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)

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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)

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams - Cheshire Cat

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)

Banana Fish Episode 10

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)

Cells at Work Episode 9 - Young Helper T Cell

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)

Phantom in the Twilight Episode 9

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)

Steins;Gate 0 Episode 20 Okabe

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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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Summer 2018 Week 4

Four weeks in and the watch list is getting shorter. Next week I will be starting a rewatch and re-review of Yuri on Ice (that will publish on Monday’s instead of Angels of Death). I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile so the lighter watch list this season is actually a great reason to finally stop putting it off.

That said, what I’m still watching, while not really brilliant on the whole, are mostly enjoyable. Probably the only other show super in danger of being cut is GeGeGe no Kitaro and that is because its had quite the slump for a number of weeks. Otherwise, I’m fairly sure I’m sticking with the current line up. Though Lord of Vermilion and Holmes of Kyoto may not last the whole season.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 4)

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This one continues to be more or less pleasant nothingness. There are some good parts to it, and some very average parts to it, and all and all it is just kind of popcorn viewing. It is there and then it is gone and you enjoyed it at the time but you don’t really miss it. That said, this episode seemed like it was setting a few things up so we’ll see how it develops.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 4)

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So war is ugly. That seems to be the be all and end all of this show, and to be honest that’s more or less enough to carry it. This is not an elegant fight. The exiles are outnumbered and on the run and there have been deaths and injuries, traitors, and they are most definitely on the back foot. So far its been a pretty good watch so we’ll see what Angolmois does next week.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 2)

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While I’m still not convinced I like the direction Attack on Titan has taken from a narrative point of view, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that episode 2 of season 3 was pretty amazing to watch. Everything about the first half of this was exciting to watch and the second half plunged us into just enough darkness to really grab my attention.

Banana Fish (Episode 4 – Not Reviewed)

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Arthur is a deeply unpleasant human being and his confrontation with Eiji is a decidedly uncomfortable viewing experience, and yet this anime remains one of the most compelling watches of the season. The second half that shifts its focus back to Ash and Max in prison and the both of them dealing with the news of Griffin’s death is particularly affective.

Cells at Work (Episode 4)

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Episode 4 has kind of cemented this anime’s pattern of Red Blood Cell visiting new location, something happening, the cells work together to do their jobs to fight off the problem, and then we get a happy smiling moment at the end. It is simple but it works really well and I’m thinking this is the most fun food poisoning will ever be.

GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 18)

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Alright, that’s three episodes in a row where I’ve been more or less disinterested. This show gets one more shot and then I’m going to add it to the chopping block. On the bright side I did want a lighter season, though apparently my seasonal viewing is getting cut right back due to an absence of anything actually interesting being on.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 4)

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Another fairly bland and uneventful episode. And I know that word ‘uneventful’ is inviting criticism given we had the long awaited (does 3 episodes count as long) confrontation between Aoi and her ex. It was pretty unspectacular to say the least and to be honest pretty much like everything else in this show. Forgettable.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 5)

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For all the excessive amounts of boob grabbing, panty shots, and generally unsuitable attire for females that this show has going, it remains fairly interesting as each episode progresses the plot in a natural and kind of fun way. Admittedly, if you actively avoid fan-service this show won’t work for you, but if you either enjoy it or can ignore it, this one has so far been pretty entertaining.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 18 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo18eThe artificial drama is high and once again the healing power of food is explored as family conflicts are overturned in the course of a single meal. Such is the power of Aoi’s cooking, or at least her weak fainting spell which is what really brought them all back to the table. Okay, so this anime hasn’t really improved but it didn’t get worse either.

Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 3)

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This would probably be more enjoyable if it wasn’t trying to take something so ludicrous in any way seriously. While it is watchable, between paper thin characterisation and exposition dumps filling in a nonsense plot, this one is probably the perfect anime to pass on. While there might be something good coming later, these first three episodes have been unimpressive.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 4)

Twilight4cThis still isn’t particularly brilliant, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having quite a bit of fun with this series so far. Each week it seems a little better and while I still don’t much like the protagonist and the endless dragging out of the kidnapped friend has just become a little bit silly, overall there’s been some good moments in these first episodes.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 16)

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Finally a powerful and moving episode, though once again there’s a heavy reliance on our attachment to these characters from the original in order to pull off the emotional landing this show was going for this week. That doesn’t detract from an overall well put together episode mind you, but it does make you wonder if this would ever have stood on its own without brand recognition.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 4)

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This continues to be watchable but not exactly compelling. A lot of this episode really just felt like filler while we waited for the next thing to happen. There was a bit of back story and exposition, but really it was like someone had hit the pause button until they finally got rolling again. All and all, watchable but not great viewing.

