The Best and Worst Anime of Winter 2018 – Have Your Say

It’s that time of the anime season again. From now until the 31st of March you can vote for your favourite, and least favourite, anime of the season.

You can choose up to three series in both the best of and worst of the season polls.

Remember, the three best shows (as voted by the readers) from each season will be used at the end of the year in the vote for best of the year (just so I don’t have to try to list every single anime in the final poll).

Here’s your chance to vote for the Best Anime of Winter 2018!

Remember, this is not for technical best animation or any other objective measure. It is just the show (or shows) you liked the most and had the most fun watching this season. So choose up to three and vote away and then remember to share.

Now for the Worst Anime of Winter 2018!

In case you are new to one of these polls, I ask that you don’t just vote for something because you hated episode 1. This is the worst show you actually sat through and watched this season. The bottom of your watch list. So the show that wins won’t be the actual worst show, it will be a show good enough to string you along, but not actually ever good to watch.

So far 155 votes is the best count for one of these polls and that was the Best of 2017. I’d love to get a larger sample size so that these polls become more reflective of the community even though I know not all of my readers are watching currently streaming anime. Please vote and then share this post. The more the merrier.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Winter 2018 Week 9

Another week gone and we’re closing in on the final leg of the Winter Anime season, which means next week I need to actually start the poll for favourite show of the season. I’m pretty sure I know what is going to win, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t on my watch list, but that’s okay. That’s why it’s the reader’s choice.

Once again, I’ve been experimenting with this whole audio thing and what I learned this week was that I will have to move this post to Saturday’s because I just don’t have the time on Friday to really feel comfortable with what I ended up producing. I know that even moving it to Saturday will just give me more time to procrastinate and make changes that ultimately won’t really improve the overall quality but I might feel better about it. So that will probably happen next week but for now my rushed attempt this week after getting home from work is below for you to listen to, and once again feedback is greatly appreciated as I learn my way around this.

Anyway, as always, I would love to know your thoughts on the shows of the season so leave me a comment and this week, let’s make a prediction about what will win the reader’s poll when I actually get it started.

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 39)

Finally it is back and I loved this episode even though Rei was very much a side character. Shimada and Yanagihara certainly held up their part of the story and the match between the two of them is far more tense than I expected it to be. I honestly cannot wait until next week and I really want to see what happens in the match.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 8)

I really think this particular arc should have been stretched further to actually give the villains some time to develop and to make the audience care whether they were defeated. At the same time, I’m glad this didn’t feel like it dragged. We had the set up, the trick, the reveal, and then the inevitable villains get taken down/arrested sequence before we got to see the cast go out to eat (not ramen this time). Good fun, but a few minor things that felt like they could have had a bit more done with them.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 21)

Elias was walking a dangerous path this week and it will be interesting to see what the fallout is next week. I’m still not entirely convinced that Chise needed another curse to try to overcome, but that’s neither here nor there. At least the show seems to be wanting to head toward an interesting conclusion.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 9)

The aquarium episode showcased a lot of the strengths of this show. Cute date episode, some older brother mystery, a fantastic costume change, and an exciting capture. While there are some minor complaints about the repetition of subject matter that could get made here, mostly this was excellent fun this week.

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Okay, I Guess

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 8 – reviewed for patrons)

This episode was pretty solid despite its silly premise and another couple of episodes like this will see me shift this back up to the Usually Entertaining. It would be nice if the show had finally settled a bit or would find a tone. And further world building would be appreciated.

Spiritpact Season 2 (Episode 2)

They seem to have upped the boys love aspect of this for season 2, not that I’m complaining as I really enjoy those moments between Tanmoku and Keika. They also seem more determined to push the plot rather than focus on the comedy (though the comedy is still there), which is also something that I appreciate. Hopefully this season can keep getting better as season 1 improved enormously as it went.

