Spring 2017 Week 3

The Spring season continues to be entertaining, which is great afer the relatively slow Winter season. My list is pretty much consolidated now though there are still a handful of shows that I’m not convinced I’ll watch through to the end. That said, I have 15 shows at the moment that I’m going to be reviewing episodically this season. Looking forward to what everyone else has decided to follow.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

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Must Watch

Natsume Yuujincho 6 (Episode 2)

So sweet. Okay, I loved this episode as it kind of touched on everything I love about the Natsume series and following on from such a great first episode, this season is really starting well. Absolutely love this series.

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 3)

This show is definitely in no rush to move the plot along. It is taking its time with each scene and the waiting in between. Rather than finding this dull or boring, I’m actually finding that it is adding to the tension of watching. There’s so many answers you are waiting for and hoping the next conversation will reveal. While not everyone is going to love the pace of this, there’s a fairly compelling story being set up here.

The Eccentric Family Season 2 (Episode 2)

Episode 2 introduces yet more characters and plot threads into the mix and this really feels like it is going to go the same path as season 1 where lots of ideas slowly develop before coming together at the end (or at least lets hope they do). Pretty much is you enjoyed the humour and tone of season 1, season 2 is much the same (which means I’m having a lot of fun with it so far).

Attack on Titan Season 2 (Episode 4)

Okay, it took 4 episodes but Attack on Titan is getting better each week. The slow start to this season is paying off as more and more pieces are coming together and the show is finding its pacing and tone. I really enjoyed episode 3 and episode 4 was better. Hoping this can maintain for the remainder of the season. Plus, the opening song is finally growing on me.

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Sagrada Reset (Episode 3)

Given my episode review on this took me clear over 500 words and I still wasn’t sure I’d said everything I wanted to and given right now I’m desperately awaiting the next episode, I had to move this up the list. It isn’t highly recommendable given the incredibly slow pace and unrelatable characters, but I’m really enjoying picking at the mysteries being presented and still trying to piece together where this story is going. Part of me kind of wishes they’d started with episode 3 and just filled in some of the blanks rather than having us sit through the first two episode before jumping two years.  This episode really got the story moving and while the characters still have as much personality as your standard talking toaster, when they are surrounded by intrigue you can kind of get behind the pair.

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 17)

I’m feeling that while I’m going to mostly enjoy watching this season, a common complaint is going to be whether or not we actually needed to watch something. There are so many scenes and conversations where I just have to wonder what they are adding to overall character development or plot and mostly they aren’t. They are just there getting us from A to B but we could have easily skipped straight over it and just figured out that a conversation or a scene had happened without watching it. Still, it is good fun even if it isn’t the most compelling viewing.

WorldEnd (Episode 2)

This second episode wasn’t bad, but it definitely had a lot more work to do filling in story than episode 1, and as a result, it wasn’t as interesting. That said, there is still quite a bit of promise in this show and I’m hoping now that its gotten through some of its explanations we can move forward.

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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 3)

So this went from the bottom of this category to the to and if it keeps going I may have to move it to usually entertaining. The various fights around the school were well done with enough variety that it didn’t feel like Glenn was just pulling the same trick on each villain. Admittedly, that final win was a bit convenient, but it is only episode 3 so I guess you can’t go killing off your title character.

Sword Oratoria (Episode 2)

And down it goes. To be honest, I enjoyed this episode less than the episodes of Alice & Zoroku and Granblue Fantasy, however Sword Oratoria still gets a few points for being a spin-off of a show I loved. Still, once we get past episode 3 if the series hasn’t managed to find its own feet (or anything of interest to present) I can see this show diving well to the bottom of my watch list. This second episode was almost painfully dull to watch as it contained everything I didn’t like about DanMachi and none of things I did enjoy.

Alice & Zoroku (Episode 3)

Right, so this is staying on my watch list but it is pretty ordinary. The ideas are good (or at least interesting) but the narrative and tone aren’t settling as we jump around and it makes the viewing experience less than thrilling. I get some people will be enjoying this more but I’m finding myself bored during the comedic stretches and less than impressed with the attempts at drama.

Granblue Fantasy (Episode 4)

Last week I said, “There’s no reason for me to drop this but little reason to recommend it”. I’m just going to leave that as my description of the show at this point. It is working well enough but it isn’t exactly great.

The Laughing Salesman (Episode 3)

I don’t think this will ever come up on my list of must watch anime and even saying it is entertaining is a stretch. What it does is formulaic cautionary tales but there’s something satisfying about watching it. The visuals aren’t great (but they are consistent), and with the exception of the Salesman there aren’t any recurring characters so character development is non-existent. That said, this is twenty minutes of viewing where I can switch off and happily watch and let the story just kind of roll over me and sometimes that’s enough to get out of a show.

Grimoire of Zero (Episode 2)

This one is slowly moving downward. There’s still a possibility that after it gets through these early episodes it will pick up, but to be honest, I’m not very impressed so far. It really sounds like it should be more fun than it is.

The Royal Tutor (Episode 3)

The Royal Tutor isn’t badly done. It’s perfectly nice to look at, the jokes are there and only a few are actually cringe worthy, and the characters are slowly but surely taking shape. That said, I am watching this with about as much interest as I watch the sports section of the morning news at this point, which is I’ll sit through it because it is there but barely remember it once it leaves the screen. One more episode (I say this week and probably for the next three weeks after that).

