In Case You Missed It

Another super busy week (even with a public holiday in Australia). Still, I managed to get to everything, including checking out some great blogs. Below I’ve linked to some great posts that I found during the week. As always, feel free to share a link in the comments below.

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Mechanical Anime Reviews has a fairly insightful post about Kado: The Right Answer and some of the issues with its approach to narrative, as well as why it is kind of great. Well worth reading.

Weekend Otaku has finished viewing and reviewing Your Lie in April so if you missed any of these beautifully written posts that will break your heart nearly as much as the anime you can check out all 22 of them. This was a great project and I know a lot of us enjoyed following along with this viewing.

From Keiko’s Anime Blog we have an episode review of Attack on Titan Season 2 Episode 4. This episode was what tipped this show into a must watch for me, and it seems like I am not alone in having really enjoyed the episode. This is a nice review to check out if you don’t want spoilers from the manga but just want to know why the episode was great. There’s also a great write up on episode 4 of Akashic Records of a Bastard Magical Instructor that I found summed up the episode and the series so far pretty well.

The same episode of Attack on Ttian is covered by D, a little more spoilery though attempts to keep it spoiler free. There’s definitely a lot packed into this episode and it got a lot of people talking.

Mechanical Anime Reviews has a write up of some of the anime of Spring 2017 and on leaving the Light Novel Stigma behind. Its a great post and addresses an issue a lot of anime fans have which is the number of terrible light novel adaptations leaving us with little tolerance for new titles, but we also need to remember some are worth trying.

All Andrealinia asks Does the Opening Sequence Matter in a post that gets us all to think about whether we are watching all those openings or not and why or why not. A great post to check out if you missed it during the week.

Schizoidmouse Squeaks shares their favourite Bleach Openings (the nostalgia hit hard while reading this post). If you are a Bleach fan of any sort you should check out this post. Great fun to read.

Evil Geek Cult discusses the use of horror in video games and looks at how easy it would be for the Elder Scrolls to become a horror game. Interesting thought, and I’d really like to play that. Well worth the read if you are into either gaming or horror or just like speculating about what could be.

Anime Corps had an interesting editorial called Obligated Entertainment. They were thinking about the number of anime references they use within articles and whether that made it too difficult for newcomers to really get the points coming across and why so many references were even being used. It’s an interesting discussion and a fun read.

And that’s all from me.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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Tuesday’s Top 5: Harem Leads

It’s a truth universally acknoweldged that the lead character in most harems is an empty shell designed only for self-insert purposes. And yet every now and then we’ll come across a lead character in one of these shows that actually has something resembling a personality. As always, this list is entirely my own opinion and I’d love to know what you would have included on your list so please comment below and get the conversation going.

Please Note – There will be spoilers below.

No honourable mentions this week (probably because I don’t watch enough harem anime and the vast majority of characters I could think of had no personality).

Number 5: Hayate from Hayate the Combat Butler

Now Hayate’s main personality trait is that he’s bascially a nice person, however he shows enough moments of actual self-interest and responds reasonably human like to the antics of the girls around him which is why he gained a spot on the list. Also, it is hard to see him as a strictly self-insert character when he has a serious need to clean.

Number 4: Kodaka from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukinai

The guy with the two toned hair and a seriously bad reputation (totally undeserved of course) seldom comes over as personalityless. He does come across as easily lead and fairly apathetic about most things but he has enough moments of actual human interaction that you can see there’s an actual character in this lead. My favourite moment was when he told Sena off at the pool. He did do the cliche male lead thing and saved her from the punks but then he called her on her rubbish. Go Kodaka. Unfortunately that just got him yet another admirer.

Number 3: Ayumu from Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka

Alright, Ayumu is a zombie and can also transform into a magical girl who shares his house with a necromancer, an ex-magical girl, and a vampire ninja. That in and of itself makes him kind of interesting. Aymum is on the list because unlike so many other protagonists, he has a goal. He wants to find the person who killed him. Admittedly, this gets lost at times amongst the usual harem/comedy antics but he is at least working toward something and not just kind of existing for the sake of the girls fawning over him.

