Autumn 2018 Week 1

Here we are at the end of the first ‘official’ week of the Autumn season. Okay, official only in so far as I declared it to be so. It looks like Bloom Into You will become the show reviewed for patrons only this season so future reviews of that will be password protected. My watch list is still crazy long and with some first episodes not yet out and a lot of episode 2’s not yet viewed or reviewed I’m honestly going to say that there’s still a lot of movement going on with my list for this season. Hopefully later in the week I’ll post my actual schedule for reviews this season once it is a bit more formalised.

Anyway, enough of that. It is time to check out the shows I watched this week and to find out what you have loved early in the season and what didn’t work for. Hopefully everyone has found something to watch this season and I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

What I watched

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 11)

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This seems to be another mid-season stall for Attack on Titan. That said, it could just be setting up the next thing, but this episode felt really empty of purpose. Maybe it is intentional, maybe I’ll look back and like how this episode fit in with the overall sequence, but I know I wasn’t overly caught up in watching this week.

Banana Fish (Episode 14 – Not Reviewed)

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A new OP and yet more of the same emotionally driven story and this one really has some hard hitting moments. Not to mention leaving us desperately wanting to know what is going to happen next. While logically there are more than a few gaps in the narrative, it really works on hitting you in the feels each and every week.

Bloom Into You (Episode 1)

Bloom Into You Episode 1

This one seems to be another one of those pretty solid anime that just doesn’t really appeal to me. The first episode is actually quite a good first episode and I really appreciate it visually and how it establishes its story. That didn’t stop me feeling just a little bit bored while watching. I’ll give this another episode but I might end up passing.

Dakaichi (Episode 1 – To Be Reviewed with Arthifis)

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Okay, I’m saving most of my thoughts on this one until Arthifis and I do our first impressions post but can I’m just going to gush for a little bit and smile idiotically before pointing out that this was so much better than I expected. I was totally caught up in this episode and on second watch took way too many screen caps.

Goblin Slayer (Episode 1 – To Be Reviewed With Arthifis)

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I was wondering how close to the source they were going to get with this one, and apparently they aren’t going to tone it down much. Admittedly, they are still doing a lot of shadows and just slightly off-screen violence but there was more than enough on-screen here to make this slightly uncomfortable (which is exactly what it’s trying to be). Solid start.

Jingai-San no Yome (Episode 2 – Not Reviewed)

Jingai-San No Yome Episode 2

Is it wrong that I’m fascinated by this even though in two ‘episodes’ we’ve barely seen four minutes of actual story and almost nothing has happened? I really don’t know why this hasn’t hit my drop list and yet I know I want to watch the next episode of it despite knowing that very little is likely to be revealed in that episode either. Weird.

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (Episode 2)

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The follow up episode did not disappoint and now I’m even more caught up in this show than I was after the first episode. More mysteries, more details about the characters, and just more interesting dialogue that may not sound natural but is really kind of fun to listen to. There’s something really compelling about Bunny Girl Senpai.

Release the Spyce (Episode 1)

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Release the Spyce is fairly ordinary so far, but ordinary in a very fun way. Team of girls who fight crime recruit Momo, the pink haired ordinary girl with no confidence, into their super secret organisation. Other than the stopping to eat spices before a fight there’s nothing really distinguishing this yet, but that didn’t stop the episode being fun enough.

Run With The Wind (Episode 2)

Run With The Wind Episode 2So I gave this a second episode and while one of the characters has really pushed my buttons and I still don’t think I’m interested in an anime about running, this anime has managed to be impressively competent in its execution so far. This one has earned a spot on my watch list this season, though I do anticipate having some trouble completing it.

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-San (Episode 1)

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This one is a comedy/slice-of-life which means its longevity on my watch list is pretty low (even with the appeal of book shop setting and skeleton protagonist). That said, with only 11 minutes to an episode this first one didn’t wear out its welcome and was actually quite pleasant viewing. Nothing earth shaking but a nice break from some of the other titles I’m watching this season.

SSSS.Gridman (Episode 1)

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While this was actually not a bad beginning, given the studio and given the number of things that could go wrong, I’ve decided I probably won’t be reviewing week to week (though is something happens that I want to write about I will certainly do a post). Still, I’m not sure I’ll make it through a season of this.

Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Episode 2)

Subaru and his father.

Episode 2 is pleasant enough in progressing the story (such as it is) and building on the relationship between Subaru and Isuzu by introducing the father. That said this episode is heavily relying on a reoccurring joke so your enjoyment is kind of tied up with how amusing you find old guy getting spam email.

Sword Art Online Alicization (Episode 1)

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Yep, Sword Art Online is back and I have to say this first episode kind of works if you already like the show, probably doesn’t work if you don’t, and if you’ve never watched the franchise this is not your starting point. That said, I’m super excited and I know this one is going to be a massive time commitment but I’m in.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episode 2)

Slime gives the dragon a name.

The first half of this episode just kind of felt a little bit half-hearted, but by the second half, as the slime emerged from the cave, it kind of felt like we were finally moving things along. So while I’m still not singing this show’s praises, I’m curious enough to keep going and I really hope that it continues to pick up as it feels like this should be more interesting than I’m currently finding it.

The Girl in Twilight (Episode 2)

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I gave this one another episode and there was a noticeable dip in my interest as we moved through some fairly mundane stuff that might be better if I liked any of the characters before transitioning to clunky exposition. This gets one more week as I am still curious about the premise but I’m not overly hopeful at this point.

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Episode 2)

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary Episode 2

Not a great episode given the whole thing was essentially a flash back that revealed nothing of particular note that hadn’t already been kind of obvious. That said, I’m still interested in this one. It hasn’t been amazing, and there’s a lot that could be criticised, but it is watchable enough and given the genre and style it’s kind of appealing so I’m in for now.