The Silver Guardian (Episode 4)

This finally clawed its way out of the ‘They Made This’ category as it finally looks like they are actually going to tell the story they promised us at the start of episode 1. All and all, episode 4 was a pretty interesting episode (not great by any means but compared to episodes 2 and 3 it was pretty good). If the show actually builds from there it might even become passably entertaining.

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They Made This

Nothing at the moment that I’m watching.

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Tried and Dropped

Tsukigakirei (Episode 2)

Eromanga Sensei (Episode 2)

Armed Girls Machiavellism (Episode 2)

Sakura Quest (Episode 1)

Love Tyrant (Episode 1)

Clockwork Planet (Episode 1)

Week 3 over – what made it onto your watch list for the season?


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Spring 2017 Week 2

While there are still a handful of shows I’m sitting on the fence about, for the most part I know what I’m going to watch for the season and I’ll have a final list by next week. One thing I know is that I am more excited about the possibilities for a lot of shows this season than I was during the Winter season so I’m really hoping they live up to their potential.

I’ve loved reading everyone else’s initial impressions of Spring. Seems like a lot of shows have been very hit and miss for some people with some raving over them and others instantly walking away, but there’s a lot of great conversations happening as people share their views and make their choices. Looking forward to watching the rest of the season and following along as others watch their shows of choice.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

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Must Watch

Natsume Yuujincho 6 (Episode 1)

This is kind of no-brainer given I’ve already watched 5 seasons of it. This is my total relax/calming show and I love watching the characters as they go about their lives. This first episode does exactly what you would expect of Natsume (and if you haven’t watched the previous seasons you should really give them a go). I know Natsume is unlikely to be my best show of the season (it’s a little too low key for that) but I’m starting it here because this show just makes me so happy.

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 2)

The complaint I made last time about little actual progress probably remains, however, I was really into this episode and felt profoundly disappointed when it ended. The show has definitely set up some good intrigue during these first episodes, whether it continues until the end of the series is another story, but for now this stays a must watch.

The Eccentric Family Season 2 (Episode 1)

While this show is a bit different for me (slice of life following a tanuki with a heavy comedy focus) I can’t deny that I found season 1 thoroughly charming. Season 2’s first episode delivers more of the same though offers little to anyone not already familiar with the characters or story so far given it provides almost no recap and only very briefly introduces the characters before plunging straight into a new conflict.

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WorldEnd (Episode 1)

I know that isn’t the full title but forget that; there’s no way I’m typing that every week. Anyway, this is almost a cute overload but somehow managed to land on the charming side with just enough intrigue that I’ll ignore the couple of innuendos that made me wince and the clear cliché riddled territory we seem to be heading into for episode 2. I really enjoyed this first episode so hopefully it can continue to charm.

Attack on Titan Season 2 (Episode 3)

Attack on Titan might even make it to a must watch if it keeps actually investigating some of the mysteries and inconsistencies in the world that appeared in season 1. Season 1 was very action focussed and reactionary, which while spectacular left me feeling a little over it by the end. Season 2 so far seems to be trying to fill in some of the gaps in the world building as well as build some fairly decent mystery into the story. That said, it could all come tumbling down again and we could go back to shouting characters and violence, which is still entertaining but not must see.

Sword Oratoria (Episode 1)

As much as I was excited for this title and a return to this world, the protagonist of this spin-off is boring. Okay, she fights well with a sword and they are definitely setting up tragic backstory for her, but that doesn’t make her any more interesting to watch and clearly the show knows it given how little screen time she got in the first episode (one scene she got was a bath scene where she mostly just stood moping in water). Still loving the world and the dungeon in this series, really excited to see some familiar faces, but if this is going to move higher on the list then the Ais is going to have to step up.

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 16)

Midoriya still hasn’t used his quirk but they did manage to give us that sense of over the top fun in episode 16 that  I enjoyed during season 1. So while I’m still a bit critical of the direction this is going, I had a smile on my face during most of episode 16. Hopefully the show can consistently give us more of these moments.

Sagrada Reset (Episode 2)

I just don’t know. Something interesting happened toward the end of episode 2, which shook the episode from just kind of going through the motions to being genuinely intriguing but the slow pace of the delivery and the robotic characters are going to wear thin sooner rather than later. Plus, why do we now have a 2 year time skip? Okay, I just don’t know. I’m intrigued more than entertained and I’m not yet ready to drop this one down any further but I’m not sure I’d recommend this as a watch to anyone.

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Grimoire of Zero (Episode 1)

While there was nothing wrong with this as a first episode it just wasn’t particularly exciting. A lot of exposition and introductions with a vague set up for the story. Despite that, there’s certainly the possibility of this getting quite interesting (or becoming really generic). We’ll see how it goes.

Alice & Zoroku (Epsidoe 2)

Episode 2 is leaning firmly toward a cutesy slice of life style and while the poor CG was gone, the animation isn’t anything to write home about. There’s nothing really wrong with being cute or slice of life, but I’m not overly interested in it. That said, I am still wanting to know a bit more about these dreams of Alice so from a curiosity point of view I’m not dropping this just yet.

Granblue Fantasy (Episode 3)

Generic and ordinary seem to be the buzz words for this show. Nothing wrong with episode 3 but no real excitement or anything of interest either (which you know we have swords, magic, airships and an entire army in this episode so why can’t it be exciting). There’s no reason for me to drop this but little reason to recommend it.

