Spring 2017 Week 4

Pretty sure the watch list is set at this point. There’s a handful of shows that I’m still kind of thinking about dropping even though we’ve past the three episode point. I guess it really depends when they push me past being just kind of bored with them into disliking them. The rest of the shows I am most likely going to finish. Though with 8 shows as either Must Watch or Usually Entertaining I’m really enjoying Spring so far. That said, with writing anniversary posts, some of the shows I watch on Sunday haven’t been watched yet or updated on this list. Will fix that for next week. How are you enjoying the Spring season?

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


Must Watch

Natsume Yuujinchou 6 (Episode 3)

Natsume continues to be its usual self and was just the fun and relaxing watch I needed this week. Still no complaints about how this season has started as it is very much what I would have expected going into yet another season of Natsume.

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 4)

After saying this show was not in any kind of a rush, episode 4 felt like it was speeding along nicely. Events are fully in motion (I guess you can’t offer humanity infinite energy and have them just sitting around). This story continues to be fairly intriguing and quite clever, though it is still very dialogue driven and there is quite a heavy political focus at times.

The Eccentric Family Season 2 (Episode 3)

Benten is back! Okay, that statement alone would probably be enough to keep me going another week with this as a must watch regardless of how scattered or absent any kind of overall plot has been so far. Throw into the mix Nidaime’s very cool personality and to be honest I’m pretty happy to forget about the Tanuki and focus on those two for awhile. Still, it will be interesting to see what Yasaburo chooses for his next move after all of this.

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.


Usually Entertaining

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 18)

The kids have gone all out with their quirks during the second part of the cavalry battle and, despite the lack of danger being faced, they managed to build some real tension in those final moments. Again, this season continues to be entertaining and enjoyable even if it is also fairly predictable.

Sagrada Reset (Episode 4)

Episode 4 was somewhat less satisfying and has given me some concerns about the intended future of this show. There’s still a lot to think about in terms of what it is doing and where it is going, but for the first time, this show felt like it was rushing to get information out to the audience and as a result it all just felt kind of messy.

WorldEnd (Episode 3)

Much better third episode. After the weak second entry I was kind of fearing that I’d have to drop this show down. While the first episode was great without a decent follow up that’s all it would be, a great first episode. Third episode put some of those fears to rest by dealing fairly decently with the characters and pushing the story along a bit. Hopefully this show can continue to build from this beginning.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 4)

Akashic Records has finally moved from Okay to Usually Entertaining and other than the entirety of episode 1 and Glenn as a character, the rest of this show is quite entertaining (and even Glenn has his moments, I just personally have issues with him). Kind of looking forward to how the rest of this show plays out and still wondering what they have in mind for an end game.


Okay, I Guess

The Royal Tutor (Episode 4)

Last week I said that I wasn’t really interested in this show, but episode 4 finally feels like we’ve past the introductions and I did find myself quite enjoying this episode. It still isn’t really my kind of thing, but it has its own appeal and this week I found quite a few sweet or funny moments to enjoy. Unless it takes a serious nose dive in quality, this one may end up in the usually entertaining category because even though it really isn’t my thing, it is working hard to win me over.

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 4)

This has pretty much settled here. It is okay to watch and fun while its on but it isn’t exactly blowing me away with any particular element. It is 20 minutes each week I will enjoy and then I’ll probably forget about it until the next week.

Grimoire of Zero (Episode 3)

It didn’t get any worse this week, and as an individual episode the third one was probably the most interesting. However, the world and overall plot of this story remain pretty flat and as I am only passingly interested in the characters there really isn’t a lot of appeal in this show. Still sounds like it should be far more interesting than it is.

Alice & Zoroku (Episode 4)

I realised that at this point I don’t care about this show or its characters. There’s a tiny part of me still vaguely curious about where they are going with this whole dreams of Alice thing which is why I haven’t dropped this, but I’m not emotionally invested in the slightest. This realisation came as I watched twenty minutes of a young girl being treated cruelly after being kidnapped and not once did I care about whether she was rescued or not. I legitimately felt nothing for her plight. This one may not survive the whole season because usually this level of detachment comes right before I start making excuses to avoid watching the next episode.

