Week 7 is always a bit hit and miss. Some shows go into serious filler mode while others start barreling into a climax whether they are ready for it or not. There are the rare few shows that actually manage to make a good showing though (D Gray Man Hallow is just going from strength to strength, though as it is a continuation of a long running series I guess it doesn’t count).
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the season below.
I Must Keep Watching
- D.Gray-Man Hallow (Ep 7)
- Alderamin on the Sky (Ep 6)
- Orange (Ep 7)
- The Morose Mononokean (Ep 7)
- Days (Ep 7)
- Tales of Zestiria (Ep 6)
D Gray Man Hallow took my breath away and crushed my heart this week and I loved every minute of it. Seriously cannot wait for the next episode right now.
Alderamin continues to impress but a conflict set-up episode immediately following a flash back episode mean the plot is really crawling incrementally. We know what they are trying to do in this episode and it will be well worth watching but not a lot actually happens here. Good thing the characters are still shining or this may have fallen on the list.
Orange episode 7 decides to go for the frontal attack as Suwa openly joins Naho in trying to change time and save their friend. This is a solid episode and yet it still feels like it is trying to keep a lid on the emotions because I guess it doesn’t want to climax too early.
The Morose Mononokean gave us a very solid episode (that ended in a to be continued) and just seeing Abeno actually rattled made this week work for me. Hopefully they conclude this 2 parter well but only next week will tell us.
Days picked up a bit this week with some real character development and an actual sense of tension throughout the episode. It’s still a generic and sweet story about a kid wanting to play soccer but this episode was a bit more engaging than the previous one.
I had to drop Tales of Zestiria the X in ranking this week. In terms of narrative, the break in Sorey’s storyline has really killed some of the momentum (and my memory of what the story was before we jumped to Velvet). More importantly, I’m now more interested in Velvet’s story than what we’d been watching before so it feels counter productive really.
Still On My Radar
Food Wars did something amazing this week and actually drew me into a cook off that I started watching with almost zero interest. I think it was the intensity of the characters but now I’m really pumped up for the end of the Autumn Election.
91 Days got violent this week and somehow Avilio has now aided Fango into a position of power. That just strikes me as a really terrible idea.
Momokuri actually pulled out a really touching episode (in amongst the general sweetness) and it feels like our two protagonists are finally developing a little bit. Great fun to watch.
While I’m glad Cheer Boys got moving again this week, I felt like the introductions to so many new characters were rushed and while they’ve set a new goal to get to, it all just feels too much too quickly. Still a very uplifting show though.
Not Dropped But Close
Hitorinoshita has become the series I just should have read the warning label on and dropped before I got to this point. Though, Taboo Tattoo isn’t any better. These shows are definitely fighting for bottom of the barrel.
- Cute High Earth Defence Club Love (Dropped at Ep 4)
- The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi (Dropped at Ep 4)
- Sweetness and Lightning (Dropped at Ep 4)
- Danganronpa 3 (Dropped at Ep 1)
- Mob Psycho 100 (Dropped at Ep 1 – Revisited to Ep 3)
- Servamp (Dropped at Ep 2)
- Rewrite (Dropped at Ep 2)
- The Disasterous Life of Saiki K (Dropped at Ep 1)
- Ozmafia (Dropped at Ep 1)
- Scar-red Riders XechS (Dropped at Ep 1)
- Qualidea Code (Dropped at Ep 1)
- First Love Monster (Dropped at Ep 1)
Which shows will you see through to the end?