The Laughing Salesman (Episode 2)

Mindless was a good description of this last week as this week rolls out another two stories that pretty much follow the same formula established in episode 1. I think we’re going to need something to shake things up in episode 3 or I may not make it to episode 4.

The Royal Tutor (Episode 2)

Really my opinion of this hasn’t changed much. It is perfectly watchable but definitely not my usual genre and a lot of the comedy is missing the mark for me. I’m interested enough to go a third episode but this one is definitely heading toward being dropped.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 2)

Why didn’t they start with this? Okay, I still hate the main character and given the outfits the girls are in and the fact that we’ve had an attempted rape 2 episodes in isn’t promising, but this second episode actually seemed to realise it was supposed to do more than just roll out lazy clichés and kind of delivered a semi-compelling plot in amongst the less desirable parts. And tragically it introduced an idea about magic just interesting enough that dropping this is more or less off the table for now.

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They Made This

The Silver Guardian (Episode 3)

Pretty much this has become predictable but watchable nothingness. There’s not a single thing to recommend it from the three episodes it has aired, but there isn’t really any reason to hate it either. It just kind of is.

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Tried and Dropped

Tsukigakirei (Episode 2)

This is actually quite a good show and if you are into slow, middle school romances with shy lead characters it is worth checking out. That said, it isn’t my thing and the characters didn’t quite interest me enough to stay on board.

Eromanga Sensei (Episode 2)

While the first episode was kind of enjoyable even while there were some jokes that were a bit uncomfortable, episode 2 from minute 1 decides that having a cute girl discuss male anatomy and a younger sister throw a tantrum like a 2 year old is good enough for laughs. While the episode may have been getting to a point, I honestly don’t care.

Armed Girls Machiavellism (Episode 2)

Kind of figured this would end up here sooner or later. Unlike Akashic Records, the second episode of this is pretty happy to continue in the same tone as episode 1 which means it isn’t doing much other than bath scenes and various innuendos interspersed with some generic comedy and action.

Sakura Quest (Episode 1)

Love Tyrant (Episode 1)

Clockwork Planet (Episode 1)

And that is week 2 finished. Which show has surprised you the most so far?


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Spring 2017 Week 1

The first change you will notice is that I’ve moved my week recaps from Saturday to Sunday. I was never finished reviewing the anime of the week on Saturday anyway so it just made sense to shift the overview.

Secondly, I’ve decided to write my short thoughts on the show directly under the name rather than at the end of each category.

Otherwise, welcome to Spring 2017. This week I’m listing the shows I’ve started and where I think they’ll end up but there will be a lot of movement over the first few weeks and some shows I won’t catch up with the first episode for a little bit so will have to do some combination reviews of the first couple of episodes. I have also decided not to write individual posts on shows I have dropped by the end of episode 1 as I have enough other shows to write about. Anything else on the list has either been written about of a post is scheduled.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

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Must Watch

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 1)

I don’t know if this show is going to stay here but that first episode (plus episode 0) really grabbed my attention. Admittedly, it could easily go downhill and even episode 1 wasn’t flawless (slow pace, lots of characters, little actual progress, and some questionable animation), but if the goal ofa first episode is to make you want more, Kado did that for me.

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Attack on Titan Season 2 (Episode 2)

So we returned and everything is pretty much where we left it (in terrible condition, people cannot get on even though they may be the last survivors and there is still lots of shouting and fatalistic view points being thrown around). Still, if you like the fights, the shock gore, and the generally tragic nature of this show, episode 1 of this season delivered by the end. By the end of episode 2 we have had a lot more focus on some of the other characters (Sasha and Connie). This one probably won’t be a must watch simply because I have never really connected with the characters during season 1, though Sasha is doing a fair job of making me care if she survives. That said, I did love watching the first season the first time because of the strong emotional response it created so I’m hoping to enjoy season 2.

Sagrada Reset (Episode 1)

Very uncertain about the placement of this one. I don’t know that entertaining is the word to describe the episode but I do know that I really am waiting on a second episode of this because my curiosity is firing full steam ahead and I just want to know where this plans to go. The answer might be nowhere but I’m really hopeful at the moment. Very much enjoyed the first episode even while I kept kind of waiting to see what the overall story would be.

Alice & Zoroku (Epsidoe 1)

Still really unclear what this is going to be, but as a first episode I was certainly kept intrigued. Given it was a 45 minute episode it could have dragged but it was over before I knew it and I really wanted to see what was next so looking forward to where this goes. Definitely a possibility that this will become something that I’m not interested in, but also the possibility that it could be really interesting, so I’m staying hopeful.

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 15)

I’m going to very briefly give this show the benefit of the doubt, despite being burned by a lot of lame sequels in Winter. The first episode wasn’t great, but the final few minutes certainly give me reason to hope this season will find its feet and the second episode tried really hard to recapture some of what made season 1 entertaining. There’s a lot of potential for this to be great so lets hope it gets there because season 1 was just plain fun.

Eromanga Sensei (Episode 1)

Right, this is a very weird starting placement for an anime about a brother who writes light novels and a shut in sister who draws the artwork for them that is also filled with a whole bunch of stock standard moments, yet I kind of enjoyed this first episode (okay, I actually really enjoyed it and it finished before I even realised). I don’t know if this one will stick or not but ther first episode was definitely entertaining.