Zombieland Saga (Episode 1 – No new review)

Zombieland Saga Episode 1 - Zakura and Tatsumi

This is a weird start to an anime but one that certainly entertained. Girl who wants to be an idol is unfortunately killed. Ten years later she awakens as a zombie and is now going to be part of an idol group who are apparently going to save Saga, though how is still a question unanswered. Still there’s a lot of fun to be had with this first episode.

Episode of the Week

Bunny Girl Senpai Episode 2
Maybe this one will go down in flames, but episode two was every bit as solid as the first episode and this is one show that has me super interested in its narrative. Really looking forward to where Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai goes, but still wishing it had a different name.

Character of the Week

Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 1
Go on, admit it. They are the cutest couple ever (except maybe Zen and Shirayuki).

Dropped or On Hold

These titles aren’t necessarily bad and some I might even pick up again later but for whatever reason I’m not watching them right now (and yes, some of them are bad and will never be finished).

  • Anima Yell!
  • Bakumatsu
  • Between the Sky and Sea
  • Himote House
  • Hinomaru Sumo
  • Ms Vampire Who Lives in My Neighbourhood
  • My Sister, My Writer
  • Radiant
  • Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight
  • UzaMaid

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Autumn 2018 Week 0

And the new anime season is starting! It is a time of great excitement because everything has so much potential and there’s so much to try. Admittedly, we still have a lot of shows to air their first episodes so this is really just a run down of what has been tried so far but next week will be the official first post of the season. I’d love to know what you are watching so please share your experience with the first episodes of the season in the comments below.

For those who missed it you can see my favourite and least favourite shows of the summer season as well as the results of the reader poll in my best of and worst of the season posts. And just a reminder to patrons that you only have until next Saturday to vote for the show that will be covered this season for patrons only. In the event of a tie I’ll pick the show that interests me the most. After the vote closes all future posts regarding the chosen show will be password protected for patrons.

What I watched

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 10 – No Episode this week)

Banana Fish (Episode 13 – Not Reviewed)

Banana Fish Episode 13 - Eiji

The conclusion between Ash and Arthur is as dramatic and fantastic to watch as I could have asked for. Still, Eiji steals a lot of the second half of the episode as he fights against being sent away again, and we also see Ash remembering a conversation he had with Eiji about death (though when that conversation could have taken place is a bit dubious).

Dakaichi (Episode 1 – To Be Reviewed with Arthifis)

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Okay, I’m saving most of my thoughts on this one until Arthifis and I do our first impressions post but I’m just going to gush for a little bit and smile idiotically before pointing out that this was so much better than I expected. I was totally caught up in this episode and on second watch took way too many screen caps.

Frankenstein Family (Episodes 7 + 8)

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This one remains an odd little story but there’s enough going on and enough to think about even while the episodes themselves are quite relaxed in their pace and tone. The family dynamic works well and there are enough curiosities to keep things interesting even when not a lot is going on. Kind of having fun with this.

Jingai-San no Yome (Episode 1 – Not Reviewed)

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With only three minutes, and only half of that episode with the other half being theme song, this didn’t do much which is why I am not going to even attempt to write a whole post on one episode. I’m curious though about the story of the student marrying some creature that I’ll keep watching for a bit, but I won’t be reviewing episodes of this one.

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (Episode 1)

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This is probably the first new title of the season where I had an instant ‘yes’ kind of moment. It isn’t amazing or going to blow you away with this first episode, but I just really got drawn in to the characters and the potential mystery here and basically it just clicked. So while I get other viewers may not be as thrilled, I really was happy to see this first episode.

Run With The Wind (Episode 1)

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There’s definitely some reservations with this one as it really isn’t the kind of show I like, one of the main characters is seriously annoying me after one episode, and really I’m just not convinced that the plot is going to grab me. That said, there were enough positives in this first episode that I kind of want to give it a little more time before I decide.

Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei (Episode 1)

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I thought I was done with season one of this short form anime but apparently my curiosity is going to get the better of me and here I go plunging into a second season. I don’t know if this will stay on my watch list as I will happily pass on this one if there are better shows to watch and my list is full, but for now I’m pencilling it into the line up.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Episode 1)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 1

If generic isekai is your thing than this first episode will be a go for you. For me, I’m going to wait until we get a bit more into the story to decide if I’m sticking with this one. The first episode was not overly impressive but it also wasn’t terrible so it at least earned a bit more time on my watch list before I call it one way or the other.

The Girl in Twilight (Episode 1)

The Girl in Twilight Episode 1

The Girl in Twilight seems to have a lot of cliches in its set up but still seems to be a little bit different at least in the direction it might take some of these. It could fall back on the old standards but I’m kind of hopeful for something a little bit different from it. Definitely giving this one another week or so before I decide.

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Episode 1)

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This one isn’t exactly amazing but the first episode certainly didn’t make me run and hide and I’m kind of keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that episode 2 is a passable follow up. This is the kind of story I’d like to enjoy but so many of them become really terrible and there were enough issues in episode 1 to have me a little concerned even while I’d like to be hopeful.

Zombieland Saga (Episode 1)

Zombieland Saga Episode 1 - Zakura and Tatsumi

This is a weird start to an anime but one that certainly entertained. Girl who wants to be an idol is unfortunately killed. Ten years later she awakens as a zombie and is now going to be part of an idol group who are apparently going to save Saga, though how is still a question unanswered. Still there’s a lot of fun to be had with this first episode.

Episode of the Week

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This one probably isn’t as strong as some other first episodes, but for me it was the one that made me sit up and take notice. I really loved the first episode of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. The only problem with enjoying a set up this much is it does leave plenty of room for future disappointment.

Character of the Week

Banana Fish Episode 13 - Arthur
I’ll give Arthur this much credit, he’s never been dull. While he never moved away from a cheap villain who hated Ash because he did, his final showing was suitable and a great start to the second cour of Banana Fish.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Bakumatsu
  • Between the Sky and Sea

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Summer 2018 Week 12

The final week coverage of summer 2018, and yes I know that some shows haven’t finished and that I haven’t yet done final episode reviews of Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi or My Hero Academia, but the season is all but done now. Some shows ended on a high note, some less so, but as always Summer has been an experience and I am really glad that I got to follow another anime season with all my readers. Hopefully you’ve had fun and I’m looking forward to what the Autumn season throws at us.