Number 2: Tigrevurmud (Tigre) Vorn from Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Tigre gets a place here because unlike so many other male harem leads, he actually knows how to take advantage of the situation (not that way). Even after being taken prisoner, due his skill with the bow he wins his captor’s approval and then convinces her through some plot contrivance to lend him her army for a little bit. There is a fair exchange for that service however with Tigre essentially surrenduring his territory to her but given the options he’s got its a fairly solid move. That’s probably why I like him as a character. His choices are always restricted by the circumstances he finds himself in and yet he finds logical ways to approach each conflict and in the process he wins quite a few admirers.

Number 1: Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club

Yeah, I get its a she and this is technically a reverse harem, but to be honest Haruhi is probably my favourite character from any harem style anime ever so I had to give her the top spot. What I like about Haruhi is she’s just so straight forward about her approach to everything. No horrible moments of paralysed indecision or being dragged along without complaint. That isn’t to say she has no weaknesses (typical female fear of thunder coming through as well as just generally being naive at times) but she’s a great deal of fun to watch.

Okay, so over to you. Which harem lead would you have on your list.


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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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Usually Entertaining

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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Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime I’d Like to See Rebooted

Clearly this list is just a personal wish list. Essentially, there’s a lot of anime out there with great premises and interesting ideas, but so many anime just don’t make use of that potential or end really badly. Like, incredibly train derailed into mountain pass before sliding into a chasm badly. So this is my wish list of 5 anime I feel could be really amazing if redone (and by that I don’t mean following the manga or other source material more closely, but I mean they actually think about the story they want to tell and just tell it without all the clutter or distractions and with a clear purpose and end point).

I’d love to know what is on your wish list for anime reboots so please leave a comment below.

Please Note – There will be spoilers below.

Honourable mentions this week go to Higurashi, Sword Art Online, and Gilgamesh.

Number 5: Vampire Knight

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As much as I have mocked vampire knight when talking about it (the anime version of Twilight) there is actually something quite interesting about the idea of a vampire hunter starting a school where humans and vampires co-exist. And the pure blooded vampire with his own agenda living at the school is kind of interesting. As is the child of the hunter family who has been bitten by a vampire and is slowly turning into one. I’d love to see this story redone with a little more focus on the darker aspects and a little less on Yuki’s indecisive love triangle (okay, every Vampire Knight fan now hates me).

Number 4: Claymore

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I really loved Claymore. Until we got to the end which was rushed and inconclusive. Seriously. This is a great concept for a story and the characters are interesting. The world building was well done. Why did we get that ending? I’d love this anime to be redone with a clear focus on where it is going and an actual ending.

Number 3: Fruits Basket

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My issue with this one is I did go and read the manga. The story in the anime was so inconclusive. We still knew nothing about the curse or why Akito was such a psycho or anything. There’s so many interesting characters and the central story around the Souma family is fascinating but the anime is happy to just follow Honda around on her daily life. Reboot please with the focus on the cursed family. It may not be the happy healing experience that the current anime is, but there’s definitely a good story to tell here.

Number 2: Soul Eater

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Soul Eater has been showing up a lot lately. As much as I love this anime, that ending was bad. Inexcusably bad. That and there’s probably a lot of padding that the series could afford to lose. I’d love to see a much tighter focus on the main villain rather than all the other villains they face off against and actually just watch the students and teachers prepare for and fight that battle. It would be different but I think the show could really benefit from a much stronger focus and a conclusion that doesn’t leave people stunned by how lame it is.

Number 1: Bleach

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It had to be. As much as I am in love with Bleach as a series and as much as Bleach is a big part of the reason I became an anime fan as an adult, there are some real issues with Bleach as a story because of its excessive length, scope, and endless rounds of filler. Now that the manga is finished can we decide what the main point of the story is and just tell that story. 50 episodes. Bleach in 50 episodes. Really trim everything unnecessary from the mix and just tell the core story with the characters you actually need. I would absolutely love to see this. Either that or give Hitsugaya his own show. I’d be pretty happy with that (joking – kind of).