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Granblue Fantasy (Episode 2)

I’m optimistic that this one will get better as it goes, but the first episode is pretty generic and pretty ordinary. Not bad, it just doesn’t have anything to really draw you in and is mostly pretty flat emotionally even though the events feel like they should be more exciting. Second episode is much the same but the characters kind of set a goal to head off toward which could be fun. So hopefully this will see an improvement in future episodes.

The Laughing Salesman (Episode 1)

This one is tentatively here. I could end up really enjoying the mindlessness of it, or it could become really tedious. The art work is certainly making this a good candidate for the ‘They Made This’ category. Still, I’m going to give this a couple of episodes to see what it does before I make up my mind.

The Royal Tutor (Episode 1)

This wasn’t a bad first episode, but it terms of genre, this one isn’t really for me. Still, it wasn’t a dreadful first episode and parts of it were actually kind of interesting and fun. I’m up for another episode just to see what they intend with the main character and then I’ll decide if I’m sticking with this.

Tsukigakirei (Episode 1)

Fairly inoffensive middle school romance thing. First episode was pretty much set up and fairly slow but nothing wrong with it. Not sure it’s really going to be my thing so I’ll give it another episode and then decide.

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The Silver Guardian (Episode 2)

Common sense tells me this should end up in tried and dropped. It has given all indications that it is going to be another nonsense, poorly animated show with characters I don’t care about (why didn’t I drop this already?) so I’m hopefully going to do the sensible thing and drop it after the next episode, though somehow I think I’ll probably just keep justifying this one to myself and end up loathing the fact that I watched this. Maybe it will get better. It might.

Armed Girls Machiavellism (Episode 1)

This one could potentially get better but episode 1 isn’t really interested in doing much beyond the standard cliché’s you would expect from its premise. Still, better than Akashic Records in that at least the episode had some good moments and pacing even while it was hopelessly predictable. Though I have to wonder what is with the title here.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 1)

This is cliché ridden lazy writing at its worst. For a first episode the only thing it does is embrace the worst of the light novel tropes and all you have to wonder is why you would even bother releasing such a pathetic attempt at a story. Maybe it will get better but my bet would be that this one is going to get dropped fast.

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Tried and Dropped

Sakura Quest (Episode 1)

There was nothing actually wrong with Sakura Quest but it just isn’t my sort of show and I didn’t really have any interest in the main character so I’ve decided to move on for now. This one though I may revisit later and give more of a chance to, because from a quality point of view it is better than shows I’m holding onto for a second week.

Love Tyrant (Episode 1)

I didn’t make it through much of the first episode of this. I guess if you are into that sort of comedy there isn’t anything overly wrong with this episode but it isn’t for me and there’s enough other titles for me to check out that I moved on.

Clockwork Planet (Episode 1)

This is the first one I’ve dropped because I genuinely found it unwatchable. Hated the characters, the set up wasn’t doing much for me, and visually it was kind of a mish mash. All and all, I’m just not willing to give this any more of my time.

First week of tried shows done. No idea what will stick yet but hopefully I’ll have a final watch list soon.


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Winter 2017 Final List

As the title says, this is my final list for the Winter 2017 season. This was not an amazing season of anime for me. Lots of rom-coms and slice of life shows that just didn’t do much for me (though I’ve enjoyed shows in both of these genres previously), a few sequels that didn’t manage to hold up to the first seasons, and then just some passably entertaining shows. Still, I’ve enjoyed discussing these shows with the blogging community and I’m certainly looking forward to the Spring 2017 season. And while I know a couple of shows have yet to close for the season, this is my final list for Winter 2017.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows so let me know what ended up being your best and worst for the season.

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Must Watch

  • ACCA (Finished)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Finished)

I think ACCA is going to stay on top (at least while they are both so fresh in my mind) simply because it has decidely resolved its story whereas March Comes in Like a Lion is still a work in progress, despite having twice as many episodes. That said, while ACCA is the show I’m choosing as more entertaining now, I get the distinct impression that in the long term, March is going to be the one I end up watching more times and enjoying more. Still, ACCA was pretty amazing to watch through.

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  • Spiritpact (Finished)
  • Chain Chronicle (Finished)

Chain Chronicle never rose above what it started out as but that is fine. Fans of straight fantasy won’t have anything to complain about other than a lack of anything to distinguish this from any other sword and sorcery story. Looking forward to that moment in a few months where I just binge this in one day.

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  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 48)
  • Blue Exorcist (Finished)
  • Super Lovers (Finished)
  • elDLIVE (Finished)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 12)

Iron Blooded Orphans actually kind of reconnected with me this week. It isn’t really enough to make up for the last however long where I’ve just kind of been waiting for the inevitable end, but I genuinely felt for a character for the first time in awhile. Of course, I’m also looking forward to what comes next because I’m thinking this is going to explode now.

elDLIVE remained pretty ordinary until the end. It was never unwatchable but never rose beyond being kind of tolerable. A shame for a show with an interesting concept but it just never really rises above watchable.

Tales of Zestiria the X continues to just kind of meander along. Despite how difficult armatization with Dezel was, apparently Rose can now just armatize given she did it with Mikleo without any kind of discussion mid-battle. And now we’re going for a ‘by our powers combined’ kind of ending, which I guess I expected from the beginning but at this late stage just seems kind of like a tacked on power up given it wasn’t previously discussed as a possibility.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Finished)

Seriously, I need my head examined for not dropping Hand Shakers. That is all I have to say on the fact that I got through 12 episodes of that.

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Tried and Dropped

  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 10)
  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Winter 2017 done. Let’s see what Spring brings us.


