Early Autumn Drops

Starting a new season is always great fun. There’s a sense of anticipation and joy and every time you press the play button on a stream something inside waits expectantly wanting to fall in love (or at least be entertained).

DAKAICHI Episode 1 - Junta and Takato

Incidentally, none of the images in this post come from actually dropped shows. I didn’t really feel the need to collect any screen caps from the ones that right from the start just didn’t seem like I was going to get into them.

Okay, so what have I dropped by the end of the first episode so far this season and can I give it a one line summary as to why?

Bakumatsu: Various cute guys in period dress run around in pursuit of fancy time piece.

You know, there might be a half-decent story in here somewhere but I spent a lot of the first ten minutes fairly confused and indifferent to what was going on. It doesn’t help that the guys are all clearly the standard types for shows that are big on showcasing good looking male characters but light on plot or character development. This one was a drop from me pretty quickly.

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu Episode 5
Oops, wrong show.

Between the Sky and Sea: Poorly executed battle of the sexes theme shoved over the top of laughable premise about space fishing.

Um… Yeah. No. So absolutely no. This was just… Well, I didn’t burst out laughing at their solution to no more fish on earth but in retrospect I should have. And then, assuming this did happen and we somehow built space fish tanks I’m then expected to believe that in an age when they could do all that no females were ever allowed into a job. And then (oh it gets better), then I am expected to believe that the first time they send female to do the job they don’t bother to give them training but want to sneer when they stuff up. Don’t even get me started on the whole phone app aspect. Just definitely no.

A Place Further Than the Universe Episode 1
If I want a story about girls doing far-fetched things I’ll go finish this one. It at least was well written.

Hinomaru Sumo: Probably a good show but zero interest in sumo.

That about sums it up. I started this just to see and the opening narration was enough. Maybe after reading some other reviews I might be tempted to give this more of a go, but right now I’m passing.

Haikyuu Episode 36
I’m still amazed I like Haikyuu. I’m just not into sports anime still.

Radiant: Kind of a Fairy Tail style narration leading into generic magic shounen introduction that might get interesting but right now just made me roll my eyes.

That about sums up my reason for dropping Radiant. It wasn’t actually bad, the part of it I watched but it was just ticking through all the cliches and honestly I’ve seen to many of these styles of shows that have just been a chore to watch in the last twelve months so I’m passing on this for now. That said, I’ll be curious to hear whether it actually manages to be an entertaining entry into the genre or not in which case I might go back and check it out later.

Black Clover - Asta
Okay, I’m still a little traumatised by Black Clover and I was getting serious Asta vibes from Seth, though at least Seth didn’t shout as much in the first few minutes.

The other two shows I’ve dropped are UzaMaid and Ms Vampire Who Lives in My Neighbourhood. I don’t really have anything to say about them because I didn’t make it five minutes into either. They just weren’t for me.

That said, these won’t be the last shows I drop as there’s plenty still to come out and I will need to narrow down a watch list in a couple of weeks. But, given none of these got first impression posts it fell like a good time to do a wrap up of the shows I decided not to watch.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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