As we reach the half-way point for a lot of shows (though a number of these will continue on for a second cour) I am still loving this season. It could just be that I found the Summer season fairly weak and this season looks good by comparison, but I actually kind of feel like there are some really excellent shows out at the moment. Even some of the slower stories like Just Because and Girls’ Last Tour have been really fun to watch so far. We’ll see how these shows go as they entre the second half of the season but I’m really hopeful.
Okay, half-way through the season and what do you think will end up being the best anime for Autumn?
March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 26)
Oh wow. This week delivered the best episode yet of a show I was already deeply in love with. My only concern is that I cannot think another episode will top that and it is a little early in the season to peak. Absolutely amazing how this show continues to deftly deal with human emotions. It just kind of gets it and it speaks to me and I am totally in love.
Land of the Lustrous (Episode 5)
Another, oh wow. This show continues to build on its world and characters and continues to visually impress. Phos gets that little bit better each week as a character (I was worried in episode 1 I would never really like Phos much) and now I genuinely love Phos as a character and can’t wait to see what happens next and how they will deal with it.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 5)
I don’t know that I expected this show to get that dark. By my usual standards it was pretty tame to be honest, but the contrast from the romping with baby dragons to being in a shed with a mass cat murderer before the love of his life kind of turns into a puddle was pretty affective. The show remains ridiculously pretty to look at which is also why the gorier moments of this episode were so striking. I’m still enjoying this show but I’m interested to see where it goes and whether this is a one off or whether we’re actually going to see both the lighter and darker moments throughout this series.
Girls’ Last Tour (Episode 5)
Five episodes in and this show, while incredibly lacking in anything resembling a plot, has just managed to keep me fully engaged episode after episode and wanting more of the adorable cast. I’m really interested in the world that is being explored and I love the mix of emotions the girls and their interactions can capture. Hopefully this show continues along these lines because so far it has been great.
Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Episode 6)
Another good bit of progress as Morioka goes on her dates. For someone who hasn’t been out for awhile, two nights in a row would have had to have been draining and yet she’s right back on the computer. Still, so many relatable moments this week. This show continues to charm.
Kino’s Journey (Episode 5)
Kino’s Journey continues its downward slide. As much as I enjoyed the first couple of episodes, since then it is almost as though the show has already run out of things to say. Or maybe it is just on hold until we get to the next big moment. Either way, the last two episodes haven’t done much for me and while on balance the positives still well outweight the negatives, this show needs to do something soon or my interest is seriously going to be stolen away by all the other shows that I’ve enjoyed this season.
Just Because (Episode 5)
How do you deal with the fall out of rejection? These kids don’t know and that’s what makes it a true pleasure to watch. Each character is lost in their own drama but trying to maintain and all and all it is great to watch. Looking forward to what their next steps might be.
Anime-Gataris (Episode 5)
Just saying to Anime-Gataris but if this episode is a sign of things to come, it will probably be sliding down this list really quickly in the next few weeks. The fun and energy I came to enjoy from this show seemed conspicuously absent this week and without anything to really replace it and no overall plot in sight, this episode was far less enjoyable. Still, every show can have a mis-fire so I’ll leave this here for now.
Okay, I Guess
Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Episode 5)
This one consistently seems to develop episode to episode. We learn more about the characters and the protagonist continues to actually be fleshed out and hasn’t remained a complete blank slate. That doesn’t mean this show is amazing as it is pretty much going by the numbers, but it is doing what it needs to and is doing it consistently well enough. Not a bad watch by any means.
King’s Game (Episode 6)
To be honest, if this goes one more episode like this (or if they insist that this is some sort of virus causing mass hypnosis leading to the body killing itself) I am so putting this in the ‘They Made This’ category next week. Yeah, the story has gotten that bad. Fans of truly terrible trash horror will still be having fun but pretty much no one else. The fact that I’ll still choose this show over others this season concerns me a little bit, but I kind of knew I had a soft spot for bad horror.
Black Clover (Episode 6)
This was definitely a mixed bag of an episode with many good moments and many cringe worthy moments. Still, the story continues along and Asta keeps moving forward to on we go to the next episode.
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (Episode 6)
If you want to see the next characters get knocked off, then this episode works. If you actually want a story that doesn’t seem convinced that it is cleverer than it is, this show probably isn’t for you. Oh well. The animation remains fantastic in this and some of the fights were pretty cool to watch so while I’m not getting behind the story or the characters, this remains fairly watchable.
Sengoku Night Blood (Episode 6)
I did say last week that this would drop down the list if it didn’t pick up and, well, it didn’t pick up. If anything it got even more dull and fairly pointless. I’ll give it another episode or two but then I’m probably looking at dropping this. The show isn’t broken, just nothing happening that interests me.
UQ Holder (Episode 6)
Still working and actually managing to be kind of sweet in parts this last episode. Unfortunately, my best recommendation for this show is it never gets as bad as its premise and tone suggests it could be. So most of my enjoyment is from seeing it manage to toe the line between entertaining and annoying.
They Made This?
Dies Irae (Episode 4)
No change here as I am still hopelessly confused. Despite not really getting what is going on, the show remains oddly compelling and I do kind of hope it finds its way to making sense. But at the moment, this is just messy and doesn’t look like it intends to clean things up any time soon.
Tried and Dropped
Evil or Live (Episode 4)
My Girlfriend is Shobitch (Episode 2)
TWOCAR (Episode 1)
Taisho Mebiusline Chicchaisan (Episode 1)
Love is Like A Cocktail (Episode 1)
Konohana Kitan (Episode 1)
A Sister’s All You Need (Episode 1)
Urahara (Episode 1)
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