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Winter 2017 Week 11

Okay, we’re almost at the end of the winter season with a lot of shows wrapping up. I’ve started checking out a few of the shows I skipped over earlier in the season (though they won’t appear on this list) but anything I check out I’ll post an impressions of and if I end up watching it through I’ll review the show. Of course my best of the season won’t really be a surprise to anyone though I’m still torn about whether it will end up being March or ACCA. I might start doing a plus-minus list on both just to see which I actually feel is stronger.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. For everyone else you can find my screen cap of the week and my reviews of season 2 Super Lovers over on patreon.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

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Must Watch

  • ACCA (Episode 11)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Finished)

Yeah, I moved ACCA back above March but honestly I’ll have to rewatch these shows before I actually know which was more entertaining overall. They are both brilliant in their own way but they both have flaws and it will be interesting to see which one manages to be more entertaining when you know where it is heading. But, episode 11 of ACCA was truly amazing.

Really glad we got an announcement of a season 2 for March Comes in Like a Lion. I’m just not ready for that story to end yet. I love that as much growth as Rei has had this season, he is still the same and plagued by uncertainties. He even says he hasn’t changed (which isn’t strictly true) but in many ways he hasn’t. Very enjoyable watch this season.

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  • Spiritpact (Finished)
  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 11)

Chain Chronicle continues to be generic but entertaining enough fantasy. If you like swords, magic, and simple bad guy motives, this is a nice weekly watch. Sufficiently entertaining but not a lot to think about.

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  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 47)
  • Blue Exorcist (Finished)
  • Super Lovers (Finished)
  • elDLIVE (Episode 11)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 11)

Iron Blooded Orphans continues to bring us despair (I guess technically no one died this episode but the situation is pretty bleak). What little ray of hope was offered at the end was snatched away before the credits and next week does not look good. My care factor is pretty minimal at this time but I’m going to see how this plays out.

Blue Exorcist delivered what was a fairly pointless episode. Everyone survived, let’s have some touching reunions, some hints of future plots and problems, go touring around for some photo ops, and then have one more touching conversation between the brothers. Really, this follow up season has been watchable but that’s about the best recommendation I’m going to give it.

elDLIVE I guess is going for a dramatic finish but given one of the characters was kind of only introduced this week and it doesn’t look like he’ll be hanging around, its kind of hard to care. Plus, Chuta’s general lack of anything resembling a backbone is really starting to get dull.

It kind of seems sad that Tales of Zestiria is sitting underneath elDLIVE at this point given that elDLIVE has been all kinds of mediocre for its first season. But, from a plot point of view, this season of Zestiria makes almost zero sense and essentially we could have just had this battle back at the end of season 1. Any argument that Sorey is now stronger can be countered simply by a ‘why’. What have we seen him do that would actually make him stronger? Because pretty much we’ve focussed on every character except Sorey until these last few episodes and to be honest other than the show says he can now purify dragons I’ve seen little reason to believe he is any better as a shepherd than he was. And that makes almost all of this season 2 meaningless. Sorry, that was a long explanation, but I’m really disappointed in this.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 11)

The ‘They Made This’ category was made for Hand Shakers. Every week I just keep wondering how this show didn’t get axed mid-production. It is almost painful to watch at this point. Which is kind of sad given the basic premise of the show could have been interesting. This kind of demonstrates why you cannot pick an anime based on its synopsis. There’s a lot to be said about the execution of an idea and in this case all they’ve done is pile on poor writing, dull characters, hideous visuals, and a plot that has meandered all over the place and only advances through info-dumps.

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Tried and Dropped

  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 10)
  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

That’s week 11 over and there’s not much to finish this season.


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Winter 2017 Week 10

And we’ve made it to week 10. Part of me is amazed that we’re finally here and part of me is wondering why I’m still watching some of the shows I started this season, but there’s still that end of season anticipation that is so much fun. Even if a show hasn’t been great there’s always kind of a hope that the finish will be amazing. Or at least amusing. Though in the case of Interviews with Monster Girls I finally gave up hoping this week.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. For everyone else you can find my screen cap of the week and my reviews of season 2 Super Lovers over on patreon.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

yuri10d

Must Watch

  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 21)
  • ACCA (Episode 10)

March Comes in Like a Lion was truly great thisweek. It feels like such a perfect way to look at Rei’s emotional journey so far. I know there is one more episode but I would have been happy with him reuniting with the sister’s as an end point to be honest.

ACCA on the other hand slipped just a bit this week. It wasn’t a major issue but it certainly wasn’t the usual clever writing I’ve come to expect from the show and as a result has made it easier for me to split these two shows at the top of my watch list. We’ll see whether ACCA can pull off its ending.

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Usually Entertaining

  • Spiritpact (Finished)
  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 10)

Spiritpact – Apparently done at episode 10. Definitely the surprise of the season. This show went from disaster to compelling over its 10 episode run.

Chain Chronicle seems to have launched us toward a final battle though there are definitely a few issues with logic coming through at this point. Great fun to be had though.

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Okay, I Guess

  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 46)
  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 36)
  • Super Lovers (Finished)
  • elDLIVE (Episode 10)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 10)

Iron Blooded Orphans brings us more space battle and then we get into mopey regret this week. This show seems determined to extinguish any kind of hope people might have for change. It will be interesting to see what message it ends on but at the moment it all looks kind of bleak (expected from Gundam really).

