Another round of anime watching and this week really did show us what some shows were made of, even if the answer is not very much. Still, it wasn’t a total bust as there were some definite stand out moments.
On that note, if you haven’t voted yet for your favourite and least favourite of the Spring season, please check out the poll here. Be sure to vote and share the link. You have until the end of June to vote and I’m looking forward to seeing what is chosen this season.
What I watched
3D Kanojo: Real Girl (Episode 11)
With one episode left to go I’m guessing we’re either going for an incomplete finish or a trite ending where everything just kind of works out. Either way, this anime went from reasonably interesting to generic melodrama and is now just a slightly below average teen drama with increasingly obvious issues with its visuals. Oh well, I guess we’ll see how things play out next week.
Caligula (Episode 10)
Two weeks in a row with characters declaring reality is shit. My, we have a theme. And yet, I can’t help but think this show has kind of missed the point with no actual weight put behind that statement. It is more a declaration for the sake of having one. The anime itself remains pretty pointless with characters who are mostly meaningless.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Finished)
I hope you like non-endings, because that is all this one is going to offer. After 22 episodes we know only a tiny bit more than when we started and mostly this feels like it hasn’t quite moved on from the 90’s when you could get away with burning half your run-time with filler before stringing people on for a next season. Just a touch disappointed with how this ended up.
Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss (Episode 9)
No new episode this week.
Darling in the Franxx (Episode 20 – Reviewed for patrons)
Well, I guess I can stop making fun of Record of Grancrest War for exposition dumps substituting for plot structure as Darling in the Franxx seems to be vying for least comprehensible plot structure held together by thin lines of dialogue. So odd that two shows have taken this approach in one season and yet, here we are going into climaxes that make zero sense when you back up to the beginning and look at what the characters set out to achieve way back when the shows began.
Devils’ Line (Episode 10)
Another episode where the focus was nowhere to be found but some interesting ideas do exist. It makes for a luke-warm viewing experience but not one I want to walk away from given I do find some of it intriguing even as the delivery continues to miss the mark.
Doreiku The Animation (Episode 9)
As if the cast of this anime wasn’t already large enough and lacking in development, they throw yet more characters at us with only the shallowest of motivations, despite the flash backs desperately trying to establish some emotional reason we should care about this current development. Really, it is a mess, and it isn’t going to resolve well.
Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory (Episode 8)
An explosive show down this week for Full Metal Panic and one that showcases exactly why Sousuke is such a great character. Hitting just the right emotional notes, this episode brings the show to a second high since the first four episodes, and we’re very much ready now to go into the final episodes of the season.
GeGeGe No Kitaro (Episode 11)
While I’m still not sure what value there was in kidnapping Mana, it did fulfil all the villainous cliches this episode decided to pull out. That isn’t a negative mind you. This anime has thrived on delivering fairly classic stories and tropes so the over the top Bond style villains kind of work here. Quite a nice episode really.
Kakuriyo No Yadomeshi (Episode 11 – Reviewed for Patrons)
So yeah, stuff happens and Aoi cooks food. That makes everything better apparently. This anime continues to be watchable but not in anyway memorable or particularly interesting.
Libra of Nil Admirari (Episode 10)
Blasphemy might be a bit harsh, but still there is something a bit odd about using words in books to curse people. And this is something I wish this anime would explore more but instead it wants to deal with all the pretty boys’ emotional hang-ups that are all pretty standard and dull. What it leaves us with is a fairly average viewing experience.
Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS (Episode 10)
I felt this was kind of the slowest episode yet. This whole season Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS has been driving us continuously toward a confrontation that has explosive ramifications, and yet this episode really felt like they were just delaying that final show-down. Honestly, I think I would prefer the final show-down to be drawn out rather than having these non-fights play out.
My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 10)
The clash of giants as All For One and One For All go head to head in what is probably going to be a city destroying fight (either that or All Might is about to meet his maker and either way I’m super hyped for the next episode). It took a bit, but season 3 of My Hero Academia is definitely showing us the strengths of this franchise now and it isn’t letting up now that it has gotten going.
Record of Grancrest War (Episode 22)
There’s little more to say about this anime at this particular point and time except that even as we count down the final few episodes it continues to try to pack in ridiculous amounts of plot and the end result is just a narrative mess where character motives are unexplored, factions seem to serve no purpose, and none of the powers exhibited by anything are ever adequately explained. But hey, final battle incoming.
Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori (Episode 10)
I have to agree that Rokuhoudou is a beautiful cafe. One thing watching this anime has done is made me want a cafe like that where I could go. Watching each episode, when it focuses on serving within the cafe, is a completely relaxing experience and one that is extremely pleasant. There’s not much to say about the characters and the narrative, but this show has nailed its atmosphere.
Space Battleship Tiramisu (Episode 11)
I might just be over this, but the last two episodes have taken a serious nose dive in terms of enjoyment. Fortunately there are only two left so I will make it to the end, but my mostly pleasant viewing experience is starting to become more of a tiresome one.
Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 10)
Seems like things are about to get messy in this anime as the end of this episode reveals what might be the catalyst for future drama. That said, this episode itself didn’t do all that much, so lets hope the future payoff is worth it.
Tada Doesn’t Fall in Love (Episode 10)
Tada destroyed his own title this week because whether he’s admitted it or not, he’s totally in love with Teresa. The date was adorable and really did set up the end point which we could all see coming a mile away and yet it was still very affective when it finally landed. Well played.
Tokyo Ghoul: Re (Episode 11 – Not Reviewed)
The thing I liked most about season 1 of Tokyo Ghoul was I liked Kaneki as a character. Not so much because Kaneki is a good character, but because he was beautifully broken throughout the course of the season. Haise/Kaneki is not an interesting character. He has not done or said one interesting thing in this entire season. When we couple that with a plot that makes no sense given I haven’t read the manga and I have no idea where half of these characters even came from, basically I’m just watching a boring character, surrounded by cheap imitation boring characters, fighting for reasons that remain pretty unclear other than every single person and ghoul in this show is actually a psycho. Kind of glad I let this one go for a few weeks before catching up on all the episodes in one go because week to week this would be truly impossible to watch.
Spiritpact: Bond of the Underworld (Finished)
Episode of the Week
Character of the Week
- 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)
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