In the meantime, voting is almost over for the best and worst of Summer 2018. You have until the end of today to vote. Let me know what you felt the best and worst shows of the season were. Poll results coming out soon.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Finished)

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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams ended up not being much of anything. It started out kind of fun and fairy tale like and had some potential but it quickly became formulaic and pretty bland viewing before we’ve fallen into a fairly messy and less than satisfying conclusion. It isn’t unwatchable but it isn’t really worth the time either.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Finished)

Mongol12aI’ll give Angolmois this, it finished the story. I don’t know that I’m overly impressed with the overall result of this anime. It was interesting enough to watch but I’m not exactly lining up to watch it again any time soon. I can barely remember a single characters’ name and while the plot works it is pretty basic. Still, this was better than expected.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 10)

Attack on Titan Episode 10

Not a lot of action this week but some needed consolidation and tying up of loose ends while some set up for future developments came into play. It is one of those episodes that satisfies because it helps everything slot into place and prepares you for stuff that is coming. That said, I’d really like them to get into some action now that we’ve crowned Historia.

Banana Fish (Episode 12 – Not Reviewed)

Banana Fish Episode 12

Ash’s gang war is escalating and he shows the audience just how ruthlessly efficient he can be when he’s put his mind to something. In the background he has made a plan to get Eiji out of the situation though I suspect that it isn’t going to end well. Still, there were some really nice touches this week with some of the character interactions and Ash is definitely a fun character to spend time with.

Cells at Work (Episode 12)

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This penultimate episode decides to spend half its time on reacquainting the audience with the adorable daily life of cells before plunging us into perhaps the darkest crisis yet for the body. It works really well but isn’t really anything we haven’t seen before (though the scale of the damage this time is larger). Looking forward to how this show wraps up.

Frankenstein Family (Episode 6)

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Episode 5 was kind of nothing. It just finished off the lab infiltration but didn’t really do much by itself other than giving us a minor touching moment. However, episode 6 was quite interesting as we get to see the impact and side-effects of the medication that have been mentioned since episode 1 but never seen. Curious as to what will happen next.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 26 – Review out soon for patrons)

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And we’re finally done. It isn’t that I disliked this show, it just kind of didn’t do much for me in week to week format. It isn’t all that exciting and to be honest I might have enjoyed this more on a rainy afternoon as a binge watch. Still, this second cour did indeed wrap up the whole story in the southern land so even if we’re no closer to figuring out Aoi’s long term goal, at least the immediate crisis is resolved.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 12)

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While this ending didn’t end up wowing me, Phantom in the Twilight is still one of my surprises of the season. It has been pretty pleasant watching and while it could have been better there was a lot of fun spending time with these characters during this season and at the very least we did get a nice resolution to the problem.

Steins;Gate 0 (Finished)

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Steins;Gate 0 has come to an end (kind of) and with Okabe re-motivated and Kurisu now on track to be saved and maybe world war 3 avoided. Okay, they kind of seemed not to care about world war 3 so much as being great friends but I guess the anime always focused more on the characters. All that remains is for me to figure out my final review.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Finished)

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Well, that was worse than even I anticipated. I kind of knew it wasn’t going to be good, but I wasn’t prepared for the sheer laziness of this final episode where they wasted endless screen time on shopping but couldn’t be bothered to show us anything about how the Wolf Clan survived after all of that. This was just bad.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 24)

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With one episode to go all I can really say is that I’m fairly underwhelmed. It is a really odd feeling going into a season final for My Hero Academia season three and mostly feel like I’m disappointed by the season that was and yet compared with the enthusiasm I felt as season 1 and 2 progressed, season 3 has largely missed the mark. Guess I’ll see what the final does.

Episode of the Week

Cells at Work Episode 12 - White Blood Cell
Cells at Work really got ready for a season final this week and ended on a fairly dramatic cliff-hanger. This show has been consistently fun and I’m looking forward to how this ends.

Character of the Week

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Kenny in Attack on Titan left a lasting impression though it seems he bowed out of the show a little earlier than expected. However, I really enjoyed his appearance this week.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 9)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 11

I’m not going to sugar-coat it, this week things have been tough for me in the real world and I know that is affecting my viewing because I’m fairly emotionally numb at the moment. That said, there was still plenty to enjoy in anime this week and I’m once again reminded that my love of stories can get me through pretty much anything. Besides, it isn’t as though I’m tasked with bringing down the mafia, or dealing with dehydration, or even battling childhood friends, so maybe things aren’t so bad after all. As always, I’d love to know your thoughts on the shows as we see most of them go into their final week.

And a reminder that if you have a moment, be sure to jump over to my poll where voting has commenced for the best and worst of Summer 2018.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 11)

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And the drag continues with this story but at least it does look like they will resolve at least the one plot point I’ve been interested in. The fact that the whole anime remains strictly average is neither here nor there really. Part of me wishes this had been more fun and that any of the characters felt real, but ultimately it is what it is.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 11)

Mongol11dOne episode to go and Angolmois is building to a pretty decent climax. It is marred by my general lack of care for these characters because despite spending 11 episodes with them they are all mostly still relatively indistinguishable. Still, for a historical kind of thing, I’m still enjoying it enough even if I’m not shouting its praises from the roof.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 9)

Attack on Titan Episode 9

Attack on Titan season 3 continues to be fairly impressive as it builds on the characters and actually seems to drive the plot forward. There is very little to complain about in this episode. While the fight against Rod Reiss’ titan ended up not being overly spectacular, it did its job and the characters more than made up for a lack of action.

Banana Fish (Episode 12 – Not Reviewed)

Banana Fish Episode 12

Ash’s gang war is escalating and he shows the audience just how ruthlessly efficient he can be when he’s put his mind to something. In the background he has made a plan to get Eiji out of the situation though I suspect that it isn’t going to end well. Still, there were some really nice touches this week with some of the character interactions and Ash is definitely a fun character to spend time with.