My Hero Academia (Episode 16)

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Yeah, no. This episode did nothing to off-set my worries about the direction this arc was going and to be honest I would say that in a marathon of this show you would be able to more or less skip this episode entirely and miss nothing. While one or two points may later become important, it was just one stretched out scattered fight and not a particularly interesting one.

Episode of the Week

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I’ll just admit it, episode 4 of Phantom in the Twilight made me finally admit I actually like the show and I’m not just grudgingly watching it. It isn’t brilliant, but there’s fun to be had and this episode made me accept that.

Character of the Week

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How could it not be Levi? He was amazing in this episode in every-way. From the fight, to looking after the others, to providing a voice of reason, and to not hesitating when it came to getting his hands dirty, Levi just dominated this episode.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Angels of Death (Episode 4)
  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (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 3

We’ve reached week 3 and technically that means I should have an actual watch list sorted but to be honest I think this season I’m going to be pretty fluid in picking up stuff and dropping it.

Carrying over from the Spring season I will be reviewing My Hero Academia as part of my collaboration with Kapodaco and also Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi for patrons. I’ll also continue with Steins;Gate 0 though I’m not sure if I’m going to be reviewing GeGeGe no Kitaro every week (I will keep it on the line up for now).

New shows that I will definitely follow include Attack on Titan Season 3, Cells at Work, Angolmois, 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams and Phantom of the Twilight.

Other shows that I will be following and may or may not drop include How Not To Summon a Demon Lord, The Master of Ragnarok, Lord of Vermilion, and Holmes of Kyoto. I already dropped Island though I’ll keep an eye on it to see if I want to pick it back up later in the season and as of next week I’m dropping Angels of Death.

And that’s me for the season but I’d love to know what stayed on your watch-list and your thoughts on the episodes last week so be sure to leave me a comment.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 3)

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I can’t help but wonder if this is all this anime is going to offer us given so far it is strictly average and strictly formulaic. It would be nice to think that maybe they’ll shake things up in later episodes, but I honestly wouldn’t count on it. If mediocre is your thing, this is going to shine, but otherwise has offered little more than a brief fairy tale.

Angels of Death (Episode 3)

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Every time Rachel reminds Zack he has to kill her have a drink. Fall off your chair mid-episode and sleep. That is all. Seriously, for a concept with potential the execution here is lacking and the end result is an incredibly bland game walk through with no emotional resonance. I’d love this to improve, but right now dull is the best description.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 3)

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While bland is my buzz word for a lot of anime this season, I’m thinking ugly is going to be my go to term for Angolmois. It is ugly. Visually and in the way the characters act and the way war is presented. And that makes this show quite unique this season. Where other shows have war and conflict occurring with pretty warriors, Angolmois is not afraid to be ugly.

Attack on Titan Season 3 (Episode 1)

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Eren and the crew are back and they are still pretty much in the dark about things other than the fact that everyone outside of the scouts is apparently evil. Seriously, there are no nice people in the world of Attack on Titan which makes you wonder why they are even trying to save them. That said, if you’ve done two seasons of this, here’s season 3.

Banana Fish (Episode 3 – Not Reviewed)

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And the confronting subject matter continues as episode 3 deals some off-camera damage to the protagonist and then sets up Eiji for some trauma in episode 4. What makes this work is it isn’t sensationalised for the sake of making a splash or to cover up lacklustre writing. The content is critical to the narrative tone being constructed and each and every scene is working.

Cells at Work (Episode 3)

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Some of the shine came off of this show this week as I found without the red blood cell and platelets being ridiculously cute, the antics of the cells aren’t half as fun. Despite that, the episode was still pretty solid and remained true to the formula established in episodes 1 and 2. This anime is seems to be pretty consistent  though mileage may vary for viewers.

GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 17)

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Another pretty ordinary week for GeGeGe no Kitaro. I’m hoping this is just a slump and it will turn around soon because some of the earlier episodes were quite fun. But if it doesn’t, this one is going to face the chopping block because the last two episodes have been pretty dull (as in I had to replay parts of the episodes because I zoned out).

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 3)

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My review of this one this week used the following describers: bland, sedate, innocuous, and nondescript. I’m kind of thinking that by itself speaks volumes for how ordinary and forgettable this series is so far. With that said,  it is very calming after work so I’m not dropping it, but I certainly will not recommend it unless there is a major improvement.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 4)

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Okay, I was counting on this episode to let me know if I’d continue with this one and the answer is definitely yes. Undeniably there is a heavy amount of fan-service in this series but there’s also some really nice plot building and world development going on that is definitely keeping me interested at this stage. Looking forward to episode 5.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 17 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo17dTo be honest Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi feels like it should have been a 12 episode show. Right now it honestly feels like we’re just stretching the content well beyond what it can actually fill in a satisfying manner and the end result is a pretty bland viewing experience. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t interesting or remarkable either.

Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 2)

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Just look at that quality monster. Oh yeah, this show is definitely going to be one of those sub-par and generic action fantasy things that rolls around every now and again and makes people wonder why anyone likes fantasy. Despite that, I’m not dropping this just yet because there is some intrigue hidden underneath poor writing and visuals and maybe it will payoff (or maybe I’ll get smarter and drop it).

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 3)

Twilight3bRight, so I enjoyed this, but there’s really nothing much to recommend about it. If you don’t mind a fairly shallow story of supernatural creatures that seems to keep skirting around the edges of a much more complex and interesting story, there’s some fun to be had. But, there’s a lot of opportunities missed here so far.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 15)

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The support cast continue to dominate this show as they go about their plans and their personal dramas, and honestly that isn’t such a bad thing as this episode actually offered some compelling character work with the relationship between Suzuha and her parents in the past. While still not brilliant, I certainly had fun with this episode.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 3)

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Well, this one is neither horribly unwatchable nor particularly noteworthy and as there are more than a handful of anime on this watch-list that I’m not convinced I’ll see through to the end, I’ll probably keep watching this one until it either falls apart or actually gets good. That’s usually a sign that I’ve settled in for the season on something pretty average.

My Hero Academia (Episode 15)

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And we enter another test, this time against older students from other schools as the kids compete to pass and get their provisional hero license. I can’t help but be concerned that they won’t manage to make this as thrilling as the sports tournament from last season but there are definitely some good things going on. I guess we’ll wait and see.

Episode of the Week

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Could it be anything other than Attack on Titan? As much as I have my misgivings about this franchise as a whole at this point and time, this was a solid first episode and despite my overall feelings about the narrative, this made me interested in what was coming, so success.

 

Character of the Week

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The often unsung hero of class 1-A from My Hero Academia, Aizawa continues to demonstrate that he is a teacher through and through and fairly good value when he gets screen time this week.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Island (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 2

Week two and I hate to say it but Summer is looking to be a bit of a slow season. While there’s plenty here that might end up being fun enough to watch, there are very few if any shows I’m going to recommend any time soon. There’s just so many other great anime titles out there, and this season seems very slim on anime that I’ll even remember the name of in two season’s time. Of course, it is early days and anything can happen. Hopefully some of these shows will find their feet over the next few weeks.

With that said, I’d love to know your early predictions for the anime of the season so be sure to let me know in the comments below. Right now I’d probably put my money on Banana Fish or Angolmois, but there’s plenty of room for both of those to crash and burn.

What I watched

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (Episode 2)

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The heroine is called to a fantasy world (the Kingdom of Dreams) to awaken the princes and fight the evil dream eaters. It’s all very fairy tale like and the logic only works provided you just kind of nod and go with it, but if you happen to like that kind of thing it is decent. I guess I’ll see how it develops as there are some potentially interesting points.

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion (Episode 2)

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For something I wasn’t planning on trying, the first two episodes of Angolmois definitely got my attention. Whether or not I remain interested in this particular historical drama remains to be seen, but comparatively this was one of the better starts to the season that I’ve seen this Summer so I’m actually kind of optimistic so far.