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.

Sword Oratoria (Episode 3)

Sword Oratoria is dangerously close to hitting the ‘They Made This’ category, because really, why did they make this? They’ve given us no new perspective on Ais, there’s no actual plot being constructed yet, the events that have been retold have been less satisfying from the new viewpoint, and even if we ignore that this is a spin off and simply view it as an entirely new show, it is still flat and uninteresting. The couple of seconds of entertainment that you gain from seeing Bell or hearing a line from the original show, does not make up for the rest of the episode.


They Made This

Nothing at the moment that I’m watching.


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)

And now the shows have made their initial impressions and are pushing on with their stories. Which plot has you most interested this season?

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11 thoughts on “Spring 2017 Week 4

  1. Kado continues to be slow but fun. Really so far have absolutely noticeable where this heading for, but that I guess is just part of the fun 😊

    1. It is part of the fun. It seems to be getting more serious now but at the same time part of me wonders if they are going to move from the dialogue focus or not. Either way, I’m very curious.

  2. Nice list. Pretty much my choices, though as a hardcore Re:Creators fanboi, it is actually on top of my personal list. I am in the process of trying to make one myself, but it’s getting quite catastrophic now… For some weird reasons, I am commenting every episode of the ranking and now I have something like over 2500 words for a simple list. I’m thinking of scratching the draft and make it simpler, leaving the long things for when I will actually have a readerbase.

    The sequels are all quite good, in particular Shingeki no Kyojin and Boku no Hero Academia.

    A really nice surprise was Kado, it definitely got my interest already at ep. 1, but it is still getting better in my opinion.

    Clockwork Planet was quite bad, but I have to say that I quite enjoyed the two last episodes. Surprisingly cute.

    By the way, I may be a little stupid (or maybe it’s because I’m a newbie?), but I don’t get what does “They made this” part of the list mean.

    1. “They Made This” was a joke category I made for anime so bad I couldn’t believe someone actually gave it the green light and then continued to produce it (and yet for some reason I still chose to watch it). Hand Shakers definitely sat there for most of its run time and there are several other shows I’ve put myself through where I just had to question why they were even made.
      I wish I could try Re:Creators (tragically unavailable to me). As mixed as the reviews have been, the concept seems really interesting. And you are right, the Spring sequels are actually all quite decent, if not great, so all and all there’s a lot of great anime out at the moment.
      Thanks for the comment and hopefully you end up happy with your list.

      1. I see. Yep I could totally see Hand Shakers in that category.

        Why would Re:Creators be unavailable? The only people I know that can’t watch it are those that don’t understand English and have to wait one more week for it to be subbed in their native language.

        Well, I strongly suggest it, but I’ll advise that I’m by no means a deep analyzer or anything: I just rate them based on my enjoyment (which is already difficult for me…). So I’m very biased towards this series, as for some reasons (mostly the ear-gasm-like music, the concept, the animation and the characters, though MC is quite generic as for now) I just love it.

        Thanks for the encouragement, I think I’ll post it, even if only for the lols.

        1. Re:Creators isn’t streaming on any of the services I subscribe to unfortunately. Therefore, I’m stuck waiting until it becomes more widely available or DVD release.

          1. I see. I suppose it would be too late to hope for it to get streamed, huh. What a pity. Hope you will enjoy it in the future then.

            …won’t you… use torrents…?

          2. Absolute last resort and only for anime that are a couple of years old but still haven’t had a release that I can access. Years ago, when you just couldn’t access anime even if you wanted to pay for it, I would have, but now I like to support legal services and official releases to encourage more of them.

          3. Yes, I can understand. But many use torrents while buying/supporting the author/studio too?

            If you will still buy it in the end, it wouldn’t change anything, right (I think?)?

          4. I get that argument and don’t really object to people who do that. I just don’t actually like not doing the right thing (even if it is mostly victimless), so I avoid putting myself in a position where I need to feel guilty if possible.

          5. That’s really admirable. I respect that.

            Keep up with the good work then! You’re helping the whole community in this way, so thanks!

            I’m… not exactly that virtuous, though I do try to support the industry whenever possible.

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