Cells at Work (Episode 11)

Cells at Work Episode 11

This week the body is coping with heat stroke and the end result is actually a return to that balance between educational and entertaining. There’s a lot of explanations of systems and their effects this week but the characters step up and keep the show cute and fun. This was a really fun little episode and of course we got some more platelets.

Frankenstein Family (Episode 4)

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Episodes 3 and 4 of this are very much dealing with the fallout from the parents being arrested as Tanisu continues to look for help and for ways his family can continue to live in the outside world. While this show isn’t exactly striking or memorable, each episode is good light entertainment and it hasn’t made many mis-steps making it fun so far.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 12)

How Not To Summon A Demon Lord Episode 12

Well this one is done and I’ll be writing up my final review later in the week. I’m going to be honest, the final episode works but isn’t exactly elevating this show. It concludes what it needs to, throws what it needs to at the audience, and it is definitely a decent ending. Still, given how the anime managed to defy expectations at every other point, I kind of wanted more.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 25 – Reviewed for Patrons)

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This was a pretty standard step for this anime. It did attempt to throw in one final interference before the ceremony began but it came to so little it isn’t really worth anything. But finally the ceremony and of course things don’t go smoothly leaving us on a cliff-hanger before the final episode. It’s about as thrilling as you could expect given what it is building from.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 11)

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Compelling set up, questionable execution. For a second last episode it did what it needed to do but didn’t really capitalise on some of the great opportunities the setting and characters have given it. Basically, it was good enough but not exactly a note worthy episode. Points though for Van Helsing’s return because that was kind of cool.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 22)

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Another fairly solid episode in the run up to the season final. There’s little action in this episode but the show makes up for it by pulling out some solid emotional punches. Definitely have to respect how they have brought things together for these final episodes and I’m eagerly looking forward to the final episode.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 11)

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The fight between the Wolf Clan and the combined Lightning and Panther Clans continues and there’s a lot of plot armour in this story. No one with a name ever seems to die, yet they are mowing down the grey clad unnamed soldiers seemingly without a care in the world. That said, potentially interesting developments going on here.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 23)

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I’m pretty sure most viewers were very excited to see this match up between Midoriya and Bakugo. It has been a long time coming and to be honest it was probably overdue. And My Hero Academia did not disappoint using this conflict as a pivotal character moment for both of the boys. While I still have misgivings about the season, this episode was amazing.

Episode of the Week

Cells at Work Episode 11
Hard not to pick Cells at Work this week. This episode showcased what I’ve enjoyed about the anime from the beginning and was highly entertaining.

Character of the Week

My Hero Academia episode 61 - Bakugo
Credit where it is due, this week’s episode of My Hero Academia had some excellent character moments for Bakugo. Okay, he’s still plenty angry and isn’t about to totally revise his character, but the gate has definitely opened for some change at this point.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 9)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 10

This week we have Demon Lords resurrecting, armies on the march, Titans rising once again, and the return of Hououin Kyouma; what is not to love about week 10? It is like someone reminded these shows they are either hitting their mid-season point or the end of their run and suddenly they are all bringing out these incredibly dramatic moments. Which is mostly making those shows that haven’t really delivered much of anything stand out even more and not for the right reasons. Below are my thoughts on this week in anime but I’d love to know what you are still watching and what you have enjoyed this season.

But more than that, if you have a moment be sure to jump over to my poll where voting has commenced for the best and worst of Summer 2018.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 10)

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Alright, this anime started out fairly average but had a few fun moments and a lot of fairy tale charm. This far along it really is just kind of a drag to watch but there’s one plot thread I’m interested enough in to keep watching. I’m certainly not going to be recommending 100 Sleeping Princes any time soon, unless you’re wanting to catch some sleep.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 10)

Mongol10dAngolmois is going to end up a pretty mixed bag by the time it is done, but I’m not regretting watching it. While there are plenty of points your could raise against it, the main point in its favour is it remains fairly interesting to watch even if only because it at least isn’t another anime set in a modern day high school or an isekai story. Novelty does wonders sometimes.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 8)

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A fairly solid episode all round with some great individual moments and some moments that seem to be bringing more of this story together. There’s little to complain about as we return to the titan threat in a fairly spectacular fashion, have characters making big choices, are reminded of past plot threads, and seem to be moving forward at a quick pace.

Banana Fish (Episode 11 – Not Reviewed)

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A much calmer episode than last week’s firefight but one that is fairly necessary in seeing how the characters are emotionally dealing with the fallout of everything that happened. Despite that, the plot is still ticking along and we see that even in his downtime Ash is planning his next moves and that leads to some interesting developments by the end of the episode. Really enjoyable.

Cells at Work (Episode 10)

Cells at Work Episode 10

The focus back on Red Blood Cell and her encounters with other red blood cells, White Blood Cell, platelets and germs and this episode of Cells at Work is actually really fun. I do feel the concept has now gone about as far as it is going to and I’m starting to feel this show has run its course, but this is still one of the most enjoyable shows this season.