Kokkoku (Episode 9)

Despite adding in a villain to the show, it is still fumbling about and hasn’t really managed to justify why the characters are still doing what they are doing. The obvious answer is for them to just walk away and yet we’re still running around in stasis. It makes for a frustrating viewing experience because you kind of want it to be better but it doesn’t quite get there.

School Babysitters (Episode 9)

Beach episode. Do I actually need to say more than that? I guess I should, but mostly that’s what this amounts to. Beach episode followed by moral lesson the week for Taka which will probably be forgotten in the next episode.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 8)

I might be getting cute fatigue. This episode was arguably as cute as the previous ones but I was distracted while watching. Actually, I was actively distracting myself this week. It really wasn’t anything to do with the episode. Mii and the others going to day care together at a shrine was adorable as expected. I just found myself marking time while it was airing though.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 9)

I moved this one up because it seems like they have the potential to turn some of the problems of the series around and episode 9 was actually a really solid viewing experience. That said, I’m not going to hold my breath that this improvement continues. Still, I am curious as to what they will do next.

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 9)

This show seems to have found its fun again, and managed to set up a lead in to what might be a dramatic ending. Again, not going to expect too much as this show has been strictly average from the beginning, but it is promising a return to average after its really kind of dull middle.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 9)

I’d love to say that this is the worse show I am watching, unfortunately that isn’t actually true. Because realistically everything in this show does work, it just isn’t interesting or reaching any kind of impact. It just kind of happens. So, functional but lacking in entertainment value which still wins out over advertising disguised as anime and an adaptation that just didn’t understand adapting something doesn’t mean just walking through the words in the novel but actually thinking about how to make it interesting.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 9)

Okay, I said I’d drop this down a category is Kouta didn’t make a decision, and technically he didn’t (he decided to let someone else decide) but I don’t think this episode was bad enough that this show belongs in the ‘They Made This Category’. It was vapid and empty of anything other than boys posing for fans but it wasn’t actually malfunctioning as an episode. So Sanrio remains in the ‘Okay, I Guess’ ranks for another week.

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They Made This?

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 8)

And this one is staying right here after yet another lacklustre week even with an Undead King and a dungeon crawl. Seriously, this story knows how to make inherently interesting subject matter pretty dull to watch.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Winter 2018 Week 8

And week 8 draws to a close with the weaker shows crumbling under their own weaknesses and the stronger shows consolidating what they do well. Yes, we are turning into the final part of the season and while some shows will continue on, many of these will soon be wrapping up.

Which leads me to the question of whether there were any decent villains in this season and I’m really struggling to think of any. What about you? Come across any decent villains in the line up this season?

And for something a little different, and because I’m trying to get better and speaking in preparation for my next patrons podcast which should come out mid-March and will hopefully feature some of my favourite mecha anime if I can get my act together and stop freezing in front of the microphone, I’m experimenting with recording my thoughts on what I watched this week. It is a bit rough and I think if I’m going to continue this long term I’m going to need to move these overviews to Saturday evening to give me more time to work on it, but feedback is appreciated. I will apologise in advance for my accent and for my pronunciation of any anime titles because they are probably dreadful.

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 38)

No new episode.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 7)

Another story begins and this time the focus is on the hacker. I like that this show keeps bringing something fresh to the table even as it builds on what it has already delivered. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this story develops.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 20)

I kind of thought Chise’s life was already in danger of running out prematurely but now they seemed to have accelerated her demise. I’m not sure how this will play out but I do know that as pretty as this show is, problems with pacing persist.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 8)

The plot thickens and coincidences abound so I wonder if we are getting any closer to an actual reveal about what is really going on. Still, cute magic, cute moment with Syaoran and Sakura, and new character wearing a very nice suit.

