some good ideas here and some interesting aspects to the characters and the world, but so far this anime isn’t drawing me in. I still feel like I’m waiting for it to finish setting up and get going, but I might need to draw the conclusion that this is what it is.

The Girl in Twilight (Episode 4 – Not Reviewed)

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This one I’m also dropping weekly reviews of. I may cover an episode if something particularly note worthy happens but mostly this one has just kind of become a little bit bland (which is a terrible way to feel about a story that jumps dimensions but alas it is how I feel about it). Still, I’m not actually dropping the show just yet so maybe it will grab my interest again.

Tsurune (Episode 1)

Tsurune Episode 1

Another sports anime on the line up and this one gives a fairly solid first episode making me want to watch more of it. It kind of helps that I like archery (more than a lot of other sports at least given my interest in most sport is zero). While there is nothing amazingly new here story-wise, this was a great first episode and I’m looking forward to more.

Voice of Fox (Episode 2)

Voice of Fox Episode 2

No singing this week (shame) but episode 2 does a nice expansion on what we know of the main character and the set up and seems to be doing a good job of providing information without hitting us with endless exposition. As a result, this one is so far pretty fun to watch and is covering a lot considering the thirteen minute episode length.

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Episode 4)

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary Episode 4

And this continues to build its story nicely. While this one won’t exactly be blowing anyone away anytime soon, it is becoming quite an enjoyable story in its own way and as they continue to set the characters up to collide it all looks like it should progress nicely (or terribly if you think about what is likely in store for the cast).

Zombieland Saga (Episode 4)

Zombieland Saga Episode 4

Yeah, this one isn’t picking up. It seems they had a great opening concept and now we’re just meandering through fairly dull group bonding and initial performance kind of territory. There’s really nothing that stood out this week, except how much I hate Kotaro as a character. This one gets one more episode and then I may be saying goodbye.

Episode of the Week

Voice of Fox Episode 2
Alright, not the best episode of all, but Voice of Fox has made a great start considering it is a short anime. Really enjoying this addition to the line up.

Character of the Week

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San Episode 3
There’s just something genuinely amusing about a skeleton with poor people skills and little back-bone working in customer service in a book shop. Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San’s title character manages to be fairly entertaining almost every time he appears on screen.

Dropped or On Hold

These titles aren’t necessarily bad and some I might even pick up again later but for whatever reason I’m not watching them right now (and yes, some of them are bad and will never be finished).

  • Anima Yell!
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes
  • Bakumatsu
  • Between the Sky and Sea
  • Himote House
  • Hinomaru Sumo
  • Merc StoriA
  • Ms Vampire Who Lives in My Neighbourhood
  • My Sister, My Writer
  • Radiant
  • SSSS.Gridman
  • Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
  • UzaMaid

And if you want to follow along with my watching during Autumn check it out here on Twitter.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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