Frankenstein Family (Episode 2)

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This came out on Crunchyroll and with the number of drops I’ve had on my schedule this season I decided to give it a try. It isn’t great by any stretch of the imagination but its kind of cute and the family dynamic is working well in these first two episodes. I just wish they’d cut the episode down to just the anime though because I don’t think the other stuff adds much.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 11)

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With one episode to go, How Not To Summon A Demon Lord seems like it intends to give us a fairly decent final. The build up this week was certainly well done bringing together everything we’ve seen so far and taking it to the logical conclusion for a season final. That said, I’ll still put a high fan-service warning on this one for people who are concerned about it.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 24 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo24eThe getting better in these final episodes continues and with two to go, I’m kind of hopeful for a slightly above average ending from this show that has been decidedly average during most of its run. At the very least, these last two episodes have stepped up a bit and been more engaging. There’s a sense of movement and I’m looking forward to the ending.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 10)

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Right, so this one I’m putting down as my surprise love for the season. The first episode interested me but filled me with a fair sense of caution as  I more or less expected it to be generic, fairly ordinary, or worse to just fall apart. Instead it has continued to build on its strengths for most of the season and now we have a pretty compelling set up for a final.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 21)

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Right, so Steins;Gate 0 is pulling out all the stops to make this a pretty memorable ending. While it isn’t quite enough to make me feel that everything that came before it was as worth while as the original series, it is certainly doing a lot to make me happy I stuck with the show. This episode is pure joy to watch and it certainly sets up for an interesting final couple of episodes.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 10)

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While there’s a little bit about how Yuuto made it into the past this episode there’s a quite a bit of down time in the first half with the girls and Yuuto. Second half however kicks things into full gear with yet another invasion and this time it looks like Yuuto may actually be out-manoeuvred though I guess we’ll see next week.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 22)

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The exam has finally come to an end. Hooray! Now let’s see if we can get back to the plot and episode 22 is an excellent starting point for that with pretty much all the plot threads coming back into the front of our attention. We’ve got the villains plotting, All For One making ominous predictions, Bakugo and Midoriya dealing with their issues. It was a pretty good episode comparatively.

Episode of the Week

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 21 - Hououin Kyouma
Sorry, nothing is beating the return of Hououin Kyouma this week on Steins;Gate. This single moment managed to transform the episode and the series and I still haven’t stopped smiling.

 

 

Character of the Week

Attack on Titan Season 3 Episode 8
Historia really stepped up this week taking charge in a number of scenes. Hopefully she continues to develop as a character and they don’t kill her off too soon.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 9)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 9

This week 100 Sleeping Princes started putting me to sleep but survived another week due to Holmes of Kyoto being even more of a snore to get through. That said, Attack on Titan and Banana Fish continued their excellent run  and Steins;Gate 0 even stepped up its game. Next week I’ll open the poll to begin voting on the best and worst for the season but right now, what are your picks?

Before we get into it though, just a heads up that on Monday I’ll have my second guest post up on the site. This time Average Joe from Average Joe Reviews is sharing their thoughts on colour in anime. Be sure to drop by and check out the post and if you haven’t been to Average Joe’s blog before check it out here.

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What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 9)

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And in the nature of generic fantasy type works, this one decides to do a copy of the Mad Hatters Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. It just forgot all the fun and the point of that sequence. Instead we have an incredibly forced plot while Kihel’s journey is stalled, and utterly forgettable characters who are introduced in this episode but probably won’t be important.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 9)

Mongol9dEpisode 9 is a pretty solid episode. It doesn’t quite wash away the fairly mediocre mid-season but it definitely raises expectations of a reasonably solid finish to the season. The battle at the castle is an interesting watch and I really enjoyed watching it play out as well as seeing how the traitor was acting.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 7)

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This show continues to keep me on board with its story this season and this episode we also get some great action and some slightly overwrought emotional moments (really, Attack on Titan being overwrought). Really though, if you were waiting to see how season 3 went, I’d fully suggest jumping on board because it is shaping up to be my favourite of the three seasons.

Banana Fish (Episode 10 – Not Reviewed)

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Banana Fish continues to be melodramatic and overwrought and it also continues to be amazing. Okay, we’re not watching this for realism and it’s like someone took every horrible thing that has ever happened in a soap opera and condensed it, but I’m actually fine with the outcome of that. Great watching.

Cells at Work (Episode 9)

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I have to admit, this episode is just as good as every other episode of this show, however because of the character focus this week I just couldn’t get into it. There’s nothing cute about the T Cells and without the cute factor I really found this a bit of a struggle. Shallow, maybe, but I just imagined if they made an episode of How to Keep a Mummy without Mii-Kun.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 10)

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For a lot of build up the demon lord ended up being pretty amusing though I’d definitely lay a huge caution on this show after episode 10. That fine line this show has been walking with its fan service was well and truly jumped over and while I’m sure some fans will have enjoyed for me it was nearly deal breaking.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 23 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo23cAs average as I’ve found this anime, I have to admit as we go into this final stretch of episodes they are definitely getting better. It still isn’t great but there was a sense of tension and forward movement in episode 23 that has been somewhat lacking from the series as a whole. Really hoping it ends on a high note.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 9)

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This series looks like it intends to give us a fairly decent ending and I’m pretty excited to see how it ends up playing out. Though they definitely seem to be aiming to pit Ton and Shinyao against one another, I am curious as to how they might achieve that. Even if Shinyao awakens some power I’m not sure she’d attack anyone.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 20)

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This was perhaps one of the better episodes Steins;Gate 0 has offered as it engaged me from start to finish with some interesting direction. That said, the overall plot this season hasn’t really worked out for me and I’m still really missing the dialogue from the original, but I’m glad this show seems to be going to end on a strong note.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 9)

The Master of Ragnarok Episode 9

We finally spend some time in the modern world and get a bit more information about when and where Yuuto actually is in the past. This particular plot point is something I’m interested in, so I’m curious as to how this plays out. Meanwhile, it seems broody bad guys really like to brood and the haremettes are sewing a new cloak. Business as usual then.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 21 – Strictly Filler)

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And the exam finally draws to a close at the end of this episode, but wait for the cliff-hanger reveal of who passes and fails. Part of me is kind of glad that this arc has finally gotten to an end and I’m hopeful that the next few episodes can renew my love of the series. However, as it currently stands, I’m just not feeling this at the moment.

Episode of the Week

Attack on Titan Episode 7 - Kenny
Attack on Titan just keeps going from strength to strength this season. While certainly not flawless, it is just what I need most weeks and this episode was pretty great.