Blue Exorcist finally took out the impure king in a suitable display of blue flames. Not sure what they are aiming for next week and it still doesn’t fix the very slow climb to get to this point, but this episode was definitely getting closer to entertaining.

Super Lovers is being reviewed on my Patreon site (available to everyone).

elDLIVE was also pretty weak this round and given the show as a whole hasn’t been overly impressive, floundering at this point in the season doesn’t seem like a smart move.

Tales of Zestiria the X is desperately trying to wrap things up and bring everything together. The fact that some of the ideas are getting squashed is more or less inevitable given after doing very little for many episodes we’re not having an epic, fate-of-the-world kind of battle being set up. All and all, the fun this show gave us in season 1 has been utterly replaced by an increasing need to make excuses for charactisation, poor writing and pacing. No more excuses Zestiria.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 10)

I think I expect nothing from Hand Shakers at this point and its certainly delivering on that nothing.

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Tried and Dropped

  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 10)
  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Finally gave up on Interviews with Monster Girls. It could be argued I should have just finished it given how far I’ve come, but to be honest I was just bored crazy during the first half of episode 10 and really there are so many other things I could do with my time. What really did it in was trying to write 100 words on it each week has become a challenge. Normally the challenge is cutting words out of episode reviews but with that one I just had nothing to say.

That’s week 10 done. What are you looking forward to in the Spring season?


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Winter 2017 Week 9

Week 9 has come and gone and we see the shows that are finishing up launch their final few episodes. This should be a realy exciting time and a couple of shows seem to acknowledge that, but there’s a lot that are just going through the motions and may or may not deliver a satisfying conclusion. There’s a lot of shows I’ve dropped from Usually Entertaining to Okay, I Guess for the simple reason that ignoring the entertainment value of season 1, seeing how these shows have played out and what they are tipping for a conclusion, they just aren’t that entertaining. They aren’t bad enough to drop given attachment to the story and characters formed in season 1, but they aren’t good enough that I would tell someone with excitement that they exist.

If you missed my tweet, my apologies for being a little bit disappeared this week. I was crazy busy with work the first half and then got taken out by a fever for the second half of the week (which hasn’t helped the crazy busy work given I’ve had to take sick leave). I’m finally starting to recover though I’m still getting hit off and on with fever so I’m thinking I’ll be a little hit and miss for a few more days before I make a full recovery. Hopefully I’ll catch up with everyone else’s blogs then.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. Last weeks, I posted my responses to my genre challenge so if you missed it patrons, all of those posts should now be available. For everyone else you can find my screen cap of the week and my reviews of season 2 Super Lovers over on patreon.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

yuri10d

Must Watch

  • ACCA (Episode 9)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 20)

These two shows are going out of their way to make it impossible to choose which is the better of them this season. I like them both, for different reasons, and both are unmissable for me at the moment.

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Usually Entertaining

  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 9)
  • Spiritpact (Episode 9)

Chain Chronicle continues to throw every fantasy stereotype at us but its doing it in an entertaining manner and wow its been awhile since I’ve seen a story so generically fantasy like that wasn’t a parody or sarcastically self-aware. Really enjoying this show.

Okay, I have no idea what Spiritpact is setting up at thisp oint, I just know that I want the next episode and I want it right now. So I’m guessing I’m enjoying it or at the very least I’m caught up in the story at this point.

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Okay, I Guess

  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 9)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 45)
  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 35)
  • elDLIVE (Episode 9)
  • Super Lovers (Episode 9)
  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 9)

Honestly, I’ve given Tales of Zestiria more than enough time to sort itself out this season and now I just have to acknowledge, it’s not that good. It’s finally heading somewhere, but this show is kind of just watchable at best at this point. There’s no depth and no real tension. You just kind of watch the pretty lights play out, smile at one or two bits of dialogue, and then the episode ends and you move on.

Iron Blooded Orphans is in exactly the same position as Zestiria. First season was pretty good (actually I really enjoyed it) but I’ve given season 2 more than enough time to figure itself out and really it hasn’t taken us anywhere of interest. Now its just watching the final bullets fly and I’ll guess we’ll see who is still breathing when we get to the end.

And Blue Exorcist finally remembered it can occasionally be cool, even if the bad guys are now mocking the exorcists for having committee meetings mid-fight. Alas, the start of what might be a decent fight sequence isn’t really enough to make up for 9 and a half episodes of mostly tedium so this series really isn’t moving on the list.

elDLIVE continues to be kind of okay with a few moments of great in amongst a lot of ordinary. Again, perfectly watchable but nothing really to get excited over.

Super Lovers is being reviewed on my Patreon site (available to everyone).

Interviews with Monster Girls remains much the same as always. Actually, the first half of this week’s episode was pretty good, then we returned to business as usual.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 9)

I wish they would stop trying to make me feel sympathetic for those that lose in this show. Given they go all out to defeat their enemy, once they are beaten they try to make us feel for their loss but it is all back to front. If I didn’t care about them before they lost I’m not going to care after they lose.

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Tried and Dropped

  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Week 9 over. Truthfully, which anime is likely to be your worst of the season that you didn’t drop?