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Okay, I Guess

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 7)

And it finally dropped down out of ‘Usually Entertaining’ to ‘Okay, I Guess’. There’s an easy way for this show to move back up. Actually explain something. While I get delaying all the information and building up to a reveal, something needed to be revealed this week and we were given nothing. That isn’t suspense or intrigue, at this point it is just frustrating. It is hard to enjoy a show when the plot is frustrating you more than giving you something to be interested in. Anyway, my review of this episode is up for patrons only and it gets into more detail about what this episode did, or didn’t, do.

Spiritpact Season 2 (Episode 1)

I wasn’t expecting this to start up mid-season (or at all, how this managed to get a second season I still don’t know). Honestly, the show is still objectively terrible but if you happen to really like supernatural romance featuring two boys and the terrible visuals and appalling use of comedy in season one wasn’t enough to put you off, season 2 is here and continuing the story of Tanmoku and Keika and I’m pretty happy about that.

Kokkoku (Episode 8)

I finally have an antagonist to care about this season. That’s actually been more challenging to find than it seems with most shows either being antagonist/villain free or having not yet revealed their actual villain. It is all a little disappointing for those of us who really enjoy a good bad guy. So Sagawa from Kokkoku is kind of a breath of fresh air and I kind of hope he continues his fleshing out that he’s been getting over the past couple of episodes.

School Babysitters (Episode 8)

This week was laugh out loud stupidly cute and if they could nail that every week this show would shoot up the rankings fast. I have a very weird sense of humour and so when I find something that genuinely makes me laugh I tend to really appreciate it.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 7)

Zany and fun, this one just continues to do what it does well and deliver adorable bite sized moments. If there is a winner this season for show that managed to overturn my expectations, this would be it. Who would have thought of a cute mummy?

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 8)

While this was a better episode than the hot springs fiasco, the final moments of the episode certainly don’t help me have a lot of confidence in this show ending well. In fact, I’m almost certain this is going to go downhill. Still, time will tell, and in the meantime we had cute child-sized Princes during this episode. Mare and Teo definitely won for being adorable.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 8)

Possibly the only reason this show isn’t lower on the list is I still kind of hope we get back to doing something cool, like fighting the demon things, using some magic, and maybe seeing Theo actually achieve his goal of protecting his home land. Wishful thinking and I’m probably going to be disappointed. Episode 8 tells us the backstory of Alexis and Marine’s romance, just in case anyone was interested.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 8)

And the lack of satisfaction in the viewing experience continues with the second story of episode 8 perhaps being the low point so far for this series. Any hopes or expectations of a decent horror are kind of crushed at this point so I’m mostly just hoping this remains intriguing, but episode 8 even fell short on that.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 8)

If Kouta does not make a decision next episode I’m pretty certain I’m dropping this down a category. While the show started out pleasantly enough, they clearly only had enough actual ideas for about four episodes and now they are just stretching out a paper-thin premise in order to stuff in more shots of merchandise. Cute merchandise, but still definitely thinly disguised advertising.

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They Made This?

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 7)

Congratulations Death March, you are the only show I kept on my watch list this season that has managed to make me question why you even exist. I get that this is a light novel adaptation and that the events are being followed faithfully, but there is no excuse for being dull. If you are going to adapt something from one form to another, think about how the story will work with the new medium and don’t just try to give us an audio book with some bad art work to accompany it, which is more or less what this last episode became.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Finally, you can use the affiliate link to shop at Play-Asia.com ifPlay-Asia.com - Play-Asia.com: Online Shopping for Digital Codes, Video Games, Toys, Music, Electronics & more you are interested in anime, soundtracks, figures or games. Should you use the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price.

 

Winter 2018 Week 7

Week 7 is an odd week for anime seasons. It is usually at this point that I experience buyer’s remorse (or rather, watcher’s remorse) when I think about the titles I might have picked up and some of the ones I did keep on my watch list that maybe I should have let go. That said, there have been some fun shows this season and it is always fun catching up with what people are thinking about the current season.

So be sure to let me know in the comments if you are watching a show you wish you had dropped.