Character of the Week

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 20 - Ruka
It was almost Jinzaburou from Angolmois, but no, I have to give character of the week to Ruka. I get that the role he played this week was an obvious ploy to play on the audience’s emotions, but it worked so well because it is Ruka.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 8

Week 8 seemed to bring a theme of protagonists in chains (or maybe that was just Banana Fish and Attack on Titan) but there was definitely drama to be had this week while watching anime. That said, with a number of shows really hitting their stride, the weaker shows this season are looking very week with Holmes of Kyoto hitting its most dull point yet and even Angolmois starting to crumble under the weight of just too many issues with it overall execution. That said, I had a great week with anime and in case you missed my twitter blitz over the last couple of days, my blog hit quite the milestone in August as I hit 10,000 views for the month. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make that happen and if you are interested in supporting the blog be sure to check out this post.

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What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 8)

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100 Sleeping Princes is determined to leave as little impact as possible. It makes itself so average and unremarkable, so dull and yet not boring enough to drop. This episode show cases exactly why this anime cannot be recommended as the characters sit and talk and one of them remembers bits and pieces that may later become important. That is all.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 8)

Angolmois Episode 8Well other than the traitor at least it seems that all the Japanese have finally decided to stop fighting amongst themselves and actually play nice. It only took 7 episodes of them being attacked by Mongols to draw that conclusion. Otherwise this show is kind of just doing what it needs to do. There’s flaws and it isn’t as great as it could be, but it remains reasonable.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 6)

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Season 3 of Attack on Titan continues its very strong run of quality episodes and I am very much enjoying it. There’s reveals a plenty this episode but it still leaves us with so many questions. The characters are coming together and I’m looking forward to next week because it is looking like it might be fairly explosive.

Banana Fish (Episode 9 – Not Reviewed)

Banana Fish Episode 9 - Eiji realises that Shorter betrayed Ash

There are some shows that seem to exist just to make their characters suffer and episode 9 of Banana Fish certainly does just that. While it makes for an emotionally moving experience, it is also very overwrought and so it sometimes lacks the necessary nuances to go from being a momentary impact into something that will have long lasting affect on its audience.

Cells at Work (Episode 8)

Cells at Work Episode 8

This episode focuses entirely on Red Blood Cell finally trying to find her own way around the body (though White Blood Cell is definitely keeping a close eye on things). It is adorable and funny with the usual balance of education and entertainment well maintained. While not as exciting as some episodes, this was pretty quality viewing.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 8)

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This is the winner of the I really should have dropped you because you are boring but now I’ve made it this far I won’t, award. No, that isn’t a real award, but it should be. Seriously, Holmes of Kyoto has been bland and fairly flat from the beginning but this last episode in particular took dull to a new level.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 9)

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There was a lot of set up in this episode as we transition to dealing with the next issue, Rem’s demon lord. That said, this show remains very fun to watch though the fan-service isn’t going anywhere so if that’s a turn off then this show is not going to work for you. This one has remained a pleasant surprise and I hope it can maintain its quality until the end of the season.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 22 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo22cI really feel something more motive like would have helped this episode out. Learning that Raiju is being obstinate just because he can be and he is bored isn’t exactly compelling. Then again, Aoi’s desire to help just because isn’t exactly a great motive either. As we approach the end of the season, I can’t say I’m all that hyped for this one.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 8)

Phantom in the Twilight Episode 8

Not quite up to the excitement of the previous episode, this one felt more like a rest or pause while it positioned the characters for the next big thing. It wasn’t bad, but as an individual episode it was great. That said, this series as a whole has become a lot more enjoyable than expected and I’m fairly optimistic about where it will go next.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 19 – No episode this week)

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 8)

The Master of Ragnarok Episode 8

I think this one has more or less cemented itself as an anime with an interesting idea and no clue what to do with it. There are good moments along the way with this story, but pacing, characterisation, the overall plot, even the setting, are all left underdeveloped and just kind of there. It’s a little disappointing that it can’t be more, but it is what it is.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 20 – Strictly Filler)

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If I thought a filler episode might inject some of the fun and sense of adventure back into this show that seemed to be jettisoned with the current arc, I need to rethink that. To call this average would be generous. It really is nothing but filler and makes the most grievous mistake of not even being entertaining as filler.

Episode of the Week

Banana Fish Episode 9 - Arthur tortures Ash
Yeah, I’m not covering this one, but I’ll be honest, this was the most memorable episode of any show this season.

Character of the Week

Cells at Work Episode 8
It absolutely had to be Red Blood Cell this week. Protect this smile forever.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 7

Hey look, I didn’t drop anything this week. That said, there are quite a few shows on my line up that aren’t exactly thrilling. Still, those shows that are stepping up are really stepping up and the divide between what is good and what is decidedly average (or less than average) is opening up ever wider as the weeks go on. My thoughts on the Summer shows are below but as always, I’d love to know what you are watching and what you have enjoyed.

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What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 7)

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The averageness of this show continues to be on display. That doesn’t actually make it bad, just difficult to really care about. Still, they do resolve the story they set up last week before sending the main group on their way to the next Kingdom where I’m sure they’ll encounter yet more drama. I’d like a bit more from this anime but I don’t really expect it.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 7)

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Once again, the characters kind of bring this down. Even as we flee the Mongols, unite with another force, and prepare for the ongoing invasion, I can’t help but wonder how much better this would be if I had been made to care about any one of these characters. To be honest,  I don’t remember half of their names and we’re 7 episodes in.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 5)

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Right, season 3 of this is definitely getting me back into this story and I’m loving it so far. While there’s still a voice of caution warning me not to get too excited, Attack on Titan has derailed before, I am very much looking forward to the next episode as these first five episodes have definitely delivered. More please and let’s hope the quality doesn’t take a dive.

Banana Fish (Episode 7 – Not Reviewed)

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Part of me wishes this was finished and out on DVD so I could simply binge watch it. I’m loving the story and the pacing within episodes, but the week wait in between is kind of a drag. Still, episode 7 delivers yet more drama and sets up more pain for all of the characters as they continue to attempt to take on organisations far bigger and meaner than they are.

