You may notice my list thinned a bit this week. While I haven’t completely dropped Space Battleship Tiramisu, I’m probably going to let it go a few weeks and then catch up on three or four episodes in a row and so on, so I won’t keep it on my weekly update list. I’ve also kind of dropped Zombieland Saga, though I’ll probably do catch up views of that as well and end up doing a full season review once it is done. Probably. In the meantime, there’s still plenty on my list this Autumn and plenty of fun to be had.
Now, one thing I’ve noticed this Autumn is a distinct lack of mascot characters, or maybe I’m just watching the wrong shows. So, have you come across any cute mascots this season?
What I watched
A Certain Magical Index Season 3 (Episode 4)
This week I had the distinct pleasure of completely losing track of the plot and having no idea at all what was going on. It kind of reminded me of trying to watch Tokyo Ghoul RE again, only here I kind of have a slight hope that maybe, just maybe, this one intends to eventually come back to making some sort of sense.
Banana Fish (Episode 17 – Not Reviewed)
The reunion of Ash and Eiji is a little more low key than I would have expected, it is still adorable but fairly understated given we get right back into things. Yut Lung has paired up with Golzine and so apparently has some guy who is actually good at his job of tailing people and also shooting (and apparently taught Ash a few tricks). Things are definitely escalating.
Bloom Into You (Episode 4 – Reviewed for Patrons)
It is nice to see some of the other characters getting some screen time and getting fleshed out a little. While Yuu and Nanami’s romance is pleasant enough, it was about time to get some additional personalities onto the screen and the rest of the student council do a good job filling this role. Patrons can access the post using the link, password on Patreon.
Conception (Episode 3)
Yep, this one is firmly dedicated to being pretty trashy in its dialogue but not actually following through in any note worthy way, which kind of makes you wonder who the audience is supposed to be. They aren’t doing enough with the plot for people interested in the story and there isn’t enough delivery on the fan-service for that to be the draw. Oh well.
Dakaichi (Episode 4 – To Be Reviewed with Arthifis)
These two seem to have settled into a happily dysfunctional relationship and they might even get to a real happy relationship at some point if one of them stops acting completely crazy and the other stops pretending he doesn’t like it. Tropes aside, the episode this week was really fun to watch though continues to balance somewhere between creepy and sweet.
Goblin Slayer (Episode 4 – To Be Reviewed With Arthifis)
Another goblin nest, this one complete with a surprise boss to fight at the end. There’s probably a lot to discuss in terms of whether or not Goblin Slayer’s approach to fighting is honourable or whatever, but you can’t argue with his success rate so far and I like that he does consider the strengths of his companions in forming his plans.
Jingai-San no Yome (Episode 5 – Not Reviewed)
This one keeps getting weirder. This week the two minutes we get feature Hinowa walking beside Kanenogi while a butterfly lands on Kanenogi’s nose and Hinowa gets jealous, before we have a short bathroom scene where Hinowa invites Kanenogi in. We still have no context for why random creatures are paired with these kids or anything else so this just remains a kind of mystery wrapped in a fairly bland package.
Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (Episode 5)
This one is definitely making its mark as a show that isn’t going to drop the ball. While episode 4 was a little bit of a slow down as we transitioned into the new arc, episode 5 picks things up again and gets moving full steam ahead. While the tone is different with more Sakuta and less Mai, there’s some solid character and plot work on display here.
Release the Spyce (Episode 4)
Going through the motions was how I described this last week and to be honest episode 4 does nothing to dispel that illusion as we’re hit with a mentor-student rift that is simplistically resolved in episode. Almost nothing happens this week to advance an overall plot and while this remains watchable enough, it is just kind of there.
Run With The Wind (Episode 5)
They actually are starting to look more like a traditional team with training and everything, but that actually is probably why this episode isn’t as strong. There’s still some great individual moments, but as we get closer to the standard sports club kind of feeling what made this show feel a bit different kind of dissipated a bit.
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San (Episode 4)
Honda-San delivers a very relatable drama this week as he goes off to training and wow could I feel his pain when being asked to practice smiling. Still, this one isn’t planning to go beyond observations about Honda’s life and while it is interesting enough it feels like this could have been pushed a little further and really had something to say.
Sword Art Online Alicization (Episode 4)
The key to a fun Sword Art Online episode: give Kirito a sword and a target. That is all. Seriously, that’s all it took to get things moving again and for me to remember just how much fun Sword Art Online can be with its messy but flashy animation, overly dramatic music, and Kirito ready to take on pretty much anything. Awesome fun.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episode 5)
Is it just me or does this guy look really similar to the guy from the Sword Art Online episode? Not really the point. I actually enjoyed episode 5 a lot more and feel the world is now getting fleshed out enough that I’m getting kind of curious about it all. Hopefully this show continues to build on this because there’s some interesting ideas here.
Tsurune (Episode 2)
Really enjoyed this follow up episode. It is a pretty relaxed viewing experience but one that I feel has quite a bit of care and love behind it. I’m really getting drawn in to this and I want to get to know all of the characters a lot more. So far this one has just been a sheer pleasure to watch and one I’m keen for more of.
Voice of Fox (Episode 3)
They are stretching their premise about as far as they can get away with it and it is starting to show some wear and tear as this episode relies really heavily on happenstance to make it work. Plus I question the company in charge given you would think you’d have a pre-recorded version of the audio just in case. Still great fun though.
Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Episode 5)
The award for most off-model characters this season is definitely going to Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (at least of the shows I am watching). The first episode definitely revealed issues with the presentation of this show but episode 5 brings so many of those issues into the forefront. Pity, because underneath the disaster prone visuals and animation there’s a fairly solid story unfolding.
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
- Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei
- The Girl in Twilight
- Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
- Zombieland Saga
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