Okay, so over to you. What would you like to see rebooted?


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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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Tuesday’s Top 5: Visually Appealing Anime Titles

One thing  I learned absolutely while trying to write this list is I have a clear taste when it comes to how a series title should look on screen. Basically anime titles fall into three categories for me. Completely forgettable, eye-sore, or nailed it. There’s very little middle ground. The ones in the list below are titles that stuck in my mind long after I finished watching the show. They are iconic without being crazy busy with details. More importantly, they fit the show that they are preparing you for. As always this list is very subjective so I’d love to hear your choices on anime titles that have visual appeal and why in the comments below.

Please Note – Probably no spoilers this week.

Honourable mentions go to: Vampire Knight, Blood Lad and Tsubasa Chronicles. Though from more recent titles, 91 Days was pretty impressive and probably deserves a spot on the list below.

Number 5: Sailor Moon (1990’s)

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Alright, it doesn’t look like much these days but back when I first saw this anime the opening song and the final shot with the girls striking a pose behind the title really left an impression. You have the main cast, including the cats (even before all the characters were introduced so you knew who was coming), you’ve got the crescent moon in both the sky and behind the title, you have the love heart over the I, and the weird spot light on the scouts with the rest of the background detail left kind of hazy but still quite pretty. By my tastes today, I probably wouldn’t think too much of this title, but the lingering impression it left forced me to concede this title serves an absolute purpose in appealing to the target audience of the show so it deserved a place on my list.

Number 4: Another

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There’s definitely something to be said about simplicity and Another get’s it right. Basic red on black is pretty standard, particularly for horror, but the letter design and arrangement, all just that little bit off, adds to the general creepiness of what you are about to watch.

Number 3: Evangelion

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When I first thought of this topic for a list, I believed Evangelion would end up being my number 1 choice however when I looked closely at each of the titles in my short list, it just didn’t quite measure up. Much like Sailor Moon, this one has the advantage of me watching it when I hadn’t watched a lot of anime, and it left a lasting impression so even as I look critically at it now, I remember the genuine sense of excitement that title used to invoke in me. Okay, it’s simple text but the colour choice and composition are striking enough to draw you in and the general feeling of a whole bunch of things mashed together kind of fits the story you watch unfold.

Number 2: Attack on Titan

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I’ll be the first person to admit, I’m not actually that big of a fan of Attack on Titan. I really enjoyed it and the first episode really did make me sit up and take notice but by the end of season one I found the whole thing to be slowly losing momentum. That doesn’t stop the title being very visually appealing and the promotional posters for this anime, with the title centred and the whole thing causing our eyes to sweep from Eren in the front all the way to the looming giant at the top just works (incidentally this one promotional poster that came with a DVD that I actually have up on a wall because I really enjoy looking at it). The title itself isn’t the most flashy, but it is distinct enough in its choice of font that it is instantly recognisable on any of the promotional materials and is hard to miss when you run your eyes over the spines of many DVD’s.

Number 1: Bleach

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Okay, don’t start prepping all your reasons why I am wrong. This title screams what the show is, which is larger than life. More importantly, this basic text title with it’s red, white and blue colour scheme is absolutely recognisable and stands out from the crowd. The flames out the side frame it perfectly. The whole thing is fun and not taking itself overly seriously while at the same time making you feel there’s something more to it.

Bleach actually gets a double hit here because in addition to the series title being iconic every single episode gets it’s own eye-catching thematically appropriate episode title screen. Preparing you for the episode to come in both subject matter and tone (even if you don’t get it when you see it at the start of the episode by the end you’ll know exactly why the title looked like that). Eventually I’ll do a top 5 list of episode titles for Bleach because they have some very cool designs.

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Alright, over to you. What anime titles have grabbed your attention?