Cells at Work (Episode 7)

Cells at Work Episode 7

Who knew watching the body fight off a cancer cell could be that entertaining? While this show remains very much a villain of the week standard kind of story, the novelty and interesting way it manages to personify the human body and its cells continues to be highly enjoyable. Even when tackling an idea like cancer, this show doesn’t miss the mark.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 7)

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Well, I did at least remember to watch the episode. That was a start. And in honesty this was one of the more focused and action oriented episodes (which is not saying a lot given we spend a lot of time playing a game of guess the fake with amateur appraisers at a party). Still, it remained watchable and I’ll continue next week.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 8)

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This was such a great episode as we got a fairly decent fight and finally put Diablo on the defensive. Seeing him react to realising that the world isn’t as easy as he thought it was going to be and despite similarities to the game, there are differences, was really fun. As was seeing him employ lessons learned both as a gamer and within the world.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 21 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo21fAnd we’re still kind of just wandering around with side characters while the plot is just kind of there. The ceremony is coming but don’t expect to feel any sense of urgency from anyone outside of Ranmaru who barely appears and Aoi certainly isn’t all that concerned as she putters about, doing her usual thing.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 7)

Twilight7cThis was a great episode. Not great because I didn’t expect much from it, or great in comparison to other shows; it was just a good, solid episode. It went in an unexpected direction and had a solid enough execution that it didn’t leave me feeling like the rug had just been pulled out from under me. Very happy with how this show is going right now.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 19)

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 19 - Okabe and Maho

We’re time hopping again and while this is a definite step up in the pace and action department I can’t help but feel it is all too little too late. The first Steins;Gate took its time to set up its story but there I was drawn in to the cast and had a lot of fun. Here I’ve just been waiting and I can’t help but feel the payoff doesn’t feel worth it.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 7)

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In sharp contrast to last week, episode 7 of The Master of Ragnarok spends its entire time on its plot with bare minimal fan service. We learn about Yuuto becoming the Patriarch and about the one who was kind of opposed to it and felt cheated. Of course the natural thing to do when you can’t lead a clan is come back two years later and try to wipe them out.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 19)

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The exam arc of My Hero Academia is certainly going to be remembered by me as a low point in the series so far. While I accept that this show is a shounen, it has normally managed to keep me highly entertained with some interesting ideas and character moments even while going through the normal motions. This arc however, remains pretty blah.

Episode of the Week

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Attack on Titan has come back with a bang and it is delivering some quality episodes. After the action spectacular with Levi a few episodes ago, we’re now getting a solid bit of politicking as a coup d’etat is pulled off with some fairly decent precision.

Character of the Week

Phantom in the Twilight Episode 7

Wayne just looks too adorable like this and what was with that other appearance? Phantom in the Twilight has gone from strength to strength, but Wayne as a character is one of the best things to come out of this episode.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 6

The half-way point and there are still a few shows I’m on the fence about but I’m pretty happy with my line up. At the very least I’ve got a little something from quite a number of genres which means at least my week is nice and variable as I go from action to romance to drama to comedy. Even those shows not quite up to scratch are still giving me something to write about at this point with Holmes of Kyoto being the only one I’m feeling like I’m reaching to try to find anything remarkable enough (good or bad) to be bothered to mention in a review.

Still, here’s hoping that as the shows go into their second half we see some of them step right up for the end of the season. So early speculation, but what do you think is going to stick its landing to be the best of the season?

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 6)

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I’ll just have to accept that this anime is kind of average to middling and watch it because it doesn’t make me tax myself with thinking about it once it is done, or get around to dropping it. The thing is, as unremarkable as this anime is, it is inoffensive and it does provide some calm viewing each week. Not to mention it has been pretty consistent, even if not overly good.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 6)

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As we kind of get an ongoing run through the mountains with the characters, it is becoming more apparent to me that while this works as plot driven drama and your enjoyment will very much depend on how into the conflict you are, where it doesn’t work is as a character piece given how poorly developed some of these characters are six episodes in.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 4)

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Attack on Titan continues a fairly solid trend and I would actually go so far as to say it is weaving a compelling story so far this season. Whether it can hold onto its narrative for the duration remains to be seen and that’s been tricky for the show in previous seasons, but four episodes in and I have to say I’m actually reasonably optimistic at the moment.

Banana Fish (Episode 6 – Not Reviewed)

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This story continues to delight in tragedy consolidating Ash’s tragic back story, introducing new characters and then summarily killing them off. There’s no big emotional impact from anything this week, but the overall affect of continuous tragic situations is leaving quite the impression.

Cells at Work (Episode 6)

Cells at Work Episode 6

The fun continues in episode 6 with an adorable look at Red and White blood cells’ pasts. That said, this show is about to tackle cancer (or at least cancer cells) and the tonal shift at the end of episode 6 seems to be setting up a slightly less amusing tone for next week. This show has definitely surpassed my expectations going in and I’m really enjoying it.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 6)

Holmes of Kyoto Episode 6 - Aoi

Honestly, part of me thinks I may just forget to watch next week’s episode given how dull this was. It wouldn’t be an actual decision to drop, but more just that I’ll put it off and then not get around to it. Which is a shame given there’s a potentially decent premise here. And yet dull and bland remain my two main descriptors of this anime.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 7)

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord Episode 7

And amazingly, How Not To Summon a Demon Lord has found that balance between fan service and plot and has managed to deliver an episode that delivers on both. While I’m definitely never a fan of the whole girls and slime thing, there was very little to genuinely complain about in terms of the story this week. This one was fairly entertaining.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 20 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo20fOh well, we had one mission end almost instantly but fortunately the mermaid was nice enough to give Aoi new directions (otherwise they would definitely run out of plot before the end of this series). Unfortunately we’re back to Aoi’s cooking solving everything. This story just doesn’t know how to build any kind of excitement into its episodes.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 6)

Twilight6eThis one has turned out to be another of the pleasant surprises of the Summer season. Hardly flawless and not exactly something to rave over, Phantom in the Twilight is however remaining a fairly consistently entertaining anime on my line up with small improvements almost every week. As we hit the half-way point of the season, this one is looking pretty good.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 18)

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Like most bad guys, the professor talks too much. If he’d just got in the time machine… oh well. Steins;Gate 0 continues to escalate as we approach its final episodes and the tension has mounted high. The question is whether they’ve thought through how to emerge from this tangled web in tact. They managed it in the original series, so here’s hoping.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 6)

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Week 6 appears to be the week for the removal of positive plot directions and descending into fan-service for the sake of it. Both this and How Not To Summon A Demon Lord spent considerable screen time showing us the female casts’ assets rather than actually progressing their story at the midway point. Not exactly a positive sign.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 18)

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My Hero Academia rolls along and while this week was definitely a bit more interesting than the last, I still can’t help but feel there are opportunities being lost here. This arc is just not grabbing me and seeing the kids pull through at the last minute isn’t thrilling so much as expected by the time they get there. Hoping next week picks up.