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 38)

No new episode.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 6)

I’m not going to use the word perfect, but this show is extremely good at what it wants to do. While it may not be as deep and meaningful as some, it is highly entertaining and great fun with a story that continues to show off just how well thought out some of the plot points are. All and all, this is one show I am very glad I picked up this season.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 19)

This continues to build on the story of the kidnapped dragons and once again we’ve taken a turn for the serious. I’m hopeful that this story gets some proper development and a resolution isn’t rushed because there’s a lot of potential in the set up.

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 6)

Well, that was dramatic. It did finally resolve whether Hiro would survive his third ride or not but what it didn’t do was offer any explanations as to how or why. Reminder, this one is being reviewed for patrons only this season.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 7)

This episode kind of hit all the points that I have ever loved about Cardcaptor and just really worked for me. It was fun, full of magic, and the focus was on Sakura, Tomoyo and Syaoran without the other school friends around. Really good episode this week.

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Okay, I Guess

Kokkoku (Episode 7)

This is coming together now. It isn’t there yet but the last two episodes have shown a marked improvement and I’m really hopeful this can continue because a strong ending to this mystery would see this anime rise into the entertaining category.

School Babysitters (Episode 7)

In a stronger season, I probably wouldn’t be enjoying this one so much, however given the standard of show I am mostly watching is strictly ordinary (with only a handful of exceptions), this one remains consistently reasonably good. While there are some issues I’d like it to delve into more deeply, the cute and happy feeling it has going for it works and they manage to keep it from getting too sickly sweet week after week.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 6)

Still adorably cute and the dragon is definitely an asset to the team and the mummy is still the single cutest thing in creation. That said, there still isn’t much in the way of plot and the human characters all seem excessively nice (not that there’s anything wrong with that but it just means there is very little in the way of depth here).

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 7)

DamePri gave us an entirely forgettable episode this week and while part of that might be my general disdain for beach or hot springs episodes (and the combination of the two didn’t help), part of that was that very little of note happened. For a series that has kind of been holding on through it sheer zany energy, this seems like a poor time to take a nap.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 7)

This show finally remembered the story we started with and we’ve now reconnected with it. Not sure how some of the events we’ve seen fit in, but at least there seemed to be an attempt at bringing some cohesion to the story and the world building. Maybe this show might just pull itself up from this low point and actually start living up to some of its potential.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 7)

I’m thinking I could just leave the same write up here from week to week at this point. Here’s some more stories with good ideas at the core but no development and then they are over and we’ve moved on. It isn’t exactly a satisfying viewing experience.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 7)

And product placement here we come. There really wasn’t anything else going on in episode 7 other than obvious advertising very thinly hidden under the notion of deepening friendships. Oh well, it isn’t like we expected anything else from this show in the beginning so the fact that this is where we are now is more or less acceptable.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 6)

Going to a play and fighting off some flying ants, Satou continues to be pretty nonchalant about everything which makes it hard to really invest in anything going on here. While this was a step up from last week, that isn’t much of a recommendation.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Finally, you can use the affiliate link to shop at Play-Asia.com ifPlay-Asia.com - Play-Asia.com: Online Shopping for Digital Codes, Video Games, Toys, Music, Electronics & more you are interested in anime, soundtracks, figures or games. Should you use the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price.

 

Winter 2018 Week 6

Welcome to week 6 where we start getting serious about whether or not I made wise choices earlier in the season with what to watch and what to drop. The answer, as it is most seasons, is a little bit of both. Some shows have far exceeded expectations while others are just kind of plodding along. I am happy that this is the first season since I made the category that nothing has ended up in the ‘They Made This?’ category, though Death March is starting to tempt me. So nothing to rival the worst anime I’ve ever watched in my line up this season.

On that note, we are at the half-way point of the season (depending on when the show started and how many episodes it has) and so I’ll ask for predictions about what the anime of the season is going to be. What is your pick?