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Winter 2017 Week 8

Week 8 and things are heating up in some shows as we close in on the end of the season. I’m genuinely going to be sad to see March Comes in Like a Lion come to an end. I really enjoy waking up on Sunday to a new episode of it. ACCA I’m looking forward to the resolution of. I’ll miss this show but I’m happy they don’t seem to be unnecessarily stringing out the content and it feels like it is coming to a resolution. The other shows this season I’m reasonably indifferent to at this point in terms of whether they end or continue. It’s kind of sad but true.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. Remember also, I’m posting my responses to the genre challenge I made over the next week. For everyone else you can find my screen cap of the week and my reviews of season 2 Super Lovers over on patreon.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

yuri10d

Must Watch

  • ACCA (Episode 8)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 19)

As ACCA starts pulling everything together it is moving from being interesting and compelling to being something really great. Even an episode that was pretty much entirely backstory felt meaningful and it felt like it appeared exactly when it needed to. I’m really loving watching this show. The reason I’ve moved it above March is because there’s more balance. March I’m really loving for the characters and visuals but there really isn’t much in the way of plot. ACCA has taken a bit longer to draw us into the characters but everything is coming together with this show now.

March Comes in Like a Lion really gave us a strong episode this week. In terms of story it was very quiet but the characters and visuals did everything they needed to. This show continues to be quietly impressive.

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Usually Entertaining

  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 8)
  • Spiritpact (Episode 8)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 8)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 44)

Chain Chronicle continues to be fairly standard but fairly entertaining fantasy. I could be super critical of a whole bunch of things but really it is accomplishing what it is setting out to do and it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is.

Spiritpact has jumped up this list again. Mostly because if you were to ask me which episode I was most looking forward to the next part of, it easily beats all the sequel series this season has rolled out. There’s definitely still issues with the show in terms of production but the characters and story get better each episode and I’m genuinely caught up in the events at the moment, unlike the other shows where I feel like I’m waiting for them to stop stuffing around and do something.

Tales of Zestiria finally gave us an actually fun episode and remembered there was supposed to actually be a villain somewhere to fight. Amazing how much better things get when there is a point to them. Anyway, let’s hope we can now end the season strongly but really there’s no saving the poor start to this season and the rewatch value up to this point is nil.

Iron Blooded Orphans gives us more foreshadowing of a very bad ending looming over most of the characters. Seriously, is anyone going to be alive at the end of this?

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Okay, I Guess

  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 34)
  • elDLIVE (Episode 8)
  • Super Lovers (Episode 7)
  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 8)

Blue Exorcist has fallen to just being okay because this season has just not delivered. We finally get into a fight and it isn’t the fast paced fun adventure of season 1 but another talky choppy mess of scenes where nothing is given the attention it deserves and the enemy is all but forgotten in most of the exchanges.

elDLIVE remains… odd? Strange? Occasionally really good with moments of eye-rolling idiocy mixed in? It’s hard to know given from one section to the next of a single episode I can be having a great time to being annoyed with this show. The second half this week was excellent and then they all enrolled in school at the end. Seriously? We’re going there?

Super Lovers is being reviewed on my Patreon site (available to everyone).

Interviews with Monster Girls just continues to do its thing. I’m neither particularly interested or particularly annoyed with this at this point.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 8)

There’s really nothing left to say about this anime at this point. It hasn’t got better or worse (though my tolerance for some of its nonsense is getting lower).

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Tried and Dropped

  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Week 8 has drawn to a close. Has you opinion changed about any of the shows so far this season?


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Winter 2017 Week 7

From following Twitter, it definitely seems there’s a lot of mid-season dropping going on with people getting half-way through a show that kind of looked like it had potential but then failing to deliver. Even people who don’t normally drop mid-season are finding themselves making the choice to let something go. That said, there’s a lot of praise out there for some shows and most people have found something to celebrate from the Winter Anime season. For me, that’s ACCA and March Comes in Like a Lion. While these shows may not be my favourites ever with neither falling into a genre that I would normally claim to love, they are most definitely holding my interest and delivering some fairly solid storytelling.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. Everyone else can access reviews of the Scum’s Wish manga and Super Lovers season 2 episode reviews so be sure to check them out.

As always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows this season so please leave a comment below.

yuri10d

Must Watch

  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 18)
  • ACCA (Episode 7)

Episode 18 of March Comes in Like a Lion wasn’t that great for me with some of its visuals, but the series as a whole remains pretty solid and, to be honest, I’m in love with the character journey at this point.

ACCA episode 7 continues to surprise, this time seemingly going for the straight forward approach. Refreshing after so much intrigue and while it feels like things have come together there’s still a lot of nagging questions.

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Usually Entertaining

  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 7)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 43)
  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 33)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 7)
  • Spiritpact (Episode 7)

While I’m not going to call Chain Chronicle a must watch, it is definitely my favourite popcorn entertainment watch of the season. While ACCA and March make me think and listen to the dialogue a second time and flick through scenes looking for visual cues I may have missed, Chain Chronicle is just fun to sit back and watch unfold in all its typical fantasy tropes. No, I won’t make an argument that this is an amazing story, but it is exactly what I want most Sunday’s when I’m trying to switch off.

Any hope of Orphans reigniting some of season 1’s flair for a strong finish is pretty much killed at this point. Yes, we’ll probably get a great final battle but really, that was all that Fareed’s plan had to it? You would think after keeping us in the dark this long it would be a reveal of actual value.

Blue Exorcist now has us all in the middle of a fight and yet we still are having to endure lengthy conversations and dialogue that goes around in circles. Admittedly, there was definitely a sense of urgency this week which has been lacking so far, but this still feels like they are stretching a little material a very long way.