Episode of the Week

Cells at Work - Episode 6
Cells at Work just remains impressive. It knows when to entertain, when to inform, and it has some pretty great handling as it transitions between lighter and more dramatic moments. Hopefully next week manages to nail the appropriate tone.

Character of the Week

My Hero Academia Episode 56 - Bakugou
As much as I have not been enjoying this arc of My Hero Academia, I’m not jaded enough to ignore a great moment for Bakugou. In one scene he acknowledges Midoriya and also drops a subtle dig that he remembers Midoriya’s previous slip up and that he’s put it together. Sometimes, he really does have these great moments.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Summer 2018 Week 5

Week 5 has come to an end and I’ve had another a few drops from my watch list. Normally I’d be sad by such a short line up, but I actually kind of wanted a lighter season and it is giving me time to try some projects I’ve had in mind for awhile, such as my Yuri on Ice rewatch. Still, there is plenty to be enjoyed even as I tighten up the viewing list. Let me know what you thought of this week of the season in the comments below.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 5)

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Perhaps the weakest episode so far for 100 Sleeping Princes. It was still perfectly watchable but I’m starting to feel like the main narrative has managed to get itself lost and that concerns me given we’re not even at the mid-season point. Hopefully next week helps to give this show some much needed direction.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 5)

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The conflict continues and we get some interesting tactics this week. The animation isn’t going so well with a reliance on pans over still images, but the story remains compelling and they are slowly fleshing out these characters. For a historical anime I’m pretty invested in it at this point.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 2)

Attack on Titan - Season 3 Episode 3

I’ll admit it, I’m now excited about this season of Attack on Titan. The first three episodes feel like we’re moving forward, there’s been some great character moments, and it feels like we’re slowly getting the big picture filled in. While it might all horribly derail in a few episodes, this has been a solid and decent beginning to a new season.

Banana Fish (Episode 5 – Not Reviewed)

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Ash is released from prison but amazingly enough doesn’t exactly have plans to keep out of trouble. He’s not even out of there an hour before he attempts to steal a gun and a car however Eiji ends up going with him. He hatches a revenge plan that probably sounds great in someone’s head but doesn’t exactly have a lot of practical value and goes about as well as expected. Still fairly compelling viewing.

Cells at Work (Episode 5)

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This anime continues to be both educational and amusing in the way it depicts the cells and the various responses of the body to invaders and other issues. While episodes 1 and 2 remain the highlight for me so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying watching this each week. I don’t think it has a huge amount of rewatch in it, but it is fun.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 5)

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Forgettable, bland and uneventful are my buzz words for this show. I am going to subtract uneventful this week because at least we got back to the whole idea of the counterfeiter and it seems we are setting up a rival for Holmes (only 5 episodes in so no rush here). That said, everything about this show is still pretty bland.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 6)

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Returning to a more fan-service filled affair, I wasn’t a big fan of this week’s episode. There’s still some potentially interesting character and plot points developing, but this episode was definitely appealing to an audience looking for something else from this show. I’m hoping for more balance next week between plot and fan-service.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 19 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo18eHere we go with another episode where characters talk and Aoi then decides that of course she needs to get involved. I have to wonder if anyone else is going to do anything or if the show itself has any real purpose other than to push Aoi into solving problems (usually through cooking – though the most recent trouble may not).

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 5)

Twilight5bOkay, they still haven’t addressed the whole kidnapped friend story line which is just kind of drifting in the middle of nowhere, but this series is definitely doing okay so far. I found myself really caught up in the story this week and I feel like the main character may have made some gains. Hoping this continues as this show has been fun but it felt like it was stepping up a bit.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 17)

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Mayuri is finally actively participating in the narrative and it seems like this story really does like beating up poor Mayuri. Still, something needed to push Okabe into action or else we were going to have a pretty ho-hum ending and I guess these events will do that. This show seems to be gearing up for a big finish.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 5)

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Generic and pretty ordinary, this story continues to go through the motions. It isn’t bad but neither is it something that is very interesting. While the battle strategy plays a big part in a lot of the conflicts, characters are pretty flat in terms of their personalities and visually it looks much like dozens of other titles. Watchable but nothing special so far.

My Hero Academia Season 3 (Episode 17)

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And another week where I wonder if my love of My Hero Academia is going to fade a bit by the end of season 3. A slow beginning finally lead to All Might’s moment, but since then its all felt kind of flat and is not grabbing my interest much at all. Though, less than stellar arcs are normal in shounen anime, but I think  I have less patience for it these days.

Episode of the Week

Attack on Titan Season 3 Episode 3
Attack on Titan Season 3 has made a solid start to its season and while I might have had concerns going in this is now one of the few shows I’m quite excited to wait for each week. Hopefully it keeps going strong.

Character of the Week

Phantom in the Twilight - Ton
Ton from Phantom in the Twilight. Up until now, I hadn’t much liked her as the protagonist and while there’s still rough edges, this week’s episode did a lot to help me appreciate her more as a character.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 19)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (Episode 4)
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 4)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)
  • Yuna and the Haunted Hotsprings (Episode 1)

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Karandi James

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