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 38)

No new episode.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 5)

Yes, this show has managed a nice transition from its first arc and now I’m pretty hopeful that it will manage to maintain its standing on the list for the season. I’m really enjoying this show. It is funny and energetic and a little bit dark without getting too depressing and while a narrative about hitmen won’t suit everyone, I’m being highly entertained by this show this season.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 18)

Okay, after asking for more progress, we kind of got it. This episode just kind of packed so many different points in. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come or whether it will calm back down to its usual slow pace next week. Still, it was nice to see some of these developments and I am looking forward to how some of these plot points play out.

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 5)

A very nice follow up in this show and the story gets more interesting as do the character interactions. A reminder that the reviews for this one are password protected for patrons.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 6)

Another fairly flat episode with Sakura really just going about her daily routine with a capture thrown in at the episode’s end for good measure. While there are some character moments in this episode that might become important later, another episode like this one and I will have to move this show down to the just okay. As pretty as it is and as strong as the nostalgia for these characters is, this show really is just kind of going through the motions.

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Okay, I Guess

Kokkoku (Episode 6)

Okay, while the character situation didn’t improve this week, the plot kind of tried kicking it up a notch and it managed it quite well. The mystery here is interesting, even if the players aren’t. Hopefully it all comes together. I would really like it to because there’s definitely some good ideas on display even if the execution has been a little rocky so far.

School Babysitters (Episode 6)

Back to business as usual and once again the relationship between the brothers shines in the overly sweet story. While I do feel there were certain elements in this episode that needed a bit more depth, overall, it was a pretty good recovery for the show after episode 5.

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 6)

And again, this show continues to be consistently watchable enough with just enough ridiculous antics to keep being entertaining but still not much in the way of a plot. The Princes’ and their personalities remain the make or break point of this show as they all border on annoying and yet somehow they balance each other out.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 5)

The cute dragon added into the cast kind of compels me to say this was a better episode. And yet, this show has definitely shown that in the absence of cute there’s really nothing else going on. Cute is enough to keep me watching, but not enough for a recommendation.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 6)

This story is just determined to shoot itself in the foot. After the sharp turn in the story last week with the introduction of werewolves, this week we essentially don’t care about that and go back to fighting other lords, after a dance party of course. It is so frustrating because I really just want a decent fantasy story and this show is determined to withhold any possibility of getting to one.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 6)

No change at all. First story was okay but unresolved and the second story was pretty ordinary. Art and style remain much the same. Watchable but nothing more.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 6)

This and Death March just keep competing to see which show I am feeling most indifferent towards. Sanrio comes out on top of the two this week because it did resolve the current conflict between the boys. Basically, this show just kind of exists.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 5)

And nothing happened. He bought the new slaves, they went back to the inn and they shopped. That’s it for an episode minus some exposition. Really not enough to justify twenty minutes of time though.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Winter 2018 Week 5

Week 5 and I suffered from hearing the news that March Comes in Like a Lion is apparently not airing while the Winter Olympics are on. That is not good news. However, otherwise the season seems to be rolling along more or less as expected. Curious this week as to who is shaping up to be everyone’s favourite character this season. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

And for those who missed the announcement last week you can check it out here. Thanks to everyone for helping share the word. I really appreciate it.

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 38)

Another good episode though this one definitely felt like a transition. So while some story threads were coming to a close, some older ideas were getting picked up again and all in all, it was a fun episode to watch but there isn’t that much to say about it as a stand alone episode. Very much looking forward to this show returning in a few weeks.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 4)

While I was surprised that they wrapped up the end of the that story so neatly in episode 4, I’m kind of happy they didn’t drag things out. This felt like a satisfying conclusion. Now it just remains to be seen whether they can launch into an equally entertaining tale or whether this show has used all its charm already.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 16)

The main story line of this show continues to be fairly much a matter of one step forward and then freeze right there while we deal with all the emotions of everyone and get some back story. It isn’t bad but after 16 episodes, I kind of feel like their just needs to be more progress so despite enjoying most episodes, I’m finding the series overall just a little bit lacking at this point.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 5)

Last week I called it business as usual and this week I’ll reiterate that point. Sakura with friends, card appears, Sakura deals with it, back to friends. The feel good nature of the show and the attention to details are what manage to pull it up from being just an average show but really there isn’t a lot of plot to speak of in this episode.

