Spring Overview Week 9

Week 9 has come and gone and I am definitely starting to feel a growing sense of impatience for next season. There are just too many shows this Spring that could disappear and I probably wouldn’t even notice. Those into slice of life, there are actually quite a few sweet titles out at the moment, but unfortunately it isn’t one of my favourite genres and none of the ones out managed to entice me to sticking them out.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the season below.

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I Must Keep Watching

The titles haven’t changed but the order has. For the first time this season Sailor Moon Crystal is not occupying my top spot of things I have to watch.

  1. My Hero Academia
  2. Assassination Classroom
  3. Sailor Moon Crystal

The bottom line is, while Sailor Moon is in no danger of being dropped, this week’s episode when judged on its own merits wasn’t as good and Assassination Classroom or My Hero Academia (my reviews on My Hero Academia should catch up with the show shortly).

These are the three shows I must keep watching but that in itself is telling. One’s a remake, the other is a season 2 of an ongoing show.

The only show I’ve actually picked up this season and fallen in love with is My Hero Academia and even then, unless the ending really nails it, there is definite danger that it could slip into the “That was cute” category of things I enjoyed at the time but don’t think about after. I’m hoping that’s not the case given how clever some of the developments have been but there’s no real guarantee that this is going to end well, or even end at all.

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Still On My Radar

I definitely liked Shonen Maid more this week and Asterisk has finally slipped into Not Dropped but Close territory as it butchered the grand finale in terms of any kind of partnership between Ayato and Julis.

  1. Shonen Maid
  2. Bungo Stray Dogs
  3. Kiznaiver

I speculated last week that Kiznaiver might move up to the I Must Keep Watching zone but now I take that back. It isn’t terrible but the few moments of brilliance it has are surrounded by a lot of muck and to be honest it just isn’t finding a stable narrative in amongst the gimmicks. Bungo Stray Dogs however delivered a reasonably impressive episode (captivating enough that I kept persisting in watching it even as I had to continually pause, wait, play with the occasional page reload in order to finish the episode).

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Not Dropped But Close

  1. The Asterisk War
  2.  Twin Star Exorcists
  3. Super Lovers
  4. Joker Game
  5. The Lost Village

The Asterisk War has fallen here and that is not a good sign for its future given how little I liked the start of season one. While for awhile I was moderately enjoying the show, now I’m just feeling a little tired of the ‘we love Ayato’ party that just keeps going on to the detriment of Julis’ character.

Twin Star Exorcists continues to be watchable but I’m not sure I’m staying long term. Super Lovers and Joker Game are both watchable and engaging in small doses but if someone asked me for an anime to watch I wouldn’t recommend either one. The Lost Village is just here because it’s a mystery and unfortunately I can’t turn to the last page because it isn’t a book. I guess I’ll just have to watch and see. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Dropped

  1. Rinne
  2. Tanaka-Kun is Always Listless
  3. Big Order
  4. Flying Witch
  5. Hundred
  6. Cerberus
  7. Re:Zero
  8. Endride

Last week I hoped that would be the end of dropping but I have finally let Rinne go. That doesn’t mean I won’t watch anymore but I won’t be reviewing with any kind of regularity. To be honest, Big Order should move back up to the previous category because I’ve still watched it every week even after ‘dropping it’ and I’ve continued to review. Morbid curiosity maybe, or maybe it is a better show than I’ve given it credit for.

Where are you up to this season and what are you anticipating?

5 thoughts on “Spring Overview Week 9

  1. This is exactly why I tend to wait for the season to end before I watch its shows; the hype dies down and people only recommend what is truly worth watching. I disagree with your opinion about Kiznaiver though, I thought the latest episode was very good.

  2. Of your top three, which (if not all) is appropriate for kids to watch?
    I told my husband I was going to ask this question and he laughed at me. He said, they’re cartoons. They’re all appropriate for kids. But, I know some anime is written especially for adults.

    1. If I’m honest, other than Flying Witch I can’t think of any anime this season that I would call totally appropriate for kids. Then again, everyone has their own tolerance of what is and isn’t acceptable viewing so it really depends on what you are concerned about. Thematically, all of my top 3 are probably not kid appropriate, though Sailor Moon Crystal is probably the most kid friendly. My Hero Academia is also reasonable thus far but again, it depends what you are worried about.

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