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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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Usually Entertaining

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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Okay, I Guess

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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They Made This

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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Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime With Action

Alright, I’ve looked at romantic anime before but this time I’m shifting my focus to action. It is really hard to get a definitive classification on whether something is action or not. Does one fight sequence really make for action? And how do you compare action used for comedy with gritty realistic fight sequences, and then how do you compare those to the over the top craziness that is most action in anime? In the end my criteria for this list was that the fight sequences themselves were a strength of the show and integral to the narrative. So yes there are anime out there with more action and maybe even more impressive action sequences, this is the list of anime that I came up with.

I’d love to know what action anime you love and why. Please comment below.

Patrons, be sure to check out my lesser top 5 list. The anime on the list this week are all actually decent anime (in their own way – okay one of them is terrible no matter how you slice it) but the action in them is not so awesome.

Please Note – There will be spoilers below.

Honourable mentions this week go to Full Metal Alchemist and Claymore.

Number 5: Soul Eater

While I’d love to put Soul Eater far higher on this list (because Soul Eater is just plain awesome) when looking just at the action of the series I have to admit there are some really wasted moments and some fairly disappointing outcomes in some of the fights. The reason this stayed on the list at all is Maka. Her fights, right from episode 1, are some of the most amazing fight sequences I’ve seen from a female character in anime. She’s not using a ranged weapon, she’s not moral support, she’s out there in the thick of the fight and swinging around a weapon that realistically she shouldn’t be able to pick up. If we ignore the final fight (which, please do), all of Maka’s battles are just a joy to watch. If you’re interested my series review is here.

Number 4: Gangsta

This one is a bit more realistic than Soul Eater but still goes for spectacle and humans who can perform inhuman feats. Nicolas, as a tag, really shows off what he can do and given he seems to just like the rush his fights aren’t about efficiency, they are definitely about fun. Of course, most of his opponents also seem to be enjoying themselves so while the fight might be about life and death, you can’t help but get caught up in the enthusiasm of the clash itself. Again, I’ve reviewed this series so if you are interested the review is here.

Number 3: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

I know I just heard the sound of jaws collectively hitting the ground but there is a reason for this choice. While Grimgar is a sleepy little fantasy that is focussed very much on the main character’s internal struggle to cope with this life he finds himself in, the action sequences are an absolutely integral part of this story. More importantly, because every fight is literally a matter of survival for both sides and the tragedy of death is introduced early as a central theme, every battle has a feeling of absolute finality. There are no small conflicts when a single arrow might bring you down and hesitating for a moment could be all the difference between life and death. If we couple this with Grimgar’s distinct art style then the action sequences here are not just deadly they are beautiful. So, while this might be a slow moving story, the action is anything but and if you haven’t given it a go you should probably check out my review and then go check out the anime.

Number 2: Owari no Seraph

This one I haven’t reviewed yet but it will definitely happen. I think what draws me to this is it is a vampire story but it doesn’t really try for horror or atmosphere. It really is a straight up us vs them battle for the right to rule and we have some pretty cool weapons and characters thrown into the mix. Certainly there’s a few issues with the story, particularly in the second half of the second season, but if you like humans (or mostly human) fighting against a superior supernatural force with high stakes than this anime is well worth a watch.

Number 1: Full Metal Panic

 

Again, I’ve yet to review this anime but it is a great action anime. You have military conflicts, robot fights, explosions in school shoe lockers, and pretty much any other kind of action you could be looking for in a story. The weird mix of serious narrative and high school comedy somehow works and actually the Fumoffu season which is pretty much entirely focussed on the mercenary’s day-to-day school life delivers some pretty amazing action in and of itself. Season 1 and Second Raid give us hostage situations and dramatic rescues, chase sequences, straight up military fights, and just such a range of scenes to enjoy it is kind of hard to overlook this one. As being a fighter is an essential part of Sousuke’s character and the action is used so much for both dramatic and humorous effect I just had to choose this as the number one for the list.

There we go, my top 5 action anime recommendations, though not necessarily the most action filled anime out there. What would you have put on your list?


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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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Usually Entertaining

  • 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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Okay, I Guess

  • 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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