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 4)

Episode 4 seemed to push things that little bit further as we see an act of defiance (which leads to a rescue and a successful mission) but I have to wonder what the fallout might be. For a mecha show, this one isn’t too bad and if they flesh out the world and characters it might even become something quite good. Reminder that the reviews for this one are password protected for patrons this season.

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Okay, I Guess

Kokkoku (Episode 5)

As much as I want to see this improve, this one is possibly facing sliding further down the list as at episode 5 I still have no characters that I care about in the slightest and the mystery part is starting to look like it is either going to be really overly complicated or just full of holes. I’m still crossing my fingers and hoping but I’m not convinced this show can turn things around (I’ll happily retract that in a few weeks if this gets better because that would be the best outcome).

School Babysitters (Episode 5)

Not the best episode, in fact I’d say one of the weaker ones this show has offered up this week. Both mini-stories felt decidedly pointless and there didn’t appear to be a great deal of character work with the main two. Overall, a little disappointing and I hope this bounces back next week.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 5)

I think I want to like this show more than the show is allowing me to at this point and time. Poor writing and jarring transitions between events were way too present in this most recent episode and there’s still so much that doesn’t really make sense and the audience either needs to just accept it or this is overall going to just be a dissatisfying watch. There are still some positives coming out of the show, and I really do want to enjoy this fantasy tale, I just wish it didn’t make it so hard to enjoy without being critical.

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 5)

This show is oddly consistent in being pretty average but entertaining enough (assuming you don’t despise the Prince’s and their completely over the top nature). I actually quite liked some of the character work this week and given How To Keep a Mummy wasn’t up to its usual adorable standards, this one actually rose in the ranks this week.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 4)

A slightly less enjoyable episode with the diminished presence of the mummy this week. Not bad by any means but the real appeal of the show kind of faded without Mii-kun gracing the screen every other moment.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 5)

The animation and visual elements of this show remain decidedly unimpressive and the second story this week was probably the low point for the series so far, but I didn’t mind the first story and overall, this series is still perfectly watchable as long as you go in with fairly low expectations.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 4)

The new characters are kind of interesting, but really that’s only in comparison to the characters that already existed in this series. The actual episode was pretty flat as we walked through a dungeon and then beat up a demon (and the fact that they made that pretty flat concerns me). All and all, no real improvement on this show but it didn’t get any worse.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 5)

Well, I didn’t drop it, though somehow I don’t think that actually makes it any better. We spent most of this episode with the two newer characters and we ended on a cliff-hanger. The fact that one of these characters is almost as annoying as the sister that was introduced earlier certainly didn’t help this show’s case at all.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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Winter 2018 Week 4

We are now at the end of week 4 which for some shows means the first third has already passed. This has been an interesting season in that I’ve tried quite a range of shows. Ultimately, a lot haven’t really worked out for me but there are still enough shows holding my interest. Besides, March Comes in Like a Lion is still airing and that by itself is enough to make me appreciate a season.

So, of the shows you have given a go to, what is your current pick for favourite of the season?

And in case you missed it, the ongoing count down finally came to an end. You can check out the announcement here.

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Must Watch

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2 (Episode 37)

This episode gave me what I asked for. Rei may not have stupidly won (and let’s be honest, he really shouldn’t beat the master the first time he plays them) but he did put on a great show of how far he has come both personally and as a professional over the course of this series. Very low key episode but deeply satisfying.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (Episode 3)

I’m not going to argue that this is a technically perfect show by any means, but it is really fun watching so far (with the small caution that you can’t be squeamish about murder given almost every character is a hired killer of some sort). After episode 3, I’m moving this to my must watch list because for me if I get busy and can only watch a couple of shows, this is going to be one of them.

