Okay, we are one week into our new anime season and I still have no idea what I’m actually going to keep following. There are too many shows this season that warrant at least another episode before I make up my mind. So at the moment I’m keeping most on the table and will make some choices next week (or at the least by week 3).
And I did finally drop Twin Star Exorcists. I figure it’s been hanging onto the edge of the cliff for so long I may as well just give it a little push. I may pick it back up again later just to see how it ends but I’m not interested in watching week to week.
My list is simply going to be in order of which shows I am most looking forward to the next episode of. I figure (whether the anime is good or not) if I want to see the next episode it had to have done something right. With the exception of D.Gray-Man. Much like Sailor Moon, I have no objectivity here. I’m a fan and this first episode just reminded me why I’m a fan so it’s going to get watched regardless of whether it derails itself. I’m not such a crazy fan girl of Food Wars but I liked the first season enough that I’ll probably finish season 2.
Cute High Earth Defence Club on the other hand I’m not sure if there is sufficient subject matter left in the magical girl genre to parody or whether this will just become tedious. First episode of season 2 looks reasonable.
By the way, my reviews of the shows I’ve been watching over the last week or so while I’ve been away are starting to go up on the blog now. I’m a little behind but am hoping to be caught up by next week.
Any shows not on the list I either haven’t watched the first episode of or it isn’t available (on the services I’m using – in my region). There’s definitely a few that I just haven’t got to yet.
So from most looking forward to the next episode to least looking forward to:
- D.Gray-Man Hallow
- Food Wars
- 91 Days
- Alderamin of the Sky
- Cheer Boys
- The Morose Mononokean
- Taboo Tattoo
- Cute High Earth Defence Club Love
- Sweetness and Lightning
- Tales of Zestiria the X
- The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi
- Ozmafia (Third dropped anime this season)
- Scar-red Riders XechS (Second dropped anime this season)
- First Love Monster (First dropped anime this summer season)
If I’m honest, I don’t think Days will last the season. Mostly because I don’t really do sport anime but I liked the first episode enough to not write this off.
Orange and Cheer Boys were both kind of sweet and I’m hoping one of them hangs on as I need something sweet to watch.Momokuri was also kind of sweet but in a weird kind of way. However, the next episode (or episodes) have come out and I’m probably going to see this through.
91 Days and Aldaramin were late entries but both made quite an impression for a first episode so here’s hoping they continue in a similar fashion.
The Morose Mononokean (besides having a name I have to keep checking the spelling of) kind of reminded me of Natsume with more attitude so I’ll watch for awhile at least.
Taboo Tattoo and Servamp are both suffering from being a little too generic and safe in their first episodes so it is difficult to tell whether they are going to deliver anything solid or not. At least they weren’t terrible.
Rewrite confused me but I was interested so hopefully something good emerges.
Sweetness and Lightning is actually quite good but I just don’t think it is going to be for me. I will still check out another episode or 2 before I decide but I’m thinking I will end up passing. The High School Life of a Fudanshi was kind of nothing but was pleasant enough so maybe. Ozmafia on the other hand was kind of nothing and I’m just going to pass on it.
Finally, Tales of Zestiria and Scar-red Riders XechS (apart from having similarly hard to write names) seem to be scraping through the fantasy/sci-fi cliché discards. Actually, Zestiria wasn’t that bad but didn’t do much for me and despite the number of reviews I’ve read saying it is beautiful, I thought it was quite ugly and the animation actually distracted me from what was happening a lot of the episode. And on further reflection I decided just to skip any further XechS. I might change my mind later in the season but for now I’ve dropped it.
So what grabbed your attention this season?