Tales of Zestiria is being put on notice that if it doesn’t start bringing something more to the table then I am going to drop this down to just okay. Season 2 has continually not been as entertaining as season 1, and this is definitely starting to kill a lot of my desire to continue with this story (and seriously, it’s a fantasy with dragons, I should love this and yet it just hasn’t been delivering anything this season of note).

Spiritpact thickens the plot and maybe Keika won’t be so useless after this episode (though I won’t hold my breath on that). This one is the surprisingly improved show of the season given the incredibly rough start it had.

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Okay, I Guess

  • elDLIVE (Episode 7)
  • Super Lovers (Episode 7)
  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 7)

elDLIVE gives us some great lines this week and a few really good moments. Then it kind of dissolves into a friends forever and hope wins kind of thing. That said, this show does keep building on what it has so if it gets enough episodes could definitely end up being something.

Super Lovers is being reviewed on my Patreon site (available to everyone).

Interviews with Monster Girls remains watchable and that is the highest level of recommendation this show can get off of me at this point. Even if it has a brilliant finish it is just too flat, too lame, or too dull too often that the few sparks of creative or interesting cannot compensate for it.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 7)

Hand Shakers is really wanting to cement its position as worst anime of the year early on and its succeeding admirably. While a lot of people took one look at the visuals of this show and declared it dead in the water, those of us who have continued have found a whole slew of things completely dreadful about this show. Every single thing that could have been interesting or helped lift this show has been squandered and all we have at this point a selection of screenshots showing the many and creative ways we can jam the word mesh into a sentence. Still not dropping it but only sticking to it because I am stubborn.

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Tried and Dropped

  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Week 7 over. So far, what has surprised you this season?


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Winter 2017 Week 6

Week 6 and we’re half-way through any anime that are running 12 episodes. I’d hesitate to say that this is a terrible season given there are some good shows running and a few that I haven’t been able to watch at all, but really, I think this is probably my worst season for dropping things mid-way through and there is very little I’m interested in picking up that’s actually out on the serives I use.

Over on patreon, patrons will find my highlight of the week and my lesser top 5 list for the week. Everyone else can access reviews of the Scum’s Wish manga and Super Lovers season 2 episode reviews so be sure to check them out.

As always feel free to share your thoughts on this season in the comments below.

yuri10d

Must Watch

  • March Comes in Like a Lion (Episode 17)
  • ACCA (Episode 6)

There’s very little to say about March Comes in Like a Lion except that it continues to be an impressive story to watch unfold and at this point I’m completely caught up in the lives of the characters.

ACCA is really doing my head in as I try to figure out what the end game is. The writing is good enough that it doesn’t feel like it is pointlessly stringing me along but at the same time I’m still pretty much in the dark about how this will all play out. Really loving this series so far.

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Usually Entertaining

  • Chain Chronicle (Episode 6)
  • Iron Blooded Orphans (Episode 42)
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 (Episode 6)
  • Blue Exorcist (Episode 32)
  • Spiritpact (Episode 6)

Chain Chronicles continues to deliver a standard but fairly entertaining fantasy adventure and one that seems to have a bit more weight and bite than Tales  of Zestiria at the moment.

Iron Blooded Orphans is well and truly on track for a miserable ending but I don’t think I ever expected a happy ending for the cast so I’ll be really surprised when I find out who survives (if anyone) when we do make it to the end of this.

Tales of Zestiria the X seems to feel like it is finally starting (which you know only 6 episodes into season 2 isn’t bad). We’re finally done with Rose’s side story and now she’s officially joined team Sorey so apparently we can now go and rescue the Princess. I am enjoying this despite the sarcasm.

Blue Exorcist saved itself from dropping this week with a few touching scenes and finally the promise of some action (though we aren’t quite there yet). Still, I’m not terribly impressed with how this show is going and its going to have to work hard to really come back from that slow start.

Spiritpact gives us a time-frame because apparently everything has so far happened within a week. It also continues to build on the two main characters with far less silliness than the early episodes. Really enjoying this over the last couple of weeks.

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Okay, I Guess

  • elDLIVE (Episode 6)
  • Super Lovers (Episode 6)
  • Interviews with Monster Girls (Episode 6)

elDLIVE continues to become more interesting (amazingly enough with Misuzu sitting out most of the last episode all of the characters felt like they suddenly had more personality). I’d really like to see this show move up as there’s plenty of good material here but at the moment its still kind of finding itself.

Super Lovers is being reviewed on my Patreon site (available to everyone).

Interviews with Monster Girls remains neither particularly good or bad and continues to roll along with very little happening. It works well enough but is hardly exciting.

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They Made This

  • Hand Shakers (Episode 6)

Hand Shakers is the only anime I’m still watching that still fits the category. Most of the other shows I’ve stuck with have kind of found at least a mediocre level. Hand Shakers on the other hand just keeps making me ask ‘why’. Why do you exist? What were the writer’s thinking? It could get better but I’m thinking this is just going to limp along until the end of the season.

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Tried and Dropped

  • Akiba’s Trip (Episode 6)
  • Fuuka (Episode 5)
  • Trickster (Episode 13)
  • Gabriel DropOut (Episode 1)
  • Masamune-Kun’s Revenge (Episode 1)
  • Schoolgirl Strikers (Episode 1)
  • Seiren (Episode 1)
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil (Episode 1)
  • Chaos;Child (Episode 1 – five minutes in)

Week 6 and which show do you think is going to be your show of the season?


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