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Usually Entertaining

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Episode 16)

The main story line of this show continues to be fairly much a matter of one step forward and then freeze right there while we deal with all the emotions of everyone and get some back story. It isn’t bad but after 16 episodes, I kind of feel like their just needs to be more progress so despite enjoying most episodes, I’m finding the series overall just a little bit lacking at this point.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Episode 4)

Still good fun as Sakura goes about capturing cards meanwhile everyone else seems to have some kind of hidden agenda. So business as usual really with much better animation given they have definitely updated this show’s look while managing to capture the spirit of the original.

DARLING in the FRANXX (Episode 3)

This continues to be a fairly good watch. It isn’t exactly blowing me away but I am interested in learning more about this world and seeing more robots fighting whatever those things are supposed to be (I’m sure they will tell us clearly at some point). Anyway, the reviews for this one are password protected for patrons this season.

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Okay, I Guess

Kokkoku (Episode 4)

The mystery continues to develop and I’m curious about where this is going. I’d love it to continue to build and rise into usually entertaining, and yet unless the characters get some real development I don’t see this really rising in the list at this point. There’s some interesting concepts at play, but unless I can care about the cast I’m not going to get overly invested in this one.

Record of Grancrest War (Episode 4)

There was definitely an improvement this week in the narrative with some actual set-backs befalling our heroes and this show may yet claw its way back to usually entertaining. We’ll wait and see because Theo, as nice as he is, really does need to develop a little bit more personality if this show is going to end up anything but forgettable.

School Babysitters (Episode 4)

We had a small punch to the emotional gut during this episode but otherwise it continued being its adorable self. I’m kind of glad I’m sticking with this despite it being full of overly cute toddlers. So far it has managed to balanced its sickly sweet moments with some genuine human drama and the mix has worked well.

How to Keep A Mummy (Episode 3)

Cute, cute, cute! Okay, there’s really nothing else to say about this. You are either in it for the cute mummy or you are probably going to be bored silly. But that mummy is cute.

DamePri Anime Caravan (Episode 4)

Watchable but not particularly good remains a good description of this. It actually is pretty funny, in a weird and over the top manner, and I kind of like the characters despite them all being really annoying people. It is odd given this show is full of things I usually find truly irritating and yet I usually end up smiling while watching.

Junji Ito Collection (Episode 4)

Another two stories of weirdness maintaining the same iffy quality and average delivery. This show is consistent at least though it would be lovely if it could see some improvement.

Sanrio Boys (Episode 4)

I’m actually wondering if this one is better than Death March at this point. First two episodes were better than expected from advertising disguised as anime but episodes 3 and 4 have taken a definite downward turn. Episode 5 will be the decider, I guess.

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (Episode 3)

A small improvement over last week’s effort but episode 3 wasn’t any more exciting, it just had more stuff happen in that the character acted indifferently too. Some of the new characters are kind of interesting though so might managed to make the next episode kind of okay.

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They Made This?

Nothing yet.

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Tried and Dropped (or on hold)

  • Maerchen Maedchen (Episode 3)
  • Hakyuu Houshin Engi (Episode 2)
  • A Place Further Than The Universe (Episode 1)
  • Hakumei and Mikochi (Episode 1)
  • Katana Maidens ~Toji no Miko (Episode 2)
  • Laid-Back Camp (Episode 1)
  • Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (Episode 1)
  • Citrus (Episode 1)
  • Mitsuboshi Colors (Episode 1)
  • Slow Start (Episode 1)
  • The Ryou’s Work is Never Done (Episode 1)
  • Working Buddies! (Episode 1)
  • Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San (Episode 1)
  • Mitchiri Neko (Episode 1)
  • Pop Team Epic (Episode 1)

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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