This season is definitely a bit odd as some shows that initially didn’t interest me have really picked up their game and other shows that grabbed me instantly feel like they are dropping the ball a little. Despite that, there’s a lot out there to watch this season and it has been fun trying to keep up with everything. I will say the show I’m most surprised by how much I’m enjoying it is Run With the Wind and the show I’m probably most disappointed with right now is Zombieland Saga. I’d love to know which shows have managed to hold your interest as we’ve moved into the second and third episodes.
What I watched
A Certain Magical Index Season 3 (Episode 2)
After initially ruling this series out after it wasn’t available in my region in then became available and so I’ve added it to the list. While the first two episodes here are nothing special, it is all pretty much exactly what you would expect from this series after two previous seasons so no real change here and still good fun if you enjoyed it before.
Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 12)
Attack on Titan Season 3 finishes this week, only not really because part 2 of the season will come out next year, and so we are left with a half-season that is probably the most solid Attack on Titan has ever given us, and still feeling slightly disappointed by that. Sigh. Well, at least it made me not want to drop the show even as it continues to string viewers along.
Banana Fish (Episode 15 – Not Reviewed)
I know none of us actually believed Ash was dead, but they could have dragged out the suspense a little bit longer. This is the first time the rapid pace of events in this show has kind of bothered me but it just felt like a pointless thing to set up given no one believed it from the start and it was more or less instantly ended. That said, Eiji really stepped up for a bit.
Bloom Into You (Episode 2 – Reviewed for Patrons)
This still isn’t really my kind of anime but there’s definitely some effort and attention put into the execution here. This was one of the anime that tied in the patron poll for the pick to be reviewed for patrons only and I’ve gone with this one because I think it will give me quite a bit to write about each week (at least I hope so). Patrons can access the post using the link, password on Patreon.
Conception (Episode 1)
Maybe I’m just curious how many titles that aren’t normally my thing I can fit into the list this season given I’m picking up yuri, comedy and now a most definitely trashy harem. I didn’t hate this first episode though I didn’t find a lot to applaud about the execution of it either. Still, there’s something vaguely interesting here so I’ll give it another week.
Dakaichi (Episode 2 – To Be Reviewed with Arthifis)
Insecure but proud actor Takato remains a complete delight to watch in this second episode. I will admit, Junta doesn’t do a lot for me as a character and is more just a necessary prop for this story to work around (maybe he’ll improve as this continues), but I really enjoy watching Takato and I’m having a great time with this anime.
Goblin Slayer (Episode 2 – To Be Reviewed With Arthifis)
World building, more characters, discussion about tactics for killing goblins… The second episode isn’t as sensationalised as episode one but it is a solid follow up in this story and one that focuses more on the central characters rather than in introducing the horror of adventure. That said, there are still plenty of dead goblins here.
Jingai-San no Yome (Episode 3 – Not Reviewed)
This really feels like someone actually made a first episode to a show and then someone else came along and snipped it into two minute parts and slapped a song at the end of them. If you watch each part that’s come out altogether so far, it isn’t a bad intro to a story, but spread out over three weeks and in such small parts is kind of weird.
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (Episode 3)
Have I mentioned how much I’m loving this anime so far? Admittedly, given they wrapped up a main plot line at the end of episode 3 there’s now that wonder about whether where they go from here can possibly be as good or whether this show peaked, but I’m really, really happy I decided to ignore the title and try the show. It has been solid entertainment.
Release the Spyce (Episode 2)
A typical train the newbie into being a super spy in one episode sequence, only they made it a little more plausible by giving a two month time frame. Momo goes through some great changes as she focuses on achieving the goal of becoming a spy and the group as a whole were pretty fun. This show still isn’t doing much that is overly unique but it is still good fun.
Run With The Wind (Episode 3)
Alright, this is one of the better anime I’ve picked up this season in terms of establishing characters and the execution. Realistically, this is a very solid and well made anime and entertaining enough even though I don’t care in the slightest about running anything, let alone a marathon. You win, Run With The Wind.
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San (Episode 2)
It’s the season’s best anime about a skeleton book-seller. Okay, the only anime this season about a skeleton book-seller. I’d say the only anime about it in general but then someone will dig up an old anime and prove me wrong. However, there’s a reason I delayed getting to a point. This is watchable and that’s about it.
Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Episode 3)
While the characters continue to act in a manner that makes no sense and the overall plot is still there but once again we realise this show is more interested in cheap laughs than developing its actual good ideas, season 2 of Space Battleship Tiramisu has all the same hang-ups season one had. Watchable, but that’s all.
Sword Art Online Alicization (Episode 2)
This is a much slower start to this story than I expected, and yet I don’t mind it. This week spends more time getting Kirito orientated inside the game though that leaves me wondering when we’ll find out what happened in reality (though I assume we’ll get there sooner or later). Enjoying Eugeo’s character so far though.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episode 3)
I’ve kind of come to the conclusion that I’m just not loving this show as much as some viewers seem to be. Sure it is interesting enough but outside of the novelty of a slime main character nothing else is really standing out about this show as it goes through the usual kind of set ups. Still a good show and one I hope will pick up.
The Girl in Twilight (Episode 3)
The Girl in Twilight seems like it is going to remain fairly inconsistent in terms of how much I like it. Episode 1 was great and then episode 2 happened. This episode isn’t as good as episode 1, but it certainly made me think twice about dropping the show. So I think I’m going to stop looking for great and just have fun with it and hope.
Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Episode 3)
A much better episode this time around after episode 2. I just still don’t feel that anything in last week’s episode needed to be explicitly shown given we already more or less knew all of that information from what was implied in episode 1. However, episode 3 pushes the story forward and was pretty entertaining. Nice recovery.
Voice of Fox (Episode 1)
Voice of Fox was a title that caught my attention when looking at the write ups of new shows but then I didn’t think I’d be able to see it and forgot about it. Finally getting to see episode 1, I’m kind of happy I did get to see it. While not exactly fighting for the top spot this season, it set up a pretty decent story in the time it had and I’m looking forward to more.
Zombieland Saga (Episode 3)
A fun first episode can’t make up for a poor follow up and Zombieland Saga really suffers from losing the element of surprise and having to stand on its own merits in episodes 2 and 3. As the zombie girls get used to waking up and that they are zombies, all the while learning to work together and perform, a lot of the fun gets sucked right out of this series.
Episode of the Week
Character of the Week
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
- Between the Sky and Sea
- Himote House
- Hinomaru Sumo
- Merc StoriA
- Ms Vampire Who Lives in My Neighbourhood
- My Sister, My Writer
- Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
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