Angels of Death (Episode 2)

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Rachel had potential to be an interesting character and the setting was perfect for some actual psychological horror. Instead we have look at this thing and then look at that thing moments separated by what I guess counts as banter between the two main characters but it isn’t really all that compelling. Pity really, given there was a lot of potential here.

Banana Fish (Episode 2 – Not Reviewed)

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This is quite the compelling story and while it is playing heavily on the usual gang and gang related cliches, it is actually fairly intriguing. They aren’t above playing the ‘feels’ card though in episode 2, so if you are worried about a show casually knocking off its characters, this may not work for you.

Cells at Work (Episode 2)

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This continues to be quite a lot of fun to watch with exuberant characters, a clear focus, and a general understanding of how to balance information with entertaining viewing. While it may very well run short of ideas before the end of the season, I have to say that these first couple of episodes have been fantastic.

GeGeGe no Kitaro (Episode 16)

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Episode 16 was a bit of a miss for me. It was functional as an episode but probably expresses the problem with this show in general. It isn’t overly exciting at times as it routinely falls back on formula and, particularly in this case, neither the antagonist or even some of the victims get enough development to have much impact.

Holmes of Kyoto (Episode 2)

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They should go back to the antiques as they at least had interesting backstories. Episode 2 pretty much sent the characters on a quest to solve a mystery without establishing why they would do that or why we should care. And then the mystery was so lame it wasn’t even worth the mention. All and all, this has one episode left to convince me not to drop it.

How Not To Summon a Demon Lord (Episode 3)

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There was something of an improvement in episode 3 compared to episode 2 in terms of just how much fan-service was thrust at the viewer. And with the plot seeming to kick off well and truly during episode 3, the writers are definitely hoping the cliff-hanger will push those of us sitting on the fence into continuing to watch.

Island (Episode 3)

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I said this might be amazing or terrible but after episode 3 I’m leaning very firmly toward the side of terrible. What little of interest there is in this show is getting buried under some incredibly flat moments that if executed better might be amusing or coy or exciting or whatever else that scene was going for, but instead it just kind of feels like it exists.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Episode 16 – Reviewed for Patrons)

Kakuriyo16eAverage seems to be about all this show is going to manage as it delivers another episode fairly consistent with everything else so far. While it works, it is also very forgettable and while the sweet thought that good cooking may solve a lot of problems works well enough, at this stage it feels more than a little bit forced at times.

Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Episode 1)

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This has all the makings of a truly dreadful viewing experience. It dumps the viewer into the midst of things and then backtracks but it seems like one of those shows where explanations only come in exposition dumps and you’ll still be mostly confused about what is going on. That said, it might get better now that it’s had it’s opening act.

Phantom in the Twilight (Episode 2)

Twilight2bWhile I’m still not expecting much from this one, I will admit I liked the second episode a great deal more than the first. This seems to be going more into the supernatural creatures and their origins than it seemed at first and that was kind of fun. If the characters get fleshed out a bit more, this could end up being decent, though it could still just fall completely flat.

Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 14)

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While this week offers us some good movement forward with the plot, I’m still not really feeling a sense that we’re getting anywhere here. There’s certainly plenty of intrigue but a lot of the spark is definitely gone and while Maho returning to Japan will definitely be a turning point, it probably won’t be enough to kick this into high gear at this point.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einhenjer (Episode 2)

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I’m still tossing up between this one and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord and this one may have slightly picked up an edge with episode 2. That said, other than a battle sequence where they highlight once again that Yuto is using his research of battles to win wars and then we get a bath sequence and a proposal. So not exactly unmissable viewing.

My Hero Academia (Episode 14)

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My Hero Academia continues on its merry way as the kids learn their ‘ultimate’ moves. Admittedly, this is pretty much some down time for the series but it is laying the foundations for future events and building on previous character dramas so its still working well even if it isn’t quite as thrilling as this series has been previously.

Episode of the Week

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Only because I love vampires and an extreme lack of competition. Phantom in the Twilight delivered an average second episode, which is more than I expected and I ended up having a bit of fun with it. That said, I’m not expecting it to appear here very often during the season.

Character of the Week

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Characters of the week – and this week it is the platelets from Cells at Work. They are super adorable and hard working.

Dropped or On Hold

  • Hanebado (Episode 1)
  • Harukana Receive (Episode 1)
  • Planet With (Episode 1)
  • The Thousand Muskateers (Episode 1)

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